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Art lovers Gwen McCaw, Maria Bell, Julia Sorkin and Kelly Katz get ready for a blast to the past at this week's Los Angeles Antique Show.

OLD TIME ESCAPE

It seems like you can’t turn on the tube or pick up the paper these days without being bombarded by some sort of bad news. If you wish there was some way to step back in time, you’ll have your chance because the Los Angeles Antique Show is back in town. You can easily lose yourself amid thousands of square feet of decorative arts, from antiques to those of the twentieth century.

The festivities kick off with a sneak preview to benefit P.S. Arts at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The expo showcases extravagant antiques from 60 of the world’s top fine arts dealers and continues through Sunday. From oriental rugs and French Art Deco to early Americana and tribal masks, this celebration of style has something sensational from every era.

CELEBRATING SCHEIDER

Actor Roy Scheider may be gone, but his impressive body of work lives on, especially through his unforgettable film roles as a shark-hunting cop in “Jaws” and as wild man Bob Fosse in “All that Jazz.” That gave his friends and fans a reason to celebrate, as they turned out at the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor the late actor with a touching tribute.

Scheider had nearly 100 film and television credits in his career, which spanned more than 50 years. Like many actors, he started small with campy horror fests like “The Curse of the Living Corpse,” but it didn’t take long before he was landing meatier roles and starring opposite more famous co-stars.

In 1971, he appeared opposite Jane Fonda in the thriller, “Klute,” and with Gene Hackman in “French Connection.” His performance as Det. Buddy Russo in “Connection” earned him his first Oscar nod, but his biggest break came in 1975 when a young director named Steven Spielberg cast him alongside a great white shark in “Jaws.”

The special tribute to Scheider looked back on many memorable moments. It was produced by director Gordon Hunt, a longtime family friend and father of Oscar-winner Helen Hunt.

In addition to accolades and remembrances, it featured a special sneak peak of the actor’s last film, a $30 million thriller called “Iron Cross,” slated to be released this summer. Scheider died of myeloma last year while filming it, but worked right until the end.

Director Joshua Newton, who was able to finish Scheider’s final scene using CGI technology, describes Scheider’s performance as “one of the most powerful of his career,” and said he was thrilled to honor the actor “at a fantastic event that raises much needed funds for myeloma research.”

Proceeds will go to The Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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