Fischerspooner, the performance art collective that wooed New York last year with its demented rock opera-cum-happening, made its Los Angeles debut Thursday night at Andre Balazs’s downtown Standard Hotel. Of course, when Imitation of Christ’s Matt Damhave and Tara Subkoff are outfitting the performers, others in the L.A. fashion crowd are bound to show up. “I’ll take any excuse to come downtown.” Sofia Coppola said. “I love it here.”
Rose McGowan, Mena Suvari, Julie Delpy and Courtney Love also came out for the performance, but were deterred from examining IOC’s work firsthand.
“Don’t get too close,” Subkoff warned. “I ruined an outfit with all the fake blood.”
Across town in Century City, more typical Hollywood fanfare was erupting for the premiere of the new thriller “Fifteen Minutes.” Robert De Niro’s co-stars couldn’t stop raving about him.
“I just did my best to keep my mouth shut and listen,” said Edward Burns, who plays a firefighter who teams up with De Niro’s detective to solve a case. De Niro’s love interest, Melina Kanakaredes, was similarly impressed.
“The man sends shivers up my spine,” she said, laughing.
Meanwhile, St. Jude Hospital held its 21st Annual Gala at the Beverly Hilton, attended by proud parents Cindy Crawford, Shaquille O’Neal and Amber Valletta. Destiny’s Child’s surprise performance got Thora Birch thinking about her career.
“It’s great that Beyonce won a Grammy at 19,” she said, “but being the same age, it makes me go, ‘Damn, I’ve got to do something with my life.”‘
The previous weekend, Julia Roberts grabbed Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston for a quick hug at the premiere of “The Mexican” before dashing into the Westwood’s Mann National Theater.
“She’s as effervescent as ever,” Pitt said, glancing at his hurried co-star.