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World Affairs Council: Balanced Talks

April 02, 1987|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Balance is what Edmonde A. Haddad, president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, strives for. Thus, President Ronald Reagan and Sen. Edward Kennedy will deliver major foreign-policy addresses within five days of each other.

It will be the fourth time the President has addressed the council when he speaks at the luncheon, to be telecast worldwide, at noon April 10 at the Century Plaza. Earlier, Earle and Marion Jorgensen will host a private reception limited primarily to the council's board of directors. The First Lady is not coming. She expects to be visiting her ill mother in Arizona, but will fly in later that day to join her husband.

Five days later, Sen. Kennedy will mark his second appearance before the council, speaking at noon at the Beverly Hilton. Lew and Edie Wasserman will stage the private preceding reception.

Council chairman Roy A. Anderson, chairman of the executive committee of Lockheed, will get the privilege of introducing both. Haddad will moderate the Q&A.

BRIGHTS ON: The Joffrey Ballet's Los Angeles vice chairman of the board, Patti Skouras, is back from Chicago, where the Joffrey's spring season garnered rave reviews. She can't wait for the ballet's residency at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opening April 29. She and friend Felissa Vanoff are busily planning Patron Nights. . . .

And Los Angeles arts patron Jane Nathanson steps into the Dance Gallery's Concrete Circle next Thursday, holding hands with maverick modern dance giant Merce Cunningham. Patrons and supporters will revel at the private party hosted by Elsye and Stanley Grinstein at their Brentwood home. The Concrete Circle is a limited edition of 32 paving stones destined to encircle the forecourt of the Dance Gallery, scheduled to open in 1989. The patron gives $25,000; the dancer smiles. A founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jane Nathanson says, "Merce for me is to modern dance as Robert Rauschenberg is to modern art."

HOLY TREASURES: Iris Cantor, Los Angeles County Museum of Art trustee, and husband B. Gerald have just returned from New York to plan festivities surrounding the opening of the new exhibition, "Treasures of the Holy Land: Ancient Art From the Israel Museum," Wednesday at LACMA. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles are sponsoring the exhibition, jointly organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Considered to be the largest exhibition of ancient Israeli art ever to travel abroad, it includes Dead Sea Scrolls, a bronze statue of the emperor Hadrian and ivories from the First Temple period, pottery from sites of the Canaanite period.

The Cantors and federation leaders including the Stanley Hirshes, the David Feingoods and the Lionel Bells will join trustees for the black-tie reception Wednesday. The next night Iris Cantor hosts an intimate dinner to honor Martin Wyle, director of the Israel Museum, and Maureen Cogan, president of the New York chapter of American Friends of the Israel Museum.

Then on April 11, United Jewish Fund Campaign supporters entertain at a preview to thank leading supporters. Attendance requires the minimum $5,000 campaign contribution. Linda Rosenberg chairs the event with Mel Gagerman, UJF special gifts chair. The exhibition opens to the public April 12, continuing through July 5.

CIRCLE: Armand Hammer adores his birthdays. He's 89 May 24, already planning to relive Birthday 88--"but even more so--" at the Beverly Wilshire. The new stellar attraction will be Placido Domingo. Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, Ludmila Lopukhova, and Merv Griffin again have command performances. Dinah Shore and the "Coconut Ballroom Orchestra," plus Jane Morgan Weintraub and French chanteuse and stage actress Line Renaud will star.

GOOD FRIDAY: The 29th annual YMCA of Los Angeles Good Friday Breakfast is set for 8 a.m. April 17 at the Bonaventure. Robert F. Erburu, chairman and chief executive officer, Times Mirror Co., will keynote the event. Others on the program include James A. Collins, chairman and CEO, Collins Foods International; Stephen J. Cannell, producer; Richard J. Stegemeier, president, Unocal; Robert A. Day Jr., chairman, Trust Company of the West; Burton Richardson, KJOI, and soprano Isela Sotelo. Tickets are $13 and available at Y branches and the Metropolitan Y offices, 818 West 7th St.

DUQUETTE DAZZLE: For two years Tony and Elizabeth Duquette have been restoring a historic structure in San Francisco to house the celebrative environment, "Our Lady Queen of the Angels" as well as Duquette's new work evoking St. Francis of Assisi and the "Canticle of the Sun."

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