AFI Fest

Eva Chow & Leonardo DiCaprio
Eva Chow & Leonardo DiCaprio at LACMA’s Art + Film gala

Photo Credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA

Haute Hollywood took a break from the Halloween revelry this week to celebrate art, film, and everything in between. See what you might have missed and what you can still catch next week, both of which, incidentally, include Audi’s amazing AFI Fest.


Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain at the AFI FEST Opening Night Gala After-Party
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain at the AFI FEST Opening Night Gala After-Party

Photo Credit: AFI Fest/Doug Gifford


AFI FILM FEST KICKS OFF IN LA AFI’S annual Audi-presented film festival got off to a great start on Nov. 6 with the premiere of the Jessica Chastain vehicle A Most Violent Year at the Dolby Theater. The festival, which continues through November 14, includes highlights like the premiere of Channing Tatum‘s Foxcatcher, a tribute to Sophia Loren, and Inherent Vice from Paul Thomas Anderson.

The other big event of Halloween weekend was LACMA’s Art + Film gala, which was attended by, from the looks of it, most of Hollywood. Notables from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries including co-chairs Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini as Gala Host Committee Chair as well as Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco, Amy Adams, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, John Baldessari, Kate Beckinsale, Camilla Belle, Demian Bichir, Chadwick Boseman, Dean & Dan Caten, Charlotte Casiraghi, Clement Chabernaud, Asia Chow, China Chow & Wyatt Kahn, Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber, Sam Durant & Ana Prvacki, Lapo Elkann, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Kamala Harris, Toni Garrn, Rosetta & Bathazar Getty, Walton Goggins, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson & Matt Bellamy, Anjelica Huston, Dakota Johnson, Don Johnson, Kris Knight, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Lopez, Christian Louboutin, Stephen Mangan & Louise Delamere, Jennifer Missoni, Demi Moore, Kate & Laura Mulleavy, Catherine Opie, Nicola Peltz, Salma Hayek Pinault & Francois-Henri Pinault, John C. Reilly, Eli Roth, Tim Roth, Jeremy Scott, Ryan Seacrest, Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark, Jesse Jo Stark & Matt DiGiacomo, Scott Sternberg, Dita Von Teese, Jennifer Tilly, Florence Welch, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman united at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to honor filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and artist Barbara Kruger. Proceeds from the gala will be used to support LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming while also funding LACMA’s broader mission.

CELEBRATE OPENING DAY OF BING CROSBY SEASON AT THE DEL MARK RACETRACK The inaugural Bing Crosby Season at Del Mar is a great way to ring in the ho-ho-holidays. The fall season pays tribute to the track’s iconic founder Bing Crosby, and will feature an Old Hollywood Vintage Fashion contest during Opening Day, where fans can enter their best vintage looks in three categories for a chance to compete for more than $2,500 in prizes. Opening weekend will also feature the Saturday morning Daybreak at Del Mar event where fans can delight in watching early morning workouts and enjoy breakfast at the open air Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant. Additionally, Sunday is a special Military Appreciation Day where all active duty military and family receive free admission and can view a special flag raising ceremony by the Marine Color Guard in honor of Veterans Day. Then, Sunday Funday continues with the first Bing+Bubbles+Brunch of the season that comes with a Turf Club table and bottomless mimosas. The season lasts through November 30.

BARNSDALL ART PARK TO HOST CHAMPAGNE AND CROQUET FUNDRAISER Head to the lush west lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House (which still isn’t open to the public) on November 11th for Barnsdall Art Park’s upcoming fundraiser “Champagne and Croquet.” Swing into the holiday season by enjoying a 3-flight sparkling wine tasting and croquet games for your enjoyment, with the Pasadena Croquet Association on hand to give instructions. Brunch will be available from Heirloom LA and coffee by Bru CoffeeBar; guests are welcome to bring their own picnics.


Murad flagship
Murad flagship

MURAD’S LA FLAGSHIP OPENS ON 3RD ST. Murad celebrated the opening of the company’s first official flagship LA location on November 5. Among the many features of the new1,500 square-foot space are guided skincare applications, skin health assessments designed to reflect Dr. Howard Murad’s whole-person approach and youthcam evaluations using a high-definition camera that features proprietary software to measure fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and inflammation. Additionally, an interactive art wall that embodies one of the most important facets of inclusive health allows customers to create and share their own digital works of art on social media.


Jay-Z at Roc Nation’s 2014 Grammy party

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JAY-Z BUYS ARMAND DE BRIGNAC CHAMPAGNE  The ever entrepreneurial music mogul Jay Z has indulged his passion for champagne by purchasing Armand de Brignac champagne. New York-based wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands recently sold the champagne brand to Jay for an undisclosed amount; the bubbly is made by a family-run vineyard in Chigny-les-Roses, France. The high-end company (the bottles retail for roughly $300 apiece) is only the latest of Jay’s acquisitions: he also owns New York’s 40/40 Club and helped to launch D’usse cognac in 2012.

IT’S TRUFFLE SEASON! NEW OFFERINGS AT PATINA & MAUDE At Patina downtown, guests are invited to indulge in a six-course truffle-centric tasting menu. Dishes also enriched with the Alba truffle include cauliflower panna cotta with shaved white truffle, sea urchin, crispy pain de mie, and arugula; white truffle risotto with sweetbread and chicken oyster, served with frisée salad and truffle vinaigrette; and veal loin with shaved white truffle, potato gnocchi, parmigiano-reggiano crisp, and shiitake mushroom.  The Alba truffle is also available at Chef Curtis Stone’s Maude. Dishes like black truffle scallop crudo and cannoli with white truffle ricotta will be included on the 14-course menu.