May Los Angeles Social Calendar

Highlights of the May Los Angeles Social Calendar
Elton John, Taio Cruz, Bruno Mars, Downton Abbey, Holly Robinson Peete, Jason Alexander, Toni Braxton, Bob Saget, Billy Crystal and More 



May 2 – EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund “Unforgettable Evening” honoring Kylie Minogue and Carolina Herrera, hosted by Chelsea Handler and featuring a musical performance by the most-amazing-of-all Bruno Mars. Spearheaded by honorary chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jamie Tisch, and sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. WCRF is an Entertainment Industry Foundation Program. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets from $1,250  (310) 589-9334.


May 2 – Covenant House California “A Magical Night of Hope” honors honoring musical great Herbie Hancock and Covenant House California executive director George R. Lozano. Emceed by actress Vinessa Shaw with entertainment by jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne short. Includes silent and live auctions. Raises funds to help homeless youths turn their lives around. Skirball Cultural Center. Tickets from $400. (323)461-3131.  


May 3 – Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis “Race to Erase MS: Love to Erase MS,” has snagged the great Elton John and Taio Cruz for its twentieth Gala, honoring Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne. I am always astonished at the caliber of talent appearing at this annual shindig, but this year, it seems Davis and her committee have outdone themselves. The evening begins with cocktails amid a 500-item silent auction filled with one-one-a-kind items, and continues to a gala dinner, celebrity fashion show and entertainment. With “love” as the theme, the dress code is “lovely.” To get an idea of what guests can expect, here’s my story about the Race to Erase MS 2012 and the Race to Erase MS 2011. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Tickets from $1,000. (310) 440-4842.


May 3 – “BritWeek Celebrates Downton Abbey during this annual salute to the creative ties between the U.K. and California. This evening honors one of today’s most brilliant television shows: the internationally-acclaimed, multiple Emmy Award-winning British masterpiece, “Downton Abbey.” Among others joining the party: Gareth Neame, Laura Carmichael, (Lady Edith,) and others. Benefits Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Click here for a look at the “Salute to Old Hollywood,” launching BritWeek. Fairmont Miramar Hotel. Tickets $75; VIP tickets $175. (323) 706-6181.


May 3 – Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai “Spring Luncheon” will feature the latest fashions from David Meister, the top American designer who has dressed Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Marsha Gay Harden, Diane Lane, Melissa McCarthy, Quevenzhane Wallis and more fashionable stars for the most important red carpets. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, will receive the Woman of the twenty-first Century Award. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets from $200. (310) 423-3667.


May 4 – Otis College of Art and Design Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show,” has as its centerpiece, a spectacular runway show of original fashions by Otis design students, all mentored by top designers, such as Billabong, Mary Jo Bruno, Marisol Gerona for Disney, Eleven, Halston with the Humane Society, Betsy Heimann with Western Costume, Bob Mackie, Claire Pettibone, Cynthia Vincent, Heather Brown for Urban Outfitters and Christopher Wicks. The night will honor Kirk Nix of KNA Designs and style icon Sally Perrin. Chaired by Shelley Reid and Elaine Goldsmith. Tickets from $500. (310) 665-6858


May 4 – JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Finding a Cure: A Love Story Gala” has Aaron Eckhart of “The Dark Knight,” Rene Russo of “The Thomas Crown Affair” and Mary McCormack of “In Plain Sight” presenting awards to Ellyn Garofalo, Lisa Hansen, Andrea King, Nancy Marks, Erin Wehrenberg and Marci Wiseman. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Tickets from $500. (213) 233-9901.

May 4 – Music Center of Los Angeles “Spotlight 25th Anniversary Finale Performance,” highlighted by performances by 12 top Spotlight artists, chosen from among 2,200 applicants in 6 performing arts categories of ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental. An After-Party features the Spotlight Alumni Jazz Band. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Patron packages from $1,000 buy 2 passes to the performance and after-party. (213) 972-4344.


May 4 – The Bob and Delores Hope Sale, benefiting St. Charles Borromeo Holy Family Service Center, offers hundreds of items, chosen by their daughter Linda Hope. Includes antiques, paintings, pictures, ceramics, crystal, silver, glassware, china, books, memorabilia, linens, knick knacks and more from the Hope family’s Toluca Lake home. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. St. Charles Borromeo Church, North Hollywood  (818) 766-3838.


May 8, 2013: Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies “Mother’s Day Luncheon,”  honors Holly Robinson Peete, Dolores Robinson and Amber Valetta. Hosted by Lisa Ann Walter, and featuring pre-lunch shopping at luxury boutiques and an informal fashion show by White House Black Market. Chaired by Beverly Cohen and Sherri Rosenblum with Gloria Gebba president. Take a look at last year’s glamorous luncheon here. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, Beverly Hills. Tickets from $150. (323) 904-4400.


May 8 – Anti-Defamation League “Centennial Entertainment Industry Awards” salutes Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, along with a sterling committee of honorary co-chairs, comprised of David Geffen, Jim Gianopulos, Bob Iger, Ron Meyer and Steven Spielberg. The dinner pays tribute to 100 years of impact. The legendary Kirk Douglas opens ceremonies; ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman gives the presentation. Click here for details of another inspiring Anti-Defamation League dinner I wrote about for the Los Angeles Times. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets from $500   (310) 446-4264.


May 8 – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America “Women of Distinction Luncheon” honors Amy Brenneman of “Private Practice,” filmmaker Susan Cartsonis and philanthropist Lisa Greer. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tables from $3,000. (310) 478-4500.


May 8 – Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media “Evening Benefit” has a host committee, comprised of Scott Anderson, Vincent Bruzzese, Geralyn Dreyfous, Wendy Garen, Brian Gott, Brown Johnson, Geraldine Laybourne, Nina Tassler, Franca Virgili and Jacki Zehner. Taking place at the William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station. Tickets from $250. (714) 475-3885.


May 9 – Lupus LA “Orange Ball,” to be hosted by comedy great Bob Saget, features a cocktail hour, formal dinner and entertainment by multiple Grammy Award-winning Toni Braxton and Tony Award-winning Jason Alexander, known worldwide as George Costanza on “Seinfeld.” Always a fun evening, this year the dinner honors Dr. Jay Schapira and Dr. Stanley Naides. Supports national research projects and Lupus LA’s awareness and education programs. Click here to check out a recent Orange Ball I wrote about for the LA Times. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets from $500.  (310) 657-5667.  

May 9 – Santa Monica Museum of Art “Precognito” celebrates the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary, previews the artworks for sale at May 11 “Incognito,” (See item below) and honors gallery owner Margo Leavin, opera/theater director Peter Sellars. Introductions by John Baldessari and Bill Viola. Dinner by Alice Waters of “Chez Panisse” and décor by Christina Kim of “dosa.” To get the idea, here’s a glimpse at last year’s “PreCognito.” Tickets from $1,200. (310) 586-6488.



May 10 – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Helping Hand of Los Angeles Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show” honors Lea Porter and Tori Spelling and features Kevan Hall designs. Hosted by Lisa Ann Walter, benefiting the Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Includes a pre-luncheon boutique. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets from $150. (323) 904-4400.


May 11 – Santa Monica Museum of Art “Incognito” is the museum’s signature annual party, this year offering more than 700 artworks by emerging, mid-career and big name artists, including Edgar Arceneaux, Mark Bradford, Judy Chicago, Mary Kelly, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, William Pope, Ed Ruscha and Betye Saar, among others. All are priced at $350 plus tax – the catch is that artist names are hidden until after purchase.  Buyers are encouraged to trust their instincts. Here’s a look at “InCognito 2012,” as well as “InCognito 2010.” As a side note, 2010’s biggest winner, art advisor Will Kopelman, has since married Drew Barrymore. Tickets from $150. (310) 586-6488. 


May 11 – Susan G. Komen “Pink Tie Ball” takes inspiration for its theme, “Quest,” from the lyrics of “The Impossible Dream” in “Man of La Mancha.” An an evening under the stars beside Lake Mission Viejo in Orange County features silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment. Benefits breast health and breast cancer education, screening, treatment, support and research. Tickets are $350. (714) 957-9157.


May 13- Geffen Playhouse “Backstage at the Geffen” honors Billy Crystal and founding board chairman Bruce Ramer; with an impressive line-up of A-list talent to sing, dance and tell behind-the-scenes tales of true experiences in theater life. Honorary co-chairs Ann and Jim Gianopulos, and Wendy and Barry Meyer. Here’s a look at last year’s gala evening. Tickets from $2,500 includes VIP dinner; Show tickets from $350. (310) 208-6500 x141.


May 15 – Tower Cancer Research Foundation “Tower of Hope Gala” has as special guests: the Tony Award-winning Mandy Patinkin, star of “Homeland;” and comedian Ray Romano, star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Men of a Certain Age.” Honors Barbara Federman, Dr. Robert Decker and Bruce Schulman. Beverly Hilton. Tickets from $375. (310) 285-7242.

May 16 – Heal the Bay “Bring Back the Beach” honors Jeremy Irons of “The Borgias” and “Reversal of Fortune;” Dr. Mark Gold and Dr. Howard Murad. Takes place beside the ocean at the Jonathan Beach Club, Santa Monica. Dinner, entertainment and dancing on the beach, under the stars. Here’s my story about the 2010 Heal the Bay beach-side fundraiser. Tickets from $500. (310) 451-1500.


May 17 – Orange County Museum of Art “Art of Dining” celebrates fine art and fine dining.  Honoring legendary filmmaker and visual artist David Lynch. Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach. Tickets from $1,000 (949) 759-1122 x 203.


May 21 – UCLA Longevity Center “ICON Awards” names high-profile individuals as icons at a gala dinner, which includes live entertainment, yet to be announced. Check out my take on the 2011 ICON event here. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets from $350. (323) 904-4400.



May 22 – Children’s Action Network & Westside Children’s Center “Wine Women & Shoes,” features an array of wines, light bites and shopping for shoes and accessories to benefit two children’s causes, taking place at a spectacular private residence in Santa Monica. Judging from last year’s shindig, this promises to be another great shopping experience. Tickets from $150 (310) 470-9599.



May 29 – United Friends of the Children “Brass Rings Awards Gala” honors Rob Friedman, co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and Wendy Smith Meyer, associate dean and clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work. Hosted by Allison Janney of “The West Wing” and chaired by Ande Rosenblum. Cocktails reception, gala dinner, auction and entertainment. Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tickets from $500. (310) 559-9334.


Top photo: Elton John, set to appear at the “Race to Erase MS: Love to Erase MS” gala, coming up on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Race to Erase MS)

Second photo: Bruno Mars, set to appear at the “Unforgettable Evening,” on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund)

Third photo:
 Stewart+Brown fashions from last year’s “Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show” for the Otis College of Art and Design, coming up on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Otis College of Art and Design)

Fourth photo: Top American designer David Meister will show his latest collection at the “Spring Luncheon” for the Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai)

Fifth photo: Caricature of Bob Hope, whose possessions will come up for sale on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (image, courtesy of the Bob and Dolores Hope Sale)


Sixth photo: Bob Saget is among stars slated for the “Orange Ball” to benefit Lupus LA on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of Lupus LA)

Seventh photo: Art buyers get set to grab their favorite artworks at last year’s Opening Night for “Incognito” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo: Monica Orozco, courtesy of the Santa Monica Museum of Art)

Eighth photo: DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, to be honored by the Anti-Defamation League at its “Centennial Entertainment Industry Awards” on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League)

Ninth photo: Ray Romano of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Men of a Certain Age,” will take part in “Tower of Hope” gala, coming up on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of appear at the Tower Cancer Research Foundation)

Tenth photo: Amy Brenneman of “Private Practice,” to be honored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Crohn’s & Colitis)

Eleventh photo: Wendy Smith Meyer, an honoree at the United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner, coming up on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of United Friends of the Children)

Twelfth photo: Jeremy Irons, of “The Borgias,” to be honored at “Bring Back the Beach,” benefiting Heal the Bay, coming up on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of Heal the Bay)

Thirteenth photo: Tony Award-winner Jason Alexander, also known as George Costanza of “Seinfeld,” is among stars slated for the “Orange Ball” to benefit Lupus LA on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of Lupus LA)

Fourteenth photo:  Geena Davis will be hosting a benefit for the Geena Davis Institute in Gender Media, coming up on the May Los Angeles Social Calendar (photo, courtesy of the Geena Davis Institute in Gender Media)



BritWeek 2013 Kicks Off with Mischa Barton, Bruno Tonioli, Terri Seymour, Louise Roe, Two James Bonds and More Stars in an “Old Hollywood” Salute

Three Hemsworth Brothers, Four “American Idol” Contenders, Stars of “Glee,” “The Help,” “Gossip Girl” and More at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013

A “Yesssss!” to Marijuana and a Post-Postmodern Mix of Stars, Artists, More VIPs, Music and Party Themes at the MOCA Gala 2013

Priscilla Renea Performs; the Bird and the Bee Sing a Hal David Tune at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013

Top Filmmakers Maya Rudolph, Diablo Cody, Anne Fletcher, Nancy Meyers, Penelope Spheeris and Donna Langley Share Their Thoughts at WOMEN IN FOCUS at Chapman

Oscar de la Renta’s Dramatic Fashions and Wallis Annenberg’s Surprise at The Colleagues Spring Luncheon 

Highlights of April the Los Angeles Social Calendar: Duets for Breast Cancer, a SuperStar-Studded Spring Break, The MOCA Gala, Seth Rogen’s House Party and Much More 

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 


May Los Angeles Social Calendar

Published Apr. 28, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA