Acrobats and stars mix in Cirque du Soleil celebration

BevHills’ City Hall turned into a circus scene last week — and it had nothing to do with the state’s wacky recall campaign. The normally monochromatic government building became the backdrop for several wildly colorful montages straight out of Cirque du Soleil during an Aug. 6 tribute to troupe founder Guy Laliberte.

“I came into Los Angles 15 years ago,” Laliberte recalls. “For us it was a question of ‘Live or Die in L.A.’ And actually we lived pretty well.

“But what I remember was the reception from the people from Los Angeles, the people of Beverly Hills and the people from Santa Monica,” he said before blowing kisses to the crowd.

Event, one in a series hosted by Audi and Conde Nast, was preceded by a reception at Raffles L’Ermitage hotel a few blocks away. Val Kilmer, Laurence Fishburne, Julia Ormond, Djimon Hounsou and a host of models mingled poolside while Cirque du Soleil acrobats performed feats of astonishing dexterity.

Dennis Haysbert, who plays president David Palmer on “24,” offered up his political wisdom for new gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger during the festivities, which occurred hours after the “Terminator” thesp made his candidacy official: “Tell the truth — and listen to the people.”

Kilmer, meanwhile, kept his feelings about the day’s big announcement closer to the vest. “I can’t really say,” he averred. “It does seem strange, though.”

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