Sheryl Crow drives green, Kelsey Grammar gets wild, and Hollywood’s latest film festival


Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, and his wife Laura Dern are greening their rides with The Blade, a tailpipe accessory that cuts carbon emissions and increases fuel economy. On the blog for her appropriately named album, Detour, Crow, who got the gizmo as a birthday gift, claims it has boost her fuel economy by three miles per gallon and cuts air pollutants in half. Plus 20% of the $200 price is donated to the NRDC.

Last Sunday on Dick Clark's Malibu estate, sponsors Kelsey Grammar, Bill Maher, Amy Madigan, and board member PETA fan Pamela Anderson assisted the California Wildlife Center with fundraising for its 10th Annual “Way Wild” event. The org rehabilitates owls, seals, fawns, foxes, and other creatures endangered by habitat loss through encroaching urbanization. Auctioned items included an adventure in the Galapagos Islands and lots of organic goodies. Naturally, the feast was vegetarian. Members of Incubus showed to witness the release of a fledgling falcon, rescued by volunteer veterinarians after record-breaking 108-degree temperatures.

Tinseltown’s 1st Annual Downtown Film Festival (8/13-17) will host Sustainable L.A. on Sunday with panels and screenings covering topics like urban parks, electric vehicles, green collar work, and the slow food movement, along with an organic food court and farmers’ market and a free eco-fair with a bike rodeo. So lasso your Schwinn, take the train or subway to Grand Street. Besides 23 features, such as the indie fave, In Search of a Midnight Kiss, which features historic downtown LA footage, the five-day event premieres Traitor, starring Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and Jeff Daniels. Short eco-docs will play at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the closing night film is the Sundance hit, Flow, about the precarious future of the world’s water supply due to population and economic pressures. Gulp.

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