The AICE Awards, which are presented annually, rotates
between three cities – New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – and in 2018 it’s the
West Coast that gets to shine. More specifically, the spotlight will be on
Culver City, where the awards venue, Unici Casa, is located.
The Unici Casa space, which hosts everything from corporate
events to private parties, comprises 15,000 square feet and is home to a
variety of beautiful, avant-garde objects that give it the feel of an art
gallery or museum. The AICE Awards will be in good company when the doors open
on Thursday evening, May 10, as Unici Casa has hosted events for NBC, Fox, the
NFL Network and the luxury car brands Lamborghini and Maserati.
Spotted checked in with Yvette Cobarrubias-Sears of Cosmo
Street and LaRue Anderson of Apache, who are leading the AICP West Chapter
committee that’s organizing and producing the event, to find out what made
Unici Casa the place for the 2018 Awards gala. “It’s the chandeliers!” says
Yvette. “It’s a beautiful and glamorous venue with endless possibilities for
the show. It's also in Culver City, which makes it well-located for our out-of-towners
and still easily accessible for locals. It was the first venue we looked at,
and we knew immediately it was for us.”
The organizers have lined up an MC for the evening, Molly Schreiber,
who in addition to being a writer, actor and stand-up comedian who stars in her
own sketches, she’s also a sought-after Soul Cycle instructor. She’s produced
content for Funny or Die, Circa Laughs and various other media outlets, and her videos have racked up over 1.5 million views online.
(Check out her Funny or Die videos here.)
A group of dedicated volunteers have been working for months
to put the finishing touches on next week’s event, says LaRue, and she wanted
to make sure they were acknowledged. “Our group of smart, hard-working, super-powered
EPs includes Megan Dahlman of Cutters, Dawn Redman of Juice Studios, Crissy
DeSimone of Arcade Edit and Susye Melega of Nomad Editorial,” she points out.
“And of course, we’ve been working every step of the way with the formidable
and brilliant Rachelle Madden! It’s going to be a great night, and we’re
expecting a sell-out, so we’re urging everyone to book their tickets now.”
Unici Casa is located at 9461 Jefferson Blvd. in
Culver City. Cocktails begin at 6:30, with the awards and Hall of Fame
presentations kicking off at 7:30, followed by the post-awards reception at 10.
For tickets and more information, check out the event page on the AICP web site here.