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VOL. 60, NO. 11

NOVEMBER 2022

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Permanent supportive housing needed

Family Fair brings fun to Boulevard this Sun., Oct. 30

n Parcels on arterial streets provide opportunities

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT 13-32

By John Welborne With the recent and nearby dedication of additional permanent supportive housing, it becomes even clearer that one opportunity to address homeless encampments on See PATH, p 10

n Rides, booths, concert and a beer garden

PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING developed by PATH Ventures includes Winnetka Village Apartments on Sherman Way, immediately adjoining single-family neighborhoods. The project provides 95 units of permanent housing for senior adults. A total of 62 of the units are set aside as permanent supportive housing for individuals who are formerly homeless.

Super-sized spooks join holiday decor n Neighborhood tradition

FLAPPERS pose.

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CELEBRATING its 65th year. 33

EVERYONE IS getting into the spirit of the holiday.

By Casey Russell It’s always fun to walk, bike or drive around our area noticing the Halloween decorations that go up throughout October. This year, as usual, lots of local families are getting into the spirit of the season. As mentioned in the Rimpau house article in this issue, some Halloween-lovers go all out with décor. Others decorate more subtly with fall decorations that can stay up

through Thanksgiving. Chronicle Larchmont staffers have noticed some super-sized spooks that have descended upon houses this year, and we thought we would highlight some of the big and festive displays “Halloweening-up” our neighborhoods. Enjoy these photos from houses in Miracle Mile, Windsor Village, Windsor Square, Larchmont Village, Hancock Park and Brookside! See photos and more in Sec. 2, pages 6 and 7.

Tour Rimpau Boulevard homes Nov. 5

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By John Welborne Tour three Hancock Park homes designed by legendary architects Roland E. Coate, FAIA, and Gordon B. Kaufmann, FAIA, on Sun., Nov. 5. The homes tour continues a long tradition going back to the founding of the local Windsor Square – Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) in 1976. This year’s WSHPHS tour event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features homes adjacent to one another on Rimpau Boulevard and dating to the 1920s. The tour also includes food, wine and a silent auc-

Holidays coming to Larchmont!

Light up your holidays with the Larchmont Chronicle. The holidays and museums are featured in the December issue. Advertising deadline is Thurs., Nov. 10. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241, ext. 11.

tion to help support the work of the nonprofit WSHPHS. Fluff McLean The tour will honor the late Fluff McLean, a longtime president of the Historical Society who also served as homes tour chairman. The proceeds from this year’s event will provide seed money for a project to beautify the barren concrete pedestrian islands at Bever-

GORDON KAUFMANN, FAIA, designed this house at 505 Rimpau Blvd. that will be on the Nov. 5 tour.

ly Boulevard and Rossmore Avenue. In past years, tour See WSHPHS, p 4

By Casey Russell The day of the annual (except during COVID-19 lockdowns!) Larchmont Family Fair is nearing! Our last few Chronicle issues have let readers know what can be expected at the long-awaited event. Here is a reminder of the fun to come! On Sun., Oct. 30 from 2 to See Family Fair, p 5

Vote

on or before Tues., Nov. 8

Election 2022 is underway

By John Welborne Local residents have begun voting in local, state and federal elections, in response to solicited and unsolicited ballots mailed by the Registrar - Recorder for Los Angeles County. The deadline to return ballots is Tues., Nov. 8. If you are a registered voter and have not received your large (approximately 9-1/2 inches wide by 5 inches tall) black-and-white ballot envelope, reach out through the website lavote.gov or call 800815-2666, Option 2, or e-mail See ELECTION, p 8

Rose Award and other gatherings n People, organizations getting back together, in person

By John Welborne On a beautiful day outdoors, surrounded by thousands of blooming roses, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation (LAPF) saluted local resident and business and nonprofit leader Jaime Lee for her many civic contributions, especially with respect to recreation and parks. Lots of local supportSee Events, p 6

IN THE ROSE GARDEN: Mayor Eric Garcetti presents a basket of roses to honoree Jaime Lee.

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By John Welborne

Vote … with your ballots — and, for the Chronicle, with your checkbooks

Visible locally are additional signs of our communities getting back together, post-pandemic. The Larchmont Family Fair returns after a two-year absence. Fundraising galas are bringing people together again. What about the November 8 election? Sadly, in my view, our election will have fewer people brought together at neighborhood polling places — because of the mailed ballots. Oh, well. Do be sure to mail your own ballot before November 8 (if you do not visit a polling place to vote in person). As has been the case in recent years, newspapers continue to face tough times because of seriously rising costs. However, as you can see in this issue, the Larchmont Chronicle continues to get great advertiser support. Nevertheless, the rising newsprint, postage, printing and delivery costs take a toll. Just our printing cost is up more than 30 percent compared to January 2021. Part of how we are able to continue our 60 years of community oriented publishing is because of generous, supportive readers. Included in this issue is a reply envelope that asks readers to help offset the cost of producing and delivering your local paper. We hope you will respond by mailing us a check in that envelope.

Sun., Oct. 30 — Larchmont Family Fair, 2 to 7 p.m. Concert at 5:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 31 — Halloween. Sun., Nov. 6 — Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Tues., Nov. 8 — Election Day – don’t forget to vote! Wed., Nov. 9 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Check greaterwilshire.org for details. Fri., Nov. 11 — Veterans Day. Thurs., Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Thurs., Dec. 1 — Delivery

Miniature Tail O’ the Pup Here is a photo of a maquette my husband, Al Alu, made of this famous hot dog stand. [“Restaurants that have come back from the dead,” Oct. 2022]. Tamara Blustein Wilshire Park Student journalists rock! I wanted to tell you how great the student journalist articles are! I love them! Carolyn Koppel Deerfield, IL

Medley movie reviews

It was apparently just the beginning when the Larchmont Chronicle’s Tony Medley injected his intolerant, grievance-based worldview into what a reader of a column titled “At the Movies” might reasonably expect would be a movie review, writing, “I believe that abortion is immoral for any reason other than to save the life of the

‘What are your plans for Thanksgiving?’ That’s the question inquiring photographer Casey Russell asked locals.

of the December issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sat., Dec. 3 — Holiday Open House is celebrated on Larchmont Boulevard.

“I’m going to South Carolina with my girlfriend to spend time with her family.” Adam Hirsch with Smokey and Gus Windsor Square MAQUETTE of Tail O’ the Pup by Al Alu.

Photo by Tamara Blustein

mother.” Not done, he continued in his ostensible review of Norman Lear’s Rita Moreno documentary “Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” that Ms. Moreno “gushes” and “brag[s]” about the abortion she underwent, “thrilled she could kill it without a trace of remorse.” Medley’s latest diatribe is against “Catherine Called Birdy,” a film that dares to cast Black actors (one must surmise, though he prefers the odd, evasive, continent-centered term “Africans”): “[g] laring in its absurdity is pic(Please turn to page 38)

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“We are going to spend it with family in the South Bay. All the cousins are down there. And we are starting to look forward to Christmastime on the Boulevard.” Dmitry, Gina and Zoë Levin Miracle Mile

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CORRECTIONS

In last month’s issue . . . Imagine LA president The story about volunteer Logan Herr implied that current Imagine LA president Jill Govan Bauman is only the “recent” president. She has been, and remains, president of Imagine LA. ooo Protecting and saving Beverly Fairfax The paper erred in citing the organization “Save” Beverly Fairfax as being in support of revising the proposed Television City project. The story should have read: “Protect” Beverly Fairfax. Save Beverly (Please turn to page 7)

“My family is going to visit from Arizona, and we will be giving them the full Larchmont Village experience. We’ll go to the Farmers’ Market, Great White, the magazine stand; we’ll get sandwiches from Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese and walk through the neighborhood.” Benito Lugo Larchmont Village


Tenant construction underway at Boulevard shops, some opening By Casey Russell Two new leases have been signed for spaces in the Larchmont Mercantile complex, according to a source at Rare Public Relations. Midland, which will carry women’s and kids’ clothing, accessories, apothecary items and some books, will be located at 138 N. Larchmont Blvd. Sichuan Kitchenette, a new grab-and-go café serving ready-to-eat Sichuan Chinese food, will reside at 144 N. Larchmont Blvd. Inside at least three previously leased storefronts, tenant improvements are underway. There is construction at: Velvet by Graham and Spencer (146 N. Larchmont Blvd.); Boba the Great (142 N. Larchmont Blvd.); and a space next to Hidden Jeans, (130 N. Larchmont Blvd.). Hidden Jeans opened Oct. 22. From a source at Commercial Asset Group, we heard that construction will begin across the street in January

SECTION ONE

THIRD STREET news. 31 COUNCIL REPORT DINING GUIDE Theater On the Menu Movies SCHOOL NEWS YOUTH SPORTS TIPS ON PARENTING

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SECTION TWO VIEW:

Real Estate Libraries, Museums Home & Garden

SPOOKY HOMES.

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MUSEUMS 2 HOME GROUND 4 REAL ESTATE SALES 4 ON PRESERVATION 5 LIBRARIES 12 POLICE BEAT 14 BEEZWAX 15 WORD CAFÉ 15

for clothier Feherty Brand (219 N. Larchmont Blvd., the last home of Pickett Fences, just south of Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese). We also learned that — at the wine and cheese store — the search is narrowing for a new wine buyer to replace Simon Cocks. Village Pizzeria As many in the neighborhood may know by now, Larchmont Boulevard’s topnotch and longtime pizza place, Village Pizzeria, is under new ownership. The founding owner, Steve Cohen, sold the pizza restaurant in July 2022. (He and wife Nancy still live in Larchmont Village.) Last month, we sat down with new operator Scot Ruggles, one of the five new partners in the venture, to find out what the quintet has in mind for its new business and how things are going so far.

INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS under construction for new Larchmont Mercantile tenant.

Ruggles, who has been a football coach, actor and producer for the past 15 years, said he and Ruby Javed joined as minority owners after the original deal was completed. Amy Saxon, Frank Grillo and producer Jeff Bowler are the other owners, according to Saxon, with whom we texted and spoke by telephone. Sold in July 2022 In the summer of 2021, former owner Cohen, exhausted by how the pandemic had

affected the business, posted his interest in selling on Instagram. He and his wife Nancy opened Village Pizzeria 26 years ago. Jeff Bowler, said Cohen, responded several days after the post, expressing interest in buying the restaurant. Cohen said his family agreed to proceed with a sale because the purchase price and contract limits and guidelines met their expectations. However, the transfer was far from smooth, according to Cohen. The escrow did not close until July 18, 2022. Cohen also told us that, as of May 31, 2022, he no longer has been involved. For the past several months, the new team had been “getting game plans together,” Ruggles told the Chronicle last month, and they now have their full team. “From this day on, I think you’ll really just see us go where we want to go. We’re excited to

have the neighborhood and everybody be a part of it.” He added, “The previous owner… had done a great job, obviously. This place is well known.” And what does the team plan to do? “I think we’re going to start expanding delivery,” Ruggles said. The group plans to expand the delivery radius and use delivery apps. As far as recipes go, the new owners are sticking to the tried and true. “Everything’s the same… same pizza chef. I’m sure there’ll be a couple things tweaked and changed. But, for the most part, it’s served as is,” Ruggles stated. Memorabilia And will the place continue to look familiar to longtime patrons? The Cohens had collected, over a lifetime, great photos and memorabilia, which cover the walls at Village Pizzeria. When asked if those items would be (Please turn to page 4)


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(Continued from page 3) returned to Nancy and Steve, Amy Saxon responded, “The restaurant wouldn’t be the same without the fun customer photos and memorabilia, so part of the purchase deal was that it all stays for so long as we own the restaurant.” Cohen subsequently told the Chronicle: “It’s not true that my photos and memorabilia stay for as long as the new owners want. These are my items, and the purchase agreement specifically says that my memorabilia is not amongst the purchased assets.”

Cohen sent us an excerpt from the “Asset Purchase Agreement” signed by all parties back in November 2021, and the document specifically states that what is purchased does not include “(a) any… decorations, artwork and photographs; ... (d) all clocks, select beer neon signs, and memorabilia including but not limited to, the Budweiser Guitar, Budweiser Olympic (five rings), Heineken Los Angeles, Budweiser Los Angeles Dodgers, (tin logos, puzzles, Lundy’s bun pan tray, subway handrail, roller skates in case).” Cohen says it is his hope that his personal collectables

will be returned soon, as they represent his family’s history. He has collected photographs, neon signs, sports memorabilia and more long before opening his first pizza place in San Francisco. He said he and his family support the new owners in establishing their own history, saying, “I’m quite sure they can adorn the walls with plenty of their own experiences… rather than keeping ours. It’s a new day and new ownership… I’d like my items back now.” Though there are clearly some issues that need to be (Please turn to page 38)

WSHPHS

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proceeds have served as seed money for other local beautification projects such as creating the islands of Wilton Place, the gardens of area fire stations and a police station, as well as the gardens of John Burroughs Middle School, Francis Blend School for children with impaired vision and Third Street School. Gordon Kaufmann, FAIA Architect Gordon B. Kaufmann’s designs are visible throughout Southern California. He is responsible for the architecture of La Quinta Resort, Scripps College, the Doheny family’s Greystone Manor, Santa Anita Park, the Hollywood Palladium and the Los Angeles Times Building, among many other commissions. He also was lead architect for Hoover Dam. Two of his Rimpau Boulevard houses will be on the tour.

PERSONAL MEMORABILIA assembled during six decades by Village Pizzeria founder Steve Cohen covers the walls.

Roland Coate, FAIA Roland E. Coate started his practice with Kaufmann. After an amicable split, Coate went on to design many important buildings on his own. In addition to the third Rimpau Boulevard house on the tour, Coate designed All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, the Fudger (later Howard Hughes) house on Muirfield Road, the large English Tudor home now being restored on the northwest corner of Hudson Avenue and First Street and the Monterey Revival-style home on June Street in Hancock Park designed for Jane and Robert Brant and now part of the residential compound of the Turkish Consul General.

The upcoming tour features the first floors and gardens of the three houses between Fourth and Sixth streets, and there will be volunteer docents to guide visitors through the homes and gardens. This year’s event is being chaired by WSHPHS trustee (and Larchmont Chronicle co-founder) Jane Gilman and Hancock Park resident and interior decorator Joseph Guidera, with assistance from committee leaders Richard Battaglia, June Bilgore and Paul Hoen. Tickets are $75 for non-members; $65 for members. They can be purchased on the day of the event at 505 Rimpau Blvd. or in advance at wshphs.com.

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Family Fair

(Continued from page 1) 7 p.m., the Larchmont Boulevard Association [LBA] Family Fair will festively bring the neighborhood together. That’s the theme of this year’s fair — “Togetherness.” Activities for all! Adults can enjoy the temporary beer garden (new this year) and a concert, which starts at 5:30 p.m., featuring classic songs from movies. That requires a ticket ($20 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and under). Otherwise, and except for things like rides and food, the Larchmont Family Fair has FREE admission. For the kids, there will be inflatables and some rides, as usual, but the LBA is focusing on more free activities for little ones this year. Snooknuk creator Cheri Moon will provide programming for kids and their families on the children’s stage from 2 to 5 p.m. She has secured artists Leah Sprecher and Nicole Mangi, who created “Broadway Babies.” Grammy-nominated Kymberly Stewart will perform, and DJ Princess Ellie will keep things bopping! For hands-on activities and Halloween-themed fun, there will be a costume parade and pumpkin decorating. And, of course, many of the booths set up along the Boulevard will also have activities for kids. The day promises to be a fun, festive celebration of our neighborhood, and LBA president John Winther says, “the LBA is absolutely delighted to be bringing it back after a two-year hiatus.”

SCARECROW the pumpkins.

OVERSEES

Photo by Casey Russell

Pumpkin patch sells truckloads

By Nona Sue Friedman With Halloween just a few days away, don’t miss your chance to show your spirit and get a pumpkin at the Wilshire Rotary Club’s pumpkin patch at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. The pumpkin demand was so high this year that, halfway through the month, a new truckload of soccer ballsized pumpkins was delivered to the lot. So many more from which to choose! Lot hours are weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sun., Oct. 30.

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Events

(Continued from page 1) ers of LAPF were there on October 13 to salute Lee, including the late Councilman Tom LaBonge’s widow, Brigid, and Windsor Square’s Jackie Kruse, Jane Hawley and LAPF Executive Director Carolyn Ramsay. Others were Joane Pickett (she and Wiley are part-time in Hancock Park), Patty Lombard from Fremont Place, Debora Vrana from La Brea Hancock, and Suzie Convery from West Adams. 2028 Olympics Given the Exposition Park location of the Rose Garden, Lee noted how proud she is to serve on the Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympic Games. Lee said: “The 2028 Olympics is investing $160 million in sports for kids across Los Angeles ahead of the Games, making sport more accessible to all, but especially for kids in under-resourced communities. This is the single largest commitment to youth sports development in California, and in partnership with [the city’s] Rec & Parks Department, we’ve already reached more than 100,000 children with this investment. In particular we are seeking

SUPPORTING the Los Angeles Parks Foundation at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park were Brigid LaBonge (widow of the late 4th District Councilman Tom LaBonge) and local ladies, from left: Carolyn Ramsay (Windsor Square), Debora Vrana (La Brea Hancock), Suzie Convery (West Adams), Joane Pickett (Hancock Park), Jackie Kruse (Windsor Square), [LaBonge], Jane Hawley (Windsor Square) and Patty Lombard (Fremont Place).

to ensure equity between boys and girls, as often girls are overlooked or under invested in when a family can only support one athlete, while at the same time data shows tremendous advantage in adult outcomes for girls who have played team sports.” She continued: “I cannot wait to see in 2028 what we have all achieved together. “We will walk along this very same park to the historic

Coliseum as it hosts its third summer Olympic Games since 1932, and we will showcase the best of LA: our creativity, diversity, energy, and perseverance as we welcome 15,000 athletes and countless visitors from over 200 countries from around the world.” More information about the work of the LAPF is at laparksfoundation.org. Coro Crystal Eagle Two weeks before, right up

AT THE CORO DINNER, Center Theatre Group (CTG) board president Amy Forbes of Windsor Square is at left with CTG Managing Director Meghan Pressman (right), saluting CORO honoree and CTG Board Member Wendy Chang (center).

on Vine Street at the Taglyan Cultural Center, some leading Angelenos (one now resident in New York) were honored by Coro Southern California. Coro is a leadership training program founded in 1942. This year’s honorees included nonprofit executive Wendy Chang, investment banker (and former Councilman John Ferraro staffer) Fred Terrell, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and public policy maven Billie Greer. There at the dinner to specially salute Dwight Stuart

Youth Fund director Wendy Chang were Windsor Square’s Andy Murr and Amy Forbes. Forbes is the president of the Center Theatre Group (CTG), one of several boards on which Chang serves. Joining the Forbes table was CTG Managing Director Meghan Pressman. Also present in the room from Windsor Square were Neil and Robin Kramer, Karly Katona and Diana Buckhantz, as well as former Windsor Square resident Bill Stinehart with Joanne Koz(Please turn to page 7)

LPGA returns to Wilshire in 2023 n Sponsors increase prize money to $3 million

By John Welborne A major announcement for women’s golf took place at Wilshire Country Club on October 19. Wilshire has been home to a spring Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament since 2018. Two more years, 2023 and 2024, are booked for the nearly weeklong tournament. 2023’s event is April 24 to 30. The big news was the generosity of the new tournament sponsors, JM Eagle and Plastpro, who have com-

mitted to five years of LPGA sponsorship providing tournament purses of $3 million per event, which is double the prize money of the previous $1.5 million tournaments. Husband and wife Walter and Shirley Wang made the announcement. Born in Taiwan and resident in Los Angeles, Walter Wang is CEO of JM Eagle, the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe. Plastpro is a company founded by Mrs. Wang in 1994. It is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass entry doors. At the announcement, it (Please turn to page 22)


REPUBLIC OF TURKEY Consul General Sinan Kuzum (left) and his wife, Alina (right), welcome celebrity chef Jale Balci at the consular residence in Hancock Park.

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(Continued from page 6) berg. Information about Coro is at corola.org. Olives & Olive Oil “Riches from Deep Roots: Olives & Olive Oil” is the title of a gorgeous new full-color cookbook from

Turkish celebrity chef Jale Balci and Muge Nebolglu, and the book and its recipes were featured October 6 at a reception at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey, Sinan Kuzum and his wife, Alina. Learn about the book via Instagram: @jaleblc.

ON WILSHIRE, the 2022 Craft Contemporary Gala featured an outdoor gathering at the museum’s headquarters.

MIRACLE MILE stalwart and Craft Contemporary supporter Wally Marks samples the sushi.

Hancock Park’s Michael Johnson and Brookside’s Julie Stromberg. Seen at the gala were longtime Miracle Mile advocate (and museum immediate past chair) Wally Marks and Windsor Square’s Dick Motika and Jerrie Whitfield. Learn about the museum at craftcontemporary.org. First Century Families After two years of not meeting, this group of descendants of the pioneers

who came to Southern California before or during the first hundred years after the founding of the City of Los Angeles on September 4, 1781, will gather for its 82nd annual luncheon on November 3 in downtown Los Angeles. Hank Hilty, of the A.F. Gilmore Company and Original Farmers Market, is this year’s luncheon chair. Further information is available at 323-935-1914.

Craft Contemporary Local museum, Craft Contemporary, located since 1965 right across Wilshire Boulevard from the La Brea Tar Pits, held its recent, October 15 gala right at the museum. Guests greeted one another in the exterior courtyard and explored the several floors of the museum devoted to contemporary art made from craft media and processes. Local museum trustees include

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Corrections

(Continued from page 2) Fairfax subsequently wrote to clarify that it had not affiliated with either Protect Beverly Fairfax or the Beverly Fairfax Community Alliance. ooo Architects with Karen Bass Our article about the contest for mayor included a reference to a photograph and gathering of architects, stating that candidate Karen Bass was at the nearby CO Architects office adjoining La Brea Hancock, whereas the pictured event took place at the downtown office of architectural and engineering firm Arup. ooo Measure W The article about Third District Supervisor candidates Hertzberg and Horvath should have stated that Lindsey Horvath supported 2018’s Los Angeles County Measure W, while Bob Hertzberg opposed it for insufficiently addressing water supply and storage concerns. ooo JFSLA telephone number To contact the Jona Goldrich Multipurpose Center at 330 N. Fairfax Ave., the correct telephone number to call is 323-937-5900.

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Election

(Continued from page 1) votebymail@rrcc.lacounty.gov. Park La Brea A memorable local lead-up to the November 8 election was a well-attended “candidate Open House” organized by the Park La Brea Residents Association and held for two hours on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16. The atmosphere was like a New England town meeting held on the village green, where candidates spoke on a microphone for five minutes and otherwise just listened to the other candidates and spoke with voters from tables and canopies spread around the periphery of the Curson Circle in the center of four of the historic residential complex’s signature 12-story apartment buildings. There were activities for kids and food trucks … and at least 16 candidates. Three speakers were running for federal offices, including Rep. Adam Schiff and his opponent, G “Maebe A. Girl” Pudlo. Five candidates were running for state offices and one for County Sheriff. Both

MITCH O’FARRELL spoke via Zoom to local residents on October 19.

PARK LA BREA CANDIDATE FORUM in the Curson Circle felt like a New England town meeting on a village green. Candidate flyers, posters and canopies were in abundance, as were the candidates themselves, who listened to one another and spoke with voters.

candidates for City Attorney participated, as did the two for City Controller. Mayoral Candidate Karen Bass attended; Rick Caruso did not. But both of them have been actively reaching out to voters in our neighborhoods. Among Caruso’s recent events was one held with 100-plus people at his nearby campaign headquarters. Bass recently discussed her campaign with dozens of neighbors in the backyard of a Ness Avenue

HUGO SOTO-MARTINEZ spoke the following day, on October 20, also via Zoom.

home in Windsor Square. Park La Brea is in City Council District 5, and both candidates, Katy Young Yaroslavsky and Sam Yebri, were at the Park La Brea open house and spoke. Meanwhile, in City Council District 13 — on October 19 and 20 — neighborhood associations from Larchmont Village, Windsor Square, St. Andrews Square and Ridgewood Wilton, along with the Larchmont Boulevard Association, hosted two one-hour Zoom meetings — one with each of the two candidates, Mitch O’Farrell and Hugo Soto-Martinez. Each had an introducer. O’Farrell’s was now-president of the City Council, Paul Krekorian. Soto-Martinez’s was CD 13 primary election candidate Kate Pynoos. The two Zoom candidate forums are available at: windsorsquare.org/cd13-candidate-forums-oct2022 Please remember to vote

KAREN BASS spoke with numerous supporters at a backyard event in Windsor Square in mid-October.

not only in these 10 races but also in the approximately 48 additional contests on your ballot. All by November 8!

RICK CARUSO listened to the carefully read question from “Henry” at a town hall meeting in Caruso’s nearby campaign headquarters.

Fluff McLean

An obituary of Florann “Fluff” McLean will be featured in the Larchmont Chronicle’s December issue. The past president of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society will be honored at the group’s home tour Sat., Nov. 5.

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G “MAEBE A. GIRL” PUDLO is challenging Rep. Adam Schiff in California’s 30th Congressional District.

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FRANCO’S 65TH BIRTHDAY on October 17 is celebrated outside of Peet’s Coffee on Larchmont. From left: Nick, Helene Seifer, Anthony Azizi, Marilyn Wells, Franco Iervolino (aka Giorgio) and Alan Perlstein. Franco now resides in senior assisted living nearby. PATH RIBBON CUTTING for the dedication of the final phase of its Metro Villas (whose colorful rooftop sign is very visible on the south side of the Hollywood Freeway, just east of Vermont Avenue). Holding the giant scissors in the center of the photo is PATH Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Hark Dietz. Photo by Gary Leonard

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(Continued from page 1) our streets and sidewalks is to utilize available parcels in multi-family zoned neighborhoods and along arterial streets to build permanent housing. On Sept. 30, numerous community leaders came together near Beverly Boulevard, just east of Vermont Avenue, to celebrate the grand opening of the second and final phase of PATH Metro Villas, an expansive urban campus providing permanent and interim housing and supportive services for low-income households and veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness. The affordable apartments in the project have available a range of on-site support services. Created and operated by People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and its development

arm, PATH Ventures, this residential complex includes services such as case management offices, community rooms, and a variety of amenities including mental and community health care clinics. This is what comprises supportive housing — facilities that reinforce an holistic and service rich approach to housing people formerly experiencing homelessness. PATH Now a large, statewide organization, PATH actually started in Westwood in 1984. It was founded following a community meeting the previous December at Westwood Presbyterian Church. Committed to ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities in California, PATH now accomplishes this by building affordable supportive housing

and providing homeless services in more than 150 cities. An example of a PATH project immediately adjacent to single-family homes is Winnetka Village Apartments, built by PATH in 2016 and pictured on the front page of this issue. Housing First Numerous speakers at the PATH Metro Villas dedication

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emphasized that these new apartments are testament to the power of Housing First – the proven effective approach that prioritizes providing people with safe, stable homes. Of course, both candidates now running to be the city’s next mayor also emphasize that there still needs to be a transitional step of getting people off of the street and into interim housing. The supportive homes at PATH Metro Villas end homelessness for the residents, and the project’s wrap-around services support their ongoing physical and mental health needs, ensuring that they can reach their goals. At the dedication event, PATH Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Hark Dietz said of the completed project, “[It] epitomizes the partnerships that are required to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. Through public funding, private giving, and community collaboration, we are able to end homelessness for nearly 200 people and provide them with comprehensive services to help them thrive.” More information is at: epath.org. PATH Ventures The development arm of the nonprofit organization was started in 2007. PATH Ventures builds and operates affordable rental homes paired with on-site services. PATH Ventures has nearly 2,500 affordable and supportive homes constructed or in pre-development. Learn more: bit.ly/3StrEnk. 17th Annual Jazz Night To help raise funds for its continued production of affordable homes, PATH Ventures is hosting its 17th Annual Jazz Night at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Thurs., Nov. 3. Tickets for the fundraising cock-

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Finding a path toward reform, healing

The release in early October of the racist, hateful audio recordings of three city councilmembers struck at the soul of our city — a place that celebrates our diversity, including our Black, Latino, Indigenous, Armenian, AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders), Jewish, LGBTQ+ communities and all who call Los Angeles home. The conversation in the recordings revolved around redistricting, and as difficult as this period has been, it is also an opportunity to advance important electoral reforms. After the former council president resigned, I served as acting council president prior to Paul Krekorian being elected to the role on a permanent basis. I knew that part of my mission and duty was to move us forward on major changes, including measures that could lead to the creation of an independent commission — thus taking redistricting

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Mitch O'Farrell power out of the hands of elected officials — as well as my motion to reform the Los Angeles City Charter. My charter reform initiative means Los Angeles could have greater representation, an expanded number of city council seats and an accompanying redistricting process in time for the 2026 elections. The Los Angeles City Council has had 15 seats, representing 15 distinct geographical districts, since 1925. In the 97 years from then until now, we have grown from a population of fewer than one million to a diverse metropolis of nearly four million people that is home to some of the largest communities outside of their respective

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Hear, hear ye! The traditional Holiday Open House will return to Larchmont Boulevard Sat., Dec. 3. Many retailers and restaurants will be welcoming customers with good cheer. Hours, lists of performers (maybe Santa?) and more information will come in the Chronicle’s next issue, to be distributed Thurs., Dec. 1. See you on the Boulevard!

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A time of shock, disappointment and anger has followed the recent public revealing of recordings. The recordings revealed three Los Angeles City Councilmembers and the leader of the County Federation of Labor uttering outrageous and shameful racist remarks. These comments were directed against Los Angeles’ Black, Oaxacan, Indigenous, Armenian and Jewish communities and an approximately 8-year-old child — Councilmember Mike Bonin’s son. In addition to the abhorrent racism, the closed-door meeting uncovered secret strategizing to manipulate the outcome of the city’s redistricting process. Sadly, this only serves to justify the skepticism that people have toward those who are given the honor, and very serious responsibility, of holding public office. When I heard the recordings on the night they were released, I immediately publicly called for the resignation of Nury Martinez, not just from her leadership role as council president but also from her elected position as a member of the city council, and she did so early last week. My colleagues and I have joined the public in their outrage, disappointment and demand that the other two participating councilmembers, Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, need to be held equally accountable for their words

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Paul Koretz and actions. In addition to their participation, their failure to object or call out the racist politics, let alone halt the meeting, makes them equally culpable. Despite my longtime friendship with these colleagues, I am completely disgusted and disheartened. They have historically appeared to work with their constituents professing love for community, equality for all Angelenos and a drive for public service. If they ever meant any of those sentiments, for the good of the City of Los Angeles they must resign from the city council. They must do so immediately so that we can begin to heal. On our first meeting in council chambers after the news broke, I hugged my colleague Mike Bonin whose family, particularly his young child, was verbally and racially abused on these recordings. Mike and I haven’t always agreed politically, but I can tell you that he and his husband Sean are wonderful fathers who now have so much healing ahead of them. I hate that Mike’s years of service to our city will be bookended by this. (Please turn to page 22)

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Edwardian novel finds new life in this modern play A Los Angeles drama critic might be forgiven his cynicism when confronted with the local opening of yet another “Tony award-winning” play. The scorecard is mixed enough that one wonders what our East Coast brethren are thinking. For every thrilling Lehman Trilogy or uplifting “Come From Away,” we get a tedious “Oklahoma!” or an overblown “Slave Play.” When the play is in two parts and runs seven hours and is a gay-themed exploration of an E.M. Forster novel perhaps best known for its PBS and Merchant-Ivory adaptations, one can be forgiven for entering the theater with trepidation. That trepidation quickly evaporated as the two parts

of The Inheritance, Matthew López’s brilliant adaptation of Forster’s “Howard’s End,” majestically unfurled themselves at the Geffen Playhouse over matinee and evening performances. Mr. López’s play won multiple Tony (and Olivier) awards, and they seem rightly due. Mr. López has written that, as he was reading Forster’s novel for “the thousandth time,” he suddenly saw how he could turn an Edwardian novel into an American play. Without having space to recap the novel, “The Inheritance” brings together the worlds of gay men whose lives have been closeted, denied, accepted, rejected, loved or lost. López, like Forster, tries to find meaning in suffering and hope in kind-

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Louis Fantasia ness; passion in life and life in passion. Money, sex, desire, fear, self-loathing and, finally, love, all play a part in the interweaving sagas. The legacy, the “inheritance,” ranges from a place in the country to a box of family photos; to AIDS and Truvada; to the memories of people who have touched us, if only for a moment, to those whom we’ve loved all our lives. The depth, breadth, humor and pathos of Mr. López’s writing has

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(1) “2:22 - A Ghost Story” is at the Ahmanson through Dec. 4, 213-628-2772. (2) City Garage Theater presents “The Penelopiad,” Margaret Atwood’s retelling of The Odyssey, through Dec. 18, 310-319-9939. (3) “Tosca” is at the Los Angeles Opera Nov. 19 through Dec. 10, 213-972-8001. the humanity of “The Cherry Orchard” and the musicality of “Der Rosenkavalier.” This is the kind of maturity that should come at the end of one’s career, not in the middle of it. Director Mike Donahue builds on the London and New York staging of original director Stephen Daltry — on Bob Crowley’s plinth-like unit set — to shape a first-rate en-

semble of nuanced, detailed performances and tightly choreographed ensemble work. The storytelling is often in the third person, and we feel as if we are conversing with Forster (an outstanding Bill Brochtrup) and his characters (particularly Adam Kantor, Juan Castano and Bradley James Tejeda as the three main young men finding their way — and their inheritances — in the world). Could the play be trimmed? Certainly. Does it sag a little when it gets into gay politics and liberal socio-economics? Definitely. Does it matter? Not particularly, especially as evinced by the sobs and sighs and grunts of recognition that came from (especially) the men in the audience who recognized their lives, their histories and their inheritances up on stage. The Geffen is entering a period of transition as its artistic director steps down to pursue other opportunities. Since its inception as the Westwood Playhouse, it has had (perhaps unfairly) a reputation as a stage where Hollywood “stars” came to do “theater” (recent productions with Brian Cranston or Calista Flockhart did little to shake that image). Its choice of new plays tends to be safe, if not thin, as if designed not to challenge a comfortable audience too directly. That’s not the case here. With the bar that the Geffen has set with The Inheritance, moving forward, it has the opportunity to take its place as a serious regional theater in the SoCal landscape, and not just a Westside playhouse. Forster’s novel and López’s play show that life and love and risk are all connected. “Only connect” was Forster’s motto. Let’s hope the Geffen continues to have the courage to do so. The Inheritance runs at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., through Nov. 27. Parts I & II are performed separately. The performance contains nudity, staged sexual acts and strong language. For further information, contact 310-208-2028 or visit www. geffenplayhouse.org.


Miracle Mile and Carthay Circle celebrate at Bergin’s

By John Welborne Two historic neighborhoods celebrated their 100th anniversaries with a three-hour “happy hour” on Sun., Oct. 16, at Tom Bergin’s, 840 S. Fairfax Ave. Vintage 1920s and ‘30s attire was optional, and several flappers were present, including Kari Garcia and Kimberly Klein. Golden hats adorned many celebrants, of which there were dozens from both the Miracle Mile Residential Association and the Carthay Circle Neighborhood Association. Both neighborhoods were developed in 1922. Happily for the celebrants and many other fans of the 86-year-old Irish pub, Bergin’s continues to serve five days per week, Thursday to Sunday, opening at 4 p.m. (except Sunday at 1 p.m.).

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El Cholo prepares to celebrate its 100th year in 2023

By Casey Russell Iconic family-owned El Cholo Restaurant (1121 S. Western Ave., plus other locations), arguably the oldest of Los Angeles’ Mexican restaurants, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023. A series of special events and promotions will be featured during the centennial. Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, customers 100 years or older will be able to dine for free all year. Also starting Jan. 1, the restaurant will offer a special $100 margarita, served in a collectible hand-blown glass. The owners also are exploring multiple ways for its restaurants to benefit charities and other sectors of the surrounding communities during the centennial. In October 2023, a “100th Anniversary Red Carpet Gala” will take place at the original Western Avenue location that soon will be expanding to include a new open-air patio. Ron Salisbury, the third generation of El Cholo’s Borquez / Salisbury family of owners, and previously a Windsor Square resident for many years, has been maintaining and building up the restaurant chain for 68 years. There now are sixth-generation family members working at the restaurants. Salisbury says the family is “proudly committed to continuing the El Cholo tradition… well into the future!”

CENTENNIAL CELEBRANTS for Miracle Mile and Carthay Circle gathered at Tom Bergin’s. Shown, from left (in front of the Big Butter Jazz Band on stage) are: Hana Kawano, Joseph Steins, Thao Tran, Mary Woodward, Paul Yerman, Kari Garcia, Kimberly Klein, Ken Hixon, Sabrina Simmons di Palivoda, Ann Rubin, Carol Steinberg, Hector Vilasenor and Greg Goldin.

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Restaurants back from the dead – pt. 2 Flavorful vegetarian dishes

By Helene Seifer As we wrote last month when we covered the revived Tail O’ the Pup, a second local restaurant has risen from the grave to feed us once again. And, just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations! In 2012, the popular Spanish tapas restaurant Cobras & Matadors closed and sat vacant for no discernable reason until very recently when the lights turned back on, a few scattered tables claimed sidewalk space and the sweet scent of garlic-inflected everything permeated the neighborhood once again. Owner Steve Arroyo, who once seemed to own half the restaurants in Los Angeles, (such as now-defunct Malo, Cobra Lily, and a Cobras & Matadors outpost in Los Feliz), currently presides over the sandwich shop Potato Chips and the bustling Escuela Taqueria, both a stone’s throw from his newly reopened Cobras & Matadors on Beverly Boulevard. This casual and eclectically decorated café, with colorful tile walls and mismatched chairs, takes a

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Helene Seifer cue from Spanish dining habits in that its 7 p.m. opening is a comparatively late start for a Los Angeles restaurant. The quirky place isn’t on any reservation apps, so stroll or drive over and believe their assertion that they can always accommodate guests. If you want wine with dinner (and you do!), bring your own and pay the $20 corkage or pick up a bottle from the adjacent wine store. In an age with steep bottle markups and $20 cocktails, this is a bargain. Three of us waltzed over at 7 p.m., wine bottle in hand, and sat at a turquoise wooden table outside on a lovely balmy night. Although plates are planned for sharing, several of them are so small that two bites apiece is all we each got, but each morsel packs a huge flavor punch.

We decided to skip the typical toasts with cured meats and instead started with some of their many vegetable options. Asparagus with Manchego cheese sounds uninspired, but the $15 dish is irresistible. About five grilled meaty stalks in a balsamic reduction are showered with mini cubes of the salty cheese. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Maitake mushrooms tossed in green garlic butter is a generous bowlful of tangled fungi. Deeply flavored and umami-rich, the seasoned butter makes the $15 mushrooms sing. I had been told that $13 socca cakes were outstanding, and in fact the palm-sized soft chickpea flour pancakes are delightful dipped in a cilantro sauce. Garlic shrimp is a classic Spanish nibble we couldn’t pass up. How can anyone resist raking the five shrimp through the fragrant butter bath then sopping up the rest with the accompanying slices of grilled crusty bread? (Please turn to page 18)

shine at Zinc’s third location By Helene Seifer In the 1980s, most of us visited restaurants to dine on then trendy blackened fish, chicken Kiev or barbecued chicken pizza. Not everyone followed the fad, however, and — in 1988 — third-generation vegetarian John Secretan established his first Zinc Café & Market, a casual vegetarian concept, in Laguna Beach. He has since expanded to four Southland locations including the newly opened Zinc Café & Market in West Hollywood. The Melrose Avenue restaurant, a renovated former Pain Quotidien, sports a large eating porch in front, a landscaped back patio with fountain, a charming small private room and several tables inside adjoining a retail marketplace where one can find grab-and-go cheeses, salads, sandwiches, granola, wines and cookbooks. Inspired by the farm-totable creations of the great Alice Waters and Secretan’s mother Rosemarie’s cooking (she developed much of the

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original menu), the impressively varied menu, overseen by six-year Zinc group veteran Chef Antonio Chavez, is packed with punchy flavors. We overordered, of course, and we were rewarded with piquant tastes, such as a very good $14 version of ubiquitous avocado toast, an assortment of vegetables, such as spiced carrots and Thai salad (sold by the pound), and a comforting $18 potato and arugula pizza. (Please turn to page 18)



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Nine O’Clock Players entertain families this November

By Casey Russell The Nine O’Clock Players’ performances of “Cinderella: The True Story” are continuing this month at its iconic 330-seat theater in Hollywood (1367 N. St. Andrews Pl.). The classic tale has been adapted for this production, and audience members will see Cinderella working to make the world a better place for all. The Nine O’Clock Players,

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New light show dazzles at the Los Angeles Zoo

By Nona Sue Friedman Everything is new at Zoo Lights this year. The Los Angeles Zoo, at 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, is reimagining its spectacular annual light show to make it even better.

This year’s newest illuminations will be wildlife-centric LED-lights. More than 30 animals will be glowing throughout the zoo, including giraffes, elephants, koalas and lemurs.

The zoo has added an immersive element to the display that includes glowing ring swings, a wisteria tunnel that leads to a light fountain, plus drums that change tree lights. All of this light is enjoyed while you take a 60- to 90-minute self-paced stroll through the zoo while the animals sleep. Hot cocoa and churros are available for purchase to keep you warm and energized. The exhibit runs from Fri., Nov. 18 to Sun., Jan. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $27 for children and $34 for

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Beyond the Boulevard

PEET’S COFFEE 124 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-978-1003 peets.com Mon. to Fri. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ALMA

The Grove 323-879-9596 alma.mx Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 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.

PRESSED 201 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-5800 pressed.com Daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ALL ABOUT THE BREAD

SAM’S BAGELS

7111 Melrose Ave. 323-930-8989 allaboutthebread.com Daily 11 a.m to 9 p.m.

154 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-469-1249 Mon. to Sat. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

STARBUCKS 206 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-469-1081 starbucks.com Mon. to Fri. 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lunch Fri., Sat. & Sun.

Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

131 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-465-5566 villagepizzeria.net Wed., Thurs. 3 to 8:30 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. noon to 8:30 p.m.

250 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-466-2924 noahs.com Daily 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open Tues.-Sun. Dinner

SWEETFIN

ANGELINI ALIMENTARI ANGELINI OSTERIA 7313 Beverly Blvd. 323-297-0070 angelinirestaurantgroup.com Daily 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.

ANIMAL 435 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-782-9225 animalrestaurant.com Sun. to Wed. 6 to 9 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. 6 to 9:30 p.m.

ANTICO NUOVO 4653 Beverly Blvd. 323-510-3093 anticonuovo-la.com Mon. to Thurs. 6 to 10 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

APOLLONIA’S PIZZERIA

VILLAGE PIZZERIA

NOAH’S BAGELS

Celebrating 34 Years with Plenty of Al Fresco Dining

Mexican Style! Tues.-Thurs. 5pm -11pm Fri. 4pm-2am • Sat. 5pm-2am

127 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-5160 lepetitgreek.com Tues. to Thurs. 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Sun. 12 to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ANARKALI INDIAN RESTAURANT 7013 Melrose Ave. 323-934-6488 anarkaliindianrestaurant.com Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.;

5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 apolloniaspizzeria.com Wed. to Sun. noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

ASTROBURGER 5601 Melrose Ave. 323-469-1924 astroburger.com Mon. to Sat. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BADMAASH 418 N. Fairfax Ave. 213-281-5185 badmaashla.com Sun. to Wed. noon to 10 p.m.; Thurs. to Sat. noon to 11 p.m.

BAGEL BROKER 7825 Beverly Blvd. 323-931-1258 bagelbroker.com Mon. to Sat. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BAR VERDE The Grove 323-900-1610 nordstrom.com

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IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME Greek Mediterranean cuisine is delicious and nutritious. From the Peloponnese region of Greece, our family recipes are passed down for generations. We delight in serving you and we welcome you into our Larchmont Greek Family.

Dimitris

Your Host Dimitris Houndalas

Dine-in, Take-out • Reservations: www.lepetitgreek.com

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This list is a sample of the numerous dining options available in and around our neighborhood. If a favorite eatery was overlooked, please let us know at info@larchmontchronicle.com. Note: The Original Farmers Market is at 6333 W. Third St. The Grove is next door at 189 The Grove Dr.


Mon. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

BCD TOFU 3775 Wilshire Blvd. 213-382-6677 bcdtofuhouse.com Sun. to Thurs. 6:30 a.m. to midnight; Fri., Sat. 6:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

BERRI’S CAFÉ 8412 W. 3rd St. 323-852-0642 berris.la Daily 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.

BLACK DOG COFFEE

5657 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-1976 blackdogcoffee.com Mon. to Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BLUDSO’S BAR + QUE

THE CAT & FIDDLE PUB AND RESTAURANT 742 N. Highland Ave. 323-468-3800 thecatandfiddle.com Daily noon to 11 p.m.

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY The Grove 323-634-0511 thecheesecakefactory.com Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

COBRAS AND MATADORS 7615 Beverly Blvd. 323-272-4924 Sun. to Thurs. 6 to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 6 to 11:45 p.m.

COMMERSON

788 S. La Brea Ave. 609 N. La Brea Ave. 323-813-3000 323-931-2583 commersonrestaurant.com barandque.com Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 Tues. to Sat. 3 to 10 p.m. p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; THE COUNTER Sat. noon to 10 p.m.; Sun. noon 5779 Wilshire Blvd. to 9 p.m. 323-932-8900 thecounterburger.com BLUE RIBBON SUSHI Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; BAR & GRILL Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Grove 323-352-9300 brsushigrove.com Sun. to Thurs. noon to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. noon to 10 p.m.

THE BUN SHOP 151 N. Western Ave. 323-468-1031 thebunshopla.com Daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CANTER’S DELI 419 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-651-2030 cantersdeli.com Open 24 hours daily.

DR. SANDWICH

7475 Beverly Blvd. 3424-501-0099 drsandwich.com Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

DRESDEN ROOM 1760 Vermont Ave. 323-665-4294 thedresden.com Wed. to Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.; Sun. 5 to 9 p.m.

DU-PAR’S Farmers Market

323-933-8446 dupars.net Mon. to Thurs. 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

THE EDMON 5168 Melrose Ave. 323-645-5225 theedmon.com Mon. to Thurs. 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Fri., Sat. 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

EDO BITES The Grove 323-879-9507 edobites.us Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS

Sun. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to midnight

FABIOLUS CUCINA 6270 Sunset Blvd. 323-467-2882 fabiolus.com Wed. to Sun. 5 to 9 p.m.

EL CHOLO

INTI PERUVIAN RESTAURANT 5870 Melrose Ave. 323-962-2027 intirestaurantla.com Daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

FIVE GUYS 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-2360 fiveguys.com Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES

FRENCH CREPE COMPANY Farmers Market 323-934-3113 frenchcrepe.com Mon. to Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-9501 GIGI’S einsteinbros.com 904 N. Sycamore Ave. Mon. to Fri. 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat., gigis.la Sun. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues. to Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

THE GROVE

5468 Wilshire Blvd. 323-936-2050 indiastandoori.net Daily 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

5655 Wilshire Blvd. 323-297-4467 ihop.com Sun. to Thurs. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 7 a.m. to midnight

ISA JAPANESE 916 S. La Brea Ave. 323-879-9536 isajapanese.com Sun. to Thurs. noon to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. noon to midnight

JON & VINNY’S

412 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-900-8080 323-334-3369 thegrovela.com jonandvinnys.com Mon. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. KALI RESTAURANT EL COYOTE CAFÉ 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 5722 Melrose Ave. 7312 Beverly Blvd. HMS BOUNTY 323-871-4160 323-939­-2255 3357 Wilshire Blvd. kalirestaurant.com elcoyotecafe.com 213-385-7275 Wed. to Sun. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wed., Thurs. and Sun. noon to 9 thehmsbounty.com LA BREA BAKERY p.m.; Fri., Sat. noon to 10 p.m. Mon. to Thurs. noon to midnight; CAFÉ ESCO’S PIZZA Fri. to Sun. noon to 1 a.m. 468 S. La Brea Ave. 615 N. La Brea Ave. HOT WINGS CAFÉ 323-939-6813 323-592-3042 7011 Melrose Ave. labreabakery.com escos.co 323-930-1233 Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; hotwingscafe.net Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to midnight LA PIAZZA Mon. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11:30 The Grove ESCUELA TAQUERIA p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to midnight; 323-933-5050 7450 Beverly Blvd. Sun. noon to 11 p.m. lapiazzathegrove.com 323-932-6178 INDIA’S TANDOORI Mon. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10:30 escuela-taqueria.com 1121 S. Western Ave. 323-734-2773 elcholo.com Daily 11:30 a.m. to close.

Sun – Thurs 9


p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB

323-452-9299 markettavernla.com Tues. to Thurs. noon to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. noon to 11 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

THE MEXICAN VILLAGE 3668 Beverly Blvd. 213-385-0479 themexicanvillage.com Tues. to Thurs. 5 to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

MARINO RISTORANTE 100 N. La Cienega Blvd. 6001 Melrose Ave. 310-652-2827 323-466-8812 lawrysonline.com MIZLALA marinorestaurant.com Mon. to Thurs. 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. 7007 W. Romaine St., #103 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat. 4 to 10 p.m.; Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 323-347-6292 Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to to 10 p.m.; Sat. 5 to 10 p.m. mizlala.com/sycamore 9:30 p.m. MARIO’S PERUVIAN & Tues. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUCIFER’S PIZZA

SEAFOOD

MO’S HOUSE OF AXE

7123 Melrose Ave. 5786 Melrose Ave. 611 S. Western Ave. 323-424-4230 323-466-4181 213-908-0808 luciferspizza.com mariosperuvianseafood.com moshouseofaxe.com Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon. to Wed. 5 to 10 p.m.; Thurs. Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 5 to 11 p.m.; Fri. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. 11 LITTLE BAR LOUNGE MARMALADE CAFE a.m. to 10 p.m. 757 S. La Brea Ave. Farmers Market littlebarlounge.com 323-954-0088 MOTHER TONGUE Mon. to Fri. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat. marmaladecafe.com 960 N. La Brea Ave. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to Mon. to Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 213-319-7850 2 a.m. Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. hellomothertongue.com to 10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; M CAFÉ Daily 5 to 10 p.m. 7119 Melrose Ave. MERCADO 7910 W. Third St. 323-525-0588 MUSSO AND FRANK 323-944-0947 mcafedechaya.com GRILL cocinasycalaveras.com/Mercado Daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 6667 Hollywood Blvd. Tues. to Wed. 5 to 9:30 p.m.; 323-467-7788 M GRILL Thurs. 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 4 to mussoandfrank.com 3832 Wilshire Blvd. 10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tues. to Sat. 5 to 11 p.m.; Sun. 4 to 213-389-2770 m-grill.com Mon. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Sat. 4 to 9:30 p.m.; Sun. 4 to 8:30 p.m.

MET HER AT A BAR

759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-847-5013 metheratabar.com Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 p.m.

OFF VINE RESTAURANT

323-525-1688 onohawaiianbbq.com Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET 6333 W. Third St. 323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com Sun. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

OSTERIA MAMMA

5732 Melrose Ave. 323-284-7060 osteriamamma.com Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 5 to 9:45 p.m.

OSTERIA LA BUCA 5210 Melrose Ave. 323-462-1900 osterialabuca.com Daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m.

OSTERIA MOZZA 6602 Melrose Ave. 323-297-0100 osteriamozza.com Sun. 5 to 9 p.m.; Mon. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.

PAMPAS GRILL

PETROSSIAN 321 N. Robertson Blvd. 310-271-6300 petrossianrestaurants.com Thurs. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PETTY CASH 7360 Beverly Blvd. 323-933-5300 pettycashtaqueria.com Tues to Thurs. 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 5:30 to 11 p.m.

PINK’S HOT DOGS 709 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-4223 pinkshollywood.com Sun. to Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

PIZZERIA MOZZA 641 N. Highland Ave. 323-297-0101 la.pizzeriamozza.com Sun. to Thurs. 5 to 9 p.m.; Fri, Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.

PLANT POWER 776 Vine St. 323-471-1550 powerplantfastfood.com Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PROVIDENCE

Farmers Market 5955 Melrose Ave. 323-931-1928 323-460-4170 pampas-grill.com providencela.com Mon. to Thurs. and Sun. 10:30 a.m. to Tues. to Fri. 6 to 9 p.m.; Sat. 5:30 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 9 p.m.

6263 Leland Way 323-962-1900 Farmers Market offvine.com PAPA CRISTO’S MET HIM AT A BAR 323-938-4127 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10 a.m. to 2771 W. Pico Blvd. mageeskitchen.com 801 S. La Brea Ave. 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. 323-737-2970 Mon. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 323-852-3321 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to papacristos.com Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. 10 methimatabar.com 8:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 Wed. to Sun. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. to Thurs. 4 to 10 p.m.; Fri. 4 p.m. and 4 to 8:30 p.m. PETIT TROIS to 11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; MARKET TAVERN ONO HAWAIIAN BBQ 718 N. Highland Ave. Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Farmers Market 5550 Wilshire Blvd.

MAGEE’S KITCHEN

323-468-8916 petittrois.com Daily noon to 10 p.m.

RAMEN MELROSE 5784 Melrose Ave. 323-645-7766 ramenmelrose.com Mon. to Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sun. noon to 3 a.m.

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5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 patinagroup.com Mon., Tues., Thurs. noon to 5 p.m.; Fri. noon to 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

RÉPUBLIQUE 624 S. La Brea Ave. 310-362-6115 republiquela.com Daily 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tues. to Fri. 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.

ROCCO’S PIZZA 6335 Wilshire Blvd. 323-655-0058 roccospizza.la Mon. 4 to 9 p.m.; Tues. to Sun. noon to 9 p.m.

Council Report (Continued from page 12)

So as we move forward, the remaining members of the city council are considering a series of motions calling for accountability and the censure and resignation of the two remaining councilmembers involved. Revealing this kind of racism and mean-spiritedness from our elected leaders only shows how much work we must do to regain the trust of Angelenos, and shining light to truth is the only way that our city will be able to heal. Before new council president Paul Krekorian was elected unanimously by his

SAKE HOUSE MIRO 809 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-7075 sakehousemiro.com Daily 4 to 11 p.m.

SIGHTGLASS 7051 Willoughby Ave. 323-763-8588 sightglasscoffee.com Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

STAR OF INDIA 730 Vine St. 323-939-6815 starofindiala.com Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10:45 p.m.; Sat. noon to 10:45 p.m.; Sun. 11:45 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

SUPREMO RISTORANTE 901 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3192

colleagues, I was appointed by acting Council President Mitch O’Farrell to serve as vice chair on a newly created Ad Hoc Censure Committee, along with Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson (chair), Heather Hutt, John Lee and Monica Rodriguez. The appointments were made effective immediately and triggered Council Rule 88 that states that a request for censure of a member of the council may be submitted to the city clerk, a request that formally occurred Oct. 18. We are working to move ahead with our scheduled agenda and ongoing legislative business in council meetings.

supremoristorante.com Sun., Mon., Tues. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wed. and Thurs. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

SYCAMORE KITCHEN 143 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-0151 thesycamorekitchen.com Mon. to Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TARTINE 911 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-552-6054 tartinebakery.com Daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TATSU RAMEN 7111 Melrose Ave. 323-879-9332 tatsuramen.com Sun. to Wed. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Thurs. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Ironically, the previous weeks were marked by a wonderful variety of cultural events of appreciation, equality and inclusion — from a formal celebration of Filipino American Heritage to the observance of Indigenous People’s Day. We marched in solidarity with our Iranian friends in support of the movement of freedom and human rights in Iran, and we were proud to welcome David Babayan, Foreign Minister for the Republic of Artsakh, and an Artsakh Delegation. It is my hope that we can soon begin our journey forward together toward a better and unified Los Angeles for all.

TAYLOR’S STEAKHOUSE

tsurionmelrose.com Mon. to Thurs. 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sat. 4 to 11 p.m.; Sun. 4 to 10 p.m.

3361 W. Eighth St. 213-382-8449 taylorssteakhouse.com Daily 4 to 10 p.m.

WIRTSHAUS

TEHRANRO GRILL 414 S. Western Ave. 213-259-4111 tehranro.com Sun. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TERE’S MEXICAN GRILL 5870 Melrose Ave. 323-468-9345 teresmexicangrill.com Mon. to Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

TSURI SUSHI 7015 Melrose Ave. 323-935-1517

LPGA

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345 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-9291 wirtshausla.com Mon. to Wed. 4 to 10:30 p.m.; Thurs. 4 to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. noon to 11:30 p.m.; Sun. noon to 10:30 p.m.

YUKO KITCHEN 5484 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-4020 yukokitchen.com Mon. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ZINC 8607 Melrose Ave. 323-438-9835 zinccafe.com Daily 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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was clear how supportive the Wangs are of women’s golf. Said Mr. Wang: “I’m a hacker, but I love golf. I watch especially LPGA as much as I can, and every time I go play golf, I remind myself to please keep my day job. “But it’s just fantastic. For me, my attitude in my heart is just that playing golf, stepping on the course every time, brings you much joy. ... You know that golfers — even Natalie here — don’t hit a perfect LPGA ANNOUNCEMENT of new $3 million shot every purse featured (from left) pro golfer Natalie Gulsingle time. bis and LPGA tournament sponsors Walter Wang ... But I have and Shirley Wang.

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Alien space pods land on La Brea for fine, tasty dining By Helene Seifer Behind a faceless all-black façade at the former Odys + Penelope lies a science fiction fantasy of a dining room. A white trussed ceiling soars over the white tables and black chairs which neatly run down the center of the restaurant. Counter seating overlooks the bustling kitchen at one end; a bar backed by colorful bottles of booze — the one pop of color in the room — holds court at the other end. The open mezzanine above the kitchen holds a long private table. The coolness of the room, both in hipness and in emotion, is best exemplified by the rows of poured concrete alien space pods, otherwise known as private booths, hugging the long walls, which is where one wants to sit. Los Angeles, meet Workshop Kitchen & Bar, an ambitious transplant from Palm Springs and Los Angeles-born chef Michael Beckman. As at so many restaurants in town, Japanese flavors and techniques infuse Chef Beckman’s menu. Unusual flavor combinations abound, including in the cocktails. I

prefer a classic Negroni to their sumac and mezcal version, but the “kitchen sink martini” with olive oil washed Islay gin and a side of pickled vegetables is delicious. At the bar and kitchen counter a diner may order off a short à la carte menu, which will eventually expand and be available throughout the restaurant. For now, pod people and table-sitters must order one of two five-course tasting menus: vegan for $85 or the $100 menu, which my husband and I both ordered, which includes meat and fish. There are several choices for each, and one can swap items from either tasting menu. One or two items change every week. The parade of plates began with a refreshing and scrumptious crudo of dryaged kampachi in a slightly sweet and citrusy dashi broth. Soul-satisfying! The second course offered three choices. We passed on the honey nut squash with caviar (for a supplemental $35) and ordered the other two. The bouillabaisse pot de crème resembled a Japanese tofu custard with lobster mushrooms

WORKSHOP KITCHEN & BAR blends sci-fi cool with high-end cooking. Photo by Audrey Ma

and sliced apples, subtly perfumed with makrut (like kaffir lime) and lemongrass. The heirloom tomato salad was brilliant with bright flavor. Tiny tomatoes floated in a pistachio-and-melon gazpacho with compressed cucumber, watermelon radish and basil flowers. This was the best dish of the night. Pan seared amberjack with artichokes on a mound of truffled French lentils came next. This, too, was a beautiful dish with balanced flavors of sweet fish and earthy legumes. There were three choices again for the fourth plate: dry

aged strip loin, Iberian pork chop for an additional $20 and A5 wagyu strip (A5 is the highest quality beef rating given by the Japanese government) for $100 extra. It’s wonderful to have choices. It’s not as wonderful to have so many supplemental charges. The Masami Ranch dry aged strip loin had a good beefy taste, but the star of the plate was the accompanying sunchokes. The koji-marinated Campo Grande Iberian pork chop is a newly available, highly marbled, deeply flavored pork from prized Spanish pigs. It was served

with a tangy green kimchi gremolata and accompanied by pommes aligot (silky potatoes mashed with cream and stretchy French or Swiss cheese) that was disappointingly overdone. We ended our meal with two different desserts; torte medovik, a honey sponge cake, was topped by huitlacoche ice cream (flavored with corn fungus for an interesting umami taste that won’t be for everyone), and the mille feuille. Similar to a Napolean, crispy dough is layered with stone fruit, passionfruit cream and full spoons of fresh passionfruit. We loved the knowledgeable and friendly servers. We enjoyed sitting in the creatively designed pods. Some of the dishes were over-the-top delicious, but I look forward to curating our own selection of à la carte items when they become available throughout the restaurant so we can luxuriate in a private pod without having to commit to a fivecourse tasting menu. Workshop Kitchen & Bar, 8607 Melrose Ave., 323-4389835.

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SCHOOL FOUNDER Marat Daukayev with Grace Tankenson, 14.

among the students in this year’s production. “She will be dancing Snow Queen and Dew Drop this year,” Pamela Daukayev told us. Tankenson began at the ballet school in 2011 when she

was 3 years old. “Her older sister, Amelia, also attended our school. Amelia is doing an internship with us now, and I am writing her college recommendation letter. It all goes by in the blink of an eye!”

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Pamela’s daughter, Emma Daukayev, who grew up in the Windsor Square family home on Van Ness, is now at the University of Michigan, Pamela adds. The 110 performers in this year’s production — the school’s 20th annual “Nutcracker” — will multi-task, performing various roles, so they gain the most dance experience possible. To prepare, the students recently had some remarkable rehearsals and classes with international stars of the dance world: ballerina Maria Kochetkova and choreographer Sebastian Kloborg, and, of course, school founder and former Kirov Ballet star Marat Daukayev. Classes are held at the school’s new 10,000-squarefoot studio in the Equitable Plaza building at 3435 Wilshire Blvd. “We are at home in our new space on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown (not a huge commute for our Larchmont / La Brea families),” Pamela told us. (The school had formerly been on La Brea Avenue in the Miracle Mile.) The new space features four

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By Suzan Filipek Little girl dreams of sugar plum fairies and waltzing snowflakes will come alive this holiday season when, after a long two-year wait, Marat Daukayev will present his magic of the holiday season on a professional stage. The school’s ballet students — many live in our neighborhoods — will leap and twirl in four performances of “The Nutcracker” on Sat., Dec 10, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec 11, at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The performances will be at Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Dr., just east of downtown. Grace Tankenson, 14, who lives in Windsor Square, is


How is the health of local legit theater? n Challenges confront Center Theatre Group and others By John Welborne Theaters large and small in Los Angeles are facing post-pandemic and other challenges. Very close by, on Santa Monica Boulevard west of Vine Street to about Hudson Avenue, is “Theatre Row” — a bustling center for theater performance and acting instruction for 50 years. The district received official City of Los Angeles designation in 2015. However, since at least August of this year, a centerpiece building housing multiple studios and theater spaces, “The Complex,” has feared a loss of its lease at the end of this year. Stay tuned. Not too much further away, at the venerable Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre — integral parts of The Music Center for 55 years — there also are rumblings about the future. No, these definitely are not leasing or real estate rumblings (the County of Los Angeles being an enlightened landlord); these are patron / customer rumblings. Without patrons, no theater company can survive. And now, coming off COVID-19 closures for the past two years, neither of these reopened Center Theatre Group auditoriums is as full as in the pre-pandemic days. The current president of the nonprofit Center Theatre Group’s board of directors is lawyer and Windsor Square resident Amy Forbes. (CTG

THEATRE ROW is nearby, but is now endangered, on Santa Monica Boulevard.

also operates the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.) Forbes told the Chronicle that CTG not only brings great theater to Los Angeles, “it also offers robust educational and theater training programming, for free, to a wide range of children all over the region.” But, Forbes warns, “With the crush of the pandemic, our theaters are in peril. The Ahmanson, Taper and Douglas recently reopened their doors after they were closed for more than two years. But, it seems it’s hard to get people back in the habit of leaving their houses and going out to the theater … in person.” To remind us nearby residents of the joy of attending live theater, the Ahmanson is offering a discount to Larchmont-area residents. See the ad on page 14 in this Dining & Entertainment Guide. Forbes convincingly argues: “As Angelenos, we have a responsibility to keep our institutions strong. You can help do that, while doing something fun at the same time.” The CTG board’s goal “is to rebuild our audiences and get people back into the

CAST MEMBERS of “2:22 — A Ghost Story” in Los Angeles are, left to right: Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg and Finn Wittrock.

theater-going habit.” At a recent gathering in support of another nonprofit organization, CTG managing director and CEO Meghan Pressman emphasized this same point, reminding us that, “theater creates an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences that only starts on the stage. Theater creates the energy that feeds a city, a culture and a society. Theater reflects the community it serves.” Right now (starting October 29 and playing until December 4), at the Ahmanson, patrons can experience “a supernatural thriller” (how handy for the Halloween season!) … and at a discount for locals who use the promotion code! The play, “2:22 — A Ghost Story,” stars Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg and Finn Wittrock. Later in the month, on

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November 15, the Mark Taper Forum presents the West Coast premiere of “Clyde’s,” described as “a new comedy that serves up the story of ordinary characters with big dreams.” From December 13 to January 1, the Ahmanson will present “Ain’t Too Proud –

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ROBERTINO GIOVANNELLI proudly displays his provisions from Italy.

By Nona Sue Friedman Although La Luna Ristorante means “the moon restaurant” in our tiny part of the solar system, it was a “star” of homemade Northern Italian food on Larchmont Boulevard starting in 1991 and continuing for 15 years. Robertino Giovannelli was the 23-yearold Italian chef/owner when he started the local establishment. “It was my dream come true. I really enjoyed it, the community and the customers. It kept me alive,” is how Giovannelli describes his owning the restaurant. Giovannelli was heartbroken when he had to close his restaurant in 2006 because of landlord and lease issues. What was he to do? Food was his passion. He

lived it. He’d been cooking since he was in high school, went to culinary school in Italy, and worked at numerous restaurants in both Italy and Los Angeles. As Giovannelli relates, “In Italy, the dining table is where all the action takes place. Sitting down with family, with friends, having some wine, some food with the people you love.” As luck would have it, he was able to rent a kitchen at Melrose Avenue and Vine Street — a perfect location to stay in the neighborhood and keep in touch with his customers. He began catering and also became certified to cook school lunches. One of his clients is Larchmont Charter School at Hollygrove and LaFayette Park.

The Larchmont Sunday Farmers’ Market had started about a year before his restaurant closed. He thought it was nice having the local market. “Maybe I could have a booth there and see how it goes,” he recalled thinking. He signed up, starting small with just a few sauces and some pasta. It took off and is still going strong. Each week, he offers a beautiful and bountiful selection of frozen entrées, sauces and soups just like he made in the restaurant. Over the years, he’s added fresh and dried pastas, imported oils and condiments and Italian-inspired empanadas. It’s everything you need to make your own Italian feast. He sees customers who are thrilled to know that they can still purchase a particular sauce or entrée that their children or spouses adored in the restaurant. These weekly interactions are a great way for him to keep in touch with his loyal customers of 30 years. They warmly welcomed him into this community and into a city that can be challenging, especially as a restaurant owner, as recounted to the Chronicle recently. Although he was initially upset with the closing of his restaurant, as with many incidents, when one door closes, another one opens. For the last 15 years, he’s enjoyed the more flexible schedule of not having to open or close a restaurant every day and the opportunity to spend more time with his daughter, who is now 17 years old. He also caters and is gearing up to provide a traditional Thanksgiving Day spread for anyone who still wants him to do the cooking. Visit his eye-catching stall at the Sunday Farmers’ Market or order delicious treats online at robertinocucina. com.

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Cat & Fiddle has been serving pints and more for 40 years! By Nona Sue Friedman If you ever have a hankering for fish and chips with a pint, a visit to The Cat & Fiddle is certain to satisfy. The Hollywood institution, opened in October 1982, is celebrating a miraculous 40 years in business. The original owners, British bassist Kim Gardner (who passed away in 2001) — ­ of The Birds, among other bands — along with his then pregnant wife Paula of New Orleans, opened the pub in Laurel Canyon because Gardner was tired of driving to Santa Monica to the only English drinking hole in Los Angeles. Gardner wanted a neighborhood establishment — a proper pub, also known as a public house — close by. As Gardner’s dad said, “That boy would do anything for a pint!” The pub was an immediate success. On opening night, with a line out the door, the bartender left halfway through the evening because it was too crowded. Paula, pregnant with 8-month-old twin girls, served pints for the first time in her life. With the pub’s success, Paula quit her day job and started working at the restaurant full time with husband Kim. Moving to Sunset Blvd. Within three years, they outgrew the cozy Laurel Canyon location and moved to Sunset Boulevard where they spent the next 30 years. Bangers and mash, homemade savory pies and beef Wellington fed many of the rock and rollers and entertainment industry regulars. Multiple record and television deals were closed in the famous rooms of this public house. As Paula said, “You never knew who was going to walk through the door.” Many of Gardner’s pals crossed the pond and the threshold to visit, including Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. Unfortunately, because of landlord issues, the iconic location closed in 2015. The next chapter After searching the city for two years, Paula and her daughter, Ashlee Gardner, who’s also her partner and one of the twins from opening night, found the next perfect location at 742 N. Highland Ave. in 2017. The space has indoor and outdoor seating, just like the one on Sunset Blvd., and Tuesday pub trivia is back. The duo recently introduced traditional afternoon tea on weekends. Make a reservation to dine on tea sandwiches, scones and shortbread cookies. Paula gets comments from customers all the time say-

MOTHER/DAUGHTER owners Ashlee and Paula Gardner pose in front of The Cat & Fiddle.

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ing, “I’m so glad you’re here.” Paula is, too. As she says, she and her husband wanted to make “a happy place for locals

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Above: SIT COMFORTABLY and enjoy a meal inside at a booth or communal table. Right: FAMOUS FISH and chips are a favorite entrée at The Cat & Fiddle.


Con man charms; friendship explored in Irish countryside American Murderer (8/10): 101 minutes. R. Written and directed by Matthew Gentile, and “based on” the true story of Jason Derek Brown, this is a spot-on presentation of a charming con man sociopath, disturbingly played by Tom Pelphrey. Although Ryan Phillippe gives a wooden performance as an FBI agent, the film is bolstered by a terrific short appearance by Jacki Weaver as Jason’s mother. The Banshees of Inisherin (8/10): 109 Minutes. R. Highlighted by compelling performances by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon and beautiful cinematography of the bleak Irish countryside (the film was shot on location on Inishmore and Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland), this is a strange

(and that’s putting it mildly), almost dark John Ford-type film with some comedy thrown in about two men in 1923 who once were friends and the violence — mostly psychological — that ensues­. Back in the day, this would be a prime awards candidate. But it contains nothing woke that seems to be required in every new Hollywood film. No, it’s just an “All About Eve”-type of film about relationships ­ and I mean with lots of talk — good talk. But because it ain’t woke, probably forget about Oscar. But it holds interest for almost two hours. Empire of Light (8/10): 119 minutes. R. The story of a troubled woman working in a large British movie theater in the ‘80s is surprisingly engrossing. Olivia Coleman

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Tony Medley continues to prove that she is one of the best actresses extant. She is buttressed by Michael Ward, who seems to me to be the new Sidney Poitier, and Colin Firth as her lecherous boss. Written and directed by Sam Mendes, this is a winner. Hunted (7/10): 94 minutes. R. This is yet another film based on the short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” written in 1924 by Richard Connell and published in Collier’s magazine. This is one of

the better treatments as four young hoodlums are captured by an extremely wealthy British family and turned loose on their estate to be hunted down. It is entertaining, full of tension. The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile (7/10): 108 minutes. R. I’m not sure why this is rated “R” unless it is because there is smoking and some references to drugs. But it should be PG13, at the worst. Tucker was a beautiful, immensely talented little girl, young woman and grownup woman who lived a wild life. She hadn’t recorded a song in 17 years when Grammy winner Brandi Carlile contacted her out of the blue to record a new album, and this is that story. Carlile is a beautiful and talented

singer/songwriter, and their bonding is poignant, even though Carlile’s constant cloying fawning attitude toward Tanya gets irritating. As it is basically the story of making the album, the film only touches on Tucker’s career in a few flashbacks, and it virtually ignores her controversial matching with 44-year-old Glen Campbell when she was 22, to its detriment. My main criticism, though, is a lack of music. There is some, but not nearly enough. The Ticket to Paradise (4/10): 102 minutes. PG-13. It’s a shame that such beautiful scenery (supposed to be Bali but filmed in Queensland, Australia) is wasted on such a trifling, inept movie, despite a sterling performance by Kaitlyn Dever, playing the soon-to-be-married daughter of fighting divorced and disapproving parents George Clooney and Julia Roberts, whose phony laugh is still one of the most annoying things in Hollywood celluloid. This is a fruitless attempt at a screwball comedy, but writer/director Ol Parker is no Alan Dwan (1944’s “Up in Mabel’s Room,” 1945’s “Getting Gertie’s Garter,” etc.) and Clooney is definitely no Dennis O’Keefe. Stars at Noon (3/10): 135 minutes. R. What could have been a tense thriller is greatly diminished by an ambiguous script that has Margaret Qualley, who thinks she’s a journalist, and Joe Alwyn, a mysterious businessman, being pursued in 1984 Nicaragua by — whom? The police? The army? One doesn’t know. Nor does one know why they are being pursued. Worse, writer/director Claire Denis is hung up on huge face shots of each of her protagonists. Scene after scene is filled with just one face on screen. They are both attractive, but not that attractive. How she could take well over two hours to tell whatever she’s trying to tell is beyond me.

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IMMACULATE HEART By Kellyn Lanza 12th Grade Happy November from Immaculate Heart! In addition to finishing the first quarter, students enjoyed many fun events this past month. The first week of October began with activities in honor of Breast Cancer Aware-

ness Month. The Girls’ Athletic Association staged an egg hunt throughout the campus and ended the week with a Jeans & Pink day. The following week, students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades

took the PSAT exam while the seniors had a day full of college and graduation prep. Throughout the past month, IH also hosted a number of college representatives, including JET, the Jesuit Excellence Tour. Over in the sports realm, the volleyball, tennis and cross-country teams concluded their seasons by honoring those 12th

grade team members at their respective Senior Night events. Meanwhile, both the basketball and soccer teams held tryouts for the upcoming winter season. Lastly, Immaculate Heart’s beloved annual fundraiser, The Walk, took place on Oct. 21. After raising money for three weeks, students, faculty and staff walked around the Los Feliz neighborhood to commemorate their hard work! Immaculate Heart continues to welcome prospective middle

school and high school students to campus for Shadow Visits, and both 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend our annual Academic Playday, which will take place the morning of Sat., Nov. 5. Register for admissions events through our website at immaculateheart.org. Prospective students and their families may also join us for the middle school open house at 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3, followed by the high school open house at 1 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 4.

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sign up beforehand to get a shot at winning the secret prize! The girls’ volleyball season is also coming to an end and the past games were some of the most exciting we’ve seen. There have been last-minute comebacks and blowouts! Come cheer our girls on as they finish their season with a bang. Our seniors are also working hard as it is college application season. As they push through the stacks of essays, let’s motivate them to finish strong! While our upperclassmen have been busy, our elementary Huskies had their share of fun at the Crystal Cove field trip. From wading on the shoreline to building sand castles, it was a memorable experience kids are sure to remember.

Happy October! It’s finally fall, and with this season comes Halloween. That means trick or treating, spooky outfits, and NCA’s Huskyween. For a week, students can dress up according to each day’s theme to earn spirit points for their class. Make sure to wear themed outfits on Morning Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Working Wednesday, TV Thursday and Free Dress Friday. Students can also create their own volleyball team to face off against each other in a tournament. Make sure to

PILGRIM SCHOOL By Allison Pak 9th Grade P i l g r i m School comes together as a whole school on Mondays. We call these days Community Mondays, and everyone is split into six different groups, which are: Gender Equality, Peace and Justice for All, Climate Action Land Resources, Climate Action Water Resources and Climate Action Responsible Consumption. Pilgrim School had an Outdoor Education Day Oct. 14 and students in junior kindergarten through 8th grades and secondary students in the Play Group spent their whole day at Elysian Park. The secondary students worked with the younger kids at the park. The Gender Equality group did “A Woman’s Place Tour,” which was a walking tour of Downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown, during which students learned more about the role of women in Los Angeles. The Peace and Justice for All group went to the Chinese American Museum to learn more about the history of Chinese American immigrants in our city. Climate Action Land Resources group went to Descanso Gardens to learn more about gardens and how land is used. The Climate Action Water Resources group went to the Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park to learn more about the Los Angeles River and water conservation efforts. They also did a

clean up at the Los Angeles River. Climate Action Responsible Consumption group stayed at school to do a waste audit and help Pilgrim School analyze and improve the waste streams. We had our first open house on Oct. 22. For more information about Pilgrim school, please contact Samantha Powell at spowell@pilgrim-school.org

THIRD STREET SCHOOL By Ren Stoppani Brown 5th Grade Happy fall from Third Street School! Anyone interested in enrolling their kids in Third Street can come to a Prospective Parent Orientation and Tour on Fri., Nov. 4, at 9:15 a.m. Meet in the auditorium, take a tour of the school and get all questions answered. All visitors must be registered at: tinyurl.com/3rdStTour The 5th grade just came back from a wonderful three-day field trip to Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center. We hiked, went to the aquarium, hung out with friends and saw amazing views. The counselors were fun and funny. In spring of next year, there will be another field trip to AstroCamp. The big news at Third Street is that we have a new principal, Helen Lee. She had been the assistant principal at Third Street. I wanted to know her better, so I asked her some questions. Interview with Helen Lee Q: What do you like about Third

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Third Street principal David Kim moves to new job with LAUSD

By Caroline Tracy Principal David Kim, who has helmed Third Street Elementary School for the past six years, moved to an upper level administration position within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in mid-September. Helen Lee, former assistant principal, assumed his position as principal on Sept. 19. Third Street Elementary, Hancock Park’s LAUSD neighborhood school situated at June and Third Streets, has been an institution in the neighborhood for years. The school will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2024. Storied principals, including Suzie Oh, have been fixtures among the community; Mr. Kim was no exception. Arrived in 2016 Beginning his tenure in 2016, Kim came to the position of principal with a background as an educator. His philosophy from day one was to “instill within children a love for learning and a love for one another.” The mantra was well received by a tightknit community of families and staff, and Kim found the group welcoming and supportive. “I felt blessed to be joining such a distinguished and dynamic community and

said, “but it also forced us to adapt, and I’m proud of the way our teachers reinvented themselves and their methods to support and engage our students through distance learning.” He went on to say, “I’m equally proud of our families for the way they came together and blessed our school with their grace, patience and support.” The school will miss Kim,

especially on school spirit days, noted one parent. “Mr. Kim was always game to get in on the action during our school spirit days and fundraiser events,” said Liz Budd, a Third Street mom and School Spirit Chair on the PTA. “He’s been drenched by more than a few water balloons all in the name of good fun or raising money for the school.”

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felt fortunate that I could add to its already incredible legacy,” said Kim. New programs Over the course of his six-year term, Kim oversaw many changes and helped implement a myriad of programs. Highlights include: increased enrollment (during a time when LAUSD has seen declining enrollment); 85.5 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards on the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) tests, making Third Street one of the highest academically performing schools in LAUSD; the addition of a gifted magnet program for grades

three through five; and Third Street becoming one of the first schools in LAUSD to pilot the “Making Caring Common” program conceived by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (about which KTLA ran a segment). Pandemic response Perhaps the most indelible moment for Kim (and everyone else) over the past few years was the COVID-19 pandemic. The disturbance wreaked havoc on the school system at large, but Kim felt proud of Third Street’s response under his leadership. “COVID-19 upended the way we were accustomed to educating our children,” Kim

Street School? A: I love everything about Third Street: the parents, amazing teachers and staff, and great kids. Without their help, I couldn’t run the school. This is my second home where I spend most of my time. Q: What are some ideas that you want to work on? A: I want to continue working on providing professional development to teachers to improve instruction: Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI), Writer’s Workshop and Making Caring Common (MCC). MCC is a program for teachers to teach and guide students to be more kind to each other and to be responsible for their actions. In addition, I’m also working on improving attendance and recognizing, on

NEW PRINCIPAL Helen Lee a monthly basis, those who make the effort to come to school. Q: Do you want to change anything about Third Street School? A: For a long-term goal, I want to work on the beautification of the library: new paint and carpet, new furniture, and books. My wish is to align it in time for Third Street School’s 100th anniversary in 2024.


Scouting was in full swing at the 2022 Fall Camporee

By Douglas Kim What do kimchi fried rice, “The Enchanted War – a Shakespearean Tragedy” and forestry service have in common? They all happened at the scouts’ 2022 Metropolitan District Fall Camporee. The event took place from Oct. 7 to 9 at Camp Trask in Monrovia. With the theme of “Enchanted Forest,” the camporee was attended by 10 units from the Metropolitan District and one troop visiting from the Pacifica District. The visiting girl Troop 219, led by Scoutmaster Ryan Gulden, dazzled the audience with its elaborate production of a skit titled “The Enchanted War – a Shakespearean Tragedy,” during the campfire ceremony. The Larchmont area Troop 10, sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church, got everyone up and moving with its skit titled “Robert Baden-Powell,”

WINDSOR SQUARE resident and Troop 145’s Senior Patrol Leader, Bryan Kim (in sunglasses), celebrates with fellow scouts after treceiving the Spirit Stick. The Spirit Stick is awarded to the troop that best exhibits the spirit of Scouting at a camporee.

which involves the audience in singing and moving along with the presenters. A camporee would not be complete without a proper cook-off competition. And for this camporee, there was an eclectic showing of cuisines. Star Scout Jun Jung represented Troop 145 with his kimchi fried rice, which spiced things up and won

third place. Troop 2131, one of the few girl troops in the Metropolitan District, claimed second place with “Berry Oatmeal.” First place went to visiting girl Troop 219 with its rendition of “Berry Cobbler.” Scouts enjoyed other activities, including mixed troop challenges, shooting sports and swimming. “Unplugged

from the city, it was great to see scouts hiking, swimming and laughing on a mountaintop,” says Diane Gilmore, Metropolitan District Commissioner, who works with Troop 10. The scouts also performed some much-needed forestry service work to improve the state of Camp Trask, which suffered tremendous damage from the Bobcat fire of 2019. “Scouts are prepared. It was hot. It was cold. It was perfect! It even rained, and the Scouts were prepared,” added Gilmore. The Metropolitan District is one of six districts within the Greater Los Angeles Area

Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It serves the Larchmont area as well as other communities throughout Southern California. Its mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Larchmont area is fortunate to have numerous scouting units, including Troop 10, Pack 10, Pack 16, Troop 145, Troop 173, Troop 621 and Troop 777. Douglas Kim is a resident of Windsor Square and the Scoutmaster for Troop 145.

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ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL By Jack Byrne 8th Grade

MELROSE ELEMENTARY By Stella Coppola 5th Grade

Hello, Larchmont. St. Brendan School had a great October. The Halloween plays and parade were a big success. The parade went great with each class dressing up and getting to show off their costumes while listening to some Halloween songs. The 8th graders got to judge the best costumes. They also wrote and starred in two very funny Halloween plays and performed them in front of the entire school. Additionally, St. Brendan had a Walk to School Day. Walking from Larchmont Boulevard to school, we were led by a bagpipe player. There was great participation and everyone who walked was rewarded with a yummy donut. We also recently had a fun pumpkin-decorating contest. The winners from each class were rewarded with a delicious treat. Lastly, St. Brendan sports teams are finishing up their seasons and are doing well. Thank you for reading!

On Oct. 7, the 5th graders went to Dockweiler State Beach. We had a rollicking good time playing volleyball, but mostly just spent time catching sand crabs! The 5th grade also recently started Star Conga Kids, which I, personally, have been long awaiting. Things are picking up this year, event-wise! Halloween is coming! On Oct. 28th is Melrose Magnet’s harvest festival — finally in person after two years on Zoom. It is one of the best things at Melrose, and I’m pretty excited. Though the PTO and teachers made the Zoom Harvest Festival fun, nothing can compare to an in-person costume parade and festival. Coming up this November is our book fair at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Boulevard. This is one of my favorite things, and I cannot wait to see what books they will have this year! Well, that’s the buzz at Melrose Elementary for this month!


New Head of School for The Center for Early Education

By Casey Russell The Center for Early Education [CEE], an independent co-ed school adjacent to Melrose Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard (but which start-

ed in a Hancock Park home in 1939), has a new head of school. Damian Jones has taken over leadership for the 540 students, toddler through

Christ the King School celebrates 65th anniversary

By Casey Russell Christ the King School (CKS) started out small. In 1958, the same year that construction of the school at 617 N. Arden Blvd. began, classes commenced in a church-owned apartment building — a building that was located at what is now the yard of the lower school. That year, 116 students in five grades attended the school. Today, CKS has ten classrooms and is the educational home to 180 students in grades TK through eighth. This year’s 65th anniversary celebration was launched at the Oct. 9 family mass and the school will celebrate the milestone throughout this school year. On Sat., Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., an outdoor Sapphire Gala will be held in the schoolyard. Susan Alcantara, coordinator of the gala and a fourth grade teacher at the school, says the gala will serve as a fundraiser and celebration. Alcantara has coordinated the school’s galas for many years and says these festive events usually bring in $20,000 or more, which is used for educational programs benefiting students. This month, kids are parCHRIST THE KING By Joshua Lo 8th Grade October was a busy month for CKS students. On Oct. 19, seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Youth Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Jose Gomez, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Eighth grade students are preparing for high school entrance exams and continue attending the High School Placement Test program at Loyola on Saturdays through the end of October. The most exciting event for students was the Halloween parade, where we showed off our spooky Halloween costumes and had a festival! CKS hosted High School Night on Oct. 20. Representatives from 12 high schools gave presentations to junior high students and their parents to help them make informed choices. On Nov. 1, we will be celebrating All Saints’ Day with a Mass and procession. Students will dress as their favorite saints.

sixth grade, enrolled at CEE. Following a robust nationwide search, Jones was selected as head of school in 2021. According to an announcement made to the CEE community, the board was impressed with Jones’ “breadth of educational experience, his remarkable leadership capabilities and his inspirational passion for social justice for all people.” Jones started in education as an English teacher, completed his doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois,

and served for more than ten years as assistant head of school at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. For the past eight years, he has served as head of school at Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C. Relocating to Los Angeles with his wife Tasha Jackson-Jones, a kindergarten teacher, and their two children brings Jones and his family closer to relatives already in the area. Jones says that his family is excited to be embarking on a new chapter here on the West Coast.

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ticipating in an anniversary poster designing competition and CKS Feast will be celebrated on Fri., Nov. 18. There also will be a movie night for students, a family barbecue and a wine and cheese event for alumni sometime in the spring. Unrelated to the anniversary, the school will be adding a second TK class to its program starting in January of 2023. CKS received a grant in 2021 from The Doheny Foundation to convert its library into a new classroom. Principal Ruth Anderson says the new TK teacher will be Hancock Park resident Meghan McMonigle. For $65 tickets to the gala, visit the school’s website at cksla.org.

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Kids can have a taste of summer camp during Thanksgiving By Nona Sue Friedman Summer is not the only time kids can enjoy camp. Thanksgiving week is another opportunity with a few options around town the three days preceding Thanksgiving Day, Mon., Tues. and Wed., Nov.

21, 22 and 23. Let kids be kids at camp. This leaves you free to prepare the feast. Pan Pacific Pan Pacific Park has a one, two or three-day option that operates from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for kids ages 5 to 13 years

old. They play field games, Pacman tag and dodgeball, enjoy arts and crafts and a movie time. One day is $50, two days is $90 and three days is $120. Register in person at Pan Pacific Recreation Center at 7600 Beverly Blvd.

Third Street School Got Game Camp is hosting its three-day camp at Third Street Elementary, 201 S. June St., for ages 5 to 13. The camp features both sports and creative activities to keep all campers happy. Soccer, baseball, basketball, art and a talent show will be some of the activities offered. A regular day is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One day of camp is $95 and all three are $265. Extended care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is available for an additional fee of $15 per day. Register online at gotgamecamp.com. Horses Maybe your child is interested in learning a new skill. Traditional Equitation School at 480 W. Riverside Dr. in Burbank is available to teach your child how to ride and take care of a horse. She or he will also get to feed the horses, play water activities, enjoy group activities and create horse-themed crafts. What a fun-filled day! The threeday camp will keep your 6- to 12-year-olds occupied from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $375. Extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional fee. Register online at ridetes.com. The Arboretum Autumn nature camp takes place at the Aboretum in ESLA By Isabel Viola 12th Grade

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As the temperature drops and the days aren’t so sunny anymore, ESLA’s first quarter has come to an end. Students spent the last couple weeks finishing assignments that were due before progress reports were submitted. Seniors have been focusing on college applications and completing their essays before the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline. With all this commotion, ESLA decided to give its students what they call a Life Day. Rather than our normal schedule, students took the day off and spent it at the Santa Monica Pier. Activities on the sand and fun on the rides gave everyone a chance to relax and soak up some time with friends outside of school. On another note, the ESLA girls’ volleyball team has gone undefeated this season! This has ensured them a spot in playoffs and we are so excited to see them thrive on the court. Equally exciting, upper school cross-country members have proudly represented ESLA by challenging themselves and beating personal records at recent meets. The ESLA community has enjoyed seeing its athletes’ success and looks forward to the coming seasons.

Arcadia at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. What a beautiful setting to spend three days. Campers ages 5 to 10 years old explore different gardens each morning. They have outdoor play, and can nature journal and create projects related to the theme of the day. The three-day camp costs $265 for members and $275 for non-members and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register online at arboretum.org. Gymnastics JAG Gym, one of the premier gymnastic studios in Los Angeles, is providing camp for the week as well. Kids do gymnastics and participate in American Ninja Warrior-type activities that include an obstacle course, gymnastics and parkour. The gym is located at 8640 Hayden Pl. in Culver City. The daily fee for ages 5 and up is $198. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit jaggym.com to register. PAGE ACADEMY By Isabella Argiropoulos 7th Grade

Hello my Larchmont neighbors! October was a busy month at Page Academy. Our staff and students came to school in various shades of blue on Oct. 3, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The first quarter flew by with report cards going home on Oct. 6. We had our Scholastic book fair in mid-October and students bought many books that they found to their liking. Our students practiced fire drills and discussed home escape routes as part of Fire Safety Month and participated in the Great California Shakeout on Oct. 20. We hope you all put safety first and did the same. Last month ended with fun days to dress up. We had baseball gear day and, to celebrate Red Ribbon week, we dressed up in bright/neon colors and learned about drug abuse prevention. Students dressed up in beautiful, funny, inventive and especially, scary, Halloween costumes for our fall festival on Oct. 28. At the festival, we had a haunted house, delicious treats, fun-filled games and activities! November is always a special time for family, friends and giving thanks. On Nov. 11, we will honor our veterans and, on behalf of all of us at Page, thank them for their service and their sacrifices. On Friday, Nov. 18, we will have our annual Thanksgiving feast before we break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.


Pedigree, experience on Immaculate Heart tennis squad

Serena Williams’ farewell to tennis in September made such an impact that television viewers who rarely followed the “sport of kings” found themselves tuning in to her final three games at the U.S. Open. “It was very emotional watching her last appearance,” said Zoe Vines, a freshman at Immaculate Heart High. “She is such a legend and icon within the sport that it felt like I was watching something bigger than I could fully grasp at that moment.” “She’s had an incredible career,” added Immaculate Heart tennis coach Tom Hardy. “She’s retiring at the right time.” Panda power Immaculate Heart, a private college prep school for young women grades six through twelve, competes in the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) in the Southern section, Division 4. The school offers students 10 different varsity sports throughout the year, and one-third of the girls participate on at least one of the teams. The school mascot is the Panda and its school colors are navy and white. Tennis is one of the more popular sports at Immaculate Heart. The program is in its 12th year. There are 29

players on the JV and varsity teams combined, and close to 40 girls tried out. Hardy is in his fifth year as the Pandas’ head coach. He played tennis at John Burroughs High in Burbank, then afterward toured with the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) until he blew out his elbow. He also gives private tennis instruction on the side. Pedigree power Larchmont resident Zoe Vines competes on the JV squad as a singles player. “I love the focus it takes to play one-on-one and feel I thrive in this environment,” said Vines. “Who knows? Maybe some day I’ll play doubles as well, but for now, I enjoy playing singles matches.” Vines, who began playing tennis at age 13, has pedigree with clout. Her grandfather, Tom Runnels, played MLB (Major League Baseball) for the Cincinnati Reds, then was head coach of the Montreal Expos for a year. Her father, Trevor Vines, is a household name for anyone who is a fan of the X Games and Freestyle Moto X trick riding. He has retired from competition and now owns TV Land MX, a private dirt bike park that offers instruction and miles of

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trails. The park is in Ashtabula, Ohio, and Zoe visits her father every summer. “I love riding dirt bikes and spend quite a bit of time on the tracks back in northeast Ohio,” she said. “It’s been the best of both worlds, living in Los Angeles and then visiting Ohio, where I have access to 50 acres of land with multiple motocross tracks in my backyard. I am so grateful for all of these experiences and can’t wait to see where they all take me over the next few years and into adulthood!” Veteran power A varsity tennis match consists of three singles matches and three doubles. “Emma Nord is our top singles player, and our No. 1 doubles team is Asha Goyal and Meha Holden,” said Coach Hardy. Emma and Asha are seniors and the team co-captains. Two stars from last season

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“High school sports are about building structure and setting the athletes up for success in all aspects of life,” said Hardy. Indeed. Game. Set. Match.

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This year, our upper elementary classes will be the first to experience an overnight trip since the start of the pandemic! Our overnight trip creates an experience for students to explore outdoor science while playing fun games, team building and taking a break from the internet. Science teachers Nacisse Demeska and Lauren Trammell will lead this outdoor adventure. Dameska has been the leader of this trip for 20 years and is so excited that students finally get a chance to experience this amazing program in person. “Having the natural world as your classroom is pretty special! I love witnessing the good it does when our students have time to slow down in nature. Additionally, whenever we step out of our regular rhythms in life, we learn something new about our world, about other people in our community, and about ourselves. I’m most excited for those kinds of moments — the kind of moments that help us feel a deeper connection to the earth and to each other,” Dameska said. Since lots of students have not been away from home like this, many people are practicing by having sleepovers to get used to spending the night away from home. We are all looking forward to time together away from school, and getting to know each other and ourselves better.

ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL By Evan Listi 6th Grade

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Hello again! I can’t wait to catch you up on everything that is going on here at St. James’! On Oct. 7, all students were dismissed early so they could start the two-hour drive to El Capitan, where our annual Family Camp Weekend takes place. It was my second time going, and I had so much fun! It was such a cool experience to see my classmates outside of school. Last month we also had standardized tests, sixth grade elections, Korean drumming performances, a fall dance and Halloween celebrations. Our most unique Halloween tradition is the mask parade in which students march around the school in Halloween masks we made in art class. In other news, we have a bunch of exciting things coming up in November! First, there is the fall production, “Scenes and Sonnets,” on Thurs., Nov. 17th. Students in grades four, five and six have been devising this show since early September. Also, the yearly book fair is taking place the week after Thanksgiving break. We are thrilled to have that back up and running after two years. The last thing I’ll share is that tours are being held on Thursday mornings at St. James’ for prospective families. Overall we have a lot to look forward to in November at Saint James’!

Last month, Somos Unidos, Oakwood’s Latinx Affinity Group, invited Mexican folk dancers and a mariachi band to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. The lively music and performances made for an exciting lunchtime, as students and faculty were brought together to join in the festivities. Along with the music and dances, the cafeteria also served Cuban food, and continued to feature cultural dishes throughout the month to celebrate. This month, before students head out to enjoy a restful Thanksgiving break, Oakwood will hold their annual Thanksgiving Assembly. Students are given the opportunity to present a group or solo dance, or even sing and perform with their band. There is an annual tradition of having one of our English teachers recite a lovely poem he or she recently enjoyed, or one that applies to the upcoming holiday. A few musically inclined faculty members also sing or play an instrument along with other teachers, and it’s always great to watch them perform right along with students. One of my favorite performances, however, is the one that brings several student bands up to sing and present an original piece. The assembly consistently promotes a fun, uplifting energy that brings an excitement I’ll

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HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE By Miles Hoffman 6th Grade Many things have happened at Hollywood Schoolhouse since my last article. First of all, we had our Harvest Festival. It included fun games, good food, line dancing and even a petting zoo! During the Harvest Festival, my 6th grade classmates and I sold baked goods to raise money for our Ditch Day. Instead of having regularly scheduled classes, on our Ditch Day we all get to go to an amusement park or do something else fun together. My 6th grade class is doing a lot of cool projects at school, and so far, my favorite is Shark Tank. Of course we are not going to be on the show, but we are going to be put into groups of two and make a product to sell at this year’s Winter Fest in December. My partner and I are having the class bring in their old clothes, and we are going to spray paint over them. I hope our business will be a success! Though the projects that we are working on in class are exciting, the biggest thing happening so far this year is that the 5th and 6th graders are going to Catalina Island. During this trip, we will be doing a lot of fun activities like day snorkeling, night swims and so much more. Personally, I have never been to Catalina Island, so what better people to go with than my classmates?

THE WILLOWS By Simone Meltzer 8th Grade The Willows has had the same beloved librarian since the school’s founding… until now! This year we are all excited about a new face joining our library staff. Kate Rao brings fresh energy onto campus and is optimistic about her first year here with us. Before this, she worked as a librarian in the kids’ sections at Alhambra Public Library and Palos Verdes Public Library. “I didn’t like to read at all when I was younger. I think maybe the first book I read was when I was

21,” she said laughing. “I had a really boring job… it was a way to pass time.” Whether or not she liked to read as a kid, Rao loves nothing more than helping kids find their passion for literature. “I honestly like all grades equally,” she said, when asked what her favorite age to work with is. She added, “Little kids are so cute and sweet and easy to organize… but older kids are more able to have deep conversations.” Kate, despite being new to our community, is looking forward to seeing her ideas come to life.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many exciting things will be happening in November! We are looking forward to Thanksgiving Morning Sing, our Thanksgiving food drive and, of course, Thanksgiving break. Thanksgiving Morning Sing will include songs with themes about family and being thankful. Two songs are “Over The River and Through The Woods” by Lyndia Maria Child, and “Thank You For Hearing Me” by Irish singer, Sinead O’ Connor. In addition, for our annual Thanksgiving Drive we will collect items to create Thanksgiving care bags. The care bags traditionally include canned vegetables, cranberry relish, piecrusts and filling and a turkey gift card for the families supported by Pacific Clinics. LCS will distribute the bags on Nov. 18. In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked our assistant principal, Ms. Julie, what she is grateful for. She shared, “I’m grateful for my children, parents, school, health and being a principal at Larchmont.” We asked a classmate and she echoed, “I’m grateful for my family.” Lastly, we asked our teacher, Ms. Jill, and she replied, “I am thankful for my health, my family, my dog Monkey and our school that lets us do fun things like yoga and have a therapy dog.”

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By Casey Russell November is a month when people take some extra time to be thankful for what we have in our lives. For many Angelenos, that focused time of gratitude encourages us to find a way to give a little back. Families donate their time serving those who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal. Schools, stores and places of worship often host food drives. Donation requests find their way to our mailboxes. Sometimes it’s easy to just set some canned food aside, make an online donation or write a check and mail it off without remembering to take advantage of the built-in teaching opportunities this month brings. But taking the time to teach kids about gratitude and giving can have a big impact on their lives. Helping kids learn to be con-

scious of what is good in their lives can make them more empathic people. Furthermore, studies have proven that as our thankfulness grows, our joy in life grows as well. And while it’s obvious that doing something nice makes the recipient feel good, it’s also true that the feel-good chemicals in our own bodies — such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin — increase when we perform an act of kindness. Fostering gratitude So, how can we foster a sense of gratitude? The first step is modeling. When we notice the tree in the front yard has blossomed or the swing at the park got fixed, we can say, “Wow, look at that beautiful tree! It’s pretty special that we get to see it every day.” Or, “Someone fixed the swing! Lucky us, we get to swing today!” When someone

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Happy fall! The next few months are filled with amazing activities and great learning opportunities. CCS celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with live cultural performances and delicious traditional foods. We are also bringing back our annual Family Fun Night. It will include game booths, food trucks, DJ music with dancing and photo booths! CCS is also pleased to welcome Girl Scout Troop 70915, which will have Brownie meetings every other Tuesday. We have resumed field trips. Second-grade students are visiting Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, and seventh and eighth graders will see a live performance at the La Mirada Theater on Emmett Till. We will be celebrating Halloween with carnival games and a costume parade. Cathedral Chapel will also participate in the Larchmont Family Fair on Oct. 30. On All Saints’ Day we will attend Mass and we’ll be remembering our military service members on Veterans Day. The first trimester of school ends right in time for Thanksgiving break on Fri., Nov. 18.

The months of October and November are exciting at Marlborough. In October, our seniors had their Mascot Presentation Day, where they unveiled a character they believe represents their class as a whole. The 2022 character is Vanellope von Schweetz from the movie “Wreck-It Ralph 2.” Vanellope encapsulates the lively spirit of the class of 2023. Last month, the 7th and 8th graders put on their annual dance. It’s always a terrific way to reconnect elementary school friends. Also last month, for the first time ever, Marlborough hosted a Homecoming Dance for the sophomores, juniors and seniors. It was very exciting to be able to come together and start a new Marlborough tradition that has not been seen before. The dance was held in the gym. Marlborough celebrated Halloween the traditional Marlborough way, “Pumpkin Day,” with a costumed walk-through in the gym. The Preliminary SATs were recently held for everyone but the seniors. The 12th graders spent PSAT day working on col-

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dren, we can make a point of picking up not only our dog’s poop but also an extra bit left by someone else. Gratitude-inspiring ideas This Thanksgiving, make a gratitude tree. Scatter fall-leaf paper cutouts on the table and ask everyone to write some things he or she is thankful for. Tape the leaves to a handdrawn tree at the end of the meal. Tape a sign labeled “Wall of Positivity” up on a wall. Put a pad of sticky notes and some pens nearby. Write a few notes to start things off — “I’m thankful I got to sleep in today!” Or, “I’m thankful it rained! I got to wear my rain boots!” You’ll probably soon notice others’ notes popping up by yours. Every night at dinner or at bedtime, start a tradition of telling each other something you were thankful for that day. Teach your child the importance of writing thank-you notes. Encourage a family member to call and let your child know he received the nice note and that it meant a lot to him. Helping kids give back Rather than just giving your child an allowance in one piggy bank, consider having three piggy banks — one for spending, one for saving and one for giving. Start a “get some, give some” tradition. Talk to your kids about donating some gently used toys they’ve grown out of after birthdays

and winter holidays. Let them choose what to donate and where to take it. Cut out coupons with your child and, when you go to the grocery store together, put your child in charge of taping the coupons to items so someone in need can use them. Once a month when you go to the park or go for a walk as a family, take a trash bag and clean up the neighborhood a bit. Local real estate agents on Larchmont Boulevard are doing this every Friday morning. Let your kids come up with ideas for how they’d like to help others. You can get them started on ideas by talking about what they are naturally drawn to. If your child loves drawing, maybe she can make artwork for a senior living center. If your kid loves animals, maybe he can help out at the local shelter or help a busy neighbor by taking her dog out for an extra walk. It doesn’t take much time to build gratitude into our families’ lives. It’s simply a matter of remembering to make it a priority. Plus, getting in the habit of giving back can even shape some family traditions. Bettering the world, strengthening our families, helping our kids’ empathy and generosity grow — win, win and win. For more parenting tips, check out my book, “The Handbook for Life With Little Ones: Information, ideas and tips for birth to age five,” on Amazon.


(Continued from page 2) turing innumerable Africans as prominent members of society, even members of royalty and members of biracial marriages.” So much is so wrong it is hard to know where to begin. First, this is not a piece of found footage from 1290, it is an artistic vision. It is telling of Medley only that inclusion of non-white actors is what he finds so offensive and off-putting, while one review earlier, he laments that an Irish film is “marred by brogue that is often difficult to understand.” Medley’s lust for originalism is apparently a mere convenience exploited when it suits his need to see people who look like him centered in all stories. Second, Medley reduces Black performers to “innumerable,” conjuring hordes and reducing human beings to numbers — classic dehumanization tricks. Finally, his opprobrium is particularly focused on Black actors portraying higher class members of society, some even (gasp) married to white members, again a nod solely to a source of friction with Medley’s worldview. The Larchmont Chronicle is not a public square in which anyone is free to speak at any length at any time, with countering voices given equal time (so a reader like myself must resort to a letter to the editor). Rather, it is a platform that chooses content to be fea-

tured at the exclusion of other voices. I saw no disclaimer and have read no equally platformed columnist counter Medley’s intolerant views. Will the Chronicle’s restaurant reviews next include statements like “my otherwise fine meal was destroyed by a diner wearing a Pride T-shirt” or perhaps the architecture column can laud neighborhoods that are mostly white or exclude minorities (the Chronicle’s neighborhoods do not have a sterling history in this regard). We are living through an era in which the political party with which Medley’s views are aligned is intent on disrupting free and fair elections, pushing false electors, disenfranchising voters it finds inconvenient, and stacking the Supreme Court with activist Federalist justices. In just the time since his diatribe against the rights of pregnant people (a phrase he would undoubtedly find triggering, as it is inclusive) to bodily autonomy, Dobbs has abolished Roe, and most abortions have rapidly been banned in at least 13 states, with a potential nationwide ban being pushed by a party that has not represented the majority in over two decades. Medley’s piece was published in an issue that contained nearly a full-page ad dedicated to LA’s Holocaust Museum and left this reader wondering what the content in other small papers has looked like on the eve of authoritarian eras. Larchmont Chronicle,

this reader beseeches you to take a close look at the content you choose to highlight. Kate Corsmeier Ridgewood Wilton

‘Woke’ is not ridiculous

I read Tony Medley’s review of the new Lena Dunham film, “Catherine Called Birdy,” and was quite disturbed. I would be remiss if I did not point to you that being “woke” in the 21st century is far from ridiculous. In fact, it is a positive state of mind, which some of us hope will spread. There are many things I do not like about the 21st century,

Boulevard

(Continued from page 4) worked out, Ruggles, who, as mentioned, came on after the original agreements were made, seemed unaware of any controversy when he spoke with the Chronicle. He told us that he and his associates plan to be on the Boulevard for a long time. Everybody knows your name Ruggles said, “It’s such a great part of Los Angeles… Eventually, I think we’d like to have a new grand opening where people can meet everybody.” He envisions a “Cheers mentality — everybody knows your name — that personal touch where you know people by name and can really cater to the regulars and be loyal to the people who are loyal to you.” Ruggles said, “We want to continue what Steve and his family did here… Everybody

as I am 84 years old and hopelessly befuddled when it comes to computers and cell phones. But I am not confused about being “woke.” A philosophy that simply means that people should wake up and notice racism and sexism — even when it is subtle — is both beautiful and hopeful to me, and, I repeat, NOT ridiculous. The current belief in “color-blind casting,” which clearly is Ms. Dunham’s plan, is also not ridiculous. Why in the world would the tint of an actor’s skin make a difference in how well they could perform the part? Of course

you will notice when an actor playing a part is Black, white, Asian or whatever, but the point, Mr. Medley, is that you will not CARE. This is a venerable tradition in acting called “the willing suspension of disbelief.” For the same reason, we do not expect historical films to be accurate depictions of their time. Please do not try to tell me that every historical film you have seen has been absolutely true. And anyway, how would you know what teenage girls in the 13th century thought and felt? Virginia Elwood-Akers Kingsley Drive

likes pizza, and we want to serve pizza with a smile.” Right now, the restaurant is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and is open from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it is open from

noon until 8:30 p.m. Said Ruggles, “I think the goal is to be open six days a week and maybe do delivery on Mondays.” To learn more, go to the restaurant’s Instagram page at @villagepizzeriala or visit villagepizzeria.net.

STEVE COHEN (center) meets Village Pizzeria potential new owners in August 2021, from left: Guy Narduli, Bret Saxon, Cohen, Jeff Bowler and Frank Grillo. Photo courtesy of Amy Saxon

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Authentic Craftsman's Gem. Home exudes bespoke character and charm 3 Beds, 2 Baths. Otto Vargas 213.309.4106 CalRE #02179368

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LACMA’s Geffen Galleries half-done; construction above ground next

D

E

C

B

A

AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST above Wilshire Boulevard.

By John Welborne In mid-October, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that construction of its new David Geffen Galleries building — that will span Wilshire Boulevard — is 50 percent complete and that the museum’s fundraising campaign has now secured $700 million of its $750 million goal. The accompanying aerial photograph from September shows the substantial amount of construction generally not visible because it is below the surrounding construction fences. Completed work consists primarily of the underground work of digging and pouring foundations and basements and installing seismic base isolators. Passersby soon will see falsework and formwork erected to support construction of the concrete galleries that will span Wilshire Boulevard.

Legend:

Photo by Gary Leonard © Museum Associates / LACMA

A — Southern building base: theater, sidewalk café. B — Northeastern building base: gallery, education studios, café. C — Northwestern building base: LACMA Shop, restaurant. D — Resnick Pavilion (existing). E — Broad Contemporary Art Museum – BCAM (existing).


Height limit agreed on by homeowners, developer on Melrose

By Suzan Filipek Four neighborhood homeowner groups and a developer of a creative office building on Melrose Avenue and Seward Street have reached a deal which includes reducing the proposed project’s height from five stories to four. “We came to a win-win solution, starting with slicing a floor off the building, and setbacks on Melrose, opening retail to the public and keeping public art focused on Seward,” developer David Simon, of the Bardas Investment Group, told us. “A favorable revised building plan and agreement” has been reached, echoed Cindy Chvatal-Keane, president of the Hancock Park Home Owners Association (HPHOA), in a statement released last month. The parcel had been zoned for three stories, and the developer had requested a zone and height change and a traffic study to build five stories. The five-story project was approved by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission in August in spite of neighbors’ concerns regarding the height, noise and possible impacts on the historic John C. Fremont Branch Library next door. The neighborhoods then formed the coalition and continued to negotiate with the developer until the recent agreement was reached. In addition to Hancock Park, the coalition included the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, South Hollywood Neighborhood Association, Windsor Square

Association and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. The offices of Council Districts 5 and 13 also worked to revise and finetune a plan to benefit all involved, Chvatal-Keane said. His 30 years in business have taught developer Simon to listen to concerns from stakeholders and community members, he told us. The creative office building — designed with outdoor space, landscaped walls, floorto-ceiling windows and an open stairwell — will be targeted to media companies. The 100,000-square-foot campus features 68,000 square feet of new office, retail and open space and includes two existing buildings — one of which houses Netflix. A proposed coffee shop will be open to the public. Other agreements include

Neighborhood meetings

n Mayoral candidates,

public safety on agendas

By Suzan Filipek Several neighborhood associations are having their annual meetings this month. Block captains, public safety and land use issues are on the agenda of the Windsor Square Association Town Hall meeting Thurs., Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. The 2022 Squeaky Wheel award will be presented to a neighbor whose efforts im(Please turn to page 10)

landscaping that will provide sound buffering features on all outdoor decks and vibration monitoring on the western frontage adjacent to the library during construction. Outdoor deck hours of operation may not extend past 10:30 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday or 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The new building will re-

place a commercial strip that includes the home of the nonprofit Big Sunday’s headquarters. David Levinson, executive director of Big Sunday, told us a temporary site has been located nearby while a long-term solution is being sought. The proposed Bardas project will serve as an anchor at the end of the Seward Me-

dia Corridor, which extends from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard. “I want to keep Hollywood in Hollywood,” said Simon. The project next moves to the City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the City Council. Simon said he hopes to break ground on the project in January 2023.


Icons of the season traced to 1950s and long before

It’s Thanksgiving Standard Time. This may mean, in your household, or in your dreams, buying cans of string beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and French’s Fried Onions, then putting them together as a side dish to the roast bird, which, since this may be in your dreams, is always the perfect golden color and perfectly moist — all of it. For those of you of a certain age, it is possible you might consume your 67th Thanksgiving green bean casserole. (The recipe, I think, is still printed on the Camp-

bell’s cans.) Who knows how many variations there are? A recipe developer at Campbell’s invented the dish; the recipe was printed in the 1955 “Associated Press Thanksgiving Edition” and the rest is history. My grandmothers didn’t make it, though they tried to be as American as they could (pumpkin pies, for example), so when I encountered it as a guest somewhat later, I let it pass by at the table. Then there are the marshmallows — marshmallows in stomach-turning sweet gelatin salads; marshmallows on

Home Ground by

Paula Panich

top of the already sweet sweet potatoes. (Why?) The original confections were made 4,000 years ago from the roots of the marsh mallow plant, Althaea officinalis, sweetened with honey, and then fed to Egyptian kings and gods. (If there is

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an ancient Egyptian cookery papyrus, I want to see it.) Marsh mallow was used medicinally against sore throats and as poultices. The Greek healer Dioscorides used it for treating wounds and inflammation, and physicians followed down the ages. But along the way to 19th century France, the plant extract was replaced by gum Arabic, which gave the confection, known as pâte de guimauve, a similar texture — but it could be made more quickly. The earliest French recipe one researcher found was from 1757. In the mid-19th century, in France, a new hand-processing method was developed for making the individual sweets — the starch mogul system. It involved molds lined with a starch (cornmeal, for example)

and the marshmallow crème was poured into them to set. In the teens and twenties of the last century in the U.S., commercial marshmallows and marshmallow crème made their appearances. Gelatin by then had long replaced gum Arabic. The brand Campfire Marshmallows declares the firm has been producing them for “more than a century.” Two World War I veterans formed a partnership in 1920 in Lynn, Mass. to produce Marshmallow Fluff, a crème. The boys hit it big. Fluff flies on to this day. I suspect that the enthusiasm for marshmallows in 1940s and 1950s American recipes stems from World War II food rationing. Sugar was famously rationed, but marshmallows were not. (Please turn to page 13)

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Room to Grow?: Preserving not-yet-designated historic districts I was having lunch with my friend, James Dastoli, who has newly moved with his family into a historic house located in the Wilton Place National Historic District. We had originally met through a group which was looking to set up an historic district in Los Feliz. James was successfully shepherding an historic district in Miracle Mile through the state system. We were meeting to discuss his interest in furthering the creating of historic districts within Greater Wilshire. He sent me an intriguing map of identified historic districts which, if adopted by the City Council, would in total increase the number of protected historic resources by 30 percent. This was a conversation I wanted to have. Greater Wilshire’s four Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) are Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Wilshire Park (which also includes the National Register Boulevard Heights Historic District) and Windsor Village. Also in Greater Wilshire is the National Register Wilton Historic District. Together, these districts account for more than 2,800 historic structures under protection in our area. If you include the 10 potential

On Preservation by

Brian Curran

districts identified by Survey LA it would increase this number by more than 4,000. But what and where are these “potential” historic districts identified by SurveyLA?

HANCOCK PARK

The surveyors sought out the largest and most cohesive collections of surviving historic structures often sharing a similar development period or history, stylistic design or property type. These are the districts they identified: • Willoughby Ave. Spanish Colonial Revival Residential Historic District • Sycamore - Citrus North Multi-Family Residential Historic District • Sycamore - Citrus South

WINDSOR SQUARE

GREEN NEIGHBORHOODS have HPOZs; red neighborhoods may be eligible.

(Sycamore Square) Residential Historic District • Wilshire Crest - Mullen Park (Brookside) Residential Historic District

• Fremont Place Residential Historic District • Beachwood Drive - Plymouth Blvd. Multi-Family Residen(Please turn to page 8)


Rimpau house will again spook the neighborhood

By Casey Russell To say that Rich Correll loves Halloween would be an understatement. A director and producer by trade, Correll has made a decades-long hobby of collecting spooky movie memorabilia and Halloween items. This will be the 29th year he shares his collection with the neighborhood by transforming his historic Rimpau Boulevard house into a not-to-be-missed Halloween destination. The house, which was built in 1926, will feature highend Halloween décor made by special effects artists — some items specifically commissioned by the hobbyist and some that he lucked into. Volunteer actors (including Correll himself) will be dressed as spooky movie characters and will pop up to scare visitors. In past years, Correll and

HALLOWEEN NIGHT 2019 at 434 S. Rimpau Blvd.

his wife Beth even decorated the interior and opened it up to the Halloween crowd. This year, visitors will most likely remain outdoors but, according to the Corrells, the crowd won’t be disappointed. “People coming to see it will experience what they’ve always experienced and will still be blown away,” Correll

told us. The couple hires five security guards to ensure people and decorations stay safe. Some years have seen as many as 8,000 visitors. Last year, 4,000 to 5,000 people showed up to be spooked. The decorations, which are stored in vaults in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and even

SKELETONS AND SPOOKS await trick-or-treaters.

Columbus, Ohio, will go up on the 30th or 31st of October. On Halloween, “when it turns to dusk, the little ones come around and we just give them candy and don’t really scare them. When it gets darker, it gets scarier… we don’t try to scare the little kids. We do try to scare

everyone else,” said Correll. The real visiting hours and spooking end around 10 p.m. because otherwise, according to Correll, visitors stay into the late hours and the crowd changes. In recent years, the Halloween aficionado said he’s had a lot of people drop by saying they used to come when they were kids. When asked what the best comment he’s ever heard was, he responded that he had once heard a visitor say, “Wait a minute, this is a private house? No way.” A lot of people really appreciate what the Corrells do, and Correll is glad. He said, “I just think it’s a fun thing for families. It is a little scary, so you’ve got to tell the kids they may get scared, so hold onto mom and dad. But, I like the traditional Halloween — pumpkins, witches, bats and all that stuff. It was always my favorite day when I was a kid.” When asked if Halloween is still his favorite holiday, Correll said, “Of course!” He went on to say that Beth is a really good sport about it. When asked if she likes it, he replied, “Oh yes! Well… she’s married to it!” Those who visit the house on Halloween will definitely see what he means! To enjoy the Corrells’ spookfest, go to 434 S. Rimpau Blvd. on Halloween night between dusk and 10 p.m.

Goblins, ghouls coming to Wilshire Park

A haunted house will be featured at the 13th annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt on Sat., Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Bronson Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Eighth Street. A fortune teller, bounce house and carnival games, as well as food and a costume contest, will also be featured. New this year to the Haunt will be the Creepy Carnival Haunted House, New Orleans Cemetery and a Ghostbusters photo op. The street will be blocked to traffic, and street parking is available.


By Casey Russell Just a sample of 2022 decorated houses are these on the following streets:

Arden Boulevard, Elmwood Avenue, Hudson Avenue, Larchmont Boulevard, Lorraine Boulevard, Lucerne

Boulevard, Norton Avenue, Plymouth Boulevard, Ridgewood Place, Van Ness Avenue, and Windsor Boulevard.


On Preservation (Continued from page 5) tial Historic District

• Van Ness - Wilton Place Residential Historic District • Ridgewood Place Residential Historic District

• St. Andrew’s Place Residential Historic District, and • Gramercy Place - St. Andrew’s Place Residential

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Historic District. The path to these becoming truly recognized historic districts is a difficult one. The City Attorney’s heavy-handed — and in my opinion, erroneous — interpretation of Senate Bill 330 currently is preventing the creation of any new HPOZs in Los Angeles. Originally planned for a sunset in 2025, this law has now been extended to 2030 after the signing of Senate Bill 8 last year. As I have noted in previous columns, residents and homeowners have been forced to take matters into their own hands by — independently of the city — applying for California and National Register recognition. While these do not provide the same level of protection and control, they do add a layer of review that the Office of Historic Resources is only beginning to come to grips with. Of all of these identified districts, only Brookside has made a serious attempt at becoming an HPOZ — only to fall short and settle on the City Planning Department’s creation of zoning subzones to preserve the scale and character of the neighborhood. Sycamore Square considered pursuing HPOZ status but ultimately dropped the idea. Both of these neighbor-

hoods were reacting to the threat of the “McMansion” — the boxy modern houses that are oversized for their lots and out of scale with their neighbors. The threats to the historic resources of these districts vary, but are more apparent in the districts around Wilton Place, particularly relating to the smaller historic homes as their property values have risen. The local multi-family districts also may see more pressure after the lifting of the COVID-19 eviction restrictions, particularly those parcels that are eligible for density bonuses for Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) projects. It is a sad truth about the creation of designated historic districts that the efforts to preserve neighborhoods often are reactive, a move to protect against something, rather than proactive as a way of recognizing historic and cultural significance. My conversations with James Dastoli got me thinking about these potential historic districts and, in future columns, I intend to explore the beauty and significance of them individually and to examine the case for why each should be preserved. But my conversations with James also (Please turn to page 9)

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got me curious as to why my friend, so new to the neighborhood, owner of an historic property, father of three, and a busy professional, would want to spend his free time looking to preserve districts where he didn’t live. His reply is the cri de coeur of many a preservationist: “Just because we don’t actually live on a certain block, does not mean that we are not stakeholders. Anyplace that we work, shop, dine, commute through or even just walk by frequently can be

considered part of our community. We can’t realistically confine our lives to our backyards, or even within HPOZ boundaries. “You’re going to need to go out and buy groceries, and I love that I can drive through numerous historic neighborhoods on my way to Trader Joe’s… After college, I desperately needed to move somewhere where I could feel a sense of place, with the type of character that could stimulate a young artist. When I moved to Los Angeles, I got an apartment on a mostly Mid-Century block of Winona Boulevard in Los Feliz, which

allowed me access to the beauty of the period revivals in Los Feliz Square. “Good harmonious design provides value to ordinary people’s lives. The stark contrast between the clumsily slapped together Mediterranean boxes of Central Florida [from whence James had moved from] with the artfully crafted bungalow courts of Hollywood had an

immediate effect on me. “When I later moved to Miracle Mile, it was like I was taking a master class in design every time I walked down the street. Here we have neighborhoods that give residents a sense of comfort on the deepest level, regardless of income. You don’t have to be an artist to understand this in a subconscious way. “I knew that I had to return

to the Wilshire Corridor [from Glendale where he bought his first house], so over the past few years, as I was preparing to move, I researched all of the SurveyLA neighborhoods in Greater Wilshire and MidCity West, not knowing which one I would eventually end up in. Now that I am here, I am determined not to lose the integrity of these neighborhoods.”

Fresh trees are coming to Larchmont!

By Nona Sue Friedman Some of the freshest Christmas trees in the city will be available for purchase starting Fri., Nov. 25, at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. The Wilshire Rotary Club sells thousands of Douglas and noble firs that are shipped directly from Oregon on a weekly basis. “There is a big demand for trees,” says Wendy Clifford, who runs the tree lot for the Wilshire Rotary. Sizes run from tabletop to 11 feet. The lot will also have wreaths, garlands and adorable reindeer and snowmen figures made from fresh branches

available for purchase. Proceeds from the lot assist l o c a l charities, scholarships TREES will fill the a n d lot on Larchmont. human- Photo: Wendy Clifford itarian projects around the world. The lot will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Fri., Dec. 23.

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Join Your Friends and Neighbors at the Windsor Square Association’s Annual Meeting at The Ebell Thursday, November 17, at 7pm Mark your calendars so you won’t miss the Windsor Square Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting, once again being held in person at the historic Ebell Club (corner of Wilshire and Lucerne Boulevards). This gathering of neighbors always is a great opportunity to find out what’s happening in our neighborhood, catch up with friends, and learn how you can contribute to the well-being of our community. Among the important subjects addressed will be public safety, earthquake preparedness, and land use and development news. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with the senior police officers who are in charge of our neighborhood, with representatives from private security companies, and with members of Council District 13’s staff. Windsor Square board members will update you on our Block Captain Program and our expanded website, both designed to build strong community bonds and foster safety. In other exciting news, you’ll hear about the new RYLAN earthquake preparedness program, which equips neighbors to work together in case of an emergency. Your involvement and interest in our community will make Windsor Square an even better place to live. Don’t miss this chance to ask questions, share opinions and learn the latest neighborhood news. And don’t miss the chocolate chip cookies, either! See you there!

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All ages Chess Club: Every Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., play chess or learn how. Book Sale: Find your next favorite read every Tuesday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. (Tues. Nov. 29 adjusted hours 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.), and every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. All proceeds support the library. WILSHIRE LIBRARY Toddlers, Kids & Teens Costume contest: It’s Halloween! Start your trickor-treating at the library on Mon., Oct. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. with a costume contest. Of course, there will be candy for everyone. All ages Dia de los Muertos paper craft: Decorate paper skulls with glitter, glue, cutouts and so much more on Tues. and Wed., Nov. 1 and 2, starting at 4 p.m. each day until supplies run out. Make holiday cards: Going to someone’s home for the holiday? Have a special someone? Decorate a card and envelope with supplies provided by the library throughout Thanksgiving week, Mon., Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. through Wed., Nov. 23, at 5 p.m.

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Night sky viewing: Come to the sidewalk in front of the library for a chance to see craters on the moon up close and possibly see Jupiter and Saturn through a very large telescope. The event takes place Tues., Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please note that if it’s cloudy at 3 p.m. this day, the viewing will be rescheduled. Beaded Jewelry: Create beaded bracelets and necklaces with colorful beads. Great for holiday gifts. Takes place on Thurs., Nov. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m.

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Family cooks grabbed onto marshmallows, and desserts stayed on the tables. In the 1950s, a candy executive solved the problem of the slow marshmallow-making process. He turned the goo into an industrial material. He filled the confection with air, “trapping nothingness in the architecture of sugar,” as one writer has it. Kraft began its own manu-

facturing process in the late 1950s; thus we have to this day bagsful of spongy, uniform marshmallows. And what about that marshmallow and chocolate bar and graham cracker sandwich, a must for outdoor wood fires? The “s’more” recipe made its debut in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook. In my copy of the 1947 “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook” is found a recipe for “Sweet Potato Croquettes.” It calls for sweet

Learn all about Pinocchio at the Italian American Museum By Nona Sue Friedman Did you know that the story of Pinocchio has been translated into over 260 languages? The only other book that’s been translated into more languages is the Bible. The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) — at Olvera Street — wants to share information and artifacts about the internationally-known Italian fairy tale about the wooden puppet who becomes a boy. The exhibit begins Sat., Nov. 5 On view will be one of the first editions of the story written by Carlo Collodi, published in 1883. There also will be rare toys, costumes and animation

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Paternity is a word linked to father’s knee; Cyrano’s panache! This month’s musings wander through an etymological garden of parentage, podiatry and plumage. The Latin word genus meaning “birth, origin, race, sort or kind” begets the English words “genre,” “generate” and “gender.” The term, which carries an inflection associated with natural or innate qualities, is also a close relative of the Latin genu, or “knee.” Some linguists have speculated that the affiliation is no coincidence — in ancient Roman custom, a father would acknowledge his paternity of a newborn child by placing it on his knee. This convention would bind a child and parent by blood, affirming a filial connection that one may describe as “genuine” later on in the 1590s when that word first appeared in the English language. If one were to imagine a chart tracing the lineage of that same word and the relationships between its ancestors and heirs, (or, to use etymological terms,

its roots, cognates and derivatives), it may look something like a family tree. It appears that French men and women of the Middle Ages believed the branching structures of these genealogical charts mirrored the outstretched toes of a crane’s foot, or a pied de gru. This resemblance prevailed for several more centuries, resulting in the 15th-century English corruption “pedigree,” meaning “genealogical table or chart.” Today, the word is used to imply the origin and history of something, both genealogically and otherwise, or a particularly distinguished ancestry. Avian anatomy is further immortalized in the term “panache,” a word from the Latin pinna meaning “wing” or “feather.” Since the 1550s, “panache” has connoted a tuft or plume of feathers, especially as worn in a hat or helmet, as was the case with King Henry IV of France, who was noted for his war cry “Follow

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in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. “Cyrano” tells the story of a brash, strong-willed cadet in the French army who, despite his charisma, experiences selfdoubt due to his unusually large nose, which he believes will prevent him from ever being loved. A gifted duelist, poet and musician, Cyrano makes reference to a literal plume in the helmet of his sparring opponent Count de Guiche. Later, in his final breaths, the figurative sense of “panache” still used today — the pos-

session of flamboyance and confidence in style and action — comes to the fore. “...There is something still that will always be mine, and when I go to God’s presence, there I will doff it and sweep the heavenly pavement with a gesture: something I’ll take unstained out of this world...” Cyrano says. “Tis?...” his love, Roxane, entreats. “My panache,” smiles Cyrano. Curtain. Bravo!

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