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President / CEO Jeff Mann Editor Alex Harrell Associate Editor Bridget Schneider Editorial Consultant Debra Hazel California Editors Kimberly Goodnight Daniella Platt Miami Editor Margie Morris Contributing Writers R. Couri Hay Charu Suri Administrative Assistants Gaitana Jaramillo Natasha Khemraj Graphic Designers Alex Harrell Ran Jing Krystal Peguero Technology Consultant Joshua Fried Distribution Mitchell’s Delivery Service California Distribution Robby Powers Digital & Social Media Editors Alex Harrell Gaitana Jaramillo Natasha Khemraj Krystal Peguero Bridget Schneider

Merging the worlds of fashion, real estate and philanthropy, Mann About Town delivers cutting edge lifestyle content to New York and beyond.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

One Mann’s Opinion

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haven’t been equally both this nervous and excited about something in 25 years — not to mention proud. But when you switch gears from only making business-to-business publications about real estate and fashion to adding a lifestyle magazine with an entirely different approach into the mix, it’s a bit nerve-racking, to say the least. But here at Mann Publications, we’re not afraid of a little change every once in a while. While our other magazines — the iconic Mann Report and Fashion Mannuscript — are certainly here to stay, I’m proud to present Mann About Town: a magazine to read after digesting all of the essential business triumphs and tips we cover in our professional publications. A magazine to keep on your coffee table. A magazine to share with friends and family, regardless of what industry they’re in. While we are definitely not excluding anyone from enjoying Mann About Town, we do want to put a little extra emphasis on our Jewish readers. In today’s world, anti-Semitism rears its ugly head far too often. Between the devastating attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh last October

and the other like-minded offenses that take place every day across the country, here at Mann we feel it’s our responsibility to serve as a voice for protecting and honoring the Jewish community. We want to spotlight the good that’s being done for and by our people in this world full of hate, and be a beaconing lighthouse in what can feel like a foggy future. We cannot forget the atrocities that have happened in recent months, but we can focus on all the positive outpourings that result from them. With this issue of Mann About Town — the first of many — I would be remiss if I didn’t thank each and every one of you for your support as we embark on a new adventure. After all, we are doing it for you. I hope you enjoy!

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Contents 12 OUT ON THE TOWN The swankiest events seen this spring 24 MANN ON THE MOVE New York‘s news and debuts 32 ON THE UPSWING Elena Colombo‘s transition from commercial TV to playing with fire, literally 36 ON THE TABLE The smoke and mirrors behind Soho Cigar Bar 38 ON THE COVER Oz Pearlman on his greatest performance yet: his career

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42 FORGOTTEN HORRORS The Museum of Jewish Heritage brings Auschwitz exhibit to America

52 ARTS & AFFAIRS 52 Exhibits + Events 53 Book Ends 54 Films + Performances

46 MANN OVERBOARD The mysteries of Mustique, revealed

58 WINDOW SHOPPING 58 Womens 60 Mens

48 LA LIFESTYLE The best and brightest to scope out at Row DTLA

64 ON THE RED CARPET A peek into the social scene with R. Couri Hay 66 MANNERISMS Susie Coelho on House of Sussex, L.A. grub and her anti-aging secret


BEHIND THE SCENES

Letter from the Editor

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elcome to Mann About Town’s inaugural issue! After two months of preparation (and, potentially, 200 cups of coffee), I am thrilled to be writing this letter. It’s not every day you hear of a business-to-business magazine joining the consumer world. But here at Mann Publications, we’re breaking the old mold and are (finally) ready to come out swinging. Although, I have to be honest. I wasn’t always so confident (or caffeinated) about this. Mann About Town came together much like my experience meeting world-renowned mentalist, Oz Pearlman. I went into it a bit of a skeptic, concerned with realistics and achievability. But by the end of it, I was a true believer — practically proselytizing any apprehension away. It all started a little something like this: “You know what?” Pearlman asked me. “Let’s try something for the end of the interview. You ready?” I nodded, watching Oz the Person turn “on” and transform into Oz the Performer (read more about that on page 38). “I want you to think about something,” he said, hands waving in front of his eyes as if opening curtains behind them. “Just kind of spontaneously, think of someone you’ll talk to in the next few weeks.” I followed Pearlman’s instructions to go into a different room of the Barclay’s 18th floor Art Decostyled lounge area. I squatted in front of a velvet forest green sofa. Even though I was a good 20 feet away from him — much too far for anyone to read my small, shaky handwriting on a 3.5-inch business card — he wouldn’t be able to see my hand move as I quickly jotted a name down. I thought long and hard — or, at least, as long and hard as one can in the span of a few seconds — about

what name to write down. In the insane event that Pearlman relied on research and data-mining, I wanted to pick someone offline. An obscure name, but not so obscure that it’s impossible to guess. And as I thought about just how obscure one’s name could get, she popped into my head: Maggie. A friend I hadn’t seen or spoken to in months, though it was right around the anniversary of when we had studied abroad together in college. I scribbled it down and returned to the table we were sitting at, the business card folded tightly in my fist. It was then ripped to shreds into my open palms, promptly pushed under my folder full of research and questions for Pearlman. “Just keep him or her in mind until the end of the interview,” he said. So I did. We chatted for an hour or so until he left to pick up his kids from school, but not before I anxiously reminded him of the name-game. After a bit of back and forth, Pearlman headed out while I picked my jaw off the floor, wholly astonished that he guessed correctly. But just like how Pearlman knew Maggie’s name, Mann About Town came together. Not by magic. Not through luck or supernatural ability. But through hard work, dedication and a team of talented believers who put absolutely everything toward bringing this magazine to you, reader. (Pearlman is only one person, I know, but you get the point). From everyone here at Mann Publications, thank you for embarking on this journey with us. It’s with our pride and pleasure to welcome you aboard.

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OUT ON THE TOWN

FIT Sustains & Innovates with Design Conference, Awards Gala

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he Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) celebrated innovation in sustainability with the 2019 Sustainable Business and Design Conference and Annual Awards Gala. “For FIT, sustainability is a way of life,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, FIT president, on opening day. “Academia has a role to play in becoming responsible conservators of the earth.” Under the theme of “Innovating for the Future,” the conference brought business leaders in sustainability and innovation together to discuss the latest advances in environmental initiatives across various creative

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industries. For two days, students, professionals, and more were in attendance to learn from over 50 speakers from more than 30 different organizations about the best ways to bring about environmental change. The conference was held at FIT, followed by the pinnacle Annual Awards Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History. This is the first year that FIT has brought these two signature events together, to celebrate the college’s institutional commitment to creative and compassionate sustainability.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown (center) and members of the Couture Club of the Museum at FIT Photos courtesy of Getty Images


OUT ON THE TOWN

Amber Valletta and Dr. Joyce F. Brown

Ken Downing

Laurent Claquin and Vanessa Friedman

Fern Mallis

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin

Amber Valletta

Lise Kingo and Nadja Swarovski

Joe Zee

Randy Fenoli and Dr. Joyce F. Brown

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OUT ON THE TOWN

Front Row: Linda Myrick, Mollye Berngard, Lisa Zwick, Carole Vollman Mahler, Judy Haas, Sheila Stern, Myrna Norwitz, Susan Goldstein, Martha Hall Kelly, Jill Deutch, Shirley Stern, Jane Mandell, Suzan Levanthal, Alane Youngentob, Debbie Askowitz-Gaines, Jan Savarick and Susan Wandersman Back Row: Allyson Harman, Elaine Weinberg, Elyssa Kupferberg and Lisa Franklin

National Jewish Health Holds New Directions Luncheon N

ational Jewish Health held its New Directions for Women Luncheon, which featured Martha Hall Kelly, The New York Times best-selling author of “Lilac Girls.” The book is based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in Germany. Through the efforts of Ameri-

can socialite and philanthropist, Caroline Ferriday, many survivors came to America for medical treatment, and those who suffered from respiratory issues were cared for at National Jewish Health. Patient Speaker Jill Deutch, the wife of Congressman Ted Deutch, shared her moving story of how National Jewish Health changed the course of her life.

Lisa Franklin, Susan Goldstein, Debbie Askowitz-Gaines and Shirley Stern

Shirley Zuckerman, Alane Youngentob, Gene Youngentob, Brigie Greenwald and Gail Weinstein

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National Jewish Health is committed to preventing childhood allergies, curing severe asthma, stopping the progression of COPD and finding cures and better treatments for other respiratory, cardiac, immune and related conditions. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from Florida and around the world to receive cutting edge, comprehensive care.

Karen Blomberg and Janie Cutler

Jane and Dr. Charles Mandell

Robin Rubin, Jan Savarick and Judy Weaver


OUT ON THE TOWN

Wendi Lipsich, Esq., Arlene Herson and Jill Deutch

Lesley Deutch, Suzanne Deutch, Jill Deutch, Frank Deutch and Saragale Deutch

Martha Hall Kelly

Myrna and Dan Norwitz

Pamela Weinroth and Elise Goodfriend

Marc Krause

Elaine Weinberg and Pamela Polani

Susan Wandersman, Bonnie Sharpe and Hava Holzhauer

Elliott and Carole Vollman Mahler

Stacey Spooner, Martha Hall Kelly, Anne Jacobson and Allyson Harman

Shari Cohen, Marilyn Swillinger, Pamela Polani, Elyssa Kupferberg and Arlene Herson

Jill Deutch

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OUT ON THE TOWN

FIDF Hosts Fashion for Philanthropy

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ome 250 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from the New York area, with Sharon Tal, head designer of Israel’s prestigious Maskit Fashion House, gathered with former Israeli soldiers-turned-models for a fashion event at Metropolitan West to support well-being and educational programs for soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “We are thrilled to host this exciting event with a talented designer like Sharon to help support the brave men and women of the IDF,” said Galit Brichta, FIDF tri-state executive director. “This event kicks off the FIDF’s Philanthropic Women Campaign, and having models who were IDF soldiers here creates a unique experience.” The Fashion for Philanthropy event brought together FIDF friends and supporters, as well as models who have served in the IDF and other soldiers, and launched FIDF’s Philanthropic Women Campaign. The event featured a keynote speech and clothing by Tal, while guests learned about Israeli fashion and shopped for designer Israeli clothing. A percentage of the event proceeds will be donated to FIDF’s programs in support of the soldiers. Among the models was Sgt. Lea, a former L’Oreal model from Austria who served as a Lone Soldier — one who immigrates to Israel without any immediate family to serve in the IDF — in a special combat operations Artillery Corps unit. Philanthropists Ruth Schwalbe, whose father John Klein z”l was a Holocaust survivor and a founder of FIDF, and Carol Levin co-chaired the event. Other distinguished guests included FIDF New Jersey Director Howard Gases, FIDF Long Island Director Felicia Solomon, FIDF Westchester/Connecticut Director Anat Chavkin, and Bari Lovi, FIDF national young leadership director. 16 MANN ABOUT TOWN • MAY 2019

Sgt. Lea, former L’Oreal model and Lone Soldier Photos courtesy of Alexi Rosenfeld

Sharon Tal, head designer of Maskit


OUT ON THE TOWN

Cindy Grosz, Times of Israel; and Sharon Tal, head designer of Maskit

Tom Nesher, model and former IDF soldier; and Mia Nadel, model

FIDF Tri-state Executive Director Galit Brichta; Sgt. Lea, former L’Oreal model and Lone Soldier; Tom Nesher, model and former IDF soldier

FIDF Tri-state Executive Director Galit Brichta; former IMPACT! scholarship recipient Shiran Shahak Haviv; Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir; Sgt. Lea, former L’Oreal model and Lone Soldier; Fashion for Philanthropy Co-chair Ruth Schwalbe; Sharon Tal, head designer of Maskit; Tom Nesher, model and former IDF soldier Friends of the Israel Defense Forces supporters

FIDF Tri-state Executive Director Galit Brichta; Fashion for Philanthropy Co-chair Carol Levin; Tom Nesher, model and former IDF soldier; Fashion for Philanthropy Co-chair Ruth Schwalbe; Sharon Tal, head designer of Maskit; Ellen Weintraub; and Mia Nadel, model

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OUT ON THE TOWN

Dinner chairs Bruce and Lori Gendelman, Robert and Judy Snyder, Stephen and Marjorie Fiverson, Joseph and Michelle Jacobs, Stanley and Roberta Bogen, Robbi and Bruce Toll, Mickey and Larry Beyer

AFHU Hosts the Scopus Dinner A

merican Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) supporters gathered at The Breakers for the 2019 Scopus Award Dinner, honoring Marjorie and Robert Emden. The evening raised nearly $1.1 million, with record attendance in support of the Palm Beach Memory and Cognitive Research Fund at the university. A star-studded performance by Tony Awardwinning actress, singer and dancer LaChanze and the Disco Inferno band captivated the large crowd. LaChanze is best known for her role in “The Color Purple” and on Broadway in “Summer: The Donna Summer Show.” Professor Asher Cohen, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presented the Scopus Award to Robert and Marjorie Emden for their leadership,

Robert and Marjorie Emden

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Robert and Judy Snyder

philanthropy, and dedication to education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “My wife and I are grateful to be honored with the prestigious Scopus Award,” Robert Emden said. “We believe this event is one of the season’s most elegant fundraisers and is a must for those who support the Hebrew University and the Palm Beach Memory and Cognitive Research Fund.” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s leading academic and research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 90 countries, it produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won eight Nobel Prizes, seven of which were awarded since 2000.

Paul and Roberta Kozloff

Andrea and John Stark


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Stephen and Marjorie Fiverson

Stanley and Roberta Bogen

Larry and Mickey Beyer

Joseph and Michelle Jacobs

Event chairs Paul and Roberta Kozloff, Richard and Barbara Rothschild, John and Andrea Stark and Kenneth and Sherry Endelson

Bruce and Robbi Toll

Renee and Richard Steinberg

Richard and Barbara Rothschild

Howard and Judy Bernick

Lisa and Michael Rome

Lori and Bruce Gendleman

Kenneth and Sherry Endleson

Scopus honorees Marjorie and Robert Emden with Hebrew University President Asher Cohen

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OUT ON THE TOWN

NY Real Estate Execs Learn to Counter Anti-Semitism at US Holocaust Memorial Museum Luncheon

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he United States Holocaust Memorial Museum held its eighth annual New York Real Estate Luncheon at Daniel in New York City, hosted by Debrah Lee Charatan of DLC Realty, Jeffrey Feil of The Feil Organization, Lloyd Goldman of BLDG Management, and Alan Lazowski of LAZ Parking. “With the alarming rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, we felt it was imperative to convene some of the Museum’s most staunch supporters for an important briefing on anti-Semitism at this year’s New York Real Estate Luncheon,” said Andi Barchas, director of the Museum’s Northeast office. “Anti-Semitism did not end with the Holocaust, and it represents a threat not only to Jews, but to society at large. As our speaker Deborah Lipstadt has noted, ‘Hatred may start with the Jews, but it doesn’t end there.’” One hundred of New York’s top real estate executives attended the luncheon to hear firsthand from world-renowned Holocaust historian and anti-Semitism expert Deborah E. Lipstadt, whose book, “An-

tisemitism: Here and Now,” was published in January. Known for her successful defense in the lawsuit brought against her by Holocaust denier David Irving (which turned into the film “Denial”), Lipstadt recently completed her third term as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and chair of the Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial committee, and serves as Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. “With the global resurgence of anti-Semitic violence, rhetoric and vandalism, there is a dire need to bring the mission of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum outside of its walls in Washington, D.C., to those who do not have the opportunity to visit the museum firsthand,” said Jeffrey Feil. “Anti-Semitism, hate and Holocaust denial seem to be more pervasive now than in years past,” said Lloyd Goldman. “Today’s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum real estate luncheon was our largest ever, and felt more meaningful this year than it has ever been.”

From left: Lloyd Goldman, Alan Lazowski, Deborah Lipstadt, Debrah Lee Charatan, Howard Lorber and Jeffrey Feil Photos courtesy of Gianna M Bertoli / Michael Priest Photography

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OUT ON THE TOWN

Mitti Liebersohn and Joanne Podell

Stanley Chera, Arnold Gumowitz and Howard Lorber

Lloyd Goldman

Mitti Liebersohn

Donald Zucker, Jeff Feil and Leonard Boxer

Ben Karp, Jesse Lazowski and David Hakim

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This year, join us for a night of merriment, networking and other festivities—most notably a performance by mentalist Oz Pearlman of “America’s Got Talent”.

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Larry Mizel, Dawn Arnall, Rabbi Meyer May, Bob Iger, Ron Meyer, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Jim Gianopulos Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

HEROES & HOLLYWOOD COME TOGETHER TO FIGHT HATE & ANTI-SEMITISM

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lose to 800 guests attended the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 2019 National Tribute dinner in Los Angeles. The SWC bestowed its highest honor, the Humanitarian Award, on Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company for his commitment to the SWC and its Museum of Tolerance. Iger gave a moving speech that emphasized the importance of civility, human rights and basic decency in our society. “In the last few years, we’ve been harshly reminded that hate takes many forms, sometimes disguising itself as a more socially acceptable expression like fear or resentment or contempt,” Iger said. “It’s consuming our public discourse and shaping our country and culture into something wholly unrecognizable to those of us who still believe in civility, human rights and basic decency.” Medals of Valor were given out to outstanding individuals who honor mankind and whose courage and bravery shine a light in the darkest of places. Rabbi 24 MANN ABOUT TOWN • MAY 2019

Jeffrey Myers of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue received such medal for his community service and his actions during and after the October 27, 2018, Tree of Life synagogue massacre. Other recipients were Holocaust resistance hero, Kurt Kleinman, and immigrant rights activist, Florence Phillips. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the SWC and the Museum of Tolerance, closed the evening with an important message. “To restore hope and confidence in our future, Americans should heed the advice of the great 12thcentury thinker, Maimonides, who taught that one must never allow extremism on either side of the pendulum to become our permanent abode,” Rabbi Hier said. “Human beings, he insisted, should learn to oscillate between the extremes. Sometimes veering more to the east and other times more to the west, with the sole objective always being the greater good of the community. Recognizing that politics in the absence of patriotism will almost always lead to tyranny.”


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AMFSMC CELEBRATES THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION

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Gala chair’s Gillian Harding and Carlos Gutierrez Jr. with honoree Dr. Julie Ratner (center) Photo by Jared Siskin, Getty Images Courtesy of the American Friends of Soroka Medical Center

merican Friends of Soroka Medical Center (AFSMC) hosted the Spirit of Innovation at Soroka Gala, during its seventh annual benefit dinner, at the Pierre Hotel. The event celebrated Soroka Medical Center’s successes in fostering scientific and medical innovation in the service of saving lives, positioning Soroka as a leader amongst Israeli hospitals and worldwide. The gala raised significant funds that will support the Negev BioBank and important genetic research projects at Soroka Medical Center. Dr. Julie Ratner received the Healthcare Champion Medal of Honor. Edward Oates received the Visionary Award for technology and innovation. Jewelry designer Orna Simkhai received the Inspired Leadership Award.

THE JEWISH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HOLDS GALA

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he Jewish Children’s Museum celebrated its 14th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Brooklyn museum. Honorees included New York City Mayor de Blasio, Professor Alan Dershowitz, and NYC Planning Commissioner Joseph Douek. The evening highlighted the museum’s success with more than 3 million visitors over the past 14 years. Building bridges between diverse cultures and fostering understanding through education is “the key which allows children of all faiths and backgrounds to learn about another culture and helps unite them, bringing peace and light into the world,” said Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, the museum’s executive director.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson Photo courtesy of the Jewish Children’s Museum

CELEBRATE SPRING NY RAISES $150K

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he Parkinson’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to advance research and care that improves the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease, hosted its 12th annual “Celebrate Spring New York” fundraiser at PH-D Lounge. Founded by Penn Egbert, Georgina B. Schaeffer and Missy Egbert Sheehan, the event raised $150,000 to support the foundation’s mission. “We are thankful for people like this who generously donate their time and money for the well-being of others,” said John Lehr, president and CEO of the foundation. “It’s because of them that the Parkinson’s Foundation can continue to advance research.”


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MANN ON THE MOVE: EN VOGUE

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ART MIAMI RETURNS TO NY Art New York, presented by Art Miami, producer of leading international contemporary and modern art fairs, returns to Pier 94 in Manhattan for its fifth edition. A VIP preview will be held on May 2, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., before the fair opens to the public that evening through May 5. In 2018, Art New York welcomed more than 32,000 collectors to view paintings, photography, prints, drawings, designs and sculptures presented by 95 international galleries from 30 countries, representing more than 1,200 artists. The fair will once again present Context, a platform for galleries to showcase emerging and mid-career talent. One day passes are $25 and a multi-day pass is $55. Students and seniors, as well as groups of Adrien Brody at Art New York 10 or more, can receive tickets Photo by Jared for $15. Siskin PMC

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Singapore-based teapasar has opened in the United States as the first global tea marketplace, featuring over 700 teas and related products from over 50 tea brands and plantations from around the world. “Teapasar fills a much needed social and ethical gap in an industry that has been around for a century,” said Alan Lai, co-founder. “Singapore used to be one of the most important global tea trading hubs where teas had to pass through before traveling further to the West. We may have lost that position today, but we have the opportunity to leverage our technology and the strong Singapore brand to reinvent ourselves to be the tea hub of choice, bringing access for the U.S. tea drinker to the global market with high quality, trusted and unique blends.”


MANN ON THE MOVE: EN VOGUE

Barnett Newman, Untitled, 1955. Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum

THE GIFT: ON DISPLAY AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM The Jewish Museum presents “The Gift: Works from the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Collection,” the first in a series of exhibitions drawn from the foundation’s donation of artworks to the museum. It will be on view from April 11 through November 3. The Jewish Museum received a major gift from the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation, established in 1996 by Annalee Newman, the artist’s widow. The exhibition focuses on the part of that gift which included artworks from the Newman’s personal collection. These works were gifts to the couple from their artist-friends, and include intimate pieces by Adolph Gottlieb, John Graham, Jasper Johns, Alexander Lieberman, Robert Gray Murray, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Aaron Siskind and Frank Stella. Archival documents on loan from the Barnett Newman Foundation accompany the works on view, and comprise photographs, letters, and sketches shared amongst the artists.

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The Right of Fire Elena Colombo’s eternal flame

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Sea grass on ice, stainless steel Photo courtesy of FireFeatures

hen faced with a stockpile of damp wood — and a bit of an existential crisis — Elena Colombo made a propane-fueled firebowl using a re-purposed garbage can retrofit with a simple burner. Just as the wood sparked, so did an idea in Colombo’s mind. It was 2001, and instead of returning to her career as a commercial TV director in a post 9/11 New York, Colombo followed the flames and put her experience into something destined to heat up. Thus began FireFeatures: a design firm that creates custom, site-specific firebowls, water and wind features, memorials, markers and environmental sculptures. Colombo’s work is featured in nearly one hundred venues around the world, notably at the Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman and the Sandals Resort in Antigua as well as Press Restaurant in Napa Valley and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. 32 MANN ABOUT TOWN • MAY 2019


ON THE UPSWING Did your background as a commercial TV director help you transition into FireFeatures? It did, really. Because I was so used to just being able to build whatever you think of. When I had the light bulb moment — if you want to call it that — of wanting to have a big, gas bonfire-in-a-bowl, I wasn’t afraid to figure out how to build it myself. We made drawings and I went to the local propane dealer near my beach house. We jury-rigged a swimming pool heater burner and a planter, and I made my first firebowl by myself. Having that experience prepared me, both in drafting what I had visualized and fabricating those designs. You pitched to Andre Balazs. How did that go? He was building a resort on Shelter Island, which is a little island in between the forks of Long Island. I had a good friend who was his general manager at The Mercer Hotel and I asked him, “I came up with this idea that might be great for a beach hotel. Could you show it to [Balazs] and see what he thinks?” My friend was able to get it right on his desk and I got a call a couple of weeks later and they asked, “Can you have one for Memorial Day opening?” That was about two months away, and I was like, “Sure I can.” Thinking I had absolutely no idea whether I could really deliver and get it production-ready by that time. But we did, and it was a big success. After that, FireFeatures began popping up all over the place, because of that introduction and because of his stature as a boutique hotel developer. It was a niche market where, as soon as you put one someplace, people just gravitated toward it immediately. Managers would always tell me that it increased the billing at the hotel. People hung around longer. Drank more. Ordered dinner. So they really encouraged this sort of community and camaraderie; everybody just naturally gravitates to fire.

There’s a whole market out there for alternative grave markers or remain containers, which I call reliquaries. The first marker I made was for my mother, which is a beautiful representation of the things she loved in life and that I loved about her. Giving people new options of a non-denominational personalized marker for someone important to them. There’s a lot of interesting ways to imagine how to inter their people. I want to be a part of creating a new vocabulary for that. That seems like a natural progression. It’s part of the earth, air, fire and water, elemental way to bring design into your life in a way that you interact with it. It’s very interactive. It’s also really fun — it sounds weird to say that it’s fun — but it’s inspiring and that’s fun. I did a marker with a woman for her husband, and she got to describe him to me and tell me about what was important to him, and what was important to her for this marker. We designed a beautiful container together for him, which was a beautiful way to capture a person for someone else. It helped her cope with the grief, and it’s something I feel very drawn toward. That’s an exciting venture. It’s gratifying to work with someone and to make them happy — they’re going to be thinking about this person every day. If this object is representing on Earth what that person was, it’s an important thing for all of us. Taking care of your dead, honoring and memorializing your dead, is an ancient way. So many cultures do it. America is a little prone to neglecting what’s hard to talk about. I do think that, by making something beautiful out of something hard to talk about, it won’t be so hard to address.

Do you cater to a particular demographic? Well, I kind of think that fire is a right. Fire can be for anybody. It doesn’t matter their demographic. I think architects and designers have a responsibility to provide good work that can be afforded by more people, not just by a certain echelon of clientele. Where do you see FireFeatures heading? I really love doing monuments and memorials. I’m also getting into — you know, it sounds kind of funny, but the death industry. There’s also a whole open field of how to mark someone’s place, where either they or their ashes are buried, rather than just a granite slab.

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Up in Smoke

Soho Cigar Bar celebrates 20 years with the only certified cigar sommelier in New York City

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try not to smoke the same cigar in one week,” Michael Dounoulis said with a Matador pursed between his lips. “I try to keep it fresh.” Though the words “cigars” and “fresh” don’t typically seem like they would pair well together, in this case, they do. In fact, everything about Soho Cigar Bar — where Dounoulis is the general manager, not to mention New York City’s first and only certified cigar tobacconist sommelier — is a bit of an oxymoron. “We have a melting pot of a lot of different people that come in here,” Dounoulis explained. “You have all the people in here you would assume, and then you get all the people in that you’d never assume.” That’s what Soho Cigar Bar is all about: ambiance without attitude. It’s refined, but not pretentious. It’s luxurious, but accessible. It’s one of New York’s oldest cigar bars and lounges, but non-smokers are just as comfortable (and welcome!) as the connoisseurs. “You can have a cool, decorated place without turning your nose up and judging people, that’s all nonsense,” Dounoulis said, waving his cigar. “I don’t want this lifestyle to be intimidating; I want everyone to come through, enjoy and try something different.” And different it is. The Art Deco-inspired interior, complete with copper-plated menus and plush leather furnishings, is reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy; sans the stale and smoky clouds, thanks to a six-figure state-of-the-art ventilation system. “We have five air purifiers that feed into the heat and air conditioning system, so the system is pumping fresh air in from outside,” Dounoulis said. “We want it to

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smell like cigars in here, but we don’t want it to be so overwhelming that you can’t breathe or enjoy yourself.” Furthering its approachable atmosphere, the menu is broken down into simple categories such as full, sweet, spicy and light, as well as pairing suggestions for both beginners and seasoned smokers. “When people come in here, we like to make sure they’re comfortable,” Dounoulis continued. “We have the menu set up so if I’m not here to guide you through the process, or you’re not in the mood to be chatted up, it just simplifies life.” The best-seller in the light category? The Gentlemen: Alec Bradley’s Connecticut cigar matched with a Woodford Rye old fashioned. For a heavier hitter, the Gravel — a My Father the Judge cigar with Lagavulin 16-yearold scotch — is a fan favorite. “At the end of the day, I love cigars as a pure art form, and it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen,” Dounoulis said. “But it’s still meant to be enjoyed, and that is the No. 1 rule with cigars: Enjoy.”

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COVER FEATURE

The Magnificent Oz the many sides of oz pearlman By Alex Harrell Photography by Atisha Paulson

Everyone wants to know the secret behind mentalism. Is Oz Pearlman psychic? Did he Google me beforehand? How did he guess my social security number? But these aren’t the questions you should be asking. What you should be asking is: How the hell did Oz Pearlman turn his childhood hobby of card tricks into two-plus decades of dazzling deception? The secret to mentalism isn’t mind-games and misdirection or market analysis and behavioral dynamics. It’s hustling.

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z Pearlman has run 37 miles today. Tomorrow, he flies to Las Vegas to perform for a high-net-worth corporate CEO whose technology you may or may not be using right now. Pearlman performed 25 shows in January; usually 170 a year. He’s appeared in dozens of TV shows on all the major networks along with numerous cable channels since taking third place on America’s Got Talent’s 10th season, and had an NBC Special last year that got nominated for an Emmy. He’s also training for his first ultramarathon since having kids, though he’s done a dozen or so before. He’s a busy guy. “Most of my creativity happens during runs because I’m just a father of two kids, business is busy. I was on the road the majority of the month, I’m flying to places nonstop while also running a business,” Pearlman said, emphasizing his lack of time to unwind and disconnect. “Running is my zone-out time. I really just brainstorm and figure out tricks for TV and my show; I think if you’re not physically fit, it’s very tough to be mentally fit.” As a world-renowned mentalist, it’s safe to assume that Pearlman’s got to be pretty mentally fit.

“You have to be in the zone,” he said. “It’s a very focused approach during the show, if that makes sense.” And it does: just like any job, one has to put on a performance — being “on,” so to speak, to do what needs to be done. Only, Pearlman’s job is the performance. The former Merrill Lynch employee may have left Wall Street, but he didn’t stop selling. “All I’m selling is mentalism,” he said. “I’m selling this concept.” There’s no “thing” in his show — no doves, no coins. He’s the show, not the props. He’s the product. “It’s all about the emotional hook and truly connecting with a person,” Pearlman said. “For a sophisticated audience, they like the fact that it’s not a card trick. Because no matter how good a magic trick is, it will never hit you emotionally the way mentalism does. You’ll never have somebody tell you five years later, like, ‘You’re not gonna believe the card trick this guy did to me!’ That’s very rare.” But when it relates to something close to your heart, that you truly care about, such as your family or friends or a pet; those are the moments that stay with you down the line. And that’s what makes Oz (pronounced ohs, by the way) Pearlman stick. MAY 2019 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 39


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MAGNETIC MOMENTS After moving from Israel to America at the young age of three, Pearlman grew up in the Michigan suburb Farmington Hills — about 10 miles northwest of Detroit — in a secular Jewish, lower-middle-class family. He didn’t have a traditional bar mitzvah, instead going on a cruise with the family and seeing a magician for the first time. Shortly thereafter, he was hooked. “I became obsessed,” he said, doubting if he had ever seen a magic show on television before the trip to Bermuda. “It just eluded me in my early years.” The obsession was most likely a combination of things. Pearlman’s parents divorced; magic was “a great thing to do if you’re a kid and you don’t know what to do with your emotions,” as he put it. Plus, it’s relatively normal for kids to become fixated on a hobby or topic. It’s particularly common amongst gifted children — which Pearlman was. He got an 800 on the math portion of the SAT at age 12 and attended the University of Michigan just four years later after graduating high school when he was 16 years old.

”In civilian life, I’m not really a mentalist.” “I would probably spend eight to 10 hours a day doing magic or practicing tricks while doing homework,” Pearlman said, referring to his junior high school days when he would have cards and coins hidden under his desk. “[Teachers] couldn’t stop me from doing it,” he continued. “They’d be like, ‘No more cards.’ I just had them under the table.” Though it took a bit of time to realize, having an obsession at such a young age was a fruitful distraction. At 14, Pearlman had his first restaurant gig performing magic tricks. His version of Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours was spent learning the psychology of how to win over a table and the social dynamics of playing a crowd. Understanding how to approach groups, be it CEOs and movie stars or just regular Midwestern folk, and hone his skills as the character that Oz the Mentalist embodies. He was able to cover tuition for the Michigan of University with all that experience, by the way. He studied computer science before switching his major to electrical engineering, continuing to perform magic for tuition. He also grew some thick skin during those 10,000 hours. “You have to learn not to take offense to things, that sometimes it’s not personal,” he said. “I think rejection is very important. The more you get accustomed to 40 MANN ABOUT TOWN • MAY 2019

rejection and better at handling it, the better that life is in general.” And while he’s not dealing with much rejection these days, it still happens, just like it happens to anyone else. The only difference, perhaps, is in his attitude. “You have to cement your resolve and say, ‘I’m gonna keep at it and keep at it,’ and realize that so much of the time, people are busy. It’s all about timing and luck,” Pearlman said. “To a degree, you can make your luck through consistency, but so much of life is timing. So many of the people you think of that are huge stars, in a different, parallel universe, there were moments in their lives that were offshoots; where if something happened differently, they wouldn’t be who they are. I’ve just kind of come to be aware of that.” Pearlman’s moment of timing and luck happened to be on America’s Got Talent: the NBC competition series that dominates primetime television (dominates as in it averaged 12 million viewers in 2018). He landed third place on AGT’s 10th season in 2015; the highlight of his career to date. So much of Pearlman’s shtick is the emotional connection one feels to a mentalist, so a live television show such as AGT was the perfect platform to captivate crowds — only this time, they were watching him at home versus over dinner. “People are very emotionally invested in it, the same way that they get invested in a sports team,” he elaborated. “If you’re into the Giants, you’re super into the Giants, and that’s how this show is. People really get behind you. For example with me, the Jewish community was like, ‘He’s our guy!’” Since doing America’s Got Talent, Pearlman has been incredibly busy (or finally found the sweet spot between luck and timing). His “bread and butter” is corporate events and private parties all over the country — occasionally all over the world. He had a year-long residency at iPic Theaters, selling out the 140-seat room for his live show “Truth Be Told — An Evening of Mentalism and Mind Reading with Oz Pearlman.” “The secret to success, more than anything, with mentalism is that I can adapt and I can customize my content; that’s why I’ve been on so many TV shows,” he shrugged, referring to the likes of ESPN, CNBC, Fox Business, the Hallmark Channel, Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz. “Shows you wouldn’t think of, like, why is a mentalist on a cooking show?” Well, because he can tailor an entire performance based on cooking. “It’s all about the concept,” Pearlman continued, “that plays to the audience.”


MORE THAN MAGIC Another lesson learned early for Pearlman? Newton’s first law. “You need something happening to get things happening,” he said. “You need something topical and timely that, generally speaking, the public can consume — whether it’s a ticket or a book or an item — to create publicity.” Without a reason to care, nobody cares. In a society plagued by cancel culture dependent on the attention economy, relevancy comes and goes as quickly as you can scroll through your Instagram feed. “You could be very successful momentarily,” Pearlman began to explain. “Like right now, I don’t have a public show. I had a residency last year. But people that aren’t in the public eye won’t realize. They’ll be like, ‘Oh, what have you been up to lately? You haven’t been on television in two months.’ And I can just say I’m absolutely crushing it. I had 25 shows last month that are all private, and pay way more than if I actually had a public show. But people associate success and relevance with a public show.” Pearlman made a parallel to that of a band. Think of a musician that hasn’t put out an album in two years, but makes bank playing sold-out shows every night. “The public perception is different than success,” he paused. “It’s weird.” That being said, he does want to get another public show going, and ultimately become a household name as the U.S. face of mentalism, which is quickly becoming more possible than not. Pearlman participated in CNBC’s Celebrity Stock Draft and a Bravo TV show

“I make mistakes in shows, almost always,” Pearlman said. “It makes the show stronger. It humanizes you.”

about real estate. But he and his wife (who he met on JDate, mind you) have two small children and are soon moving from Tribeca to Brooklyn. He’s training for an ultramarathon in Florida. His interests and passions go beyond the realm of entertainment; he exists outside of entertainment. Pearlman is more than just a magician. He’s not always a mentalist. “It’s not always ‘on.’ It needs to be turned-on fully. So that’s the one thing in civilian life — real life — I’m not really a mentalist.” He’s not a dancing monkey. Of course, some of the most critical skills a mentalist needs, such as having a sharp memory and understanding body language cues, can’t “turn off” the way a falsetto or fake smile can; they’re innately a part of Pearlman. But taking those skills and applying them to everyday conversations? Not so innate. “That takes focus and commitment, and I don’t really do that day to day,” he said, though noting that some mentalists and magicians are always on. “I have a buddy in Vancouver who’s adamant about it; think about somebody who’s proselytizing, who’s Mormon and wants you to be a Mormon,” Pearlman said. “He thinks that you can’t not wear the cape. It’s like, if you have Superman skills, you need to wear the cape all the time. You need to be doing magic all day, every day. I don’t want to do magic all day… Let’s just be ourselves.” After all, what makes Superman so cool? The fact that he’s actually Clark Kent. MAY 2019 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 41


Remembering the Holocaust amidst the rise of white supremacy

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t’s 2019 and anti-Nazi stickers and symbols litter the streets of the city; displayed in restaurant windows, plastered over stop signs and bar bathroom mirrors. The swastika — what was once a jarring emblem of a fascist regime so violent that one felt revolted just from seeing it in a public school textbook — is now almost unavoidable. But the resurgence of the generalprohibition-of-swastikas-symbol is here for a reason: the rise of Neo-Nazis. “Seventy-three years ago, after the world saw the haunting pictures from Auschwitz, no one in their right mind wanted to be associated with Nazis,” said Ron Lauder, founder and chairman of The AuschwitzBirkenau Foundation Committee and president of the World Jewish Congress. “Today, three generations 42 MANN ABOUT TOWN • MAY 2019

By Alex Harrell later, people have forgotten — or, they never knew.” That’s why the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is presenting “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” To remind us, in the starkest ways, where anti-Semitism can ultimately lead and why we must never return to that ideology again. After all, it wasn’t that long ago, and it wasn’t that far away. “The exhibit is really about learning. For young people, who certainly wouldn’t remember the Holocaust or event that much discussion about it,” said Bruce Ratner, chairman of the board of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and a driving force behind bringing the exhibition to America. “Different surveys have shown that young people don’t even know what Auschwitz is; some people thought that the Holocaust happened in the 1800s.”


FRESH FEATURES in North America, it’s now. “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” was produced in partnership with the AuschwitzBirkenau State Museum in Poland and the international firm Musealia. An international team of experts led by historian Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt curated the exhibit, which opens on May 8 and runs through January 3, 2020. The opening day marks the anniversary of Victory Day in Europe (DE) in 1945, when the allies celebrated Nazi Germany’s surrender of its armed forces and the end of World War II. The exhibition arrives after a successful run at Madrid’s Arte Canal Exhibition Centre, where it was extended twice and drew more than 600,000 visitors in Europe last year. The exhibition explores the dual identity of the camp as a physical location — the largest documented mass murder site in history, that is — and as a symbol of the borderless manifestation of hatred and human barbarity. Featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs, the New York presentation lets visitors explore and experience artifacts from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, including hundreds of personal items that belonged to the survivors and victims. “The issue is [grasping] what happened,” Ratner said, referring to Holocaust-deniers. “When you see an artifact like the freight car, or the barbed Shirt in Foreground Worn by a Political Prisoner in Auschwitz wire and concrete posts that were electrified; when From the collection of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Photo courtesy of Musealia you see the child’s shoe with the sock still in it before the child was murdered in a gas chamber — that’s While that seems hyperbolic, he’s not wrong. when you realize this really happened.” According to a study conducted by Schoen Consulting, commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, over one-fifth of millennials haven’t heard of, or are unsure if they have heard of, the Holocaust. Six million Jews were exterminated, yet 31% of Americans and 41% of millennials believe that only 2 million (or fewer) were killed. More than half of the adults and millennials, respectively, studied cannot identify what or where Auschwitz was. Luis Ferreiro, director of Musealia Not to mention the rise of white supremacists in the and the exhibition project United States in recent years, according to a study done by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The white Other objects include concrete posts that were part supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, of the fence of the Auschwitz camp, fragments of an Virginia held in August 2017 attracted some 600 original barrack for prisoners from the Auschwitz extremists, chanting slurs such as “Jews will not replace III-Monowitz camp, possessions of the first and the us.” In March, a Brooklyn subway advertisement of longest serving Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was defaced with antia gas mask used by the SS, Picasso’s “Lithograph of Semitic graffiti. a Prisoner,” and an original German-made Model 2 If there was ever a time for the most comprehensive freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the Holocaust exhibition about Auschwitz ever showcased

“Auschwitz did not start with the gas chambers. Hatred does not happen overnight; it builds slowly among people. ”

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Suitcases confiscated from deportees to Auschwitz; a photograph of hostages arriving at the camp From the exhibition installation, Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal, Madrid, 2017 Photo courtesy of Musealia

ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. “While commemorating the victims of Auschwitz, we should also feel moral discomfort,” said Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, recognizing that the anti-Semitic, hateful and xenophobic ideologies that led to the Holocaust are still alive and well in current society. “They still poison people’s minds and influence our contemporary attitudes,” he continued. “That’s why studying the Holocaust shouldn’t be limited to [ just] history classes. It must become part of the curricula of political and civic education, ethics, media, religious studies. This exhibition is one of the tools we can use.” “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” traces the development of Nazi ideology and tracks the transformation of Auschwitz from an ordinary Polish town known as Oświęcim to the most significant Nazi

Gas mask and tin of the poisonous gas Zyklon B used in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, 1942-45 Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oświęcim, Poland. Exhibition installation, Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal, Madrid, 2017 Photo courtesy of Musealia

site of the Holocaust — at which approximately one million Jews and tens of thousands of others were murdered. The Museum of Jewish Heritage has incorporated into the exhibition more than 100 rare artifacts from its collection that relay the experience of survivors and liberators who found refuge in the greater New York area. The 18,000-square-foot exhibit introduces these artifacts and Holocaust survivor testimonies throughout 20 thematic galleries. “All through the exhibition, there are stories — stories about individuals and families, about communities and organizations, stories about ideologies that teach people to hate, and responses that reveal compassion and love,” said Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, chief curator. “These are stories of victims, perpetrators and bystanders; stories with heroes and villains — stories that all merge into an epic story of a continent marked by war and genocide.” And while the exhibition is painful and powerful, the emotional heaviness isn’t the only feeling visitors should walk away with. Instead, they should take that disgust and repurpose it into a call to action. “We have to make sure we don’t promote hate, to make sure we stand up when we see the kinds of things that happened during that dark period in our world’s history,” Ratner said. “We have to do what we can to let others know about it, take the lessons from it and do everything we can to assure it doesn’t happen again.” Following the New York presentation, the exhibition is intended to tour other cities around the world. Tickets are available for purchase online and are free for Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, as well as New York City public school students and educators.


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Mustique’s Allure The privately-owned, celebrity-studded island in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines is more accessible than you might think By Charu Suri Photos courtesy of Toucan Hill

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tried to build something you don’t have at home,” Tatiana Copeland said to me as we sat down for dinner at Toucan Hill, her Scheherazade-like estate that sits on top of the highest point on the island of Mustique. I arrived by seaplane earlier that morning to take a peek into the somewhat glamorous lifestyle of the island that was made famous by Princess Margaret — Queen Elizabeth’s late younger sister — in the 1970s. The turquoise-fringed waters of Mustique are now home to some 120 villas after the owner, the late Scottish brewing heir Colin Tennant (known now as Lord Glenconner), founded The Mustique Company. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to brush shoulders with celebrities at dinners about town, relax in completely secluded beaches like Macaroni Beach or Pasture Bay and end the night with a nightcap at The Cotton House — a 16-room colonial-style hotel filled with polished rattan furniture, woven basket lanterns, hand-sewn details like a carved frieze above the bar, and meandering porches that invite exploration. The house also functions as the social nerve center of the island. Copeland and her husband, an entrepreneurial couple who cur-

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rently reside in Delaware, fell in love with Mustique because of its pristine beauty and the elegant, laid-back atmosphere of the place. After having rented every villa on the island for several years, the couple decided to build a palace of their own in the 1990s. Today, Toucan Hill is easily one of the most glamorous stays in the world, with an infinity pool that gives you clear views of the Grenadine island of Bequia, seven beautifully appointed suites, a grass lawn that Copeland fondly calls a “magic carpet,” and the best eagle’s eye view of the island. All of Mustique’s beaches — even those in front of a celebrity’s house — are accessible to residents. While the island has long had the aura of being exclusive, there really is a tremendous sense of inclusivity: on Tuesday nights, the entire island — around 1,000 people — are invited to a free cocktail party at the Cotton House from 7-8:30 p.m. “The weekly party gives people an excuse to dress up in diamonds,” joked Roger Pritchard, managing director of the Mustique Company, the company that owns the Cotton House and puts together these convivial parties. “I heard about Mustique in the good old days when Princess Margaret came down here often,” shared Copeland, whose Russian heritage makes her the grand-niece of the late great composer Sergei Rachmaninov. “I remember what a hot item she was; she had arrived with her lover,” she continued. “Everyone started at the Cotton House.” Toucan Hill is palatial, with elegant arches everywhere, furniture and marble imported from the likes of Brazil and Morocco. There is a general sense of insouciance. At the entrance is a shapely Thai drum table purchased at an auction. Decorative Moroccan lamps

hang and lend soft color to the air, purchased from a Syrian restaurant in Philadelphia that was going out of business. Paintings with toucans are in nearly each of the seven rooms. A screen (now wall art) with bird motifs greets visitors in the living room. The master suite which is rarely rented out, except to dignitaries, has a headboard made of silver inlays. The Sultan suite boasts laser-cut stars and Moroccan mirrors. The Scheherazade suite has gold from Jerusalem and onyx from Mexico. One bathroom boasts a rare blue-streaked Azul Macaubas quartzite from in Brazil. Toucan Hill’s rates start at $23,000 per week and go up to $37,000 per week during peak season, with special days like New Year’s meriting a higher price tag. Many other villas that can be booked with the Mustique, some for $100,000 per week. Most come

with a private chef. Homeowners here do know each other, but not everyone comes here at the same time. The island is owned by the shareholders. “You need to own at least one share to purchase a house on the island,” Copeland explained. It’s rare, though, when a property does come up for sale. The island also has an eco-mindset. Twenty percent of the properties are powered by solar, and there are coral growing initiatives in the water. The place is both ahead of its time yet an elegant reminder of days gone by. There’s a beautiful simplicity to the place that doesn’t have too much on it except for its natural beauty and one vegetable and fruit stall called “Stanley’s” managed by a charming man who goes by the same name. “I don’t know of any other island like it,” Copeland said with a smile. MAY 2019 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 47


LA LIFESTYLE

Urban Oasis highlights from ROW DTLA

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n urban enclave for dreamers and doers alike, the Row DTLA refocuses Los Angeles’ sprawling cultural energy to the city’s historic downtown Arts District. Built by the Southern Pacific Railroad between 1917 and 1923, six iconic structures — repurposed into 1.5 million square feet of creative offices, retail and restaurants — stretch out between the massive parking garage and the public market space, accompanied by architecturally intriguing plazas, art displays, and abundant green space. Row DTLA offers a dynamic commercial centerpiece for the city’s progressive and visionary spirit, attracting creatives of all trades and those who appreciate their work. Accommodating 15 culturally diverse restaurants and 100 curated retailers, Row DTLA offers Angelenos a single, all-inclusive destination home to intrepid chefs, artists and taste-makers. Embodying L.A.’s enterprising spirit, Row DTLA provides a hub for visionaries and creators of all sorts to enhance the downtown economy further. An epicenter of the iconic city’s blossoming entrepreneurial population, Row DTLA connects ambitious artisans with residents and guests who appreciate nuanced style, rule-breaking flavors and fresh ideas. Here are a few of our favorite spots: Clockwise from top left: earrings and perfume shelf, independent boutique store Myrtle; photo grid, celebrity stylist Dechel Mckillian’s Galerie.LA; lamp, The Things We Do Photos courtesy of Katie Gibbs

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LA LIFESTYLE

Still Life Ceramics

A+R

Founded by Rose Apodaca and Andy Griffith, A+R is a leading lifestyle and global design boutique featuring modern furniture, accessories, lighting and décor. The flagship store at Row DTLA encompasses 6,800 square feet and includes designated trade workstations, a library, kitchen for event dinners, space to host talks. The boutique also has an additional 450-square-foot patio to showcase outdoor furniture, planters and accessories.

Still Life Ceramics is for the existing and emerging ceramics community to see, learn, shop and create. The concept is driven by the maker movement and offers a modern and more rounded take on the “art as entertainment” business model. Still Life Ceramics offers a program of classes as well as a retail space — giving consumers the opportunity to access beautiful, functional art and how it was created.

The Things We Do

The Things We Do is a beauty concept bar that caters to all of skin care needs while serving up the most supreme rejuvenation services in a space so beautiful, you’ll never want to leave. Join for a class, come in for a service or just stop by to sample some insider beauty products. The team knows how complicated life can get, but self-care doesn’t have to be. The Things We Do is dedicated to restoring and improving facial balance and harmony through Natural Intention Beauty Guidance. This means the team won’t make a single move unless it’s intentionally treating customers to a refreshed, natural result to the best of its abilities.

Hayato

After spending two decades studying traditional Japanese culinary technique and training under Michelin-Star chefs in Japan, Chef Brandon Go makes his first mark on U.S. soil at Row DTLA. Hayato is a truly authentic kaiseki restaurant showcasing Japanese cooking. The restaurant will produce boutique bento boxes ideal for the site’s tenants during lunch, and offers an intimate kaiseki dinner experience.


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ARTS & AFFAIRS

Exhibitions

The Whitney Biennial is an unmissable event for anyone interested in finding out what’s happening in art today. Curated by Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, the 2019 Biennial features 74 artists working in painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, as well as photography, performance and sound. “Taking the pulse of American creativity and culture, the Whitney Biennial has been finding the future of contemporary art for nearly a century,” said Adam Weinberg, the museum’s Alice Pratt Brown director. “The Biennial is an essential strand of the museum’s DNA, a chance to reaffirm one of the Whitney’s deepest commitments: to support the work of living artists and to engage in a cultural dialogue about what contemporary art is and why it matters.” The 2019 edition runs May 17 through September 22.

Wangechi Mutu, Sentinel I, 2018 Image courtesy the artist

The Whitney Biennial

Nicole Eisenman, The General, 2018 Image courtesy of the artist

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall The Brooklyn Museum presents the exhibition “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall,” which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City by exploring the rebellion’s profound legacy and lasting impact on the queer artistic community of today. “The Brooklyn Museum has long been committed to providing a platform for those courageous enough to confront and question history,” said Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy director, Brooklyn Museum. “With ‘Nobody Promised You Tomorrow,’ we’re telling a more inclusive story of the Stonewall Uprising that connects it directly to the remarkably diverse community of LGBTQ+ artists carrying on the legacy of Stonewall now and into the future.” The exhibition is on view May 3 through December 8.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

Tuesday Smillie, S.T.A.R., 2012 Image courtesy of the artist

The Jewish Museum presents “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” a contemporary art exhibition devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montreal, Canada. The exhibition is on view from April 12 through September 8. Organized by the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC), where it debuted, the exhibition is curated by John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator at the MAC, and Victor Shiffman, co-curator. 52 MANN ABOUT TOWN • MAY 2019

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ARTS & AFFAIRS

New York Times bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love” Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), “City of Girls” explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption

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From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Accidental Billionaires” and “Bringing Down the House,” comes the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission, “Bitcoin Billionaires” goes on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future.

Eat Clean, Play Dirty: Recipes for a Body and Life You Love Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle, the founders and wellness experts behind the plant-based meal delivery program Sakara Life, have debuted a cookbook that intersects modern science and ancient nutrition. “Eat Clean, Play Dirty” provides over 100 plant-based and gluten-free recipes, each highlighting how food is medicine, pleasure and a potent catalyst for change.

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times This inspiring memoir comes from the front lines of history by award-winning “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley. Introducing us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives through historic, world-changing events, Pelley’s book reveals the experience of standing with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advancing with American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sharing private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he’s known for decades. MAY 2019 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 53


ARTS & AFFAIRS

A Taste of Tribeca

Lucky Grandma

Directed by Sasie Sealy

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he 2019 Tribeca Film Festival has continued its tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling rooted in today’s global film communities with its 18th annual festival showcasing debut works from emerging talent and new works from notable filmmakers. “Our goal is to strike a balance between discovering new talent and showcasing new projects by notable filmmakers and storytellers,” said Paula Weinstein, executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises. “At Tribeca, we believe in amplifying fresh voices as well as celebrating the continued success of artists in the industry.” Taking place April 24 through May 5, here are a few of our favorites from this year’s film festival:

Set in New York City’s Chinatown, the film follows an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma who goes all-in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck… And in the middle of a gang war.

The Kill Team

Directed by Dan Krauss

Based on the 2013 award-winning documentary, “The Kill Team” dramatizes the true story of Private Andrew Briggman, an infantryman in Afghanistan who’s swept up in a conspiracy of violence against civilians perpetrated by his own platoon.

Ask Dr. Ruth

Directed by Ryan White

Framing John DeLorean Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce

The success of infamous auto executive/ playboy John DeLorean made his name synonymous with his iconic design. But he and his company crashed in the ’80s amid mismanagement, corruption — and a controversial coke bust.

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Plain-spoken and thickly accented, Dr. Ruth Westheimer became a household name in the 1980s by transforming the way Americans talk and think about sexuality. At age 90, Dr. Ruth reflects on her life from Holocaust survivor to celebrity sex therapist.


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THE RED CARPET

The Salonniere List

Among those named to the Salonniere List of America’s 100 Best Hosts are Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross, Audrey Gruss, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, Steven Stoleman and Jill Kargman. The list’s name was inspired by society figures including Oscar Wilde, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, who frequented “salons” where good conversation about arts and letters were the stars. Founder and Austin and Nantucket hostess Carla McDonald and her committee chose honorees from across the states, including Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston, Charlotte Moss, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Herb Karlitz, Bunny Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Derek Blasberg, Ashley McDermott, Susan Gutfreund, Jean Shafiroff, Becca Carson Thrash, Lynn Wyatt, Irene Michaels. And Oprah Winfrey, who came to Sotheby’s to host a party.

Race of Hope

The Beatles and Michael Jackson are among the stars legendary photographer Harry Benson has captured. The lens-man photographed the winning male and female runners at the inaugural Palm Beach Race of Hope. Among the 500 racers were Martin Gruss, Carol Mack and Judith Giuliani, and a junior committee that included Bill Koch’s son, Wyatt Koch. The 5K race raised funds for Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation.

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The Art Students League

Painter Robert Cenedella showed his work, “George Grosz in America,” a portrait and tribute to his late teacher whom he studied under in the late ’50s, at The Art Students League (ASL). The piece was part of the League’s “The Masters: Art Students League Teacher and their Students,” a three-gallery exhibition that showed at Hirschl & Adler and 511 Projects. The Masters presented 100 pieces made by important artists from 1900 through the present, who studied or taught at the League, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Mark Rothko. On view were works by the school’s early leaders like Frank Vincent DuMond and Robert Henri, and students Norman Rockwell, George Bellos and Guy Pene du Bois.

Carnegie Hall

Dazzling pianist Yuja Wang appeared in a classical comedy concert with Igudesman & Joo at Carnegie Hall. The pair of classical clowns opened a box on stage to reveal a mechanical doll that, you guessed it, was the sexy Wang in a short gold dress and six-inch Louboutin’s. The trio bounced between naughty jokes to brilliant classical music played on two Steinway pianos that had the crowd roaring. Among those in the room were concert pianist Micah McLaurin and Emmanuel Ax who was dragged on stage for an amusing vaudeville bit involving him bumping into walls but, sadly, not playing a note. It’s easy to see why Wang is considered one of the world’s top classical musicians — and why Igudesman & Joo’s hilarious theatrical concerts have received more than 45 million hits on YouTube.

Photos, clockwise from top left: Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross; Martin and Audrey Gruss; Yuja Wang; Jean and Martin Shafiroff

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MANNERISMS

Mannerisms

with Susie Coelho

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tyle guru and TV personality Susie Coelho is no stranger to entrepreneurship. Her brands accounted for more than $100 million in annual sales through proprietary licensing deals with the likes of Mervyn’s department stores and QVC, she’s written four books, coined the phrase “undecorating” as the host of HGTV’s “Outer Spaces,” and starred in the ’80s film “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Now, the former Ford model — and third wife of Sonny Bono — has founded House of Sussex: a luxury company based in the heart of Los Angeles that takes the essence of street art culture and combines it with the high-end details of luxury fashion accessories, which features contemporary artist Louis Carreon’s work on its leather backpacks. Los Angeles is known for the clashing of two worlds, where poverty and abundance cross paths. House of Sussex reflects the beauty in the grittiness of the streets, and places its bags in the hands of those who never step foot in them.

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How do you take your coffee? I don’t. I never got into caffeine. I find it wires me up too much, and I’m naturally already wired! Three things that you always carry with you? My House of Sussex backpack! It’s important for promotion; now my Chanel and Dior sit in the closet. I always have sunglasses. When I was with Ford Models in my early 20s, a plastic surgeon friend of mine told me always to wear sunglasses when I was out exercising or playing tennis. Not to be cool, but to prevent wrinkles and saggy skin. And it worked! Lastly, my phone, which is, unfortunately, something I can’t live without.   Most embarrassing app that’s on your phone? The wine app, WTSO. I’m always looking for great wine deals.   What’s a song that calms you down? One that makes you feel invincible? If I feel stressed out, I play “Babylon” by David Gray. It just takes me away. To make me feel invincible, I love “I am Woman” by Helen Reddy.   Hardest habit to quit? I have a habit of leaving my car dirty and not taking it to the car wash. It’s a white SUV Range Rover; I think it has more character when it’s dirty, so it looks like I was off-roading rather than driving around Beverly Hills.   Window or aisle seat? Aisle! I never like to be boxed in. How many alarm clocks do you have set?  Only one and I get up right away. It makes no sense to me that people have to set multiple alarms.      Biggest guilty pleasure? Going to fabulous restaurants and tasting everything. My husband Mike and I are big foodies!   Last text you sent?   “I love you…” To my husband.


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