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How to Prep for and Celebrate the 2018 Oscars

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Parties

Once you're all caught up on this year's slate of films, it's time to celebrate the year in movies. Here are a few places around the Valley that will host viewing parties.

Los Diablos
Gather at Los Diablos, 1028 East Indian School Road, before the ceremony for a red carpet judgment lounge hosted by ASU faculty Bobby Gordon and frequent FilmBar host Christopher Tong. After the shade is passed and tea is served, prizes will be awarded for most accurate Oscar ballots. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the ceremony.

The red carpet kicks off at 5 p.m., and the viewing event will run through the end of the ceremony. For groups of four and more, Los Diablos management suggests making reservations at 602-795-7881.

Kobalt Bar
Barbra Seville, one of Phoenix's most glamorous drag queen MCs, will host Kobalt's annual Oscar viewing party at 3110 North Central Avenue, #125. Popcorn, ballots, statuettes, and quips from Barbra will be served all night. Enjoy drink specials and no cover fee during the awards. The party starts at 6 p.m. and concludes at 9, or whenever the live ceremony finishes.

Changing Hands
If loud parties and gay bars aren't quite your scene, Changing Hands Bookstore is hosting a free party that's open to the public at its Phoenix location, 300 West Camelback Road. Fortunately, in-home First Draft Book Bar will stay open through the ceremony and serve up both drink and food specials. Changing Hands' party will start at 5 p.m. run until the completion of the ceremony, which should be around 9.
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