Oscar Celebrations In and Around Hollywood

Plenty of celebs will be floating around the neighborhood this weekend for the Academy Awards and after parties.

Oscar weekend is here and we're keeping you in the loop on the biggest social events taking place around the Hollywood and West Hollywood area. We've got details on viewing parties, restaurant and business deals and Oscar parties. Keep your eyes open and have your camera ready because you may run into an Oscar winner this weekend.

Hollywood and the TV Industry—Saturday

You'll feel like a superstar once you're at  enjoying the city sights and its live music event called Mondrian Sessions. Enjoy a performance by Zola Jesus and other top indie artists and DJs as they perform poolside. The event is free to attend,  but reservations are required: skybarla@morganshotelgroup.com. Ages 21 and older only. To book a table for the event, call 323-848-6027. The show starts at 8 p.m. 

will bring together a group of panelists on Saturday to help guide you into the realm of the entertainment industry. The event, “The Jestfest: A Panel of Hollywood Industry Executives,” will feature a conversation with Anthony Hill (writer, Meet the Browns), Traci Blackwell (former VP of Current at the CW) and Dave Becky (manager, 3 Arts Entertainment) as they discuss  their experience in TV and film. They'll also give you some tips on how you can begin your journey. Click here for more information. 

You can also learn more on how to become a hip-hop media mogul as author Dan Charnas discusses and presents The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop at . Event organizers say the book takes readers "from the first $15 made by a rapping DJ in the 1970s" to the recent multimillion dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies. The event begins at 5 p.m. 

Feel like a Star—All Weekend 

Singer Moby, actor Pierce Brosnan and The Social Network’s solo twin Armie Hammer are among the celebs who were spotted at the  restaurant this week, according to the folks over at TheSunsetStrip.com. The new "farm-to-table style" restaurant offers diners some amazing views of West Hollywood. (Psst!! The Eveleigh recently launched a weekend brunch that offers organic cocktails.) Bring your best smile and rub elbows with some locals and maybe an A-list celeb! 

 salon on Sunset Boulevard can help you get that Hollywood glamour look without breaking your budget. Get a blow out for $35 and your hair will be styled and ready to go for your Oscar party celebration. On weekends, the salon offers complimentary croissants and bagels during your blow out. 

Oscar Viewing Parties—Sunday 

If you're not in the mood to watch the Academy Awards from home, then stop by the Cactus Lounge at on the  for a free Oscar viewing party. 

You can also stop by  for its Oscar viewing party that will feature two-for-one drinks from 4-8 p.m.

In Style magazine will host its viewing party at

Perhaps you want to watch the Oscars from the comfort of your own home? No problem. has got you covered. It's offering a boxed dinner for two to celebrate the Oscars and they too. Tender Greens has a beautiful pot roast for you served alongside tender greens topped with a truffled vinaigrette, and mashed potatoes. You can have your own star-studded evening with a bottle of champagne at home. The dinner package for two is $45.

will host its 10th Annual Oscar Viewing Party benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. The VIP red-carpet cocktail reception begins at 4 p.m. and the seated dinner and viewing party will begin at 5 p.m. Anticipated celebrities include Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Stephanie Pratt (The Hills), Taylor Armstrong (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Drew Lachey (Dancing with the Stars, 98 Degrees) and Marlee Matlin (L Word). Packages are available for VIP tables and individual tickets begin at $500 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. Visit www.apla.org to purchase your tickets. 

The Elton John AIDS Foundation will host its 19th Annual Academy Awards viewing party at the Pacific Design Center. The dinner event raises millions of dollars for AIDS research. Click here for more information. 

will host an Oscar viewing party and don't worry, you don't have to wear a tux. Event organizers say you can expect, "Lots of cocktails, an Oscar pool and plenty of gays." Sounds like a promising night! The bar and snacks will be served from 4-6 p.m. The Academy Awards telecast begin at 5 p.m. The afterparty will begin at 8 p.m. with DJ Roland Belmares. Advance tickets are $20 and are available through TomWhitmanPresents.com

will offer drink specials for brunch and throughout the day. Lola's will show the red carpet coverage as well as the awards ceremony. You can enjoy bottomless mimosas for $10 and bottomless Bloody Marys for $12. Lola's will also have $5 Happy Hour martinis and wine. Lola's Oscar dinner special is $23 per person.

Oscar Parties—Sunday 

The annual Vanity Fair party will be held at the hotel in West Hollywood on Oscar night. Good luck getting in, but if you happen to swing by and snap some photos, feel free to send them our way. 

The Night of 100 Stars party will be held at the . The red carpet event complete with celebrities and guest arrivals begins at 4 p.m. Click here for more information. 

After the big award show, you'll catch some of the biggest stars trickling in and out of the Governors Ball held at Hollywood and Highland. 

The Fox Searchlight after party will be held at My House in Los Angeles. 

The Academy Awards telecast will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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