March 9, 1998 Issue
"Business is incredible because of the stock market. When the market crashes, so will we."
-- Bar mitzvah planner Diane Beinstock Setchen, "Lucky Thirteen"
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BY RALPH GARDNER JR.
One proud father rented Radio City Music Hall for the night, another the Intrepid (with Natalie Cole as headliner). Extravagant bar (and bas) mitzvah bashes are booming right along with the stock market. As rabbis struggle to focus on the religious event, party planners with quarter-million-dollar budgets compete to keep jaded teenagers engaged. (Note: the Grucci fireworks barge starts at $20,000.)
The Almost Perfect Couple
In the past five years, Alison Spear and Carlos Gomez acquired million-dollar homes on Park Avenue and in the Hamptons, an extensive art collection, and a foothold in high society. Now Gomez is charged with embezzling more than $10 million from Citibank to support their fragile fantasy.
The National Interest
BY HANNA ROSIN
Dueling sleuths: Clintons team and Starrs team compete for dirt
Rabat redux: LOrange Bleues food may not be purely Moroccan, but were not complaining
Plates for dipping; a tiny shortwave; let your dog have a ball
Sales & Bargains
Save $100,000 on an apartment; orchids at carnation prices; bridalwear breaks
Welcome to the jungle: The funny if coarse and unconvincing Krippendorfs Tribe
BY WALTER KIRN
Mary Gordons Spending is at once trashy and clubby
Mizlansky/Zilinsky is perky if padded; The Maidens Prayer, simply a mess
Ghosts in the machine: The inner workings of Léger and Close
The once-unique Concertgebouw becomes, of all things, bland