Beneath the floating, flitting images of Naomie Kremer's "Paint Moves," guests at the one long table included Helnwein's daughter, Mercedes; Austin Hills; Metallica's Lars Ulrich and his pal Steve Wiig; Chronicle Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal and his wife, Inka; and Margaret and Peter Allen. Manson hadn't met author/painter/bon vivant Barnaby Conrad but knew his work -- he gifts friends with Conrad's absinthe book.
Earlier Barnaby had quipped cleverly (natch) about his beloved "green fairy" elixir. Asking for a repeat, Conrad thought for a moment, then broke into a big grin. "I don't remember. And if you can't remember, that's definitely an 'absinthe' quote!"