LATIN CLASS

Anthrax scares aside, New York is perking up again — and there was no better evidence of its revival than Tuesday night’s endless slew of parties.
“We could all use a little Latin spirit now,” said Laura Bickford, the producer of the film “Traffic,” who was honored at Casita Maria’s annual benefit at the Plaza.
The dress was formal — and guests eagerly complied, not skimping on any of the accoutrements.
“Everybody’s just got to go out and put on the gown and the jewels,” said Jackie Weld Drake.
Kyra Sedgwick, who arrived in corduroys just as dinner began, was caught off-guard.
“No one told me it was black tie,” she moaned.
Further uptown, Dylan Lauren toasted the opening of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and Anh Duong celebrated the publication of her first book, “(Self) Portraits,” alongside Amanda Cutter, Neva Anton and Tory Burch at the new Donna Karan store. African music from a live band filled the courtyard out back as an enthusiastic tribal dancer shimmied her way through the crowd.
“I wasn’t sure if she was a dancer or a guest,” laughed Burch.
At Laura and Jim Freeman’s new townhouse, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Nathalie Kaplan, and Marina Rust kicked off the Winter Antiques Show with a cocktail party. And at Roseland, Project A.L.S. held its annual benefit after the premiere of “The Jennifer Estess Story.” Laura San Giacomo stars as Jennifer Estess, an ALS victim who founded the charity along with her sisters.
“The Estess sisters are part of my New York family,” said Molly Shannon as she headed for the enormous buffet dinner with Donna Hanover. Also in attendance were Christopher Reeve, Janeane Garofalo and Annabella Sciorra.
Meanwhile, William Baldwin lamented the fact that he wasn’t cast in the film.
“Maybe I’ll get to be in the sequel, “The Cure.”

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