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Gifts Galore: 25 Gifts for Foodies

Ultimate treats, kitchenwares, cookbooks and more for the gastronomes on your list

December 14, 2011

—April Walloga


Marianne Faithfull Sings at City Winery

Rock ’n’ roll chanteuse Marianne Faithfull does a three-night stint at City Winery.

December 14, 2011

Marianne Faithfull
Catch singer Marianne Faithfull—’60s flower child and former girlfriend of Mick Jagger—at City Winery December 18–20. One of the most distinguished female singer-songwriters to come out of the UK, Faithfull will perform songs from her prolific career and selections from her new album, Horses in High Heels, which is her 23rd release in the US. (Tickets: $65, $75, $85; concert and meet-and-greet, $100) City Winery, 155 Varick St.

—jessica ferri


The Nutcracker at BAM

American Ballet Theatre’s acclaimed production of the holiday classic comes to BAM.

December 14, 2011

American Ballet Theatre
presents Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker this season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with choreography by ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. Last year, New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay wrote, “American Ballet Theatre has a production like no other, made with complete theatrical authority from first to last. The poetry of Alexei Ratmansky’s vision is very striking. I’m impatient to see it again.” With scene and costume design by Richard Hudson (The Lion King), the show is bound to be unforgettable. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn

—jessica ferri


The Adventures of Tintin...and the Z-100 Jingle Ball

Steven Spielberg turns out a great film, and Lady Gaga comes back to where it all began.

December 13, 2011

Steven Spielberg

Kids aren’t a priority in Manhattan—as they are in the rest of the country—until Christmas, when hard-working New Yorkers relent and buy back their children’s love by taking them to Z-100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden at $400 a ticket. This year’s took place last Friday and featured some of 2011’s most sizzling headliners: Demi Lovato, Gym Class Heroes, David Guetta, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and LMFAO. 

“I met Gaga before anybody else even knew her,” said Redfoo of LMFAO on the red carpet. “I let her perform front of us in LA. She’d never performed in LA before. I saw the tight space pants and that booty and said, ‘Yeah, baby…’”

Onstage, Gaga mentioned that as a kid Jingle Ball was her “very first live concert” and that she told her mom that night, “I want to be a performer!”

Back on the carpet, Travie McCoy mentioned to reporters that he plans to quit smoking in the New Year. “You guys should never start,” he said. On his hands were tattoos of Daryl Hall’s face, and he said that when he showed them to Hall for the first time he said, “I don’t want to get into the implications of what that’s going to do for your sex life.” McCoy wore hip high tops printed with sketches by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The press line was interrupted momentarily when Hot Chelle Rae met fans that had won a contest. One female tween sobbed convulsively as she received hugs from the group.

Onstage, Pittbull jumped and screamed and sweated. He seemed full of bluster and swagger, but perhaps not so brimming with talent. When Gaga began to sing, everyone was looking for her before her face appeared in a display of Christmas trees onstage. She was wedged between two evergreens. She had everyone raise a hand and do her trademark cat paw at one point.

While the music is good, the act skews young in person. Her last outfit was super-skimpy, and she got on a big motorcycle with antlers. The show ended with gun blasts of red confetti. 

A Winning Tintin
On Sunday, The Adventures of Tintin premiered at the Ziegfeld. The 3-D animated action-detective story is Steven Spielberg’s present to children for the holidays. On the red carpet, Bill Hader told Dispatches that, “Spielberg made my favorite movie of all time, Jaws.”

“The first time I ever saw a Tintin album [penned by Hergé], I was in my thirties,” Spielberg, who directed the film, told me. “I just wish it hadn’t taken me 28 years to get to this project.”

How was it working with producer Peter Jackson?  “A great combination,” he said. “We love working together. We never disagree. We see solutions, pitch to each other, make it funnier.”

Spielberg’s lunch partner that day, George Lucas, also walked the carpet. “It’s incredibly popular in Europe,” offered co-producer Kathleen Kennedy (The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit), admitting that she and Spielberg won’t get a cut if the film makes sales of Tintin in print go through the roof.

Merry Christmas, descendents of Hergé.

—jeffrey slonim
photograph by gettyimages.com


Gifts Galore: 25 Beauty Gifts

A virtual visit to the beauty counter reveals the season's most coveted boutique and specialty beauty gifts.

December 13, 2011

—April Walloga


Nan Goldin’s “Scopophilia” at Matthew Marks Gallery

Catch photographer Nan Goldin’s personal exhibit this month.

December 13, 2011

A work by Nan Goldin

New York photographer Nan Goldin pairs her own images with photographs of classic art from the Louvre in the exhibition “Scopophilia” at Matthew Marks Gallery (through December 23). Scopophilia means “the love of looking,” and this show is deeply autobiographical—Goldin explores the inspiration behind her photographs, showcasing them next to images of priceless art she was allowed to photograph with the Louvre’s special permission. This creative mélange of modern and classic art is not to be missed. Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd St., 212-243-0200

—jessica ferri


Kate Spade’s Dixon Place Blaine Bag

Pick up the perfect carryall bag for everyday.

December 13, 2011

Named for the Lower East Side theater where up-and-coming playwrights and performers thrive, the Dixon Place Blaine bag ($325) by Kate Spade is a perfect bag for “carrying scripts while dashing off to your next audition,” or for giving to any professional, stylish New Yorker. Black and dipped in lacquer, with brown leather handles and a striped interior, the bag is roomy and chic. Kate Spade, 454 Broome St.

—jessica ferri


Editor's Picks: Fashion-Forward Apps

In search of style inspiration? Editor in chief Samantha Yanks has an app for that.

December 12, 2011


Gift of the Day: Goody Grams Shot Glasses

Both stylish and masculine, these animal mount glasses are the perfect gift for couples.

December 12, 2011

As couples gifts go, men tend to get short shrift. Gift givers searching for the perfect present for a couple often settle on gilded serving trays, luxury candles and the like. These Goody Grams animal head shot glasses ($140, set of 4) are a manly (and chic) exception. Also available in white at Maison 24, the set includes a ram, bear, reindeer and rabbit glass, each made of solid pewter and able to be balanced on its head. 470 Park Ave., 212-355-2414

See all of Gotham's 2011 Gifts of the Day here.

—April Walloga


Charlize Theron Nails Young Adult

Young Adult premieres, and Lauren Bush Lauren does more good through FEED.

December 12, 2011


Charlize Theron

Young Adult is the bittersweet story of a heavy-drinking author of young adult fiction, played by the altitudinous Charlize Theron, who returns to her Minnesota hometown to pick up her high school flame (played by Patrick Wilson). His loving wife just gave birth to their daughter. It is the tale of a woman with a painful lack of self-awareness who finds some redemption in a classic hometown where good people have been left behind—allegedly unfulfilled.  

At the premiere on Thursday at the Ziegfeld, Theron wore an orange leather number by Dior with an unintentional hole in the back. (Whoops.) Speaking of her own high school experience in South Africa, Theron called it “conservative.”  The uniform? A light-blue dress with a navy blazer and Mary Janes.

Patton Oswalt, who plays opposite her in the film, recently told Gotham, “It was jeans and a T-shirt for me. Then, when I got a little older and the new wave hit our northern Virginia suburbs, I had these really bad new-wave outfits.”

Theron’s Pomeranian from the film, spotted in the arms of its owner on the red carpet, was originally discovered in midtown Manhattan. “Our producer was walking and saw this perfect-looking Pomeranian,” said Jason Reitman, who directed the film. “We turned this dog into a movie star.”

In the film, Theron, wearing a suit by Tory Burch, gets doused with a pitcher of wine. “It was one of those scenes where you have to go full speed,” she said of her freak-out monologue. “It was freezing out,” explained Elizabeth Reaser, who plays the wife of Patrick Wilson’s character.  “We did it a million times, and one time I got it on her face… she was genuinely pissed.”

A Bear Market

Grrreat cause: On a rainy December 7, Sharon Bush and her daughter Lauren Bush Lauren feted their adorable Feed teddy bears at J. McLaughlin, the iconic purveyor of prep.  Designers Douglas Hannant, Rachel Roy and Cynthia Rowley dressed the bears for auction. Swifty’s brought in wee melted-cheese sandwiches and bacon drizzled with maple syrup. Double yum.

Designer Bush Lauren, practically a living saint with her Feed purses and Teddy Share Bears created with her beautiful mom, who wore a green plaid taffeta dress by Ralph Lauren (natch). Lauren’s sister, Ashley, helped sell bears. According to Sharon, when Theodore Roosevelt was president he went hunting, couldn’t bag a bear and was asked to shoot a bear cub tied to a tree. He refused. “A toymaker heard the story and invented the teddy bear,” she says. Sharon and Lauren have partnered with Teddy Roosevelt IV and his family’s foundation, so the new Teddy Share Bear is emblazoned with “the presidential seal.” 

Buy one, and one goes to Ronald McDonald House. “In other cities,” she explained, “the second bear will go to local children’s hospitals.” One auction lot from the event, which includes two theater tickets to Hugh Jackman’s fab one-man Broadway show and a backstage pass, is now trading on Charitybuzz.com for $10,000.

—jeffrey slonim
photograph by gettyimages.com

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