Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ritz Blitz!

The Music Box will see its full potential in just 10 days...

Up from about 200 total guests two weeks ago, the Puttin' On the Ritz count is now at a total of 484 guests!

The RSVP deadline was extended to Monday July 21st if you haven't already RSVP'd, please do so.

Yes, 10 days...

That's only 7 business days left, about 5 if you count any last minute returns and appointment-making. Time is almost out to find a costume and make your hair appointment (gals).

For logistics, be sure to figure out your plan of action for the night-of with regard to driving safely. Book a hotel or stay at friend's house; park there and take a cab to the event.

For salons, Yelp is a great LA merchant resource, and for costumes, use the links provided on this blog!

Hair from the 20's...

Hair from the 30's...

Here's a great blog for hair/make up styles for Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe... The Glam Guide: How to do Old Hollywood Glamour Hair.

Salon 11 Downtown LA will do 20's and 30's hairstyles and makeup. Set up your consultation soon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Costume Ideas

Movies with costume ideas...
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Some Like it Hot
  • Casablanca
  • His Girl Friday
Demonstrating: SoCal Senior Manager Braulio Estrada (above) and Analyst Remy Olson (below).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Glam it up

Come one, come all and Come Glamorous! Find inspiration in the styles of Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe or put together your own creation of glamor!

Below are costume rental shops (about $100) that we recommend:

The Musical Showcase

The Entertainment Committee is working hard to bring you a lineup of musical artists that you will want to dress up and dance all night for.

You can find artist profiles in the column at the right.

of Nieve & Cook (Goon Trax Records) and DJ Matter of Mudluscious (Bagavagabonds/MUTENUS Records and an instructor at the Scratch DJ Academy) will orchestrate and MC the evening. If anyone wants to make announcements, thank yous, shout-outs, please contact remy.e.olson with what you'd like to have announced or to announce it yourself.

The Whole of the Moon will start the night, setting the mood with jazz and early-era swing; big band enough to help you embrace your costume, and subtle enough to allow for mingling and discussion over your dinner. If you have song requests, please contact remy.e.olson.

Noelle Scaggs is our featured soul and jazz artist as a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Noelle will set the tone for the next phase of the evening. Formerly the lead vocalist for Soul Septet and The Rebirth, she is known for various collaborations with such artist as The Black Eyed Peas, Dilated Peoples, Guilty Simpson, Dj Rhettmatic, Quantic, Poet Name Life, M.E.D and many more.

Inverse, one of LA's finest indie hip-hop bands, will heat up and engage the crowd with their exceptional stage presence and jazz-influenced beats.

Paul Dateh's unique take on jazz/hip-hop on the violin will be accompanied by a phenomenal band. An award-winning songwriter, and an instrumentalist, Dateh's work can be heard on releases by various artists within both mainstream and underground hip hop circles, and he can currently be seen performing throughout the United States with his band “The Live Movement”.

Paul Dateh Live samples:

Whole of the Moon sample:

Monday, June 23, 2008

Old Hollywood Glamor Theme

The theme of Puttin' on the Ritz was selected for the endless opportunities for entertainment, costuming and ambiance that it will afford to make for a picturesque event.

To take advantage of the theme, we're coordinating costume discount arrangements for you to attend in the most glamorous state you're able to create. We'll post costume ideas here as we draw closer to the event.

Hired paparazzi (professional photographers Chad Hill and Zak Flemming) will catch you on the red carpet in front of the event backdrop and under the marquee at the Music Box. They'll lurk in the venue all night and make photos available after the event.

PhotoShop geniuses Polite in Public are designing a photo-booth-style photo shoot set just for our event for groups to pose and take home a framed piece of the evening.

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Puttin' on the Ritz"?

"Puttin' on the Ritz" is a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin' on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression "putting on the Ritz", meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel. The song gives Gary Cooper as an example of someone who puts on the Ritz (Wikipedia).

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Music Box Venue

First opening in 1926, the majestic Henry Fonda Theatre frequently played host to silver-screen legends like Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable. The theater is now a premier entertainment venue for Hollywood-style Premieres, Wrap parties, Awards Shows, HBO Specials, and mainstream musical performances including TV On the Radio, Lily Allen, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The venue features a ballroom with concert lighting and a cabaret soundsystem, a rooftop speakeasy, balcony, mezzanine level, and beautiful entry lobby.

Read more about the venue:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


L.A.'s finest consultants will celebrate a successful year at the Music Box in style. The Old Hollywood glamor theme will be embodied by the venue and its costumed guests will see an outstanding musical showcase, fine food and flowing drink, and a lineup of glammed-up fun including a red carpet entrance, Polite in Public photo shoots, giveaways.

On this blog you'll find updates, logistics for costuming, transport and lodging, links to artist profiles, and other details.

This will be a SoCal Accenture event to go down in history (or at least one for the KX).