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The Rittenhouse Hotel was the place to be on Thursday, October 25th, if you love French food. The March of Dimes held a delicious fundraiser called An Evening in Lyon, complete with four of the world's master French chefs. The gracious and lovely Honorable Daniele Thomas-Easton was the emcee and charmed everyone with her melodic French accent. A reverential hush came over the room when the food was served as people tried to maintain decorum while devouring the sinful fare.
 
On Monday, October 22nd The Marian Anderson Award was presented to musical genius Quincy Jones. Marian Anderson was one of the most celebrated African-American contraltos of the twentieth century. She was born in Philadelphia in 1897, and became a beloved symbol of the triumph of talent over prejudice and bigotry. Eleanor Roosevelt herself was a high-profile supporter of Marian Anderson and engaged her to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. The award presented to Quincy Jones was preceded by tributes at the Academy of Music by the Philadelphia Orchestra, opera singer Grace Bumbry, legendary trumpeter John Faddis and a blow-out, sing-along with Stevie Wonder.
 
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art held their kickoff to the social season with their annual Rodin Party on September 19th, at, where else – The Rodin Museum on the parkway. Over 500 guests buzzed hither and thither down the paths bordering the shallow pool. Despite having an open beer and wine bar, no one managed a swim that night. Later, after the museum closed at 8:30, the apres-fete was held at the Philadelphia Raquet Club in Center City. The remaining 300 or so partiers stayed tucked in a high-ceilinged, plush, maroon room that still managed to feel cozy until the last of them dwindled to numbers small enough to be accomodated by Rouge, which is where the party finally wound down late-nite.
 
On September 15th The Institute of Contemporary Art kicked off its newest exhibit showcasing Rudi Gernreich's fashion creations of the 1960's and 70's, which include topless bathing suits and micro-miniskirts (cue the chorus of men cheering). After the opening reception, guests headed over to the Zellerbach Theatre of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for a concert given by noted singer/composer John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground. This ICA exhibit, Rudi Gernreich: Fashion Will Go Out of Fashion runs from September 15th to November 11th, 2001.
 
Inliquid.com and The Art Biz hosted the second annual art auction at the performance garage of Jeanne Ruddy Dance on September 22nd. DJs Crystal Clear and Cozmic Cat provided music throughout the silent auction and later, at the after party at Ruba Hall. Profits from this event will benefit the community-based cultural education center, Taller Puertorriqueno's, children's art programs. Over 75 local artists and 60 businesses donated items to be sold at auction.
 
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