David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

20 July 2006

Hampton days are here again ...

Speaking of screenings ... Academy award winning actress Holly Hunter hosted a Grand Classics screening of The King of Marvin Gardens sponsored by Karu&Y restaurant at Soho House. Hunter showcased the 1972 criminal drama directed by Bob Rafelson, starring Jack Nicholson andcostarring and Ellen Burstyn.

Burstyn made a special appearance at the screening said “I think it is the most extraordinary work Jack Nicholson has ever done. What he later was so applauded for in About Schmidt, I think he had done earlier and better and deeper in this film.” Holly Hunter went on to tell the audience, “This movie I chose to show, I have never seen on screen before tonight. I rented it about eight years ago when I threw myself my own Bob Rafelson film festival at my house. I just saw all of his movies and this one struck me as particularly wonderful.”

The Nicholson-Rafelson collaboration began in the mid-60s and the movie audiences loved these guys. In their way they fashioned the American film sensibility for an entire generation. The audience loves Jack Nicholson the way earlier generations loved Cooper and Gable, Grant and Stewart. He's everyman, or Everyman's version of what he'd hope he'd be. Bob Rafelson was the creator next to the camera when it first unfolded.

Guests included actresses Paz de la Huerta and Kelly Rutherford, Queer Eye's Thom Filicia, designer Alvin Valley, Behnaz Sarafpour and Secrets of Charm designer Estee Elkayam along with socials Annie Churchill, Luigi Tadini, Zani Gugelmann, Allison Weiss Brady, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter and Alison Minton, enjoyed a special cocktail reception in the White Room courtesy of Grey Goose. Grand Classics cofounders Katrina Pavlos and Vanessa Wingate, both dressed in Alvin Valley designs, mingled with other guests including Carlo von Zeitschel, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Mark Langrish and Bobby Zarem. All of the VIP guests on hand walked away with Karu&Y totes complete with foie gras truffles courtesy of Chef Alberto Cabrera and a Karu&Y CD to help bring the sounds of Miami to the Big Apple.

Grand Classics is a big hit in Miami. First Canyon Ranch Living – Miami Beach sponsored a screening held in May hosted by designer Zac Posen and now the highly anticipated Miami restaurant Karu&Y is on board with the film series. At the screening, Karu&Y owners Cesar Sotomayor and Elliott Monter chose Holly Hunter to be the first recipient of a diamond and pink sapphire necklace in recognition of hosting the screening.

Peter Sallese, Alison Minton, Justin Karr