It’s no joke. Jon Lovitz’s friend, marine life artist Wyland, created a stunning backdrop for the stage at Lovitz’s comedy club. “It’s just beautiful. He added a whale to a Hawaiian ocean scene.” So what’s the problem? “Now we have to insure the painting,” Lovitz moans. Oh, of course it’s worth it, he told me, because it adds to the beach party atmosphere at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal CityWalk.
Lovitz returned the favor by hosting the Wyland Foundation fundraiser for environmental education at his club last month. It was a night of comedy for a great cause, with Carlos Mencia, Steve White and emcee Frazer Smith taking the stage along with the acerbic Lovitz. So how did the Saturday Night Live alumni Lovitz hook up with the eco-friendly artist Wyland? “I had a Malibu beach house decorated with his posters of the ocean and whales, so I’ve been a fan for a long time,” Lovitz said. “Then several years ago, I met him and we became good friends. He’s a great guy, and he encouraged me to open the comedy club. I love Hawaii and wanted to create that kind of island atmosphere, so Wyland told me he’d give me some of his paintings to decorate.” The very generous artist bestowed 14 breathtaking original oil paintings that now hang in the club. “I wanted to know how I could thank him, and Wyland asked if we could host his environmental fundraiser. So here we are, and I am thrilled.”
What’s the Wyland Foundation all about? The artist explained, “It’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through educational programs, public arts projects and community events.” Kudos Wyland.
Anat B. Boutique
Another great event was held across town. It was the grand opening of the ultra-trendy Anat B. Boutique at Century City’s Westfield Plaza (there’s already a little shop at Sherman Oaks’ Westfield Fashion Square). With October designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Anat B. used the occasion to raise funds for research. OneHope Wine winery was an event sponsor and was also donating to the cause. Jennifer Taylor, Charlie Sheen’s stunning girlfriend on Two and a Half Men, was on hand wearing a colorful, curve-hugging dress from Anat’s collection, and praising the generosity of her host.
Now, a Great Tip on How to Look Glamorous!
Between Emmy celebrations, I met up with celebrity makeup-artist Brett Freedman at Kalologie Skincare on Robertson. Brett is the creator of the Vanitymark cosmetics line. He puts the emphasis on “beautifully-tailored, balanced eyebrows. I always say that a woman can run around in her grungiest sweats but if her arches are tidy, she’ll still look pulled together.” So I started inspecting photos of celebs on the red carpet and saw Brett is absolutely right. Nothing had a more dramatic effect for your overall appearance. He said a vintage Vargas Girl look is in vogue. Now you know.
Music, the Next Generation
Mark your calendars for the “Burroughs on Broadway” show, October 24 and 25, presented by the John Burroughs High School vocal music association, which features the talented students enrolled in the Burbank school’s award-winning vocal music program.
And speaking of the next generation—the pretty little daughter of the late actor Telly Savalas (“Who Loves You Baby!”) grew up to become a beautiful songbird. Ariana Savalas has performed in Vienna, and is now featured on the new “Corky Hale and Friends—I’m Glad There is You” CD. Recently introduced at the Vibrato Grill Jazz Club, it’s filled with great ladies singing with the acclaimed Corky Hale. Ariana is returning to Vibrato at Beverly Glen Circle, Sunday, October 11 to perform classics from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by her mentor Corky. It’s a real treat for music lovers.