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Where’s Julie? Breeders’ Cup 2013 Highlights

BCRichieSambora1 185x300The week in Los Angeles ended on a fun note as I enjoyed the Breeders’ Cup festivities at Santa Anita Racetrack.

With the theme of “The Best is Yet to Come,” I spent the afternoon in the Trophy Lounge, along with Celebrity Ambassadors Bo Derek, The Hunger Games’ Elizabeth Banks, and John Ortiz, who played the horseracing fanatic “Turo Escalante” in the HBO series Luck.

Women were dressed in a variety of hats and fascinators, many of which were designed by Christine A. Moore, the Official Milliner Of The 2013 Breeders’ Cup. Christine was kind enough to personally select a fascinator to go with my Armani dress, which even received a thumbs up from Elizabeth Banks.

Musical performers Kristin Chenoweth and Richie Sambora were on hand. Kristin laughed as we spoke on the Purple Carpet, as she admitted she was a “Runaway Bride,” not once, but twice. Kristin, with her new pixie haircut, appropriately selected the “Game on Dude” sign for her photo in the Twitter booth. Richie and I talked about growing up in New Jersey and shared which exits we both lived at. He was thrilled to have been selected to do the first guitar version of the “Call to Arms” as part of the ceremony.

From purple outfits to extravagant hats and an even more extravagant $25 million purse, Los Angeles was proud to host the Breeders’ Cup this year. Next year, the Breeders’ Cup will also take place at Santa Anita Racetrak, starting on Halloween. Will there be more orange outfits next year? Perhaps we’ll be able to say, “Orange is the new Purple.

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Kristin Kristin Chenoweth – Breeders’ Cup

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John Ortiz and Julie Spira

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Christine A. Moore, Breeders’ Cup Milliner

Photo credits: Society News LA     Follow @JulieSpira on Twitter

Where’s Julie – The 2013 Emmys

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Julie Spira and Dot-Marie Jones at Prime-Time Emmy Nominees Party

It was quite an exciting weekend in Los Angeles, where I enjoyed attending the 65th Primetime Emmy festivities. Along with Ellen Olivier, founder of Society News LA and contributor to the Los Angeles Times, we hit three Hollywood events and enjoyed meeting the Emmy nominees, while mingling with friends at many of the parties in town.

Dressed in a Herve Leger “Candice” bandage dress for the evening,  our first stop was at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Annual Performers Nominee Party” held at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Spectra at the Pacific Design Center.  We spoke with Dot-Marie Jones from Glee, spotted Lilly Tomlin, complimented Modern Family’s Julie Bowen on her stunning dress, and watched as many of the nominees took the stage.  Many of us took photos in the Twitter photo booth to instantaneously share tweets from @PrimeTimeEmmys to our friends and family.

Out next stop was the Variety and Women in Film party held at Scarpetta at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. The event honored the female nominees. We spotted the stunning Raquel Welch, who looked beautiful in a leopard dress and spoke to Jenna Ushkowitz of “Glee,” who talked about her sadness on the death of former Glee star, Cory Monteith and the controversy of his upcoming tribute at the Emmys.

We ended the evening at one of my favorite spots in town, Fig & Olive, which was packed to capacity and hosted by Entertainment Weekly. We walked in to the event with the adorable Kristin Chenoweth and I had to compliment her on her amazing performance that I attended a few weeks earlier at the Hollywood Bowl. Before we left, we spoke with Harry Hamlin from Madmen, along with his stunning wife, Lisa Rinna.

Guests left with swag bag, generously filled with hair and makeup products from Loreal. It was truly a Hollywood weekend and it was an honor and joy to have attended some of the best parties in town before getting ready for the exciting Emmy Awards.

As I stood on the stage next to the Emmy-like statues, all I could think about it, a girl can dream. I hope someday there will be an Emmy in my future.

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The Rolling Stones – You Made a Grown Girl Smile

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Mick Jagger and Gwen Stefani – Los Angeles

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about my whereabouts in “Where’s Julie,” but it was a date night to remember that I wanted to share with you.

As a Rolling Stones fan who has seen the world’s greatest rock and roll bank in concert over 40 times, I was super-excited to have great seats for the kick-off of their “50 and Counting” anniversary world tour, which started in Los Angeles.

On Friday night at the Staples Center, even with the controversy of the overpriced tickets, I was treated to two hours and twenty minutes of solid rock and roll and another memory that will remain in my heart and soul forever.

As a former music radio DJ, I’ve had the unique experience of meeting the band, seeing them perform for four decades spanning three countries, I couldn’t miss this historical event, even as I wondered if it would be my last time.

Speculation was abuzz all week long as to who the surprise guests would be. After all, this is Los Angeles. If Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga showed up in New York, someone could easily hop on stage from the audience to add to the harmonies on a tune or two.

Prior to the show, Keith Urban tweeted to his 770,000 fans:

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Urban sang to the song “Respectable” from their Some Girls album. The snippet of the video clip from his performance was posted to his twitter page and can be found here.

We also knew prior to show time that Gwen Stefani would be making a guest appearance and we were treated to her accompaniment on “Wild Horses.”

The show started an hour late, possibly due to the late arrival of Jack Nicholson, a regular at the venue during the Lakers Games. Nicholson received a standing ovation as he made his way to the front of the stage area.

Shortly there after, the UCLA Bruins Marching Band arrived for an introduction to “Satisfaction.” Then one of the greatest shows began.

In a stage designed with their signature tongue, we were treated to 23 songs and a few memorable quotes:

  • “The only reason we’re here is to make the Laker’s look younger.” ~Mick Jagger (referring to the concert date change due to the NBA Playoff’s)
  • “It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.” ~Keith Richards
  • “Good evening L.A. Or is it really Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Santa Monica?” ~ Mick Jagger (referring to the high-priced tickets)
  • “It’s either us or the Lakers, so now you’ve got us.  It doesn’t matter to Jack Nicholson because he was coming to both of them.” (Jagger’s apology for the date change).
  • “We first played LA in 1965. Thank you for coming to see us. We really appreciate it.”

Jagger ran around the stage like a Mexican jumping bean causing anyone in their 60s and 70s to feel a bit jealous of his energy.

There wasn’t a fan in the crowd, who didn’t feel completely satisfied from seeing the world’s greatest rock and roll band.”

Set list.

1.    Get Off of My Cloud
2.    The Last Time
3.    It’s Only Rock ‘n’Roll
4.    Paint it Black
5.    Gimme Shelter
6.    Wild Horses (with Gwen Stefani)
7.    Factory Girl
8.    Emotional Rescue.
9.    Respectable (with Keith Urban)
10.    Doom and Gloom
11.    One More Shot
12.    Honky Tonk women
13.    Before They Make Me Run
14.    Happy
15.    Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
16.    Miss You
17.    Start Me Up
18.    Tumbling Dice
19.    Brown Sugar
20.    Sympathy for the Devil
Encore
21.    You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Cal State Long Beach Chamber Cole Conservatory Choir)
22.    Jumpin’ Jack Flash
23.    Satisfaction

A Stylish Party hosted by Elizabeth Banks, Malin Akerman, and Milla Jovovich

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Milla Jovovich and Elizabeth Banks

The invitation simply said, “Come Exposed,” but not naked. It was a star-studded crowd at the Restoration Hardware Gallery Store in Los Angeles  as we gathered to celebrate the opening of the brand’s new Spring 2012 collection, entitled “Exposed.”

Not sure what to wear, I selected a royal blue off the shoulder dress from designer Tadashi Shoji after sending out a tweet for suggestions. Malin Akerman wore a beautiful red dress that captured a few eyes.

The home decor includes settings perfect for a romantic evening at home with your date or sweetheart. Stunning chandeliers were wrapped inside bird cages for a dramatic look. Candles set the mood in the beautiful store.

The Hunger Games co-star Elizabeth Banks was on the host committee along with Milla Jovovich, Abbie Cornish, and Malin Akerman.  The film opens today. A live musical performance from The Pierces added to the evening as the crowd sipped on Bellini’s and Moroccan mint Bellocq tea.

For more details and photos, visit SocietyNewsLA.

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Restoration Hardware Gallery Store

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Malin Akerman and Julie Spira

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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

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/

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

Where’s Julie – P. S. Arts – We Love You

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Julie Spira and Lisa Kudrow - P.S. Arts

I truly felt like a kid in a candy store at the P.S. Arts Express Yourself annual arts festival. Having my photo taken with the iconic Target puppy dog, complete with a red-painted bullet eye, nibbling on cupcakes and caramel apples, and seeing some of the most creative arts projects for children to enjoy was a treat for those in attendance.

For 14 years, parents, kids, and big kids at heart throughout California wait for the Express Yourself celebration.  The annual creative arts fair and family day was held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, which was recreated like a circus event with art projects galore.

Laurie David, one of the founders of the P.S. Arts gala shared her passion for bringing arts back into the school systems. “I can’t imagine what like would be like without the arts,” was repeated by most of those in attendance. Sure, I remember going to art class as a child growing up while attending public school. It was one of my favorites.

PSArtsTargetdog 150x150Unfortunately, statewide budgets have eliminated the arts from most of the school systems. With 50 schools benefitting from this organization, kids can have the creativity they need to grow and flourish.

California celebrities in attendance with their kids included Debbie Mazur, Marcia Cross, Camryn Manheim, Lisa Kudrow, and Lisa Rinna.

Thank you to the entertainment community of Los Angeles, who joined together to make sure that the children in selected schools throughout Los Angeles won’t live an art-free life.

For more information, visit PSArts.org

The Inspiration Gala

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Julie Spira and Sharon Stone

The invitation simply stated, Black tie or Black leather. It was the first annual Inspiration Gala – A Celebration of Men’s Style in Los Angeles.

Held on October 27, 2010 at the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood and hosted by Kylie Minogue, the benefit to support amfAR, featured Sharon Stone, a very special performance by Courtney Love and Dita Von Teese, and menswear designs by Jean Paul Gaultier & DSquared. Earlier this year, Galutier was the recipient of the amfAR Inspiration Award in New York.

Sharon Stone, Global Fundraising Chairman and I were the only women that dressed in black leather for the occasion. Stone was wearing a DSquared leather dress and I was dressed in Escada.

The actress has been involved with the organization since 1995 and has traveled all over the world to create awareness and raise funds for AIDS research.

After dinner I eavesdropped in a conversation with Courtney Love talking about Love. The singer performed versions of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” for the intimate Hollywood crowd.

Since 1985, AmfAR HAS Raised more than 307 million dollars. The amfAR Inspiration Galas were held earlier this year in New York and Paris.

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Singer Natasha Bedingfield and DSquared Fashion Models

Author and Dating Expert Julie Spira at Artspace Warehouse

artspacelogoOn Friday November 5, 2010, Julie Spira, bestselling author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online will be signing copies of her book at Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles.

View the new exhibition Abstract Passion and enjoy the champagne reception while receiving dating advice for singles looking for love online in time for the holidays. Already attached? You’ll still need to brush up on your skills on how to date your mate.

Artspace Warehouse offers original artworks from ambitious international artists to the public at affordable prices for every budget. Many of the original pieces cost as much as a pair of designer shoes.

Julie Spira has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, iVillage, Match, eHarmony, and WIRED with her online dating advice. She was named one of the Top Columnists to follow on Twitter and was listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people in social media in Fast Company.

  • What: Book signing for bestselling author, Julie Spira
  • Where: Artspace Warehouse, 7354 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • When: Friday, November 1, 2010, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

 

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