More Party Snaps


Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan at Lexus' "Laws of Attraction"

We don't find ourselves attending many luxury car unveilings often, but Lexus' recent Laws of Attraction event in San Francisco, in which they debuted their new bonkers LS F Sport, was a hard invitation to pass up. The car, of course, was the center of attention for most of the evening, but also front and center were photos snapped by famed fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth of various celebrity couples posing with the car. Photo subjects included Jason Schwartzman and Brady Cunningham, Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Jamie King and Kyle Newman and Devon Aoki and James Bailey, all of whom were in attendance. Kristen Wigg was also in the house, keeping her boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes company as he DJd the party. (We give him points for cheekily playing Cyndi Lauper's "Money Changes Everything" after the sleek new luxury sedan was unveiled.) PAPER photographer Henny Garfunkel was on the scene with us as well. Check out her photos above.  

Published on Aug 3, 2012


A "Sensation" of a Party in Amsterdam (and It's Brooklyn-bound)

You're probably already familiar with the idea of a "white party" -- the concept is simple enough -- everyone wears white, and ideally, the decor is also white. Sensation, a brand of house music parties founded 12 years ago in Amsterdam by Duncan Stutterheim and his partners at entertainment company ID&T (he's the "D"), has taken this concept to a whole new level. In 2006, ID&T started throwing iterations of their massive Dutch dance party all over Europe, spreading eventually to over 20 countries in five continents, with a typical attendance of 20-40,000 people (tickets typically sell-out within hours).

The most recent continent to be added to the list is North America, and the destination is New York City, at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn (a Hova pop-in perhaps?), on October 26th and 27th. The 27th is already sold out (at 22,000 capacity per night), but reportedly there are about 3,000 tickets left for Friday, and the lineup hasn't even been announced yet. This past weekend, we were invited to Amsterdam to check out the most recent edition, Sensation: Source of Light, held Saturday night for 40,000 people at the Amsterdam ArenA, the same venue where it originated. The lineup included Mr. White (an obvious choice for the theme), Brooklyn's The man with no shadow, Riva Starr, Hardwell, Dennis Ferrer, and Mark Knight. To put things in perspective, Madonna was in town the same night, but playing at a smaller venue. 

For a while ID&T was also producing a Sensation Black, which was hard trance-oriented, but in recent years they've discontinued it -- Stutterheim says because they're "too negative." An Amsterdam native residing on the Upper East Side in New York with his wife Lisca and their two children (he still spends time at his stunning canal-front Amsterdam mansion occasionally), Stutterheim is a very PMA kind of guy -- in his home's courtyard Saturday, we encountered a large group of eager volunteers from Sensation's anti-HIV nonprofit organization, Dance4life. 

One could correlate the party's success with the increasing popularity of electronic music in recent years, with house icons like David Guetta and Tiesto (both Sensation alums) now headlining rock festivals, but that would discredit Stutterheim, ID&T and Sensations' organic, steady growth. Before launching Sensation in 2000 and ID&T in the early 90s, Stutterheim came up through the Amsterdam rave scene, organizing events with his friends and promoting them through flyers and by reputation. Sensation's popularity is also no doubt due to the insane degree of spectacle -- imagine a mash-up between Cirque de Soleil and a megaclub and you get the idea. Aerial performers, fire, lasers, confetti, balloons, a rotating center stage and a billion LED lights are all parts of the equation. Another nice thing is that they don't over-sell, leaving enough room to wander around and vary the experience from different viewpoints, seats, lounges and dance areas. And since it lasts nine hours, you'll probably want to. Check out scenes from the party, as well as Stutterheim at home, below.

Published on Jul 23, 2012


Scenes From Yo Yo's 10th Anniversary Party at the Tribeca Grand

Last night, the Tribeca Grand Hotel hosted a one-off edition of London's Yo Yo (You're Only Young Once) party to celebrate the crew's 10th anniversary. The West London-based hip-hop oriented dance party, run by Notting Hill's Seb Chew and Leo Greenslade, is popular with Kanye and has seen the likes of Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and A-Trak guest-DJ over the years. NY-based English party kids Kate Foley, Chelsea Leyland, Ben Pundole and Albie Hueston co-hosted along with model/DJ Jesse Marco, DJ Jim-E Stack and Aimee Phillips. Some of the people who stopped by to check it out included Stavros Niarchos and model Jessica Hart. Scenes from the dancefloor below.

Published on Jul 20, 2012


Dev Hynes and More at Suzanne Geiss Company's Blasting Voice

The Suzanne Geiss Company, the gallery launched this Spring in the old Deitch Projects Grand Street space by its former executive director, recently initiated a sound art performance series (July 11-28th). It's called Blasting Voice, and curated by Ashland Mines (aka the artist/DJ Total Freedom). Some notable performers on the roster include James Ferraro, Kyp Malone, Lizzie Bougatsos, Raul De Nieves and Butchy Fuego. Last night, another highlight of the program, Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles) headlined a 4-person set that also featured Analisa Bien Purificacion Teachworth, Phoebe Jean and the Airforce, and J. Patrick Walsh III. Dev performed on a white grand piano; the other sets took place inside a metal lighting-rig/one-person stage of sorts. Phoebe Jean, from Baltimore, sang some rowdy raps and swung around on the contraption. Annalisa stood quietly inside, engaged in a dialogue with a robot (they discussed purpose, death, suffering) amid a slideshow of images, and then spray-painted some flowers before handing them out to the crowd and arranging others in Perrier bottles. Klaus Biesenbach, curator of MoMA PS1, showed up during Annalisa's set and snapped some cell-phone pics. The lights and fog, all part of the rig, designed by visual collective Thunderhorse, stole the show. Dev's performance was bathed in a deep red glow, though to him, it probably looked different, since he has a condition called synesthesia, in which sounds are seen as images and colors. There's a fascinating interview with him about that here. Below, photos from last night.

Published on Jul 18, 2012


Scenes from PAPER'S SuperDuperMarket Kickoff Party

Pardon us if we're running a little slower than usual this morning, but we're still stuffed from the kickioff party for our three-day SuperDuperMarket, which is open today through Sunday at 410 W. 16th St. You've gotta stop by -- it's so cute and fun and there's stuff for everyone, including kids. (See a full list of vendors here.) Everyone there is selling amazing, delicious stuff and we implore you to try a scoop of the Secret Breakfast (whiskey-flavored ice cream with corn flakes) from Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, who are here all the way from San Francisco, and to stop by artist Maira Kalman's booth. Along with egg slicers and books, she's selling signed prints of her New York Sub-Culinary Map collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz. 

A big, big thanks to our co-sponsors American Express and Target, too! We literally could not have done this without you. Below, photos from our kick off party. Attendees included various movers and shakers including David Byrne, Sally Singer, Donovan Leitch, Steven Kolb, Waris Ahluwalia and Cameron Silver among others. Check it out and stop by this weekend!

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Published on Jul 16, 2012


NSFW Photos from Fetish Block Party Folsom Street East

Folsom Street East, New York's answer to San Francisco's legendary Folsom Street fetish street fair, took over West Chelsea yesterday afternoon with a block party featuring all things leather, fetish and kink. Revelers at the festival, now in its 16th year, checked out performances by the Glamazons, Dallas DuBois and Heloise & the Savoir Faire among others, visited booths from New York Bondage Club and the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, hit up nearby leather daddy bar the Eagle, and generally worked their awesome (bare) asses all over West 28th Street. Check out Rebecca Smeyne's NSFW photos of all the fun.

Published on Jul 9, 2012


Scenes from Pride 2012

While LGBT rights have certainly come a long way, sometimes each step forward feels like two steps back (hello, California and Prop 8). Thus, Pride continues to be both a celebration and a protest. There is so much love and warmth within the festivities; to see support not just from LGBT and political rights groups, but also major corporations and religious organizations means so much. But every day is not like yesterday's celebrations, and it definitely doesn't happen every place. There is still so much bigotry, especially against LGBT families and the transgender community. Pride is a time to remember and to remind this city, this country and this planet, that (to borrow a slogan we saw several times yesterday) LGBT rights are human rights. And that we are here, we are queer, and we are here to stay. Get used to it.

Published on Jul 9, 2012


Hood By Air Launches a Capsule Collection at VFiles With A$AP Rocky

Friday evening, V Files threw a party in their storefront to celebrate the launch of a Hood By Air capsule collection. Hood By Air designer Shayne Oliver is also, of course, half of Ghe20 G0th1k, along with Venus X. They DJ'd and the A$AP Rocky crew rolled through to cap things off, at which point things got rowdy and the Reyka and Perrier cocktails started flying on the tiny ad-hoc dancefloor. Others we spotted included the DIS Magazine contingent, MNDR, Jonte, Pictureplane, Ms. Fitz, Ladyfag, Seva Granik, Melissa Burns, Fatima al Qadiri and lots of other similarly minded cool kids. Aside from the Hood By Air pieces, our fave outfit in this roomful of mad style was on the gentleman in the red head-wrap and rainbow-hued floral short-sleeve button-up -- sharp! Also, flipping the bird is the new flying the horns, apparently.

Published on Jul 9, 2012


Monster Headphones Host a Rooftop Pool Party at the Gansevoort

Last night Monster threw a rooftop pool party at NYC's Gansevoort Hotel to celebrate the launch of their new Inspiration headphones. Guests mixed and mingled on the deck while trying out the headphones and a few brave souls even changed into bathing suits and went for a dip in the pool. Tunes were provided by DJs Roctakon, Chrissie Miller and Hannah Bronfman. Check out photos from the night below!

Published on Jul 9, 2012


Scenes From Mr. Mickey's Handsome Tuesdays at Bishops and Barons

Believe it or not, East 14th St seems to be a new stop on the hipster party train. Todd Smolar, formerly of Beatrice Inn, and DJ Franco V have joined a group of promoters (including PAPER's own Mr. Mickey) to host Handsome Tuesdays, a weekly dance party at Union Square boîte, Bishops and Barons. The bar is conveniently located next to the IHOP for hungry revelers who crave a post-booty shaking pancake supper. Check out some party snaps from this week's madness and see you there next Tuesday!

Published on Jul 9, 2012


Scenes from SPIN MAGAZINE'S Rooftop Party with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q

Goofy Detroit rapper Danny Brown and hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q both played Central Park's Summerstage Monday (with Childish Gambino), but last night, they played a much more intimate gig, a private party at dusk on SPIN Magazine's astroturf-clad rooftop in Tribeca. The weather cooperated perfectly, so it was a gorgeous setting to check them out (although at this point I can't think about Danny Brown without picturing him with wheatgrass hair). Brown scored the #1 spot on SPIN's list of 2011's Best Rap Albums (sorry, Jay-Z), with his "mix of avant-garde sophistication and dumbed-out simplicity" -- and last night, as he tends to do, he performed with his tongue waggling around most of the time. Also, the hilarious Danny Brown cartoon bandanas scattered around for the taking were major. Fun times.

Published on Jul 9, 2012


Scenes from the 2012 Provincetown Film Festival Awards Ceremony + Afterparty

WHAT:  2012 Provincetown Film Festival awards ceremony and after party. (See Henny Garfunkel's PIFF celebrity portraits, here.)
WHEN:Sunday, June 17th
WHERE: Provincetown, MA
John Waters, Parker Posey, Parker Posey, Christine Vachon, Roger Corman, Pat Cleveland and Dennis Dermody.

Published on Jun 20, 2012


Skrillex, Ashley Greene, Walt Frazier and A$AP Rocky Walk Into a Party...

Though they may sound like the start of a punchline, Skrillex, Ashley Greene, Walt Frazier, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso and A$AP Rocky made quite the motley crew last night at Samsung's launch party for their new Galaxy SIII smartphone.

When we arrived at Skylight Soho Studios, the evening's venue, our eyes immediately glazed over from all of the light emanating from hundreds of smartphones everywhere -- on the walls, at the bar, in peoples' hands. We caught up with the event's hostess, Twilight actress Ashley Greene, whom we heard had just landed a lead role in the forthcoming CBGB movie, playing owner Hilly Kristal's daughter, Lisa. "From what I can tell, she's a real tough cookie," Greene told us. "I think it's a fun thing to be able to play a woman who is strong and who is a 'no bullshit' person." As we were rapping up our conversation, we began to hear a steadily-rising bassline that could only mean one thing: the night's first performer, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso, had taken his post at the DJ booth.

Suddenly a scrum of downtown kids, Samsung execs and PR types rushed the stage-cum-DJ-booth and gave their best attempt at re-creating a mini-version of Electric Daisy Carnival (though perhaps with far, far less drug use). EDM freaks squealed at the chance to be an arm's breadth away from one of the genre's legends.

But that wasn't all that was in store for the evening.

After Ingrosso's set, which lasted about an hour, a surprise guest took the stage. Rumblings and murmurs had been going on all night about who it would be and the mystery person did not disappoint. With a flourish of his half-shaved head, none other than Skrillex hopped onstage. Suddenly, we looked around and it seemed that the bros per capita had multiplied by twenty, all glow sticks and shutter shades. In need of a little air, we wandered outside of the main room, rounded a corner, and bumped into... Walt Frazier!

What was the NBA legend doing there, we asked? Apparently he was working on behalf of Samsung "meeting and greeting" and taking pictures. The newly-minted restauranteur told us he was "percolating" and that the party "reminds me of Studio 54 back in the 70s -- this type of atmosphere, the beat, the people, the pageantry." And was he a fan of Skrillex, we wanted to know? Not so much. "I'm showing my age by wearing earplugs," he said with a laugh. And given that we were still in the midst of the NBA Championships, we had to get the basketball legend to weigh in. "I thought the Spurs would take it all and then I picked Oklahoma and now they're done. The Heat are gonna finish them off. No one has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit," he told us before adding that he approved of Russell Westbrook's taking a page out of Frazier's fashion playbook with his out-there shirts.

As if the night's selections of VIPs couldn't get any more random, A$AP Rocky jumped onstage for a brief moment -- just enough time for Skrillex to give him a shoutout -- before disappearing into the backstage area. A little before 1am, Skrillex gave a humble nod and thank you, left the stage, and the lights went on. And, just like that, the mini rave ended, and we were left standing in a bright room with a bunch of sweaty media types. It was time to hail a cab.

Photo of Ashley Greene by Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty; all other photos by Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter

Published on Jun 18, 2012


Pictureplane, Dope Body, Mykki Blanco + More Bid Farewell to 18 Java St.

Stepping up to the mic to start his set, around 3:30am on Saturday morning, Travis Egedy, aka Pictureplane, said "This is what it's all about." He was referring to the overall scene that night: a diverse but douchebag-free crowd, the still-going-strong dancefloor, and the venue, a residential (people were hanging out on top of the fridge), weird mural-filled loft and illegal party space in Greenpoint. Unfortunately, it was also an eviction party -- "rage against the dying of the Bud Light," read the Facebook invite. These kinds of parties will survive, they'll just move to Bed-Stuy or further out on the L train (or at least we hope). Pictureplane also announced during his set that he just moved to Brooklyn (from Denver), and someone from the audience, right on cue, tapped him on the shoulder, and shouted "I sell weed. You should buy from me!" Priceless.

Genre-wise, the lineup had a lot to offer - from all manner of EDM to sludge-punk to high-energy spoken word to rap. Dope Body is a very heavy band (a "much-needed shot in the arm to current state of dicklessness in rock music" as our friends over at Impose put it. They're gaining a ton of traction right now (this was their fourth show in two days in NYC) and to see them in this environment (vs. the more sterile settings of their Northside Festival and SXSW gigs) was absolutely thrilling. Pictureplane, with his raver style and complex mix of electronic influences, has had band-to-watch status for several years now, and brings out no shortage of fanatics. The antics of DJ Dog Dick are always entertaining (fellow Baltimorean Dan Deacon stopped by to watch), as are Shams and our favorite trans rapper, Mykki Blanco.

Also of note: never at a single party have we seen so many crop tops (and on all genders). Some of the items that were drunkenly tossed around in the crowd during the five hours we were there: a large bag of Fresh Step (the cat litter, seriously), a box of styrofoam peanuts (by Pictureplane, during his set), the "head" of Bad Brilliance's costume (see photos, if you don't understand what that means), the Chinese ceiling lanterns, Mardi Gras beads, beer, water, bodies, and a harmonica. This is what Pictureplane was talking about.

Published on Jun 15, 2012


Scenes from Permanent Wave's Pussy Riot Benefit With Ad-Rock, Shady Hawkins, Heliotropes + More

Tuesday night was a Brooklyn classic. A fund and awareness-raiser for Russian political art-punks Pussy Riot -- who were recently sentenced to seven years in jail for allegedly (and incredibly photogenically) participating in a "punk prayer protest" -- offered a night of three upstart local bands (Tin Vulva, Shady Hawkins, and Heliotropes) plus none other than DJ Adam Horovitz, a.k.a. Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys.

To see creative expression suppressed so harshly pains our freedom-loving American souls, and it especially irks fellow musicians, art-punks and activists. The benefit was organized by a group of fierce young women called Permanent Wave, a burgeoning feminist movement, and hosted at Williamsburg's cozy art-filled DIY space Death By Audio. The air was muggy, inside and out. Ad-Rock DJ'd for over an hour to an extremely psyched, friendly and clammy crowd. His set was completely awesome (set list below), and seeing him smile and get an obvious kick out of playing in this intimate, b.s.-free space, for this crowd, for this cause, made it feel even sweeter. Plus, as everyone there knew, this Beastie Boy lost a close friend lately, which only heightened the emotion in the room. During his set, a bunch of the women from the evening's bands donned Pussy Riot-homage ski masks and danced around on stage.

Ad-Rock's wife, original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna, also vocally promoted this benefit and its cause. Although she didn't make it out, there was still plenty of Le Tigre in the house. For his final song, Ad Rock played their song "Deceptacon," closing out the party with a roomful of people shouting along to the last repetitive bursts of "See You Later." It was perfect.

It was a few songs in before I thought to use Shazam for taking notes on the set list (brilliant!) and one song wasn't recognized, but here is 90% of the epic Ad-Rock Pussy Riot set list:

My Neck, My Back (Lick It)
Bang Bang
Warrior Queen/Poirier
Girl Unit
Who Am I to Feel So Free
WTF (Nadastrom on Drugs Remix)
The General
Nah Mix Nah Mingle
Lady Saw
My My Metro Card
Le Tigre
You'll Find A Way (Switch & Sinden Remix)
My Bubblegum
I Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Get Rid Of You
Gravy Train
Firepower (Munchi Remix)
Guns of Brooklyn
SantIgold (Diplo dub)
Queen Latifah
The Bassdrum
No Problem
Diplo Feat. Flinch & Kay
Sweet Shop
Doctor P
Uptown Top Ranking
Althea and Donna
It's About Time
Tanya Stephens
Dub Plate Pirate
Le Tigre

To find more info about freeing Pussy Riot and supporting the cause, go here.

Published on Jun 14, 2012


The Fierce and the Fabulous Battled It Out at Style Wars

Last night, some of the freshest talents in the fashion world gathered at Santos Party House for House of Diehl's Style Wars. With the tagline, "F*CK Ready-to-wear, Get Ready to RUMBLE," the designers participating in the NYC Style Battle Championships rumbled indeed. The contestants competed to design, produce, and style a look in minutes made entirely from recycled materials and everyday objects to present before judges Vashtie, Roxy Cottontail and Peggy Wang of band Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Ms. Cottontail and DJ Pete High provided the tunes (and, according to PAPERMAG's roving photographer, Rebecca Smeyne, some of the best looks). Check out all of the fashion madness below.

Published on Jun 13, 2012


Stella McCartney Hosts a Carnival In Honor of Her S/S '13 Collection

Last night, a bevy of fashion editors, models and celebrities gathered at the East Village's Marble Cemetery for a very special Spring/Summer 2013 presentation by Stella McCartney. While a cemetery might seem pretty morbid for a fashion party, the atmosphere couldn't have been cheerier thanks to Ms. McCartney's idea of transforming the space into a carnival. While models like Lindsey Wixson and Ruby Aldridge roamed the grounds, sporting the latest designs, guests like Anne Hathaway and fiancé Adam Shulman, Jim Carrey (JIM CARREY?), Lauren Hutton, Amy Poehler, Solange Knowles, P'Trique, Greta Gerwig and André Leon Talley treated themselves to Belvedere-spiked Arnold Palmers, candy apples, gourmet mac 'n cheese and Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches, among many other "haute-carnival" treats. Guests must have been encouraged to bring their children because the fun and games -- like ring toss, Hi Striker, and more -- were not only enjoyed by stiletto-stomping fashion types but also by a squadron of kids, some of whom were even selling lemonade. As the night wound down, Wixson and her fellow models could be seen swaying to the sounds of the Soul Rebels Brass Band as attendees helped themselves to one last iced cream sandwich before heading home. Scroll down for photos from the festivities below.

Photos by Billy Farrell Agency

Published on Jun 12, 2012


Kate Bosworth, Olivier Theyskens + More Turn Out For the Annual Whitney Art Party

The inclement weather did not dissuade a cabal of fashionistas and art types from turning out to the annual Whitney Art Party last night, held at Skylight Soho studios. Stepping inside the massive, largely untouched space, guests were greeted by maiters (that would be male model waiters) toting trays of Chandon sparkling wine, Belvedere cocktails, and nibbles catered by of-the-moment downtown restaurants The Lion and ACME (and, speaking of the latter, read about PAPER's field trip to the Nordic boîte here). Weaving through the crowd, one was likely to spot Chuck Close (he doesn't exactly blend in), designer Erin Fetherston and socialite Tinsley Mortimer but one face many may not have noticed at first was that of Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, who spent much of the night mingling with Lubov Azria (designer and wife of Max).

While the crowd gabbed and gossiped, two startling figures entered the room clad in outrageous black and white "kimonos-on-crack" get-up. Quickly everyone started to pay attention once they realized that these colorful people were part of artist iona rozeal brown's performance piece, "the changeling tree: the forest lies about you" (and the one in black was rozeal brown herself). The duo slithered through the room and made their way outside where a massive tree-like sculpture had been installed, surrounded by candles and burning incense. As guests followed, they were treated to an abstract movement-based performance by the artist and her companion.

But that was certainly not the only art in store last night.

The Skylight Soho walls were full of art being auctioned off and partygoers also witnessed a performance by artist Kalup Linzy in the form of a memorial for Taiwan, one of Linzy's long-standing alter-egos. A casket and memorial photos had been installed in the back of the space and, towards the latter half of the evening, Linzy himself took to the stage to sing songs like Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You" and his own rendition of Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay."

When not watching these performances or listening to music provided by Japanster, it was hard to miss all of the flashbulbs -- it seemed as if there were as many people with professional-grade cameras as there were without -- snapping photos of fashionably-late attendees like honorary co-chair Olivier Theyskens and his date, actress Kate Bosworth, along with NHL stud Sean Avery and art world luminaries like Tom Sachs, Sanford Biggers and Terence Koh. And, speaking of photos, PAPERMAG would be remiss if we didn't take some of our own. Check out shots from last night by PAPERMAG's Angela Pham.

Published on Jun 6, 2012


MoMA Parties in the Garden With Santigold

MoMA held its annual party in the garden last night -- one of the biggest Spring shindigs in the city in our book. Santigold performed tracks off her new album Master of My Own Make Believe, the weather was nice and attendees included Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons and Solange, who kept the party going in the DJ booth. Check out Angela Pham's photos of all the fun in the gallery above.

Published on May 24, 2012


Scenes From the Advanced Style Book Launch

NOWNESS and Ari Seth Cohen hosted a little shindig at the New Museum last night in celebration of Cohen's new Advanced Style book, featuring photos of the amazing, eccentric style of Manhattan's wizened, wonderful citizens who have appearead on Cohen's street style blog. A few of the Advanced Style stars were on hand last night at the signing, and Papermag photographer Rebecca Smeyne got some great shots. Check them out above!

Published on May 24, 2012