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With the Knicks and Nets battling to become the fan-favorite team in New York this season, a good number of celebrities have come out and parked themselves courtside to show their support. In the past few months, we've seen Spike Lee and the rest of the famous faithful (including Anna Wintour) cheer on the Knicks, while Jay-Z and Beyonce have led the charge in Brooklyn. Check out our slideshow to see what New Yorkers have made it onto the court this season. More»
There's a flurry of fashionable openings this week, including Richard Phillips' portraits of Lindsay Lohan, a new large-scale work by Thomas Hirschhorn, and a surprising artistic foray by Macaulay Culkin. Also, don't miss ballet performances at The Kitchen that bring to life the photography of Elad Lassry. We know y'all are busy with Fashion Week, but take some time to watch the artwork--and sashay away to this week's roundup. More»
Adam Green's latest art exhibit, Houseface, may be the closest outsiders can get to the way Green's mind works. Audiences can finally witness the brain functions of an artist --- driven by colors, shapes, and childhood nostalgia. I visited The Hole Gallery on Thursday, August 16th, to talk to Adam Green about his opening, his iPhone film The Wrong Ferrari, and the building blocks that make up his new series. More»
- A dozen summer cocktails that taste like booze, courtesy of Mark Bittman. [NYT]
- Sorry Sex and the City fans, the CW has put The Carrie Diaries on hold until midseason. I suppose you'll just have to settle for the re-runs incessantly aired on TBS, E!, HBO, and every other channel until then. [CNN]
Has holiday shopping already put a strain on your budget? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Check out our top picks for the city's best free concerts, and more importantly free booze events during the month of December.
Can you believe it's been five years since the launch of Cirque Du Soleil's Love, the Beatles-themed show? I know, right? It's hard to even picture the Beatles separately from a weird acrobatic sex show at this point. Obviously, this called for a lavish, expensive, self-congratulatory party, so that's exactly what went down last night at the Mirage in Las Vegas. More»
If only JFK Jr. were around today to give us his input on things like the iPad-only newspaper, the craziness of Lanvin for H&M and, even more so, Sarah Palin's prose. Alas, I'll do my best on these and much more. Check out what I'm reading today! More»
UPDATE: Interview with Richie Rich
From Ice Princess, to Club Kid, to Fashion Mogul, Richie Rich has always been a superstar to us. Many of our friends find our mild obsession odd, but we don't care. Last night, while Kate Hudson was hanging with Ron Burkle at Rose Bar, and Diddy was causing chaos at Goldbar, Richie Rich was giving us goosebumps at Bobo. When we were randomly seated across from the famous diva at dinner, we knew we were in for a treat, and it wasn't going to be from any culinary cuisine. (Full review of the newly opened west village hot spot to follow).
For those of you who are unaware of who Richie Rich is (and it's not the comic character), he's a kid from California that, after training under Kristi Yamaguchi, joining the Ice Capades and touring the world, decided to move to New York and become one of the most fab of all the Club Kids, working at all of the city's hottest clubs while simultaneously starting a career as a recording artist and unleashing various pop singles such as "Magic" and Collision." Those theatrical talents came in hand when he started making his own clothing, which got picked up by Patricia Field. Thus, Heatherette was founded in 1994 (with Travis Rains) and the rest is history. He is still hanging out with the hottest Socialites and Hipsters, but now it's because they all want to be part of his show (Tinsley Mortimer is a regular model for them).
[photo from Patrick McMullan]
But back then, Richie Rich was just a kid trying to find his place in life. The Clubkids were infamous for taking things to the EXTREME. The movie Party Monster is a good documentation of this. Based on the book by James St. James, the film showcases the wild life of the real life "party monsters". The premeire party for the film was held at the infamous Plaid night club (pictured below) and included such guests as Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicky Hilton, Kenny Kenny, and Chloe Sevigny (the old "It Girl" who has grown up a bit, staring on HBO's Big Love and recently launching a fashion line of her own).
Here's a video of the Clubkids that we dug up from the Jane Whitney show in the 90's...(Richie Rich is in there).
Finally, we leave you with a little blurb of the interview that James St. James did for USAToday:
Question: What exactly were all of you trying to achieve in the heyday? Was the club kid phenomenon just a major bid for attention? And was there anything you WOULDN'T do?James St. James: Certainly there was this post-Warholian feel of celebrity for celebrity's sake,a nd we deserved to be famous because we were fabulous. We did have an agenda, though. Drag was to be the norm. Drugs would be the utopian gateway. It all blew up in our faces, of course. But in the beginning we had an ideology.
Last night we found ourselves walking past the old Limelight nightclub on 6th avenue. Opened in an old church in 1983 this club became famous for recreational drug use, drug trafficking and club kid meanderings. In 2003, it was turned into Avalon nightclub which you should never find yourself even considering going to, although we did once just to see the inside of what was once the hottest nightclub in the world. An entire film "Party Monster" (starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green) was based around the happenings of this club and the parties that took place here. It's a great way to beef up your Club Kid knowledge...these are the ones that started the New York night club scene, that became notorious for the outlandish parties in subway cars and fast food joints, and that are still (at least trying to be) very much a part of it. They (Richie Rich, Kenny Kenny, Steve Lewis, etc) are the players that were, before there was Noah, or Sacco, Eugene or Birbaum... So, let us take a moment to remember those that came before....and then promise ourselves we will never go back.
Wednesday, June 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.