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July 29, 2010

JUL 29: ITVFest Opening Night Gala Brings Hollywood and New Media Worlds Together

Posted by Don Rose

Red Carpet Gala Party

The 5th Annual Independent Television Festival 

Celebrate the opening of ITVFest by joining in on the festivities.

Red Carpet Arrivals at 7:30pm

Mingling until 11

hors d'oeuvres by The Veggie Grill

Drinks by Stella Artois, Pama, Hypnotiq, BlackHeart, Evan Williams,Monster, Hansen's, Honest Tea  

& Icelandic Glacial Water


Food by  Veggie Grill & Trader Joe's

Conversation by you

Entertainment by :   DJ SRSLY

Event Invitation


th Annual ITVFest
July 30 - August 5, 2010, Los Angeles,CA

Innovative television pilots and webseries.  Informative panels.  Industry-laden events.
This festival taking place at 8000 Sunset at Laemmle's Sunset 5 is unlike any festival you've been to before.  Featuring the best up and coming new media and TV creators from around the world, ITVFest is constantly pushing the envelope in both mediums.


ITVFest is a non-profit organization encouraging change in conventional television and the growth of artistic expression in television and new media. Showcasing local, national and international talents. 

July 27, 2010


Posted by Don Rose, Editor in Chief

SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles (downtown at The LA Convention Center and surrounding venues) is by far the best place in the world to experience the explosive evolution of computer graphics and interactive techniques. See, meet, and interact with the "People Behind the Pixels" who are creating the next wave of international excellence in research, animation, art, software, visualization, hardware, games, visual effects, and education. Gain amazing insights, enrich your skill set, and expand your worldwide contacts.

To help maximize your ability to see the wide array of amazing content, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your time.

Check out the SIGGRAPH 2010 By Focus pages (Research, Games, Students or Education for instance).

Interested in research? Make sure you attend the Technical Papers Fast Forward on Monday night. It's a preview of all the recent advancements that will be presented in the Technical Papers sessions, so it will help you plan the rest of your week.

Save at least one night to attend the Computer Animation Festival Evening Theater, where you'll see the finest in the past year's technical and artistic achievement in animation, visual effects, and scientific visualization.

Have some time between Courses? Don't miss the Art Gallery, The Studio, and Emerging Technologies.

Check out the Birds of a Feather sessions, a good place to find your niche or catch up with old schoolmates and former co-workers!

While you are at SIGGRAPH 2010, look for people with lots of pins on their badges and ask them for suggestions (or ask them what all those pins are for!). After all, 2010 is about the “People Behind the Pixels”.

Knowing that many SIGGRAPH conference attendees rely on their employers to fund their registration and travel in part or in full, the folks at SIGGRAPH have developed the following value-based talking points for you to share with your boss. Or, if you don't have a boss, think of these as the Top Ten Reasons to Attend SIGGRAPH 2010:

1. Value
Learn all the latest techniques, tips, and technologies in one location at a very reasonable price. SIGGRAPH 2010’s exclusive educational programs offer the best return on investment for your organization’s training budget.

2. Hands-On Knowledge
Consolidate new knowledge and skills by working directly with the experts in the field. In SIGGRAPH 2010’s workshops and studios, you’ll develop the professional assets you need for another year of creative and business success.

3. Time Optimization
Explore the full spectrum of computer graphics and interactive techniques in one intense, rewarding week. At SIGGRAPH 2010, you’ll gain knowledge, contacts, and skills that could take over a year to acquire elsewhere.

4. Customization
Design the conference experience that delivers the best value for you and your organization. SIGGRAPH 2010 offers a very diverse range of sessions, experiences, and collaboration opportunities.

5. Industry Visionaries
Meet and exchange ideas with the superstars who created this dynamic field and the young visionaries who are building its future. They’ll all be in Los Angeles for SIGGRAPH 2010.

6. Connections
Join your friends and colleagues from around the world, and make invaluable new connections with the people behind the pixels. SIGGRAPH 2010 is the annual world headquarters of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

7. Essential Resources
Discover all the resources you need to support your creativity, improve your efficiency, and grow your business. The SIGGRAPH 2010 Exhibition features hardware, software, and services from the leading companies behind the pixels.

8. World-Class Animation and Visual Effects
Immerse yourself in this year’s best work in animated storytelling, scientific visualization, advertising, games, and feature films. The Computer Animation Festival presents five days of screenings, talks, panels, and live demos.

9. Los Angeles
Soak up the creativity, advanced technology, and business innovation that have made Los Angeles the world capital of digital media.

10. Inspiration
Leave Los Angeles with new skills, creativity, and energy, ready to rejuvenate your career and inspire your organization’s next phase of leadership in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

More information at

July 26, 2010

JUL 26: TimesTalks goes to Hollywood with Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

From an email I got... wanted Wire LA readers to get the scoop too:
Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

  As a fan of TimesTalks, we invite you to spread the good news: TimesTalks is coming to Los Angeles on Monday evening, July 26.

Will Ferrell & Adam McKay, longtime collaborators of such hits as “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers” as well as FunnyOrDie.com, discuss their latest film, “The Other Guys,” with New York Times Magazine contributor Lynn Hirschberg.

Share this e-mail with your friends in the Los Angeles area and encourage them to enjoy the TimesTalks experience.

Click here to get tickets to the best seats in town

July 23, 2010

JUL 23: TONITE 7:30 Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner In Person at the Egyptian!

Posted by Don Rose
This could be the coolest classic comedy event of the month (maybe the year!) TONIGHT
at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre.
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028

July 23 - 7:30 PM: Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner In Person!
Double Feature!


92 min., Dir. Max Liebman.
A compilation of sketches from the comedy-variety series starring Sid Caesar telecast live on the NBC television network from 1950 to 1954.

Sony Repertory, 112 min. Dir. Carl Reiner.
Reni Santoni plays a young Jewish man who dreams of becoming a comedian during the Depression. His parents think working in the family drugstore is a safer bet. The supporting cast includes Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jose Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin and Michael J. Pollard.

Mel Brooks (schedule permitting) and Carl Reiner in person between films

BEST BET RESTO: The Capital Grille Gets Geared for Grand Opening with Great Food, Stellar Service; Opens to Public July 26

By Don Rose

On July 22, I had the good fortune to attend a special event hosted by Los Angeles Magazine in honor of LACMA’s MUSE membership and the Grand Opening of The Capital Grille. This brand new resto, a welcome culinary addition to the Beverly Center, is located in the space once occupied by an old favorite of mine, The Hard Rock Cafe. While many may miss the classic Cafe and the car that once proudly protruded from the roof above, The Capital Grille should prove to be a worthy if not superior successor, making the corner of Beverly and San Vicente a happening hotspot for fans of fantastic food. (And, of course, don't forget the bars, both downstairs and up.)

My overall impression during this initial visit: I found the food fine -- dishes very tasty, a joy to eat -- and the service simply outstanding. At every turn, someone was giving a hearty greeting or asking if you needed anything, and there was an ever-present politeness with every interaction. Edible samplings at the soiree included a crab/lobster sandwich on a bulbous bun (fun! yum!), salmon on a hard cracker/wafer (a little too hard for my taste, but a minor concern -- I was too busy savoring the salmon), fried calamari, fries (seasoned just right), a cheese platter at the bar (a good place to mingle, it turned out), and more. I was especially impressed by a seemingly simple thing: the Orange Juice I ordered; instead of the usual bar OJ that tends to taste overly sugarized and almost not even OJ anymore, this was fresh squeezed from oranges, on the spot. Couldn't have been more delicious, or unexpected. Also unexpected was how much I would enjoy the vibe on the eatery's second level, where this private pre-opening party took place. The view, the breeze.... ahhhhh... relaxing.

Based on my initial visit and all the experiences cited above, I strongly recommend you try The Capital Grille. As for a review of a regular, sit down, menu-ordered meal, I hope to have that for you soon. The restaurant is doing private lunches and dinners this weekend, a prelude for the grand opening to the public on Monday July 26, when a ribbon-cutting will ensue -- as well as, I am sure, some wide smiles on highly delighted patrons.

The Capital Grille, Beverly Center, 8614 Beverly Blvd. Ste 157, Los Angeles, CA 90048 310-358-0650

July 19, 2010

JUL 22: 12th Annual L.A.’s Largest Mixer(R) Set to Shine at the Shrine

Featured Event - Posted by Don Rose, via Largest Mixer Blog

The Wait is Finally Over...

The Biggest and Best is Back... 
Yep, the 12th Annual L.A.’s Largest Mixer® is Thursday, July 22, 2010!

It only happens once a year, and it is without question our choice for best business mixer in Los Angeles. Join event host and organizer Dave Linden as he and his team combine the networking power of 35 L.A. area chambers of commerce and business organizations with the best networkers from all over Southern California to give you the ultimate business networking experience.


1. Thousands of Attendees: Mix and mingle with thousands of business professionals from around Southern California. Don't forget to bring lots of business cards!
2. Visit Over 225 Exhibitor Booths: From small to large companies and almost every industry in between, visit the exhibitors of L.A.'s Largest Mixer® on both levels of the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center.
3. Mix & Mingle In Our Networking Lounges: Network in the "Official Networking Lounges of L.A.'s Largest Mixer®" -- sponsored by La Fonda on Wilshire and the U.S. Small Business Administration! They will be great places to mix and mingle with potential clients.
4. Fantastic Giveaways: Drop your business card at our admissions area for a chance to win one of many fantastic giveaways including 2 tickets on JetBlue, weekend stays from theAvi Resort and Casino - Laughlin, Primm Valley Resorts - Primm, NV, and Plaza Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, plus gift cards fromCamarillo Premium Outlets and Desert Hills Premium Outlets.
5. Learn About the Benefits of Becoming a Chamber Member: Visit the booths of our participating 35 chambers of commerce and business organizations located throughout the event to learn how becoming a member can make your business grow.

Dave Linden

L.A.'s Largest Mixer XII®
Thursday, July 22, 2010
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Mixer Admission: $20 per person (no credit cards or checks at the door)

To pay by credit credit card, please visit: www.largestmixer.com/lamixer/tickets.php

Parking: $5 in a Shrine parking lot — Parking lot locations
For General Information: 323.230.5656

 or www.LAmixer.com

July 12, 2010

JULY 13: TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET Returns with Gourmet Food Galore & Special 1-Night Discounts at Retailers

by Don Rose

No one has to twist our arm here at Wire LA to get us interested in an event at the Farmers Market; we love the place. So when we learned that their Taste of Farmers Market was back again this Tuesday, a sequel to last year's fabulous culinary soiree, we raised our collective hands and said, "Yes, please!"

To learn more about the event, go immediately to: 
(a good page to bookmark, to keep up on all the cool F-M events
taking place during the year). As for this Tuesday, the deets are as follows:

Taste of Farmers Market Back By Popular Demand! 
Tuesday, July 13, 5-9PM, Tickets on Sale Now.
The hit event of last year's 75th Anniversary Celebration is back for one evening only.  Stroll through the Market's aisles and sample delicious food from over 45 of your favorite Market restaurants and grocers and enjoy specially discounted pricing from Market retailers. This event will sell out! Tickets start at $25 and can be 
purchased here or in the Farmers Market Office, upstairs above Gate 1. 

You can also get a jump on your planning and
We hope to see you there Tuesday eve
at the corner of 3rd St and Fairfax!