Pink, Heart, Linda Perry, Sarah Silverman, Renee Zellweger and Gina Gershon rock An Evening With Women
EVENING OUT: Anyone who was at last night’s An Evening With Women: Celebrating Art, Music and Equality event at the Beverly Hilton will not soon forget it.
The crowd at the star-studded evening benefiting the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center was treated to a surprise appearance by Pink who joined mentor (and event chairwoman) Linda Perry onstage for a rousing version of What’s Up which left the crowd on its feet.
The singer had earlier appeared onstage during the live auction sitting atop a Vespa that sold for $12,000. Pink (at the event with husband Cary Hart) did not come with the Vespa but the winning bidder did get to sit on the bike and be photographed with the singer who had a lit cigarette in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.
Pink was good-naturedly foul mouthed telling the crowd “Yes, I got a new fucking haircut!” before adding: “This is an incredible evening. I’m just honored to have made it this far west to know you all.”
HEARTFELT PERFORMANCE: It was absolute heaven to be treated to a four-song set from Heart. Ann and Nancy Wilson were in great form treating the crowd to their classic hit Barracuda and a few songs from their new album Red Velvet Car.
Among the new material was a moving song called Sand about a friend of the Wilson sisters who lost a long battle with AIDS.
Linda Perry said that when she asked Heart to perform, the answer “yes” came within a day: “I’m just so honored that they’re here.”
Ann Wilson told me before the show how impressed she is with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s work and that she wished there was a similar depth of services in Seattle where she lives.
Sarah Silvermann brought the house down with her hilarious routine. Love this girl and her potty mouth. She was introduced by Gina Gershon and told the crowd that Gershon’s full name is “Va-Gina.”
No topics were taboo for the Emmy-nominated star including hungry kids in Africa: “When someone’s in need, I’m a very sensitive person. When I see those care commercials with big bellies and flies – these are babies, nine months pregnant. It breaks my heart. I don’t give money because I don’t want them to spend it on drugs.”
She also tackled the possibility of becoming a parent: “I always thought I’d have a surrogate have my baby and take it one step further and have a surrogate raise my baby.” Or she’ll adopt: “I always thought I’d adopt someone brown because otherwise you don’t get credit.”
Sarah even poked fun at charities like Make A Wish Foundation which grants wishes for terminally ill children saying they grant any wish except: “not dying. Maybe they should call it ‘do you have a second wish?’ or ‘make it another wish.’”
Then there is what Silvermann had to say about the word “diva” which she does not think is a compliment if people call themselves that for hopeless behavior: “I’m not so sure you’re a diva – I’m pretty sure you’re a cunt.”
Gina Gershon was the evening’s host and set a fun tone with a performance of Tom Jones’ What’s New Pussycat? She also sang a sultry version of Is That All There Is?
Gina, who recently appeared on Broadway in the first-ever revival of Bye Bye Birdie opposite John Stamos, teamed with Linda Perry for a live auction that had for the previous two years been conducted by Sharon Stone.
They did just as well, if not better, than the Basic Instinct star by raising big bucks auctioning off the Vespa, a tatto by Kat Von D, a dinner for six prepared by chef Jamie Lauren, and a daylong recording session with Linda Perry.
Gina also introduced Sarah Silverman and told the crowd that the comic is not as straight as they might think: “When she’s singing the song I’m Fucking Matt Damon – she’s really talking about me.”
Renee Zellweger was described by Linda Perry as “so fucking cool … I can’t even believe she’s an Oscar winner.”
Renee, who won the Oscar for Cold Mountain and was nominated for Chicago and Bridget Jones’ Diary, took the stage after an ill-advised short break in the proceedings so guests could get another drink from the bar or check the status of their silent auction items.
As a result, there was still a din in the room as Zellweger spoke.
She gamely went on with her remarks saying the event was about trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.
“I want to do everything I can to help the center,” Renee said. “It’s been a very inspiring evening.
I asked Renee on the red carpet if she was planning to do another Bridget Jones movie (she’s done two so far). She acted coy and asked: “I don’t know! Have you heard anything?”
Well, that doesn’t sound like a no.
Would be great to see her in that role again.
FRIENDSHIP: Jim Key is not only the director of communications of at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, he’s also a very good friend of mine.
I’m so glad we got to enjoy the dinner together, catch up, and enjoy the incredible performances of Pink, Linda Perry and Heart.
PHOTOS BY Greg Hernandez (both good and bad!)