By Mark Sachs
Carole Bayer Sager’s passion for music has given the world scores of memorable songs, including her collaborations on “Nobody Does It Better,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “That’s What Friends Are For” and the Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).” And to think it all started back in the ’60s when, as a high-schooler, she wrote “A Groovy Kind of Love.”
But now it’s a love of art that has captured her imagination, and she’s channeling that passion into L.A. Art House on Beverly, where she’s curating an exhibit running into July called “Wounded,” featuring works by new Chinese artists.
The combination working studio (she herself often paints there) and gallery donates 100% of its profits to the Hammer Museum and its Hammer Projects program for emerging artists.
Bayer Sager and her husband, TV and film mega-exec Bob Daly, live in Bel-Air, and their weekends are suitable for framing.
I love when my son, Cristopher Bacharach, visits from Seattle and we get to spend some time together on weekends. I like to take him shopping at Barneys in Beverly Hills because of the designers they carry. It’s my favorite store. After that we’ll go to the Polo Lounge for lunch.
I love going to art galleries now, and museums. Culver City has a lot of good galleries, and I like the Hammer too, of course. I went to see a young artist’s work in Chinatown the other day. I’ll also go down to Roger Herman’s studio in Elysian Park. He’s been a real mentor to me.
Just the two of us
A special place for dinner is Giorgio’s. They have the most delicious Italian food, but I also love the Dover sole. And another good spot is a little neighborhood restaurant called Vicenti, on San Vicente. Great pizza, the crispy thin-crust vegetarian is pretty great.
And one more place — Mr. Chow’s. I love all the food, especially the squab.
Bringing a crowd
I love to get our big family together and have brunch at the Four Seasons. It’s an abundance of food and it’s so beautiful. It’s expensive, but I guess it has to be because some people eat like little piggies. The outdoor tables are great this time of year. There’s sushi, omelets, waffles, fruit, desserts, just everything imaginable. I’ll have plenty of coffee and a well-done omelet — more egg whites than yellow — with smoked salmon and onions. Then maybe a little yogurt afterward.
Painting the town
I love Dick Blick’s art supplies store on Santa Monica. It’s getting to be my new Barneys. I always end up buying things I had no intention of buying, like maybe some incredibly beautiful oil colors. I also love browsing around Melrose Avenue, and the shops on Robertson are fun. After shopping, I like the Ivy for lunch with a friend. And the Newsroom Cafe, a healthy place that’s right across the street.