Reopening of Friars of Beverly HillsThe legendary Friars of Beverly Hills (formerly the Friars Club) celebrated its recent multi-million dollar renovation with a star studded Grand Reopening. Writer/director/actor John Favreau and Friars Abbott, Larry King hosted the event which brought out such celebs as Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Vince was there to support Favreau, with whom he has co-starred in several films, including Swingers and Made. Favreau currently can be seen in The Breakup, starring none other than sweet Jennifer. Talk about all in the family!
Over the decades, the Friars Club became world renowned for their Roasts. We used to bring our camera crew and record the antics of such notables as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Johnny Carson. Particularly memorable was the Roast for Zsa Zsa (one of the few ladies who received the full treatment). When I commented that her Mother (who was in the audience) was there to hear all the slings and barbs) Zsa Zsa commented, What s the difference, darling, she can t understand English anyway!
for Living Wellness FoundationDarren Schaeffer, new owner of Friars Beverly Hills states: We are looking forward to entertaining an entire new generation of Friars members, and presenting a host of fun, exciting, music and comedy events in the near future. Even Uncle Miltie, who established the Club in 1961 would be proud!.
During our visit there last week, we witnessed an intimate evening of extraordinary music, starring Spain s celebrated Flamenco Pianist, Pedro Ricardo Mino, and the legendary Jackson Browne. The occasion was to celebrate the Walk Across the World Peace Initiative, which is an effort to bring spiritual and combined will to bring a peaceful solution to our troubled world.
We have never heard a piano sound like a flamenco guitar before, and the SRO audience was spellbound by Mino's sensual performance. As for Browne, we were in Hippy Heaven hearing the ultimate singer/songwriter perform some of his classics. Browne is still actively recording. His latest new live album Solo Acoustic, Vol 1 was just released. Like the Friars & that energizer bunny they just keep on going.
at Design House EventAnother stellar performer, Olivia Newton- John, was honored at a gala celebration for Design House 2005 the Green Home. This event was to raise funds for Children s Health Environmental Coalition. Mark McGraw, seen here with Olivia is laughing, because she thought he was a singer like his brother, Tim McGraw. Wrong! Mark is a hot young actor on the scene, who just completed his first role in an independent feature film entitled, The Sensei.
The green carpet was rolled out that night because this event marked the first time a home was the star, not a celebrity. However, Olivia s home in Malibu is quite the showplace. Architect Nancy and James Chuda were on hand, along with Eduardo Xoil, landscape artist from the show Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. No place like a healthy, environmental home on the Hollywood Beat.