Art lovers will descend on Santa Monica Airport April 29 -May 2 for the ninth annual Los Angeles Antique Show. Late night talk king Jay Leno and wife Mavis will be hosting the star-studded Gala Preview on opening night along with generous do-gooders Geri and Richard Brawerman. The glitzy bash is expected to raise thousands of dollars for the Women’s Guild of Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.

Every year, the Barker Hanger is transformed into a fragrant flower-filled indoor garden showcasing thousands of sumptuous pieces from dozens of first-class antique dealers from around the world.

You’ll eye everything form Chippendale chairs to Stickley side tables, glittering vintage gems from Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpel, as well as oil paintings, tapestries, bronze sculptures, ethnic masks, Americana and more.

The gala is always a great night for champagne and star gazing with regulars like Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Tony Danza, Martin Sheen, Emelio Estavez, David Hyde Pierce, Candi Spelling, Rita Wilson, Jaclyn Smith and Dietrich Bader. Happy hunting!


Actors, environmentalists and activists will converge on the Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood on May 6 for the biennial “Earth to LA!” bash to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council. It’s an event that mixes music and laughter with a generous dose of environmental awareness.

And how’s this for an all-star environmental line up-Oscar winner Tom Hanks will serve as emcee and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will deliver the keynote address. There will be appearances by locals Larry David and Leonardo Di Caprio, as well as SNL alum Will Ferrell, gotta-give gal Diane Keaton, country crooner Willie Nelson, romantic comedy queen Meg Ryan, school of rocker Jack Black and sexy songbird Sheryl Crow.

This is one occasion at which even Larry David won’t be curbing his enthusiasm. In fact, David and wife Laurie are the ones who put the whole thing together. As a longtime crusader and friend to many environmental causes, Laurie David created “Earth to LA!” four years ago as a high profile way to help the NRDC.

“We’re not just going to raise a lot of money,” David explained. “We’re going to put more than 90 cents of every dollar raised straight into our environmental programs. In addition, we’re going to turn the evening’s guests into activists to join NRDC in the battle to protect the planet.”

NRDC attorneys and policy analysts are considered to be among the most effective environmental advocates in the nation. For more than 30 years, the organization has helped craft and pass some of the nation’s key environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

“Earth to LA!” is expected to bring in a whopping 2 million bucks-and that’s a lot of green.