Art of Elysium: Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, Kirsten Dunst party in a paved paradise (designed by Shepard Fairey)
Young Hollywood gave their party dresses and black suits (white for Adam Lambert, natch) a dry run for tonight's Golden Globes as they turned out Saturday evening for the 2010 Heaven Gala benefiting the Art of Elysium.
The gala was designed by Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama "Hope" poster during the presidential campaign. Dubbed this year's Visionary by the organization, Fairey was asked to create a party space that reflected his idea of heaven. Naturally, the setting was a parking lot -- hey, this is L.A., people -- adjacent to the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the Globe festivities will reign tonight.
The place was glammed up with long dinner tables brimming with red roses and glitterati including Katy Perry and newly minted fiance Russell Brand, Nicole Richie, Ashley Olsen, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Jessica Alba, and Kirsten Dunst, who was honored for her hands-on contributions to the charity. The Art of Elysium recruits actors, artists and musicians to volunteer their time to offer creative workshops to children battling serious medical conditions.
Milling among the crowd was David Spade, who said Joaquin Phoenix turned him on to the organization a couple of years ago. "He had me go down to a hospital in the Valley. I said, 'I don't really know what to do,' and he said, 'Just go down there.' I'm some dumb guy who does comedy. You meet a couple of new friends, and I feel like I'm doing something."
Spade's goofy comedy series "Rules of Engagement" returns to CBS on March 1, and his next film, "Grown Ups," comes out in June, with costars Adam Sandler (who also co-wrote the movie), Rob Schneider, Chris Rock and Kevin James.
"It's about five kids who grew up together and we meet 25 years later. We're all the biggest idiots because we did kind of grow up together anyway."
-- Irene Lacher
Photos: Adam Lambert and Kirsten Dunst at the Art of Elysium event Jan. 16, 2010, top. Katy Perry wears Alwand Vahan jewelry (and hey, where's that engagement ring?) at the Art of Elysium's third annual charity gala near the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Credits, from top: Jason Merritt / Getty Images; Art of Elysium.