Democrats’ glitterati not as sparkly as 2008

Winfrey, Affleck, Lee staying away from Charlotte

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In Tampa, the Creative Coalition held its charity ball with Journey headlining and will turn to the B-52s to get their Charlotte audience on its feet. The group will also have its own Hollywood delegation on hand, including Patricia Arquette, Alfre Woodard of “Desperate Housewives” fame, and Beau Bridges of “The Descendants” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” among others.

In addition to “Dirty Harry” himself, Republicans had some pretty impressive entertainers show up in Tampa, including Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down.

Democrats never want for high-profile musical acts, and this year’s lineup has a little something for everyone. In addition to Mr. Anthony, the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, Earth Wind & Fire will be on hand, and folk icon James Taylor will perform on the last night in Charlotte.

One of the hottest tickets of the week is the Recording Industry Association of America’s charity event. The RIAA, along with the Auto Alliance, held an event with pop artist Gavin DeGraw in Tampa, and is hosting hip-hop artist and actor Common in Charlotte.

Never one to miss the chance to mingle with the Hollywood glitterati, Bill Clinton has teamed up with Black-Eyed Peas musician will.i.am and the Democratic Party of Arkansas for a fundraising event on Tuesday night at the Westin Charlotte. But if you want to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Mr. Clinton’s presidential nomination, you’ll have to shell out some dough. Tickets for the event start at $150.

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