Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga.

I got to see Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett perform together tonight at The Hollywood Bowl.  We were seated next to a woman who told us she’s the agent for both Tony AND Lady Gaga … and she had brought her Aunt for the concert.  I thought it was so cool that she’d do such…

Professor and painter.

I play a game with myself. Whenever I see a great artist — I check to see where they went to school. If it’s Rhode Island School of Design, I’m gratified. Often I’ll write that person a note — if I can figure out where to send it — and thank them for the fine…

Congrats to a long-time friend.

http://www.lighthearted.com/our-shows/ Andrew Paskoff and I worked together years ago, at MPH Entertainment. I hired him to be our Production Manager, and he worked tirelessly on multiple documentaries we shot domestically and then internationally.  It was intense work and he never flinched. I’ve followed his career throughout the years, and recommended him whenever it might help….

Pencils of Promise.

I was in the same Harvard course on ‘Exponential Fundraising” with Adam Braun, the energetic founder of “Pencils of Promise”. When I saw him on the cover of “LIFESTYLES” magazine — which is all about philanthropy and the best in the business of giving for good causes — I found his snail mail address online…

Role model at the highest level.

https://airandspace.si.edu/I got to meet CHRISTINE HAZY who’s behind the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.  She is very wise, very smart about making philanthropic connections, and someone I’d like to backstop in any way I can… so after she wrote us a letter thanking Vin and me for a fundraising luncheon we had at The…

Half of the Haas Brothers.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323723104578185643073638664 I saw this article about the HAAS BROTHERS, brothers who are artists in the exalted field of high-end gold-plated furniture two years ago in The New York Times.  I sent it to folks at Rhode Island School of Design, where younger brother Simon had attended school.  Tonight we had an Alumni event there, and I…

Long-distance relationship.

http://www.cadetompkins.com/ Cate Tompkins runs a gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. I went there once and appreciated the art she curates.  I asked to be on the mailing list, and Cate has made sure to send me materials about all events she has there — whether I’m in California or not… I’m still in the loop….

A phone call from Don Rickles.

A few weeks ago I saw DON RICKLES perform at my Temple — the newly-converted (no pun intended) Saban Theatre, near the corner when Larry Flynt ran his Penthouse empire for decades. It was the first time DON RICKLES had performed in Los Angeles in 17 years. Since I’ve been a major fan for years,…

Cooper Hewitt’s star Director.

I’ve always wanted to see the COOPER HEWITT Museum in New York. When Vin announced his Smithsonian National Board meeting featured a day at the museum — literally — I jumped. To my delight, Director Caroline Baumann walked our group around — while I mercilessly peppered her with all my free-associating about RISD artists who have works…