Some cultural notes, contained in newspapers on both coasts, are of special interest to Washingtonians:
In an editorial Monday, the Los Angeles Times warned the City Council of suburban Beverly Hills that it should act soon and affirmatively to permit a deteriorating mansion to be used for a noted collector's assemblage of abstract expressionist, pop and contemporary art.
The council's indecision, based on complaints by officials and neighbors, "gives art lovers a bad case of deja vu," the editorial said, continuing:
"Just over 20 years ago, the since deceased Joseph A. Hirshhorn had agreed to move his collection of modern art into Greystone the mansion now at issue , but the deal collapsed. That collection is now one of the gems along the Mall in Washington."
*In a letter published yesterday in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphian Lillian Zubrow expressed anguish about the Philadelphia Orchestra's recently announced decision on economic grounds to cancel its annual series at the Kennedy Center in Washington and concerts elsewhere.
"The Philadelphia Orchestra is this city's most valuable export," she wrote. "It is essential to expand, not restrict the audiences for which it performs . . . .
"If the Philadelphia Orchestra is to maintain its international reputation, series such as those . . . in Washington are not only important but also necessary. Perhaps it was a Washington performance that sparked the current invitation from the Soviet government" to play there.
"A good reputation is difficult to earn but easy to lose," Zubrow concluded. "Sharing our orchestra . . . is one way of preserving the reputation . . . . " Hear! Hear! Do You Get Her Drift?
A grandmother from Prince George's County wants to provide a footnote that might modify this column's recent scolding of federal employes who rush home early in seeming panic at the first forecast of snow. She wanted Metro Scene to realize that personal fear isn't the only reason many workers, mostly female, depart early.
Much results, she said, from the interrelated facts that (1) increasing numbers of mothers are in the work force and that (2) schools and child care centers, especially in the suburbs, announce early closings when it snows, forcing parents to pick up kids early.
What, our grandmother commentator wonders, is the mother of a young child to do when she gets a call about an early closure? What, indeed, if the mother happens to be in a car pool, or if the bus line that takes her to and from the school or child care center doesn't run scheduled service except during a rush hour that doesn't take early snow into account?
Life can be complicated.