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Limited Edition Nir Hod Sculptures

Hod's new sculpture series is art you can take home with you.

July 29, 2013

Genius Nicolai sculpture series by Nir Hod

Genius Nicolai sculpture series by Nir Hod. 

From their deceptively cherubic cheeks to their scornful expressions and lit cigarettes, a new, highly limited-edition series of chrome-plated sculptures by acclaimed artist Nir Hod is the ultimate summer object d'art. Available as of August 1 at the Paul Kasmin Gallery Shop until they sell out, the series is inspired by the artist's prior paintings of precocious children. 

Called Genius Nicolai, the little sculptures are produced in editions of seven (price upon request). Colors include gold and pink—bold choices, to be sure. Certainly, Genius Nicolai says a lot about our culture's obsession with beauty and narcissism. The diminutive sculptures depict children, after all, but children with the self-possession and qualities of adults; geniuses, if you will. 

This message is further enhanced by the mirrored surface of each sculpture, which engages the viewer and adds yet another coveted element to the work. But don't be fooled: like much of this internationally acclaimed artist's extensive body of work, the intention is not to condemn luxury or pleasure—it's quite the contrary, actually. Born in Israel and now based in New York, Hod's recent solo exhibitions include"Genius" and "Mother," both at Paul Kasmin Gallery. The artist received his BFA from Bazalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. PK SHOP, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 511 West 27th St., 212-563-5608  



Dispatch: 'Girl Most Likely' and 'Red 2' Premieres

Jeffrey Slonim chats with Kristen Wiig, Mary-Louise Parker, and more on the red carpet.

July 29, 2013

Yes, Rome burned, but at 105 degrees, New York sure felt as if it were on fire as Brooks Brothers sponsored the New York screening of Girl Most Likely. Starring Kristen Wiig, it's the story of a young playwright on the Upper East Side who loses her boyfriend, falls from grace, and lands back at her mom’s colorful house in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mickey Sumner, Sting’s daughter (her mum, Trudie Styler, co-produced the film), told Dispatches that she played “an Upper East Side socialite who is not very kind and a bit dim.” Added Sumner, “I definitely know a few women like [this character] . . . I play an English girl in the movie, so I thought about some of my friends' mothers.”

“I based it on my having to move back in with my mom so I could use all my energy to write,” said Michelle Morgan, who wrote the script. “But instead, I used half my energy fighting with my mom’s boyfriend.” Matt Dillon plays the role of said boyfriend in the film.

A pack of reporters cornered Wiig to ask about working with Dillon. “I feel a lot of pressure,” mused Wiig, “because he’s standing right next to me.” The former Saturday Night Live star wore a short white dress by Viktor & Rolf, and her hair was pulled back in a ponytail to beat the heat wave. 

With the sad news of his Glee co-star Cory Monteith's recent death, Darren Criss, Wiig’s second love interest in the film, wore a black ribbon on his suit. 

But with free flowing Kim Crawford wine at the Hôtel Americano afterparty, the mood lightened with a splash of Purity Vodka cocktails. Rooftop views of the Empire State building didn’t hurt, either. And I spotted Wiig's pal Rachel Dratch snagging a lobster tartlet. 

The next night, at MoMa, Catherine Zeta-Jones appeared as fit as a secret agent at the Cinema Society and Bally-sponsored debut of Red 2. “If I wasn’t an actress, I would like to be an operative,” theorized Zeta-Jones during arrivals. She certainly achieved the buff bod for the part. “I have a ballet bar in my gym,” she mentioned.

Mary-Louise Parker's big stunt in the film? “I fell off a couch and shot someone,” she said. “I’m sort of hopeless at stage combat.” She then gushed that Bruce Willis looked out for her in a “manish, manly” way on set. “I have great chemistry with this lady,” agreed Willis. “We have great rapport. We make each other laugh and that makes the audience laugh.”

Purity Vodka floated the Reds 2 afterfête at Refinery Rooftop, where Purity Undercover Martinis and Qui Tequila cocktails (the Agent Moses, after Willis' character) were served. Parker, in a back corner, juiced her iPhone with a bartender’s charger. Meanwhile, arriving with wife Emma Heming, Willis recharged with vodka and seltzer. Also spotted Helen Mirren (in the film), Joel McHale, Carla Gugino, Lou Reed, Albert Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes), and the legendary Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson. Yup, she co-wrote “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” And there really isn’t.


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Creative Time Hosts Sand Castle Competition

If you ever thought building sand castles was child's play, think again.

July 29, 2013

Creative Time Sand Castle Competition

Celebrate summer, art, and the all-American summer tradition of sand castle building on August 9. 

Creative Time's annual Artist Sandcastle Competition elevates the favorite beach pastime to high art. Taking place at noon on Friday, August 9 at Far Rockaway Beach (near the Beach 86th Street Boardwalk), the second edition of this lively annual event brings together diverse communities, and is all about fun in the sun and getting back to the beach post-Sandy.

Bona fide artists with true sculpting skills battle it out on the sand to see whose artistic mastery translates best into the sand castle form. Some of the artists on board this year are David Brooks, Sebastian Errazuriz, and Ghost of a Dream, among others, with a judging panel that includes designer Waris Ahluwalia and MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach. Food is another highlight of the family-friendly event. How about some snacks from popular vendors like Caracas, Citysticks, DiCosmo’s Italian Ice, or The Big Banana with Rockaway Taco? After the competition, the festivities move to Rippers for a dance party fueled by burgers, beer, and beats courtesy of DJ Lucas Walters (of Tutu’s in Bushwick).



Artisanal Cheese Classes at Alison Eighteen

French cheese gets all of the attention, but a new class touts the merits of Iberian cheese.

July 29, 2013

Cheese board

Get up close and personal with Iberian cheese at Alison Eighteen. (photo: Bravo/gettyimages.com)

Exclusively for summer, Alison Eighteen and Artisanal are partnering for a series of cheese and wine classes ($75 per class).  Sessions are curated by the always reliable experts at Artisanal, with upcoming courses exploring The Great Iberian Peninsula, focusing on Spain and Portugal (August 1), and Cheese & Wine 101 (August 7). At the Iberian Peninsula event, attendees will taste a smoky Idiazabal and an intense Valdeón. Milk types, textures, and flavors will be taught in the Cheese & Wine 101 session, where guests will also learn how best to select cheese while shopping. Once you have the basics, learn which wines to pair with each cheese and how to develop pairings that suit your personal style and taste. New cheese caves and tasting rooms are currently being built at Artisanal, so check back in the fall for a new tasting schedule. 15 W. 18th St., 212-366-1818

Kathy YL Chan


What We're Reading

The plan to get A-Rod back in the game, 24 things most people just don't understand...

July 26, 2013

Alex Rodriguez plays rehab game with the Charleston RiverDogs

Rodriguez joined the Charleston RiverDogs in a rehab game against the Rome Braves in early July. (photo: Streeter Lecka/ gettyimages.com)

Rest easy, Yankee fans, there's a plan to get injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez back in the game soon, writes Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, reporting that the team's manager announced their plans to get him back "in either a simulated game or minor-league game by August 1." [NY Post

In this handy list of "24 Things Most People Pretend to Understand But Don't," Adam Moerder presents the subjects we feel we really should know about but… don't really, from modern art to Buddhism; fracking to Monsanto. Up to us, of course, to now figure out what all these things really are! [Buzzfeed

Somewhere along the way, Sex and the City became a bit of a guilty pleasure for New Yorkers, the kind of show you don't want to really admit watching or relating to. The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum explains how the series lost its street cred, and defends Carrie Bradshaw as television's "first female anti-hero." [The New Yorker

Faster than the speed of light? Could be! Writer Danny Hakim of The New York Times presents a major new experiment by physicist Harold G. White and his fellow NASA engineers, in which they will attempt to warp the trajectory of a photon to see if "warp drive," faster than light travel might be possible. [The New York Times

Writers, artists, and other misfits will find laughs and inspiration in this hysterical, poignant personal essay by Lauren Morelli, a staff writer on the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Thanks, Death and Taxes magazine, for posting it. [Death and Taxes




Are Supper Clubs the New Speakeasies?

Underground speakeasies are so last Tuesday. A new wave of supper clubs offer stellar food and drinks.

July 25, 2013

Louro in the West Village hosts a supper club on Monday nights.

Are supper clubs the new speakeasies? The restaurant scene certainly indicates so. A new generation of supper clubs puts a spin on these old social clubs by integrating memorable food with rotating menus, prohibition-style cocktails, and guest chefs. They can be divided into two types: restaurants that operate solely as supper clubs, and others that set aside select evenings for supper club dinners.

Let's start with the latter. At Louro in the West Village, chef Dave Santos hosts the popular Nossa Messa Supper Club on Monday nights. The menu varies each week under the watch of guests chefs and Santos himself. Past dinners featured a six-course uni meal (think uni-stuffed skate wing) and Mad Men-inspired feasts. For summer, look out for a vegetable tasting and a lobster dinner. “Modern day supper clubs are an interesting thing. In recent years you have seen a growth in clubs run by chefs, which is a good thing,” says Santos. “It pushes the envelope on the standard. They are starting to move out of the home and chefs like myself, Alex Stupak, and Scott Anderson started doing them regularly as a series in the actual restaurant.”

At Alex Stupak’s Empellón Cocina, notable chefs are invited to collaborate on tasting menus as part of a series of quarterly dinners called The Push Project. Participating chefs have included Enrique Olvera of the famed Pujol in Mexico City, Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine (Los Angeles), and most recently, Chris Cosentino of Incanto (San Francisco).

On the Lower East Side, Preserve 24 starts the day as a café with art installations, but a supper club takes over for dinner in the enormous bi-level, 5,000-square-foot space with endless nooks and crannies. It's a bit over-the-top but is welcoming with a menu rich in oysters, savory mortadella sausages, and macaroni rigate for dinner.

And in Tribeca, Michael White recently debuted The Butterfly, a cocktail bar (created by mixologist Eben Freeman) and supper club with a playful Wisconsin spin. There are reuben croquettes made with rye and Russian dressing, golden shrimp toast, and even patty melts outfitted in fried onions. Pair any of these dishes with a brandy old fashioned and suddenly all the hype makes sense.

Coming this fall, keep an eye out for The Peacock, which is slated to open in September in Midtown. The 19th century supper club is the brainchild of the guys behind Raines Law Room and Jones Wood Foundry. Diners can expect classic British cocktails in a space that's divided between a front parlor offering small bites and a proper dining room with a seasonal, British-inspired menu.

Perhaps the most important part of any supper club? Santos keeps it simple: “I try to have as much fun with it as possible, and I think my guests can feel that.”



Weekend Recommender: July 25-28

Belgian Restaurant Week, Animation Block Party opening night, and more.

July 25, 2013

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro will perform at the Animation Block Party opening night. 

Belgian Restaurant Week
All weekend
It's Belgian Restaurant Week, chocolates for everyone! Chocoholics and fine dining aficionados will delight at the complimentary Neuhaus chocolates being offered at a variety of upscale New York restaurants through Sunday. Belgian beer hot spot Brasserie Magritte is among the roster of participating restaurants, as well as MARKT, BXL Café & East, Brabant, and La Maison du Croque Monsieur. visit belgianrestaurantweeknyc.com 

Animation Block Party Opening Night
Thursday, July 25, 9 p.m.
Now in its tenth year, the Animation Block Party is the east coast's premier animation festival. In their collaborative musical project, headliners Adam Green (Moldy Peaches frontman) and Binki Shapiro (of Little Joy with The Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti and Los Hermanos' Rodrigo Amarante) have turned heads with their melodic, late-'60s duets. Name dropping aside, you get two anti-folk heroes for the price of one, and with Hooray for Earth opening, a night of great music to boot. Tickets are $20. 66 North 6th St., Brooklyn, 718-486-5400

The Designated Mourner at The Public Theater
Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 3:30 p.m.
Starring Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Pine, and Wallace Shawn, who also wrote this critically-acclaimed gem, The Designated Mourner was first produced in London in 1996. Today, its relevance resonates loudly as the just-opened play paints "survivors" in a new, perhaps less admirable light through its cast of three artsy intellectuals. 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555



Q&A: Lori Goldstein Talks Life as a Stylist

"When I started in this business, 'stylist' was a dirty word," says Goldstein.

July 25, 2013


Fashion stylist Lori Goldstein. (photo: Giorgio Niro)  

Lori Goldstein has styled countless groundbreaking images that remain etched in our cultural consciousness for their beauty and iconic qualities. Versace campaigns, Madonna's "Take a Bow" video, Demi Moore's nude, pregnant Vanity Fair cover, and myriad other celebrity photo shoots dot her illustrious portfolio. (Did we mention she's great on Twitter?) Her forthcoming book, Lori Goldstein: Style Is Instinct, which drops this October, packs 256 glossy pages of her most memorable styling projects, with photography by Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, and Bruce Weber, among others. Here, the stylish New Yorker talks career beginnings, designing for QVC, and the benefits of not fitting in. 

How awesome that you've been a fashion stylist for 25 years. How was the perception of the term different then than it is today?
LORI GOLDSTEIN: Oh my goodness, when I started in this business, 'stylist' was a dirty word. If you weren't an editor or a young girl who came to work at one of the magazines, it was, like, you did catalogs, and that was it, there was nothing in between. I knew I wanted to be on my own path, I knew I was on this journey of my own.

Sounds like you were groundbreaking not only in what you did, but in that you kind of made up a job that didn't exist?
LG: You got it. I always felt like I was going to make up my own job, and we were lucky enough to do that. There were a lot of us back then; we were creative, but we weren't artists per se. So it was like, 'What are we going to do with our lives?' And I always loved fashion, so I found that way for myself.

You also design a popular clothing line, LOGO, for QVC. What's great about that experience?
LG: I've always wanted to share what I have learned in New York City, and that's where QVC came in for me. My customer is from her twenties to her eighties, literally. They call in, I get to interact with them, and they all have this innate quality of style, desire to dress great, and explore, now that they're given permission, and that's the fabulous thing . . . [Fashion is] a very exciting way to express yourself, it's joyful, it's happy, it's cool, it's amazing. It's a part of life we should really get into and celebrate, at all ages, all demographics.

What are some of the coolest stories you've heard from QVC callers?
LG: I've had everything from a woman calling in and saying she has this whole new wardrobe and the clothes allow her to wear them under her bulletproof vest to a woman saying she cleans homes for a living and loves to look stylish and this affords her to be able to do that. We all have the ability to take care of ourselves, look great, and enjoy life, and that's what life is about for me.

People still talk about that 1991 nude Demi Moore cover. Do you still feel the urge to turn heads in a provocative way?
LG: Yes, I never feel the urge to do something intentionally, but that is definitely the place that I live in. I can't live my life caring what other people think, and I definitely always want to push things as far as they can go, because mediocrity just bores the hell out of me.

Your philosophy seems to have worked. Your anthology, Style is Instinct, comes out this October on Harper Collins.
LG: I've been wanting to do a book for several years. It has been been this incredible, incredible process. It's probably 25 years of work . . . it really brings everything to the surface, so it's a time to reflect, and it's like, 'Oh my God, I forgot about that,' and you just get so excited!

When it comes to not caring what people think, did you have to work at it, or were you born that way?
LG: I was born that way. I grew up in Ohio. You always want to conform and fit in, I think that's a natural state, especially for kids. I was just a little rebel and I couldn't, and I'm so grateful I couldn't cause that's what propelled me to New York, where it was like, 'Oh, hello, I can be whoever I want to be.'



Swann Galleries Auctions Vintage Posters

A vintage poster auction at Swann Galleries has both aesthetic and cultural allure.

July 24, 2013

Much like a great album cover, a powerful vintage poster can serve as a visual time capsule of another era. Some of the best of the latter will be on the market starting August 7, when Swann Galleries will present an array of vintage posters—from images of iconic New York landmarks to whimsical 19th century circus posters—during a two-session auction.

There are stunning Chagall images used in Metropolitan Opera posters, classic American scenes featuring heroes like Buffalo Bill, and interesting selections from the Art Nouveau era, which includes the massive Tout Paris a la Revue des Folies Bergere by Adrien Barrèr (dating back to 1902, this piece alone is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000). Collectively, these unique posters are a sight to behold, and a statement about American culture over the years. The posters will be on display to the public from August 1 through 6 at Swann Galleries. 104 E. 25th St., 212-254-4710



Tequila Day Festival; Hamptons Mondays at Bar 21

Plus: Restaurant Week rosé tastings, Blaue Gans summer party, and more food & drink news.

July 23, 2013

Jalapeño-raspberry margarita at Tequila Park

Jalapeño-raspberry margarita at Tequila Park, where a tequila fest is coming up on July 27.  

Tequila Fest at Tequila Park: A tequila festival takes over the Hudson on July 27 with a tasting of labels ranging from Patron to Herradura served with Mexican street food. In honor of National Tequila Day, mixologists will shake a variety of tequila-based cocktails that will be paired with an array of tacos and a side of live music. Tickets ($40) are available online. [Tickets356 W. 58th St., 212-554-6000

Maison Kayser Opens in Flatiron: Known for his crusty baguettes and flaky croissants, baker Eric Kayser continues to cultivate Paris in Manhattan with the opening of a second outpost in the Flatiron District. Kayser has a loyal following that will surely flock to this 64-seat patisserie and boulangerie, which also includes a coffee and fresh juice bar. Everything is baked fresh daily. 921 Broadway, 212-979-1600

Bavarian Summer Fest at Blaue Gans: Cheers the end of the heatwave and a massive pig roast on the patio at Blaue Gans, where a build-your-own-burger bar and sausage cart will also hold court. Tickets to the July 27 event are $125 and include food, unlimited beer and wine flights, and summer cocktails. Email events@wallse.com for tickets. (4-9 p.m.) 139 Duane St., 212-571-8880

Restaurant Week Rosé Tastings at Ilili
: Ilili is undoubtedly the best restaurant for Lebanese fare in New York. And if the creamy hummus made from a chickpea puree with Lebanese tahini, lemon, and olive oil isn't reservation motivation enough, stop by the restaurant's complimentary rosé tastings during dinner in conjunction with Restaurant Week. New and old world rosé wines from New York to Beirut will be poured through August 16. 236 Fifth Ave., 212-683-2929

The Smile Newsstand Opens in Tribeca: Debuting last week, the third Smile location is not only a restaurant, but a general store, too. In addition to perfectly-roasted chickens and sweet scones, this latest Smile also sells watches, bicycles, and leather goods. They’ll also pack a picnic lunch for two ($155), which includes a hamper and games. 177 Franklin St., 917-728-3000

Hamptons Mondays at Bar '21': Your return from the Hamptons will feel less bittersweet on select Mondays at Bar '21'. Executive chef John Greeley is preparing seasonal bar bites made with locally sourced ingredients (think mini lobster rolls) to pair with wines from Long Island vineyards such as Bedell Cellars (July 29), Onabay Vineyards (August 5), and Pellegrini Vineyards (August 19). Cost is $45 per person. (6-8 p.m) 21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200


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