Live Rich, for a Good Cause


For one night next week, March 4,  in support of literature, the arts and Canteen’s writing program for Harlem youth, Arnold Lehman and his wife Pam Lehman will open their Brooklyn Heights home for an intimate evening: Canteen Magazine’s Second Annual Benefit Gala.

Lehman, the risk-taking Director of the Brooklyn Museum who famously battled former mayor Rudolph Giuliani in defense of the First Amendment, joins the editors of Canteen and its host committee to invite you to do some or all of the following:

Have your literary fortunes read by hot young authors Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects (she’s also on the cover of this month’s Poets & Writers), and Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever;

Sample exquisite treats by Michelin-starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, learn expert cocktail tricks by Brian Van Flandern–mixologist at Per Se, and bid on discounted art donated by Canteen contributing artists all while surrounded by the Lehman’s personal art collection; and

Listen to Gina Gionfriddo, Obie award winning playwright and author of Pulitzer Prize nominated play Becky Shaw, talk about how education makes the artist.

Also, expect the appearance of * special guests *

This is an event you will enjoy while you’re there and think about again and again after you leave. Tickets start at $75 for the “Gifted.” But, that’s a deal. “Mad Geniuses” must pay $1000. Get tickets here before they’re gone. It is a private home after all, and there’s only so many people a private home can hold. Because Canteen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all tickets are fully tax-deductible.

Get a sneak peek of the home of Arnold Lehman in this short film by the NYT Magazine, Brooklyn Views: The Home of Arnold Lehman. Come out, support a good cause, and while you’re at it, live like you always knew you would.


Images in order of Appearance: Brooklyn Museum of Art IV by Candida Höfer; author Porochista Khakpour.

Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →