Last Night's Parties: Fashion Elite Screen Bill Cunningham Doc, Theatergoers Sustain Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mara Siegler · February 1, 2011

Fancy fashion people put on their stilettos and braved the slush to pay tribute to Bill Cunningham, Bruce Vilanch feted cabaret stars and nightlife performers, a Dexter star hit the Great White Way and Fred Armisen talked marriage. Sounds exciting, right? Let's take a look!

Opening Night Performance and Party for GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES

Where: Second Stage Theatre,  Dopo Teatro

Who Was There: Pablo Schreiber, Rajiv Joseph, Jennifer Carpenter, Judith Light, Zoe Kazan, John Slattery, Carolyn McCormick, Byron Jennings, Daniel Breaker, Eric Bogosian, Julie White, Victor Garber

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Other Details: NY Times commenters are loving Rajiv Joseph's play that just opened on Broadway! Jennifer Carpenter, of "Dexter" fame, and Pablo Schreiber, are on stage the entire hour and a half of "Gruesome Playground Injuries," even changing clothes in full view of the audience what seemed like 20 times," says one, while another stated "Well worth your time. Terrific acting, fine writing and simple, nuanced design." [Via]

9th Annual Nightlife Awards

Where: Town Hall

Who Was There: Bruce Vilanch, Allan Harris, Scott Siegel, Julie Halston, Billy Stritch, Karen Oberlin, Christine Ebersole, Nellie McKay, Karen Olivo

Other Details: Last night's awards brought out the best of the best in the city's entertainers. Christine Ebersole (Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist In a Major Engagement), Colin Quinn (Awarded Outstanding Comedian In a Major Engagement, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey (Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group In a Major Engagement) gave performances as Bruce Vilanch doled out the honors. We've got a bunch of pics! Take a look at the gallery HERE.

Meet The Players: "Portlandia"

Where: Apple Store Soho

Who Was There: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

Other Details: SNL's Fred Armisen and Sleater Kinney's Carrie Brownstein got together to discuss their new show on IFC "Portlandia," which features sketches that unveil the '90s-ish subculture of the Oregon city. The pair previously worked together on the Internet show “ThunderAnt" and said they hadn’t originally planned on turning their act into a TV show. “We just wanted to get married at first,” said Brownstein. “Then we were like, you know what would last longer is to just do a show together.” Armisen countered, “We wanted to make a baby, and we made ‘Portlandia.'”[Via]

Calvin Klein Collection & CFDA Host Special Screening of "Bill Cunningham New York"

Where: Crosby Street Hotel

Who Was There: Ginta Lapina, Italo Zucchelli, Philip Gefter (Producer), Francisco Costa, Richard Press (Director), Carolyn Murphy, Alix Browne, Hamish Bowles, Lauren Remington Platt, Annabel Tollman, Linda Fargo, Fabiola Beracasa, Amanda Brooks, Steven Kolb, Grace Coddington, Sarah Cristobal

Other Details: The New York TimesBill Cunningham has been slinging sartorial know-how for 50-plus years and was the progenitor of the street style shot. Fashion big wigs came out last night for CFDA and Calvin Klein-hosted screening of the new documentary about his life, Bill Cunningham New York to pay tribute. Bill was not in attendance, but everyone else was. [Via]