The Cosmopolitan Review
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 8/15/2013, 9:55 a.m. | Updated on 8/15/2013, 9:55 a.m.
The GDIFF is a four-day festival held in Jersey City, NJ, usually during the month of October, celebrating the talent of independent filmmakers. Those who work in the industry gather together and travel throughout the city, screening films and subsequently judging them for their excellence. Activities culminate in an awards ceremony on closing night, and it couldn’t be more exciting; it’s the second best thing after the Oscars.
As I took a stroll down the avenue one warm, balmy evening, it was hard not to notice all of the activity and interactions of the people. Upon reflection, I feel I must give a shout-out to the guys on the street. I know I sometimes give you a bad rap, wanting to send you to Afghanistan. However, I can assure you that that message is only directed to the knuckleheads who walk around with guns, ready to shoot you rather than say hello. We’re all trying to live together around here.
Speaking of living together around here, if you haven’t had the annual summertime Maine Lobster Roll, you can get a good one at the Astor Row Cafe, at 130th Street and Lenox Avenue. Sunday is also Paella Night at the cafe, where the fresh muscles are sautéed outside on the sidewalk, under a tent by the chef. With the cafe’s wafting aroma, patrons, staff and music, you can’t help but get in the groove.
Happy birthday to the Sister, 131st Street, Lenox Ave., Douglas Lewis, Debbie Lewis, Charles O’Brien and Sophie Trahan. You will be happy to know that our own Marcus Samuelsson, owner of the Red Rooster and author of “Yes, Chef”; Frank Savage, author of “The Savage Way”; and Nile Rodgers, author of “Le Freak,” were among the featured authors at the East Hampton Library ninth annual Authors Night.
Authors Night has grown to be the premier literary event in the Hamptons. There were 125 authors and more than 1,000 people in attendance, marking the event as one of the most anticipated of the season. The children like it because they know the book festival includes popcorn, balloons and arts and crafts. There were two young ladies who were once married to the same man (not at the same time, thank goodness) and are now co-authoring a book to talk about the experience.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Kiehl’s, known as an old–world neighborhood apothecary that manufactures skin products, recently held its fourth annual LifeRide for amfAR. LifeRide is a nine-day philanthropic motorcycle ride from Seattle to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. The event concluded with an exciting public finale event at the Grove in Los Angeles. Included in the wrap-up was a celebrity ride-up, a check presentation ceremony with Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, performances by Kelis and DJ Spinderella, an interactive photo booth with Harley-Davidson, temporary tattoo artists and more. Kiehl’s also used the occasion to introduce their limited edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. Up to $25,000 or 100 percent of the net profits will benefit amfAR. There’s nothing like getting rid of that dry skin and contributing to a cause.
It seems as though actor Tracy Morgan of the television series 30 Rock, where the jokes tend to get a bit risqué, has a $400,000 live shark fish tank in his basement and the cutest little baby girl. No, she’s not in the shark tank.
Until next week … kisses