Private Mark Kamins Memorial Happening Tonight

Tonight, about 50 of Mark Kamins’ friends will gather at Ed Steinberg’s apartment to remember the legendary DJ/producer and all-around great guy Mark Kamins who passed earlier this week. It’s always a shock when someone you know goes away before a reasonable time. Mortality is a call in the middle of the night…too soon, too soon. Immortality is a record or track played again and again. It’s a legacy that inspires. It’s a thread in the fabric of our culture. Mark did all that he could with the time he was allotted. His ticker might have been weak and malfunctioning, but his heart was strong and pure.

He left us with a lot… so much… but passed because he didn’t have the means to mend his broken heart. Now we are left heartbroken…missing our friend, our mentor, our beacon. Mark could have had more if he didn’t seek the purity. If he had sold out more, worked with less eclectic performers, played more mainstream stuff. He was an artist who died in Mexico far away from so many friends, but teaching the next generation his craft, his art. His passing has left us with an empty feeling .His life filled us with joy and amazement.

He, of course, was most famous for "discovering Madonna" and producing everybody’s favorite track “Everybody.” The other day I wrote a little something about Mark and the Hollywood Reporter referred to my post, so I’ll refer to a quote they attribute to Madonna. The material girl said:

"I’m very sorry to hear about Mark’s death. I haven’t seen him for years, but if it weren’t for him, I might not have had a singing career. He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he Rest in Peace."

As I mentioned last week, Lit Lounge will be celebrating its 11th year as the go-to place for those of us seeking reliable mayhem. I was asked to DJ, but alas I will be out of town at a wedding, suffering the 80-degree weather in Puerto Rico. You lucky ones will get to attend and enjoy the great crowd and DJs Leo Fitzpatrick, Joshua Wildman, JR, Prince Terrence, Illyse Singer, Nate Turbow, JD Gluckstein, Haruka Salt, Austin Peters, and Nick Darmstaedter. That’s this Friday and as usual: expect the unusual and unexpected.

Last night, while I was eating with colleagues at Aurora, I ran into artist Maripol – who documented Madonna’s rise and designed her jewelry – had been crying for days. She will be with us tonight as we wipe the tears from each other’s faces and tell stories of a life well lived. There will be a public gathering soon. DJ friends will play at some club where people will appreciate what Mark contributed to our way. I’ll let you know.

Dane Cook Apologizes For Being An Asshole

Dane Cook has apologized for being an asshole. More specifically, he has apologized for cracking wise about the Aurora shooting in a moment even Terry Schiavo could have told him was "too soon."

During a stand-up gig at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, Cook told the following joke:

So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie. And I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap. Yea, spoiler alert. I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like ‘ugh fucking shoot me.

Womp WOMP.

On Friday afternoon, Cook tweeted his apology:

I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened. I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims.

Given penchant for I’m-sorry-you-were-offended non-apologies, that is actually a fairly decent one.  

Where Celebs Go Out: Stanley Tucci, Tom Colicchio, Alessandro Nivola

Stanley Tucci at The Luxury Collection Destination Guide Launch with Assouline: I like to go to a lot of different places, but certainly Mario Batali’s restaurants. The beef cheek ravioli at Babbo is so delicious and so incredible. Just about anything he cooks is okay with me. I always stay at the St. Regis, here in New York. ● Rosie Perez: I love Gino’s in Bay Ridge. The arroz con gandule at Luz in Brooklyn is a favorite, and the roasted chicken is the best deal in town. Here in the city, Dok Suni’s for Korean barbeque, at First Avenue and 7th Street.

Alessandro Nivola: Sunny’s, a bar in Red Hook, which has bluegrass bands on some nights. It’s where they filmed On the Waterfront. And a restaurant called The Good Fork in the same neighborhood. The Red Hook Bait and Tackle is a bar that’s seedier than Sunny’s. In Boerum Hill, there’s a great place called Mile End, a hip, Jewish deli. They smoke their own meats and have this incredible beef brisket. ● Estelle: Avenue and SL, I love ’em both. ● Krysten Ritter: I love Brooklyn Bowl. Kenmare is a fun place to go. Aurora in Williamsburg on Grand Street has a wonderful, little beet salad with hazelnuts. ● Timo Weiland: I love to go to Norwood and Gramercy Park Hotel. Sugarland in Brooklyn, so much fun. It’s off-the-beaten path, but a wild dance party. ● Daniel Boulud at the James Beard Awards: Right now, DBGB these days, because it’s one that keeps me the most busy. I like Marea, Le Bernardin, Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn. ● Tom Colicchio: I live in the West Village, so I, often, go to Barbuto or Spotted Pig, ’cause they’re in walking distance. The food’s all good. I try different things all the time, so I don’t go back and try the same thing over and over. ● Wylie Dufresne: We like to go to PDT for a cocktail late at night or some tater tots. 15 East is a favorite. We just came from the new Terroir in Tribeca that was great. DBGB just opened up in our neighborhood. The hundred-layer lasagne at Del Posto was pretty special. ● David Burke: Corton was great. From the Garden is a favorite dish there. ● Michael Oher at Big Brothers Big Sisters Sidewalks of New York gala: I live in Baltimore. I love seafood, so anything on the Inner Harbor. The Cheesecake Factory is there. At PF Changs, I get the shrimp-and-chicken fried rice. ● Sebastian Copeland at Pepcom for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Into the Cold: My favorite sushi is in the Valley at Nozawa, which is a place that Spielberg goes to and tried to have Mr. Nozawa open a restaurant in New York. He serves you the food, so you can’t ask for what you want. He kicked out Cherlize Theron one time. He’s known as the “Sushi Nazi.” ● Miranda Cosgrove at Sony Music luncheon celebrating the release of her debut album, Sparks Fly: I go to Mozza in L.A. It’s like a pizza place. They have squash blossoms and really, good margherita pizza. Hungry Cat, on Sunset, has the best dessert. It’s like a chocolate souflee. ● Phil Ramone at opening night of Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway: Bravo Gianni’s on the east side. Sardi’s because I want to feel the history, and they have a good wine list.