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September 5, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"What a Pair!" organizers Jody Price and Ruth Stalford paired up with "the beer chicks," Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, and the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica on Tuesday for a class in "Beer Pairing 101. " "What a Pair!" is an annual musical revue, slated for Sept. 25, that features celebrity duets and benefits breast cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute . Over a seven-course dinner, Perozzi and Beaune, authors of "The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer," gave a course-by-course description of the different styles of beer — explaining why, for example, Allagash White beer goes with ricotta cheese and Rodenbach beer complements chocolate.
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April 10, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Following the April 3 game against the Denver Nuggets, 750 Lakers fans poured into the Lexus Club at Staples Center for the 4th annual Casino Night, a $500 per person benefit for the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which promotes education, teamwork and self-esteem by focusing on sports and providing financial aid. Couple Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom took time to pose on the red carpet before heading toward the abundant buffets. It wasn't hard to spot the Lakers as most stood heads above others.
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January 30, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Who doesn't love a good party? That's the attitude of leadership at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. So with that thought in mind, the opening night of Diavolo came complete with a shindig at the French bistro La Cachette in Santa Monica. As a former dancer, board member Jamie Bishton recalled the cast parties he attended after his performances with American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp's dance company and the White Oak Dance Project. "When I was dancing, we wanted to meet everyone who saw the show, not just the select few who paid the big dollars," he said.
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December 5, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Where else but Los Angeles could the names in the audience be as familiar as those onstage? Witness the Nov. 28 opening for "Next to Normal," the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at the Ahmanson Theatre . The guests included Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Camryn Manheim, Sarah Silverman, Rob Corddry, Tracie Thoms of "Cold Case," Adam Brody of "The O.C.," Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family" and Billie...
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February 20, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Actors, filmmakers and other invited guests converged on the Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City on Wednesday for the opening of the Pan African Film Festival, which this year features 121 films from 31 nations. Nate Parker ("The Great Debaters") hosted the first screening, "35 and Ticking," a film by radio personality Russ Parr. Before joining the crowd, Parker said he credited his recent discovery of his Cameroon ancestry as one reason he wished to participate in the festival. "This event celebrates African Americans and African connections," he said.
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July 20, 2012
Dr. Lisa Chu and Bradford James Vesely were married July 11, 2012, at The Four Seasons Resort Maui. Pastor Roland officiated. The bride is the daughter of the Chu Family of Beverly Hills. The groom is the eldest son of the Vesely Family of Rancho Palos Verdes. The bride was escorted by her mother. She wore a white strapless silk gown cascading with chiffon, and her mother's diamond jewelry. She carried a bouquet of white roses. Australia is their honeymoon destination.
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December 26, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Members of a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock were greeted with holiday wishes at a Champagne reception backstage after their Dec. 19 concert at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Actress Alfre Woodard said if her heart could sing, "that is the sound it would make. The music comes from the heart of women. I am uplifted and I grow strong from hearing it. " The group's mission, according to member Ysaye Maria Barnwell, is "preserving and extending the African American music traditions.
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June 8, 2012
Before asking Courtney May to marry him on an Oregon beach on Thanksgiving Day 2010, Colin Neil, 26, got permission from her grandparents.  “Courtney always visits her grandparents in Coos Bay over Thanksgiving. This time I tagged along,” Neil said.  The foursome drove to Bastendorff Beach, and with May's grandparents watching from the car, Neil led his girlfriend of four years to the beach and asked her to marry him.  The couple exchanged vows at the Harborside Grand Ballroom in Newport Beach on April 14. Purple, green and white flowers dressed up the reception hall and Kevin Miso kept 110 guests entertained with acoustic guitar at dinner.
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July 20, 2012
Eric Olmon proposed to Chethana Kulkarni by driving her to all the locations in Pasadena that had played a significant role in their love story.  “We went to her old apartment, the cafe where I first saw her, the lily pond on campus where we would sit and talk after band rehearsal, and finally Dabney Garden at Caltech, where we first met,” Olmon said. “At each location, I left a note and a rose. In Dabney Garden, I sang her a song and presented her with a ring that I had designed myself.
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March 27, 2011
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