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...

Essence Black Women In Hollywood 2015

Oprah Opens 2015 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon Honors go to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Regina King, Ruth Carter and “Orange Is the New Black” cast members         The event: At the Feb. 19 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon, Essence Magazine honored actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights”; actress-director Regina King of “Ray,” “Southland” and “Jerry Maguire”; Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter; newcomer Iman Milner; and cast members of “Orange Is the New Black:” Adrienne Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo...

Great British Film R...

Brits in L.A. Celebrate 40 Nominations in 20 Categories at Pre-Oscar Party      The event: “The Great British Film Reception,” staged at the London Hotel in West Hollywood Feb. 20, paid tribute to the U.K.’s Oscar nominees, this year numbering 40 in 20 categories. The...

Last Days in Vietnam...

A Champagne Toast to Director Rory Kennedy for ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Documentary     The event: She may have lost out in the Oscars race, but Rory Kennedy, director of the nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam,” was guest of honor Feb. 20 at Dom...