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Museum of Contemporary
Art Hosts Flappers and More at
"The Cotton Club"
September 11, 2006
by the Social Diary Columnist &
Photographer Margo Schwab
It was the "bee's knees"
fun with plenty of prohibition "giggle juice"
to fuel the Flapper babes and the wide lapelled gangster swells,
as they flowed into the Museum of Contemporary Art San
Diego at La Jolla (MCASD) Saturday night. It was all
for fundraising as MCASD's traditional annual gala called Monte
Carlo, whisked guests back to the era of the Roaring 20's at Harlem's
famed Cotton Club.
It was the era called Prohibition.
In 1919 the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified making
it illegal to distribute and manufacture distilled spirits in
the USA. The 20's defied that and more. Hemlines went up, girls
bobbed their hair, and The Mob ruled illicit
drinking joints. They owned the politicians and the police too.
And guests came in that spirit to MCASD's
Cotton Club. "Puttin' on the Ritz" and beautifully organizing
this swell evening were Chairpersons Tiffany Archer and
Gary Koerper along with MCASD President Mary
Berglund and her husband Jim. Also there imbibing in
fun were Barbara Bloom, Geri Warnke and Dr. Joe Kennedy,
Gilda and Victor Vilaplana, Judy and Jack White, Barbara and Karl
ZoBell, Collette Stefanko with her thinly mustached husband
Bob Stefanko and Lisa Casey
in pretty blue with her attorney husband and nice guy, David
Casey. Funnily enough, attorneys were called "mouth
pieces" back then. More ready to celebrate the 20's
for a good cause were Cooley Carley and Brian Claxon,
Anne Farrell, Karen and Donald Cohn of DataQuick, Brigette
and Alex de la Vega, Kathryn Colachis and Kathy
and Nick Conner.
(pictured from left to right) Event
Chairs Gary Koerper & Tiffany Archer, with elegant "babe",
Lynda Forsha, Lynda's swell "Mob" man, aka "Al
Capone" aka Hugh Davies, the David C. Copley Director of
the MCASD, and Jim and Mary Berglund, Mary is the President of
Guests were greeted by knicker trousered
news boys, "coppers", and Al Capone aka Hugh
Davies, the MCASD's David C. Copley Director. There were
"tommyguns" carried by Mob boys, flapper flirts and
jazzy tunes played. The cocktail hour was Fitzgerald's "This
side of Paradise" worthy with bubbly, booze, oysters
on the half shell, caviar and lots of lookers.
Among the sounds of Duke Ellington, Bessie
Smith and George Gershwin mingled Pauline Foster, Susan
and Bill Evans of The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Nina
and Bob Doede, Joy and Ed Frieman and Dianne
York-Goldman in a Murad sequined gown with her man, Dr.
Mitch Goldman ( La Jolla Spa-MD).
Also there were Victoria Hamilton in 20's sequined
allure with Paul Hobson, sharply dressed Andrew
Shelton, Stacy and Paul Jacobs, Charmaine Kaplan and
Jeff Dunnigan, Sofia and Leon Kassel, Sharon and Sami
Ladeki of the superb Sammy's Woodfired Pizza's, Fresh,
Roppongi's and Blackhorse Grille restaurant empire, Marilyn
and Greg Noonan, Liz and Chris McCullah, Burl Stiff, Valerie Cooper
in a British designed Alice Temperley gown with her husband
Harry Cooper, Ingrid Hibben, Petra and Georg Hochfilzer
of the Westgate Hotel, Robin and Gerry Parsky, Viviana
and Charles Polinsky and Lyndy Roda
of Neiman Marcus.
Dining was art deco themed under the stars
with jazzy tunes by the Bill Elliot Orchestra.
The menu featured "swelligant" wines from the Chalk
Hill Winery to match a Mama Capone worthy dinner. Beefsteak tomatoes
and Buffalo Mozzarella drizzled with olive oil, Balsalmic vinegar
and basil was the starter. Grilled filet and scampi with garlic
potato pancake and peeled asparagus followed, "capped off"
with strawberry and peach shortcake topped with crème fraiche.
The Hyatt Regency La Jolla did the catering, and they did it well.
(pictured left to right)
Gilda Vilaplana and Brigette de la Vega, Scott Johnston with Dianne
York-Goldman and Mitch Goldman , David and Lisa Casey.
Among those dining in style were Karen
and Kit Sickels, Judith Harris elegant in a white Carolina
Herrara suit and South Sea "marbles" (pearls), Jane
and Frank Rice, Hirotka and Seiko Oribe, Joyce and Ted Strauss,
Helen and Jose Tasende of the Tasende Galleries, Betina
Tasende and Mahomood Sotoodeh, Susan Gail Thomas and Ed Thomas,
Gilda and Victor Vilaplana, Ellen and Tim Zinn, modern
art collectors Melissa and Michael Bartell, Kamal Asaf
and Audrey Geisel with Alex Butterfield.
Audrey was once again a "good egg" literally. She donated
the mounds and pounds of Malassol Caviar for the cocktail reception.
More there were David C. Copley,
a generous contributor to the MCA, along with Portia Hein
and Philip Martin, Debby and Wain Fishburn, Marty and David Pendarvis,
Hugh Davies', I mean "Al Capone's" wife Lynda
Forsha, Cate and Barry Bell, Adele and Bob Irwin, and
La Jolla Playhouse's award winning Artistic Director Des
McAnuff. Des was there with his daughter Julia.
Julia's dream? Not to be a flapper, but a singer in a rock band.
But jazz was the theme that evening not
to be "high hat" about it. And so the "hotsy totsy"
dined and later gambled and danced the night away until the 1am
curfew. It was that or get "bracelets" by the "coppers".
And so the party folk "scrammed out" (went) home.
This evening and the preceding 28 Monte
Carlo fundraisers, have helped to raise over $4.5 million for
the MCASD! That's not a "grift" or "graft"
(a con), but "grands" ($100's), "lettuce"
(folding money), large's ($1,000's) and 20 large's ($20,000's),
raised for the MCASD.
With continued loyal patron support, and
sponsors like this year's Motorola, David C. Copley, Carolyn
P. Farris, Laila essences of Norway, Qualcomm, Sycuan Casino &
Resort, Imperial Capital Bank, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards &
Winery, Sue K. And R. Charles C. Edwards, Hoist, Hyatt Hotels
& Resorts, met-the met team, Steve Norton Perspectives, Neiman
Marcus and more, the MCASD continues to be able to dedicate
itself to the collection, exhibition and interpretation of contemporary
art. To learn more about the museum, its free guided tours, membership,
and its upcoming exhibits at the La Jolla and downtown San Diego
locations, please visit www.mcasd.org.
Soon after the Monte Carlo Gala, MCA hosted
its Southern Exposure exhibit. Southern Exposure showcased a diverse
group of works from artists John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha,
Robert Irwin, Daniel J. Martinez, Eleanor Antin, Ruben Ortiz Torres,
Chris Burden, Alexis Smith and more!
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