February 18, 2006 |
The grand piano of late cabaret singer Bobby Short sold for $132,000 in an auction of his personal effects, auction house Christie's said. The piano, a 1971 black lacquer Bechstein kept in Short's Manhattan apartment, had a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. A monogrammed Cartier silver ice bucket sold for $18,000 and an Art Deco wrought iron fire screen brought $12,000, the auction house said.
October 31, 2002
Maria Elena Fernandez had a decidedly different experience at Ivar than I did on a recent Saturday night ("Choose the mood," Oct. 24). Anger was my "unchosen" mood. This is likely because she entered knowingly into the owner's promotion scheme, whereas I was an unwitting participant. I was invited to a birthday party and was told to get to the club around 10 p.m. I was on a "priority" guest list and my cover was being waived. My friend and I arrived around 10:30 p.m. to find 150 people waiting outside.
October 9, 1989 |
Malcolm McLaren's multimedia event on Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium--partially benefiting the Rainforest Foundation and incorporating aspects of New York fashion culture with Brazilian music and dance--was predictably, irresistibly pretentious: We can hang out with the Warhol set and get down with the south-of-the-equator conga crowd too, it begged attendees to brag.
December 22, 1997 |
Christmas came early for a pair of online magazines. Last week, Feed (http://www.feedmag.com) raised more than $250,000 from a group of private investors that includes computer guru Esther Dyson and former MTV Networks Chief Executive David Horowitz. Feed co-founders Steven Johnson and Stefanie Syman persuaded them to invest in their irreverent, New York-based culture magazine after making a presentation at the prestigious Angel Breakfast in July.
March 28, 1993 |
STRAIGHT UP OR ON THE ROCKS: A Cultural History of American Drink by William Grimes (Simon and Schuster: $18; 183 pp.). You can just hear the tipsy spirit of journalist H. L. Mencken in these pages, toasting the cocktail as "the greatest of all the contributions of the American way of life to the salvation of humanity."
February 3, 2008 |
Betrayed A Play George Packer Faber & Faber: 128 pp., $13 paper IN January 2007, George Packer went to Iraq to write for the New Yorker about Iraqis risking their lives to work with the Americans there. "Their American employers in general regarded their welfare as a bureaucratic nuisance," he writes in the introduction to "Betrayed," a play based on the resulting article.