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October 31, 2007


The Buffalo Exchange store on La Brea, just south of Beverly Blvd. -- which features vintage/used clothing and accessories -- has Halloween costumes for you trick or treaters at 75 percent off, according to a sign on their front door.


From Splendora:

H&M OPENS ON SUNSET BOULEVARD: Roll out the red carpet and get ready to add some star quality to your closet. H&M opens their newest store this Thursday, November 1st at high noon! There's always a flurry of excitement around H&M openings so come early and line up. The first 100 in line receive a mystery gift card (values range from $10-$200) and a complimentary H&M tee.

What: H&M opens on Sunset Boulevard.
When: Thursday, November 1st at Noon.
Where: 8580 W. Sunset Boulevard.
H&M Store Locator


Critically acclaimed Brian De Palma film will be the first movie available to cable and satellite subscribers prior to its theatrical release as part of the new HDNet Ultra VOD platform

DALLAS (October 29, 2007) - When the Brian De Palma film REDACTED premiered to audiences at the Venice International Film Festival, critics raved, calling it "outstanding," "sensational" and "unflinching." Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter called REDACTED a "shocking and deeply moving" film. Now the film will be the first offering on the HDNet Ultra Video On Demand platform, which will allow viewers access to movies PRIOR to the movie's theatrical premiere.

HDNet Ultra VOD allows consumers to watch specially selected theatrical releases from their cable or satellite provider's (as well as selected hotels') selection of On Demand Movies starting as early as three weeks prior to their premiere in theaters. Watching an HDNet Ultra VOD release is as easy as calling your cable or satellite provider and asking them to add it to your programming guide. You do not need to be an HDNet subscriber to participate.

In addition to the On Demand access, HDNet Ultra VOD offers a special free Sneak Preview showing on HDNet Movies two days prior to the movies premiere in theaters.

"HDNet once again is breaking new ground with theatrical release windows," said Mark Cuban. "With HDNet Ultra VOD, we have once again expanded consumer choice and allowed them to see movies how, where and when they want to see them. Hopefully this will change the landscape of independent film allowing movies to gain awareness and momentum going into their theatrical release."

Site Link: http://www.redactedmovie.com

October 27, 2007


Beatle fans, get thee to the cool website of Bill Carlson. Bill was there way back when to cover the Beatles' tour as it steamrolled across America and into the upper Midwest, where Bill captured images that are just now getting exposure, pardon the pun. The LA Report just caught Bill on one of the fine Los Angeles Beatle shows (KRTH 101.1 FM, which broadcasts two shows back to back on Sundays, 8am to 10am). Mr. Carlson told his tale of the Fab Four in Minnesota, where among other things, lead guitarist George Harrison received a brand new Rickenbacker guitar (see photo above).

Bill also referred fellow Beatlemaniacs to his website, where he sells his fine photos. In the case of the George guitar gift, Bill gives some context to the above photo with this quote:

“...Yeah, I got number two. This friend in England who takes care of guitars, Alan Rogan, found out that that Rickenbacker 12-string of mine is the second one made. The first they gave to a woman, and the second one I got. I got another one with the rounded cutaways, but I’m glad to say that the one that went missing - I got a lot of stuff stolen or lost - wasn’t the original one.” --George Harrison in “Guitar Player” interview

October 26, 2007





The LA Report is fortunate enough to go to many LA area events, and thus we tend to notice when one service or another is popular around town. Such is the case with FOOD FETISH. This catering company always serves excellent food; not only do we love it, but we always hear others in attendance praising their cuisine.

Case in point: last night's open house at the new RFX facility (748 Seward St., just north of Melrose). Food Fetish's fabulous feast included scrumptuous crabcakes, BBQ tri-tip, dreamy creamy scalloped potatoes, chicken, salad, and a range of tangy sauces (a hallmark of Food Fetish fetes). Desserts included three flavors of ice cream in copious quantities, several toppings, plus brownies. The Food Fetish staff is always extremely pleasant as well, and if you ever get the pleasure of talking with Joel, the amiable owner of Food Fetish, he may just engage you in a spirited conversation about his other love, baseball.

Food Fetish: a Best Bet of The LA Report. One of the top caterers in Los Angeles. If you are a party planner, contact them well in advance as we have firsthand knowledge of how busy their party schedule is! More info at: www.foodfetishcatering.com. Joel Boardman, Owner: 818-762-7850 • send email ; Harvey Slater, VP Sales & Marketing: 213-381-1766 • send email.


13 Townhomes Affordable to Working Families to be Built in Pico-Union

Century Housing (http://www.centuryhousing.org/) has closed a $2.6 million construction loan for the creation of four-bedroom homes for families earning less than $35,000 per year. Read more…


A message from Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and the staff at Hillel at UCLA:

This week has been a tragic one in Southern California. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost their homes, their memories, and their possessions and to all those who have experienced the trauma and threat of displacement. Please accept Hillel's extended hand of love and care. If there is anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are now involved in a campaign to raise funds for the victims of the fire and to give students the opportunity to take part in local Red Cross efforts:

Monetary donations are needed and welcome. To donate to the Fire Emergency Relief Fund: call (323) 761-8200 or send a check to The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90048, made payable to The Jewish Federation with the words “Fire Relief Fund” in the memo line. You can also make an emergency donation online by clicking here.

The Red Cross will need volunteers all day on Sunday helping clean rescue equipment that has been used in San Diego and Malibu. The address of the Red Cross is: 11355 Ohio Ave, Los Angeles, CA. (213) 739-5200. You can just stop by and pitch in.

Tomorrow night at Shabbat we are opening up our doors to students from San Diego who have evacuated to Los Angeles. Please join us as we welcome them.

October 25, 2007


On the Friday before Halloween, the SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER will be transformed into a huge party space to accommodate hundreds of revelers in a five hour blowout bash

Friday, October 26, 2007 is the big date! Plan to party from 8:00 pm - 1:00 am. Hundreds of partygoers (and great costumes) are expected. Get your party information and tickets today at:

This event is designed to include everyone -- Singles, Couples, Friends and Groups -- featuring DJ, Dancing all Night, Snacks, Costume Contests, Raffles, Great Prizes, Free Parking, Great Halloween Decor, Costume Discounts, Party Favors, Pool Tables, Air-Hockey, Foosball, Video Games, Lounge Furniture and more. As for music, expect Pop, Top 40, Funk, Hip-Hop, Motown, R&B, Disco. The LA Report plans to be there, and you should be too!

October 24, 2007


"Spooky Meets Surreal" Costume Ball takes place October 27, 2007 at LACMA's Los Angeles Times Central Court, followed by an afterparty at the LACMA West Penthouse

Kick off the Halloween season with Muse and a spellbinding after-hours viewing of "Dalí: Painting & Film" and "The Arts in Latin America, 1492–1820." Witness the museum's metamorphosis into a surreal environment while enjoying live music, tasty treats, and special Halloween-inspired cocktails. Start your night with live music on the Los Angeles Times Central Court from 8–10 pm. Then continue the party until the stroke of midnight in the LACMA West Penthouse with DJ sets by the Dublab Sound System and dancing for the first ever Costume Ball After-Party! Fabulous prizes — including a trip for two courtesy of JetBlue, all-access passes to the American Film Institute festival, gift certificates to Theory, Ciudad and Border Grill, along with other great items — will be awarded for the Most Creative Costume, Best Art-Inspired Costume, and Best Halloween Costume.

Tickets are on sale now. Purchase them by clicking here, visiting the box office, or calling 323 857-6010. Ticket price includes admission to the "Dalí: Painting & Film" exhibit, plus complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Purchase tickets early, as this event normally sells out. A $2 service and handling fee applies to tickets ordered online or over the phone. Free parking for this event is available at LACMA’s lot on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Spaulding Ave. Tickets are required. Price: Muse member, $30/individual, $50/pair; Non-Muse $40/individual, $70/pair.

October 23, 2007


The following is from Jeff Gund and his excellent website, INFOLIST:

My friends at Playboy Radio have asked me to get the word out they're hiring for two positions – an Associate Producer, as well as an Intern position (some pay) - this is an INFOLIST.com exclusive! As always, feel free to forward this if you know someone that would be interested...
-Jeffrey R. Gund
Jeffrey R. Gund Music and Sound Design



Playboy Radio (Sirius) is looking for a new Associate Producer for our nationally broadcast morning radio show. This is the right position for someone who has a passion for, and a history in, RADIO. We’re looking for a person with incredible organizational skills and a track record of booking celebrities and a head for creative ideas. Reliability is paramount because this is a job of long days that start with early mornings. We’re looking for someone to get involved with every single aspect of production. However, if you’re calling is to be “talent” DO NOT APPLY. You’d be wasting your time and ours. If you have no radio/production experience, DO NOT APPLY. But if your dream is to work behind the scenes of a smart, edgy, creative show that reaches almost four million people every day and you’ve paid your dues, then this might be a fit.

TO APPLY for Associate Producer position: Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com for priority consideration, and qualified candidates should email a COVER LETTER and RESUME no later than November 1st, 2007 to: radio@playboy.com


Playboy Radio (Sirius) is looking for an INTERN to work here at the station. While experience is a plus, the most important attributes should be enthusiasm for hard work in general, and radio in particular. This is an incredible chance for a motivated individual to learn every aspect of radio from the ground up, and to learn it from top notch professionals at a nationally broadcast station. There is some limited pay for this position, and we do not care whether you are currently enrolled in school or not. We care that you have a hunger to learn and an ambition to be great.

TO APPLY for Intern position: Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com for priority consideration, and email a COVER LETTER and RESUME no later than November 1st, 2007 to: radio@playboy.com


Fashion for the Cure takes place October 23, 2007 on the world-famous European-style cobblestone street of Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills, which will turn pink to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The 7th Annual “Fashion for the Cure,” a fashion and entertainment gala, takes place on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm. The gala’s special fashion segment, “Think Pink and Green,” will feature eco-friendly “green” designer's fashions. The runway will wind thru a wash of pink-lit buildings. Breast Cancer survivors, the real stars of the night, will model designs by Sash, Eco-Centric, Stacia and Not Your Daughter's Jeans. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Komen for the Cure Los Angeles County Affiliate.

Special guest Mariel Hemingway, author of the newly published book, "Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Beauty, Renewed Energy and Radiant Life," is one of the leading voices of women's health. Hemingway's daughter will fashionably participate as a "green" model on the runway. Lizanne Falsetto, international fashion model and CEO of Think Products will be guest emcee. The evening will be highlighted by a fashion show featuring Uber's models and the new couture collection of Los Angeles’ celebrity eco designer Deborah Lindquist. A surprise celebrity model will wear the all “ThinkThinPink Wrapper” dress designed by Lindquist, made from natural nutrition bar wrappers.


The 7th Annual "Fashion for the Cure," a fashion and entertainment gala will be held on Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Click here to view a map.


The evening will be highlighted by a fashion show featuring L.A. Models and the new couture collection of Los Angeles-based designer Deborah Lindquist. Eco-friendly designer Deborah Lindquist first launched her couture-inspired collection in 2004 and has since shown at L.A. Fashion week, the Pret a Porter in Paris and for numerous eco-conscious benefit events. Deborah’s women’s collection combines environmental responsibility with a cutting-edge aesthetic. She works her fashion magic with a mixture of environmentally-friendly fabrications, including recycled cashmere, repurposed kimonos and saris, vintage silk scarves, and sustainable materials such as hemp, soy, and bamboo. The resulting designs are as striking as they are ecologically sensitive. As a trailblazer at the forefront of the stylish green clothing movement, Deborah is making an impact in the fashion world while remaining true to her love for the environment. Celebrity fans include Sharon Stone, Hayden Panetierre, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Carmen Electra and many more.


Mariel Hemingway Academy Award Nominated actress and author. Olivia Hussey best known for Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968) and her husband David Glen Eisley (Seventh Heaven, actor, singer). Lizanne Falsetto, international fashion model and CEO of Think Products will be guest emcee. The evening will include live entertainment featuring music provided by the Jones Band. The DJ for the event will be C-Note. He performs an ecclectic mix of R&B, latin jazz, world music and rare grooves. C-Note's time and effort at this event is dedicated to his late grandmother who survived breast cancer and lived a full joyful life.

Pink Honorees

This year, for the first time we will be honoring those researchers who have received grants from our Komen National organization, at our Fashon for the Cure. Click here to view the six researchers who are our honorees along with a brief description of the research that was funded. It is with great pleasure that we present them with this Pink Honoree Award.


In celebration of National Seafood Month, Chef David Iino will prepare many organic items that are fresh and sustainable. Please click here to see the menu for the evening provided by McCormick & Schmick’s ~ A Pacific Seafood Grill.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $100 per person. VIP tickets are $150 per person and feature a VIP room and gift bag. McCormick & Schmick’s ~ A Pacific Seafood Grill is located at 206 N. Rodeo Drive, atop the Spanish Steps along Two Rodeo, Beverly Hills 90210, 310-859-0434. Valet parking will be available at Dayton Way entrance. Please call 626-577-2700 for information on how to purchase tickets or click here to buy online.


The event's generous sponsors:
McCormick & Schmick’s ~ A Pacific Seafood Grill
Two Rodeo
Clear Channel Communications
Think Products
Agua Dulce Winery
Deborah Lindquist

Featured Art Auction

Losing his grandmother to breast cancer several years ago, artist Phil Barnes of Northridge chose to be involved in Fashion for the Cure as a personal statement to the love of his family member. "I express deeply through my art where designing a piece for the branding and fundraising of the event is truly quite an honor and act of my compassion," comments Phil. His acrylic painting dedicated to the event, "One Love" which will be auctioned off at the event, represents the victorious, healing, yet feminine essence of those affected by breast cancer.
"One Love"6'6" x 6'2"Acrylic on canvasPhil Barnes ©2007
Click here to view a larger image

Auction Items

Plan to spend time looking through a wonderful array of items we have for you to bid on at our auction. Here is a sample of what will be offered:
Vacation Packages:
Fairmont Kea Lani (First Class round-trip airfare for two and a seven night stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui.)
Wynn Las Vegas. (Package includes two VIP tickets to Cirque du Soleil and Barry Manilow.)
Colorado Ski Package: Roundtrip airfare for two and three-night ski package at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Colorado.
Pebble Beach Golf Experience: First Class round-trip airfare for two and five nights at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Includes golf for two at three world-class golf courses.
Handcrafted Solar Lighthouse:
This unique and original Garden Art is a one-of-a-kind piece and is signed and numbered by the artist. 48" TALL WITH A WORKING SOLAR LIGHT AND CLOCK *SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL ACCENTS Made by Cancer Survivor, ROBIN SMITH, in Keizer, OregonClick here to see photos of this stunning piece.
"Ghost Whisperer" Wardrobe Item:
A night gown with matching robe. This lingerie ensemble was worn in Episode 2 (Bloody Mary) of this season’s show by Jennifer Love Hewitt.



Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release on DVD, for the first time in any format, The Other Side Of The Mirror - Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963 - 1965, on Tuesday, October 30th. A long-awaited event for Bob Dylan aficionados, The Other Side Of The Mirror brings together more than 80 minutes of exquisitely filmed performances, 70% available here for the first time, drawn from three seminal years in the artist's ever-evolving career.

Produced and directed by Academy Award winner Murray Lerner (From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern In China), The Other Side Of The Mirror - Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963 - 1965 opens a window into a critical epoch in American cultural history as reflected in the musical transformations of Bob Dylan's galvanizing watershed performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, 1964, and 1965.

"This is a different kind of film, in a sense, from what I usually make," said Murray Lerner. "We decided on no narration, no pundit interviews, no interviews with Dylan. Nothing except the experience of seeing him... . That to me is exciting. Just the clear experience gives you everything you need." The DVD includes liner notes from Grammy-winning author Tom Piazza.

Clip of Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964
playing "Mr. Tambourine Man"

* * * * *
All I Really Want To Do (7/24/1965 - afternoon workshop)
North Country Blues (7/26 afternoon workshop)
With God On Our Side (with Joan Baez - 7/26 afternoon workshop and 7/28 night performance)
Talkin' World War III Blues (7/26 night performance)
Who Killed Davey Moore? (7/27 afternoon workshop)
Only A Pawn In Their Game (7/26 night performance)
Blowin' In The Wind (with The Freedom Singers, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary - 7/26 night performance)
Mr. Tambourine Man (7/24 afternoon workshop)
It Ain't Me, Babe (with Joan Baez - 7/24 night performance)
With God On Our Side (with Joan Baez - 7/26 night performance)
Chimes Of Freedom (7/26 night performance)
If You Gotta Go, Go Now (7/24 afternoon workshop)
Love Minus Zero/No Limit (7/24 afternoon workshop)
Daytime Rehearsal with his electric band
Maggie's Farm (with his electric band - 7/25 night performance)
Like A Rolling Stone (with his electric band - 7/25 night performance)
Mr. Tambourine Man (7/25 night performance)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (7/25 night performance)
Bonus Feature: Interview with director Murray Lerner


October 21, 2007


(October 21, 2007: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA) Event Report by Don Rose

opened its first US boutique today, in the heart of one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world, where celebrity sightings are an everyday occurrence. The Swiss watch brand's elegant shiny-white showroom is located at 342 N. Rodeo Drive, Suite 202. Milus USA is headed by President and CEO Doron Basha, who invited guests to a classy afterparty at nearby eatery/bar Aqua for an evening of live jazz (featuring famed singer and Milus Brand Ambassador Jane Monheit), as well as passed appetizers (mini Kobe burgers, chicken skewers with peanut sauce, tuna tacos), open bar and desserts (fruit-and-cream tarts and a chocolate confection).

Jan Edöcs, CEO and President of Milus International; Jane Monheit, US jazz singer from New York; Barbara Becker, designer from Germany; and Doron Basha, CEO of Milus USA (from New York launch event)

The amiable head of Milus USA told The LA Report that current plans for the company, founded in 1919, include reinvigorating the brand for the 21st century, and today's opening launch certainly made a splash among the packed crowd, which included Hollywood celebs, watch lovers, media and other VIPs, who were able to view and try on the dazzling watches on display at the store and at the afterparty. All in all, the 5+ hour multi-venue event made it clear that Milus knows a thing or two about attractive luxury for the upscale trendsetter. For more information on Milus, visit www.milus.com.


The LA Report is a proud member of KCSN FM (88.5), and you should be too. Not just because Los Angeles Magazine gave them Best of LA honors, but because you can really get an amazing education in modern popular music by listening to their many themed shows (hence it's fitting this station's HQ is a university -- Cal State Northridge). Here are some of the programs we find to be Best Bets here at The LA Report:

THURSDAY night, late, is a show devoted to Broadway classics.

FRIDAY night there is Madly Cocktail, to get your fix of great standards in that loungey style that always makes me think of the movie Swingers, and of late great Mel Torme - especially his version of "Sunshine Superman," which is both bizarre and beautiful at the same time. After this cool show is a great program featuring all Surf classics (think Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Ventures and other instrumental hits, and some Hawaiian/Island ditties thrown in), hosted by The Great Kahuna (aka Les Perry) and his ever-giggling Gidget-like sidekick, Surfer Girl.

SATURDAY we love the British Invasion, hosted by Les Perry from 2pm--5pm, with lots of the non-Beatles Brit hits circa 1964-1967, including the Who, Kinks, Animals, Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Faces, Manfred Mann, and sometimes later hits like T.Rex, Badfinger, and more. The 4pm hour is a theme within a theme - Stone City, featuring nothing by Rolling Stones tunes. 5pm brings a bucket of Blues from Ann the Raven.

SUNDAY from 10am--2pm is the show MEET THE BEATLES with host Les Perry, featuring many rarities as well as hits, from both group and solo work (Les has even played an entire live show by the Beatles, from raw footage recorded at the Hollywood Bowl). Following Les on Sunday from 2pm--5pm is Charmin' Larmin's great roots-of-rock-and-roll show, with "salacious" rock plus interspersed trailers from classic B-movies from the 50s and 60s that will have you howling with laughter. Later, at 7pm, comes The Dylan Hour, an entire hour devoted to folk/rock/country/legend Bob Dylan.

There are many other shows we have heard of but not yet heard, like a Grateful Dead show, and Classical music weekday mornings, but the main thing is that this station needs to be discovered by those who have not yet found this gem, and funded by those who have. KCSN employs signal-strengtheners for those on the Westside and beyond, so they really service a lot of LA. Memberships start at $50, on par with other public radio stations here in Los Angeles, and you get great premiums (we got a $40 giftcard to Maria's Italian Kitchen for our $50, for example), as well as entry into a sweepstakes to win a cruise to Mexico. Membership also allows you to win all the numerous tickets and other prizes they give away all year long on all their shows. So listen, enjoy, and call them to pledge your support today -- 1-800-795-KCSN.

October 20, 2007


Product Review by Don Rose

You know you have something special when your new sneakers/shoes come with their own instructional/informational DVD, and even a mini-guide booklet tethered to a lace hole! As the booklet says, "Strictly speaking, MBTs are not shoes at all." Whoa. What a statement! They sure look like shoes! But read on: "MBTs are highly effective pieces of fitness and exercise equipment. And this is also their main benefit." In other words, they may appear to be just a pair of sneakers/shoes, and they do achieve that basic function (getting you around while encasing your feet in cushy comfort), but they also achieve other useful functions, namely helping your posture and (according to others' testimonials) alleviating back/leg/foot problems.

When I say MBTs rock, I don't just mean I like them a lot and think they "really rock, dude!" -- I also mean it literally. The curved sole is reminiscent of the curved bottom of a rocking chair; as with a rocking chair, you can balance easily atop your MBTs, or you can rock back and forth a little. Wearing the MBTs on the first day also reminded me of my first day trying another piece of cool technology -- the Segway; it too takes a little getting used to, but in a very short time you find yourself balancing easily, and enjoying it immensely, and it's very easy to use.

My first reaction when I opened the MBT box: cool look, great smell. (Ah, that new shoe aroma!) I chose black, size 11 (a half size bigger than my usual 10.5, but I was advised to go a bit big, and they were right; the fit felt perfect). I was so pleased at the great fit right out of the box, something that rarely happens for me. It may be the best feeling of immediate comfort I have ever experienced in a new shoe or sneaker. It just felt right away like a favorite snug glove you love, even though it's new. I also noticed the thick soles; I felt like I was taller, and standing straighter.

I wore my MBTs all day today, even ran a little with them, and I never really felt any loss of balance, even though I was wearing a new piece of technology and never spent a day wearing curved soles before. I did, however, feel like the shoes were a tad heavy when running; my guess is that it just takes getting used to, since MBTs do after all feature thicker soles than most shoes I have seen. Also, keep in mind that I spent my Day One going on intuition, without reading the manual (something I don't recommend you do, since the manual does have useful instructions and information); I wanted to see how intuitive the MBTs were to use. I am sure reading the manual will make future days with the MBTs even more fun and rewarding, as I will better understand how to "operate" them for maximum benefits.

To summarize my Day One experience: I like them, I really like them! More specifically, I believe MBT's makers (Swiss Masai, www.swissmasai.com) are on to something unique, and potentially groundbreaking, in the fitness footwear industry. MBTs strike me as a unique piece of technology that, at the very least, combines great comfort, support, sleek style, and improvement in posture. Other MBT owners also report experiencing health benefits that include pain relief, stronger muscles, etc. The MBT shoes may cost a bit more than some other shoes, but for all the benefits and quality you get, it sure seems worth it. It's also nice to know that MBT unconditionally guarantees their footwear against defects for six months (although, judging by how solid these shoes feel, I highly doubt that will ever be an issue).

Special kudos to Melanie Segal of Platinum Publicity, who featured MBTs this year at her always-excellent Platinum Pre-Emmy Suites, held at the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive; many celebrities and VIPs attending the rooftop penthouse event stopped by MBT's packed booth to try them on. The LA Report has heard that several celebs wear MBTs regularly, which is not surprising, since they are often the first to hear about and investigate cutting-edge trends in health and fitness. Our advice to you, dear reader: read more about MBTs, visit their website, try a pair on, and I bet you'll soon be saying, "I want my MBT."

October 19, 2007


(October 16, 2007 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA) Event Report by Don Rose

The Crescent Hotel, that classy overnightery/eatery/bar tucked away at the quiet corner of Crescent and Brighton in Beverly Hills, was the setting for a fun soiree Tuesday with numerous guests including fashion commentator Steven Cocojaru, former Miss California Candice Sanders, and many other fashionistas and LA Fashion Week attendees. Hotelier Gregory Peck, owner of the Crescent Hotel, and designer/retailer Katy Rodriguez, co-owner of the Los Angeles boutique Resurrection and also of her own namesake women’s wear line, co-hosted the party to celebrate hospitality and lifestyle. With the help of 10 Cane's hosted rum concoctions, and the hotel's delicious food (including mini curry burgers, boneless buffalo chicken strips, assorted cheeses and desserts), the guests all had a grand time (including yours truly). LA hostess Audrey Bernstein and international photography lifestyle magazine Big Magazine served as co-hosts as well, launching their latest projects http://www.oh-audrey.com/ and Big Show.

Model and former Miss California USA Candice Sanders Candice Sanders (from Oddsnark.com)

Fashion parties, like fashion shows, are most successful and memorable when various key components, such as the venue, the guests, the drinks and the entertainment, share a similar vision and collaborate to form a collective theme full of energy, spontaneity and festive feelings of good will. This was indeed the case October 16 in Los Angeles, during the city’s twice yearly Fashion Week presentations that are quickly rivaling fashion weeks from other stylish cities across the globe such as New York, Paris, London and Milan. VIP guests comprising the "friends and family" of the hosts and of the honorees mingled on the Crescent’s outdoor patio terrace, as well as inside around the bar and in the cozy comfy-couch lounge area across the room.

About the Party Hosts

The three hour event celebrated the launch of Audrey Bernstein’s hospitality and lifestyle website (http://www.oh-audrey.com/). Having already been featured on the cover of a recent Los Angeles Times Magazine as part of the city’s new guard of power and influence, Audrey Bernstein has the answers to the questions of people-in-the-know. In a short period of time, Audrey has run an eclectic gamut of activities that involve her internationally-known and sought-after social circle comprising of top talent in contemporary music, fashion and art. Originally from Maryland, Audrey moved to New York in her late teens and was quickly swept into the 80s alternative art scene, even modeling for a Sonic Youth album cover before eventually moving to Vermont, where with equal ease, she became involved in competitive snowboarding. Training both stateside and abroad, Audrey worked her way up until she was ranked seventh in the world. Eventually, she moved back to New York to resume her creative callings. Once back, Audrey, who had been planning parties and hosting dinners for her fellow athletes on the road, began catering independently and hosting intimate affairs, mixing New York’s bohemians, fashionistas and taste makers, which soon transformed into Mothra, a weekly party that attracted one of the most diverse and star-studded crowds on the East Coast.

Now, having relocated to Los Angeles in 2000, Audrey has been busy with new projects. After continuing her weekly parties at Le Deux Café for several years, in 2004, Audrey shifted gears again and opened the successful Bluebird Bakery in Culver City, which seamlessly blended the glamour of her celebrity nightlife with the warmth and intimacy of a small café. Now, Audrey has shifted her talents to the web and has launched Oh-Audrey, which she describes as a lifestyle website where crafts, cooking, fun and glamour are not mutually exclusive. The site includes weekly entertaining and cooking mini-shows offering advice from experts, many of them her friends. Oh-Audrey is accessible, organic and off-the-cuff, encapsulating the earthly glamour of her personal style.

Joining Audrey in receiving praise is Big Magazine (http://www.bigmagazine.com/). Launched in Madrid in 1993, and now based in New York, Big is one of the most admired and awarded magazines of its kind in the world. Big has an international circulation of 20,000 and is one of the most collected magazines in existence today. In the past ten years, the magazine has garnered over 30 prestigious awards from organizations such as The Society of Publication Designers and the Art Directors Club in New York.

Big is published four times a year and every issue is based on a theme or a different city in the world. Every issue also features a different star art director whose vision is a point of view regarding the specific theme. Free from the triviality and sound bite mentality that currently exhausts our media, Big is not just an editorial product: it is a unique phenomenon of contemporary print culture. No other magazine in the world produces each issue on a different theme/region, with different teams of contributors. Big collaborates with the world’s top art directors to give each issue a look and feel entirely its own. Though initially named for its size, the magazine’s title could now refer to its influence in the worlds of media, art, architecture, design and fashion.

Nearly two years ago, Big launched its fashion show themed issues. Big Show issues are photographically fresh and superior in the way they cover the designers, catwalks, backstage, paparazzi, stylists, hair, make-up, models and after-show parties during fashion weeks in New York, Milan, London and Paris. All three issues of Big Show, including the latest issue, were featured with projected images from the magazines at the Crescent event.

Helping to host the event at his Beverly Hills hotel was Gregory Peck (http://www.crescentbh.com/). Gregory is also the principal developer of a new hotel, now under construction, called the Cooper Square Hotel in New York City. Gregory is at the forefront of next generation independent hoteliers. He has a passion and talent for creating hotels with a relentless attention to detail, exceptional service and a strong sense of soul. He has been intimately involved for many years with the design, operation, acquisition and development of critically acclaimed hotel properties. He founded the Crescent Hotel Group in 2001 for the purpose of creating innovative and creative hotel properties.

The Crescent Hotel, with its friendly staff, personalized service and discreet charm, is truly a home away from home in Beverly Hills. Originally built in the early days of Hollywood as housing for silent movie stars, this 1930’s villa has 35 modern fully-appointed and super comfortable guest rooms, an intimate lounge with a rare indoor-outdoor fireplace and the restaurant boé, offering creative new American cuisine in an al fresco setting. The hotel boasts a relaxing outdoor patio porch where most of the guest to the event will find themselves lingering in conversation.

Joining Greg as co-host was Katy Rodriguez (http://www.katyrodriguez.com/), the California fashion maven who owns the renowned vintage store Resurrection. She presented her own namesake line in 2005 and most recently presented her collection during New York Fashion week. Katy has been featured in top publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Elle. She has also been recognized by Vogue on their annual Best Dressed list. A long-time resident of San Francisco and New York, Katy now lives in Los Angels with her longtime partner Tony Alva. Photographs of her latest collection which was recently shown in New York will be projected at the event as well as guests in attendance wearing her dresses.

10 Cane (http://www.10cane.com/) is hand-crafted by the experts at Moet Hennessy, the world’s premier luxury spirits producer. Named for its distinctive harvesting method- ten perfect sugar cane stalks, hand-cut and carefully bundled – 10 Cane represents the relaxed environment of Trinidad juxtaposed with the luxury and know-how of French distillation. A drinking experience simply unattainable with molasses, 10 Cane is rum’s redemption.

WHAT: An invite-only exclusive party, with 10 Cane classic daiquiris gratis.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 from 9pm until Midnight.
WHERE: The Crescent Beverly Hills Hotel, 403 N. Crescent Dr. (corner of Brighton Way).

WHAT HAPPENED: Soiree brought together illustrious members of Los Angeles’ creative lifestyle gurus: artisans, designers, journalists, fashionistas, directors and producers.

October 18, 2007


ACTOR/DIRECTOR JEFF RECTOR once again turns his home into Rectorstein's Spooktacular Castle at this annual HALLOWEEN COSTUME BASH benefiting The Frontline Foundation

Jeff Rector and Dan Scott cordially invite you to their annual PRE-HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY taking place SATURDAY OCTOBER 20th at 8:00PM, and going till the FIRST RAYS OF DAWN. The location: Rectorstein’s Castle, 10748 Aqua Vista St. in Toluca Lake, CA 91602 (5 Blocks North of Universal Studios off Lankershim Blvd. "Kansas City BBQ" is on the corner).

Note: Master Rectorstein informs all guests that "You Must Dress Up - COSTUMES MANDATORY!" Gentlemen: $20.00 donation ($30.00 donation if you’re not in costume. Hint: A rubber mask from the 99 cent store isn’t considered a costume). Ladies: Complimentary. This Event benefits THE FRONTLINE FOUNDATION which feeds the homeless in L.A. - more info on this charity at: http://www.frontline-foundation.org

Party Highlights:
*Open Bar – Evil Spirits served up by a beautiful Bargoyle.
*A Sumptuous Feast (side dishes & desserts welcome).
*Ghoulish Dance Music.
*Classic Horror films projected on a giant outdoor screen.
*Great Industry People - Friendly Boys and Ghouls - and Assorted Monsters.

Get your Costume On and come Party Under The Stars! You must RSVP to get on the list for this PRIVATE PARTY, and Jeff has graciously opened the guestlist to readers of The LA Report, so send your RSVP email to: JeffRector@MilleniumConcepts.net - and tell him The LA Report sent you!


Ray Kappe & Shigeru Ban Ray Kappe & Shigeru Ban
HAMMER Conversations - Co-presented with WIRED Magazine.
7pm, Hammer Museum, Wilshire at Westwood Bl., Westwood/LA.

Ray Kappe, much awarded and published Architect/Educator founded SCI-ARC in 1972, and is renowned for his residential architecture, characterized as the "apotheosis of the California Modern House." Since 2004, he has been working on his innovative, much acclaimed and published modular steel-framed prefabricated houses.

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who studied with Ray Kappe at SCI-Arc, is known for his pioneering use of low-cost building materials such as paper and bamboo. As a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the early and mid-1990s, Ban created emergency housing from paper tubes for victims of the Rwandan civil war - designs that were redeployed for victims of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan.


Disney Boobs Disney is milking it.

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"Making Up Our Minds to Make A Difference by Making News"


by Don Rose, Editor, TheLAReport.com

This Thursday is the first day of a new games conference called E FOR ALL (E standing for ENTERTAINMENT) at LACC downtown. This new video game show is hoping to be viewed as the big replacement for the late great E3 (Entertainment Electronics Expo) that used to take over the LA Convention Center every spring. We will see if it lives up to the hype. Goes until Sunday. Also, there is a related event during E For All: Friday is the night for VIDEO GAMES LIVE, where video game music is performed for a live audience.

INTEL is one of many companies who will have a presence at E For All. See excerpts from their press release below.

INTEL® Brings Cutting-Edge PC Gaming to E For All™ Expo

Intel Set to Demo Its Latest Processor Based Gaming PC's, Display Customized "American Chopper" Bike, and Offer Fun Interactive Experiences

(Framingham, Mass. - October 15, 2007) - IDG World Expo today announced that Intel® has signed on to exhibit at Entertainment for All™ Expo (E for All™) (http://www.eforallexpo.com/), North America's premiere video game event. Intel joins a growing list of more than 70 other companies which will be participating in the event.

"E for All offers us a great venue to showcase our latest Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processor technology powering today's most powerful and innovative PC designs" said Danny Cristofano, Global Sponsorship Manager at Intel. "E for All truly is all about the games and those who play them, and to participate in the expo allows Intel to demonstrate our commitment to the community, from elite professional gamers to everyday gaming enthusiasts."

Intel will be located in booth 1823, and will be hosting exciting gaming experiences throughout the event, including the opportunity to the try out the latest PC game titles on the newest Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processor-based gaming PC's, and win great Intel prizes. In addition to the gaming experiences, Intel will be featuring fun interactive experiences that will allow attendees to create their own personalized Intel "Multiply" campaign-inspired commercial, where participants are captured on video dancing with their likenesses "multiplied". Attendees can also have their photo taken in a replica F1 race simulator or next to the Intel® Chopper that was created by the famed Orange County Choppers and featured over two episodes of the TLC hit show "American Chopper". Intel will also sponsor a sweepstakes for chance to win a Zero-G flight experience.

"Intel's participation is terrific for E for All and its attendees," said Mary Dolaher, CEO of IDG World Expo. "Their participation in the show provides a cutting-edge PC game play opportunity, along with several innovative and fun interactive activities. E for All attendees are sure to enjoy the wide-range of activities that Intel has to offer."

E for All, which is being held October 18-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, brings together all members of the gaming community - from hardcore and casual gamers, developers and publishers, to industry luminaries, media and retailers. Attendees will be able to participate in tournaments, compete head to head with other gamers on the show's various game stages, and take advantage of social and professional networking opportunities.

For more details on exhibitors, games and other events featured at E for All, please visit http://www.eforallexpo.com/.

About E for All™

Produced by IDG World Expo, Entertainment for All™ Expo (E for All™) (http:///) is North America's premiere video game event. A celebration of video games and the people who play them, the event will bring together the entire game community, from consumers and media to publishers, developers and retailers. The Expo will feature exhibits from leading interactive entertainment companies that will allow consumers to try and buy the newest video games and gadgets. Other event highlights include the Major League Gaming's competitive gaming tournament, the acclaimed Video Games Live™ concert, celebrity appearances, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Game Careers Seminar, and "Into the Pixel," an exhibition of video game art. For more information, please visit http://www.eforallexpo.com/.

About Intel

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom/index.htm and blogs.intel.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com/) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All™ (E For All™), E3 Media & Business Summit, GreenXchange Xpo™, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo® and Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

October 17, 2007


Hard to believe nine years have elapsed since the passing of "Seinfeld" (although it is now immortal on DVD). Perhaps the greatest sitcom ever. But what if you want to get to the heart of the series without watching days of DVDs? Let The LA Report cut to the chase for you. Here now are nine episodes that The LA Report finds the most inspired/memorable/catchphrasey.

Kramer finds a discarded set for The Merv Griffin Show and reconstructs it -- in his apartment.

Soup Nazi
Man runs store selling best soup in town, but do not violate the set routine he has for buying it... or else.

Oliver Stone satire with loogies instead of bullets? Priceless.

There's a shortage of those little female protectors, so Elaine gets superprotective of those she can get.

Backwards Trip
Scenes seen in reverse order, depicting a trip. Perhaps the most ambitious and mind-bending episode.

The Bet
Using nothing nasty in word or imagery, the quartet sees who can stay Master of Their Domain the longest. (That is, who can prolong a probation on masterbation, proving who's the pro.)

Do the Opposite
"If everything I do is wrong, then doing the opposite must be right." George gets philosophical, and it works.

Yadda Yadda Yadda
Singlehandedly sent this phrase into the popularity stratosphere.

Show within a Show
Seinfeld and George pitch TV show about Seinfeld and George's lives. Best selfreferentialism ever.

Naturally, there are many other great moments/shows we could have listed (The Bro/Mansiere, Elaine dancing, the Sidler, Kramerica, Vandelay Industries, Kramer creating a Coffee Table book about Coffee Tables that actually IS a Coffee Table, etc.). But the above nine are fine for now.

October 16, 2007


ISES LA at Sofitel Hotel, Beverly Blvd at La Cienega, Los Angeles CA - 10/16/2007

Come join ISES LA for an evening of fun and networking. Sip specially mixed martinis and nibble on tasty hors d'oeuvres while enjoying a beautiful event at the Sofitel. Enjoy exceptional value at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles with its multimillion dollar renovation completed in 2006. European elegance meets Hollywood glamor in breathtaking new guest rooms featuring flatscreenTVs and rain style showers. Enjoy the perfect LA location, directly opposite from Beverly Center shopping and close to the famous Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue and the Sunset Strip. The swimming pool, sundeck and LeSpa facilities are now open to guests.

There are two fabulous on-site restaurants, Simon LA and Stone Rose Lounge. SIMON LA by Culinary Star Kerry Simon features Modern American comfort food with a flair. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, SIMON LA offers indoor dining with 2 private dining rooms, and outdoor dining featuring lush foliage, water elements and fire pit. Stone Rose Lounge by Rande Gerber features signature cocktails and a sleek atmosphere. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the space features a chic indoor lounge with VIP room, along with outdoor cabanas.

ISES LA thanks showcase companies Sofitel Los Angeles, AB Elements, Grand Events, Spotlight Entertainment and Vanessa Stump Photographer.

Please register in advance, as at the door registration is $55. ISES LA events sell out. ISES LA reserves the right to release your reservation if you have not arrived 1/2 hour after start time. No refunds will be made.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Sofitel Los Angeles (310-278-5444)
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048.

ISES Members: $40.00
Non ISES Member: $45.00
Students or Attendees Less than 1 Year in Event Industry: $35.00
Strategic Partner Registration (per level of sponsorship): Complimentary
At the door registration: $55.00

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Yes, Beatle fans, 'HELP!' is on the way. On November 6, 2007 -- pushed back from October 30 -- the second feature film by The Beatles comes out on DVD. We at The LA Report can't wait, being big Beatlemaniacs. Did you know that the working title of the film at one time was "Eight Arms to Hold You"? Good thing they ditched that one - although perhaps some romantic spider comedy might use it one day.

The DVD release of 'Help!' will be marketed and distributed by EMI Music. Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film ‘A Hard Days Night’, ‘Help!’ made its theatrical debut in 1965. The story follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police. In addition to starring the Beatles, ‘Help!’ has a witty script, a great cast of British character actors and features 7 classic Beatles tracks, including:

• ‘You're Going To Lose That Girl’
• ‘You've Got To Hide Your Love Away’
• ‘Ticket To Ride’
• ‘I Need You’
• ‘The Night Before’
• ‘Another Girl’


by Don Rose

The answer seems clear when you look at the sci-fi films released during that magical ten year timespan between 1977 (when the original Star Wars hit theatres) and 1987 (which brought the first Robocop, and the Mel Brooks spoof-fi film that satirizes Star Wars space epics, Spaceballs). I hereby proclaim that the period 1977-1987 must be deemed the greatest decade ever for science fiction films.

As initial evidence for this claim, consider the following 20 movies released between 77 and 87 (listed with title and year of release):

Star Wars 1,2,3 (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi): 77, 80, 83
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 77
Star Trek 1,2,4 (The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home): 79, 82, 87
Superman: 78
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: 78
Blade Runner: 82
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 82
The Thing: 82
Alien, Aliens: 79, 86
The Terminator: 84
Gremlins: 84
Back to the Future: 85
The Quiet Earth: 85
Brazil: 85
Robocop: 87

What an astonishing collection of solid sci-fi entertainment. All were hits, financially and/or critically. But wait, there's more -- as in many more examples of stellar science fiction movies released between 1977 and 1987, such as these 2o additional films:

The Black Hole: 79
Superman II, III, IV: 80, 83, 87
Flash Gordon: 80

2010: 84
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: 84
Star Trek 3 (The Search for Spock): 84
The Last Starfighter: 84
Dreamscape: 84
Dune: 84
The Philadelphia Experiment: 84
Night of the Comet: 84
Ghostbusters: 84
Enemy Mine: 85
Cocoon: 85
Lifeforce: 85
Predator: 87
Innerspace: 87
Spaceballs: 87

I believe the evidence is clear. The combination of box office popularity and revenue generated (and franchises launched) during these ten years has simply never been matched in any other decade. These films also introduced the most famous sci-fi lines of all time ("May the Force be with you"; "I'll be back"; "Who ya gonna call?"; "E T phone home"; and even a famous line made of music not words -- the five notes heard in Close Encounters).

So why did this period from 1977 to 1987 spawn so many science fiction classics? Perhaps it was the combination of many forces coming together -- the main force being film technology, getting cheaper and better and hitting a technical sweet spot, leading to widespread use of a new generation of special effects, accelerated by the spectacular success of that space spectacular, Star Wars. Perhaps it is also related to the fact that this ten-year timespan brought the rise of the personal computer, from the first simple Apple machines to the IBM PC and the Mac; our nation was falling in love with home technology. Third, it was the age of Voyager - the first spacecraft launched in 77 with its twin launched soon after, exposing our solar system for the first time - and Cosmos - the PBS series that made Carl Sagan a worldwide science star and "billions and billions" a household phrase. Voyager and Cosmos inspired the nation to fall in love with space all over again, a post-SpaceRace post-Apollo renaissance.

Then again, some would simply say Star Wars as the sole reason for the ten-year sci-fi film boom that began 30 years ago. Looking back on it now, Star Wars seemed to arrive out of nowhere, or from some alien cinematic world; it felt so new at the time, so fresh and exciting. Star Wars was the Elvis of sci-fi flicks, popularizing a new filmic form (epic sci-fi adventure laden with hi-tech effects) just as Elvis had popularized a new musical form (rock and roll). Star Wars was born in theatres just weeks before Elvis died; perhaps a torch passed from one legendary innovator to another.

Of course, when it comes to the greatness of the great sci-fi films of 1977-87, you don't really have to worry why. Why not just enjoy some 20/20 hindsight and rent these forty fantastic films, for fun. (Netflix, here I come!)

October 15, 2007


Acts of Love: A Celebration of Children at the Geffen Playhouse
Event Report by Don Rose

(October 15, 2007: Westwood, Los Angeles, CA) Acts of Love was a one-night only celebration of children in the words of those who love them, with inspiring celebrity readings and musical performances to raise money for autism (specifically, the organization Autism Speaks, which has merged with Cure Autism Now) . The fifth-annual Acts of Love show took place at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California, and like last year, dazzled everyone in attendance with its range of emotional expression, from the heights of joy to the depths of tragedy and everything in between -- through readings as well as marvelous music (featuring a trio of "Dreamgirls"-esque singers who sounded practically perfect and served as the perfect counterpoint to the numerous tales being read onstage).

Each of the dozen performers (including Michael McKean, James Franco, Wendie Malick, Dermot Mulroney, Annette O’Toole, Steven Tobolowsky) took turns reading from selected works, penned by thinkers and writers ranging from Sigmund Freud to Maya Angelou to Martin Luther King to Charles Darwin to king of the one-liners Henny Youngman ("What is a home without children? Quiet."). Some, like Henny's fine line, were short and sweet; other readings were long, and some were emotional roller coasters. Yet nearly every piece did the same thing: move your mind as well as your soul. There were tales of autistic children, of non-afflicted kids, of parents dealing with their offspring, of kids themselves writing about their experiences (including one autistic child who is now an accomplished writer). If I had to summarize the evening in one word (and that's hard for me to ever do), it would be "magic."

After each piece read by one of the performers, narrator Don LaFontaine read the name of who wrote the just-performed work -- a difficult task, due to the almost-instant applause each reading generated by the audience. (You know Don as the voice announcer for nearly every big film commercial; so famous is Don in the VO world that he recently starred in a Geico commercial that pokes fun at his stereotypical voiceover scripts and style.)

After the near-100 minute performance, and a standing ovation, everyone gathered in the lobby and courtyard for fine wine, delectable treats from local Westwood eatery Napa Valley Grille, and drinks courtesy of Stockholm Kristall Vodka. Celebrity guests we spotted, in addition to the night's stars, included Lea Thompson and Katherine Kramer (singer, writer and daughter of legendary director Stanley Kramer).


Acts of Love is a WordTheatre Production. Created, produced and directed by Cedering Fox. Associate Producer and Dramaturge: Mila Pesko. Proceeds from this event benefited Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks. Previous Acts of Love events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for autism research. For more information about Acts of Love, e-mail actsoflove@cureautismnow.org or call (888) 8-AUTISM.

Upcoming Autism Speaks Event News

Internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Seal will perform live in a one-time-only music and skating production, “The Music of Seal on Ice,'' with a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales to benefit Autism Speaks. The special show, featuring a cast that includes Olympic gold medalists Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano, will take place on December 18, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and will be televised nationwide on NBC from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST on New Year's Day. Advance tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster via presale (password: ROSE) until 10 a.m., October 19.

Seal will perform several of his hits live while a cast of Olympic and other world-class skaters interpret his music on the ice. In addition to Yamaguchi and Boitano, other scheduled participants are six-time U.S. Champion and World Champion Todd Eldredge and three-time U.S. Champion and two-time World Bronze Medalist Michael Weiss. Five dollars from every ticket sold for “The Music of Seal on Ice'' will benefit Autism Speaks.

“The passion and heart that is the trademark of Seal's award-winning music clearly goes way beyond his musical talent," said Alison Singer, Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks. "We cannot express our gratitude enough to Seal, NBC, and Disson Skating, not only for helping us raise vital funds to support autism research, but also for shining a bright light on the autism epidemic that now affects 1 in 150 people."

Stephen Disson, whose company, Disson Skating -- along with Comcast Spectacor -- produces ten nationally televised shows a year on NBC, has a personal connection with Autism Speaks. His stepson has autism. “This show will be extra special to me because I know the music of Seal and the skating will be spectacular, but also this will be the first time we're using one of our skating television productions to benefit a worthy cause as well,'' Disson said.


Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.


Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations.

To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org

October 13, 2007


(October 13th, 2007 - Culver City, Los Angeles, CA) Event Report by Don Rose

The annual Starlight Arcade event once again took over Main Street at Sony Studios for five fun hours tonight (VIP ticketholders were allowed early entry, preferred parking and silent auction bidding opps from 7 to 8 :30pm, with everyone else arriving at 8:30). The fun went all the way to 12 midnight, and even a while after as many partygoers were having too much fun to leave!

Everyone enjoyed a sampling of foods from LA's hottest restaurants, and vodka cocktails from V2 Vodka & POM (makers of The LA Report's favorite Peach ice tea beverage). Highlights included soups, Mexican food (Chipotle restaurant serving a carnitas dish), Asian food (from local fave Chan Dara) burritos, pizza, amazing chocolate and vanilla ice cream plus other dessert options ranging from gourmet cookies to cake that, well, took the cake - plus it would be a mistake to forsake cupcakes from Susie Cakes.

The game section at Starlight Arcade was bigger and better than ever, this year adding a "Wii Row" where you could play unlimited games of virtual boxing, golf, tennis and bowling on Nintendo Wii machines (which is ironic, since this was at Sony after all, makers of the competing game machine Playstation 3). Also fun were the classic videogames (Frogger, Ms. Pacman, Galaxa, Space Invaders and more), and many racing games (from oldie but goodie Pole Position to skimobile simulators to a full blown NASCAR simulation inside a giant truck!). I had the most fun, though, on the simple non-video basketball free throw game, located in a side area that also featured a Cigar Lounge, beer garden and airhockey game. Also present there was a booth hosted by Thrillist, signing people up for their excellent daily email service - a fave here at The LA Report (think of it as Daily Candy for men).

The annual party was a benefit for the Junior League of LA charity. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited JLLA projects and programs. You really can't beat Starlight Arcade's combination of activities; there are not many parties in LA that combine unlimited free games, music, silent auction (dozens of items), raffle (for a NASCAR simulator machine!), food, wine, beer, mixed drinks, garden, cigars, and fine art (provided by Andrew Weiss Gallery, with Picasso, Dali and Matisse artworks up for sale at amazing prices). For more information on next year's Starlight Arcade, please contact Tina Mallam, Starlight Arcade Chair, tmallam@mac.com or 310-480-4900. Also visit the website for JLLA's Starlight Arcade: http://www.jlla.org/?nd=fallparty.


The Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) is a non-profit organization of more than 1,200 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLLA develops, sponsors, manages and supports projects with local community partners in areas where needs are unmet and existing resources minimal. With its 82 year heritage of service in Los Angeles, JLLA contributes over 60,000 volunteer hours annually.

October 12, 2007


Los Angeles magazine, the monthly mag with the best all-around coverage of LA, returns to the Kitchen Academy again this year (6370 W Sunset, at the Arclight complex), from 2 to 5pm, bringing their November Food Issue to life. Expect "a celebration of ingredients grown, baked, and raised close to home."

There will be celeb chef cooking demos, cooking tips, pastry primers, food tastings from fine LA restaurants, La Crema wine, music from THE WAVE 94.7 fm, and to top it all off, it is also for a great cause, benefiting the Los Angeles Mission. Highly recommended by The LA Report.

For more information, visit www.lamag.com/thefoodevent.


(October 11, 2007: Santa Monica, CA) Event Report by Don Rose

One of Bergamot Station's most trafficked galleries is Track 16, and owner Robert Berman often allows this space to be used for worthy charitable causes. Tonight was no exception, as Berman served as host (and lively auctioneer!) at a benefit for the organization "For The Arts," whose mission is to raise much-needed money to keep arts programs alive in our public schools. Studies show a link between early arts exposure and enhanced brain development, so cutting arts classes for kids can end up robbing them of the chance to bring their potential skills (in art as well as science) to their fullest fruition.

The event featured a large silent auction, with many excellent art works available at starting bids ranging from $150 on up to the thousands (for a list of participating artists, click here). Some examples: Robbie Conal's famous Gandhi piece, an abstract work by Lita Albuquerque, and a photo by David Hume Kennerly capturing what may be the only instance where five living Presidents occupied the same space (Bush (Senior), Reagan, Carter, Ford and Nixon at the dedication of the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California). While attendees viewed all the stellar pieces, they also enjoyed gourmet passed appetizers as well as wine and Ginger Margueritas (courtesy Elixir G). Then came the climax of the soiree - the live auction - which raised thousands thanks to many guests' generous "bids for the kids."

For more information on For The Arts, please visit www.buyartnow.org, and keep an eye on their future events, which include concerts that have attracted many wonderful performers in the past, from Jackson Browne and David Crosby to local perennial favorite Venice.

October 10, 2007


Animal Rescue 5K Run/Walk and Adoption Day

Event to Include Celebrity Art Auction, Pet Halloween Fashion Show & Adoption Event, Pet Psychic and More; Celebrity Guests Include Tiffani Amber Theissen, Brady Smith, Michelle Stafford, Hunter Allan and Judith Chapman from The Young and The Restless; Actress Jane Lynch Returns as Host

WHAT: The 2nd Annual “Race for the Rescues” 5K Run/Walk at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena will be held this year on October 28th. The event, hosted by actress Jane Lynch (THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, BEST IN SHOW), will benefit non-profit animal rescue organization The Rescue Train, as well as Best Friends Animal Society, Kitten Rescue, Animal Alliance, A Dog’s Life Rescue, Four-Legged Friends Foundation, The Lange Foundation, and Molly’s Mutts & Meows. In addition to the 5K run and walk, “Race for the Rescues” will also feature Walk of Paws – a celebrity art auction featuring one-of-a-kind works created by celebrities and their pets (past participants include famous animal lovers Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Amanda Peet and Courtney Cox); a pet Halloween adoption event and fashion show; pet psychic; and more.

WHEN: Sunday, October, 28, 2007
Registration opens 7am
Event from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Rose Bowl – Area H, Pasadena, CA

INFO: For full details on Race for the Rescues and information on The Rescue Train, please go to http://www.racefortherescues.org/ or http://www.rescuetrain.org/.

October 8, 2007


(October 7, 2007 - Hollywood, CA) Event Report by Don Rose

A lively crowd of music mavens, musicians, media, VIPs, models, celebs and Steve Miller himself packed into hot hang Citizen Smith to celebrate the upcoming release of The Joker's 3 disc DVD/CD live music boxset. After a screening of the "Live in Chicago" performance and a Q&A at the Mann Chinese 6 theatre (one attendee said it was like being at a Steve Miller concert, or better), guests make the trek to Citizen Smith to celebrate. The club on Caheunga is known as a hip Hollywood hotspot, so it was not surprising to see the high coolness factor at the venue for this night, including "Showbiz Show" host David Spade, who held court in an outside booth at the soiree, while Mr. Miller and his friends occupied a private booth deep within the club's VIP area.

The drinks followed plentifully, and the passed-around appetizers were delicious, including mac-and-cheese fritter balls, mini pizzas, and salmon mousse on cucumber. The music spun at the party kept the jovial mood flowing, and then they finally played a song by the guest of honor, "Take the Money and Run." (About time, Ms. DJ!)

All around, a great party, one of several excellent shindigs that PR firm Aline Media has been throwing all over town lately (such as recent hosted parties at Hollys West, a great eatery/bar at 2460 Wilshire in Santa Monica); special thanks to Jennifer at Aline for her always-amiable assistance.


What's part trading card, part music download card, part marketing genius? The new free Starbucks "Song of the Day" card, which lets you download a single song from iTunes, if you ask your barista at Starbucks for one. Cool idea. (I mentioned trading cards because an image of the artist appears on the front of each card, so they may have some collector value and tradeability one day.)

Starbucks now also provides customers with the 21st century digital equivalent of albums, too -- and they're square, not round, this time around. (They may look square, but they're hip.) This other new marketing thing is a "digital release" which enables the buyer of said square thing to download a whole set of songs; the "digialbums" I saw at Starbucks were by Eddie Vedder and KT Tunstall.

Both of these developments should be watched closely; they could be the future of the music business. (As if you haven't heard that phrase before.) Just remember: Song of the Day - free, for a limited time, every day (just ask); digialbum - ask your barista for cost.

October 6, 2007


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A word with its vowels devoured has been devowelled, as in de-vowelled, or vowels removed. Examples: BRNTWD (Brentwood)., TKTS (tickets). Vanity license plates often exhibit devowelling.


Exhibiting vowels in a regular, often alternating, pattern. For example, repeating "a"'s, as in Dramarama, jacaranda, banana, Bananarama, Panama, Alabama.


Premature maturity. Describes a person, product, service or developing industry that gets lots of premature hype before it has truly matured or achieved great results. Example: virtual reality; it got superhot in the media, peaked, then the hype faded, way before it had really developed very far. Now VR is just starting to get interesting.


From noted progressive author/documentarian Norman Solomon's book "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State" (October 2007). Warfare is the new welfare. All's fare in love and war.

New Words on The LA Report are created by Don Rose, unless otherwise stated.


Women In Sunglasses Exhibit by Jeremy Corbell, at Maude Carrin Cultural Boutique in Los Angeles. OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday October 13th, 7-11 pm. Indoor and outdoor festivities - 2 bands, 3 dj's, screening room, projected imagery by Karl Fornander and Pimpadelic Wonderland, live mannequins, fashion show and interactive dressing room photo shoot. Sponsors include Murad, P.I.N.K. Spirits, Grolsch, Smashbox Cosmetics, Tripod Studios, Swing House, One Trick Pony, Chrome Hearts Eye Wear, Pimpadelic Wonderland.

Oct 13, 7-11, Women In Sunglasses Exhibit reception, Maude Carrin, 7427 Beverly Blvd. LA 90036. 323 857 6775.



Saturday OCT 6. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS BACKLOT. 10am to 4pm. Event is an annual outdoor extravaganza put on by SDSA, the Set Decorators Society of America, featuring many exhibits related to sets, art direction and design, furniture, etc. Other highlights: food, entertainment, networking, shopping, children's activities, prizes. More info at www.setdecorators.org. Free admission to decorators, industry professionals and their families.

October 5, 2007


The Heartbreak Kid - Rotten Tomatoes

"Every man's worst nightmare comes true in this comedy" starring Ben Stiller.
Directed by Peter Farrelly


Two stoners meet devil worshippers. Stuff ensues.


Opening OCTOBER 5, 2007 at California Science Center, Downtown LA (near Figueroa and Exposition). In Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure, scientists answer questions about the ancient and mysterious ocean world. Stunning photo-realistic, computer-generated animation transports audiences back to the late Cretaceous. Follow an adventurous dolichorhynchops (familiarly known as a "dolly") as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history and encounters amazing sea creatures along the way.

Visit http://goto.californiasciencecenter.org/seamonsters for more information on this latest National Geographic film. While you are at the CSC, check out all their cool exhibits, as well as their excellent store.