DARK NIGHT: When Carolyne Roehm threw open the doors of her new East 57th Street duplex Monday night to fete Marian McEvoy and her “Glue Gun Decor” book, there was some unexpected excitement. Shortly after the cocktail party started, a manhole just outside the doors of Roehm’s building exploded, sending smoke into the lobby and cutting off all electricity. Not that it stopped the celebration: Tinsley Mortimer, for one, not to be prevented from going to a good party, walked up to the 13th-floor apartment in her high heels. When power still hadn’t been restored as the cocktail hour came to a close, Roehm gamely threw together an impromptu meal for her guests, hoping to entertain them until power was restored. “It was the hottest dinner,” she joked. Among those who braved the lack of air conditioning were Senga and John Jay Mortimer, Catherine Bryan, Michael Thomas, Ben Brantley and Jamie Niven. By evening’s end, the lights still were out, so guests enjoyed a constitutional by walking back down the stairs.
SO LONG, SOTO: After 24 years with the New York City Ballet, principal dancer Jock Soto will turn a final pirouette on the stage of the New York State Theater on Sunday afternoon. He will perform in five consecutive works, each by a different choreographer, including a selection from “West Side Story Suite” and Peter Martins’ “Barber Violin Concerto,” to a virtually sold-out audience. A lucky few will head downtown afterward to a private dinner being given in his honor by Anne Bass, a friend of Soto’s for over 20 years. The evening will have a Mexican theme, including a buffet, a special performance by the company’s corps and disco dancing for everyone afterward. Monday evening, Soto will begin his move into another career, taking restaurant business and management courses so he can open an eatery with his partner Luis Fuentes within the next few years.