Scene Last Night: Kennedys, Clinton, Ed Norton, Cynthia Nixon

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Rufus Wainwright, Sting, Kick Kennedy (on her 23rd birthday), and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., at the annual Riverkeeper Fishermen's Ball.

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Rufus Wainwright, Sting, Kick Kennedy (on her 23rd birthday), and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., at the annual Riverkeeper Fishermen's Ball. Close

Rufus Wainwright, Sting, Kick Kennedy (on her 23rd birthday), and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., at the annual Riverkeeper Fishermen's Ball.

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Zach Galifianakis, actor, with two environmental law interns at Riverkeeper, Kate Leisch and Hilary Atkin. Close

Zach Galifianakis, actor, with two environmental law interns at Riverkeeper, Kate Leisch and Hilary Atkin.

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Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, and Matthew Nye, fashion designer. Close

Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, and Matthew Nye, fashion designer.

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James Houghton, founding artistic director of the Signature Theatre Company; Joyce O'Connor; and Edward Norton. Close

James Houghton, founding artistic director of the Signature Theatre Company; Joyce O'Connor; and Edward Norton.

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Writer and humorist Calvin Trillin and architect Robert A.M. Stern. Asked about the thrills of visiting the academy in Rome, Trillin recalled that his hometown of Kansas City once considered changing its slogan from "Heart of America" to "More Boulevards Than Paris, More Fountains Than Rome." "I told them it depends on how many more fountains Kansas City has." Close

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Mercedes Bass, co-chairman of the American Academy in Rome centenary gala. Close

Mercedes Bass, co-chairman of the American Academy in Rome centenary gala.

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Architects Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano with Annette de la Renta and Henry Kissinger at the American Academy in Rome centenary gala. Gehry was honored. Close

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Jonathan Plutzik; Lesley Goldwasser, managing director, Credit Suisse Holdings USA Inc.; Lois Betts; and Roland Betts, chairman of Chelsea Piers. Close

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The decor featured a slide show of photographs and facts about City Harvest. One screen noted that City Harvest trucks drive 14,000 miles annually in the course of their food rescue operations. Close

The decor featured a slide show of photographs and facts about City Harvest. One screen noted that City Harvest... Read More

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Cynthia Nixon in a Carolina Herrera dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Nixon is scheduled to host a panel on politics and theater at the Public Theater on May 8, featuring playwright Tony Kushner. Close

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Nina Rennert Davidson, Eric Ripert, and Heather Mnuchin, co-chairmen of the City Harvest Practical Magic Ball. Close

Nina Rennert Davidson, Eric Ripert, and Heather Mnuchin, co-chairmen of the City Harvest Practical Magic Ball.

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Lally Weymouth, journalist; Catherine Marron, chairman of the New York Public Library; and Sallie Krawcheck, president of global wealth and investment management at Bank of America. Close

Lally Weymouth, journalist; Catherine Marron, chairman of the New York Public Library; and Sallie Krawcheck,... Read More

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. noted that a new Riverkeeper chapter has just been founded in Iraq to protect the Tigris.

The environmental organization’s chief prosecuting attorney then asked attendees at the benefit last night for the original Hudson Riverkeeper chapter to sing “Happy Birthday” to his daughter Kick Kennedy, who turned 23 yesterday.

Paul Tudor Jones, chairman of Tudor Investment Corp., actor Zach Galifianakis, and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan were among the guests who joined in. Rufus Wainwright provided the official entertainment, performing “Hallelujah” and “Sonnet 20” in honor of Trudie Styler and Sting.

The couple, who established the Rainforest Foundation, received the Riverkeeper Big Fish Award: a statue more than 2 feet tall, depicting a sturgeon. Former President Bill Clinton also received a Big Fish at Pier 60, an event space overlooking the Hudson.

Comedian Susie Essman asked guests to write checks with the fish pens on their tables.

Reading Lesson

A speech invoking Cicero was the highlight of the American Academy in Rome centenary gala at the Plaza Hotel.

The president of the New York Public Library, Paul LeClerc, quoted the Roman statesman as he accepted an award from the academy.

A highlight: “Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.”

The architect Frank Gehry also received an award, present by actor Edward Norton.

“David Childs roped me into this and he’s not even here,” Gehry said, referring to the architect who is a trustee of the academy.

The orchestra played the theme song to “Gone With the Wind.” A culinary highlight was an elegant appetizer featuring a thin slice of pumpernickel bagel wedged next to a swirl of smoked salmon, accompanied by a cucumber lime gelee.

Cynthia Nixon

Eyes lit up when Cynthia Nixon strode onto the red carpet at City Harvest’s gala, wearing a Carolina Herrera dress and cream-colored Christian Louboutin pumps.

Nixon, a donor to City Harvest Inc. for the past four years and the event’s emcee, said the charity is a cause that’s easy for her to connect to because it helps feed New York’s hungry. “I feel very much at home here,” she said.

Nixon laughed when asked which of the characters in “Sex and the City” is most akin to her in real life. “People ask me that all the time,” she said. “I am in fact like Miranda.”

KKR & Co. (KKR) founder Henry Kravis and his wife, Marie-Josee Kravis, dined on short ribs while chatting with Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert and his wife, Sandra. A dinner for 12 cooked by Ripert went for $80,000 during a live auction.

Guests included some of Ripert’s buddies from the food world, Bravo’s “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio, restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, Marc Murphy, the owner of the Landmarc restaurants, and Ai Fiori’s Michael White.

Rich Man, Poor Man

Sallie Krawcheck, head of Bank of America Corp.’s wealth management division, and Anna Patterson, director at Google, were among the attendees at the New York Public Library’s spring luncheon.

The chief diversion was Nora Ephron musing on the phrase “It’s as easy to marry a rich man as a poor man.”

“It’s one of the most untrue things,” Ephron, 69, said in remarks in the Celeste Barton Forum, “especially for most of us when we were growing up: There weren’t that many rich men. Now they’re everywhere.”

As for the wealth accumulated in the room, data chart a nice curve: The first event 30 years ago raised $14,000. This year’s event raised a record $600,000.

The chairmen of the luncheon were Lea Brokaw, the wife of Clifford Brokaw, managing director at Corsair Capital LLC; Danielle Ganek, married to David Ganek, managing partner of Level Global Investors LP; Liz Peek, spouse of Jeffrey Peek, vice chairman of investment banking at Barclays Capital; and Elizabeth Rohatyn, wife of legendary deal maker Felix Rohatyn.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

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