Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wait is that The Cookie Monster?

So I went to a bar in Hollywood last night to celebrate my friend Kimberly's birthday.  Around 11pm, all of a sudden in walks The Cookie Monster.  He hung out, danced to the music and then just as suddenly as he appeared, he left.  Off in seach for more cookies I guess. Oh, and he wasn't invited to the party, he crashed it!  Did I mention that this was an adult birthday party?  Enjoy the pixs.  Only in Hollywood.

Copyright 2010 Romy Schneider. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio

I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie James Dio, who died this weekend of stomach cancer at the age of 67. I had met Dio and his wife Wendy a couple of years ago at the premiere of the film "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny". Tenacious D, the rock duo comprising of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, asked Dio to do a cameo in the film, which he agreed to do. I negotiated his acting agreement with his wife and manager Wendy Dio, with whom I struck up a friendship over the phone. Wendy was extremely protective of Dio, despite the fact that they were no longer together as a couple. I finally met both Wendy and Dio at the film's premiere party, which took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Wendy and Ronnie were both delightful in-person. Despite being Heavy Metal royalty, Dio was extremely humble. He was very grateful to be given the opportunity to appear in the film, in which he played himself. The scene comprised of a poster of Dio behind the door in a young Jack Black's bedroom. When the young JB prays to the Dio poster for advice, Dio comes alive in the poster and gives young Jack Black some advice. The scene gave Dio the opportunity to sing on-camera and is a small, but pivotal role in the film. A friend of mine at the premiere was a huge Dio fan, so I introduced them and Dio spent quite a long time talking to my friend and hanged out at the party for the rest of the evening. Ronnie James Dio was a slight man, thin and wiry, standing only about 5'4", but he had a monstrous voice and long curly brown hair. He started his career in rock in the mid-1970's as the lead vocalist of "Rainbow" and then eventually replaced Ozzy Osbourne as lead singer in "Black Sabbath". Later in his career, he formed the band "Dio" and later "Heaven and Hell".  Ronnie was born to an Italian-American family in New York. He changed his last name from Padovana to Dio, which means "God" in Italian. He truly was a Heavy Metal god.  Rest in Peace Dio.

UPDATE 05/20/2010:  There will be a public memorial for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2pm located at The Hall Of Liberty/Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.  More details here.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Press Release - The 13th Annual South Robertson (SoRo) Festival - June 6, 2010


13th Annual South Robertson (SoRo) Community Festival

Los Angeles, CA — This year's 13th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The SoRo Community Festival will be located on South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of Hamilton High School and the 10 Fwy).

The SoRo Community Festival’s goals are to build bridges amongst local neighbors, businesses and community and public service organizations and celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. Local caterers, restaurants, merchants, schools, entertainers and organizations will participate. The Festival will feature activities for kids, a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths.

Plus this year, you and your family can receive free information on how to prepare in the event of an emergency and the opportunity to purchase Emergency Preparedness supplies. The SoRo Festival will also feature a special section on Green Living, where you can receive information on how to live a greener lifestyle. Additionally, the Festival will feature local school children’s presentation of art and science projects on the theme of living Green. The SoRo Community and Los Angeles City Council Members Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Paul Koretz will be presenting a special Community Award for Outstanding Green Citizenship to Vons for their commitment to a greener lifestyle.

In addition, the SoRo Festival will feature an exciting variety of food vendors, offering a delicious assortment of choices (including Kosher and vegetarian selections). Already confirmed are Fat Burger and a couple of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks, the Spring Street Smoke House and King Kone.

The SoRo Festival stage will feature live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers, including appearances from Rock Nation, World Garden Dance and Music Studio, dance and vocal performance from the students of Shenandoah Elementary, Dorsey High School and the award winning Jazz Vocal Ensemble from Hamilton High School and the top 40 and Latin Soul sound of The Westside Crew.

The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and SoRo, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event. Admission to the SoRo Community Festival is Free. Free street parking is also available. The SoRo Festival is open to the public and will provide plenty of fun for the whole family on a Sunday afternoon!

For additional information, call Christel Wilson at (310) 837-1710 or
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

A New Garden at John Muir Middle School

Leaving the Studio Lot
Every year the employees of Viacom, Inc. volunteer a day of serve to their community.  This day of service is called Viacommunity Day, a tradition that was started in 1995.  Last Friday, April 30th, the employees of Paramount Pictures donned turquoise and orange shirts and went out to various schools in the LAUSD to build, repair, paint and garden.  I volunteered at John Muir Middle School in South Central Los Angeles and helped plant a new garden on the school grounds.  We boarded two big yellow school buses, arrived about 10am and got to work. We planted a flower garden including building 5 benches.  The kids at the school were delightful.  Most of them had never planted anything before.  We literally had to teach them how to dig a hole, measure how deep they should dig depending on the size of the plant and how to back-fill the hole to secure the plant in the earth. The kids ranged from very precocious to shy and quiet, but they were all eager to learn.  It was an exhausting day, but extremely rewarding.  The kids were amazed by the beauty of the garden and that we could accomplish so much in one day.  I kept telling the kids that it was their responsibility to make sure the plants were taken care of after we left.  They all thanked us profusely and the principal of the school was so grateful she wanted to cry.  It was an awesome day of community volunteerism.

Students and Volunteers getting to work.

One of  5 benches built & I helped lay the brick underneath this one.

Watering all our plants, almost done!

Plants & flowers add some color to the concrete and chain link landscape of John Muir

This was truly a rewarding experience for the volunteers and students alike. 

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