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Where’s Julie? Breeders’ Cup 2013 Highlights

Julie Spira and Richie SamboraThe week in Los Angeles ended on a fun note as I enjoyed the Breeders’ Cup festivities at Santa Anita Racetrack.

With the theme of “The Best is Yet to Come,” I spent the afternoon in the Trophy Lounge, along with Celebrity Ambassadors Bo Derek, The Hunger Games’ Elizabeth Banks, and John Ortiz, who played the horseracing fanatic ?Turo Escalante? in the HBO series Luck.

Women were dressed in a variety of hats and fascinators, many of which were designed by Christine A. Moore, the Official Milliner Of The 2013 Breeders’ Cup. Christine was kind enough to personally select a fascinator to go with my Armani dress, which even received a thumbs up from Elizabeth Banks.

Musical performers Kristin Chenoweth and Richie Sambora were on hand. Kristin laughed as we spoke on the Purple Carpet, as she admitted she was a “Runaway Bride,” not once, but twice. Kristin, with her new pixie haircut, appropriately selected the “Game on Dude” sign for her photo in the Twitter booth. Richie and I talked about growing up in New Jersey and shared which exits we both lived at. He was thrilled to have been selected to do the first guitar version of the “Call to Arms” as part of the ceremony.

From purple outfits to extravagant hats and an even more extravagant $25 million purse, Los Angeles was proud to host the Breeders’ Cup this year. Next year, the Breeders’ Cup will also take place at Santa Anita Racetrak, starting on Halloween. Will there be more orange outfits next year? Perhaps we’ll be able to say, “Orange is the new Purple.

Kristin Kristin Chenoweth - Breeders' Cup

Kristin Kristin Chenoweth – Breeders’ Cup

John Ortiz and Julie Spira

John Ortiz and Julie Spira

Christine A. Moore - Breeders Cup

Christine A. Moore, Breeders’ Cup Milliner

Photo credits: Society News LA???? Follow @JulieSpira on Twitter

Christmas in Los Angeles – The Mark and Brian Christmas Show

Christmas in L.A.

Christmas in L.A.

As a former east coast girl who enjoyed watching the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center, ice-skaing at the same locale, seeing the Follies at Radio City Music Hall and the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, you would think I’d be melancholy around the holidays in Los Angeles with nothing to do.

This year, I put on my elf hat, thought about all of the new friends I have made (both online and in real life), and have been nothing but grateful to those who have cheered me on in this pivotal year of my life.

When the Nokia Theatre opened at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles just two years ago, I was there for the opening night celebration. The Eagles and Dixie Chicks performed at the new 7100-seat venue, while the rest of the neighborhood was still under construction. There was only a temporary tent set up for the Wolfgang Puck Cafe and it was standing-room only.

Julie at the KLOS Mark and Brian Christmas Show

Julie at the KLOS Mark and Brian Christmas Show

Last week, I attended the Mark and Brian Christmas concert presented by KLOS at LA Live. The famous morning show duo had taken a four-year break from hosting this exciting event. LA Live was more than just alive. Now filled with famous eateries such as Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, ?Katsuya, Lawry’s Carvery, ROCK’N FISH, ?Rosas Mexicano, and numerous others, it was difficult to decide where to dine before the concert began. I chose Katsuya and enjoyed their Happy Hour menu.

Other anchor tenants at LA Live include The Grammy Museum, Lucky Strike Lanes, the Conga Room, and of course next door, The Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the Lakers basketball team.

Ice Skating at L.A. Live

Ice Skating at L.A. Live

Outside LA Live was stunningly beautiful. The holiday lights, ice-skaters, and Christmas tree –not bad for a city where it doesn’t snow.

Inside, the concert was a rock and roll night to remember. The evening, featured performances from Matt Nathanson, who sang his hit “Come Get Higher” and performed his rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry came on stage to drop the yuletide log and after a year of anticipation from KLOS fans, they finally selected their new Music Director, live and on stage. I enjoyed the rocking sounds of Fee Waybil, lead singer from The Tubes singing “Talk to Ya Later” followed by his rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” Let’s not forget an appearance by Slash and Steve Lukather from Toto. Have I forgotten anyone?

Richie Sambora clearly stole the show and I enjoyed his version of “With a Little Help from my Friends.”? That was, until Foreigner took the stage with their string of hits from 30 years ago including, ?”Double Vision”, “Head Games”, ?”Cold as Ice”,?”Feels Like the First Time”, “Urgent”, “Jukebox Hero”, “Long, Long Way from Home”?and another Led Zeppelin song, “Whole Lotta Love.” Their lead singer, Kelly Hansen ?has certainly revitalized the group with his on-stage energy. The night ended with a performance from Heart. It was a long evening, but memories of my life back east came to the surface as I had played those songs on the radio when I, ?too was a rock and roll D.J. back in New York.

Congratulations to my friend, Bob Buchmann – Program Director for KLOS and to Mark and Brian for bringing the Christmas show back to Los Angeles. It was a wonderful way to start the holidays.

It’s nice to look back on these memories and create new ones, decades later with a little help from MY friends.

Happy holidays to you and yours and all the best for 2010.