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HERE’S A WAY COOL thing for set decorators: A great cache of Prairie School, Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces will be on display from May 28-31 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium’s L.A. Modernism Show of Twentieth Century Design.

More than 75 international dealers will display their wares, which represent furniture and decorative designs from 1890-1940. Every door, jardiniere, hall stand, fireplace, scale and lantern is for rent.

Ducats are 10 bucks at the door, while swanksters might want to check out the opening-night gala for $ 50. For reservations to the gala, call (310) 455-2886.

GEORGIA WILL TAKE a bow on CBS on May 22, when the Civil War drama “Elysian Fields” airs. The Kate Mulgrew/Robert Foxworth starrer, which was produced by the Gerber Co. for MGM Television, was filmed over four weeks in Atlanta, Cartersville, Kennesaw and Indian Springs.

SO THOSE BEER GUYS, Anheuser-Busch, have taken a cue from Walt Disney Co. The Budweiser company is looking overseas to build its next theme Busch Gardens, partnering with the Spanish firm Grand Peninsula to build Tibi Gardens in Barcelona.

Also on the theme park front, Six Flags Great Adventure is opening Movietown in New Jersey this month, which features the coveted Batman ride, the new HBO Backlot Commissary and the Right Stuff space area.

SHADES OF BENJI or Houdini? In Sheboygan, Wis., there’s a rising buzz about one talented dog — the 7-year-old Hondo. Seems the canine beat out 200 other contestants to audition for the Family Channel show “That’s My Dog.”

So what’s the talent? Among other tricks, Hondo will dive into large fish tanks and swim underwater to fetch pennies, nickels and quarters. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, owner and trainer Joan Simon used positive reinforcement to train the pooch.

THE HOLLYWOOD production community has decorated the New Mexico Film Commission with some very big furniture, including production of director Lawrence Kasdan’s “Wyatt Earp,” the $ 30 million production of director Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” and Mickey Rourke in the cable western “The Last.”

State film director Linda Taylor Hutchinson predicts that 1993 could be one of the best years ever. By the way, the production tally was $ 20.6 million in 1992.

Also, Wolf Schneider has ankled her post as publications director for New Mexico to pursue free-lance writing opportunities. Former editor of the now-defunct American Film, she was in the fold less than a year.

THE SAN BERNARDINO/Riverside County Film Commission has inked 8 a.m. Friday for its first ever “Special Effects/Stunt Safety Seminar.”

The confab of pyrotechnics experts will focus on safety issues facing the special effects industry. It’s an all-day affair at the Red Lion Hotel in Ontario. The cover is $ 30 in advance, or $ 35 at the door. For more information , call (909) 941-7877.

Also in the California, the Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has signed on as an exhibitor at ShowBiz Expo, which will be held June 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The San Diego area film board, which handles filming inquiries, sent out 2, 000 arrowheads to Hollywood executives to get the point across about their showbiz plans. Good kitsch.

Finally, the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers has moved over the Santa Monica Mountains to Van Nuys. Its new address is 15503 Ventura Blvd. The phone number is (818) 995-3600.

PLANS ARE AFOOT to consolidate Florida state marketing efforts under one roof by July 1. The effort will be coordinated by the Florida Dept. of Commerce, which will appoint a 12-member board of directors from the movie and music world to advise on the best ways to sell the state to entertainment companies and producers. Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles is behind the full-scale blitz.

THE CONSUL GENERAL of the Netherlands is sending out an info-packed 70-page book on the benefits of filming in Holland. Lots of info, and best of all, it’s free.

Especially liked the pen-and-ink drawing of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on page 2, as well as the nod to such indigenous Dutch talent as Rutger Hauer, Paul Verhoeven, Jan de Bont, Maruschka Detmers and Renee Soutendijk.

IS REGIONAL filmmaking on the rise in Nashville? Maybe.

Director Thom Oliphant has just wrapped production of the very low-budget “Tut’s Small Ballad.” The production features Louis Balestra, as well as a cavalcade of homegrown actors and technicians.

Described as an amalgam of “The Big Chill” and “The Breakfast Club,” the pic is currently being edited. Oliphant is a Nashville native.

FOX BROADCASTING Co.’s “Cops” is shooting in Sacramento, while the syndicated series “Only in Hollywood” is filming segments at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood and the Hearst Castle near Cambria (apparently the show’s interest isn’t only in Hollywood). “Only in Hollywood,” produced by Peter Jones Prods., is the first half-hour special for American Movie Classics.

THE IRVING, TEXAS, Film Commission has named Nancy Cunningham as assistant film commission director, following six years as production coordinator on such television shows as “JFK,””Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Murder in the Heartland.”

VIRGINIA IS PRETTY stoked about “Dave,” which includes scenes shot at the state capitol in Richmond (which subbed for the off-limits U.S. Capitol). Currently filming in the state is the Marco Hofschneider/Robin Givens starrer “Foreign Student.”

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