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May 7, 2013 | By August Brown
Last week, Live Nation drew close to finalizing the acquistion of about half of the L.A. EDM promotion firm Insomniac. But that isn't Insomniac's only new partnership of note. The firm has just announced a new collaboration with the hospitality firm SBE on a new venue, Create, located in the former Vanguard space in Hollywood. “Insomniac had done work in that space in the distant past, and they know and love the space,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for SBE. “Now we can play with music, fashion, art and presentation for our clienteles.
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NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
 Shulamit Gallery in Venice, which focuses on the Middle East and features Iranian and Israeli artists as well as L.A.-based Jewish artists, is debuting multimedia artist Jonas N.T. Becker in an exhibition called “Zol Zayn/What If?” The gallery hosted a private dinner Thursday night in the artist's honor. As guests wandered in from the rain, Becker, looking a bit nervous but dapper in a velvet tuxedo jacket, gave a short talk about her work. Then she led the 20 or so guests -- including Craft & Folk Museum director Suzanne Isken, KCRW "Art Talk" host Edward Goldman, collectors and artists -- on a tour of the modern, four-story home-turned-gallery.
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BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Burgeoning hotel and nightclub owner SBE will replace venerable entertainment industry chronicler Variety as the top tenant in a well-known Wilshire Boulevard office high-rise in Los Angeles. SBE, founded by Los Angeles night-life impresario Sam Nazarian, has agreed to lease the top two floors of 5900 Wilshire, where the bright red Variety sign atop the build was visible for miles. The Variety sign was removed in November and will be replaced with an SBE sign by spring, landlord Ratkovich Co. said.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Burgeoning hotel and nightclub owner SBE will replace venerable entertainment industry chronicler Variety as the top tenant in a well-known Wilshire Boulevard office high-rise in Los Angeles. SBE, founded by Los Angeles night-life impresario Sam Nazarian, has agreed to lease the top two floors of 5900 Wilshire, where the bright red Variety sign atop the build was visible for miles. The Variety sign was removed in November and will be replaced with an SBE sign by spring, landlord Ratkovich Co. said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2009 | Scott T. Sterling
Major L.A. nightlife impresario and sometime radio DJ Brent Bolthouse has left Sam Nazarian's powerhouse hospitality firm SBE. Bolthouse is best known for producing lavish, star-studded events across the country and for surviving a stint as Heidi Montag's boss on the MTV show "The Hills." He hosted a weekly show on the now-defunct radio station Indie 103 and occasionally is a guest DJ at KCRW-FM (89.9). "We can confirm that Bolthouse Productions has left day-to-day operations at SBE," said his publicist, Joanna Cichoki.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By August Brown
Last week, a DJ threw a rave at Vanguard. This in and of itself was pretty unremarkable; for years, the imposing East Hollywood warehouse plunked amid car dealerships and the 101 overpass was a staple of L.A. dance music culture, regularly hosting deep-house veterans like Marques Wyatt, even if the room itself was a bit bedraggled. Yet on that particular night, the DJ was the Swedish neo-house festival-topper Avicii and the club was packed to capacity with svelte 1-percenters and younger, rowdier club kids buzzing with improbable news: Vanguard is back on the map. “It was so much better than we expected,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for the hospitality conglomerate SBE. “We were actually wondering afterwards, 'Did we just hurt ourselves here?
FOOD
July 15, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Gladstone's Malibu, the iconic 33-year-old seafood restaurant that lays claim to 700 feet of prime beachfront real estate where the river of traffic on Sunset Boulevard flows into the estuary of the Pacific Coast Highway, had been having a bad decade, or two. If it was going to weather the twin storms of recession and the wrath of Yelp, it was going to need an extreme restaurant makeover. But the fact that it would be saved by Sam Nazarian — one of Hollywood's most glittering night-life players — made for a particularly interesting rebirth.
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The iconic Sahara Hotel & Casino is coming back as a redesigned and reconceived SLS Las Vegas that's expected to open in 2014. Philippe Starck will do the interior design at what will become a resort with name-brand restaurants, clubs and more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites. L.A.-based hotel and restaurant developer sbe, headed by Sam Nazarian and real estate investment firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC announced Tuesday that they have raised $300 million to redo the hotel at the north end of the Strip.
NEWS
September 4, 2012
Hundreds of masked dancers haunt Hyde on Oct. 28 with the return of the XIV Vegas Sessions - this time themed for Halloween. Presented by nightlife giant SBE (the brains behind a dozen L.A. hot spots), this monthly dusk-to-dawn dance party morphs into an after-hours fantasyland with glow-in-the-dark go-go dancers, champagne showers and neon cocktails. Past themes have included “Candy Carnival” where servers wore only sweets - so expect plenty of adults-only tricks and treats. - Jamie Wetherbe, Custom Publishing Writer   Hyde at Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2008 | Charlie Amter
Nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse has already had a busy 2008. The founder of Bolthouse Productions (and SBE partner) took a touring version of his Sunset Strip nightclub Hyde to the Super Bowl (he also took Hyde to Sundance). Later this month, Bolthouse and SBE will roll out their new West Hollywood destination, Foxtail. IS L.A. NIGHTLIFE BECOMING MORE LIKE LAS VEGAS, OR IS VEGAS BECOMING MORE LIKE L.A.? Good question . . . it's hard to say. In Los Angeles, people are starting to spend more money on venues.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Sayers Club, which opened in Hollywood nearly two years ago, is expanding to include a new front room and bar with a menu of pizza, salads and snacks. The club, which is backed by Sam Nazarian's SBE hospitality group and run by the gregarious and well-connected nightlife director Jason Scoppa, used to be hidden behind another SBE asset, the Papaya King hot dog stand. Revelers trying to get into Sayers to see a surprise performance by Prince or the Black Keys, or to watch Jeremy Piven jam with the house band on drums, would enter through an unmarked door at the back of the bright yellow restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By August Brown
There might not be a more shape-shifting dance music producer today than Eric Prydz. The Swede (and recent L.A. transplant) first earned major notice in the mid-2000s as a collaborator with  Swedish House Mafia, with one world-obliterating solo pop hit to his name -- the Steve Winwood sampling, aerobics-video spoofing “Call on Me.” Had he stuck to that path, he might have become an EDM stadium titan -- or flamed out once that goofball tune...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The classy Spanish-Italian-Panamanian-Colombian pop singer Miguel Bosé never has gained much of a foothold with Anglophone audiences in North America. That's a pity, because Bosé, a Latin Grammy Award winner, has a talent for cranking out well-polished singles such as  "Anna," "Te Amaré" and "Sevilla," as well as an experimental streak that has led to collaborations with Michael Stipe and Julieta Venegas, among many others, in the course of turning out some 30 albums. But even if his music remains obscure to most English speakers, at least Bosé will get some love for his extensive philanthropic record this fall, when he'll be honored by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year at a Nov. 20 tribute at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By August Brown
Last week, Live Nation drew close to finalizing the acquistion of about half of the L.A. EDM promotion firm Insomniac. But that isn't Insomniac's only new partnership of note. The firm has just announced a new collaboration with the hospitality firm SBE on a new venue, Create, located in the former Vanguard space in Hollywood. “Insomniac had done work in that space in the distant past, and they know and love the space,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for SBE. “Now we can play with music, fashion, art and presentation for our clienteles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By August Brown
Last week, a DJ threw a rave at Vanguard. This in and of itself was pretty unremarkable; for years, the imposing East Hollywood warehouse plunked amid car dealerships and the 101 overpass was a staple of L.A. dance music culture, regularly hosting deep-house veterans like Marques Wyatt, even if the room itself was a bit bedraggled. Yet on that particular night, the DJ was the Swedish neo-house festival-topper Avicii and the club was packed to capacity with svelte 1-percenters and younger, rowdier club kids buzzing with improbable news: Vanguard is back on the map. “It was so much better than we expected,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for the hospitality conglomerate SBE. “We were actually wondering afterwards, 'Did we just hurt ourselves here?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Paris Hilton arrives at Hollywood's new "it" club, the Emerson Theatre, amid a blinding barrage of camera flashes. The crowd outside pushes in around her, "Day of the Locust" style, before the club's doors swallow her whole. The hangers-on are left pressed up against the velvet rope that separates celebrity, wealth and status from their opposites. Past a coat check and up soft carpeted steps Hilton and other privileged club-goers, including Vin Diesel, Paul Oakenfold and Dallas Austin, emerge at the top of a sweeping grand staircase that leads to a writhing dance floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2010 | By Charlie Amter
In 2009, night-life impresario Brent Bolthouse was an established name at local hospitality heavyweight SBE, the company that brought Los Angeles popular late-night scenes at restaurants such as the SLS's Bazaar and lounges such as Hyde Sunset -- a name that was synonymous with celebrities behaving badly just a few years ago. Bolthouse, with an assist from celeb website TMZ, helped make Hyde hot when it launched in 2006, and he parlayed his success...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Can a nightclub grow up? After-dark venues tend to be short-lived, exploding onto the scene as the hot place to be and then soon shuttered once the gimmicks have run dry or rivals spring up. But Hyde, a night-life institution that saw a feverish intersection of celebrity, exclusivity and new media consumption in 2006, is getting a second chance. "When Hyde came around the first time, there was a market for a small place. Everything was hip-hop and I wanted to play rock music," recalls Brent Bolthouse, the night-life guru who teamed with SBE to conceive the venue.
NEWS
September 4, 2012
Hundreds of masked dancers haunt Hyde on Oct. 28 with the return of the XIV Vegas Sessions - this time themed for Halloween. Presented by nightlife giant SBE (the brains behind a dozen L.A. hot spots), this monthly dusk-to-dawn dance party morphs into an after-hours fantasyland with glow-in-the-dark go-go dancers, champagne showers and neon cocktails. Past themes have included “Candy Carnival” where servers wore only sweets - so expect plenty of adults-only tricks and treats. - Jamie Wetherbe, Custom Publishing Writer   Hyde at Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd.
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The iconic Sahara Hotel & Casino is coming back as a redesigned and reconceived SLS Las Vegas that's expected to open in 2014. Philippe Starck will do the interior design at what will become a resort with name-brand restaurants, clubs and more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites. L.A.-based hotel and restaurant developer sbe, headed by Sam Nazarian and real estate investment firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC announced Tuesday that they have raised $300 million to redo the hotel at the north end of the Strip.
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