No offense to Jay Leno and the Super Bowl Host Committee... but really, which of the two big Wednesday night parties would you rather hit? Also on tap, Jordin Sparks performing with Sanjaya (yup, you read that right) at SKYE in Peoria and Ashlee Simpson (yup, you read that right) at Myst.
Hearts and Helmets The celebrity party and poker tournament, with Pamela Anderson and Suns' player Shawn Marion hosting, is sure to be a big draw, especially since proceeds benefit multiple charities. When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Where: The Venue of Scottsdale, 7117 East 3rd Ave., Scottsdale; 480-945-5150. Tickets: $1,000-$5,500, through SherryN@AllInForaCause.org. Both ticket prices include red carpet entrance, complimentary cocktails and food. Web site: www.allinforacause.org.
Have a heart and party with Pamela.
Host Committee's Big Ticket Gala The swanky affair, hosted by ESPN's Chris Berman, features Jay Leno as the headline entertainment, live and silent auctions, plus the National Football League's Hall of Fame traveling exhibit of football memorabilia. When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6-10 p.m. Where: Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; 480-941-8200. Tickets: $1,250 to $10,000, through firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.thephoenician.com.
Jordin Sparks' Charity Celebrity Gala & Afternoon Acoustic Event Afternoon event features performances by Sparks and her friends, including Sanjaya Malakar and Melinda Doolittle. Gala will feature fashion and comedy shows. When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3-6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Where: Skye, 16844 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria. Tickets: $25 for afternoon event, $100 and $200 (VIP), through www.ticketmaster.com. Web site: www.skye-restaurant.com.
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Ashlee Simpson The younger Simpson sister hasn't had much luck when it comes to performances tied to bowl games, so let's wish her luck. When: Wednesday, Jan. 30. Where: Myst, 7340 East Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale; 480-970-5000. Tickets: $80 general admission, $250 VIP, through www.mystaz.com.