Open Mind Gala

  Open Mind Gala Honors Demi Lovato   LISA KUDROW HOSTS; CHORD OVERSTREET ENTERTAINS   Who better than actress Lisa Kudrow could there be to host the Open Mind Gala? From her perch on the podium at the Beverly Hilton, she jokingly reminded the audience of her “impressive...

UCLA Institute of the Environment Gala

Paul G. Allen and Toyota honored at eco-focused UCLA Gala   CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, FREIDA PINTO, COURTENEY COX, MOBY, JAMES MARDEN ATTEND     In a conversation during dinner at Monday’s Gala for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Christina Hendricks said her awareness of environmental issues came early in life through her father’s career in the U.S. Forest Service. “There was a scene in ‘Mad Men’ early on where there’s a picnic and everyone throws their garbage out. I was literally sick to my stomach,” said Hendricks, a six-time Emmy-nominated actress, about the AMC show. “It was...

Essence Black Women ...

Aja Naomi King, Issa Rae, Janelle Monae and Yara Shahidi honored at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Gala     If you missed the Sunday Image section of the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 12, here’s my story about Essence Magazine’s fabulous 10th anniversary...

Fun Home Opening at ...

All the Alisons and more VIPs enjoy Fun Home Opening Night in Los Angeles      At the after-party for “Fun Home,” which opened at the Ahmanson Theatre last month, Suzanne Cryer of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” caught up with the actor who is playing cartoonist, MacArthur...

An Unforgettable Eve...

Chris Martin, Jason Derulo, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Isla Fisher join to honor Tom Ford, Judy and Leonard Lauder     As if appearances by singer Jason Derulo, comedian Tig Notaro and actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Hurley didn’t provide enough star...

Zoot Suit Opening Ni...

Talk turns to politics and the new administration at Opening Night of a timely Zoot Suit revival     If opening-night guests at the Mark Taper Forum agreed on one thing, it was that the restaging of “Zoot Suit” couldn’t have been timelier. Based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder...