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We at Philadelphia Magazine don't need much of an excuse to throw a party. On November 28th we threw one at the Four Seasons Philadelphia for two reasons – to honor our choice of Volunteer of the Year, Ann Hamilton, and to launch our guide, Philadelphia Magazine's Social Datebook 2002, to the best charity events happening in and around Philadelphia. As our publisher, David Lipson says, "from cover to cover, our ‘little black book' is an invaluable tool." Those in the know can also reference it here, online at our website.
 
Bar Noir, late night. Much smoke, little light. Bobby Startup, owner David. Always cordial, misbehavin'. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There's almost always a line, but if you're very fabulous (and a little patient), you'll get in sooner or later. Everyone is dancing, everywhere – on benches and tables. You're certain to find the best mix in Philadelphia. No Attytudes here, just peaceful people dancing the night away.
 
It was worth the trek to the Millenium Center in Conshohocken for the The Foundation for Architecture's Halloween Beaux Arts Ball on Saturday, October, 26th. The ball was preceded by a buffet dinner, and afterward, everyone with full bellies, came rolling into the huge white tent to dance off the calories. Only about 15 percent of the 2,500 guests actually arrived in costume, but there was face-painting and silly hats for sale for those who wanted to get into the spirit of Halloween. By two a.m. only the diehard dancers were left and we threw in the towel to the sounds of the band singing a Michael Jackson song.
 
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.
 
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