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Stepping Lively at the Dance Gallery

February 22, 1987|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Those industrious Dance Gallery Guild members have sent invitations to spend "Sunday With Sammy." Sammy, of course, is Sammy Davis Jr. On March 8, wet cement willing, he'll imprint those dancin' feet forever in the concrete circle at the entrance-to-be of the Dance Gallery. And they'll be matched with those of Sandra Moss, who's donated the required $25,000 for such proximity.

The luncheon in the Crystal Ballroom will double as a membership attraction, according to co-chairmen Lenny Steinberg and Barbara Bain.

Already Gene Kelly is matched with Ann Sterling, Bella Lewitzky with George Olincy, Gregory Hines with Barbara Bain, and Lucas Hoving with Lenny Steinberg.

A NIGHT IN PARIS: There's a huge proportion of Toulouse-Lautrec in the gigantic invitations Luminaires Juniors of the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation have sent for their French party March 14 at Le Bel Age. To ensure outrageousness, president Georgia Dahl and benefit co-chairmen Diane Moller and Jill Young have specified "white tie optional." Debbie Foster is responsible for the stunning invitations. Susan Bumgarner is watching the costs for the foundation.

Guests will enter into a turn-of-the-century Paris, with couturier gowns, candlelight, French wines. Expect Maxim's restaurant, the Left Bank, kiosks, flower carts, violins, caviar and champagne. Also expect a cordon bleu menu and Everette Covin and his orchestra.

While guests sip brandy, Candida Genzmer and Brent Kanaly will entice bidders' responses on items auctioned by Sotheby's vice president Lisa Hubbard. These goodies include first-class travel to Paris, with five nights at the Hotel Intercontinental and a weekend at the exquisite chateau in Ainay le Vieil donated by the Friends of Vieilles Maisons Francaises; a week in Tahiti at the Bali Hai Hotel; furs from Giba-Noblia; and more incredible items.

Cindy Laverty and Linda Tatum are recreating the nostalgia with assistance from Lucy Hromadka, Kathy Julian, Mimi Owen and Susan Montanaro.

TWELVE STRANGERS: One hundred little dinners for 12 given simultaneously next Sunday throughout Los Angeles are guaranteed to make strangers friends--at least that's UCLA's aim. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will gather, just as they did 17 years ago when the idea was to increase communication between campus constituencies.

We know about the party Sheldon and Mary Miller will host for the "Dinners for Twelve Strangers" coordinated by UCLA Student Alumni Assn. and Prytanean. Since the event's inception, 20,000 have participated.

Among other hosts are Arnold and Phyllis Bresky, Joe and Carol Callaghan, Don and Letha Kemper, Hanna Hoesli, Susan Fredericks, Anita Martinez, Julie and Dick May, John and Susan McGehee, William and Deanne Simon, Kelly Snyder, and Barbara and Bob Stafford.

BLACK TIE: Pat Boone is in the limelight March 9 when the Founders Circle of the Right to Life League of Southern California gathers for cocktails and dinner at Chasens. Loretta Young is honorary chairman. Band leader Joe Moshay will be playing for dancing, just as he is for the Bachelor's Ball. On the dinner committee: Mrs. Stephen Ackerman, Mrs. C. J. Blasiar, Mrs. James Brennan, Mrs. Daniel R. Burschinger, Mrs. Paul Conn, Mrs. Patrick Crane, Mrs. Frederick Fletcher, Mrs. John Shea, Mrs. Roger Sullivan, Mrs. James Salz, Mrs. J. Thomas McCarthy, Mrs. William Gibbs, Mrs. Paul Griffin, Mrs. Joseph Mahoney and Mrs. Francis X. Maier.

CULTURAL TIMES: The president and trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have sent invitations for a champagne reception March 4 to celebrate the opening of the new galleries of the Department of Prints and Drawings and the Department of Photography. Exhibited for preview will be "Nineteenth-Century French Drawings From the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen" and "Inventories and Transformations: The Photographs of Thomas Barrow." . . .

USC's Fisher Gallery hosts the opening reception of "Masterworks From the 16th and l7th Centuries" March 17, with special funding from the Armand Hammer Foundation. . . .

The Gold Card Division of American Express is underwriting the gala preview opening March 3 of "Gold: The Quest for New World Riches." Governors and trustees of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will headline the black-tie affair. . . .

The Mark Taper Forum is advising, "Save the week of April 6-11 to join our 20th-Anniversary Festival!"

TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY: Debbie Reynolds sang and danced for the "Tribute to Johnny" dinner at the Sheraton Premiere honoring Johnny Grant and benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. Grant created and hosted the first Stop Arthritis Telethon 32 years ago and has been involved since then.

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