Time 100 Looks to the Future


By Marshall Heyman

Despite Tuesday's chill, it was a typical late April night, with an embarrassment of quirky riches on the social circuit.

There was a party for the Tony-nominated "After Midnight" at Tommy Tune's Midtown East tower, complete with his own tower of Tonys; a dinner thrown by the sunglass company Luxottica at Tarallucci E Vino honoring Zoe Saldana and her new production company, Cinestar Pictures, which she recently started with her sisters Cisely and Mariel; yet another dinner at the Hole gallery celebrating the already-long partnership between the Andy Warhol Foundation and Bugaboo strollers; and an opening in Chelsea of the flagship Peloton studio, which brought out, it seemed, everyone who's ever taken a spinning class in the city.

The No. 1 choice for the town's major power players, however, was the annual Time 100 gala, which took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.

"Georgina knows this is my favorite party," said the film executive Harvey Weinstein, wearing his Time 100 pin and sitting next to his fashion designer wife Georgina Chapman. "I try to come every year."

Some of the guests at this black-tie affair, like Mr. Weinstein, Frank Ocean, Matt Lauer and Jack Dorsey, are Time 100 alumni. Some, like Donna Tartt ("The Goldfinch"), Jenji Kohan (creator of "Orange Is the New Black"), Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the composer-lyricists of "Frozen"), Carrie Underwood, who performed several songs, and Seth Meyers, who did a bit of stand-up at the event, made the list for the first time this year.

"My mom called me this morning and said she was so proud of me," said Ms. Underwood.

"One of the nice things about being on the Time 100 is all the texts you get from your friends," said Mr. Meyers, " and then a month from now, you get texts from all your friends who are at the dentist."

It's very easy to have an intellectual, cultural and spiritual geek-out at a party when the guests around you include Amy Adams, Kirsten Gillibrand, producer Megan Ellison, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón, Alice Waters, novelist Ann Patchett, Rand Paul, "Pippin" director Diane Paulus, Pharrell Williams (who sang "Happy" with a bunch of female dancers), Céline designer Phoebe Philo and the young-adult-book juggernaut John Green.

Needless to say, there were a lot of selfies taking place from various levels of influencers.

Mr. Green, for instance, the writer of "The Fault in Our Stars," which, as of now, looks like it will never leave the best seller list, couldn't wait to meet Laverne Cox, the transgender star of "Orange Is the New Black." Ms. Cox is from Alabama; Mr. Green went to school there and happens to be a monster fan of the Netflix series.

"I'm freaking out. You have no idea," he said as he pulled out his iPhone and took a few snaps. "Can you give me some spoilers?"

Mr. Ocean went to say hello to Marina Abramović, who he'd met last year at the Costume Institute Gala, where she did his horoscope.

Did anything she told him come true? "There was no prophecy or anything like that," Mr. Ocean added, returning to a seat next to his mother.

A photographer asked him to smile for the camera. "I tried to tickle him, " joked his mother, Katonya Breaux Riley.

Perhaps because Time Inc. is in transition--it will soon become a stand-alone company--the proceedings felt a little more muted than in years past. But still present was a feeling of intimacy, true accomplishment and those snazzy Time 100 toasts when honorees stand up and speak seemingly extemporaneously about the people they would like to honor.

"To the next generations," said Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, during hers, with a particularly infectious cheer.

Write to Marshall Heyman at marshall.heyman@wsj.com

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