Hollywood Bowl Summer Lineup Announced
This summer promises Liza Minnelli, The Black Eyed Peas, Mel Brooks’ The Producers and more.
January 27, 2012
From the looks of the Hollywood Bowl’s just-released 2012 summer schedule, there will be more than music in the air this summer. In addition to hosting musical acts such as The Black Eyed Peas, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding and Liza Minnelli, the famed outdoor amphitheater will host a visual tribute to Pixar and all-star performances of Mel Brooks’ Tony award-winning musical The Producers. Barry Manilow and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are set to anchor the legendary Fourth of July fireworks show and Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo will be an opera headliner. The 2012 summer season kicks off June 22. 2301 N Highland Ave., LA
At LACMA: Ellsworth Kelly and Female Surrealists
See two new exhibitions celebrating the works of Kelly and North American surrealist women artists.
January 26, 2012
To kick off its 2012 season, LACMA is introducing two new exhibits: “Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings” (January 22-April 22) and “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” (January 29- May 6). And the pair could not come from further ends of the spectrum. American abstract artist Kelly will present the first retrospective of his print practice since 1988 with over 100 prints and 5 paintings of his vibrantly colored geometric shapes. Alternatively, “In Wonderland,” which is in collaboration with Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), represents the first international survey of North American women surrealist artists. The collection includes 175 works by 47 artists dating from 1931 to 1968. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-857,6000; lacma.org
Beauty Loops Widens Its Appeal
The chic beach shop recently expanded its boutique to stock even more great finds.
January 25, 2012
Beauty Loops, an upscale Redondo Beach beauty boutique, is marking its one-year anniversary by expanding to include a larger selection for men, women and children. After acquiring the neighboring space, mother and son owners Kathy and Nathan Rosh renovated the store to offer a more airy and spacious setting. Touted as a one-stop beauty supply shop—complete with complimentary facials and makeup application—Beauty Loops carries cosmetics, hair/grooming products, fragrance, jewelry, accessories and children’s toys from an assortment of luxury brands. Says Nathan, “Many of our customers are busy young mothers. Here they can pick up shampoo and eye cream for themselves, aftershave for their husband and a baby gift for a friend.” Riviera Village, 1757 S. Elena Ave., Redondo Beach, 310-944-9400
Trench Coat Best Bets
Five fashionable coats to combat LA’s unpredictable weather.
January 25, 2012
As we head into late winter/early spring, the weather in Los Angeles becomes an unpredictable mix of rain, falling temperatures and gusty winds. A good trench coat is an undeniably classic and stylish solution to such weather woes. Here are five trench coats to keep you warm and on-trend.
Fitness Find: The Nike Plus FuelBand
Keep precise tabs on your physical activity rates with a new futuristic wristband.
January 24, 2012
The new Nike Plus FuelBand ($149) is like a GPS tracker for the body. The wristband accounts for every movement made throughout the day as you work to achieve a set goal. In addition to displaying time, calories burned and steps taken, the band registers your rate of oxygen consumption and motion as “NikeFuel” on a colorful odometer. Using a mobile app or USB connection, the device can be synced with Nike’s website to chart progress and compare results with other Fuelband users.
Lanvin Launches a Line of Specs
Leave it to Alber Elbaz to make prescription eyewear fun again.
January 24, 2012
Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz is known as much for his trademark black-rimmed glasses as he is for his smart and sexy designs. So it comes as no surprise that Elbaz is launching Lanvin’s first eyewear collection this Spring. Modern yet retro, the line of five frames includes vintage-style detailing, timeless shapes and cool color combinations for both men and women. Lanvin Malibu Country Mart, 3826 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-6808
Cinema for Peace Honors Sean Penn
Celebrities and friends saluted Penn during a ceremony that raised $5 million for Haiti Relief.
January 20, 2012
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn at the Cinema for Peace Ceremony
The concentration of star power at the Cinema For Peace Ceremony was rare, even by Hollywood standards. Walking the red carpet in support of Haiti and their friend Sean Penn was George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Donna Karan, Hilary Swank, Mel Gibson, Diane Lane, Josh Brolin, Kim Kardashian, Orlando Bloom, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Leonardo DiCaprio, CAA partner Bryan Lourd and Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov.
Penn was given a special tribute by his Hollywood friends for his work with the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (HRO), which he co-founded in 2010. During the ceremony, Penn’s devotion to rebuilding Haiti, where he spends most of his time, was awarded with the title of Haitian ambassador at large.
Hosted by pundit and comedian Bill Maher, the evening was full of surprises and memorable moments. Bill and Hillary Clinton sent messages of congratulations via video, as did Oprah—who pledged to match the $2.5 million in donations raised during the event’s live auction. Auction items included Bono’s favorite Irish Falcon guitar, which Damien Rice bought for a cool $475,000, and a citrine ring designed by Angelina Jolie, which fetched $60,000 thanks to a lively Diane Lane who jumped on stage to start a bidding war.
Arcade Fire closed the show with a special performance that got everyone on their feet, including the lead singer who played, and danced, on top of a table.
Accessory Find: Rachel Roy’s Charitable Clutch
The Ghana clutch is on a mission.
January 20, 2012
Designer Rachel Roy truly believes that giving is better then receiving. For her birthday, Roy is gifting the children of Ghana education through OrphanAid Africa, a nonprofit organization supporting orphans and vulnerable children through education, care reform and developmental programs. Through January 20, head to the Rachel Roy Facebook page and click “like” for one dollar to be donated to the charity. Roy’s limited-edition Ghana clutch ($49), part of her on-going “Kindness is Always Fashionable” campaign, will also donate 100 percent of proceeds to OrphanAid Africa.
Pacific Standard Time’s Performance & Public Arts Festival
Don’t miss this art-filled spectacle.
January 20, 2012
Judy Chicago, Lloyd Hamrol, and Eric Orr’s 1968 art installation Disappearing Environments
Starting today, Pacific Standard Time’s Performance & Public Arts Festival begins an 11-day visual art spectacular to revisit and reenact the most memorable performance artists in LA’s modern art history. As part of Pacific Standard Time—a multi-museum extravaganza of Southern California’s art scene (from 1945 through 1980) that began in October and ends this spring—the festival (running through January 29) offers more than 30 performances in sculpture, installation, experimental theater and sound art, social and political interventions and just plain spectacle. Expect parachuting painters, iconic punk bands, laser light shows and a 27-ton dry ice sculpture. For a complete schedule visit pacificstandardtimefestival.org.
Prada’s Red Carpet Runway Show
The label debuts its 2012 menswear collection on a star-studded runway.
January 18, 2012
Actors including Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Emile Hirsch walked a different kind of red carpet in the name of Prada last week. The Italian label debuted its 2012 Fall menswear line in Milan with the help of the famous gentlemen, who walked the red runway in a collection of finely tailored overcoats, smart white turtlenecks and fitted pants.
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