An army of A-list celebs and politicos are expected to show up at the N.C. Music Factory on Sept. 5 for a Hollywood-themed gala hosted by L.A. Mayor and Dem convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.
The Dish has learned that the Factorys Fountain Plaza and Osso Restaurant will get a one-night make-over. Picture palm trees, classic L.A. architecture and lots of California wine.
Villaraigosa offered his vision for the party during a recent CLT stopover. Dining at Osso with Factory prez Noah Lazes, His Honor said hed invite stars.
Ill call Eva, he name-dropped a reference to former Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria, now a national co-chair of President Barack Obamas re-election campaign.
The event is a benefit gala under the glamorous auspices of The Creative Coalition, an advocacy group for the entertainment community.
Set to perform Love Shack and other dance-able hits: The B-52s.
The Dude, Mo Rocca impact players
Looks like the Dude is comin, man.
Were talking about movie actor Jeff Bridges, who played The Dude in The Big Lebowski. And Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. And the whiskey-soaked country crooner in Crazy Heart the part that won him an Oscar.
Bridges is on the tentative attendee list for the Impact Film Festival, set for convention week at uptowns Mez & EpiCentre Theaters.
He narrated Hunger Hits Home, a film about childhood hunger to be shown and discussed.
Also expected to come to the fest: Mo Rocca.
We know him as the snarky-funny guy on CBS Sunday Morning and NPRs Wait, Wait Dont Tell Me. But in CLT, hell screen Electoral Dysfunction, his road-trip pic on how voting works (and doesnt) in these United (not really) States.
Kennedy clan decamping to CLT
No word on whether Ethel Kennedy will attend Ethel, an upcoming HBO doc about her thats also in the Impact Film Fest lineup. But RFKs widow now 84 will be in CLT.
Shell join about two dozen members of the Kennedy clan at the DNC, says the Bah-ston Globe.
Grandson Joseph Kennedy III, a candidate for Congress, will introduce a video salute to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy on the conventions opening night.