It had the charm of a community theater production put on by a group of pals - only in this case, everybody happened to be famous. Tuesday night, actor David Arquette and some of his family members and "Friends" - namely wife Courteney Cox-Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, Ben Harper and more - staged a benefit concert to raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank and Feeding America.
It was a roughly staged event where microphones went dead, teleprompters messed up and everyone in the audience seemed to know each other. At one point, the director came over the P.A. system and asked Cox and Kudrow to stretch - so Kudrow grabbed a guitar and played a couple bars of "Smelly Cat," the tune her character made famous on an episode of "Friends."
AEG Live donated the Club Nokia in downtown L.A., while others donated their time and talent. Garry Shandling did a little stand-up comedy. Crow wrote a sing-along reggae song especially for the event called "All We Need" - which she recorded as a duet for iTunes with Jason Mraz. It'll be available in about a week or so, with all proceeds going to Feeding America.
As Crow performed, Allison Sweeney (soap star and host of "The Biggest Loser") snapped photos on her cell phone from the balcony. Harper raced over on a rare night off from his tour with Pearl Jam. Katharine McPhee, Jonny Lang and Good Charlotte's Joel and Benji Madden also performed live, as did Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. His mom, Mary, watched from the side of the stage, dressed in sensible shoes and a grandma cardigan. Speaking of which, Morello and his new wife are expecting their first child next month. It's going to be a boy!
This wasn't some Hollywood fundraiser where the celebrities involved had no personal stake in the charity. Cox told us her husband, David, has been spending two days a week packing lunches and helping out at the neighborhood foodbank in Venice. Sometimes their daughter, Coco, joins him. Crow couldn't help giving Arquette a special shout-out during her set. "I love David Arquette so much, man!" she exclaimed. "Who else would put himself out there like this?!"
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is David Arquette and Patricia Arquette related ? they sort of look sisters and brothers :**
i like David Arquette as a comedian, he is like James Belushi somtimes..~*
is David Arquette in anyway related to Patricia Arquette~,`
This is so awesome! If anybody here wants to help out the hungry, here's another way to do it. $7 is all you need to feed a person for a day. @Reuben, it ain't 10K, but it's something: givelifemeaning.org
Thanks Dilly... well said. I know we all support the same goal, people just differ on how to reach it and make that success sustainable. Perhaps we organize another concert; "Fish a little, Feed a lot!"
Someone should give Scott Grillo a prize!!! I don't think he meant "all" the people who visit food banks made bad decisions, In fact, I don't think he meant ANYONE made bad decisions. My feeling is, simply that some people make it a habit, a "way of life," to live off of food banks... THOSE people are usually the ones who need to be "taught to fish." Sometimes people (all people) need help... it's true. But, if the causes for these things...hunger, ignorance and poor education were addressed and solutions found, maybe, our children would have stronger values and ethics and a greater sense of self-worth. They would become adults with those very same values and not end up "sponging off the system." They would learn to fish and teach the next generation to fish and so forth.
Thanks for the comment Sarah. Well, I didnt see any pictures or videos of firefighters or teachers during the evening, and there are plenty of programs for the legitimately out of work or disabled. I don't recall saying any of those pictured made bad decisions; but I think that at least as much time should be spent fixing the root of the problem, not just pumping water out of a contantly leaking boat, otherwise we will be pumping it out forever and simply co-depending a cycle of poverty and hunger. And by the way, education is free in America; but the ACLU would sh*t a brick if anyone tried to instill conservative ethics and values into schools. The answer is not more
money for teachers, California has the highest per capita pay for teachers and the lowest test results; you cant fire bad teachers so they can experience hunger...
Really- such a great evening and what a timely cause.
How important is getting food to those who hunger?
Amazing evening with a powerful call to action. Get involved.... however you can. Make a difference.
Scott g – Uhm, there's a food bank in NC – well to do area – here is one example of type of people who came in for food recently: Certified Teachers Asst. can't find job because they have let so many certified teachers go that teachers are currently filling the assistant spots so on, there aren't even any substitute jobs. Her husband was a firefighter, got disabled in a fire... NOT all of the people who are being helped made bad decisions – unless you're saying that people who are fire fighters make bad decisions? And the other problem is that the same people who don't want to pay for food for hungry people also don't want to pay for decent education...
Garry Shandling should have just stayed home and sobered up. What an embarrasment. Enjoyed the rest of the show but why was I left with the feeling that anyone who works hard and has succeded should donate time and resources to feed anyone without concern for why they were hungry in the first place? Is it smarter to give a man a fish or teach him to fish? Would it not be smarter to also invest in reversing the root cause of hunger; ignorance, poor education and developing children with strong values and ethics? Perhaps a few songs about taking responsibility for one's actions would do more in the long run instead of more "we are the world" songs.
A Reuben sandwich is better than a Reuben comment, eh, eh?...anyway.
Ann, in regards to Bill O'Reilly, do ya think?
Ben, you were great last night.
Just a minor correction to Ann....O'Reilly OFTEN calls people from Hollywood "pinheads", not ALWAYS, as Ann astutely observes. In fact, I would be of the opinion that O'Reilly would call the Arquette's 'Patriots" for their generosity.
Charitable deeds are NOT a domain owned by either the political left, right or center.
It's really nice to see there are still some people out there who can afford to help others. Sorry, all my money goes to helping the U.S. Government become larger and more powerful. So when I die, I can at least say I was part of building the biggest bully the world has ever seen. :)
Ann, noooo, O'Reilly DOES NOT call all people in Hollywood Pinheads. If you watched, he has called quite a few Hollywood types Patriots. Nothing like a sweeping generalization. Can I call all liberals dumb as rocks?
Great to hear fortunate people giving back!
Doesn't matter how much money they have, they still choose to give back how they can. People aren't gonna eat their millions, and
what does this have to do with Bill O'Reilly?
@Ruben – why don't you match it Ruben, with whatever you can afford to give?
O'Reilly always calls people in Hollywood Pinheads. I thank you for helping people out. Maybe it's O'Reilly who is the pinhead.
David Arquette and his family has been known for many years to give back to the community, he's hands on involved with many great causes to help the needy. What a great example he is for all of us.
Doesn't hurt, when you already have millions – lol – easy then isn't it? 10K means nothing.
Its nice to hear some good news out of Hollywood. There are good people everywhere, just have to look for them, sometimes!
Love, love to hear when celebrities do things like this! by the way no too very often we see celebrities put their own hands to help out the neighborhood/community. So inspiring it! Love The Arquettes!
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