It almost makes you cringe: Mystery centerpieces (we hear they're live) are being concocted by Shelton Ellis of Gump's for the Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Ball on Saturday. In the museum's vast halls, not only will the fossils gather for a ball, to paraphrase Ogden Nash, but so will a very black-tie crowd.
Bread sculpture dinosaurs (inedible) have been sighted around Los Angeles recently, bearing the news. They're created by the baker at Dino De Laurentiis' DDL Foodshow.
Ball chairman William A. Mingst promises spectacular decorations by some of the nation's leading cartoonists, coordinated by Chuck Jones, creator of Bugs Bunny. Cartoon dinosaurs such as the "Blimposaurus" and the "Tyrannosaurus Wrecks" have been donated by Jones, Ken Anderson, Mel Shaw, Gary Larson (whose "The Far Side of Science" exhibit opens at the museum in November), Jim Borman, Doug Marlette, Mike Peters, Marc Davis, Rob Minkoff, Kelly Asbury, Kirk Wise and Dan Jeup. Huge two-dimensional blowups of the dinosaurs will decorate the halls.
Signed originals of the drawings will be available for purchase. Acceptances have already come from the Patrick Dohenys, the Fred Hartleys, the Robert Strubs, the Charles Luckmans and the Irving Stones.
Proceeds will be used to underwrite special exhibits such as the current "Ebla to Damascus" Smithsonian traveling exhibition now at the museum through June 1. Syria's Ambassador to Washington Arafic Joujati was a surprise guest at the recent preview opening. The show represents some of the greatest treasures from the ancient Near East.
Community leaders have jumped on the bandwagon for Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center's week-long (beginning next Sunday) series of "A New Star Is Born" events. The hoopla officially blesses the new nine-story Patient Tower.
Rodney Rood, Jan Ertezek, George Moody and Walter Beran are giving their support to the black-tie gala April 15 at the Sheraton Premiere. It's there Bob Hope will receive the "Heart of Hollywood" award.
The fanfare follows the long and dedicated work of Robert C. Hill, the medical center foundation's chairman, and of William N. Klove, medical center chairman, and their commitment to the health of the diverse Hollywood community. The tower is, in fact, the result of a five-year capital campaign to raise more than $70 million.
Ribbon-cuttings, a community luncheon at the Hollywood Roosevelt on April 16, tower tours and a workshop on women's health issues are planned. Dedication week committee members include Morrison E. Chamberlin, George Fritzinger, Robert J. Giacovelli, Paul C. Masterson, Dr. Alden H. Miller, Allene L. Nungesser, Keith W. Renken, Leonard B. Stern and Bill Welsh.
It must be a marvelous weekend in Dallas. We're talking about the Crescent Gala Weekend for the benefit of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Thinking big, the Texans are launching a $1-million endowment effort as part of the Kennedy Center's $42-million National Performing Arts Fund, and they're chauffeuring in friends from around the country for the festivities which, coincidently, celebrate the 10.5-acre unique complex (offices, hotel, shopping) adjacent to the Dallas Arts District.
At the heart of the fun is the Hotel Crescent Court (managed by Rosewood Hotels Inc., operator of the world-renowned Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, the Bel-Air here, the Hotel Hana-Maui in Hawaii and the Remington on Post Oak Park in Houston).
Former Texas Gov. William P. Clements Jr. and Mrs. Clements chair the event. It all started Friday evening when Caroline Hunt Schoellkopf, Kennedy Center trustee, and Robert D. Zimmer, Rosewood president, hosted cocktails in the Crescent Gallery, followed by the black-tie grand opening, and later, cocktails in the private Crescent Club.
We're told Kennedy Center trustee Trammell Crow and Mrs. Crow, the William Herbert Hunts, Mrs. John Murchison, the H. Ross Perots, the T. Boone Pickenses and the Robert Mosbachers accepted. The Cloyd D. Youngs and the Lawrence R. Herkimers are co-chairmen. Betsy Bloomingdale will be there. Chefs are in abundance: Dean Fearing from the Mansion, Joe Venezia from the Bel-Air, Wolfgang Puck from Spago and John Makin from the Remington.
On Saturday, the Crows hosted a luncheon and fashion show at their residence. The Hunts showed off their Circle T Ranch, known for its thoroughbred horses and Boehm birds. Wendy and Emery Reves' Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art was viewed, and the residences of the Clementses and Edwin L. Cox provided glimpses of private collections. Afternoon tea and champagne in the Fountain Courtyard of the Hotel Crescent Court or pampering at the hotel spa also were on the agenda. No time for naps.
Saturday evening everyone dined in the Great Hall of the Hotel Crescent Court on culinary wonders, then danced the night away to Cab Calloway and his orchestra.
Today is reserved for breakfast at leisure.
The whole weekend--a mere $2,500 per person. But, that's Texas.