The big news in the art world is what happened to the romance between Kenneth Noland, the famous painter, and Paige Rense, the editor of Architectural Digest. They will marry in April, probably at Noland's New England...

These are those who really don't give a fig for the Academy Awards, and these are the very ones who will be at the Metropolitan Opera House on March 21 for the grand premiere of the new production of Verdi's "Otello," starring Carol Vaness as Desdemona, Placido Domingo as Otello and Sergei Leiferkus as Iago. The Texas philanthropist and music lover Sybil Harrington has underwritten the production, and Cecile Zilkha is the evening's chairman. Valery Gergiev, the artistic director of the Kirov Opera, making his debut, will conduct the cast. And the evening will benefit the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

At the black tie supper for 525 after the performance, eating antipasto, pasta with mushrooms, and a trifle named after Otello, at tables decorated with crystal candelabra wound with ivy and centered with peach, white and coral flowers on coral damask tablecloths, will be such as Mercedes and Sid Bass, Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Bootsie and Evan Galbraith, the Italian Ambassador in Washington and Mrs. Boris Biancheri, Deeda and Bill Blair, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Lady (Grace) Dudley (who could sing along with the cast if she wanted to), Elizabeth and Alton Peters, Carroll Petrie, Ezra Zilkha, Lucky Roosevelt, Charles Ryskamp, Lauren and John Veronis, Doda Voridis, Jerry Zipkin, Anna Moffo, Rise Stevens and all the Met's bigwigs, too numerous to mention.

Brooke Astor likes Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Giuliani likes Brooke Astor right back. He called Brooke the first citizen of New York at the dinner Brooke gave for him and Donna Hanover Giuliani at the Knickerbocker Club the other night. And that's only one of the many laudatory things he said about the city's illustrious philanthropist, who met the mayor and his wife when her friend, the writer Lally Weymouth, took Brooke to Gracie Mansion to meet the Giulianis, who are also her friends.
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