October 14, 2011 | Page 17
HAPPY BIRTHDAY–Rosa Kunin celebrated her birthday with a party at Spago hosted by. Shirley Branman and Renee Kumetz. Standing (from left): Barbara Lewis, Simone Katsef, Lea Purwin D’Agostino, Joan Mangum, Gloria Kaplan and Linda Schwartz. Seated (from left): Lee Smalley, co-hostess Branman, honoree Kunin, co-hostess Kumetz, and Marianne Berman. Photo by Maxine
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences celebrated the power of TV–and specifically, eight programs which have had significant impact on the viewing audience and the ability to spark positive social change. Honored were The 16th Man, The Big C, Friday Night Lights, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Parenthood, Private Practice and War Torn 1861-2010. The programs selected this year explore such critical issues as sexual abuse and assault, racism, mental health and trauma, teen pregnancy, autism, living with a life-threatening disease and good nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity. Presenters and honorees included... Chris Connelly, Lori McCreary, Holly Robinson Peete, Jenny Bicks, Darlene Hunt, Aimee Tergarden, Jason Katims, Randy Jackson, Dominique Dawes, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Ricci, Scott Berkowitz, Ray Dotch, Candi Carter, Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Jason Katims, KaDee Strickland, Betsy Beers, Amy Brenneman, Paul Adelstein, Caterina Scorsone, John Shaffner, Sheila Nevins, James Gandolfini, Lauren Graham, Erika Christensen, Max Burkholder, Matt Lauria, and Florence Henderson. Dana Delany, star of ABC's Body Of Proof, hosted the event at The Beverly Hills Hotel. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, founded in 1946 at the birth of the medium, is a non-profit devoted to the advancement of telecommunication arts, sciences and creative leadership. ****** The American Diabetes Association of L.A. hosted a roast fundraiser that surely would make Dean Martin proud. Angelenos came and partied with the stars and politicos while helping to raise contributions to support education and prevention of diabetes. At this year’s 14th annual Political Roast in The Beverly Hilton, L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine was skewered about his girlfriends, being a former policeman and his unique style. He was even at one point flanked by belly dancers. Zine, who at previous events, has enjoyed taking shots at some of the past honorees, rides his Harley Davidson on weekends and is known as one of the most colorful characters in Los Angeles. Emcees–actor Jason Alexander and KABC radio host Peter Tilden–roasted just about every politician present.
The event was a huge success, attended by 1,000+ and raising more than $50,000 for local diabetes programs. ****** At the Franklin Canyon Ranch, Sundance Institute, the renowned non-profit arts group, hosted its first-ever L.A. area benefit “Celebrate Sundance Institute.” This festive evening saluted the institute founded by Robert Redford and was hosted by its trustees and Celebration Host Committee. After remarks from Cary Fukunaga and an introduction by Sundance Institute's founder/president Bob Redford, the event honored Michelle Satter, Sundance's director of the Feature Film Program since 1981, with the Vanguard award and celebrated the feature film3 program’s 30th anniversary. The evening also featured remarks from Wally Weisman, trustees chair, Stacy Peralta, Brit Marling, John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Keri Putnam, the institute’s executive director. To close out the night, Fitz and the Tantrums performed a soulful set for the crowd. The event raised funds in support of the non-profit Sundance Institute and its year-round programs in feature film, documentary, theater, film music and Native programming. The annual film festival brings nearly 50,000 people to Utah including filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, students, social change activists, cultural influencers and journalists from more than 110 countries. Celebration Host Committee included Jennifer Aniston, Miguel Arteta, John August, Jason Blum, Jess Cagle, Lisa Cholodenko, Scott Frank, Steve Gaghan, John Gatins, Michael Goldenberg, Steve Golin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Susannah Grant, Jon Hamm, John Lee Hancock, Lynette Howell, Karyn Kohl, Jeremy Konner, Bettina Korek, Kasi Lemmons, Brit Marling, Tracy McKnight, Chris McQuarrie, and James Newton Howard. Still more were David Hyde Pierce, Josh Radnor, Mark Roybal, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Jeffrey and Catherine Soros, Quentin Tarantino, Ondi Timoner, Mike White, Alfre Woodard and Warren Zavala. Many of them attended the event as well as Jennifer Arnold, Don Cheadle, Lauren Greenfield, Clark Gregg, Anna Kendrick, Braden King, Christine Lahti, Demitri Martin, Derek Waters, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. ******