And while on the subject of winning plays in Los Angeles, Kathleen Turner turned quite a few heads starring in Edward Albee's drama, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Ahmanson Theater. Her over the top sexuality and bitchy dialogue were a sight to behold, and Bill Irwin as her harassed hubby, matched her point to point. We particularly were impressed by David Furr's portrayal of Ned, the handsome biology professor who becomes Turner's unwitting prey. Did you know that Turner was chosen as best actress last month at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards in London? She finally found a role she can "sink her ferocious teeth into". I'm tempted to purchase the DVD of the 1966 Oscar winning film starring of Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, and compare performances. The Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles is definitely a force to be reckoned with on the Hollywood Beat.

Restaurant enthusiasts and wine lovers will gather at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday March 1, 2007 to sample a vast array of the finest food and drink that L.A. has to offer - all in one place! The 2007 Planned Parenthood Annual Food Fare will bring together 150 of Los Angeles' best restaurants, caterers, wineries, florists, and entertainers, and is expecting to draw close to 2000 Angelinos with an appetite for great food, great drink, to benefit the non-profit organization.

Tickets for Food Fare are $125 for the daytime session (10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) and $175 for the evening session (6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $150 for the daytime session and $200 for the evening session. Tickets are available online at www.ppaction.org/ppla/events/foodfare2007/details.tcl or by calling 310-395-0098. Food Fare began in 1979 with a cooking demonstration by Julia Child to raise funds for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (www.pplosangeles.org). To date, the annual food and wine tasting event has raised over $6 million for PPLA to support health care services, responsible sex education, and advocacy programs. PPLA is the largest provider of reproductive health care services in Los Angeles County.