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Oscar festivities come to Tahoe: Red carpet telecast event a fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project

Aimi Xistra

The red carpet isn’t exclusively reserved for Hollywood on Sunday.

In a befitting ceremony of its own, complete with carpet treatment, a chorus line, a live telecast from Hollywood and a well-known comic to perform in between awards, the Tahoe Arts Project will host An Evening with Oscar: A SpecTAPular Event at Caesars Tahoe Showroom on Sunday.

Beginning at 4 p.m. with a silent auction and cocktails, the night continues with a live Academy Awards telecast at 5 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 5:30 p.m.

After a seven-year hiatus, South Shore’s ultimate Oscar party will return as a fundraiser for the Tahoe Arts Project in its efforts to bring performing arts to South Shore schools.

Whether you live in Tahoe or are just visiting for the weekend, organizers encourage anyone who genuinely loves movies and the excitement of the Oscars, to attend.

The red-carpet event will be a night filled with entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress because the entrance will be that of a classic Hollywood movie premiere, complete with searchlights, celebrity look alikes and paparazzi.

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Lane Photo Lab will have a booth set-up to take pictures with an Oscar statue. Caesars Showroom will transform into a fancy affair. Each table will be decorated to represent a different Oscar-winning movie theme from the 1920s to present. The live telecast of the Academy Awards will be on a large screen. The decorated tables provide ambiance for a wonderful sit-down dinner which will include stuffed chicken breast, veggies, rolls and a chocolate decadence cake with raspberry sauce, all prepared by Caesars.

Manager and host of the Improv at Harveys and KRLT radio funnyman Howie Nave will be the night’s emcee performing stand-up comedy acts as well as introducing others.

Organizing the entertainment are Chris and Suzie Childers of Choozi Entertainment. Among the evening’s highlight will be Elena Lev, previous star of Cirque du Soleil, a contortionist from Russia.

There will also be a Fred and Ginger dance exhibition and the Busby Berkeley Girls from Truckee will perform a traditional chorus line. Entertaining silk artist, Frenchman Michel Lejeune, will perform later in the evening.

Organizers say the event will surpass all expectations.

“I think that people are going to be really surprised at the caliber of the entertainment,” said Chris Childers.

With a goal to raise $30,000, some 200 tickets had already been sold to the Tahoe Arts Project event, which has been described by organizers as the closest thing to the Oscars as being there. Tickets are still available.

A silent auction will feature items donated by Lake Tahoe businesses, as well as Disneyland and Food Network. There will be framed official Oscar posters and posters featuring 75 years with Oscar, all the movies that have won Best Picture in the last 75 years. Tickets for a raffle with a cash prize based on ticket sales will be available at the event.

What: An Evening with Oscar: A SpecTAPular Event

Where: Caesars Tahoe Showroom

When: Sunday at 4 p.m.

Cost: $65 and up and can be purchased at the door

For more information visit http://www.tahoeartsproject.org.