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Time To Whoop It Up

The strike is off and the Oscar galas, bashes and shindigs are on! We eavesdrop on the party hotline and share the latest with you.

February 20, 2008|Irene Lacher | Special to The Times

Where: Avalon Hollywood

Spotlight: Michelle Branch is the headliner for this green-power nonprofit's Oscar-season bash. Money raised by the Santa Monica-based organization will benefit the first green affordable housing project that it's building in New Orleans' 9th Ward (with the help of Brad Pitt, who chaired the design competition). Look for organic snacks and spirits, a display of green home and beauty products and a chorus line of celebrities arriving in fuel-efficient vehicles instead of limousine gas-guzzlers, as part of Global Green's new Red Carpet/Green Cars campaign.

Watch for charity

What: "The Envelope, Please" -- AIDS Project L.A.'s 7th annual Oscar-viewing party

When: During and after the award ceremony

Where: Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood

Spotlight: Jennifer Love Hewitt, the party's longtime hostess, is likely to return and "Ugly Betty's" Ana Ortiz is a definite yes as co-host, but this party is relatively light on celebs -- which gives it a more relaxed atmosphere than the higher-profile bashes. APLA is partnering with Abbey parent SBE, whose events impresario Brent Bolthouse designed a festive back lot tent in front of the restaurant.

Quite a constellation

What: 18th annual Night of 100 Stars Gala

When: During and after the award ceremony

Where: Beverly Hills Hotel

Spotlight: Music agent Norby Walters' black-tie sit-down dinner and viewing party has picked up steam over the years and boasts 60 Academy Award winners and nominees as well as prominent TV folk among its previous years' guests. Last year's batch included Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Favreau, Joely Fisher and Dennis Hopper.

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