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August 20 2014

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Max Raabe’s Carnegie Cabaret

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Alan Cumming, Max Raabe, Julianna Margulies

“We must seem very exotic,” said retro pop singer Max Raabe of his and Palast Orchester’s performance at Carnegie Hall last night. “The audiences in America have discovered that we have humor, despite being German.” He delivered the line with the same dry, dry, dry—did we mention dry?—wit as the one-liners he offered between songs. Last night he sang a selection of classic German 1920s pop songs—”It’s…in German,” he wryly warned the audience—in addition to stateside favorites from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Despite the deadpan—or perhaps because of it—Raabe has a knack for filling concert halls. Only visiting New York every couple of years, there was something refreshing about his soigné performance, which recalled a Weimar-era German cabaret. He doesn’t move excessively around the stage, he doesn’t have backup dancers, and he certainly doesn’t use auto-tune. Even his coattails are made in the 1920s style by a custom tailor in Berlin. Keeping the production streamlined helps the music shine through. “For two hours, we take the audience away from reality, which is what this music was made for,” Raabe told Style.com. “It is unpolitical music, written to entertain an audience.”

When Julianna Margulies heard Raabe was coming to Carnegie Hall, she insisted on throwing an after-party at the Viceroy’s newly opened Kingside restaurant just a few doors down. “I can’t believe it, but I’m officially a groupie! I never thought I would be one, but when I heard Max’s voice…” Margulies isn’t the only fan: Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, and Joshua Bell all turned out to toast Raabe. As Amy Fine Collins put it, “Max’s perfectionism and discipline is just everything.”

Photo: Mina Magda/BFAnyc.com 

The Artist Was Present

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Jay-Z

If fine art wasn’t already the ultimate status symbol, it certainly is now. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning king of hip-hop and all-around tastemaker Jay-Z brought together the crème de la crème of New York’s art, fashion, and entertainment worlds for the marathon six-hour-long shoot of his video for “Picasso Baby,” off the new Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.

“I just met baby Picasso, baby!” enthused Jenna Lyons, pointing out the late painter’s granddaughter, Diana, who participated in the action along with Judd Apatow, Jim Jarmusch, Alan Cumming, Adrian Grenier, and Jemima Kirke. Further upping the event’s street cred were Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, and Michael Kenneth Williams (a.k.a. Omar from The Wire). Naturally, the art world was well-represented, too. An established collector of Basquiat, Warhol, and Hirst, Mr. Carter worked with his personal art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, to bring in contemporary stars such as Richard Phillips, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Aaron Young, Kalup Linzy, Jane Holzer, and Klaus Biesenbach. Each took a turn vibing alongside Mr. Carter during a live performance of the song that was being filmed by Mark Romanek (who was also behind “99 Problems”) in the format of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present show. Notoriously transgressive photographer Andres Serrano, who was rocking his signature flattop hair and a vintage cowboy ensemble, told Style.com, “I’m just going to wing it when I get up there and go off of him. “‘Big Pimpin’ has to be my favorite song of his.”

At the end of the track, Hova would huddle up all the eager onlookers. The vibe was amped up, but it wasn’t high enough for Jay. “Y’all call that energy?” he boomed into the mic, which reminded people to stop Instagram-ing and Vine-ing.

The clear highlight of the production was Jay’s interaction with Abramovic herself. The two locked foreheads, as if in a performance-art mind meld, and stared each other down while circling the room. And when their powers combine? The artist Laurie Simmons’ verdict is likely the one the two were courting: “Simply genius.”

Photo: Brittany Adams

Rachel Roy Hears Voices (But Don’t Worry, She’s Into It)

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Paper Man, Kieran and Michele Mulroney’s new film about a friendless writer (Jeff Daniels) and a lonely teenager (Emma Stone) who become unlikely friends, is about people who hear voices. Kieran Culkin (as a mopey stalker-type) and Ryan Reynolds (as a blue-tighted superhero) play imaginary companions who speak to the lead characters in anxious moments. Safe to say that at Ugg and the Cinema Society’s sneak preview last night at the Crosby Street Hotel, more than a few of the guests knew what that’s like. “When don’t I have a voice in my head? I think if we don’t speak to ourselves and keep ourselves motivated, we’re not really alive,” explained Rachel Roy (pictured). Not that they’re all good. Stone copped to having the proverbial angel-devil arguments in her head: “I call that the little green goblin, the anxiety—you know, that little panic in you,” she said. Luckily, she manages to muzzle hers. “I can usually quiet it down with the good ones.” At the after-party, there were plenty of angels (Dree Hemingway, Carolyn Murphy) on hand. As for the other guy? Well, Mike Myers and Alan Cumming dropped by, too. Who knows what invisible little troublemakers goad them on?

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