Society Confidential: Detroit native touts Coke exhibit
To kick off the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and Coca-Cola are presenting “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American icon at 100,” showcasing iconic artwork from the last 100 years featuring that familiar, curvaceous little cola bottle. Detroiter Felicia Wasson, who is Coca-Cola’s public affairs and communication director, couldn’t be prouder. We caught up with her at a Wednesday dinner party previewing the exhibit, where Wasson had exciting facts for everyone who would listen. “Did you know that Coca-Cola is made in Detroit?” she queried. “There’s been a factory there for almost 100 years.” And: “Did you know that Coke is the second most-recognized word in the world, second only to ‘OK’?” She had a million more, but you get the gist. The Coke exhibit opens Friday at Atlanta’s High Museum and runs through Oct. 4.
ScarJo may be giving up ‘Singles’ name
Last week the news came out that actress Scarlett Johansson had formed a band called the Singles along with Este Haim, HollyMiranda,Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan, that they’d signed to the Federal Prism label and issued a dance-pop song, “Candy.”
But hold up there, say members of the band called the Singles, who worked in Detroit for years but now live in Los Angeles. The Detroit-born Singles have used the name for 16 years, so they had their lawyer deliver a cease-and-desist to Johansson, charging her with trademark infringement.
“I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own,” said bandleader Vincent Frederick in a statement. It appears that Federal Prism Records has thrown in the towel; the label’s Jeff Bowers told the Hollywood Reporter that he’d like to sell off all the ScarJo Singles’ records (yes, vinyl) and merchandise, to benefit a children’s hospital in L.A.
Snakes in Hollywood
Detroit native Raffi Muschegian is fitting in quite well in the Hollywood scene since he started working there a year ago. Most recently, he and his crew were invited to Elton John’s famous Oscar night party where they rubbed elbows with everyone from Lil’ Kim to Gordon Ramsey (Ramsey prepared the meal for the evening). If things go as planned, these kind of nights will be the norm for Raffi and company, as they prepare to launch a number of special Hollywood projects. First up, is a reality show called “Raising Reptiles.” The series will star fellow Detroit native Armen Shahrigian and will be co-produced by Detroit native Ron Conigliaro, along with Hollywood veteran Suzanne DeLaurentiis. “Raising Reptiles,” which showcases Shahrigian’s passion for and knowledge of the creatures, goes into production next week in Hollywood.
And Oak Park’s own Carrie Keranen will voice a villain on the cartoon “Kill la Kill,” airing at 12:30 a.m. Saturdays on the Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. The University of Michigan grad has voiced characters on Pokemon, YuGiOh and many other animated features.