It will be OK to pin on the classic gardenia corsage and dredge up '30s evening clothes for "Premiere '38," the Palm Springs Desert Museum's Nov. 1 fund-raiser. The event at the museum will re-create the glitter of a major studio premiere during 1938, the year the museum was founded. Says Morton Golden, executive director, "We will greet guests with a red carpet and many of the invited will be seen on the screen during the evening as rising young stars. Who? A surprise."
Ron Haver of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is compiling the cuts from marvelous movies, intending to feature the tops in music, drama and comedy. John Curtain of I. Magnin will turn the museum into a nightclub with bandleader Tony Rose. Chairmen Jeannette C. McIntyre, Mariam Lederer, Mousie Powell, Dorothy Tenney and Evelyn Golden have booked Rococo Custom Catering. Waiters will don "Ritz" garb and slick back their hair.
'30S TOO: The gilded era of the 1930s will also be re-created Nov. 12 at the posh Los Angeles Theatre (a hall of mirrors, French crystal chandeliers) at 615 S. Broadway. Friends of John J. Lynch will host a birthday party for the Los Angeles County assessor. Bob Hope is behind the party, which also is another to celebrate Hollywood's 100th anniversary. This one explores the concept of saving the historic movie theaters such as the Los Angeles, Palace and Orpheum and restoring at least one of them to their original look. Preservationists such as John E. Miller, president of California Society of Theatre Historians, consider the theaters "gilded treasures." Tickets are $49 for general admission, $150 preferred and $350 for the limited 32 loges.
ESCALATION: Charter members of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation revel in a Founders' Circle tribute dinner Friday at the Four Seasons. Dr. Edward Pechter is Circle chairman. . . .
Alyce Williamson, organizing the new Art Center One Hundred, plans a campus luncheon Oct. 28, featuring Phil Hays, illustration department chairman.
COSTUMED: Elaborate Viennese costumes and masks will highlight the Loren L. Zachary Society "Fledermaus Ball" Saturday at the Four Seasons. The society helps launch the careers of young American opera singers; Patricia Morison is guest of honor, and Kathy Freedland and Nedra Zachary co-chair. . . .
Ghosts, goblins and comedy haunt the Stock Exchange Oct. 29 at "Hollyween for Hope--Live!" It all benefits City of Hope. Melanie Chartoff emcees for the President's Advisory Council; producer Ken Kragen is "head pumpkin," and Mitch Pindus is chairman. The Heaters, whose membership on occasion is joined by Bruce Willis, play for dancing.
PAST PERFECT: Betty Strub presided over the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild's garden buffet gathering at the home of Bunny Wrather. . . .
Community leader John Watkins was surprised with a tribute dinner dance at the La Canada Country Club hosted by the Pasadena Council Navy Day crew. Surprised, because his "official" invitation to the black-tie affair listed his brother Adm. James D. Watkins as the honored guest; the others were clued in, says Count J. R. de Szigethy.
REAL WORLD: Peter Katz, director of the Austrian National Tourist Office, and KUSC-FM honor Associates of KUSC with "An Evening in Salzburg" Friday at the Wiltern Theatre. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, directed by Iona Brown, performs Mozart. . . .
Immaculate Heart Auxiliary expects 700, says president Marie Power, for luncheon Thursday at the Sheraton Universal. Mary Lou Pistey and Mary Sheridan will feature David Hayes' collection. . . .
Sotheby's Los Angeles has the Georgia O'Keeffes. They view five of her paintings (property of the Robert R. Young Foundation from the estate of Anita O'Keeffe Young) Oct. 27-30 on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. . . .
Boys Republic shares "Eighty Years and a Day in the Life of Boys Republic" during their 80th anniversary open house today in Chino. . . .
Nearly 100 children from UCLA's Cherrill Corwin Variety Children's Limb Bank join Drexel Burnham Lambert employees today at the Music Center for the Joffrey Ballet matinee. The kids get T-shirts. . . .
The Junior League of Los Angeles kicked off its fund-raising season with an evening of Domaine Chandon and couture at the home of Jan Kern.
PLAUDITS: Marvin (Murph) Goldberger, former Caltech president, now director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, comes back Nov. 16 to be presented the Leonard I. Beerman Peace and Justice Award by the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race at a $100-a-person benefit at the Mark Taper Forum. . . .
Jean Stinchfield, the Ambassador Hotel's famed publicity director in the 1950s and 1960s, who set up events for Eleanor Roosevelt, Lily Pons, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard, has given her carefully kept records to the Natural History Museum. (Her first year on the job, a widow after 30 years of marriage, she sent handwritten press releases; fortunately, the hotel gave her a secretary). . . .
Ruth Nathan Meyer has received the fourth Distinguished Service Award from her alma mater, Mills College. . . .
President Ann Hight heads the Women at Work (career and job center) seventh anniversary luncheon Thursday at the Pasadena Hilton. The center has helped 10,000.
RED-LETTER DATES: The Banning Residence Museum has assembled the experts for its Wednesday morning "Art of Collecting" affair: antiquarian Gep Durenberger, County Museum of Art senior research associate Sandi Fox, UC history professor Margaretta M. Lovell and Butterfield and Butterfield Auctioneers' Alexander Rose. . . .
Sheri Hirst and Tino Pontrelli plan high tea and garden art today in Cheviot Hills to benefit the West Los Angeles/Beverly Hills YWCA. . . .
Gene Barry and Steve Forrest co-host the Freeman Hospitals Celebrity Golf Classic at Mountaingate Country Club Monday.