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4 posts tagged "The Box"

More About Last Night: Jack McCollough Thrilled About Shout-Out To The Gays

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Despite the outdoor block party on Petrosino Square being closed down by the cops, election-night celebrations raged on south of Houston. Café Select was a veritable buzz, as was The Box, which hosted an after-party. “There was only going to be an after-party if it went our way,” said Box co-owner Simon Hammerstein. Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough were there, raising a glass. “I’m very, very, very excited,” said McCollough. “A shout-out to the gays?” he added. “I mean, never, ever, ever in an election or an acceptance speech has a President-elect said something like that. To hear that, for me personally, is so fantastic. Barack Obama is exceptional. Exceptional!” Revelers jammed the balcony area. “Tonight changed history,” said performance artist Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky. “We now have a multicultural narrative that is about the rebuilding of a shattered dream.”

blasblog: bear witness to history with champagne (or beer)

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It’s hard to believe that in less than 48 hours (voting booth shenanigans notwithstanding), we will know the name of the new president headed to the White House. And for many of us in the creative arts, it’s hard to accept any type of big change—be it seasonal or artistic—without some sort of organized celebration, preferably with complimentary canapés and alcoholic beverages. (If you’ve ever been to a boozy gallery opening or a late-night fashion party, you know what I’m talking about here.) Perhaps that’s why I stumbled upon nearly half a dozen election-night viewing parties this week—thrown by all sorts of people and in all sorts of locations. For downtowners, Chrissie Miller, designer of the label Sophomore and queen of the hipster Lit Lounge set, will be distributing beer and ribs from her Second Avenue apartment. In the uptown professionals category, Harvey Weinstein and Jim Nelson are hosting a casual-attire shindig at Public House on 41st Street. On the Lower East Side, Simon Hammerstein and his cabaret cronies are hosting a ‘do at The Box. (The typically scandalous venue has actually gotten very political of late, even hosting debate parties and Obama fundraisers in the weeks leading to tomorrow night’s election.) And in the West Village, art worlders Gavin Brown and Jonathan Horowitz are offering “Obama family chili,” veggie burgers, and hot dogs to anyone wanting to see, presumably, the Democratic hopeful take the big ticket. “It’s actually one of the few things that have linked our generations,” Miller said about the anticipation leading to the election. “And it’s been nice to see more people of my age get involved, and really trying to get Obama into the office.” Turns out, in these parts, there’s lots of Obama talk. The designer Tracy Reese, who is hosting her own election-night party tomorrow, is going as far as calling her fête a Barack party. Asked about her different plans for an Obama victory and for a loss, she responded: “We will toast our future president and this incredible history-making occasion. And I don’t even want to think about the other option!”

charity box: an l.e.s. venue hosts a night of giving

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The philanthropic and the very, very flexible came together under one Vaudevillian roof last night at the Box, Simon Hammerstein’s dinner-theater hot spot on the Lower East Side, for a benefit celebrating the children’s charity Only Make Believe, founded by Hammerstein’s mother, Dena. “We’re bringing in a different set of people who have never known the kind of work that we’ve done, so it’s a wonderful opportunity,” she said. In the packed reception area, mingling guests included painter Damian Loeb and wife, Zoya; writer Jessica Joffe; film publicist Peggy Siegal; and the master of ceremonies, Mike Myers, who took off his comedic hat for the night. “It was one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever seen in my life and I cried like a baby,” he said, referring to the charity’s work with disabled children in hospitals. Meanwhile, just above his head, a smiling performer was contorting her body around a giant hoop. “Next year is our tenth annual gala,” said Simon Hammerstein about the charity. “So I thought the year before that we should do something different, out of the box—no pun intended.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan.com

a maison sans martin? maybe so

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Is Maison Martin Margiela soon to be just Maison? Rumors are rife about Margiela’s imminent exit so tonight’s show is sure to be a doozy. Check back tomorrow for our runway review, all the looks, and more dish.

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds got hitched this weekend outside Vancouver. Reynolds’ career to take off any day now.

Get your burlesque on while you can—The Box may be getting busted for behind-the-scenes depravity. What else, really, did you expect?

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage