BOWERY BENEFIT: “I’m very fond of my cohosts, who just so happen to be a bunch of my closest friends,” said Lily Rabe at the third-annual Lincoln Center Institute Junior Spring Benefit at the Bowery Hotel in New York on Wednesday night in support of arts education in public schools. She was referring to fellow cochairs Zoe Kazan and Grace and Mamie Gummer. All were decked in head-to-toe Diane von Furstenberg — the event’s sponsor — to colorful, print-heavy effect. Carey Mulligan also cochaired, though she couldn’t make the party. Rightor Doyle, however, proved a ribald stand-in.

“For those of you who haven’t slept with me, my name is Rightor Doyle; For those of you who have, I’m sorry,” the actor said to the crowd during the dinner’s first course. “You guys are all like, ‘Who?’ I’m here for Carey Mulligan. Well, she’s not here. So this is the best you got….Are we getting off on the wrong foot? I wear condoms.”

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Kazan, who attended a progressive elementary school, was a bit more on message when she spoke to WWD.

“There’s so much science that stands behind [integrative learning] that there wasn’t in the Eighties and Nineties when I was in school,” the actress said. “They know so much more about why this works now. And there’s just no excuse.”

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