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Kodak Theatre Hosts Magnificent Media ‘Cirque’

The media got its first glimpse this morning of Iris, the new permanent Cirque du Soleil show set for previews at the Kodak Theatre in July and an official opening September 25th. The Quebec gang presented two show-stopping numbers, the first involving a pair of airborne male acrobats and the second showcasing what can best be described as the Cirque’s rooftop version of a James Cagney gangster movie climax (“Top of the world, maman!”).

FishbowlLA has seen a few Cirque shows, and we can honestly say that there’s something extra special going on here, thanks to the subject matter of cinema, the heart-of-Hollywood show location, and the fact that the music is provided by none other than Tim Burton right-hand band Danny Elfman. The composer’s sensibilities are as perfect a match for a Cirque moviola as they are for the filmmaker’s phantasmagorical canvases.

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Dorothy Parker Still Lives At Bev Wilshire

dotparker.jpgThe Los Angeles chapter of the Dorothy Parker Society will — what else? — have a drink at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel tonight, just a few minutes from one of Parker’s Beverly Hills houses.

Parker and her literate cronies would meet at the Beverly Wilshire each week to regale each other with witty repartee…or maybe just to eat. Her regular group included, among others, James Cagney, Sidney Skolsky, Robert Benchley, Clifford Odets, Gilbert Roland, Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre.

Now, there are just a few die-hards left who like to remember the good ol’ days…or they just like to drink. Parker Society will convene at 7:30 p.m.