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February 05, 1989|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Those awaited invitations for the Music Center's 25th anniversary galas are in the mail, and the teal-blue folders offer four exciting choices--as Platinum, Sterling, Silver or Gala patrons.

But co-chair Nancy Olson Livingston and coordinating chair Deborah Tellefsen are cautioning for early reservations for the September event. Says Nancy: "Three of the four possibilities--Platinum, Sterling and Silver--are limited to 50 reservations for two.

Gala patrons, at $2,000 a couple, will be available to 1,000 for a post party on the plaza after the celebration performance in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sept. 24.

The supreme attraction, however, will be for Platinum Patrons--at $25,000 a couple. They'll be entitled to spend three magical days over Labor Day weekend on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, guests at the exclusive opening of David Murdock's new luxury resort, the Lodge at Koehle.

Co-chairs Gloria Holden, Arianna Huffington and Ginny Ueberroth promise three days of boating, scuba diving, golf, tennis, beach partying and both formal and informal dining with celebrities.

Sterling Patrons, at $10,000 a couple, will opt for black-and-white or color portraits and a personal statement about the Music Center in the Music Center's 25th anniversary commemorative book. Co-chairs Keith Kieschnick, Margaret Buckley Parker and Joni Smith are standing by to assist.

Silver Patrons ($5,000 a couple) will attend an intimate dinner Sept. 23 with members of the International Council, performers and celebrities. Co-chairs are R. Stanton and Ernestine Avery, Robert and Lois Erburu and Earle and Marion Jorgensen.

Gala Patrons ($1,000) will be among the 3,200 attending the Sept. 24 performance featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic and works from the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and The Joffrey Ballet LA/NY. The post-gala for patrons--this includes Platinum, Sterling, Silver, and Gala--is bound to glitter under the tutelage of Bettina Chandler, Carole Cook, Anne Douglas, Annette O'Malley, Terry Stanfill and Edie Wasserman.

But not only galas will be glittering. On March 20, Zubin Mehta will be a special guest at the 25th Anniversary Luncheon honoring the Music Center's historical founders whose donations made the building a reality. Other major donors and community leaders will be saluted also.

And more: The Blue Ribbon will add an innovative gift to its Children's Festival (which annually brings 35,000 to the Music Center) through a videotape of the creation process of "Billy the Kid." The video will prepare students for the Joffrey Ballet performance they will see.

Then, celebrating Los Angeles' multicultural heritage, the plaza will vibe the weekend of July 15-16 with performances, workshops and exhibits. And, Dec. 6, the actual anniversary of the Music Center opening, the public will reel in a grand party on the plaza with birthday cake, fireworks and rotating performances.

Anniversary innovations also include the establishment of an International Council of corporate leaders from around the world and the creation of The 21st Century Arts Award, which will be awarded in music, theater and dance categories to young master artists.

THE IDES OF MARCH: Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and satirist Art Buchwald will be the honoree at USC's School of Public Administration's Ides of March VII Dinner on March 1 in the Grand Ballroom of the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

Bank of America executive vice president James P. Miscoll (also executive officer for Southern California for the bank) is chairing the dinner and will be master of ceremonies. To date, co-chairmen and patrons include include Carolyn and Dr. Carl M. Franklin of USC, Dennis F. Holt, William M. Keck II, Angelo R. Mozilo and Miscoll.

The $300 tickets will benefit scholarships. Since 1983, more than $1 million has been raised through the dinners.

Buchwald enlisted in the Marines at age 17, served from 1942-45, then attended USC under the GI Bill of Rights. He was managing editor of Wampus, the campus humor magazine, and wrote a column for the Daily Trojan.

PLAUDITS: Thomas Larkin thinks the California Pediatric Center & Family Medical Center is one of the city's best-kept secrets, and he wants word of the center to reach more low-income families as well as potential donors.

Thus, the Women's Auxiliary presents "Hollywood Nites" on Saturday at the Hollywood Roosevelt's Blossom Room. It will honor guitarist Jose Feliciano as Humanitarian of the Year for overcoming physical obstacles and for giving benefit concerts for the Latino community.

Also, corporate leadership awards will go to Thomas E. Larkin, past president of the board and managing director of the Trust Company of the West in downtown Los Angeles; John T. Malloy, head of John T. Malloy, Inc., and Ernest Gett of Latham & Watkins law firm.

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