You’ve watched most of the movies nominated for Best Movie, you have a copy of your office Oscar pool and feel pretty good about it, but one question remains – where will you watch the show?
I can help with that. A variety of restaurants and organizations are hosting Oscar viewing parties on Sunday that include special performances, cocktails, a special menu and their own red carpet so attendees can feel as glamorous as the Academy Award nominees.
Red carpet coverage of the 88th Oscars hosted by Chris Rock begins at 4 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on ABC.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe 2nd Annual Red Carpet Oscar Party
The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with a walk down the red carpet where guests can pose for a photo souvenir. They can then enjoy some complimentary drinks from Crater Lake Vodka and Classic Wines of California, some passed hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner buffet with a menu inspired by “The Governor’s Ball.”
There will also be a ballot contest, a silent auction and gift bag. The event benefits Variety-the Children's Charity of the Desert.
Vicky's of Santa Fe is at 45-100 Club Drive in Indian Wells, at the corner of Highway 111. Tickets cost $100. For tickets or information call (760) 345-9770.
The Shops on El Paseo 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala
This event kicks off at 4 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and cocktails. Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar is providing a special dinner menu while Gennine Jackson will perform Oscar-winning and -nominated songs.
The event benefits Palm Springs Women in Film and Television which will present an award to Jack Jones during the event for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
The Shops on El Paseo is at 73-130 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Cost is $75 for the cocktail party and hors d’oeuvres from 4-6 p.m. or $150 for the entire event including awards-viewing and a sit-down dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. For tickets or information call (760) 239-0306 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
7th Annual Hollywood's Biggest Night at Trio
An “Orange Carpet” will welcome guests beginning at 4 p.m. where they can pose for the paparazzi. Then they can watch the Oscar awards ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. on the big screen TVs.
Enjoy a prix-fixe 6-course dinner, well drinks, wine, and champagne as you watch some of Hollywood’s shiniest stars honored for their work.
The event benefits AIDS Assistance Program Food Samaritans.
Trio is at 707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Cost is $150 for general seating and $175 for VIP/premium seating. For tickets or more information call (760) 325-8481 or www.aidsassistance.org.
Hollywood’s Biggest Night at The Purple Room
The event will be hosted by Judy Garland, aka acclaimed impersonator Michael Holmes. Guests can walk the Purple Room’s famed purple carpet beginning at 4:30 p.m. and pose for the paparazzi.
A six-course dinner will be served while people watch the show on wide-screen televisions. Proceeds benefit AIDS assistance Program Food Samaritans.
The Purple Room is at 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Cost is $90. For reservations or information call (760) 322-4422 or visit purpleroompalmsprings.com.
Hollywood’s Big Night Out at LULU California Bistro
Enjoy a delicious 4-course meal while watching the awards show on the new state-of-the-art 120-inch projection screen TV or on the new large TVs surrounding the upstairs terrace.
A 4-course meal with decadent selection of deserts including custom-spun cotton candy and a chocolate fountain will be provided.
LULU's is at 200 S. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. Cost is $34.99. For more information or tickets call (760) 327-5858.
Xochitl Pena, The Desert Sun February 24, 2016