Question of the Week
So, what did we learn this week as we took the pulse of the partygoing public? A surprisingly large number of those we ran into while out and about apparently don’t have a “Bob Dylan” Google Alert, or possibly not even basic cable! Almost no one was aware of the major award bestowed upon Mr. Dylan by President Obama on Tuesday, the Presidential Medal of Freedom–the first rock musician to be given such an honor–an event which set the internet on fire, perhaps partially because of the crazed dictator look Mr. Dylan sported.
Click through our slideshow for expressions of surprise and ambivalence from several notables, plus comments by Patti Smith and Dylan Lauren, who, as Mr. Dylan’s namesake, bubbled over with congratulations.
We were thinking of calling this set “People looking uncomfortable next to Klaus Biesenbach,” but that wouldn’t really do justice to these photos from Bomb magazine’s 31st Anniversary Gala.
What happens when you are on the ground with scraped knees, shards of broken glass, and adrenaline coursing through your veins? Well, if you are Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, you might have to power through the hallucinations of a tracker jacker in order to stay alive. In the Boom Boom Room at the top of The Standard, where Calvin Klein and Grey Goose hosted the after party for The Cinema Society’s premiere of the highly anticipated film, the stakes were much lower. And the celebrities so much shorter in person!
As Seen in SCENE
Hotel Chelsea, New York City’s most renowned artist haven, has harbored the creative minds of Leonard Cohen, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas and countless others who wrote or composed many a masterpiece within its walls. Closed for renovation in 2011, the hotel is still home to around 100 permanent residents and many ghosts of rock stars and poets past, some of whom ended their tumultuous lives at the hotel.
Rumors that Andre Balazs was in talks to buy the hotel and turn it into a New York version of Chateau Marmont circulated last year, though it ended up being sold to developer Joseph Chetrit in May 2011 for $80 million. Today the Hotel Chelsea is making headlines as many worry what will become of this New York City staple.