NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 4:00 AM
Velvet-voiced crooner Michael Feinstein was in a self-mocking mood at the premiere of his new holiday engagement.
“It feels wonderful to be a virgin again,” quipped the 59-year-old Feinstein, who marveled in the next breath that he’s been performing for three decades.
But the Sunday night premiere marked his first time at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a popular W. 54th St. club where he’s now a partner. “You are people of impeccable taste,” he told the crowd.
During the evening of seasonal songs, standards and pop tunes, Feinstein name-checked a couple friends who are iconic New Yorkers, [email protected] hears from Daily News critic Joe Dziemianowicz, who was in the sardine-packed crowd.
The indefatigable Liza Minnelli came up in a playful riff on “New York, New York,” as well as in a sweet introduction to “You and Me” and “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love.”
Feinstein sang “Fifty Percent,” a two-Kleenex ballad from the musical “Ballroom,” as a musical air-kiss to the late Elaine Stritch.
“Elaine had a way of disappearing before the bill arrived,” he joked. But when Feinstein’s dad was sick and couldn’t get a bed at a local hospital, the legendarily salty-tongued Stritch “made two phone calls” and his dad was in. Money can’t buy that kind of friendship.
Feinstein’s show runs through Dec. 30.
Atty. Marianne E. Bertuna achieves quite the honor.
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Neither snow, nor rain, can keep Mariah Carey out of a good pair of shoes.
POWER PAIR TO MAKE IT LEGAL
Marianne E. Bertuna, whose clients have included rapper Jim Jones, was named president of the Columbian Lawyers Association on Monday at the Water Club. That’s quite an honor for the legal eagle, who plans to marry Fox News legal analyst Arthur Aidala in the new year. Bertuna takes over the Columbian Lawyers presidency from Stephen J. Savva, whose clients have included rapper Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson and Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens.
MIMI KEEPS HER COOL
Mariah Carey isn’t going to let freezing temperatures get in the way of a good pair of shoes. We’re told the “All I Want For Christmas” singer showed up at the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championships in Aspen wearing “ultra-high, open-toed heels” in spite of the snow-covered ground. Spies tell [email protected] that Mimi brought billionaire beau James Packer along for the wintery festivities.
JESSIE J WILL STREAM ’16
Jessie J will perform in Times Square on New Year’s Eve as the headliner of the live commercial-free webcast. The Livestream webcast will kick off with the New Year’s ball raising at 6 p.m., Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment announced. Jessie J will sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” moments before midnight and singer-songwriter Daya will perform “Hide Away.” Last year’s webcast was viewed by more than 1.7 million people in 200 countries.
“It is so nice to be arm in arm with someone who is your equal.” Eva Longoria on fiancé Jose Pepe Baston to People
“I have moles and freckles and they irritate me.” Khloé Kardashian to New Beauty magazine
The always-pretty Jessica Alba keeps it casual as she runs errands in Beverly Hills.
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Olivia Culpo looks just as gorgeous as the contestants at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.
Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle spent the night posing with a Santa Claus, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
HOLIDAY ICE, ICE, BABY
Just in time for Christmas, looky who it is: Rob (Vanilla Ice) Van Winkle, coming to spread some holiday cheer. The former rapper hosted the 10th Annual holiday block party for thousands of locals at Downtown at the Gardens. The charity event benefited Toy Drive for Little Smiles, and Ice was a good sport, posing for photos with hundreds of fans, Santa Claus and some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then came the good stuff — he performed “Ice Ice Baby” along with a country band that was playing in the mall’s courtyard.
Julie Bowen volunteers at The Downtown Women’s Center as part of Feeding America’s “Hope for the Holidays”.
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Sofia Vergara and son Manolo Gonzalez were seen filming a commercial in Venice Beach, CA.
‘MODERN’ JULIE WORKS OFF THE AIR
“Modern Family” star Julie Bowen uses some good old elbow grease while volunteering in Los Angeles. The actress spent her down time at the Downtown Women’s Center as part of Feeding America’s Hope for the Holidays charity drive. She may have scooped thousands of those fries, but we’re not sure the skinny Bowen indulged.
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson grace the latest cover of Flare magazine, currently available on newstands. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
SOFIA EATS UP THE ATTENTION
The highest-paid actress on TV, Sofia Vergara, is raking in even more dough with a side gig shooting a commercial for a snack bar. The sexy actress, who just married hunky Joe Manganiello, rides a teal beach cruiser and indulges in the snack in Venice Beach, Calif.
IT’S A BROAD, BROAD WORLD
“Broad City” stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson were nervous to meet Amy Poehler before she agreed to be executive producer of their show. “I was so nervous. Oh, we’re just going and we sit down, and I was like, to talk,” Jacobson tells Flare magazine. “Then Amy pulls out a notebook and had all of these notes on every webisode.” Glazer said: “Our two-minute webisodes. And she said, ‘We’re gonna make you some money.’ ” The girls grace the latest cover of the mag.
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are covering the February issue of FLARE, Canada’s #1 fashion and beauty magazine, currently available on newstands.
ANGEL LANDS ON BEACH
No snow for this beach bunny. Victoria’s Secret Angel Izabel Goulart and her equally attractive boyfriend, German soccer player Kevin Trapp, spend the afternoon soaking up the sun together in Rio.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Izabel Goulart and her boyfriend, German footballer Kevin Trapp, spent the afternoon soaking up the sun.
THAT’S SO RAVEN
Raven-Symoné celebrated yet another 30th birthday bash over the weekend and there was no shortage of sponsorships. “Symoné got dolled up by celeb favorite beauty app beGlammed before heading downstairs to Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel for a night of birthday festivities,” reads a press release from the L.A. event. Sure enough, Symoné thanked @beglammednow on Instagram. [email protected] reported on Dec. 4 that marketing gurus working with Symone — whose birthday was Dec. 10 — were floating around emails telling sponsors that “The View” host would pimp their brands for the right price.