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April 21 2014

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At Landmark’s Sunshine, A Surprise Appearance from Pussy Riot

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Pussy Riot members Headlight and Puck at the screening of HBO's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"

“Women are a lot funnier than people realize,” said Maxim Pozdorovkin, one of the directors of HBO’s soon-to-be-released documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. He’s talking about one of the more unexpected takeaways from his new film, which screened courtesy of The Cinema Society last night at the Lower East Side’s Landmark Sunshine theater and tells the shocking, dark, and, yes, subversively comical story of feminist-punk-cum-conceptual-art group Pussy Riot’s February 2012 performances, arrests, and subsequent imprisonment in Russia.

The film drew in a full house, including Pat McGrath, Charlotte Ronson, Salman Rushdie, Girls’ Alex Karpovsky, and Patti Smith, who introduced the project with a compelling dedication (“There is not a time that I go onstage that I do not think about them or feel the freedom to speak out and say the things that upset or anger me about my own country that I don’t think about these girls”) before running off to the Bowery Ballroom to perform.

A Q&A following the screening dialed in Pussy Riot member Katia for her thoughts via Skype, and in a surprise, carefully anonymous appearance, two members of the group took the stage in Pussy Riot’s signature fluorescent balaclavas to tell the audience how they could take action now.

“I was extremely inspired,” said model Heidi Mount at the Pravda-hosted after-party. “I had heard of [Pussy Riot] because of Madonna’s representation of them, and have been following them for the past year, but to actually get to hear their statements, what they’ve been through, was really—I want to protest outside the Russian embassy now.” After a few sips of rye-tini, Mount added, “We take for granted, as women in America, that we can wear what we want and say what we want—especially in fashion—but the girls that I work with are coming from these places where they don’t have that opportunity. People need to hear this story.”

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer will premiere June 10 on HBO.

Photo: Nicholas Hunt /PatrickMcMullan.comĀ 

Toasting New York’s Night Owls

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Last night, scenemakers and 24-hour party people descended upon Webster Hall to toast Manhattan clubland’s most hip at Paper magazine’s Eighth Annual Nightlife Awards. “For a while, New York was just a bunch of the same hipsters hanging out at one place,” said Matt Kliegman (of The Jane Ballroom and The Smile), whose downtown hot spot Westway took home Best Party award for its Tuesday night fête Westgay at Westway. “Right now, New York feels more exciting.”

Inside the disco ball-festooned ballroom, nightlife impresarios like Nur Khan and Ben Pundole sipped Hennessy with the likes of Cynthia Rowley, Samantha Ronson, Cory Kennedy (pictured), and Chelsea Leyland. Winners of the night? Best Arty Party (The Hole), Best Club (Le Baron), and Best Restaurant with Nightlife Scene (Acme). Riffing on the eccentric categories (Best Social Media Nightlife Star, anyone?), presenter Sarah Sophie Flicker conceived her own award idea. “I would love to see old-fashioned dinner theater,” the Citizens Band maven mused. “I know it economically makes no sense, but I just want to dress up in a long dress and hear beautiful music.” Meanwhile, model Jessica White was miffed Richie Akiva and her preferred playpen 1-Oak got snubbed. “He’s known me since I was 17,” the 28-year-old Sports Illustrated model said. “We’re planning a big Halloween party.” Still, not everyone on hand was a self-professed night owl. “My nightlife is more about Netflix streaming,” Girls actor Alex Karpovsky deadpanned before dashing out to the premiere of his flick Gayby.

Following the ceremony and a 15-minute delay, which prompted Paper‘s David Hershkovits to break out into dance à la South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Ellie Goulding took to the stage to perform while her boyfriend, DJ Skrillex, looked on. A couple made in nightlife heaven? Hardly. “In New York it’s all about work,” the Brit pop star told Style.com backstage. “And when I’m home in London, I’ll most likely just go to the pub.”

Photo: Paul Bruinooge / PatrickMcMullan.com

Wasson To The Rescue

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Earlier this month, Erin Wasson (pictured) was hitting the red carpet to promote her first big acting role in the grindhouse flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and last night, the model-designer-turned-actress was back at it again. This time around, the Alexander Wang muse was downtown at the Soho Grand Hotel, along with the likes of Helena Christensen and Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, to toast her performance in a new short film by Vs. Magazine for jeweler and luxury lifestyle brand Georg Jensen. “It’s easy to get lost in a fantasy,” she said of acting in the Jenna Elizabeth-directed film, titled The Heimlich Maneuver. “And jewelry and women go hand in hand.” In the short, Wasson quickly snaps out of fantasy and into reality when her dinner companion (played by model Lydia Carron) starts choking and she steps in to do the Heimlich. Click here to watch the video in full and find out what happens.

Despite her foray into acting, Wasson made it clear that she is not quite ready to leave the fashion set behind. As for her next steps, she played it cool. “Life is going to show me what I want and what I need,” she said.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni / BFAnyc.com