Last Night's Parties: Padma Lakshmi Hosts Annual Blossom Ball, Opening Ceremony Hits Boom Boom For Japan

by Mara Siegler · March 21, 2011

Padma Lakshmi brought Brazilian Carnival dancers to a fancy ball, the cool kids hit Boom Boom Room to party for Japan,  "Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical" opened to rave reviews, and Tina Fey gave some thought to how she would come out of the closet. Find out what happened this weekend!

Founder Tamer Seckin, MD Presents the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 3rd Annual Blossom Ball

Where: New York Public Library

Who Was There: Padma Lakshmi, Susan Sarandon, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Liza Oz, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nicole Trunfio, Bridget Moynahan

Other Details: Padma Lakshmi was not only the co-host of the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball at The New York Public Library, she also played party organizer. According to the Wall Street Journal "She encouraged short and sweet speeches and offered what every great benefit should feature within the confines of the New York Public Library: wine bottles and models (Ms. Lakshmi's beau, Ted Forstmann, who owns IMG, is a big sponsor of the charity), random cameos (Joel Schumacher, anyone?), two personal outfit changes and gyrating Brazilian Carnival dancers." Bebel Gilberto performed and DJ Pitch played a mix of '80's, Top 40's and hip hop. [Via]

HELP JAPAN BENEFIT at The Top of The Standard New York

Where: Boom Boom Room

Who Was There: Justin Theroux, Nicola Formichetti, Humberto Leon, Jen Brill, Charlotte Ronson, Derek Blasberg, Byrdie Bell, Sky Ferreira, Daphne Guinness, Lake Bell, Tim Barber, Spike Jonze , Rinko Kikuchi, Nate Lowman

Other Details: Opening Ceremony held a fundraiser for Japan this Friday at the Boom Boom Room. Unlike most nights at the exclusive club, everyone who paid $20 got in and was able to mingle with guests and event hosts Jen Brill, Carol Lim, and Humberto Leon. In addition to the ticket price, items like a Proenza Schouler bag and a Barneys gift certificate were raffled off. [Via]

Opening Night & After Party for "Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical"

Where: Palace Theatre, Pier 60

Who Was There: Bette Middler, Joan Rivers, Marc Bouwer, Guy Pearce, Nick Adams, Anastacia McCleskey, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Ashley Spencer, Amaker Smith, Joshua Buscher, Bryan West

Other Details: "Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical "opened on Broadway last night. The show is produced by Bette Midler and stars Tony Award nominee Will Swenson, Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as the trio of drag queen friends who go an uplifting roadtrip through Australia in a bus named Priscilla. After the performance, attendees gathered at Pier 60 to celebrate and speculate over whether it is Tony-worthy.Tweeted:  "Opening night of Queen "Priscilla", each and every act, a killa, They knocked it out, THAT was a thrilla, Holy Mary, some megillah!" gave some lavatory insight: "Intermission at Priscilla Queen of the Desert. First time I see longer lines at the mens room than womens. And people in heels at a urinal. [Via]

22nd Annual GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS to Honor RUSSELL SIMMONS and RICKY MARTIN [More photos HERE]

Where: Marriott Marquis

Who Was There: Ricky Martin, Andy Cohen, Russell Simmons, Manila Luzon, Sahara Davenport, Mike Ruiz, Brian Farrell, Dame Rollerina, Sandra Lee, Liz Lee, Dr. Brent Ridge, Emperor XIX Jack, Empress XXIV Farrah Moans, Derek Warburton

Other Details: GLAAD held its annual Media Awards this past Saturday night at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. Recipients were announced in 25 of this year's 32 media categories. Mogul Russell Simmons took home the Excellence in Media Award and Ricky Martin scored the Vito Russo Award for bravery when coming out last year. Tina Fey was on hand to receive an award for 30 Rock and told PopEater: how she would come out if she were gay: ""Halftime at the Super Bowl!" she exclaimed. Her second choice? Planting her photo, captioned "I'm gay!" in the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment." You can get more info on the evening HERE and see more pics HERE.