Cat Masks, “Dumb Money,” and Chicken Tenders in Champagne
Dispatches from the city's most memorable events: The premiere of Ben Mezrich's GameStop-Reddit movie, the Camp Harbor View Beach Ball and the fourth annual Our Girl Linda Foundation fundraiser.
It was an everyone-who’s-anyone sort of affair when bestseller machine Ben Mezrich and his wife, Tonya (Boston magazine’s style editor), hosted a VIP premiere of Dumb Money, the movie based on Mezrich’s wildly entertaining book The Antisocial Network.
In the film, which recounts the 2021 “short squeeze” on GameStop stock (in which a group of Reddit online traders kneecapped some hedge-fund giants), a character based on Brockton’s Keith “Roaring Kitty” Gill dons a red headband whenever going live online. Accordingly, the high-octane crowd gathered at the AMC Boston Common tied red bandannas around their heads. Spotted in the audience: the film’s producer, Aaron Ryder; special guest stars Kim Campbell and Noah Lanier (on whom a few characters in the movie are based); hotelier extraordinaire Carlos Bueno; luxury travel titan Geoffrey Kent, fellow travel guru Tiffany Dowd and her dashing other half, JB; hair deity Mario Russo; nightlife titans Ed Kane and Seth Greenberg; real estate bigwig Steve Samuels; and a slew of equally sparkly others.
Following the screening, everyone repaired to the Newbury Boston hotel for an after-party, where they sipped specialty cocktails with names like “Diamond Hands” and “Hold on for Dear Life,” while a few intrepid partiers imitated a scene in the movie by dipping chicken tenders in champagne. The verdict? Not bad. The décor took its cues from the film and included Magic 8 Balls, squishy bananas, fake diamonds, and cat masks, which provided the evening’s heartiest guffaw: Three guests whom everyone assumed were friends of somebody else’s imbibed freely and tried to make off with the cat masks, but when confronted on the elevator, the trio admitted that they were uninvited hotel guests coming from a heavy metal concert. Proof positive, as if any were needed, that it was a white-hot soiree.
One of the few events that can pry the high and mighty away from their summer haunts is the Beach Ball to benefit Camp Harbor View, held this year at the SoWA Power Station on a rainy June night. The charity began as a summer camp for disadvantaged kids but has widened its mission to include services for their families. The more than 800 guests included CHV alumni, along with former Governor Charlie Baker, former Hizzonah and current NHL boss Marty Walsh, and Mayor Michelle Wu, who enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing and helped CHV reach its goal of raising $12 million in the process.
One of the most stunning models to walk the runway in Boston was Linda Cole Petrosian, daughter of bridal couturier Yolanda Cellucci. To honor the memory of Petrosian, who died of esophageal cancer at 57, friends and family established the Our Girl Linda Foundation to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and they held their fourth annual fundraiser at the American Legion in Newton.
First published in the print edition of the November 2023 issue with the headline, “Stray Cats.”