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By Razi Schwartz


What would you do-ooo-ooo, for some celeb memorabilia? Well, if you were anything like me, you’d do practically ANYTHING for Johnny Depp. Oh, uh, I mean, celeb memorabilia. The best part about celeb memorabilia is…right, of course, the art behind the fame. The craft behind the artiste. The ends to the means, if you will. Well, ok, I guess we should do a little celebration of the arts, to give thanks for bringing us Johnny Depp…uh, I mean, lots of amazing theatre, film, arts, etc.

Enter The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend: from January 5th to January 9th – the fifth annual, if you were wondering. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last five years, this is an annual festival of goodness dedicated to celebrating the right brain. It includes lectures with some of your favorite and today’s most talented artists in every genre you can imagine – architecture, film, theatre, journalism (particularly from The New York Times)…oh, the list is too long, mes cherries! It also includes special admissions and offers for theater, music, film, museums, and dance. Seriously, does it get much better than this?

Oh, wait, IT DOES! This year there will also be an auction! OOH! I LOVE ME SOME AUCTIONS! To launch the weekend of fabulousness, Christie’s is hosting the first New York Times Auction for The Arts on January 5th. Many of the celebs who participated in the weekend of artistry over the last five years are donating one-of-a-kind personal items – no, not those personal items – and event-type awesomeness to the auction.

What types of “HOLY CRAP BATMAN I HAVE TO HAVE IT” stuff will be up for auction? Uh, well, only a vocal coaching lesson with Barbara Cook, a golf outing and lunch for three with Bill Murray, a walk-on in the Broadway musical “Rent” an American Ballet Theatre V.I.P. package, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” V.I.P. package, a private voice lesson with Renée Fleming, and an autographed script of “The Simpsons” – and more, of course. Dude, golfing with Bill Murray! Caddyshack live, baby!

Pre-bidding begins now on and concludes Wednesday, January 4th, at noon E.S.T. Net proceeds from the auction will benefit The Actors’ Fund of America. The honorary chairs for the event are Tony Award winner’s Brian Stokes Mitchell and Bebe Neuwirth and Golden Globe winner Lynn Redgrave.

To check out what else is up for auction, what lectures/events are being held, and what types of discounts you can get, visit:

Originally published December 2005



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