September A Busy Month with Causes and Concerts


“Huxley,” the narrator of “Walking with Dinosaurs,” stares at a Stegosaurus in a scene from the show.

It’s a big event for a big cause. The fight against cancer has rallied Hollywood’s celebrity troops for the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) star-studded telecast on Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Once again the special will air across all the major networks, plus numerous cable outlets, and combine education with entertainment to help the cause.

Hosted by Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams, the one-hour fundraising show will be commercial free and executive produced by Laura Ziskin, a cancer survivor. Former Paramount studio chief Sherry Lansing is one of the co-founders of SU2C. She said numerous celebrity cancer survivors will be featured, including Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Fran Drescher, Elizabeth Edwards, Michael C. Hall, Sofia Vergara, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sharon Osbourne and Maura Tierney. This year’s SU2C theme is “living with and surviving cancer,” and will show Americans where their donated money is being spent.

During the recent TV press tour, Laura Linney talked about her acclaimed new Showtime series The Big C, which focuses on how a woman deals with her cancer through humor and living life to the fullest.

“It’s more than trying to have a bucket list,” Linney said. “I think she’s trying to figure out who she wants to be, more than what she wants to do.”

She acknowledged that every person’s experience with cancer is deeply personal and unique. She said she joined the SU2C, which is dedicated to the 12 million U.S. cancer survivors, because she has lost loved ones. Tune in to support the cause.

The New West Symphony has announced the debut of the New West Pops, which will present “From Broadway To Hollywood: In Concert,” with special guest star Lorna Luft. The show, hosted at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Sept. 16th, and at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Sept. 19th, will be conducted by artistic director Steven Goldstein. The daughter of the legendary Judy Garland, Luft will perform selections from her award-winning show Songs My Mother Taught Me, with the New West Pops orchestra. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New West Symphony’s music education programs in Los Angeles and Ventura county schools.

A super showcase for fashionistas is Macy’s cool Glamorama event. It will feature haute fashion and hotter music as models strut the runway set up at the historical Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 16th. Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama is the fall fashion season event benefiting local HIV/AIDS charities. Top designers, — from Calvin Klein to Cavalli – and singers Macy Gray and Eric Hutchison will be featured at the exciting fully choreographed fashion show.

A celebrity poker tournament will take over the Petersen Automotive Museum with Get Lucky for Lupus on Sept. 22. The event will also feature music by American Idol runner-up DJ Blake Lewis, and an auction with unique celebrity memorabilia that will help raise funds and awareness for Lupus L.A.

A real legend in the music world, Pat Boone will be doing a show to benefit the Society of Singers, a cause close to his heart. The world premier of “An Evening with Pat Boone: A Pop Culture Journey” takes place Sept. 22 at the Skirball Cultural Center. It will be half concert, half story-telling, and fully entertaining. Having enjoyed Boone on the dais of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters roasts, I know he is unbelievably funny.

On stage at the Skirball, Boone will deliver his hit parade, and tell tales about everything, from Elvis being his opening act, to presidents he has known, to making his famous Metal Mood album with the help of Ozzy Osbourne. Also, Boone is about to release Near, a new romantic CD of classic and original love songs to celebrate his half-century in show business.

The original “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” will end its three year North American tour with seven performances at the Staples Center, Sept. 9 through Sept. 12. Yes, the awe-inspiring, life-size animatronic dinosaurs that were brought to life by The Creature Production Company to thrill audiences of all ages will once again be extinct. Catch them while you can.

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