La Cage Aux Folles Opens at The Pantages Theatre
Broadway hit officially opens in LA tonight.
July 11, 2012
Georges and the Cagelles in La Cage Aux Folles.
Glitzy Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles takes to The Pantages Theatre stage today for its LA debut. Based on the original 1973 play by Jean Poiret and book by Harvey Fierstein, the show returned in 2010 and became a Broadway smash, taking home the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival that year.
Its latest venture to the stage is marked with the dashing George Hamilton as nightclub owner Georges, and Christopher Seiber playing his flamboyant drag queen partner, Albin. Set in glamorous Saint-Tropez, the campy comedy has all the pizzazz of its Broadway production, including splashy dance numbers and laugh-out-loud shtick thanks to music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Expert direction from Terry Johnson and seamless choreography by Lynne Page, who both held the same roles in the 2010 Broadway show, enhance the must-see performance.
The touring musical will run in LA until July 22nd before moving to Costa Mesa July 24 for another two-week stint. Tickets available at lacage.com. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 1-800-982.ARTS
Photography by Paul Kolnik
Q&A: Liza Minnelli Talks Hollywood Bowl Show, More
The queen of Broadway takes center stage at the Hollywood Bowl on August 11.
July 11, 2012
As Broadway’s most iconic performer, Liza Minnelli had been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. Now, Minnelli is bringing her legendary voice to The Hollywood Bowl for a special one-performance-only concert on August 11.
The show will be an intimate mix of classic Minnelli songs as well as those from her latest albums, Confessions and Live a the Winter Garden, the latter a live collection from her historic 1974 concert series Liza which played at the Winter Garden Theater and garnered her a special Tony Award. We caught up with the multi-talented Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner about her upcoming show, past inspirations, and why she’ll never retire.
Having been inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame for your many performances there, what makes coming to The Hollywood Bowl so special?
LIZA MINNELLI: I think the aura that surrounds it and its history, and the fact that it’s so wide open. You’re singing to the stars. It’s wonderful. And being in LA, I get to see all my friends and my family.
How will this concert stand out?
LM: It’s much more intimate then any concert I’ve ever done. It’s not written, I just say whatever comes to mind.
In addition to your classics 'New York, New York' and 'Cabaret,' you’ll also be singing songs from your albums Live at the Winter Garden and Confessions. Tell us a little about the inspiration for these albums.
LM: I loved the Winter Garden—it’s the biggest theater on Broadway and I had a really good time because [in 1974] all my friends were around. After the show I could go over and meet some of my dancer friends on Broadway, and go to Joe Allen. I was just being home. It was a great experience and it’s thrilling because there are songs on it that I forgot I sang!
Confessions is a very, very intimate album. I had broken my ankle and had to stay in bed for six weeks. I thought I’d go nuts, so I called [Grammy-winning composer] Billy Stritch and said, 'please come over, we have to sing something, anything,' and he said ‘sure, honey.’ So he came over and we started remembering all these terrific love songs that were a little unusual—some well known and some not known at all—and we put them down. And the record company loved it and said 'we want to release this.'
What’s a favorite song from the album, and why?
LM: 'I’m One Of The Smart Ones.' It’s a character song, which are my favorites, where you play a different character in each song. In other words, there are words on one page of my script and on the other page is the description of the woman that I am—what color hair does she have, where does she live, what details are on her refrigerator—a whole character breakdown. It’s very specific; this show was about a girl in San Francisco who was determined to make it, so it’s about this funny ambition.
You're currently on a 75-city international tour and you always bring so much excitement and energy to every performance. What drives you to keep performing?
LM: I love it. It’s great fun for me. It’s one of the things that I do and every place I go I have friends, so I’m always going to visit people.
You’ve accomplished so much in your 50-year career. Is there anything you want to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
LM: I want to do everything I did, better.
Do you ever see yourself retiring?
Photograph courtesy © Sony Music Archives
2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider
Convertible version of the Spider offers top speed, retractable hard top.
July 10, 2012
They say things only get better with time, and McLaren proves the adage true with the announcement of a second all-new model to its line-up: the MP4-12C Spider, a convertible manipulation of the 12C. The lightweight Spider features a distinctive Retractable Hard Top (RHT) roof that folds and stows itself—theoretically making this vehicle a luxury coupe and performance convertible all in one.
Power emanates from a commissioned 616 horsepower 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine and is paired to a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which allows the British sports car to run 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and top out at 204 mph. Currently, orders can be placed for the $268,250 Spider from McLaren retailers across the globe with an expected delivery date in December or early January. During the Concept Car Lawn during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend, show-goers will be treated to an early viewing.
Warriors of Radness x Opening Ceremony, Ron Herman
Ride the wave to a stylish summer in ‘70s and ‘80s surf-inspired beachwear.
July 10, 2012
Quintessential Southern California brand, Warriors of Radness, has launched two specialty collections for Opening Ceremony and Ron Herman. Founded in 2007, Warriors of Radness (WOR) has since been making waves with its vintage-inspired surf styles, which owner/head designer Rick Klotz manufactures almost completely in LA.
The exclusive collections are aimed at capturing the authenticity of the 1970s and 1980s surf scene, and each features an eclectic mix of old-school beachwear. While the Ron Herman line ($55-$150) sticks to basic tees and two-toned board shorts, the Opening Ceremony “Beach Crew” collection ($50-$185) offers a vast variety of seaside apparel, like colorful pullovers and printed button-down shirts and tanks. Opening Ceremony, 451 N. La Cienga Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-1120; Ron Herman, 8100 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-651-4129
Photographs courtesy Warriors of Radness
MB Post and Top LA Chefs Cook for a Cause
Manhattan Beach restaurant offers special menu featuring farm-fresh local ingredients.
July 10, 2012
MB Post chef David LeFevre is celebrating his 40th birthday as only a top-tier chef can—with an exclusive dinner party featuring the city’s most prominent culinary talents. The exclusive July 16th event will bring together an impressive list of chefs including Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Matt Molina (Mozza), Steve Samson and Zach Pollack (Sotto), and Zoe Nathan (Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry, Milo & Olive). Each chef or culinary duo will prepare one part of the five-course menu using locally grown organic produce.
Part of LeFevre’s “Can You Dig It?” summer supper series—a pairing of guest chefs and Southern California growers—the dinners feature ingredients courtesy of Windrose Farms, Coastal Farms, and Harry’s Berries. This installment’s delicious dishes include a salad of gem lettuce, pickled beets, and bread crumbs, drizzled with green garlic crème fraiche; orecchiette with sausage and Swiss chard; and corn cake topped with strawberry rhubarb compote and corn ice cream from Nathan’s Sweet Rose Creamery. Proceeds from the $80-per-person meal ($115 with wine pairing) will benefit Common Threads, a non-profit that offers free cooking instruction to low-income families. Reservations now available for six separate seatings: 5:45 PM, 6 PM, 6:15 PM, 8 PM, 8:15 PM, 8:30 PM. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-5405
The Standard Hotel and Warby Parker Introduce The Readery
Downtown LA hotel sells books and sunnies out of a cool vintage kiosk.
July 09, 2012
The Standard Hotel Downtown LA in partnership with sunglasses brand Warby Parker has launched a colorful pop-up kiosk selling books and shades. The Readery features classic novels from the likes of J.D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac, industry newspapers (Women’s Wear Daily, Financial Times), and must-read magazines (Vogue, Wallpaper), perfect to peruse while lounging by The Standard’s scenic pool.
Also offered in the 60’s-inspired stand—Warby Parker shades, including a pair designed exclusively for The Standard Hotel. Unisex with a retro vibe, the Warby Parker x The Standard frames feature angular detailing, and a twist on the classic tortoiseshell. Each pair comes complete with an orange lens cloth designed by artist Jeff Canham. 550 S. Flower St., LA, 213-892-8080, shopthestandard.com
New Longchamp Bag Jazzed Up by Jeremy Scott
Multi-colored Keyboard Bag coming soon to stores.
July 09, 2012
A fashionable take on technology, the coming-soon Keyboard Le Pliage Bag from Longchamp and Jeremy Scott shows the designer’s penchant for pop culture and the digital world. The large canvas tote—with a rainbow front and ocean blue back—makes an ideal travel companion for you and your laptop.
Expected to be stocked in the next one-two weeks, the bag marks Scott's 12th collaboration with the French-based brand. Purchase Keyboard Le Pliage online and at the South Coast Plaza Longchamp store, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-436-1963
Copenhagen Pastry Comes to Culver City
Delicious Danish import makes for a sweet snack or breakfast spot.
July 06, 2012
Although still in its soft opening stage, samples of authentic Danish delights at Culver City’s Copenhagen Pastry are already receiving acclaim. Made from scratch, traditional baked goods include fruit and custard-filled spandauer (known in America as Danishes), kringle (comparable to a cinnamon bun), almond shortbread rings, butter cakes, and rye bread.
Flaky and light as air, the fresh-out-of-the oven pastries come courtesy of owner Karen Hansen and consultant Henrik Gram, a veteran baker at Hygge Bakery in downtown LA who has been perfecting his pastry skills since 1971. Modernly designed with sleek wood, white walls, and pops of orange, the bakery is a cheerful place to stop for an afternoon snack or morning treat. A grand opening is slated for July 15th. 11113 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-839-8900
New Nightlife Spot: Bootsy Bellows
David Arquette brings an eclectic Rat Pack-style club to West Hollywood.
July 05, 2012
Bootsy Bellows, a nightclub that puts a spin on the Rat Pack era, is now open for business. The 1950s-inspired spot is a new venture from actor David Arquette in partnership with Brian Toll, Darren Dzienciol, Deborah Maguire, and John Terizian. Drawing its name from Arquette’s late mother—a burlesque dancer who performed under the moniker “Bootsy Bellows”—the Sunset Boulevard hangout features over-the-top entertainment such as life-sized puppet shows, burlesque dancers, a shadowbox theater, and piano concerts.
In addition to the theatrics, the décor is straight out of a vintage supper club. Bootsy Bellows is split into two rooms—a main space featuring an expansive dance floor, DJ booth, and strobe lighting, and a more intimate lounge complete with couches, dangling disco ball, and framed pin-up photos of Arquette’s mom. Already attracting A-list celebrities (Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez, and Robert Pattinson partied at its soft opening on June 26), Bootsy Bellows is sure to be summer’s most buzzed-about venue. 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-274-7500
Weekend Recommender: July 6-7
Catch two must-see performances and a cool fashion collaboration.
July 05, 2012
Ashley Zisook, Sofia founder, and Cisco Adler, behind Bananabeat, combine for a pop-up in Malibu.
Opening Night of Jekyll & Hyde
Begins Friday, July 6, 8 PM
Robert Louis Stevenson’s renowned tale of good versus evil takes to the stage at The Met Theatre Los Angeles. Presented by The DOMA Theatre Company, this Tony Award-nominated musical stars Kari Irwin and features classic songs by Frank Wildhorn. Runs through July 29; tickets $10-35. 1089 N. Oxford Ave., LA, 323-465-0693
Grand Opening of Sofia Presents the Bananabeat Boutique Pop-Up
Saturday, July 7, 11 AM
Chicago-based retail shop Sofia partners with Cisco Adler’s music lifestyle Bananabeat brand to launch a pop-up in the Malibu Country Mart. An eclectic mix of fashion and music, the spot will include in-store events and interactive promotions, as well as exclusive pieces from labels like M2F Brand Denims, MINKPINK, NOV Vintage, Oakley, Freedom Artists, Lighting Bolt, Luxla, Barbara Adler Jewelry, Ani Lee, and Luv AJ. Opening party features music, food, and cocktails. 3868 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310-456-1615
Pageant of the Masters Commences at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts
Begins Saturday, July, 7, 8:30PM
The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach introduces its much-anticipated showcase, the Pageant of the Masters. This year’s theme, The Genius, examines the relationship between arts and science with live interpretations of famous works. Held in an outdoor amphitheatre, the show is choreographed with original music, live narration, and imaginative sets. Pageant of the Masters runs every night through August 31; general admission is $15 and includes free admission to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, 949-494-1145
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.