It all started with an email from my friend Susan Michals, ” I know you’re a dog person but do you want to come to the Cat Art show?” Cat’s I thought? My curiosity was piqued, and I like to support my friends, so I RSVP’ed yes. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect…
WOW! Cat Art Show LA, “the largest multi-artist exhibition of cat inspired artwork for sale ever exhibited,” is absolutely brilliant! We’re talking art with heart and humor, boasting an impressive array of artists from Tracy Emin to Shepard Fairy. There were so many pieces I wanted to purchase – especially fellow writer/blogger/artist Lisa Borgnes‘s Broke Ass Baby Daddy. Indeed, the art was selling like hotcakes.
Traffic on Grammy weekend is appalling, so we arrived fashionably late only to find people enthusiastically dressed for the occasion in a line that spanned all the way round the corner and down the block.
In fact, the eclectic yet uber cool crowd made for the most interesting people watching I’ve seen in LA in a long time. Much more Soho than Hollywood. I also found it rather amusing there were no actual felines in attendance , but there were several, rather nervous looking dogs there.
Of course Marc Gomes, my gallant foodie friend treating me to dinner at Osteria La Buca afterwards helped make it the perfect Saturday night out. The exhibit is only up until February 2nd, so get your tails over to 6205 Santa Monica Blvd. fast, if you’re in Los Angeles!
As it turns out, Sunday would belong to old friends. It started with bumping into Christina Estrada, one of my favorite fellow models from back in the day, orchestrated by mutual friends Austen Palmer and birthday boy Andrew Bentley. Our gracious hosts always throw the most fun parties with a divine mix of warmth, humor, style, and sinfully delicious food .
Andy and Austen are also masters of throwing an interesting mix of people together. Apart from avidly catching up with Christina, I had a fascinating and somewhat terrifying conversation with a filmmaker working on a documentary that delves deeply into the damage we’ve done to our planet, another discussion about spirituality with a psychic witch, followed by being utterly gobsmacked by the card tricks their magician friend preformed – Austen swears all the cards were facing him, and the card he’d picked was not in the deck, but then a photo of his card mysteriously showed up on my cell phone camera?!
It was a fabulous weekend thanks to my many talented friends. Watching old pal Nile Rodgers (along with Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk) win three Grammy’s was the icing on the cake! A huge congratulations shout out to the man who would literally touch the stars if he stood on all of the Grammy winning records he has written and produced over the years. This is my adaptation of a soup Nile made for me a few years ago to make you feel as warm, cozy, and as happy as I was this weekend.
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