It is with deep regret that our condolences go out to the families of Fatima Ali, formerly Susan Hughes, and the Montegue family, whose daughter Karen lost her husband. Both passings were due to heart failure and were very sudden; they leave behind five and seven children, respectively. Both will be missed.
Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too hosted an evening of dinner, dancing and conversation with playwright Lydia R. Diamond, author of the famed play “Stick Fly.” Directed by Kenny Leon and produced by Alicia Keys, “Stick Fly,” a play about summer life on Martha’s Vineyard, is one of the hottest plays on Broadway.
In fact, this seems to be our time, as there are a number of great plays on Broadway, including “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “The Mountaintop.” Co-starring with Samuel Jackson, many are rooting for Angela Bassett to win a Tony Award for Best Actress for her role in “The Mountaintop.” We’ll see. In fact, we should see and support Black theater entertainment on the Great White Way.
Happy birthday, Harriet DeLaney. Get well wishes to Mary Moultrie and bon voyage, Gail Burroughs, who is off to visit her daughter in Australia for two weeks, where they’re celebrating summer. Wish I were there.
You have to admit Emma Stone looked fabulous at the 18th annual Golden Globe Awards, the preview to the Oscars. For those of you who didn’t see, it was the perfect little black cocktail dress; tea-length and strapless, with the perfect shoes to match-black of course, but it was the style that was so smashing.
Viola Davis was not dressed as anybody’s maid; she looked hot (maybe a little too hot) as she was up for the Best Actress award for her role in “The Help.” While I think it’s fun to see all of the movies prior to award night, I’m just not motivated to see “The Help” (seen it all before in real life; looking forward to moving forward in life).
I didn’t care for Michelle William’s dress, even if it was a Valentino, and Angelina Jolie had to be the worst-dressed woman there-the worst, hands down. She would have looked much better in the Oscar de la Renta number Emily Blunt (sorry, I’ve never even heard of her) was wearing. Now that was a gorgeous gown, even if the color was a tummy-turning green.
George Clooney’s girl-or is it more polite to say date?-Stacy Keibler, wearing Marchesa, looked stunning; not a lot of people could pull that number off. Seeing how actress Glenn Close always (or almost always) plays scary roles, the Zac Posen gown that she wore was, well…scary.
Does Armie Hammer, who arrived with his wife, know that he was standing on the hem of her dress while posing for the photo op on the red carpet? Quelle dommage!
Zoe Saldana always wears something interesting. This time it was Givenchy Couture-the dress was a combination of oohs, ahhs and yuck, which means it had a lot going on for a dress, but she always looks good, so it really didn’t matter.
Tina Fey in vintage Versace not only looked perfect, she knew how to pose. Kyra Sedgwick, in a solid red gown by Pucci, who was once famous for his exotic prints (Pucci that is, not Sedgwick), was totally upstaged by a woman standing behind her who looked like, how should I say this and still be kind and diplomatic…Hmmmm, I’m thinking.
All Lea Michele, in Atelier Versace with a slit up to there, perfect matching traditional heels and a fishtail train, needed was to have her hair swept up and she would have been up there with J. Lo-not quite with J. Lo, but up there.
Ahhh, at last. Regina King, in Alberta Ferretti, arrived looking absolutely divine in a soft purple strapless dress that was so sexy because it wasn’t so sexy. Which brings to mind: What was your favorite Regina King movie? “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (wasn’t she the crazy ambulance driving sister?); the wife in “Show Me the Money”-I mean, “Jerry McGuire”; or “Our Family Wedding,” where she co-starred with Forest Whitaker (one of my favorite male actors)?
Jayma Mays, in Reem Acra (who are these people?), looked good in a simple black gown with a full train that I’m sure any of us could wear. As for Mayim Bialik, in a simple and sedate David Peck, with a slit up the front for comfort and ease, OK, I get it. If nothing else, at least she looked comfortable.
The men-oh, the men. Well, Jonah Hill looked as though that was his mother standing in the background. Was it? His tux jacket was too tight and stretched across his midsection. Wouldn’t you be more comfortable in the next size than trying to squeeze? Loved that skinny tie, though.
Christopher Plummer, dashing and quite proper, I must say. Jean Dujardin, take your hands out of your pockets-that goes for the rest of you guys as well.
Tickets are on sale now for the Harlem Opera Company’s 10th anniversary concert. Held at the Schomburg Center on Feb. 16, the pre-reception and show begin at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the entire event or $25 for just the concert, and can be purchased at the Dollar Internet Cafe, 143rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Until next week…kisses.