Whispers September 14th, 2005
By Margo Schwab
Museum of Contemporary Art Hosts
Flappers and More at
"The Cotton Club"
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.
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
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. 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
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"
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.
And please take note of the Museum's
upcoming exhibit, Southern Exposure.
Southern Exposure will showcase 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!