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Trump Versus Clinton Leaves Opera Fans With Wagnerian Dilemma

bloomberg.com — The Metropolitan Opera will open its season on the same night as the first U.S. presidential debate, forcing a difficult choice on its patrons: Tristan und Isolde or Donald and Hillary? "It's a killer conflict," said George Weiss, chairman and chief executive officer of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers.

Corbat, Perelman and Arts Center Take Spotlight at 9/11 Benefit

bloomberg.com — Twisted steel beams, a pair of high-heeled shoes, a voice mail saying goodbye: The artifacts at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum draw visitors viscerally into that day in 2001 when the U.S. was attacked on its own soil. The fundraising dinner Wednesday night for the memorial & museum was another matter.

Trump Pinatas, Pizza Ovens Bring Hamptons 2016 Season to a Close

bloomberg.com — Brooke Shields raved about the pizza Thursday night but couldn't remember the restaurant that served it under a tent on Jobs Lane as part of the Southampton Arts Center's annual tasting benefit. Was it Southampton Social Club? Nope, that was crab cakes. The lasagna was at Citarella.

Ron Perelman Taps Hamptons Wallets to Break Barriers at Apollo

bloomberg.com — Ron Perelman, on the stage of what he called his "little barn in the Hamptons" Saturday night, promised "I'm not going to get political," and guests including Henry Kravis, Steve Schwarzman and David Tepper issued a collective sigh of relief. After all, the Apollo in the Hamptons fundraiser is supposed to be a night of distractions.

The Hamptons Venue Where Louis C.K. and Minimalist Art Mingle

bloomberg.com — It's the Lincoln Center, the Carolines comedy club and a wing of MoMA in the Hamptons. It also brings a bit of Broadway and the 92nd Street Y. It's Guild Hall, a quintessential cultural venue in the country. It's the place Louis C.K.

Robert Caro Draws Parallels With 1964 Election in Hamptons Chats

bloomberg.com — Gathered in one of East Hampton's oldest timber-framed houses, Robert Caro's dinner party companions sat around an elegantly set table, hoping to hear what the author, historian and two-time Pulitzer winner makes of the election. The answer took a while.

In the Hamptons, Taking Selfies With Trump and Clinton Cut-Outs

bloomberg.com — In the new exhibition "Winning the White House" at the Southampton Arts Center, the lure of the life-size cut-outs of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is powerful. At the opening on Aug. 6, visitors skipped through galleries to take a selfie.

At ‘Burning Man of the Hamptons,’ Artists and Wall Streeters Mix

bloomberg.com — Golf, tennis? No, said Blackstone senior managing director Martin Brand. His Hamptons pastime is -- wait for it -- work. "Sad, right?" Don't feel too bad for him: The 41-year-old who specializes in technology and financial companies at the world's largest private equity firm was attending one of the biggest parties of the season, the Watermill Center benefit and auction.

Hamptons Scene: Seinfelds Join Polo, Laird Hamilton Paddleboards

bloomberg.com — Far into a warm-weather regime of exercise, beach time and gorging on farmstand bounty, folks in the Hamptons were ready to be social in their bathing suits. Kinga Lampert, co-chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, did just that over the weekend with Laird Hamilton at the paddle portion of the Paddle and Party for Pink.

Trump Jars Hamptons Anew With Economic Picks Including Paulson

bloomberg.com — Barely 24 hours after Donald Trump listed them as economic advisers, John Paulson and Howard Lorber mingled at a hospital benefit in the Hamptons on Saturday night. Word of their new roles had spread through the air conditioned tents. The pair were enthused. "Donald has an economic policy that would dramatically stimulate U.S.
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Sep 16, 2016

Arts is not the cherry on the top, it's the banana -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu #deepsundaethoughts @LCGX

Sep 16, 2016

Artist Tatsuo Miyajima's humble goals: keep changing, connect with energy and continue forever @LCGX #artforgood

Sep 15, 2016

RT @CCOBCC: If you met your organization at a party, how would you describe that person? #3govcomms

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