Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Your plans for Saturday Night

Columbia folks, I hope you have your DVR's set for this Saturday.  There are two momentous events occurring that night.  The first is the HBO premiere of the long-awaited dramatization of "Grey Gardens."  In 1975, Albert and David Maysles made a documentary film about a complicated and isolated relationship between Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis.  The two lived in filth and squalor in a 14-room East Hampton mansion.  For years the two toiled there, unbeknownst to most of the outside world, until an article in the National Enquirer outed their isolated realm.  

The HBO movie is going to be absolutely fascinating.  According to The New York Times, it will attempt to explain how the two women went from a life of 1930s splendor to sharing quarters with raccoons in a dilapidated summer home.

The problem?  The film airs on Saturday at 8pm.  This happens to be during the Columbia Museum of Art's Soirèe du Solèil.  This will be a spectacle of a completely different kind.  This fundraising gala is celebrating the Turner to Cèzanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection exhibition.  Are you a francophile who loves Edith Piaf? We've got that covered.  Mimes?  There will be one of those, too!  Arialists?  Check.  Cognac and cigars?  Check.  Artists at work on masterpieces during a party? Got it!  Seriously, don't miss this.  
Tickets are $150 a piece or $175 at the door.*  This includes a full night of fine foods, fine wines, and a plethora of entertainment.  As it is Tax Day, I'll throw in the fact that $75 of each ticket is tax-deductible.  It's a great night for a night cause.  All I can say is, thank God for DVR, because neither event should be missed!  Not convinced yet?  Check out some pictures from the last CMA fundraiser in January 2008, A Night on the Nile!

*Need tickets?  Visit or call 803.799.2810.

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