Carson Kressley hosted the 3rd Annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert which benefited the True Colors Fund's Forty to None Project. The star-studded benefit was held at Beacon Theatre in New York City and featured special appearances from P!nk, Josh Groban, Susan Sarandon, Nelly Furtado, Rosie O'Donnell, The Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson, The Hives, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt and Kim, Big Freedia, Hunter Valentine, and The Cliks.
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley hosted a holiday party at Doubles on Friday night. Traditions, in the form of dress code, etiquette and exclusivity have been passed from generation to generation by both members and management of Doubles. Wendy Carduner runs the club with the same eye for tradition and detail as her father, founding member Joe Norban. Other Doubles club founding members included Pat Buckley, Mica Ertegun, Nan Kempner, Pat Patterson, Harry Platt and Tom Pulling. Doubles first opened in 1976, since then it’s had four redesigns but, it still looks the same- a red velvet oasis on Fifth Avenue under the Sherry Netherland Hotel.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg had the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate the 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This year, the 76-foot Norway Spruce was brought in from Shelton, Connecticut. The 12-ton tree is topped with a 9 ˝-foot-wide Swarovski and covered with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights. Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Leona Lewis were among performers during the lighting ceremony.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s five-week New York engagement debuted with an Opening Night Gala benefit. Grammy award-winning icon Quincy Jones and actress Gabrielle Union served as honorary chairs at the festive gala which was held at the New York City Center.
"Masters of Sex" actress Caitlin FitzGerald, Sebastian Stan, "The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, "Orange Is the New Black" actress Danielle Brooks, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Mark Ballas, Travie McCoy, and "We Are Men" actress Aya Cash stopped by the Opening Party for Wired Magazine's pop-up store. Located in the Meatpacking District, the shop offers over 200 carefully curated products.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Global Impact Award Dinner honored Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nigel Barker served as the emcee for the evening, which featured an award presentation by Diane Sawyer as well as dramatic readings from Julianna Margulies, Gloria Ruben, and Mary Steenburgen. The gala was held at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City.
The 14th Annual Sustainable Design Awards were held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Honorees included the Clinton Foundation, accepted by Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation; Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University; and Action Environmental Group; and Benjamin Zachary Bronfman, Impact Entrepreneur.
The Ninth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball, presented by Baccarat, was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event honored actor Danny Glover and featured a special performance by Katy Perry. Many UNICEF Ambassadors and notable names came out to support UNICEF including Angie Harmon, Kyle MacLachlan, Christina Ricci, Tea Leoni, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Mark Consuelos, and Jenna Bush Hager. Every year, the UNICEF Snowflake lights up the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. The “beacon of hope” hangs as a remembrance of UNICEF’s pledge to reach a day when no children die from curable causes.
Emlie Hirsch and Holliday Grainger take on the role of American outlaws, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, in the Television Mini-Series remake of the iconic "Bonnie and Clyde." To celebrate the upcoming debut on Sunday, December 8, 2013, a special premiere party was held at The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City. The two night event will air simultaneously on Lifetime, History, and A&E.
The 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards kicked off the awards season at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Stars including Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler, Bobby Cannavale, Zosia Mamet, Oscar Isaac, Shailene Woodley, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, and Forest Whitaker came out to toast the filmmaking industry. The night's top honors went to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis," which took home the award for Best Feature. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake.