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Dining & Entertainment Guide and 4 Peter Wendy on stage The Nine O’Clock Players present “Peter and Wendy” at The Assistance League of Southern California, 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. The story is a retelling of the classic tale of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Weekend performances are open to the general public for $12 per ticket. Performances are at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 2. Call 323-469-1970 or visit www. nineoclockplayers.com.

saluted 7 Kubrick in 'Odyssey' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences joins

11 Beethoven at UCLA The world premier of Wallfisch’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 will be performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Sun., Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Go to www.happenings.ucla.edu.

Caravaggio and his rivals WORKS BY Caravaggio, who revolutionalized painting in Rome in the late 16th century, are in an exhibit coming to LACMA.

LACMA Wed., Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd. for “2012: A Kubrick Odyssey.”

The event launches both LACMA’s Kubrick film retrospective and the Academy’s exhibition “The Ultimate Trip.” 

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SPARTACUS screens Nov. 16 at LACMA as part of 'Odyssey.'

Streisand is back

Barbra Streisand will return to the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., for a twonight engagement on Fri., Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will also include jazz saxophonist Chris Botti and Italian vocal trio Il Volo. Visit www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Opening of “Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy”—the work of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610), one of the most popular artists of the past, rivaling in fame both Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Wilshire Blvd., lacma. org.

for the 9 p.m. show are $40. For more information, go to www.fondatheatre.com.

15 'Contessa' at Ebell Actress Jennifer Garner interviews Ina Garten, author of the popular cookbook series, "Barefoot Contessa" Thurs., Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. The $42 admission includes a signed copy of her new book. Call 626-499-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.

at 13 Sambora Fonda Theatre Founding Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora, writer of many rock anthems of a generation, will perform live on Nov. 13 at the Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd. Tickets

BARBRA STREISAND to perform two nights.

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Age 21Ice tails

Madame Butterfly

Take a trip to the Ice Age at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Puppet shows feature a life-size saber-toothed cat Wednesdays and Saturdays. Visit tarpits.org for showtimes.

LA Opera presents “Madame Butterfly,” starring Oksana Dyka and Brandon Jovanovich, from Nov. 17 through Dec. 9 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets range from $18 to $94 per seat. For more information, call 213972-8001 or visit www.LAOPERA.com.

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Chili Cook Off at Ruskin

The Ruskin Art Club hosts its first annual Chili Cook Off, featuring Laurel Ann Bogen and Charles Harper Webb. The Nov. 18 event takes place at 2 p.m. at 800 S. Plymouth Blvd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. See www.redhen.org.

Dining Guide cover Enjoying pasta and fish entrees at Marino’s Ristorante, 6001 Melrose Ave., are Ellen and Steve Sletten. Noted for its Italian cuisine and upscale ambiance, Marino’s is open for lunch and dinner. Photo by Bill Devlin

FATEFUL MEETING of East and West in "Il Postino" director's turn at "Madame Butterfly."

20 Troubadour at El Rey Rachael Yamagata, the “troubadour of heartbreak,” brings an intimate show— expect strings, seated venues and wine—to the El Rey Theatre at 5515 Wilshire Blvd. on Tues., Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. The singer songwriter’s essence calls upon the styling of Todd Rundgren, Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Tickets can be purchased at www.theelrey. com.

locally 24 Shop globally Come to a Holiday Global Bazaar Sat., Nov. 24 noon to 5 p.m. in the Craft and Folk Art Musuem Courtyard, 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Handcrafted gifts from 20 vendors will be featured along with a curated selection of fair-trade goods and works by local and global artisans. cafam.org.

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8 p.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Visit skirball.org for tickets.

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Before rock'n'roll, before swing, hip hop and country there was the blues. Hear The Marcus Shelby Quintet play Blues and the Pursuit of Fredom on Thurs., Nov. 29 at

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Election spoof, writing class are themes of current fare Tired of all the election hoopla? Still one of the undecided? Well you won’t be after you see November by David Mamet. It’s a unanimous thumbs up. This hysterical farce centers on President Charles Smith, played wonderfully by Ed Begley, Jr. He’s facing re-election and he’s fading in the polls, sound familiar? He has an opportunity for a little positive spin by pardoning the country’s Thanksgiving turkey. Keen on having a presidential library he attempts to parlay that seemingly altruistic act into a last-ditch effort to find his place in political history. Along the way he deals with his lesbian speechwriter Clarice Bernstein (Felicity Huffman), his long-suffering aid

Archer Brown (Rod McLachlan), turkey handler (Todd Weeks) and an Indian, Dwight Grackle, with more money than he knows what to do with played by Gregory Cruz.

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Director Scott Zigler keeps the Mamet dialogue humming in this one act. The scenic design of the oval office by Takeshi Kata is terrific. Through Nov. 4, Mark Ta-

per Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-628-2772. 4 Stars *** A few steps away at the Ahmanson Theater you can take in Seminar by Theresa Rebeck. Four young writers have gathered in an upscale New York apartment to learn more about their craft at the knees of their guru Leonard (Jeff Goldblum). They’ve paid an exorbitant amount of money to have, for the most part, their work belittled, insulted and dismissed. Or in the case of Douglas (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) horror of horrors, be told he should take his work to Hollywood. In addition to pretentious Douglas, there’s sensitive Martin (Greg Keller), sex-pot Izzy

“SEMINAR” cast at rehearsal are, from left, Greg Killer, Jennifer Ikeda, Jeff Goldblum, Aya Cash and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe.

(Jennifer Ikeda) and the wonderful Kate played with manic self-concern by Aya Cash. There are some surprises and some pedestrian outcomes and some comedic “bits” that

are a throwback to sitcom television. Ms. Rebeck is the creator and writer of the TV show “Smash.” Mr. Goldblum plays his usual likeable, predictable self and director Sam Gold keeps the action moving. Through Nov. 18, Ahmanson Theater, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-628-2772. 3 Stars *** It is said that if you are submitted to a totally black environment for long enough you can learn to see in the dark. If you’d like to try out this theory, see Theatre in the Dark. That’s right folks, for a little over an hour and a half, the audience and the stage is in inky blackness, occasionally illuminated by brief tableaus. In a series of 16 short oneact plays, one can listen to Nijinsky talking about and dancing The Rite of Spring, ants creating maps, a runaway train in a tunnel, being born, plus a ghost story or two just in time for Halloween. There’s a trip to Whole Foods about midway with some refreshments for the audience. Each play has a different director and the ensemble cast does yeoman duty in numerous roles. An opening announcement insists you stay in your seat with specific instructions on what to do if you panic. Part insurance disclaimer, part hype, and part necessity because the blackness becomes tedious with a slight edge of claustrophobia, if you’re so inclined. Sound becomes your touchstone and the sound design by John Zalewski is brilliant. Using live sound effects and pre-recorded music it puts the plays in perspective. In case you’re wondering, a rather ingenious way of keeping the actors from bumping in to each other is revealed during the curtain calls. Through Dec. 16. On Nov. 3 “More Dark” opens and the plays then run in repertory. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 310-4772055. 3 Stars

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Marionettes usher in holiday season with 'Nutcracker'

The Los Angeles Drama Club will present “Tempest in a Teacup,” an afternoon of Shakespeare and Magic, at Hollywood’s Magic Castle on Sun., Nov. 11 at 7001 Franklin Ave. The event, scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m., will include food and drinks in the Inner Circle, as well as magic performed by Rob Zabrecky in the Peller Theater. Guests will then move to a larger theater to enjoy an hour of Shakespeare’s finest works. Celebrity guests scheduled to perform with the club members include Jason Alexander, Jeremy Piven, Dominic Monaghan and more. The event is supported by The Shakespeare Youth Festival, Los Angeles. Each year, club members rehearse and perform three plays at the Lost Studio., 130 S. La Brea Ave. Proceeds will benefit Shakespeare in the City, a free youth outreach program for underserved communities in Los

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater will kick off the holiday season with the return of "Bob Baker's Nutcracker" playing Sat., Nov. 10 through Sun., Jan. 27. The Theatre, downtown at 1345 W. First St., has been hosting events for children of all ages since Baker and his business partner, Alton Wood, turned a scene shop into the family entertainment landmark in 1960. The marionette version of the classic ballet "Nutcracker" has been presented there since 1969. Employing more than 100 marionettes, the performance features Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, Sugarplum Fairies, Mouse King and many more. Shows run Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 a.m..; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; children under age 2 are free. Birthdays can be celebrated at performances. Call 213-250-9995 or go to bobbakermarionettes.com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide New restaurants boost the neighborhood's food scene De Leon, a photographer and avid pizza-maker. The meat selection includes an exotic sausage menu, such as the “Dirty Agent” rattlesnake sausage with tomato, onion and garlic, alligator and basil, duck and bacon, and chicken tequila. The pizzeria also offers glutenfree crust and a vegan cheese option. For information, go to www.apolloniaspizzeria.com or call 323-937-2823. “Lou,” located in a minimall at 724 Vine St., is under new management with a name change as well. Now called Bosc, manager Troy Stevens declares, “we’re just changing the name, everything else stays the same,” which means that “the comforting food, interesting wines and homey setting [that] drew [him] here” will remain intact. For more information, call 323-962-6369 or go to bosconvine.com. Hamburger Hamlet XP, an “express” version of the traditional Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain, opened at 217 N. Larchmont Blvd. in June. The menu features hamburgers, cheeseburgers, turkey

burgers and veggie burgers. Also on the menu are a chicken sandwich, salads, fries, and milk shakes. For information, call 323-465-9603 or go to www.hamburgerhamlet.com. C+M (Coffee and Milk) is a new craft coffeehouse from the Patina Restaurant Group at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It features artisan coffee, pastries and signature milk sorbet treats. Freshly baked cookies and pastries by pastry chef Josh Graves are found in abundance (including the “Milkwich,” a milk sorbet treat sandwiched between your choice of the day’s freshly-baked cookies). Open daily at 10 a.m. (closed Wednesdays). 5905 Wilshire Blvd. For information, call 323-8576180. Cyndi Finkle, owner of Artworks Studio & Classroom, located on the corner of Larchmont and Melrose, and her friend and business partner Mel Cain, have opened Coffee + Food in the former Wild Oats Café location at 5630 Melrose Ave. The café features salads and sandwiches using

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Argo spins real-life tale, Cloud Atlas in the clouds Argo (9/10): For my money, Ben Affleck is one of the best directors in Hollywood with two outstanding films already to his credit, “The Town,� 2010, and “Gone Baby Gone,� 2007. Although Affleck did not write the script, this still qualifies as an auteur performance because in addition to directing, he also stars and co-produces. Everything about this film is

high quality, a multiple Oscars candidate. The end credits are worth sitting through to see pictures of the real-life people who lived through this ordeal alongside the actors playing them. The similarity in looks is remarkable, which is why I’m, well, remarking. Cloud Atlas (7/10): Seeming to channel reincarnation, at almost three hours this epic

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and John Cusack masturbate. Fun Size (1/10): The good news about this film aimed at an age level of about 4-14 is that it’s only 96 minutes long. The bad news is that it is 96 minutes long. Here Comes the Boom (0/10): Advertised as a “Kevin James comedy,â€? I didn’t see anything funny. Misguidedly aimed at children, it consists mostly of violence, James engaging in the brutal Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), an extreme version of boxing with few rules. This is particularly inappropriate for impressionable children. While the film seems to have a good moral, a man who risks life and limb for the good of his students, it glorifies the vicious fighting in MMA. In fact, the final dĂŠnouement consists of 10 to 15 minutes of brutal fighting in which James, after being battered to semiconsciousness, comes back to fight viciously, inspiring people in the audience, including his girlfriend, Selma Hayek, and his youthful students, to act like bloodthirsty Romans in the Colosseum two millennia ago, yelling for James to pulverize his opponent, apparently giving little value to the fact that his opponent was, after all, a fellow human being subjected to an unmerciful, vicious, graphic beating. Read full reviews at www. tonymedley.com.

Ebell Art Salon features works by Ned Cowan Meet Ned Cowan and view his artwork at a reception in the Art Salon at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., on Thurs., Nov. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cowan has been a practiciing psychiatrist for more than 40 years. His love of art began as a child when he took classes at the Art Institute in Chicago. The Windsor Square resident said his influences stem from his medical training and a foreign fellowship in Tanzania where he was exposed to the art of his leper patients and their primitive yet deep perspective on life. He was also influenced by his sponsoring Bishop who was part of the anti-apartheid movement. RSVP at 323-931-1277 ext. 131 or by email to tickets@ ebella.com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Metropolitan Master Chorale 'Wonder' concert Dec. 2 “Wonder,” the winter show of Restaurant.10.6_Layout the Metropolitan 1Master Off Vine 10/5/11 Chorale, is on Sun., Dec. 2 at Hollywood United Methodist

Church, 6817 Franklin Ave. Its 12:41 PM first Page 1 concert of the 2012/13 season encompasses both sacred and secular holi-

day music and features John Rutter with organ and brass. For tickets and more information visit metrosings.org.

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Santa, tree lighting, festive cheer will be at The Grove This year’s lighting of the Grove’s 110-foot tall Christmas tree will take place on Sun., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.. Decorated with more than 15,000 ornaments and 10,000 lights, the tree lighting will be the highlight of an evening filled with live music, celebrity appearances, Santa’s arrival, dancers and fireworks. The Grove will be in a festive mode throughout the holiday season, featuring seasonal music and a choreographed dancing fountain. Snow will fall nightly at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Santa will reside in his cottage daily through Christmas Eve as carolers stroll the streets of The Grove. Five percent of photos sales at the cottage will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation of Los Angeles. The Foundation’s annual Season of Wishes campaign will grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions on Tuesdays, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.thegrovela.com or call 323-900-8080.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Ghosts, good food at neighborhood haunts By Suzan Filipek fare and sipped assorted bever James Bartlett happened ages at 40 restaurants, hotels on the idea for his new book and bars. “Gourmet Ghosts” at a bar, He’s also learned quite a bit which, he was told, has a about the city’s dark side. The British journalist ghost. He hasn’t exactly seen a sought to show a different ghost since he’s published the side to the city he learned 274-page historic look at the about when he was a tourist. He wanted to document city’s mysterious past. But he’s heard some good actual places where you can MM_PartyToGo_6x6.67_v2.pdf 1 10/4/2012 3:01:08 PM stories, sampled L.A.’s eclectic go inside and cozy up to the

bar and decide for yourself if there’s a ghost or at least have a cocktail and something good to eat. He poured over microfilm in the downtown Central Library and read through Hearst newspaper stories with salacious headlines (the “Velvet Tigress” is among notorious cases). “People don’t really poison

EL COYOTE is among sites in James Bartlett’s new book.

each other like they used to. And they used to do it a lot,” he notes. Besides newspaper reports to back up the story, eyewitness accounts were also helpful. He struck up conversations with bartenders and valets, employees who’d been around a while. While many of the alleged ghosts were victims of murder still at the scene so to speak, others just didn’t seem to want to leave. Just ask Vince behind the bar at the Formosa Café. He’ll tell you his grandfather is still there bossing the staff around. Celebrities frequented many of the haunts, some of which date back to the prohibition era. HMS Bounty opened as “The Gay Room” in 1921. Bartlett recommends the “Wise Man”

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drink special (a beer and a shot of whisky) along with a daily selection of hearty fare. At the Original Farmers Market, Bartlett frequents EB’s Bar, named after Earl Gilmore, whose father Arthur Gilmore’s “life changed overnight when he accidentally struck oil on the site in 1905." As the legend goes, Arthur and Earl, while passed, continue to stay on at the site, assuring its continued success. Raves for Antonio's Antonio’s on Melrose ghost stories didn’t hold up, at least in the archives, but the restaurant does have its own brand of tequila and some serious traditional Mexican cuisine “No matter what you choose you must save room for the fried banana dessert.” A personal favorite haunt of his is the revolving bar atop the Bonaventure Hotel. “There’s not many left,” he notes. A grissly, cocaine-related murder here in the 1980s assures a spirited tale. To this day the parking attendants stay away from a corner of the basement where “strange noises” are reportedly heard. As downtown parking is expensive, Bartlett recommends www.metro.net to find a ride. “Enjoy a drink while saving yourself time and money,” he writes. Bartlett and his wife Wendall, a UCLA professor, live within walking distance of El Coyote Café, whose ghost story includes a beautiful waitress. Not the ghost buster type “You have to be open-minded... it’s fun. I’m not a ghostbuster type. Give me something to back it up…. Like a murder on the third floor.” And, maybe, then…

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Marat Daukayev School grooms students for careers

sitting split-legged in the studio lobby, keeping up with homework while stretching muscles. “It’s not surprising that our alumni who chose college over ballet careers are at Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley. In the study of dance, children learn to do more than they thought possible, have incredible discipline, focus and love for the

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Marat Daukayev teaches a level six class at the ballet school on La Brea Ave. that bears his name.

ballet principal, achieving the rare status of “Peoples Artist of Russia,” who still helps train professional ballerinas, Marat coached Chehon and Elianna in a classical ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s adagio from “The Nutcracker” which won them the competition. “It was a great moment for ballet!” said Pamela. However, the most noteworthy  accomplishment, according to the Daukayevs, is their own dancers’ improvement—artistically and personally. “More students are matriculating through the school’s levels with their abilities increasing,” Pamela describes. On breaks, children in the lower levels watch those in the upper levels, looking forward to the day they can master the skills required to move up to soloist roles. Sometimes the best students’ autographs are even sought. MDSB student Isabella Franco placed second, Junior Division, in the Youth America Grand Prix, a

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prestigious international competition recently featured in a major film. Three other MDSB students also won prizes and contracts at the Boston International Competition. MDSB alumni have been signed with the Zurich, Stuttgart, Dresden and Vienna ballets.  “The school teaches discipline and love for the study of a classical art form.  The skills are highly transferable,” describes Pamela, a former dancer herself. In the MDSB’s productions, young children are given responsibility for remembering their own stage-entrance cues in complex corps numbers and quick costume changes in the wings. During rehearsal breaks, dancers can be found

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By Renee Montgomery Guest columnist “Chainé! Chainé! Chainé!” artistic director Marat Daukayev calls out rhythmically to students as they move across the dance floor in a straight line of quick turns. “Chaine” is a succession or chain of turns requiring precise technique propelled by unwavering momentum,  and also describes the progressive development of the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet since its inception in the late 90s.   Starting with a handful of students as an emigré from the former Soviet Union, Marat Daukayev now directs a school of 375 students, designated Best School by Los Angeles magazine. Located at Dance Arts Academy, 731-735 S. La Brea, it has expanded by 2,700 square feet to accommodate its impressive 4,000– piece costume  inventory and support spaces. This year the school also opened a Conservancy Program grooming teens for professional ballet careers. School students enjoyed appearing as the ballet class featured regularly in the popular series “Bunheads” on ABC Family TV. “With films and several TV shows about ballet lately, there is a huge new interest in ballet as an art form,” explains executive director and Marat’s wife Pamela Daukayev.  International TV audiences know Marat this year from his coaching of “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists Chehon Wepsi-Tscopp and Elianna Girard. A former Kirov

work process.” Brought up as a young teen in the exacting Kirov system, Marat avoids forced ‘stage tricks’ for his students’ choreography, instead encouraging the natural development of teens’ emotional expression and cultural refinement. Tickets to the annual “Nutcracker” performance on Dec. 14, 15 and 16 at the CSULA Luckman Theatre, are available at www.maratdaukayev.com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Patrons' signature and favorite dishes at local restaurants 658-9060, antoniosonmelrose.com. • Fabiolus Café. Clients here enjoy being greeted by Fabio at the door. Signature dishes include the fusilli with mushroom and spinach in a light cream sauce and penne with eggplant and mozzarella. 6270 Sunset Blvd., 323-4672882, www.fabiolus.org. • Girasole Ristorante. One

of the favorite dishes at this local Italian eatery is the “pillowy” gnocchi. Another favorite is the wild mushroom ravioli in a light cream sauce. 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-4646978. • HMS Bounty. Known for its signature décor and bar, patrons appreciate the good “bar food,” as well as the orange roughy, the baseball steak

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Author Tatjana Soli presents her book “The Forgetting Tree” Hailed by the New York Times Book Review Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:30am Luncheon

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and the chicken wings. 3357 Wilshire Blvd., 213-385-7275, www.thehmsbounty.com. • Larchmont Grill. Regulars of this homey neighborhood eatery loved the lobster macaroni and cheese second only to the wagyu beef burger with applewood smoked bacon. 5750 Melrose Ave., 323-464-4277, www.larchmontgrill.com. • Le Petit Greek. The hands-down favorite is the saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer that is both showy and scrumptious. 127 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-464-5160, lepetitgreek.com. • Louise’s Trattoria. Clientele couldn’t stop talking about the foccacia bread served with olive oil, but warned not to fill up on it before the meal. Other favorites are the baked portobella mushroom and the burrata with beets (both appetizers). 232 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-962-9510, louises.com. • Musso & Frank Grill. “Old Hollywood” style grill is known for its martinis and service. One favorite dish is the spaghetti and meat-

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balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese. 6667 Hollywood Blvd., 323-467-7788, mussoandfrankgrill.com. • Off Vine. Highly recommended were the prosciutto and asparagus gnocchi and the braised short ribs. 6263 Leland Way, 323-962-1900, www.offvine.com. • Papa Cristo’s. Patrons rave about the rack of lamb and lamb gyros at this Greek restaurant, which also has a shop and caters. Also recommended is taking home a jar of the olive “caviar” tapenade. 2771 W. Pico Blvd., 323-7372970, www.papacristos.com. • Quality Food & Beverage. Customer favorites include the eggs benedict, crab cake benedict and eggs béchamel. 8030 W. 3rd St., 323-658-5959, qualityfoodandbeverage.com. • Ulysses Voyage. Three of the crowd favorites are the white citrus sangria, saganaki (flaming cheese) and the olive rosemary bread with whipped feta butter. 6333 W. 3rd St., #750, 323-939-9728, www. ulyssesvoyage.com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Theatre company screens two shorts at Park LaBrea

representing two different generations of an art movement collaborate in the transformation of a hybrid vehicle into a piece of art. JACK is a producing and performing ensemble that creates theatrical and multimedia experiences. The name is an acronym of the initials of its members’ first names (Jens Kohler, Annette Reid, Carlos Carrasco and Kent Minault). The films will screen in the Park LaBrea Activities Center Theater, at 475 S. Curson Ave. Admission is free. For further information, e-mail JACK@ callusjack.com or call 213986-JACK.

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade turns 81 years old this year as it floats down Hollywood Blvd. on Sun., Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.

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To ring in the Broadway lyric soprano’s 85th year, Barbara Cook and the LA Philharmonic will launch the 2012/2013 Songbook Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The performance on Wed., Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. also marks the first time the LA Phil will perform a concert in the Songbook Series. Cook and the LA Phil will be joined by conductor Rob Berman, as well as her pianist and musical director Ted Rosenthal. A recipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center honors, Cook received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in "Sondheim on Sondheim," and is best known for her 1950s and 1960s Broadway appearances, including Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, and Marian the Librarian in The Music Man. In her concert with the LA Phil, the Grammy-winning Cook will explore the American songbook and timeless classics. For more information, go to www.laphil.com.

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Berri’s homemade Bolognese style meat sauce Prosciutto & peas, in a creamy egg sauce Lobster stuffed ravioli topped with shrimp in a pink tomato sauce Italian sausage, red onion, spinach, & sun dried tomato in a cream sauce Fresh clams, shrimp, calamari, black clams, scallops & fresh fish in a white wine sauce or red marinara sauce Chicken, ground beef, shrimp or vegetables (ask server)

$4.00 OFF

Buy any two 10” pizzas and get $4.00 off.

Tomato sauce & cheese For additional toppings extra (see list below)

MAKE YOUR OWN

FILET MIGNON

8 oz. cut served with black pepper sauce

Tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, italian sausage & ground beef

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ADD ONE TOPPING

2

3

MEAT TOPPINGS

3

4

SEAFOOD TOPPINGS

4

5

starts at

Onions, Black Olives, Fresh Tomatoes, Arugula, Mushrooms, Portobello Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Artichokes, Eggplant, Jalapenos, Sundried Tomatoes, Pineapple, Gorgonzola Cheese, Feta Cheese, Goat Cheese, Blue Cheese, Fresh Basil, Ricotta Cheese, Fresh Garlic, Spinach, Broccoli, Capers, Zucchini, Caramelized Onion Ham, Pepperoni, Salami, Italian Sausage, Merguez Sausage, Chorizo, Chicken, Ground Beef, Bacon, Canadian Bacon Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna, Clams, Calamari, Anchovies, Mussels, Scallops, Fresh Fish

FREE 6-PACK Buy any two 20” pizzas and get a 6-pack of soda FREE.

BERRI’S CAFE

BERRI’S CAFE

BERRI’S CAFE

8412 West 3rd St | LA, CA 90048 | (323) 852-0642

8412 West 3rd St | LA, CA 90048 | (323) 852-0642

8412 West 3rd St | LA, CA 90048 | (323) 852-0642

One coupon per order. Not valid with any other offer or coupon. Limited time offer.

One coupon per order. Not valid with any other offer or coupon. Limited time offer.

One coupon per order. Not valid with any other offer or coupon. Limited time offer.

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