++One of my favorite NY writers, Ariel Levy, has a piece in this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NY MagazineÃ¢â‚¬â€the Sex and Love issueÃ¢â‚¬â€about her lesbian wedding, which, the writer says, totally Ã¢â‚¬Å“rocked.Ã¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“I do not believe in crummy parties,Ã¢â‚¬? Levy writes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe in glamourÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ There was no way I was going to let this thing be shoddyÃ¢â‚¬â€some pathetic hers-and-hers imitation of the real thing.Ã¢â‚¬?
Levy, who grew up in Larchmont, also talks about her equally rockinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bat mitzvah:
<blockquote><div>As a 10-year-old, I decided that I wanted to have a bat mitzvah. I was the only kid in the history of Westchester County who demanded Hebrew school. And as I stood in front of the racks of red at Bergdorf Goodman, I recalled the feeling IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d had at some point in my preteen Jewish odyssey when I looked down at the sacred ancient letters on the scroll: What have I done?</div></blockquote>
++Meanwhile, in CubaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
RyeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bob Woodruff is making his first overseas reporting trip this weekend, since an attack last year in Iraq that nearly killed him. The former anchor of ABCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s World News Tonight, is heading to HavanaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be accompanied by cameraman Doug Vogt and sound technician Magnus Macedo, the same people who were with him during the attack last year (Vogt suffered less severe injuries in the explosion and the two-pictured below-remained close).
Woodruff will be covering May Day commemorations on the island nation. His reports will be seen starting Sunday night on World News and then throughout the week.
++Keith Olbermann seems to be cashing in on his recent big-time pay raise at MSNBC. The Hastings-bred host of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Countdown with Keith OlbermannÃ¢â‚¬? is apparently eyeing a $4.2 million dollar marble-adorned apartment on the Upper East Side, according to The New York Observer. The 5-bedroom, 3-balcony monster pad is on the 40th floor of a Trump condominium. The paper notes, the apartment is far from (in more ways than one) the home of his arch-nemesis, Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly, who lives in a gated, waterside Manhasset spread.
++And, if you need something to do this weekend, check out WestchesterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nick DiPaolo (who puts the classy in totally not classy) performing live at Comix in Manhattan. DiPaolo, who also has a radio show on 92.3 FM, will perform four timesÃ¢â‚¬â€today and tomorrow night at 8 and 10:30. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a rare opportunity to see the popular standup (at least when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not riffing on Pam Anderson, Andy Dick, and Courtney Love on Comedy Central roasts), since, as DiPaolo told me recently, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s traveling less and less in order to concentrate on his radio gig. (Tix are $22; 353 W. 14th St.; 212-524-2500; comixny.com). The only downside for the combative comic: it seems Don Imus stole his act.
(Photos: Woodruff and Vogt-AP/ABC,Ida Mae Astute; Olbermann-AP/Reed Saxon; DiPaolo-Mark Vergari/Journal News)