Archives for April 2011

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum

Today I visited Madame Tussauds Hollywood. I was very impressed with the facility and I think it’s a great attraction for families while in Los Angeles. This venue is 3 stories tall and each level concentrates on different genres.   The 2nd level has a fantastic display of Hollywood icons—Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock, and Paul Newman to name a few.  Other levels well concentrate on sports figures such as Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Tony Hawk and Kobe Bryant. Younger fans will enjoy seeing Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Lady Gaga.  Many interactive activities, and guests are actually encouraged to get up close with the wax figures for photographs. 

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Getty Center, Paris: Life and Luxury

This evening I attended a special premiere at The Getty Center. This temporary exhibition, Paris: Life & Luxury, focuses on Paris during the mid-18th century.   Objects on display include artwork, books, furniture, clocks,jewelry, clothing, candlesticks and musical instruments.  The show runs from April 26th –August7th, 2011   . –Jimmy  

Greystone Mansion and Concours d’Elegance

One of Beverly Hills’ gems is open to the public on Sunday, May 1, 2011, from 10am-4pm. Get a peek into a legendary estate while viewing over 150 world class vintage automobiles and motorcycles.   Concours d’Elegance will also have live music, a marketplace of automobilia, books, fashions and antiques.  Seminars hosted by Industry Experts and 2 for 1 admission to the Peterson Automotive Museum will all be included in the ticket price.  Also, enjoy gourmet food from Beverly Hills finest restaurants, two beer gardens, two expresso bars and two Margarita bars.  $100 advanced tickets available, or day of event tickets are $125.  For ticket information:  310.285.6850 or visit www.greystoneconcours.org  

Hollywood TCM Classic Film Festival

We Angelenos take quite a bit for granted—mountains, palm trees, the ocean and desert.  We also overlook many of the outstanding opportunities we have to experience the creative process behind entertainment.  A perfect example is the upcoming Hollywood TCM Classic Film Festival.  From April 28th – May 1st, 2011, we’ll have a chance to view classics such as, “An American in Paris,” “The Godfather,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Spartacus.”  They will be screening at our landmark venues, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Egyptian Theater, The Roosevelt Hotel, and the Music Box Theater.  Many celebrities will be on hand for discussions before and after the screenings like Debbie Reynolds, Kirk Douglas, Peter O’Toole, Mickey Rooney, Roger Corman, Leslie Caron, Angela Lansbury, Warren 

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Celebrity Sightings at The Grove and The Farmer’s Market

The goal of many visitors to Hollywood and Beverly Hills is to spot a celebrity.  Timing is everything.  Some guests have stayed in the heart of Beverly Hills for a week, hit all the right streets and restaurants, and left without one single sighting.  Others comment on seeing a dozen stars before they even check into their hotel.  I recommend heading over to The Grove and The Farmer’s Market off of Fairfax and Beverly.  Brad Pitt, Selena Gomez, Seal and Heidi Klum, Khloe and Kim Kardashian, Ashley Tisdale and countless others have been spotted here. Not only do you have CBS Studios next door (This is where they tape Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, The Young and the Restless, 

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CicLAvia Foot or Bike the Streets This Sunday

On Sunday, April 10th, over 125,000 people will participate in the 2nd annual Los Angeles CicLAvia event.  A 7.5 mile course is a car-free zone until 3pm.  This family friendly day encourages participants to walk, rollerblade or bike their way through several communities including MacArthur Park, Downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo, East Hollywood and Koreatown. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be on hand for the festivities.  This is a fantastic day to explore Los Angeles and take in its diversity.  It’s a rare opportunity to focus on the surrounding environments without having to concentrate on the road.  

Melrose Avenue

Don’t judge a book by its cover.  I remember Melrose Avenue during its heyday in the 80’s and 90’s.  You could spend all day shopping, eating and people watching.  Melrose lost some off its allure over the years, but now it’s coming back big time.   I walked the stretch between Fairfax and La Brea earlier this week.  I highly recommend footing this stretch, because you miss so much of this legendary street’s personality if you only view it by car.  This area is much more hip and trendy than the west end of Melrose. The shop and restaurant owners have been extremely creative in showcasing their establishments.  This is where you’ll find Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy, Affliction and dozens 

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Recent Addition to The Hollywood Walk of Fame

A huge crowd gathered today in front of The El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.  They were there to celebrate the 2,436th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The honor went to Academy Award-winning actress Penelope Cruz.  Usually these events coincide with a large premiere, which is again the case since her upcoming film, “Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides” will be released on May 20th. Started in 1960, Hollywood just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame. With over 200 nominees per year, the field is whittled down to approximately 25 ceremonies.  If you’re chosen in one of the five fields, (Music, Film, Television, Live Theater or Radio) you must attend the ceremony and the 

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