The Cosmopolitan Review
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/7/2013, 1:24 p.m.
I am so in awe of the marathon runners. It’s an amazing feat to be able to run 26 miles over the bedrock pavement throughout New York City. Even those who start out running and end up walking deserve a big round of applause. I can assure you that it could never be me. My challenge would be to walk across the Verrazano Bridge and stop there—that I believe I could do. Each year, I appreciate the ability of those who can more and more. Thank goodness there were no major incidents to mar the event.
Halloween was so much fun this year. Actually, it’s fun every year, as everyone everywhere seems to dress up as his or her alter ego. The Mitchells dressed as Supergirl, the Enchantress and Dracula (that’s Julia, me and Charles, respectively). I got on my broom and tricked and treated up and down 121st Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues. The whole block was lit up with ghosts, goblins and even former mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, dressed as himself. Thompson was handing out loads of goodies.
Beatrice Siblies was most definitely the good witch of the block, as she not only handed out the goods, but took pictures as well. Little Jordan Bracey, granddaughter of Donald Marquez, was dressed as the sweetie pie that she is. It was hard to tell who was who behind most of the masks, but it didn’t matter because everyone was having a creepy good time.
Seen having more than a creepy good time were those attending the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) annual Opening Night Fall Gala benefit. One in particular was Valentino Carlotti, Goldman Sachs partner and head of the Securities Division Institutional Client Group, who was sitting side by side with super socialite Susan Fales-Hill. What a yummy-looking couple they make.
Carlotti was pictured with Misty Copeland, whose dress was as different as it was beautiful, and that was nice (yes, both the dress and the picture).
Carlotti just may be the flavor of the month, as you may also remember Carlotti from last summer’s fourth annual Diversity Affluence Brunch & Awards at B. Smith’s Restaurant in Sag Harbor, N.Y., where he was among those recognized as outstanding professionals who practice a multicultural business agenda and make a positive social impact. Here, he was pictured with supermodel Alek Wek. Guess you could say he’s a “super” kind of guy.
Anyway, getting back to the ballet, altogether, the gala raised over $1.5 million, a percentage of which will benefit ABT’s education and community outreach programs. Also in attendance were Bryant and Hilary Gumble, Star Jones, actress Sigourney Weaver and actor Taye Diggs.
The ballet was beautiful as everything always is. Held at the David H. Koch Theatre, the program featured a one-time-only gala performance, a world premiere, a new production of George Balanchine’s “Theme and Variations” led by Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, and a pièce d’occasion choreographed by ABT principal dancer Marcelo Gomes, set to “Souvenir de Florence” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.