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Dinner For Six

Estimated Value: $800

Although a wildly successful director, producer, and novelist, what Michael Barakiva really wants to do with his life is cook.  WHY DO YOU THINK HE FOUNDED THIS CRAZY COMPANY.  In the company of your own home, or his if you prefer, Michael will make a three-course dinner for you and 5 of your nearest and dearest. (If you're nice, his husband Rafael will play sommelier and offer wine pairings).  You will have the pleasure of creating the menu in concert with Michael, and then watching him freak out as he creates a meal from nothing.  Well, not nothing, really - excellent ingredients he has purchased with his hard-earned money.  But we digress.  Michael will make you dinner.  'nuff said.

A Star is Born! Win a Cameo Role in an Upcoming Upstarts Performance!

Minimum bid: $250

YOU TOO can be an Upstart Creature (for a day!).  The winning bidder will be given a cameo role in an upcoming Upstart event, rub elbows with their favorite company members, observe our rehearsal process, get dirty in the kitchen with us, and participate in a truly unique theatrical evening!

Escape to Cape May

Minimum bid: $400

A getaway stay in the beach town consistently voted as one of America’s most beautiful: the seaside Victorian resort of Cape May, NJ.


The winning bidder will get two nights and three days accommodations (w/ breakfast included) for 2-4 people (either two couples or a family), in either a 3rd floor ocean-view guest suite or in two lovely 2nd floor bedrooms--located in a century-old three-story, shingled beach cottage just one block from the ocean.  World class restaurants, night life and theatre are all within walking distance.  For use anytime in 2019, midweek or weekend, depending on availability. 


And while you’re away, lose yourself in a good book! The winning bidder will also receive an autographed copy of "The Atlas of Love" by the best-selling and award-winning author, Laurie Frankel, as well as an autographed copy of "Around the Next Corner," penned by Elizabeth Wrenn — accomplished author and proud mama of Upstart Ella Wrenn!

Estimated value: $800

Beautiful Quilted Evening Bag with Floral Hardware, "Marc" by Marc Jacobs

Minimumbid: $50

Wherever your flights of fancy take you, you’ll want to take this fetching Marc by Marc Jacobs evening bag with you.  All the “good” fairies have one!

So gather these rosebuds while ye may… because you know this bag would look perfect with that outfit

Retail value: $240

Early VIP Entry for You and a Friend to Calvin Klein's January 2019 Sample Sale w/ Items marked down 80-90%

Minimum bid: $50

This sale is very exclusive and by invitation only. The discounts are HUGE--all items are marked down 80% to 90% from the original retail pricing--so the very best items go quickly!

This sale will include all collection items--shoes, hand bags, and of course clothing--and we'll get you and a friend access on the first day, before everyone else (or on a subsequent day if you have a conflict). We will have a few weeks notice!


This estimated value for this item: priceless for the right person.

Two Tickets to the March 25th Working Rehearsal of the Metropolitan Opera's Star-studded "La Clemenza di Tito"

Minimum bid: $50

Amazing seats in the dress circle or a box (first come first serve). The rehearsal begins at 10:30AM and  ends at approximately 2:30pm.  A very special behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of this storied institution, typically reserved for Met donors--you'll have the rare  opportunity to see the director, Peter McClintock, giving instruction to some of the world's most celebrated opera singers.


Featuring Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, tenor Matthew Polenzani, Mozart’s opera of vengeance and forgiveness, set during the Roman Empire, also stars sopranos Elza van den Heever as Vitellia, with Ying Fang, Paula Murrihy, and bass Christian Van Horn completing the principal cast. Lothar Koenigs conducts.

A Beautiful Pair of Earrings by Saskia de Vries Designs--“Handmade jewelry inspired by the world.”

Minimum bid: $12

Win a beautiful pair of unique, hand-crafted earrings!

Saskia de Vries Design (SDV Designs) is a boutique jewelry design company specializing in unique pieces created by using materials collected from around the world. With elements from Africa, Asia and beyond, these pieces are wearable art with international flair!

SDV Designs takes pride in using unique materials to make their hand-crafted necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings – carefully selecting artisan made focal beads and pendants to create distinct and original pieces.

Find out more at www.sdvdesigns.com.


Original Children's Story Written & Recorded by Author, Actress and Audible.com Narrator, Gabra Zackman!

Minimum bid: $100

Beloved Upstart, Gabra Zackmanan award-winning audiobook narrator, actress and  the author of Simon and Schuster's The Bod Squad Serieswill write and record an original children's story for your child or a friend's!


Names, themes, beloved animals and details particular to the child are all welcome—Gabra will use them to craft the tale. 


Additionally, the winner of this very special auction item, will receive 10 audiobook download codes!


Estimated value is $400.



For more information on Gabra, please visit:




Lanvin Wedding Book & Stationary

Minimum bid: $20

Flights of Super Fancy! 


Treat yourself or a loved one to this luxurious Lanvin stationary set and Wedding Book, which retails for over $125.00.


They’ll imagine you spent a lot more than you did…

Two Bottles of Flor de Caña’s Award-Winning 25-year-old Rum

Minimum bid: $120

This award-winning 25-year old, ultra premium, dark amber, full-bodied rum has an exquisite aroma with notes of vanilla, wood and dark cocoa— named “2017 Best Rum of the Year” by the International Rum Conference in Madrid, and regarded as the best sipping rum in the world—Flor de Caña has fruity notes of almond and nuts, and a full and long finish that lingers in the palate. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks!


Keep a bottle for yourself, and give the other to a friend!

Value: $340

Four VIP Tickets to "Gravid Water," plus a $50 Gift Certificate to Taqueria Diana!

Minimum bid: $65

Created and directed by Stephen Ruddy, "Gravid Water" is a once a month event at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), which usually sells out months in advance.


One of the longest running shows at the UCB, New York's top improvisors and actors, from Broadway, 30 Rock, Conan, SNL, and beyond, perform in scenes from Stoppard to Sophocles, and everything in between. The actors will know their lines, and the improvisors will improvise, with no prior knowledge of the scenes!  


General seating is the rule at this show, and the line often winds around the block an hour in advance--but these special VIP tickets will be roped off and reserved for you especially!  No need to come early. Great seats are assured!

The winner of this auction item will also get a $50 dollar gift certificate to Taqueria Diana, so that you can enjoy a pre or post-show nosh with your pals!




One of a Kind Haute Couture Mink Scarf by Florentine Designer, Paola Quadretti

Minimum bid: $150

Paola Quadretti lives and works in Florence, her atelier based inside the historic Palazzo Frescobaldi.


Her collections of haute couture are born from sartorial artisanship, opulent details, and fabrics that hail from the most exclusive Italian and French producers.


Paola has built her loyal following not only in Italy, but also in the United States, where she has been featured in Quest, Vogue, Weddings of Style, and Avenue magazines.


Every piece architected by Paola is created using traditional methods of the greatest “créateurs de mode”—

handcrafted and handsewn — all in her atelier n Florence’s Palazzo Frescobaldi. 


Spoil yourself or someone you love with this one of a kind statement piece.


It’s sure to warm you in the winter, and turn heads no matter what the weather.

Retail value: $1200

For more information, visit: http://www.paolaquadretti.it

$150 Gift Certificate to The Odeon

Minimum bid: $50

Red neon letters above a striped awning and patio tables announce the West Broadway address of this iconic TriBeCa American-French bistro and gathering spot. Inside you’ll find old-fashioned architecture with modern details–globe lights hanging from high ceilings, brown and cream walls, banquettes, and long horizontal mirrors that enhance the spaciousness and make it a fun place to hang out, enjoy drinks, and take advantage of free Wi-Fi. The Odeon serves lunch, brunch, brasserie, and dinner menus and complements their fare with an impressive variety of imported and domestic beers as well as premium cognacs, whiskeys, and specialty cocktails.

Gift Certificate Value: $150

A Very Special Autographed Copy of Michael Barakiva’s Book "One Man Guy" & an Advanced Autographed Copy of "Hold My Hand"!

Minimum bid: $50

Michael’s first novel, One Man Guy, published by Macmillan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was ranked the #1 Gay Young Adult novel on Goodreads in 2014, named to the Rainbow List and Family Equality Council’s Book Nook and released in Brazil by LeYa.  The stand-alone sequel, Hold My Hand, is due out in Winter 2019, but the winner of this auction item will receive a very special advanced copy— and Michael will autograph each book, dedicating them with a personal message to you or a loved one!


Michael 's One Man Guy is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person cracks open your world and helps you see everything―and, most of all, yourself―like you never have before.  Hailed by peers and critics as:  “A romantic comedy with Armenian flair . . . Don’t miss it.” ―E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars… “A kind and generous book about the loneliness of a young boy trying to navigate between a chaotic Armenian family and a school of bullying cliques. Alek Khederian deals bravely and inspiringly with the perils of learning to love your family, to love someone else, and most of all, to love yourself.” ―Eleanor Bergstein, novelist and screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing…“Hand this one to those who’ve already gone through Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy and Kluger’s My Most Excellent Year.” ―The Bulletin…

Don’t miss this special opportunity to read his new novel, Hold My Hand, before wide release!

Two Tickets to a NY Times Critic's Pick: "The Other Josh Cohen"

Minimum bid: $40

Josh Cohen is broke, broken-hearted, and his apartment was broken into, but with the one CD that the thief didn't take and a bundt cake binge, Josh might just be able to turn it all around. The Other Josh Cohen breaks into Off-Broadway to take you on a smart and sassy romantic adventure about rolling with the punches, discount chocolate, and kindness. Turns out, with a lot of plaid and a little bit of heart, you can make your own good luck. Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, The Other Josh Cohen is a hilarious romantic comedy that the critics call: “Superb.”...  “Imagine 'Seinfeld' meets Rodgers and Hart”... "It’s hard to know where to start heaping on the praise” (Backstage).

“The Other Josh Cohen is that precious rarity... original...with a life-affirming message and songs worth remembering... Mr. Rosen and Mr. Rossmer squeeze 11 songs into this 90-minute show, and every one of them says something heartfelt. It is pure fun.” - The New York Times.

Value: $120.00

Custom Knit Scarf

Minimum bid: $30

Upstart Abby Royle will custom make you a winter scarf. You can choose between wool or acrylic, pick one or two colors, and let her know the length and width, or if you’d like an infinity scarf, and she will knit it for you. 


Estimated Value: $50

A Pair of Tickets to EST's Next Two Shows!

Minimum bid: $40


by Charly Evon Simpson

directed by Colette Robert*

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 to Sunday, February 3, 2019


In 1846, Philomena is a pregnant slave woman assisting her owner, Dr. George Barry, as he tries to find the cure for fistulas and tending to his patients, other enslaved black women. Everything changes when he receives a new patient. Inspired by the life and experimentation of Dr. J Marion Sims and the lives of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, three of the enslaved black women he worked on, Behind the Sheet explores the untold stories behind the rise of modern gynecology.





written by Catya McMullen

directed by Giovanna Sardelli*

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 to Sunday, March 31, 2019

Gretchen, Emma and Whitney are thirty. They've been friends since they were teenagers. They've been sober since they were teenagers. As they set off on a road trip south--with homemade female urination devices, too much pie, ill-advised sexual escapades--to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past, GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD reveals what it's like to face adulthood and death after growing up weird and possibly broken.



The Ensemble Studio Theatre was founded by Curt Dempster in 1968 with a group of 20 theatre artists. It has since grown into a company of over 600 actors, directors, playwrights and designers.


The Ensemble Studio Theatre develops and produces original, provocative and authentic new plays. We engage and challenge our audiences in New York City and audiences across the country. A dynamic community of artists committed to the collaborative process, EST discovers and nurtures new voices and supports artists throughout their creative lives. We believe this extraordinary support yields extraordinary work.

$100 Gift Certificate to Krupa Grocery – One of Brooklyn’s Best Restaurants!

Minimum Bid: $30

Since opening in 2014, Krupa Grocery, located at 231 Prospect Park West, has done nothing but garner accolades from savvy diners and critics alike.  Fodor’s Travel promptly added it to their list of the top 50 restaurants in Brooklyn.  New York Magazine made it a “critic’s pick”.  Zagat calls it a “’local secret’ where those in the know ‘keep coming back’” and the Michelin Guide effuses, “Though it only recently opened its doors, Krupa Grocery makes you want to become a regular right out of the gate.”

Place your bid and discover the deliciousness critics and customers can’t stop talking about (except while chewing their food). Sidle up to the marble bar in the front room which features an extensive tap with a rotating selection of local craft beers, wines and seasonal cocktails or choose a table in the back or wait for warmer weather to enjoy the outside patio. The daily-changing menu might include anything from breakfast gnocchi to a skate po'boy to hanger steak with bone marrow, or lighter snacks like homemade charcuterie or deviled eggs with chicken liver and cocoa nibs.

Two Tix with VIP Access to Fault Line Theatre's 2019 Production & a $100 Gift Certificate to Il Buco Alimentari !

Minimum bid: $75

Two tickets and VIP access to Fault Line Theatre's 2019 production, including: reserved seating, beverage of an alcoholic variety, and the opportunity to meet the cast and members of the creative team (they're pretty cool)! 


Plus, a $100 gift certificate to Il Buco Alimentari!

About Fault Line Theatre: 

Fault Line Theatre creates and produces socially relevant, character-driven plays for today’s audiences. By employing the best members of our artistic community, Fault Line Theatre strives both to challenge veteran theatergoers and welcome those new to the art form.  For more information, please visit: www.faultlinetheatre.org

About Il Buco Alimentari:

The restaurant Gourmet magazine calls "one of the best and most exciting in America" started life in 1994 when independent filmmaker Donna Lennard and her Italian partner, Alberto Avalle, opened an off-the-beaten path antique store on cobblestoned Bond Street. A modern day trading post of crafts and culture, il Buco attracted an eclectic clientele of locals, lured in by the warmth and magic of the space, the worn patinas of the primitive antiques and Americana, and eventually the aromas of the kitchen, as the couple transformed the rustic antique store into a charming restaurant attracting an incredible roster of chefs over the years and bringing the restaurant international acclaim.

Estimated value: $200

An Hour-long Ohashi Shiatsu Massage by Carol Halstead

Minimum bid: $50

Ohashi Shiatsu is an Eastern form of massage based on the same principles as acupuncture.

Shiatsu helps to re-establish the inherent harmony and wellness of an individual. This process provides a nurturing and soothing way to release blocked energy on both the physical and emotional levels, thereby relieving fatigue, tension and malaise, stimulating the body's natural recuperative powers.


You'll be in the healing hands of our very own Upstart extraordinaire, Carol Halstead, a licensed practitioner.

Massage Value: $150

$150 Gift Certificate to Il Punto Ristorante

Minimum bid: $50

One of New York’s most celebrated Italian restaurants —  “IL PUNTO” translated to English means “the point.” 


When owner and seasoned restaurateur, Antonino Pecora, first established IL PUNTO Ristorante in 2004, he envisioned this as the place, “the destination point,” where visitors from near and far could come enjoy a true Italian culinary experience. He wanted to share a love for his country, culture and a passion for good food.


He invites you to make IL PUNTO Ristorante your destination for lunch or dinner so that you can enjoy their house-made fresh pastas and baked breads, grilled or roasted seafood, poultry, veal, soups, salads, and incredible desserts.


When you can’t get to Italy by plane, your taste buds can still take you there!

Molten Cheeseboard and Knife Designed by Michael Aram

Minimum bid: $40

Michael Aram is an award-winning American artist who has dedicated his career to craft-based design. Inspired by a trip to India at age 25, he established a second home and workshop there, where he continues to draw creative inspiration. Although best known for his work in metal, Aram works across all materials with a focus on objects made by hand.

Trained as a painter, sculptor, and art historian, Aram has neatly applied his creative background to objects ranging from the fine and decorative arts to jewelry. His often lyrical work is inspired by nature, his biggest muse, as well as his love of the making process. Aram crafts pieces that have a personal connection to him and which speak to his love of symbolism, nature, narrative storytelling, and objects made by hand.

Aram lives in New York City with his family, but he often travels to his home and workshop in India. Today, over 200 skilled artisans work alongside Aram at his India workshop, with hundreds more around the world. Whether from his studio in India or New York City, Aram’s attention to detail and creative passion is constant whether he is creating a one of a kind sculpture, a piece of jewelry, or a decorative object

Retail Value: $125

100% Cashmere Gloves by SFERRA

Minimum bid: $30



“The company was founded in 1891 Italy, when Gennaro Sferra first set foot on the cross-Atlantic steamer which would carry him to America.


With continued growth and a change in ownership, the company originated ever-more-luxurious advancements, those prized enough to become the in-flight bedding for Pope John Paul II, the elegant table linens of Reagan-era state dinners, and the de rigeur bedding found in celebrity linen closets.


In 2004, the company evolved the brand name to the singular and more easily recognizable, SFERRA. And so, from a humble Italian immigrant pursuing the American Dream to the preeminent dreamers of innovation, SFERRA will always live at the forefront of craftsmanship and luxury.”


Warm your hands with these dreamy gloves!  You deserve the best!


Two Tickets to Kate Hamill’s Adaptation of “Little Women” at Primary Stages

Minimum bid: $50

May - June, 2019
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Sarna Lapine, and Featuring Kate Hamill as "Meg"

In the spring, Primary Stages will welcome back KATE HAMILL, playwright and star of our hit production of Pride and Prejudice, with her fresh new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of love and duty, Little Women.

Jo March doesn't want to be like other girls; in fact, she's not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman?

Actual value: $200

Custom-made Monologue Written by Award-winning Playwright Kate Hamill

Minimum bid: $50

Award-winning playwright, Kate Hamill, will write you a personalized monologue for auditions.


You can specify your type, whether you want the material to be comic or tragic, and tell her about any other specific elements you're looking for -- and she'll write you a 2-minute masterpiece.


About Kate Hamill:

Kate was named 2017's "Playwright of the Year" by the Wall Street Journal.  Recent plays include "Sense and Sensibility" (in which she originated the role of Marianne) - Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway; "Top Ten Theater of 2014" - Ben Brantley; "the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history” - Huffington Post.


Other plays include "Vanity Fair" (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award; WSJ Critic's Pick), "Pride and Prejudice" (In which she originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award; "Best Theater of 2017", Huffington Post; WSJ Critic's Pick), "In the Mines" (Sundance Lab semi-finalist), "Little Women," "Em" (Red Bull New Play finalist), "Little Fellow" (O’Neill semi-finalist).  


Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, PlayMaker’s Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production - S&S) & others.


She is currently working on an adaptation of "The Odyssey" (commissioned by A.R.T.) and a new adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter," as well as several new original plays - including "Love Poem," "In The Mines" (Sundance Semi-Finalist) "The Piper," and "Prostitute Play" (O'Neill Semi-Finalist; now commissioned by Cygnet Theater).


She was one of 2018-2019’s top 5 most-produced playwrights nationally; she was also 2017-2018’s top 10 most-produced playwrights, and wrote one of the top 10 most-produced plays nationally in both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

A Beautiful Pair of Marimekko Pillow Cases

Minimum bid: $20

The Art of Printmaking Since 1951


The heart and soul of Marimekko's print design is their textile printing factory in Helsinki where the bold prints and colors come to life. Around one million meters of fabric are printed at the factory every year.


The printing factory has a crucial role in Marimekko's design process. Located at Marimekko's headquarters, it allows designers to work closely with the craftsmen who realise the prints onto fabric one step at a time. Doing things together results in creativity, innovation and originality. They believe that being a pioneer in print design goes hand-in-hand with in-house production.

Estimated value: $60

Three Piano Lessons with Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Robert Hidalgo!

Minimum bid:$100

The winning bidder will receive 3 one-hour piano lessons with internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Hidago at his Upper West Side studio.


Acclaimed Mexican-born pianist Roberto Hidalgo has spent more than half his life performing and teaching in New York City.  His repertoire covers a vast array of works that explore boundaries and creatively challenges audiences to stretch their imaginations. He has performed in numerous prestigious international venues in the US, Mexico and abroad. Recently, Hidalgo performed at the Scriabin Museum in Moscow; the Collégiale Saint-Julien in Tournon, France; Komitas Hall in Yerevan, Armenia; and the Philharmonia Hall in Minsk, Belarus. In New York City, his concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, have been enthusiastically received by the press and public. In addition, he keeps an ongoing partnership with Marc Peloquin with whom he has formed the Split Second Piano Ensemble presenting a wide array of works for two pianos in venues such as the KeyedUp Music Project in New York and Festival Hill at Round-Top, Texas.  He holds a doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music and teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music.

Actual value: $360

One-of-a-Kind Ceramic Vase By Micòl Ceramics

Minimum bid: $40

Acclaimed ceramist Micòl Hernández was born in Elche, Spain. At the age of 18 she traveled to Valencia to study art and design with Spanish sculptor Enrique Mestre. After she graduated in Ceramic Sculpture at the School of Arts and design in Valencia, Micòl founded Denebola Studio with fellow Spanish ceramicist Cristina Suarez.

In 2003 Micòl moved to Italy to study at the Gaetano Ballardini Ceramic Art Institute of Faenza.

Afterwards she returned to Spain to begin her personal career as an artist. In addition to long hours in the studio, Micòl attended various workshops in art centers around Europe. Her travels included courses in several cities in Spain, as well as artist residency programs in London and Denmark.

Micòl has an extensive career as an art teacher. She has taught in workshops, art centers, and schools, always with the clear objective of promoting contemporary ceramics in society.

In 2010 Micól moved to New York City, where she currently lives and works.

For more information, please visit: www.micolceramics.com

Actual value: $150

An 18” Platter of Delicious Custom-Made Holiday Cookies!

Minimum bid: $40

The holidays are a time for so many wonderful things… Seeing loved ones, spreading cheer, and — of course — eating all the delicious things we deprive ourselves of year round!


Upstart Suzanne Chesney will prepare you a spectacular custom-made platter of bite-sized holiday cookies of your choosing so you can put the holiday “hall pass” to good use!  


You can choose from an assortment of delicious homemade cookies including French macarons, green tea shortbread, peanut brittle, fudge and more!  Keep them at home for company, or give them to a friend as a gift!


(And if you do keep them for yourself… They’re bite-sized, right?  So you’ll only have to feel a little guilty.)

Actual value: $120

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