Last Night's Parties: Jill Zarin Auctions Art; Brendan Fraser (Against All Odds) Continues To Have A Career

by Mara Siegler · November 22, 2010

This weekend was good for parties of all types. Jill Zarin auctioned off art for GLAAD, Elling made its Broadway debut, fashionsistas clamored to the "Balenciaga: Spanish Master" exhibit, and Snooki promoted smush smushing safely.


Where: Metropolitan Pavillion

Who Was There: Jill Zarin, David LaChapelle, Amanda Lepore, Daphne Guiness, Alex McCord, Simon Van Kempen, Sheree Whitfield, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Other Details: Plenty of Housewives came out for the the 9th annual silent art auction celebrating established and emerging artists.  RHONY Bethenny Frankel was noticeably absent, as was Sonja Morgan who recently announced bankruptcy. David LaChapelle accepted this years Out in Art Award.

-Opening Night for the Broadway Premiere of ELLING

Where:The Ethel Barrymore Theater

Who Was There: Rachel Dratch, TR Knight, Sam Rockwell, Angela Lansbury, Blair Brown, Brendan Fraser, Jennifer Coolidge, Denis O'Hare, Jeremy Shamos, George Takei, Jennifer Coolidge

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Other Details: Brendan Fraser is still working! I'm sorry to the legions of fans of Bedazzled and Monkeybone, but I find this surprising. He stars in this play about a pair of socially impaired men who learn to live on their own after two years in a mental institution. The critics say it's good. There are no mummies involved. [Via]

"HAPPY HEARTS FUND Land of Dreams: Thailand

Where:Metropolitan Pavilion

Who Was There: Petra Nemcova, Jennifer Hudson, Quincy Jones, The Edge, John Forte, Anja Rubik, Russel Simmons

Other Details: Happy Hearts Fund rebuilds happy, self -sustaining schools after natural disasters.  John Forte and Jennifer Hudson both gave performances for this amazing cause. [Via]



AVENUE Magazine 35th Anniversary Celebration

Where: Lavo

Who Was There: Tinsley Mortimer, Dabney Mercer, Mario Buatta, Nina Griscom, Lionel Piraino, Paul Lerner, Arthur Wayne, Peter Davis, Meredith Ostrom, Danny Stahl, Carlos de Souza

Other Details:Members of Manhattan's upper crust came out to celebrate the anniversary with cocktails and plenty of air kissing, dahlings.


Opening Celebration for "Balenciaga: Spanish Master"

Where: Queen Sofia Spanish Institute

Who Was There: Hamish Bowles, Agat Borne, Ari Wiseman, Alexandra Coture, Lisa Fine

Other Details: Conceived by designer Oscar de la Renta and curated by Vogue's European Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles, the exhibit displays over seventy items from the Cristobal Balenciaga. This includes the "Infanta" gown from his 1939 collection, a silk-gazar dress from 1967 and the 1957 wedding dress worn by Sonsoles Díez de Rivera.

Snooki's 23rd Birthday

Where: Pacha

Who Was There: Snooki, Kim Granatell, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Deena Cortese, Jionni LaValle, Claire Pavlinec Jonathan Cheban

Other Details: The cast of Jersey came out to celebrate Snooki on her big day. The event was sponsored by Lifestyle condoms  who gave out free samples making it a safe (and classy, I'm sure) affair. Sean Kingston sang "Happy Birthday," to the tiny tan one.  [Via]