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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene —Neither Rain Nor Cold Kept The Crowds From Frieze L.A.

FRIEZE ART FAIR–Lots of celebrities were on hand at Paramount Studios for the Frieze L.A. art fair. Above (from left): Klaus Biesenbach, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos, Frieze L.A. Director Bettina Korek, and from Beverly Hills’ William Morris Endeavor, Co-CEO Ari Emanuel and President Mark Shapiro. Photos by Owen Kolasinski and Billy Farrell/
Brad Pitt and Sylvester Stallone. Photos by Owen Kolasinski and Billy Farrell/

Posted Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Neither rain nor the cold could keep us away from the inaugural Frieze L.A. art fair held on the backlot of Paramount Studios.

Art collectors and artists from all over the world, curators and directors from various museums, Hollywood and entertainment figures were drawn to this incredible art fair which featured more than 70 local and international galleries including a strong presentation from younger galleries featuring emerging artists.

Many of the galleries I spoke to mentioned how excited they were by impressive sales of the work they featured from so many talented artists.

Among the attendees were Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Annie Liebowitz, James Cordon, Jodie Foster, Maurice Marciano, Michael Keaton, John McEnroe, Joanne Heyler, Brad Pitt, Amy Poehler, Sylvester Stallone, Beck and Ali Shawkat and Raf Simmons.

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A Big Thank You to Offer Nissenbaum, managing director of the Peninsula Beverly Hills, for inviting us to its Chinese New Year Celebration, “The Year Of The Pig”… The pig is the last one in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac signs representing good fortune, wealth, and happiness. It was a delicious Chinese food feast prepared by Executive Chef David Codney that kept us going back for more… and I am so excited to share that, starting March 10, The Peninsula will be serving family style Chinese dinners every Sunday.

Guests also made donations to benefit “A Place Called Home”… This wonderful organization provides a safe, nurturing environment with programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives. When the young people of “A Place Called Home” succeed, we all do.

Again, thank you to the Peninsula for a fabulous dinner and the opportunity to support such a wonderful organization.

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Last week NBC aired an all-star tribute to Elvis Presley… It is 50 years since Presley’s historic 1968 comeback special, which resurrected the singer’s musical career. Taped on Stage 12 at Universal Studios’ back lot, it was a copy of the original setting and many of the singers performing on it recreated the original show.

Singing the “King of Rock & Roll’s” hits were host Blake Shelton, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, John Fogerty, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Mac Davis and Darius Rucker. Also appearing on the tribute were Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley.

So many fabulous hits… So many wonderful memories… But to me the highlight was the original emotional performance from Presley’s ‘68 special  was him, dressed all in white, singing If I Can Dream… A 2018 version of the special will include The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special, a newly released album drawn from Presley’s original broadcast.

It was also interesting to hear from Steve Binder, the director of the original Presley ’68 Special… Kudos to Keith Ehrlick, the show’s producer and musical director Don Was, for a terrific evening.

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