The Scene: Monday's benefit premiere at the Cinerama Dome of Sony Pictures Classics and HBO Showcase's "Mi Vida Loca My Crazy Life." A party/rap concert followed at the Palladium. The story of Echo Park's Latina gang members was described as firme --the right thing to be--by the gang kids present. Quentin Tarantino, who won this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes, called the film, "the best movie about gang girls since 'Switchblade Sisters.' "
Who Was There: The film's writer-director, Allison Anders, and stars Seidy Lopez, Angel Aviles and Jacob Vargas. Among the 1,100 guests who "had the pleasure of kickin' it" with the 200 invited gang members were Rosanna Arquette, Debi Mazar, El Vez, Lara Flynn Boyle, Esai Morales, Paula Poundstone, Ione Skye, Colin Callender, Keri Puttnam and Sofia Coppola.
Best Facial Expression: On the 50ish matron who was asked to open her Chanel purse for a weapons check. "What!? You want what!? You want my purse!!?" It was a learning experience.
Dress Mode: Brentwood meets the Eastside. From Echo Park came women in teased hair and serious eyeliner; men with baggy pants, beepers, shaved heads and neck tattoos. From the Westside came the ubiquitous little black dresses, Hermes scarves and cell phones. Sunglasses were the one accessory both groups embraced as a cultural necessity.