Hollywood stars and Hollywood stars

By Joanne Peterson | Mar 01, 2012

I think the Academy Award festivities bear a strong resemblance to the Super Bowl.

By that I mean people either care deeply about the event and wouldn’t miss it—or they care not at all and can’t figure out what all the fuss is about.

My Chick Flicks group, which meets twice a month to view movies, usually classics, enjoyed a festive evening watching the Academy Awards.

Prior to the event, we all had predicted winners in every category. During the evening, we critiqued the evening gowns, rooted for favorite movies and actors--and kept an eye on George Clooney. (At least, I did.)

Some of the Chicks won prizes for their red-carpet-worthy apparel or accessories; one won a prize for the best food item—something called a “dirt cake”—and you either know what that is or do not know. I’ll just say it features more chocolate, butter, cream cheese, whipped cream and Oreos than anyone would need in a lifetime.

In fact, our food selection, which varies wildly from one gathering to the next, featured the most chocolate I’d seen in a long time. I didn’t hear anyone complain.

You’re wondering whether I won a prize? Well, yes. I won a prize for the wildest socks, which I purchased the day before in the kids’ department at Goodwill for 99 cents.

Anyway, the Chicks had a great time watching the big night in Hollywood.

Speaking of Hollywood, I cannot believe what a great lead-in this is to what I want to write about next.

On Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., the Edmonds Center for the Arts will feature a performance by celebrated Hollywood actress and singer Lorna Luft, daughter of legendary Judy Garland.

The show, “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” was described in Variety magazine as “a rousing, dramatically riveting musical event,” and the New York Times termed it “heart-stopping and thrilling... incandescent…not to be missed.”

Lorna Luft has performed in countless Broadway shows, at Carnegie Hall and for the Royal Family in England. Now she’s coming to Edmonds!

Tickets? Call ECA at (425) 275-9595.

With a theme prompted by the Lorna Luft performance, “The Writing Sisters,” my own writers’ group, will read original works at the Edmonds library, main floor, on Thursday, March 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

We’ll each present something with a Hollywood theme--poetry or prose, plus another piece or two, followed by some (optional) audience participation.

We think it’s going to be fun to share our work, and we hope you’d like to attend. (You know I encourage visits to the library anytime, for any reason.)

This is the first in a series of free arts events at the library, sponsored by Friends of the Edmonds Library, Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Community College “Between the Lines” literary journal and Swedish Hospital Art Committee.

I hope you’ll join the local “Writing Sisters” on March 8 at 6:30 p.m., at the library and the famous Lorna Luft on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.


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