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Larchmont Chronicle

vol. 54, no. 5

• delivered to 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • Miracle Mile • Park La Brea • Larchmont •

MAY 2017

Quigg entities' bankruptcy homes for sale

IN THIS ISSUE

Hancock Park, Windsor Square By John Welborne Four local properties are now available to purchase as part of DESIGN FOR LIVING Sec. 2, p. 11-20

CLEANED EXTERIOR and new roof showcase the monumental statuary, mosaic artwork and artistic features originally part of the former Scottish Rite Temple on Wilshire Blvd.

Scottish Rite building to reopen this month as 'Marciano Art Foundation' EVERYONE WINS on Big Sunday.

Private museum will be open to the public with advance reservations 7

CAMPS & SCHOOLS, special section. 13-22

By John Welborne Work is complete on the interiors of the adaptive reuse of the 1962 Scottish Rite Temple building in Windsor Square, and art is beginning to adorn the walls.

Soon to reopen as the Marciano Art Foundation, the building will showcase works from the contemporary art collection of brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano. The works to be shown will be by well-

Windsor Square Association seeks to protect area trees Plan sought for future generations' enjoyment

OUTSIDE the box, and over the brook. Sec. 2, p. 15 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

By Billy Taylor In the first week of March, Councilman David E. Ryu’s office contacted the president of the Windsor Square Association (WSA), Larry Guzin, regarding a request to remove a ficus tree at 639 N. Larchmont Blvd. Guzin and the WSA have been working with local stakeholders and the council office on Larchmont tree issues since January. In an email to Guzin, senior field deputy Nikki Ezhari explained to Guzin that the property in question was outside of the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District (BID) and that the business making the request (Café Gratitude) “is being held up waiting for us to get back to them so they can move forward with the removal of the tree. It is causing substantial damage to their business.” In response, Guzin urged the Councilman’s office to “please be patient” until he could consult with others. See Trees, p 29

established, mid-career and emerging artists, predominately from the 1990s to the present. Maurice and Paul and their two other brothers moved to Los Angeles in 1981 from the south of France. The four founded a small denim company that grew to become large and famous as GUESS?. The story of Maurice and Paul becoming involved with contemporary art and collecting is told on the website of their Foundation: marcianoartfoundation.org. See Marciano Art, p 3

Salute to grads!

FICUS in front of Café Gratitude, likely to be saved.

Our annual section honors local graduates in the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Advertising deadline is Mon., May 15. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241, ext. 11.

TYPICAL SIGN on local residential properties under redevelopment by Quigg Builders Inc. and related entities.

the fallout from a major “redevelop and flip” real estate enterprise that went into bankruptcy at the end of 2016. Two other local properties were released from the bankruptcy. A total of six Hancock Park See Quigg, Sec., 2, p 4

Candidates in runoff for 34th seat Ahn, Gomez to face off in Congressional race By Billy Taylor Two Democratic Party candidates are competing in a June 6 runoff election for the 34th Congressional District seat. Attorney Robert Lee Ahn will go up against state assemblyman Jimmy Gomez to fill the seat vacated by Xavier Becerra, who was named California’s attorney general by Gov. Jerry Brown in Dec. 2016. The two men were the top See Election, p 30

At Chevalier's Books: Jo Haldeman returns to Larchmont

CHEVALIER’S BOOKS had a big audience for reading and signing of former neighbor Jo Haldeman’s book on the decade encompassing her White House and subsequent years.

By John Welborne Returning to a neighborhood where she lived and worked, Joanne (Jo) Horton Haldeman captivated a large crowd at Chevalier’s Books at the end of last month, just days after the publication of her book, “In the Shadow of See Chevalier's, p 6

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Community Comment By John Welborne Does Vision Zero = Traffic Congestion = Zero Vision? In coming months, it’s likely that local residents (and voters) will start to focus on a circa-1997 Swedish traffic management “movement” (pun intended) that is being promoted by city officials and others here in Los Angeles. That movement, “Vision Zero,” is based on the notion that humans must be “protected at every turn.” It seeks to achieve a roadway system with zero fatalities or serious injuries to anyone. Mayor Eric Garcetti, in his State of the City speech last month, spoke about fixing the city’s worst streets, and he said his “budget will increase funding for Vision Zero from $3 million to nearly $17 million.” Slowing traffic and increasing congestion seem to be the techniques to move toward Vision Zero. The question is whether doing that is possible in the Los Angeles region of 13 million residents (more than the entire population of Sweden in 2013) or even desirable to the millions of those residents who commute to work by car and/or drive cars elsewhere, such as to the grocery store or to take children to and from school (both of which are pretty hard to do on a bicycle). “Vision Zero” in Los Angeles likely will be a subject of public debate in the months and years to come.

May 2017

Calendar Mon., May 1 – Big Sunday launches Month of Sundays. bigsunday.org. Tues., May 9 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association semi-annual meeting, Van Ness Elementary School auditorium, 501 N. Van Ness Ave., Tues., May 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Wed., May 10 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., May 14 – Mother’s Day. Mon., May 29 – Memorial Day. Thurs., June 1 – Delivery of the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

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John Burroughs Middle School has been identified by the LAUSD as one of eleven schools that will be comprehensively modernized. This modernization includes upgrading buildings and grounds, seismic retrofitting and constructing new buildings to accommodate increasing school populations. Historic buildings will be maintained while major changes, including a possible three story classroom/ cafeteria, are planned. The preliminary design concepts are being presented to the involved parties, including the Association’s Schools Committee and neighboring residents. Schools Co-Chair Joanne Medeiros has been tireless in reaching out to the community and expressing our concerns to LAUSD. If you have questions or want to be included in the process, send us an email from our website; now is the time to express any design or safety concerns you may have. Hollywood Beautification and the Association recently planted new trees on Las Palmas and McCadden in the spots where the city removed trees last fall. These trees need care and attention from homeowners, so please water the trees regularly and, if there’s an alligator bag on the tree, fill it with water twice a week. If you have questions please contact the Association. We welcome our new Council Office field deputy, Catherine Landers. We thank our previous deputy, Nikki Ezhari, for her support and hope to continue the beneficial and constructive working relationship our community has with the Council Office. And, please remember, if you have a security system, turn on your alarm. If you leave your house be sure it is locked and secured; even if you’re only running a short errand. Be aware of any suspicious activity and call 911 if you think there may be a problem. If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, be sure and file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email, 31646@lapd.lacity.org with all the information, including your name and telephone number. You can pay your dues on the Association’s website at: http://www. hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/ ! Those homeowners who have paid their dues by June 1st are eligible to vote in the Association’s elections and run for office. The HPOZ Preservation Plan (preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/ hancock-park) regulates our HPOZ. Contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (kimberly.henry@lacity.org) and use the online form (preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist) if you plan on making changes to the exterior of your house. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System (anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007) and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

I seriously object to the review by Tony Medley in the April paper.  Mr. Medley  justifies his dislike of James Baldwin by repeating the disregard expressed, at the time, by some Black leaders  for  him because he was gay. Men like Ralph Ellison were not perfect.  Their views on homosexuality were a bad idea then or now and repeating them does not constitute a reason to attack Baldwin. Further, Medley says  Baldwin revised “history to fit his narrow concepts of how he would like people to view the world.”  My professional life was spent teaching U.S. History and Institutions and I did not notice any revisions of history. If such existed, I would like to know what they were. Mr. Medley can certainly dislike the film

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Letters to the Editor

Revising history?

John Burroughs Middle School – Rebuilding Plans

and James Baldwin’s writing and his ideas as much as I appreciate his work but I feel that the particular arguments he made were hostile and inaccurate.  Baldwin wrote and spoke  in a gifted prose.  He said  that  the “Nigger,” not the Black man,   was a  White creation through popular culture, law and violence.  The documentary recreates Baldwin in the context of his time and, in  my view, is well worth seeing.  Sheila McCoy, professor emerita, Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Calling kettle black? Tony Medley’s offensive and misguided review, “I Am Not Your Negro,” the documentary about James Baldwin, should for once and for all have the Larchmont Chronicle consider the wisdom of having Medley as its film “critic.” Medley quotes Dr. Martin Luther King, in referring to Baldwin, completely out of context while also labelling this brilliant film as being “racist and dishonest.” Are you not calling the kettle black, Mr. Medley? James Baldwin’s legacy is in his focus on the incredible racism in this country then and now; it was a profound achievement. Baldwin was also a gay man, quite closeted in his lifetime because it was not safe to be otherwise due to the era’s prevailing social ignorance and prejudice. Why bother even mentioning Ralph Ellison’s comment about Baldwin “going homo,” (Please turn to page 28) Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

“Oh, gosh, we always want to remodel! But spring cleaning? YES! We have a back room that we need to get to. It’s a bit of a mess.” Kari and James Gips Windsor Square

“I have lots of spring cleaning to do. Going through closets and getting rid of clutter and making more space in general. I already pruned the trees and cleaned up the backyard, so at least that is done!” Monica Lawson Larchmont

“YES! I have lots of spring cleaning to do. I need to clean out the kitchen, especially. That’s the one area I try to stay away from. That … and the playroom!” Stacey Sageth Larchmont

“I’m going to recapture my guest house and turn it into the studio it once was! No more storage space!” Debra Stein Brookside


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(Continued from page 1) Information about public visits to the new, private museum will be found on the website as well. Building renovation The Foundation purchased the historic Scottish Rite building, long a source of neighborhood controversy because of its misuse by previous occupants, in 2013. Three years of construction have focused on creating state-of-the-art exhibition space under the direction of architect Kulapat Yantrasat of wHY Architects. At the same time, wHY and the Foundation have preserved most of the historic building’s monumental exterior, including many features, inside and out, originally created circa 1960-62 by noted California artist Millard Sheets. The Foundation’s first public access will be on Thurs., May 25, when guests with advance reservations may visit. Visitation is limited due to the restrictions of the Park

VAST SPACE of the former auditorium, with the outline of the former balcony visible on the wall, is ideal for displaying large-scale works of art.

Mile Specific Plan, and only visitors with advance online reservations will be allowed to enter the building. Public visitation will be Thurs. to Sun., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no charge to visit, and ticket reservations will be available on the website starting May 1.

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ST. JAMES' is taking fun 18 up a notch. COUNCIL REPORT 6 POLICE BEAT 8 CAMPS & SCHOOLS 13 ENTERTAINMENT On the Menu 24 27 Theater Review At the Movies 28 AROUND THE TOWN 11 BRIDGE MATTERS 26 LIBRARIEs 30 MUSEUM ROW 31

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News of the Boulevard

Jeni’s scoops, M·A·C to open, progress at Flywheel, Mizrahi at 227 N.

Get the scoop at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which opened last month in Larchmont Village at 123 N. Larchmont Blvd. Coca curry coco and genmaicha & marshmallows (toasted rice green tea with vanilla bean marshmallows) are on the spring menu. They sound exotic, but after one bite are very familiar, said a shop spokesman. Look for the regional summer collection — wheatgrass, pear & vinho verde sorbet —

debuting in early June. Jeni Britton Bauer’s two decades of ice cream experience and using whole ingredients, such as dairy from grass-pastured cows, have, well … taste for yourself. Regular flavors include queen city cayenne — made with fair trade cocoa, Vietnamese cinnamon and cayenne to give it a kick — gooey butter cake, Bangkok peanut ice cream and orange blossom buttermilk frozen yogurt. M·A·C Cosmetics is applying

its range of lipsticks to powders and brushes at its newest location, 216 N. Larchmont Blvd., opening Fri., May 12. The make-up store will feature a full array of new products, summer-ready collec-

tions and must-have favorites, says James Tuffin, director of M·A·C global communications. A signature color wall in the space will act as the backdrop with an array of colored lights

and reflections. The brand’s product selection, over 2,000 SKUs (stock keeping units), as well as seasonal collections and collaborations, will line (Please turn to page 5)

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FLYWHEEL BEFORE included chain link construction fencing for nearly four years. JENI BRITTON BAUER, the store's founder, came from Columbus, Ohio for its opening and welcomed Avery Jenkins, 3, from Central Hollywood, just north of Larchmont Village.

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St. Brendan School wants your blood American Red Cross and St. Brendan School, 238 S. Manhattan Pl., are conducting a blood drive Tues., May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parish center. According to Jackie Kruse, drive coordinator, one person’s blood donation could help save up to three lives. If you have any questions, call 323-788-7199.

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court hearing April 27 after the Chronicle went to press. Court Commissioner Elizabeth Harris had set a sentencing hearing to review a plea deal made in mid-2016 with the late Albert Mizrahi. Criminal defense attorney Richard Hirsch has said that the co-defendants, Larchmont Village Partners, LLC, are without a chief officer since

Mizrahi’s death in August. Mizrahi opened the eatery as a take-out in 2009 with tables and chairs, which are not allowed under city zoning laws, and which he specifically had acknowledged in a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury. As a result, the city revoked his required certificate of occupancy.

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(Continued from page 4) the shelves. Consumers can apply products at test sites, and the company’s signature makeup applications and demos will be offered at one of the makeup stations. M∙A∙C (Make-up Art Cosmetics) was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. M∙A∙C is sold in 120 countries/territories worldwide. It took nearly four years, but passers-by now have a sense that Flywheel has settled in at its 147 N. Larchmont Blvd. location. That’s because a chain link construction fence adjacent to, and sometimes across, the parking lot of the popular indoor cycling studio has been removed at last. The fencing, there since the facility’s opening in 2013, has been replaced by low planter edging, new plants and two signs. “Parking for Flywheel Sports guests only” makes the point and makes for a more tasteful Larchmont as well, according to a spokesman for the Windsor Square Association. Further up the street, the former Prudential Real Estate building at 227 N. Larchmont Blvd., purchased by the Mizrahi family in 2009, remains vacant. However, interior remodeling work has been underway to subdivide the building into two tenant spaces. Intrusive scaffolding and construction netting that extended onto the sidewalk has been removed, leaving the temporary walls of unfinished plywood and 2x4s. According to a local real estate source, the Mizrahis do not yet have tenants for the two spaces. Another Mizrahi property — the Larchmont Bungalow at 107 N. Larchmont — headed back to another criminal

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Access to legal counsel, sidewalk repair funds available The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Access to Counsel Act, introduced in Washington, D.C. by Kamala Harris. The Act would ensure that individuals being held or detained at a port of entry or at any detention facility would be guaranteed access to legal counsel. Access to legal counsel is a fundamental right and I couldn’t be more proud to stand with leaders in Los Angeles in support of that right. • • • The Council unanimously

approved (12-0) a $1.5 million sustainable sidewalk repair pilot program recently. The program is anticipated to be rolled out at select city facilities this summer. The goal of the program is to begin incorporating alternative, environmentally sustainable products in the city’s long-term effort to repair and maintain our broken sidewalks. The program will assess the installation and lifecycle costs, maintenance requirements, and the durability of the materials used — including porous and perme-

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the White House.” The book is a memoir of the Washington and Watergate years (between 1968 and 1978) that she experienced with her husband, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman. Bob Haldeman served as White House Chief of Staff to President Richard M Nixon. The Haldeman family lived in Hancock Park for many years (on Muirfield Road before leaving for Washington and on McCadden Place after their return — a total of 17 years in the neighborhood). Because of that and because Mrs. Haldeman worked for some of those later years as a real estate salesperson at Coldwell Banker on the Boulevard, many former neighbors, colleagues and longtime friends showed up for the book reading and signing. She was accompanied by her two daughters, Susan and Ann, who grew up in the neighborhood. As Mrs. Haldeman said in her

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LONGTIME FRIEND of the family, Betsy Anderson, had author Jo Haldeman sign the new book at Chevalier’s.

talk, it was the idea of sharing an extraordinary experience with her six grandchildren that stimulated her to write the book. She had encouragement from many quarters, and she had background information from weekly letters that she wrote from Washington to family members in California, which had been saved by her mother and mother-in-law. She also had as a source a detailed journal she kept during the 55-day trial of her husband, Bob, plus notes from the 18 months when he was in the federal prison camp in Lompoc, 150 miles north of Los Angeles. The book, which is a very personal recollection and includes many informal photographs taken by and of Mrs. Haldeman, is divided into five parts: California; The White House; Watergate; The Trial; and Prison. To read the book and flip through the photographs definitely is enjoyable for a local person brought up in this part of California. Depicted are familiar places in addition to Larchmont, such as enclaves in Newport Beach and Palm Springs. But, in the end, the book is one woman’s story of a 10-year journey, where she portrays both the highs and the lows. It’s a wonderful contribution to Southern California history and history on a wider scale. The book, quoting from a Nixon inauguration, reminds readers that, “until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man is truly whole.” The book is available at Chevalier’s and elsewhere.

it moves forward. This will enhance both the infrastructure of our city and the quality of life for future generations. • • • Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive banning private meetings between developers and planning commissioners on March 9. I want to thank Mayor Garcetti for moving forward on this important planning reform. While this ban is a step in the right direction, we cannot stop here. We must ensure that all 35 community plans are updated within the next six years and that community input is taken seriously throughout that process. City leaders also must move quickly to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform that will restore Angelenos’ faith in the city’s ability to fairly review and approve major development projects in our city.

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Pitch in, help out with Big Sunday all month long in May A Month of Big Sundays (MoBS) is off and running with charity projects for everyone, every single day in May. Started in 1999 by Hancock Park resident David Levinson and about 300 others from his synagogue, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Big Sunday has morphed from a one-day event to year-round activities, with the emphasis on May. Last May, Big Sunday hosted and/or sponsored special events every single day of the month. “This has allowed us to take on even bigger projects, reach more people, make new alliances, and more easily fit in with everyone’s (and every organization’s) busy schedules,” said Big Sunday spokesperson Ashanntí Hill. Last year’s MoBS was such a success, they’re doing it again. Projects range from helping to paint classrooms at area schools to visiting pets at shelters and meeting with at-risk youth, veterans and seniors. Other projects include writing letters to women recently diagnosed with cancer for Girls Love Mail on Tues., May 2, or helping stock the Salvation Army’s Food Pantry

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Sun., May 14. For more on A Month of Big Sundays 2017 — including how to get your school, club, faith group or business involved — email MoBS@bigsunday.org. For a list of projects, go to mobs.bigsunday. org/projects/2017-05/. Gala April 27 Big Sunday’s second annual benefit gala is Thurs., April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Paramount Pictures Studio lot, 5555 Melrose Ave. Hancock Park resident and longtime volunteer Zazi Pope, The Center for Early Education service chair Kara Corwin and architectural firm Tichenor and Thorp Architects will be honored at the event. For more information, go to bigsunday.org/gala.

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Police beat St. James School target of two break-ins, suspect in custody OLYMPIC DIVISION BURGLARIES: St. James’ Episcopal School, located on the 600 block of S. St. Andrews Pl., was the scene of two crimes in the same week. On April 11 at 1:25 a.m., a male suspect picked the lock to the front door and stole 24 iPads from a classroom. April 16 at 11 p.m., he returned and attempted to force open the front door, but failed. The man then uprooted the school’s marquee sign, destroyed basketball equipment, overturned

tanks in the hydroponic garden, emptied emergency firstaid kits and sprayed graffiti on exterior walls. Both incidents were caught on security cameras. After the second incident, school officials found the suspect’s backpack, which contained his driver’s license. Police were able to track down the suspect and take him into custody, where he confessed to both crimes. The suspect stated he tried to sell the iPads downtown, but was unable to find a buyer, so he dumped

them in a Skid Row trashcan. A stove was stolen from a residence on the 100 block of S. Van Ness Ave. after suspects gained entry by unknown means on April 2 at 5:10 a.m. A female victim reported a burglary in her apartment on the 300 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on April 10 that occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. She reported currency, jewelry and documents missing. The same victim reported a second burglary on April 12, claiming suspects drilled a

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hole in her front door lock and stole documents and books between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A computer screen was stolen from a residence on the 400 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on April 2 at 4 a.m. The victim said the suspect must have gained entry after he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A 2016 blue Honda Civic was stolen while parked on the 400 block of S. Van Ness Ave. between April 4 at 9 p.m. and April 5 at 8:30 a.m. A 2006 Audi was stolen while parked in a driveway on the 500 block of N. Windsor Blvd. between April 7 at 9 p.m. and April 8 at 8:30 a.m. A 1998 Honda was stolen while parked on the 100 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. between April 7 at 8 p.m. and April 8 at 3 p.m. BURGLARY THEFTS FROM VEHICLE: Two witnesses observed three suspects burglarize a 2010 black Toyota Prius at the 200 block of N. Irving Blvd. on April 6 at 11 p.m. Police responded and caught one of the suspects nearby. A dress and cell-phone charger were stolen from a 2005 Infiniti parked near the corner of S. Van Ness Ave. and W. 5th St. between April 7 at 11 p.m. and April 8 at 10 a.m. A suspect was in the process of burglarizing a 2016 Chevy on the 100 block of S. Windsor Blvd. on April 10 at 4 p.m. The victim witnessed the crime and yelled at the suspect, who fled without taking any property. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: A cash register and the money inside were stolen from a business on the 500 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. after a suspect

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‘Anyone can be a hero’ at Norma Jean Gala May 18

By Suzan Filipek Matt Bomer and Simon Halls would drive by Hollygrove, the Los Angeles division of Uplift Family Services, on their way to take their three boys to school, and have long wanted to get involved with the nonprofit agency that supports 1,200 area at-risk children and teens and their families. “Our family is the centerpiece of our lives, and we understand firsthand how important it is to provide each and every child with the tools they need to succeed,” the Hancock Park couple said. Bomer, a Golden Globe Award-winning actor, and Halls, an entertainment PR executive, will receive the Ambassador of Children Award at Hollygrove’s sixth annual Norma Jean Gala Thurs., May 18 at the W Hollywood Hotel. A cocktail reception, threecourse dinner and a silent and live auction are on the menu. Actress Busy Philipps will MC and Colin Hanks, Diane Ladd and Peter Weller are among celebrity attendees at this year’s themed event: Anyone can be a hero. Hollygrove, just north of Melrose Ave. behind Paramount Studios, was founded in 1880 as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society. Its most famous alumna, Norma Jean Baker, was under the agency’s care as a child before she came to be known as Marilyn Monroe. The agency's support arm, the Hollies, hopes to raise $400,000 at the gala, said chair Sheri Weller. The $1.1 million Community Wellness programs include Endless Summer after-school program for 5 to 12-year olds, Camp Hollygrove, and the Parent Institute, said Kathleen Felesina, director of fund development at Hollygrove.

lygrove, volunteer Hollies are the Helping Hands of Hollygrove. Their numbers have grown to 60 in three years, since their founding by Weller and Julia Connolly of Hancock Park and Sarah McTeigue. Volunteers are always needed to help serve meals on parent’s

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By Patty Hill Celebrate the season at the annual ”A Spring Affaire” gala luncheon at The Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills Sat., May 13. Proceeds from the fashionable event go to Assistance League of Los Angeles’ “Operation School Bell,” which provides clothing and supplies to children who may not otherwise attend school. In the past year, the program has served over 5,000 children. Erica Olsen, Emmy-nominated on-air host for CBS2 / KCAL9, and past president of Alliance for Women in Media, SoCal Affiliate, will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Coming down the runway will be fashions by LK Bennett, a favorite designer of Kate MiddleErica Olsen ton, Duchess of Cambridge. Liberté Chan, meteorologist and reporter at KTLA 5 and an alumna of Marl- Liberté Chan borough School, will provide fashion commentary. Among the honorees are Jenna and Charles Jackson. Coach Phil Jackson introduced his assistant, Jenna, to his son Charles, and the rest as they say, is history. The Jacksons’ high style handbag company, August, has partnered with Operation School Bell to provide backpacks for school children, donating a pack for every August purchase. Long time Assistance League Operation School Bell member Carolyn Lokey will also be honored for her service, together with the gentlemen of the Los Angeles Unified School District trucking operations section for their assistance in the design and (Please turn to page 11)

the benefit. His 16-year-old niece, Chef Kai Kani, created and prepared the brunch for attendees, including Gina and David Riberi (Hancock Park), Meals on Wheels founder and executive director Sister Marie Alice, executive director of development Daryl Twerdahl, also of Hancock Park, and Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson. Guests raised money by bidding on meals created by

Chef Kani and also showing off and recording their lipsyncing performances. Those who wish to support Meals on Wheels can download the Lip Sync Battle app from iTunes through Mon., May 8 and create a profile and record a lip sync song, using the hashtag #LSB4STVMOW. In addition to these donations, each time the app is downloaded, Meals on Wheels receives $1.

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Hudson home, Meals on Wheels, LACO and ‘Debut’ all on Larchmont radar

“We believe in Love” was the theme of a reception held in honor of Santa Teresita and the Carmelite Sisters. It was hosted by Karla and Bill Ahmanson at their Hudson Place home in February. “We wanted to showcase their beautiful music and mission” said Karla, referring to the Sisters, Around who built a the neighborhood Town of care out of with some small cottages and a Patty Hill barn over the last 92 years that today provides senior care and education for children. Guests from the area were Cheryl and Robert Baker, Kathy and Wayne Saldana, Margo and Michael O’Connell, Patricia and Kenneth McKenna, Cathy and John Jones, Matt Leipzig, Rachel and Bob Clifford, Richard Battaglia, Marguerite and Richard Byrne, Jody and Scott Adair, Anne Marie and Chris Scibelli, Anne Loveland, Angie Canzone, Michele and Scott

McMullin, Melinda Woodruff and Carmine Sasso. • • • St. Vincent Meals on Wheels was the beneficiary of a percentage of sales at “Shop for a Cause” hosted by Brenda Chandler Cooke at her West 2nd Street home in March. Ladies perused specialty accessories and leathers from the India Hicks collection while sipping wines and nibbling hors d’oeuvre. They also tasted “Jardesca,” a handcrafted blend of sweet and dry white wines from Sonoma. Arriving ready to buy from the ‘hood were June Takei, Cathy Roe, Lisa Morrison, Jordan Hall, Deborah Siegel, Donna Econn, Kendall Hall and director of Meals on Wheels, Daryl Twerdahl.

FIONA ROCHE and Mexico’s Consul General Carlos Garcia de Alba at LACO gala. Photo by Jamie Pham

KARLA AND BILL AHMANSON at their home with the Carmelite Sisters.

• • • The elegant annual Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) fundraiser raised nearly $600,000, a record-breaking amount. The event featured a special concert, silent and live auctions, a sumptuous dinner and a hard-to-top afterparty, all at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Titled “All in

LA,” the event honored LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and LACO Board Member Ruth Eliel for their tireless leadership. Proceeds benefit LACO’s artistic and education activities. There to celebrate LACO and Los Angeles were Mexico’s Consul General Carlos Garcia de Alba and Ms. Fiona Roche, (Please turn to page 26)

laco executive director Scott Harrison with honorees Ruth Eliel and LACO music director Jeffery Kahane.

Celebrate Jeffrey Foundation’s ‘Circle of Love’ Help raise funds for the Jeffrey Foundation at the 45th anniversary “Circle of Love” event at Olympic Collection, 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Thurs., May 11, 5 to 10 p.m. Mistress of ceremonies will be Channel 11 Fox newscaster Christine Devine. Singer Bonnie Bowden and her trio will provide entertainment. Suz Landay, Windsor Square, is one of the event planners for the fundraiser. This year’s goal is to raise $500,000 for educational and therapeutic children’s programs. The Jeffrey Foundation, founded by Alyce Morris Winston in 1972, provides family-centered programs for at-risk and special needs children. “Circle of Love” tickets are $150. For more information, call 323-965-7536 or go to thejeffreyfoundation.org.

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direction of Operation School Bell’s new “wheels.” The big rig travels directly to school sites manned by volunteers and equipped with supplies. Past honorees include Diane and Hank Hilty of the Gilmore Foundation and Karla Ahmanson. There will be boutique shopping, a champagne reception, silent auction and opportunity drawings. Tickets are $135 each or $1,250 for a table of 10 and are available at OperationSchoolBell.org.

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Sometimes fairy tales really do come true FAIRY GODMOTHERS include Wendy Silver, Florian Fowkes, Linda Levine and Lisa Wierwille.

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Assistance League Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District helped a few high school girl dreams come true when they collaborated on Operation School Bell Prom Day, an event helping low-income and homeless high school girls with dresses, shoes and accessories for their proms. The young women, who received custom fittings and hairstyling from volunteer tailors and hairdressers, had maintained their grades while managing difficult circumstances such as homelessness, living without parents and caring for younger siblings, said Darin Dusan of the Assistance League. Local fairy godmothers volunteering at the event included Cathryne Bray, Shelagh Callahan, Carrie Carr, Peggy Davis, Lacy Drissi, Leena Dunn, Laura Dutton, Kiel FitzGerald, Florian Fowkes, Mary Jaworski, H.J. Paik, Marion Plato and Mary Woodward. The two-day event was spearheaded by co-chairs Wendy Silver and Linda Levine.

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Crafts, nature hikes and horses at Camp Enterprise Farms

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EVEN KIDS who have never been around horses love these gentle animals, say the young campers.

ithout hesitation, the one thing my daughter, Chloe, asks me as we plan her summer activities is if she can go to Marlborough Summer School again. It’s Chloe’s favorite way to spend her carefree summer days. She thrives in Marlborough’s summer program. She loves the big campus, cheerful counselors, new friends, and the variety of exciting classes offered. According to Chloe, “It’s not school. It’s just FUN! The classes are so cool and we get to do and learn some really neat stuff, stuff I don’t get to do at my usual school. I can’t wait for summer school!” Chloe’s favorite classes so far have been ceramics and afternoon athletics. Last summer she came home with an awesome collection of glazed bowls, candleholders and plates from ceramics class. Afternoon athletics is her favorite way to end the day — playing kickball, basketball, or going on the fun field trips offered. This coming summer she has chosen chemistry, young doctors/medicine, ceramics, cooking and afternoon athletics.

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ger, weekender bag, bluetooth speaker, and my favorite, the chips and salsa dish! A lot of other fans are happy about that one, too!  Jackie Robinson Night was held on April 15, and the Dodgers unveiled a larger-than-lifesize statue of the famed player, Jackie Robinson, sliding into home plate on a steal in 1955!  This is the first-ever statue at the stadium. The Dodgers also gave away mini statues to the first 40,000 visitors! WOW!  A definite DO NOT MISS night will be when the team honors the great Hall of Fame announcer, Vin Scully, on Wed., May 3. There will be a ceremony for him, and the giveaway will be a commemorative microphone statue.   My fun day ended with a cool VIP tour to the field, the dugout and the Vin Scully Press Box, and I can’t wait to go back.   For more Kid Scoop Media opportunities check out their website at kidscoopmedia.org. Sadie White, 11, lives on S. Sierra Bonita Ave. and is in the sixth grade.

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The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is awarding four Fairfax High School students with the Iris Epstein Memorial Scholarship at a dinner Thurs., May 11. Recipients must plan to study science, engineering, mathematics, nursing, or medicine in college. The awards are made based on academic merit, need, essays, and recommendations from teachers and counselors. This year's recipients are Araceli Marcial (civil engineering, Harvard), Michael Boychuk (electrical engineering, U.C. San Diego), Elizabeth Suarez (engineering, U.C. Irvine) and Jennifer Siddique

(chemistry, UC Irvine). The scholarship was begun in 1996 in honor of Iris Epstein. She donated time to SAMPE and helped students in need, said her husband George Epstein, who is on the board of the Los Angeles chapter. Epstein said they chose Fairfax High for the scholarship because that is where their daughter Susan attended. Epstein said when the scholarship began, they awarded one student $500. Currently, the Los Angeles chapter of SAMPE awards $2,500 to four or five Fairfax students each year. In addition, Hye Chung, Yanely Hernandez, Eli Lopez Ortez and Ashley Truong will receive $1,000 to help pay for college textbooks.


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Camp is an experience every student should have By Sydney Gough For seven summers, I was a camper at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts in upstate New York. My very first day, my mom and I had traveled six hours to Newark airport where I was promptly placed on a bus with French teenagers with whom I could barely relate, as an eight-year-old Californian, and shuttled away. I embarked on a threehour ride in the pouring rain

to a place that would quickly become my safe haven. By the time we finally pulled into camp around 10 p.m., I was tired, overwhelmed, and homesick. How I was going to survive for three weeks, I had no clue. I was golf-carted to my cabin, Girls’ Junior Lodge One, where I climbed into bed and cried myself to sleep. By breakfast the next day, I already had a hilarious and expanding friend group, all of whom I still talk to today.

My camp friends were with me through Super Bunk CleanUp competitions, dance classes, Junior Cabaret troupe, my very first breakup with a camp boyfriend at the sprite age of 12, Bat Mitzvahs, rock band performances, and so much more. I will never be able to truly encapsulate those summers in words. I still keep in contact with my camp friends and feel so lucky to have a support system with friends both near and far.

Attending summer camp is one of the most wonderful privileges a kid can have, and I am so excited to work at Marlborough Summer School in the upcoming months. Marlborough is a very special place for me, and I am so excited to help oversee another kid’s camp experience. Although a different location from where I spent most of my camp days, the premise is ultimately the same. Sydney Gough is an 11th grade student at Marlborough School. She lives in Hancock Park with her family.

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By Natalie Bernstein 5th Grade

Experience Immaculate Heart!

At Third Street Elementary School, we have a new teacher this year, Ms. Choe. She has been assigned to our Teaching Kindergarten (TK) program for our youngest kindergarteners. Before teaching at Third Street, Ms. Choe was a substitute teacher for LAUSD, where she taught students of all different ages. That’s how she learned she liked teaching young kids the most. Last year, she heard of a full-time teaching job at Third Street, “I heard it was an amazing school with amazing staff members, teachers, students, and parents.” After working here almost a year, she realized how the community is so kind to one another and felt welcomed. Being a teacher for young rascals is not a piece of cake, but Ms. Choe handles it well. “I love TK so much because of the age group and the student’s wanting to learn,” Ms. Choe says. This amazing teacher hopes to continue teaching TK students and creating new and fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Although being new anywhere is tough, she believes that, “TK is great!”

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(Continued from page 13) School the summer after kindergarten and never once found herself lost or uncomfortable on their large campus — a big relief for the parents. As a parent, I always get a little sad and nostalgic that another school year has quickly passed. Knowing that Marlborough Summer School is just a few weeks away brings a smile to my face as I think about all of the happy memories Chloe will have from her time spent there. I know from experience, as I was a Marlborough Summer School student, Marlborough School graduate and Marlborough Summer

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Fiona Kim, 11, did it again. She won the SoCal State championship the second year in a row last month. “She is starting to get some recognition in the rhythmic gymnastics world, and has also been grand champion in five of the seven competitions this year in California,” her mother, Jennifer Kim, told us. Hancock Park resident Fiona is a fifth grader at St. James Episcopal School, and she attends Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and studies at the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet. She competed with 75 other girls in Level 6 last month in Chatsworth, and she had the highest score of all the age groups combined. Last year, she won 1st place in State Championship Level 5 for rhythmic gymnastics and 1st place in Regionals Level 5, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. She was also selected among “Future Stars” by the USA Gymnastics committee, and she trained at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, during the summer.

School teacher. It’s one of my family’s favorite places! By Kristen Wallace Tostado Kristen Wallace Tostado, Marlborough class of ‘94, and her family live in La BreaHancock. Chloe is a second grader at St. Brendan School.

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(Continued from page 13) come for several weeks. Standalone days are sometimes available. “We offer camp yearround but are busiest when campers are out of school (holidays, spring, summer),” Gilbert concluded. By Suzan Filipek


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summer camps & Schools Design concepts unveiled for Burroughs School By Billy Taylor Local residents joined parents and teachers at John Burroughs Middle School on April 5 for a community meeting to hear the status of a $107 million, multi-year modernization project for the school’s historic buildings and campus. At the meeting, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) unveiled three design concepts currently under consideration. All three plans recommend the removal of all portable buildings on site, as well as the removal of one of the school’s historic buildings. Other improvements include extensive renovations to the three other historic buildings, construction of several new buildings and the creation of a landscaped quad in the center of campus. Representatives from Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (formerly Ehrlich Architects) introduced the design team working on the project and expressed their commitment to Burroughs’ rich architectural history. Design team members include architects Steven Ehrlich and Whitney Wyatt, as well as Peyton Hall, managing principal at Historic Resources Group. After all three design concepts were introduced — each with a small variation in regard to the placements of proposed buildings — the design team opened the floor to questions from the audience. Unresolved issues After the community meeting, Joanne Medeiros, who serves as school committee chair for the Hancock Park Home Owners Association (HPHOA), told the Chronicle that the community was left with “many concerns.” Medeiros says that the quality of air safety during construction, plus traffic and new classroom construction remain major unresolved issues. Regarding the quality of air, Medeiros says the community feels the construction period of four years seems “prolonged,” especially considering that the school will remain at full population during that time. “Traffic has not been adequately solved nor fully addressed,” she adds. According to Medeiros, LAUSD is proposing to move school buses to the northern end of McCadden Pl., at Sixth St., allowing illegal and dangerous double parking to continue during dismissal. “This remains an unacceptable solution to all residents and will create blockages at the top of the 600 block,” explained Medeiros. On the topic of new class-

room construction, the proposed design concepts raise two questions: what the façade of new buildings should look like, and the planned student population of the campus. “Residents are not keen to have a three-story façade facing their street, which could look monolithic and out-of-touch with our HPOZ [Historic Preservation Overlay Zone] standards,” said Medeiros in regard to the design team’s preferred design concept, “Option Three.” Further, these new classrooms assume a student population of 1800 students. (The school was originally built in the 1920s to accommodate 400 students, but according to the Los Angeles Times, there are currently 1947 students enrolled.) Local resident Dr. Howard Mandel echoed Medeiros’ concern, saying that a mandate has inappropriately been given to the design team to create a school for 1,800 students, instead of taking the opportunity to return the school’s population to a lower number. “There is no need for 1,800 students to be on the campus,” said Mandel. “Accurate estimates of the true needs of our community need to be based on students who live near John Burroughs.” Mandel says problems arise from the current approach, which enrolls students from all across the city. “By traveling here by car they increase city traffic, add to congestion, add to pollution

and squander their own time that could be used for furthering their own education or improving their health.” Citing a declining birthrate and a changing demographic in the neighborhood (i.e. families with fewer children), Mandel suggests that LAUSD should prescribe a smaller school population for the design to “better facilitate reconstruction schedules and significantly lower total project costs…”.

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The spring months have been a busy time at The Willows. In March, my friends and I in 8th grade got into our top choices for High School and went into Spring Break with the relief of knowing we will be moving on to great schools. In April, we enjoyed an evening called “Celebration of Dance,” as well as our annual Joga-thon to raise money for school equipment requested by students. May is a time when many of the grades have their annual multiday trips. The third grade goes to Hilltop Camp to culminate their study of Native Americans. Fourth grade goes to Astrocamp because of their study of the Solar System. Fifth grade will go to Boston to finish their unit on the Revolutionary War and sixth grade will go to WOLF for Middle School community building activities. This month we have our yearly “Party on the Pier.” This beloved event marks the countdown to the end of another great year.

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Los Angeles High School Open House showcases art, history Alumni, residents and students joined with teachers and administrators at Los Angeles High School (LAHS) on April 20 for an open house, art show

and museum exhibit. The highlight of the evening was an art show and exhibit of the new Los Angeles High Museum. During the event,

school alumni made a presentation, donating two LAHS banners from 1948 — discovered at a local estate sale — to the school’s museum.

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The open house helped set the stage for the upcoming Los Angeles High School Centennial Celebration and fundraiser, scheduled for Oct. 20-21. The school, originally founded downtown in 1873, moved to its current location

in 1917. “The Centennial event will celebrate 100 years serving the Olympic and Rimpau community and the beginning of a powerful new direction for the school,” said Joyce Kleifield, executive director of The Harrison Trust, which supports LAHS.

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FIRST PLACE: Cathedral Chapel School was recognized as the U.S. Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon Champion in Sacramento in April. Front Row: Gabrielle Ibarrola (coach), Maanasi Narayan, Skye Connors, Valerie Ramirez, Barbara Moldavon (head coach), Cierra Adams, Gabriel Fellin, Matthew Rhee. Back Row: Long Pham (coach), Brandon Yeon, Kacey Kim, Roman del Pozo (coach), Josephina Ko, Grace Kim, Tina K. Kipp, Principal.

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summer camps & Schools Echo horizon By Liam Rice 5th Grade

FINAL BEAM on CEE's new building on La Cienega Blvd. is hoisted into place for "topping off" by steelworkers.

Center for Early Education ‘topped off’ new building Students joined with construction workers on the campus of the Center for Early Education (CEE) to celebrate the “topping off” of a new building being constructed on La Cienega Blvd. During the March 24 ceremony, the construction workers, alongside the students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees at the toddler through sixth grade school signed the final steel beam before it was hoisted into place. “Topping off” of a new building is a traditional ceremony, dating back to eighth-century Scandinavia, and is regularly celebrated by steel work-

ers today, according to school officials. The final steel beam of a structure is painted white, signed by the workers and hoisted into place on the building with a U.S. flag and an evergreen tree. Attached to the beam, the tree typically symbolizes several things for the workers, from recognition that the building has been constructed safely to the notion that the tree will give life to the building. The ceremony is typically an important milestone in any building’s construction. CEE’s Campus Plan, which is being managed by MATT Construction, is scheduled to be complete by early 2020.

Fifth graders at Echo Horizon School recently completed one of the best writing assignments! We started this assignment when we were writing in our journal about disgusting sandwiches to share with the class. When the teacher said we’d be making a full menu on these disgusting sandwiches, we all were super happy. The idea was that we were supposed to use descriptive words to describe how gross and yucky the sandwiches were. We created names for our disgusting shop too. My class started brainstorming about different gross beverages, sides, and sandwiches to be able to create an entire menu. We created our draft menus, and then cut out each recipe to create a meal, once we had our full meals, we glued all of them onto a big piece of cardstock and decorated the menus too! Once we were all done we were extremely happy and proud of our work and there were lots of disgusting sandwiches to enjoy!

EIGHTH GRADE students at Turning Point School tour the Colosseum in Rome on an eight-day tour of Italy.

turning point By Gemma Fudge 8th Grade

Last month Turning Point students traveled the globe to broaden their learning. Level 6 took a bus to the Grand Canyon where they spent four days hiking and stargazing. Level 7 students traveled all the way to the Dominican Republic where they took place in a service learning project. They joined with peers from several Dominican groups to brainstorm ideas on environmental projects. They sorted saplings, painted recycling cans, and

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hauled gravel to build steps. Overall, the experience was very memorable and the Turning Point students and the Dominican students became extremely bonded. Last but not least, the Level 8 students ventured to Italy. For eight days, they enjoyed historical sites like the Pantheon, the Colosseum in Rome, and the ruins of Pompeii. They also attended gladiator school, visited a mozzarella farm, and took watercolor lessons in a cathedral. Trip leader and Latin teacher Diana Bender said, “Throughout the trip the students impressed us with their curiosity, their commitment to one another, their flexibility, and their willingness to push themselves beyond their comfort zone.”

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Hello everyone, happy May! First, grades 3-8 will have ERB testing from May 1-5. The ERBs are evaluations that show our progress

in school. Next, on the 13th we have the Band, Choir, and the Orchestra concerts. The many music

groups will be performing for the rest of the students and faculty. Additionally, the bands will perform for parents, guardians and families. The 16th will be the last day of senior classes.

The Middle School and Upper School semester will end on May 25, which also happens to fall on the same day as the Buckley fair at the Santa Monica Pier. This year’s theme is “Believe.” All the students can’t wait for the festivities. There will be a ton of fun games for everyone to enjoy. Lastly, Middle School and Lower School leave early on the 31st.

LA County High School for the Arts By Eliana Estrada 12th Grade

It’s the last full month of the school year! Students are busy with projects, performances and exams. AP students take the AP tests in a variety of subjects. There are multiple performances and showcases this month: the visual arts spring show is on view at LACE gallery, jazz students engage in a night of fun and lively music, dancers perform original compositions, and LACHSA’s orchestra plays their spring concert. Also, vocalists present their final recital, and the Musical Theatre Department puts on “Guys and Dolls.” Another fun event this month is the Moondance Film Festival where cinematic artists showcase their creative films. LACHSA also hosts a string chamber concert and a wind chamber concert, and our annual Monster Piano Concert is held at the Colburn School’s beautiful Zipper Hall. Finally, seniors conclude the month (and essentially their last days of high school!) with academic finals before graduation rehearsals start the following week. Students can’t contain their excitement any longer!

IMMACULATE HEART By Oona Holahan 12th Grade

The end of Immaculate Heart’s school year draws near, and that means more student activities! We ended last month with students participating in one of our most beloved traditions, Mary’s Day, which celebrates the school’s patroness, Mary, the mother of Jesus. This year’s theme was Ave Stella Maris, meaning Mary, Star of the Sea. In preparation for the day, students created skits, practiced songs, and designed ocean-themed decorations. At Immaculate Heart, Mary’s Day is tied to our school’s history. Over the years the theme has reflected the world we live in, such as, “Take the City in Your Two Hands – for What is the City but the People” in 1969 and “Yes!” (complete with an exclamation point!) in 1974. Many students have been busy preparing for AP exams, and now their efforts will culminate with the rigorous AP tests, beginning May 2. Meanwhile, we will welcome back many alums to campus for Reunion Day 2017 on May 7. The middle school will host its annual Spring Showcase Night on May 18, followed by the high school’s art show beginning on May 22. For juniors and seniors, an important day is on the horizon – Prom! On May 12, upper-classwomen are invited to attend “Under the Stars” hosted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For the class of 2017, this is a bittersweet event. As graduation approaches, seniors are enjoying their last days on campus and preparing to leave school and enter their chosen colleges.

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May is a very busy month for our school because there are many holidays and events during the month! The First week of May is a time to give thanks to the teachers as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. We will also have a Spring Show, “Flashback Friday” on May 12. The show will be a twist to the movie “Freaky Friday,” with a trip back into the 1980’s. There will be dances to songs by Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Journey, and more! An educational field trip to Star Eco Station is on May 15. It is an environmental science museum, an exotic wildlife rescue center, and a haven for endangered animals. This should be very interesting and fun! May 19, is set for International Day. This is a celebration of people and cultures, with each class representing a different country. Food, clothing, and many traditions from all around the world will be enjoyed that day. Then May 25 is our Elementary School Science Fair. Many class and student science experiments are on display for all to see. Finally, Memorial Day is on May 30. This is not only a day off from school, but a day to remember soldiers who have died in the line of duty. What a busy month! Merry May to everyone!

May is a wonderful month at Saint Brendan School. We begin our month with the May Crowning. Our 8th grade class leads our school as we honor the Virgin Mary on May 3. On May 4, we begin our annual Saint Brendan Book Fair. The book fair is a wonderful way to raise money

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for our school and purchase the many great books we will read throughout the year. Our Kinder-

gartners host our school mass on May 5, and on that Sunday they will host our 9:45 am mass. During the month of May, we hold our Student Council elections. On May 9 we have our community blood drive. The 8th

graders head to the tide pools and Magic Mountain to celebrate the work they have done as they head towards graduation and celebrate as a class. We definitely have an exciting month ahead!

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By Avery Gough 5th Grade This month has been a very exciting month for the entire school. First we finished the ERB’s! For one week all Curtis students undertook the standardized test. The Fifth Grade finally presented colonial projects. Examples included a medicine kit that they would use in colonial times but with a modern spin on it. Before Spring Break, the whole school celebrated International Lunch Day. In addition to the specialty foods, the week before ILD, exciting dance and singing groups came to show us the difference between all the cultures. Our multi-cultural school families brought their favorite heritage dishes that show where they came from. We dressed in outfits that showed where our families immigrated from. Another exciting event is that the Fifth Grade is preparing for our Boston trip. We will visit Plymouth Rock, Fenway Park and other landmarks such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace. What a fun way to finish our long unit on colonial times. I am so excited to finish spring break and then get back to work!

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The school year is concluding rapidly, but Marlborough girls are racing to the end with nothing but triumph and perseverance. Recently, juniors Alex V. and Elena D. have received different but equally impressive awards for their excellence in engineering and literature. Alex V. won second

place in the Engineering Research Category at the LA County Science Fair for her filtrating system for a saltwater fish tank. Her system uses natural and organic matter, resulting in distinct declines in nitrite, nitrate and ammonia levels. She now qualifies for the California State Science Fair, and will be participating at the end of April. Similarly, Elena D. has been selected as the grand prize winner for her short fiction story “Gone Under” for the Leyla Began Young Authors Foundation. Their journal Bluefire will publish her piece, and she will also attend the New Eng-

land Young Writers Conference at Middlebury College in May. I am so proud of my awesome friends! Students in the elective “Decoding Food” recently visited the non-profit L.A. Kitchen and volunteered! They helped prepare, assemble, package food that was then delivered to senior centers in Downtown and South LA. Community service is indispensable to Marlborough’s student body, and outreach is incorporated into many, if not most, of our endeavors.  We are looking forward to Marlborough’s upcoming performanc-

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children’s community school By Claire Lesher 4th Grade

This month, we are presenting our Kumeyaay culmination to our family, and the school. Kumeyaay women made jewelry to trade for goods. We made necklaces, art, wrote stories & poems from our research to present for the culmination.  We will build an e’waa out of blocks to demonstrate the size of their home. We are cooking traditional food to serve to everyone. Finally, we wrote a short play, which we will perform, about Kumeyaay life.    Next up is Pan Derby Day. It will be really fun! It’s when everyone makes and paints a car, and we get to race it!  My Pan Derby car will be pink with glitter all over it. As a student, we raise money for the school by having our family and friends sponsor us.  The money will go towards a new jungle gym for our new playground. Later in the month, we are going on our Spring Camping Trip to Leo Carrillo State Beach to continue our studies about the ocean, sea life and native plants.   Stay tuned for next month!

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es; from the Instrumental Ensemble performance, to the Spring Choral Concert, to the middle school adaptation of “A Wrinkle In Time.” We hope to see you there on 4/21, 4/22, 5/11, 5/12, and 5/13!

Spring Break at CEE has just come to an end but many exciting and important things are beginning. All the students had one week to take a break from school and relax. Some of the students went to another destination and others just stayed in Los Angeles. Spring Break got us students to change our mindsets to be focused and to work hard for the upcoming tests. April 24-28 was ERB testing week. Kindergarten through sixth grade all participated. The ERBs are a test that most schools take. It shows where you are at in learning and if you know what they are going to teach next year. Another event that the students are working hard on is their Olympic dances. Every grade gets assigned a dance from another country, but sixth grade gets to dance to popular songs. The sixth graders get to show off their dance moves and cool tricks. Fifth grade always does a bamboo stick dance and kindergarten does the birdy dance that has been a tradition for more than 15 years.

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The biggest school news of the year is that on April 1, our decathletes took the Junior High Academic Decathlon 2017 State Championship! Although CCS had competed at the State AJHD Competition six times in the last ten years, it had been 15 years since Chapel won the state title. Placing 1st in Logic and 2nd in Super Quiz, the team garnered 19,900 and the overall championship against the top Catholic schools in the state. In April we collected for the Missionary Childhood Association, raising over $2,000 for necessities such as bread and milk. For Holy Week, we reenacted the Living Stations of the Cross.

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don rice paper roll, brightened with pickled onion and a pile of herbs. In fact, this might be my favorite dish on the menu, with its perfect blend of vinegar, crunch, funk and sweetdipping sauce. A Vietnamese crêpe with prawns, pork belly, and bean sprouts is meant to be ripped apart and stuffed into lettuce leaves. The $16 crêpe is a cross between an omelet and a taco in texture and is fun to eat, but tastes mainly of beansprouts, not shrimp or pork, which was disappointing. Pan-fried noodles with confit shredded pork, long beans and tea egg was all comfort food, no jolt of flavor. A nice side dish for $16, but not a star. $18 spicy lemongrass chicken, however, turned up the heat and the interest; the crispy, peppery poultry pieces were swathed with a honey dip and the hint of lemongrass took this dish to palate-pleasing heights. Little Sister, 523 West 7th St. 213-628-3146. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com.

Paninis, vegan, to jazz served New cafes and eating houses have opened up recently. Crepes, paninis, teas, and coffee, of course, are at Bird on the Tree Café, 5223 Wilshire Blvd. New vegan eatery, Green Table Café, is in Mid-City, 5998 W. Pico Blvd. The jazz-inspired Parker Room, 1358 Vine St., has bar bites and signature cocktails.

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which skewed seafoody and French. Chef Sascha Lyon is a local boy who cut his culinary chops at Daniel and Balthazar in New York and came home to develop his farm-to-table personal style. His impeccable credentials show in even the simplest dishes. A $12 Caesar salad posiOn the tively sings Menu with garlicky by goodness and Helene is enhanced Seifer by the addition of smoky Niman Ranch bacon. Seared sea scallops achieve an intensity of flavor, with cauliflower puree, truffle and Jerusalem artichokes completing this rich $32 dish. We couldn’t resist ordering the $15 wild pacific white shrimp and chorizo burger, because shrimp and chorizo? Yes, please! Each bite of the bunwrapped patty, avocado, pepper jack, broccoli sprouts, and spicy sauce was a flavor explosion. Desserts exhibited the same distinct layering of flavors: Pastry chef Liz Sencion’s $9 Meyer lemon Eton mess was a beautifully plated riot of tastes and textures. Rolled meringue oozed luscious lemon curd atop whipped crème fraîche scattered with cubes of pound cake. A well-priced, truly exceptional meal. Commerson, 788 S. La Brea Ave., 323-813-3000. • • • DTLA’s Little Sister restaurant is a cousin to the original in Huntington Beach, where Chef Tin Vuong’s pan-Asiancum-Vietnamese cooking won acclaim and quite a large following. If downtown’s iteration isn’t quite as revelatory all these years later, it’s still a wonderful place to grab a beer and a $10 beef-and-ten-

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City diversity being celebrated at Night Market, Food Bowl at 7 p.m. Osteria Mozza, 6602 Melrose Ave. No Kid Hungry series. Multi-wine paired dinner with Chef Michael Voltaggio and Duff Goldman $175. Tues., May 23. Call for time. Ink, 8360 Melrose Ave., #107. Multi-wine paired dinner

240 N. Larchmont Blvd. Sustainable Seafood Dinner. With Chef Michael Cimarusti. Tues., May 30, 6:30 p.m., Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave. Visit lafoodbowl.com or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LAfoodbowl (#LAfoodbowl).

with Chef Ricardo Zarate, $175. Tues., May 30. Call for time. Rosaline, 8479 Melrose Ave. Give Back. Partnered with Food Forward to create special flavors to highlight reuse, rescued and preserved food. Fri., May 26 to Thurs., June 29, hours vary. Salt & Straw,

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Celebrate the diversity of the city’s cuisine at the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl through 31 days of dining this month. The festival will bring together local dining and international chefs while promoting awareness about food waste and hunger. Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold, among others, will curate and host signature events during the festival. “Night Market,” May 10 to 14 at Grand Park, will include 50 restaurants and food trucks, drinks and live entertainment each evening. Here, in chronological order, are some of the Food Bowl events taking place in our neighborhood. Chef’s Fable. Festival opening night dinner, $25. Sun., April 30, 6 p.m., at The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Things in a Bowl. Restaurants showcase “Things in a Bowl” menu items throughout May. Hours vary by day and venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local restaurants include: Animal, 435 N. Fairfax Ave.; Blue Ribbon Sushi, 189 The Grove Dr.; Jon & Vinny’s, 412 N. Fairfax Ave.; M Café, 7119 Melrose Ave.; Sweetfin Poke, 8075 W. 3rd Ave. Hennessy Cognac & Canapé. Cocktails and canapé tasting throughout May, hours vary by day. Mama Lion, 601 S. Western Ave. Genet Goes Italian. Chef Genet Agonafer, known for Ethiopian cuisine, does onenight-only Italian. Tues., May 2, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Meals by Genet, 1053 S. Fairfax Ave. Pop-ups and Parties. “Popup Preech,” spring-inspired Thai cuisine by Suzanne Tracht and Preech Narkthong. $75. Tues., May 9, dinner. Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd. Guelaguetza hosts guest chef Rodolfo Castellanos of Oaxaca City. $85. Thurs., May 18 at 7 p.m. Guelaguetza, 3014 W. Olympic Blvd. Drink & Dine. Tasting menu of signature libations from top bartenders. $75. Mon., May 15, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Walker Inn, 3612 W. 6th St. Farm to Table. Chef Josh Pebbles interacts with guests during preparation of communal meal. $120. Thurs., May 18 at 7 p.m. Tart, 115 S. Fairfax Ave. Taste of Brae with Dan Hunter and Michael Cimarusti. Melbourne and Los Angeles top chefs Dan Hunter and Michael Cimarusti. Sat., May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave. Farmers Markets. Sausagemaking class with Jim Cascone. Light dinner and bring home three pounds of sausage. $45. Sun., May 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Huntington Meats, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St. Dario Cecchini. Beef butch-

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TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET: Tuesday, July 18, 5-9pm: For one evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure throughout the Market, letting you enjoy delicious food and live music. Ticket info will be available on farmersmarketla.com in early June.

METROPOLITAN FASHION WEEK COSTUME DESIGNERS COMPETITION: Thursday, September 28, 6:30pm: Join us as Metropolitan Fashion Week hosts the opening ceremonies to its third annual costume designer's competition in the Farmers Market Plaza. Our trolley tracks will transform into a fashion show runway, and you, the audience, will pick the winning design!

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the contract, assuming West doesn't make an heroic play. When West leads the 7 of Spades and East plays the Ace, South must discard his King. His now bare Ten and the Jack doubleton on the board stop the suit. When East returns the 5, South is not forced to take the trick since he no longer has the King, so he plays his Ten. If West takes the Queen, Dummy's Jack stops the suit. But the important part of this play is that by requiring three Spade tricks at the outset, when East gets in with her Ace of Clubs she no longer has a Spade to return to West and South makes the contract with a possible overtrick. In order to defeat the contract, West must decline the second trick and allow Declarer to win it with his Spade Ten. That leaves East with one Spade to return to West's Queen when she takes her Ace of Clubs. But how many Wests will be courageous enough to decline the second trick? Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

Members of Los Angeles Opera will join 500 amateur members of the musical community in two performances of Benjamin Britten’s “Noah’s Flood” at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Conducted by Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon, the performances will take place at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., May 6. The Cathedral is at 555 West Temple St. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved online at LAOpera.org/Noah. There is a $1 handling fee per order and a four-ticket limit per household, subject to availability.

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(Continued from page 11) Janet and Nick Ciriello and their family members Elizabeth and Matthew Ciriello and Nick and Julie Cirliello, Alicia and Edward Clark, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt Ambassador Lamia Mekhemar, Sharon DeMuth and Hugh Watts, event Co-Chairs Pat and Sandy Gage and LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison and his wife Angela Detlor. • • • The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s annual “Debut” is truly where creative vision takes flight. The Santa Monica Barker Hangar was once again transformed into an opulent showcase for the latest collections by new and major talents April 8. Some 800 supporters, guests, and design talent scouts were wowed by original theater costumes and cuttingedge fashion lines. Academy Awards-style commentator and designer Nick Verreos was MC for the presentations of 17 of this year’s graduates. Attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner, runway-adjacent. Among Larchmont’s glitterati there were Hallie Fisher and Flavio Amaral, Matthew Hancock, Sheila Tepper, Susie Goodman, designer Julie Weiss, FIDM Director Barbara Bundy, and designer Kevan Hall with wife Deborah. Funds raised from

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‘Woods’ is like an old friend; laugh-out-loud ‘Legend’ Into the Woods, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, premiered on Broadway in 1987. In this newest production by the Fiasco Theatre of Brown University, the action takes place backstage at a theater, where found objects are used for sets and props. A piano center stage, played by Evan Rees, is augmented by a variety of percussion and other instruments played by the quadruple-threat musician-actor-singer-dancers. And most of this versatile and talented cast play more than one character. Hearing the familiar score of this iconic musical is like visiting an old and beloved friend. Songs like “No One is Alone,” “Moments in The Woods,” “It Takes Two” linger in your head for days after. The book centers on the familiar fairy tale characters from Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and others, plus the new characters of Baker (Evan Harrington) and Baker’s Wife (Eleasha Gamble), all of them seeking their destinies in the woods. This is an outstanding cast, especially Daric Pead as the hapless Milky White the cow. He also plays Florinda, a wicked stepsister, and Rapunzel’s Prince. Directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld have found some won-

derfully inventive stagecraft and some witty insights into these characters. Through Sun., May 14, Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Ave., 213-972-4400, CenterTheatreGroup.org. 4 Stars • • • Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers by Louisa Hill takes place in 1964 and 1991. In act Theater one, circa 1964, Dee (a Review wonderful by Corryn CumPatricia mins) sucFoster Rye cumbs to the seduction of bad boy Eddie while dating good guy Billy. Afterward, she is whisked away to a maternity home where she is forced to surrender her baby, and then is expected to act as if it never happened. In act two (circa

1991), Dee meets her child Corie (Michaela Slezak) now 25, whose childhood has been spent in a series of disastrous foster homes. When Corie finds herself facing a similar dilemma as her mother, the results are quite different. Billed in the program as Male Chorus (Adrian Gonzalez) and Female Chorus (Amy Harmon), these two super talented actors play a staggering number of different roles, each perfectly articulated, who interface with Dee and Corie. Director Tony Abatemarco has delved deeply into the motivations of these characters: “With each layer, we’re discovering that there’s an-

other layer underneath that.” Through Sun., May 14, Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., 213-761-7061, skylighttheatre.org. 4 Stars • • • The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez centers on Casey (Andrew Burnap) struggling as an Elvis impersonator at Cleo’s, a small nightclub on the Florida Panhandle. When proprietor Eddie (Nick Searcy) decides to boost business, he brings in Miss Tracy Mills (Matt McGrath), a relative, and Rexy (Larry Powell), drag queens extraordinaire. When girlfriend Jo (Nija Okora) informs Casey that he is about to be a father, Casey succumbs to joining the divas for the extra money he can make, and Georgia McBride is launched. The play alternates between life offstage and life on stage, which results in a

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Revealing ‘Promise,’ captivating ‘Finest,’ France tour in ‘Paris,’ Bondish ‘Fate’ The Promise (10/10): This is a movie that has been crying to be made for a century. It graphically reveals the shameful Turkish genocide of more than one million Armenians during WWI, something that is a fact of history but which the Turks deny. Turkey is an ally of ours, so we let them get away with these denials. We should not fear to speak the truth. Starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and with a bravura performance by Charlotte Le Bon, this tells the tale via a love story among the three stars. It captures the desolation of the Armenians and the cold-blooded cruelty of the Muslim Turks, who massacred men, women, and children with impunity. Kudos to the producers of this film for using art to reveal the Turkish cruelty for the entire world to see. Their Finest (9/10): Highlighted by award-quality performances by Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, this is a terrifi-

cally involving tale of a woman making a movie in London during The Blitz in 1940. While the start was a little slow, as in most movies, it shortly proceeded to blow me away. I don’t expect to see a better performance than Arterton’s the rest of the year. As far as Nighy goes, I think this is his best performance, by far. The film shows that making a movie is like making sausage. If you watch one being made you never want to eat one. But if you don’t watch what goes into making a movie and all you see is the final result, it can captivate you, as this one did me. There is nothing about this film that lets you down. The supporting cast is terrific, and there’s even a fine cameo by Jeremy Irons as the Secretary of War. Paris Can Wait (8/10): For 81-year-old writer / director / producer, Eleanor Coppola, this is an amazing achievement. This is the somewhat

autobiographical but scintillating story based upon an incident that occurred to Coppola when she was in her mid-70s. The stretch is that Coppola is a long way from Diane Lane, who plays her in this film. Lane, at 52, is more beautiful than most of the ingénues who

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Along the way, he treats her to a gorgeous tour of France, all the while subtly trying to seduce her. We see terrific scenes of France, wonderful meals to which he introduces her, incredible locales, wonderful acting, enticingly slow pace, and delicious dialogue reminiscent of “My Dinner with Andre” (1981). The Fate of the Furious (8/10): This is a surprise, more James Bondish than car crashcentric (although there are car crashes and chases aplenty). Mostly it’s a steal from Ian Fleming with an evil egomaniac (Charlize Theron) out to take control of the world by finagling Vin Diesel into working for her and against his Fast and Furious Gang, headed by Dwayne Johnson and including Jason Statham and Michelle Rodriguez. While it starts out with a really silly car race through the streets of Havana, it morphs into a thriller with more story than the others have presented. Lovingly photographed by Stephen F. Windon, Theron has never appeared more beautiful — malevolent though she may be. The Lost City of Z (8/10): The film is based on the life of British explorer Lt. Col. Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnan) who kept leaving behind his wife (Sienna Miller) to find what he thought might be a lost city in the Amazon. As a fly in the ointment, he takes along an adventurer (Angus Macfayden) who, predictably, turns out to be a pain in the neck. The film is far too long, 140 minutes, but the cinematography and locales are captivating, the story compelling, and Miller so gorgeous it strains credulity that any man would leave her behind time and again to spend years in a jungle full of snakes, piranhas, and headhunters. Free Fire (0/10): Nihilistic abhorrently violent nonsense.

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Everything is coming up roses at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Record-breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, also featured in Disney’s new movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” will sing excerpts from her musical theater repertoire Thurs., May 11. Joining her will be pianist Seth Rudetsky, the XM Radio host who recently performed in the London premier of his Broadway musical “Disaster!” This one night, two-concert event is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Hershey Felder will play “Our Great Tchaikovsky” July 9 to Aug. 6. Visit thewallis.org.

Recommended Reading: “The Marriage Lie” by Kimberly Belle, a good thriller and “Six Encounters with Lincoln,” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, a warts-and-all revisionist view of Honest Abe showing how his contemporaries viewed him before his assassination elevated him to irreproachable sainthood.

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(Continued from page 2) when Baldwin’s sexuality was barely even touched upon in the film? In this hideous review of a fine film you, Mr. Medley, reveal yourself to be both racist and homophobic. I am stunned that the Chronicle would agree to let this review see the light of day. Wendy Werris Windsor Square

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While I am not familiar with Mr. Medley and don’t know of his skill set when it comes to journalism or writing social criticisms, I can only judge from what I’ve seen written… Writing a review of “I Am Not Your Negro”… takes someone who is obviously not going to go into the film with a chip on their shoulder and readily defensive. Apparently, Mr. Medley is incapable of viewing the film through the eyes of Mr. Baldwin and the times of which he was writing. Reducing Mr. Baldwin to an “angry Black man,” one unfamiliar with that era and the history of race relations in this country would think Mr. Medley was speaking of a pissed off gang-banger from Compton. … No one who ever looked like James Baldwin had any control over where white people could and couldn’t live, go to school, work, shop, whether they could vote or how they were portrayed in the media. … Attempting to buttress his views by using that asinine and juvenile quote of [Ralph] Ellison speaks volumes of Medley’s inability and lack of qualifications to even begin to address a film that isn’t Mary Poppins. Veronica Austin Los Angeles, now New York

Short-sighted review I read Tony Medley’s review of “I Am Not Your Negro” [April issue] and I’m compelled to write this letter because I firmly believe your review does a gross disservice to those who read it. My wife and I saw the film and we thought it was excellent. I believe everyone should see it so they can benefit from its educational value. Your review does not honestly or accurately portray the truth regarding James (Please turn to page 29)


The Windsor Square Association board writes that its conclusions about Larchmont’s street trees are based upon the following observations: (1) According to a report prepared by an arborist retained by the LVBID, using funds provided by the Fourth Council District office, 37 out of the 38 Ficus trees on Larchmont Boulevard between First Street and Beverly Boulevard are in good condition.  These Ficus trees have additional life expectancies of up to 20 years.  Pursuant to the arborist recommendation, no healthy Ficus tree should be removed unless the adjacent sidewalk first is lifted or removed to allow inspection for root issues and to allow for root pruning. (2) Larchmont Boulevard Ficus trees give character to our neighborhood shopping area, helping to create the village ambiance that

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makes Larchmont Boulevard so attractive. Vibrant evergreen leaves look good, and the trees’ canopies provide dense shade to cool and protect the sidewalks.  Proper pruning techniques will help ensure the appropriate canopies and tree health. Removing the trees, without good reason, would cause irreparable harm to the shopping district and, hence, to Windsor Square. (3) “Good reason” to remove a Ficus tree does not include abutting owners’ or tenants’ need to maintain plumbing and sewer pipes, which is a responsibility of stewardship of any property in Los Angeles. The street trees are a public benefit to be protected, and sidewalk repair is a necessary City responsibility that goes along with stewardship of the trees, as is done well by the City of Santa Monica with its mature Ficus trees on Montana Avenue.

WINDSOR SQUARE ASSN. board of directors members consider preserving parkway trees and other matters at a monthly meeting in April. Pictured from left, clockwise, are: Katie Jones Badami, Mike Genewick, Angie Szentgyorgyi, Kristen Mandel, Regina Chung, Gary Gillig, Anthony Gatti, Vince Chieffo, Larry Guzin, June Bilgore, guest Peyton Hall, and Gary Duff. At other meetings were directors Helen Hartung, Caroline Labiner Moser and Steve Tator. Photo by WSA Director John Welborne

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(Continued from page 28) Baldwin’s feelings and experiences about being a black man in America. It’s my opinion that your review is nothing more than a short-sighted hit piece on Mr. Baldwin. Your review begins with “This is an angry black man ranting and raving…” You’re correct that Baldwin was an “angry black man” — he along with Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, E. Franklin Frazier, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Dr. Price M. Cobbs and Dr. William H. Grier. The latter two are psychiatrists and authors of “Black Rage” published in 1968. You might read it. What is the cause of the anger? James Baldwin articu-

lated it eloquently in the film and it had absolutely nothing to do with him “revising history” or being “glaringly racist and dishonest” as you posit in your review. James Baldwin spoke about the entrenched existence and perpetuation of white racism, oppression and bigotry imbedded historically in the institutions and people of this most democratic country of nations. This “glaring” reality is the cause of the anger experienced by countless black people over the generations since Africans were brought to America in chains. Your review concludes citing Martin Luther King’s comments after a TV appearance with Baldwin as well as Ralph Ellison writing to a counterpart referencing Baldwin’s sexual orientation. Neither of these incidents negates or refutes Baldwin’s candid and insightful

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(Continued from page 1) For professional advice, Guzin turned to arborist Greg Monfette, a former longtime staff member of the city’s Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Street Services. Monfette found that the tree could be saved by severing some of the exposed roots and replacing a portion of the sidewalk to create a new tree well configuration. Monfette’s report was shared with all interested parties in an effort to find a solution other than cutting down the tree. To confirm that these measures were satisfactory to Café Gratitude, the Chronicle contacted the Urban Forestry Division on April 11 to get a status report on the issue. Paul Gomez, a spokesman for the Department of Public Works, said only that, “The matter you are inquiring about is still being reviewed by the City.” Disappointing trend The café that requested the tree’s removal was concerned about plumbing work required on the café’s premises. Local residents might recall a tree of similar size was cut down and replaced, for similar reasons, last year at 519 N. Larchmont Blvd. Some neighbors were disappointed, however, to find that the former healthy, mature tree (with a thick canopy) was replaced with a small, shadeless sapling. See accompanying photos. Larchmont Village BID In a related, but separate discussion, the BID continues to seek resolution on its plan to remove and replace 38 ficus trees lining Larchmont narration of the generational struggle waged by black people in a country that professes to be a bastion of freedom, justice and equality for all, but in reality has never been such for all of its citizens since its founding 241 years ago! I encourage you to Google and read a speech given by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852 entitled “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” It will provide you with context and insight on exactly why James Baldwin was “an angry black man.” By the way, there’s no sin in being angry. The challenge is to control it and not let it control you. James Baldwin did that by writing and speaking about America’s dilemma boldly, truthfully and straight from his heart. Jerome Metcalf (an angry black man) Beverly Hills

o o o Editor’s Note: The Larchmont Chronicle thanks and encourages readers who wish to comment on the contents of our pages. Our movie reviewer notes that, contrary to assertions in some of the correspondence that the paper has received, he actually liked the Baldwin movie, and his review in the Chronicle gave the film a relatively high rating of 7 out of 10. The movie reviews in the Chronicle are thumbnails. The full review of this film is at: tonymedley. com/2017/I_Am_Not_Your_Negro.htm.

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Blvd., between First St. and Beverly Blvd. The BID consists of the approximately 25 property owners on the Boulevard. They, too, seek to address the issue of damaged plumbing and busted sidewalks, as do many of their tenants, a large number of whom are members of the Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA). Windsor Square response Following a presentation by the BID to several WSA board members in January, with subsequent follow-up meetings and the WSA’s consultation with independent arborists, the issue was formally presented and debated April 12 at the WSA board’s monthly meeting. “The Windsor Square Association board discussed and agreed that the City’s mature Ficus trees on Larchmont Blvd. generally should be removed only if they are dead, diseased, or dangerous,” reads a letter

stating the board’s conclusions. Starting with the premise that trees have a natural life span, the WSA board concluded that a comprehensive replacement plan should be developed and agreed upon by all relevant stakeholders. (A diseased tree in front of Goorin Bros. Hat Shop at 141 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. was removed by the city on April 22 without controversy.) “Such a plan should be implemented over multiple decades to ensure that mature trees on Larchmont are there for the enjoyment of future generations,” the letter concluded. In response to a query from the Chronicle, Guzin said the WSA board’s tree committee hopes to work on the “next steps” in developing a plan through further meetings among the WSA, the BID, the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association and the LBA.

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Library calendar Robotics for kids, teens; make tamales; butterflies

MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Teens STEAM Ahead: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) projects, including circuits and basic robotics for kids ages 11 to 18 Mondays at 4 p.m. Adults Book club: Meets Sat., May 27 at 4 p.m. Tuesday @ the movies: Free film on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Book sale: Tuesdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 to 5:15 p.m. Fun & games for adults: Board and card games Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Unlocking the mysteries of self-mastery: Class and lecture Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Beginning language skills: Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Knitting circle: Spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m.

WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Baby's sleepy storytime: Infants to 2 years old hear a story Mondays, 6 to 6:15 p.m. Mother's Day cards: Make Mother's Day cards Mon., May 8 to Sat., May 13. STAR: Volunteers read stories Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. Preschool storytime: For toddlers ages 3 to 5 years old Thursdays, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Teens Mehndi: Learn history and artistry of henna tattoos, from Indian to Moroccan to Arabic styles, Thurs., May 25, 4 p.m.

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Adults Tamale making: Restaurantowner "Mama Sandi" Romero will teach her tamale-making secrets Wed., May 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. RSVP required. LADOT at the library: Learn how to ride the DASH Wed., May 17 at 2:30 p.m. Mobile devices: Download and read books from the library Wed., May 24, 2:30 p.m. Citizenship and financial literacy: Saturdays at 10 a.m. Bring picture I.D. and income information.

FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children Star Wars party: Yoda says, "Come to library you must; wear costume you will." Wed., May 3 at 4 p.m. Book club: Talk about "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis Wed., May 10 at 4 p.m. BARK: Kids read to therapy dogs Sat., May 13 at 2 p.m. Butterfly release: See butterflies released Wed., May 24 at 4 p.m. Come visit the caterpillars before the release. STAR: Volunteers read stories Saturdays, noon to 2 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Meets Tues., May 2 at 3:30 p.m. Adults Book sale: Fri., May 5, 12 to 4 p.m.; Sat., May 6, 12 to 5 p.m. Alzheimer's caregivers support group: Mondays, May 8 and 22, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Book club: Tues., May 9 at 6:30 p.m. Orchid care: Master gardener Annie Cipolla teaches how to maintain orchids Sat., May 13 at 2 p.m. Movie night: Tues., May 23 at 5:45 p.m. Includes popcorn. Meditation: Learn meditation Thurs., May 25, 6:30 p.m. FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children STAR: Volunteers read stories Mondays at 3 and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, at 3 p.m. Teens Teen council: Discuss books and movies Tues., May 9, 4 p.m. Adults Book club: Tues., May 2 at 10:30 a.m. Quilting guild: Sat., May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friends of the library: Meet Tues., May 8, 11 a.m. Art of meditation: Saturdays May 13 and 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. Hollywood mingle: SCBWI meets Thurs., May 25, 6 p.m. LADOT: Tap card refills Fri., May 26 at 2:30 p.m. Book sale: Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. English conversation: Practice English speaking skills Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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(Continued from page 1) two vote-getters of the 23 candidates who ran in the April 4 primary election. Gomez secured 28 percent of the vote to Ahn’s 19 percent. Run-off voting will be on June 6. Jimmy Gomez Speaking to the Chronicle, Gomez says that his work as a state legislator has prepared him to hit the ground running in Congress. “My legislative experience is key. I am the candidate who can take the fight to D.C. and be smart about it,” he says. Elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, Gomez was reelected in 2014 and again in 2016 to represent California’s 51st Assembly District, which includes Northeast Los Angeles and unincorporated East Los Angeles. As a state representative, Gomez says the biggest lesson he has learned is that “you don’t have to compromise your values to make pragmatic decisions.” He points to his work to expand California’s Paid Family Leave program, where he authored Assembly Bill 908 to restructure the program to better serve low-income participants. In the end, the bill passed with the support of 12 Republican votes. “I learned that you could reform policy on progressive values and still pick up conservative votes. It’s about how you address everyone’s concerns while maintaining your values.” Gomez graduated magna cum laude from UCLA and earned his master’s from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. After returning to Los Angeles in 2006, Gomez worked in Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Feuer’s office, and he later served as the political director for the United Nurses Association of California. Today, Gomez lives with his wife in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood he praises for its culture, diversity and outdoor activities: “It’s a place that I think is both a great place to live and to represent.” When asked what issues Greater Wilshire residents have raised with him, Gomez says that there are specific environmental concerns regarding protecting our water and access to open spaces. “There is also a real fear that the Trump administration is going to hurt the quality of life in California,” he adds. On the subject of Trump, Gomez points out that the stakes have never been higher. “I grew up in Riverside, which was mostly Republican at the time. I know that there are many California Republicans who care about doing the right thing; they just have slightly different values than

ASSEMBLYMAN JIMMY GOMEZ was born and raised in Southern California. His parents emigrated from Mexico in the early 1970s.

ELECTION NIGHT. Councilman Ryu rooted for Robert Lee Ahn, at right, at the April election night party where Ahn claimed second place.

me. Trump is different. He is threatening the Californian way of life.” Robert Lee Ahn The Chronicle featured an interview with candidate Ahn in the March issue primarily because Ahn was the one candidate, of the 23, who lives in the Larchmont Chronicle neighborhoods. In that interview, Ahn told of growing up in MidWilshire as the son of Korean immigrants. He discussed watching the 1992 riots on TV as a 10th grader and fearing for the safety of his father, who worked near 6th and Western. A former member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Ahn says his top issues in running for Congress are public safety, crime and healthcare. The full interview with Ahn is at: issuu.com/larchmontchronicle/docs/lc_03_2017.

Vote May 16 AND June 6? There are two more opportunities coming up for responsible citizens to exercise their franchise and venture to the polls (or mail in absentee ballots). In addition to the Congressional runoff between candidates Gomez and Ahn, in which residents generally east of Plymouth Blvd. can vote on June 6th, there is a second election for everybody! All voters in the City are asked to turn out on Tuesday, May 16, to consider a single item — a proposed amendment to the City Charter. Also some voters have runoffs for school board.


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LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM—"Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story in 3D" screens daily. Encounters with a (life-size puppet) sabertoothed cat are featured Fridays through Sundays. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; tarpits.org. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Movie nights, cultural events offered.

5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; kccla.org. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—Jazz at LACMA spring/summer series in the BP Grand Entrance, is Fridays at 5 p.m. The Christian Jacob Trio play May 5. Charles Owens Quintet perform May 12; Katisse is May 19 and Dwight Trible is May 26. • "Japanese Painting: A Walk in Nature" opens May 13. Ends

Sept. 10. • "Monsoon: Indian Paintings of the Rainy Season" ends July 2. • "Storytelling in Bali: Paintings from the Bateson-Mead Collection" ends July 2. • "Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause," ends July 2. • "Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971," ends Sept. 10. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; lacma.org.

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See classics in lavish palaces at Last Remaining Seats novel by Jules Verne in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Sat., June 10 at 2 p.m. at Warner Grand Theatre in San Petro. Marlon Brando won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his role in “On the Waterfront” Sat., June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre. A comedy about Castro’s Cuba, “La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat)” screens at the Palace Theatre Wed., June 14 at 8 p.m. English subtitles. Music by Irving Berlin and a cast with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire are featured in

Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger star in “L.A. Confidential” in this year’s Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats series. The noir film shows on Sat., June 3 at 8 pm. at the Orpheum Theatre, the final home of the famed vaudeville circuit. “Laura” with Gene Tierney screens on Wed., June 7 at 8 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theatre, which, when it opened in 1918, was among the largest movie palaces in the country. Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre star in a Disney classic based on the science fiction

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Jr. League brings old Hollywood to Union Station Pull out that formal suit and evening gown from the back of your closet, find those perfect shoes and dig out your best jewels and cufflinks to help the Junior League of Los Angeles celebrate the glamour of old Hollywood at its annual spring fundraiser, Angeleno Night, at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Sat., May 6. This year’s event celebrates Union Station’s legacy in the Golden Age of Hollywood and will include live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, specialty hors d’oeuvre and cocktails and more. Many locals have been involved in bringing about this night of glitz, including Landis Stationery, which printed the invitations and save-the-date cards. Black tie is encouraged, and valet parking will be available. Funds raised from the event will benefit charitable services and activities of the League, 630 N. Larchmont Blvd., and its community partners. For more information, go to jlla.org.

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Seven ways to celebrate Historic Preservation Month in 2017 In our community, we celebrate aspects of historic preservation year-round. We advocate, patronize businesses in historic buildings and maintain our own homes. Once a year, though, the nation tries to highlight its efforts in this area by publicizing local activities during National Historic Preservation Month. The National Trust for Historic Preservation coordinates and provides ideas to communities; the state Office of Historic Preservation provides a calendar of activities. So… how should you celebrate? Below are seven ideas for 2017. 1. Visit a new HPOZ. Sunset Square recently received approval, and Miracle Mile is in the process. These newly protected neighborhoods have a preponderance of historic homes in a variety of architectural styles important to Los Angeles. Historic Preservation Overlay Zones protect homes at varying price points, and each provides a different snapshot of living in Los Angeles. Learn more at preservation. lacity.org. 2. Join the “This Place Matters” campaign. Download instructions at: SavingPlaces.org/ThisPlaceMatters and photograph family and

friends as you visit the sites of your choice. Visit a historic house museum, garden or showcase house. Spring is the time to see houses and gardens at their finest. Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright is five minutes away, Wattles Mansion and Gardens less than 10. Pasa- McAvoy on dena’s ShowPreservation case House this by year features a Christy 1916 Marston McAvoy and VanPelt designed Tudor that has ties to several films. Huntington Gardens and Descanso are two other properties with both historic houses and amazing gardens. 3. Thank Hank Hilty and the generations of Gilmores... who have been stewards of the Gilmore Adobe and Original Farmers’ Market on Fairfax. Maintaining a community landmark of this complexity is no small feat. Where would we be without those vendors of produce, meat, fish, ice cream, etc? 4. Into the nuts and bolts of historic preservation? No better way to learn and network than to attend the annual California Preservation Foun-

dation’s annual conference, held this year in Pasadena May 10-13. Study tours, lectures, mobile workshops and special events highlight the conference. Go to: californiapreservation.org. 5. Want to go further afield? Or maybe try a local “staycation”?  Stay in a historic hotel through Historic Hotels of America (historichotels. org). Even one night in a place like the Mission Inn (Riverside), the Biltmore (Los Angeles or Arizona) or National Park lodges like Timberline will provide a respite. 6. For those of you technologically inclined, create your own “special places” map with your family. Google maps make it easy to pinpoint locations and add photos and stories. I suspect that your special places will have a few acknowledged historic sites hiding in their midst. Not a

techie? Use a map, dots or icons and pictures and create a collage. 7. Congratulate yourself… on being a steward of our area landmarks. If you own a contributor in a HPOZ, a Historic-Cultural Monument, have a business in a historic building, or are a member of

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(Continued from Sec. 1, page 1) and Windsor Square homes were placed into bankruptcy last November by entities related to Canadian developer Robert Quigg, whose defaults involved nine properties citywide. Two of the six properties have been “abandoned” by the bankruptcy trustee, and the secured lenders therefore are proceeding with foreclosure of their liens on those two properties. The four other properties are for sale.

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According to the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee, Elissa D. Miller, it remains uncertain whether there will be adequate funds available from these sales to pay anything to the unsecured and unpaid trades-people and vendors, who collectively were owed about $2.8 million by Quigg Builders, Inc. at the time of bankruptcy. Windsor and Rimpau The property abandoned at 317 S. Windsor Blvd. is being foreclosed upon by Hankey Capital, LLC, holder of the first trust deed. It is anticipated that Hankey Capital will complete the remaining remodeling work needed and put the house on the market. Similarly abandoned is the property at 344 S. Rimpau that consists of an open, unfinished basement and piles of dirt. It is unclear what will be the next steps for this property in the hands of its first mortgage lender, Anchor Fund, LLC, whose first deed of trust was in the amount of approximately $3.9 million. That property also is subject to a second deed of trust in the amount of just more than $3 million, held by Strand Capital Corporation. The county’s tax lien on the property of $26,969.43 will be paid during the foreclosure. June, Hudson, Plymouth, Arden The other four local properties are being actively marketed, three with a local broker, Lisa Hutchins, and one with a Beverly Hills broker, Michael Sahakian. Both brokers are associated with broker William Friedman, and all three brokers are with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Bankruptcy Trustee Miller said last month that she is in escrow to sell the Hancock Park home at 428 S. June St., with a hearing date to approve the “as is” sale, subject to overbids, scheduled for May 3 at the bankruptcy court. This is one of the properties listed by Lisa Hutchins. The Hancock Park home at 366 S. Hudson Ave., another Hutchins listing, is offered at $6,999,000. It is described as a “rare tennis court property!” The Windsor Square home at 147 S. Plymouth Blvd. had extensive remodeling work done by the Quigg companies before the bankruptcy, and more work is needed to complete the job. Offered at $5,799,000, it is described by Hutchins as “country English.” The house in Windsor Square at 347 S. Arden Blvd. had its Quigg remodeling completed last year. In fact, the Arden house was where Mr. Quigg and his wife and child were living when they moved out suddenly last Nov. 29-30. The house is listed by Michael Sahakian for $6,995,000.


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Traffic, crime addressed at Ridgewood Wilton annual meeting President Jan Kesner reviewed accomplishments of the previous year, including heightened traffic surveillance, at the Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Association annual meeting in April. About 30 residents attended the meeting held at board member Ginny Kazor’s home. “We had a great turnout,” said fellow member Mary Rajswing. Philip Farha of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Coun-

cil board and Land Use Committee spoke of development issues and how the committee tries to compel developers to seek approval from the GWNC. Catherine Landers, new CD4 senior deputy to the area, took questions and explained that traffic accidents or incident data which are not called into the police will not be taken into account when the Dept. of Transportation (DOT), reviews mitigation requests.

LVNA semi-annual meeting, May 9 Ongoing development issues and progress on a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) effort are on the agenda when the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) meets on Tues., May 9 at 7 p.m. The semi-annual meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Van Ness Avenue Elementary

School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Catherine Landers, the area’s new field deputy for Council District 4, will be on hand to discuss topics germane to the neighborhood. And residents will not want to miss details on the return of the LVNA Block Party this summer. All neighbors are welcome.

She also said CD4 backs a 50/50 option with the city’s Safe Sidewalks L.A. program. She added that it will take many, many years before any funds will be designated through this program to remedy residential sidewalk problems. Safety on 2nd Neighbors were briefed on the latest actions by DOT to increase safety at and near the intersection of Wilton Pl. and 2nd St. DOT is proposing a radical modification to the traffic signalization, which will significantly impact surrounding neighborhoods as well as Ridgewood-Wilton. There is already a camera mounted on the northeast corner of those two streets, just before the curve, Rajswing said. Wilton Place, between 2nd and 1st Streets is an “S-curve,” and vehicles enter it blindly going both north and south,

Rajswing said. Suggestions from the city being considered include a flashing yellow light for northbound traffic on Wilton Place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Our community has always stressed the slowing down of traffic into and out of the curve, particularly at night; that was our main focus for the past five years, but DOT seems to have made a very different determination.” SLO Pelayo Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo covered local crime issues and distributed “SelectaDNA” kits for coding valuable possessions to deter theft. He also spoke highly of the value of on-site camera/video options such as Ring Video Doorbell for smartphones. The group donated $100 to Pelayo’s participation in the Police Unity Bike Ride charity to honor fallen officers May

10 to 13. Parking Restrictions Past year accomplishments discussed included progress on previously left out Overnight Parking District signs on 2nd St., which finally went up last month. “Two of our residents’ homes were left out over two years ago: the south and northwest corner homes of Wilton Place and 2nd St. “Now ALL of 2nd St. between Wilton Place and Van Ness is included, which will prevent derelict drivers from parking, strewing garbage, and even leaving bags of urine. Agnes Kuncar has worked tirelessly to correct this oversight,” said Rajswing. Also, a new stop sign was installed at 1st and Ridgewood Pl., and  landscape improvements included the city trimming some trees throughout the RWNA, plus landscaped islands and sprinklers were repaired.

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Celebrating 15 years of dining and magic at The Grove Ah, how time flies when you’re shopping and dining at The Grove, where the razzle dazzle of Vegas and the wonder of Disneyland meet. The shopping-and-entertainment destination turned 15 last month. To commemorate, Rick Caruso, CEO and owner of the complex, held a company luncheon to honor 25 employees for their 10 and more years with the property. Since its trolley first took passengers past Europeanstyle architecture along cobblestone streets and past its dancing-waters fountain, The Grove has won numerous awards. The Grove tops Shopping Center Today’s list of top 10 shopping centers in

GROVE FOUNDER Rick Caruso honored employees at a company luncheon.

the world based on sales per square foot. And, it ranks #2 on Fortune’s “10 highest

sales-generating shopping centers in the U.S.” list, and ranks #2 on CNBC’s “The top

10 American malls” list based on sales per square foot. Newcomers to the Grove include perfume company Le Labo, Snap Inc.’s Snapbot, Ladurée patisserie and Elizabeth and James from designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. Creator of the Cronut Opening in the fall in the Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro space will be an as-yetto-be-named eatery helmed by Dominique Ansel, designated "World's Best Pastry Chef" by an international panel, and creator of the Cronut. The restaurant will be the 39-year-old chef's first complete restaurant, and there is no set menu, as yet. The

upstairs space will seat 150, and includes a 10-seat private dining room. The downstairs bakery will have room for 70 additional diners. According to the "Los Angeles Times," when the pastry chef opened a "pop-up" store in the Barney's in the Grove in February 2014, 750 people lined up beginning at 2 a.m. and waited in the rain. The turnout was one of the reasons behind Ansel's decision to base his first restaurant in the Grove. Morels closed in April. Besides Nordstrom, longertime stores include Barneys New York, Diane von Furstenberg, American Girl Place and Apple.

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This year the lineup features a mix of hip-hop and R&B performed live at Grand Park. Sponsored by IDENTITY LA, the schedule of events has not been firmed up yet. For more information, go to culturela. org, click on "Programs and Initiatives" and scroll down to "City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations."

Be prepared with 'Quakesmart' Identify your risk, develop a plan and take action. The city of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department is hosting a preparedness workshop for businesses and organizations with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on Thur., May 18. The event, Quakesmart, is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is free but registration is required, at quakesmartcommunity.org. For more information contact Barbara@flash.org.


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Take a tour of historic Westmoreland Harvard Heights June 3 Heritage Association, 2263 Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, 90018 (mailed no later than May 27). Online purchases may be subject to a surcharge.

In 1899, Charles Stuart’s farm stretched across Washington and Western. Trains from downtown barely made it to this countryside area. But in a few short years the area experienced wild development. Explore Westmoreland in Harvard Heights on foot, during the Historic West Adams District self-guided Spring Home and Architecture Tour Sat., June 3. A selection of historic homes and a new art venue will be open to visitors. Doors open at 10 and close at 4 p.m. Docents will answer questions at the sites. The Westmoreland Heights Tract is a small pocket within the Harvard Heights neighborhood and Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. The tour spotlights a selection of pre-1910 historic Craftsman, Tudor/Craftsman and American Foursquare homes. A restored original barn adapted for home office/studio use, and one of Harvard Heights’ newest art venues, a recently-restored 1920s Streetcar Commercial style brick building, are also on the tour. The neighborhood is more than a century old. In 1899, Western Ave. was just a narrow dirt crossroad; Henry

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SELECTION of pre-1910 historic Craftsman, Tudor/Craftsman and American Foursquare homes are on the tour.

C. Jensen’s brick manufactory sat a little bit to the north. But within a few years, the Harvard Heights neighborhood and the Westmoreland Heights Tract (originally named West Moreland Heights) was well on its way, and Hobart and Westmoreland boulevards quickly filled with large, stately homes. Tickets The last ticket for the June 3 tour will be sold at 1:30 p.m. at the day-of-event ticket sales location, 1811 S. Hobart Blvd. Advance purchases and reservations are requested. Tickets purchased in advance (online by June 2, 4 p.m.) are $20 per person for members of West Adams Heritage Association, $30 per person for

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Meals on Wheels is latest show on ‘What’s Up, Downtown?’ By Suzan Filipek What’s Up, Downtown? A lot, it turns out, as seen on the 30-plus YouTube videos chronicling the people, restaurants and general rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles since the enterprise “What’s Up, Downtown?” began two years ago. Hal Bastian, who heads a revitalization consulting company, is host of the shows which can be seen at halbastian.com. Producer Ryan Morris does pretty much everything else. Morris was assistant to the late Hancock Park resident, Huell Howser, the enthusiastic host of the “California Gold” series on PBS, for several years. Among the latest Bastian/ Morris YouTube productions, “Talking with Angels,” Hal dons a bouffant cap and takes a tour of the kitchen at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, where he talks to a 90-year-old volunteer and walks out of a

refrigerator. It’s the largest privately funded Meals on Wheels program in the country, executive director Daryl Twerdahl says in the 13-minute video, as she stirs turkey and pasta dishes sprinkled with herbs from the non-profit’s organic garden. “You can see week to week what nutrition does for people,” adds Twerdahl, who lives in Hancock Park. Besides helping to feed 1,800 homebound elderly and others in need of a hot meal and a smile, Twerdahl also owns Village Catering Company which was located on Larchmont Blvd. for many years. She transitioned from running her store full time while volunteering part time for Cuisine à Roulettes, a support group at Meals on Wheels, to working full time at Meals on Wheels. Her move was to concentrate on something that directly helps people. As with Bastian, who (partially) left behind corporate

IN THE KITCHEN at Meals on Wheels, Hal Bastian meets with volunteer Joan Reidy.

ON-AIR HOST Hal Bastian with producer Ryan Morris.

America to do something creative, reinvention is a common theme of the shows, Morris notes. Among the YouTube offerings, Bastian, a rescue dog advocate, interviews a priest and dances with some canines at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral’s annual community event, “Dog Day Afternoon.” In another episode, Bastian visits with the head of Los Angeles Central Library, cartoon-like graphics add whimsy. And Bastian soon will be seen driving around town with former Councilman Tom LaBonge who will be at the wheel of his 1971 Impala. That show has not yet been posted online. Morris is behind the camera and is also editor and graphic designer, having taught himself on a Canon and a Mac, and he joins Bastian on their

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lookout for stories. “We just walk around talking to people, and we talk to strangers, but that’s what Huell did,” Morris said. After Howser’s death in 2013, several business executive types approached Morris, saying Huell was irreplaceable, but how about doing a similar show with them. Howser made his downhome show seem simple, but it was anything but, said Morris. Howser, who lived on Rossmore Ave., had a lengthy and impressive resume before his popular PBS series, and even though Howser was computer illiterate, back in the 1980s, he was at the forefront of social media. “He would democratize media,” says Morris. He interviewed common folk, small business owners, visited state fairs, and he would list contact names and phone numbers at the end of the show. So, when Bastian, yet another business executive with no television experience, called, Morris again said, “No.” Bastian, who has been at the forefront of downtown’s renaissance, first met Howser a decade ago, when he raised $250,000 for the enthusiastic, larger-than-life host to produce his folksy-style programs

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about DTLA. So while Morris had never met Bastian, he had heard of “Mr. Downtown,” and over lunch was impressed with his willingness to “throw caution in the wind.” The “odds were completely against us,” Morris adds, but they’ve sought and found a few of the hidden stories of downtown Los Angeles. They call their partnership a “creative friction.” Hal, dressed in a suit and tie, and Ryan, well, he doesn’t own a suit, share an office in the Oviatt Building, an unlikely place to run a TV production company, says Morris. But that only adds to their charm. For more on What’s Up Downtown?, visit halbastian. com.

Huell and ‘Louie’ in new book “Louie, Take a Look at This! My Time with Huell Howser” tells of the adventures of the exubertant host of “California Gold” and his cameraman, aka Luis Fuerte. Howser, mostly known from the KCET public television show, was a longtime resident of the El Royale on Rossmore Ave. until his death in 2013. In his shows, he was often heard saying, in his Tennessee drawl, “Louie, take a look at this!” as the pair traversed the state in their 12-year journey. Published last month by Prospect Park Books, the five-time Emmy-winning cameraman, Fuerte, partners with contributing writer David Duron in the 200-page book.

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mall gardens can have a huge impact. Just ask garden designers Judy Horton and Libby Simon, who have crafted several front, and back, yards over the years. Three are on north Windsor Blvd. Like elsewhere throughout the city, the former broad lawns have been replaced with lush, native flora, favorites of bees and butterflies. Monarchs to moths visit when the plants are in bloom, said Megan Boudreau at her 1922 bungalow. “I love it. I’m very happy with it,” she said of the garden design. She bought her 1922 bungalow in 2002, leaving behind Ithica, NY. She enjoys her “walkable neighborhood” and doesn’t miss living on a third of an acre with tall white pine and deer passing through, and lots and lots of snow.

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n the world of interior design, size really does matter. “It’s all about scale and measurements,” says interior designer Randy Esada, owner of Prospr — a 3,000 squarefoot showroom on Beverly Blvd. He tells of one customer who purchased a grand piano, only to find her couches wouldn't fit in her living room after the instrument arrived. Now, with the click of a finger, problem solved. You can find dimensions of the 18th-to-mid-20th century furnishings, chandeliers and decorative arts on the new “Shop in 3-D” feature on his website. Inventory is updated monthly, and Esada includes (Please turn to page 16)

GARDEN designer Libby Simon surrounded by low-water ground cover on Windsor Blvd.

Her new home had a very different challenge — a years-long drought. She found relief in a new drip system that replaced the sprinklers and reduced her home’s total water consumption by one third. “It was very dramatic,” said Megan. Designer Libby Simon added ground cover under the white roses-lined walkway to offset evaporation, (Please turn to page 19)

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New color for LACMA design, still crossing Wilshire

Like a spaceship landing across Wilshire Blvd., with Egyptian, or is it Incan, themes, architect Peter Zumthor’s newest design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was revealed last month. Museum director Michael Govan and the Swiss architect laid out the latest plan for the $600 million project to a packed house at LACMA’s 600seat Bing Theater. No longer the color of the black tar that oozes underneath the boulevard, the building has morphed into a shade of tan, reminiscent of statues of Greek temples and of pharaohs. Or as Zumthor puts it, an Inca temple excavated in the sand. As at Zumthor’s Kolumba Museum in Germany, the outside walls will shadow the inside ones and remain unpainted concrete. Seven thick pedestals (the earlier design had eight) will

support the main gallery surrounded between two horizontal concrete plates; the larger upper plate will overhang the lower one, creating shadow for the galleries inside. Inside the main level, one of the types of galleries will be called “meander” and feature floor-to-ceiling glass that will be the exterior space all around the main level’s perimeter. Six of the pedestals will be north of Wilshire, the seventh will hold a new theater and

stand on the south of Wilshire. Two grand staircases will take visitors up to the galleries on the main level, one on the north side and one on the south side of Wilshire. Ground level galleries, a restaurant, and a landscape of chaparral and desert grasses are also featured in the new design. This is still very much a work in progress and may change, according to a museum spokesman.

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Long-time gallery, TAG, to relocate to Miracle Mile A long-time Santa Monica-based fine art gallery is moving to the Miracle Mile’s Museum Row and plans to open its doors with a new exhibition Tues., May 16. TAG Gallery will relocate from Westside’s Bergamot Station Arts Center to 5458 Wilshire Blvd., where it will represent contemporary Southern California artists working in all media and styles. “This move represents an exciting new chapter and opportunity for TAG to grow,” says director Rakeem Cunningham. TAG has provided artists a venue to showcase their work since 1993. But in December 2016, a section of the Bergamot Station Arts Center was sold to developer Red Car, which led to higher costs for tenants. The new gallery space has 5,200 square feet of exhibition space on two floors and is now under renovations for the grand opening.

“The additional space means the gallery can expand its offerings,” says Cunningham. The first show will have an artists’ reception on Sat., May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Featured artists include photographer Donn Delson, bone sculptor Jerry Hardin, pop artist Gary Polansky and neon artist Linda Sue Price. Visit taggallery. net for more information. Whimsic Alley closing doors Whimsic Alley, 5464 Wilshire Blvd., the fandom store, will be closing soon. When asked why, Stan Goldin, owner, said it was hard to compete with online companies. Goldin said many customers who participated in the themed store events, some coming from as far away as Rio de Janeiro, became close friends; two of them married. Items at Whimsic Alley will be marked down to close-out prices. Goldin said the store will probably close before the end of June.

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The historic bridges of Brookside

By John Welborne A natural feature of the MidWilshire neighborhood is hidden from view and known to many, but not all. As Brookside neighbor and designer of the “Bridge House” Dan Brunn (see story on Page 15) says, he had bought his first house on Longwood and had been living there for some time before he realized that there was “a real stream flowing in the neighborhood.” The stream that gives its name to “Brookside” starts in the Hollywood Hills and ultimately makes its way to Ballona Creek and the Pacific Ocean. The land in this area originally was granted in 1823 to Don Francisco José Avila (who, in 1810-1811, was the alcalde, or mayor, of Los Angeles) and became known as the Rancho Las Cienegas (Ranch of the Marshland). The youngest of the children of Don Francisco and his wife,

EASTER BUNNY and Councilman David Ryu pose with Brookside children after the annual egg hunt.

the former Maria del Rosaria Verdugo, was Francisca. Theodore Rimpau Francisca married a German immigrant named Theodore Rimpau. Then, after the Civil War, they moved south to live in the German colony of Anaheim, but retained their Rancho Las Cienegas. In the early 1920s, with the regular westward expansion of Los Angeles from Downtown and the suc-

EGG HUNT and neighborhood party continue on the west side of the brook in the Boeck backyard in Brookside.

cess of the Fremont Place and Windsor Square subdivisions, the Rimpau Estate Company sold a portion of the rancho bounded by Fremont Place, Olympic Blvd. (then Country Club Drive), Highland Avenue and Wilshire Blvd. for subdivision into lots of varied sizes; larger, luxurious lots for twostory homes on the west and smaller lots, generally built upon with one-story bungalows, on the east. Behind the Longwood Ave.

BROOKSIDE BRIDGES high and low in the Boeck backyard.

parcels, a watercourse meanders through the rear yards on the west and east sides of the street. That watercourse is the “brook” in “Brookside.” Backyard bridges Because these parcels have their high ground on both sides of the creek, efficient utilization of the lots required a way to get from one side of the creek to the other in each backyard. In the block between 9th St. and Olym-

pic Blvd., some houses have a lawn and play area across their bridges on the west side of the creek; one has a pool and garden across its bridge, and one even has a theater (the famous “Brookledge Theater” of the Larsen family of magicians) crossing the creek. The Bill and Sandy Boeck property is one with a pool and garden on the far side of their two bridges. Because (Please turn to page 19)

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Local architect designs a Brookside ‘Bridge House' cladding, and floor-to-ceiling window-walls with expansive exterior views celebrate the landscape and existing trees. “Nature is a really important part of this project. One of the beautiful things about Los Angeles is the relationship between indoor and outdoor living. The Bridge House will

celebrate that relationship,” he says. According to Brunn, the project’s foundation was finished in April, and the assembly of a steel-frame structure will begin this month. “I am hoping the project will be finished by the end of summer,” he says.

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the back yard,” he explains. After a trip to Rhode Island, where Brunn says he took note of large, “classic” homes with impressive carports, followed by a serendipitous meeting with representatives from a patented lightweight steel frame building technology business (Bone Structure), Brunn started thinking. “I came back to Los Angeles and redid the whole design.” No stranger to design, Brunn is the principal architect of Dan Brunn Architecture. As an undergraduate, he studied at USC, and earned his master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Since 2005, his firm has worked to develop commercial and residential properties, specializing in reinterpreting Modernist principles in designs for living, shopping and dining. Known for a signature minimalist aesthetic, Brunn stresses that modern design doesn’t have to equal big, white boxes: “I want to show critics of modern design that you can design projects that fit perfectly with their surroundings.” In fact, Brunn hopes the Bridge House will show critics that modern design can fit seamlessly in the midst of nature. The exterior materials of the house will be wood

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By Billy Taylor Longwood Ave. resident Dan Brunn has designed, and recently began construction on, a one-of-a-kind “Bridge House” to straddle the muchloved brook in Brookside. The 210-foot-long, 20-foot wide, single-story house, quite literally bridges a running stream and a 20-foot change in property grade. “I am really excited about this house,” Brunn tells the Chronicle. “The idea is to do something extraordinary.” It all started about four years ago when Brunn moved to Brookside, where he bought and renovated a property on the west side of Longwood Ave. “One of my neighbors invited me over one day to check out their garden. ‘It’s a little secret, but it’s amazing,’ they told me.” Brunn says it was the first time he realized that there was a real stream flowing in the neighborhood. A few months later, Brunn says he noticed that a house on the east side of Longwood Ave. looked vacant. He befriended the property’s caretaker and learned that he might have the chance to purchase the property. “My first thought was to renovate the house to enjoy

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ister of Historic Places. The light-filled space of his new Beverly Blvd. showroom, opened a year ago this summer near The Grove, is filled with Italian rococo mirrors, gilded chandeliers and samples of the Scalamandre wallpaper the store carries. Glass table lamps he designed mix well with vintage moderne chairs. His Italian gilt-wood sconce with antique glass is among his made-to-order, hard-tocopy designs. You won’t find his intricately designed furnishings and decor elsewhere. The clean shape of modern design blends beautifully with antiques, says Esada. While mid-century de-

sign is basking in its time in the sun, nothing speaks to the soul like antiques. “The last thing I want is to walk into a room and have it be so generic anybody could live there.” Whatever style speaks to you, tour his showroom, on foot or from the comfort of your home, or from anywhere in the world. “You can pour yourself a martini or a Manhattan and walk through the store,” marvels Esada. Prospr, 7407 Beverly Blvd., prosprco.com, and click on “Shop in 3-D,” 323-9340509. By Suzan Filipek


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The Little Free Library that thought it could… and did

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By Rachel Olivier The Little Free Library was a concept started in Wisconsin in 2009. There are currently three Little Free Libraries in close proximity to the Larchmont Chronicle, as well as two at local police stations, Olympic and West Traffic. Three little libraries The Little Free Library in front of Dr. Arthur A. Kezian’s dental office at 443 N. Larchmont Blvd. celebrates its fourth anniversary this NONA FRIEDMAN’S daughmonth. When it was set up, ters, Kayla Wolovitch (left) and California was mid-drought, Ella Wolovitch (right), at the Litand then came the rains this tle Free Library on Ridgewood. winter. Lily, who works for Dr. Kezian and is the curator loves that it has become a fixfor the library (and decorated ture in their neighborhood. it), said the shed was built People stop by and browse with 50-year-old shingles on through it all the time and its roof and is well built. In take or leave books. She said addition, many of the neigh- it was used in a scavenger bors and patients at the office hunt about a year ago. Windsor Square take it upon themselves to straighten and organize the Wendy Hopkins, steward of the Little Free Library at 141 library occasionally. Several friendships and at N. Gower St., said they had to least two romances have blos- take their library down when somed through people meet- they moved. However, they ing and talking over the books are still in the ‘hood (Windsor at the little library, said Lily, Square) and hope to have their who tracks the books using library up again and registered stickers attached to each book in the next few weeks. LAPD little libraries donated. At last count, 8,000 books had gone through the Several little libraries also Little Free Library in front of have popped up in police stations, including LAPD’s the dentist’s office. Olympic division on Vermont Ridgewood Wilton Nona Friedman put up her Little Free Library at 224 N. Ridgewood Pl. two years ago. She said she and her two daughters put the shed together and painted it, and a handyman put it up. It has held WEST TRAFFIC division’s little library with Sgt. up well. She James Tomeo, left, Douglas Chadwick, right.

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Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation winners to be honored May 3 Eight years, 880,000 parcels, and 500 square miles of apartment buildings, religious centers, coffee shops, theaters and bridges later, SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, is considered the most comprehensive survey ever completed by an American city. It identifies and evaluates the vast historic resources of Los Angeles. The monumental project has earned the Chairman’s Award

at the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 36th annual Preservation Awards luncheon on Wed., May 3 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Project Awards will be awarded to CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood. Larchmont-based architects and landscape architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios were part of the project team that rehabilitated and upgraded the entertainment icon, today known as Neue-

House, 6121 Sunset Blvd. Other Project Award winners are: Kinross Cornerstone, Westwood; Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale; Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House, Santa Monica; Valley Times Photograph Collection; and View Park Historic District National Register Nomination, South Los Angeles. For tickets and more information visit laconservancy.org.

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are in. If they find a book they like, they can take it home, no questions asked. They don’t need a permanent address, photo ID or money. Chadwick and her husband Douglas built and set up their first Little Free Library in 2013. Four years later, Chadwick estimates that 40,000 books have gone through the libraries that the Literacy Club has set up. To those of us who grew up with books easily available, it’s difficult to imagine such a thing as a book desert. Sharing a book that one has enjoyed reading can build feelings of community and companionship. For more information, or to set up a Little Free Library, go to littlefreelibrary. org. If you would like to donate money or time to help the Literacy Club, go to theliteracyclub.org.

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trees — planted on either side of the entryway give a touch of privacy at a cottage-style house across the street. The homeowner wanted something other than the traditional white fence, so it was pulled out and donated to Habitat for Humanity. The original brick entryway remains with flagstone added

in the parkway and on the sides of the house, surrounded by yellow and white roses, a purple-flowered vine and lavender and rosemary. Gutter downspouts flow rainwater into the yard, and a permeable driveway and drainage system also flows water back into the property. These relatively smaller

homes, on 50’ x 100’ lots, have tiny back yards, and are closer to the street, arguable for some needed privacy. “It’s more than about taking out lawns,” explains Judy Horton. “More responsible planting for our climate and privacy in the front yards” are key factors in these designs. By Suzan Filipek

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(Continued from page 11) and a carpet of drought-tolerant dymondia, a hearty ground cover, grows beneath a jacaranda tree. Salvias, buckwheat, “coyote mint,” California poppy and verbena add color and fragrance. After the grass was removed, dirt on each side of the walk-

Brookside bridges

(Continued from page 14) their slopes on both sides of the creek also are beautifully landscaped, there are paths and a short, arched bridge down at the lower level. A long, straight bridge connects the patio behind the house directly with the swimming pool and expansive lawn to the west. Guy C. Earl, Jr. The Boeck home was owned for many years, beginning in 1953, by Guy C. Earl, Jr. and his wife, Eleanor MacGowan Earl. He was the publisher of the “Los Angeles Evening Express,” and he participated on the committee that selected the site for the southern campus of the University of California. That committee’s secretary was this writer’s granduncle, James R. Martin, who lived in the home now the Windsor Square residence of Susan and Jack Humphreville. (See Martin’s 1925 book,

“The University of California in Los Angeles.”) It is said that Mr. and Mrs. Earl at one time owned not only their Brookside house, but also the house and lot to its south and the abutting lot on Olympic Blvd., to the west of the creek. Sandy Boeck has been in residence at this beautiful house, with its historic bridges, since buying the property from the Earls in 1973. Brookside Bunny The Boecks have maintained the historic property and its expansive gardens, pool, and lawn for the enjoyment of family and friends. It has been on that lawn and in the shrubs and other hiding places that the Brookside Easter Bunny has hidden eggs in recent years. Children from the neighborhood have gathered for an annual party, and the Easter Bunny’s elected representative, Councilmember David Ryu, has joined the egg hunt festivities as well. Right by two of the historic bridges of Brookside.

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It’s ‘A Wonderful Life’ at English Tudor Showcase Pasadena Showcase House of Design house and garden tour will continue through May 21. Some 23 designers have remodeled the interior and gardens of this year’s showcase, an English Tudor built in 1916. The architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt designed the home at a cost of $25,000 for actor Samuel Hinds and his wife. The nearly 7,500 square-foot main residence features six bedrooms and four bathrooms and two halfbaths. The two-acre property includes a pool and badminton court, more than 100 trees and a faux bois bridge. Mr. Hinds played Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart’s character and the founder of Bailey Building and Loan, in the classic holiday film, “It’s

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Monarch Carpet, Drapery, Upholstery turns 80 The carpeting and floor business has changed a lot since Monarch opened 80 years ago as a rug and drapery cleaning business. Carpet sales came along a bit later, and, the rest, — wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic and natural fiber flooring — later still. Today, there’s even free inhouse design consultation. Wood flooring has grown in popularity, as have all hard surfaces, which account for 60 percent of company business, says co-owner Joel Friedman. Friedman along with Jeff Gertsman took over the business from their fathers, Sanford Rosenberg and Moe Gertsman, who founded Monarch in 1938. Friedman came aboard in 1962. Gertsman joined in 1974. Under their tenure, the company has expanded 20 times, to a 25,000-square foot facility that buzzes ‘round the

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‘Distant, difficult, and dangerous,’ Kong was all that and more King Kong,” to mark the film’s latest iteration, “Kong: Skull Island.”) The 29-old Selznick had just resigned from Depressionrocked Paramount in June 1931 when he left Hollywood for New York. He had hoped to start an independent studio, but instead returned to Gower and Melrose (Paramount was next door) in October as RKO’s vice president for production. RCA, under the legendary David Sarnoff, was then the parent company of RKO. But he also returned with a giant gorilla, so to speak, in his back pocket. The hyper-confident producer, director, explorer, documentarian, aviator, soldier, prisoner-of-war, and Hollywood mover and shaker Meri-

an C. Cooper had worked his magic in New York on behalf of Selznick, with David Sarnoff. Coop, explorer Merian Cooper was a big thinker who never forgot the dreams of his childhood and youth — which was threaded, as if with gold, by the exploits of dashing soldier ancestors in the Revolutionary War and then the Seminole Indian Wars. Col. John Cooper in the Revolutionary War was the commanding officer of Kazimierz Pulaski, the storied Polish officer who organized America’s first cavalry unit. This family history was the animating force in Cooper’s begging the Polish head of state to let him raise an American squadron to join the Polish air force in the 1919– 21 Polish-Soviet War. (It was around this time that Coop met Ernest B. Schoedsack, a cameraman-aviator-explorer who would become his co-

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director and co-producer.) But it was Merian Cooper, at age six, who had decided to become an explorer when he read an 1861 edition of “Explorations and Adventures on Equatorial Africa.” According to Coop’s biographer, Mark Cotta Vaz, it was “one of the influential books that shaped the outlook and career path of young Merian Cooper.” The frontispiece, reproduced in Vaz’s 2005 book, “Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper,” shows a giant gorilla

with a monster face. Hmm. It seems so very familiar. The big ape By 1930, Cooper and Schoedsack had three or four films to their credit. Selznick needed a big hit and owed Cooper in part for his new position at RKO. No one could turn down Coop. He was as persistent and consistent as the rising sun; Selznick had heard about the big ape before he returned to Hollywood in October 1931. In early 1933, Selznick’s contract with RKO had expired, and he moved to MGM to work for his fatherin-law, Louis B. Mayer. But on March 2, 1933, “King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World” premiered in New York and two weeks later in Hollywood. The story of its making has filled libraries. (The story of its script development is the topic for next month’s column.) The film kept RKO afloat but not out of receivership — the movie was, by any accounting, a massive hit for the studio, its stars, its makers, and Kong himself. Cooper and Schoedsack no doubt were bemused by the many interpretations of the film, which continue to this day. For them, though, Kong was no metaphor — the picture fulfilled their production motto: “Keep it distant, difficult, and dangerous.”

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made entirely out of succulents, for either side of the front door. Eric Buterbaugh, at the historic Danzinger Studio by Frank Gehry, 7001 Melrose, will be supplying a signature arrangement of peonies for the entry. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, visit robinsongardens.

Mother’s Day, rose festival Celebrate Mother’s Day, and enjoy the roses this month, at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Bring the family for Patina’s Mother’s Day brunch at the Rose Pavilion Sun., May 14. The three seatings are 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $75 and reservations are required.

Take in your fill of roses at the Rose Festival, Sat., May 20 and Sun., May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be discovery and craft stations, live music, food provided by Patina and guided walks through the Rose Garden. For more information on these and other activities, call 818-949-7980, or go to descansogardens.org.

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org/gardentour. If you can’t make it and would like to tour the gardens, call 310550-2087 or email visit@robinsongardens.org.

Mother’s Day, artisanal farming Mother’s Day brunch and a lecture on the future of farming are two of the events this month at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Bring your mom for brunch, wander through gardens, and browse the flower shop and gift store Sun., May 14. Check website for seating times. Hear about the future of artisanal farming with organic farmers David and Marcy Masumoto Sun., May 7 at 2 p.m. Take a tour of the tropic collections with curator Dylan Hannon to see orchids and other exotic plants Wed., May 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information on these and other opportunities, visit huntington.org.

Wild West Day, plant shows at Arboretum Pan for gold, tour Queen Anne Cottage and view a variety of geraniums, epiphyllums and cycads at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens this month at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Live music, stagecoach rides and a cowboy artifact exhibit are some of the attractions at Wild West Day, Sat. May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can also see roping demonstrations, write telegrams, tour Queen Anne Cottage and pan for gold. Western barbecue and other refreshments will be available for purchase. The International Geranium Society will be hosting a show and sale Sat., May 13 and Sun., May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Geraniums will be on display as well as for sale. Learn about cycads, a plant with a long fossil history, at a walking tour Sat., May 20 from 11 a.m. to noon. Wear walking shoes and a hat. Enjoy the many varieties of epiphyllia, a genus of the

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The Friends of the Robinson Gardens will tour and showcase the famous Beverly Hills home and gardens Sat., May 20 beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s event will honor philanthropist Ron Burkle as Grand Marshal. Burkle is founder of the Ralphs / Food4Less Foundation and Fred Meyer, Inc. Foundation. He is on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and he is a trustee of AIDS Project Los Angeles, among other nonprofit organizations. The program for the event includes tours of the gardens and the mansion — decorated for the event by interior designers and florists — a luncheon, fashion show by Theory, book signings, treasure hunt and opportunity drawing. Two of the floral designers are from our neighborhood. Horticulturist Brad Austin of Brad Austin Imaginative Florals, Stanley Ave., will provide a pair of spiral topiary,


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Learn fresh California lingo Taxis were named after Parisian machines Dude, hack the lingo and eventually winnowed down for Where does ‘taxi’ come from? wonders Patty Miller. grab some of this sweet Califor- use in the book. “My millennial advisors, One of the few words which nia speak with “Talk Like a Calilike my daughter, corrected is the same in any language, fornian,” published recently. me on some out of “taxi” is originally from the Written by “Heldate terms,” Bates Greek tassien, which morphed ena Ventura,” a pen pointed out. “For into the French taxer — an name for a group example, what my arranged charge or computaof writers headed husband the TV tion. And it was in Paris, in by Colleen Dunn editor always called the late 19th century, where Bates, publisher ‘craft services’ is vehicles for hire were first of Prospect Park now called ‘crafty,’” equipped with devices to meaBooks and sixth she said. sure mileage. These machines generation CaliforThis is an epic were called “taximeters” and nian, the book covbook to give to a lo- not only computed distance ers statewide slang, cal who is missing traveled, but the charge due. regional words, and specific jargon for READ UP on your home or an out-of- It wasn’t long after that the the film and tech slang with this “hella state friend or fam- colloquial abbreviation, now industries. fresh guide to Golden ily member who universally adopted, referred doesn’t have a clue to the vehicles themselves. The book, sub- State speak.” and needs a hack • • • titled “A hella fresh guide to Golden State speak,” is to get fresh with their Califor- What’s the origin of “hoi polostensibly a glossary for locals nia speak. Also entertaining to loi”? queries Jeanette Nolan. and tourists alike to glean a bet- share with friends over guac “Hoi polloi” is literal Greek for the many and refers to the ter understanding of California and a beer. slang. Yet, the design by Kathy “Talk Like a Californian” by masses, the common herd in a Kikkert, using California bear Helena Ventura is available slighting sense. At Cambridge graphics, and the author(s)’s at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. University, it is also referenced examples explaining the terms, Larchmont Blvd., 323-465- in “The Poll” — students who also poke gentle fun at the lin- 1334, chevaliersbooks.com. merely obtain a pass degree, a go Californians have developed Or contact prospectpark- degree without honors or distinction. These underachievand learned to use and under- books.com. stand in the bear republic on the left coast. “I grew up in the surf world, so I ‘spoke’ surf from an early age,” says Bates. She said a book of cowboy sayings gave her the idea. “A light bulb went off that no one had done California-speak in book form,” she continues. She put together a team of people from Silicon Valley, San Diego, Hollywood and the Bay Area to research “Golden RECENTLY SEEN at the Larchmont Barber Shop were barber State speak,” and was able to Cesar Vasquez, Larchmont Chronicle publisher John Welborne, Windsor Square resident William LaBombard, and barber shop combine huge lists that they

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To differentiate from the physical to the mental yearning, the ancients used purstig. This portrayed a strong desire or craving for something metaphysical like knowledge, love, or freedom. • • • Why is a witty person, also known as a “wag”? ponders Connie Peterson. A “wag” is a humorous person, one given to jest and merriment. It comes from the Old English wagge, which meant rascal and was then folded into waghalter — a practical joker, a person who wags or shakes a horse’s halter to induce the animal to rear and scare its rider. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to willbent@prodigy.net.

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