Last Night's Parties: James Earl Jones Turns 80, Wanna Be Rockers Jam At Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

by Mara Siegler · January 18, 2011

    A Hollywood legend celebrated his milestone birthday on stage, old dudes tried to reclaim their youth, and the New York Rangers ice skated with a bunch of adorable kids for a good cause. Get the details!

    "Driving Miss Daisy" On Broadway Celebrates James Earl Jones's 80th Birthday

    Where: Golden Theater

    Who Was There: James Earl Jones, Driving Miss Daisy cast

    Other Details: The man, the legend, the voice of Darth Vader turned 80 last night. Happy bday to him! Instead of taking the night off from his play Driving Miss Daisy, he showed up to work where his co-stars, including Vanessa Redgrave, threw him a party complete with a cake.

    Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

    Where: Various locations that, like, totally rock, man

    Who Was There: Roger Daltrey, Danny Goldberg, Mark Farner, Mark Hudson, French (Twisted Sister), Sandy Gennaro (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), and famed producer Phil Ramone

    Other Details: Wanna be rock and rollers get 10+ hours a day in studio, help writing an original song and putting together a set list for the final show, and lots of opportunities to " jam with legends," as part of the camp package. What legends you ask? Roger Daltrey of The Who. Impressive. On the last day there is a concert at BB Kings where family and friends can watch you pay to be a god. Bonus: guests receive a "Celebrity swag bag." Sigh. On the upside, proceeds from the concert will benefit Jesse Farner, the 21-year-old son of Mark Farner and former member of Grand Funk Railroad, who was seriously injured when he fell and fractured a vertebra in his neck.

    17th Annual Skate With The Greats

    Where: The Rink and Restaurant at Rockefeller Center

    Who Was There: Brandon Dubinsky, Martin Biron, Steve Eminger, Martin Biron and other Rangers. Ronald McDonald.

    Other Details: If the last event left you with the sour taste of sadness over unfulfilled dreams, this should lighten your mood. Since 1994, the New York Rangers and Ronald McDonald House have teamed up to raise funds to support families of children with cancer.  They've made over $6 million! Guests are treated to ice skating, dinner, auctions and autographs for a good cause. [Via]