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Miriam Haskell Sponsors Barbara Berger Collection Exhibit

The New York designer exhibits pieces alongside Berger's famed collection.

June 24, 2013

For the most beautifully designed costume jewelry, one need only look back in time. A new exhibit opening June 25 at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) delves into the the rare art of handmade costume jewelry design. "Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger," features more than 450 pieces from Berger's famous collection. 

The daughter of a diamond merchant, Berger, whose first jewelry purchase was a pair of Chanel earrings at a French flea market, is a noted collector of haute couture, as well as fine and costume jewelry. Her collection is considered to be among the finest in the world and includes historic pieces by renowned houses like Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Gripoix—as well as esteemed New York jewelry brand Miriam Haskell. Since many of these gorgeous pieces were made to be worn with the haute couture of the period, this exhibition also sheds new light on fashion history.

On view through September 22, 2013, "Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger" is sponsored by Miriam Haskell. On the occasion of the brand's induction into MAD's permanent collection, Miriam Haskell has donated a stunning vintage gilded metal and pearl grape cluster necklace to the Museum. Accompanying the exhibition is an illustrated book of the same name, published by Assouline. 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777



Dispatch: Inside the amfAR Gala, Tony Awards & More

Jeffrey Slonim reports on last week's biggest events.

June 21, 2013

Tom Sturridge and Siena Miller at the 67th Annual Tony Awards 

Sunday, June 9 At The Plaza Hotel for the tony 67th annual Tony Awards afterparty, a gauntlet of waiters holding trays of Champagne flutes lined the stairs from Palm Court to the ballroom while a swing band blasted, “You Make Me Feel So Young.” Spring had clearly sprung on tables with beaded vases brimming with orchids.

In a natty tux, Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts, who won best actor for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, had notably vanquished Oscar-magnet Tom Hanks. “Who isn’t a fan of Tom Hanks?” Letts reassured Dispatches.

Tom Sturridge (Orphans), also nominated for best actor, wore a dark brim hat over long black hair. Standing beside him, his fiance Sienna Miller had on a floral headband. “It’s vintage,” she told Dispatches. “I got it at the Perry Street Fair yesterday.”  

It was ball gown gridlock when best leading actress winner Cicely Tyson, in a behemoth B Michael gown, hugged Trip to Bountiful co-star Angela Bassett. Simultaneously, a white tux-clad Mike Tyson (ear glued to his phone) beelined from the venue.

Meanwhile, in The Plaza Food Hall, Anna Kendrick waited dutifully in line for a Luke's lobster roll. Vendors had heaped their counters with bite size food—a veritable acre of oysters, sliders, cracked claws, and pastries ended all dieting. Dispatches spotted Debra Messing and her beau holding hands while shimmying between bulging rows of chocolate truffles and an abundant shelf of sushi. Not to be overlooked, in a back corner, Audemars Piguet had assembled pile of orange clown glasses and wigs in a fun photo booth room.

Seth Rogen at the This is the End premiere; Israel Broussard and Sofia Coppola at The Bling Ring premiere

Monday, June 10: This is the End ended up being the craziest popcorn ride in memory. The stars of the film lampoon themselves during a “live action” version of the apocalypse. Co-director Evan Goldberg was looking for the cheapest way to make the biggest movie possible. “The biggest thing possible is the apocalypse,” he mused. “And the cheapest is when the cast doesn’t leave a single room.” He also noted that he and star/co-director Seth Rogen always wanted to work on a project where the actors play themselves. “The apocalypse wasn’t enough on it’s own, and neither was celebrities playing themselves,” Goldberg continued. “But they harmonized perfectly.”

And why did Rogen think the stars would be willing to ape themselves? “We didn’t want anyone in any way not down for stuff they didn’t want to do,” he said. (The cast spends the apocalypse at James Franco’s house. Rihanna goes straight to hell. And wait until you see what happens to Channing Tatum!)  

Tuesday, June 11: The insider fun continued the next night as Vanity Fair, SVEDKA Vodka, and FIJI Water screened Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring at the Paris Theater. The film follows a group of young nitwits in Los Angeles who (as a means of "shopping") break into stars' homes while they’re out at events. The best part? It's based on true events. Paris Hilton, one of the ring's "victims," in real life and in the film, even offered up her closet as a filming location. 

Uma Thurman at the amFAR Inspiration Gala; Taylor Swift at The Fragrance Foundation Awards 

Wednesday, June 12: Taylor Swift was the draw at Alice Tully Hall during The Fragrance Foundation Awards. Swift wore a long white dress with a spaghetti tie behind her neck. “This is a really fun Pucci summer dress,” she mentioned. And her bling? Lorraine Schwartz. At the mic, Dana Carvey opened with, “I’ve never had a better-smelling audience." He later suggested a fragrance called, “Breathalyzer,” by Reese Witherspoon.

Thursday, June 13: With a military-themed fashion show and star-studded guest list, amfAR’s fourth annual Inspiration Gala raised nearly $1 million for its inspiring cause—funding global research to find the cure for AIDS. “I get a real sense of encouragement,” said amfAR chair Kenneth Cole. “In just a few years, two people have been cured, a gentleman in Berlin and recently, a child in Mississippi. And amfAR played a role in both cases.” Meanwhile, Uma Thurman, with her hair pasted back, looked extraordinary in a long pink Versace gown that pushed her cleavage up. Honoree Jennifer Lopez appeared comparatively demure in a turtleneck sequin and mesh gown by Tom Ford.   

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A heart to heart with Johnny Depp, life in NYC before air conditioned subway cars...

June 21, 2013

Johnny Depp opens up about split from Vanessa Paradis
Johnny Depp talks to Rolling Stone about split from Vanessa Paradis 

The Lone Ranger star Johnny Depp opens up to Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt about his recent split from Vanessa Paradis, Keith Richards, and life at age 50 for the magazine's latest cover story. [Rolling Stone

The worst part about summertime in New York City? The long, hot waits on the subway platform. NYC transportation blog 2nd Ave. Sagas recalls a time when things were even worse: The time before air conditioned subway cars, aka any year before the mid 1980s. [2nd Ave. Sagas]

Will social video make us all virtual stars of our own lives? Perhaps. Following yesterday's launch of video on Instagram, New York's Kevin Roose examines the shared video phenomenon. [New York Magazine

Summertime and burgers go together like, well, burgers and fries. To sate your craving with something unexpected and delicious, check out this "Oddball-Burger Heatmap." [Eater

Are you on best man detail for a wedding this summer? Fear not, Buzzfeed has complied 17 handy tips to make your job easier. [Buzzfeed]



Weekend Recommender: June 20-23

A New Orleans jazz brunch, BAM Cinemafest, and Rachel Zoe duds at Chelsea Market.

June 20, 2013

Starring Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy is one to watch at BAM Cinemafest
Starring Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy is one to watch at BAM Cinemafest

BAM Cinemafest
June 20-28, showtimes vary
The fifth edition of the annual film festival considered to be New York's best independent film showcase takes place in Brooklyn this week. BAM Cinemafest 2013 features both narrative features and documentaries, many by Brooklyn filmmakers. This opening weekend's narrative highlights include coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now and The Crystal Fairy (starring Michael Cera). Most screenings are followed by Q&A sessions with film directors and/or cast members. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100

New Orleans Brunch with Henry Butler at Joe's Pub 
June 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Few cities do jazz better than New Orleans. Check out that city's top jazzman and blues pianist, Henry Butler, at Joe's Pub during Sunday brunch. Learn about New Orleans music and culture via this ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best of Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee while enjoying Joe's Pub's brunch menu. Tickets are $15 to $18. 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555

Rachel Zoe Sample Sale at Chelsea Market
June 20-22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fans of the famed stylist and designer's wearable glamour should strut on over to Chelsea Market this weekend for an anticipated Rachel Zoe sample sale. Pieces from her eponymous ready-to-wear collection, including accessories and shoes, will be on hand at up to 70 percent off. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave.



Adam Ferrara Talks 'Nurse Jackie' Season Finale

"It just broke my heart," the actor says of one pivotal scene.

June 19, 2013

Adam Ferrara Talks Nurse Jackie Season Finale and Top Gear USA

From his stand-up comedy to his television roles on Rescue Me and Nurse Jackie (in which he plays star Edie Falco's love interest), Adam Ferrara keeps us guessing. A few hours before he hopped a plane to Alaska to shoot an episode of Top Gear USA (a TV series he hosts) we caught up with the Long Island native to get the scoop on Nurse Jackie's season finale, which aired this past weekend on Showtime.

What are your feelings on the way season five of Nurse Jackie ended?
ADAM FERRARA: I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so if it's on your DVR and you haven't seen it yet, I'm announcing spoiler alert. I remember when I read the last script, I was mumbling to myself, 'No coma, no coma, no coma . . . Hey, great, Frank's not in a coma!' But when we did the table read of the last scene, first of all, it broke my heart. I was surprised when she took the pill, it just broke my heart . . . just the way it was written and the way it was done it was like, 'Awww, man.'

How do you like working with Edie Falco?
AF: She's as nice as she is talented. It's a very rare combination. The nice thing about when I first met her, actually, at the audition, was there was this ease between us, there was a familiarity between us. I think it's because we're both from Long Island, so we drank water from the same well growing up, which is great for the characters, too.

And now you're shooting Top Gear, which airs on A&E. Can you tell us a bit about that show?
AF: We get to drive these high-end super cars and we get to pick out cars. We actually did an episode where I have a 1970 Buick Deuce, which is the car my grandfather had . . . It brought back a lot of memories; when I was a kid I remember riding in [my grandfather's Deuce], it smelled like De Nobili cigars. It's like Jersey in a wrapper.

You're off to Alaska in a couple of hours. Do you travel a lot for the show?
AF: Yeah, for Top Gear that's part of the journey. We went to Iceland last year. I drove up a volcano in a 1984 K30 Chevy diesel pickup, with 150 gallons of fuel in the back for the other guys' trucks.  

How did you learn to do that? Do you need any special driving skills?
AF: I went to stunt school. My friend Mike Burke runs Drivers East in New Jersey. But other than that, not really. I just try not to wreck the super cars.  

You're also a stand-up comedian. Do you find that uses different skills than your dramatic roles, like Frank?
AF: I started as a stand-up, then I studied acting with Stephen Book . . . Being a stand-up comedian is something you can't teach. You can teach structure, you can learn how to craft a joke, but it's kind of innate if you want to do it . . . plus, you're not really qualified to do anything else.

Do you still perform in the city?
AF: I don't do it as much as I'd like, only because Nurse Jackie and Top Gear keep me pretty busy, but when you're away from it, it's nice because you come back with fresh eyes and you can re-look at things. I create a lot of my stand-up by listening, so I'll audio record my sets and when I'm on the road I'll listen to it and make notes throughout the day.

Okay, next season on Nurse Jackie. Do you know if you're back? Do you know what's happening?
AF: I know I'm not in a coma!



Parker & Quinn Opens; New Yoga Brunch at STK

Plus: A vegetarian luncheon at Gotham Bar and Grill, Maine guest chef dinner, and more food and drink news.

June 18, 2013

Parker & Quinn brings juicy steaks and cool cocktails to Refinery Hotel
1920s Carrara marble bar at Parker & Quinn 

Parker & Quinn Opens at Refinery Hotel: The new American tavern from the team behind such boîtes as Bungalow Bar impresses with juicy, perfectly charred steaks, farm to table fare, and cool cocktails (absinthe, too). Environs are simple and classic, with saloon-style décor that recalls the 1920s, '60s, and '70s. Executive chef Jeffrey Forrest offers a rotating tasting menu and mixologist Alex Ott provides refreshing summer cocktails (think cucumber and tea infusions) and VIP liquor lockers for frequenters. 63 W. 39th St., 646-664-0310

Vegetarian Luncheon at Gotham Bar and Grill: In celebration of his new vegetarian recipe journal, Greenmarket to Gotham: 36 Farm Produce Recipes, chef Alfred Portale will host a special luncheon on Saturday, June 22. For $75, guests can enjoy a three-course menu of recipes from the book (such as corn agnolotti with favas, tomatoes, and tarragon corn broth), wine pairings from New Zealand Fine Wines, and a signed copy of the new book. Seatings are at noon and 2 p.m. 12 E. 12th St., 212-620-4020 for reservations

Yoga Brunch at STK Rooftop: Weekend brunch can be an indulgent, calorie-soaked affair. Not so at STK Rooftop and Exhale Spa's new bi-monthly Saturday yoga and brunch party. After an hour-long yoga session, revelers can enjoy cocktails and food while a DJ spins in the background. The price is $65, with a $50 credit on your brunch bill. 26 Little W. 12th St., 646-624-2441 

Arrows Dinner: Getting to Maine can be a challenge—especially just for dinner. But for those fans of chef Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier’s acclaimed Ogunquit restaurant, Arrows, the trek just got considerably shorter. The duo will host a dinner at City Grit’s culinary salon in Manhattan on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Courses will include veal burgers, lamb shanks, and chocolate-hazelnut tortes. [Tickets38 Prince St. 

Industry Night at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar: Head to the Mondrian SoHo on Tuesdays after 9 p.m. for $12 pastas and pizza, $30 carafes of wine, and $15 pitches of Peroni. You don’t have to be in the restaurant industry to know this is not-to-be-missed. 9 Crosby St., 212-389-000 



Proenza Schouler Reissues First Collection

The cool New York brand honors its roots at Barneys New York.

June 17, 2013

The "what's old is new" adage rings especially true in New York's fashion world. As such, in partnership with Barneys New York, quintessential New York fashion label Proenza Schouler presents a limited-edition, summertime reissue of its debut fall 2003 collection.

Ten years later, the appropriately named First Collection hits the racks of Barneys once again, as it did when the boutique department store bought the Parsons senior thesis collection of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, collectively known as Proenza Schouler. 

Featuring chic bustier tops, tissue T-shirts, and structured outerwear, First Collection is about much more than nostalgia. These designs, whose inspirations include youth culture and contemporary art, have clearly stood the test of time. So much so, in fact, that Barneys' Madison Avenue window display is featuring pieces from First Collection, the Proenza Schouler archives, plus a creative collaboration between McCollough, Hernandez, and Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman. Perhaps you've noticed those kinetic tanks of moving liquids and lasers vaguely reminiscent of your high school science class? If not, take a look at the above slideshow for a sneak peek. 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900



Renzo Piano Masterpieces at Gagosian

"Fragments" leaves Piano's creative process as exposed as the works themselves.

June 17, 2013

Light and its effect on built space is among the inspirations of Renzo Piano, the famed Italian architect whose work is the subject of an exhibition, "Fragments," opening June 27 at Gagosian Gallery. And the show—described as a "building workshop"—is as three-dimensional and immersive as the creations it presents. 

Twenty-four table-top displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video each walk us through the design process of a single building. Airports, museums, and libraries are featured, as well as private residences. In all, the exhibition accounts for more than 30 years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, including such milestones as Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Kansai International Airport in Osaka; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens; and of course, New York's own Whitney Museum and New York Times Building 

Born in 1937 and raised in Genoa, Italy's idyllic coast, Piano is considered to be the world's most in-demand museum architect, renowned for his ability to create harmony between a building and the environment in which it lives. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop, founded in 1981, now has offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York, and a team of 150 innovative people. Don't miss the five free gallery talks by Renzo Piano Building Workshop architects. 522 West 21st St., 212-741-1717



West Village Welcomes SoulCycle

An old jewelry factory sets the scene for SoulCycle's new studio and headquarters.

June 14, 2013

SoulCycle rides into the West Village
Where the magic happens. 

Rockstar, athlete, warrior, and renegade. Those are just a few of the motivational words emblazoned on studio walls to welcome riders into New York’s newest SoulCycle location in the West Village. “We’ve been looking for a location in the West Village for a long time,” says SoulCycle co-founder and West Village resident Elizabeth Cutler. “We got lucky and found an amazing old jewelry factory at Leroy and Greenwich Streets.”

Dubbed SoulCycle VLGE, the expansive space is home to not only a state-of-the-art cycling studio filled with 57 custom bikes, but it’s also the hub for the region’s teacher training program and the company’s corporate headquarters.

“We’re definitely excited about the space; the 4,000-square-foot studio is our second largest in downtown Manhattan,” says Cutler. The new location also features signature SoulCycle design details, including the Listening Bar, which is an iPod station to preview instructors’ class playlists, a Polaroid Wall, and clothing boutique with exclusive VLGE attire. SoulCycle VLGE opens today! 126 Leroy St.



What We're Reading

A queen's message to young girls, letters from Marilyn Monroe, tweets from Hillary...

June 14, 2013

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has a message for young girls
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has a message for young girls

In a letter that begins, "Dear Girls of the World," Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan delivers an empowering message to young girls via CNN's "Girls Rising" project. The gist? "One girl with courage is a revolution," and there's "much more to you and for you" than "tiaras and cupcakes." Right on. [Buzzfeed] [CNN]

Speaking of powerful and inspiring women, Hillary Clinton graced the social media world with her presence on Twitter this week. Her bio and first two tweets are fun little reads. [Twitter]

Father's Day is this Sunday, and you can bet many fathers and sons will be spending some quality time at their favorite sports bar. Those looking for "kosher" bonding might check out the newly opened Gotham Burger—New York's first kosher sports bar on the Upper West Side. [Eater]

In the New York Post, writer Sara Stewart previews Love Marilyn. The new HBO documentary airs Monday and is based on the late icon's journal and letters, as read by the likes of Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, and Glenn Close. [NY Post]

Is IQ an accurate predictor of success, or even intelligence? Some say no. In Fast Company's Create section, Jessica Grose breaks down some of the insights made in Ungifted, a new book by author Barry Kaufman (who is also an NYC adjunct assistant professor of psychology) about re-framing traditional definitions of smarts. [Fast Company


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