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Social Safari: May The Force of Music Be With You

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Saturday, July 9, 2016

New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala, Art Southampton, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, Mariinsky Ballet and American Ballet Theater

Darth Vader vs. Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly and her husband, Doug Brunt, led the applause at the New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala, a celebration of composer John Williams’ iconic film scores. The Fox News star joked,“We crossed to the Dark Side,” after posing with Darth Vader . The engaging evening conducted by David Newman featured film clips from Star Wars, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and my personal favorite, Born on the Fourth of July. Special event chair and composer Karen LeFrak, who just had a composition of hers titled “Gentle Memories” added to the repertoire of the Mariinsky Ballet, greeted violinist Joshua Bell, Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman, Didi and Oscar Schafer, Daisy Soros, Matthew Van Besien, and Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, who’s on the orchestra’s board and hosts their radio broadcasts. He said of his role, “I’m not a member of the Philharmonic; I feel like I’m the batboy on the Yankees.” John Williams says, “I’m enormously grateful people have embraced this music, and it’s brought them to orchestral music in the way that it has for many younger people. I don’t make a particular distinction between ‘high art’ and ‘low art.’ Music is there for everybody. It’s a river we can all put our cups into, and drink it, and be sustained by it.” The 84-year-old legend added, “You’re never anywhere near finished. So the idea of retiring or putting it aside is unthinkable. There’s too much to learn.” The Phil’s season runs through July 29.

Brooke Shields’ Wild Side

Brooke Shields was first exposed to the New York Academy of Art during their infamous “Take Home A Nude” benefit. “I’ve always loved nudes,” the actress confessed. The relationship with the school continued to flourish because of her friendship with the noted painter Will Cotton, a senior critic there. Cotton painted portraits of Brooke and her children Rowan and Grier. On July 7 Brooke will open the Academy’s “Call of the Wild,” an exhibition at Art Southampton at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton themed around the animal kingdom that she cocurated with David Kratz, the organization’s president. She says, “I’m so lucky that I keep having different areas of creativity available to me; it’s always such a gift.” As to her future Brooke said “There’s much more to come.” This includes her new detective series Dearly Depotted on the Hallmark Channel. Art Southampton’s Nick  Korniloff said, “We will also be presenting work from more than 70 international galleries.”

Jennifer Lopez Decorates Kips Bay

Bunny Williams, Jamie Drake and Margaret Russell chaired the 44th Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club’s Decorator Show House, which featured rooms by 21 designers. This A–list included Alex Papachristidis, Harry Heissmann, Clive Christian and Gil Walsh, who used a photo by Tony Duran of Jennifer Lopez, who is an alumna of the Club’s Bronx center, in her room. Lopez said, “I can honestly say that I don’t know where I’d be without the Club.” Over the shows 44-year history, America’s top interior designers have been showcased, including the late Albert Hadley and David Barrett, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Mario Buatta, Victoria Hagen, Scott Snyder, Ellie Cullman, Geoffrey Bradfield, Charlotte Moss, Martyn Bullard and Campion Platt. For more than a hundred years the Club has provided after–school programs for NYC children.

Fox News Legal Eagle Weds

Attorney and TV commentator Arthur Aidala married his law partner Marianne Bertuna in a forest of flowering branches and orchids in the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. Four hundred guests—including more judges than I could count, as well as Geraldo Rivera, Alan Dershowitz, State Senator Martin Golden, Lisa Evers and Shepard Smith—were treated to an uproarious ceremony that contained some unusual vows. Arthur pledged to hold Marianne’s “beauty and spa time sacrosanct,” and pledged “to do very little legal work during weekends in the Hamptons.” The next day Arthur cohosted a golf outing with Rudy Giuliani and Lawrence Taylor to benefit the Brooklyn Bar Association, of which he is their 100th president. Arthur gave his bride a blue Bentley convertible as a token of his love. It’s the only way really.

Flesh and Bone

Prima ballerina assoluta Irina Dvorovenko, who stars in the TV series Flesh and Bone, and her dance partner and husband, Maxim Beloserkovsky, hosted a dinner at Lincoln for British ballet star Xander Parish. The dancer made his American Ballet Theatre debut in their elegant production of Sylvia by Frederick Ashton with Isabella Boylston. Parish, who was on loan from the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, stunned the audience withhis high jumps and long line. On another night Mathias Heymann, on loan from the Paris Opera Ballet, and Gillian Murphy soared in Le Corsaire.

Safari Roundup

Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger sampled the summer menu at Haven Rooftop in Brandon and Hank Freid’s Sanctuary Hotel, which has hosted everyone from Liam Neeson to Rosario Dawson. . . . . . Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka took their children, Gideon and Harper, to Harlem Eat Up! the food festival founded by Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz. The kids had their first encounter with escargot. . . . . . Nobu’s Drew Nieporent, chef David Burke and Jean Shafiroff, the author of Successful Philanthropy, were honored at the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope event. The awards were engraved frying pans. . . . . . Hillary Clinton and Madonna are among those who have collected accessories by designer Melody Mayer, who opened her new shop WearWithAll in East Hampton. . . . . . Don’t miss the Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional Love Gala on July 16, which will feature music by society band leader Alex Donner.

Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan


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