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Patti Smith & Steven Sebring: Objects of Life Opening
Albert Maysles, Steven Sebring, Michael Stipe Patti Smith
Albert Maysles, Steven Sebring & Michael Stipe
Patti Smith
Zac Posen, Jessica Lange Kellt Cutrone
Zac Posen & Jessica Lange
Kelly Cutrone

New York, January 6, 2010 – Patti Smith and Steven Sebring collaborated for eleven years on the documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which aired on PBS on December 30.  The two artists just put together an exhibition, Objects of Life, consisting of a range of works, some collaborative, some individually executed, in a celebration of the odyssey that the filming itself was.  The installation at Chelsea’s Robert Miller gallery includes significant objects belonging to Smith - her childhood dress, her Land 250 Polaroid camera, and a tambourine made by Robert Mapplethorpe - along with Sebring’s monumental photographs of these objects.

The opening night was a revolving door of celebrities and artists.  We noticed Sam Shephard wandering around the gallery, later on, his lady Jessica Lange joined him.  Filmmaker Albert Maysles, artist Ryan McGinley, Zoe Kravitz and fashion designers Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, John Bartlett, Reed Krakoff, Nicole Miller and Nanette Lepore all popped in.  Kelly Cutrone waltzed in with photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Roxanne Lowit.  Once Patti’s dear friend Michael Stipe arrived, she led him through the entire exhibit, and the two remained inseparable for the rest of the evening. 

Photos: Caroline Torem Craig


Backstage at Z100's Jingle Ball 2009

Adam Lambert Kris Allen Jordin Sparks
Adam Lambert peddles the Duracell Power Rover
Kris Allen
Jordin Sparks lifts Wonka Nerds
Peter Facinelli Katrina Bowden Justin Beiber
Peter Facinelli
Katrina Bowden surrounds herself with H&M goodies
Teen sensation Justin Beiber knows girls like Liv Fashion Dolls

New York, December 11, 2009 – This year’s Z100 Jingle Ball was star-studded, as usual, with performances from acts like Taylor Swift, John Mayer, The Fray, Boys Like Girls and pint-sized sensation Justin Beiber, who clomped around with one foot in a cast.  American Idol was well represented with Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Jordin Sparks and Alison Ireheta all in the house. 

Just as impressive were the celebrity guests who roamed backstage at Madison Square Garden and grazed for goodies in the gift lounge.  Twilight’s Peter Facinelli popped in (New Moon is raking in money - does he really need free stuff?)  Facinelli said if he were to find a golden ticket in the Wonka candies, he’d go to Mars.  “And I’d be the first, no one’s been there yet.” 

Adam Lambert grabbed Wonka Nerds, but confessed, “I’m on such a diet.”  He worked some of it off pedaling the Duracell Power Rover which will help power Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2010.  And Lambert already uses Moroccanoil hair products on his famous mane - “I have it in my bag,” he said. 

Judah Friedlander grabbed a New York Health & Racket Club membership, and said he’s going to lose weight this year - if he “gets his ass in there.” 

Tween heartthrob Justin Beiber shook the hands of all of the LIV Fashion dolls and said “so nice to meet all of you…my sister’s gonna flip when she sees you,” which was kind of weird, actually. 

H&M’s recession-friendly merchandise was a big hit, and LeSportsac handily provided bags for the celebrities to pack all their swag.

Stars Turn Out for VEVO Launch
Bono Taylor Swift Rihanna
Taylor Swift
Shania Twain Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey John Mayer
Shania Twain
Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey
John Mayer

New York, December 8, 2009 – The music industry made a move to consolidate eyes online with the launch of VEVO, a Web site designed to view high quality music videos.  With Sony Music, Universal Music and EMI Music behind it, marketable stars like Bono, Mary J. Blige, Ricky Martin and Sheryl Crow gathered at downtown Manhattan’s Skylight Studio for the launch.  And the stream of superstars didn’t seem to end: Shania Twain, Rihanna, John Mayer, Pete Wentz and John Legend were all in the house.  A laughing Mariah Carey waltzed in hand-in-hand with husband Nick Cannon

A crop of this year’s younger top-selling artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and baby faced Justin Beiber attended, rounded up by recording industry heavyweights like Clive Davis

Reviews of the VEVO site were mixed, with glitches and spotty performance, but obviously, the ailing music industry is looking to compete with YouTube and Hulu, and most likely trying to figure out how to profit from putting their content online. 

Crosby, Stills & Nash Rock Bette Midler's Hulaween Bash
Michael Kors
Bette Midler & Crosby Stills & Nash
Bette Midler & Crosby
Stills & Nash
Martha Stewart Judy Gold
Michael Kors
Martha Stewart
Judy Gold

New York, October 30, 2009 – “I think tonight is about all the greenery that Bette brings to the city, and then of course the cherry on the cake is Crosby, Stills and Nash, so it’s a Woodstock kind of night,” Michael Kors, costumed in full hippie regalia, told us at Bette Midler’s Hulaween Ball. 

Whoopi Goldberg kicked things off.  “You know, I have cats, so I don’t need to f--k with trees.  But I know people love to see them,” Whoopi told the dinner crowd.  Bette, whose costume was a “show ghoul”, said she was shocked that so many people showed up for the benefit.  “Because when I made my calls, so many people told me to go f--k myself,” she said before launching into her trademark foul-mouthed fundraising schtick, laced with songs and stand-up comedy. Midler made her way among the tables, embarrassing people into buying trees for the project.  Katie Couric, wearing a Kate Gosselin wig, pledged some money, but demanded in return that Midler sing a lullaby for her “eight children.”  Bette promptly launched into “If I Were a Rich Man.” 

CSN took the stage, and Graham Nash said, “I bought a $2,500 tree. Of course, the only plant David [Crosby] ever bought was some weed.”  The crowd sang along to Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, and by the time they did Teach Your Children – dedicated to Bette’s daughter, Sophie – everyone was dancing in the aisles.  

Backstage at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts
Fergie Penn Badgley Ana Ortiz
Fergie wears a Unitee pendant
Penn Badgley bites Zirh soap
Ana Ortiz looks hot in Schott
Lenny Kravitz Mark Indelicato
Lenny Kravitz signs Bacardi bottle to benefit Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Mark Indelicato shows off Guitar Hero skills

New York, October 29-30, 2009 – Backstage at this weekend’s fabulous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts, celebrities checked out the swag in the gift lounge. 

Bacardi, the “official spirit” sponsor, was a big hit.  While Steve Van Zandt, Lenny Kravitz and Bruce Springsteen signed commemorative bottles to be auctioned off for charity, Alan Cumming and Billy Joel swigged it straight and Penn Badgley had a Cuba Libre. 

All eyes were on New Moon hottie Chaske Spencer when he stopped at the Cult of Individuality jeans station – everyone was hoping he would drop his pants and try on a pair.  No such luck, but they are sending him a pair of skinny jeans.  Tiny Christian Siriano fits into Anoname women’s jeans. 

Aretha Franklin wished she’d gotten the AMC movie pass a few days earlier – she said she’d just seen the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It at one of their theaters.

Schott NYC outerwear was a hit with Bonnie Raitt, Fergie, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Ana OrtizTom Hanks quipped, “Where were you when I was poor?  I have enough money to buy anything in the world, but nothing pleases me more than getting a free coat!”

DJ AM Dead at 36
DJ AM's body is wheeled out of the building
Crowds outside DJ AM's building on Friday, August 28

New York, August 28, 2009 – The scene late Friday night outside the Lafayette Street building of Adam Goldstein, known as DJ AM, hours after he was found dead of an apparent overdose inside his apartment.   At around 11:45 PM, the front doors opened, the crowd parted, and amidst the aroma of veal Francaise from a nearby restaurant wafting in the humid night air, AM’s body was wheeled across the wet pavement and into a waiting city morgue truck.

The 36-year-old Philadelphia native survived a plane crash last September in which four people were killed. 

Julianne Hough's 21st Birthday Celebration
Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough celebrates her 21st birthday at club mur.mur at the Borgata

Atlantic City, NJ, Aug. 1, 2009 – After winning twice on Dancing with the Stars, Julianne Hough released a top-selling country music album.  Along the way, she was nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for choreography.  So, boy, did we feel like failures when we learned that Hough accomplished all this before the age of 21!

She celebrated her 21st birthday with her close-knit family this weekend at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.  Julianne and her sisters Maribeth and Katherine shopped, dined at Bobby Flay Steak, and danced late into the night at club mur.mur, where they surprised the birthday girl with a cowboy boot-shaped cake. 

Photo: courtesy Borgata Hotel

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