George Christy Talks About S.T.A.G.E., Il Pastaio, Elgart Asher, A Romantic Vision and more | BH Courier

George Christy Talks About S.T.A.G.E., Il Pastaio, Elgart Asher, A Romantic Vision and more

Hosts Paul Swerdlove and Elgart Asher welcomed Shari Belafonte to their dinner at Il Pastaio, preceeding their attendance for the S.T.A.G.E. musicale at the Saban Theatre
Corinna Fields

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Thirty years is a lo-o-o-ng day’s night.

Troopers that they are, Beverly Hills real estate investors, Elgart Asher and Paul Swerdlove (also known as Paolo) haven’t missed an annual performance.

Diehard philanthropists, they’ve enthusiastically hosted, their yearly dinner, often at their posh residence, followed by the S.T.A.G.E. musicale (an acronym for Southland Theatre Arts Goodwill Event).   A charity gathering,  initiated by the indefatigable impresario David Galligan, the director.

Elgart and Paolo’s dinner for 34 last weekend was served  in the new dining room at Il Pastaio on North Canon Drive.  An area becoming a hot restaurant  scene what with the acclaimed e. baldi, Porta Via, etc.

Shari Belafonte and husband Sam Behrens are veteran S.T.A.G.E. supporters, always front and center.

They agree with Elgart that the add-on dining room at Il Pastaio is a winner, comfortably scaled with its decorative olive trees.

Corinna Fields was a surprise newcomer this year, and is expected at this Saturday night’s 64th SHARE Boomtown show at The Beverly Hilton. Where longtime SHARE members like Joanna Carson are honoring dance champion Glorya Kaufman, plus  finger-snapping entertainment by the Fifth Dimension.  SHARE has fetched $65 million since 1953, with advocates being Judy Garland, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Sharon Stone,  Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Willis.

After wining and dining from the Italian menu, the Il Pastaio guests swung over to the Saban Theatre for what was, regrettably and sadly, announced as the final S.T.A.G.E. performance. With singers receiving ovations for their interpretations of music by Michael Jackson, Tony Newley, Andrew Lloyd Webber.  They  contribute their talents, gratis, to fund for APLA Health (Aids Project Los Angeles). 

Bravo to all, and to Elgart and Paolo for their never-ending gifts of big bucks.

Designer Leonard Stanley knows his way around the great houses of the world.  His discerning eye has created deluxe comfort in residences hither and yon.  He remains in disbelief, as do we, with what follows…

Leonard reports that mud-splattered jeans are selling online and in leading stores for $450 and upward. 

And that sneakers, shredded and in tatters, are up for grabs at $l,500 a pair at Neiman-Marcus. 

“Are buyers indicating that they’re just plain folks,” wonders Leonard.

Curiously downplaying their wealth – in other words. Ashamed for being rich?  Masquerading as gardeners?  

Sacre bleu!

A classy gent, Leonard suggests we visit Therien and Company at 716 La Cienega (near Melrose) for the  exhibition of Jeremiah Goodman’s elegant renderings of rooms lived in by Greta Garbo, Diana Vreeland, Edward Albee, and others. 

Jeremiah’s latest book, A Romantic Vision, includes more than 50 interiors that will inspire us.  Available on Amazon, and not to be missed.

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