CONFIDENTIAL BEVERLY HILLS
POSH CLUB OPENS IN 90210
The City of Beverly Hills nightlife scene has just stepped up by diving head first into the L.A. club game with the launching of CONFIDENTIAL Beverly Hills, an upscale speak-easy that is quickly becoming the “it” spot around town.
The only nightclub in Beverly Hills, the club stands in the former Aqua Lounge space. The club, featuring 6,500 square feet, two bars, and four adjacent lounges, as well as a smoking patio, is a throwback to European lounges loaded with white furnishings, a baby grand piano, and a multi-bar setup.
Although the club is underground, literally one flight beneath street level, its stamp on the local club scene is no secret since CONFIDENTIAL opened its doors. With cocktail waitresses decked out in white chiffon cocktail dresses, the club offers a swank and intimate atmosphere, but rest assured, it’s meant for club-goers to go off and let loose. While the look of the club is reminiscent of Trousdale, and Sayer’s Club, other cool nearby lounges, CONFIDENTIAL is more of dance club than those other spots.
The brainchild of club owners Solomon Moss and Sasha Poparic, CONFIDENTIAL is definitely the new, hip destination location for Century City, Beverly Hills and Westside revelers.
"We want a little bit of night life to return to Beverly Hills," Moss recently explained. "There are very few places to go here after midnight."
One night you’ll see the club jammed with a wealthy European, jetsetter crowd as well as well-off locals looking for a big night out on the town. Indeed, the dance floor was packed during our recent visit. And the bottle service crowd has been known to climb the walls and dance on the furniture.
CONFIDENTIAL Beverly Hills is located at 424 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. Hours of Operation: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays for Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 310-275-8511. No cover, but dress code enforced.
DANIELE WATTES HAS IT GOING ON
Entertainer Danièle Watts, an up-and-coming young actress has been cast to take on the role of Coco in Quentin Tarantino’s newest feature, Django Unchained about a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. The film, scheduled to be in theaters December 2012, is currently in pre-production and is loaded with Hollywood A-listers including Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo di Caprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Kerry Washington.
Watts is also starring in Before the Revolution as esteemed performance artist Eleanor Antin’s most famous persona "Eleanora Antinova," a black American ballerina trying to make it in the great modernist Russian company of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. It’s there she encounters the histories and ambiguous realities of performance, racial stereotyping, and the magical promise of modernism and revolution.
First performed with Antin playing all the parts at The Kitchen in New York in 1979, Before the Revolution is re-imagined with Watts playing the lead alongside other actors who manipulate Antin's original, hand painted, life scale puppets to enact this darkly comic narrative.
“Its an exciting time for me,” said Watts. “I had a few projects fall through in 2011 so it feels amazing to start 2012 working with Eleanor, a highly respected contemporary artist who has been challenging and examining depictions of women, and our assumptions about identity and race in a big way-- and then to go straight from that, to shooting my first part in a big feature film with Quentin Tarantino is just an absolute dream, and I think confirms for me what’s possible for my future as a performing artist.”
Before the Revolution is presented as the closing night event for the 11-day Pacific Standard Time: Performance and Public Art Festival, which brings together more than 60 cultural institutions throughout Southern California to tell the story of the rise of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a new force in the art world. This collaboration is the largest ever undertaken by cultural institutions in the region.
Before the Revolution will be presented at the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater, located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, on Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free.