At the Soho Grand Hotel, Casey Spooner was offering some nuggets on the economy at a dinner to celebrate the Aura, a new phone from Motorola that retails for around $2,000. “I think this is the end of celebrity,” he announced. “That’s why I’m glad I never really made it.” Along with dessert, the phones were served on silver trays to guests including Peaches Geldof, Charlotte Ronson, Hana Soukupova and Epic Records chieftain Charlie Walk.
The night before, Jerry Seinfeld performed a benefit show, titled “Marriage is a Beautiful Thing,” at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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During the after-party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kelly Ripa, who was with her husband Mark Consuelos, said, “We have three kids, so marriage is definitely funny — and ironic.” (As was the DJ, who included Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” in his set.) A few in the crowd, which also included Sarah Jessica Parker, Narciso Rodriguez and Alexandra Wentworth, attested that in fact it’s Jerry’s wife Jessica, whose Baby Buggy charity benefited from the evening, who is the funny one in the partnership. But that was news to Jerry. “She’s welcome to try,” he said. “There are open mic nights every night all over the city.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was cracking a few jokes himself from the stage of the refurbished Alice Tully Hall, part of Lincoln Center’s $1.2 billion redevelopment project, the same night. Looking around, “it kind of makes me wish I had taken that second piano lesson,” he said, before Michael Feinstein took the stage.
Earlier in the evening, Lincoln Center patrons hosted 33 simultaneous dinners around the city to celebrate the performing arts center’s upcoming 50th anniversary, attended by the likes of Ivanka Trump, Nina Griscom, Zac Posen and Maggie Betts. At Frank Bennack, Jr.’s dinner, Ralph Lauren said he was trying to figure out how to spend his holidays, having canceled his upcoming trip to India. “I don’t think now is a good time,” he said, ruefully.
Over at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, The Cinema Society and Entertainment Weekly held yet another screening of “The Wrestler,” the film that stars Mickey Rourke as an aging, formerly famous wrestler. As the actor chilled with the Schnabel clan and co-star Marisa Tomei received congrats from friend Matt Dillon and rumored beau Logan Marshall-Green, director Darren Aronofsky admitted his star could use a break. “I put him through hell,” he said of Rourke’s painstaking portrayal. “And he wanted to do it.”