Monthly Archives: July 2011

Farewell, Amy Winehouse; Adieu Milly Del Rubio

By Victoria Looseleaf Another day, another death. I don’t like to check email on the weekends, just crank out articles. But my iPhone and iPad were chirping incessantly last Saturday as I was writing my first script for the Los … Continue reading

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Gil and Gustavo: Combustion Squared

By Victoria Looseleaf It was a virtual love fest at the Hollywood Bowl when violinist extraordinaire, Gil Shaham, blew the shell off the 90-year old venue with his reading of Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto. Of course, he had some help … Continue reading

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Dancing on the Dacha

By Victoria Looseleaf Groucho Marx would have had a great time at The Bright Stream. More than Karl Marx, in any case. A comic ballet in two acts, this Stalinist era romp was made in 1935 by Fyodor Lopukhov, head … Continue reading

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Dance, Drink, Whatever

By Victoria Looseleaf The Leaf traveled a lot in one of her past lives (her second book, Whorehouse of the Mind: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and the Space Program, chronicles some of those sojourns), and though it’s taken a … Continue reading

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Lang Lang: Feel the Love

By Victoria Looseleaf He’s got both his groupies and garden-variety fans – as well as the whole world (or most of it, in any case) – in his precious hands: those hands that plunk out everything from Mozart, Rachmaninoff and … Continue reading

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Au Revoir, Roland Petit

By Victoria Looseleaf Just a few words to say ‘merci beaucoup, Monsieur Petit,’ for having given the world some of its most indelible choreographies, including 1946’s Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, followed by Carmen, the most sizzling cigarette girl … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Betty Ford

By Victoria Looseleaf She was one of our most outspoken, dynamic, fearless and memorable First Ladies. She was Betty Ford, née Elizabeth Anne Bloomer, in Chicago in 1918. Her improbable ascent to First Lady as the wife of Gerald Ford, … Continue reading

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Diavolo’s Derring-Do

By Victoria Looseleaf It’s no secret that Diavolo, founded in 1992 by French-born Jacques Heim (his grandfather, also named Jacques Heim, was a couturier who co-invented the bikini and dressed Edith Piaf, among other notables), is Los Angeles’ most popular … Continue reading

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Remembering Ivan Moffat

By Victoria Looseleaf Yes, I’m guilty. Guilty of giving my dear friend, the great raconteur/screenwriter Ivan Moffat, a cigarette (American Spirit), when he was in Cedars-Sinai after having had a small stroke in the parking lot of Le Dome. That … Continue reading

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Hi-Def Dance

By Victoria Looseleaf Having just jetted back to the City of Angels from a quick (16 days, boo hoo), European jaunt in search of high art, culture, haute cuisine and the meeting of fabulous new peeps, preferably those who are … Continue reading

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