PS Arts Express Yourself 2012
Where do the stars take their families for a day of creative fun?
A quick look around the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Nov. 11 makes it apparent that the annual “Express Yourself,” staged by P.S. Arts, was the place to be for entertainment insiders and other Los Angeles VIPs who support arts education in public schools. (Check the picture gallery below for 35+ photos.)
Host committee members Jason Bateman of “Arrested Development,” Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City” and George Kotsiopoulos of E!’s “The Fashion Police” joined guests and their families. Among many others were Lisa Kudrow, Laura Lee Bell, Ryan Potter, Rob Riggie, Julie Bowen, Mark Feuerstein, Sandra Taylor, Adam Scott. Joel McHale, Dondre Whitfield and Salli Richardson, Jason and Randy Sklar, Kimberly and Nic Bini, writer/director Jordan Alan and Amanda Righetti, Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley, Heather Mnuchin and Steven Mnuchin,
More were Jessica Capshaw, Megyn Price, Regan Burns, Dan Bucatinsky, Kim Raver, Rachelle Begley, Neal McDonough, Shawn Pyfrom, Demetri Martin, Matt Walsh, , Colin Ferguson, Robert Herjavec, Lenny Krayzelburg, Aubrey Aderson-Emmons, Tyree Brown, Charlotte Ross, Walton Goggins, Yara Shahidi, Sayeed Shahidi, Ryan Potter, Skye Jackson, Kimberly Brooks, Traci and John Sacks, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, stylist Jeanne Lang, Chris Pegula of “Diaper Dude;” Laurie David, founding director of the National Resources Defense Council; and P.S. Arts chair Pam Bergman.
This much anticipated annual event has become a yearly celebration of family fun, art and the joy of giving. As Julia Sorkin said, “My daughter literally thinks of it on the same tier as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.” Sorkin is one of the event organizers and a trustee of P.S. Arts, which raises funds for arts education in California schools and communities.
Barker Hanger became a children’s paradise for the afternoon, as art booths devoted to pottery making, potato printing on t shirts, candy wrapper art and more thrilled toddlers to teens. Also a favorite: a creative jewelry-making booth, manned by Beverly Hills jewelers Martin and Kelly Katz.
E! Entertainment provided one of the most popular amusements with a booth themed for its “Fashion Police” television show. There, youngsters chose extravagant outfits with feather boas, high heels and sparkling jackets. They then had their makeup and hair done, and finally walked down the fashion runway to the adoration of family and friends.
For all those ready for more active fun, DJ Ben Goldsmith, aka DJ Dojo, proved a great success. He set up a stage where children could perform break dances to rap music.
No one went hungry either, as food booths featured child-friendly fare from Toscana, Il Pastaio, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Dylan’s Candy Bar, M Street Cafe, Josie and Simple Things Restaurant, to name just a few.
“There is no other event like this” said Kimberly Brooks, calling the event an “open experience,” unlike the typical seated charity dinner. Brooks is a PS Arts trustee and among event organizers.
And watching the children, giddy with joy and excitement as they made their way from table to stage to booth, it was easy to see their sense of fun and freedom, thanks to PS Arts Express Yourself 2012.
Top photo: Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” enjoys PS Arts Express Yourself 2012 with her sons (photo: Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images For P.S. ARTS)
Center photo: Joel McHale, left, of “The Soup” and “Community,” and comedian Rob Riggle, right, of “The Daily Show” took their families to PS Arts Express Yourself 2012 (photo: Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images For P.S. ARTS)
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