Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New York Times: What’s Been Going On Besides COVID– Some People Are Out There Having Fun, Doing Good Things


Young Friends of Save Venice Murano Nights event, held at Casa Cipriani, received a surprise guest when Jay-Z walked through the event treating Chair Lizzie Asher, host Casey Kohlberg and actress Patina Miller to an added dose of star power.

We hear former supermodel Ivy Nicholson, whose images were recently exhibited at a retrospective tribute to photographer Victor Arimondi by Artist Don Hershman at Salomon Arts Gallery, has passed away. Before becoming homeless in her later years, she was most known during her career as a Factory regular performing in many Andy Warhol films.

The 24th Annual Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Gala in New York City featured a live musical performance by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and very special guest artist Warren Haynes.

Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Dr. Kevan Shokat, Deborah Kamali, Mark Fedyk, Erica Feinberg, Matthew Waller, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Jonny Chris Wragge and Vinnie Cammarata.

The Viennese Opera Ball hosted a Swing Dinner Dance Gala, a change up to their traditional Opera Ball, at a private club in Manhattan. Notable attendees included: President of the Viennese Opera Ball Silvia Frieser, event chair and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Consul General of Austria in New York The Honorable Helene Steinhaeusl, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York Michael Haider, Sonia Nassery Cole, Michele Herbert and Richard Johnson.

Baron of dining Nello Balan just off the plane from visiting Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi rushed to Casa Cipriani.

We hear Keiko Aoki, widow of Rocky Aoki of Benihana is elevating New Yorker dinner parties this holiday seasons with her new concept for dining at Home. Chef Omakase customers experience a meal prepared by a private chef in their home from a choice of cuisines and menus.

Mike Milken’s Prostate Cancer Foundation celebrated its 25th Annual New York Gala at the Plaza Hotel bringing together the Worlds of Finance, Sport and Entertainment with Wall Street Titans including John Paulson, Leon Black, and Todd Boehly; Sports legends Yankees Joe Torre, Pittsburgh Steelers Owner Robert Citrone, and Anaheim Angels baseball team owner Arte Moreno. Entertainer Whoopi Goldberg helped Emcee the event which raised a breathtaking $5 Million for cancer research. The Entertainment centerpiece of the evening was Andrea Bocelli’s performance with his 10-year-old daughter Virginia Bocelli of ‘Hallelujah’ alongside David Foster and his wife Katharine McPhee.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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