Hunting season officially
opened at the Carnegie Museum of Art as connoisseurs, curators
and collectors staked out the swellest Antiques Show
town. They showed at Wednesday's preview party with checkbooks
poised for the first tally-ho. Opening night is also a lark
for the simply curious who are as drawn to the antiquing
experience as to the vibrant scene and be seen.
Not content to rest on their cachepots, CMA's Women's
Committee decided to tweak its 14th annual treasure hunt with
a contemporary vibe. Enter Meg Wendy, whose New York
firm stages many of the blue-chip Armory shows. She brought
together 41 dealers in an international showcase that paired
European flair with the panache of modern classics. Pieces
meant to gussy up the ancestral digs or add instant cache to a
So whether your taste runs from Monet to Man Ray, there was
much that was wall worthy and collectible in gorgeous tableaux
that mixed the old with the new. At haute couture prices. From
high-style Russian and English furniture which, as one
antiques aristocrat sniffed, "out-Mellons the Carnegies," to a
1920s Steuben glass lamp tagged $25,000 or even a Picasso
ceramic plate of his mistress Jacqueline at $250,000. And oh
my yes, lots of high-wattage jewelry.
All arrayed against the Carnegie's glorious Cecile B. De
Mille-style marbles, lilting to the sounds of chamber music,
and Tim Condron's ravishing bouquets to knock your eyes out.
The hors d'oeuvres? Don't ask.
your eyes out the next day was Daphne Lingon
jewelry maven of Christie's auction house) presentation on the
opulent "Jewels of Louis Comfort Tiffany" in the Music Hall.
Leading the guest list were Peggy McKnight and
Kenny Nelson (with Steve and Gordon), who
are permitted the deepest of bows as the show's co-chairs.
Here are some of the other who's: WC's prexy Gail
Murphy with Tom; Christie's Eric Widing and
Laurie, of Ligonier; Gayle and Bill Simpson;
Sally and Ned Randall; Ranny and Jay Ferguson;
Sara Scaife; Bill Boyd; Toto and Jim Fisher;
Elizabeth and Worth Hobbs; Ginny and Dick
Simmons; Pat Navarro Jr.; artist Judi Collins; Diana
Miscetic; Marsha Deaktor; Jenifer and Mark Evans;
Suzy and Jim Broadhurst; Issie and Lee Foster;
Marcia and Stan Gumberg; Nancy and Milt
Washington; Karen and Ed Linder; Juliette Grauer;
Molly and Joe Walton; and Sophie Mellon.
To that list add Debbie Dick; Lynne and Dr. John
Lister; John Henne with sisters Anne Henne Rockwell
and Meg Henne Gibson; Sharon Semenza; Joanie and Sam
Kamin; Myrna Hackney; Elizabeth and Mike Zamagias;
Brigette Pavlik and Bill Kolano; Laura and Bill
Dawson; Nachum Golan; Nancy and John Brownell; Garth
Massingill and Jim Stevenson; Barb Mendlowitz; Judy
Davenport; Mardi and Jim Royston; Susie and
Charles Franklin; Amy and Sean Sebastian; Jessica
O'Brien; Melanie and Eric Werner; Jennifer Muse;
and Sarah Nichols who led insiders on a verily,
merrily, insightful tour of the show.
The Soldiers & Sailors Museum in Oakland stood tall
with soldiers, sailors and marines at Saturday's Cannon
Ball, a USO Canteen blast from the past that thanked our
brave servicemen and women for their sacrifices.
Yet, despite a terrific menu and the camera-ready ambience
of classic cars, jitterbugs and vintage dress, we were all a
little bit richer after Graham Grubb and his fabulous
17-piece orchestra opened with anthems from each branch of the
service that brought our vets and young compatriots to their
feet and an ovation that blew a hole in the Richter scale.
Then it was swinging to the eternal big band sounds of the
'40s and '50s.
Among the 315 guests were honorees Sen. Jane Orie
and CWO3 Amber Fisher; Cindy and Steelers alum Andy
Russell who chaired the ball; emcee Rick Seback;
Vietnam Seebee Mike McCarthy and Jan; decorated
vet Chuck Booth and Trudi; U.S. Army Cols.
(ret.) Paul Platek and William Crock; S&S
prez Ron Gancas; Mary Caroline and Tod Hunt;
Shirley and Ward Olander; Carmella and Jim
Mullen; and Casey Patterson.
Wilkommen. It was the night of nights for eight
lovelies in tiara and shimmering white who bowed Saturday at
the elegant Austrian Ball in the Grand Hall of the
Priory, to benefit Pitt's Austrian Room Scholarship Fund. On
the arm of their white-tied escort, they performed an
exquisitely orchestrated polonaise and waltz from the land
that brought us the waltz.
Debuting were Leah Bubeck, Beth Buresh, Carolyn Hoffman,
Jennifer Hudson, Lindsay Luchette, Christina Shields, Taylor
Span and Megen Woody.
Wining and dining beneath the wingspan of the Hapsburg
eagle flag were 228 black-ties including Gina and
Edgar Braun, our honorary consul to the Republic of
Austria; Elisabeth and Georg Mandl; emcee
Franz Stehr; choreographer Anne-Carol Tawoda and
Tom; Sr. Mary Traupman; Donna and Jim Hudson;
Helen and Bill Semethy; scholarship winners
Nathan Darrigo and Andrej Savol; and
Jacqueline Dorfner with Wilhelm in liederhosen.
"Children are only limited in what they can learn by the
person standing in front of them." And for 20 years director
Christine Jordanoff has provided unlimited
opportunities for the talents of the Children's Festival
Chorus. Trained at Hungary's Kodaly Institute, the Duquesne
prof prepares young voices for a lifetime of music
appreciation, with many proceeding to careers on the world's
opera stages and Broadway.
On hand to sing her praises, 125 guests gathered at the
Heinz History Center for Saturday's Making a Little History
of Our Own benefit, including Peter Erdei (from
Hungary) and Denise Bacon, of Boston, who trained
Jordanoff; co-chairs Kamie Schoonhoven (with Duquesne
music dean Dr. Edward Kocher) and Timothy Gricks
(and Helen); CFC director Sharon Wolf with
Matthew; board prez Susan Loutsion and
Nick; Pittsburgh Opera's Mark Weinstein; Heinz
Endowment's Janet Sarbaugh; Joni and Joe Negri;
Deb and Bob Bailey; Terri and Don Hastings;
Tricia and Brian Eccher; and Lisa Claypool.
-- John Altdorfer
Let's just say that much of what happened at Saturday's
Dirty Ball will certainly stay there as the Attack
Theatre's first-ever major benefit bash proved deliciously
outrageous and fabulously fun.
Whether they were confessing "dirty little secrets" or
naughtily posing at the "dirty photo booth, " 300-plus
revelers let their hair down between performances by the
plucky dance troupe's co-founders and guiding forces
Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope, who gave
dirty dancing lessons from the stage.
What we can tell you is that we spotted Jessica Coup
and Scott Bergstein (who hosted a reception in their
tres chic penthouse); Richard Parsakian and Hiro
Miura, who transformed the barebones space above Dowe's on
Ninth into Downtown's hottest hot spot; Richard Rauh;
actor David Conrad; Francois Bitz; Linnea Glick;
Pam and Ken McCrory; Jamey Murray-Coleman; Ann Chen
with Gary Carlough; Lynn Figgins; Jen Whiteside and
Sean Brady; Bob Davis; and Heath Myrick.
-- J. A.