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Cirque du Soleil IRIS Premiere Brings Out the Shining Stars

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil

Celebrating 24 years of performances, Cirque du Soleil now has a new home at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. On Sunday, September 25th, celebrities and guests were treated to a VIP Red Carpet event, as Hollywood Boulevard was closed off for a pre and post theatre extravaganza.

Iris, A Journey Through the World of Cinema by Cirque du Soleil combines the musical genius of Danny Elfman, with a whimsical and historical look at Hollywood. According to their website, Iris is described as ?a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process.?

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Matthew McConaughey

Some of the celebrities in attendance included Patrick Dempsey and family, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men, Matthew McConaughey, Ann Heche, Priscilla Presley, Cindy Crawford, Kim Raver, Jon Favreau, James Cameron, and Mario Lopez.

It was a treat to have George Kotsiopoulos, co-host of “Fashion Police” give me a vote of approval on my leopard print dress from the BCBG fall animal print collection.

According to sources, the production cost $120 million dollars, which included digging 90 feet under the stage to be able to store the extravagant set designs. Cirque will remain at the Kodak Theatre for 10 years.

Going to see IRIS will make a great date night and one certainly to remember.

Tickets are available at CirqueduSoleil.com.

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With Fashion Police co-host, George Kotsiopoulos

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Internet Dating Conference Highlights [video]

According to Internet Dating Conference organizer Marc Lesnick, the industry is happy. Over 250 online dating executives attended the 8th annual iDate show at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, where the subject was focused on mobile dating.

I had the opportunity to interview Robinne Burrell, Director of Mobile Products at Match.com; Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch; Monica Ohara, Director of Marketing for SpeedDate, and Joel Simkhai, founder of Grindr about their mobile dating services.

Julie Spira is an online dating expert and bestselling author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at CyberDatingExpert.com and facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert

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Celebrities Unite at 10th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball

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Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane

The color of the evening was purple as much of Hollywood ?joined together to raise over $1 million at the 10th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball.

Tom Arnold, emceed the event and took a moment to mention that we were ?just a stone’s throw away from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s home. He added, “He won’t be making fun of who I’m sleeping with anymore.”

Honorees included Scott Stuber, producer of The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughan, WME Entertainment’s Richard Weitz, and Olivia Wilde from House and The O.C. .

Attendees of the star-studded event included Ashley Greene, Jason Bateman, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, John Favreau, L.L. Cool J, Whitney Cummings, and Matt Lanter.

Dana Walden, event co-chair and chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Television was enthusiastic about breaking their fundraising record by ?surpassing the $1 million mark.” She told the sold-out crowd, “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person,” as she praised the Chrysalis event committee for their hard work and efforts for the cause.

Chrysalis helps change lives of the homeless in Los Angles by helping them get jobs. They serve 3500 people every year. To date, the organization has raised $7 million for the homeless.

After the awards ceremony, there was an after-party on the Brentwood estate, where they served Sprinkles cupcakes.

To make a donation or to learn more about how you can help, visit ChangeLives.org

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Matt Lanter

 

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Julie Spira and Noelle Scaggs

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Vince Vaughan and Chrysalis CEO Matt Loranger

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Tom Arnold

 

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Dream Circus Performer

 

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Ashley Greene

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The 2011 Orange Ball, Paula Abdul, James Denton, the Band From TV

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Paula Abdul - Lupus LA Orange Ball

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was the host to the 11th annual Lupus LA Orange Ball, where guests walked the orange carpet in support of the chronic inflammatory disease.

This year’s honorees were Debbi and Roger Cowan who received the Founders Award. ?The lovely Paula Abdul, now a judge for upcoming FOX TV show “The X Factor – US” graciously accepted the Loop Award for her contributions to raise awareness for Lupus.

One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of Band From TV, a group of a television actors who perform for charity. Desperate Housewives Terri Hatcher (Susan) joined her on-camera husband James Denton (Mike) onstage. Hatcher talked about what it was like to be single and sharing her hope to find that special guy in real life.

Lupus LA hoped to raise $500,000 for Lupus research. Watch the video highlights below.

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BritWeek Celebration With Performance By Seal

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Heidi Klum and Seal

For those other than the 1900 guests invited to the Royal Wedding, there were still many ways to celebrate across the county.

A few hours before Prince William and Kate Middleton’s?nuptials at Westminster Abbey, I was among the several hundred attendees at LA Live’s Event Deck for the 5th Annual BritWeek Gala. The event honored Tim Leiweke, President and CEO AEG, home of the Staples Center and UK’s O2 Arena.

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Seal

Grammy winning performer Seal attended the Gala with his beautiful wife, Super-Model and?Project Runway Judge?Heidi Klum. He performed 6 songs including Knock on Wood, Kiss from a Rose, along with his finale of Crazy.

It was the third time I had seen Seal perform live. With an intimate crowd, it was a spectacular way to honor the British festivities and a night to remember. Seal dedicated a love song to his wife and the crowd created a dance floor along the stage to sing along. Many of us went home without too much time to rest as the coverage began for the Royal Wedding.

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Taste for a Cure with Matthew Morrison and Laura Linney

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Julie Spira and Laura Linney

Listed as one of the “Top 10 Events of the Year” in southern California, the 16th annual “Taste for a Cure” honored Showtime’s President David Nevins. It was heartwarming evening filled with hope for those finding themselves at UCLA’s Jonnson Cancer Center with this frightening and often deadly disease.

400 guests attended the event to fight cancer at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel including honorary co-chair Laura Linney, from Showtime’s The Big C, ?Evan Handler from Sex and the City and Californication, with musical performances from Dancing with the Stars Julianne Hough and Matthew Morrison from Glee.

Select wines and regional dishes from Oregon’s Willamette Valley were sampled

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Julie Spira and Matthew Morrison

during the cocktail reception.

Matthew Morrison’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the perfect song to touch our hearts and give hope to everyone whose lives need to be lifted and filled with joy.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.cancer.ucla.edu/

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Patrick Dempsey Hosted Stuart House Benefit with John Varvatos

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Patrick and Jillian Dempsey

The sun was shining brightly outside the John Varvatos boutique on Melrose for the 8th Annual star-studded Stuart House benefit on Sunday.

Along with his wife Jillian, Dempsey was a gracious host for the Bring Your Heart to Our House Event that drew over 1500 guests including Brooke Burke, Zoe Saldana, A.J. Buckley, Billy Idol, and L.L. Cool J.

The childrens tent was jammed with kids decorating Converse sneakers and Build-A-Bear Houses. 25% of the sales at the Varvatos boutique will be donated to Stuart House.

Grammy winner K.D. Lang and the Siss Boom Gang performed a medley of songs at the outdoor event which raised over $500,000 for Stuart House.

Artist Shepherd Fairey attended the event with his wife and two daughters. Fairey was the guest D.J. at the end of the event and played music including David Bowie, Lou Reed, and even Billy Idol?s Dancing With Myself as Idol watched with a smile.

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K.D. Lang

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Julie Spira and Billy Idol

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Designer John Varvatos

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Patrick Dempsey and Julie Spira

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Guest D.J. Shepherd Fairey

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Where’s Julie – Success Through the Arts Foundation

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Julie Spira and Jackson Browne

March did roar in like a lion. I’ve been busy day-and-night coaching singles who are getting ready for Spring Fever and working non-stop on my second book, The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web.

Today, I took a well-deserved break to support the Success Through the Arts Foundation, held at the trendy Ford’s Filling Station restaurant in Culver City. For non-Angeleno’s this is is the locale of Harrison Ford’s son’s restaurant. Although it was rumored that Harrison and Calista Flockhart would be in attendance, they never made it to the event. However, long-time supporter and Board Member Jackson Browne came to show his support for the organization that has helped thousands of children at View Park Prep and Washington Prep High Schools in South-Central LA.

I had the opportunity to chat with Jackson Browne who was saving his voice for an upcoming performance and reminisced about the days I used to play his music on the radio.

Students played live jazz and blues music while attendees sipped wine tastings provided by Harry’s Wine in Brentwood. A portion of the proceeds from the wine purchase will be donated to the organization. For more information visit sttaf.org

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Dating and Love on the Couch

Yes, I spent part of my Valentine’s Day with over 100 singles on the World’s longest red sofa.

BoConcepts, creator of the 2.2 ton red leather couch teamed up with Hurry Date to help singles who thought they’d be dateless on Valentine’s Day. The event ended with an ice skating mixer at ICE in Santa Monica, CA and I managed to have a romantic late night dinner at one of my favorite restaurants afterwards.

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Just Go With It Film Review – A New Appreciation for Hula Hoops

In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, I’ve been quite a busy Cyber Dating Expert. Hand holding singles who were dateless at the beginning of the month, convincing singles that romance and chivalry was alive and well, and most importantly, explaining the importance of authenticity in your online dating profile and while on a date. All of that got tossed aside when I went to to a private screening of the Jennifer Aniston – Adam Sandler film, Just Go With It.

Based completely on a set of lies, the romantic comedy takes us on a chaperoned charade with Danny (Adam Sandler), a the proud commitment phoebe who had been a jilted groom ten years earlier and his office assistant Kathryn (Jennifer Aniston) who he enlists as his soon-to-be ex-wife.

When Danny suddenly falls for the hot girl Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) who finds his fake wedding ring, he has to jump through hoops to get the girl. Meanwhile,?Katherine is the only woman Danny’s never lied to. Before you know it, the newly disguised family and the hot new girlfriend are all together in Hawaii on one big fake family vacation.

The problem with lies are once you start, you end up making up new lies to cover the old ones, so we’re told to “Just Go With It” and we easily do.

The performance by Nicole Kidman as Devlin, Katherine?s self-absorbed ex-college pal, was worth watching the entire film for.? When Devlin coincidentally appears at the same hotel in Hawaii, the lies got bigger and bigger until the face-off between Aniston and Kidman at the Hula Bar. This brings a whole new meaning to the term Hula hoops and was one of the funniest scenes in the movie.

Jennifer Aniston did a terrific job playing the official wing woman and laughed her way to the bank on Rodeo Drive for her Pretty Woman-esque makeover. There?s also a Bo Derek ?10? moment in the film worth an honorable mention.

Although predictable in many ways, the lesson learned here is to be your authentic self. Living in a pretend world always has a shelf life that will expire. The soundtrack of the film was terrific and I went home humming ?Hawaii? by the Beach Boys and secretly wished I was booking my next vacation to the Garden Isle.

Would you enlist the help of a friend as a professional wingman or wingwoman to help you with your dating challenges? Does wearing a wedding ring attract more women? Comments are welcome.

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