You can't get into Spago Monday night unless you're a major star or a friend of Irving Lazar. He books the entire restaurant every year for his famous Oscar party. But there's always the Tony Curtis party--and you're invited.
The "Spartacus" star will be hosting dinner at Tatou in Beverly Hills from 6 to 10:30 p.m. For $40, customers get a special three-course Oscar dinner, a big-screen view of the Academy Awards presentation, and a chance to preview the actor's paintings.
Nicky Blair (if you blinked, you would have missed him in the 1964 Elvis Presley film "Viva Las Vegas") is throwing a party too. Go to the West Hollywood restaurant that bears his name, order off the regular menu and watch the Academy Awards on big-screen televisions. If you don't make it early enough to see what kind of get-up Cher's got on, you can always catch her on reruns at the 9:30 seating.
The partying starts at 5:30 p.m. at Ava's in West Hollywood (in the basement of the Beverly Center). There will be five large television monitors for viewing the show, a $15 buffet dinner, and dancing afterward.
Planning on heading downtown to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to watch Clint and Michelle and everyone make their entrances? McCormick & Schmick's, the seafood restaurant three blocks south, has a deal for you: The terrific $1.95 Happy Hour menu will be available all night.
And for those who care more about food than film stars, two-star Michelin-rated French chef Didier Oudill will cook an Academy Awards special at Champagne Bis: four courses, including tax, tip and a bottle of wine for $100.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: There's something fishy going on over at Chaya Venice. The 3-year-old restaurant has just introduced new lunch and dinner menus with an emphasis on seafood. They've also installed an eight-seat sushi bar, and offer paella for $14.50 on Sunday nights. . . . To thank his customers for helping him stay in business for 19 years, La Famiglia's Joe Patti has come up with a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes Caesar salad, an entree and an Italian dessert. The cost? A dollar for each year the Beverly Hills restaurant has been open. . . . Alberto's in West Hollywood is celebrating the big 2-4 by offering a special three-course dinner for two. On Sunday through Thursday, the tab is $25; on Friday and Saturday, $35.