Event co-Chair Liane Weintraub and Richard Weintraub celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Christine Conway. Courtesy of Howard Pasamanick Photography


Dance enthusiast Liane Weintraub put on her Asian-inspired best and helped ring in the Year of the Rooster at a Chinese shindig hosted by Harry and Florence Sloan. They pulled out all the stops at this Bel Air bash. The place was awash in brilliant shades of red and orange with glowing Chinese lanterns and towering floral arrangements. There were exotic Chinese costumes, savory Chinese fare, traditional lion dancers and a performance by the Asian pop band At Last.

The revelers included heavyweights Jerry Bruckheimer and wife Linda, Bert Fields and Barbara Guggenheim, Mike and Irena Medavoy, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi, Power Ranger Haim and Cheryl Saban, locals Elizabeth Hirsch and Ginny Mancini, as well as political commentator Arianna Huffington. Even the consul general of China was on hand as the evening’s special guest.

The celebration continues on Friday night at the Music Center as the Center Dance Association welcomes the Beijing Modern Dance Company for a limited engagement. The company is slated to perform “Rear Light”-an award-winning production set to the music of the Pink Floyd classic, “The Wall.”


Loads of A-list locals got out the glitz, broke out the bling and walked the red carpet on Sunday night. But for others, there was no place like home. Those who’d had enough of the week’s rain-soaked, road-blocked, real-life drama opted instead for a cozy annual tradition-the Oscar party at Granita.

Watching wide-screen TVs, movie fans marked their ballots and cheered on their favorite flicks. With tasty fixings like goat cheese with Being Julienne Peppers, Lemony Snicket Chicken with a Leonardo di Capers Sauce, Million Dollar Baby Vegetables, Hilary Shank Slow Braised Lamb with a Sideways Pinot Noir Jus and the Aviator’s Spruce Mousse with Ray’s Georgia Peach Swirl, it was an award winning presentation. Needless to say there was “No-bleeping-Merlot!”


Call it the Academy Awards of the wardrobe world as The Costume Designers Guild handed out their trophies for outstanding performances in motion pictures and television. Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Marcia Cross, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were among the fashion lovers who gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to hand out the honors.

As for the winners, they included Milena Canonero for “Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” Colleen Atwood for “Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events,” Jill Taylor for “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and “Sex and the City” icon Patricia Field.