April Los Angeles Social Calendar


Highlights of the April Los Angeles Social Calendar 

Honors for Wallis Annenberg, Duets for Breast Cancer, a SuperStar-Studded Spring Break, The MOCA Gala, Seth Rogen’s House Party and Much More 




Apr. 9 – The Colleagues “Spring Luncheon” is a glamorous affair, this year honoring mega-philanthropist Wallis Annenberg and featuring an always-magnificent runway show of Oscar de la Renta fashions, along with informal modeling of Van Cleef & Arpels jewels. Wendy Burch of KTLA Morning News will emcee the event benefiting the Children’s Institute, Inc.  Anne Johnson is executive chair; Nancy Reagan and Betsy Bloomingdale are honorary co-chairs. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets from $150. (213) 260-7623. 


April 10 – Los Angeles Children’s Chorus “Gala Bel Canto” honors Richard Sherman, legendary composer of “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and other classic musicals; and philanthropists Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin; hosted by noted film critic Leonard Maltin; reception, dinner and program at the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets from $350. (626) 793-4231. 


Apr. 12 – The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles “Accessories for Success” hosted by model Amber Valletta with a presentation by Morgan Freeman. This Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show honors Barbara Lazaroff, president of Imaginings Design, and Lori McCreary, chief executive of Revelations Entertainment; co-chairs Teri Simpson and Mary Willard; honorary co-chairs Anne Globe and Sharon Harroun Peirce. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets from $250. (323) 904-4400



Apr. 13 – Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Research & Education Program “What A Pair!” is an evening of fun duets by stars of television, film, music and Broadway. Confirmed so far are Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Joely Fisher, Anne Heche, Heather Dubrow, Loretta Devine, Elaine Hendrix, Lea Thompson and Maggie Wheeler. Includes a VIP pre-party with the celebrity cast and post-concert reception. Co-chairs Cookie Markowitz, Tracy Forester; honorary co-chairs Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Song. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica. Tickets from $250. (323) 866-6231. 



Apr. 13 – John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary “Odyssey Ball” with emcee Shaun Robinson of “Access Hollywood” honors Michael Sitrick, chief executive of Sitrick and Co., and features – in addition to a reception, gala dinner and dancing – a performance by singer and voice actress Rachael MacFarlane. (Click here to read about last year’s affair.) Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Tickets from $400. (323) 904-4400.



Apr. 17 – UCLA Children’s Discovery & Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA “Kaleidoscope Ball” honors Heather and Steven Mnuchin. Hosted by Patricia Heaton, with performances by Blue Sky Riders, featuring Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr. Chaired by Amanda Brown, Beth Friedman and Shari Glazer. Cocktails, dinner and the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase by noted interior and fashion designers, including Natasha Baradaran, Chris Barrett, Joan Behnke, Carl Berg, Tim Campbell, Mark Cutler, Elizabeth Dinkel, Waldo Fernandez, Adam Hunter, James Magni, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Philip Nimmo, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Alexandra Misczynski, Michael Misczynski, Lonni Paul, Estee Stanley, Ron Woodson, Jamie Rummerfield and Monique L’huillier. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets from $500. (323) 904-4400.



Apr. 20 – City Year Los Angeles “Spring Break: Destination Education” is a not-to-be-missed event for teens and adults, offering  interactive carnival-style booths, performances by Skylar Grey and DJ Sky Blu of LMFAO, abundant food stations and a Hollywood A-list for a host committee, including Anne Hathaway, Adam Shulman, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Trey Thompkins, Emily Vancamp, Vince Vaughn, Justin Bartha, Jason Bateman, Jim Belushi, Julie Bowen, Billy Burke, Pau Gasol, David Giuntoli, Matt Bomer, Simon Halls, Hill Harper, Octavia Spencer, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Megan Hilty, Antawn Jamison, Rashida Jones, Deandre Jordan, Cobie Smulders, Catherine Keener, Mario Lopez, Adam Levine, Anthony Mackie, Joel McHale, Edward Norton, Teresa Palmer, Andrew Rannells, Ed Westwick, Blake Shelton, and more. (To get an idea, check out last year’s party here.) Proceeds fund City Year’s important programs to keep at-risk students in school and on track to graduate. Sony Studios. Tickets from $375 with reduced rates for families of more than four. (213) 596-5875.


Apr. 20 – Los Angeles Ballet “Rubies Gala” honors “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” producer Nigel Lythgoe and philanthropist Linda Duttenhaver. Cocktails and dinner, highlighted by a preview performance of Balanchine Festival RED by the ballet company’s stunning dancers. Guests also get a chance to dance, thanks to philanthropist/ entrepreneur Jon Tu’s 34-piece band, JT and California Dreamin’. Chaired by Kirsten Sarkisian and Lori Milken. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets from $500.  (310) 903-8886.


Apr. 20 – Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles “The MOCA Gala” celebrates the opening of the first comprehensive museum retrospective of artist Urs Fischer’s work, occupying 65,000 square feet of space at both MOCA Grand Avenue and the Geffen Contemporary. Begins with cocktails at MOCA Grand and shuttles guests over to a festive dinner at the Geffen. Under the creative direction of artist Rob Pruitt with host Larry Gagosian and surprise performances; co-chaired by Maria Bell and Eli Broad. Tickets from $2,500. 213 621-1778.


Apr. 20 – Los Angeles Conservancy “Venice Eclectic: Modern Architecture from the 1970s and ’80s,” an opportunity to tour modern architectural landmarks of Venice, including the home, studios and offices of Dennis Hopper; Chuck Arnoldi and Ed Moses; and Ray and Charles Eames, respectively. First in the tour series: “Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A.” Tickets $35; less for L.A. Conservancy members, students and children. (213) 623-2489.


Apr. 23 – Project Angel Food “Angel Art Auction,” offers artworks by top contemporary artists for sale at live and silent auction, led by Sotheby’s principal auctioneer, Tobias Meyer. The committee of gallerists and collectors includes Beth Rudin DeWoody, Beth Swofford, Brian Butler, Bryan Lourd, Darren Star, David Maupin, Deborah McLeod, Hamilton South, Honor Fraser, Jennifer Aniston, John McIlwee, Shephard McIlwee, Julie Roberts; Justin Theroux, Kevin Huvane, Kristin Rey, Larry Gagosian, Maria Bell, Michael Kohn, Michael Maloney, Michael Rubel, Neil Patrick Harris, Shaun Caley Regen, Tara Hirshberg, Thao Nguyen and Tom Ford. Held at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). People may also bid online at Paddle 8.Tickets $150 or $250 for two. (323) 436-5049. 



Apr. 23 – The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts “Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels” Hyatt Regency Irvine. An international culinary experience with a Paris Cabaret, continuous entertainment, Martini Nightclub Bar, plus live and silent auctions, Honors Tracy and Roger Kirwan. Tickets from $125 phone (714) 556-2122 X 4224.


Apr. 25 – Alzheimer’s Association “Hilarity for Charity,” hosted by Seth Rogen and co-chaired by Rogen, Lauren Miller, Matthew Bass, Tum Cohl and Raffi Adlan. Called an “anti-gala” and patterned after a house party, the evening is geared to bring an awareness of Alzheimer’s disease to a younger generation. Includes dinner and an impressive line-up of comedy talent, music and magic. (To get an idea, here’s the story of last year’s “anti-gala.”) Avalon Hollywood. Tickets from $150. (818) 906-0240. 


Apr. 25 – Shelter Partnership “Annual Dinner” honors actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, of “CSI: New York,” for his dedication to our nation’s veterans. Hosted by NBC’s iconic weathercaster Fritz Coleman; featuring a special performance by the award-winning a capella New Directions Veterans Choir. Supports homeless service providers and housing for the L.A. County’s homeless. Milennium Biltmore Hotel. Tickets from $350.  (213) 688-2188.


Apr. 26 – Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation “Taste for a Cure” showcases the foods and wines of top Santa Barbara County chefs and wineries; a tribute to Joe Cohen, partner of Creative Artists Agency, and top-notch entertainment, yet to be announced, follows. (For a look at last year’s entertainment, click here.) Co-chaired by Jon Holman, John Landgraf, Larry Maguire, Gary Newman, Jay Sures and Dana Walden. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets from $500.  310-201-5033.


Apr. 28 – Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA “Music and the Mind,” hosted by Ruby Wax, features a gala dinner and entertainment by Robert Gupta and Ben Hong. Honoring Erick McCormack of “Will & Grace,” Dr. Andrew Leuchter and Renee and Meyer Luskin. Co-chairs Charlene and John Baskin, and Margot and Joe Calbrese. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets from $350  (424) 214-3851.  



Top photo: The MOCA Gala, coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar will feature works by Urs Fischer (photo, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

Second photo: Dan Colen artwork, M&Ms on paper, available for sale at auction at Project Angel Food’s “Angel Art Auction” at CAA, coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: courtesy of Project Angel Food.)

Third photo: Liam Hemsworth of “The Hunger Games” is a member of the star-studded host committee for City Year Los Angeles “Spring Break: Destination Education,” coming up on the  April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: courtesy of City Year, Los Angeles)

Fourth photo: Julia Cinquemani and Bianca Bulle of the Los Angeles Ballet, which will preview the Balanchine Festival at the “Rubies Gala,” coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: Reed Hutchinson and Catherine Kanner) 

Fifth photo: Home of the late actor and artist Dennis Hopper, designed by Brian Murphy, 1989, an L.A. Conservancy event, coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: by Larry Underhill)

Sixth photo: Gary Sinise of “CSI: New York,” will be honored by the Shelter Partnership, coming up on the Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Shelter Partnership)

Seventh photo: Seth Rogen has chosen a house party theme for “Hilarity for Charity” coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

Eighth photo: The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, getting ready for the “Gala Bel Canto,” coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo by Craig Schwartz)
Ninth photo: Conchata Ferrell, left, of “Two and a Half Men” in a duet with Anne Heche for “What a Pair,” coming up on the April Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: Claudia Ross)



Jason Bateman, Jason Alexander, Emmy Rossum, Beth Behrs, Big Bang Theory & More Go Broadway for A Night At Sardi’s Honoring Brian Grazer and Jill Gascoine  

Actor Tim Allen and Artist Lari Pittman Deliver Tributes to the Walt Disney Company and Artist Catherine Opie at the REDCAT Gala With Emcee Jack Black 

Dinner Under the Wings of Endeavour With Debbie Allen, Space VIPs, Astronauts and Others at the California Science Center’s Amazing Discovery Ball

Edgar Arceneaux, Charles Gaines, John Baldessari, Ann Magnuson, Joey Arias Among the Creative at REDCAT Gala 2012

Artistic Directors Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen Kick Off Los Angeles Ballet Balanchine Festival and Rubies Gala

Octavia Spencer and Cathy Schulman of Women In Film Fete Oscar Nominees, including Jessica Chastain, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jacki Weaver, David O. Russell and Others 

Gisele Bundchen Hosts Mario Testino Opening at PRISM, Joined by Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Whitney Cummings and an A-list of Artists, Models, Actors and Other Guests


April Los Angeles Social Calendar

Published Apr. 4, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA