At a press conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today, Limor Tomer, the museum’s concerts and lectures general manager, unveiled her plans for the 2012-13 season, which include performances by Patti Smith, the Endellion String Quartet (which will present Beethoven’s string quartets over a series of eight events) and Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. In addition, Paul D. Miller, a k a DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, will serve as an artist-in-residence from October, 2012, through June, 2013.
The line around the corner to get into Hiro Ballroom last night for Public Storage Blues, a benefit for the writer Anthony Haden-Guest, was not because the club was filled to capacity—it’s just that they weren’t letting anyone in. The invitation said doors at 7:30, and it was 8:00 p.m.; Mr. Haden-Guest hadn’t arrived yet with the list. Mr. Haden-Guest, the one-time New York magazine art critic, decades-long mainstay on the party circuit, occasional Observer contributor and the definitive chronicler of the disco era was late to his own party. A group of people who looked like they should have been used to standing in the cold outside from all those years at Studio 54, waited in line while talking about the indignation of waiting in line. Finally, offering a coy “sorry,” Mr. Haden-Guest arrived, list in hand, looking like he had been out at a different party and lost track of time.