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egeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971” premiered at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures last month. The first museum exhibition of its kind, “Regeneration: Black Cinema” explores the achievements and challenges of Black performers and filmmakers and spans decades of filmmaking, beginning in the 1890s through the height of the civil rights movement. The exhibition features excerpts of films restored by the Academy Film Archive, narrative films and documentaries, newsreels and home movies, photographs, scripts, drawings, costumes, equipment, posters and historical ephemera. Regeneration is co-curated by Doris Berger, vice president of curatorial affairs at the Academy Museum, and Rhea Combs, director of curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. “It has been a great honor for us to curate ‘Regeneration,’ a project that challenged us to do justice to the lives and work of nearly a century of Black filmmakers and the audiences they served,” said co-curators Berger and Combs, adding, “We hope to heighten awareness of these films and film artists and encourage an appreciation of the many, many contributions that Black Americans have made to cinema.” “Regeneration” spans seven galleries organized thematically and chronologically. 6 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
Early galleries explore the social and political situation of Black Americans at the dawn of cinema and the representation of Black people in early films from 1897 to 1915. The exhibition continues, highlighting pioneering independent Black filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux and contemplating “race films,” made for Black audiences from the 1910s to the 1940s. Following galleries focus on Black musicals and the advent of Black film stars like Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and Lena Horne. The exhibition concludes with cinematic stories reflecting the freedom movements, spotlighting the pioneering paths of Black film directors creating cinema during the civil rights movement. Additionally, the exhibition features prized film ephemera including costumes worn by Sammy Davis Jr. in “Porgy and Bess,” tap dance shoes from the Nicholas Brothers, and one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets Works by leading contemporary Black artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker appear throughout the exhibition, offering complementary commentary on the continuing legacy of Black filmmaking. “Regeneration” will be accompanied by a film series and screenings and a series guestprogrammed by Black Film Archive creator and curator Maya Cade. The groundbreaking exhibition will remain on view through April 9.
Poster for “The Exile” (1931), Directed by Oscar Micheaux.
The Nicholas Brothers in a scene from “Stormy Weather” (1943), Fayard Nicholas, left, and Harold Nicholas, photographic print, gelatin silver.
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Spotlight on the history of Black cinema at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Hollywood Bowl’s 100th year B Y Z E V YA R O S L AV S K Y
his summer marked the 100th anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl, one of the world’s most iconic outdoor venues for the performing arts. As a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Bowl from 1994-2014, I had the privilege of being its public sector steward. My predecessor, Ed Edelman, initiated a significant public investment in the nation’s most iconic amphitheater, and when I succeeded him I doubled down on what he started. As a result, today’s Hollywood Bowl has been transformed from a mid-20th century facility to a modern 21st-century venue with few peers. As this summer’s season got started, I took stock of my family’s love affair with the Bowl. My father used to tell me the story of how my mother (who died when I was 10 years old) attended a concert in July 1942, four years after my parents arrived in L.A. The main attraction was the great composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff, one of my mom’s favorites. That night, he performed his own Second Piano Concerto in C Minor in front of a packed house. At the conclusion of the concert, she went to the stage door hoping she would have a chance to shake the composer’s hand. Sure enough, when he exited, he made a beeline for her, kissed her hand in the patrician manner, and engaged her in an extended conversation in Russian. (As an aside, when I told the former President of the Philharmonic, Deborah Borda, this story, she found a copy of the program from that concert and gave it to me for my 60th birthday – a token that connects me, my mother and our mutual love of classical music). My parents could not have imagined that one day I would represent the Hollywood Bowl as a member of the county’s governing body. When I began my own musical studies – piano at the age of seven and the oboe at the age 12 at Bancroft Junior High School – I couldn’t have imagined that either. But thanks to my parents, and to the 8 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
public schools that included the arts in the educational curriculum, I grew to appreciate and love classical music. I attended concerts every summer, first with my parents, later with my friends, and finally for nearly 50 years with my late wife, Barbara. For this teenager and college student, what made the Bowl so special was that it was the people’s amphitheater. The price of an admission ticket would not prevent anyone from experiencing one of the world’s most celebrated symphony orchestras and some of the world’s greatest performing artists. Ed Edelman and I both insisted that the philharmonic retain the $1 ticket price in the rear sections, a policy that survives to this day. And thanks to the theater’s renovations in 2003, LED video screens virtually put every patron in row 1. A true democratization of the concert experience. The Hollywood Bowl is more than a cultural institution; it’s also an economic engine. It creates thousands of well-paying jobs – on stage, back stage, and in the community. The cultural arts, writ large, are our home town industry. They help make Los Angeles the dynamic metropolis that it is. They draw tourists from across the country and around the world (tourism, too, is a major part of L.A.’s economy). For this city, diverse and cosmopolitan as it is, music and art foster an environment of mutual understanding that can bring our communities together. The Hollywood Bowl, more than any other major theater in America, demonstrates the power of the arts to build a more cohesive society. For me, that all started at home and in public school. Over the last several decades, funding for arts education has been significantly reduced. However, there is an effort underway to rectify that mistake. Our former Superintendent of Schools, Austin Beutner, has launched an initiative – Proposition 28 – that will appear on the November bal-
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Los Angeles City Hall An icon like no other BY JOEY WALDINGER
which wasn’t doing anything with the sign. The Hollywood sign was now falling apart, and the ‘H’ had fallen down and it read “OLLYWOOD.’ The chamber of commerce approached the city and said, ‘We want to fix the sign because we’re getting all these complaints, it’s a reflection of Hollywood, it represents our industry.’ The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped in, put money toward fixing the sign and removed the ‘LAND’ part of it in 1949. Since then, it’s just been ‘HOLLYWOOD.’” The chamber has been the sign’s caretaker ever since, in partnership with the city, which owns the hillside below it. The chamber owns the licensing rights for the sign’s image and the Hollywood Sign Trust, which was established by the chamber, oversees upkeep and capital improvements to the sign itself. From the 1950s-1970s, the Hollywood Sign underwent periodic restoration and painting, but no major structural repairs or changes were made. Los Angeles designated it as a historiccultural landmark in 1973. Five years later, like a story straight off the silver screen, the Hollywood sign underwent a rebirth after the chamber raised $250,000 for an overhaul. The result Continues on page 20
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venerable SoCal stadium, we play this one game with coins that I can’t even tell you about, it violates too many local ordinances, even in California, where laws are very fluid and no one’s been arrested in three years. Look, I’d rather put poodles up my nose than attend one more schmoozy cocktail party. But a tailgate party is different – the least-stuffy, most-spontaneous social event we know. At a tailgate party, you can dress any way you like, except nicely. You can plop buffalo horns on your head and fall to the ground, on your butt or your belly. Guests come and go at any time. You avoid the worst thing about parties: the long goodbye. You drink from the worst plastic cups. If you spill the onion dip, who cares?! Of all the sports, football most resembles kindergarten. In preparation for a tailgate, I make lists for days — of marinades and meats to bring, of all the stuff to remember – “BLOODY MARY MIX!!!” Meanwhile, my twisted buddy Miller (is that redundant?) creates play lists featuring Lou Bega, Marvin Gaye and Otis Day and the Knights. I swear, Miller could DJ the apocalypse and everyone would still have a pretty decent time. Anyway… The way others gush over Hawaii, or a Botticelli, or new countertops … that’s how I gush over tailgates. It’s a visceral connection, really. An impulse meets another impulse, and off they go to nurture other
impulses. A party begins. A tailgate doesn’t need to be big. A guy and a chair and a sub sandwich can be a tailgate, in many ways, that’s superior to a fancy tent with shiny people with bitchin’ hair … silver serving trays …tongs. Yes, a tailgate can actually
be too nice. The idea is to wiggle your toes in the grass, to spill the onion dip on your knee. Look, writers are really just professional people-watchers — leering idiots really. More than anything, writers chase the next memorable moment.
So, here’s to memorable moments and an autumn to remember — the walks to the stadium, the drum lines, the dopes like me, who in the sundappled light and the muddycharcoal air, find something greater than mere touchdowns. A chance to huddle up.
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griffith observatory ONE OF HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST STARS
rom the moment it opened in 1935, the Griffith Observatory has connected visitors to the stars above and also provided an iconic backdrop to the stars on the silver screen. While the institution’s dedication to accessible public astronomy has afforded locals and tourists the opportunity to gaze at the planets and take in sights like the Hollywood sign, viewers from all over the world have seen the observatory’s signature Art Deco domes in countless films and television shows. Griffith J. Griffith first commissioned the observatory in 1896. An industrialist and philanthropist, Griffith donated 3,015 acres of land to Los Angeles for Griffith Park with specific instructions to build a free observatory and keep the land open to the public. When the observatory premiered to the public in 1935, it instantly became one of the park’s most celebrated landmarks. It didn’t take long for the bustling film industry to take notice of the Beaux-Arts building with Art Deco flair standing atop Mt. Hollywood surveying the studios below, and soon the observatory was cast as a key player in several films. The year it opened, the Griffith Observatory was featured in the film “The Phantom Empire” starring Gene Autry. Many science fic-
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tion and fantasy films followed, such as “Crash of the Moons” in 1954, and “The Cosmic Man” in 1959. “Of course, Griffith Observatory’s location makes it particularly bonded to Hollywood. We overlook the entire Los Angeles basin and Hollywood is right below us,” Griffith Observatory director Ed Krupp said. “Just physically, the observatory has been near Hollywood since it opened in 1935, and it just continues right through the decades, even through the present. The observatory is often selected for its location, its picturesque architecture and, of course, its meaning.” The observatory now boasts a lengthy list of 170 filming credits, providing a recognizable setting for films like “La La Land,” “Jurassic Park,” “Back to the Future,” “Terminator” and “Transformers.” The Griffith Observatory made one of its most famous appearances on screen in 1955’s “Rebel Without a Cause,” starring James Dean. The striking backdrop reinforced the film’s astronomical theme and the fanfare surrounding the film and its star brought the observatory international recognition. Dean, who tragically died in an auto collision the same year the film was released, is commemorated in a bust monument standing on the on the west side of the observatory lawn. “Of all of the films to which our affection is directed, I think you’d have to say ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ comes very close to number one,” Krupp said. “And that is because it was the first major motion picture that featured Griffith Observatory as Griffith Observatory. In the past, the observatory was often portrayed as another locale, but in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ the film actually relied on the astronomical theme of Griffith Observatory as part of its own messaging. I don’t think that effect was really duplicated as profoundly again until “La La Land,” when once again the observatory [played a starring role.] continues on page 87
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Some of the most beautiful architecture in Los Angeles resides in its churches and temples. We pay tribute to these grand structures and the significance to their congregants.
When the doors of the distinctive gothic revival style cathedral opened in 1932, members of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles must have marveled at its grandeur. The oldest continually operating Protestant church in Los Angeles, First Congregational was founded in 1867, and the
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cathedral on Commonwealth Avenue and Sixth Street is its fifth home. Located on land donated to the congregation by Carla Shatto, wife of one of Los Angeles’ early real estate developers, the church was modeled after the great cathedrals of England and France. The concrete reinforced building was
designed by Los Angeles architects James E. and David C. Allison and features many intricate fixtures including a 157-foot tower reminiscent of Oxford University’s Magdalen College, and a spacious sanctuary capped by a 76-foot ceiling. Decorative bronze doors lead to the sanctuary, and hand-carved oak inlays
grace the pulpit. Colorful stained-glass windows throughout the sanctuary allow ample natural light to shine through. First Congregational Church of Los Angeles boasts one of the world’s largest organs with more than 18,000 pipes – the Hildreth Memorial Organ. The church campus houses Pilgrim School, an independent private learning institution serving 400 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Senior minister and CEO Laura Vail Fregin called the building “magnificent,” and said the church’s beauty is timeless and stands as a testament to the dedication and skill of the architects and craftspeople who built the structure. “It was a miracle undertaking, especially during the Depression. I am constantly thinking about that as I am walking through there. I’m amazed that over 1,000 men worked on that building, [and] it gave work to a lot of people in Los Angeles in a very difficult time,” Fregin continues next page
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said. “And when you’re in the sanctuary, it’s absolutely beautiful. You can really hear that organ. The pillars … reflect the sound and you are definitely surrounded by that music, which is just amazing in that sanctuary.” Fregin said the church building has remained in its original state over the years, save for a few small renovations. “The sanctuary, the Shatto Chapel, our forecourt, the Mayflower courtyard, all the pieces that are part of that [past] are exactly as they were,” she said. “But the church itself has changed dramatically. It started out as a very intellectual church, very liberal in that era, and it changed during the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. But now, it has come full circle to where we once
The beauty of the building has not been lost on the film and television industry, which have made frequent use of the architecture as a backdrop. “Beverly Hills Cop 4” wrapped shooting at Immanuel in early September, and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The X Files,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have all shot scenes within its walls. But Schwiebert said that tourists most frequently ask about the music video for “Helena,” by the band My Chemical Romance, which was shot in the church’s sanctuary. “We had a couple that wanted to get married here because of that,” he said. The church is unique for the diversity of its congregation, which includes a large population from various countries
across Latin America, including Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador. “We do bilingual w o r s h i p , ” Schwiebert said. “For newcomers, it’s a bit of an adjustment. [Now], there’s lots of people that are like, ‘I want to learn a little bit of English’ or ‘I want to learn a little bit of Spanish,’ and they enjoy that. It’s definitely a unique crowd that enjoys [and] appreciates that.” Additionally, Immanuel works heavily in community outreach, operating a food pantry that serves 1,500 households a week. “We pulled out the pews again have a very progressive from one of our chapels and use church that is intellectuallybased. Science is so important to us. Scripture and beauty, culture and the arts all come together in this place.” Fregin said the church grew its membership around the world by livestreaming services, allowing parishioners who cannot worship in person to see and enjoy the historic space. First Congregational welcomes new members and keeps its doors open to everyone, she added. “We have worked hard to make the space sacred, not only in person, but online, and it is truly beautiful to see how that has been achieved,” Fregin said. “A lot of people don’t even know it’s here and once they find it, it’s miraculous because it’s just such a beautiful place.”
that as dry food storage. We were creative with the use of refrigeration, we bought a truck and we just started [distributing food],” Schwiebert said. Services are available in-person and online starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. For information, visit immanuelpres.org.
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uilt in the French Neo Gothic style, Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Koreatown was completed in 1929, housing a congregation that has existed since 1888. Designed by Chauncey Fitch Skilling, the building, replete with elaborate stained-glass windows and a formidable façade, is one of the cornerstones of Wilshire Boulevard. Rev. Andrew Schwiebert has been the transitional pastor for the church since 2017. “When anybody walks into the sanctuary, there’s an immediate stop, and [they] just kind of look up and [say], “Oh, wow,’” Schwiebert said. “That’s the immediate reaction of pretty much anybody that walks into the space. It’s just a really, really beautiful, gorgeous space.”
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urrounded by gardens blooming with colorful flowers, the architectural treasure Hollyhock House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sits high on a hilltop overlooking Hollywood. Visitors step inside the residence – the first Wright-commissioned home in Los Angeles – and become immersed in its intimate woodpaneled elegance. Hollyhock House reopened for self-guided tours in August after being closed for two years. Visitors walk through the approximately 6,000-square-foot house at a leisurely pace and take in the intricacies of each room. Docents answer questions and provide information about the house and its history. Located in the 36-acre Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollyhock House is the only property in Los Angeles on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. It received the designation in 2019 along with seven other structures throughout the United States considered to be unique examples of Wright’s architectural design. Hollyhock House is a National Historic Landmark and Los Angeles historic-cultural landmark, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Built from 1919-21, Hollyhock House was created for Pennsylvania oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. Designed to showcase the garden, the home features many windows, patios and terraces offering panoramic views of the city. The hollyhock, Barnsdall’s favorite flower, blooms on motifs throughout the interior and exterior, including on distinctive decorative finials around its perimeter. “We’re reopening with self-guided tours at this point, and those
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tours offer unprecedented access to the outdoor garden spaces, the recently restored south terrace garden, which is off the private wing of the house, and the serene patio. You can get a closer look at Hollyhock House’s iconic west façade,” Hollyhock House curator Abbey Chamberlain Brach said. “We’re excited with the new tour format that better highlights our garden spaces here at Wright’s selfdescribed garden house.” The Mayan Revival design for Hollyhock House heavily emphasizes nature. Wood paneling warms the rooms and much of the original wooden furniture has been meticulously recreated or restored. The centerpiece of the house is the monumental fireplace in the living room. Wright designed a bas-relief sculpture set among 17 cast concrete blocks above the fireplace, and surrounded it with a moat. “It’s the most show-stopping feature of Hollyhock House,” Brach said, adding that upgrades were made during the recent closure and a small bridge that crosses over the moat was restored. “The fireplace, typical in a Frank Lloyd Wright house, is the heart of the home,” said docent Margie Grady. “In this case, it was designed to represent the four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. And it has a moat, which is part of a whole house water feature.” Wood-paneled walls continue in the dining room and leaded glass windows offer views of the Hollywood Hills. A Wright-designed dining table and chairs feature the hollyhock motif. The library, or study, is a warm and spacious area with hardwood floors and bookcases, and a large picture window allowing ample
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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ 2022-2023 season is brimming with a robust and distinctive range of events, programs and performances from a variety of well-known artists and creators, including Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Bradley Bredeweg, Thelma Houston, Stephanie J. Block and Reza Aslan. “I am beyond excited that, once again, The Wallis is able to bring local, national, and international artists to the Beverly Hills community thanks, in large part, to the support of our audiences, board of directors and fantastic neighborhood partners, as well as the Beverly Hills City Council, led by Mayor Lili Bosse,” said Coy Middlebrook, associate artistic director of The Wallis. Among the world premieres is “Invincible: The Musical,” featuring the music of Benatar and Giraldo. The play reimagines William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and transports it to the 21st century with music from the Grammy-winning duo. The book is by Bredeweg, who created the television series “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble.” “Invincible” will run Nov. 22-Dec. 17. Another world premiere will be “Shanghai Sonatas,” a new musical in concert that will present from March 16-18, 2023. Produced by Xiang “Sean” Gao, the show aims to showcase how music builds bridges across cultures. “In addition to The Wallis producing and presenting many ex-
The Wallis ceptional locally-based artists this season, it will be the first time since 2019 that The Wallis will host acclaimed national artists, such as Ballet Hispánico, Alonso King Lines Ballet and The Mambo Kings, as well as an international production – Wise Children’s ‘Wuthering Heights,’ adapted and directed by Emma Rice,” Middlebrook said. “Wuthering Heights,” a Los Angeles premiere, will perform at The Wallis from Jan. 11-22, 2023. The West Coast premiere, meanwhile, of “My Lord, What a Night,” a drama about the real-life friendship between physicist Albert Einstein and Black contralto Marian Anderson, will hit The Wallis stage from May 20-June 11, 2023. “I am always so taken when I return by the sheer beauty of our campus and facilities. It inspires me to continue to work with our numerous community partners to celebrate the gift that is The Wallis. Whether it’s outside on our promenade terrace with Sunday Funday, our free monthly family programming, or inside in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, our crown jewel, or the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, our audiences have the opportunity to engage with performing arts in the most gorgeous and welcoming of settings,” Middlebrook said. For tickets and information, visit thewallis.org. B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M 7 1
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Sunday Funday: 10 a.m. each second Sunday of the month. Sept. 29: An evening with Anthony Doerr Oct. 1: “Motown: Celebrating the Music, the Magic, the Love”
Thelma Houston performs in “Motown” on Oct. 1.
Oct. 23: An evening with John Irving Oct. 27: “Falling Out of Time” by composer Osvaldo Golijov featuring the Silkroad Ensemble Nov. 1: An evening with Reza Aslan Nov. 3: Lillias White with host and pianist Seth Rudetsky Nov. 22-Dec. 17: “Invincible: The Musical” Jan. 11-22: Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights”
Oct 7-8: “Noche de Oro,” a 50th anniversary celebration with Ballet Hispanico
Jan 28: “Baroque Concerti,” presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Oct. 13: “Havana Nights” with The Mambo Kings and Camille Zamora
Feb. 17-18: Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles
Oct. 15: “Phoenix” with pianist Stewart Goodyear
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Oct. 21-22: Contemporary dance troop Bodytraffic
Feb 2-5: “Dahlak Brathwaite: Try/Step/Trip”
Feb. 23: Anthony McGill and the Pacifica Quartet March 3: “The Last Sorcerer (Le Dernier Sorcier),” presented by Sing for Hope
March 4: An Evening with Issac Mizrahi March 9: Cellist Seth Parker Woods
May 20: String quartet Miro Quartet with special guest composer Kevin Puts May 20-June 11: “My Lord, What a Night” May 25: “Bach: Goldberg Variations,” with pianist Jeffrey Kahane June 1: Jordan Bak, Geneva Lewis and Evern Ozel June 9-11: Alonzo King Lines Ballet, featuring Grammywinner Lisa Fischer
Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles performs on Feb. 17-18, 2023.
April 22-23: “Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie starring Indigo Blume” April 27: “Notes On Hope,” with opera star J’Nai Bridges and jazz musician Ulysses Owens, Jr.
Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus perform “The Last Sorcerer” on March 3, 2023.
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March 16-18: “Shanghai Sonatas: A New Musical in Concert”
May 12-13: Blue13 Dance Company, led by Achinta S. McDaniel
May 4: Stephanie J. Block with Seth Rudetsky, host and pianist. May 6: “Masterworks for String Orchestra,” presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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sources. Sokoloff said Hackman is working with the Los Angeles Conservancy to preserve the historic elements in plans for the expansion. The preservation plan involves removing fencing along the studio’s frontage on Beverly Boulevard so the historic elements can be seen from the street. Sokoloff said Hackman’s plan also seeks to lift up those in the surrounding community. The company launched the Changing Lenses initiative in 2020, providing training to prepare the next generation of employees for careers in television production. The initiative is specifically geared toward communities underrepresented in the industry. Partners have included the MBS Group, the largest studio-based equipment and production support company in North America, as well as Women in Media and its CAMERAderie Initiative. More than 250 participants have received hands-on training in set construction, lighting, cameras and film support, and Sokoloff said many have been hired by production companies. “It trains individuals in below the line production jobs to help position them for long term careers that pay family-sustaining wages in the creative arts fields,” Sokoloff said. “And for many folks, they may not be aware that these are jobs that they can pursue.” Hackman is also partnering with community-serving organizations, including the Fairfax Business Association and Melrose Busi-
Hancock Park Elementary School fourth-grade students learned about studio operations and special effects during a tour of Television City.
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ince 1952, the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue has been a place where some of America’s most memorable and beloved television shows have been produced. From “The Jack Benny Program” and “The Red Skelton Hour” to “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” “Alice,” “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Three’s Company,” the list of classics goes on and on. More recently, Television City has hosted popular programs like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” The enduring hit game show “The Price is Right” is taped at Television City,” as are “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” CBS owned and operated Television City for 66 years until selling the property to Hackman Capital Partners in 2018. Hackman, which owns production studios around the world, serves as the landlord, and CBS is now a tenant. The iconic property is now at a crossroads. Hackman is planning a major project to expand the studio to meet the ever-growing demands of modern productions. The expansion, known as the TVC 2050 Project, is presently going through the city planning process and if approved, will dramatically change the landscape. Zach Sokoloff, vice president of Hackman Capital Partners, said the goal is to preserve historic elements of the site while adding needed production and support space. Modern productions require larger sound stages with state-of-the-art equipment, and Hackman’s goal is to provide those options for companies that produce television programs. In turn, it will help the economy, giving people good-paying jobs in the entertainment industry, and keeping those jobs in Los Angeles, he said. “We want to make sure we have a path forward on providing soundstages and entertainment industry jobs that the city so badly needs,” Sokoloff said. “We understand the importance of providing a place for productions and providing opportunities for people. Having that certainty around what we can deliver is going to be critical to helping us work with prospective customers to ensure that they keep their productions here in Los Angeles and employ Angelenos.” The TVC 2050 Project will create approximately 1 million square feet of new sound stages and production support facilities at the site. Television City’s main building, glass façade and covered entrance were designated in 2018 as Los Angeles historic-cultural re-
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ness Improvement District, to make the surrounding neighborhood better. “We wanted to address these issues in a manner that felt authentic to who we were as a studio, and also in a manner that was not simply writing a check but could be integrated in an enduring manner into the way that we operate as a business,” Sokoloff said. “We work with organizations all across the community, whether it’s the Jewish Free Loan Association, which provides interestfree loans to small businesses, or the National Council of Jewish Women, which provides rental assistance to female-led households. We host the homeless count with the Mid Hackman Capital Partners produced an illustrative concept for the TVC 2050 project. City West Neighborhood Council-Los Ange(rendering courtesy of Hackman Capital Partners) les Homeless Coalition onsite. We’ve partnered with our neighborhood council to fund the Rosewood Gardens mural painting and community cleanup evision City’s operations, and Hackman will continue to look for events. We host food drives onsite with the Saban Community other opportunities to help in the community. The plan is to also Clinic, and host a holiday party where we distribute food and es- work with neighbors to mitigate concerns that have surfaced about sentials to families in need. We work with the Holocaust Museum, the size and scope of the TVC 2050 project. which themselves are going through an expansion plan, to uplift “We are going to continue to march forward in the process and educational opportunities and fight against the bigotry and hatred let it play out,” Sokoloff added. “We are thankful for all the support that we see on the rise.” the project has generated in the community and will work to make Sokoloff said those programs will continue as a mainstay of Tel- sure we are creating something that will benefit everyone.”
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Cinespia cemetery had fallen into bankruptcy. Cassity led the charge to use events as a way of making additional revenue. “They kind of forgot about [the lawn],” Cassity said. “And one of our concepts was that we needed to keep this as a town square. And so that involved, in the beginning, trying a lot of different things. Some of them survived as traditions like [the cemetery’s annual] Dia de los Muertos [celebration].” That event served as a tipoff to the community that Hollywood Forever “wanted them to come in,” Cassity added. “They hadn’t really been welcome before,” Cassity said. He added that prior to Cinespia’s involvement, there had been a couple of film screenings on the lawn. These were organized by Marvin Page, a longtime local film savant who is now interred at Hollywood Forever. “He was an old time Hollywood casting director,” Cassity explained. “He actually helped put together the first two screenings, which were for [Rudolph] Valentino. We started with silents.” Valentino, whose truncated film career ended in 1926 with his death at age 31, is another of the many movie personalities counted among the cemetery’s residents. Older classics still often make their way to the large, white wall where the films are projected at the cemetery. In June, Cinespia paid
tribute to the centennial of Judy Garland’s birth by showing “The Wizard of Oz” with Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft in attendance. Garland was moved to Hollywood Forever in 2017 after resting for several decades in New York. “One of our main goals [is] to just show the whole tapestry of film over the years, and hopefully, get someone excited about a director or actor from the past that was making great films that still resonate today, no matter who you are,” Wyatt said. “They just do, and it’s real. We live in a city that’s filled with creative people, people who are making films, people who are fans of films, and one of the things I love about what Cinespia has become, is that all of these people have a place to come together.”
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the feeling of enchantment as we took our seats, the lights dimmed, and the curtain rose. But mostly, I remember the delight of spilling out into the sun-soaked courtyard to be greeted by all the characters, dressed in elaborate costumes and fantastical make-up. The pageantry of the theater and the special feeling of seeing all the players up close remains a core memory. Founded in 1929, the Assistance League Theatre is one of the oldest continuously performing children’s theaters in the United States. While it typically hosts more than 12,000 children from the Los Angeles area annually, the pandemic forced the theater to close its curtains. However, the stage is set for a triumphant return on Oct. 30. The Assistance League Theatre will bring the house lights back up and reignite the magic with the Nine O’clock Player’s live production of “Cinderella: The True Story.” Based on the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella: The True Story” presents the kindhearted Cinderella who fights for a world where everyone – from tailors to kings – learns that bigger isn’t always better and that
to truly be rich we should share what we have. The musical production features singing, dancing, princes in disguise, and a fairy godmother who doesn’t always get things right. “We are thrilled to continue our 90+ year tradition of bringing extraordinary children’s theater to Southern California’s students and their families, teachers, and caregivers,” said producer Rachel Wecht. “Cinderella: The True Story” opens on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., with additional matinee performances on Nov. 13, 20 and 27. Ticket prices are $15 with special group rates and birthday party rates available. The Assistance League Theatre is located at 1367 N. St Andrews Pl, Los Angeles. Reflecting on watching the Nine O’Clock Players over 20 years ago still sparks the same child-like joy and wonder. I am delighted that the theater will raise its curtain once again, introducing a whole new generation of children to the magic of theater. The stage is set for many more memories to be made and, perhaps, an enchanted tea party, or two.
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A lesson in civility
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How an L.A. nonprofit helps students across the country become better citizens Jasmin Espinoza had never taken public transportation until the summer before her senior year of high school, when she began her internship at the Cayton Children’s Museum (then the Zimmer Children’s Museum). A first generation college-bound student, her parents could not drive her to and from the museum, and she was nervous to navigate Los Angeles’ public transit alone. The experience pushed her out of her comfort zone, but through her internship, where she led children’s activities and assisted with museum operations, Espinoza gained a sense of self she has carried with her in the nine years since. continues on page 72
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“As a student, you don’t see yourself working at that age … so it kind of gives you a sense of responsibility,” she said. “I have to be up at a certain time, I have to leave at a certain time, I need to make lunch for myself. … You have to be more professional,” she said. Espinoza is now the office manager of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the organization through which she secured her internship years ago. Headquartered off Sixth Street in Koreatown, the CRF runs a myriad of other programs to help students become active participants in democracy and prepare for a professional life. Through civics instruction, mock trials, research projects and many other offerings, the CRF teaches students how the justice system works and educates them about their constitutional rights. It helps them find internships, write college admissions essays and advocate for public policy. But besides these tangible benefits, both Espinoza and CRF president Amanda Susskind agree that students gain something deeper. Susskind said it is important to empower students. A popular program is one in which teens take civic action to combat an issue they care about. “The number one lesson is … you are an expert in the community. Your voice matters,” she tells students. Founded in L.A. 60 years ago, CRF now has a national reach. The organization instructs teachers on how to implement its civics
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As president of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Amanda Susskind sees the organization as an integral tool in the fight against extremism and political division.
Through its programs and civics curriculums, CRF “is giving them a sense of belonging in this country,” Susskind said. She added that all interested teachers are encouraged to visit the website for more information about how to get involved.
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“And now I have these … lists of connections with law professionals that I would have never had if I didn’t speak to them. And as a junior in high school who is an aspiring lawyer, that’s a very valuable thing to have,” Rahman said. Espinoza similarly became more outspoken during her internship in 2013, a transformation she witnessed in other students when she returned to work for CRF six years later. “That was pretty interesting, to actually see the students going through the same things that I did,” Espinoza said. “To see them change, it’s really inspiring.” Susskind joined the CRF in the midst of the pandemic, following 18 years as the Los Angeles regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. With the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, she started paying close attention to an increase in political polarization, and she views her work at CRF as a way to undo polarization and fend off the extremism it breeds. Susskind believes the strongest human instinct is the need to belong, and many people join extremist groups just to satisfy this need. Reflecting on her upbringing as the child of immigrants, Susskind said that while many people from similar backgrounds are grateful for the opportunities they have in this country, they don’t know how to participate, and don’t feel entirely at home. By becoming informed citizens, students gain an agency that makes them more active participants in democracy and more likely to reject extremist beliefs, she said.
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David Davis pours a lifetime of learning and prayer into renovations of Beverly Hills church BY JOEY WALDINGER
Architecture runs in David Davis’ blood. Born to an architect father and raised in a French-style townhouse, Davis moved from Boston to Los Angeles in 1987 to pursue an architecture career of his own. Shortly after, while driving down Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, All Saints’ Episcopal Church caught his eye. “The building itself drew me in,” he said.
David Davis, who has led some of the major renovations at All Saints’ Church in Beverly Hills after joining the church in the late 1980s, is most proud of his painting above the main altar.
In the more than three-decades since, Davis has been an active congregant and a major player in its ongoing renovations, using his artist’s background to amplify the sense of wonder he feels when working and praying within its halls. Since the original chapel was constructed in 1925, the church has grown into a small but dense compound nestled on a quiet corner adjacent to Santa Monica Boulevard, a refuge of prayer just steps from the sparkle
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Sitting in a pew in the main chapel, built after World War II, he spoke about the building’s echo and other sonic effects creating a sense of quiet. He reflected on one of the most important lessons taught to him by Marilyn McCord Adams, a former priest at All Saints’ who became the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and had an indelible impact on his life. “Spiritual life … all of that comes down to one word,” Davis said. “Quiet. Being quiet before God.”
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the larger denomination. The church has been progressive since the beginning. The stained-glass windows on either side of the sanctuary showcase 24 Biblical characters, 12 women and 12 men. “That made [us] very progressive [in the 1920s],” Jones said. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the sanctuary, however, is the large pipe organ, which encompasses the entire building. “It’s not just a pipe organ. There is air blown from the basement to all four corners of the building because the building has wood and pipes and bells and all sorts of things all over. The entire building is actually the organ,” Jones said. Sunday services start at 11 a.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church. For information, visit hollywoodumc.org. & & ( $&%+ ( *
A building designer, Davis enjoys a wider breadth of work than are afforded to licensed architects. He is also a trained fine artist, and he approaches his work with an artist’s detailed discernment. He has designed iron crosses for the church, and has affixed the chandeliers in the main chapel so that they shine dappled light on the steps leading up to the altar, replicating the feel of being outdoors. But his proudest work, he said, is his painting above the main chapel’s altar, a project that he said was epiphanic. “It was this … intuition, and feelings through my whole person, that I was doing something core to who I was as a person. That I’m not doing something extraneous,” Davis said. For three months, he concentrated only on the painting, working atop a high scaffolding to which he was not attached. While he worked, people prayed at the scaffolding’s base, he said. With such an intimate connection to the church, it is hardly a surprise that he can speak about its design and construction in granular detail. During a recent tour of the building, Davis pointed out the different types of columns supporting the main chapel, which draw from Romanesque influences and allow light to flood the room. He highlighted details in the stained glass windows etched high into the building, and the layers of concrete poured into the original chapel.
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live football, baseball and also football – the word “soccer” dissolves at the door. With the eclectic Brit-rock jive, 24 taps – even Fuller’s English beer – and ranking in the top four burgers in L.A., according to The Infatuation, it’s no wonder why the Market Tavern has been an L.A. favorite for football fans, especially the L.A. Hammers. “We’ve invited the Los Angeles West Ham supporters and they’ve adopted us as their homebase,” said Twinn. Market Tavern opens early on days when West Ham United plays outside of their usual business hours. This tradition of gathering with friends for a beer and a cause not only is the leading spirit of the Market Tavern, but also for Twinn’s performing band, The Long Shadows. Much like the simple origin of Supernaut, The Long Shadows started in the extended patio area as a means to lift spirits and provide a returning sense of normalcy as easing of COVID-19 restrictions took place – lead drummer at the time, Clem Burke, the exuberant drummer for Blondie, resorted to banging on tables for percussive elements. But as sporadic and intermittently the Market Tavern reopened, so in the same vein grew the band into the fullfledged musical brigade that we know and love today. With Mick Cripps and Luke Bossendorfer on guitars, Gaz Ivin on bass and Charlie Nice, subbing for Burke, on the drums, the band members united represent a revival not only of rock, but of the Farmers Market community on the whole. The Long Shadows play the patio on Fridays at 9 p.m. and are planning to release originals “I Know, I Know, I Know” and “Cross the Line” within the coming months. Between the headbanging enthusiasm shared between performers and wait-staff, as well as the faithful Friday night patrons grooving on the dance floor and others toasting and enjoying the menu’s piece 8 6 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
de resistance, fish ‘n chips, life is pretty spectacular when shared at the Market Tavern. While performing his set with The Long Shadows, Twinn introduced his next song realizing neither he, nor the Market Tavern, quite resonated with its title: “‘Where Have the Good Times Gone?’… Well personally, things have never been better.” Market Tavern is located at the corner of Third and Fairfax at the Original Farmers Market. Vincent Twinn serves up English breakfast sandwiches with a smile.
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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shared a memorable scene in “La La Land.”
LACMA’s fall slate of exhibitions will present an array of works from across the globe with focused themes and original points of view. In addition, gems from the museum’s permanent collection remain on view, including works by Picasso and Judy Chicago in the Frank Gehry-redesigned Modern Art galleries, and signature monumental pieces like Richard Serra’s “Band,” Mark Bradford’s “150 Portrait Tone,” and Chris Burden’s “Urban Light.” As LACMA makes headway on its new building, pouring foundations and installing rebar, the museum continues to install exciting new exhibitions and present the permanent collection with flair.
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2016’s “La La Land,” utilized the observatory in a climactic scene to capture the magic of the city of stars, and the lead character’s stratospheric rise in love as they struggle toward stardom. The memorable score romantically swells as Gosling and Stone waltz through the planetarium, rising weightlessly toward the top of the dome. The Griffith Observatory has also been a mainstay on television, playing roles in classic shows such as “Mission Impossible,” “Melrose Place,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” More recently, the observatory provided a stunning sunset backdrop for Adele’s televised CBS concert special, “Adele One Night Only,” where she belted her hits framed by the iconic triptych of domes. The relationship between Hollywood and Griffith Observatory extends beyond its walls and vistas. Many employees have worked in the film industry, with several Griffith Observatory astronomers serving as scientific consultants to filmmakers. In May, the institution premiered a motion picture of its own, “Signs of Life,” the first production to be created exclusively for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium in more than a decade. With daily showtimes, “Signs of Life” tells a cosmic detective story that allows audiences to uncover forces that created life in the universe. It launches audiences into space on a trip to Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, on the way to an exploration of the Milky Way. Krupp said it illustrates how the observatory has taken a few cues from Hollywood in telling the stories of the universe. “Griffith Observatory has been in so many motion pictures, but there’s a deeper relationship that goes back very early,” Krupp said. “It has to do with the observatory learning from Hollywood, and then also Hollywood learning things astronomical. This is particularly important in terms of the new planetarium show ‘Signs of Life,’ where we created our own production studio and hired absolute masters of digital animation craft because we’re in the middle of Hollywood.” The observatory remains an accessible public gateway to the stars for millions of visitors each year. Whether viewing the skies through free public telescopes, learning about astronomy in its exhibits or participating in an interactive program on space travel, visitors to the Griffith Observatory continue to be enchanted by the stellar place where celestial bodies and celluloid dreams come together.
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Happy Halloweenie Hollywood couple are Halloween ‘Angels’ red and Jason Arnes went on their first date on January 15, 2005. Six months later, they closed on a craftsman home located near the Hollywood sign. Renovations were necessary, and it took a full nine months before the couple could move into the house. Even then, they were not yet able to afford the finishing touches, so the space was littered with raw materials. But that didn’t stop them from throwing their first Halloween party in October 2006. “It was actually the perfect place to just throw a crazy haunted house kind of party. It was all drywall and fill paint,” Jason said. “We literally painted neon colors all over the walls, [we] had black lights, and it was wild.” They were both relatively new to the city, Jason having moved from his native Hailfax, Nova Scotia, and Fred hailing from Riverside. Their mutual love of Halloween is part of what bonded the pair, having thrown seasonal bashes in Fred and Jason Arnes their hometowns. dressed as angels for “[Jason] and his coworkers were all bartenders and stuthe 2021 Halloweenie, the first to partner with dents at the local university. [They] would get together and Project Angel Food. celebrate Halloween. And in much of the same effect, I did the same in Riverside. I [went to] college and grad school there. And my circle of friends, we all love Halloween, and every year we would get together and throw a party and decorate the house. Each year was a different theme,” Fred said. The two exchanged notes, and after enjoying their first spooky season together in 2005, decided it was time to throw their collected $3,000. Having recently helped launch the Young Profesown party. They fashioned handmade invitations and presented sionals Council at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the couple wrote them to friends they had made at the gym, with an emphasis on a check for $3,000 to the YPC. In the following years, the party, christened Halloweenie, became gathering fellow gay men. “So many gay men have spent their lives pretending to be some- an official, partnered fundraiser for the center. By the third time one they’re not,” party attendee Adam Arsenault said. “Halloween around, the party was bringing in $20,000-30,000, but the size of the crowd was taxing the couple’s home. gives us the chance to be whoever we want to be.” “We both looked at each other [and thought], ‘We have to find a As the word got out, the venue,’” Jason said. “We can’t do it here.” The fourth year went to the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. anticipated att e n d a n c e Subsequent years would be hosted at places like the California Scibegan to ence Center and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. By this point, the s n o w b a l l . party had become a global phenomenon. “We have people coming in from Canada, we have people comWith a large headcount ing in from New Zealand,” Fred said. “We [were] seeing these ree x p e c t e d , ports of tickets being purchased in these weird places.” Attendance has climbed to as high as 3,000, although with they decided to COVID precautions, the 2021 party maxed out at 1,500. This time A group Halloweenie attendees in 2021 dressed as camp members from the 1989 cult classic charge $15 around, Halloweenie ticket sales will be limited to a similar number. “Troop Beverly Hills.” After benefitting the center’s Young Professionals Council for at the door and
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Never walk away hungry at H&H Steakhouse H&H Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown L.A. offers grass-fed meats and organic produce picked from the best farms around the world. Bartenders shake a number of classic cocktails including Brazilian caipirinhas. The H&H signature Empress Gin and tonic is served in a classic balloon glass and adorned with fresh flowers. Start at the hot and cold salad bar for warm stroganoff, feijoada, rice, collard greens, sugar coated bacon and the soup of the day. Cold organic vegetables include extra-large and long asparagus stalks, delicious hearts of palm and a variety of colorful salads. Back at the table, turn the circular medallion to the green side to alert the steady procession of gauchos to visit you. They slice cuts of perfectly cooked beef, pork, chicken and lamb right before your eyes. Try the marinated chicken and bacon wrapped chicken kebabs. For a sweeter skewer, the grilled pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon is delicious. In April, H&H Steakhouse opened at the Beverly Center. $$-$$$. 518 W. Seventh St., (213)266-8103 and 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 113, (424)284-7733.
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of Art, where she has become one of few women to hold the chief operating officer position at a top art museum in the country. “As a woman, a Latina and an immigrant, I bring a diversity and richness of experiences that allow me to understand our employees, our audience and community from different points of view,” Vesga said. “This is even more critical in today’s environment.” Vesga was the first in her family to leave not only her home country, but also the family home before marriage. “I am a trailblazer and didn’t even realize I was when I was doing it and coming to study in the U.S.,” she said. Prior to joining the museum in 2014, Vesga worked in finance, holding positions as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and a senior executive role in private equity at Univision.
Diana Vesga, CFO Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA provided Vesga the opportunity to combine her professional background with her longtime passion for the arts, which has been engrained in her since childhood. “I grew up in a family of artists and art leaders. My mother was the CEO of Bogota’s Philharmonic and a cultural leader in Colombia, [and she] was also the founder and conductor of a prominent chamber choir. My dad, a tenor, sang at the opera, and my brother [was] an actor,” Vesga said. LACMA has experienced a tremendous period of growth since Vesga joined, and her role has put her at the center of the company’s expansion. “I am very proud of our new building project and how it is changing the paradigm for museums by presenting artworks from all cultures on one single level without the hierarchical display of cultures that is the norm in vertical museums,” she said. It embodies equity, diversity and, with its
entire perimeter in glass, it embodies transparency and accessibility, she said. Vesga believes that cultural institutions allow women a chance to use skills and talents to achieve a civic vision. “The impact of what you do is huge. You can see it in the community. You don’t need to have an art history background or specific studies in cultural administration. You can leverage your background in many fields to contribute to the cultural field,” Vesga said. But no matter how difficult the tasks may get at LACMA, she always keeps her family front and center. “My schedule shifts frequently depending on [the]changing priorities of each day. I start early and work late, but always make time to drop off my teenage son at school each morning, to have dinner with my family and put my little one to bed each night. Then I can go back to finishing what needs to be done,” Vesga said.
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Hollywood Bowl Every week, the Beverly Press and Park Labrea News highlight interesting articles, photographs and advertisements that have appeared in the newspapers over the years in the “Vintage” section. We have selected a few gems here, illustrating the dynamic people and places in the community.
Actress Patricia Morison was shown in the Feb. 21, 1980, issue of the Park Labrea News when she headlined a tribute to Cole Porter. Morison, a longtime Park La Brea resident, was famous for film roles during the 1940s and 1950s and was also an accomplished stage actress, perhaps best known for appearing in “Kiss Me, Kate,” a Broadway production with music by Porter that debuted in 1948. Morison later starred in productions of “The King and I,” “Kismet” and “The Merry Widow.” She died on May 20, 2018, at the age of 103.
On March 27, 1921, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed its first concert, an Easter sunrise service, at the Hollywood Bowl. This photograph depicts the Bowl on March 12, 1959, when Easter sunrise services were held with thousands in attendance. Now, 100 years later, the orchestra continues to call the venue its summer home.
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and have a conversation with his wife and not talk about [his illness] and not address it and … be able to have basically the conversation you would have if you went to a normal hair salon, [brought joy into the room].” Baze remembered one patient in particular who touched her. “There was a little girl that was sick, and she didn’t have any hair. So, she couldn’t really have anything done in that respect. But they do like these little glitter tattoos … to make the kids feel good. And that little girl had the biggest smile on her face,” Baze said. “I [had seen] her the entire day and she just looked sad. I [could] tell she wasn’t feeling good. And just that little interaction, I could tell it made her day.” To volunteer or learn more, visit beautybus.org. 9 2 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
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Frank Lloyd Wright at Barndall Park Gay rights milestone
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, center, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for an art gallery he designed in Hollywood’s Barnsdall Park, in this photograph from May 13, 1954. Wright’s grandson Eric Wright, left, and the project’s contractor Morris Pynoos, a Park La Brea resident, joined the architect. The gallery and Hollyhock House, a historic residence designed by Wright, are open for public tours.
Genora Dancel, left, and Ninia Baehr appeared before the West Hollywood City Council, which passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage, becoming the first city in the United States to do so, documented in this photograph from June 29, 1995. In 1991, Dancel and Baehr were among three couples who filed a lawsuit against the state of Hawaii and later won the case, widely considered the first in the nation granting same-sex couples the right to marry.
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Former First Lady Michell Obama appeared at a campaign event at the Ebell of Los Angeles for her husband, President Barack Obama, in this photograph from Oct. 28, 2010.
VOTE FOR JFK! John F. Kennedy appeared in campaign ad in the Then-Sen. Barack Obama appeared at a rally at the Rancho La Oct. 27, 1960, issue. Kennedy accepted the Cienega Sports Complex on Feb. 20, 2007, during his successful Democratic Party’s nomination for president that campaign for United States president. year at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
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Braille Institute honors Melissa Sue Anderson
Actress Melissa Sue Anderson, left, received an award from the Braille Institute for raising awareness about sight impairment in this photograph from May 15, 1980. Anderson portrayed Mary Ingalls, who was blind, on the television show “Little House on the Prairie,” which ran from 1974-81. She received the award from Mrs. William F. Cannon, a Park La Brea resident and longtime supporter of the Braille Institute.
CBS Television City makes its debut
CBS Television City made its debut in the April 23, 1953 issue, shortly after opening at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
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