Last Night's Parties: Padded Cotton Candy Walls at Performa, Movie Stars Raise Money For Haiti

by Chiara Atik · November 8, 2010

Sometimes, the same old "cocktails, appetizers on a tray, walking around in a hotel room" party thing can get boring. Sometimes you need to spice things up. Sometimes you need to put guests in a windowless room padded entirely with cotton candy. We're New Yorkers; we thrive on a little madness....-

Performa presents The Red Party 2010 Gala

Where: 508 West 37th Street

Who Was There: Alan Cumming, Ashley Simko, Anne Hathaway, RoseLee Goldberg, Cindy Sherman

Other Details: The evening was "inspired by the spirit of Russian Constructivism." In case you, like us, have no idea what that means, Ashley Simko elaborates a little bit on twitter: "...Cotton candy covered rooms, marching bands seranading a sea of celebrating comrades, etc." (Yeah, we said a little.) Anne Hathaway was there (in red, of course), and Alan Cumming played Master of Ceremonies.



Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's "Kids For Kids Carnival"

Where: Skylight Studios

Who was there: Tiki Barber, Traci Lynn Johnson, Mariska Hargitay, Sherri Shepherd, Tinsley Mortimer, Adrienne Bailon, Vincent Piazza of Boardwalk Empire.

Other Details: Star and their children got their face painted, listened to stories and decorated 77kids by American eagle jeans with feathers, glitter and paint. Twenty restaurants from Dos Caminos to Billy's Bakery to Serendipity were on hand to serve up free samples of one signature dish.


Premiere of Morning Glory

Where: Clearview Cinemas Ziegfeld

Who Was There: Rachel McAdams, JJ Abrams, Hoda Kotb, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, George Stephanopoulos, Natasha Bedingfield, Patrick Wilson

Other Details: The after party was held at the Central Park Boathouse, an unusual, but elegant choice for a movie premiere. The stars of the movie, (Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford), attended without their respective significant others (Michael Sheen, Calista Flockhart). Also, Harrison Ford wore bright red socks. Like, bright red





Opening Night Of The Merchant Of Venice

Where: E Space

Who Was There: Al Pacino, Lily Rabe, Michael Rabe, Jesse L Martin, Jesse Tyler, Zach Quinto, Sutton Foster, Bobby Carnavale, Judith Light, Pablo Shreiber

Other Details: Actress Lily Rabe surprised everyone by resuming the role of Portia for Opening Night on Sunday: her mother, the remarkable actress Jill Claybourgh, died on Friday. Rabe was out for what was supposed to be press previews, but returned last night and attended the opening night party with her brother, Michael Rabe. Not to be cheesy, but that's a true testament to the "show must go on" attitude exemplified by the American Showbiz family. [via]

The Setai New York Grand Opening

Where: Setai NYC

Who Was There: GIlian Miniter, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Sharon Bush, Nina Freudenberger, DJ Kiss

Other Details: At the opening, the Setai's mixologist told the WSJ that he wanted to create a "power women's bar." The hotel's restaurant, "Ai Fiori" will be run by Michael White.






"Let's Build A School For Haiti" Fundraising Dinner

Where: Millesime, The Carlton Hotel

Who Was There: Gerard Butler, Russel Crowe, Adrien Brody, Paul Haggis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Trudie Styler, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sarandon, Courtney Love

Other Details: Wow, Gerard Butler is quite the fan of the bro hug! We caught him embracing friend Hugh Jackman at an event two weeks ago, and Friday night we found him entwined in the arms of Adrien Brody. What can we say, he's a touchy feely kind of guy!


Six Scents Parfums Launch Party

Where: 80 Greenwich Street

Who Was There: Tavi Gevinson, Becka Diamond, Alice St Clair Erskine, Carol Han, Mike Nouveau

Other Details: The party was in celebration of the latest unisex fragrances from the house of Givaudan. Each scent was only bottled 3,000 times, so the boxes come numbered. Proceeds go to War Child International.