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  • PEN Center USA Event

    By Joy Bennett

    April 17, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Susan Minot, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    This morning I went to a very interesting reading by Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls. It was sponsored by PEN Center USA.  Ms. Minot discussed her book and working life.  The book tells the heartbreaking tale of girls taken hostage by rebels in Uganda, and is based on a true story.  To find out more about PEN Center USA or join, visit penusa.org.

  • RAW Artists

    By Joy Bennett

    April 14, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Sarah Goff of The Elizabeth Kill band, April 13, 2014

    I just went to a delightful private showcase of local creative types last night in Hollywood. They had wonderful musicians, artists, designers, stylists of all kinds, it was a lot of fun. Tons of talented folks around...

  • We Are the Best!

    By Joy Bennett

    April 8, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures

    Last night I was invited to a screening of a very cute and adorable film, We Are the Best! directed by Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.  It’s an appealing and funny tale about three 12 and 13 year olds trying to form a punk band set in 1982 in...

  • Out of the Bronx

    By Joy Bennett

    April 6, 2014 | 5:34 pm

    Writer Jerome Kass, photo by Joy Bennett

    Last night I went to a delightful private reception for a new book, Out of the Bronx by Jerome Kass, published by my friends Robert Wallace and Robert Asahina of Asahina & Wallace.  It was a beautiful afternoon, at a lovely home up in...

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  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concert

    By Joy Bennett

    April 3, 2014 | 10:43 pm

    Richard Montoya at Moss Theater April 3, 2014

    Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections concert at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Their special guest was Richard Montoya, a very talented writer/actor/filmmaker.  He...

  • The Music of Films

    By Joy Bennett

    March 30, 2014 | 8:18 pm

    Harry Gregson-Williams poster at The Wallis

    Today I went to a fascinating presentation at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  Harry Gregson-Williams talked about his remarkable career as a film composer.  He is the musical genius behind the...

  • MONOGEM

    By Joy Bennett

    March 30, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Scott Smith and Jen Hirsh of MONOGEM

    Last night I went to a really cool private music release party by MONOGEM, a very interesting up-and coming band fronted by the charming singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh.  The band is a collaboration between Jen and producer/songwriter Scott...

  • Gloria Film Review

    By Joy Bennett

    March 12, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    I really enjoyed this movie.  The lead actress, Paulina Garcia, plays Gloria, and owns almost every frame of the film.  She rightfully won Best Actress award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival for this role.  Gloria tells the story of a middle-aged (not older as some...

  • Oscar Sunday!

    By Joy Bennett

    March 2, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Cate Blanchett at Santa Barbara Film Festival
    2/1/14 photo by Joy Bennett

    You can watch the Oscars live and go backstage for exclusive content here:   http://oscar.go.com/the-oscars-backstage or through a free App available called Watch ABC  -- exciting!  Have a great Oscar...

  • Oscar Week Event

    By Joy Bennett

    March 1, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    Went to a very interesting panel discussion this morning in Beverly Hills.  It was part of the Oscar Week events and this one focused on the Foreign Language Films.  The directors who were nominated in this category discussed their work, inspiration, casting process, etc., and it...

  • Emily Kinney

    By Joy Bennett

    February 28, 2014 | 11:06 pm

    Emily Kinney photo by Joy Bennett

    Tonight I was delighted to hear Emily Kinney perform at a nightclub in Los Angeles.  Emily is a gifted actress currently on The Walking Dead AMC TV show as the character Beth.  But Emily is also quite a talented musician.  Her charming songs...

  • New Media Vault Mixer

    By Joy Bennett

    February 28, 2014 | 11:34 am

    New Media Vault Mixer photo by Joy Bennett

    Last night I went to the New Media Vault Mixer celebrating their 5th Anniversary and the upcoming Oscars at the beautiful and elegant W Hotel in Hollywood.  This is a fun and lively group of entertainment and technology types that...

  • Pan African Film and Arts Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    February 7, 2014 | 11:28 pm

    After Party at PAFF, photo by Joy  Bennett

    Last night I attended the Opening Night screening and party for the Pan African Film and Arts Festival held at Rave Cinemas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  We saw Of Good Report, a controversial film written and directed by Jahmil...

  • Nathan East

    By Joy Bennett

    February 6, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Nathan East, photo by Joy Bennett

    Recently I had a delightful evening attending a party and live, in-studio performance of songs from bassist Nathan East’s forthcoming debut solo album, “Nathan East” from Yamaha Entertainment Group.  We were treated to a wonderful...

  • Cate Blanchett

    By Joy Bennett

    February 3, 2014 | 8:12 pm

    Cate Blanchett, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  This year, the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award went to Cate  Blanchett.  I attended the Red Carpet and Awards Ceremony last weekend,...

  • A Night at The Troubadour

    By Joy Bennett

    February 1, 2014 | 2:25 am

    Amy Helm, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    Last night I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Troubadour club in Los Angeles, named in 2013 by Rolling Stone as “the second best rock club in America.”  Opened in 1957, this place has traditionally been a favorite of musicians and fans...

  • Henry Rollins

    By Joy Bennett

    January 19, 2014 | 9:47 pm

    Henry Rollins, photo by Joy Bennett

    I went to the Los Angeles Travel Show today at the LA Convention Center, and while there saw Henry Rollins speak.  He is an amazing, very energetic, unusual fellow.  He’s a writer, musician, actor, spoken word performer, etc.  He’s also a...

  • A Visit to Palm Springs

    By Joy Bennett

    January 15, 2014 | 8:52 pm

    Palm Springs International Film Festival, photo by Joy Bennett

    Just got back from a weekend in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  This was a wonderful event featuring excellent films and shorts from all corners of the world.  The festival was...

  • McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    By Joy Bennett

    January 10, 2014 | 11:16 pm

    McCabe's Guitar Shop, photo by Joy Bennett

    There's a wonderful spot in Santa Monica called McCabe's Guitar Shop that has concerts, all sorts of stringed instruments, lessons, music books, and friendly folks that love music.  It is a favorite place for outstanding musicians to...

  • Anjelica Huston at the Hotel Bel Air

    By Joy Bennett

    December 21, 2013 | 6:40 am

    Anjelica Huston after the reading, December 17, 2013, photo by Joy Bennett

    Last Tuesday I was very happy to attend Anjelica Huston’s reading and discussion of her new book at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, California.  Her book, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in...

  • Messiah Sing-Along

    By Joy Bennett

    December 14, 2013 | 8:51 pm

    Soloists at the Messiah Sing-Along at Disney Hall, December 11, 2013, photo by Joy Bennett

    Recently we participated in the Messiah Sing-Along at the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.  This holiday tradition is a wonderful way to enjoy the season and share in the...

  • A Literary Morning at Hotel Bel Air

    By Joy Bennett

    December 10, 2013 | 8:35 pm

    A. Scott Berg at Hotel Bel Air, December 10, 2013, photo by Joy Bennett

    This morning I was delighted to attend a wonderful reading and discussion at the Hotel Bel Air with A. Scott Berg, author of the excellent biography of our 28th president, Wilson.  It was hosted by the...

  • Kobe Returns to Lakers!

    By Joy Bennett

    December 9, 2013 | 7:39 am

    Kobe Bryant, number 24, in Lakers Game at Staples Center, 12/8/13, photo by Joy Bennett

    The excitement was palpable at the Staples Center last night (December 8, 2013). Kobe Bryant returned to the Lakers after a long 8 month absence due to injury.  Even the Lakers store had...

  • Happy Hanukkah!

    By Joy Bennett

    November 28, 2013 | 5:18 am

    Photo courtesy lemonvilleunited.ca

    Wishing all my readers (both of them!) a wonderful and warm Hanukkah, and Happy Thanksgiving!  We all have so much to be grateful for. May your table be filled with warmth, smiles, and laughter, and may the years draw friends and family even closer, held in the Light of God's love.

  • Annette Bening at AFI FEST 2013

    By Joy Bennett

    November 15, 2013 | 7:09 pm

    Annette Bening, photo by Joy Bennett

    This past week the venerable AFI Fest 2013 has been going on, one of the most important film festivals around. Tuesday night I was fortunate enough to see Annette Bening at a panel discussing her work and life with Arie Posin, the writer...

  • The Breeders’ Cup

    By Joy Bennett

    November 4, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California, November 2, 2013, photo by Joy Bennett

    Last Saturday I was thrilled to be given press access to the Breeders’ Cup Horse races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.  The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the largest purse of any horse race in...

  • Erica Jong!

    By Joy Bennett

    November 2, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Author Erica Jong, photo by Joy Bennett

    Erica Jong is one of those iconic writers whose work has literally changed the world.  Her most famous book, Fear of Flying, has sold 20 million copies worldwide.  So I jumped at the chance to cover her reading and talk with Susan...

  • The Power of Photography

    By Joy Bennett

    October 27, 2013 | 1:28 pm