Art of Elysium Gala

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The Art of Elysium Gala Honors Ali Larter, Hayes MacArthur and “Visionary” Linda Perry

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Anna Kendrick Among A-Listers Present


For Linda Perry, visionary of The Art of Elysium‘s annual “Heaven” gala, sound provided the theme.

“Basically for me, heaven is evoking emotions through sound,” said Perry in an interview prior to the affair. A singer, composer and record producer, she has written hit tunes by such recording superstars as Christina Aguilar, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Celine Dion, Adam Lambert and others.

“I see the healing aspects of music,” Perry said. “Music can change people.”

So, for the Jan. 11 gala, presented by Mercedes-Benz, she pre-recorded the voices of hospitalized children, doctors, nurses, friends and family members chanting “om.” Then by dropping the needles on the gala’s record player centerpieces, the venue vibrated with sound.

“Who thinks like that?” said Anna Kendrick a few nights later, still talking about the beauty of the evening.

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Guests dined on vegan cuisine, which served as the only color in the monochromatic decor, which consisted of uncovered, unvarnished wooden tables.

“I want people to see the beauty of food,” Perry said. “Food is supposed to be vibrant, fresh, filled with color.”

Held at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, the gala honored Ali Larter of “Heroes” and comedian Hayes MacArthur, both active volunteers in The Art of Elysium’s programs. The charity, founded by Jennifer Howell, brings creativity into the lives of hospitalized children through a network of artists, actors, songwriters, fashion designers and others.

Taking place the night before the Golden Globes, the event traditionally attracts much of young Hollywood. Guests this year included Johnny Depp, , Amber Heard, David Arquette, Elijah Wood, Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish, Kelly Osbourne, Amy Smart, Carter Oosterhouse, Joe Manganiello, Camilla Belle, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Busy Philipps, Ashley Madekwe, Rose McGowan, Topher Grace, Dave Annable, Odette Annable, James Marsden, Paz Vega, Shanola Hampton, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sam Trammell, Cameron Silver, Sutton Stracke, Teresa Palmer, Shepard Fairey and Ryan Kavanaugh, chief executive of Relativity Media, among many others.

Performances took place throughout the night by Linda Perry, Steven Tyler, Rain Phoenix, Evan Rachel Wood, The Smokin’ Knights, Gingghar Shankar and Micah Sheiner. Perry’s brother Jay Perry prepared the gourmet vegan cuisine.

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Including tickets priced from $5,000 per person, a live auction and additional support from Tweezerman and Relativity Media, organizers reported $1.8 million in proceeds.

Click here to read my Los Angeles Times story about the gala; click here to see the photo gallery; and click here for my L.A. Times story about Linda Perry’s planning of the gala.


Top photo: Jennifer Howell, The Art of Elysium’s founder, left, presents Linda Perry with the Visionary Award at The Art of Elysium Gala 2014 (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for Art of Elysium)

Second photo: From left, honorees Hayes MacArthur and Ali Larter with Ryan Kavanaugh, The Art of Elysium’s chairman of the board, at The Art of Elysium Gala 2014 (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Art of Elysium)

Third photo: “Heaven” visionary inda Perry, center, with guests Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Photo by Michael Kovac/ Getty Images for Art of Elysium)

Fourth photo: Guests Ashley Madekwe, left, and Anna Kendrick, right, at The Art of Elysium Gala 2014 (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Art of Elysium)



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Art of Elysium Gala 2014

Published Feb. 7, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA