All who love the to-be Dance Gallery will be kicking up their heels at the ground-breaking Sunday on the site--Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. Artistic director and founder Bella Lewitzky, whose ardor for dance in Los Angeles has never waned, will be front and center. More than 25 California dance companies will fill upper Grand Avenue with dance, beginning at 2:30 p.m. They include the New Repertory, Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble, Shale/Mary Jane Eisenberg, Sarah Elgart and Company, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Big Flood, San Francisco Ballet, Lewitzky Dance Company, Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, UCLA Dance Company.
Such civic leaders as Mayor Tom Bradley, Councilman Gilbert Lindsay, Community Redevelopment Agency Chairman Jim Wood and California Arts Council Bob Reid will celebrate the inclusion of dance in the cultural renaissance of Los Angeles.
Actor Brock Peters and trustee Barbara Bain, who is a ground-breaking chairman, along with Lenny Steinberg, will be on the podium.
Later, champagne and food will be provided by some generous restaurants and caterers--Pacific Dining Car, Stepps, the Biltmore Grand Bar, La Golondrina, Manjula's Silvio's Rococco, Colin Cowey-Fine Catering. Mrs. Virginia Olincy, head of the Andrew Norman Foundation, which has given the largest donation--$2 million--will be there.
Soon, the $17.5-million center ($10 million in hand) for concert dance, designed by award-winning architect Arthur Erickson, will join the Museum of Contemporary Art at California Plaza, in downtown Bunker Hill. The Dance Gallery will house a 1,000-seat theater, an as-yet-unnamed institute for dance, a research library and a resident dance company. California Plaza also is including a four-star hotel in the Dance Gallery growth phase.
And, there's rejoicing, too, in San Marino. Trustees, overseers and Director Robert Middlekauff of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens will celebrate the re-opening of Huntington Art Gallery at an invitational reception Sept. 23. The gallery is fresh, lovely and recuperated from the damage done in a fire last October. The gallery reopens to the public Sept. 30.
Jack Miles, I. Magnin's premiere fine apparel buyer, is hosting his annual luncheon and fashion show for some of Los Angeles's best-dressed today at the Bistro Garden Galleria. Paying personal tribute to friends and Magnin customers, he'll toss in an informal showing of Valentino, Givenchy, Bill Blass, James Galanos, Mary McFadden and Oscar de la Renta. They all happen to be favorites with a certain chic group--Mrs. William Wilson, Mrs. Harrison Chandler, Mrs. Philip Fowler, Mrs. Charles Gold, Mrs. Maxson Smith, Mrs. Holmes Tuttle, Mrs. Emmett Jones, Mrs. William Garland, Mrs. Frank Kilroe, Mrs. Harry Laughlin, Mrs. H. Bradley Jones, Mrs. George Hillingser, Mrs. Freeman Gates, Mrs. Frank Duncan, Mrs. George Russell, Mrs. S. J. Gaido, Mrs. Harlan Amstutz, Mrs. William Clayton, Mrs. Bernard Ridder, Mrs. Bruce Murchinson, Mrs. Curtis Tamkin, Mrs. Crittendon Taylor, and more and more.
The Friends of French Art join Neiman-Marcus for afternoon tea and the premiere showing of the Baccarat Museum Collection at 4 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Neiman-Marcus Club Room in Beverly Hills. It's a "Garden Gala."
Still in a patriotic mood, the Pasadena Planned Parenthood will salute Lady Liberty on Sept. 20 when they go red, white and blue for dinner and dancing at the home of Annabelle and David Dahl. They'll dance under the stars to Dean Bottdorf's Orchestra, benefiting the medical and educational programs for clinics in Pasadena, San Gabriel, Monrovia and Azusa. Trader Joe's Markets is donating the wine, Jacob Maarse the posies.
That all is a plus for the fund job: already $50,000 is in from patrons, due to the diligence of Angie O'Brien, benefit chairman; Pat Bakaly, president; Joan Caillouette, patron chairman, and Amytis Barrett, Jennith Knox, Mary Kay Brashares, Dorothy Gantvoort, Barbara Johnson, Ann Melbye, Louise Eldred, Pat Bakaly, Kathy Gillespie, JoAnn Taylor, Mary Carver, Barbara Steinwedell, Jane Winckler, Beth Calleton, Andrea Walker, Shirley Mauller and Mignon Henriques.