Director/choreographer Debbie Allen, violinist Joshua Bell and Adrian Grenier ( Entourage) will get serious props for their cultural contributions at An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala Jan. 12, 2013.
The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to support the next generation of artists, will also applaud the participants in the 2013 edition of YoungArts Week, which provides 150 talented individuals with classes, workshops, performances and more.
YoungArts alumni (besides Grenier) who have gone on to become big names include Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Nicki Minaj. Among the other stars heading the event at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and Alfred I. DuPont Building are Honorary Gala Chairs Plácido Domingo and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Info: www.youngarts.org
Shop ’til ya drop
Retail therapy to the max. Guests of H&M’s VIP opening Wednesday night on Lincoln Road got to do two of their favorite things: shop (at 25 percent off) and ogle handsome men like Glee’s Matthew Morrison, rapper Flo Rida and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.
Flo took the stage around 9:30 p.m. and closed the night with his recent hits like Whistle. All warmed up, the rap star took off his H&M Jimi Hendrix tee, showing off a tattoo of the late rock and roll legend on his left arm to screaming admirers.
“This is my city, my town, and I look forward to coming here — I look at it like club H&M,” said Flo.
Added Crawford of the store’s location: “This is the block to do it.”