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vol. 49, no. 3 • delivered to the 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • park labrea • larchmont village • Miracle Mile


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Lowe's debuts at CIM Group's Midtown Crossing retail project


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Miracle Mile 2012

Councilman Wesson to attend dedication

SECTION THREE covers development, lifestyle and entertainment on historic strip. 1-32

After years of construction, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store opened last month as the anchor in the Midtown Crossing complex at the corners of Rimpau, San Vicente and Pico boulevards. Developer CIM Group will host a dedication ceremony for the retail center on Mon., March 5.


Suspects arrested in gang shooting

BUNGALOW "final' plea hearing. 5

Incident occurred near LA HIgh

GARDEN TOUR preparations.


ST. JAMES' Church turns 100. 7 MEET the mayoral candidates. 9 MOTHER-SON writing team.


DODGERS' cheer at Frances Blend. 12 OSCAR fashions in Around Town. 20


Two teenagers and one adult man have been arrested in a shooting across the street from Los Angeles High School. Two male teenagers were wounded, one critically, during the suspected gangrelated shooting on Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. One victim was shot in the back and is listed in critical condition. The other victim was shot in the leg, treated and released. It is currently unclear which victim is the student. Police say the shooting stemmed from a developing gang conflict between two students. The investigation is ongoing.

Art Walk set for March 3 in Mile

Home & Garden

La Brea shopping venue added

CALIFORNIA Casas in new book. 3 BIDDING farewell to Brookside. 2 GROUCHO remembered.


LEAF BLOWERS' ban blasted. 8 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11

A shopping venue is a new feature of the Miracle Mile Art Walk on Sat., March 3 from 2 to 10 p.m. La Brea developers Madison Marquette are providing space for a community marketplace at 173 S. La Brea, with 11 booths selling handmade goods that promote sustainability and offer locally grown items. The building will also be the site of an after-party from 8 to 10 p.m. that will include entertainment, food trucks and beverages. In addition, all-day parking will be offered for $1 in La Brea’s parking structure.

The program will thank Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Council president Herb Wesson, Jr. for their role in making the vision for a quality, urban retail center a reality for this community, a CIM spokesman said. Midtown Crossing is a 12acre development featuring the 150,000-square-foot Lowes. It joins existing tenants Foot Locker, AT&T Wireless, Wells Fargo Bank, Panda Express and Starbucks. A Metro Bus transfer station is also at the site. Midtown Crossing serves the approximately 1.3 million residents who live within a five-mile radius. The corner was formerly the site of a Sears Roebeck & Co.

Read all about summer camps in April edition How are your children going to spend this summer? Camp ideas, school programs, special interest activities and more will be featured in the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Advertising deadline is Mon., March 12. For more information, contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241 ext. 11.

NEW BOUNDARIES are a victory for residents who asked to unify the area's 15 neighborhoods.

Map puts neighborhoods back in Council District 4 Community rejoices with preliminary news City Council District Four has regained its original neighborhoods and added a few. It’s a victory for residents who asked to be in a unified Council District. The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission released its adjusted map in February, which places almost all of the Greater Wilshire area in Council District Four with Councilman Tom LaBonge. LaBonge said he was very pleased to regain “the heart of his district,” which in-

Lacrosse on Sundays

HEAD COACH Rob Woodley gives some tips to members of the Hollywood Bears Youth Lacrosse Club. See story page 13

cludes Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, parts of Miracle Mile and Park La Brea. More hearings will be held in March by the City Council Rules and Elections committee. “It’s a process, voices have been heard, and ultimately, it’s the City Council who will have the final say,” added LaBonge. The first map drafted by the See MAP, p. 5

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane Activity on the boulevard begins on Sunday mornings when the Farmers Market brings so many people to our street. Shopping keeps the customers coming to our doors during the week. Don’t forget the semi-annual Sidewalk Sale—it’s happening March 9, 10 and 11. *** Rudy and Myrna Gintel are celebrating the birth of their first grandchild, Izzabela Victoria Blum. Parents are Veronica and Daniel Blum, of Philadelphia., we heard at Larchmont Florist. *** A boat trip down the AmaSee BLVD., p 11 ~ Entire Issue Online!



Community Platform


By Jane Gilman

Redistricting success Our thanks to the city’s Redistricting Commission who heard our pleas to unite our neighborhoods into one Council District. Changes still could occur, but now the 15 communities that make up the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council are 95 percent together in District Four. But until City Council has the final say, we can’t claim total victory. Stay tuned.

Covering Miracle Mile We are publishing our 25th annual “Miracle Mile” section, included in this issue. The section contains information on what’s new, who’s new, programs at museums, activities for children and much more.

Lock those doors Burglaries are on the rise. Residents need to be more cautious than ever. Some of these occurrences were because, as residents tell us “we forgot to turn the alarm on.” The police ask us to harden the target. Lock doors and windows, leave lights on, and don’t let strangers into your home.

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Keeping Hancock Park Together

The redistricting process for City Council areas has begun and your Association, along with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC), is asking that Hancock Park and other GWNC neighborhoods be kept together in the same council district. These districts once established will be in place for 10 years. Having Hancock Park contained in one City Council district is vitally important for maintaining the integrity of our neighborhood and for getting service and support from the City. The Redistricting Commission is now holding hearings and asking for citizen input so please make your voice heard. For more information visit website: and send your comments to While it has been a relatively dry winter, we have had a couple of big rain storms that have flooded our streets, particularly in the northern part of Hancock Park. The Association asked the City and our Council Office to see if some kind of long term solution could be put in place. The Department of Sanitation found that there is a split in the storm drain pipes coming out of the Hollywood Hills at Romaine and Vine. Up until this winter the 60-inch pipe that went south through Hancock Park was the main valve with the overflow going down a 75-inch pipe that went west. Sanitation has now changed the switching so that the larger, western pipe will be the primary drain; the pipe flowing through Hancock Park will then receive the overflow. Sanitation believes this will resolve many of the sudden flooding problems that occur when heavy rain storms hit our area. One thing we can all do is to keep our storm drains as clear as possible. This not only helps prevent flooding but it also keeps our oceans clean as storm drain water is not treated. If you see someone dumping liquids or objects down a storm drain, call 800-974-9794 or report it on the web - refuse/SR_IllegalDumping.htm. Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www. . Also, if you’re planning changes to your house read the Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www. or http://preservation. ) and contact City Planner Matthew Glesne (213-978-1216 or In the event of a crime contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station - 213-4730476 or website: police_station as well as our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213793-0650; Contact the association (or Tree Committee Chair, Susan Grossman, if you need a parkway tree. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti.lacity. org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE189DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323463-5180 Questions regarding filming - contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office). Adv.

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Fri., March 9 – Sun., March 11 – Larchmont Sidewalk Sale. Wed., March 14 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., March 18 – L.A. Marathon. The event will start at Dodger Stadium and concludes at Santa Monica Pier. Fri., March 30 – Delivery of the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. For updates, go to our website,

That's the question

inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

Police Beat Assailant arrested in armed robbery; home burglaries OLYMPIC DIVISION

Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A suspect approached three men and demanded their property at gunpoint near the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Norton Ave. on Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. When one of the men didn’t have anything for the suspect to steal, the suspect struck him on the head with his gun, took a cell phone and fled. The assailant was later arrested. PREVENTION TIP: Pay attention to your surroundings. If approached, try to remember details that will help police with making an arrest.

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 Publishers Jane and Irwin Gilman Editor Jane Gilman Associate Editor Suzan Filipek Assistant Editor Laura Eversz Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Maria Bouniol Classified Manager Geri Freer Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Production Assistant Nancy MacCoon Accounting Yvonne Auerbach 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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'What brings you to Larchmont Village?'

"I like to get Jamba, and go to Baskin Robbins. And I like to see my friends here, too." Mary Bracco Norton Ave.


Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova BURGLARIES: A home on the 300 block of Lorraine Blvd. was ransacked on Feb. 7 between 6:20 and 10 p.m. The suspect entered through the locked front windows. Computer equipment was stolen from a residence on the 600 block of N. Gower St. on Feb. 11 between 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. The suspect broke in through the bathroom window while the resident was at (Please turn to page 4)

"We feel like we can get most of what we need on Larchmont." Mara Raphael "We like to get stuff here. We come here a lot to get stuff at Twirl, Jamba Juice and Rite Aid. Oh, and the toy store." Jack Wilcox Van Ness Ave.

Letters to the editor Fairfax remembered

The nostalgic article on the Fairfax District (February 2012, Larchmont Chronicle) recalls fond memories of my youth and adulthood to present day. In my teens, I dished out hamburgers at the Farmers Market, where I’d see famous actors and actresses, as well as aspiring ones (i.e. Rock Hudson). I later parked cars at Billy Gray’s Band Box, a nightclub which was the unofficial headquarters of notorious gambler Mickey Cohen, who headed L.A.’s “Kosher Nostra” and tipped extra for keeping an eye on his bulletproof Cadillac. Lindy’s in New York, Fritzels in Chicago and Wolfie’s in Miami Beach simply cannot hold a candle (menorah or other) to Canter’s, with its Runyonesque waitresses and the atmosphere of New York, Eastern Europe and the Mid(Please turn to page 12)

"I just moved here last month from New York. It's so beautiful and clean! I'm a writer, so I come to Starbucks in Larchmont to sit and work." Daniel Zaitchik St. Andrews Place

"Everything. The drug store, vet, Starbucks. I just made an appointment at Bellacures to get my nails done. I bought my shirt here and my shoes." Candace Kennedy Rossmore Ave.

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Prostitution, related traffic changes are meeting topics


As the Chronicle went to press, a meeting called by City Council District Four was held to discuss the Western Ave. prostitution problems impacting residents and nearby schools. On the agenda were proposed traffic changes that were introduced at an earlier community meeting. At the January gathering, LAPD Olympic Division Sgt. Clint Dohmen, officer in charge of vice, reported that while several women had been arrested, they would probably be back on the street before long due to jail overcrowding. Deputy city attorney Tamar Galatzan said the city was looking for sentencing that might have a better result, such as community service as well as diversion programs. Additionally, Council District Four field deputy Ben Seinfeld addressed proposed

Section one SCHOOL NEWS


ENTERTAINMENT Theater Review At the Movies

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Section two REAL ESTATE Real Estate sales

SHAKESPEARE for everyone.

13 'OZ' is opening.


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Section three MIRACLE MILE




VOWS in India.


traffic engineering changes for Western Ave. that would make it more difficult for prostitutes' clients to travel into the neighborhoods, and also give police officers a reason to pull over a potential criminal making an illegal turn. According to Olympic Dvision senior lead officer Joe Pelayo, the proposed changes include posting signs that read "no left turn from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m." on a number of side streets along Western Ave. between Melrose Ave. and 6th St. Violations would result in citations that incur heavy fines. Also up for discussion at the February meeting was the posting of "no cruising" signs. "I'm glad residents are making an effort to come together with the city and the L.A.P.D. to address the problem," said Pelayo.

Notes From the

Are you ready for spring or are you waiting for the winter season to end? In between seasons, is it not time to socialize with your family, friends or loved ones? How can Larchmont Boulevard help you to socialize? You can text, email or call your friend or family member and make a date with them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our restaurant list is huge and varied – everything from Greek, American sandwiches, Japanese, French, Italian, vegetarian and more, all within the Village. Visit us at and get the restaurant list. You can talk about your personal issues, listen to their personal issues and you will feel much better afterward. Take the list from the internet, mark each restaurant you visit and take the next six months to try every restaurant on the Boulevard. Also, just for fun, don’t forget a little romance and that little sweet treat as you leave the Boulevard. And where do you find that sweet treat - of course. Remember to send us a note and tell us how you are doing. A Village like Larchmont is built on the community that surrounds it and involves us and all of our local residents. Come to Larchmont as we appreciate and feel both blessed and grateful to see so many local and other visitors. The Larchmont Boulevard Association is interested in your comments and thoughts – visit us at and send us an email and we will Adv. respond.

Save the Date for Our Next Board Meeting:

Many Windsor Square residents soon will receive mailings concerning the much-discussed issue of local STREET LIGHTING. As most residents know so very well, inadequate lighting in a number of places has sometimes attracted unsavory activities to the neighborhood and certainly makes evening walks to and from Larchmont less enjoyable.

Wednesday, March 14th 7:00 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles

Have a community project that needs financial support?

Through the leadership of Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his staff, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) is working with the Windsor Square Association (WSA) to see if there is a method by which we residents can solve this nagging problem.

The GWNC has limited funds available for local efforts with lasting impact within our area borders. Please contact for details on applications and deadlines.

The WSA Board, our WSA street lighting committee of neighborhood volunteers, and BSL officials believe that we now may have a means to allow us residents to elect to share the modest cost of making these valuable improvements. The WSA strongly supports making these improvements, as did nearly 80% of affected residents when petitions first were collected in the 2006-2009 period.

Redistricting Come hear the latest news and discussion about the new maps proposed by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The City’s official (non-binding) “Straw Poll” will allow affected residents to say whether we still are interested in moving forward. If so, final wiring and other designs can be completed, construction bids can be obtained, and we then will be given a second chance to officially vote to proceed or not.

The next GWNC Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Assembly Room of the Wilshire United Methodist Church

Those who wish to assist in this effort, or who have questions about it, are encouraged to contact our WSA Street Lighting Chairman, John Welborne, at 323-935-1914. The original proposed lighting map is online at in the “Safety & Security” section. The refined approach, not too different from the original proposal discussed within the community at length, will be described in the mailings.

HELP WANTED: Opportunities still available to represent the following great neighborhoods and Stakeholder groups in the GWNC area: Citrus Square Alternate We-Wil Director and Alternate Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews: Alternate Renter: Alternate

The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.


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City To Send Poll on Windsor Square Street Light Improvements




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6:20 a.m. A 1993 Toyota truck was sto(Continued from page 2) len from the 400 block of S. dow open to get in. Windsor Blvd. on Feb. 14 behome and then fled through PREVENTION TIP: Keep tween 9:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. the bedroom window. area well lit and lock all doors, BURGLARIES FROM VE Computer equipment was gates, garage and windows. HICLE: Computer equipment taken from a home on the 300 If you are leaving town, put and other property was taken block of S. Van Ness Ave. on lights and a radio on a timer, from a car parked near the Feb. 15 between 12:45 and 9 and ask friends to collect all corner of Beachwood Dr. and p.m. The suspect forced a win- newspapers. Install an alarm. Clinton St. on Feb. 10 between 2:15 and 4:05 p.m. Over 65 Years of Focusing on You. A cell phone and computer equipment were stolen from TITAN a car parked on the 100 block of S. Wilton Dr. between Feb. 10 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 7 a.m. Auto parts, clothing and tools were taken from a car parked on the 500 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on Feb. 14 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Money was stolen from a car parked near the corner of 8th ® St. and Wilton Pl. on Feb. 21 between 8 a.m. and noon. PREVENTION TIP: Se212 N. Larchmont • 323-462-5195 cure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in plain view. This includes purses, wallets, briefcases, laptop Start computers, cell phones, iPYOUR ods, CDs, cameras or shopping bags. Park your vehicle in areas where there is a high concentration of pedestrian for traffic. At night, park in well323-465-4652 lit areas. 323-465-4652 527 N. 527 N. WILSHIRE DIVISION Larchmont Blvd. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, BURGLARIES: Jewelry, Los Angeles, CA, 90004 money and other property was 323-465-4652 90004 Between taken from a home on the 100 323-465-4652 Between Melrose and block of S. McCadden Pl. on 527N.N.Larchmont Larchmont Melrose Beverlyand Blvd. 527 Blvd. Feb. 10 between 6:45 and 9:15 Beverly Blvd.Blvd.) Blvd. Melrose (Between & Beverly p.m. The suspect broke in by LaRchmOnt smashing in the rear door. New guests only. Offer not based on any enrollment. Not valid with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply. Valid only at participating locations through 3/4/12. © 2011 Curves International, Inc. Jewelry and money were Los Angeles, CA property was stolen from a 90004 residence on the 400 block of Hollywood Wilshire YMCA S. Sycamore Ave. on Feb. 10 at Between Melrose 9:30 p.m. The suspect jumped 2012 Annual Support Campaign and Beverly Blvd. the gate, smashed the rear glass door and ransacked the New guests only. Offer not based on any enrollment. Not valid with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply. Valid only at participating locations through 10/30/11. 2011 Curves International, Inc. home before taking property and fleeing. Property was taken from a home on the 200 block of S. McCadden Pl. between Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 7:30 a.m. The suspect broke in through the rear window. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2004 Chevy Trailblazer was stolen from the 100 block of S. Orange Dr. between Feb. 1 at Please make a gift and help support the 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. A 1992 Toyota pickup truck Youth and Social Service Programs at the was taken from the 600 block of S. Orange Dr. on Feb. 7 beHollywood Wilshire YMCA. tween 9:30 and 9:40 a.m. A 2007 Nissan Altima was stolen from the 100 block of S. You can impact those who Sycamore Ave. between Feb. 14 at 6 a.m. and Feb. 15 at 6 live in this community. p.m. A 2003 Mazda Tribute was taken from near the corner of For more information on how to volunteer or make a

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Rossmore Ave. and Rosewood Ave. on Feb. 14 at 9:55 p.m. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: Money and electronic equipment were taken from a car parked on the 600 block of Hudson Ave. on Feb. 2 at 1:10 a.m. Money was stolen from a car parked near the corner of 2nd St. and Mansfield Ave. between Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 6:30 a.m. A two-way radio was taken from a car parked near the corner of Rossmore Ave. and Clinton St. on Feb. 9 between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Computer equipment was stolen from a car parked near the corner of Sycamore Ave. and Melrose Ave. on Feb. 10 between 10 and 11:45 a.m. A GPS was taken from a car parked on the 100 block of S. Poinsettia Pl. on Feb. 16 between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Property was stolen from a car parked on the 100 block of N. June St. between Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.



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Q. I’m starting to notice I look a little jowly. Short of surgery, is there anything I can do?

A. Yes, and your timing is excellent with the introduction of the first skin rejuvenating device to use ultrasound technology to tighten and lift areas formerly only addressed through a facelift. The Ulthera System lifts brows and is also ideal for treating that lax skin you describe as jowly, as well as the dreaded “turkey waddle”, (otherwise known as loose skin under the chin.) Here’s how it works: ultrasound lets us see beneath the skin’s surface to precisely identify the tissue we need to target, then delivers a low amount of ultrasound energy to stimulate new collagen to form. Because the energy improves skin from the inside out, your skin’s surface isn’t disrupted. With one session, you will immediately see lifting, tightening and toning of your skin, with continued improvement over the following two to three months. As with many other skin treatments, the earlier the better, so for patients with more diminished tautness I may recommend an additional treatment. But since you’re just starting to notice that you’re loosing jawline definition, if we address it now, you can postpone surgery indefinitely. Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is a Board Certified Dermatologist located in Larchmont Village with a special focus on anti-aging technology. She is an injection training physician for the better known dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse and the new Evolence as well as a physician trainer for Botox. Dr. Fitzgerald is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA and an international Sculptra trainer for Dermik Laboratories. Visit online at Telephone (323) 464-8046 Adv.

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Superior Court judge to hear plea in Bungalow criminal case L.A. Superior Court Judge Paul Suzuki extended a plea hearing in the criminal charges against the Larchmont Bungalow to Feb. 28, after the Chronicle went to press. At a hearing Feb. 10, the Bungalow’s new defense attorney Mitchell Egers asked for a longer continuation, but he was denied. “The defendant is to plea or go to pretrial at the next court date,” a court spokesman said. If the plaintiffs plead not guilty, a pretrial will be set for within 20 days. If they plead guilty, the settlement can be reached following a pending civil case, said city deputy attorney Serena Christion. In the civil case, L.A.

Superior Court Judge Soussan Bruguera recently denied Larchmont Bungalow’s petition for a writ of mandate. The decision left the local eatery to continue operating without a certificate of occupancy, said Kim Westoff, deputy city attorney in the civil case. The judge ruled Bungalow owner Albert Mizrahi violated a covenant he signed, promising he would not have dining tables and chairs at the licensed take out. He violated his promise after opening Sept. 2009 with several tables and chairs at the Bungalow, 107 N. Larchmont. Sit-down restaurants are limited on Larchmont per city zoning.

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Redistricting Commission put all of Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council communities in District Five. The new map, reconfigured after six public hearings, takes the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s areas and places them back in Council District Four. The only change is that the area not in the district is OWEN SMITH, Greater Wilshire presiwest of Highland Ave. dent, testified before the Redistricting from Willoughby Ave. Commission. to Fourth St. Representatives of the She is pleased her area is GWNC who voiced their con- together with the other Greatcerns at several commission er Wilshire Neighborhood hearings were pleased their Council areas. “It gives us a more effective voice. We have efforts paid off. Robbie O’Donnell, GWNC similar interests and similar board alternate, and past pres- problems,” she said. It’s been ident of Wilshire Park Assoc., several decades since Fremont said Wilshire Park is delighted Place was in Council District to be back in Council District Four, she added. Four. “We had been in the dis- Windsor Village also was trict until 10 years ago when moved from District 10 to we were moved into Council District 10.” She said Herb Wesson, District 10 councilman, was very helpful in getting the area’s historical zoning. “But now we are together with other Greater Wilshire Community Council areas that insures that we can have a united voice.” Patty Lombard, president of the Fremont Place Association, echoed O’Donnell’s sentiment.


Storm drain repair on Hudson, Sixth St. is underway Repair work at the northeast corner of Hudson Ave. and Sixth St. is designed to minimize flooding. Fourth District Councilman Tom LaBonge said dangerous flooding has been occurring after every heavy rainstorm at this intersection. He is working with the Bureau of Sanitation and the Bureau of Street Services to repair an old storm drain that had been vandalized.  The repair work will help the water flow freely into the storm drain and off the street.  Also fixed was a damaged sidewalk next to the storm drain.  LaBonge asks that flooding and other street-level problems be reported to 3-l-1. Four. The newly redrawn districts need to be approved by City Council members by July 1st for the 2013 municipal elections.

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Garden tour proceeds will fund green fire stations, median Landscape architect Mia Lehrer and Lynn MacEwen Cohen, president of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition and First-in Fire Foundation, will be honored for their community service at a reception at the Getty House as part of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society’s Garden Party and Tour. The seventh annual event, on Earth Day, Sun., April 22 from noon to 6 p.m., offers an opportunity to see six private estate gardens of varying styles. Proceeds will go towards

greening and landscaping local fire stations #61 and #52, as well as the median on 6th St. and Norton Ave. Proceeds from the 2011 Garden Party funded a greening project at John Burroughs Middle School. A highlight of the tour is the historic Ronnie Allumbaugh Gardens at Getty House, the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles. They include the sunken “Blue” Garden and the Rose Garden, which were restored in 2010 and are rarely available for viewing by the public.

A reception following the tour includes a light supper and silent auction, as well as a lecture by ecological landscape designer and arborist Darren Butler. Tickets can be purchased by mail for $65 at WSHPHS Garden Tour, 137 N. Larch- A HIGHLIGHT of the tour is the historic Ronnie mont Blvd., House, the official residence of the mayor. #135, 90004. Online tickets are $70; visit For more information call 213-2438182. Book discussion, movies, play reading and concerts are under the aegis of Wintershaw Enterprises to provide a new era of entertainment for Park Look for green and white La Brea residents. balloons to mark the three- English-born Sir Richard day Sidewalk Sale Fri., March Winter-Stanbridge, a resident in the apartment complex for 9 though Sun., March 11. Bargains is the byword for the past 16 years, has been the semi-annual sale that named by Park La Brea mangives merchants an opportu- agement to create new activinity to offer great merchan- ties and events. Winter-Stanbridge is introdise at low low prices. The balloons will be dis- ducing “Super Saturdays” to played outside the stores of appeal to residents of all ages. Larchmont Boulevard Associ- Programs will include a gouration (LBA) members who are participating in the sale. For a complete list of LBA members go to

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The annual Spring Boutique on Sat., March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Anne’s Foundation Room, 155 N. Occidental Blvd., will support services such as parenting preparation and programs for at-risk young women. Guests will choose from Easter and spring decorations, fashion accessories, gift baskets, floral arrangements and jewelry. The event is free, but a lunch is also available at $25 each. To reserve, call 323-935-6955 or online at

siding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will attend. Music will be provided by the choir of St. James’ with an instrumental ensemble of brass, organ and percussion, and Children’s

Young Literati at Central Library Six-time NBA World Champion John Salley, actor Colin Hanks, design maven Sonja Rasula and author Mark Z. Danielewski will take part in a conversation with host Justin Veach at a Young Literati event at the Central Library. The talk takes place on Sat., March 10 beginning at 7 p.m. in the library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St. Afterwards are performances by musical guests The Dead Ships, dublab dj's and Brett Garkas. Members of the Library Foundation's Young Literati, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, aim to raise awareness and support for the library. Go to


Choir. A reception will immediately follow the service, provided by St. James’ Parish and School. Becoming a great metropolitan parish was probably not foremost in the mind of Rev. Noel Porter when he became the first rector of St. James’ Church in 1911. With a monthly parish income of $12 and a total of 16 parishioners, Rev. Porter looked upon mere survival of the church (then located at Ardmore Ave. and Pico Blvd.) as his most pressing concern. By 1915 the parish had grown to 250 members and in 1916 St. James’ found new and larger quarters at the corner of Western Ave. and Monette St. By 1920, St. James’ ministry had outgrown its space and the current site at Wilshire Blvd. and St. Andrews Place was purchased. The present church building was completed in 1926. Kowalewski, who has been rector since the fall of 2005,

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DWP rate hike will fund upgrades to drinking water customers for water. This and quality of our drinking increase will mean a $1.71 water in Los Angeles for many increase on the average DWP years to come. Now, this is just the first bill. of a series Ron Nichols, genof rateeral manager of hikes the LADWP, has testi- Councilman LADWP fied before the City Report is seeking Council that the by over the increase is needed Tom LaBonge next few to fund nearly $600 years. But million in upgrades the city of to drinking-water Los Angereservoirs to bring them into compliance with les has appointed a Ratepayer the federal guidelines. Nichols Advocate to balance the needs said that being out-of-com- of the utility with those of pliance could cost taxpayers its customers, and assist the as much as a $25,000 fine per City Council in understanding the trade-offs between the rate day. The way I see it, the Water proposals and the associated Quality Improvement Adjust- utility investments, operations ment Factor allows the DWP and the DWP services offered to complete some much-need- to the public. ed infrastructure improveHollywood Plan ments to our water system, The Los Angeles City which will ensure the safety Planning Commission has

You may have heard that the Los Angeles City Council recently approved what amounts to a water rate-hike on your Dept. of Water and Power bill. Officially, the three percent increase for residential and business customers is an adjustment to the city’s water-rate ordinance. I supported this action because it ensures that LADWP will have sufficient revenues to complete upcoming projects, such as reservoir replacement projects. Newly enacted Environmental Protection Agency guidelines require the DWP to cover its reservoirs or stop using them for drinking water. The rate modifications include a 35-cent increase to what’s known as the Water Quality Improvement Adjustment Factor, which is a component of the rate LADWP charges

approved the Hollywood Community Plan—basically new zoning guidelines for the historic area, which will make it easier for developers to build taller buildings in many parts of Hollywood. I am concerned that such development be done right. Hollywood has made an admirable turnaround. And, as it celebrated its 125th birthday recently, it was clear that Hollywood has turned a corner to become a place where visitors want to come … and stay. But I don’t want to see Hollywood, as the new Community Plan envisions it, turn its back on the historic and unique neighborhoods that surround it. The Hollywood Community Plan, which was last updated in 1988, is one parcel of the city of Los Angeles’ all-encompassing General Plan and is the first of several neighborhoodspecific plans that the city will

consider during the coming year. Public hearings will be held on the plan in City Council.

Bass honored for work in preventing substance abuse Congresswoman Karen Bass has received the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American National Leadership Award for promoting legislation and enhancing the federal role in substance abuse prevention, education, treatment and research. In 1990, Rep. Bass began to advocate for drug prevention in response to the crackcocaine and gang violence. Bass started and ran the Community Coalition, an organization in South Los Angeles that empowers residents to become involved in making a difference.

Garage-a-Rama at Larchmont Charter You will find bargains from the closets and cupboards of 300 families at Larchmont Charter School’s rummage sale on Sat., March 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 815 N. El Centro Ave. The ninth annual Garage-A-Rama fundraiser will be selling electronics, sporting goods, clothing, housewares and children’s items to fund the school’s educational programs. Laurie Kaufman, chairman, said the event raised more than $8,000 last year and she is hoping to top that amount. Assisting her are Shirley Ming, co-chair and Mark Arevalo.

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Candidate forums focus on design, architecture Candidates for the 2013 election for city mayor will be scored on their responses to questions on sustainable architecture, urban design and city planning at forums to continue this month on three Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ron Deaton Civic Auditorium at the LAPD Headquarters Building downtown.


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Website celebrates duo’s love of Larchmont By Suzan Filipek Julie Grist and Mary Hawley wanted to celebrate “a very special part of the world” online. The result is an up-to-the minute go-to place for the neighborhood: And we do mean up to the minute. “The beauty of the BUZZ is it’s immediate,” says cofounder Julie, a longtime Windsor Village resident. The red-haired duo are joined by a growing group of contributors, mostly area residents. They mix original material with other sources and compliment stories with pictures and links to more indepth coverage. Articles include the First Lady’s recent visit to Fremont Place, explaining the maze that is the City Council Redistricting process and a crime spree in the Fairfax District. There are profiles of local people and open house listings from area Realtors. Launched in September, the pair share title of reporter and editor-in-chief and draw on Julie’s graphic design, pho-

Moderators are city Plan- forum; Wendy Greuel is slated ning Commission president for March 9 and Eric Garcetti Bill Roschen, FAIA and Los will talk on March 16. Angeles Times architecture Sponsored by Matt ConLarchmont Chronicles critic Christopher Friday, Hawthorne. the events are free Marchstruction, 02, 2012 Mayoral candidate Kevin with advance registration. VisJames will be at the March 2 it

tography and publishing background and Mary’s marketing and networking skills. They dreamed up the playful yellow-and-black logo for the site… inspired by the honey bee, hard-working but “better as a whole,” says Julie. It covers Western Ave. to The Grove and beyond—when other areas impact the neighborhood. Grist attended a fundraiser for Hope-Net food pantries the night before at the Larchmont Grill. “It was packed,” she said, with some level of satisfaction feeling the BUZZ upto-the minute tweets helped get the word out. Facebook and other social networks are accessed on the site and stories are posted twice daily, with a tally of 400 and counting so far. Neighbors, churches, schools and residents are encouraged to list events and participate in discussions in a community board, says Mary. While their friendship dates back to when their children were in preschool, their first venture was a music site that took the pair to the Coachella Music Festival and paved the

Electric cars and other gas-powered alternatives will be featured at Park La Brea’s third annual Earth Day celebration on Sat., April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Park La Brea Clean & Green Committee, the event will include a hazardous and electronic waste roundup. Participants include Whole Foods Market, Sierra Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Korean Cultural Center, Debbi Doodles Kids Arts & Crafts Club, the Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck, Backwards Beekeepers and the Park La Brea Community Gardeners. For more information, email Betsy Hunter, Clean & Green Committee, way for the BUZZ. Overall, adds Mary, who moved to Windsor Square 24 years ago, “It truly is a labor of love.”




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So what happened? In 2008, the Bureau of Street Services reported that the City needed to invest $285 million a year for the next 10 years to eliminate the maintenance backlog and restore our streets to a respectable level. But the The City failed Squeaky to make the necessary inWheel vestment in by our streets, Jack a l l o c a t i n g Humphreville only $50 million a year to our rapidly deteriorating roadways. Instead, the money that was needed to maintain our roads was diverted to help fund over a $1 billion, 25 percent increase in annual personnel costs (salaries and very generous medical and pension benefits) since the beginning of the Villaraigosa era, once again demonstrating the power of the campaign funding municipal unions. Unfortunately, the mayor has not developed a solution for lunar–cratered streets.  Rather, he has proposed a hare–brained scheme called “LA Road Works” where the city would borrow $800 million over the next two years to fix about 1,500 miles of our streets, or about 35 percent of our roads that are in poor condition. These borrowings would be secured by about $1.4 billion of Measure R sales tax revenues, the amount that is needed to repay the debt and pay over $600 million in interest. But these Measure R revenues generated by the half– cent increase in our sales tax were intended to finance large–scale transportation projects, not the city’s every– day operating expenses.  We cannot expect a significant improvement in our roads since the mayor and the highly compensated Board of Public Works have not even developed a long–term plan.  Nor do they have any intention of funding any plan despite the implications of “Pay Now, or Pay Much More Later.”

Rather, more roads will reach the “failed” status where “the rehabilitation cost increases by five to seven times.” Once again, our Elected Elite is sticking it to the next generation of Angelenos, just like they have done with the unfunded pension liability of almost $10 billion for the city’s two pension plans. We need a truly independent Financial Control Board to oversee the city’s precarious finances to make sure it remains solvent and lives within its means by balancing the budget based on generally accepted accounting principles, by repairing and properly funding the city’s two pension plans. Jack Humphreville is the Windsor Square representative on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. He is chair of the DWP Advocacy Committee and writes LA Watchdog for City Watch.

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In an effort to create awareness for autism, Bikram Yoga Silverlake founder and local resident Nicole Gogolak began a Saturday yoga class with a charity donation component to help support families living with autism. In less than two years, and with the help of her yoga students, she raised $45,000 for Irvine-based TACA, a national non-profit organization that provides support and resources to more than 28,000 families in the United States.  On Feb. 13, at Bikram Yoga Silverlake, Gogolak presented a $45,000 check to Lisa Ackerman, founder of TACA.  “Over the years, I have witnessed several families struggle with autism,” said Gogolak.  “I am honored to be able to help TACA raise money for these families.  Any business can make a difference for families living with autism.” The studio is at 3223 Glendale Blvd.

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Leo Lomax, hero of the book, “Sound Bender” has paranormal hearing ability. His creators, author Lin Oliver and her son Theo Baker, have paranormal writing abilities. The mother-son duo began writing the book while Theo was still working in New York City as a music producer. Lin has written more than 25 books for children. She is the author of the “Who Shrunk Daniel Funk” series, and is co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the bestselling “Hank Zipzer” series. She is also a producer of movies and television series. Oliver also is cofounder and executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, headquartered on Beverly Blvd. Theo Baker was raised in Hancock Park with his two brothers Oliver and Cole Baker. He attended Harvard-Westlake, UC Santa Barbara and the New School. His interest in all aspects of science was fueled by a rocketry class he took as an elective while a student at Center for Early Education. "Sound Bender" is a fun story about a boy who has incredible hearing. Leo learns to use this gift as he also learns about life and how even a 12-year-old boy can make a difference. The writing team will be signing "Sound Bender" at Chevaliers on Sat., April 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open 7 days a week, 10am-9pm


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Dodger’s Caravan brings cheer to Frances Blend students According to principal Nancy Cohen, it was a toss-up as to who was more excited—the students or the staff—when current and former L.A. Dodgers players paid a visit to Frances Blend School for the Blind last month. The stop was just one of many on the ninth annual

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with the Dodgers’ logo, which they signed for staffers. First baseman James Loney played outside, descending side by side down a slide with a young student. Pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who recently signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the team,

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are notorious for not stopping at stop signs (I’ve even seen cops roll through the stop sign at Clinton and Larchmont), jaywalking, and not using turn signals, and cyclists for not wearing helmets or having lights on their bikes. Refresher courses on traffic courtesy and keeping these rules would help. Yes, it means motorists need to look out for bikes on the road. Bicyclists also need to know the proper etiquette for both riding on the sidewalk with pedestrians and driving on the street with motorists. The world has changed, and we need to change with it, or get stuck with an ugly case of gridlock. That’s so last century. Rachel Olivier Larchmont Blvd.

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By Laura Eversz The Los Angeles Drama Club began in 2004 when two local moms, who were also professional actors, gathered a handful of neighborhood kids in the garden of a Brookside home to learn about the world of Shakespeare. Today, the club hosts programs for more than 100 youngsters in the community. Three programs, run by artistic director Blaire Baron Larsen and executive director Julia Walker Wyson, constitute the core. Shakespeare Youth Festival LA The Shakespeare Youth Festival LA is the Club’s repertory season. Each year in the spring, the Club presents three plays with four performances each. Ticket prices are kept low so that the Festival is accessible to as many people as possible. The performances are held at the Lost Studio at 130 S. LaBrea Ave. “The kids perform fully mounted Shakespeare productions in a theatre, not a church basement or a stark auditorium,” said Larsen. Community outreach Currently being developed is Shakespeare in the City, which offers free and low-cost classes and workshops. The Club has formed a troupe in the West Adams/Mid City area that involves children ages seven to 14 in all aspects of acting, theater and Shakespeare, culminating in periodic performances in the community. “We started with eight kids; we now have 26 with a wait list of eight,” said Larsen. Traveling ensemble The Willful Minors, a traveling ensemble, brings the Bard to schools, local events, senior care facilities and hospitals. The Minors have performed at the Jefferson Park Public Library, a senior center and the Wilshire Ebell Theater. “We don’t discriminate,” laughed Larsen. “We go to fancy places too. “It’s great, and something we can do at the drop of a hat. The kids have a gallery of monologues, so they can just do it,” she said. “Our plays are controlled, but these aren’t,” added Wyson. “So it’s a wonderful experience for them because they don’t know what to expect.”


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Artist makes world a prettier place one scarf at a time By Laura Eversz Lizzie Taylor has always been an artist. But it was while volunteering as a teacher at the Braille Institute that she really took to fiber arts. That, and inspiration from a makeup spill on a favorite shirt, led Taylor, Windsor Village, to begin hand-painting art on garments. “I love working with fabric, and I like cre-

ating pretty things.” Further inspiration came from her partially-sighted and blind Braille students. “In helping them bring their art to life, I began developing different sorts of techniques working with silks. From there, I decided I wanted to do this and make it into a business,” said the former corporate marketing and public

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Mid Wilshire Club supports moms, seeks members The MOMS Club of MidWilshire, a local chapter of the International MOMS Club, offers support for area mothers. The group meets the third Friday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Fairfax Library at 161 S. Gardner St. While many members are stay-at-home moms, many also run home-based businesses or work outside the home. “Being a member offers a great opportunity to meet other mothers in the area and develop valuable relationships that support, encourage and enrich our roles as mothers,” said Puneet Singh Gupta, Club president. In addition to the monthly club social and new member open house, activities include age-based playgroups, moms’ night out, field trips and family picnics. Members also bring meals to new moms and take part in community service projects to benefit Alexandria House, School on Wheels, Beyond Shelter and others. Membership is $30 per year. For more information, go to or contact

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are honorees at Cathedral Chapel fundraiser Couple exchange vows in Trio The eighth annual Cathe- for their extraordinary service and eighth grade, and coaches a Hindu ceremony in India dral Chapel School golf tour- to the school, parish and com- the decathlon team. Mother

OBITUARY Barbara Stephens, longtime resident Barbara McNeil Stephens died at age 97 at her home in Hancock Park. Born in 1914, she was one of identical twins born to Dr. Harvey Gordon McNeil and Mary Warren Jenks McNeil of Los Angeles. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1951. Barbara is a graduate of UCLA. She was a member of Lawyers Wives and The Ebell of Los Angeles. She lost her twin, Virginia McNeil Wilson, in 1987and her brother, Dr. Robert Jenks McNeil, in 2004. Her husband, Albert Lee Stephens, Jr., passed away in 2001.  Barbara is survived by her two daughters, Virginia S. Newton and Marylee S. Thomason; five grandchildren, Dawn Newton, Sterling B. Newton, Fletcher H. Thomason, Gregory S. Thomason and Michael M. Thomason; and two great-granddaughters, Janus C. Von Bose and Genevieve E. Thomason.      The Forest Lawn Glendale interment was private. Donations can be made in her name to Guide Dogs of America online or at 13445 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342.

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Tzedakah boxes to inspire charity Tzedakah, a Hebrew word meaning an act of charity, are the name of the gift boxes available to the community from Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries of Los Angeles. The boxes are similar to piggy banks to encourage saving for donations to a charity. Mount Sinai is also encouraging donations in honor or in memory of a loved one, said general manager Len Lawrence. To receive the free box, call 800-600-0076, or visit www.

nament and Hall of Fame dinner will raise funds for the school at 755 S. Cochran Ave. on Wed., March 21. Hall of Fame honorees nominated by the community and voted by the school board

munity are Sharon DeBriere, Barbara Moldavon and Mother Mary Pia. DeBriere is a longtime parishioner and school board member. Vice principal Moldavon teaches language arts

Mary Pia, who graduated from the school in 1946, was prioress for two terms. Tee-off is at noon at the Brookside Golf Club, followed by a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner a 6:30 p.m. RSVP 323-938-9976.

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Emma Trivani Joshi and John Matthew Herman were married in January at a ceremony at Bal Samand Palace in Jodhpur India. Festivities lasted three days and included a Hindu ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dinesh Joshi and Candace Wahlen of Muirfield Rd. A graduate of the UC Santa Barbara with a degree in geography, she and her parents own the Heritage Trading TRADITIONAL dress was worn at the Indian Co., an importer wedding by Emma Joshi and John Herman. of Indian textiles. The bridegroom is the son The couple were previously of Richard Herman, Wilton married July 17 at the AdamDr. A Woodbury University, son House in Malibu. The San Diego graduate, he is Honorable Joanne O’Donnell studying for a degree in archi- conducted the ceremony. A tecture. Puerto Rico honeymoon fol Area guests at the India lowed. wedding were: Michael and The couple reside in San Lynn Russell, Mary Nichols Diego. and John Daum and their daughter Margaret Daum, Kathleen Mulligan and Laurie Senior scholars Brown.


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JoBeth Williams excels in ‘The Fall to Earth’ dramedy at Odyssey The Fall to Earth by Joel Drake Johnson centers on Fay Schorsch (JoBeth Williams) and her daughter Rachel Browney (Deborah Puett). As the play opens they have arrived in a nondescript motel room in a small American city. At first, we’re not sure what the trip is about, but there is obvious tension between them. By the time we learn that they’ve come to identify the body of their son/brother Kenny, Fay has started to spiral downward. This is a tourde-force performance by Ms. Williams as she suffers blow after psychic blow all the time

uttering “I can take it.” Police officer Terry Reed (Ann Noble) tries to ease their pain but is soon pulled into the manic action. Director Robin Larsen has Theater melded the Review complex by beats of the Patricia play while Foster Rye mining the laughs in this dramedy. This play is worth seeing for Ms. Williams' performance, an actor at the top of her game. Through April 1, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 Sepulveda Blvd.

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De Bergerac” in repertory in Buffalo, New York with five actors. That premise alone is rife for a screwball comedy. The couple learns that Frank Capra is coming to see their matinee and if he likes their performance he might cast them in his remake of “The Scarlett Pimpernel.” Of course, everything that could go wrong, does. Add Ethel, (Norma Cambell) a stage mother from hell, Rosalind (Katie Costick) a reluctant performing daughter, plus assorted other characters and this farce is off and running. Director Bjorn Johnson is a master at keeping the comic pace on target. Through March 10, Open Fist Theater, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. For tickets: www. 4 Stars *** The Cost of the Erection by Jan Marans takes place in a new, very expensive, condo with a panoramic view of the New York skyline including the Statue of Liberty. Its excellent scenic and lighting design in a limited space is by Cameron Zetty. Owner Susu (Robin Riker) has decided not to entrust the interior design to architect husband Mark (Michael E Knight). Instead, she sets up a competition between Mark and a new, younger architect Rod (James Louis Wagner). As the play opens, Rod and wife Brenda (Kal Bennett) have come to view the space. These architects seem to double as interior decorators because in addition to planning interior walls/curtains they’re into color and furniture choices as well. There are Roshomon elements as we eavesdrop on each couple’s conversations separately. Past relationships and tragedies come to light as this one-act progresses. A scene between Susu and Brenda towards the end of the play

seems like a last minute addition to clear up the missing motivations and plot points. Director Daniel Henning has managed these story lines and relationships with his usual deftness. Through March 18, The 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-661-9827. 3 Stars *** Mine by Bekah Brunstetter is a universal coming of age (around 30ish) story. Annie (Kieren Van Den Blink) is a struggling poet with writer’s block. She’s loved by Doug (Adam Harrington), an uptight businessman. She’s also attracted to Sam (Sam Daly), the singer-songwriter who represents passion and the free life. It’s really a play with music as Sam entertains us with quite a few guitar solos. Ms. Brunstetter has a wonderful ear for dialogue, but the play suffers from a lack of direction. There are some excellent unaccredited projections. Through March 11, Elephant Lab Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-9602 Stars 7788.

Geneva ballet to perform in April Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève is performing the Northern American premieres of “Les Sylphides” and “Spectre de la Rose” on Fri., April 13 through Sun., April 15 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The performance is part of the 2011-2012 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. For information call 213-972-0711.

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Nine O'Clock Players Theatre presents ‘Oz’ through March 25 Follow the adventures of Dorothy and her newfound friends as they travel the Yellow Brick Road to seek the powerful wizard in the Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children’s presentation of “Oz.” In the end, Dorothy learns the power of friendship and love, and finds there’s no place like home. The production, based on a story by Frank Baum, opens the Assistance League of Southern California’s 83rd season. The play is directed by Todd Nielson with musical direction by Bill Francoeur. Plays are performed for nearly 13,000 children annually, a third of whom are disadvantaged physically or economically. Nine O’Clock Play-

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also staged for groups of L.A.-area school children at a reduced price. On weekends, the public can enjoy the production for $12 per ticket. Plays are staged in the 329seat Walter Lantz Theatre, designed by architect Stiles O. Clements in a style reminis-

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Wearable art at A+D fundraiser March 10 A helmet from the year 2050—“when we can no longer simply venture outside the way our ancestors once took for granted”—is among fashions at Architecture+Design Museum’s fundraiser “Celebrate the Wearable.” Clothing, hats, shoes and more by designer Trina Turk, artist John Baldessari and chef Wolfgang Puck among others will be featured at the event Sat., March 10 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd. Live models will wear the donated pieces, to be auctioned that evening (available in advance online at “Buy It Now”).

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power of music.” The cornerstone of the program is the “Liebeslieder Walzer” by Johannes Brahms, a series of songs setting the poetry of German philosopher Georg Friedrich Daumer to music. Tickets are $20 and will be available online or at the door. Seniors and students can purchase tickets for $15. For additional information, visit www. or call 323-960-4349.

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'Love' highlights Chorale concert The Hollywood Master Chorale presents “Loves Me, Loves Me Not” Sun., March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Hollywood Lutheran Church, 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave. The program will feature works by composers ranging from Brahms to Billy Joel. Lauren Buckley, music director of the Hollywood Master Chorale, said “the music on this program marries the intimacy of poetry and the

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Celebrate the arrival of spring and the Persian New Year, Nowruz, with traditional musicians and dancers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the L.A. County Museum of Art on Sun., March 18. A traditional table display known as “Haft Sîn” and a story reading and calligraphy program for youth will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Short films will be screened in the Brown Auditorium from 1 to 5 p.m. A world-premiere performance, “Celebration,” by Hamid Saeidi is from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; seating is limited. A live musical performance by pop artist KamyR, followed by a D.J. will be at the BP Grand Entrance from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Art of the Middle East Contemporary and Farhang Foundation, all events are free.

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“The Artist” this month holds the first ever “Made in Hollywood Award.” Local locations for the film include the Orpheum Theater, the American Film Institute, Cicada Restaurant, the Bradbury Building, the Ebell, Fremont Place and the Paramount and Warner Brothers back-lots. “We want to recognize and honor productions that are made right here in the cradle of the movie business … Hollywood,” Councilman Tom LaBonge said while handing out the award Jan. 31 at Red Studios soundstage, where the film’s final dance number was shot. “Every movie shot here in Los Angeles brings jobs and revenue to our city, utilizing the best film professionals in the world—from the grips to the caterers, actors to postproduction houses,” he added. At the awards event were the film’s director Michel Hazanavicius, actors Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann Miller, Beth Grant and Uggie the Dog, as well as executive producers


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Concert at Zipper Learn foxtrot to on St. Pat’s Day salsa at the Ebell From Shakespeare to Shamrocks, a concert performance by the women’s choral ensemble Vox Femina is at the Zipper Concert Hall this month. It will be in the Colburn School of Music, 200 S. Grand Ave., on St. Patrick’s Day, Sat., March 17 at 8 p.m. The concert will unite classic Shakespeare sonnets with authentic Irish music sung in Gaelic. Advance tickets are $25-$30; $35 at the door. For more information, go to www.

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Suspense rules in 'House,' 'Contraband'; Kinnear’s sleazebag sparkles Safe House (9/10): Denzell Washington and Ryan Reynolds give wonderful performances, ably backed up by a good cast that includes Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson. Equally compelling is the cinematography (Oliver Wood, who also shot the Matt Damon “Jason Bourne” films, which used similar technique), although the plethora of shots using cinéma vérité techniques highlighted by hand-held cameras and cuts so quick they might make one dizzy, could be bothersome to some viewers. The amplified sound and splendid music (Ramin Djawadi), add immeasurably to the high tension that pervades throughout. Thin Ice (9/10): Greg Kinnear sparkles as a sleazebag, devious insurance salesman, aided by captivating performances by Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup, whose erratic, tumultuous outbursts are rollicking good fun. This is a fine, entertaining black comedy that is so well directed and written (with sister Karen) by Jill Sprecher that one never anticipates what is going to happen next, except that it’s probably not going to turn out

too well for Kinnear. Contraband (9/10): Set in New Orleans, Panama, and on a container ship, whose captain (JK Simmons) is less than friendly towards Mark Wahlberg, who is a reformed drug runner forced into a shady deal to help his brother-in-law. The cinematography (Barry Ackroyd) and music (Clinton Shorter) are both first rate. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur with pace and tension that never lets up from the opening scene, Wahlberg gives a scintillating performance, and it’s matched by Tim Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kate Beckinsale. If films are mainly meant as entertainment, this easily fills the bill. Seeking Justice (9/10): This terrific chase film has everything a good thriller needs, a talented director (Roger Donaldson), actors giving fine performances (Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones), and an inventive script (Robert Tannen) that doesn’t contain plot holes that make you say, “What?” Opens March 9. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island IMAX 3D (8/10): Shot in the best 3D I’ve seen since

the first of the series, this is delightful entertainment for children and adults alike. Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine give charming performancAt the es, but the Movies one who with impressed Tony me the most Medley was Vanessa Hudgens, who wears a tight, scoop-necked T-shirt and short shorts throughout the film. She was definitely built for 3D. But that’s not to depreciate the beautiful colors that are almost constantly onscreen. Johnson, who has

Tribute to Kelley at Contemporary The Museum of Contemporary Art presents A Tribute to Mike Kelley, an exhibition dedicated to his work and legacy through Mon., April 2 at 250 S. Grand Ave. Since the late 1970s, Kelley has had a far-reaching influence on the Los Angeles art community, whether through his groundbreaking performances, installations, sculptures and works on paper; his critical writings; or his commitment to artists, as a peer and a teacher.

branched out from his normal action roles occasionally, seems more and more comfortable in a light comedy like this. He even plays the ukulele and sings. Unfortunately, when he got rid of his nickname, The Rock, he discarded what had become his trademark move, raising his one eyebrow. I miss that. Act of Valor (4/10): The most noteworthy aspect of this disappointing film (which has been criticized for being inappropriate publicity for what is a relatively clandestine military group) is that all the action scenes, which comprise more than 75 percent of the movie, were shot with 15 handheld DSLR Canon 5D cameras. Exacerbating the less than thin story (which avoids apparently silly things like plot and planning), the acting by real Navy Seals detracts from the film. The reason actors like Bruce Willis (who played a Navy Seal in 2003’s “Tears of the Sun”) get the big bucks is that they can make one believe they are what they portray. This Means War (1/10): Lowlighted by poor casting (Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon), a humor-

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Western Kimono designs at Pacific Asia Museum An exhibit of 20th century kimonos will open at the Pacific Asia Museum beginning Thurs., March 29 through March 10, 2013 in the Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art. The museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave. in Pasadena. Early in the 20th century, imported Western artistic trends, among them Art Deco and Jazz styles, brought new dimensions to traditional Japanese design and fashion. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for museum members and children under 12. Admission is free every fourth Friday of the month. For more information visit or call 626-449-2742. 

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Twenty was a magic number on Feb. 11 as hordes from our hood headed downtown to celebrate the opening of the annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition. Some 400 guests, costume designers, fashionisAround tas and movie lovers took the the first look Town at 20 collecwith tions from the Patty Hill 2011 motion pictures lovingly displayed at the Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising Museum. Directly outside the Museum was a soaring tent furnished in white carpet and Louis quatorze white leather and gold leaf furniture accented with white and blue floral arrays.Guests drank martinis and nibbled from five choices of cuisine. “Isn’t this wild? In the movie it’s grey! Who would have guessed that to achieve that effect in black and white, a bright orange fabric was used?” said noted fashion designer Nick Verreos, admiring the costumes from the Academy Award-nominated film, ‘The Artist.” He moved on to congratulate Oscar-nominated designer Arianne Phillips for her work for the film “W.E.” about Edward VIII and his lifelong love of Wallace Simpson. Other guests taking in the collections were KUSC’s Shelia Tepper, Susie Goodman, Allison Leach, Mathew Hancock, Robert Nelson, Marlene Stewart, curators Kristina Johnson and Kevin Jones, FIDM’s Shirley Wilson and museum director Barbara Bundy. The exhibit is open to the public and free through April 28.

*** And speaking of things de rigueur… Up the hill from FIDM at the California Club that evening the magic number changed to 15 as 300 supporters of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra celebrated the 15th (crystal) anniversary of the O r c h e s t r a ’s director Jeffrey Kahane with a Crystal Ball. Concertmaster Margaret Batjer was given carte blanche by gala chair and president– elect Joyce Fienberg to create a concert-program that dazzled the attendees. Works ranged from Mozart, Gershwin and Bach, and ended with Grammy Award-winning mandolin player Chris Thile joining the orchestra for Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major. Under pianist and conductor Kahane’s baton, “LACO” has become one of the world’s top musical ensembles. Guests moved on to the main reception room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and to bid on a live auction including tickets to 55th annual Grammy Awards, a ride on the Goodyear blimp, and a dinner for eight at the Hancock Park home of The Consul General of Belgium. A sumptuous dinner followed and dancing to Mora’s Modern Rhythmists. Enjoying Mikado salad and herb crusted filet mignon were: Belgian Consul General Geert Criel and his wife Elizabetta Ciardullo Criel, Janet Ciriello, Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, Andrea and (Please turn to page 21)

“Tea & Empathy,” a group of women dedicated to making a difference “one tea at a time,” spotlights The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at a gathering on Sun., March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Michele Richards, development director at Alexandria House, and Judy Vaughan, founder and executive director, will host the event at Richards’ home at 245 S. Van Ness Ave. Kay Buck, executive director of CAST, will speak. Suggested donation is $25 and a plate of sweet or savory treats. Proceeds benefit CAST ( RSVP by Thurs., March 8 to For more information about Tea & Empathy, go to www.

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Joe Laguni, Carol Eliel and Tom Muller, Ruth Eliel and Bill Cooney, Martha Kahane, Peekie Schaefer and husband Rudy, and gala chair Joyce Fienberg’s husband Mal. Proceeds will fund LACO’s community outreach programs for children and their families. *** The Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera invited members of their auxiliary to dine with Placido Domingo and James Conlon for the 14th annual Placido Domingo Awards Dinner held in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall following a stunning matinee performance of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” on Feb. 19. The award was established to honor distinguished Hispanic opera artists and others who have contributed to the success of the auxiliary. “Los Angeles’s Opera’s production of “Il Postino” has been performed in Vienna, Paris, Houston and Mexico City, and we are so proud to support the Spanish language operas and educational outreach to our community,” said the excited event chair and HLAO founder Alicia Clark. Among the 300 guests taking in the music of Laszlo Cser and digging into platters of Joachim Splichal’s beef bourguignon were Consul Gen-



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By Sophia Salmore 11th Grade Elective Affinities, Marlborough’s 38th annual Evening of Dance, performed original choreography and routines, was held in Caswell Hall. Professional dancer Kendra Andrews was this year’s guest choreographer. Andrews crafted a dance for 17 upper school students called “Dear Sarah," set to a recorded reading of a letter written by a Civil War soldier to his wife. According to Dance Dimensions advisor Mpambo Wina, “every single piece [in the show] is so different,” but the “affinities come together to make one.” Dancer Olivia Hasencamp said that the performance was rewarding because she was a “part of the outcome of such hard work.” Junior Julia Berg said she enjoyed watching the students showcase their talents. “It was nice to see the creativity of the student choreographers."

By Krista Gelev 10th Grade The arrival of spring on Immaculate Heart’s campus is evident in both the flowering verdure and the busy schedules of students. At the beginning of the month, many prepare for our annual service project in partnership with the organization Get on the Bus. This project directly involves students in the process of reuniting children with their incarcerated parents. Also, seniors enjoy a period of relaxation and bonding amid the busy college acceptance process in their four-day Kairos retreat. As for the rest of the student body, elections, spring athletics, and the production of the school’s performance, “Hairspray,” offer a consistent source of involvement. March culminates in the school’s annual Mother Daughter Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.


The girls’ student council held an exciting game of color war to build school unity and spirit. The three teams made cheers, songs and banners, and even transformed their classrooms. Next were the middle school boys’ and girls’ shabbatons, where they spent a weekend bonding with each other. These shabbatons consisted of continuous games and activities that everyone enjoyed. Lastly, the annual geography bee was held. After a series of eliminations, we finally found our winner! 

By Aliza Amsellem 8th Grade This past month at Yavneh Hebrew Academy was truly a month to make history. We had a special guest speaker from Israel, Miriam Peretz. She told us her life story and how two of her children and her husband passed away. She pressed upon us an important lesson: how to handle such tragedies.

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Catholic Schools Week was a great success. Prospective students and parents, escorted by our CCS Student Ambassadors, were impressed with our resources: student remotes, interactive white boards, projectors, iPad2’s, and, document cameras. One mother commented, “I didn’t know schools like this existed. I’ve never seen anything like it.” CCS is selling World’s Finest Chocolate, so we can add more iPad2’s to our classrooms. The annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Golf Tournament is on March 21. Please call 323-938-9976 if you’d like to golf or need some chocolate.

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By Juliana Klimeck 10th Grade Love wasn’t the only thing in the air last month. After all what is Valentine’s Day without music? The Pacific Hills Chorus and Orchestra put together a lovely concert fundraiser to show off their tremendous talent and the hard work they have been putting forth the whole year. The event raised money for new instruments and even costumes for our upcoming musical, “The Fantastics.” The evening began with the chorus singing a plethora of songs ranging from American pop to African spiritual. After that, individual students were able to display their own vocal abilities, singing pieces from “In the Heights” and “Les Miserables” to name a few. The orchestra was equal-


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ly amazing. Consisting of the greater half of middle school students, the group demonstrated great discipline and poise while also delivering energy. The songs they performed gave the audience chances to cheer and chant to support the group throughout.

Music Academy concert at Hamilton Hamilton High School’s Music Academy is holding a fundraising concert at the school on Fri., March 9 at 8 p.m. The Electronic Music department is sponsoring the event, said Gabriela Cevallos, stage manager. Parking is available at the front of the school, located at 2955 S. Robertson Blvd. For tickets go to the Music Academy website at hamiltonmusic. org.

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St. James’ By Hana Takei 6th Grade February was Black History Month, so the entire month was filled not only with regular studies but also fun events involving black history. Both 4th grade classes went on their annual trip to San Juan Capistrano. St. James’ welcomed Oliver Chin, an author who wrote “The Year of the Rabbit” and many other books. Daisy Doucet shared her books, “You People” and “Can You Imagine.” The Gospel Choir sang spiritual songs as we honored the people who fought for civil rights at the African American History Month chapel. We also held a celebration for Black History Month, where the students performed poems and songs. Preschoolers held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new preschool campus, which will open this fall. They painted outlines of the walls for their would-be campus while school officials used special shovels to break ground.

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By Olivia Lopes 6th Grade This month has been packed with many exciting events and activities. On Spirit Day, we celebrated the anniversary of the move to our home and campus in Culver City 11 years ago. For some students, it meant watching the teachers play against our sports teams in volleyball and basketball. For others, it meant enjoying Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a treat. Every student and teacher brought a no waste lunch. We promote recycling, and we eliminate unnecessary trash and waste. This represents us working together as a team to help the environment. To conclude a great Spirit Day, the girl’s B basketball team played in the finals against The Willows Community School. We all cheered as our Tornadoes came back victorious with smiles on their faces and a trophy in their hands. We won the league championship and are going to get an awesome banner for our amazing 19-18 win and great season. Congratulations to the girls’ basketball team and their fantastic coach, Kameron Spies!

By Audrey Dalton 12th Grade Elementary students kicked off Black History Month with a drum circle in our big yard. We enjoyed a performance by the Lula Washington Dance Theater, one of the best dance troupes in Los Angeles. They focused on dances dealing with African American history. After school that same day students grades three through five attended the elementary school sock hop. Talented students and faculty members performed at Café Barnum, our annual fundraiser for the arts. High school students read their poems and short stories, and appeared onstage with vocal and instrumental performances. Some of our faculty members also joined in the fun. Oliver Chin, a writer, came to speak to us. He shared his picture book, “The Year of the Dragon,” with the elementary students, and led a comic book workshop for the middle and high school students. Soon we will be visited by David Hernandez, who is a prize-winning poet and author. Our multicultural potluck luncheon showcased the diversity we have here at Pilgrim!



By Jeffrey Cho 6th Grade The first semester of the school year finished with fantastic events. The drama class performed its rendition of the play, “The Big Wave.” Originally a hit book from Pearl S. Buck, this is a tale about a young boy named Jiya, the son of a Japanese fisherman, whose family was wiped out by a tsunami that destroyed the village he lived in and how he managed to survive. The students poured their heart and soul into this production, and made the story come alive on stage. Congratulations to the drama students and Mrs. Heath, our school’s drama teacher. The following day, the P.E. department held Midnight Madness, an all-night basketball event, in the school’s gym. Everyone had an excellent time.

By Sydney Gough 6th Grade Our 6th grade debaters will show off their skills at a debate tournament this month. They have been practicing their skills against 6th, 7th and 8th graders from different independent schools around L.A., and Curtis has won about half of the debates. Some of the topics they will debate include: Does hydraulic fracturing do more good than harm? and Do zoos do more harm than good? The 6th graders have also been working since the first trimester on their projects for the Curtis Science Expo. Two judges will be teachers from our school and two will be guests who are experts in the science fields. We just completed a schoolwide book-drive. Our donations will go to Sunny Brae Avenue Elementary School.

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By Zoe Brin 4th grade The best part of the week for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders is Tuesdays and Thursdays. Why? Because Tuesdays and Thursdays we have Math Lab. It is taught by Cathy Hoyt, a math consultant, who invents math games, writes textbooks,

Fifth graders simulated a trip to Colonial Williamsburg when they hosted the Colonial Fair. Students dressed up as colonists, prepared and presented skits to the parents and other students. Topics included clothing, food, slavery, medicine, education, entertainment, trades and daily life. This was the culmination of a social studies unit that also included extensive research. When a 6th grader learned that there were homeless people who were freezing for lack of winter coats, she took immediate action. Working with her teacher, she organized a school-wide collection. Students enthusiastically

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donated jackets, coats, and sweaters for those who were in need. Recently, the 5th and 6th graders visited the Skirball Museum and attended “At the Table With Dr. King.” They joined students from other schools and took a journey through the Civil Rights Movement. They enjoyed music, film footage, and learned about the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., and others prominent figures from that time. For Valentine’s Day, there were class parties.

and teaches math in a fun way which makes you want to do it and helps you understand it better. Fifth grade Math Lab includes Math Olympiads, a competition among students from all 50 states in the U.S. and 30 other countries. The competition was created in 1977 by George Lenchner, who believed that students who use algebraic reasoning before they officially learn algebra will understand math better. You might wonder why our school has Math Lab and the Math Olympiads. According to the school’s principal, Ashley Parker, they encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills for students. “They are important because our students are learning to persevere and grapple with math problems when the answer isn’t immediately evident…. [and] get more comfortable with the idea that there is more than one way to solve a math problem.” The kids just think Math Lab is fun.



By Yasmeen Akounou 11th Grade Students dressed up in their dressiest attire and gathered at Jillian’s Bowling Alley at Universal Studio’s City Walk to celebrate WinterFest. Filled with dancing, bowling and arcade games, this event was a great way to relieve stress and spend time with good friends. At the end of the night, each class crowned their respective Winter Princesses. It was definitely a night to remember! Science classes enjoyed an eyeopening discussion with Dr. William Martin from the Oregon Health Sciences University, who presented an amazing, interactive lecture about safety in sound levels, and just how easy it is for us to damage our hearing permanently—but also how easy it is to prevent it! Rehearsals intensified for the cast, crew and directors of Marymount’s musical, “Oliver” in anticipation of the mid-March production. Our winter sports teams, basketball, soccer and water polo, all experienced great seasons with first place league champions in varsity basketball and varsity and JV soccer.

By YeBin Lee 8th grade Last month was a fun-filled month with lots of educational activities and programs that included a spelling bee, bowling trip and participation in Pennies for Patients (A Leukemia & Lymphoma fundraiser). Congratulations to our winners of the Spelling Bee: Chase Younger, Bridjet Walker, Lalith Suresh and Nishanth Muthusamy! As for our bowling trip, it was an exciting and fierce competition where the top two bowlers in each lane were granted free dress passes. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with class parties, and student council members passed out sweet candy grams to students and teachers from friends and family. March is a very special month for our 7th and 8th grade students, as we will be going to New York for five days for our annual educational class trip. It will be a great, possibly once in a lifetime, experience and we cannot wait to share it with each other. Also, right before we leave, we will have a Science Fair for 1st through 8th grades. We invite you to come check it out.

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composer Daníel Bjarnason based on “The Tempest.” The chorus and orchestra each perform separately with LACC artistic director Anne Tomlinson conducting. AYS music director Alexander Treger conducts a suite from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Works by Vaughan Williams are also featured. Tickets are $20.75, $34.25, $40, $45 at LAPhil. com; call 323-850-2000.

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Pacific Hills hosts speaker series Learning in the digital age and philanthropy are topics at speaker events at Pacific Hills School, 8628 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood. “How to Teach and Learn in the Digital Age” is the theme on Tues., March 13 at 7 p.m. Dr. Jessica Pressman, professor of English at Yale University, will join head of school Dr. Peter Temes and others to discuss teaching in the age of

technology. Dr. Rob Reich, Stanford University professor of political science, will lead a discussion on the ethics of philanthropy in the U.S. today on Thurs., April 26 at 6:30 p.m. The talks are free of charge and open to the public; a light dinner is served. RSVP to Lynne Bradshaw at 310-2763068 ext. 12 or lbradshaw@

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By Merryn Forbes 5th Grade For Valentine’s Day the Business Club had a candygram sale. Kids and parents got to buy cards for their friends and family. You could write a message on the card and tape your choice of Jolly Ranchers, an eraser or a bouncy ball. Business Club members delivered the valentines to friends at school. Over 600 grams were sold. Cupid has nothing on Third Street Business Club! Each year we have a Coin Drive where kids bring in change to raise money for the school. This year, the activity was close to President’s Day, and some teachers decided to take advantage of this and teach us more about the presidents whose pictures are on the coins. We not only raised $13,000, but learned more about our most famous presidents!


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By Michael Sapunor 11th Grade The Loyola Cubs began their spring semester in early February. Already, the track and field teams have begun practicing for their upcoming season, while the tennis and baseball teams also held tryouts. The beginnings of new sports seasons are usually accompanied by the end of the old ones, but the Loyola varsity soccer and basketball teams are still staying strong entering CIF playoffs. Speaking of extracurricular contests, the speech and debate team is flying high following a victory at a tournament at Stanford University. The Loyola team is tied for first place (against a Houston-based team) in the Lincoln-Douglas debates (a style of debate based on the mid-19th century meeting between the aforementioned presidential candidates). Loyola student Bob Overing is currently ranked the number one Lincoln-Douglas debater in the United States. Some members of the junior class are signing up for this summer’s history and cultural tour of Italy. Also, tickets are available for the Hannon Theater Company’s May production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

By Lauren Boylston Annabella Hoge 5th Grade

Spring is here! And so is springcleaning! We encourage everyone to donate gently used items to our school on March 14-16, and then come to our Garage-A-Rama event at our elementary campus on March 17. Meanwhile, in the classrooms, K-1 students are writing stories about animals of various environments.  Second and 3rd grade just finished their living museums unit and dressed up as someone they have been researching. The 4th graders are studying California history and the Rancho period. In 5th grade, we are each writing a report about a Native American tribe. At the middle school, the Student Council put together the second annual spirit week, and the Yearbook Committee held a carwash to raise money. The middle school benchmark results show big gains in math and science. In fact, many LCS families celebrated our amazing school at the Charter rally in February— along with 5,000 other parents. Track, golf, and soccer are new additions to this year’s spring sports. The students are excited and are working very hard in practice. Also, student applicants for the 2012-2013 school year will be testing soon. At the end of March, St. Brendan School will also be holding a Masquerade Ball as our annual spring fling fundraiser.

St. Brendan By Norani Abilo 8th Grade

March is a restful, but exciting month for St. Brendan School. The school is offering three new sports teams this year, and the 8th graders are done with applications. They will be receiving their high school letters soon.

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Community Speaker Series Free of charge and open to the general public

Exciting, thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, always insightful and balanced... How to Teach and Learn in the Digital Age - Notes from the Front Lines In a digital world, how differently should teachers teach? In what new ways will students learn? How engaged should parents be in the digital world to support their childrens’ education? Yale University Professor of English and Pacific Hills Faculty Fellow Dr. Jessica Pressman, will join Head of School Peter Temes for an exploration of these challenges in the new wired world.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:00pm

Giving and Getting: The Ethics of Philanthropy in the U.S. Today Pacific Hills Faculty Fellow and Stanford University professor of political science Dr. Rob Reich will return to Pacific Hills for an open dialogue about philanthropy – how we all contribute to the well being of others by giving our time and money. Are we doing enough as individuals? Can giving do harm as well as good? Should we really give till it hurts? When money is tight, do our obligations to others change? Join us for a lively, interactive discussion with the leading thinker and writer about these important issues.

Education, Religion and Values

Top-notch academic instruction is only a starting point for a truly good school. Helping young people grow into caring and responsible young men and women must be a powerful and vital goal as well. How can schools teach values, and bring forth the best that students can do and be as citizens, as family members, and as neighbors? Join Head of School Dr. Peter Temes for a community conversation about the role of values, and the religious and ethical traditions that students bring with them to all kinds of schools.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:30pm

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6:30pm

Find out how our superior academics, personal attention, family atmosphere and true diversity earn our graduates acceptances in some of the nation’s most selective colleges. Attend our

OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, March 3rd, 1:00pm Contact Lynne Bradshaw (310) 276-3068, ext. 112 to register

A light dinner will be served at all events. Limited seating, please register early. RSVP to Lynne Bradshaw: (310) 276-3068, ext. 112

Writers’ Weekend

Join a rare constellation of great writers, great readers and great teachers for a weekend of intense mini-workshops on memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry and the short story at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29. Choose from a menu of two-hour mini-courses for two sessions each day, and share meals, conversation and inside advice from writers who know how to teach and teachers who know how to write. Featured faculty for the weekend include:

Daniel Asa Rose placed his first short story in The New Yorker when he was 27 and won an O. Henry Prize and two Pen Fiction Awards for the other stories in his first collection, SMALL FAMILY WITH ROOSTER. His first novel, FLIPPING FOR IT, a black comedy about divorce from the man's point of view, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback. In 2002, he published HIDING PLACES: A Father and his Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust. He has published regularly in the Washington Post, Esquire, and The New York Observer, and has served as travel columnist for Esquire magazine, humor writer for GQ, and essayist for The New York Times Magazine.

Elizabeth Cohen is a poet, columnist, journalist, and author of two nonfiction books and two books of poetry. Her book, THE FAMILY ON BEARTOWN ROAD, was a New York Times Notable Book in 2003. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Glamour. A professor of creative writing at SUNY Plattsburgh, Cohen’s memoir-writing workshops are widely sought-after. As the New York Times Book Review has said of Cohen, “it’s hard not to be charmed.”

Peter Temes is the head of Pacific Hills School and author of five books, including THE POWER OF PURPOSE, THE JUST WAR, AGAINST SCHOOL REFORM, and the forthcoming volume, THE FUTURE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS. He has published articles, essays and book reviews in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and The Chicago Tribune. A former faculty member at Harvard University, he taught the courses Writing about History and Writing about Social and Ethical Issues there.

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Homes, artists featured on West Adams Heritage Assoc. event.

Seedlings galore sold at Tomatomania at Descanso.

Author recalls his bittersweet days with Groucho Marx.

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Hancock Park. 6 bedrooms/6.5 baths + guest house, sparkling pool & pool house on nearly an acre. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. 4+3.Generous LR & din rm.Grmt kit. Butler’s pantry.Maid’s rm.Brkfst rm & fam rm.Patio,pool. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Wonderful original detail & tastefull upgrades. 4BD/3.5BAS, pool. GOLF COURSE Location!!! Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606


Hancock Park. 3bds,2bas up. Brick patio, terraced gardens, lush landscaping, natural stream on lrg lot. Sandy Boeck 323.860.4240


Hancock Park. 4beds/2.5bas home designed by famed architect Paul Williams. 3rd Street School District. Rick Llanos 323.460.7617


Hancock Park. Sunny 4 beds + 2 updated baths, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors & grassy yard. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Central hall plan,vaulted ceiling,fplc in liv rm,lrg din rm,4beds,3baths,sparkling pool. Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 323.460.7637



Miracle Mile. Charming & Romantic 1925 Spanish in move-in condition. 2 bedrooms + 1.75baths. Ahmed Mirza 323.460.7611


Hancock Park. Just a stone’s throw from the village.3beds/2baths.New gourmet kitchen. Great vibe! Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626


Miracle Mile. Renovated Spanish w/ pool. Kitchen w/ SS appl & Viking cooktop. Also lease at 4200/ month. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949





Hancock Park. 4+3.5 home in 3rd St Sch Dist. Central a/c. Hwd flrs. Lrg encl yard. Move in condition. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Hancock Park. 3/1.75 3rd Street sch. Generous LR, DR opens to patio.Updated, eat-in kit. Hwd floors. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Dutch-Colonial/Traditional. 3 + 2.75. Charming country kitchen, beautifully remodeled. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Remodeled 2bed/2.5baths condo. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Stately Traditional 3bed 4½ba, center hall plan, lrg public rooms, gst hse & 2 car garage Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Top flr 2BR in Hancock Pl Ter. B-I bkcases, pvt balc w/treetop vus. Lndry, 24hr sec, pool. Barbara MacDonald 323.791.0273

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Moving east, Aspen says ‘see you later’ to Brookside By Nelson Aspen After 22 years in Los Angeles (15 of them here in Brookside), life has beckoned me back to the East Coast... NYC specifically. It has been an educational and emotional experience

to sell my beloved home and most of its contents: a lifetime of treasures now dispersed among friends, family, estate and yard sales and charitable organizations. Interestingly, I’ve found that parting with possessions rang-

ing from my antique player piano to basic bric-a-brac to be overwhelmingly liberating! A comment by Mark Twain kept coming back to me: “Never love something that can’t love you back.” So while I am delighted that

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my gorgeous dining room table went to a charming neighbor I hadn’t known previously (wish I’d met her years ago... what a blessing she was to turn up and adore that table as much as I do), the real “irreplaceables” of my time here will be the friendships I made and the experiences forever in my heart and mind. Watching the neighborhood children grow up and blossom... crying together over lost pets...cheering each other on in sporting events... lending a hand in times of trouble... sharing the bounty of our fruit and vegetable gardens... or even just a simple wave from across the street. These are all gifts that cannot be itemized for a tax deduction or sold on eBay. They’re priceless! I hope the new owners of my happy hacienda realize what they can inherit here: a community. Of course, I will miss it... but I’ll carry it with me so I can “bloom wherever I’m planted.” The bonus is that I plan

WATCHING neighborhood children grow up and crying together over lost pets, like Aspen’s beloved dog, Lois, were a special part of his years in Brookside.

to be back for visits often and will check in on things. The trees will be taller, the houses may be painted different colors, maybe some changes of faces on the street... but I know the love will always be here to welcome me home. A bientot, Brookside. xxx

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The spacious English Tudor and Spanish Colonial houses in Brookside were first built in the 1920s on land developed by the Rimpau Estate Company. The area’s name comes from El Rio del Jardin Las Flores, a stream which runs from the Hollywood Hills to Ballona Creek. Much of the stream surfaces in backyards along Longwood Ave. An estimated 400 homeowners live in the houses that reflect the beauty and craftsmanship of the earlier era. Architects have included Edwin Thorne, John Byers and Ralph Carlin Flewelling. The area is bounded by Wilshire and Olympic boulevards, north and south, and Muirfield Road to Highland Ave., east and west.

The community is home to Memorial Library, whose stained glass windows were financed by students of Los Angeles High School to recognize soldiers who had fallen in World War I. Other landmarks are Chateau LeMoine on Longwood Ave., a castle with multiple turrets, gingerbread carvings and gargoyles. Brookside is also home to Brookledge theatre, built by William Larsen in 1937. It served as a showcase of magicians to practice their legerdemain. A separate building behind the home, the theater is used for special performances. His sons Milt and Bill Larsen continued the tradition and later founded the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

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the Mead home on June St. His next project is a book on pre-war small houses, and he wants to include some local houses—in a variety of styles. The author will be signing his book at Chevalier’s, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sun., April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. Published by Rizzoli, “Casa” sells for $55.

The book includes courtyard apartment buildings, which were first introduced in Hollywood. Woods also wrote “Classic Homes of California” featuring an assortment of architectural styles. Several of these houses are in the “Casa” book. These include the Adamson House on Muirfield Road and

ed include Bertram Goodhue, Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, Marc Appleton and Michael Burch. Woods is particularly proud of showcasing El Cabrillo de Lago, the seven-story home overlooking Lake Hollywood. “It’s the epitome of the style,” Woods said, “maybe even over the top.”

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MALIBU TILE adorns many of the homes Doug Woods covered in his new book.

Book, 'California Casa' tells of Colonial Revival homes Doug Woods says his newest book, “The California Casa,” is the largest survey of Spanish Colonial Revival homes ever published. The Windsor Village author’s book contains text and photographs of 35 houses from Montecito to La Jolla. Melba Levick provided more than 300 photographs. An earthquake in Santa Barbara in the early 1900s destroyed many of the homes there. George Washington Smith was asked to design new homes to replace the burned structures. He chose

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Architect credited with 'Spanish Colonial' style George Washington Smith, known as the father of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, created homes based on farmhouses he had seen in Andalusia during a trip to Spain in 1914. He was born in East Liberty, Penn. in 1876 (on George Washington’s birthday). His career began as a draftsman in a Philadelphia architectural firm, but he later turned to bond trading and quickly became very successful. His success in the bond markets allowed him to quit work in 1911 to devote himself to travel, painting and the study of art. Establishing himself in New York, Smith began exhibiting with other painters of the era, including John Sloan and George Bellows. Architectural career While in California, he visited Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara. Still intending to return to Europe at the close of World War I, he decided to remain in California for the duration. Smith purchased land in Montecito where he



designed and built a home and studio. The house he built in 1917, called Casa Dracaena, was an immediate success. Smith found that his neighbors wanted to live in similar houses. Before long he stopped painting and took up working as an architect full-time in Santa Barbara, and he remained there until his death in 1930. By that time he had designed some 80 homes in Santa Barbara County alone, and worked nationwide. In his time, George Washington Smith was one of the most popular architects in the United States, his homes appearing in leading architecture and interior design magazines. Smith is called the “father” of the Spanish-Colonial Revival style in the United States, although he worked in other idioms as well. Despite his popularity in his era, Smith is not widely recognized today, though his homes remain popular and several are on the National Register of Historic Places.




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DESIGNED BY Frank Escher, Ravi GuneWardena, this home is a remodel of a post-war bungalow. Photo by Jonas Lara

MRS. SUSAN WILSHIRE RESIDENCE, a 1912 Colonial Revival, is one of the homes on the West Adams tour.

Mar Vista featured on AIA tour April 1 TOUR CERAMIST Arthur Tobias’ studio.

Celebrate arts and culture on West Adams tour “The Arts in West Adams: Pattern, Decoration and Diversity,” the third annual tour presented by West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA), is on Sat., March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided driving and cycling tour features architec-

turally diverse historic venues, including artists’ homes and studios showcasing works by local artists who live and/or work in the area. Also on the tour are the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the California African American Museum.

Advance tickets are $25; $30 at the door. Last ticket is sold at 1 p.m. Check-in is at WAHA’s “pop-up gallery,” 1824 S. 4th Ave. (corner of Washington Blvd.). For more information, email tours@westadamsheritage. org or call 323-735-9242.

Five homes in the quaint neighborhood of Mar Vista are on the American Institute of Architects, LA Chapter’s spring home tour: “Venice Vista.” The self-driving tour is on Sun., April 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homes featured are the Alan-Voo Family House renovation of 1,000 square feet. The result is a 16-foot wide linear house inserted into the existing 1,000 foot house. The Ortiz & Wheeler resi-

dence is a new two-story single- family residence designed with the children and environment in mind. Water purity, indoor air quality systems, and spatial layout are combined with a reduced carbon footprint, yet rich in details, material, spatial, and lighting qualities. The Choi-Pierson residence is the second home on a 3,600 square-foot lot. The 700-square foot, three-story dwelling is huddled between the neighborhoodʼs densely packed homes and detached garages. (This home is located in Venice.) The Sheller-Borunda residence is a retreat nestled between private gardens, seemingly far from its Mar Vista neighborhood. The Pearson Trent residence is a remodel of a modest postwar bungalow. It engulfs the L-shape plan of the original building with a new shell to form a large rectangular mass. The garage, a series of bedrooms along the north, and a massive wall on the south define an open living/dining/ kitchen area sheltered by a single sloping roof. The exterior plaster finish and grey quarry tile floor extend from the living areas out to patios, blurring the distinction of indoor and out. The home was recently included in Dwell Magazineʼs special issue Best Homes in America. Tickets are $65 members; $75 non-members; $85 at will call. For tickets visit AIA’s next tour is May 6 in Pacific Palisades.

Join the discussion on ‘My Historic LA’ Be a part of My Historic LA, a virtual Town Hall online site to post favorite places of architectural, cultural and social significance. “We want to spark a community-wide discussion of places that matter,” Ken Bernstein, manager of the city Office of Historic Resources, says in a video on the website: The information will be collected for the city’s first-ever historical resources survey project:

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The 2012 Spring Collection Properties of Distinction by The Stewart-Gulrajani Design Team

In the last year, Stewart-Gulrajani has tastefully restored and updated many important Hancock Park properties, bringing them to today’s standards while keeping them true to their original character. Many of the homes feature updated systems, enlarged master suites, new kitchens and baths with custom cabinetry; imported stone counter tops and designer tiles and fixtures. Attention is paid to period details and preserving the character of these important homes, while updating them to today’s standards. Discerning Hancock Park buyers now seek out a Stewart-Gulrajani home and we are pleased to present the 2012 Spring Collection.

142 North Irving Boulevard, Hancock Park This 1922 Spanish home has been extensively remodeled and updated, including all major systems - new roof, HVAC, plumbing, windows and doors. The period details have been lovingly restored and an additional bedroom has been added. At just over 2,300 square feet, this home features 4 bedrooms, including a master suite with en suite bath, ample closets and doors leading to the large back yard. Three additional bedrooms and another bath, along with a formal living room with sitting area, formal dining room and new galley kitchen with shaker style cabinets, honed carrera countertops with subway tile backsplash, top of the line appliances and a wine refrigerator. The family room leads to the back yard and is accessed by a gallery sized hallway. Coming Soon. Call for advanced showing. Offered at $1,299,500

108 South Larchmont Boulevard, Larchmont Village Built in 1921, this Spanish home is hedged and gated for privacy. The formal entry leads to the formal living room with crown moldings and decorative fireplace. The massive family room with soaring ceilings has abundant light and is the perfect spot for informal gatherings. At just under 2,200 square feet, this home also features formal dining room with detailed moldings, a large eat in kitchen with custom shaker style cabinets and honed carrera counter tops, built in buffet with wine cooler and top of the line appliances Three bedrooms, including master suite with en suite bath, large walk in closet and French doors leading to the back yard. Two additional bedrooms and one and one-half baths, all restored and updated. Third Street Elementary. Coming Soon. Call for advanced showing. Offered at $1,319,000

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Apartment makeover open to the public MAK Center artists and architects in residence will present their Final Projects exhibition in the living spaces—the renovation of the garages of the R.M. Schindler-designed Mackey Apartments (1939) at 1137 S. Cochran Ave.

A free public reception is on Fri., March 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. The project will remain on view Sat., March 10 and Sun., March 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The MAK Center residencies give early-career artists

and architects the opportunity to expand their practices by utilizing the resources, communities and physical environment of the Los Angeles region. Call 323-651-1510 or go to



SOLD: This home, located at 355 N. Las Palmas Ave., was listed at $2,285,000.

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Carefully maintained and updated over the years, this Craftsman is buffered from the street by lovely and well-manicured gardens. This home carries all of the high-character elements you want to see in a Craftsman, while also being modified in the right places to accommodate the needs of the day. The downstairs provides a warm den, beautiful dining and living rooms with original built-ins and a roaring fireplace and an inviting kitchen and breakfast room that open to a rear deck. There is also a powder room downstairs. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a full bathroom, creating a versatile floor plan for both families and couples. The backyard, in addition to the deck with hot tub, has received extensive investment in its landscaping, culminating in a magical setting that’s serene for adults while still entirely usable for children. Maintenance is helped with a turf covered yard. A beautiful guest house with full bath has also been added.

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Spacious 4 Bedroom, 3½ baths Spanish home. Living room with beautiful ceiling and magnificent Batchelder fireplace, Kosher kitchen with granite countertops, breakfast room with French doors opening to private patio. Central air. Large enclosed yard. Move-in condition. Located in Third Street School District, close to places of worship and public transportation.

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Esotouric will be touring Pasadena on Sat., March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. as part of its series on the history of the city’s fascinating neighborhoods. The “Pasadena Confidential with Crimebo the Clown” tour departs from Fair Oaks and Arlington streets, Pasadena. The crime clown will tell passengers about residents on Millionaire’s Row, and about the Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall. "Eastside Babylon," a second tour for urban explorers, is on Sun., March 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. Passengers will discover little-known historic neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Stops include Boyle Heights, where Night Stalker Richard Ramirez was captured, and Evergreen, L.A.’s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. The east side tour begins at Philippe the Original, 1001 No. Alameda St. For information go to www. or call 323-223-2767.

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know his hero, Steve spent time with Zeppo, Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Steve Allen and other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. The downside of this dream-come-true was dealing with Erin Fleming—the mercurial woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life. Stoliar has penned TV

of the three years he spent with Groucho, including clips from his 1974 home movie, in which the venerable entertainer sings and gives a brief interview.   Steve was a young Groucho Marx fan(atic) who landed the plum job of working in the home of the legendary comedian as Groucho’s personal secretary and archivist.  In addition to getting to

shows such as “Murder She Wrote,” and provided voices for numerous animated specials.   Advance tickets are recommended through http:// event/223497   or call 800838-3006 to reserve over the phone. Admission is $5 for Hollywood Heritage members, $10 for nonmembers.

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‘Remembering Groucho’ at the Hollywood Heritage the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave. The program, “Remembering Groucho,” will consist of Steve’s reminiscences

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Butterflies, moths take flight at NHM Catch sight of black-andyellow swallowtails, purple-spotted polyphemous (Cyclops) moths and the California dogface butterfly when the Butterfly Pavilion opens at the Natural History Museum on 900 Exposition Blvd. The pavilion, which opens on Sun., April 8, will show

visitors the complete lifecycle of butterflies and moths from egg to caterpillar to pupae to adult. This year, the butterflies and moths can lay their eggs and eat nectar in a buttefly garden. Call 213-763-3466 or go to The exhibit is open through Mon., Sept. 3.

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414 N. Kilkea Drive, Miracle Mile 231 S. Plymouth $1,795,000 2220 Chelan Dr. $1,100,000 Hancock Park $1,699,000 HollywoodStunning Hills.Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home Classic Georgian style. plus den/media room. Chef’s kitchen 3 contiguous lots approx. Windsor Square gem. with Viking stove and carrera marble 1.5 acres in the famed 5 bd/3.5 ba, formal LR w/ counter tops. Sound system throughout Outpost Estates/ fpl, large family rm, large for entertaining and relaxing. Lushly Hollywoodlandscaped Hills. backyard with a pool/spa landscaped backyard. and recreation room/cabana, bonus!

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Charming Spanish Home 454 S. Citrus

LovelyAvAilAble character Spanish home in Hancock Park vicinity, extensively remodeled while maintaining its original integrity. Enter through private courtyard entrance to large formal living room with wood-burning fireplace. Formal dining room. Remodeled kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counters, Viking stove. Separate breakfast room. Master suite has private custom bathroom with double sinks and large shower. Two 2309 Apollolarge Dr. bedrooms serviced by center hall additional Hollywood bathroom.Hills, Rear French doors lead to large entertainer’s patio and lushly landscaped rear yard. $1,550,000 3 BD/3.5 Contemporary SystemsBA have been upgraded and include central heat/ air, copper plumbing, bolted foundation, rebuilt chimney 3 level floor plan, dramatic and much more. living room, family rm., pool Short distance to Baum shops and restaurants. Third Street co-listed w/Vadim Elementary School.

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Tam O’Shanter on Society calendar The Tam O’Shanter restaurant is the setting for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles’ Cocktails in Historic Places event on Fri., March 9, at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Since the restaurant opened in 1922, over the years patrons have been Tom Mix, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford and Walt Disney. It is the oldest restaurant in Los Angeles in the same location. It was founded by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van DeKamp. For more information go to

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New LACMA photo exhibit features vanishing West Disturbed by the rapid transformation of the Colorado Springs and Denver areas, Robert Adams began photographing a landscape transformed by tract housing, highways, strip malls, and gas stations. The internationally touring retrospective of his 45-year career opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sun., March 11. Featuring 300 hundred photographs and selections of the artist’s publications, "Robert

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View Mars and the moon, celebrate beginning of spring, book sales FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Meets

Sat., March 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book Club: Call library for book selection. Meets Tues., March 6 at 10:30 a.m. in meeting room of library.

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8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Miracle Mile Writers Club networking and support for writers on Sat., March 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. Friends of the Library: Meet to discuss ways to support the library on Tues., March 13 at 11:30 a.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., March 16 at 3 p.m. Spring has Sprung: Celebrate the first day of spring on Tues., March 20 at 4 p.m. with gardening stories, a plant to take home for your garden. Teen Volunteer Training: Meets Thurs., March 22 at 4 p.m. Women's History Month: Kres Mersky will perform Isadora Duncan: A Unique Recital on Thurs., March 29 at 6 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Baby and Toddler Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids 6 mos. to 2 years on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime: Pre-school Meet for songs and stories for kids ages 2 to 4 years old on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LACMA Art Classes for Kids: Best for ages five to 12; meets Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Grandparents and Books (GAB): Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book deals on Fri., March 2, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Sat., March 3, noon to 5 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Call branch for book selection. Ongoing Baby and Toddler Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids 6 mos. to 2 years on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pre-school Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids 2 to 4 years old on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 SAT Practice Test: Sign up to take the full-length SAT practice test on Sat., March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Teen Volunteer Orientation: For teens who would like to do community service in the library. Meet on Wed., March 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. Teen Council Meeting: Discuss and contribute ideas for

materials and programs they would like to see in the library on Wed., March 28 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Spring Astronomy: View Mars and the moon on March 29 at 6 p.m. Spring Festival: Candy egg hunt, storytelling with Karen Golden, face painting, pot decorating, free plant exchange, games and races all take place on March 31 beginning at 11 a.m. Ongoing Friends of the Library Book Sale: Tuesdays 12:30 to 5:30 p.m and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nights @ the Movies: Come see a free movie with popcorn on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Call library for weekly selection. Grandparents and Books (GAB): Ms. Sylvia reads on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Claire reads on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Toddler Story Time: Share stores, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Computer Comfort Class: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or go online anytime at: www. laplcomputerclass.blogspot. com. Fun & Games: meet Wednesdays at noon to play Chinese Mah Jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers and other games. Tea and light refreshments are served. Chess club: All ages and levels are welcome on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Knitting Circle: meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Hatha Yoga Class: meets Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. Relaxed pace for all ages. Bring a mat or heavy towel. Wear comfortable clothing. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Storytime with Sybil: Kids ages 3 to 5 can bring their parents and grandparents to listen to stories and sing songs on Wed., March 7, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Music with Jeff: Jeff Iftekaruddin writes and plays music for kids of all ages on Thurs., March 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Teen Council: Meet to discuss dvds, cds, graphic novels and other books on Thurs., March 29 from 4 to 5 p.m.

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George Harrison, president of the Pacific Camellia Society, will discuss benefits and care of the flowering shrub at the Los Angeles Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Mon., March 12. The meeting takes place in the Griffith Park Visitors

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Nursery sales to aid food banks Tomatomania, cherry blossom festival at Descanso toes, soils, trees, berries, products and books will be offered at a 10 percent discount. Five percent of total weekend sales will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Admission to the event is a donation of a canned or package food item.


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Learn native plant how-tos in classes at Theodore Payne Discover the beauty of native plants, learn how to choose and care for them, and take some home from Theodore Payne Foundation, 10450 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley. An illustrated lecture reveals an assortment of garden-worthy trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and grasses that ensure year-round color on Sat., March 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Award-winning horticulturist Lili Singer teaches the basics on gardening with California flora on Sat., March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recommended for beginners, the class is a prerequisite to Payne’s three-part Califor-

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A 10-week Walks and Yoga program that includes a 25-minute fitness walk and a 60-minute yoga practice begins Mon., March 26 at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Morning classes are at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; evening classes meet at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Advance registration required. Call 818-949-4200.


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New on the horizon: BRE apartments, more retail Look for the Miracle Mile skyscape to change, once the twin six-story towers and adjacent apartments underway by BRE Properties are completed. A construction fence now hides the $280 million project consisting of 482 apartment and townhome units anchored by 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The project, expected to open in 2014, will occupy the entire block at the southeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. Also included are three-story townhomes on Sycamore Ave.

What’s ahead in 2012 ... Sat., March 3 – Miracle Mile Art Walk, a tour of art galleries on Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave., from 2 to 10 p.m. offered quarterly. For information go to Sat., March 24 – Miracle Mile Art Deco Walking Tour sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Meets at 10 a.m. For reservations go to www. Sun., April 22 – Earth Day celebration at Park La Brea apartment complex to include an e-waste roundup. Contact Sat., Sun., April 28, 29 – Best Friends Animal Society Pet Super Adoption is at the La Brea Tar Pits Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. superadoption. org. Sun., June 3 – Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at Farmers Market. Vintage automobiles will be on exhibit. Theme is “A Tribute to Pontiac GTOs.” Go to September – TarFest, annual celebration on the lawn of the Page Museum featuring artists and musicians. Date to be announced. Contact www.

NEARING COMPLETION is Gilmore Station.

All aboard for Gilmore Station, opening in May. The A. F. Gilmore property is nearing completion at the northwest corner of Fairfax Ave. and Third St., across from the original Farmers Market, also a Gilmore enterprise. Trader Joe’s will occupy the corner location; Men-

FALL GROUNDBREAKING signaled start of block-long development. Attending were Connie Moore, BRE Properties president and Dave Powers, development director.

Second streets. The Madison Marquette project features 11 buildings occupied by retail, dining and creative offices. Patrons will find parking in the 125-space garage.


La Brea Ave. and Third St. is the new home of a CVS Pharmacy, currently under construction. Ace Museum has opened in the Nugent Chevrolet space at the southeast corner of La Brea and 4th St.

We would like to thank the following tenants for making Wilshire Courtyard their place of business:

Academy of Couture Art ASG Media, Inc. AEG Live American Income ilshire Courtyard is a million square foot creative Boston University office complex built around a beautifully landscaped Brierley & Partners Courtyard Wellness courtyard and is located in the Miracle Mile. Creative Circle A park featuring a quarter-mile jogging track, Deli & Delites East Court Cards & Gifts children’s playground, koi pond and gazebo Entravision Communications First Entertainment Credit Union adjoins the building to the south. Fox Animation Glam Media Goethe-Institut IPG Lab Lagnese, Peyrot & Mucci Los Angeles Business Journal Manning, Leaver, Bruder & Berberich McCann Erickson/UM McDonald’s Channel/NES MEC Winner of BOMA’s Los Angeles “Building of the Year” award in 2000 & 2007 Winner of BOMA’s International “Building of the Year” award in 2008 Mediabrands LEED Silver Certified 2009 ENERGYSTAR Certified since 2006 Meteor Worldwide BOMA 360 Performance Building 2011 Meridian’s Bodies in Motion MOJO LLC NBCUniversal/E! Entertainment Television OW Management OWN For Leasing Information Please Call: Prometheus Global Media Brad Feld at Madison Partners at (310) 820-5959 Rebel Entertainment Renewable Resources Group, Inc. Wenner Media A RREEF MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT CAMPUS World Poker Tour


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Published by the Larchmont Chronicle 323-462-2241 The annual edition is delivered to residents, businesses and employees in the greater Miracle Mile area. It is also delivered to residents in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park LaBrea and Larchmont Village, bringing the total readership to 100,000. COVER PHOTO shows a view from the Wilshire La Brea building, by Bill Devlin Photography,

docino Farms restaurant, Paper Source and Planet Beauty Supply are also new tenants. Parking will accommodate 110 cars. New retail and restaurants are opening in “La Brea,” the 90,000 square foot adaptive reuse development project on La Brea Ave between First and

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Visionary saw Office buildings along the Mile showcase makeovers Facelifts are nothing potential in new to Miracle Mile builddairy farms, ings, but the most dramatic change has converted a bean fields medical building into a ho When real estate developer A.W. Ross purchased 18 acres west of La Brea Ave. in 1922, his friends said “If you are successful, it will be a miracle.” Ross saw the area as a commercial district to rival downtown Los Angeles. The recent popularity of the automobile encouraged him to envision the boulevard as a shopping mecca. The developer gave Wilshire various firsts; dedicated left turn lanes, the first timed traffic signals in the U.S., and he required his merchants to provide private automobile parking lots behind their buildings, all to aid traffic flow. Leading downtown stores began opening branches in the “suburbs.” These include Desmonds, May Co., Coulter’s, Harris & Frank, Silverwoods and Mullen & Bluett. Ross’s parcel became one of the city’s most desirable areas in the 1930s and 40s. Today, Miracle Mile retains its vitality, thanks to the museums and commercial and residential high-rises.

tel. The Hotel Wilshire at 6317 Wilshire Blvd. opened last fall. The 74-room boutique hotel was designed by Killefer Flammang Architects and KNA Design. Seven stories tall, the hotel has a rooftop pool and dining destination, The Roof on Wilshire. One of the Mile’s oldest structures is new again: the Deco building at 5209 Wilshire Blvd. A former bank building AT ONE TIME a bank occupied it has been recreated into the site that has been transformed offices with a concierge, into a boutique office building. audio-video services, con-

LEADING STORES opened branches in the Mile.

NO MORE DOCTOR VISITS at former medical building.

ference rooms and communal workspace. It is also a filming locale and party venue. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Place, was built in 1929 and designed by the architectural firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements. Many of the original designs in the Dominguez building at 5410 Wilshire Blvd. are being replicated. The Art Deco style 10-story building was opened

in 1930. Architects were also Morgan, Walls and Clements. A brand new look was created for the former Petersen Building at 6420 Wilshire Blvd. Its renovation earned the building the TOBY Award (The Outstanding Building of the Year) from the Building Owners and Managers Association. Among the updates were a new entrance canopy, exterior night lighting, drought-tolerant landscaping, benches and expanded lobby.

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RENDERING shows proposed station entrance at the northwest corner of Wilshire/La Brea.

Subway to serve the Mile closer to final approval It’s much too soon to say “all aboard” for the Metro subway extension that will be serving Miracle Mile in the years to come. But progress is being made, and the final Environmental Impact Report will be available for public review in the spring. Following several public hearings, the Metro board will vote to approve the project. Also, the recent announcement of $50 million in President Obama’s proposed budget for the Westside in fiscal year 2013, will help jump start the project. The seven-station extension, named the Purple Line, begins at Western Avenue and continues to the Veteran’s Administration campus in

West Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd. Stations in-between include La Brea Ave., Fairfax Ave., La Cienega Blvd., Wilshire Blvd. and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Century City and UCLA. Once the environmental process concludes and funding is secured, final design and contractor selection processes would occur. It is likely that early utility relocation work and removal of paleontological resources (fossils) below Wilshire Blvd. in the vicinity of the La Brea Tar Pits could start sometime in 2013, with heavier construction starting on tunnels and stations in 2014. For updates visit westside; call 213-922-6934.

The 12.5-mile Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project has been approved and is expected to be under construction following a yearlong period of design work, said METRO project manager Martha Butler. Once complete, Wilshire Blvd. will have 7.7 miles of dedicated bus lanes during rush hours, which Metro officials hope will not only lessen congestion—with buses no longer weaving in and out of traffic—but get people out of their cars and into mass transit. “We’re hoping people will take advantage of this,” said Butler. The project is expected to move 10 percent of drivers into boarding a bus. The Project starts just west of downtown and includes several enhancements, such as left-turn lanes for vehicles and traffic signal priority for buses. “We’re trying to get more green time for transit buses,” said Butler. POTHOLES A 3.6-mile portion from Western Ave. to San Vicente Blvd. includes curb-lane reconstruction, repaving and filling in of potholes “to address the poor street condition that exists today,” Butler

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said. The dedicated bus lanes will run from MacArthur Park at the east end to the Santa Monica city border on the west— both ways. Areas with dedicated bus lanes will have parking restrictions during weekday hours from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. They shouldn’t have much impact as “No Parking” restrictions already apply at these areas, Butler said. The buses will roll into mixed-flow traffic in the city of Beverly Hills, parts of Westwood and near the 405 freeway to avoid conflicts with

traffic at on and off ramps. The $31.5 million project— paid for by federal and local monies—is the first of its kind, she added. After the revised Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment was released in April, the project was approved by the Metro board in May, the City Council gave its okay in June and the County Board of Supervisors came on board in July. While segments of the project are expected to be finished ahead of schedule, completion is targeted for 2015, Butler said.

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SAG, AFTRA weigh merger It’s about time was the consensus told on a new website about the proposed merger of SAG and AFTRA. The One-Union movement, as told on, has been approved by the boards of both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists. Ballots were mailed Feb. 27 to members of both boards, about 200,000 in all, after the Chronicle went to press. The merger requires a 60 percent approval to pass. Combined, it would be the largest union in Hollywood. Uniting the two groups would make a stronger force which is especially needed in the digital age, giving AFTRA, which represents digital programming, the upper hand, respondents said. Both unions formed in the 1930s. If approved SAG-AFTRA would be headquartered in the same locale as they are today, Museum Square in the Mile. SAG, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 7th floor, is the national office. ATRA, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th floor; national office is in New York. Visit

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Movie museum is in development The Oscars are coming to the historic May Co. building known as LACMA West. If all goes as was announced late last year, besides having the famed ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," the alliance brings the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “This new facility will make our resources and activities—our programming, our archives and our library—even more visible and accessible all year round,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a release. The museum is planned as “an interactive experience illuminating the way movies reflect culture and the impact they have upon it.” AMPAS seeks to house the museum in the 300,000 square foot building at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. “LACMA made an agreement with AMPAS last fall to give them one year to fundraise and come up with a solid proposal for the museum to be housed in LACMA West, and that process is under way,” said LACMA spokesman Miranda Carroll. The Streamline Moderne May Co. department store built in 1939 is a city historic-cultural monument.

OSCAR may move to the historic LACMA West May Co. building.

More entertainment firms call area home Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have been calling Miracle Mile home ever since the firms moved to Museum Square, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., in the 1970s. OWN, E!, CBS Radio More entertainment companies have followed suit. These include CBS Radio in 5670 Wilshire Blvd., E! Entertainment and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) in Wilshire Courtyard, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., to name a few. Publications covering the entertainment

industry are here as well. These include Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Billboard. Sundance, 'Bug' on the way The Ratkovich Building, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., will be welcoming Sundance Institute and Bug Music into its building in the next few months. Fox Animation is expanding its production offices at Wilshire Courtyard. The announcement that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is opening its museum in LACMA West (at Wilshire and Fairfax), cements the reputation Miracle Mile is gaining as “the new Hollywood.”

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Redistricting, development, crime on MMRA calendar Residents key

DANCERS from the Korean Cultural Center performed at the Association’s annual meeting last fall. What goes on in Hollywood stays in Hollywood, right? Wrong. Development in the glamour capital is setting a precedent with its Hollywood Community Plan. It’s the first of 35 plans for the L.A. region and aimed to serve as a template for other areas to follow, including the Mile, says O’Sullivan. If approved, the proposed plan would create “concrete canyons” by increasing density in building heights, add traffic congestion and threaten historic sites. City fire and police services will be further overwhelmed by the New York-style growth spurt in the area to the north. Described as “elegant density” by the mayor, the Plan as it stands is not a good idea, says O’Sullivan. For information

visit the website he helped create: Crime increase A surge of car break-ins and strong-arm robberies have been reported. Unlocked vehicles are a welcome sign to criminals, while the robberies have involved suspects jumping out of their cars and demanding suspects of their money and cell phones. The economy is to blame for the increase in incidents, as well as the first of a threeyear plan to release prisoners, another fallout from the recession. “The LAPD is doing the best they can.” But the police are overtaxed. A rash of street lights have been hit by copper wire thieves as well leaving dark streets and costing taxpayers funds. Neighborhood Watch helps A major crime deterrent, the Neighborhood Watch pro-

gram helps neighbors look out for one another. While several of the blocks have captains, many do not. The volunteer captains notify neighbors through e-mails of crimes and other activities. They are encouraged to attend the group’s monthly meetings and get the word out to the residents. Bus lanes The much-anticipated Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit dedicated bus curb lanes have finally been approved, and once implemented will be a welcome relief to traffic. But what took so long? “We were instrumental in getting it approved in 2001…. We’re stunned it’s taken this long.” Meetings and more The Association has several hundred members. The annual meeting will be held in the fall, with the election of officers soon thereafter. Board meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Berch Lounge, Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 Olympic Blvd. MMRA boundaries are Wilshire Blvd. on the north, La Brea on the east; San Vicente (Hauser to Fairfax) at the south and Fairfax Ave. on the west. Visit

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nication is invaluable when it comes to keeping crime in check, says Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones. He is the L.A.P.D.'s liaison with the area that includes the Miracle Mile, Farmers Market, The Grove, CBS Television City, LACMA and Park La Brea. While crime statistics overall are holding steady, Jones acknowledged a recent surge in car break-ins. "It's an opportunistic crime. People are leaving cells phones, laptops, GPS devices and briefcases in plain view in their vehicles." Working with neighborhood associations and community groups, says Jones, is how 90 percent of crimes are solved. "When people give us valuable information like license plate numbers, and descriptions of cars and suspects, we can catch the guys." He also advises residents to call 311 when they spot graffiti and have it painted over immediately.

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By Suzan Filipek Staying in its historic home—District Four—with Councilman Tom LaBonge at the helm “is the biggest single issue” facing the Miracle Mile. The city’s redistricting plan is among a host of issues on the agenda in the year ahead, said Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Redistricting The Mile’s historic alliance with Hancock Park and Windsor Square in CD4 was shaken when the city recently released its draft redistricting map and moved the threesome into Council District Five with Councilman Paul Koretz. “The world as we knew it changed,” said O’Sullivan. Representatives from the three communities are asking to be kept in CD 4 with LaBonge, who is familiar with the area as he has worked here since he was a City Council field deputy in the 1970s, said O’Sullivan. A draft redistricting map is scheduled to be approved March 1, after the Chronicle went to press. The City Council will make the final vote in July. (The city council districts are reviewed every 10 years.)

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Muralist Kent Twitchell at Berlin Wall March 3; La Brea joins Walk Muralist and artist Kent Twitchell returns to the Berlin Wall Monument at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. to add detail to his portrait of President John F. Kennedy as part of the Miracle Mile Art Walk Gallery and Studio Tour (MMAW). The event features more than 50 galleries, studios, museums and public art installations from Wilshire to Melrose and La Brea to La Cienega, on Sat., March 3 from 2 to 10 p.m. Activities Events include pre-scheduled artist conversations; gallerists lead tours and talks. Opening/closing receptions, book signings, and live painting exhibitions are planned in advance in conjunction with the art walk, followed by an after party. Confirmed museums and galleries include Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Gallery Brown, LAUNCH LA, The Loft at Liz’s, Ace Gallery, CAFAM, Thomas Paul Fine Art, The Icon LA, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Couturier Gallery, ANN 330 Gallery, GIBSON, Wallspace, Harry Langdon, LACMA, The Korean Cultural Center LA, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Artspace Warehouse,

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Perrell Fine Arts, Merry Karnowsky Gallery and ACME Gallery. Banners will mark the galleries indicating special art walk related events. New sponsor The event’s newest sponsor, La Brea District, is a development of the former Continental Graphics buildings between 1st and 2nd streets on S. La Brea Ave. Developers Madison Marquette have provided space for a pop-up community marketplace at 173 S. La Brea, with 11 booths selling handmade goods that promote sustain(Please turn to page 14)

Transportation, art on Mid City agenda

Transportation, parking, planning and land use issues have been at the forefront of the Mid City West Community Council’s (MCWCC) agenda over the past year, and will remain at the top of the list in the upcoming months, said communications and outreach committee chair Julie Anne Brame. Transportation The transportation, parking and streetscape committee continues to address the lack of parking and the traffic congestion in the neighborhood. An adhoc committee has been working to create a publicly run, privately funded rubber wheel trolley to connect the area’s major parking garages as well as the future subway stations. This will allow locals to hop on and off the trolley without taking their cars, and visitors and employees to park in the garages and ride the trolley to destinations, said Brame. The committee has been working on a stance on the City’s plan to abandon responsibility for repairing damaged sidewalks resulting from street trees. It has also taken a stand against the sudden enforcement of apron parking, and continued efforts to make

A DANCE PERFORMANCE at the Berlin Wall installation across from LACMA was held in conjunction with the Art Walk.

the neighborhood more bikefriendly. MCWCC will sponsor a bike valet at the LACMA Earth Day event on Sun., April 22. Cyclists wearing helmets can park at the valet and enter the museum free of charge. Planning and land use The Council reviews applications to ensure that new development is compatible with the neighborhood. Efforts are focused on making commercial districts more pedestrian and bicycle oriented. Planning and land use committee meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month; public participation is encouraged. Guest speakers Congresswoman Karen Bass

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Brandy Chagolla joined the Police Advisory Board a year ago and some months later presented their offer to help division headquarters. “We do whatever is needed,” said Abercrombie, adding she doesn’t actually know what she’s going to do till she gets there. Community liaison officer Bob Rothman splits Oasis members in groups charged with sweeping the street to cleaning locker rooms. Church member Peter Nichols headed production of the webisode, while members of the church’s Adopt-a-Block program handed out 50 bags of groceries to area residents. There are 250 police officers serving a populace of 200,000. “What in the world? We have to help these people,” thought Ashley, when she realized the challenges men and women in uniform face, especially in light of economic-induced budget cuts. “We’re grateful to them, and we know it’s not easy being a cop in L.A. These are really great guys. We want to help.” Church outreach also includes tutoring students at Burroughs Middle School and weekly visits to Alexandria House, a transitional home for women and children. For more on the 30-year old church on Wilshire Blvd. near La Brea Ave. visit



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BookPlates at Park La Brea is a literary gathering that meets with best-selling authors who talk about their latest publications. The Park La Brea community Garden, at the corner of Lindenhurst and hauser, provides small plots for Park La Brea residents to garden. recently all plots are assigned, with a waiting list. The L.i.F.e. program enables older adults to remain in their home with optimal health, dignity and independence. These services include a helpline and Gait & Balance class led by a professional occupational therapist, among other services. aCtivities Center The multi-million dollar Activities center adjacent to curson Square offers residents an opportunity to get in shape, surf the web, view classic movies and eat at the curson café. The Meeting rooms and a conference room are available for rental by the residents for private parties and meetings. Movies are screened in the 84-seat theater. residents can find all the amenities of a business office including a conference room, computers, a fax and scanner.

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Coalition puts its heart in emergency preparedness The two ceremonies sponsored this past year by the

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Miracle Mile Civic Coalition commemorating 9/11 reinforced the volunteer group’s dedication to emergency preparedness. “The Spirit of Los Angeles” marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack. The ceremony at The Grove included civic leaders, and representatives of the police and fire departments. A second event, “United We Plant,” was held on the lawn of Page Museum. The Coalition and Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification team planted trees in honor of the victims killed at the Pentagon. In addition, MMCC has fostered the founding of “First-In Fire Foundation,” to encourage community and fire department partnerships. The new First-In Fire Foundation will provide funds to improve station environments with new furnishings and improved landscaping. The group also will promote the Adopt-AFire Station” program, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer training and Pet Preparedness. Lyn MacEwen Cohen, MMCC president, said the

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annual Miracle Mile Safety Summit—”Ready or Not”— is scheduled for September. The Coalition also will be cosponsoring Wilshire Police Division’s quarterly Captain’s Roundtable with the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Another project of the Coalition is promoting the resurgence of dining places in Miracle Mile by designating the area as “Restaurant Row, she added. On Valentine’s Day, the association honored community leaders for their extraordinary public service at the Good

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Candidates are among Chamber speakers The colorful Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce directory has been making the rounds since its debut in February. Steve Kramer, president, said some 2,000 of the brochures have been distributed to members, employees and building managers. The year ahead will be an exciting one, he added. He is planning a forum to hear from mayor candidates for the 2013 election. Continuing its speaker program, chamber members will hear from Wilshire Police Capt. Eric Davis at the group’s Thurs., March 8 meeting at the Ratkovich Building. Other speakers who have briefed members on state and city affairs have included Mayor Anthonio Villaraigosa, City Council members Jan Perry and Tom LaBonge and Assemblyman Mike Feuer. The chamber will be hosting the 10th annual Tar Fest event featuring musicians and artists from all over the city. The activity culminates with a celebration in Hancock County Park (see adjacent article). Also on the horizon is a “Miracle Mile Run,” proposed by Councilman Tom LaBonge,

A MUSIC FESTIVAL drew crowds to Hancock Park.

ART EXHIBIT, part of last year’s TarFest, drew Councilman Tom LaBonge and Chamber president Steven Kramer.

in which high school students will compete. Kramer is working with the Fourth District Council office to alleviate a safety hazard caused by food trucks. “There have been several serious accidents because drivers exiting onto Wilshire Blvd. cannot see around the trucks.” Local restaurants are promoted by the Chamber and are often venues for meetings. Kramer plans to increase its roster of businesses, and has appointed Meg McComb as new membership chairman. The chamber, whose mission is to promote the area as a cultural and business center,

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Ross buys property slated for housing Plans to develop condominiums and senior housing at the Ross Dress for Less site on Third St. have been scrapped. Developer Alan Casden has sold the property to Ross Stores Inc. He had planned to build a 300-unit housing complex that included a 13-story tower. The property is adjacent to the Palazzo apartments which he built more than 10 years ago.

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TarFest to bring art, music, food and fun in the Fall Plans are underway for the 10th annual TarFest next Fall at venues along the Miracle Mile. The event, produced by LAUNCH LA, brings together the best emerging artists, performers, musicians and cultural innovators to showcase their talents and ideas, said TarFest and LAUNCH LA executive director James Panozzo. Last year’s event will be a hard act to follow, when more than 3,000 attendees took in music, art, food and culture at Hancock Park, home to the La Brea Tar Pits, he added. A juried art exhibit at the Korean Cultural Center featured drawings, paintings, mixed media and video. Attendees were entertained by a diverse collection of music at a free festival in Hancock Park. TarFest had something for all ages, including tents where children created art. Adults relaxed in a micro-brew stocked bier garten. The food selection was as diverse as the crowd, said Panozzo, with food trucks serving Indian, Asian and Tex-Mex fare. TarFest 2012, which is in the planning stage, will include Music in the Park on Sun., Sept. 23, as well as an art event at a location to be determined. For updates, go to

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DOLLS AND SLIPPERS in animal shapes are among handmade items at Craft & Folk Art Museum. Ice Age animal slippers at Page, bottom photo.

ery three months to coincide with new exhibits. The museum also maintains an excellent on line shop, complete with updated news about the artists, products and more. Vintage posters At Fairfax, the gift shop at the Petersen Automotive Museum is sure to please children and adults alike. Car enthusiasts will be impressed with its collection of diecast miniatures, vast array of racing and car themed clothing and specialized products for taking top notch care of your vehicle. Meanwhile, even the less avid car buffs will enjoy the shop’s collection of Hotwheels and vintage auto posters. The beautifully restored 1926 Model T that greets all patrons is worth a trip alone.

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Meet Your Neighbors She campaigned to safeguard the neighborhood

Artist, musician, she donates time in helping others

By Sondi Stepenuk Guest Columnist Yudy Machado never planned to move from Caracas, Venezuela to the United States. But back in 1979, political turmoil forced her family to uproot their lives to Southern California. She also never planned to become a driving force within the Miracle Mile neighborhood, but once again, politics and turmoil forced Yudy to take action. “As a resident of the Miracle Mile for over 25 years, I have witnessed the fast, progressive changes, which little by little are changing the character of this community,” says Yudy. “I believe it is vital that we resolve all issues in regards to the overdevelopment and overuse of variances by business owners and developers, which as a consequence directly affect education, public safety, transportation, parking, urban preservation and quality of life in the community.” As Yudy watched the neighborhood change around her, she decided it needed her unwavering resolve. She was one of the first members to help certify the Mid City West Community Council, as well as served as a member of the transportation, land use and budget committee. She holds a bachelors degree in

By Marina Muhfriedel Guest Columnist Approaching the uniquely painted salmon-and-blue Miracle Mile home of Anita GonshawKlebanoff, you know that you’re in for a treat. Petite, with a crop of short silvery hair, London-born Gonshaw-Klebanoff has been dedicated to art since receiving her first watercolors at the age of BORN IN LONDON, Anita Gonshaw-Kleeight. At the time, she lived in banoff began pursuit of art at age eight. the picturesque Wiltshire counoriginal formation of the Miracle Mile tryside in England where she and her twin sister had been evacuated to Residential Association (MMRA) in the 1980s, she still serves as a block capat the onset of World War II. After decades of exhibitions, com- tain and was instrumental in foundmissions, and presentations, her cre- ing the annual Saturday Gallery Tours ative instincts continue to manifest in along Wilshire and La Brea Ave. a broad variety of mediums. “Anything An accomplished recorder player, I see I can be inspired by,” smiles Gonshaw-Klebanoff has a great pasGonshaw-Klebanoff, a British lilt in sion for performing with the Los Angeher voice. Her works, like the colors of les Recorder Orchestra (LARO) and her home and lively garden, are filled Sempre Dolce, a quintet that plays regwith surprises of hue and texture. Her ularly at schools, libraries, bookstores home studio is dominated by a large and senior centers. “Before moving to press and she has long explored a Miracle Mile, my husband and I viswide range of printmaking techniques, ited Europe, then lived in London. I yielding works that have sold and been took piano as a child but always loved recorder music. While there, I started displayed around the world. Gonshaw-Klebanoff’s family moved to take lessons,” she recalls. to the United States when she was One of Gonshaw-Klebanoff’s recent 15, and she and her husband moved projects is a book of vibrantly col(Please turn to page 29) to Miracle Mile in 1983. Part of the

POLITICAL ACTION is one of Yudi Machado’s interests.

architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture, and she owns her own business, Property Management Solutions. Even with her impressive list of credentials, though, she felt that she needed advice and guidance about city issues and law regulations in order to preserve the essence of the Miracle Mile. She became a member of the Miracle Mile Residential Association, whose president, James O’Sullivan, is an expert in city matters, land use ordinances and city laws. “Through the years, I have seen this organization defend the right of stakeholders better than community councils… Growth does take place, but it doesn’t mean we have to lose the (Please turn to page 29)

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PUPPET SHOWS are popular at Summer Family Fun and the annual Fall Festival at the Farmers Market.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES (Continued from page 26) There is plenty of entertainment for children at the Farmers Market at Third St. and Fairfax Ave. In the summertime, kids can get an up-close look at more than 90 vintage and classic American cars at the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show. Summer Family Fun, which includes craft demonstrations and workshops, takes place every other weekend throughout the summer. Among entertainment for children are music, puppets and jugglers. Youngsters can create and take home zany hats, planters, bookmarks and artwork. The Fall Festival celebrates the harvest with music, a strolling scarecrow, pie-eating contests and a petting zoo in mid-October. For more information, go to or call 323-933-9211. ***

YOUNG ARTISTS can get creative at a drop-in program at the Zimmer.

The Zimmer Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., features 10,000 square feet of handson exhibits to ignite the power of imagination. Audience members become puppeteers to bring stories to life at Puppet Story Play-ALong on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. The art studio welcomes young artists to participate in a new project on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Children hear stories read in different languages at a Multilingual Storytime on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Kids use a variety of bubblemaking items to create bubbles of all shapes and sizes on Thursdays at 3 p.m in the Community Park. A free Sing-A-Long features favorite classic children's songs on Fridays at 11 a.m. in

the Mann Theater. Every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., the museum transforms into a dance party at Freeze Dance. All drop-in programs are free with museum admission. Call 323-761-8998. *** The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. a variety of programs for youngsters. Kids can spend the night at the museum and explore its collections at Overnight Adventures, offered yearround. Adventures in Nature day camp explores a variety of topics including earth's features, creatures and cultures from around the world at a day camp every summer for children ages 4 through 6th grade. The annual TarFest art and music festival in the Fall includes tents where children can create art as well as enjoy works by artists in Hancock

Miracle Mile 2012 27 Park on the grounds of the Page Museum. *** Yo u n g s t e r s will find the L.A. County Museum of Art at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. fun and stimulating. art, Make explore the museum or join a bilingual gallery tour on Andell Family Sundays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. See one-of-akind embroideries, a colorful world map and ARTIST' COMMISSIONED installations thrill a quilt of Ameryoung and old alike on the grounds of the ican motifs and Page Museum during TarFest. a needlepoint of animals and plants, then Children's Gallery is on Monstitch your own textile work of days and Fridays at 2 p.m. art on March 4. For more information, call Storytelling in the Boone 323-857-6175.

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Area resident says neighborhood has everything, even turtles She is a volunteer booster for the Miracle Mile area. A homeowner for the past 16 years, Mary Woodward says the area is a friendly neighborhood with all kinds of amenities. When she and her dog Olive go on their daily walk, they often meet other dog walkers and neighbors who offer a cheery “hello.” The lawns and gardens are well kept, and more and more residents are planting native shrubs. There’s talk of a Miracle Mile Garden Society form-

ing, she notes. (Los Angeles County Museum On her walk, Mary may stop of Art). It’s also the site of the by the park behind Wilshire annual Tar Fest. Courtyard, and watch the chil- Sushi, burgers, raitas, bardren who becue, it’s all here, are fasciThere is always some Mary says. Also, nated by fun event. . . like an im- residents can walk the tur- promptu concert hapto nearby entertles who tainment venues pening on the grounds reside in like Whimsic Alof Page Museum or at the pond. ley, Busby’s or the the art museum . . . There El Rey. is always As a board some fun event like an im- member of the Miracle Mile promptu concert happening Residential Association for a on the grounds of Page Mu- number of years, she keeps inseum or at the art museum formed of developments rising

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See recent Ice Age finds from 'Project 23' Six saber-toothed kittens, an extinct camel and a giant jaguar are among finds at Project 23—the newest excavation site at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. They an be seen inside the museum at the Fishbowl Lab

along with other recent Ice Age finds. Among them is a juvenile mastadon, a long-tailed weasel, a rattlesnake and a turtle. In all, some 16,000 specimens have been excavated since 2008 from the new site. During the course of construction of an underground


parking lot at the adjoining Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a large cache of subterranean fossil deposits was discovered. Rather than halting construction, large wooden “tree” boxes were built around each deposit—23, lending the project its name.

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KEY ATTRACTION of the area is Museum Row. Shown here is the Page Museum at the La Brea Tarpits, where excavations continue. Ice Age finds can be observed in the Fishbowl Lab.

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS Yudy Machado (Continued from page 25) character of our neighborhood and working together,” Yudy insists. One of Yudy’s proudest achievements involves Olympia Medical Center on Olympic Boulevard. An expansion


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of the Medical Building facility was racing through the approval process, but Yudy recognized that the future plans left much to be desired in terms of community input. She papered the neighborhood with fliers and organized neighbors to attend a hearing to voice their concerns. After the meeting, Mid City West Community Council asked the MMRA and Jim O’Sullivan to take over the project. The MMRA arranged a meeting with the community and the developer for further review and to make changes that would fall within the Miracle Mile zones, codes and specifications. “When a new building is developed, you have to understand that the whole theme, the whole design will affect the community,” says Yudy. “Everything, from the size, design, and landscaping, to the setbacks and the parking needs… it’s a lot to think about and consider.”


(Continued from page 25) ored marker drawings exploring her grieving process after the loss of her husband. Developed while working with an art therapist in a bereavement group, she presents the project to various groups, including recently at the Freda Mohr Multi-Purpose Center on Fairfax.

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Where would you go to enjoy the best coffee, to view the best outdoor sculpture, to take your children? The Larchmont Chronicle queried business owners and employees in Miracle Mile and here are the answers: Whisper Lounge won the Best Bar for celebrating special occasions. Located at The Grove, the combination lounge/bar/restaurant recreates the mood of a 1940’s speakeasy with dark mahogany wood, amber lighting, high booths and an outdoor patio. Best Place to Take a Date is Campanile restaurant, 624 S. La Brea Ave. In an Art Deco building, the space’s former courtyard has been transformed into an indoor dining area that maintains the open, airy feel and respects the building’s history. The more traditional, stolid dining areas in the back are classy yet understated. Overall, the decor strikes a balance between casual and elegant.

HANDS DOWN winner was the jazz series at LACMA.

A coffee hangout should be friendly with good service. That’s why Black Dog Coffee won the day as the Best Place to Buy Coffee. As one reviewer put it: The coffee is fine. The food is fine. The service is fine. The prices are fine. Outdoor and indoor seating, the address is 5657 Wilshire Blvd.


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With its Friday Night Jazz series during summer and fall, the classical concerts and its special exhibit opening nights, the Los Angeles Museum of Art wins the Best Entertainment Venue. The El Rey Theater was a close second. When rating the Best Outdoor Sculpture, it was a tossup between Chris Burden’s 202 lightposts in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the Berlin Wall segment in front of the Ratkovich Building across the street. The 40-foot–long Berlin Wall won out. Keeping in shape is not an easy task, but Boot Camp L.A. earned the title of Best Gym/ Exercise Place. Led by Jay and Marcella Kerwin, the camp puts people through their paces at Pan Pacific Park. Page Museum won hands down for the category of Best Spot to Take Children. As part of Museum Row, the Page enthralls children with its lifesize prehistoric monsters and puppet shows. Page Museum wins again as the Best Place to Enjoy a Brown Bag Lunch. The museum grounds have walking paths and many benches overlooking the landmark tar pits.

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MUSEUMS (Continued from page 24) p.m. Members free, non members $5. • Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective knitting group, meets Sat., March 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Free. • Curator's talk for "Deconstructing Perestroika" is Sun., March 18 at 3 p.m. • Artist's talk with Maximo Gonzalez is Sun., March 25 at 3 p.m. Free with admission. • "Deconstructing Perestroika," 24 hand-painted posters by 12 artists, ends May 6. • "Máximo González: Playful"

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covers politics, culture and reutilization of material. Ends May 6. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;, ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Celebrate Dr. Seuss' rhyme and striped top hats March 4. Free To Be Me Drum Circle is March 11. Smart Gardening is March 18, and honors Latino labor leader César Chávez March 31. Sunday workshops are on a drop-in basis from 3 to 4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984,

'Rock’ rolling to the Mile

THE ROCK is scheduled to arrive at LACMA Fri., April 9.

A 340-ton boulder, called "The Rock," was set to leave a quarry in Riverside Feb. 28 and begin its 11-night, slowmotion odyssey to LACMA as the Chronicle went to press. Its arrival will set the stage for the completion of Michael Heizer’s art work “Levitated Mass.” The elaborate move is through 21 cities and four counties with eight CHP escorts. Follow its progress at


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