We're pretty psyched for Brandi's Ninth Annual Oscar Benefit going down this Sunday at the Eldorado Hotel (5 pm. $150-$1,200. 309 W San Francisco St., 988-4455). Each year, the local queen compiles all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but rather than simply celebrating rich people handing out golden statues to one another, she raises money for a good cause through ticket sales, a silent auction and an upscale raffle. This year's cause is Kitchen Angels, a local nonprofit that prepares and delivers meals to New Mexicans in need. So while we might not usually feature such a pricey event, we like the helping aspect. Why not pick up some tickets through holdmyticket.com, throw on something fancy and spend a night feeling like royalty while doing something nice for the community?
Are you so excited?
I am! I've got a ton to get done still, but for the most part I'm ready. I don't have a committee; I'm a committee of one. ... I'm predicting it's going to be a very colorful evening.
What will the event itself be like? Pretty fancy, huh?
Oh, yes. The red carpet starts at 5 pm—I'm saying to be there at 5:05 to check out the silent auction and raffle. In the raffle we'll have a $1,200 restaurant package, an $1,100 turquoise neckalce; there is over $22, 000 worth of stuff I've collected. And we'll have mariachi music from Mariachi Sonidos del Monte. I'll have a gold statue guy there for pictures. And we'll have great food and wine and the Eldorado is doing $99 rooms for the night, so maybe book a room and have a great time.
Do you have any predictions for this year's winners?
No. No predicitions. I've only seen two of the films for this year: Hidden Figures and Moonlight. Moonlight was so good! I didn't go to the movies much before Violet Crown. Now I can take in some wine and put my feet up on those ottomans in the first row.