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September 2 2014

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2 posts tagged "Accompanied Literary Society"

500 Days of Summer-Loving

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At long last, June’s storm clouds have parted, the beach towels have been spread, and we even detect love in the air. The timing couldn’t have been better for last night’s Cinema Society screening of 500 Days of Summer, a whip-smart romantic comedy (yes, we just used “whip-smart” and “romantic comedy” in the same phrase). The title refers not to the season but to a blue-eyed heartbreaker played by Zooey Deschanel, and the chunk of time that a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) spends helplessly hung up on her. Some guests at the Tribeca Grand screening (which was co-hosted by Brooks Brothers and Cotton Inc.) were thinking more of the fun-in-the-sun summer connotation, however. Jason Wu was fretting he’d lose the glow he just got in Turks and Caicos, while Hilary Rhoda was lamenting her failure to apply sunscreen (“I wasn’t paying attention!”) for tennis in Westchester earlier in the day. Deschanel, slated to introduce the screening, had to cancel last minute to take a film role in Ireland. But supporting cast member Geoffrey Arend was there with fiancée (and Mad Men bombshell) Christina Hendricks. The couple was very much in the spirit of things. “We’re here in New York planning our wedding,” Hendricks said. “What’s more romantic than that?”

Photo:Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

All-Out War. And Moët.

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Art-world denizens put their thinking (and drinking) caps on last night at the Accompanied Literary Society’s “Art War” quiz challenge at Milk Gallery. A brainier follow-up to the paintball tournament the group put on at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, the war combined cocktails, works by Andrew Cramer, and five teams slightly confused about the Jeopardy-style rules—all in all, an evening of loud, buzzer-ringing, smarty-pants fun. Few questions (all hewing to the theme of violence in art) went unanswered, and at one point, ALS director Brooke Geahan threatened to cut off the Belvedere and Moët unless the crowd piped down. Matthew Higgs of White Columns served as quizmaster, and the Beatrice Inn’s Paul Sevigny deejayed before taking his spot among the eventual winners—led by gallerist Andrew Kreps and Gagosian’s Sam Orlofsky in an eleventh-hour triumph over Phillips de Pury. “We could have won by a larger amount, but it’s all about quick reaction,” Kreps concluded. (Tell that to the trigger-happy squad led by Horacio Silva, Chris Bollen, and Cecilia Dean, which finished in the negatives.) Back near the bar, teammate Rebecca Guinness downplayed her role in the victory: “I contributed some very long legs. I actually couldn’t see the screen.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / PatrickMcMullan.com