Women in Focus at Dodge College

Chapman Film Students Learn From Accomplished Women Speakers were Dawn Taubin, Kerry Ehrin, Debra Martin Chase, Robin Schiff, Janine Sherman Barrois and Deena Katz      The event: Professor Alexandra Rose kicked off “Women in Focus” by pointing out that all of this year’s Oscar nominated films featured stories about men. She named them as “American Sniper,” “Selma,” “Theory of Everything,” “Boyhood,” “Imitation Game,” “Whiplash,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and the winning film, “Birdman.” Not one female-centric flick in the bunch.   The panel: And so, following that sobering thought, Dawn...

Tom LaDuke Opening

Kohn Gallery celebrates Tom LaDuke’s ‘Candles and Lasers’ exhibit       The event: Art patrons converged on the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles on Apr. 10 to check out “Candles and Lasers,” artist Tom LaDuke’s solo exhibition at the sleek 12,000-square-foot...

Women’s Guild ...

Wisdom from Judge Judy, Named “Woman of the 21st Century”     The event: The Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai honored TV’s Judge Judy, a.k.a. the Honorable Judy Sheindlin, at the Apr. 13 “Woman of the 21st Century” awards luncheon and fashion show at the Beverly...

LA Dodgers Foundatio...

Dodgers Turn into Fashion Models – all for a good cause       The event: Earvin “Magic” Johnson kicked off the Apr. 16 Inaugural Blue Diamond Gala by thanking the Los Angeles Dodgers for turning up at Dodger Stadium on their day off. “There are not that...

Stephen Schwartz Pre...

Stephen Schwartz Stages a Magical Preview for Princess Cruises     Stephen Schwartz conjured up an enchanting evening in Santa Clarita, when he previewed “Magic to Do,” the first of four musicals planned for Princess Cruises. One of my all-time favorite Broadway composers,...

Interstellar Live

Interstellar Comes Alive at Royal Albert Hall     From onstage at the stately Royal Albert Hall in London, the legendary Stephen Hawking introduced a distinguished panel of filmmakers before a Mar. 30 screening of “Interstellar Live.” Consisting of Oscar-nominated...

Backstage at the Gef...

Backstage at the Geffen features Lady Gaga, honors Mellody Hobson, George Lucas, David Furnish, Sir Elton John     The event: Lady Gaga gave the audience at “Backstage at the Geffen” a huge surprise Mar. 22, when the Westwood playhouse honored filmmaker George Lucas and Mellody...

Night at Sardi’...

‘Still Alice,’ Producer Maria Shriver. New Kids’ Joey McIntyre honored at ‘A Night at Sardi’s’       The event: The cast and filmmakers behind “Still Alice” were saluted at the annual celebrity music revue “A Night at...

CalArts REDCAT Gala

REDCAT gala honors Gabriel Orozco, Jamie Lynton and Michael Lynton   The event: Stylized maps of L.A.’s artistic landscape, folded into the origami square “fortune tellers” familiar from the children’s game, floated high overhead at the Mar. 14 REDCAT Gala, which...

Venice Family Clinic...

LL Cool J hosts the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala honoring Leslie Moonves   The event: LL Cool J brought a burst of star light to the Mar 9 Silver Circle Gala, as host of the Venice Family Clinic’s 33rd annual fundraiser. Sponsored by the UCLA Health System and the David...

California Science C...

California Science Center Discovery Ball brings Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition to life     The event: If Los Angeles held a contest for the year’s most original fundraiser, the annual Discovery Ball to benefit the California Science Center Foundation would be a favored contender...