When New York Democrat Charles Rangel first ran for U.S. Congress in 1970, he was so friendly with Nelson Rockefeller that the Republican governor wished him happy birthday, handed him a map and a pencil, and told him to draw his own district.
The Leopard at des Artistes on Thursday was tolerating a family of four singing “Happy Birthday” loudly and off-key. It was a painful reminder that the storied Cafe des Artistes is history, its feline successor a different animal altogether.
Mikhail Gorbachev ’s 80th birthday party in London’s Royal Albert Hall last night had diamonds, furs, Hollywood stars, wrinkly rockers and enough Botox to fill the craters of the moon. Understated it was not.