Saturday night in New York was like the good old days, pre-pandemic style.
A group of famous people crowded into the Victoria Munroe Art Gallery at 67 East 80th St for the opening show Adrien Nivola. Does the last name sound familiar to you? Adrian is the actor’s brother Alexander Nivola, currently featured in “The Many Saints of Newark”.
Adrian is the real deal, a very handsome artist whose work is in high demand. Talent is in his blood: their grandfather, Constantine Nivola, works in museums around the world and constantly participates in retrospectives. Adrian’s work is exhibited each summer at the Drawing Room in East Hampton.
This exhibition of small exquisite oils and pastels is almost sold out. To add excitement to the work itself, a phalanx of well-known faces, including brother Alessandro, his wife Emily Mortimer, Joel Coen and Frances McDormand, Ethan Hawke, playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman, musician Hamilton leithauser, etc. Small red dots are mounted very quickly under the individual parts. Later, at the Orsay restaurant, the director of “Tammy Faye” and “Big Sick” Michael showalter told us about the movie he’s shooting in the city center, called “Spoiler Alert”, and we met the actress Jennie Dundas, which owns the very hot Blue Marble ice cream shop on the Upper West Side.
Also in Orsay: famous actress Brenda Vaccaro was having dinner with a friend so we introduced her to this crowd and they were elated. Brenda is starring in the new series “Sex and the City” which premieres this weekend on HBO Max.
And yes: I can confirm that Alessandro Nivola will be featured in Peggy Lee’s biopic with Michelle Williams. He says it didn’t start until he was filming the “Boston Strangler” miniseries in Boston this winter. Just FYI.
THAT CROWD would have been enough, but a few hours later we moved to Neary’s Pub on East 57th St. and First Ave for last year’s postponed tribute to the famous and beloved restaurateur’s 10th anniversary. Elaine Kaufman. Elaine, who is sorely missed, passed away 11 years ago on December 3rd.
The indefatigable of the New York Times Pierre Khoury organized the meeting and couldn’t have done a better job. Top of the guest list was the legendary writer Gay tale Turned out in a tailored three-piece suit, 86 years old and tireless himself. God protects you.
Dozens of Elaine regulars paid tribute to her and toast, and we were happy to see the writer Carol Higgins Clark, and former New York Fire Marshal Louie Garcia, and ex-chef of Elaine Barry wildman. Many of Elaine’s former servers have come as well, and no one has had a word for the person who inherited Elaine when she died and destroyed her. (We don’t say his name, it’s like Beetlejuice.) Present and represented were two of New York’s most famous radio personalities, Carol Miller and Jim Kerr of Q104.3 FM and Sirius Radio.
Was Elaine there? She was! She was and always will be in our hearts. And guess what? A musical will soon be organized on Elaine and her regulars, entitled “Everyone comes to Elaine’s”. I will tell you more soon.
The image on the right – me and Gay tale. He’s 86, I’m 64 and who looks younger? And thinner? Gay is a national treasure (as is his famous and charming wife, book publisher Nan Talese.)
New York! We are always here !