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One Night Only: Madonna at Macy’s

Actually, Madonna herself won’t be at Macy’s Westfield Century City, Main Floor, Level 1 tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m. But fans can still count on seeing eight of the singer’s most iconic outfits and saying hi to the superstar’s longtime costume collaborator Arianne Phillips. It’s all part of a special one-night-only pop-up event titled “Madonna’s Fashion Evolution.”

The Macy’s connection comes from the fact that the singer has for several years been selling through the department store chain a “Material Girl” clothing line designed with daughter Lola. The corresponding Twitter account @MaterialGirl currently has more than 80,000 followers. From the announcement:

Madonna personally handpicked eight of her favorite costumes from a vast archive of tour costumes and her personal collection for the exhibition. The cone bustiers were flown in from a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in Amsterdam, her “Like A Virgin” wedding dress is on loan from the Hard Rock Cafe, while the remaining items are from Madonna’s personal archives.

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American Cinematheque, USC Welcome Cuban Women Filmmakers

A group of distinguished Cuban filmmakers is in town for a brief but groundbreaking American tour. The March 7-11 swing includes an International Women’s Day-themed screening and afterparty tonight at the Cinematheque and a free event on Monday at USC.

In attendance Friday at the Egyptian: Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque head Marina Ochoa; actress Claudia Rojas; documentary maker Gloria Ralondo; filmmaker Milena Almira; and various local celebs. After the screening of short films, there will be a panel discussion featuring some of the Cuban visitors and Laura Bickford, a producer whose credits include Traffic and Che. Then it will be time to party with a musical performance by Candi Sosa y Sexteto and food from fave LA restaurant Versailles.

One of the more intriguing films on the program tonight is Marisol Trujillo’s Oracion. Made in 1984, the nine-minute short pays tribute to both Marilyn Monroe and Latin American youth.

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LGBT Journo Panel Will Address Being ‘Out in the Newsroom’

Our friend Phillip Zonkel has let us know about a Saturday March 2 event that he will be taking part in. Zonkel, along with CNN’s Miguel Marquez, LA Times reporter Bettina Boxall, NBC LA’s Mekahlo Medina and LAT assistant travel editor Jane Engle will talk about what it’s like to be an openly gay reporter.

“Out in the Newsroom: A Look at LGBT Coverage and Careers in Journalism” is being sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and Los Angeles Press Club. It will take place at the latter organization’s 4773 Hollywood Blvd. HQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is to be moderated by Variety political editor Ted Johnson. The suggested donation is $5.

By the way, Zonkel is nominated this year at the GLAAD Media Awards for his Long Beach Press-Telegram two-part investigation of bullying of LGBT high school youth and the willful disregard by certain school districts of state measures designed to mitigate this very ugly phenomenon.

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Lee Meriwether, Geri Jewell Among Atwater Village Vagina Monologue All-Stars

We have to hand it to LA Talk Radio personality Sheena Metal, moonlighting this weekend as the director and organizer of a series of celebrity performances of The Vagina Monologues at the Atwater Village Theatre. For this Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles production, she’s stacked the deck with all sorts of recognizable TV, film and stage names.

The boldface participants are donating their time, with proceeds to be divided between charities PROTECT.org and play author Eve Ensler’s V-Day. “It’s exciting to work with so many great actresses,” Metal confirms. The three-night event kicked off on Valentine’s Day with tickets priced at $25 and the following casts confirmed for tonight and tomorrow night’s 8 p.m. performances:

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Drive-By Cinema Launches in San Diego

The State Theatre on El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego no longer packs in movie patrons. But late this afternoon, there will be a brief revival in front of the building thanks to an intriguing new cinema-on-wheels initiative.

Drive-By Cinema, a “very irregular project” from the Pacific Arts Movement with help from the James Irvine Foundation, officially gets going at 5 p.m. Later stagings will also typically involve locations where huge movie palaces once operated:

Drive-By Cinema (DBC) was inspired by the late George Lin, former San Diego Asian Film Festival associate director, who once proposed buying old mail trucks to drive around the city to project films. In the same spirit, Pac-Arts has refurbished an old truck to cruise around high foot-traffic areas and blast films wherever they can.

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This Weekend’s Halloween Fun

It’s Halloween weekend everyone. FishbowlLA will be out and about in our finest Gordon Gartrell and so should you… Not in Gordon Gartrell though. That’s our thing.

Hollywood Forever’s annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration looks pretty great this year. The theme, not surprisingly with the Mayan calendar apocalypse on everyone’s mind, is the pre-­‐Aztec roots of Dia De Los Muertos. On top of learning about the Mayan calendar and why we’re all doomed, there will be live music by Tribu, Very Be Careful and Ozomatili. Party goes from noon to midnight.

Meanwhile, the grandaddy of public radio parties, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball, is going off per usual at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel. On top of performances by the Mexican Institute of Sound, who we’ve been dying to hear for years, and Z-Trip, we just got word that M-83 and the Sex Pistols legend John Lydon will also have DJ sets. We will definitely be there. If you happen to go and be dressed as Denise from The Cosby Show, flag us down so we can yell “DENISE” at you.

Have fun everyone!

Nicole Kidman Shares Some Stanley Kubrick Memories

LACMA’s upcoming Stanley Kubrick film retrospective begins November 9 with Fear and Desire and ends December 15 with Eyes Wide Shut. There will also be a separate exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, preceded by a special November 7 celebration evening event hosted by Malcolm McDowell.

Today, via Hollywood Reporter reporter Merle Ginsberg, there is also a very intriguing oral history of Eyes Wide Shut from co-star Nicole Kidman. The actress tantalizingly reminds that some much more explicit footage she was comfortably coaxed into by the late filmmaker was cut from the movie. Kidman also confirms that Kubrick was no fan of spoilers:

People have asked me if Stanley ever told us what Eyes Wide Shut was about — and the answer is no. He didn’t believe in interpretation. He always said, “Never say no to an idea — you never know how that idea will ignite another idea.” He also said: “Never put me on a pedestal. When someone’s on a pedestal, there’s no creativity.” That’s how I approach every creative person now — it does not help to glorify them.

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United Talent Agency Hosts Breakfast of Media Champions

The timing couldn’t be better, what with the announcement of Apple’s iPad Mini.

At Hollywood talent agency UTA Wednesday morning, after some opening 8:45 a.m. remarks by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) senior vice president Karen Chupka, there will be a panel discussion titled “Smart TVs, Tablets and Phones: Oh My! The New World of Direct-to-Consumer Media.” Gathered to discuss the impact of the iPad Mini and other technologies on artists and Hollywood content development will be:

- Felicia Day, creator-star of The Guild;
- Ron Gellar, vice president, worldwide content relations, Dolby;
- Shari Covens, executive director, IAWTV;
- John Lehr and Nancy Hower: Creators-star-director of 10 Items or Less (TBS) and Jailbait (Crackle);
- Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and director of research, CEA.

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Tonight: KCRW ‘Strangers’ Party

89.9 KCRW is having a shindig downtown at Mas Malo this evening to celebrate the station’s storytelling podcast “Strangers.” The event will feature a special handcrafted photo booth by woodworker Joshua Kartsch that also records audio, allowing partygoers to tell their own “stranger” stories.

Free and open to the public at Mas Malo in the basement party cantina. 515 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014. Fun starts at 7 p.m. Cash bar, drink and appetizer specials.

Butch Cassidy and the Sunday Auction

How much would you pay for a pistol handled in the late 1890s by the outlaw famously played on film by Paul Newman?

A rep tells FishbowlLA that the price expected to be fetched this weekend for Butch Cassidy’s Colt .45 will be between $150,000 and $250,000. The auction is being held Sunday September 30 at California Auctioneers, just off Highway 33 in Ventura.

For LA aficionados of Westerns and-or Americana, this might be the perfect weekend outing, even if the drive to Ojai is for the purposes of only eavesdropping on the bidding. By sheer coincidence, on the same day in New Hampshire, a pair of guns once fired by Bonnie and Clyde will be similarly auctioned off.

Update – 10/04/12: A rep tells FishbowlLA the revolver went for $175,000, via a bidder outside the U.S.

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