Independent Star-News from Pasadena, California on June 28, 1964 · Page 60
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O BV^^«*«£5E5^arrwTVS5Bv»»r*^*J^~»V^ I LIJ U By Martin Kivcl Valley Bridge Scene Music Matters By Blain Iliglitower Local Collector tOR those wlio think bridge players are a clan unto themselves we have dug up some statistics to prove that they are probably the most heterogeneous group on earth. Of the millions who play duplicate, rubber and even the archaic auction bridge there can bo found people in all walks of .life -- from presidents of the United States to jailbirds. The P r e s i d e n t we think of most as a bridge player is Ike, who developed a high proficiency for the game. As for jailbirds, the one who c o m e s most vividly to mind is the man in Chicago who some few years ago shot and killed his wife during an argument over a bridge hand. While the majority of the bridge - playing public are housewives, you will find bankers and brokers, doctors a n d lawyers, college students and professors, priests a n d rabbis participating in the game. * · It might be well to note that many top - notch players also have e n t h u s i a s m for oilier sports. Many of them play golf and not a few are rabid baseball fans. As for the latter, many of them manage to enjoy bridge and baseball at the same time by bringing a transistor radio to the b r i d g e table. Oddly e n o ugh most of tliem are Dodger fans. Personally, we prefer the Angels because they remind us of bridge -- the kind you want to jump off. We received a query the other day about the length of time and amount of money it costs the average player to become a Life Master. With the help of Allen Green of the A m e r i c a n Contract Bridge League office we found the answer. It takes the slightly above average player anywhere from throe to five years at a cost ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. The money figure includes transportation and accommodations to bridge tournaments as well as card fees. Of course, there are those players who arc so intent on becoming a LM that they hire experts to play Star Gazers ' (Continued from Pfige 3.) up by dish - sharped antennas which "see" radio waves as the human eye sees light waves. These are the brightest and most distant objects yet discov- e r e d. Astronomers expect to find others even farther a n d brighter which may give some hint as to whether the universe is endless or curves back on itself in some unfalliomable pattern. . Establish that there is a need for more giant telescopes, and that instruments with liglit- collecting mirrors up to 400 inches in diameter are technically possible to build. * "I am sure that significant contributions will be made both by land - based radio telescopes and optical telescopes in orbit- mg satellite observatories," says Babcock. . '"i airi also convinced tlierc is with them. The going rales on deals of this kind range anywhere from $10 to $20 for a club master point game to $50 and $100 for sectional, regional and national tournaments. Allen added some other interesting statistics such as there are currently 150,000 registered members in the ACDL. Of this number there are approximately 5,200 Life Masters. * When you consider that t h e master point system went into effect some 30 years ago, the attainment of the goal of Life Master averages out to less than 200 a year. Of course, you must take cognizance of the fact that while the number of points required to become a LM has remained constant over the years, the number of tournaments and the awards for these tournaments have risen more than double. So, what price glory? Julia Heimburger and Anne Smith topped a field of 20 pairs in Pasadena U n i t ' s winners game last Sunday. Vic and Eileen Mollcr finished second with Pat Kavanaugh and Bob Deedrick finishing third. * CHIT CHAT: Martha Brookins, wife of Ed Brookins, chairman of the Pasadena Unit, shot a hole - in - one at the Drookside Golf Club . . . The Brookins and the Mollers leave this week to attend the Rocky Mt. Regional in Denver, Colo. . . VI Burke off to Portland for a vacation . . . Congratulation to Al Galpert, editor of the San Gabriel Unit's newsletter, for doing such a splendid job. I found his last newsletter not only interesting and informative but well writ- t e n . . . A dozen bridge players headed by Henry Heller of Arcadia are starting a stock investment club. From the names of the club members we can only wish that their investments are as wise as their bridge playing . . . Agnes May Griffin is taking a few days off from bridge to visit friends in Santa Barbara . . . Arabella Howard is on the sick list . . . Julio Heimburger sporting a black eye received when she tripped while getting out of a sports car. a great need for many more land - based telescopes in the 100-to 200-inch range, and possibly up (o 400 inches, especially in the Southern Hemisphere. "Numerous surveys are being made by various groups around the world to look at the southern skies, which He below the horizon for most of the large telescopes." But in tlic list of things the big telescopes and patient men have learned, there are still the puzzles of space. How big is it? Where arc the boundaries? Are there any boundaries,? Do our parochial laws of physics apply everywhere? Will o u r r a d i o telescopes one day pick up intelligent messages from d e e p space? Provocative questions- like this may, in time, be solved in a very businesslike and routine way by professional an d frequently weary star - watchers like Drs. Bowen and Babcock. («tn 1 OSCA," with Dorothy Kirsten in the title role, opened the Greek Theatre's season last night. The taut Puccini masterpiece will be given again Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 8:30 p.m. each night. A review of the opera will appear in Monday's Independent and Stnr- News. The free concert at the Los Angeles County Museum today at 3 p.m. will be given by the Elizabeth Hamilton piano quartet. The group will play Mozart's Piano Quartet in E Flat, K. 493, and Mendelssohn's Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 1. The concert will be broadcast on KFAC AM (1330) and FM (92.3). The New York Chamber Soloists will end their brief but busy stay at UCLA, where they will conduct a master class in ensemble playirg this week, with a concert in Schoenberg Hall Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The ensemble includes a tenor and players of violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, and oboe. The program includes Telo- mann's Cantata No. 72; Beethoven's Trio in C minor, Op. 9; Five Scotch Songs of Haydn; Britten's "Phantasy Quartet"; and Handel's cantata "Crudel Tiranno Amor." The UCLA concert ticket office, 272-S911, Iws ticket information. (Continued from Ptige 4.) is becoming celebrated licrc- abouts as an expert in arranging library exhibits. He has a showing of Balinese silver now under way at the Monrovia library, and another on Eskimo can show for the San Marino library. He is preparing an African slrow for the San Marino Library, ami an Indonesian one for Arcadia. His wife, Julia, a mathematician at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Pasadena, caught the collecting compulsion from him many years ago. She is now a deeply addiclcd acquirer of ewers. These are ancient or primitive vessels from m a n y cultures, or, in Vorkink's phrase, 'tliey are "glorified teapots." His son, Mike, 14, has a roomful o( guns, and early Western cow- country trappings and, unexpectedly, many items from Japan. He seems to be collecting toward some mysterious relationships, but anylxnv lie has quite clearly inherited the family weakness. * PASADENA is good trading country, Vorkink says, because it has been the home of many r e t i r e d missionaries who brought treasures back from faraway places, and left the loot to heirs who have little appreciation for it. "I .traded an ordinary slepladder for a beautiful bowl and vase from Bali. The man who had them in his garage, in Pasadena, along with assorted junk, thought lie had taken advantage of me. He and his wife were quite apologetic about it." Vorkink has been in this area on and off since 1023, and he remembers when it was a strenuous dawn-lo-dark round trip to the beach from Altadena. He was bora, however, in Java. That came about because his great - grandfather, an African slave-trader, was driven out of Mew England by abolitionist fanatics. lie had to Jim! other uses for his ship, and discovered a profitable trade hauling Chinese into Indocsia. Vorkink's father became publisher of several Dutch-language newspapers there, and his mother was a Susman--the family that with Wormser founded the S ft W canned-goods line for grocery stores. Vorkink is widely known as a trader, and in the traders' trade ho is considered to own one of the finest private collections of its kind in the West. It is insured for $20,000, though most of it is irreplaceable and priceless. lie has little fear of burglary,, because tlic valuable items in his collection are so well known among dealers that no thief could put them On the market without getting caught. NOT LONG AGO an important Southern California museum advertised a showing of silver from Java, and Voikink hurried to see it. There were only a paltry few pieces. Vorkink politely mentioned the meagerness to the haughty matron in charge, a stranger to him. She said, with some severity, "And I suppose you know somebody who has more than we do?" "Yes, ma'am," he su\C. "I carry more of tills stuff j'.round in the back of my truck, for trading purposes, than you have here." She demanded proof, and was astoniscd with that proof when he laid it out on a large table for her. "But lxw on earth did yoii get all these lovely things?" "Well -- to begin with, 1 was born in Java--" She sputtered for a moment, then said, "But thnl isn't fair!" A free concert in Hancock Auditorium, USC, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., features Donald and Patricia Smith, piano duo. Their program includes Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Pianos, a Tufts Sonata for Two Pianos, and Roger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Beelho- vcn, Op. 86. A concert next Sunday in Glendale is of interest to Pasa- denans because of the perform^ ers in it. The concert will be given by the Los Angeles Pro Arte Ensemtlc, whose director is Paul Vorwerk. Mr. Vorwerk is from Pasadena and attended P.nsadena City College and Occidental College; he is former associate minister of music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Other members of the chamber ensemble from the Pasadena area are Carol Plantamura, soprano, a resident of La Canada and a soloist at All Saints Church in Pasadena, and Malcolm McNab, trumpet, and Rodney Garside, oboe, both principals in the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. The program is devoted to vocal-instrumental works of J. S. Bach. They include Janchzct Got! inallen Landen, BWV 51; Weincn, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, DWV12; Christ lag in Todes- bandcn, EWV4; Schlage docn-, gewuenste Slunde, BWV 53; and Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227, The concert will bo Sunday, July 5, at 8 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 305 E. Colorado Blvd., Glendale. Tickets at. $2 each may bo had at the door or by writing lo Dept. C at the church. Bariisdall Show (Continued from Page 9.) ways a temptation to become somewhat provincial in an exhibition of this size and search out local names. One of the jurors was artist Robert Frame. Two of the Purchase Award winners were Del Lucia Lindmnn and Robert llansen. O t h e r s among award recipients with area lies were Bclyc Saar, Helen Bodkin, Richard PeUibone, Leonard Edmondson, Joe Mug- naini, and Cliarl.es White. * Works which particularly impressed me, regardless of award , standings were: Thomas F. McBride's grotesque welded iron figure driving an old baby carriage frame. H shows a macabre humor. The moody and intricately designed color etching of Clinton C. Cline, with its deep resonant color. A marvelous lithograph o( Aris Koulroulis called "Urn," which contained a true depth of simplicity. Richard Matthew's fresh, totally symmetrical "Country Winds and City Hearts." Leonard TCdmondson's color etching entitled, "Warm Summer Night," with its more recent open and beautifully stated forms.. "Creation of Eve" by Dick Swift, which exemplifies not only the technical knowledge of this great print-maker, but also the depth of his conception. The happy feeling of wind in trees in Vic Smith's "Untitled." . Milford Zoi ncs' broken figures and areas of rock and surf in "Women by the Sea." A beautiful, thoughtful, and sensitive oil by. Gene G r a n called "Homage to Corol." I am sure Corot himself would be honored by it. Charles While's "M o t h e Courage." Although sometimes on the surface, his drawings and prints seem repetitive, on closer scrutiny one discovers an emotional statement immediately perlincnt and universal in impact. There are many others which deserve mention, but the job of selection in a production this large is overwhelming'. ' '' Local Winners Local prize winners" in !ie Twelfth A n n u a l Los Angeles 'AH- Cily Outdoor Art Festival 'include: Del Lucia Lindman, 1359 N. El Molino Ave., for the oil painting, "Landscape," a J100 cash award; Mrs. Helen Bodkin, 912 Vlo- lela Drive, Alhambra", for her oil painting, "Table Top Illusion," an honorable mention; Leonard Edmondson, 714 Prospect Blvd., for his graphic "Warm Summer Night," an honorable mention; Joe Mugnaini, 4226 Canyon Crest Road, Altadena, for his graphic, "The Ritualist," ' an honorable mention. . ' · . - ; · · / ; .. t i- -. ,. -i i.

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