posted : Sep 12, 2015

THE GREAT GATSBY, THE BOOK, THE MOVIE, THE BIG GALA OF BUCKHEAD THEATER. FOR THE CHILDREN.

 By: Kimberly Halter and the staff reporters of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

Kimberly Halter, Editor, Society and Fashion News, Georgia Weekly Post.

Tonight is the big night recalling the yester-years of the 20's.

After weeks of preparations, shopping, agonizing over what dress should I pick, the hair, the hat, the shoes, the accessories, I am all dressed and made up and ready by the gates of the Buckhead Theater.

Maybe the food and the drinks were not that good, perhaps they did not like to pay a lot of cash to an unknown in a parking lot owned by a bank across the street and no Valet, but the people were out there in force and in love with the event, the book, the writer, the times, the music, the looks, the dance, the D.J., the Jazz, that car parked at the entrance. Jazz Singer Karin Williams, the pretty models such as Molly Williams and her flappers, the place.
 I am all ready. Buckhead here I come. I had a ride door to door. My staff helped me too.

As always, I trusted Vogue Hair Salon with my hair and make up. Yekaterina [Katrina] Grigoryan did it for me. Yes that was her name. She is Russian, the owner and amazing. I see many volunteers.  It is the volunteers who make this happen. Bravoooooo.

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

Look at me, I joined the party, rocking out my 20's outfit. All true vintage, needed visits to various vintage boutiques. This is every inch, head to toe.

I am the editor and the critic of the fashion looks, the details and those many beautiful people of both sexes. I've got my small pad and pen ready.  

 

▲ After weeks of preparations, shopping, agonizing over what dress should I pick, the hair, the hat, the shoes, the accessories, meetings with oiur editors and reporters, I am all dressed and made up and ready by the gates of the Buckhead Theater.

 

I represent my Newspaper. I did my homework. I am borrowing a scene, perhaps a page from a book, perhaps many movies, an opera, and a Broadway play.

 

I must mention here, I was stopped at the entrance by Renee Rayles, Red Carpet interviewer for an interview.  I was standing on the side walk looking at that well preserved car at the entrance to the gala.

 

▲ That car. The most popular thing at the Gala. not for sale. Three guards were on hand to protect it. It runs. They didn't bother to auction it. Someone told me that the owner wanted too much for it.

 

All inspired by a book that I knew very well in high school, The Great Gatsby, a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg.

 

▲ "I must mention here, I was stopped at the entrance by Renee Rayles, Red Carpet interviewer for an interview," wrote Kimberly Halter, editor for Georgia Weekly Post. Bravooooooo Renee.

 

 

 

This town is Buckhead. I have to award Buckhead my Bravoooooooo. I love you  Buckhead Mayor Sam Massell.

 

Misty Klein, one of the leading models in California and Georgia. The 5-10 tall model - without shoes - celebrated her fiftieth birthday by attending a charity event and showing her enthusiasm. "My mission in life is helping people. I want to help the homeless and the less fortunate," she said. Ms. Klein started modeling at 12. She is a very sought after model. She quoted Brian Tracy.  "Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me'," she told Georgia Weekly Post.

 

It is Saturday, September 12, 2015. The night is very young. No rain in sight. It is cool. The summer is over. I see many young, pretty faces, crowding around the doors and waiting to be noticed by photographers and news reporters.

Misty Klein lives a quiet but interesting life. She opened her first business, a babysitting business, at the age of 12 with the encouragement of her mother. Later at the age of 18 she opened a modeling school in Warner Robins Georga. She, herself, has modeled over 30 years and is still modeling to this day. She turned 50 tonight. She is hot.! She is made in the U.S.A.  Bravoooo Misty.

 

I am watching very hot women evaluating many handsome, many "ten" men. The Band is swinging. Dale Phenecie and his "Peachtree Jazz Edition" are Jazzing the place up. I see Karin Williams singing and jazzing the place up too with the band. Bravooooooooo Karin Williams. 

 

Jazz Vocalist Karin Williams (pronounced: Kah rin), is a big hit tonight. She has performed throughout in the US, Caribbean and South America. The Jamaican native relocated to the Atlanta area 11 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans, Williams was the premiere female vocalist at the Ritz-Carlon for over four years. She also came under the mentorship of Jazz patriarch and educator, Ellis Marsalis (former protégées include Harry Connick Jr. and Winton Marsalis). She credits Ellis Marsalis for introducing her to the music of Brazil and the Portuguese language. Williams’ repertoire is a sultry mix of jazz, bossa nova and a touch of island spice. The singer now lives in McDonough, Georgia where she teaches voice and piano. She is a resident artist at the Hoodstreet Art Center, founded by the late sculptor Andy Davis. I loved her. She got that place swinging, jumping and in love. Bravooooooo.

 

As I walked further into the place, I could not help it,  but singing, "This joint is jumping!"

Several hundreds are here packing the Buckhead Theater and being a part of a great Gala for a great charity. The Charity is of Bert Weiss, the radio show host. He wants to help poor, sick children spend the week with Mickey Mouse. Bravooooooooooo.

 

▲  Sahar Arzoo, taking a two hours shopping flight to Bergdorf Goodman via New York City's - Fifth Ave. and 57th street - next door to the plaza Hotel and Donald Trump condo.,

Listing; shoes @ $6,800,  the dress @ $16,440,  Jewelry @ $192,870, "Spending the evening among friends for charity is priceless!" she said. Sahar Arzoo, 29, born in Afghanistan, grew up and educated in the U.S. is the chairman of "Make Over For Hope," a charity helping Kids.

Bravoooooo.

 

The party and the event are produced by Rusty Newport. The beautiful women, many tens, are invited and paying guests.  I will try to list as many names as my notebook allows me - very small to match my small accessories. I know, we have other reporters and good photographers from Georgia Weekly Post covering the event. 

 

 

▲Private Eye Robin Martinelli, of Alabama, Georgia and New York. She is the president of one the most effective private investigation agencies in the U.S. with global connections. She and her husband enjoyed the Saturday's Gala and moved on to Red Martini, blocks away, for dinner and drinks. She does not discuss business. She is warm and friendly to many who meet her.

 

Paul Biagui, Merry WaldropDavid DengKai Chou, if he is back from Taiwan, Joe Gouge, helping on his birthday should be here and Tony Delmichi. I don't see all of them yet. Gouge is having an after party at Red Martini down the road. Joey Gouge is the owner of Joey G. and Yellow MoJo event. Happy Birthday Joey.

The site here is not "Land's End", the Gold Coast Mansion.  Driving here, I did not pass "the Valley of Ashes", the Plaza Hotel or the Buchanan House.

 

Fay Shabani, from Persia via England. She is the new added face to the group of 33 Events. She and B. Rusty Newport are dating for about a month. He is the Managing Director and CEO.

33 Events produced and hosted tonight's Gala.

 

I noticed the Ritz Hotel and the Intercontinental Hotel and few parking lots.

Looking around, many tried hard to look like Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, her cousin Daisy Fay Buchanan, Zelda Sayre, Nick Carraway, Jordan Baker, Myrtle Wilson or Tom Buchanan. Those are names from the book.

 

Brian Walsh, 25, single, came looking for girls.  "I don't know why I am here but I knew about the party from chats on Facebook, I paid $60 to get in to meet chicks," he said. I made connections. He complained of a bad economy and getting paid the minimum wage. Walsh made less than $10,000 so far this year working for sports clubs and bartending . He spent three years in school and can not make up his mind. "I am still young," he told Georgia Weekly Post.

 

In reality, down here where I am watching, Ron Cohen, the fabric king, stands out. Rusty Newport, the chairman of this extravaganza is fully in charge. 

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

Now, let us see who is here, all those energetic hardworking volunteers; Merry Waldroup of Georgia weekly Post, Farah Ofogh, Karen Mason, Uma Jayachandran, Danielle Raschke, Christina Trabert, Karen Alva, Elena Gratskayo, Rick Lippincott, Dana McPherson, Jennifer Rockhill, Harry Dunn, Nathan Rigsby, Shanna Bruflodt, Hojo Milan, Carla Galindo, Jeannette Honore, Simmy Ahluwalia, Janine Rivera and Holly Yan. Bravooooooooooo to all those wonerful volunteers. 

 

Molly Williams, a knockout 23 years old model. "I love Georgia. I love Atlanta. I love my friends. I love my well paying job with a law firm,"  she said.  The 5-9 tall model is volunteering tonight to help Bert's kids. "I know men in Georgia know that there are less of them and more of us. Men in Atlanta think we are dumb.  I am happy being single. I love being single. I can do many things. I love what I do. I love helping people.  People come to our firm for help. I see myself being a lawyer five years from now. I enjoy helping people any time. I call them on Sundays. I am smarter and I will be going to law school this year. I will show men," said Williams. She is a new to Atlanta. She was educated in Florida and came to Atlanta for modeling work last year, according to her friends. She is one of the organizers of the Gala. She is the chairman of the Flappers!

 

Many guests are here for a  very good cause. Each one came to help and give to the children. I can write a bio about every single one of them. I know, we will meet again. At the moment, I can only say they are good people who do good work, invest, own or do public services. Bravooooooooo

 

▲ Looking around, many tried hard to look like Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, her cousin Daisy Fay Buchanan, Zelda Sayre, Nick Carraway, Jordan Baker, Myrtle Wilson or Tom Buchanan. Those are names from the book.

 

Many of the faces and names here I know, Renee Rayles, Shirley Tom Hansen, Elle Cat, Justyna Krolkiewicz, Holly Yan, Jill Bullard, Kate Biddle, Fay Shabani, Carla Galindo, Kelly Sanders, Farah Ogoh, Toreya Shea, Ying Fu, Kristi Loverde, Ash Tikoo, Dr. Baotong and his wife and their daughter, Barry Bazel, Ben Austin and his wife, well known Writer Brandi Kay, Dr. Brian T. Bonser and his girlfriend Tilda, Chris Coughlin from Johns Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Den Webb, Dr. Grace Chai, Heather McKinley, State Judge JP Boulee, Judy Hemingen, Dr. Ray Wang, Linda Cheng, Sahar Arzoo, Taylor Bennett and Tiffany MacKendrick.

 

▲ Gatsby's extravagant lifestyle and wild parties are an attempt to impress Daisy in the hope that she will one day appear again at Gatsby's doorstep.

 

My Gatsby's pen with feathers is running out of ink! I am not a kinky girl. I brought this pen to write. My pad is too small to write all my notes and those names. There are many pretty women tonight.

Some might not remember the details of the Great Gatsby.

 

▲ People were out there in force and in love with the event, the book, the writer, the times, the music, the looks, the dance, the D.J., the Jazz, that car parked at the entrance, Jazz Singer Karin Williams, the pretty models such as Molly Williams and her the flappers, the place.

 

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous New York's Long Island in the summer of 1922.

The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.

 

▲ One among many volunteers helping the great Gala become a great success. Dozens of men and women were available at your service.!

Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

 

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

Fitzgerald—inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's north shore—began planning the novel in 1923, desiring to produce, in his words, "something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned."

 

▲ Enthusiasm on the dance floor. Rick Bental of DJRico rocked the place and all on the floor rolling for hours.

 

Progress was slow, with Fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the French Riviera in 1924. His editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was too vague and convinced the author to revise over the next winter. Fitzgerald was repeatedly ambivalent about the book's title and he considered a variety of alternatives, including titles that referenced the Roman character Trimalchio; the title he was last documented to have desired was Under the Red, White, and Blue.

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

First published by Scribner's in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies.

Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades.

Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title "Great American Novel". In 1998, the Modern Library editorial board voted it the 20th century's best American novel and second best English-language novel of the same time period.

Set on the prosperous New York's Long Island of 1922, The Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its narrative. That era, known for unprecedented economic prosperity, the evolution of jazz music, flapper culture, and bootlegging and other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel.

Fitzgerald uses these societal developments of the 1920s to build Gatsby's stories from simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune.

Fitzgerald educates his readers about the garish society of the Roaring Twenties by placing a timeless, relatable plotline within the historical context of the era.

Fitzgerald's visits to Long Island's north shore and his experience attending parties at mansions inspired The Great Gatsby's setting.

 

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book. One possibility is Land's End, a notable Gold Coast Mansion where Fitzgerald may have attended a party. Many of the events in Fitzgerald's early life are reflected throughout The Great Gatsby.

Fitzgerald was a young man from Minnesota, and like Nick, he was educated at an Ivy League school, Princeton (in Nick's case, Yale.) Fitzgerald is also similar to Jay Gatsby, as he fell in love while stationed in the military and fell into a life of decadence trying to prove himself to the girl he loves. Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

There he met and fell in love with a wild seventeen-year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre. Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her preference for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success. 

Like Nick in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald found this new lifestyle seductive and exciting, and, like Gatsby, he had always idolized the very rich. In many ways, The Great Gatsby represents Fitzgerald's attempt to confront his conflicting feelings about the Jazz Age.

 

Linda Rosenberg , Josine MaKee and Chrisina Dopierrala. They dressed up celebrating the tester-years of the 20's. They danced the night away. They sipped champagne with the VIP's where D.J. Rick Bental rocked and rolled the music to the young crowd for hours.

 

Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised.

In her book Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of 'The Great Gatsby' (2013), Sarah Churchwell speculates that parts of the ending of The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald were based on the Hall-Mills Case. Based on her forensic search for clues, she asserts that the two victims in the Hall-Mills murder case inspired the characters who were murdered in The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby, the movie, money, money, money … Mia Farrow in the 1974 film of The Great Gatsby

The main events of the novel take place in the summer of 1922. Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate and World War I veteran from the Midwest – who serves as the novel's narrator – takes a job in New York as a bond salesman. He rents a small house on Long Island, in the (fictional) village of West Egg, next door to the lavish mansion of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who holds extravagant parties but does not participate in them.

Nick drives around the bay to East Egg for dinner at the home of his cousin, Daisy Fay Buchanan, and her husband - this is not Fay Shabani, Tom, a college acquaintance of Nick's. They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, an attractive, cynical young golfer with whom Nick begins a romantic relationship. She reveals to Nick that Tom has a mistress, Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the "valley of ashes": an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City.

 

▲Many of the faces and names here I know.

 

Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle to an apartment they keep for their affair. At the apartment, a vulgar and bizarre party takes place. It ends with Tom breaking Myrtle's nose after she annoys him by saying Daisy's name several times.

 

Ooo.. La.. Laaa.. David and Sahar..

    Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

As the summer progresses, Nick eventually receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties. Nick encounters Jordan Baker at the party, and they meet Gatsby himself, an aloof and surprisingly young man who recognizes Nick from their same division in World War I. Through Jordan, Nick later learns that Gatsby knew Daisy from a romantic encounter in 1917 and is deeply in love with her. He spends many nights staring at the green light at the end of her dock, across the bay from his mansion, hoping to one day rekindle their lost romance.

Gatsby's extravagant lifestyle and wild parties are an attempt to impress Daisy in the hope that she will one day appear again at Gatsby's doorstep.

 

Robert Redford, The Great Gatsby, 1974, the movie, a  book, many movies, an opera, and a Broadway play. All inspired by a book that I knew very well in high school.

 

Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house, without telling her that Gatsby will also be there. After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy re-establish their connection.

They begin an affair and, after a short time, Tom grows increasingly suspicious of his wife's relationship with Gatsby. At a luncheon at the Buchanans' house, Daisy speaks to Gatsby with such undisguised intimacy that Tom realizes she is in love with Gatsby. Though Tom is himself involved in an extramarital affair, he is outraged by his wife's infidelity. He forces the group to drive into New York City and confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotel, asserting that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand.

In addition to that, he announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal activities. Daisy realizes that her allegiance is to Tom, and Tom contemptuously sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt him.

▲The Great Gatsby, a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg.

When Nick, Jordan, and Tom drive through the valley of ashes on their way home, they discover that Gatsby's car has struck and killed Tom's mistress, Myrtle. Nick later learns from Gatsby that Daisy, not Gatsby himself, was driving the car at the time of the accident but Gatsby intends to take the blame anyway.

Myrtle's husband, George, falsely concludes that the driver of the yellow car is the secret lover he recently began suspecting she has, and sets out on foot to locate its owner.

After finding out the yellow car is Gatsby's, he arrives at Gatsby's mansion where he fatally shoots both Gatsby and then himself. Nick stages an unsettlingly small funeral for Gatsby, ends his relationship with Jordan, and moves back to the Midwest, disillusioned with the Eastern lifestyle.

 

The Great Gatsby over Georgia is the second event  at the heart of Buckhead, tonight's gala is a production made posibile by a team of leaders. They are well known and respected in Georgia. All are masters in their fields and donating their time and energy to Charity. Names such as Rusty Newport.

Newport is the  Chairman, the brain behind this massive production for the second year.

In addition, local business man Ron Cohen, Co-Chair,  Mindy Miller, Volunteer Chair, Shirley Hansen, Volunteer CoChair, Rachel Crane, Decor Chair, Dianna Driscoll, Auction Chair, Molly Williams, Flapper Chair.

 

▲ Photo by Merry Waldroup, Photographer of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

Pretty Molly Williams has got brains too. She has a full time job. She works in the legal field of litigation.

Tonight I saw attorney Cary Ichter, a top litigation and divorce attorney, having an office few feet away from Buckhead theater. While both Ichter and Williams are single, they are not together.

 

 

Attorney Ichter is joined by his girl friend Audrey Berland.  Like her boyfriend, Audrey is a litigation attorney too. She works with another firm.

I have heard through the grapevine that Ms. Berland is considering giving it all up for public service as a Judge, according to three well informed state senate sources. 

 

▲ The Band is swinging. Dale Phenecie and his "Peachtree Jazz Edition" are Jazzing the place up. I see Karin Williams singing and jazzing the place up too with the band.

Bravooooooooo Karin Williams.

 

I met tonight a beautful woman. Her name is Robin Martinelli. She is the most beautiful Private Eye in Georgia. I hope she came for the charity. I saw her with a handsome man. We were not introuduced, perhaps her husband?

Chairwoman Molly Williams, is taking off her legal and model hats, and is overseeing her Flapper girls.  Including Molly, they are Lashonda, Anna, Holly, Jahaira, and Allisamy. They are all very pretty and I give them tens.

I noticed other leaders and organizers of the Gala working with the volunteers,  Thom Brown, Sponsors Chair, Renee Rayles, Red Carpet Hostess Bobby Kelly,  reach-out Ambassador, Paul Biagui, of Georgia Weekly Post, for the Media, Stacey Weiss, one of the two who started this good cause, years ago.

 

kimberly.halter@georgiaweeklypost.com

editors@georgiaweeklypost.com 

 

 

 

 

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