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September 22, 2008


Featured Event Listing posted by Don Rose

***update: Saturday's event is now SOLD OUT, but tickets are still available for the Friday evening “Red Hot @ Red Seven” party***

The AWFF's annual food and wine extravaganza is a Best Bet of The LA Report, one of our Top Ten Annual LA Events. After an extremely successful 25th anniversary festival weekend last year, another fantastic soiree is expected this month. Once again, the world’s top chefs and fine wine and spirit purveyors will join in celebrating the 26th year of the American Wine & Food Festival.

On September 27, 2008, a line up of today’s most prominent chefs will converge upon Universal Studios in Los Angeles for a culinary celebration at the American Wine & Food Festival. A star-studded gathering of internationally celebrated chefs and fine wine and spirit purveyors will serve in honor of the occasion.

The American Wine & Food Festival is open to the public and features live music, a silent auction and an epicurean feast prepared by an array of the world’s greatest chefs. More details and a link to buy tickets are at: www.awff.org/tickets.html. Must be 21 years or older.
Event Beneficiary: Meals On Wheels

Since its inception in 1982, the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation has supported the American Wine & Food Festival, raising more than $14 million for the Los Angeles Chapter of Meals On Wheels. This organization serves thousands of meals each day to Los Angeles’ homebound, senior and disabled citizens.

Tickets and Ticket Packages

In addition to $300 individual tickets, the Festival offers special Patron and Corporate packages. For all ticket inquiries please call Joan Wrede at(310) 574-3663.

$25,000 Premier Patron- A preferred Festival Table, seating for twelve (12)- Two (2) invitations to the coveted Sunday Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner at Spago Beverly Hills- Saturday Festival limousine service for twelve (12), roundtrip from the Hollywood and Highland Renaissance Hotel (please call 310-574-3663 for reservations)- Twelve (12) invitations to the Saturday “Wolfgang & Friends in the Kitchen” demonstration (early 4:30pm admisson)- Twelve (12) invitations to the Friday evening “Red Hot @ Red Seven” party- Prominent full-page ad placement in the Festival program book- Recognition in the Festival program book- Corporate or Individual Signage at the Festival, if desired- Your support will provide 3,830 hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Los Angeles.

$15,000 Distinguished Patron- A preferred Festival Table, seating for ten (10)- Six (6) invitations to the Saturday “Wolfgang and Friends in the Kitchen” demonstration (early 4:30pm admisson)- Six (6) invitations to the Friday evening “Red Hot @ Red Seven” party- A full-page ad in the Festival program book- Recognition in the Festival program book- Corporate or Individual Signage at the Festival, if desired- Your support will provide 2,170 hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Los Angeles.

$10,000 Supporting Patron- A preferred Festival Table, seating for ten (10)- Four (4) invitations to the Saturday “Wolfgang and Friends in the Kitchen” demonstration (early 4:30pm admisson)- Four (4) invitations to the Friday evening “Red Hot @ Red Seven” party- One half-page ad in the Festival program book- Recognition in the Festival program book- Your support will provide 1,350 hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Los Angeles.

$5,000 Festival Patron- A VIP Festival Table, seating for ten (10)- Two (2) invitations to the Saturday “Wolfgang and Friends in the Kitchen” demonstration (early 4:30pm admisson)- Two (2) invitations to the Friday evening “Red Hot @ Red Seven” party- Recognition in the Festival program book- Your support will provide 500 hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Los Angeles.

$3,500 Table Patron- A Reserved Festival Table, seating for ten (10)- Recognition in the Festival program book- Your support will provide 165 hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Los Angeles.

$2,500 Sponsor-a-Chef - Sponsor the chef of your choice. Your name or company name will appear on professionally-designed signage at the chef‘s Festival station- Two (2) invitations to the Saturday “Wolfgang and Friends in the Kitchen” demonstration (early 4:30pm admisson)- Two (2) invitations to the Friday evening “Red Hot @ Red Seven” party- Festival Table reservations for two (2)- Recognition in the Festival program book

$1,000 Festival Friends- Two (2) invitations to the Saturday “Wolfgang and Friends in the Kitchen” demonstration (early 4:30pm admisson)- Festival Table reservations for two (2)- Recognition in the Festival program book- Your support will provide 100 hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Los Angeles

SEP 25: 7th Annual Precious Cheese Italian FEAST OF SAN GENNARO Returns to LA with PRIMA NOTTE Gala; Feast of San Gennaro Then Continues All Weekend

Prima Notte kickoff event features a galaxy of stars, including Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, Jerry Vale, Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman, Seth Green, Dr. Drew, Deana Martin and more, all for a great cause this Thursday, September 25th in Hollywood

The San Gennaro Foundation kicks off October’s Italian Heritage Month, a celebration of everything it means to be Italian, with their annual street festival in honor of Italian culture. Now in its seventh year, the Precious® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles will once again take over Hawthorn Ave. (between Highland and Orange) in Hollywood.

“I am thrilled to be hosting our seventh annual Feast of San Gennaro,” Jimmy Kimmel said. “Look for me there; I’ll be the one with my head buried in a sack of zeppoles.” The fun-filled weekend commences Thursday, September 25th with the opening night gala, Prima Notte 2008, which raises funds for The San Gennaro Foundation’s charitable programs benefiting underprivileged children, families and homeless in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the opening night gala are available online at www.feastofla.org and are $100 each for open seating, or $2,000 for a reserved table for ten guests.

WHO: Hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla honoring Jerry Vale and Robert Barbera, Publisher of L’Italo-Americano Newspaper. Performances by Cristina Fontanelli, Joey Gian, Tony O, Alfio, Deana Martin and the Pat Longo Orchestra. Additional guests include Danny Devito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Rocco DiSpirito (“Dancing with the Stars”), Jennifer Esposito (“Samantha Who?”), Seth Green (“Family Guy”), Dr. Drew Pinsky (“Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”), Kristen Alfonso (“Days of Our Lives”), Joe Mascolo (“Days of Our Lives”), Matthew Borlenghi (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and many more.

WHAT: Prima Notte is a star-studded fundraising gala and auction featuring some of the city’s most prominent Italian-Americans and dignitaries who join together to support the San Gennaro Foundation.

Continuing in their commitment to honor prominent Italian-Americans in the community, The San Gennaro Foundation will pay tribute to legendary singer Jerry Vale and publisher Robert Barbera. Music legend Jerry Vale will receive the San Gennaro Foundation “Italian Heritage Award” and Robert Barbera, publisher of the L’Italo-Americano Newspaper, celebrating its 100th anniversary, will receive the San Gennaro Foundation "Humanitarian Award." Master of Ceremonies Mark DeCarlo will introduce special performances by Cristina Fontanelli, Joey Gian, Tony O, Alfio, Deana Martin and the Pat Longo Orchestra.

The evening’s charity auction will feature: roundtrip airfare from the US to Italy; luxury vacations to New York City and Miami’s South Beach, VIP package to Jimmy Kimmel Live!; golfer’s vacation to Arizona’s Sonaron High Desert; autographed poster and tickets to Dancing with the Stars; autographed guitars from Madonna, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones; and autographed NFL helmets from Peyton and Eli Manning and Brett Favre, among many more great prizes.

WHERE: 1651 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 (1 block S. of Hollywood & Highland)

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2008 from 5-10 pm
4:30 pm Press Check-in
5:00 pm Red Carpet Arrivals
6:00 pm Mark DeCarlo’s Welcome to Prima Notte

SEP 26-28: FEAST OF SAN GENNARO Community festival celebrates Italian culture with three days of music, food, wine, rides and games open to the public

Inspired by the 78-year old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and throughout the weekend will feature great food, music, genealogy research, a Kid’s Corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more.

“We have been bringing Italian culture to the heart of Hollywood for seven years running,” said Frankie Competelli, President of The San Gennaro Foundation, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to once again celebrate tradition, family, and great food with the community.”

Surprise celebrity guests will join cooking team Filippo and the Chef, as they demonstrate Italian recipes on the Precious® Cheese Cooking Stage with Precious® Cheese Chef Mark Sciortino.

“Precious Cheese is proud to be presenting sponsor again this year helping to bring authentic Italian culture, entertainment, food and fun to the Los Angeles area,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Precious Cheese. “The San Gennaro Foundation’s commitment to preserving Italian-American heritage resonates with the Precious Cheese brand and we look forward to continuing to raise funds for the organization and its programs.”

The festival venue is conveniently located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave. Hosted by co-founder Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the Feast will be held September 26-28, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

For more information about the Precious Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit www.feastofla.org or call (818) 508-0082.

About Precious Cheese

Precious® Cheese is a brand of Sorrento® Lactalis Commercial, Inc. Founded in 1947, Sorrento produces a wide array of all-natural cheese products, included among the leading brands of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, string and stick cheese sold in the United States. Sorrento also markets a wide variety of specialty cheeses available for retail, food service and industrial customers. More information on Precious Cheese may be found at www.preciouscheese.com.

About The San Gennaro Foundation

The San Gennaro Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit created by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, producer Douglas DeLuca, and some of Los Angeles' most prominent Italian-American citizens, to benefit underprivileged children and homeless in Los Angeles, as well as to provide entertainment and cultural enrichment to the community through its non-profit, cultural outreach program. The Foundation’s mission is to uphold the principles established by St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples who worked tirelessly to help people in need. In addition to fundraising, the group seeks to perpetuate cultural identity and solidarity within the Italian American community. All events are intended to embody the attributes of generosity and goodwill that define the Italian spirit. While some efforts celebrate Italian culture, the Foundation and its programs are not limited to Italian Americans and are supported by diverse individuals.

September 21, 2008


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Here is a list of selected events recommended by The LA Report for September 21, 2008 (Happy Fall Equinox!):

The 60th annual EMMY AWARDS takes place at 5PM
at NOKIA LIVE downtown LA (the Emmys' new venue, replacing the Shrine).
Broadcast live to the East Coast on ABC, 8pm. Big favorite: AMC's hit "Mad Men."

"A BRONX TALE" starring its creator CHAZZ PALMINTERI
at the WADSWORTH THEATRE in Brentwood.

Want some free and healthy fun in the Marina/SouthBay area?
Go to the all-day YOGA EVENT at LMU (Loyola Marymount University).
FREE exhibits (around 100 in all) on Alumni Mall, from 9am to 7pm -- 
plus a GLOBAL MALA benefit just north of the exhibits, with talks, etc.
Take Lincoln Blvd; just south of Jefferson, go East on LMU DRIVE
and talk to the info kiosk to get directions to the on-campus event and a map.


International Day of Peace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The International Day of Peace is on September 21st of each year and calls for a full day of peace and ceasefire throughout the world.
One of the big events in LA runs today from 11 to 5pm at GRIFFITH PARK
near the Merry Go Round, and involves Jane Goodall.
HOSTED BY KEELY AND PIERCE BROSNAN. Join the festivities: live music, arts and crafts, celebrity speakers and more! The local "Hot Moms Club" will host an "EcoFabulous" fashion show featuring celebrity moms and the latest in green fashion and peace accessories. There will be music by Cord with Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters; Leather Souls; Foshay High School Band; Danza Xochipilli; and Tumi Ansa and the Bottom Tree Band. This event is free and open to the public.

The Emerging Cinematographer Awards will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at the Directors Guild of America. The afternoon begins at 5 p.m. with the Awards presentations and Screening program, followed immediately by a cocktail reception. For further info and ticket prices, please visit www.cameraguild.com or www.ecawards.net

If you are in a volunteer/politics mood, try one of the LA OBAMA PARTIES.
Most start at 2pm. Goal: talk to voters in "swing states" and bend their ear about Obama.
So if you like talking to swingers, find a party in your area: www.barackobama.com

September 19, 2008

SEP18-20: Debbie Durkin's MAIN EVENT RED CARPET LOUNGE, PLATFORM MEDIA GROUP and LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL present the Celebrity Green Gifting Chateau

The three day Chateau welcomes celebrities, VIPs and media to celebrate Sunday's Primetime Emmys, while benefiting the Environmental Media Association and The Creative Coalition

Featured Event Listing compiled by Don Rose

Durkin Entertainment Group continues its successful series of events co-located with major awards and festivals (for example, the Oscars and Sundance) with its Celebrity Green Gifting Chateau, which celebrates the 60th Primetime Emmys being held Sunday in Los Angeles. Honoring the 2008 Emmy nominees, presenters, and past winners on September 18-20 at a private, multimillion dollar Beverly Hills Estate, the Celebrity Green Gifting Chateau partners with Los Angeles Confidential magazine and Platform Media Group to produce a 100% sustainable, private, charity event that keeps on giving.

Some of the companies/services featured at the three day Chateau event include:

Brazilian Best Hotels/Kiaroa Eco Luxury Resort trips
Organic To Go Chefs
Solar/Hybrid Cruise Cars shuttling Celebrities/Media/VIP guests
PURE Eco-Designer furniture
Salah of Beverly Hills designer gowns
Global Health and wellness products
Lamborghini jewelry, sunglasses, and watches
Dick DeLaCruz designer golf putters
Good Attitude environmental cleaning products
Day Spa beauty services with organic skincare products
Bronzetique spray tanning, which will pamper guests each day

Eldergods Organic Skin Care line (see full story below)
Celebrity Portraiture Studio by Wire Image photographer Michael Bezjian where guests can sit for a portrait while learning more about Going Green.

Another highlight of the event involves the Environmental Media Association (EMA), which will be collecting cell phones for recycling. Cell phones contain toxic parts and must be properly recycled. A portion of the proceeds from recycling will go to help fund EMA's programs. Eco-conscious guests can bring in old cell phones and help raise money for the environment. A percentage of Sponsor proceeds will be donated to the EMA.

Another charity element of the Chateau is the Celebrity Poker Challenge hosted by NewPoker.com to benefit The Creative Coalition, which will take place on Friday, Sep. 19 from 9PM -1AM, dealt by The Dealer Dolls. Fabulous prizes await some lucky players.

RELATED STORY: Eldergods Inc. Launches Organic Skin Care Line at Celebrity Green Gifting Chateau

Make-up Artist creates liquid moisturizers with matte finish for face and body

Eldergods Inc.'s new line of liquid moisturizers, including Nectar and Etiquette, will be featured products at this year's Emmy Awards at Debbie Durkin's Main Event Red Carpet Lounge and Green Suite/Celebrity Green Gifting Chateau produced by Durkin Entertainment.

In 2005, while working as a make-up artist on a TV series, Susan Hayward, Founder and President of Eldergods Inc., confronted the challenge that led to the creation of her new skin care line. "One of the actresses was suffering from severely dry skin because of acne medication," says Hayward. "She was hesitant to use a moisturizer because it felt heavy on her skin and she was concerned about breakouts. I had to get creative to cover the issue and make her HD camera ready."

That's when she began concept and production of Nectar and Etiquette -- lightweight, fast absorbing, spray on face and body moisturizers that dry matte. Since then, Hayward has used the line on various film, television and advertising shoots.

Julia Valente, a 20-year industry make-up veteran is currently using the line on the set of the TV series Going South. "We're shooting in HD, and the first day that I used Nectar on the lead actress, who has mature skin, the director noticed a difference in the smoothness and suppleness of her skin. With the volume of products available, it's great to have one created by someone who understands the industry, that's natural and organic and that preps the skin as beautifully as Nectar does."

Nectar is for normal to slightly dry skin, with a textured scent. Etiquette is for normal to oily skin, with a lighter, more citrus fragrance. All product ingredients are certified organic, organic or wild harvested. Alcohol, solvent and nut-free, the products are also not tested on animals.
"The majority of face and body moisturizers are either cream or oil-based," says Hayward. "Liquid with a matte finish is a whole new concept in moisturizing. You can use this product and avoid feeling greasy or coated. So it's great for both the industry and the discerning woman who wants one high end yet versatile product."

Nectar and Etiquette can be purchased online at www.eldergodsinc.com or at selected retailers. Make-up artists, hair stylists and wardrobe stylists can apply online for an industry discount card, offering 40% off of online purchases. For more information, please contact Susan Hayward at susan @ eldergodsinc.com or 416-828-2782 .

CONTACT INFORMATION for the Celebrity Green Gifting Chateau

Event Sponsorship/Poker Players: Debbie Durkin, producer: maineventlounge @ gmail.com or call 310-403-8834

Celebrity RSVP/Spa Appts: Carlos Mata, assistant to the producer: josec.mata @ gmail.com

Media/Celebrity Appts: (By invitation only) Henry Eshelman: heshelman @ platformgrp.com


Debbie Durkin is a TV/Film Brand Integration Producer whose recent credits include Nat'l Lampoon's Cattle Call, Blades of Glory, Rocky Balboa, The Bonnie Hunt Show, and Sundance Celebrity Swag Hunt. Debbie has been producing live events since 1975 when doing Public Relations for the NFL/ Chicago Bears as the owner of one of the top Modeling & Talent Agencies in Chicago/Beverly Hills for over 20 years. Debbie received the 2007 Appreciation Award from spcaLA Friends for Life where she and her dog are an Animal Assist -Therapy Team. Main Event Red Carpet Lounges and Green Suites have raised over $13K for Charities since 2007. For more information about Debbie Durkin and the events she produces, please visit www.durkinentertainmentgroup.com.


Environmental Media Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear. EMA's network of environmentally-conscious celebrities, tastemakers, not-for-profit organizations and corporations continues to be one of our greatest assets. From Hollywood royalty to the hottest new celebrities to cutting-edge businesses that work towards environmental change every day, EMA is a powerful force that brings powerful people together on the path to a healthier planet. EMA puts the public in touch with Hollywood's most in-demand environmentalists. www.ema-online.org


The Creative Coalition ( TCC ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity organized by prominent figures in the creative community for the purpose of bringing together people in the arts and letters in order to learn about pressing issues so they can better inform the community and nation. www.thecreativecoalition.org.

September 18, 2008


Chris Haston, NBC photographer and boyfriend of Kate Flannery (one of the stars of the popular NBC comedy series "The Office"), has a highly anticipated show opening coming up. Called "Riding with Mary", the show consists of a series of light paintings, as seen in the Lisa Thompson documentary "Riding With Mary" running on Current TV.

Haston's show opens Saturday, September 27 with a kickoff reception 7 pm - 11 pm. The location is in AtwaterVillage at the Complex, 3015 Glendale Blvd, Suite 300, L.A. CA 90039. For more info, go to www.RidingwithMary.com or www.ChrisHaston.com.

September 17, 2008


You are cordially invited to attend a BOOK SIGNING with author BRIAN ZOOZOO in honor of his new book "HOW TO WOO A BI'AAATCH" - a guy's guide to help you get the girl you want

Want to read a fun, witty, and irreverent look at the dating world? Then this is a book that's surely worth a look. Not only will this be a fun event, but the buzz factor is high, as many celebrities are scheduled to attend, including Zoozoo's pals from television, modeling and motion pictures. So join Brian, fresh from his interview on Playboy Radio, on September 17th, 2008 at 7:30pm (don't be late!). The location: Barnes & Noble, 2nd Floor in The Grove (you know, the newer hipper wing of the fabulous and famous Farmer's Market), 6301 W. 3rd Street (at Fairfax), Los Angeles, CA 90036. Come and congregate with the cool crowd for this very special evening, which will feature a live musical performance from singer/songwriter Drew Rouse and standup from comedian Torrei Hart.

Zoozoo's book is a surefire way to help any guy to hit all the right notes, and for girls who are curious to know how guys think. "Woo" is a funny, light-hearted, no-nonsense book that teaches the "Key" to attracting the right girl. In case you were wondering, Bi'aaatch (noun, pronounced bē-äch) is defined by Brian as: a hot girl that gives you goose bumps.

PR CONTACT: Roz Wolf 818.522.7948.
For more information about the book, please visit these sites:

September 12, 2008


Featured Event Listing by Don Rose

One of The LA Report's favorite annual events is Taste of Santa Monica, which returns this Sunday September 14 from 12 noon to 4pm on the Santa Monica Pier. 40 Restaurants. 40 Dollars. 4 Hours. You can't beat Taste of SM for end-of-summer fun in the sun as you savor Santa Monica's top cuisines for one price (presale $40 or $45 at the door, and a special low price for children). More information about the event and tickets can be found at: www.tasteofsantamonica.com.

What else will be happening at the Taste of Santa Monica, you ask? How about Live California Beach Music by Route 66. An Interactive Molecular Ice Cream Lab. A special Wine Garden area. And how about Jamie Kaler and cast members from TBS' My Boys, who are scheduled to emcee the event. There's even the Great Gourmet Giveaway: a chance to win certificates from over 50 local restaurants -- as well as a Cirque du Soleil VIP Giveaway for Four.

Ticket Price Includes All Food, but tickets are limited.
Click here to ORDER NOW.


Click here for PARKING INFO.


Acadie Hand Crafted French Crepes
Angelato Cafe
Barney's Beanery
Bon Mélange Catering
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Buddha's Belly
Cezanne @ Le Merigot
Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom
Duke's Malibu
Edible Arrangements
El Cholo Mexican Restaurant
Enterprise Fish Company
Evergreen Tea House
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Hotcakes Bakes
i Cugini Restaurant
Il Fornaio
La Vecchia Cucina
Locanda Del Lago / Caffe Bellagio
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Louise's Trattoria
Ma'Kai Lounge
Mahatma Rice
Ocean Avenue Seafood
The Organic Panificio
Panera Bread
Panini Garden
Rusty's Surf Ranch
Stefano's New York Pizza
Tengu - Santa Monica
The Lobster
The Victorian at Heritage Square
Whist @ Viceroy
The Yard

Featured Nonprofit: The Wellness Community - WLA


Enter the special wine garden area and sample from a great collection of wineries, including:

Cielo Malibu Estate Wineyards
Clautiere Vineyard
Firestone Winery
Red Tail Winery
Saucelito Canyon Vineyard
Wine Expo
And Young's Market has provided a great sampling of wineries, including:
Hess Collection Winery
Iron Horse
Trinchero Family Estates
Vina Robles
Purple Wine Co.
Dalla Terra
Girls in the Vineyard
Billington Wine Studios

Sample from these great wineries for only an additional $15! Limited tickets available online and at the event check-in. Guests must present a valid ID for entrance into the wine garden.


The 7th Annual Taste of Santa Monica is a Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce event. For any event-related inquiries, please contact Sheila Estaniel at marketing@smchamber.com. To learn more about the chamber, please visit www.smchamber.com, email info@smchamber.com or call (310) 393-9825.

September 10, 2008


To promote the upcoming season premiere of the hit ABC show, "Pushing Daisies" takes its roaming "Touch of Wonder" tour bus to the Santa Monica Promenade today, September 10. Starting at 9 am, visitors can get some free pie (from "The Pie Hole"), and giveaways (which, we hear, may include pie cutters, spatulas, magnets and balloons). 

September 10, 2008. 9 am. Third Street Promenade, somewhere between Wilshire and Broadway, Santa Monica. Sounds like a fun family type event, but all are welcome. Giveaways are, of course, while supplies last. More info: www.pushingdaisiestour.com.   

Later today, starting at 6pm, is the last of the annual Paley Center showcases of new Fall shows on the major TV networks. Today's network of choice is ABC -- including a screening of, you guessed it, "Pushing Daisies". We hear the RSVP list is full, but past experience shows that determined folks can often show up to these showcases and still be accommodated. No guarantees, but if you are really into ABC and a polite well-mannered sort, your odds are good.

September 10, 2008. 6 pm food and drink reception, mingling; 7pm creative team Q&A and then show screenings. More info: www.paleycenter.org. Paley Center (formerly the Museum of TV and Radio), on Beverly Drive at Little Santa Monica, Beverly Hills.

September 4, 2008


Expect another stellar event this Friday September 5 as Ian Blackburn's Learn About Wine organization presents TASTE: ABC & Tango at A+D Museum, in association with LACMA

Come sip and tango the night away at LearnAboutWine's annual TASTE: ABC & Tango as we say goodbye to summer in style! The wines of South America are perfect for summer food and summer weather. Sample the best of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile alongside South American-style tapas, empanadas, and other tasty nibbles.

Once you've satisfied your lust for the fabulous wines from some of the hottest producers in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, you can dance it off with free tango lessons by dance expert David Chiu!


Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Torrontes 2007Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2004Pizzato Reserve Chardonay 2007Fausto by Pizzato Rose (Merlot) 2007Fausto by Pizzato Cabernet Sauvignon 2005Alamos Torrontes Argentina 2007Catena Chardonnay Argentina 2006Catena Malbec Argentina 2006Catena Alta Malbec Argentina 2005Alma Negra Argentina 2004Vina Chocalan, Carmenere, 2007, Maipo Valley, ChileVina Chocalan, Cabernet Suavignon, 2007, Maipo Valley ChileZuccardi Series A Malbec 2007Zuccardi Series A Bonarda 2006Santa Julia Organica Torrontes 2007Santa Julia Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006Santa Julia Tardio 2007 (Late Harvest Torrontes)Perez Cruz Cabernet SauvignonCantaluna Pinot NoirParque CarmenereCono Sur Sauvignon Blanc 2007Cono Sur Vision Viognier 2007Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2006Los Cardos Malbec Rose 2007Dona Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Bodega Malbec 2005Miguel Torres Chile TBATrapiche Torrontes Mendoza Argentina 2007Trapiche Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2007Tikal "Amorio" Mendoza Argentina 2005Luca Chardonnay Mendoza Argentina 2006Luca "Laborde Double Select" Syrah Mendoza Argentina 2005Crio de Susana Balbo Torrontes Salta Argentina 2007Susana Balbo Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2005Casa Silva TBAMontes, Santa Ema, Kaiken, Norton TBASona, Michel Torino TBAValentin Bianchi TBA


Great Argentine eats provided by Gaucho Grill!
Artisanal Cheeses

DJ / Music

Dave Hernandez of Bossa Nova returns!


Friday, September 5, 2008
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

A + D Gallery (Across from LACMA)
5900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90036
(310) 451-7600

More info about this and future Learn About Wine events:


A brand new upscale event venue has recently opened its doors in the Toluca Lake Tennis Club. Since 1972, this beautiful traditional Mediterranean architectural building, located adjacent to Warner Bros. studios on Forest Lawn Drive, has remained a relative secret amongst the local neighborhood and business community. Though it has maintained the elegant demeanor of a private country club, inside its walls is a newly-remodeled event space, public restaurant, bar and patio known collectively as Ramsey's at The Club.

With a limited number of chic event spaces in the San Fernando Valley, Ramsey’s at the Club delivers a new level of panache to Toluca Lake, Studio City, Burbank and the rest of the cities that comprise Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Ramsey’s at the Club boasts three distinct spaces, including a glamorous dining room that can accommodate an upwards of 250 people; a gorgeous open-air patio; an elegant full-service bar; a media-ready conference room for groups of up to 40; and presents the option to utilize the tennis court adjacent to the space for a larger party.

In addition to its versatility, state-of-the-art sound systems, audio-visual equipment and sleek screening room, the space also provides in-house gourmet catering, and is open for lunch and dinner. Ramsey at the Club’s lunch, dinner and banquet menu, prepared by Executive Chef Jesse Genovese, a graduate of the esteemed La Cordon Bleu and former Chef de Cuisine at the Blue on Blue Restaurant in Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel, features Spanish tapas, Asian fusion and contemporary American cuisine made with the freshest ingredients and flawless composition.

Ramsey’s at the Club will service local businesses and organizations both large and small, including all Valley-based studios and production companies that no longer have to resort to Hollywood venues or limiting local hotels for hosting events/parties.

Whether it’s a wrap party or bar/bat mitzvah, screening event or holiday party, Ramsey’s at the Club will make your event a tremendous success.

If you are interested in a walk-through or menu tasting prior to your next big event, please do not hesitate to contact Jay at: jay@ramseysattheclub.com. Please visit the website for more venue information: RamseysAtTheClub.com.

September 2, 2008


Bill Gates and Microsoft may be a bit worried these days about their signature creation, Windows. The new OS Vista has many haters out there (there are legions of PC lovers who prefer XP), and now arch-rival Google has released a new browser named CHROME. Some in the tech media are saying it's a Windows-killer; whether that proves true or not, Google seems to have built a product definitely worth trying.

To learn more and to download Google's Chrome browser - free for Windows XP or Vista - go to: http://www.google.com/chrome.

Make sure to check out Google's cool e-comicbook that describes Chrome in a fun, informative way. We were especially pleased and intrigued by the part that describes how Chrome is designed to be less of a memory hog than other browsers, because it does a better job of reclaiming memory once you close processes/tabs. Also, if a site or program within one tab has a problem, Chrome is designed so you can just kill that tab and not close down the entire browser.

Another cool feature: the address bar is now more of a super address-search tool that can, among other things, intelligently find recent pages you visited, so that you can go back to useful pages without over-reliance on bookmarking.


Original Beach Boy and now accomplished solo artist BRIAN WILSON is live this morning on K-EARTH (krth 101.1 fm) as part of a live broadcast from Studio A of CAPITOL RECORDS, near historic Hollywood and Vine. The location is apropos, as Brian is now back on his original label, Capitol. Capitol is releasing his new album "THAT LUCKY OLD SUN" today, September 2nd.

Today's 5am-10am live remote/breakfast event at the Capitol Building was a special treat for KRTH listeners who won tickets to attend.

But fret not if you didn't go to that event, because there is another with Mr. Wilson right after! Yes, right down the street, Brian Wilson is doing a live signing at 10 AM today, at Amoeba, that huge music store on Sunset at Ivar. The signing goes from 10am to noon. Those who buy the new Wilson album can get that signed plus one other item. First come first served.

Wait, there's more! Brian Wilson will perform on THE TONIGHT SHOW on September 3rd. He will play live on the show, with music from "That Lucky Old Sun." Later this month, to top off a September to Remember for LA Wilson fans, he will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on September 12, 13 and 14.

September 1, 2008


The Drive of Your Life! 2nd Annual Great American Run Offers Potential Cash Prize of One Million Dollars

The infamous Great American Run road rally is scheduled to set the USA a blaze when it departs Los Angeles, California on September 7, 2008. The event will conclude with a celebratory final night party in Los Angeles on September 12th.

“This is a driving experience like no other in the world which provides the drivers and co-drivers with one hell of a ride,” says event organizer, Tim Porter. The guaranteed starting cash prize has already been set at ($100,000.00) one hundred thousand USD and could rise to an incredible one million dollars contingent upon the number of entries.

The 2007 Great American Run was a huge success with over 140 cars of all makes and models participating. A television film crew documented the entire crazy event, with the DVD set for release soon. Timothy S. Durham, CEO of Indianapolis, Indiana based Obsidian Enterprises, Inc., was a 2007 competitor. Durham liked the event so much he bought into the Great American Run company and now works alongside Porter. Durham commented, “The 2007 event was amazing and I enjoyed every octane filled moment. To witness over one hundred and forty cars travel across the States was exciting, challenging and always very entertaining. I’m passionate about cars and humbled to participate in this type of event. You feel as though you’re making a part of history.”

The 2008 Great American Run route will be kept strictly confidential by the event organizers, however based upon previous Runs it’s guaranteed to be challenging, exhausting and downright whacky. Porter has a long pedigree in establishing road rallies. He has successfully conducted six annual events in Europe and is now firmly established in the USA. Porter said, “The 2008 Great American Run promises to be very exciting and filled with surprises along the way. We knew we had a success on our hands during the 2007 event and now having Durham on board is fantastic. He has an immense flair for business which will hugely compliment my attitude of achieving the impossible.”

Route checkpoints will be staffed by gorgeous “Checkpoint Chicks” and an independent timing specialist company. These checkpoints are designed to avoid cheating and to log the daily performance of the vehicles. Each driver’s objective is to achieve an average speed of 61mph, which is no easy task. The event will also provide the entrants with wild parties, top notch dinners and luxury hotel accommodations.

This year's kickoff party will be held at the world famous Playboy Mansion West and will benefit the Children of the Night Charity. The event will be hosted by Holly, Bridget and Kendra of the hit reality show ‘The Girls Next Door’ with a special performance by Ludacris. The final night is a black-tie gala dinner where the massive cash prize will be awarded to the winner. The Great American Run is not about what you drive, it’s about how you drive and your individual approach to life and the risks you’re prepared to take.

If you’re up for the challenge, want to meet some like-minded car aficionados, or just want to be thoroughly thrilled and entertained, this is the event for you. You might win yourself one million dollars! The Great American Run has got guts, glamour and a real “go factor.”

If you’re a raging bull, a dancing horse, or just want a “gas of a time” contact the Great American Run organizers for more details. US toll free 1-800-619-8593, Tim Porter directly US 714-391-2486 or go to www.thegreatamericanrun.com. Sponsorship inquiries US toll free 1-866-890-2234.