The Los Angeles Social Calendar

What’s On the Los Angeles Social Calendar This Fall?

Katy Perry, George Clooney, Stana Katic, Chelsea Handler, Jon Favreau, Elon Musk, Kate Beckinsale, Kirstie Alley, Heidi Klum, Usher, Barry Manilow, Sutton Foster, Maria Menounos and Many More A-Listers on Board


Here’s a sampling of fall highlights below…

Keep checking back for additions and don’t forget to check out my story in the Sunday Los Angeles Times Image section about the fall Los Angeles social calendar by clicking here. It includes more details on the fabulous events that are scheduled, the celebrities expected, and interviews with the people making these events happen.

Sept. 7 – Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, a fashion extravaganza of a show at the Orpheum Theatre. Originally turned into a mega-fundraiser, in conjunction with Elizabeth Taylor, (whom I had the good fortune to see there a few years ago), this year’s event benefits AIDS Project LA and Project Angel Food. Featuring performances by Robin Thicke and pop duo Karmin. Special guests include Camila Alves, Sean Combs, Ali Landry, Cheryl Burke and Nicole Richie, who will launch her collection for Macy’s Impulse. Tickets, starting at $75 are available online.

Sept. 13  – Theatre West 50th Anniversary Gala. Norman Lear will present Beau Bridges with the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood at a cocktail reception and dinner co-chaired by Susan and Jeff Bridges, Lyn and Norman Lear, Linda Pace and Abbott Alexander, Katy Melody and Andrew Parks, Garrett Parks, and Chazz Palminteri. Tickets start at $500. (310) 201-5033.

Sept. 15 – LA Opera Season-Opening Night Ignite! A Gala Celebration includes a champagne reception, dinner and a dramatic “fire performance” on the Music Center Plaza; plus Giuseppe Verdi’s “The Two Foscari” starring Placido Domingo with James Conlon conducting, and an “Aria” after-party chaired by Stana Katic of TV’s “Castle.” Gala chair: Jill Baldauf. Tickets start at $2,500 with specially-priced “Aria” packages from $225 for “young professionals,” which include the opera and after-party. (213) 972-3612 (Check out the story and more than 50 pictures from last year’s event – This was a great party!) What to Wear: Black tie, with long gowns preferred, for the ladies; cocktail length is OK, too, especially for the after-party.  

Sept. 20 – Native Voices at the Autry, “First Look Series” of plays in progress, presented by the Native American Theatre Company of the Autry National Center at the museum’s Wells Fargo Theater in Griffith Park. Reading of The Day We Were Born, by playwright Jaisey Bates, whose credits include “Long House Huron.” 
(323) 667-2000 ext. 299

Sept. 22 – L.A. Dance Project Opening Night includes a celebration dinner in the exclusive Founders’ Room at Walt Disney Concert Hall; L.A. Dance Project’s performance, featuring works by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe and a world premiere by dancer, artist, director and “Black Swan” choreographer Benjamin Millepied; and an after-party with DJ Turquoise Wisdom set against Millepied’s video design installation. Tickets start at $2,500. Performance tickets alone from $28-$110. (213) 972-0711

Sept. 27 – Los Angeles Philharmonic Season-Opening Night: “The Philharmonic Dances“ has Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall, while dancers perform onstage, including Roberto Bolle and Veronika Part of the American Ballet Theatre, L.A.’s “Bodytraffic” and a corps of Broadway dancers. Plus pre-concert cocktails; post-concert dinner and dancing. Co-chairs Joan Hotckis and Carolyn Powers. Tickets start at $2,500. (213) 972-3051. (Click here for details of last year’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and here for 50 party pictures.) What to wear: Black tie, most women wear long.

Sept. 28 – Operation Smile’s The Smile Gala honors Brooke Burke, David Charvet, Jill Grey, Argyros family, Krista Jajonie, Daneia Sanadiki and Sanuk Corporation. Co-chairs are Roma Downey of “Touched by an Angel,” “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett, HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Dr. Randy Sherman, vice chair of surgery at Cedars-Sinai; proceeds help provide surgeries for children with facial deformities. Beverly Hilton. Tickets start at $500. (323) 904-4400

Sept. 29 – A Noise Within Opening Night includes a performance of William Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale “Cymbeline” and an after-party with director Bart DeLorenzo and the cast. Click here to read about last year’s twentieth anniversary celebration in the classical repertory theater’s new home in the historic Stuart Pharmaceutical building in Pasadena, designed by the same architect responsible for Radio City Music Hall in New York and other mid-century masterpieces. Tickets from $40. (626) 356-3100.

Sept. 29 – Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) Benefit Gala honors artist George Herms with a cocktail reception, a moonlight dinner and artist-designed entertainment at a private residence. Co-chairs are Lori DeWolfe, Stephen Maguire, Shamim Momin, Thao Nguyen, Cameron Silver, Catherine and Jeffrey Soros and Erin Wasson. Proceeds go towards creating site-specific art projects. Tickets $1,000. (646) 620-8289.

Sept. 29 – Environmental Media Association Awards Gala will present awards to entrepreneur Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors; actress Jessica Alba and health advocate Kelly Chapman Meyer for their commitment to the environment. The evening also honors production teams and personalities who convey environmental messages in creative and influential ways. Nominees this year include “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “21 Jump Street,” “The Lorax,” “Whitney,” “VEEP” and others; winners are announced at the gala at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. Presented by Toyota and Lexus. Tickets $500. (310) 201-5033.

Oct. 4 – The Petersen Automotive Museum “Comedy and Cars Gala” honors best-selling author, record-holding podcast host and comedy great Adam Carolla and two-time Academy Award winning director John Lasseter, whose films have included “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Cars,” and others. (Lasseter is chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.) Includes a cocktail reception, live auction and dinner. Tickets $350  (323) 964-6355

Oct. 6 – The Hammer Museum “Gala in the Garden” has landed pop superstar Katy Perry – the only woman ever to score five no. 1 singles on the same album – to perform in the museum’s beautiful courtyard after dinner. Honors artists Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger, presentations will be made by actor/ comedian/ musician/ art collector Steve Martin and TV host/ political commentator Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. Co-chairs are Jeanne and Anthony Pritzger, Elizabeth Hammer and Armie Hammer, the actor and museum founder’s grandson. If that’s not enough, Suzanne Goin of Lucques will cater dinner. Tickets start at $1,500. (310) 443-7026. (Click here to see pictures and read about last year’s gala.) What to wear: Dress up, meaning suits, ties if men wish to wear them; glam dresses – long or short, fun, not stuffy, being the watchword

Oct. 6 – The Autry’s 25th Gala Celebration features the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and two-time Grammy Award-winner and three-time Academy of Country Music Award-winner LeAnn Rimes to perform. Honors Jackie Autry, Joanne Hale, along with Wells Fargo. Pat Sajak as emcee at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park. Silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing under the stars. Tickets $1,000. (323) 667-2000. What to wear: Black tie, or dressy western as shown here.  Cowboy hats and embellished boots welcome.

Oct. 6 – Eagle & Badge Foundation Gala honors Sylvester Stallone, aka Rocky Balboa & John Rambo, with the “In the Line of Duty – Legacy Award.” Also to receive awards are the honorable Steve Cooley, Mickey Kantor, Gregory Smith and Kareem Ahmed. Funds go to support Los Angeles police officers, their families and children in the communities they serve. JW Marriott at L.A. Live. Tickets $300. (818) 994-4661

Oct. 6 – Friends of Fairfax “Legacy Gala – Hall of Fame Induction,” this year pays tribute to musical legend Herb Alpert, of “Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass” and the “A” in A&M Records, along with Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom, Annette Familian Shapiro, president of Beit T’Shuvah; and Joyce Goodman Eisenberg-Keefer, founder of the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s breast center in her name. In celebration, Alpert and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, will perform in concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Tickets start at $75 and include a pre-concert dinner reception. VIP tickets, priced at $250, also include a post-concert dessert reception with the honorees. Call (800) 595-4849.

Oct. 6 – Perrin Paris will be having a book signing for Jackie Mancuso, author of “Paris-Chien, Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog.” Hosts for the event, which in part benefits L.A. Love & Leashes, at the Beverly Hills glove and handbag shop boutique include Kimberly Bini, Carla du Manoir, Julia Sorkin, Catharine Soros, Kimm Uzielli and Christina Zilber. Call 310 786-9936.

Oct. 8 – The Geffen Playhouse presents Rita Wilson AM/FM In Concert, a one-night only benefit, consisting of selections from the stage and screen star’s newly released album “AM/FM” of 1960s and 1970s favorites. Followed by a wine and dessert reception, the event benefits both the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood and The Actors Fund. Sponsored by Morgan Stanley. Tickets alone from $47. VIP packages from $100. (310) 208-6500.

Oct. 11 – Blue Ribbon luncheon and exclusive preview of the Ralph Lauren Spring 2013 Collection at a private Bel-Air residence. Co-chaired by Alexandra Dwek, Constance Towers Gavin, Susanne Francis, Leslie Kavanaugh, Carolyn Powers, Carla Sands and Eva Stern, the fashion event benefits the Music Center of Los Angeles. Open to Blue Ribbon members and their guests. Tickets $150.

Oct. 11 – amFAR “Inspiration Gala: A Celebration of Men’s Style” will feature a performance by Katy Perry at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Hosted by Chelsea Handler, with special guest Sarah Jessica Parker, the event will honor CAA super-agent Kevin Huvane with the Piaget Award of Inspiration. Co-chaired bt Kenneth Cole, Larry Boland, John Demsey, Michael Smith and John Sotoodeh, in conjunction with MAC Viva Glam, the event benefits the HIV/AIDS charity amFAR. Tickets start at $1,500. (212) 219-0111. Guests may choose between black tie or athletic gear.

Oct. 16 – The Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner will honor Rob Lowe, known for “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The West Wing” and “Parks and Recreation,” among other classic films and TV series; and David Weil, CEO of Anschutz Film Group, overseeing Walden Media and Bristol Bay Productions. Both Megan Mullally, an Emmy-winner for “Will & Grace,” and Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” will emcee. Honorary co-chairs are Thomas Barrack, Jr., Jim Gianopulos, Tim Leiweke, Ron Meyer and Tom Rothman. Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tickets start at $500. (310) 446-4269

Oct. 20 – Carousel of Hope Ball honors George Clooney for his many humanitarian pursuits, and benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Entertainment by the dynamic Neil Diamond, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and others. Host Jay Leno, music co-chairs Quincy Jones and Clive Davis; music director David Foster and producer George Schlatter. Barbara Davis chairs, along with huge committees of celebrities, business leaders and others. Beverly Hilton. Tickets start at $1,500. (303) 863-1200. (Barbara Davis is a master at gala-planning –  Click here to read more and catch a glimpse of some of the celebrated committee names.) What to wear: Black tie, and for the ladies: “Long,” suggests the gala chair, adding, “If someone wants to wear short, that’s great, too.”

Oct. 20 – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “Noche de Niños” gala, honors “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum, Pau Gasol of “The Lakers” and the Walt Disney Company at the L.A. Live Event Deck in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by Tom Bergeron of “Dancing With the Stars,” presenters are Phil Jackson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Melanie Griffith. As a special highlight, Five for Fighting will perform. Tickets begin at $1,000. (323) 361-1744 Black tie.

Oct. 21 – The Alfred Mann Foundation “Innovation and Inspiration” Gala will honor Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and Colonel Paul Pasquina, M.D., at a Monte Carlo Casino Royale-themed silent auction, cocktail reception and dinner. Actress, producer, director, and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Debbie Allen will host the black-and-white, formally-attired affair, complete with entertainment by Robin Thicke, at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. Funds go toward medical research to help people suffering from birth defects or injuries resulting from war or accident. Tickets from $1,500. (661) 702-6754.

Oct. 21 – Los Angeles Master Chorale Season-Opening Night in Walt Disney Hall will present an organ and choral music extravaganza, led by director Grant Gershon. Program showcases the venue’s majestic pipe organ and includes “Ubi caritas,” composed for Will & Kate’s royal wedding. Guest artists include Paul Meier, Kimo Smith and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Post-concert gala in BP Hall, sponsored by BNY Mellon, features the LA Master Chorale’s signature Surround Sing and music by the Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown. Concert tickets alone from $24.  Gala tickets alone from $500. (213) 972-7282.

Oct. 22 –Tower Research Foundation Spirit of Hope Luncheon and Boutique, presented by The Magnolia Council, honors Sally Magaram and Jessica Berman with the special Tower of Community Award going to Ariela Shani, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus. Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets $150.  (310) 205-5728.

Oct. 25 – UCLA Department of Neurosurgery Visionary Ball will have Kate Beckinsale presenting an award to Chelsea Handler, best-selling author and host of “Chelsea Lately;” and the brilliant actor/writer/director Jon Favreau presenting to entrepreneur Elon Musk, co-founder of Paypal and Tesla Motors. The gala also honors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Ted Galliano and Kate Berg, with actress and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Maria Menounos to emcee, and singer/songwriter Robin Thicke to perform. Edie Baskin Bronson, Beth Friedman and Tony Pritzker will co-chair the event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets start at $200. (323) 904-4400.

Oct. 26 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles “Rising Stars Gala – The Big Bash” honors Sumner Redstone, executive chair of Viacom and CBS; Dana Walden, chair of Twentieth Century Fox TV; and Roshon Fegan of Disney’s “Shake It Up.” Cocktails, dinner, awards and entertainment. Beverly Hilton. Tickets start at $500. (323) 904-4400.

Oct. 27 – Los Angeles County Museum of Art “Art + Film Gala,” will feature the dynamic indie rock band, Florence and the Machine. Co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow, the event honors the late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and artist Ed Ruscha. Steven Spielberg will deliver a tribute to Kubrick, director of “Spartacus,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove” and other classics. Frida Giannini, creative director of presenting sponsor Gucci, is gala host committee chair. Tickets start at $5,000. (323) 857-6160. What to wear: Black tie; Ladies can take their choice of lengths. (Gucci would be especially nice.)

Nov. 1 – Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Gala will honor Barry Manilow with the Heart of Hollywood Award, along with other honorees Scott Minerd, chief investment officer of Guggenheim Partners; and Stanley Black, founder of Black Equities. Proceeds will go to the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center at the Cedars-Sinai Institute. Lexus, the night’s sponsor, will donate a 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport Sedan for a raffle that night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Tickets start at $500. (323) 904-4400

Nov. 13 – Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai Fall Gala honors Wendy Goldberg and “Blue Bloods” executive producer Leonard Goldberg with the “Hollywood Icon” Award; Goldberg, who owns Mandy Films, is a former president of Twentieth Century Fox and ABC’s head of programming. Performance by Stevie Nicks; host LL Cool J. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets start at $750. (323) 904-4400.

Nov. 24 – The National Charity League Debutante Ball, staged by the San Fernando Valley Chapter, will honor this year’s debutantes for their years of service to the charity. The young women are pictured on this page at the group’s pre-Gala Promenade event. (See names in the photo captions below.) The ball takes place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tickets $200. (818) 642-6701.

Dec. 1 – Let The Kids Grow Foundation Holiday Gala honors Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard, Kirstie Alley, Usher, Nick Cannon and Romeo Miller. The black-tie celebrity dinner features entertainment and special guests still to be announced. Co-hosted by Simin Hashemizadeh and Percy “Master P” Miller. Funds help young people to become positive, confident, contributing members of the community. Tickets start at $1,000. (310) 906-6220

Dec. 7 – Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts Candlelight Concert will showcase the amazing two-time Tony Award-winning Sutton Foster, along with the classic pop/rock band Huey Lewis and the News. Benefiting the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the gala evening will also include a reception, candlelight supper and dancing at Segerstrom Hall. Presented by watchmaker Vacheron Constantin. Tickets start at $3,000. (714) 556-2122, ext. 4247



Top photo: Katy Perry is doing double-duty this season, performing at the Oct. 11 amFAR “Inspiration Gala” and the Oct. 6 Hammer “Gala in the Garden” on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo: courtesy of amFAR)

Second photo: Heidi Klum of “Project Runway” will be honored the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, along with Pau Gasol and the Walt Disney Company, Oct. 20 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (Klum’s photo with one of the children courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)

Third photo: A regular opera-goer, Stana Katic of TV’s “Castle”will chair the “Aria” after-party at the LA Opera’s Opening Night Gala, one of the more fun events on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 – Placido Domingo will sing in the season-opening opera that night. This photo was taken after February’s Opening Night performance of Simon Boccanegra at the LA Opera (photo: Steve Cohn, courtesy Los Angeles Opera)

Fourth photo: Chelsea Handler, host of the amFAR gala, honoring Kevin Huvane and featuring Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker, Oct. 11 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012; Handler is also being honored at the Oct. 25 UCLA Department of Neurosurgery Visionary Ball (photo by Timothy White for E!, courtesy of amFAR)

Fifth photo: Sylvester Stallone, aka Rambo and Rocky, will be honored at the Eagle & Badge Foundation Gala, Oct. 6 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo: courtesy of the Eagle & Badge Foundation)

Sixth photo: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall will perform in concert to benefit Friends of Fairfax, Oct 6. on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo, courtesy of Friends of Fairfax)

Seventh photo: Rita Wilson will perform in a one-night-only concert to benefit The Actors Fund and the Geffen Playhouse, Oct. 8 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (Rita Wilson photo, courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse)

Eighth photo: The legendary Tony Bennett will perform, along with Neil Young, at a benefit for the USC Keck School of Medicine, Sept. 19 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo, courtesy of the USC Keck School of Medicine)

Ninth photo: Entrepreneur Elon Musk, one of the honorees at the Environmental Media Awards Gala on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo: courtesy, the Environmental Media Association)

Tenth photo: The 2012 Debutantes, to be presented by the National Charity League’s San Fernando Valley Chapter, Nov. 24 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2011 – Back row, left to right: Kelli Ann Waldorf, Jessy Wynne Morner-Ritt, Veronica Black, Katherine Leigh Walker, Emily Virginia Stanford, Jessica Sue Kimmel, Danielle Alexis Smith, and Grace Balsamo-Gillis; Front row, left to right: Stephanie Rae Harlow, Amanda Michelle Allen,  Elena-Marie Sandino Tenn, Savannah Lynne Patronete, Chandler Elise Pratt, Miss Camille Jacquelyne Saucier, and Paige Olivia Handy

Eleventh photo: Adam Carolla is one of the honorees at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s “Comedy and Cars Gala,” Oct. 4 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012. (photo, courtesy of the Petersen Museum)

Twelfth photo: Dancer, artist, director, “Black Swan” choreographer and L.A. Dance Project founder Benjamin Millepied on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo: Alexander Wagner, courtesy of the L.A. Dance Project)

Thirteenth photo: Two-time Grammy Award- winner and three-time Country of Music Award- winner LeAnn Rimes is headlining The Autry’s 25th Anniversary Gala, Oct. 6 on the Los Angeles social calendar fall 2012 (photo: courtesy of The Autry National Center)

Fourteenth photo: Rob Lowe, honoree at the Oct. 16 The Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards dinner (photo: Sam Jones, courtesy Anti-Defamation League)


The Los Angeles Social Calendar Fall 2012

Published Aug. 26, 2012, later updated – Ellen Olivier – Society News LA