Last Night's Parties: Movie Goers Take Magic Trip, Ai Weiwei's New York Photos Go On Display

by Mara Siegler · July 27, 2011

Julie Taymor and other guests came out for a screening of the tapes taken by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters;  HaChi Downtown opened its doors; the Asia Society previewed its Ai Weiwei exhibit; and a fire dancer did his thing at a firehouse. Last night's parties were smoking!

Premiere of Magnolia Pictures and History Films' MAGIC TRIP: KEN KESEY'S SEARCH FOR A COOL PLACE

Where: Sunshine Landmark, Vault at Pfaff's

Who Was There: Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood, Hannah Bronfman, Alice Callahan, Voula Douval, Lenay Dunn, Chanel Farrell, Halley Feiffer, Charles Ferguson, Genevieve Jones, Nanette Lepore, Kevin Manno, Nicole Miller, Jennifer Missoni, Meredith Ostrom, Nev Schulman,Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal

Other Details: If you are a fan of the hippies and the Beats, you will love this film. An edited version of the tapes taken by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in 1964, it follows the LSD dropping troupe on their legendary bus ride in Furthur and the beginning and end to the Acid Tests, giving a glimpse of what the  people you read about in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test were like in real life. This includes the iconic Neal Cassady, known as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On The Road, who was also the driver for Kesey and company. Kerouac also makes an appearance, sitting on a couch drinking beer and seeming subdued. Additonally, there are scenes with Alan Ginsberg, Larry McMurty, the Grateful Dead and other leading figures of the time. After the flick, guests head to the Vault at Pfaff's. [Via]

Contemporary Asian Restaurant & Lounge, HaChi, Opens Downtown [Take a look at more pictures HERE!]

Where: HaChi Downtown

Other Details: HaChi Restaurant & Lounge celebrated its grand opening last night at their downtown location. Guests mingled over cocktails and appetizers at the contemporary Asian and French inspired two-story restaurant, that mixes the tranquility of a Japanese garden with the style of an upscale lounge. Be sure to take a look at images HERE.

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THE GQ CANDIDATE by Keli Goff Book Release Party

Where: Tracy Reese Flagship

Who Was There: Susan Fales-Hill, Keli Goff, Dylan Ratigan, Kate Betts

Other Details: Blogger and political commentator Keli Goff hit Tracy Reese to help promote her new book "The GQ Candidate." It follows the changes within a group of friends when one of their own places a presidential bid. "There are so many other characters sprinkled in this book that those people who are real followers of politics are going to [have] fun with a guessing game about who certain characters are based on," she told HuffPo.

Private Viewing and Reception for AI WEIWEI: NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHS 1983-1993

Where: The Asia Society

Who Was There: Eiko Assael, Lisa Bytner, Stephanie Foster, Whitney Connor, Ruth Fleischmann, Vishakha Desai, Stephanie Foster, Fab Five Freddy

Other Details: The Asia Society previewed it's exhibit of New York photographs by China's dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who was recently detained by Chinese authorities for two months. He recently joined Google+, marking a return to social media, and has posted many of the NYC photos there. [Via]

SkillSlate Pivot Party [Take a look at more pictures HERE!]

Where: DCTV Firehouse

Other Details: SkillSlate, a classifieds website where customers post requests and service providers respond, hosted their self-branded Pivot Party at  DCTV Firehouse. Guests enjoyed a performance by Matthew Pagliaro, a fire performer who danced with flammable balls and chains- Thank God the party was at a firehouse! Be sure to take a look at images HERE.