Last Night's Parties: John Leguizamo's 'Ghetto Klown' Opens, Katie Holmes Debuts Short Film

by Mara Siegler · March 23, 2011

John Leguizamo opened his one man show "Ghetto Klown," to a standing ovation, Katie Holmes showed her new short flick for John Frieda at Lavo, graffiti artist John "Crash" Matos revealed his new line for TUMI, Forbes celebrated Clark Hulling and more.  Find out what happened last night!

Opening Night for "Ghetto Klown" & Afterparty [More photos HERE]

Where: The Lyceum Theatre, Top of the Standard

Who Was There: Fisher Stevens, John Leguizamo, Ben Stiller, Andre Balazs, Cedric The Entertainer, Ari Gold, Ally Sheedy, Willie Garson, Colin Quinn

Other Details: John Leguizamo's new one man show "Ghetto Klown" opened last night and he gave a hyped-up, intensely emotional performance. The play delves into his struggle to be an actor and lashes out with hilarious tales of working with Sean Penn, Steven Seagal, Al Pacino and Kurt Russell, as well as delving into his personal relationships with his parents and wife. A sample: Baz Luhrmann grabbed his balls during an audition. There is also plenty of dancing. He received a standing ovation and raves from the audience. After the show, theatergoers head to the Top of the Standard where the man of the hour greeted fans and hung out with his wife and the show's director, Fisher Steven. Take a look at more photos HERE.

JOHN FRIEDA Precision Home Colour to Unveil THE DECISION a Short Film Starring KATIE HOLMES [More photos HERE]

Where: Lavo

Who Was There: Katie Holmes, Alison Brie, Brian Mazza, Tinsley Mortimer, Cindy Barshop, Julie Benz, Jessica Phillips, Joe Zee, Kelly Bensimon, Kim Stolz, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer

Other Details:Katie Holmes has gone from Joey Potter to Tom Cruise Scientology slave to hair color endorser. It's an impressive trajectory. Last night Katie attended the premier of her hair color short film (read: long commercial) for John Frieda at Lavo. Called "The Decision" (internal cringe over Lerbon wounds), she take a courageous leap out of her comfort zone to play Joan Hudson, a high-profile actress who decides to sack her colourist and dye her own hair instead. The stills that have been previously released are in black and white to add dramatic effect and apparently draw NO attention at all to what they are about-hair color. Be sure to take a look at more photos HERE.

CHRISTOPHER FORBES and JACK A. MORRIS, Jr. host a private reception of HULINGS Reflections: Celebrating the Life of CLARK HULINGS [More photos HERE]

Where: The Forbes Galleries

Who Was There: Kevin Burns, Kip Forbes, Louis Vincent, Jack A. Morris, Elizabeth Hulings, Derek Warburton, Alex Geana, Bibhu Mohapatra

Other Details: Clark Hulings passed away on February 2.  Guests came to Forbes Galleries last night to celebrate his life and work.  His signature subjects were market scenes and his affection for donkeys was a trademark. The show will run until Sept. 10. Be sure to check out the photos HERE.

TUMI and Graffiti Artist John "Crash" Matos Launch the Tumi TAG Limited Edition Collection

Where: 356 West 12th Street

Who Was There: Parise Sellitti, John "Crash" Matos, Phillip Bloch, Scott Drevnig, Jerome Griffith, Benjamin Bashen, Anna Sui, Chocolatt Jared

Other Details: TUMI threw a party to celebrate their partnership with graffiti artist John "Crash" Matos who has created a limited edition luggage line for the brand called TAG. Guests celebrated with cocktails and watch a neon colored street drumming performance. [Via]


Where: 92Y Tribeca

Who Was There: Alex Libkind, Carmindy, Malik Yusef, Jon Kobrin, Adrienne Ludvigsen, Aaron Mack Schloff, Sekou Carradine

Other Details: Carmindy, the celebrity make-up artist for "What Not To Wear" celebrated her new app last night for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and  the Apple iPad. It enables the user to create their own custom profiles by picking skin tone, eye colour, hair color and delivers the ability to browse eight step-by-step beauty tutorials.