vol. 54, no. 11
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IN THIS ISSUE
New subzone is designed to curb mansionization Subzones: Brookside, Sycamore Square
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Temporary zoning measures designed to protect neighborhood character and prevent building of homes too large for their lots are set to expire this summer for both Brookside and Sycamore Square. Council District Four and the City Planning Dept. are holding a public meeting to discuss proposed new R-1 subzones to replace the Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs) before they expire in July. The meeting to discuss the proposed single-family "variation zone," or subzone, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pan Pacific Park Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd. on Tues., Nov. 14. Councilman David Ryu is recommending the R1R3-RG subzone, which is more restrictive than the standard R1 zone. The same subzone has See New subzone, p 5
Reindeer stops, Santa and good cheer on Blvd. Celebrate Nov. 25
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Santa, carolers and a trolley return to Larchmont Village for the Holiday Open House and Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25. The trolley will make eight “reindeer stops” between Melrose Ave. and First St. on Larchmont Blvd. between 11:30 and 3:30 p.m. Seasonal refreshments will be served at stores near the stops, said Dr. Tim Gogan, chair of the Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA) event. The third annual Holiday See Reindeer stops, p 4
Holidays on Larchmont
Merriment and good cheer will be enjoyed by all in the Larchmont Chronicle annual Holiday Edition in the December issue. Advertising deadline is early: Thurs., Nov. 9. For information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.
ACADEMY MUSEUM spherical theater and rooftop viewing deck rise just across Sixth Street from the garden apartments and towers of verdant Park La Brea. LACMA’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, (white rooftop, right), also was designed by Renzo Piano, architect for the Academy Museum. Rendering below shows finished rooftop deck, viewed from the north.
Academy Museum reveals architectural, cultural vision Saban Family gives $50 million; opening in 2019 By Billy Taylor The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new museum on Wilshire Blvd. is still under construction, but the Larchmont Chronicle and other members of the press were recently invited to take a glimpse at what is to come. “People from across the globe come to Los Angeles to be inspired and to see things they have only imagined become real through storytelling. It is only fitting that the filmmaking capital of the world will soon have a space dedicated to its industry and artistry,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti as he addressed the crowd gathered Sept. 27 for a hardhat tour to preview the project’s progress. Other guest speakers included John Bailey, president
of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Bob Iger, chair of the Academy Museum Campaign, Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the Academy Museum ComSee Academy Museum, p 15
Ways to contribute are as close as your backyard Local charities could use a hand year round By Rachel Olivier With hurricanes, fires and other traumatic events rolling across the planet over the past year, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the immensity of need out in the world. If you want to help, you may wonder where to start. As with many
other things, it’s good to take a look at what is going on in “your own backyard.” The following are local charities that would love your help and donations, not just over the holidays, but throughout the year. • • • See Contribute, p 26
Festive Fair on Blvd. Thousands attended Residents and visitors were greeted by costumed children, watched a talent show, enjoyed Korean barbecue, pie contests and rides while a haunted house thrilled at the Larchmont Family Fair Oct. 29. The annual event was held on Larchmont Blvd., closed to traffic from Beverly Blvd. to First St.
LARCHMONT FAMILY FAIR of 2017 featured many bubbly adventures, dozens of booths and an amazing haunted house.
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Los Angeles High — 100 years in the neighborhood “A Roman Renaissance” was the theme of two days of celebration last month of the city’s oldest high public school beginning to occupy its fifth campus in 1917 at the corner of Rimpau Blvd. and what, since 1932, has been Olympic Blvd. Organized by the school’s fundraising partner, The Alice G. Harrison Trust (originally funded in 1958 by the entire estate of its namesake member of the Class of 1895), the centennial of the 1873 institution’s current location was celebrated, first, at the Friday night Homecoming football game and, again, on Saturday, at a fundraising dinner held in the Bruce Meyer (Class of 1957) Gallery at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Roman Spirit Award went to Gerry Brown, Class of 1976; George Takei, Class of 1956; and Milt Larsen, Class of 1949. The latter two are local luminaries from, respectively, Hancock Park and Brookside (with magician Larsen describing to the assembled guests his daily, post-World War II walk down Longwood Ave. to high school). (Please turn to page 5)
Sun., Nov. 5 – Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. Turn clocks back one hour. Tues., Nov. 7 – Draft Environmental Impact Report public meeting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 6 to 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 8 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. greaterwilshire.org. Sat., Nov. 11 – Veterans Day. Sun., Nov. 12 – Windsor Village Assoc. annual meeting, S. Lucerne Blvd., 3 to 5 p.m. email@example.com Tues., Nov. 14 – Brookside and Sycamore Square R-1 subzone public information meeting, Pan Pacific Park Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd., 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 16 – Brookside community meeting, Memorial Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 16 – Windsor Square Association annual “Town Hall” meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m.
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Sun., Nov. 19 – Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society new member meeting, private home on N. Lucerne Blvd., 5 to 7 p.m. Call 310-729-2697 or visit wshphs. org. Thurs., Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Day. Sat., Nov. 25 – Small Business Saturday and Holiday Open House on Larchmont, noon to 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 26 – Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd., 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 30 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle.
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And speaking of the website, we’ve got a new one, and it’s fantastic. Take a look and tell us what you think: hphae1. wildapricot.org. The website is one of the many things your dues pay for. Remember - If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (kimberly.henry@lacity. org) to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/ hancock-park. There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/ initial.screening.checklist). Remember to lock your car, secure your house and, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650, or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with all the information, including your name and telephone number. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.
“I’m going to gather all of the aunts, uncles and cousins in my family and go to my aunt’s house — she’s the only one who can fit all of us!” Albert Lee Hancock Park
“I’m going to a friend’s house with my wife, but the day after Thanksgiving we throw a party and everyone brings their leftovers.” Mark Beltzman Hollywood
The Association’s annual meeting was a great success and we thank everyone who participated and attended. In particular, we thank the staff of 3rd Street Elementary School for hosting the meeting and the representatives of the Council Office and the LAPD for attending and answering questions. And, most of all though, we thank our members for attending and for continuing to work hard making Hancock Park the great place it is. The Association also elected Tim Allyn, Martin Beck, Greg Glasser, Peter Gorelick, Susan Grossman, William Newby, Cami Taylor, Jon Vein, and James Wolf as members of the Board of Directors. All members of the Board of Directors chair and participate in the Association’s committee work. Any Association member, meaning any Hancock Park resident, can also serve on a committee, and we ask you to consider doing so. Just a few areas in which our committees work are: planting trees, pushing the city to fix our concrete streets, managing filming, and preserving our historic neighborhood. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but steady work keeps progress happening. So think about it, and contact us via the website.
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TALKING TREES, Scot Clifford (left) stands among Larchmont’s future Christmas trees in Oregon with grower Andy Heuberger in August.
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Get fresh trees at Rotary lot on Larchmont Blvd. By Billy Taylor It will begin to look a lot like Christmas when the Wilshire Rotary Club opens its tree lot on Fri., Nov. 24 at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. Customers will find noble, fraser, silvertip, Nordmann and Douglas firs, according to organizer Wendy Clifford, who says the trees are delivered fresh from a farm in Oregon. New tree shipments will arrive each week, with wreaths and garlands also available. Clifford tells the Chronicle that she took a trip to Silverton, Oregon, with her husband Scot in August to preview the trees that are reserved for Larchmont. Thanks to a rainy spring and a new growing process, she says the trees “are more beautiful than ever. “They look fabulous.” Celebrating its 11th year on Larchmont Blvd., Clifford says the tree lot wouldn’t be possible without the support of the local community.
“I’m just happy to be with people and with my children this Thanksgiving,” and “I’m going to be with some family up in San Francisco.” Roberta Stuppe Hancock Park, with son Pat Burke, San Francisco
“Usually my Thanksgiving plans come together at the last minute — me and a bunch of old punkers and musicians get together at a friend’s house for a potluck.” Tony Cupstid Larchmont
RecycLA adds recycling — at a price By Suzan Filipek The City of Los Angeles’ new trash and reycycle collection program for large apartments (five or more units) and all businesses, “recycLA,” is set to roll out on Larchmont Blvd. and surrounding areas this month. Aimed to trim trash in landfills by 97 percent by 2030, the program has lofty goals and, some say, equally lofty prices. “We’ve been working on this program for a long time… so that we could do this as the best we could,” said Los Angeles Sanitation spokesperson Heather Johnson. Proponents contend that the program is bringing recycling service to 80,000 commercial enterprises that did not have the option before. Representatives for Athens Services, North Central Zone, are meeting with customers on Larchmont Blvd., the Farmers Market and other local areas to assess their waste needs. The new service is set to start this month, said Wendy Bruget, director of government affairs at Athens Services. (Athens’s North
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Kick off the holidays at The Grove tree lighting Start the holiday season at The Grove’s annual Christmas show and tree lighting ceremony Sun., Nov. 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The “California Christmas” event will feature a musical spectacular (special guests to be announced), the sea-
son’s first Southern California snowfall, the lighting of the 100-foot white fir Christmas tree and a fireworks finale. The event also marks the arrival of jolly old Saint Nicholas to the mall’s Santa House. The Grove’s Christmas tree, which is taller than the tree
at Rockefeller Center in New York City, hails from Mt. Shasta in Northern California and arrived Oct. 24 on a flatbed truck. It will be decorated with 15,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments. Visit thegrovela.com for more information.
PINK’S HOT DOG owners, Gloria and Richard Pink, salute the Dodgers for the team’s first World Series appearance since 1988. The famous hot dog stand on Melrose Ave. was repainted mostly blue and white before the Series began last month.
Free panel on front yards Nov. 14 Local neighborhoods’ onceuniform front yards of open vistas and broad lawns are changing because of drought, changing tastes and other influences. A free panel discussion on the subject, organized by the Han-
cock Park Garden Club, takes place Tues., Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Ebell. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, according to club president Jennifer Fain, Windsor Square.
ers who spend $25 or more will get a ticket, which they can put in boxes in front of the gifts they would like to win. At Alexander Daas, every eyewear frame will be on sale, and Au Courant is hosting a wine and vegan hors d’oeuvre reception Nov. 25, 4 to 7 p.m., with 20 percent of proceeds going to Stop Poaching Now.
(Continued from page 1) Open House will be combined with Small Business Saturday. Sidewalks and trees will be decorated, and costumed carolers from The Ebell will perform holiday favorites. Landis Gifts & Stationary is sponsoring a drawing. Custom-
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POTENTIAL REZONING for Brookside and Sycamore Square, as R1 “variation zones,” or subzones, will be discussed Nov. 14. The map shows existing local Historic Preservation Overlay Zones and (in cross-hatching) variation zones.
(Continued from page 1) been adopted for former ICO communities La Brea-Hancock and Larchmont Heights. “La Brea-Hancock had the same ICO as Brookside, and we feel this would be a great permanent fix for the community,” said Ryu. Brookside boundaries Ryu also seeks to modify the geographical boundaries of the Brookside neighborhood, to include parcels on both the east and west sides of Muirfield. The east side inadvertently was left out. The R1R3-RG zone is one of a number of new R1 single-
family subzones that were adopted by the city earlier this year, establishing “envelope” guidelines to help new buildings and remodels fit more sensitively into the context of historic neighborhoods. R1R3-RG explained The “R1” indicates a singlefamily zone. “R3” indicates that the bulk of a new building should be located toward the rear of the building.
The “RG” designation indicates that garages should be located at the rear of the property instead of the front of the parcel. The new zone will only apply to areas of affected neighborhoods that already are zoned R1 (single-family). Areas of Sycamore Square zoned R2 and R3 (for low-density multifamily housing) will not be affected.
Los Angeles High (Continued from page 2) A surprise was presentation of the award to loyal alumnus Bruce Corwin, Class of Winter 1958, and current president of the Harrison Trust. Corwin recounted his growing up on Plymouth Blvd. in a house that happens to be next door to this writer’s present home and also next door (on the other side) to the house my grandmother (Class of Spring 1900) and grandfather built in 1918 and lived in until 1946. Go, Romans!
LOS ANGELES HIGH SCHOOL presented the Roman Spirit Award to alumni George Takei and Milt Larsen.
THE “ROMAN” of Los Angeles High School (Jovan Harmon) makes a surprise presentation to alumnus Bruce Corwin, president of the Harrison Trust.
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Politics comes to Miracle Mile, Windsor Square neighborhoods
STATE SENATE President Pro Tem (and U.S. Senate candidate) Kevin de León (left) met with Miracle Mile architect (and resident) Scott Kelsey, FAIA (right) at a breakfast meeting last month at the local architecture firm CO Architects.
A day after he threw his hat in the ring against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Senate President Pro Tem (and U.S. Senate candidate) Kevin de León came to Miracle Mile. He attended a breakfast talk sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects, held at local architecture firm CO Architects, whose managing principal is Miracle Mile resident, Scott Kelsey, FAIA. Newly elected Congressman Jimmy Gomez came to Windsor Square and met with residents in Jennifer Levin and John Eisendrath’s home.
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Motion on concrete street repair analysis passes My motion on concrete street repair passed through the City Council on Oct. 20. We cannot put off the issue of repairing our streets any longer. My motion instructs the city to conduct a cost comparison analysis of concrete street projects, including a cost benefit of using city crews versus outside contractors, and comparing the cost, longevity and customer satisfaction of concrete versus asphalt streets, as well as addressing the backlog of “D” and “F” rated streets. • • • Recently, my office became the first in City Council to release a record of how discretionary dollars were spent. The online data tool shows spending by category and region for every year since 2015. The biggest use of our discretionary funds was for infrastructure — traffic and transit — and beautification projects in Council District 4. Combined with the Discretionary Funds Task Force, a citizen panel which monitors and advises discretionary spending, we are paving new roads toward a more transparent and open city government. To learn more, visit davidryu.lacity.org/cd4_checkbook. • • • I introduced two motions in City Council on Oct. 3 to begin dockless bike-sharing and peer-to-peer car-sharing programs in the City of Los Angeles. These motions, if passed, will open the door to more commuting options, reduced traffic, and greater mobility in Los Angeles. This should be a no-brainer for City Council: more programs to drive down the cost of bike rentals and more car-share opportunities that will give people who want to forego car ownership options to make that a reality. Dockless bike-sharing systems, which already operate in Washington, D.C., Seattle, South San Francisco, and other municipalities, allow riders to use an application on their phones to find and unlock nearby bicycles and drop them off anywhere bikes are allowed — no docking station or kiosk required.
Windsor Village annual meeting The Windsor Village annual meeting is set for Sun., Nov. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 901 S. Lucerne Blvd. Elections are for five board positions, and wine and cheese will be served. For location and time, RSVP to email@example.com.
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David E. Ryu Peer-to-peer car-sharing is a growing trend in the carsharing market, allowing carowners to supplement their incomes by renting out their personal car through a webbased application for shortterm use. At present, the Los Angeles Municipal Code does not have a framework to regulate peer-to-peer car-sharing. My motion on peer-to-peer carsharing would instruct the Department of Transportation to develop a permit process that would provide sensible regulations for the industry.
Windsor Square Nov. 16 at Ebell The Windsor Square Association’s annual “Town Hall” meeting will be held at The Ebell on Nov. 16, featuring presentations by Councilman David Ryu and resident Jack Humphreville, who will discuss the city budget and similar issues. Other agenda items include reports on public safety, historic preservation and emergency preparedness. The board also will present its conclusions about the Larchmont Blvd. ficus trees and related “canopy” issues. The annual Squeaky Wheel Award will be presented to a resident whose persistence in addressing an issue of community concern has protected or improved the quality of life in Windsor Square. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. More at: windsorsquare.org.
Ryu hosts open house on Sixth St. narrowing ‘Road diet’ discussed Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu hosted a neighborhood open house Oct. 21 at Pan Pacific Park to discuss possible changes for Sixth St. from Fairfax Ave. to La Brea Ave. Street-narrowing and bicycle-riding advocates emphasize that this stretch of Sixth St. has had several fatal traffic-related accidents in recent years. However, other sources say the particular accidents cited were unrelated to vehicle speed. At the open house, two options were presented to the approximately 100 people who came through during the three-hour session. The first option would remove some on-street parking to add new left-turn pockets at La
Brea and Hauser. The second option is a road diet, similar to the plan proposed last year by the Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) and similar to what recently has caused great controversy near Playa del Rey. The MCWCC voted unanimously in September 2016 to support a Sixth St. road diet, which reconfigures existing lanes to create one traffic lane in each direction (as opposed to the present two lanes). The narrowed street would include a left-turn lane in the center of the road with bike lanes and dedicated parking lanes near the street curbs on both sides. Critics of the road diet idea warn of the unintended consequences: road diets create more traffic congestion.
Praguefest, fashions, John Wayne Institute on social calendar It was a perfect October night and Solo House was the place to be for Praguefest. The bash was held at the Arden Blvd. home of Pavlina Moskalykova and Matt Solo and co-hosted by Robin and John Jameson and Juliet and John Brumlik. Chef Michael
Beglinger brought Central European cuisine to life. Blu Jam Cafe owner Kamil Majer served Czech-inspired dishes. This feast was accompanied by drinks such as plum slivovitz, Jameson whisky and an original signature cocktail created
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The Windsor Village Association Board will hold its election at our Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2017, as specified in our bylaws. We are looking to fill up to five seats. Each seat will be for a two-year, renewable term. The meeting will be at the home of Diane Dicksteen, 901 S Lucerne Blvd. from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Here are the requirements for Board election: • Residence in Windsor Village; • Willingness to attend at least 6 monthly Board meetings per year; and • Desire to work with your neighbors for the betterment of our community. The Windsor Village Association is a 501(c)4 organization. All Board members are volunteers. There is neither financial compensation nor obligation to serve on the Board. Here is how the process will work: We are accepting nominations through Friday, November 03, 2017. You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission, please!). Send your nominations to WindsorVillageAssn@gmail.com and include the following: 1. Name of Nominee; 3. Email Address; and 2. Street Address; 4. Brief Candidate’s Statement. • We will publish the names and candidates’ statements (not addresses) on the WV- Watch, NextDoor, and our web site (windsorvillage.org) prior to our Annual Meeting date. Voting will occur at our Annual Meeting. In order to vote, you must be a resident of Windsor Village and at least 18 years of age. You must be in attendance to vote (no mail-in or proxy votes can be accepted per our bylaws). Although the meeting is usually one hour, voting will only take a few minutes. After a count verified by an impartial third party, we will contact the winners and announce the results. We look forward to your involvement. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Windsor Village Association at firstname.lastname@example.org. Windsor Village Association 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., #183, Los Angeles, CA 90004 email@example.com
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Brunch, boutique at Junior League The Junior League’s Harvest Boutique, “Where Giving is Always in Style,” is Sun., Dec. 3 beginning with a brunch at 10 a.m. A Sip & Shop featuring champagne and a curated boutique follows. The 18th annual fundraiser is at the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live. Phoebe Pierpont Vaccaro will receive the Spirit of Voluntarism Award, and Joy Burkhard will receive the Community Achievement Award. Tickets start at $25 to shop at the curated boutique with 50 vendors and access to the champagne reception. Visit jlla.org.
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JOHN WAYNE: Karen Nolta and Jane Hawley at JWCI luncheon.
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FRANCES JENKINS literally looked up to fellow models (left to right) Saffron and Savannah McCormick and Marley Moore, while Remy Doessant contemplates a small pumpkin.
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KATIE LOWRY CHANG escorts son, Dylan, and daughter, Emilia, at the Children’s Chain 2017 fashion show.
Give thanks at these local sites on Thurs., Nov. 23 er St. is scheduling a 10 a.m. service. Call 323-463-7161 or visit fpch.org for information. Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., will have a brief 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving service followed by a lunch; all are welcome. Call 323-9389135 or visit hopelutheranchurch.net to learn more. St. Brendan Church, 310 S. Van Ness Ave., will have a 9 a.m. mass to give thanks. For information, call 323-9364656. Shaarei Tefila Congregation, 7269 Beverly Blvd., is having a Thanksgiving lunch and party on Tues., Nov. 21. Call 323-938-7147 for information.
Many places of worship offer services, and sometimes a meal, on or around Thanksgiving Day. Read on to see local sites that are open Thurs., Nov. 23. The Anglican Church of Our Saviour at 6301 Wilshire Blvd. observes the day with a 9 a.m. service. Call 818-7498139 to confirm. Cathedral Chapel Church at 922 S. Detroit is having a 10 a.m. mass that day. Call 323930-5976 for information. Christ the King Church at 624 N. Rossmore Ave. will be having a 9 a.m. mass. Call 323-465-7605 for information. First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood at 1760 N. Gow-
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Oktoberfest at Hope Lutheran Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., celebrates 75 years Sun., Nov. 5 with a special worship service and Oktoberfest feast. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with music provided by the Hope Band and Choir, as well as other groups. Bishop R. Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will speak on the history of Hope Lutheran. Following the service will be an authentic Oktoberfest with German appetizers and beer, a free catered lunch inspired by Martin Luther, a silent auction and a mariachi band. For more information, call 323-938-9135 or visit hopelutheranchurch.net.
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Don’t Miss the Windsor Square Association’s Annual Meeting! Please join us on Thursday evening, November 16, for the Windsor Square Association’s Annual Meeting, at The Ebell on the corner of Lucerne and Wilshire Boulevards. Come for light refreshments and friendly mingling at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7:00 p.m. • Councilman David Ryu will speak on public safety and infrastructure, both issues of concern in our neighborhood. • The always-informed Jack Humphreville will discuss the City budget. • The WSA will present its carefully researched position on the fate of the Larchmont Boulevard ficus trees. • Meet our area police officers and ask them questions and air concerns in breakout sessions. • Finally, find out which local Windsor Square resident has won the Squeaky Wheel Award, presented annually to someone whose persistence in addressing an issue of community concern protects or improves the quality of life in Windsor Square. Recently, our nation has been ravaged by hurricanes, flood and fire, and our near neighbor, Mexico, has suffered a devastating earthquake. These terrible events should serve us as a reminder to make our own thorough disaster preparations. Securing an adequate supply of potable water is primary. The Windsor Square Association has made an arrangement to offer for sale, to our neighbors, 55-gallon water barrels, for the safe storage of water for a guaranteed five years. Unlike regular plastic jugs, these barrels will not degrade. The special price of $135 plus tax includes delivery and set up. In case you missed the opportunity to purchase one of these water barrels at the recent Larchmont Family Fair, you’ll have another chance to invest in your family’s disaster preparedness at the Annual Meeting. So — keep up with what’s happening in the neighborhood. Get the latest information on important issues from our elected officials and police. Voice your concerns. Improve your disaster preparedness. Best of all, greet your friends and meet some new ones as we work together to make Windsor Square an even better place to live! See you at The Ebell on November 16! The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.
TREASURE CHEST was a raffle prize won by Remick Techentin, shown with his sister, Larkin, and friend, Jack Hoecker.
For the 56th time, parents and children gathered for a fall fashion show to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Organized by the 59-yearold hospital support group, Children’s Chain (“a chain is as strong as its weakest link”), the fashion show took place this year at The Beach Club in Santa Monica. Hancock Park’s Carlotta Keely served as master of ceremonies, and she introduced approximately 35 babies to teens, who modeled for the event. Local children (and, in some cases, grandchildren of local residents) included Dylan and Emilia Chang, Remy Doessant, Avery and Frances Jenkins, Caroline Liebig, Quinn Manson, Marley Moore, and Saffron and Savannah McCormick. Local patrons of this year’s fashion show included Brooke Anderson, Jennifer Fain, Flo Fowkes, Edie Frere, Caryn Harb, Carlotta Keely, Patricia Lowry, Mary Adams O’Connell, Suzanne Rheinstein, Liz Young and Cheryl Ziegler.
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PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Mahlon Lawton, president of the auxiliary; Gina Adams, from the development department at Good Samaritan Hospital; Sarane Van Dyke; Kathy Whooley (back); Grace Fritzinger (front); and Marylin Stephens and Suzanne Chase (members of the auxiliary).
Hairnet tour at Meals on Wheels The Auxiliary of the Hospital of the Good Samaritan and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (MOW) came together last month for a tour of the kitchen and a brunch where Daryl Twerdahl, interim executive director, told the Auxiliary visitors all about MOW. As always is the case for people in the kitchen, the visitors donned fashionable (not!) hairnets for their tour.
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Out and around the Town The social and music season is in full swing with Larchmontians seen out and about around the town... David and Kiki Gindler were among guests at a gala dinner following a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” that opened Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 2017-2018 season. Residents traveled over the hill to welcome new Cal HANCOCK PARK’S David and Kiki Gindler with president and Arts president Ravi Rajan, CEO of The Music Center, Rachel Moore, and husband, Rob who was inaugurated at a Ryan. ceremony last month at the school in Santa Clarita. The Wild Beast music pavilion, right, (designed by architects Hodgetts + Fung), was the Cal Arts CAL ARTS chairman of the board, and former event venue. Larchmont resident, Tim Disney, right.
Jeffrey Holiday Glitter awards is Nov. 16 The Jeffrey Foundation will mark 45 years of service to special needs children and their families with a Holiday Glitter Awards fundraiser at Room and Board in Culver City Thurs., Nov. 16. “Guests will find a wine bar, wonderful food and a fashion show, and it’s all in support of special needs children,” says Jeffrey Foundation founder, Alyce Morris Winston. Local resident Suz Landay is organizing food for the event. Speaking to the Chronicle, Winston explained that the funds raised will go toward building a new children’s playground at the Jeffrey Foundation’s facilities, located at 5470 W. Washington Blvd. In response to an urgent need, Winston opened the first day care center for multihandicapped children in Los Angeles in 1972 and named it for her son Jeffrey, a victim of muscular dystrophy. Tickets are $75. Visit thejeffreyfoundation.org.
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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will honor CNN anchor and son of Holocaust survivors, Wolf Blitzer, at its annual gala dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd. The event, “Preserve the Legacy, Shape the Future,” takes place on Sun., Nov. 5. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., and dinner is at 6 p.m. Melissa Rivers will emcee the event. For more information, contact Victoria Lonberg at 323-4565078 or email@example.com.
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Christmas Bazaar is Nov. 4 at St. Anne’s Ring in the holiday season at St. Anne’s Guild Christmas Bazaar Sat., Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 155 N. Occidental Blvd. A children’s choir from Christ the King Church will perform at 11:30 a.m., Mitch will play tunes on the piano and Santa is scheduled to visit during the 78th annual event. All proceeds support St. Anne’s programs for young women and children in need, said Agnes Sanzone, Lucerne Blvd. Items for sale include gourmet foods; chocolates and truffles; handbags, jewelry and accessories; and handmade, one-of-a-kind gift items. Guests will also find holiday decorations, gift baskets, children’s books and toys, baked goods and Monastery pumpkin bread, plus treasures from St. Anne’s Thrift Shop. Visit stannes. org. AT ST. ANNE’S recent vintage fashion show, top left, Agnes Sanzone, Ardriono Aldridge (“Oge”), and Arline Glasser; Joyce Skinner, S. Plymouth, and Emily Rosso. Left, Barbara Hardesty, Lucerne, wears a flapper design.
Imagine LA hosts fundraising gala Local social service agency, ImagineLA, held an event last month at The Peppermint Club on Beverly Blvd. honoring entrepreneur Russell Simmons. Tom Arnold was host.
The gala raised funds for the group’s work with vulnerable families. Local residents involved with the agency, in addition to Bauman, are Windsor Square’s
Andy Goodman and Windsor Village’s Bret Parsons. (See the story on Parsons in Section 2, Page 4.) ImagineLA, located in the Miracle Mile on Wilshire Blvd. at Cochran Ave., seeks additional volunteer mentors to assist with the agency’s work. Visit: imaginela.org.
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By Suzan Filipek Miracle Mile’s Museum Row is poised to become something of a, well, miraculous entertainment and education destination. Two new world-class museums are set to open on the historic stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in the coming years, if all goes according to plan. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Academy Museum is rising up from the ground, see story on page 1. And David Geffen’s $150
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(Continued from page 1) mittee, Ron Meyer, chair of the board of trustees for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, as well as Cheryl and Haim Saban. To open in 2019 When it opens to the public sometime in 2019, the Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Located at the northeast corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, the museum will be housed in a two-structure campus, which combines the former May Company Building — now called the Saban Building, but more on that later — with a glass-topped steel and concrete sphere, connected by multiple walkways. Renzo Piano Designed by Pritzker Prizewinning architect Renzo Pia-
no, the sphere and renovated department store will produce 300,000 square feet of museum space with more than 50,000 square feet of gallery space dedicated to an immersive permanent exhibition. There will be a space for temporary exhibitions, two film and performance theaters, a state-ofthe-art education studio and dynamic spaces reserved for public and special events. Piano and museum director Brougher discussed the project in a mid-October conversation moderated by actress Laura Dern. Held before a nearly-full house in the Academy’s 1,000 Samuel Goldwyn Theater at its Beverly Hills headquarters, the session allowed Piano to expound upon his analyses and design decisions leading to what now is under construction. The co-designer of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Piano also was the architect for the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (2008) and the Lynda
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CROSS SECTION of the museum illustrates the six stories of exhibition spaces, theaters, and education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a restaurant and café, a museum store and a sphere that houses the David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace.
and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (2010) at LACMA. Recent donations Building a world-class museum isn’t cheap. The Academy’s capital campaign is seeking $388 million in donations “to support the construction of the buildings as well as its opening exhibitions and programs.” And thanks to the generous donation from Cheryl and Haim Saban, the project is closer than ever to meeting its goal. The Saban family’s recent donation of $50 million is the largest single gift to the Academy Museum Campaign. “We are deeply grateful to Cheryl and Haim for understanding the need for a superb museum of film in the moviemaking capital of the world,” said Bob Iger of the donation. In recognition of the Saban gift, the historic May Company Building will be renamed in their honor. The Academy Museum has since announced additional contributions from Netflix, Bloomberg Philanthropies, producer Charles Roven, and Tom Spiegel, which bring the project to nearly 80% of the $388 million goal. Museum experience According to the museum’s director, Kerry Brougher, visitors will experience the magic of cinema and the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking through the lens of those involved. “Film lovers from everywhere will come,” he predicts. More than a museum, Brougher describes the campus as a dynamic film center that is simultaneously immersive, educational and entertaining. (See a cross section rendering of the museum on this page, which provides a glimpse of the vertical campus layout.) On the second and third floors of the Saban Building, a permanent exhibition will be housed that traces the evolution of moviemaking. The collection will combine sets, largescale moving images, costumes and props. Bound to be one of the museum’s biggest attractions, the “Oscars experience,” also located on the third floor,
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will allow visitors to “win” their own Academy Award, where they can walk a red carpet and even hold a real Oscar. Inside the sphere, visitors will find a 1,000-seat theater, which will serve as a hub for major
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St. Brendan Basketball registration underway Saturdays, and the D teams (older league), play on Sundays, beginning Jan. 14. The four divisions (all ages are as of November 30), including 280 players, are as follows: Alligators: Ages 6 and 7 Bobcats: Ages 8 and 9 Cobras: Ages 10 and 11 D-League: Ages 12 and 13. Register for the upcoming season on the website: sbba. sportngin.com. Gus Deppe Award The seven-year-old basketball league has its own version of an MVP (Most Valuable Player)
The 2018 Saint Brendan Basketball Association season is coming soon, and sign-ups are continuing through the end of this month. “We have four divisions serving boys ages six to 14,” said Abel De Luna, a parent and league commissioner. The neighborhood boys’ recreational basketball league serves areas surrounding the basketball court, located in St. Andrews Square. Sign-ups are for the season that begins Sat., Jan. 13, 2018. The younger divisions play
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award. In the spring, one player from each division is recognized with the Gus Deppe Award. Last spring, league founders Jordan Kruse and Chuck Carrington also were recognized for their efforts prior to exiting the League. The Gus Deppe award is named after a former St. Brendan student and player who died of cancer in 2012. It honors good sportsmanship and hard work, qualities exemplified by Gus, said De Luna. Gus Deppe’s parents, Paul and Cecilia Deppe, were also at the end-of-the-season party last spring. According to a 2012 article in the Larchmont Chronicle, the fourth-grade student was noted for his concern for the poor, and he “willingly gave every penny he possessed” to fundraising efforts at the school. “Even while he was sick, he happily participated in the Christmas decorating for the Covenant House and caroling with the Cub Scouts at St. John of God,” said his mother.
By Suzan Filipek Van Ness Avenue Elementary School is getting back to its roots, literally. Students will be enjoying the fruits, or rather vegetables and herbs, of their labors from an edible garden set to be planted this month. Principal Pauline Hong welcomes the challenge. “I’m very excited,” she said. The garden, which includes an irrigation drip system, can be expensive when working on a public school budget. But, no worries. EnrichLA promises to make it all “ridiculously cheap,” or at least affordable. At Van Ness, the initial set up is $2,300, and yearly maintenance cost is $5,200. The cost includes the services of a “ranger,” who will visit the campus weekly to maintain the garden. In addition, a squadron of 30+ volunteers will show up on the groundbreaking Fri., Nov. 3. “Our goal is to make sure everyone has access to the school gardens, and healthy food is not a privilege but a right,” said Alexys Thomas, program coordinator and one of the rangers at EnrichLA. Since its founding seven years ago, the non-profit has grown to include 120 gardens in Los Angeles County, including Wilshire Park Elementary, Vine Street Elementary, Temple Israel of Hollywood and Hollywood Schoolhouse. Some 30 rangers visit the sites weekly to teach students three hours of state-approved curriculum on healthy eating, the environment and sustainability, and the rangers even incorporate math into the sixweek sessions. Rangers tend to the garden about one hour a week, and they call on a pool of more
TAKING old planting beds apart and transplanting strawberries to pots at Temple Israel.
than 1,000 volunteer parents, university students and others for help, said Thomas. At Van Ness, classes will tend to the garden on a rotating basis, growing kale, leafy greens, chard, potatoes and carrots in the winter and edible flowers, tomatoes and green peppers in the spring. Plans are to renovate an existing garden and add new redwood beds and a picnic table to an existing garden donated by Paramount Pictures some years ago. The garden area is near the auditorium on the Van Ness Ave. side of the campus. Parents already did some weeding during the summer, said Hong. Fundraising will continue year-round to help pay the continuing cost. Most recently, an “introduction to women’s selfdefense workshop” was taught in the school auditorium by instructors from Knowles Karate Academy. The class raised $300, much to Hong’s delight.
Visually Impaired students meet and greet Larchmont merchants By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Van Ness Elementary School is one of several LAUSD elementary schools that exists within walking distance of Larchmont Blvd. Adjacent to Van Ness Elementary is another school, called the Frances Blend School for the Visually
Impaired, which has called its campus home since 1926. The two campuses officially merged in 2013 to form an intentionally integrated campus where all of the schools’ children could interact and collaborate in areas such as recess, lunch, physical educa-
tion, art and orchestra. Of the entire school population, the Frances Blend School proudly hosts 42 visually impaired (VI) students from around the Los Angeles area. As part of the Larchmont community, one of the school’s many goals is to explore the
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neighborhood on foot, teaching the blind students about the people and businesses that surround their learning environment. In October, a group of 11 VI students, assisted by parents, teachers and sighted 4th and 5th grade student “mobility guides,” participated in an orientation and mobility walk throughout the Larchmont retail district to meet and greet the merchants. “This is a great way to take the kids out to learn mobility, financial interaction, and how to be independent,” said Anne Bell, one of the school’s teachers for the blind and visually impaired. During the walk, students met with merchants from Larchmont Village Florist, YogaWorks, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Landis Toy Shop, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Chevalier’s Bookstore and John Duerler of Hancock Homes Realty. At the end of their walking adventure, they were treated to a free lunch hosted by Burger Lounge. “The merchants have been so wonderful and open to answering all of the questions from our students,” said Ms. Bell. Not only did the VI students benefit from the walk, so did the sighted 4th and 5th grade mobility guides who escorted the students on their excursion. The sighted students were given a list of instructions for helping on the walk, such as warning the blind students of stair hazards and cracks in the sidewalks. “Having the sighted and VI students come together teaches empathy, perspective and how to learn from other people who have different challenges from your own,” said Anna Lodder, a Van Ness parent and VI guide. Anne Bell intends to continue these local walking adventures with her students, as the results, benefits and joy are immediately apparent. “We’ve seen so many dogs! Like 18 of them!” gushed 5th grade VI student Hizela. (Please turn to page 19)
‘What was your favorite thing about your Larchmont Boulevard excursion today?’ That's the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked Frances Blend Elementary School students along Larchmont Blvd.
“I liked going into the toy store. We talked about how the toys work and we talked to the merchants about their jobs.” Sebastian, 5th grade
“The flower store was my favorite. I felt the roses and their textures and they all smelled so good!” Hizela, 5th grade
“I really loved the flower shop. I wanted to take all the flowers home, but I couldn’t.” Jocelyn, 4th grade
“As a guide, I liked telling the kids what the surroundings looked like and pointing out the crunchy leaves.” Tesla, 4th grade
that interest them. She finds hope in the human intellect — from creating electric cars and solar energy — in the indomitable human spirit and in the resilience of nature to, given the chance, “replenish herself.” Sixth-grade students Iris Tricarico, for the school’s video Scoop and youtube chan-
“WE WERE thrilled to come. Jane Goodall is such a legend,” said Brett Benner, Van Ness Ave., with children, fifth grader Maddie, and Ryan, an eighth grader who is now at Buckley. Photo by Ludi Mora
nel, and Reva Dhanireddy, for the school’s newspaper, interviewed Goodall. “All over Africa, chimps are disappearing, forests are cut down. We have to work real hard to save what’s left,” Goodall told them. Goodall credited her “mum” as the most important person in her life, for encouraging
take a boat, “they didn’t have planes back then like they do today,” to visit a friend’s farm in Kenya. She eventually met and worked for Leakey and entered the “magical rainforest,” where she observed and ultimately befriended chimpanzees and made her groundbreaking research findings. (She returned to England to complete a PhD.) In her speech at the Schoolhouse, “Tomorrow and Beyond,” she described why she eventually left the world where she was happiest in her life to embark on her mission to protect nature, the animals and us. Logging, mining, the bush meat trade, poaching and population growth were having a devastating effect on the land and the wildlife. “Isn’t it strange the most intelligent creature ever is destroying the planet? Isn’t that stupid?” asked the primatologist-turned-activist. “I knew I had to do something.” In Tanzania, she worked with local elders in villages, which led to changes for the better — for people and the environment. “If we don’t help these people, there’s no way we can help chimps,” she said. The strategy worked. Leafy trees returned, and corridors were built for chimps to move about. She continues the efforts to expand progress across the African plains and globally encourages people to do what they can in the areas
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(Continued from page 18) “We also asked questions about the recycling programs,” added 4th grade VI student Jocelyn. “And we got to smell the flowers. I love the smell of those flowers.”
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her interests, even traveling to Africa with her at a time when women didn’t do such things. “There’s nothing more important than hope. Without hope we’re alone…. “I do hope everyone here is going to join Roots & Shoots, because we are changing the world.” Visit janegoodall.org.
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Goodall tells of hope, her mum, at Hollywood Schoolhouse By Suzan Filipek Tarzan married the wrong Jane, Dr. Jane Goodall smiled as she spoke to a 500+ crowd at Hollywood Schoolhouse last month. The world-renowned primatologist and conservationist read the book, “Tarzan of the Apes” when she was a child in England. While today, she finds the story too violent, back then, besides an apparent crush on the main character, the tale inspired her imagination and sparked her dream to go to Africa. Years later, when she fulfilled her goal, the continent did not disappoint. “The forest is a magical sort of place with waterfalls… and all the animals, buffaloes, leopards. It was a very beautiful world when I arrived,” she told the crowd on a sunny Sunday on a shaded patio at the Schoolhouse. Her meeting with Dr. Louis Leakey and her eventual research in the forest would spin the scientific community on its head — she discovered that our closest ancestors could make and use tools and had personalities and emotions. Jennifer Davison, a parent at the school who is co-producing a feature film about Goodall, invited her to share her Roots & Shoots program, which she founded with 12 students in Tanzania in 1991. It has grown to 100,000 active groups in 100 countries. The 83-year-young Goodall travels 300 days a year to spread her message of hope in the face of climate change, deforestation and vanishing wildlife. In her talk to the standingovation, sold-out crowd, she transported the preschool to sixth-graders to an era before wifi and television, when she was comforted by stuffed animals, her dog Rusty and the “Doctor Doolittle” and Tarzan books. After high school, she saved enough money to
By Isabella Bernaldo 8th Grade In October, St. Brendan School kicked off the month with a movie night. We gathered in our gym, watched a fun movie, ate candy and popcorn, and spent the evening with our families and friends. On Oct. 18, our Student Council participated in a beautiful mass at the cathedral
celebrating the Missionary Childhood Association. Later in the month, students expressed their crazy side at our annual Crazy Day. We wore colorful accessories, hats, scarves, socks with our uniforms. The best part is that it celebrates the
life Nick Fagnano ’08 and supports the Thrive in Joy Foundation. Nick’s passion was to help kids; his foundation raises funds for schools in the Dominican Republic. Finally, one of the best days this month was Halloween. The eighth graders wrote and performed a spectacular play. The students dressed up in exciting costumes, and some even won prizes! October was a wonderful month!
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This past month at Loyola has been full of exciting occurrences as the semester reaches its midpoint. The First Year Retreat, a formative experience for all freshman and transfer Cubs, took place over the weekend of Oct. 14 and 15. Led by senior “Big Brothers,” the retreat had team-building activities and reflection periods reinforcing every Cubs’ role of being “men for and with others.” Furthermore, Loyola students observed Breast Cancer Awareness Week from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, with pink shirts for sale in the student center to bring attention to such an important issue. The next week, students celebrated Spirit Week with a burger truck coming on campus, a dunk tank, and many other activities. With the fun, however, Loyola seniors have finished their first round of early applications and continue the grind of multiple AP classes and other extracurricular activities.
October was a favorite month for students at Turning Point School. With fall well underway, the campus is buzzing with activity. Our preschool students got to meet their “Big Buddies,” a school tradition that pairs eighth graders with our youngest friends. During their visit, the eighth graders introduced themselves and got to know their little buddies through reading and games. On a recent study tour to Underwood Farms, second graders were able to get real-world experience in learning how a farm operates. They rode on a tractor into the field and picked vegetables and pumpkins in the spirit of Halloween. They took their knowledge back to their classroom for a Social Studies presentation. Halloween was a huge day at Turning Point School. All month, middle schoolers were busy preparing for the Halloween Carnival. Eighth graders designed and created their own carnival games for the elementary students to enjoy. Some of the booths included pinball, whack-a-mole, and pin the spider on the web. The Halloween Carnival was a great day where students, parents, and teachers come together, all dressed in new and creative costumes to celebrate innovation and creativity.
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As the temperature begins to drop, the warm nostalgic feeling of the upcoming holiday season fills the air. November is a time where families get together to celebrate family heritage, to have a laugh and tell stories with family and friends. As a community, Pacific Hills School comes together to enjoy the most thankful time of the year. The month of November is filled with gratitude, not only to peers, but also to others who surround and help us every day. Pacific Hills is a firm supporter of the less fortunate. During this thankful time of year, we conduct a program in which the school gives back to ones who do not have much. Pac Hills community members bring in food, supplies, and toys that are given to those who are less fortunate. This program is beneficial because we are able to connect and build relationships with new families, and to give them what they do not have. This joyous time of year leads us into the holiday month of December, where we also aid the less fortunate by focusing our efforts on a toy drive to give to those families who cannot afford them. Pac Hills partakes in opportunities to give to those who are in need through the efforts of kind, selfless and giving families in our community who participate in events like these. As a community, it is heartwarming to see that those who have less in their daily lives are able to feel loved and able to celebrate such a beautiful time of year just like many others.
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By Christopher Woods 8th Grade Hello Everybody, Happy Halloween! November is going to be a great month, I know it. The middle of the trimester is among us. There is no need to get worried, even though we have had a lot of tests. My teachers have been pretty great so far, and I think that will continue throughout the school year. The Field has been a long time coming. We are all so excited here at Pilgrim to have our own field! The stripes are now painted, and the scoreboard is up. Soon we will invite everybody to come and watch our teams play! On a similar sports related note, The Middle School Flag Football team is off to a great 3-0 start. I am proud to be quarterback, and now punter. I want to thank our wonderful cheerleaders for encouraging us this season. Also, I would like to give a shout out to Coaches Concialdi and Oishi, and the Cheerleading Team Coach Shannahan, and welcome to their new assistant Coach Mike. We hope to continue our winning streak after everyone returns from “Trips Week” in Washington DC. Thank you everybody for reading my column, and as always … Go Patriots!
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Hey everyone. Here’s the student insight on what we Lions are up to for the 2017-2018 school year! This past week Melrose Trading Post and Greenway Theatre celebrated its 20th anniversary with a donor brunch and live musical tribute. City officials such as The Mayor of West Hollywood, John Heilman, 5th district Councilmember, Paul Koretz and West Area representative Daniel Tamm attended this special event. “Greenway Arts Alliance celebrates 20 years of Uniting Communities with an all day festival, Market Mash, Where Everybody’s an Original at the Melrose Trading Post.” Thanks to Fairfax leadership and MTP students who helped make this event happen. Congratulations to the football team for winning 41-0 against University High School. Every year Fairfax’s Homecoming game has great food, music and fireworks — and this year the event delivered all of that on Oct. 20 when the football team played Hamilton High School, followed by a dance the next day. Go Lions!
This month has been very exciting for Curtis students. First, we had our outstanding school fair on Oct. 8. Thousands of people came to play games and ride the fun rides. The next day is traditionally fair clean up day and we do not have school. Sixth graders had a chance to earn community service hours putting the campus back together. The 6th graders and their Developmental Kindergarten buddies had a joint activity where we met and talked about the life cycle of tomatoes. The DKers drew a tomato and we decorated it together with sparkles and markers. For our own grade-wide art project, the 6th graders are making a mini-golf course. We made designs and will use some of our math time to take measurements. It is also time for most of us to visit secondary schools, work on our applications and prepare for the ISEEs, which schools use in evaluating us. In sports news, the 4th – 6th grade girls are in the middle of basketball season and the boys are in the middle of football season.
Recently, Third Street School held its monthly assembly called Spirit Day. It is a day to celebrate the school and the school community. The principal (Mr. Daniel Kim) told us that we had to wear blue and gold (because those are our school
four different speakers, who presented inspiring messages about prayer. In addition, some middle school students performed a Jewish ceremony, “Tashlich,” in which they said a prayer that annuls sins before the Jewish New Year. The students went to Kenneth Hahn State Park for a BBQ and bonding experience. In addition, Ms Zacuto, our 8th grade English teacher, received a very prestigious award, the Milkin Foundation Award. This award recognizes outstanding teachers, and all of Yavneh is proud and privileged to have Ms. Zacuto at our school.
By Daniella Zisblatt 8th Grade This month at Yeshivat Yavneh, the students experienced both meaningful and educational activities. The 7th and 8th grade girls had the privilege to attend the annual Yom Iyun, where inspirational speakers came and influenced the girls about prayer and Judaism. The students enjoyed a delicious lunch and listened to
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colors) whenever these assemblies are held. Whichever class has the most participants who wore the blue and gold or wore the class tee-shirt wins, then that class gets a trophy and a pizza party! Each year there is a new spirit song that
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As the first semester comes to a close, our student body has reflected on these past two exciting months. This month of ghouls and monsters has never failed to bring our school great excitement — like our school’s Halloween festival and costume parade — held on Oct. 31. I still smile whenever I remember all the fun games and food that the festival has always brought every year. The eighth
grade organized the festival’s haunted house, which was the great highlight among students. Seeing the long line of students waiting to get inside the maze was enough to make me anxious! However, all the other fantastic events that came along with Halloween didn’t go ignored. Both the basketball and volleyball season was a great hit among students, who anticipated every morning announcement to hear the latest game our athletes played. Our school also celebrated the feast day of Saint John Paul the II on Oct. 22 with Archbishop Gomez presiding over the 11:30 mass. However, not only was our parish blessed to have this great
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IMMACULATE HEART By Lena Mizrahi 11th Grade
With our recent FatherDaughter picnic, ongoing extracurricular activities, and weekly visits by college representatives, the Immaculate Heart school year is in full swing. This past month saw IH Pandas engaged in many competitions and team events. Congratulations to our cross-country, tennis, and debate teams who found success at recent meets, matches, and tournaments. Seniors also gathered to reflect on the special community of Immaculate Heart during the recent Fall Kairos Retreat. Now on the horizon is Immaculate Heart’s 44th Annual WALK, the culminating Nov. 3 event for the school’s main fundraiser. For the past six weeks, students have been raising funds for campus improvements that will directly benefit them. In the past, these projects have included air conditioning for the auditorium and turf for the ball field. For the upcoming WALK, more than 1,000 participants, including students, faculty, staff and parents, will march through the Los Feliz neighborhood before returning to campus for a barbecue. Also on tap this month is Immaculate Heart’s Academic Play on Nov. 4, starting at 9 a.m. Rising freshmen interested in attending Immaculate Heart High School can learn more about the school, meet faculty, and participate in fun activities during this half-day event. Eighth graders can register by calling the school’s admissions department or sign up online on the Admissions page found on IH’s website, immaculateheart. org. Both the WALK and Academic Playday are greatly anticipated and regarded fondly by the IH school community. The year is off to a great start!
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November is a busy and exciting time for Buckley students as the holiday season approaches. The Middle School has a Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 3 to honor the women and men who have fought for our country. On Nov. 4, many high school students will be taking their SAT subject tests. It’s also the time for parentteacher conferences, or as we students like to think of it, free days! Sixth graders will have Nov. 8 off as their families meet with teachers. The rest of the middle and upper school parents will meet with teachers on Nov. 9. Buckley will also be closed on the 10th, when we will observe Veterans Day. Students can celebrate all things
HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE By Lane Lee 6th Grade
We recently had our first community circle of the school year at Hollywood Schoolhouse. This is a time when our entire community comes together and students share what they have been learning as well as perform in front of all of their families. This year, we sixth graders performed the song, “We Are the World” and showcased our project from history class about our ancient ancestors. These wonderful events really prove how HSH has such an amiable and affectionate group of people. Another special event that occurred during the circle was a mindfulness and meditation practice led by a parent volunteer with the teachers, parents, and children. She brought many fascinating tools with her, like a gong, crystal bowls, and hapi drum, that bolstered relaxation throughout your mind and body. In conclusion, this community circle was one of the most unique and delightful out of all of the other ones I have been fortunate enough to experience. Another rare and exciting event that took place at Hollywood Schoolhouse recently was a special visit by Jane Goodall, British primatologist, ethologist, and influential anthropologist, who came by to give a talk on her life and career up to now. Some of my classmates were even fortunate enough to get to interview her for Knightly News, our school newspaper, and Schoolhouse Scoop, our film and television elective. Reading the interview allowed me to learn some interesting facts about her world and occupation. Did you know that her favorite animals are dogs and elephants, and that the first monkey she named was called David Graybeard? It is such an honor that she took the time out of her busy schedule to visit my wonderful school, Hollywood Schoolhouse. autumn at the Harvest Fest on Nov. 17! The Class of 2018 will serve middle and upper school students a full, traditional diner breakfast of pancakes, hash browns, sausage and eggs. Tickets go on sale Nov. 6. The following day, on the 18th, Buckley has a middle and lower school open house. Middle School progress reports are due on Nov. 20, so students, teachers, and parents can check in and see how the academic year has progressed. Soon after, students get to celebrate our country’s heritage, give thanks, and chow down on turkey! Thanksgiving recess is from the 22nd through the 24th. The Buckley Parent’s Association Meeting is on Nov. 28 and will give parents the opportunity to discuss and organize charity drives and school affairs.
One thing that is especially unique about The Willows Community School is our partnership with The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and our implementation of their RULER program. RULER is a guide for recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating our emotions. In October, each grade and Middle School comes up with a charter as part of our application of RULER. We use the charter as a constitution to guide in managing conflict, working with our peers, and treating each other with respect. The essential language of the Middle School Charter was voted on by the entire Middle School. The prominent ideas of the charter are based on the words “confident, appreciated, supported, creative, comfortable, and safe.” The entire document was presented at our Middle School Meeting. Another exciting thing that happened in October is that the 8th Grade continues to explore our study of Civil Rights in an incredible trip to Washington D. C. All 8th graders look forward to this memorable experience throughout their time at The Willows.
The Cathedral Chapel school year is off to a “direly” wonderful start. (We are the Dire Wolves after all!) It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s our new science Super-Teacher! CCS welcomes the remarkably intelligent, funny and kind to her adoring students, Ms. Guidry! Planning a heist? Think again! CCS has installed security cameras in areas previously hidden from office view. The bathrooms and water fountains have been transformed! Marble sinks, painted walls and stalls, sturdy locks and sparkling new toilets grace our lavatories. The water fountains accommodate ten thirsty drinkers simultaneously. But wait -- there’s more! Our outstanding principal, Ms. Kipp, received a well-deserved Papal award for her commitment to the Church. And that’s not all! Chapel celebrated Family Fun Night with face painting, Karaoke, Bingo, and alimentary delights while dancing until the wee hours. We raised $22,700 from the Fall Raffle.
Marlborough’s Performing Arts Department will perform Rick Elice and Wayne Barker’s adaptation of Peter and the Starcatcher Nov. 2-4. Drama Ensemble has been working tirelessly all fall on this performance and we can’t wait to see them perform
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H a p p y November everyone! On Nov. 6 - 10, we will do something called milk and BOOKIES. I want my cookies back! Anyways, Milk and Bookies is a 501 non-profit organization based on the United States. The organization’s stated mission is twofold; both providing opportunities for children to experience giving to people. On the 10th, we will have a movie night! We will watch Captain Underpants. But earlier in the day, we will have a basket auction! Kids and parents will choose which basket they would like to try and win like the candy and Page Academy baskets. Whoever says they will pay the largest amount of money, gets the basket. Back to the movie! After watching the movie, we will eat hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, and many different delicious foods you can get at the movies. Bring your utensils and some good food, because on the 17th, we’re having a Thanksgiving Potluck!!! A Potluck is where the school gets together and signs up to bring different foods and utensils, tablecloths, napkins, and more. On the Potluck, kids will have fun activities and will create a lot of interesting things.
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By Eleanor Renfrew 7th Grade Elizabeth Keilty is a woman on a mission! Her goal is to lead young women into a biomedical future that can shape their lives and the environment that they live in. This 7th grade Science and AP Biology teacher, who is a part of the Girls Academic Leadership Academy aka GALA, is thrilled to provide High School Juniors with ‘hands-on’ biomedical experience that also allows them to research issues that are relevant in today’s society. The program is called “Biomedical Pathways” which is a series of classes that will set the girls up for a future in diverse biomedical careers like forensics science, psychology, law, zoology, education, and much more. It will allow them to see what the biomedical work is like, while also giving them opportunities to explore several careers within the field before even entering college! Currently, the advanced and engaging program is only offered to these lucky schools; Venice High School, El Segundo High School, and my own school GALA, so, we are excited to be one of the few educational institutions to be offered this unique opportunity. The program is very important because there will always be professions in the health field and although career roles may change over time it is a steady and innovative field that Ms. Keilty wants the girls at GALA to be exposed to. Through pioneering teachers like Ms. Keilty the futuristic world of biomedics will soon become a reality for some very lucky young women.
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the origin story to Peter Pan! Tickets available online. The student body is still buzzing about last-month’s speaker, Mindy Kaling! The club “Girls Go Global” hosted an assembly, Q&A, and student brunch with Kaling, who
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Local teacher surprised with honor By Billy Taylor A language arts teacher at Yavneh Hebrew Academy — located at 5353 W. Third St. — has been selected as one of four teachers to receive the 2017 Jewish Educator Award. As a recipient, Jenny Zacuto, who has been a teacher at
Yavneh for the past 18 years, receives a $15,000 reward for her work in the classroom. Zacuto and the three other educators will be honored at an awards luncheon at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel on Nov. 30. The three other recipients
include Yehudis Blauner at Cheder Menachem, Adrienne Coffield at Brawerman West Elementary School and Melody Mansfield at Milken Community High School. Zacuto tells the Chronicle that the award was a complete surprise: “I was amazed,
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will do some traveling at some point,” she says. The Jewish Educator Awards initiative was established by the Milken Family Foundation, in cooperation with Builders of Jewish Education, to provide public recognition and cash awards to teachers, administrators and other education professionals in the greater Los Angeles area who have made significant contributions to excellence in Jewish day schools.
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Production of Beauty and the Beast at local children’s theatre The beloved story of Beauty and the Beast comes this month to Los Angeles’ longest running children’s theater. The Nine O’Clock Players production of “The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast” opens Sun., Nov. 5, and runs through Sun., Dec. 3 at the Assistance League of Los Angeles Theatre for Children — 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl.
The play tells the story of a self-centered Prince who refuses to give shelter to an old woman, who, in response, uses a spell to turn the Prince into a Beast. The spell can only be broken when the Beast finds someone to love him for who he is, not what he looks like. The Assistance League of (Please turn to page 25)
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WILSHIRE ROTARY annually gives away new dictionaries to nearly 900 third grade students in the area. For more than a decade, the group has made the donation to promote reading, spelling and phonology skills. Here, at Cahuenga Elementary School, approximately 80 students received books to take home from volunteers, left to right, Donna Russell, Rob Barnes, Elsa Gillham, Bruce Walker, Larry Gillham and Pam Rudy.
Sticker Planet celebrates 25 years with blowout bash
By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Sticker Planet, every child’s favorite sticker store in Los Angeles, located at The Original Farmers Market, celebrated its 25th anniversary in October with a festive celebration for the entire community. Adults and children listened to 90’s music, devoured anniversary cake, created bookmarks and doorknob hangers, enjoyed ice cream and soda from Bennett’s Ice Cream, and entered drawings for sticker goodies and collectible sticker tins signed by sticker legend Andrea Grossman. The nostalgic anniversary bash, which included donated items from their manufacturers, also served as a fundraiser for the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the items sold during the anniversary celebration went to the Golden West Chapter, in honor of Sticker Planet cofounder Bernie Kraft. Twenty-five years is an impressive span for any business, let alone an unlikely one — a sticker store that specializes in sticker books, wall stickers, temporary tattoos, sticker grab bags and more. “My parents were planning to open a rubber stamp store several decades ago, because that was the popular hobby at the time,” says Hilary Kraft,
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daughter of founders Bernie and Selma Kraft, who now coruns the store with her brother, Richard. “They went to a trade show one day and saw Andrea Grossman’s booth. She had a bunch of rolls of stickers, and my dad was captivated by all of those rolls. He had a vision and decided to stock his rubber stamp store with rolls and rolls of stickers.” Sure enough, the stickers outsold the rubber stamps, and Sticker Planet’s road to success was born. Hilary and Richard now run the store after Bernie passed away in 2003 from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Their mother, Selma, remains active in the store, creating personalized placemats and other items.
Loyola High hosts students for ‘Words Matter’ summit By Billy Taylor Students from across Los Angeles gathered at Loyola High School in October for a youth summit to share stories on race and gender. Fifty-five students from 10 area high schools attended the event, titled, “That’s Not Me: Words Matter Youth Summit,” according to Loyola director of equity and inclusion Jamal Adams, class of 1990. Adams says the event provided a dedicated space for students to listen to one another’s experiences around the power of words in regards to race and gender. “The goal was to foster empathy through story exchange by reflecting on personal experiences and privileges, as well as explore ways to teach our communities about them.” In an attempt to explore empathy through storytelling, organizers divided the youth summit into three sessions. The first session urged students to share personal experiences, the second session asked students to reflect on privilege and factors that shape their identities, and the third session asked students to develop action items to take back to their various school communities.
LOYOLA director of equity and inclusion Jamal Adams. Photo by Max Zafranco ‘18
The event was organized through collaboration with Marlborough School and Immaculate Heart School and was sponsored by the office of equity and inclusion at Loyola High School.
(Continued from page 24) Los Angeles has been producing plays since 1929 with the mission to introduce children to the magic of live performance, literature and music through theater. The League’s Nine O’Clock Players Auxiliary performs two plays annually chosen from classic children’s literature. Tickets are $15. Visit nineoclockplayers.com for more information.
“We were drawn into the business by the fun and the pleasure people get from the store,” says Hilary. “We are a family of two generations serving customers for two generations.” To stay current, Richard and Hilary attend dozens of trade shows each year and are always thinking of new ideas and products for the shelves. They update and rotate their inventory, adding laser cut stickers, 3D stickers, character-themed stickers and more. “The coolest thing is that we get people coming into
the store who shopped here as children, and they are now bringing their own children here,” says Richard. In addition to children, daily store patrons include party planners, scrapbookers, and people who love to create their own Christmas cards and wedding or baby shower invitations. “We get a nice combination of tourists as well as locals who pay weekly visits,” says Richard. “And this has always been the first place that children learn to budget. Their parents give them a specif-
ic amount of money, and it teaches them how to spend their money to make it go further.” Twenty-five years in, and the little-store-that-could shows no signs of slowing down. “I was in the store one day and a mother came in with her 4-year-old son,” remembers Hilary. “He looked around and said ‘this store just keeps getting newer and newer!’ That was the best!” For more information about Sticker Planet or the ALS Association, go to stickerplanetla.com and webgw.alsa.org.
(Continued from page 1) Alexandria House, 426 S. Alexandria Ave., has many ways for people to participate and help out this season. Get to know what this place is all about at a tea and tour Sun., Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Then watch Alexandria House on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” Sun., Nov. 19 on E!. Help the staff and residents decorate for the holidays Fri., Dec. 1 and Sat. Dec. 2.
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with a dinner hosting more than 700 people. You can donate to their gift drive by bringing basics from new towels, washcloths and big, fluffy blankets to $10 to $25 gift cards. Call 323-461-3131, ext. 274 or email email@example.com. • • • Know your money is going to a good cause and do your Christmas gift shopping at Elizabeth Vruwink Gift Shop at Good Samaritan Hospital, 616 S. Witmer St., hosted by the auxiliary. A special holiday preview is
Mon., Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a holiday buffet luncheon in the boardroom that same day, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 213-977-2358 or visit goodsam.org for information. ••• Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, 1650 Rockwood St., has Thanksgiving for its residents, as well as an Adopt-a-Family / Resident program. Call Annemarie Howse at 213-482-1834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please turn to page 27)
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(Continued from page 26) Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), 2701 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, has a Thanksgiving drive. The wish list includes a complete Thanksgiving meal in a box plus gift cards from places like Whole Foods. Visit Amazon, and under your account, look for “Find lists and registrations,” and search for HOLA. The deadline is Wed., Nov. 22. Call 213-389-1148, ext. 245, or email amartin@heartofla. org. • • • Hollygrove, 815 N. El Centro Ave., a division of Uplift Family Services, helps 1,200 children and their families annually. This year’s annual Thanksgiving feast is Wed., Nov 15. Food care packages will also be given to families to take home. Hollygrove is currently accepting donations of food care packages and / or cash to help underwrite the event.
Call Kathleen Felesina, 323769-7142, or visit upliftfs.org, or email kathleen.felesina@ upliftfs.org. • • • Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th St., needs help serving meals for their feasts the day before Thanksgiving, Wed., Nov. 22 and the Friday before Christmas (Dec. 22). Volunteer orientations are the first Saturday of each month, so mark Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 on your calendars. Call 213-629-1227 or visit losangelesmission.org. • • • The National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., needs volunteers for their annual clothing giveaway to help distribute 85,000 clothing items and children’s books Sun., Dec. 3, 6:45 to 10 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Help is also needed to sort clothes the day before the event Sat., Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to noon. Call 323-852-8515 or email
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• • • Wilshire Boulevard Temple is doing its Big Give again this year at the Karsh Center, 3750 W. 6th St. Families in need can pick up a free ticket for a Thanksgiving dinner on Sundays Nov. 5 and 12, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sun., Nov. 19, 1,000 complete dinners-for-four will be given out from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. All are invited. There will be activities for kids, and a bloodmobile from 10 a.m. on. Or be a mensch and donate money; $25 pays for a complete Thanksgiving dinner for four. Call 424-208-8930, or visit wbtla.org/biggive.
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from Chicago in the 1930s, started a partnership with Charles Luckman, and was a professor at USC. His notable works included Television City, the original buildings at LACMA on Wilshire, and the Disneyland Hotel, as well as dozens of corporate office structures throughout the city. He participated in the expansion of LAX in the 1960s and designed San Francisco’s Transamerica Tower. His association with the Chandler family gave us an addition to the Times-Mirror Square complex downtown; his knowledge and interest in the entertainment industry and friendship with William Paley led to additions to Columbia Square in Hollywood and then to Television City. The stark and simple modern complex on Beverly Blvd. is noted for its black-and-white theme (a nod to TV technology of the era) with accents of red. That black-and-white scheme served internally to differentiate areas of permanence and those that could be expanded. Iconic TV There were originally four soundstages, with more added in later decades. Those soundstages were the homes of nowiconic productions that defined their eras: game shows like “The Price is Right,” soap operas, sitcoms (“All in the Family”) and variety (Carol (Please turn to page 3)
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Windsor Square resident and tattoo artist Katherine von Drachenberg, otherwise known as Kat Von D, owner of High Voltage Tattoo and Kat Von D Beauty, was honored by the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House with the Shining Star award at a luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last month. The award is for philanthropic endeavors, both volunteering and donations from the proceeds of beauty products she has created. In 2007, Kat Von D set the Guinness World Record for doing the most tattoos in 24 hours, do-
nating all proceeds to charity. Van Nuys house Kat Von D moved to the neighborhood late last year after she purchased the “Van Nuys house” at 4th St. and Lorraine Blvd. for $6.5 million, according to the “Los Angeles Times.” The three-story Victorian house, built in 1890 on 6th St. (at the site that now is the Rampart Division police station), was moved in 1914 to the then-new subdivision of Windsor Square. Its original owner was San (Please turn to page 6)
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TELEVISION CITY has been touted as a major development opTom Gardner Collection/L.A. Conservancy archives portunity.
(Continued from page 2) Burnett and Red Skelton). The “Los Angeles Times” recently quoted a producer as saying that Television City “represents a pinnacle of high production standards in television . . . The site ought to be declared a national historic landmark because of the number of legendary programs that emanated from (it) . . . ” (“Los Angeles Times,” Oct. 7, 2017). What next? What is next for this important and iconic facility, once on the cutting edge of technological innovation? Will it join the Theme Building at LAX, Stuart Pharmaceuticals in Pasadena, Bullocks Pasadena, John Lautner’s Silvertop residence and others of its era as a preservation success story? Will it follow the lead of Para-
mount, Fox, and other studio complexes to master plan for integrating historic resources with new facilities? The current steward, CBS, has a decision to make as it contemplates future development. Sell to the highest bidder, or encourage a project that preserves a significant piece of Los Angeles history and architecture for future generations? The building still has work to do, and plenty of creativity left to foster. One of our most creative industries needs to put those skills to work to preserve its own legacy. Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president both of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.
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Agent co-writes series on city’s best architects By Suzan Filipek When Bret Parsons learned “one of the best homes in Hancock Park” was for sale for $595,000, he wrote to the real estate agent. When she phoned him, she was probably surprised when his mother answered, saying, “He’s in school right now… high school.” “They had a big laugh,” Parsons said last month while taking a break from his work on a 12-volume series, “Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940.” He is still taken with beautiful homes, today as a Realtor with the Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills North Office, the highest-grossing residential real estate office in the U.S., and as director of the architectural division. With co-authors architect Marc Appleton and architectural historian Steve Vaught, he is working on the second book in the series, featuring Roland Coate, expected to be published early next year. A onetime home of Howard Hughes on Muirfield Rd. is among Coate’s works. “After first renting, Hughes ultimately purchased the house for $135,000… and it would remain his principal California residence between 1928 and 1942,” according to text from the upcoming book. To follow Coate in the series is Wallace Neff — architect of The Ralph J. Chandler Home on Rossmore. Inspired by the Garden Pavilion of Versailles and Petit Trianon, the 8,000-square-foot estate cur(Please turn to page 5)
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(Continued from page 4) rently is being renovated. (The shipping executive was a nephew of Norman Chandler, married to Dorothy “Buff” Chandler; the power couple who lived on Lorraine.) Architect Paul Williams will follow Neff. Williams was designer of the building renovation that became the nowgone Perino’s Restaurant on Wilshire and Norton. Eight more architects who made their mark in the early 20th century will be portrayed in the subsequent volumes. Parsons and his co-authors seek to document the “great old estates of Los Angeles before bulldozers get them,” he said.
There’s no shortage of real estate to choose from. Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, including Palm Springs, is the greatest home building region in the world, he says. He credits the topography, climate, wealth and the formidable creative talent found here. “We’re unstoppable… It’s like a perfect storm.” While he appreciates wellconstructed new homes, he’s disappointed with the boxy, “bento-box” style homes popping up all over town. “They’re popular because they’re cheap to build,” and buyers like them “because they’re new.” They come rife with problems, he says, including few (Please turn to page 10)
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Cocktails, new members on WSHPHS menu The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society is hosting a new member cocktail party at a private home on S. Lucerne Blvd. on Sun., Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Kiel Fitzgerald and Jeffrey Reuben have graciously agreed to host our new member party,” said Judith Zeller, WSHPHS president. The home was built in 1920 and has a rich history. The cur-
rent owners have transformed the house into the quintessentially updated Windsor Square home, added Zeller.
Visit www.wshphs.org to join the Society and call for more information on the meeting at 310-729-2697.
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raine for many years with his wife, Emily. Lately, neighbors have been chatting about the exterior repainting of the historic house in a bright red color reminiscent of the Kat Von D line of lipsticks.
(Continued from page 2) Fernando Valley pioneer farmer and downtown real estate investor Isaac N. Van Nuys. His son, J. Benton Van Nuys, occupied the house on Lor-
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EBELL CLUB MEMBER Karlene Taylor (right) and friends enjoy an afternoon of desserts and champagne at the open house.
Some 500 guests attended Ebell of Los Angeles’ recent open house to view the historic building and learn about the 124-year-old women’s club. The event’s dual purpose was to showcase the Italian Renaissance three-story building and to interest prospective members in the cultural and philanthropic programs offered by the club. The Ebell enrolled 91 new
members during the twohour event Sept. 24. The drive for new members is continuing and includes offering discounted memberships. Guests toured the building, viewed the wardrobe collection and an art exhibit, dined on dessert, sipped champagne and visited with chairs of the group’s many committees. For more information, go to ebelloflosangeles.com.
Applications due for award Dec. 1 The Los Angeles Conservancy is now accepting applications for its 2018 Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation in Los Angeles County. Applications are due by Fri., Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Recipients will be announced Feb. 2018. Visit laconservance.org/ awards.
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Concert with Luis is Sun., Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. featuring rock, reggae, ska and folk. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; zimmermuseum.org. JAPAN FOUNDATION— “The Light in the Shadow: Expression of Sumi Ink,” a lecture and demonstration by artist Yoshio Ikezaki, is Thurs., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Free. Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; jflalc.org. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART— “1917/1918: Looking Backward, Stepping Forward,” opens Nov. 4. Ends April 1. • “Director's Series: Michael Govan and Cheech Marin” is Mon., Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. • “Painted in Mexico, 17001790: Pinxit Mexici” opens Nov. 19. Ends March 18. • “Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage” ends Jan. 7 • “Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos” ends April 15, 2018. • Free music programs feature Jazz at LACMA in the BP Grand Entrance Fridays at 6 p.m. through November. Latin Sounds is Saturdays at 5 p.m. in Hancock Park, through November. Sundays Live weekly chamber music at 6 is in the Bing Theater year-round. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; lacma.org. LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST— Annual dinner gala, “Preserve the Legacy,” is Sun., Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. honoring CNN's Wolf Blitzer. • “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg — John Ford, Samuel Fuller, Geroge Stevens,” on exhibit. Docent-led tours are Sundays at 2 p.m., followed by a Holocaust survivor speaker at
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3 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; lamoth.org. Free. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—“Made in Italy” details the process of bringing the Maserati Levante luxury SUV to market from concept to creation. • “Cars & Conversation,” a tour of the mechanic's shop with shop manager Adam Mashiach, is Sat., Nov. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. • “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” ends July 15, 2018. • “Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari” ends April 2018. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM—Talk on climate change on Thursdays at 6 p.m.: “A Tale of Two Cities in a Hotter World: Los Angeles and Beijing” is Nov. 2, “Imagined Futures for a Hotter Planet,” Nov. 16. Free, limited tickets at the door. • “Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story in 3D” screens daily. Encounters with a (lifesize puppet) saber-toothed cat are featured Fridays through Sundays. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; tarpits.org. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—“God's Eye Yarn Weaving” family workshop is Sun., Nov. 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. • Handmade LA: Holiday Marketplace is Sat., Nov. 25 and Sun., Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • “Object: Pop-up Shop” Saturdays Nov. 25 and Dec. 30 will be designed after a Tijuana shop. Open museum hours. • “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility” ends Jan. 7. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; cafam.org; free on Sundays. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Korean Movie Night is Thurs., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; kccla.org.
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(Continued from page 5) windows that open, leading to poor cross-ventilation and therefore requiring air conditioning 24/7. Amazing Hancock Park “What’s interesting about Hancock Park is it’s always been half the price of Beverly Hills.” That’s what’s preserved it, he says. While developers will tear down homes in pricier neighborhoods and build
new “soulless” structures, the profit here was more in renovation and restoration. “Original houses perfectly renovated will sell in two seconds for top dollar.” And, of course, the areas’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zones helped retain the neighborhoods, while bucolic streets on the Westside and elsewhere are gone, Parsons laments. “This area makes us remember a happier, more graceful, gentle time. I think people
long for that.” The other amazing thing about Hancock Park is every top architect in Southern California worked here between 1915 to 1941. Movie studio craftsmen got involved — in between movie work — adding to the fine craftsmanship, creativity and character of the homes. Parsons lives in Windsor Village in a home designed in 1941 by architect Edith Northman, “a female in very much a man’s world.” Gordon B. Kaufmann Gordon B. Kaufmann, who designed Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times Art Deco building and Hoover Dam, is the first in the Master Architects series. The coffee table-size book was published last year by Tailwater Press and Angel City Press. The cover features a vintage photo of the reflecting pool at the Mediterranean-style home at Muirfield Rd. and Sixth St. The estate on a double lot was sold two years ago for a record $16 million by Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and Nicole Avant, former Ambassador to the Bahamas. Named after the original owners, Isador and Leila Eisner, the 15,110 square foot house is on a 1.55-acre parcel. Designed by Kaufmann in 1925, the house features a series of courtyards. “If the house were built with a garden in front,” Kaufmann said in an article at the time, “neither garden nor house would be protected from the stares of the curious.” (Please turn to page 14)
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South Lucerne ‘rocks the block’ at 40th annual block party Doing anything in one neighborhood for multiple years is an achievement; 40 years is a big one! At the end of October, families from the Lucerne Blvd. blocks between Third St. and Wilshire Blvd. converged on the 400 South block to enjoy food, drink, a School of
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Flourishing Getty Center forest, 20 years on, among most beautiful David Geffen, a leading cultural philanthropist, donated $150 million to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in early October, on the same day that the New York Philharmonic, to which Geffen had donated $100 million, announced it was scaling back a $500 million
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deserves your close scrutiny and resulting refreshment. Pacific Palisades’ landscape architect Kelly Comras has written an enlightening article about the Getty Center and its award in the October issue of “Landscape Architecture Magazine.” Ten thousand evergreen native oaks, hundreds of pine trees, and dozens of Deodor and Lebanon cedars were planted on the 110 acres of the main Getty campus; the whole site occupies 700 acres of open space within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Added to these trees, Comras writes, are “scores of deciduous native sycamore, crepe myrtle, London plane trees as well as tens of thousands of ground cover plants. Twenty years later, the trees form a canopy that embraces the landscape architects’ intention for a seamless transition from designed landscape to wild chaparral.” As a Chinese Zen Buddhist patriarch of the sixth century (Please turn to page 13)
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‘Society,’ or ‘Collective’—music best on intimate stage By Suzan Filipek In Los Angeles, chamber music, opera and classical music in general have a lot to thank in Warner and Carol Henry. The philanthropists’ most recent gift was for $1.5 million to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). It was in honor of the ensemble’s 50th anniversary and to kickstart the new Chamber Music Collective. The Collective is comprised of eight chamber groups and is designed to combine the ensembles’ projects, musicians, audience and donors. Warner Henry prefers to call the grouping the Los Angeles Chamber Music Society. “Collective sounds too communist,” he laughs, adding he welcomes combining efforts that can help educate people about these amazing musical ensembles, he calls “an intimate art form.” It is highly unusual that even a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles can field as many as eight chamber ensembles. The oldest among the group, LACO formed 50 years ago, as indeed, the Los Angeles Chamber Music Society. Whatever the name, the new
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grouping unites LACO with Camerata Pacifica, Colburn School, Da Camera Society, Jacaranda Music, Musica Angelica, Pittance Chamber Music and Salastina. Henry is a fan of them all. Under the Collective, or Society, the eight groups can work on collaborative projects, such as LACO sharing its successful Baroque series with Musica Angelica, considered among “the great Baroque chambers in the world,” adds Henry. According to Lacey Huszcza, LACO senior director of advancement and strategic engagement: “We are still in the very early stages and will be do-
ing a lot of testing in this first year or two, to see where organizational efficiencies can be found, or new projects pursued. “The stage that we are in today is more of a combined effort, to share with each of our chamber music audiences, chamber music offerings presented by all of the participating organizations throughout the year.” Man of Larchmont While today, the Henrys live in Pasadena, Warner grew up in Windsor Square in a 1912 house on Norton. His mother’s uncle built a house in 1916 on Fourth and Windsor. After marrying Carol in 1966, they raised their own
three children in two different houses on Plymouth Blvd. In 1982, he was named Larchmont Chronicle’s Man of the Year. Chronicle columnist Lucy Toberman wrote at the time: “Warner joined his father’s company as a salesman and was a success right from the beginning.” While Henry has sold the business, his family’s name can be seen on blue roofing material cans all around the country. Henry sits on several boards, including the Coburn School and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where “I was in the (Please turn to page 22)
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By Rachel Olivier Museums around the Southland are participating in “Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles” (PST: LA / LA). Many museums are close to Larchmont Chronicle neighborhoods, but others are just a short trip away. Following is a sampling of exhibits from this collaborative effort, which explores Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The full program can be found at pacificstandardtime.org. At Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., see film screenings and conversations with film makers at “From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967–2017,” which explores the influences between Latino and Latin American film cultures of the last 50 years. Closes Tues., Dec. 11. At Art, Design and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, look at the relationship between art and spirituality in the Chumash and Spanish traditions at “Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin
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American Traditions in Santa Barbara.” Closes Fri., Dec. 8. At Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, view photographs from “La Raza,” the bilingual newspaper of the Chicano Rights Movement. The exhibit explores photography’s role in articu-
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lating the social and political concerns of the Chicano Movement. Closes Sat., Feb. 10. “Chicano Male Unbonded,” based on the essays, photography and performances of Harry Gamboa, Jr., investigates the relationship between the stereotypes of Mexican American men and the diverse commu-
nity of artists, writers, academics, performers, and other creative thinkers who identify as Chicano. Closes Sun., Aug. 5. Become part of the art at The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., where Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez has transformed four crosswalks at the intersection of 2nd St. and Grand Ave. in down-
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Murphy. She is backed by an outstanding cast of multitalented performers, many of whom appeared with the show on Broadway. Of note, Jeff Blumenkrantz as Daryl Ames and David Atkinson as Daddy Cane. The musical numbers Theater are rich and Review exciting. A by live on-stage Patricia band provides Foster Rye the perfect accompaniment. The unique foot stomping, organic choreography by Josh Rhodes is outstanding. And Walter Bobbie’s direction is flawless. This show gives a feelgood-evening-in-the-theater a whole new meaning. Don’t miss it. Through Sun., Nov. 19. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-972-4400, centertheatregroup.org. 4 Stars • • • An overdue library book — way overdue, 113 years overdue to be exact. Slipped in the overnight book depository of a large library. This is the catalyst that sends the librarian (Arye Gross) on a worldwide hunt to find the book’s last borrower. This is the premise of Underneath The Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences by Glen Berger. Cavorting on an adult jungle gym of a set (terrific scenic design by Se Hyun Oh), the journey leads the librarian from exotic locale to exotic locale where he discovers the great mysteries of humanity. Curiosity is his guiding force as he discovers each of the numbered evidences that send him to his next encounter. We have wonderful old-fashioned slides (projection designer Jason H. Thompson) to help with the story. Addressed to the audience as though we have come to hear his lecture, this is a virtuoso performance by Mr. Gross who holds your interest to the intriguing conclusion. Through Sun., Nov. 19. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., 310-208-5454, geffenplayhouse.org. 4 Stars • • • The Dance of Death by August Strindberg was written in 1900. Celebrated Irish playwright Conor McPherson has adapted the play for modern audiences. The action takes place on an isolated Island Fortress (wonderfully gloomy scenic design by Christopher Scott Murillo) in Sweden in the early 20th century. The military Captain Edgar (Darell Larson) and his former actress
wife Alice (Lizzy Kimball) live an unhappy existence on this remote location. As their 25th anniversary approaches, the two face off in a fierce battle of wills. Enter Alice’s cousin Kurt (Jeff LeBeau) who soon joins the fray as further aspects of their lives, and many secrets, are revealed. The list of modern playwrights influenced by Strindberg and this play is impressive: from Sartre to Albee and many in between. Ron Sossi’s direction has honed the sharp dialogue and caustic wit. According to Sossi: The play is about “three people trapped in hell. It’s claustrophobic and eerie and delightfully venomous.” An intriguing evening at the theatre. Through Sun., Nov. 19. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 310-477-2055, odysseytheatre.com. 3 Stars
Jan Daley at Ebell Nov. 17 Singer, songwriter and Hancock Park resident Jan Daley performs at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., Fri., Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. The show, “Broadway and All That Jazz,” is part of the Ebell’s “Live in the Lounge” series. Daley’s latest album and signature title track, “Way of the Woman,” was number five on Billboard’s jazz charts this summer. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ebelleventtickets.com.
‘Musical’ tells tale of love, loss Love, loss and the grace of letting go are themes explored in the upcoming production “Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical” at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., from Tues., Nov. 7 to Sun., Dec. 10. A recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the musical features Emmy and Tony Award winner Tyne Daly (“Cagney and Lacey”) as a woman who finds refuge in her attic, immersing herself in memories on the day of her husband’s funeral. Tickets start at $25. Visit geffenplayhouse.org/chasing-memries, or call 310-208-5454.
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Cries From Syria (10/10): Evgeny Afineevsky is one of a kind. He is a groundbreaking director who brings war straight into everyone’s laps and shows its heart-breaking horror. Showing the carnage and brutality of the civil war in Syria ignored by the MSM (mainstream media), this is not an easy film to sit through. It shows people getting shot, dying, bleeding, and crying as it is happening. There are
scenes of war and the horrific deeds of the Assad Government never before seen, shot with whatever was available including mobile phones. It brings the bestiality of Assad and ISIS out into the open and shows the devastating losses they inflict on innocent people. It documents the cold-hearted violence rained down on hospitals by the Russians, indiscriminately and intentionally targeting and killing women
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and children in hospitals. This is as accurate a picture of war in the Middle East as you will ever see without enduring it yourself. HBO Thank You For Your Service (9/10): A tense, gut-wrenching true story of what it’s like for U.S. servicemen returning from action in the war-torn Middle East and trying to resume a normal life. This film sympathetically details the causes of, and battles with, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the strains put on wives who try to cope. Eye-opening, it’s extremely well-directed and written with exceptional acting by a fine cast. Only the Brave (8/10): All a movie should be, entertaining and educational, graphically showing the guts and workings of a forest fire and the heroism of those fighting it on the front lines. The way the fires seen in the film were created is an example of wonderful movie magic, because they certainly appear real, especially the Granite Mountain Fire. It vividly shows how a fire can explode and travel as much as four miles in 20 minutes (in track terms, that’s a five minute mile), which is faster than you can run away from it. American Made: Based on a True Lie (8/10): The “lie” is that this is history, which it isn’t, even though it uses real names. Its politically-active left-wing director deviously cut
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Tony Medley the film in an effort to smear President Reagan. All that is balderdash; but as a purely fictional movie, it’s entertaining as all get-out, and Tom Cruise gives a fine performance. Marshall (8/10): Chadwick Boseman, who did such a marvelous job portraying Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013), now takes on Justice Thurgood Marshall, also portraying him as a young man rather than the crusty, unsmiling Supreme Court Justice that is in most of our memories, at least mine. Even though this is pretty much like what one sees on the TV series “Law and Order,” and is as entertaining, I shrink
from accepting Hollywood versions of factual events, knowing that today’s filmmakers lean over backwards to insert every bit of bias into their films that they can get away with. From what little I’ve been able to discover about the case, though, the story is pretty much in line with the facts that I’ve been able to uncover, and the story combines education with entertainment well. The Mountain Between Us (7/10): This is a feeble attempt at “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) updated for the 21st century. While this story strains credulity beyond the breaking point with incidents that are beyond ridiculous, it’s pure Hollywood schmaltz; a feel-good, heart-warming tale that even has a loveable dog in almost every scene. The Snowman (5/10): This movie from a book that was very good is so poorly done (Please turn to page 19)
LACO at ACE, Hancock Park LACO @ the Movies features Buster Keaton in “The General” Sat., Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”) conducts the world premiere of his score for the 1926 silent action-adventure comedy Tickets start at $25. LACO à la carte Members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform in “Germany à la Carte,” a program at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Germany on Thurs., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Honorable Hans Jörg Neumann will host, and LACO members will present a German Baroque repertoire.
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UPCOMING SHOWS So You Think You Can Dance November 15
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Very nearby restaurants comprise more than 10 percent of Gold’s new ‘101’ By John Welborne At the former Elks Lodge that became the Park Plaza Hotel and is now “The MacArthur,” hundreds of food and wine aficionados showed up late last month to celebrate the issuance of the 2018 edition of “Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants.” The list, in booklet form, also was included in the Oct. 29 home delivery of the “Los Angeles Times.” One dozen of the notable restaurants are within, or very near to, the delivery area of the Larchmont Chronicle, including nearly one third of the top 10 choices by restaurant critic Gold. On Melrose Ave., Providence, which has been No. 1 since the list’s inception at the “Los Angeles Times,” is No. 2 this year. Informed sources say
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there was editorial pressure on Gold to do something new. His comment on the subject,
inside the guidebook, is subtle: “Providence occupied the No. 1 slot each of the last four years,
and it was tempting to put it there again.” But, instead, the new No. 1 is a Culver City 22-seat performance restaurant (“a dinner experience in four acts”) named Vespertine, from chef Jordan Kahn. Meanwhile, back in this ‘hood, the unassuming and elegant Providence continues to serve locals and international visitors alike. Hancock Park native Amy Wolf remains as sous chef to chef / owner Michael Cimarusti, who also created the popular Connie and Ted’s, which — in West Hollywood — is slightly outside of the coverage area for the dozen Gold List restaurants included here. Cimarusti also owns local fish purveyor on Fairfax, just north of Melrose, Cape Seafood & Provisions. (Oh, for the old days and
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“Phil’s Phresh Phish!”) Also in the top 10 in this year’s list is Trois Mec, in a mini-mall on Highland, just north of Melrose (No. 7 on the 101 List) and what Gold refers to as “Mozzaplex,” the dining quartet from Windsor Square resident Nancy Silverton, consisting of Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca and Mozza2Go. Mozzaplex, on the southwest corner of Highland and Melrose, is No. 9 on Gold’s list this year. Others on the new list that are within our coverage area or very nearby are: République on S. La Brea; Animal on Fairfax, between Beverly and Melrose; Here’s Looking at You, a newcomer on Sixth St., just east of Western; Salt’s Cure, a little bit north, getting close to Hollywood, on Highland north of Santa Monica Blvd.; Odys + Penelope on La Brea, just south of First St.; Petit Trois, next door to No. 7 Trois Mec in the Highland mini-mall; Meals by Genet, on Fairfax just south of Olympic; Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd.; and Guelaguetza, on Olympic between Western and Normandie, which Gold calls “the most accomplished Oaxacan restaurant in the United States.” And those are just the dozen closest restaurants. The other 89 Gold list restaurants in Hollywood, DTLA, and neighborhoods further west are only a quick hop from the central Mid-Wilshire neighborhoods of readers of the Larchmont Chronicle.
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Reviewed: Kismet in Silver Lake and Wolf on Melrose One of the buzzier additions to the Silverlake dining scene, Kismet presents Californiainflected, Mediterranean-Middle Eastern cuisine by the chefs behind Grand Central Market’s falafel stand, Madcapra. Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson are known for infusing dishes with bright herbal and vegetal notes, so the chick pea balls can be ordered with the unusual accompaniments of pickled fennel and cilantro, for example. I was eager to see what their sensibility would bring to the broader offerings at Kismet. Two of us perused the menu as we sipped wine by the glass in the small, airy space. Blond wood graced the tabletops, ceiling and half-paneled walls in an otherwise white storefront space. Service was friendly, and
we followed our wait-staff’s recommendations, ordering the lamb tartare special, manila clams, potatoes and an order of Barbari bread to sop up the broth and scoop the tartare. (I don’t understand the trend of not automatically serving bread with dishes that need them. Does anyone eat tartare directly off the fork?) We also added green beans and fritters. Freekah fritters are similar to arancini, but made with the robust freekah grain. The four balls are served with a so-called “pickley green sauce,” an excellent vinegary vegetable salsa. I had never come across lamb tartare before, and maybe there’s a reason. The usual funky, deeply soul-searing flavor of the meat is completely missing when served raw. One
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Helene Seifer the grassy notes of crisp beans. Manila clams with red pepper broth did not wow us, however. In a town awash in bold garlicky versions of steamed bivalves, these tiny clams were fine, but the broth was too subtle. Most surprising were the potatoes. Roasted with labneh, macadamia nuts, cured scallop and urfa pepper, the lowly spuds were elevated to their rightful place at the center of any carb-lover’s table. Snacks $6 - $12; salads $14 - $15; mains $15 - $26. A 20% service charge is added to all checks. Kismet, 4648 Hollywood Blvd., 323-409-0404. • • • Another storefront eatery with high expectations is former Top Chef runner-up Marcel Vigneron’s Wolf. The restaurant maintains a casual vibe even though the narrow space is awash in sophisticated design choices, including textured plaster walls, modernized “wagon-wheel” chandeliers, green tiled and mirrored bar, and a sliding wall that opens to reveal the busy kitchen. The Culinary Institute of America (New York) graduate excels at plating. Ruby and golden beets, berries modified by molecular gastronomy techniques into dissolving puffs
of flavor, and a flurry of goat cheese “snow,” are scattered over a modern art lake of beet puree. A creamy bowl of mushroom risotto is decorated with carefully placed petals of oyster mushrooms and bright green edible leaves. A hefty square of pork belly was dolloped with coriander-flavored foam, and scattered with cherry tomatoes, shrimp and pickled onion. All very beautiful, but the flavors were muted compared to the presentation. The beets were good; the playful berries fun, the dish eye-catching, but
we tired of it halfway through. So, too, the pork belly had delightful textures, but a depth of porkiness was missing. The risotto was our favorite. The comforting dish, loaded with fungi-flavor, was exactly what one wants from a platter of creamy rice. Snacks $5 - $15; mains $26 - $34. A 3% service charge is added to support the back of the house staff. Wolf, 7661 Melrose Ave., 323-424-7735. Contact Helene at email@example.com
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Windsor Square residents make wine in Santa Barbara County By John B. Wagner Many Windsor Square friends and neighbors know that my wife, Gill, and I also have another life in the vineyard lands of Santa Barbara County. People often ask how we got in the wine business. After seeing many paper fortunes vanish in the tech crash of 2000, I was talking to a bond broker in New York
about how he was interested in real assets. I complained that a lot of things I was looking at seemed very fully valued. The broker said that California vineyard land was trading at a discount-to-replacement value. It turned out that the broker, Jeff Beckmen, had family that owned a winery in Santa Barbara. I said that sounded interesting and Jeff’s father set me up with a broker who was selling a vineyard in Santa Maria. After some work, I discovered that the land was worth more as strawberry fields and that it cost $25,000 an acre to plant. However, it also turned out that the seller, Robert Mondavi, needed the grapes and was willing to buy them back at a cost that would make the transaction profitable. It seemed like a reasonable investment, and so we proceeded. A year later, the movie “Sideways” came out, and Santa Barbara pinot noir prices doubled. Clearly we were investing geniuses. Vineyard expands We were now in the wine business, and our Santa Maria vineyard, “Sierra Madre,” was happily producing fruit for Robert Mondavi. A good family friend, Sebastiano Sterpa, (Please turn to page 18)
Enjoy the many restaurant choices in our neighborhood When it comes to eating out, there is no shortage of places to choose in our community. The following list is a mere sample of what’s available. (If you find that a favorite was overlooked, please let us know.) Note: The Original Farmers Market is at 6333 W. Third St. The Grove is next door at 189 The Grove Dr.
Albert’s MexicAn Grill
5210 W. beverly blvd. 323-466-1193 Hours: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
AnArkAli indiAn restAurAnt
7013 Melrose Ave. 323-934-6488 anarkali-la.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
7313 beverly blvd. 323-297-0070 angeliniosteria.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Fri. from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m., Sat., 5 to 11 p.m. and Sun., 5 to 10:30 p.m.
435 n. Fairfax Ave. 323-782-9225 animalrestaurant.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 6 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 6 to 11 p.m. Brunch is Sat. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
AntequerA de OAxAcA
5200 Melrose Ave. 323-466-1101 Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
7470 Melrose Ave. 323-658-9060 antoniosonmelrose.com Hours: Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m. to 11p.m., Sat., noon to 11 p.m. and Sun., noon to 10 p.m.
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cafeveronala.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11 a.m. to 403 n. larchmont blvd. 9:30 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 323-463-0811 Sun., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. bricksandscones.com AstrOburGer cAliFOrniA Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 7:30 a.m. 5601 Melrose Ave. to 9 p.m., Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. chicken cAFé 323-469-1924 and Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 6805 Melrose Ave. astroburger.com 323-935-5877 bucA di beppO Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 7 a.m. to califchickencafe .com Farmers Market midnight, Fri. and Sat., 7 a.m. to 1 Hours: Mon. to Sat., 10:45 a.m. to 323-370-6560 a.m. and Sun., 9 a.m. to midnight. 10:05 p.m. Closed Sun. bucadibeppo.com bArdOnnA Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to cAndelA lA breA 139 1/2 n. larchmont blvd. 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 831 s. la brea Ave. 323-871-8930 11 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 323-936-0533 Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. candelalabrea.com butterscOtch Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sun., beer belly 143 n. la brea Ave. 532 s. Western Ave. 4 to 11 p.m. Wed., 11:30 a.m. to 323-938-2504 213-387-2337 midnight. Fri. and Sat., 4 p.m. to butterscotchrestaurant.com beerbellyla.com midnight. Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Hours: Sun. to Tues., 11:30 a.m. cAnter’s deli burGer lOunGe to 11 p.m., Wed. to Thurs., 11:30 419 n. Fairfax Ave. 217 n. larchmont blvd. a.m. to midnight and Fri. and Sat., 323-651-2030 323-462-2310 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Kitchen closes cantersdeli.com burgerlounge.com one hour before closing time. Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 10:30 a.m. Canter’s is open 24 hours a day, berri’s cAFé to 9:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 10:30 seven days a week, and on all 8412 W. 3rd st. holidays except Rosh Hashanah a.m. to 10 p.m. 323-852-0642 and Yom Kippur. busby’s eAst berriscafela.com cArdAMOM 5364 Wilshire blvd. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. daily. 7233 beverly blvd. 323-823-4890 323-936-1000 bierGArten busbysla.com 206 n. Western Ave. cardamomla.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 4 p.m. to 2 323-466-4860 a.m. Sat., 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sun., 10 Lunch hours: Mon. to Sun., 11 biergartenla.com a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun. to a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 4 p.m. to Thurs., 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Fri. c+M midnight, Fri., 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sat., 5 to 11 p.m. (cOFFee And Milk) Sat., noon to 2 a.m. and Sun., chAn dArA 5905 Wilshire blvd. 9:30 a.m. to midnight. 310 n. larchmont blvd. 323-857-4761 blAck dOG cOFFee 323-467-1052 patinagroup.com/cm-lacma 5657 Wilshire blvd. chandararestaurants.com Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 323-933-1976 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to blackdogcoffee.com p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 6 9:15 p.m. Sat. and Sun., 5 to 9:15 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. p.m. Closed Wed. p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. cheesecAke FActOry cAFé GrAtitude blu JAM cAFé the Grove 639 n. larchmont blvd. 7371 Melrose Ave. 323-634-0511 323-580-6383 blujamcafe.com thecheesecakefactory.com cafegratitude.com 323-951-9191 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 to 11 p.m., Fri., 11:30 a.m. to cAFé JAck p.m. Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 12:30 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 12:30 508 s. Western Ave. a.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. bludsO’s 213-365-8882
a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m., Sat., noon to 11 p.m. and Sun., noon to 10 p.m.
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609 n. la brea Ave. 323- 931-2583 5176 Wilshire blvd. barandque.com 323-937-2823 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to apolloniaspizzeria.com Hours: Tues. and Wed., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Sat., noon 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Thurs., 11 to 10 p.m. and Sun., noon to 8 p.m.
cafejackla.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., noon to 1 a.m. and Fri. and Sat., noon to 2 a.m.
201 s. la brea Ave. 323-934-6188
6610 Melrose Ave. 323-297-1133 chispacca.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 6 to 10 p.m., Fri., 6 to 11 p.m., Sat., 5 to 11 p.m. and Sun., 5 to 10 p.m.
chipOtle MexicAn Grill 301 n. larchmont blvd. 323-978-2047 chipotle.com Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
5630 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3390 coffeeplusfood.wordpress.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
cOFFee FOr sAsquAtch
7020 Melrose Ave. 323-424-7980 coffeeforsasquatch.com Hours: Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
788 s. la brea Ave. 323-813-3000 commersonrestaurant.com Hours: Tues. to Fri., 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Closed Mon.
7302 Melrose Ave. 323-931-3800 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sat. and Sun., 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
7675 beverly blvd. 323-933-7675 dellaterrarestaurant.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
6060 Wilshire blvd. 323-800-2244 dragoristorante.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Farmers Market 323-933-8446 dupars.net Du-Par’s Restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
eAst indiA Grill
345 n. la brea Ave. 323-936-8844 eastindiagrillla.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5168 melrose Ave. fAT Burger 323-645-5225 5001 Wilshire Blvd., #103 theedmon.com 323-939-9593 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5 p.m. to fatburger.com midnight. Fri. and Sat., 5 p.m. to 1 Hours: Mon. to Tues., 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. Closed Sunday. p.m. Wed. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 11 el Cholo p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. to midnight, Sat., 1121 S. Western Ave. 11 a.m. to midnight. Sun., 10 a.m. 323-734-2773 to 10 p.m. elcholo.com Hours: Sun. and Mon., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tues. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
el CoyoTe CAfé
7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-9392255 elcoyotecafe.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
5515 Wilshire Blvd. 323-931-1281 eldinerla.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
el Pollo loCo
5001 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7171 elpolloloco.com Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 1260 n. Vine St. 323-464-0860 Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
7615 Beverly Blvd. 323-932-6178 escuelataqueria.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
fArmerS mArkeT 323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com
fiVe guyS BurgerS & frieS
5550 Wilshire Blvd., #101d 323-939-2360 fiveguys.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
frenCh CrePe ComPAny
farmers market 323-934-3113 frenchcrepe.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
go geT ’em Tiger
230 n. larchmont Blvd. 323-380-5359 ggetla.com Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
323-900-8080 thegrovela.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
3014 W. olympic Blvd. 213-427-0608 ilovemole.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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11 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. 3901 W. 6th St. to midnight. 213-568-3573 The lArChmonT hereslookingatyoula.com 5750 melrose Ave. Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., 6 to 11 323-464-4277 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 6 to midnight, thelarchmont.com Sun., 6 to 10 p.m. Private bookings only. Open for hmS BounTy Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 23, 3 to 3357 Wilshire Blvd. 10 p.m. Call for reservation. 213-385-7275 lArChmonT VillAge thehmsbounty.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 1 Wine SPiriTS & CheeSe a.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 223 n. larchmont Blvd. and Sun., noon to 1 a.m. 323-856-8699 larchmontvillagewine.com hWAng hAe do Hours: Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 koreAn BBq p.m. 429 n. Western Ave., #7 le PAin quoTidien 323-468-3839 113 n. larchmont Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 323-461-7701 Jon & Vinny’S lepainquotidien.com 412 n. fairfax Ave Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 323-334-3369 le PeTiT greek jonandvinnys.com 127 n. larchmont Blvd. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 323-464-5160 kAli reSTAurAnT lepetitgreek.com 5722 melrose Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 323-871-4160 lemonAde kalirestaurant.com 626 n. larchmont Blvd. Hours: Mon. to Fri., noon to 2 p.m. 323-464-0700 Mon. to Sun., 6 to 10 p.m. lemonadela.com kiku SuShi Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 246 n. larchmont Blvd. liTTle BAr lounge 323-464-1323 757 S. la Brea Ave. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 323-937-9210 daily. littlebarlounge.com kiSmeT Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 4648 hollywood Blvd. louiSe’S TrATToriA 323-409-0404 232 n. larchmont Blvd. kismentlosangeles.com 323-962-9510 Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. louises.com lAlA’S ArgenTine Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to grill 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 7229 melrose Ave. 10:30 p.m. and Sun., noon to 9:30 323-934-6838 p.m. lalasgrill.com
luCy’S el AdoBe 5536 melrose Ave. 323-462-9421 Hours: Mon. to Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
7149 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-6095 luluscafe.la Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
3832 Wilshire Blvd. 213-389-2770 m-grill.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon. to Thurs., 5:30 to 9 p.m., Fri., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sat., 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sun., 4 to 8:30 p.m.
farmers market 323-938-4127 mageeskitchen.com Hours: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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The grove 323-965-9665 maggianos.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
707 n. Stanley Ave. 323-655-7777 maisonrichard.com Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
mArie CAllender’S grill
5773 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7952 mariecallendersgrill.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Marino restaurant 6001 Melrose ave. 323-466-8812 marinorestaurant.net Lunch is served Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner: Mon. to Sat., 5 to 10 p.m.
Mario’s Peruvian & seafood
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Musso and frank Grill
6667 hollywood Blvd. 323-467-7788 mussoandfrank.com Hours: Tue. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun., 4 to 9 p.m.
odYs + PeneloPe 5786 Melrose ave 127 s. la Brea ave. 323-466-4181 323-939-1033 Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. odysandpenelope.com to 8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 11:30 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 6 to 10 p.m., a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fri., 6 to 11 p.m., Sat. is 10 a.m. to MarMalade Cafe 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m. and farmers Market Sun. is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 323-954-0088 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. marmaladecafe.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 9 a.m. to 10 off vine restaurant 6263 leland Way p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 323-962-1900 Meals BY Genet offvine.com 1053 s. fairfax ave. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 323-938-9304 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., mealsbygenetla.com Hours: Wed. to Sat., 5:30 to 10 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. p.m., Sun., 5:30 to 9 p.m. Closed Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sun., 10:30 a.m. to Mon. and Tues. 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m. MeshuGa 4 sushi
osteria MaMMa 5732 Melrose ave. 323-284-7060 osteriamamma.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun., 5 to 10 p.m.
osteria la BuCa
5210 Melrose ave. 323-462-1900 575 s. fairfax ave. osterialabuca.com 323-935-1577 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. mollymalonesla.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 2 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. a.m. Sat. and Sun., noon to 2 a.m. Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. Sat., 5 to 11 p.m. Sun., MuraYa 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 125 n. larchmont Blvd. p.m. 323-856-0369
pinkshollywood.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
222 n. Western ave. 323-465-7701 pipersla.com osteria MoZZa Hours: Sun., Mon. and Tues., 6:30 6602 Melrose ave. a.m. to 1 a.m., Wed., 6:30 a.m. to 323-297-0100 midnight. Open 24 hours Thurs. to osteriamozza.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5:30 to 10 Sat. Closes at 1 a.m. on Sun. PiZZeria MoZZa p.m., Fri., 5:30 to 11 p.m., Sat., 5 to 641 n. highland ave. 11 p.m. and Sun., 5 to 10 p.m. 323-297-0101 pizzeriamozza. PaCifiC dininG Car com 1310 W. 6th st. Hours: noon to midnight daily. 213-483-6000 Poke Me pacificdiningcar.com 310 s. la Brea ave., ste. e Hours: 24 hours daily. 323-852-3572 PaPa Cristo’s pokeme.net 2771 W. Pico Blvd. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 323-737-2970 10 p.m., Sat., noon to 10 p.m. and papacristos.com Hours: Tue., 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun., noon to 9 p.m. Prado restaurant Wed. to Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 244 n. larchmont Blvd. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed 323-467-3871 Mon. pradola.com PaMPas Grill Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 3 farmers Market p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., 11:30 323-931-1928 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 10:30 pampas-grill.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 10:30 a.m. p.m. Sun., 4:30 to 10 p.m.
the oinkster 526 n. la Brea ave. 776 vine st. 323-964-9985 323-536-9248 meshuga4sushi.com theoinkster.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10:30 a.m. 9 p.m. to midnight and Sun., noon 10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. MollY Malone’s irish PuB
5955 Melrose ave. 323-460-4170 providencela.com Petit trois Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 6 to 10 718 highland ave. p.m., Fri., noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 323-468-8916 10 p.m., Sat., 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sun., petittrois.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., noon to 10 5:30 to 9 p.m. raleiGh studios CafÉ p.m. and Fri. and Sat., noon to 11 5300 Melrose ave. p.m. No cash. No reservations. 323-871-5660 Pinks hot doGs raleighstudios.com 709 n. la Brea ave. Hours: Mon. to Friday, 11 a.m. to 323-931-4223 3 p.m.
rasCal 801 s. la Brea ave. 323-933-3229 rascalla.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5 to 11 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. and Sun., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
raY’s and stark Bar laCMa 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 raysandstarkbar.com Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Wed.
rÉPuBlique 624 s. la Brea ave. 310-362-6115 republiquela.com Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Sun. to Wed., 5:30 to 10 p.m., Thurs. to Sat., 5:30 to 11 p.m.
salt’s Cure 1155 n. highland ave. 323-465-7258 saltscure.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
saM’s BaGels 154 n. larchmont Blvd. 323-469-1249 Hours: Mon. to Sat., 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
son of a Gun 8370 W. 3rd st. 323 782-9033 sonofagunrestaurant.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m.
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La Brea & Melrose
Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. TacoS Tu madre to 10:30 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 203 n. Larchmont Blvd. Spare Tire 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Brunch: 323-499-1143 5370 Wilshire Blvd. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tacostumadre.com 323-8234890 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to Tom Bergin’S sparetirepub.com 10 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. puBLic houSe Hours: Mon., 4 to 11 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 840 S. fairfax ave. Tues. and Wed., 11:30 a.m. to TarT 323-936-7151 11 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., 11:30 115 n. fairfax ave. tombergins.com a.m. to midnight. Sat., 9 a.m. to 323-556-2608 Hours: Mon to Thurs., 5 p.m. to midnight. Sun., 10 a.m. to 11 tartrestaurant.com 2 a.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 7 a.m. to a.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. STar of india 10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 7 a.m. TroiS famiLia 730 Vine St. to 11 p.m. 3510 Sunset Blvd. 323-939-6815 TaTSu ramen 323-725-7800 starofindiala.com 7111 melrose ave. troisfamilia.com Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 323-747-1388 Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. SugarfiSh tatsuramen.com TroiS mec 101 S. La Brea ave. Hours: Sun. to Wed., 11 a.m. to 716 n. highland ave. 323-488-3636 2 a.m. and Thurs. to Sat., 11 a.m. troismec.com sugarfishsushi.com to 3 a.m. Hours: Mon. to Sat., 11:30 a.m. to TayLor’S STeakhouSe Hours: Mon., 6 to 10 p.m. Tues., 5:30 to 11 p.m. Wed. and Thurs., 10 p.m. and Sun., noon to 9 p.m. 3361 W. eighth St. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fri., 6 to 10 p.m. SWeeTfin poké 213-382-8449 Reservations are through a special 135 n. Larchmont Blvd. taylorssteakhouse.com online ticketing system. 323-465-6040 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 TWiST eaTery sweetfinpoke.com a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri., 11:30 a.m. 344 S. La Brea ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. to 10:30 p.m., Sat., 4 to 10:30 323-938-9478 p.m. and Sun., 4 to 9:30 p.m. SWingerS diner twisteateryla.com 8020 Beverly Blvd. Tere’S mexican griLL Hours: Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 323-653-5858 5870 melrose ave., Ste. 101 and Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. swingersdiner.com 323-468-9345
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The Sycamore kiTchen
teresmexicangrill.com Hours: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
143 S. La Brea ave. 323-93-0151 thesycamorekitchen.com Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
7605 Beverly Blvd. 323-954-0300 terroni.com
Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5 p.m. to midnight, Fri. and Sat., 5 p.m. to The grove 1 a.m. Sun., noon to midnight. 323-954-8626 WhiSper reSTauranT umamiburger.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to & Lounge 11 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. The grove to midnight. 323-931-0202 VerneTTi whisperloungela.com 225 n. Larchmont Blvd. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. 323-798-5886 to 10 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. vernetti.la WiLde Wine Bar & Hours: Tues. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to reSTauranT 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sat., 10 320 S. La Brea ave. a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m. 323-932-9500 Sun., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to wildela.com 11 p.m. Hours: Tues. to Sun., 5 to 11 p.m. ViLLage idioT Closed Mon. 7383 melrose ave. WirTShauS 323-655-3331 345 n. La Brea ave. villageidiotla.com 323-931-9291 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to wirtshausla.com 2 a.m. and Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5 p.m. to to 2 a.m. midnight and Fri. to Sun., 11 a.m. ViLLage pizzeria to midnight. 131 n. Larchmont Blvd. Wood ranch BBq & 323-465-5566 griLL villagepizzeria.net The grove Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 323-937-6800 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. woodranch.com to 10 p.m. and Sun., noon to 9 p.m. Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. Vim Thai reSTauranT to 10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 11:30 5784 melrose ave. a.m. to 11 p.m. uLySSeS Voyage 323-464-2345 farmers market xiomara vimthai.com 323-939-9728 6101 melrose ave. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily ulyssesvoyage.com 323-461-0601 VinoTeque Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to xiomararestaurant.com 7469 melrose ave. Lunch hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 310-860-6060 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. 10 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. vinotequeonmelrose.com Sat., 5 to 11 p.m. Closed Sun.
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Tasting cocktails is a fun, ‘arduous’ journey in modern mixology By Amy and Jim Cuomo Does the bartender crack an egg when making your whiskey sour? This is one of many questions we asked ourselves when offered this fun task of tasting craft cocktails in our local area; fun, yet “arduous.” We realize, however, there are many more spirits to be sipped. In our journey, we discovered that many restaurants offer suggested cocktails; however, this does not necessarily translate into them being truly craft. We highlight a few of our favorite places in Mid-Wilshire and environs . . . to experience modern mixology at its finest. The bright pink color of the
Blind Chance at The Edmon, made with chili-infused vodka, prickly pear, fresh lime and seltzer, may belie the spicy kick, but do not let the hue scare you. Garnished with what appeared to be a simple spear-shaped leaf, the look and taste of this drink are first rate. For those preferring a drink with less spice, we also enjoyed the Tea’s Knees, a fun spin off from the classic Bee’s Knees, this version made with Aviation gin, Earl Grey honey (hence the tea!), Montenegro Amaro and lemon, shaken and served on the rocks. As we discovered with many establishments, something long lacking in Los
Angeles is back, namely Happy Hour. The Edmon offers one Mon. through Frid., 5 to 7 p.m. Those who have been to Petit Trois know that it is tucked away in a mini mall, next to a donut shop, just off Melrose and Highland. The restaurant, and its next-door foodie haven, Trois Mec, are widely known for their tasty meals, but we recommend sampling their inventive alcoholic refreshers. One of our favorites is the Rum Around Sue, and it is not merely the pun that inspired us. With a great blend of rum, floc de gascogne (an aperitif in the Armagnac family) and Champagne, it is a palate pleaser.
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assortments, or simply a sprig of rosemary as in the Le Madmoiselle (sic), with gin, grapefruit cordial and prosecco, a take on the classic French 75. We cannot wait to return to sample each drink on the cocktail list including Bashful & Green and Widow’s Kiss. Although no mention of happy hour, Commerson does offer a bottomless Bellini option on Sundays. For the only non-restaurant bar on our radar for this assignment, Blue Collar on Fairfax is another favorite destination of ours, and its bartenders are masters in the art of creating deliciousness. If you enter this dark and swanky space, the opposite of what the bar’s name may imply, expecting food or drink menus, you may be initially disappointed. But fear not, they do allow patrons to bring food in. And as for the drinks, they are experts at creating the most pleasing drink based upon your description of flavors and spirits you prefer. They can, of course, make the standards, but you just might be pleasantly surprised by the addition of another aperitif, or other fun ingredient, into your standard G&T. We loved a drink, with no name of which (Please turn to page 17)
New chef, new menu this month at The Edmon
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Petit Trois offers a Cocktail Hour from 3 to 6 p.m., Mon. through Fri. It also offers a host of creatively named drinks, another common element in the craft cocktail arena, including Grape Expectations and Oaxacan Romance. Commerson, located on La Brea and Eighth, is 100 percent crafty, in a good way, when it comes to cocktails. Its almost beaker-like bevy of glasses holding an assortment of juices and bitters and other herbaceous surprises reminds us that there is a science to creating the perfect balance of ingredients. Gone are the days of splashing some rum and Coke into a glass. These cocktails demand exact measurements and are worth any extra time it takes to create one. The fabulous Le Colonial includes Fords gin, the everpopular Italian bitter aperol, rhubarb syrup and a topping of rosé Champagne. Delicious as it is, the menu does not mention that the bartender will be lighting a few sprigs of sage with a torch, and resting them in the drink. The herb does add to the flavor, but the show makes it an even more enjoyable experience. Other cocktails come sprinkled with various powdered herb
By Billy Taylor A new executive chef has been tapped to take over the kitchen and update the menu at The Edmon, located at the corner of Melrose and Wilton. “We are very excited to welcome chef Trevor La Presle,” says Edmon co-owner Mercedes Simonian. “He is focused on serving farm-to-table ingredients, fresh seafood and, in certain dishes, a dash of Mexican-inspired flavor.” The result is a menu that exemplifies California cuisine that is both accessible and beautiful, explains Simonian. “Trevor has introduced new dishes that feel lighter, taste fresher and include interesting flavors in each bite. It is food that caters to the average guest of a neighborhood restaurant like The Edmon.” Originally from Southern California, Trevor left the West Coast for NYC at the age of 27 with a passion for the culinary arts. There, he quickly landed a job as a prep cook at the W Hotel in New Jersey. With no formal education or professional experience, Trevor quickly rose through the ranks of the kitchen until an opportunity arose to join Mario Batali’s acclaimed flagship restaurant, Del Posto.
Chef Trevor La Presle
While working under celebrated chef Mark Ladner, Trevor learned the skills necessary to thrive in a highpressure environment. After nearly four years at Del Posto, Trevor joined Michelin threestar restaurant Daniel with chef Daniel Bouloud. For the past three years, he has been in Guadalajara, Mexico, running the kitchen at multiple hotels for Grupo Habita. New items on the menu at The Edmon include a grilled octopus starter with squid ink sofrito and heirloom beans, and an entrée of duck confit with sage spaetzle, seared pluots, celery root purée and pecans. For more information, visit theedmon.com.
Family tradition marks 100th at Farmers Market By Rachel Olivier Magee’s Kitchen and House of Nuts celebrated 100 years in business at a party late last month. Magee’s is the first eatery and the oldest merchant at the Original Farmers Market. Dwayne Call (who took over from his Aunt Phyllis in 2014, and who is great-grand nephew to Blanche Magee, the original owner) is the fourth generation of his family to lead the family business. To celebrate the day, Magee’s Kitchen had a special $1 menu, which included original items from 1934 such as corned beef, ham, and French dip sandwiches and cheese enchiladas. They also served Magee’s freshly made peanut butter. Magee and Call family members were on hand all day to greet customers. Staff member José Ruiz, who has been at Magee’s for nearly 50 years, was recognized. History Snowdie Blanche Sizelove was born in Indiana in 1898. As a girl, her family moved to Signal Hill, near Long Beach, where her father made and sold peanut butter and horseradish at a market. Later, Blanche would meet and fall in love with Raymond Magee, a grocery deliveryman. They were married in 1916, and by 1917 they had opened a stall in the then brand new Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, where they sold ham, olives, and fresh-ground horseradish and nuts. In 1934, Blanche Magee drove past Third and Fairfax on her way home, where farmers, many whom she knew from Grand Central Market, were gathering to sell their produce. She brought ham sandwiches and potato salads for the farmers to purchase and eat while they worked, but some of the customers were interested in buying them as well. And that’s how Magee’s became the first restaurant and permanent stall at the Original Farmers Market in 1934. Raymond ran the stall at the Grand Central Market, and Blanche ran the stall at the Farmers Market, using produce purchased from the surrounding farmers to create the dishes for their kitchen. Juliet Ben-
(Continued from page 16) we are aware, that included red bell pepper, whiskey, lemon and honey with a spicy pepper infusion. For fans of all things savory, this drink is a hit. Blue Collar does not open until 7 p.m., and it surely is a place to and from which you will want to ride share.
umnists like Hedda Hopnett Rylah pointed out in per would be patrolling her November 2016 “LA the aisles on the prowl Weekly” article that Mafor celebrities. gee’s Kitchen could very A family show well be one of Los AngeIn 1941, Blanche Males’ first women-run busigee’s brother came to nesses. help run the stall at the Lasting influence Farmers Market, and her Other “firsts” at the children helped out on Original Farmers Market vacations and weekends. credited to Blanche Magee By the 1960s, her daughinclude laying down electer-in-law Phyllis was dotrical lines so they could ing the bookkeeping and refrigerate their food. DRESSING COUNTER at Magee’s Kitchen by the 1970s, she and Magee’s also installed the several decades ago. her husband Paul (son to market’s first restrooms have to use orange crates anyBlanche and Raymond) so, as Myrna Oliver wrote in Blanche Magee’s obituary in more. And she also introduced were running Magee’s Kitchen the March 23, 2000 “Los An- the first paper-plate luncheon. and House of Nuts so Blanche According to Melanie Mul- could retire. (When Blanche geles Times,” “shoppers didn’t need to walk down the street to ligan’s 2009 article in the passed away in 2000, she was Larchmont Chronicle, by the 102.) a gas station.” Today, the Magee’s enterBlanche also advocated for end of the 1930s, the Farmers tables and chairs for custom- Market had become a place to prises are the two original ers to sit on, so they wouldn’t see and be seen. Gossip col- tenants remaining at the
FRESHLY GROUND nuts served from Magee’s House of Nuts in 1984.
Farmers Market. “It’s difficult to put into words how much our 100th anniversary means to our family,” said Dwayne Call. “So many businesses have come and gone in the last century, and I can only attribute our success to the timelessness of our traditions.”
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thought. The consultant was ing his dream. Two years later, working with Michel Rolland Paul Lato’s first vintage from on another project, and he John Sebastiano was released, called me after they both had and it got 95 points. He called seen and tested the site to tell the wine “Atticus,” after the me that Rolland had told him great American hero Atticus it would be a crime not to Finch. Peake Ranch plant the ranch. At this point, Gill’s and So, I arranged for Seb to meet the consultants and my friendship with Paul had to figure a plan to plant the grown very close, and Gill and ranch. When Seb found out I had become very involved in how much was involved, he the wine world. A parcel near called, with a much heavier John Sebastiano had come on Italian accent, and said “I am the market. It had been the 85, I don’t have any kids, but site of the original Sanford I have always thought of you tasting room and was the forand Gill as kids. Would you mer ranch of the California pay to plant the vineyard, and artist Channing Peake. (Peake I will put in the land, and we was a close friend of Pablo will be partners in owning the Picasso and was a founder of vineyard?” It was a hard propo- the American Quarter Horse sition to say no to, and accord- breed.) Gill and I knew that ing to Rolland we would have it would be an ideal place to build a winery, and with been committing a crime Paul’s help, make worldif we had. class wines. After a lot of Atticus thought, and after getting We planted the vineto know Peake’s widow, we yard, and Mondavi was decided to name that new doing a good job with project Peake Ranch. the wine. A Sierra Santa Barbara CounMadre pinot noir made ty’s planning and design the Wine Spectator review process slowed Top 100 wines in the the progress of conworld. And many of structing the winery, the smaller Santa but we were able to Barbara winemakmake our first viners were attracted tage from the 2014 to our newer propharvest. We used erty, “John Sebaspinot noir from John tiano,” and bought Sebastiano and Chargrapes from us. donnay from SierThe winemakers ra Madre. Because were doing well, both vineyards are with many of their known in the wine wines scoring in critic world, we the 90s. One day, my vine- PEAKE RANCH were able to get our yard manager said was named after wines reviewed by he had a winemak- artist Channing Robert Parker. Gill er he wanted me Peake, close friend and I were thrilled to meet. The wine- to Pablo Picasso when both the maker, Paul Lato, and founder of the Peake Ranch John told me his life American Quarter Sebastiano Pinot Horse breed. Noir and the Peake story. He had been born in communist Poland, Ranch Sierra Madre Chardondefected when he was 19, and nay received 96 points. It is our intention to had worked in a Michelin starred restaurant in Toronto. acknowledge and support a He worked his way from dish- worthwhile charity with each washer to director of wine. One vintage. This year, the charmorning, he woke up and won- ity recognized is the Weingart dered why he was selling wine Center, which transforms lives when what he really wanted to by combating poverty and do was make it. He moved to breaking the cycle of homeSanta Barbara, got a minimum lessness in downtown Los wage job at a winery and taught Angeles. We hope to complete the himself how to make wine. He had started his label a few years winery late this year or early prior to our meeting, and his in 2018. Because of the attenwines were in the best U.S. tion we received from the wine restaurants (such as Per Se and reviews, sales online are going French Laundry). I was com- well. And that is how we urban pletely charmed, and I told him I would get him grapes from Angelenos ended up in the the John Sebastiano vineyard. California wine business. For He was thankful, and he said more information, our webthat, often, Americans were site is PeakeRanch.com. John B. Wagner, Windsor reluctant to sell grapes to a foreigner. I replied that, as far Square, is the managing partas I was concerned, he was the ner and chief investment offimost American guy I knew. He cer of Camden Asset Managehad a passion, and he was cre- ment LP, a convertible bond ating something out of pursu- specialist firm in Los Angeles.
Modern design mix with folklore at coffee shop By Billy Taylor Brookside resident Dan Brunn and his eponymously named architecture firm are responsible for the interior design of one of the neighborhood’s newest coffee houses, called Coffee For Sasquatch. Brunn also is the designer of the Longwood Ave. “Bridge House” now under construction over the famous brook in Brookside. Customers at the Melrose and La Brea Avenues cafe will first notice that the brand’s logo — a stylized Sasquatch figure — seems to emerge from a living wall of forest greenery to welcome them to the shop. “We wanted to instill a bit of fantasy,” says Brunn who, along with project designer Monica Heiman, created the interiors and graphics. “Material selections were meticulous and minimal to bring out the mystery and poetry of the space,” he adds. From the entrance, customers travel along a central pathway starting with the living wall (the 11-foot-tall Bigfoot figure) to the beechwood service counter. According to Brunn, the linear path creates a feeling of movement, and an inverted pitched roof creates a sense of endless height. “The seating is a contemporary take on the classic bentwood café chair,” notes Brunn, who designed the beechwood tables with soft angles to tie the curves of the chairs and seating built-ins together. On the opposite wall from the Sasquatch figure is an abstract mural painted by Oakland artist Hueman, titled “The Mist,” which features grey cloud forms along with geometric shapes to evoke the mysteries of the forest. “We wanted to celebrate Sasquatch in a fresh context and bring a smile, while creating a modern and inviting space,” Brunn explains. Coffee For Sasquatch
LOCAL ARCHITECT Dan Brunn and project designer Monica Heiman are responsible for the interior of a new, local coffee house. Photo by Brandon Shigeta
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Responding to a preemptive bid to have a good shot at game What do you bid with the following holding after your partner opens the bidding with 3D (weak, showing 5-10 High Card Points [HCP] and a seven card suit) and your Right-Hand Opponent [RHO] passes)? ♠ KT987 ♥ K5 ♦ A984 ♣ 83 You have 11 HCP, almost opening hand values and a seven-loser hand. But your partner is promising nothing but diamonds. While partner should not preempt in a minor with an outside four card major, and while many good players will not preempt in a minor with even a three card major, you might have a shot at game if partner does
have three spades. If you bid anything but raising the diamond suit, it is forcing partner to bid again (the rule for a responder to a preemptive bid is called RONF, Raise is the Only Non-Forcing bid; so the converse of that is that a bid of anything else by partner is forcing on preemptive bidder to bid again). So when I had this hand I took a chance and responded with 3S. If partner does not have spade support she can repeat her diamonds. Since we have 11 diamonds between us it won't hurt us too much if she's playing it at one level higher, although the chance that the opening lead will be through my two Kings is not too appealing. Partner raised me to 4S (so the opening lead was into my
two kings) and it was passed out. Here's the entire layout: North ♠ AQ5 ♥ Void ♦ JT76532 ♣ JT8 West East ♠ J32 ♠ 94 ♥ QJT83 ♥ A97642 ♦ Q ♦K ♣ AQ74 ♣ K965 South ♠ KT987 ♥ K5 ♦ A984 ♣ 32 Auction: West North East South 3D P 3S P 4S P P P Bidding: North's opening
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bid was pretty abysmal. In first or second seat it's better to be disciplined, to have either 2 of the top three honors or 3 of the top 5. When you have a 7-card suit and are preempting at the three level, you might relax these a skosh, but just because you have a terribly weak 7-card suit doesn't mean that you can preempt at the three level. In third seat that would be fine because partner has already passed, so you know for sure you're not preempting her. But in first or second seat, you should have most of your points in the suit you bid. Here partner has one point in the suit bid, but six points in a side 3-card major! However, that said, if partner doesn't open this hand with a 3D preempt, not only will you not find your spade game, opponents will find their heart game, because they can make 4 hearts, which is what happened in the actual hand when it was played in a team game. NS never bid at the other table. So sometimes bad bidding can bring a good result. This hand is a perfect example of why preemptive bids can be so destructive to opponents. Play: There's not much to the play. If diamonds split, 4 spades is cold. In the actual hand, after West led the QH and East took the Ace, East shifted to a spade instead of a club. A club shift limits the hand to 4 spades. But
since she shifted to a trump (undoubtedly to cut down ruffling of hearts, but with clubs so weak on her right, this was a terrible switch), I can pull trump and then lead the AD, discover the favorable 1-1 split, and the diamonds were all
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Tree lighting sparks holidays at Music Center Grand Park’s and The Music Center’s annual tree lighting ceremony is Mon., Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. and features performances by local music and community groups. “Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Cuba: Then, Now,” Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, brings world-class musicians and artists from the Caribbean island. The celebration includes the 10th anniversary edition of “Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours.” The weekend also includes free Afro-Cuban dance and percussion workshops along with a jam session by Afroamérica at Grand Park. Nutcracker, Cuban style The Miami City Ballet’s world premiere of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” will be presented Dec. 7 to Dec. 10. The new production reimagines the Balanchine classic with sets and costumes by Cuban-American artist / designer couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Tchaikovsky’s score will be played by a live orches-
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tra and accompanied by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Hear Handel’s “Messiah” Sun., Dec. 17, sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Disney Hall, or join 2,199 others in the annual “Messiah Sing-Along” Mon., Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration is from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 24. Ring in the new year with the Grand Park + The Music Center N.Y.E.L.A Sat., Dec. 31.
The free event includes dancing and an only-in-Los Angeles New Year’s countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on the side of the iconic City Hall and a light show. Several events are free. For tickets and more information visit musiccenter.org.
“ALLEGIANCE” opening night on Broadway in November, 2015, with Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung.
Get your tickets for city debut of ‘Allegiance’ Tickets are now available for the Los Angeles premiere of “Allegiance,” the Broadway musical inspired by Hancock Park resident George Takei’s childhood experience. “Allegiance” tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting in the war, his sister, Kei, protests the government’s treatment of her people. East Players (EWP) will perform the production at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., in Little Tokyo. The musical will run from Wed., Feb. 28 to Sun., April 1, with preview shows available Wed., Feb. 21
through Sun., Feb. 25. George Takei, known for his founding role as Mr. Sulu in the television series “Star Trek,” will reprise the roles of Sam Kimura and Ojii-Chan, which he originated in the Broadway production. He will be joined by Broadway cast members Elena Wang as Kei Kimura, Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka, Scott Watanabe as Tatsuo Kimura, and Janelle Dote as Hanako. Music and lyrics are by Jay Kuo and the book is by Mark Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione. EWP’s producing artistic director Snehal Desai will direct this new production, with Marc Macalintal as music director and Rumi Oyama as choreographer. Tickets start at $25 and are available at allegiancemusical. com.
The timeless tale of a little girl’s dream of a Sugar Plum Fairy, a prince and the Mouse King, “The Nutcracker” will be performed this holiday season by the Miracle Mile-based Marat Daukayev School of Ballet. Fiona Kim, Hancock Park, will play the role of young Masha in one of four shows. Performances are Sat., Dec.
9 and Sun., Dec. 10 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA, 5151 State University Dr. Kim will perform in the 7 p.m. Saturday show. Isabella Franco, Park La Brea, will play the older Masha in the same show. Tickets are available at maratdaukayev.com.
Parade set for Nov. 26 with music, Santa Claus Fill your thermoses with hot cocoa and get your blankets for the 86th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Sun., Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. Dr. Oz will be Grand Marshal. Live music performances on two stages to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, marching bands, floats and celebrity-filled cars will accompany Santa Claus on the three-mile parade route. The U-shaped route starts
on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Dr. The live parade will be taped to air Fri., Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. on the CW Network. Reserved tickets in the grandstand are available for purchase; otherwise, free curbside viewing is available along most of the parade route. For more details, visit thehollywoodchristmasparade.org or go to facebook.com/xmasparade.
PARADE favorite is still Santa in the event’s 86th year.
Plácido Domingo marks his 50th year with Los Angeles Opera Plácido Domingo celebrates 50 years in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Opera’s 50th Anniversary Concert for him at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Fri., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature art-
ists from across the musical spectrum, Kristin Chenoweth and Garth Brooks to Michael Fabiano. Domingo made his Los Angeles debut on Nov. 17, 1967 while on tour with the New York City Opera. He also
starred in Los Angeles Opera’s inaugural production of “Otello” in 1986. He has been artistic consultant (1984 to 2000), artistic director (2000 to 2003) and the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director (since 2003). Domingo has performed 32
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Violin concert, carols at All Saints’ Hear baroque masterworks for violin played by soloist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu at All Saints’ Church, Beverly Hills, 504 N. Camden Dr., Sun., Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. The program includes J. S. Bach’s “Partita in D Minor” and “Passacaglia” by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students and seniors. Admission is free with Music Guild donor season pass. Hear carols, motets and anthems of the season at the Advent Lessons and Carols service Sun., Dec. 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The candlelit service is modeled after one at King’s College in Cambridge.
(Continued from page 2) first board meeting in 1964,” he notes. His first love was jazz, and as a student at Stanford he would travel to San Francisco to hear Dave Brubeck, among others. “A professor said, ‘You ought to take Music 1,’ and so I did… voila!” He frequents as much live music as he can fit in between his board meetings. He and his wife also helped found Los Angeles Opera, and Carol is president of that board. They see all the productions, “sometimes twice,” says Warner. While the Philharmonic gets most of the attention, Henry says he appreciates the more intimate venues of the chamber ensembles. What’s more, 80 percent of music is written as chamber music, he notes. Years ago, he recalled he worked to bring a LACO series to the Ebell on Sunday nights, but residents complained that restaurants wouldn’t be open after the concert. The now-retired astute businessman got to work and published a guide listing 100 restaurants within a short drive of the Ebell, “and then they came.” Sometimes the musicians would follow up the concert at his home on the corner of Fourth and Plymouth, now the Argentinian consul general’s residence. The Collective’s concerts this month include Camerata Pacifica playing Prokofiev and Messiaen Thurs., Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at Zipper Hall. Jacaranda plays new works at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Sat., Nov. 18; check for time. Upcoming concerts include Da Camera Society performing Christmas at The Bradbury with the Clare College Choir, Cambridge University, Sun., Dec. 17 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
(Continued from page 3) At The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., interact with “Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,” an exhibit that examines the strategies and material choices of avant-garde painters and sculptors in Argentina and Brazil. Closes Sun., Feb. 11. At Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., liberate your inner wild feminist while viewing “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.” The exhibit examines the artistic contributions of women of Latina and Chicana descent focusing on the aesthetic experimentation in art and activism in the women’s rights movement. Closes Sun., Dec. 31. At the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., see how art, science and the environment connect in Latin America in “Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin.” Closes Mon., Jan. 8. At Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., see the history of how Mexico became California in “California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930.” Visual arts created distinct pictorial motifs and symbols that helped define the new California. Closes Sun., Jan. 14. At Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., see “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.,” which celebrates the Zapotec language. Zapotec is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, and Los Angeles is home to the largest population of indigenous Oaxacans outside of Mexico. Closes Wed., Jan. 31. At Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd.: “Playing with Fire,” is a retrospective of local Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz, who began his career with political works for farm workers and co-founded the artist collective Los Four. Closes Sun., Dec. 3. “A Universal History of Infamy” intersects different disciplines, such as theater and anthropology, and uses multiple venues across the city, including the LACMA campus, to present works by more than 15 artists and collectives.
Chronicle photog does comedy, too Larchmont Chronicle photographer Bill Devlin’s Comedy & Cocktails is at Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Tues., Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 323-651-2583, visit hollywood.improv.com.
Closes Mon., Feb. 19. “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985” covers designs in Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Columbian Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism. Closes Sun., April 1. At the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles, 835 N. Kings Rd., see “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney.” Featured is art that focuses on Disney’s engagement with Latin American imagery, as well as how Latin American artists responded to Disney’s iconography. Closes Sun., Jan. 14. At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., explore “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” This exhibit shows the collaborations and
MICKEY MOUSE by Peruvian artist Haroldo Higa is among Marciano Collection artworks displayed in the Windsor Square museum as part of PST:LA/LA.
intersections among a network of queer Chicano artists from the 1960s to the 1990s, covering the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, the feminist movements and the AIDS
crisis. Closes Sun., Dec. 31. At the Marciano Art Foundation, 4357 Wilshire Blvd., view local and international Latino artists at “Latin American Artists in the Marciano Collection,” some on display in Los Angeles for the first time. The exhibit centers on Damián Ortega’s “Architecture without Architects” (2010). Closes Sat., Jan. 13. At Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center, 300 S. Palm Canyon Dr., explore “Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture.” Bo Bardi and Frey believed in architecture as a way to connect people, nature, building, and living. Closes Sun., Jan. 7. At Pasadena Museum of California, 490 E. Union, see how U.S. films were depicted in posters in Cuba at “Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S.
Films.” Closes Sun., Jan. 7. At the San Diego Museum of Art, see the history of Latin American Modernism from the late 1800s to the twenty-first century at “Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection.” Artists from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Uruguay are included. Closes Sun., March 11. At the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., see “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico,” which looks at the art and culture of Mexico and the U.S. through the perspective of Mexican-born, Jewish-American writer Anita Brenner. Closes Sun., Feb. 25. There are many events scheduled to accompany the multiple exhibits, more than can be covered here. The series runs into 2018. Go to pacificstandardtime.org.
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