Saturday, March 31, 2007

Cocktails with Courtney ~ March 2007

"Cocktails with Courtney," held at the festive Papatzul at 55 Grand Street in Soho, was a lovely intimate affair.  Meredith Cagan (who came to the Cockatils at the Carl Fisher Building in June 2001 -- and friends arrived for some excellent Spanish wines and Cogent Co's Allison Martin and Rodney Settles came a little later for some delicious margaritas.  I highly recommend the chips and guacamole too!  Apparently there was also an equally good-sized group of "Cocktails" attendees who wound up at the first location, but had a good time nonetheless "without Courtney!"  Ici des photos:

Friday, March 30, 2007

WSJ donates papers!

BTW, in case you didn't know: The Dow Jones School Donation Program provides free copies of The Wall Street Journal to high schools throughout the country when you suspend your subscription (like when you're away on business).

Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?

Upcoming Conference: Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One? at the The New York Academy of Sciences. Apr 14, 2007 • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM. [New Location] 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, New York, NY 10007-2157. The Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, creator of the Cloaca Project, will give the keynote lecture. The rest of the day will be organized as a series of four conversations between artists and scientists. For each conversation, an artist will appear with a scientist who works with the biological objects that inspire that artist. Short talks and extensive discussions will provide a forum where ideas generated in these two very different spheres of creative endeavors-science and art-are expressed, elaborated and deliberated. Art Submissions can be sent to:

Thin-Schmin. I'm eating!

Even though everyone's commenting on how thin I've gotten, you can read about all my culinary adventures at

An EventMe-aningful Event!

Happy Birthday to Volker Detering!! On Monday, March 19th he celebrated 37 turns around the sun at the uber-satisfying Zum Schneider. More on the incredible Volker can be found at:

Stephanie Agresta's soloing

That marketing powerhouse Stephanie Agresta hosted a launch party Taj Lounge in NYC on March 20th. Not only did she draw a great crowd, she had door prizes too!

TheFind's Blogger Buddies is a Discovery Shopping Engine and hosted a little blogger bash at the Soho Grand on March 28th to show off some cool new tools for your blog and chat with Hoyun Kim of


Save the Date for the Computers for Youth TECH LEADERSHIP AWARDS on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00 - 9:00 at The Chelsea Piers Lighthouse in NYC. Sponsorship Packages & Individual Tickets are available. For more information contact Kristina at or visit

Hometown Baghdad

On the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq,'s Karenne Rossi has launched the Iraqi series. Called Hometown Baghdad, there will be 40
episodes as seen through the lives of Adel, Ausama and Saif. The cast and film crew truly risked their lives for what we hope will show the world - "the untold stories/victimization of war." Go to: and watch Hometown Baghdad

Attorney's Blogging NYC and Mexico

Attorneys David Leffler and jennifer j. rose have been blogging with each other, positing comments and observations from NYC and Mexico at: For some unique and fresh perspectives on landmarks in both places, check it out!

Cocktails with Courtney ~ Marvelous March

I'm happy to report that this month's "Cocktails with Courtney" on March 28th was a delightful occasion at MyBefana ( Not only did we have the networking powerhouse and sugar-licious (more on this later) Lydia Sugarman and her culinary dynamo son Justin Ernsberger in attendance, but we also had numererologically inspiring discussions with Mission Assurance's ( Henry Bar-Levav and Michael Tiffany. Old-timeys like David Leffler and Tery Spataro (yea, she's back in NYC with and even the famous Bernardo (yes, *that* Bernardo) came by! ( To round out the well-rounded discussion (along with well-balanced snacks prepared before our eyes by Chef Daniele Baliani, were UBS gents Fred Mahe and Ari Baum, Information Architect John Joseph Bachir and Rainier's Kristie Bogle. See all the happy people online!

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Cyber Scene ~ March 9, 2007

Greetings Cyber Scenesters! Happy One-Day After International Women's Day! The first time I was aware of this holiday was when I arrived in Moscow, on March 8th, 1990. What a country! And what a place to be for that day...

Some exciting news on the homefront... I got my LSAT scores back and there will be a "Cocktails" à Paris this April! What a better time, as the song goes, that to spend (part of) April in Paris! As always, stay tuned...!

Wendy Dubit (aka Biodiesel Babe) has launched another note-worthy initiative. She writes, ''Biodiesel Babes is born of the differences she wants to and can make. It’s her salute to the makers of biodiesel and to the drivers, truckers, fleets, buses, cities and states that, just by adding a little or a lot of biodiesel to their blends, better all our lots. It’s a place for your renewable hopes, dreams, energies, stories and solutions.'' Come on and check it out! Everybody's doing it since the "greening of the oscars!"

Souls for Soles: Are there shoes taking up space in your closet? You know that you’re never going to wear them – BUT they are in decent shape… SOLES 4 SOULS will take them and distribute them to people in need… They are only two years old and have distributed two million pairs of shoes! Donations are tax deductible! Details at

3rd Annual Québec Biotechnology ConferenceDATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2007TIME: 8:15 AM - 2:00 PMCHAIRS Laurent Waessa, Québec Government Office, New York; Mary Stober, Global Project Resources, LLC PLACE: NYSSA, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor(between 45th and 46th Streets), NYC. Photo ID required for access to the building.REGISTER/FEE: Free to members and nonmembers. Registration Deadline: March 13

A FAMOUS MOVIE DIRECTOR NEEDS YOUR HELP! This director needs some finishing funds. A-list cast, fantastically marketable premise. Someone with a handful of shekels to spare can have a taste of the big time. All inquiries

Friday, March 02, 2007

Paid Acting Gig

Here's a link to me in my first paid acting job!  Only a mere 16 years after getting my degree in Undergraduate Drama and Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, I got my first film job!  Well, like they say, "it's never too late!"  And the pay rate helped chip away at that $40,000+ - tuition, one $50 job at a time!

It was a great experience getting to work with award-winning director Randall Dottin ( and an amazingly talented crew and other actors.  I'll let you know when it's on the festival circuit and movie houses!