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Michele Danner, Kenny G, Lyndie Benson

& Cindy Crawford at "Moments"

Talent reigns supreme in the household of superstar Kenny G, as his wife, Lyndie Benson has gained a reputation as an outstanding photographer. Her enviable list of subjects includes Rob Lowe, Wayne Gretsky and scads of celebs like gorgeous Cindy Crawford, who was on hand at her newest exhibit “Moments”. One of Lyndie’s most famous subjects is “Buddy” the beloved dog of former President and Mrs. Clinton, and was used as part of campaign for the Aids fundraiser PAWS-LA.

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Matthew Settle & Tonantzin Carmelo

Stars of "Into the West"

The opening night cocktail reception was held at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, and was hosted by Michele Danner, Executive Director. Danner wears her director’s cap in the film industry too, and has coached such actors as Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Marcia Cross and Christian Slater. She is currently in post production on How To Go Out On A Date In Queens, starring Jason Alexander and Alison Eastwood.

The Museum of the American West was the perfect venue when the American Indian College Fund held their Gadugi Celebration. Leaders of the Indian Community, and a host of celebs, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the 33 tribal colleges, and to raise scholarship funds for American Indian students.

Wes Studi was a brilliant emcee, and was joined by many fellow cast members of the Dreamwork’s produced TNT miniseries Into the West. Among the attendees were Matthew Settle, Tonantzin Carmelo (two of the series leads) and Gary Busey.

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Gary Busey with American Indian Actress Katana
If you want a really outstanding opera experience, try to obtain tickets to Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, which will close on June 19th. This new production, staged by Austrian artist Gottfried Heinwein is a delight – visually and vocally. The opera is designed in three colors- BLUE (act #1), GOLD (act #2) and RED (act #3). While the effect is a bit jarring, you become so immersed that you don’t even recognize the difference.

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Lovers Adrianne Pieczonka

& Alice Coote in "Der Rosenkavalier"

“A painter tends to hear in color, and to them, an opera is a series of paintings that affects what happens on stage directorially”. This is the mantra of Mr. Heinwein, and it works! Actor Maximillian Schell (who won an Oscar for best actor for Judgment At Nuremberg) took on a new role, as Director of the production, and his collaboration with Heinwein is astonishing. Opera is only successful, if all the elements connect in the same spirit.

With voices like Adrianne Pieczonka, Alice Coote and Elizabeth Furtal, and the aforementioned artists, Der Rosenkavalier is an experience you won’t forget on the Hollywood Beat.