Last Night's Parties: Carnegie Hall Celebrates 120th Anniversary, Susan Sarandon Honored

by Mara Siegler · May 6, 2011

Liev Schreiber was honored at the Israel Film Festival; Susan Sarandon and Donna Karan were honored for being a good mothers; that guy from American Beauty screened his new flick; Iman showed off her "Dream Boudoir;"  and some amazing exhibits opened. Last night's parties didn't care that they had work in the morning!

CARNEGIE HALL Celebrates It's 120th Anniversary (After Party)

Where: Plaza Hotel

Who Was There: Mercedes Bass, Oscar de la Renta, Audra McDonald, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Alan Gilbert, Henry Kissinger, Nina Munk, Alexis Clark, Gillian Miniter, Elaria, Alec Baldwin

Other Details: Carnegie Hall opened its doors for the first time on May 5, 1891, making it 121 years old as of yesterday. CH is like your really cool grandpa. To celebrate its birthday, singer Audra McDonald, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma join the Philharmonic as guest soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. The orchestra also performed Dvorák’s Carnival Overture and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, which had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1928.  It will air on Thirteen if you missed the performance.  [Via]

2011 Outstanding Mother Awards

Where: The Pierre

Who Was There: Susan Sarandon,Joyce Armeli, Donna Karan, Cindi Leive, Kirsten Gillibrand

Other Details: Outstanding moms were honored at this event including Susan Sarandon,Joyce Armeli, Donna Karan, Cindi Leive, and United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. I would not mind being adopted by any of them, provided they buy me a pony and a ton of Lisa Frank stickers. [Via]

The 25th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL VIP Reception

Where: The Plaza Hotel

Who Was There: Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Meir Fenigstein, Mike Burstyn, Tova Feldshuh, Phil Donahue,  Mira Tzur,Tova Feldshuh, Stanley Donen, Adam Sanderson, Estee Meckelberg, Igaal Niddam, Jean Luc Niddam, Jorge Weller,Orly Silbersatz Banai, Roi Warner, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon,Micha Shagrir

Other Details: Liev Schreiber was honored with a top prize last night, the IFF Achievement in Film Award. Festival founder Meir Fenigstein said: "Liev Schreiber is the perfect choice to receive this award as he is one of the most admired and respected actors working today. His incredible work in an impressive variety of films has entertained and inspired audiences worldwide." He's been in 40 films. 40! [Via]

THE CINEMA SOCIETY & GREY GOOSE screening & after party for "THERE BE DRAGONS"

Where: Tribeca Grand Hotel, Soho Grand Hotel

Who Was There: Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko, Rodrigo Santoro, Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino & Chris Backus, Lee Daniels, Christopher McDonald, Judd Hirsch, Russell Simmons, Albert Hammond Jr., Vincent Piazza, Olivia Palermo, Meredith Ostrom, Celine Rattray, Gregg Bello, Tinsley Mortimer, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva

Other Details: Last night Cinema Society and Grey Goose screened There Be Dragons, a flick staring the kid from American Beauty who sells pot and is fascinated by plastic bags in the wind. Where has he been?  He fell off for a bit with drug problems, but has apparently cleaned up. Good for him. After the movie, guests head over to Soho Grand, where they sipped Grey Goose cocktails. Gabby Sidibe, who has become more well known as of late for holding court on a couch at every Cinema Society party, was absent. Where was she? Is she alright? You sick girl? Something happen?  Holla at me Precious. [Via]

"DESIGN ON A DIME" Benefit Event

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion

Who Was There: Derek Fabulous, John Bartlett,Fern Mallis, Nick Olsen, Miles Redd, Daniel Pafford, Mick Ruiz, Joseph Magnone, June Ambrose,  Nathan Thomas, Yeppa Banks, Leila Stahl-Yohalem, Sonia Langlotz, Laura Thomas, Robyn Arvedon, Lily Miller, Katherine Beedie, Phil Tracy, Simon Van Kempen, Alex McCord, Gail Shields-Miller, Katherine Beedie, Kathleen Cunningham, Justin Keller, James Mansfield, George Nunno

Other Details: Furniture created by big name interior designers including fashion model Iman and MTV's vice president of design went on sale during Housing Works annual event.   Iman and style expert Robert Verdi created something called "Dream Boudoir," and  Bravo TV's "Top Design 2" winner Nathan Thomas made a "fantasy walk-in closet."  Sounds sexxxy. [Via]

Nicolas Pol, Sick Atavus of the New Blood, presented by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld [More photos HERE]

Where: 560 Washington Street

Who Was There: Nicolas Pol, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Carine Roitfeld, Sante D'Orazio, Natalia Kills,  Derek Blasberg,  Michelle Harper, Lincoln Pilcher, Stephen Gan, Lisa de Kooning, Stephen Gan, Stefano Tonchi, Lorenzo Martone, Douglas Friedman

Other Details: Vladimir Restoin Rotifeld transformed the industrial setting of 560 Washington Street into a guerilla museum space to present Nicolas Pol: Sick Atavus of the New Blood . The Paris -based artist's exhibit is a web of contradiction that pits the classical with the delinquent featuring a suite of 20 new paintings and 16 drawings.Take a look at more photos HERE.

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DAVID LACHAPELLE Early Work: 1984-1987 EXHIBITION OPENING

Where: Michelman Fine Art

Who Was There: Daphne Guinness, David LaChapelle, Amanda Lepore, Rebecca Michelman, Stephanie Walczak, Karen Boyer

Other Details: Chances are if you have eyeballs, you recognize the work of David LaChapelle.   His early work, which has not been seen in over 20 years, is on display and depicts elaborate theatrical fantasies on the themes of religion, sex, death, politics, money and consumption. And, being that he hung out with Warhol, there is also one of him.

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ALEXANDRA LEBENTHAL and MICHELLE SMITH host cocktails to celebrate GRAYCE BY MOLLY SIMS

Where: Private Residence

Who Was There: Alexandra Lebenthal, Molly Sims, Michelle Smith, Yaz Hernandez, Robin Meltzer, Lizzie Meltzer, Michelle Smith, Mimi Brown, Alexandra Lebenthal, Bettina Zilkha

Other Details: Fancy types got together to celebrate the newest addition to Molly Sims Grayce collection jewelry line. Does Molly Sims make you want to buy sparkly crap? Does she make you want to but anything that is NOT a Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?