It never ceases to amaze me how people have to be reminded to be courteous to one another. Take the bus for example—a mode of transportation I am all too familiar with. The ceiling’s ledges are lined with posters telling riders to offer their seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person; take litter with them; take their backpacks off their back; keep the doors clear so others can exit; keep the sound from their cheap headphones down; and, this one I love the best, cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. Don’t you know that?

There was a time when everyone fought (literally, not figuratively) to get a window seat. The latest trend, however, is people sitting on the aisle seat instead of moving all the way over so that the next person can easily sit down instead of having to crawl over them. From the number of instances I have observed, it is not like the aisle-seated person is getting off at the next stop. Therefore, I’ve concluded that they are just too lazy to move over into the window seat. This doesn’t have to be the worse thing that could happen, except if you even look as though you are going to ask to sit in that seat, they give you a dirty look that says, “Don’t even bother!” Let’s also add to the fact that they have usually spread out their pocketbooks on the adjoining seat.

Always amazing is Dance Theatre of Harlem, which just completed their New York season at City Center. The troupe of 12 magnificent dancers performed with an ethereal zest and unsurpassed technique combined with intense emotion, topped off with an infectious dose of passion. Featured as part of this season’s repertoire is a piece titled “Coming Together,” with choreography by Nacho Duato. Originally created in 1991 for Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid, DTH does a magnificent job of making the dance their own. It’s definitely personal.

Set to the music of contemporary American composer Frederic Rzewski, the dance exudes a fast-paced, nonstop, rigorous musical tempo matched by the performers’ interpretation of eight spoken sentences, which are repeated over and over throughout the 28-minute production. The eight sentences were taken from a letter written by a prisoner shortly before he was killed in the 1971 Attica prison riots. Want to know what the eight sentences are? I will tell you next week—stay tuned.

Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and Executive Director Laveen Naidu have picked up the baton left by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, bringing the company to new heights. Beautiful and versatile in form, dashing from classical ballet technique to sinewy sensations, has earned DTH a permanent place in world-class ballet dance, both as a company and individually. It is hard to say who is my favorite dancer, because they all are superb.

Continuing to amaze us is Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef and owner of Red Rooster, who was a guest author at the 12th annual Authors in Kind literary luncheon, held at the Metropolitan Club. The luncheon was emceed by board member, author extraordinaire and Authors in Kind founder Linda Fairstein, a former district attorney.

Samuelsson took the podium to share anecdotes and remarks about his New York Times “Best of 2014” cookbook. In it, he captures the journey across the country that led him to the recipes he cooks at home for his wife, Maya, on a quiet night in. A quiet night in—can you believe it? Samuelsson also spoke on “the importance of food for community, how food nourishes the body and the spirit and the importance of bringing meals to our neighbors—that meals that are lovingly prepared and lovingly delivered are filled with love.” The event benefitted God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit organization that delivers hot meals to shut-ins across the city. Also in attendance were Staffani Maxwell and Tiffany Dafu.

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2015 “Jazz Interlude,” a benefit gala dinner and live music performance, recently honored Sherry B. Bronfman, Vernon Jordan, Julie Mehretu and the Ford Foundation for their commitment to social justice, diversity, arts and education. Held at what better place than the museum itself, the benefit began with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner and live performances by Ron Carter and award-winning classical pianist Helen Sung. The evening’s music was produced by George Wein. This year’s event chairs were Eric J. Barkley, Eboni S. Gates and Marquita Pool-Eckert. Honorary co-chairs were Agnes Gund and David Rockefeller Jr. Past honorees of the benefit have included Spike Lee and Elizabeth Catlett.

The Friends of Education, a MoMA affiliate group dedicated to raising public awareness about African-American artists, supporting the museum’s education initiatives and encouraging the participation of African-Americans at MoMA, organized the event. Proceeds from the “Jazz Interlude” will benefit the exhibition “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North” and the Friends of Education Fund, which assists the museum in acquiring important works by African-American artists, increasing its outreach to the African-American community and supporting the museum’s extensive educational programming.

Shari was adorned by her lovelies Hannah Bronfman (my “it girl,” looking sharp as usual), Vanessa Bronfman and Ben Bronfman, a cutie pie. Also in attendance were Julie Mehretu, Darren Walker (president of the Ford Foundation), Eric J. Barkley, Thelma Golden, Marie-Josee Kravis and Pepita Serrano.

Shari’s social calendar continues to be full as usual as she no sooner was honored at one event, she joined Dana Bronfman with Charles and Rita Bronfman at the Publicolor annual “Stir, Splatter + Roll” gala, honoring the visionary contemporary gallerist Paula Cooper. The event, held at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, began with cocktails followed by dinner, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind totes created by leading designers, a live auction and painting alongside some of our city’s leading architects, artists and designers.

Founder and Publicolor President Ruth Lande Shuman spoke kindly of the honoree, stating, “I have such admiration for Paula. … Her gallery has always been more than walls to view art. It’s an idea exchange, welcoming artists from many disciplines and hosting events to raise awareness for both social and political causes.” Publicolor’s mission is to engage disconnected students in their education through art, while teaching them strong and transferable work habits so they are prepared to be productive in both college and their careers.

Cooper was equally gracious in accepting her award, stating, “Publicolor is a direct and brilliant avenue to a first giant step in changing our precious children’s lives.”

It was so nice to see Michelle Gadsden-Williams among the ladies at the annual New York Lupus Handbag Luncheon. Hosted by the SLE Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Research Institute, the event was held in the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. Honorary luncheon co-chairs included Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former first lady of New York, and opera legend Jessye Norman. Gadsden-Williams, co-founder and chief operating officer of Ceiling Breakers LLC, served as co-chair. The silent auction featured more than 100 bags, with many on display and one for every occasion.

Until next week … kisses.