The folks at CalArts? They know how to party. FoCA (Friends of California’s Institute of the Arts) held their first salon of the season at the to-die-for Venice home of architect Ron Radziner (Marmol Radziner) and his wife graphic designer and alum Robin Cottle (nice pad): http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/04/13/magazine/0413-STYLE_index.html).
The vegan jalapeño poppers (surprisingly good) made the rounds and guests like Vidal Sassoon, Roger Wacker (Managing Dir. Credit Suisse Securities), Alisa Ratner (fashionista) and CalArts prez Steven Lavine mingled. It was a fine time in a gorgeous home and then it got even better … synchronized swimming! This was way beyond the cutesy girls in daisy swimcaps, this was a commissioned piece by the hostess (Robbie Cottle), choreographed by Susan Nesbitt with an original score by Derrick Spiva. It started with one performer jumping into the beautiful pool from the kitchen window. It was cool—eery and athletic. They raised the bar for me, flower-capped gals in mansion fountains better step it up! FoCA’s next salon will feature the creative minds behind lit mag Black Clock (Los Angeles magazine’s Film/Television Critic Steve Erickson is the Editor). The school’s mission? “We’re in search of artists that want to create the next thing. We reward risk,” said Prez Lavine. More info: www.calarts.edu
Photos Courtesy Steven Gunther
1) Ron Radziner and Robin Cottle
2) Avant guard water ballet