… Absolutely nothing, except for my typical Wednesday night out in NYC.
Earlier this month I attended the Dance Alliance Foundation’s Bright Lights Shining Stars gala at NYU’s Skirball Center. Real Housewife Of NYC Ramona Singer was there with her husband who, she explained “doesn’t enjoy the social butterfly routine,” (and apparently doesn’t enjoy dressing up for an event). Not only was Ramona not drinking her own wine, she didn’t spew any venom for the other housewives. What a disappointment, maybe it was non-alcoholic.
Guess you never know who you’ll bump into, especially at an event where Mikhail Baryshnikov is being presented with an award by Liza Minnelli. It was like 1985. And I LOVED 1985. Can you say “Lorna Luft” or “Ron Rifkin” (if you’re over 50, or just a man with false eyelashes, you probably often do).
I continued the evening by popping into the Pre-Fashion Week Target Collection launch party at Highline stages in NYC. The industrial space was pumping with great music, and mini collection shops were set up all around the inside. Although there were plenty of tasty treats to choose from — popcorn, cherry pie, gingerbread ice cream sandwiches, vodka-filled lemonade — the tastiest treat for me was chatting with the smoking HOT Brooklyn Decker, there to meet up with fellow actresses Jessica Chastain and Hailee Steinfeld to do some shopping. Her beauty was dizzying (or it could’ve been the booze catching up with me) and she asked if I was wearing Target. I asked if she was kidding, and what she was wearing. Her top and ring were by Kirna Zabete for Target while her skirt and shoes were by Givenchy. That gives hope to regular guys everywhere. Cause If she’s willing to mix Target with Givenchy, maybe she’d consider mixing average genes with AMAZING ones!
Finally the sophisticated Cipriani on 42nd Street was host to the exclusive Boardwalk Empire screening after-party. It was hard to tell with all the Black Cadillac Escalades outside if it was an Italian wedding or a Death Row Record launch event. HBO spared no expense in giving guests the 1920s experience with a flapper-themed high-end gala.
Hanging with my crazy-fun, super sweet, high-energy (also slightly tipsy) friend Aida Turturro, AKA Tony Soprano’s sister Janice, is always to say the least, a highlight. We bounced from table to table chatting with Vincent Piazza, Michael Shannon, Bobby Cannavale and Chris McDonald. This Years Emmy Nominee for best actor in a drama,Steve Buscemi, was also there… but I don’t have a picture to prove it, since he was more of a handshake kind of guy. That’s OK though, since I have my own mental picture proving he does not disappoint on the creepy dude scale. The rest of the cast were also quite accessible, although I’m not one to approach suited up old guys adorned in gold chains, pinky rings and freshly coiffed chest hair.
Somewhere in between it all, I managed to stop in down the road to see Coco and Ice-T. for the 2013 spring launch of Coco’s Licious clothing line. They went with the name “Licious” because it rolls off the tongue better than “pants for women with disproportionately giant asses that only certain kinds of guys really dig” –although that label would still fit just fine on Coco’s pants.