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Two Parties Herald L.A. Antiques Show

October 12, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

If one big night works, why not two? That's somewhat the concept of "Somewhere in Time," the special black-tie gala the Junior League of Los Angeles plans Nov. 7 surrounding its upcoming seventh annual Los Angeles Antiques Show Nov. 5-9 at the Biltmore Hotel.

There's always been a preview party. So this year, Nov. 5, there's a preview party--$30 a ticket, kicking off the festivities, giving buyers a first crack at purchases. Then, two nights later, Nov. 7, comes "Somewhere in Time," which chairman Jann McCord will stage with a lavish flair for opulence and romance, playing up to the Biltmore Crystal Ballroom's fancy chandeliers, trompe l'oeil murals and lisianthus, the turn-of-the-century flower that is making a fashion comeback (and found in the ballroom's design). She's booked Michael Carney's Orchestra, plans dance cards for romance, a live auction conducted by Christopher Hartop of Christie's (including a Royal Viking 11-day cruise to Alaska).

President Carolyn Milner and Antiques Show Committee chairman Candace W. Waldron are promising 45 of the most prestigious dealers from Europe and the United States, including Los Angeles' Richard Gould Antiques in Santa Monica, English Heritage of Los Angeles, W. Graham Arader II of San Francisco and MacConnal/Mason of London. Kathryn M. Toghia heads preview night and will be treating dealers and their guests to first-night fanfare.

Barbara Danielson and Wendy Wilkinson are assistant chairmen. Show hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds will go to community projects including Community AIDS Education Outreach, the Contemporary Art Start and Neighborhood Earthquake Preparedness.

Planned, too, are two lectures--one "Auction Through the Ages" with Hartop on Nov. 7, and "Solving Design Problems" with designer Kalef Alaton, florist David Jones, antique dealer Rose Tarlow and Prof. John Lincoln on Nov. 9.

Ceil Moore never slows down. She's back in Dallas on Turtle Creek after the Neiman-Marcus new members tea (40 new members) for the Keynote 88 Committee, which is planning the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra "Evening With Peter Duchin" benefit Dec. 4 (the Christmas Gala) at the Century Plaza Tower. Doris Fields Heller and Belle Owens are co-chairing that anticipated event.

Now Moore tells us she has a $250,000 pledge from a downtown business type to use to underwrite four Pops concerts. The orchestra recently staged three concerts on the beach for the Jonathan Club. Among those at the tea were Joni Smith, Nancy Dinsmore, Mary Jones, Mrs. Gerald Oppenheimer, Mrs. Bob Ray Offenhauser.

Circle in Red: Madlyn Rhue will present the 1986 Angel of the Year Award to socialite/philanthropist Joanna Carson at the Women in Show Business' Celebrity Benefit Ball next Sunday at the Beverly Hilton. The former fashion and photography model and Judy Quine are Los Angeles co-chairmen of the Princess Grace Foundation-USC Gala in Dallas later this year. Carson is also being honored for her philanthropy through SHARE Inc., the Women's Guild of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica Hospital and the UCLA support group SPRINT, and Child-help USA. As a double-header, Kirk Douglas will present the Humanitarian Award to Monty and Marilyn Hall. Spicing it up with entertainment will be Della Reese, String of Pearls, Joe Harnell and Joey Bishop. Gary Pudney and Michael J. Frankovich are dinner co-chairmen.

Upcoming: In honor of its 50th year, the League for Crippled Children celebrates its 44th annual Jack O'Lantern Ball on Oct. 24 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire. The invitation specifies "formal." . . . Charles Fries will receive the "Heart of Gold" from the Medallion Group of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at its 20th annual Carrousel Ball on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton. President Julian Weinstock heads "Hollywood! the Good Old Days" plans. . . . Actor Peter Graves narrates the first ever in-depth film on Catalina's natural history for the Los Angeles chapter of the Sierra Club and the Santa Catalina Conservancy when the groups stage the Los Angeles premiere of the motion picture "Catalina, A Treasure From the Past" at 8 p.m. today at the Transamerica Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The Guilds of SCR, South Coast Repertory's 12-year-old volunteer organization, joins two other Orange County arts groups for a gala grand opening of the Broadway South Coast Plaza on Oct. 25. Nancy Moore and Marlene Hermes are co-chairmen. More than 3,000 are expected for the event which also benefits the Cabaret Chapter of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Junior League of Newport Harbor. Tickets are $35.

Thomas Hoving, editor-in-chief of Connoisseur and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will speak at the Regency Club on Oct. 28 during a wine-tasting dinner and a diamond fashion show. The club and Tallarico Precious Jewels are collaborators on the black-tie affair.

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