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Scene & Heard: The buzz about L.A.'s high society

Celebrities party for a good cause

Hollywood's royalty plays a big part in L.A.'s charity events scene, with names like George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio fueling ticket sales.

Step out, then duck into these L.A. hot spots for a drink

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Coffee in L.A.: Above and beyond a cup of joe

A new wave of Los Angeles-area cafes is brewing up more distinct flavors with a variety of old and new techniques. The result? A jolt to a caffeine culture steeped in ho-hum tastes.

Scene & Heard: Chrysalis Butterfly Ball

Tom Arnold hosts the fundraising event held June 11. Celebrities among the 800-plus guests include Jon Favreau, LL Cool J, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Garner.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation holds 'A Time for Heroes' benefit

Ashlee Simpson, Laila Ali and Mira Sorvino are among the celebrities who attend the AIDS benefit in Brentwood.

Scene and Heard: Jane Fonda on the senior years

Get up and live a happy life, she says at award ceremony at UCLA Longevity Center.

Scene & Heard: P.S. Arts 'Bag Lunch' charity auction

Also, the 'Playing for Good' celebrity poker tournament at Hank Azaria's home benefitted Geffen Playhouse education and outreach programs and Determined to Succeed.

Scene & Heard: LACMA Collectors Committee and 'Taste for a Cure'

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collectors Committee holds an auction and gala. 'Taste for a Cure' benefits UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation.

Scene & Heard: 'Rock & Royalty Race to Erase MS' gala

Also, BritWeek's gala dinner at L.A. Live, benefiting the Joy of Reading literacy project for LA's Best.

Scene & Heard: Colleagues luncheon honors Nancy Reagan

Oscar de la Renta and Emanuele Aliotti Visdomini co-sponsors the event. Also, Waterkeeper Alliance celebrates Earth Day early at a benefit at Kiehl's with Michael C. Hall and Chloë Sevigny.

Scene & Heard: Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation's Casino Night

Also, 'Women in Focus' lunch at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Scene & Heard: Sports Spectacular Women's Luncheon attendees donate memorabilia for auction

Also: Edythe and Eli Broad, Apichatpong Weerasethakul honored at REDCAT gala.

Scene & Heard: 'I Have a Dream' Foundation-Los Angeles gospel brunch

Also, Luminario Ballet celebrates its new Los Angeles studio with cocktails, dinner and a dance performance.

Scene & Heard: 'A Night at Sardi's'

Disney's Robert Iger is honored at fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Assn.

Scene & Heard: Diavolo's 'salad' days at Broad Stage

Diavolo Broad Stage La Cachette Bolshoi Segerstrom Orange County

Scene & Heard: No day off for Jane Fonda

Also, a starry crowd turns out for the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.

Scene & Heard: Sweet Honey in the Rock concert reception

Also, Le Salon de Musiques and Los Angeles Children's Chorus concerts.

Scene and Heard: Michael Kohn Gallery party

Scene & Heard: Steven Spielberg presents Jeffrey Katzenberg with Ambassadors of Humanity award

Also: 'India's Fabled City' at LACMA.

Hollywood Reporter's 'Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast'

Also, Children's Action Network auction and Children's Defense Fund's 'Beat the Odds' gala.

Scene & Heard: 'Next to Normal' opening night at the Ahmanson Theatre

Also, Los Angeles Opera's 'Rigoletto' cast party and L.A. Conservancy fundraiser 'Seaside Chic in the Colony.'

Scene & Heard: A Sondheim soiree at the Bergmans

The lyricists fete the Broadway titan to benefit ASCAP's 'Children Will Listen' program.

Scene & Heard: 'Artist's Museum Happening' gala at MOCA

David Aitken, Beck and Devendra Banhart draw power players including Eli Broad. The Museum of Tolerance honors Clint Eastwood.

Scene & Heard: Carousel of Hope gala draws a starry crowd

Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Paris Hilton and more show up at the benefit for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Scene & Heard: Salons by the Shore benefits MOCA

Peter Morton and Edythe and Eli Broad host Malibu conversations with artists Urs Fischer and Richard Prince.

Scene & Heard: Los Angeles Philharmonic 'Celebración' gala

Also, the United Friends of the Children fundraiser.

Scene & Heard: Annual Fulfillment Fund gala

Plus, 'Rising Stars Gala' to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, and the amfAR's 'Inspiration Gala.'

Scene & Heard: Salon by the Shore

Doug Aitken featured at informal talk that benefits the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Scene & Heard: Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion 'Unmasking' at LACMA

Plus, the LA Opera gala opens the 25th season.

Scene & Heard: Opening of Christian Dior boutique in South Coast Plaza

Also, Australians in Film's screening of 'Bran Nue Dae' with a cocktail reception and a Q&A with director Rachel Perkins and producer Robyn Kershaw.

Scene & Heard: 'What a Pair!' revue gets boost at Library Alehouse

Organizers of the annual musical show to benefit breast cancer research teamed up with 'beer chicks' Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune for a night of beer pairing and fund-raising.

Scene & Heard: Festival of New American Musicals fundraiser

Also, a South Coast Plaza luncheon for the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Bolshoi Ballet's 'Reflections' dance collaboration.

Scene & Heard: Harold Pump Foundation celebrity fundraiser

Also, LA Art House's 'Contemporary Impressionism' opening

Scene & Heard: Rubbing elbows

Plus a seaside affair at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.

Scene & Heard: HollyRod Foundation's DesignCare '10 fundraiser

Also, 'Songwriters: The Next Generation'

Scene & Heard: Stars turn out for Hopper opening at MOCA

Also: Foreign dignitaries gather for World Cup final at the Regency Club.

Scene & Heard: Geffen Playhouse's 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' party

Plus, the Assistance League of Southern California's Golden Mallet Polo Tournament.

Steve Martin and Eric Fischl on why L.A. loves art

The comedian and the artist have a meeting of minds during a salon at LA Art House, which donates proceeds to the Hammer Museum’s program for emerging artists.

Scene & Heard: At the Hollywood Bowl, the picnic basket as status symbol

Also: Cocktails with mastodons at the Natural History Museum

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