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Larchmont Chronicle

MAY 2014

vol. 51, no. 5 • delivered to the 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • park labrea • larchmont village • Miracle Mile


Design for Living

Ten palm trees will be installed in the Highland Ave. median between Melrose Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. The project is sponsored by the Hancock Park Homeowners Association to replace trees that have died or been terminally damaged. The Washingtonian fan palms are eight feet tall and

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earn what it's like to live in a modern home and hear from the architects about where they got their inspiration at a Modern Home Tour Sat., May 3. (Turn to page 4)


ind out what's trending in our neighborhood in home design. (Turn to page 8)

SECTION ONE SPINNING studio heads to City Hall. 5 THIRD STREET to turn 90.


PICKETT Fences marks 20th. 8 GREEK celebration. Opa!

Highland Avenue receives replacement palm trees


BUD RICE returns on D-Day. 16

SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden

UNION STATION 75th gala. 2

City gives okay for alcohol for LC on Melrose Appeal pending The city approved an alcohol license for a restaurant planned on the ground floor of The LC on Melrose, a four-story building under construction at 5665 Melrose Ave. The corner restaurant with frontage on Melrose and El Centro Ave., will include 155 indoor seats and 50 outside on a buffered patio. Developer California Landmark received the conditional use permit for the full-line of alcohol from associate zoning administrator Lourdes Green in a 19-page report released last month. A list of 43 conditions were included. Among them were hours not to exceed 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. See LC on Melrose, p 13

will grow three feet a year, said Sabine Hoppner of Water’s Edge who is coordinating the project with Jeff Mayer of Jeff Mayer Landscape Design. Cindy Chvatal, president of the homeowners group, said “We are using our membership dues and donations to fund neighborhood projects like the Highland median, planting parkway trees, treetrimming and stump removal. “The city stopped providing these services years ago, and we feel it’s important to maintain the beauty of our neighborhood.” She extended thanks to everyone who contributed. The first replacement trees were installed south of Second St.; the remaining 10 trees will be planted between Melrose Ave. and Second St. In 1928, Highland residents and the city arranged for planting of palm trees and construction of the median strip. It was financed by the residents.  The trees and medians were recognized as an Historic-Cultural Monument in 1972.

Salute to grads

Annual section tosses our hats to this year’s graduates. Advertising deadline is Mon., May 12. To reserve space in this issue, call Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241 x 11.

For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

THE TRADITIONAL Brookside Easter Egg Hunt at the home of Sandy and Bill Boeck attracted neighborhood kids. Organizers of the hunt and games included Vivian Gueler, Gina Riberi, Gina Rudnick, Sondi Sepenuk and Alison Swan Teitel.

WORKERS BEGIN planting project led by Jeff Mayer (near right) and Sabine Hoppner.

Greater Wilshire Group hears of Park Mile limits CIM Group seeks to build hotel on Wilshire site By Jane Gilman Concerns about the possibility of a hotel being built on the Farmers Insurance property drew a large audience to the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee meeting in April. John Welborne, committee member, spoke on the restrictions in the Park Mile Specific Plan that limits development to residential uses. He is one of the creators of the zoning in 1987, designed to protect Wilshire Blvd. and adjacent property between Crenshaw Blvd. and Highland Ave. from becoming another Westwood corridor of high rises. The CIM Group, who is in escrow on the 10 acres owned by Farmers Insurance, is proposing to build a hotel on the property and would seek an exemption. The plan allows for residential and office buildings in the plan area which are in keeping with the neighborhoods on both sides of Wilshire. It is designed to protect the low density, single-family residential nature of the area, and to promote development which is compatible with adjoining residential neighborhoods.

Several new people have joined the 21-member board of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council following the March 30 election. They are Dorian Shapiro, Julie Stromberg, Joseph Hoffman and John Winther. Two-hundred nine people participated in the election and voted for 15 area representatives and six special interest delegates.

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane Anniversaries are in the news in Larchmont Village— Le Petit Greek has been here 25 years, and Pickett Fences is marking its 20th. *** Congratulations to Flicka and Bluebird who are among website LA Racked’s 18 “best children’s shops.” *** Current and former members of Boy Scout Troop 10 will join the 100th anniversary celebration at St. James Church on Sat., May 3, according to scoutmaster Thomas Fenady. See BLVD., p 11 ~ Entire Issue Online!



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Community Platform


By Jane Gilman

They’re working for you We laud the stalwarts of our community for the volunteer work they perform. Brookside residents mobilized when they learned of a possible variance to permit construction of a hotel at the Farmers Insurance property. If the variance is granted, it would erode the Park Mile Specific Plan which has safeguarded over-development along Wilshire Blvd. Windsor Village is working with the city on Harold Henry Park upgrading, and Windsor Square volunteers are overseeing improvements to Robert Burns Park and implementing lighting on east-west streets. The young palm trees being planted along Highland Avenue’s median are a project funded by Hancock Park Homeowners Association. Larchmont Village neighborhood Association is monitoring plans for a mega restaurant on the ground floor of the LC building going up on Melrose. Miracle Mile Residential Association is dealing with issues that affect its neighborhood, such as subway construction, traffic mitigation and zoning infractions. We are fortunate to have these groups working for the betterment of the community. Give them your support, involvement and donations.

Sat., May 3 – Boy Scout Troop 10 celebrates 100-year anniversary at St. James’ Parish Hall, 3903 Wilshire Blvd., at 4 p.m. Sat., May 3 and Sun., May 4 – Best Friends adoption fair, La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., May 11 – Mother’s Day Tues., May 13 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association semi-annual meeting, Van Ness Elementary School auditorium, 7 p.m. Wed., May 14 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Fri., May 16, Sat., May 17 and Sun., May 18 – Big Sunday Weekend. Sat., May 17 – Third Street Elementary 90th anniversary celebration, 201 S. June St.

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'How are you planning to celebrate Mother's Day?' That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., May 26 – Memorial Day Fri., May 30 – Delivery of the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

"The moms in my extended family are going to a spa and out to eat, probably at Le Petit Greek, and the husbands and sons are paying for everything!" Linda Perry Larchmont Village

Police Beat Traffic and Hancock Park There has been a stunning increase in traffic on Hancock Park’s Highland, Beverly, Rossmore, Melrose, 3rd, 6th and Wilshire which has caused a spillover of cut through traffic in the interior streets. Your Association have been working with the City to figure out how best to keep our streets safe and quiet. The Association has been adamant in opposing any new traffic signals while supporting STOP signs. Unfortunately, traffic signals just make it easier for traffic to flow ever faster down our streets, while making our neighborhood less safe. STOP signs STOP traffic while discouraging commuter traffic through our streets; traffic signals open a fast moving river through our neighborhood. Other options have also been implemented, such as the turn prohibitions in Quadrant Two which provide much needed relief from fast moving commuter traffic at a small cost of inconvenience to residents. If you want to help come up with solutions contact the association and volunteer for the traffic committee. The Highland Median is getting a new palm infusion. The Association will be planting 10 new 8 foot palms on Earth Day, April 22nd and 10 more will be planted in the fall. Drive by and take a look! If you’re a block captain, the annual Block Captain’s Meeting will be held on Monday, April 28th at 7PM at Marlborough School. Representatives from the LAPD, SSA and ADT will be there along with information on street maintenance, beautification, the HPOZ, disaster preparedness and other areas of interest. While the crime reports in Hancock Park are fortunately reduced, remember to: lock your windows and doors, don’t leave visible electronics in your car, never open your door to a stranger, and bring in your trash cans the day the trash is picked up. Officer Art Gallegos, our acting Sr. Lead Officer’s cell phone number is 213-793-0708 and his email address is: . Remember to never confront a suspicious person, always call 911. Report street light outages to the city at: http://bsl.lacity. org/. Report potholes by submitting an online request at If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: orhttp:// ) and contact City Planner Vinita Huang (213-978-1216 or Vinita.Huang@lacity. org). Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www. . Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Questions regarding filming - contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414Home and 310-659-6220-Office).


Neighbor’s photo leads to burglar’s arrest OLYMPIC DIVISION

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OLYMPIC DIVISION BURGLARY: A resident photographed a suspect who was attempting to pry open the balcony sliding glass doors of an apartment on the 200 block of S. Manhattan Pl.

on March 30 at 7:05 a.m. The suspect climbed onto an adjacent balcony, where he was later apprehended by police. Silverware and a watch were stolen from a home on the 200 block of N. Wilton Pl. on April 1 between 6:45 and 7 p.m. The back door was pried open to gain entry. PREVENTION TIP: Lock all doors, gates, garage and windows, including sliding glass doors, and keep areas well lit. If you are leaving town, put lights and a radio on a timer, and ask friends to collect all newspapers and mail. Install an alarm. Report suspicious activity. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2001 Nissan Sentra was taken from the 200 block of N. Manhattan Pl. on April 12. The victim left the engine running with the car unlocked. The suspect entered the car and drove away and was later arrested by the LA Sheriff’s Dept. A 1990 Honda Accord was stolen from the 600 block of N. Van Ness Ave. between April 13 at 4:30 p.m. and April 14 at 6:15 a.m. (Please turn to page 6)

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"I'm going to cut out a heart for my mom and make her a picture of a heart. And I'm also going to make her breakfast in bed... eggs shaped like a heart." Luvuyo Noyce Hancock Park

"I'm going with a friend to the Beverly Hilton and freeloading at the pool. Afterwards, my family is taking me to dinner." Kerry Rock Van Ness Ave.

"I'll buy my mom some flowers and we'll take her out to dinner." Justin Silva Larchmont Village

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Carolyn Ramsay to Forum includes campaign fulltime talks by historian, Carolyn Ramsay has stepped museum officials









ENTERTAINMENT Theater Review -  30 At the Movies - 31

Section two REAL ESTATE Real Estate sales

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VINTAGE finds.


ADOPTION weekend.


Section three DESIGN FOR LIVING 1-12

Notes From the


By John Winther

Spring break is over. The holidays are over. Now you have much time to explore Larchmont Boulevard. We have new places, new ideas and we are going to have a fun summer. Take a look at and see all the new shops. I constantly hear the words – isn’t this “village” wonderful. Larchmont Boulevard is small compared to other shopping areas but we are the heart and soul of Hancock Park and Windsor Square. Larchmont Village is part of the fabric of this enduring community and we know you like the village as much as we do. A sampling of our wonderful merchants that offer items for your home: Village Heights for clever gifts, Diptyque for candles and scents and DeVall Design Home for furniture and design services. For your eyes: Hans Custom Optik and Larchmont Optometrics. For your physical well-being: Finishline Physical Therapy, Larchmont Physical Therapy and Flywheel Sports. For your Beauty Salons & Supplies: Haas & Co Hair Design, Jessica from Sunset, Larchmont Beauty Center and Malin+Goetz. For your financial planning: Edward Jones and Wells Fargo Bank. On the Boulevard we have many merchants, professional services and the needed unusual services all located within walking distance. We have directories in our member businesses plus we distribute this directory in the Larchmont Chronicle. Besides the printed version the web version is always available at www.larchmont. com. The best exercise routine is done outdoors and not indoors. Your walk to Larchmont Boulevard is good exercise plus it is better exercise for you. Let’s get in shape and get ready for a very productive and healthy summer. Go to and hit contact us and send us your Adv. ideas. We are interested.


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down as chief of staff to Councilman Tom LaBonge to campaign fulltime for his post when he is termed out in 2015. Ramsay joined the council office in 2006 as a field deputy, and was named chief of staff in 2011. Former president of the Windsor Square Association, she was instrumental in assisting in the South Larchmont median project. She also raised funds for the purchase of Cahuenga Peak to prevent development near the Hollywood sign. “Los Angeles needs leaders who will focus on the basics and get results for our neighborhoods. I have done just that through my work and will continue doing so in this campaign. I’m looking forward to discussing my plans with our community,” Ramsay said.

Author and historian Eric Lynxwiler will join representatives from Miracle Mile museums at the Cultural Tourism Forum on Thurs., May 8 at noon at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. The Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event will include a photo presentation and talk by Lynxwiler and a panel discussion of “Museums: Beacons of Cultural Tourism.” Museum officials expected to speak are Heather Cochran, Academy of Motion Pictures; Terry Karges, Petersen Automotive: Suzanne Isken, Craft & Folk Art; Terry Morello, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Cynthia Wornman, Page Museum. Mark Panatier of Gilmore Co./Farmers Market will moderate.


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Four in the running in Supervisor race Nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, Bobby Shriver may be graced with the best name recognition of the candidates running in the Tues., June 3 primary election for Third District L.A. County Supervisor. But don’t discount the competition: a city councilman, former state legislator and former mayor of a tony enclave by the sea. Businessman and attorney John Duran, 54, has served on the West Hollywood City Council since 2001. Sheila Kuehl, 73, served for

eight years in the state senate and six years in the state assembly, and currently she is founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and was appointed Regents’ Professor of Public Policy at UCLA. Former Malibu mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, 46, won a seat on that city’s City Council in 2004 and 2008. She is a Realtor and former attorney. A member of the Santa Monica City Council from 2004 to 2012, Shriver, 59, is an activist and attorney. He is brother to the former First Lady of Cali-

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fornia, Maria Shriver. The candidates are running for L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s seat. He is termed out after 20 years on the job. The election takes place in November. With an annual budget of $25 billion, the five-member board represents 10 million people stretching from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica. It oversees the county hospital system, Sheriff's Dept., libraries, foster care and homeless services.

Crime, including ongoing burglaries from cars, is on the agenda when the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association meets on Tues., May 13 at 7 p.m. The semi-annual meeting will be held in the auditorium of Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Representatives from the L.A.P.D.’s Olympic and Hollywood divisions will address crime, said Charlie D’Atri, LVNA president. Councilman Tom LaBonge and/or his field deputy will discuss topcs that affect the neighborhood. A presentation on minimal water use landscaping is also on the agenda. In addition, LVNA officers and directors will be elected at the meeting.

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Firefighters to flip pancakes, lead tours, share history A pancake breakfast and demonstrations with firefighting apparatus will highlight “Fire Service Recognition Day” on Sat., May 10. Firemen will cook a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausages at the Old Fire Station 27 Museum and Memorial, 1355 Cahuenga Blvd., from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children under 10. The event benefits the L.A.F.D. Historical Society and education groups. Station firefighters will give demonstrations with an aerial

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ladder and water hose. In addition, firemen will lead tours at Station 29, 4029 Wilshire Blvd., Station 52 at 4957 Melrose Ave., and Station 61, 5821 W. Third St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jeffrey Foundation fundraiser May 8 features 30’s theme L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, City Councilman Herb Wesson, Jane Gilman of the Larchmont Chronicle and the Beverly Hills Courier are among honorees at the “Circle of Love” dinner, Thurs., May 8 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Peter Mark Richman is master of ceremonies at the 30’sthemed event that will include a reception, silent auction, cocktails, dinner and a show featuring Songstress Bonnie Bowden and her Stellar Quartet.

The benefit for the Jeffrey Foundation, which serves special needs children and their families, is at the Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd. Tickets are $150. Other honorees are Circle of Love Associates and Committee, Economic Development Dept., Pacific Coast Regional, Shine on Hollywood Magazine, Variety Children’s Charity. Call 323-965-7536 or email info@thejeffreyfoundation. com.

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Flywheel heads to Council, seeks zone change

PARTY PLANNERS for Third Street School’s 90th anniversary celebration are, from left, Michael August, co-president of Friends of Third; Heidi Stanton, Dr. Susie Oh, principal; James DuMont, Alex Dionne and Patty Cohen.

90-year anniversary party includes student shows Students, parents and alumni will convene at Third Street School’s campus at 201 S. June St., to celebrate the school’s 90th year on Sat., May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy carnival games, refreshments from food trucks and dessert carts, student performances and tile painting. Sponsored by Friends of Third Street, the event will include presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Ticket pre-sales will begin May 5 online (friendsoft- Entrance to the event is free. Tickets at $1 each are redeemable for games, food and drinks, and bounce houses for the kids. The following are memories from former students: Amy Genut, a former student and current kindergarten teacher at Third Street, has pleasant memories of her graduation.   “I really loved my graduation.  Some friends and I sang (Please turn to page 15)

The City Council was scheduled to consider a zone change for Flywheel Sports, at 147 N. Larchmont Blvd., on April 30, after the Chronicle went to press. At a public hearing April 8, the city Planning and Land Use Management Committee recommended to append the list of permitted uses of the boulevard’s Q (Qualified) Conditions. If approved, the ordinance would allow the indoor stationary cycling studio at the 3,910 square foot building; of which 873 square feet can be used for indoor cycling. The property has 17 parking spaces. When it opened last year, at the former Blockbuster site, the spinning studio was licensed as a retail store. Gyms are not allowed on Larchmont Blvd., per the Q Conditions, aimed to preserve the street’s small town character. But, according to a recent city report, “cycling studios, like yoga studios and Curves studios which are smaller in scale are separating and distinguishing themselves from gymnasiums and health clubs

village,” Councilman Tom LaBonge’s chief of staff Carolyn Ramsey, said at a public hearing in December. Besides forbidding gyms, the Larchmont Q ordinance, approved in 1992 and again in 2009, limits the number of restaurants on the street.

facilities such as 24-Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym and others.” More than 260 letters in support of Flywheel were received from residents, businesses and patrons, according to the city report. “Flywheel is consistent with the stores and shops in the

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Celebrating 25 Years! May 26th we celebrate 25 years of serving our wonderful, loyal customers. We thank you for the privilege of having you as our guests at Le Petit Greek in our very own Larchmont Community. Our healthy, delicious, Greek Mediterranean cuisine comes from the Peloponnese region. Our recipes are that of our forefathers and we delight in sharing our philosophy of conscious, healthy living with our guests, because we truly care about your health and well being.

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PHOTO LEADS TO ARREST BURGLARIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: A wallet with ID, credit cards and money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 300 block of N. Van Ness Ave. on April 2 between 1 and 7:30 a.m. Glasses, a bank statement

and a registration card were taken from an unlocked car parked on the 600 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. between April 3 at 7 p.m. and April 4 at 5 a.m. Money, ID and credit cards were stolen from a vehicle parked on the 200 block of N. Manhattan Pl. between April 5

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at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 8 a.m. PREVENTION TIP: Lock it. Hide it. Keep it. Secure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do not leave valuables in the car, or keep them hidden out of sight or locked in the trunk. Use an anti-theft device such as a club. Park your vehicle in areas where there is a high concentration of pedestrian traffic. At night, park in welllit areas. WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: A suspect approached a woman sitting in her car near the corner of Highland Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. on April 1 at 9:10 a.m. and demanded her property. The victim sped away in her vehicle. An iPod, money and wallet were stolen from a man getting into his car near the corner of Oakwood and McCadden Pl. on April 1 at 9:45 p.m. The suspect approached the victim from behind, threatened him with a handgun and demanded his property. The Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180

suspect fled in a car. BURGLARIES: Money, jewelry, a purse and wallet were stolen from a home on the 600 block of N. Lucerne Blvd. on April 10 at 9 a.m. The suspect broke windows to gain entry into the home. A computer was taken from a residence on the 400 block of N. Highland Ave. on April 10 at 11 a.m. The suspect broke into the house through the back door. An unlocked home was ransacked and property stolen on the 400 block of N. Highland Ave. on April 10 at 12:40 p.m. Furniture and other household items were taken from a residence on the 100 block of N. Citrus Ave. on April 11 at 2:20 p.m. The suspect smashed the rear door window to gain entry. BURGLARIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: Property was stolen from a car parked on the 600 block of N. Lucerne Blvd. on March 25 at 1:10 p.m. A catalytic converter was taken from a vehicle parked on the 5600 block of Clinton St. on April 2 at 9:30 a.m. A Computer, credit cards and other documents were stolen from a car parked on the 700 block of N. Sycamore Ave. on April 2 at 8 p.m. The suspect smashed the window

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Lock it, hide it to prevent car break-ins Burglaries from motor vehicles continue to occur throughout Windsor Square, Larchmont Village and the Wilton-Ridgewood communities, according to L.A.P.D. Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo. “There were four recent car break-ins during a one-week period in Larchmont Village,” he said. “The common trend here is unlocked doors.” Pelayo encourages residents to lock their vehicles and hide valuables. “And as the weather gets warmer, please refrain from leaving your windows open when you are not at home,” he added. to gain entry. A catalytic converter was taken off a vehicle parked on the 500 block of N. Lucerne Blvd. on April 15 at 7 p.m. 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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Pickett Fences marks 20 years serving customers in the Village By Laura Eversz Joane Pickett has been sell-

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Larchmont Village since May of 1994. A cocktail reception will celebrate the shop’s 20 years of doing business in the community on Sun., May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 214 N. Larchmont Blvd. “Everyone’s invited,” said Pickett, who opened the store with her husband Wiley back when Larchmont was “a sleepy little village.” The newlyweds had just bought a bungalow in Larchmont Village, and had fallen in love with the neighborhood. At the time, Joane was working in the wholesale clothing industry downtown, and yearning to travel less and spend more time enjoying her new home. The couple decided to “give it a try,” and Pickett Fences was born. Joane does the buying and accounting while Wiley, who built the inside of the store from old wood he got from tear-downs following the Northridge earthquake, also acts as the techie, fix-it and financial guy. The boutique has been in three different locations on the boulevard. “We started at 111 North, and expanded to 115. After about 10 years, we opened at our current location and closed the other two," said Joane. Later, they opened sister store Petticoats at 115 N. Larchmont, but when the recession hit, “we consolidated here and that’s the way we’ll

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THE PICKETTS recall opening the store when Larchmont was a “sleepy little village.”

stay,” she swears. While the internet has changed the industry greatly over the years, the theme at Pickett Fences, which stocks clothing for men, women and children, lingerie, sleepwear, jewelry and gifts, has remained pretty much the same. “We’ve always had a retro theme, but with contemporary, casual clothing,” said Joane. “And we’ve tried to make it so that customers have an interesting retail experience. The store is a bit of ‘retail as entertainment,’ meaning there’s lots to look at, creative displays and great customer service.” Reflecting on two decades as local residents and business owners, Joane notes that neither she nor her husband, who now live in Brookside, are from around here. “We’re from Illinois,” she says. “So we feel really lucky

to have found this little neighborhood. It was such a fluke, but now we live here, work here, our son, Wiley Jr., goes to school here. We are so happy to be a part of this community.”

Miracle Mile one-mile run Los Angeles' only one-mile

run, hosted by the office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge, will race down the middle of Wilshire Blvd. on Sun., May 18. Check in is at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Orange Dr. The finish line is at Urban Lights on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Campus at Wilshire Blvd. and Ogden Dr. Registration is free and takes place at the starting line before the run begins.

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Le Petit Greek’s success hails back to a much earlier time By Suzan Filipek Le Petit Greek co-owners and brothers Dimitri and Thomas Houndalas have spent the past 25 years serving grilled rack of lamb, bechamel-topped moussaka and a cold glass of retsina. Also on the menu at the 100-seat Village staple is hormone-free, “grass-finished” beef. The seasonal menu is part of a larger “Hellenic” experience that expands beyond food, delicious as it is. “Our philosophy is to give the best possible, healthiest, organic version of food in the most reasonable price… “It’s part of our culture, a healthy mind, a healthy body. That’s what our ancestors taught us,” says Dimitri. Up before sunrise, he shops for fresh produce, meat and fish in time to be back to greet the lunch crowd. Doubled in size The brothers celebrate 25 years on the boulevard Mon., May 26. Since opening, Le Petit Greek has doubled in size spilling outside to a welcoming patio. Dimitri estimates 80 percent of his customers are regulars. He is especially touched when the children of his earliest customers, now adults,

SERVING DELICIOUS food on the Boulevard for a quarter of a century are Dimitri and Thomas Houndalas.

bring in their children to celebrate birthdays, graduations and other milestones. “To me that’s more important than anything else… that they choose us to create these memories…” The brothers grew up in a small town in the Peloponnese, where, like Larchmont Village, everyone knows everyone. Thomas spends part of the year running the pair’s boutique hotel on the island of Santorini in Greece. Dimitri’s lifelong interest in nutrition and exercise is being channeled into a blog he writes to educate people about the foods we eat. Unless a label reads “grass

finished” the animal was fattened with grain the last few months of its life, robbing most of the vitamins and good fats, he explains. Atlantic salmon lives immobilized in tight containers and dyed. Eggs labeled organic, or cage free, probably came from hens raised in cramped quarters fed an artificial, albeit organic, diet. Dimitri picks up “pastureraised” eggs from foraging birds, who eat worms and all “nature intended,” from Gama Farms at the Larchmont Farmers Market. Organic salmon on the menu hails from the Scottish Isles and Norway.

Wines are chosen from around the world to pair with dishes on the menu. Thomas studied hotel management and business and worked as a maitre d at the Jonathan Club downtown before opening the restaurant. A classically trained guitarist, Dimitri soon followed his brother to the states. He takes his son, Nicholas, 12, on shopping expeditions to teach him about the business and about life. “It takes a lot of energy and smarts to be successful… and it takes more effort to maintain it,” Dimitri notes. His grandfather, who immigrated in the late 1880s to San Francisco, ran a restaurant, as did his father. Thomas continues to be head chef, but much of the key to the delicious food and rave Yelp reviews is in the quality of the ingredients. And, in the warm Mediterranean ambiance that envelops you. “Unless you love what you do you can’t last this long,” Dimitri says as some of his 40-member staff prep tables for lunch. “It’s been a great ride,” he says, adding he sees another 20, 25 years ahead. We’ll toast to that!

Celebration Diners will have many chances to win a free dinner for two on the 25th anniversary Mon., May 26. Le Petit Greek, 127 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-4645160, Open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Car owners warned of rising thefts of catalytic converters The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division reports 34 thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles since January. The majority of the thefts have occurred south of Wilshire Blvd., mostly in the area west of Rimpau Blvd. Seven have occurred north of Beverly Blvd. Catalytic converters were introduced in 1975 to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s stricter exhaust emission regulations. Early models were known as “two-way” converters, which were replaced in 1981 by “three-way” models. However, both types of converters are still in use.


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Action-packed ‘Range Wolf’ is Fenady’s latest has written and/or produced including “Chisum,� “Hondo� and "The Rebel.� The 408-page book is about a dilettante in the post-Civil War era whose life is saved by a cowboy who leads a herd of Texas cattle to Kansas. They encounter floods, fever, Indi-

Andrew J. Fenady’s 11th western novel and 17th book just hit the bookstores. “The Range Wolf� is a new version of Jack London’s “The Sea Wolf,� the Hancock Park resident told us. Fenady has a mile-long list of television and movies he

ans and a few other obstacles. Fenady writes between six and 10 pages a day, using a pencil and yellow unlined paper. “I threw my typewriter away years ago,� he said. His books have earned the Golden Boot, Silver Spur and Owen Wister awards.

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By Sondi Sepenuk It wasn’t too long ago that the Hamburger Hamlet at 217 N. Larchmont Blvd. closed its doors after a brief go of it. Now, make room for another burger joint, Burger Lounge, which will be taking over the same space. Started in La Jolla in 2007, Burger Lounge sells itself as providing a simple, premium quality menu that appeals to health conscious diners, vegetarians and burger lovers alike. A sampling of menu items includes “The Classicâ€? beef burger, as well as an “organic quinoa veggie burgerâ€? and a limited time “grass fed elk burger.â€? Also on the menu: fresh salads, French fries, onion rings, milk shakes, root beer floats and a signature sea-salted caramel brownie with whipped cream. 217 N. Larchmont Blvd. —•— Just around the corner from Larchmont Blvd. is the brandnew Midtown Bar & Kitchen, opened by Filippo Cortivo of Osteria Mamma and Osteria La Buca fame, and Max Mamikunian and Marko Shafer of Hotel CafĂŠ. Cortivo and his mother, the “Mammaâ€? and chef of Osteria Mamma next door, created an international tapas-style menu that favors the Italian side. The space, designed by Mamikunian/Shafer, includes a full bar and large, comfortable booths to kick back and relax. 5722 Melrose Ave. 323-460-4090 —•— The former Vine St. sushi spot Sushi Hiroba will soon be replaced by The Oinkster (also in Eagle Rock), chef Andre Guerrero’s “slow fast foodâ€? take on classic American fare. Construction workers have been hammering away at the Hollygrove-adjacent site for several months. Think of it as a retro fast food diner with burgers, fries and shakes, but

also salads and sandwiches thrown in for good measure. The Oinkster aims to be the antidote to both the expensive gourmet meals and their cheap fast food counterparts. The restaurant’s $10 and under menu skips high prices in favor of better flavors and quality. Sandwiches are made with house-cured pastrami or slow-roasted pork, burgers of fresh-ground Nebraska Angus beef. Craft beer and wine are also on the menu, as are shakes and an assortment of cupcakes and other treats. 776 N. Vine St. —•— Much to many local’s gastronomic disappointment, Buddha’s Belly on Beverly Blvd. abruptly closed its doors in September. Stir Market, helmed by Bryan Libit, will be replacing the former pan-Asian hotspot. Not too much is known yet about what Stir Market will have to offer, but permits show that Libit is planning to install indoor seating for 51, outdoor seating for 30 and provide beer and wine. 7475 Beverly Blvd. —•— Starbucks is planning to open a La Boulange location at Fourth St. and La Brea Ave., marking the first opening of the restaurant and bakery outside of San Francisco. Starbucks, which bought La Boulange bakery owner Bay Bread Group for $100 million in 2012, has 22 La Boulange outlets in San Francisco and plans to take the chain nationwide.  The two-story eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beer and wine (pending a license approval) as well as salads, organic breads and assorted pastries will be on the menu. Starbucks sells La Boulange pastries and other food in about 3,500 Starbucks outlets in the United States. La Boulange was founded in 1999 by French baker Pascal Rigo.

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Shop hot pants to caftans at ‘Vintageous’ Remembering Simba Love 4/10/2003 — 3/20/2014

In loving memory of our precious pet Simba Love, gone from our arms but never from our hearts.

We especially thank the Larchmont Animal Clinic for their generous donation to the Pet Health Foundation in Simba’s honor.

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invites LaMure. “We have beautiful pieces, but we’re not snooty. We’re kid-friendly and dog-friendly, and we want our customers to have a fun shopping experience.

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It’s also the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Janine Stang’s goal is to sing our nation’s anthem throughout the U.S. “I sang in all but five states,” we heard from Janine at Starbucks. *** We spotted our Mayor (and neighbor) Eric Garcetti and wife Amy dining at Girasole.


The Wong family would like to thank everyone for their loving support, flowers and cards at Simba’s passing. IN COLLABORATION WITH

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By Laura Eversz When Beth LaMure closed her production company, which specialized in music videos, she was left with a wardrobe of more than 4,000 vintage pieces, mainly from the 50s through the 80s. “I knew someday I’d do something with them,” said the gregarious LaMure. “But I’m a procrastinator, so I paid for storage for eight years.” Finally, at the urging of a friend, she opened a shop on Melrose near the Pacific Design Center. “But I always felt that Larchmont was the place to be. I love, love, love the small town feel having myself grown up in a small town where Main St. was where we all went to shop.” LaMure recently hosted a grand opening celebration at Simply Vintageous’ new home at 128½ N. Larchmont Blvd. The space is teeming with beautiful, vintage clothing from hostess gowns to caftans, hot pants and rompers to dresses and evening gowns. “People often ask for Halston, Gucci. But vintage is so much better than today’s couture. It’s amazing how beautifully made everyday pieces were back when we didn’t have mass production using crappy material,” said LaMure. “I get excited about every single piece—even Montgomery Ward vintage—with old department store tags,” she added. And it’s those pieces that allow her to keep her prices reasonable, with many items selling in the $100 to $300 price range. “A young girl found her prom dress here yesterday, and I’ve also outfitted people for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes,” she said. In addition, the shop stocks an assortment of never-worn Lucie Ann lingerie, scarves by Charles Rosenberg and M. Andonia handbags, both created using vintage fabric. There’s also really pretty Liberty of London wristlets and tablet covers with contrasting linings by Carter Jones custom made for LaMure by casting director and local resi-

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Thanks to Carolyn Ramsay's leadership; reviving traffic humps, beware of scam I’d like to use this month’s column to announce and report on several critical issues that are occurring in District Four as well as throughout the city of Los Angeles. My chief of staff, Carolyn Ramsay, will be leaving my office at the end of April to focus on her campaign for the Fourth Council District seat. Since the day Carolyn made her announcement, I’ve been asked time and time again, “Have you chosen who will

replace Carolyn Ramsay?” My response, “No one replaces Carolyn Ramsay.” Her leadership as president of the Windsor Square Association and work on the now-lush medians on south Larchmont first caught my attention over a decade ago. I recruited Carolyn to work in my office back in 2006. She started out as a field deputy in my office, covering the Wilshire area and working as a problem solver to deliver basic city services.

From getting streets resurfaced to building traffic triangles like the one at Second Street and Wilton Place, Carolyn had an eye for the little things that make neighborhoods safe and give them character. From day one, Carolyn and I have shared the same goals for our city and the council district: supporting and protecting our neighborhoods, creating an atmosphere for small businesses to thrive, and pushing through red-tape

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to deliver city services straight to our neighborhoods. In the coming weeks, I will be reviewing all of the positions in my office and will make an announcement about who will be my new chief of staff. Please join me in thanking Carolyn for her years of service to all of the Fourth Dis-

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Schools, pets, everyone wins on Big Sunday

ADOPTABLE pets will be at the family event May 3 and May 4.

Looking for love? Find it at the Tar Pits Playful pups to sweet seniors will be among the 1,000 pets at NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) Adoption Weekend. The family event is on Sat., May 3 and Sun., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Food trucks, celebrities and exhibitors will join dogs and cats from 50-plus area shelters


deep by Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald Ask any friend who curses her saddle bags, some problem areas are more stubborn than others. With this in mind, Zeltiq Aesthetics, the makers of CoolSculpting, has just introduced the CoolSmooth Applicator. We are proud to be the only office in the area to offer this applicator that allows us to target hard-to-treat bulges. CoolSmooth delivers the same CoolSculpting technology to freeze fat then allow your body to naturally eliminate the unwanted cells. Yet some fat is too firm and fibrous to be drawn into other applicators and cooled. CoolSmooth’s flexible mini panels mold precisely to your targeted zone. Bulges on inner thighs, abdomen and flanks are ideal regions for CoolSmooth, and the FDA granted approval in April for use on outer thighs as well. CoolSculpting can now treat the entire thigh area. In addition to CoolSmooth, Rebecca Fitzgerald MD, offers five other applicators to address softer tissue on the abdomen, “love handles” and “bra fat” areas. Winner of New Beauty Magazine’s “The Best Body Treatment”, 2013, the CoolSculpting procedure is surprisingly relaxing with little discomfort. Recline in a private room with an office-provided iPad for about an hour. In approximately three weeks you’ll start to notice results, and continue to notice them during the next three months. You can elect to have additional treatments depending on your goal. On average, you can expect a 25-30% reduction of fat in each treated area. We are pleased to announce that Julie Gray PA-C and Angela Sarff RN are graduates of CoolSculpting University, a three day intensive training course at CoolSculpting headquarters in Pleasanton, Ca. Contact our office to schedule your CoolSculpting consultation. Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is a Board Certified Dermatologist Located in Larchmont Village with a special focus on anti-aging technology. She is a member of the Botox Cosmetic National Education Faculty and is an international Training Physician for Dermik, the makers of the injectable Sculptra. She is also among a select group of physicians chosen to teach proper injection techniques for Radiesse, the volumizing filler, around the world. Dr. Fitzgerald is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA. Visit online at www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD. com or call (323) 464-8046 to schedule Adv. an appointment.

and rescue groups, including breed specific ones bringing border collies to yorkies. Last fall 400 pets found a home at the event hosted by Best Friends Animal Society. “We hope to beat that number this spring,” said Marc Peralta, executive director. “The sad truth is that 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in U.S. shelters every day…. that number should be zero, and adoption is a key component to making that happen.” Free admission. Adoption fees start at $25 and include spay/neuter, shots and a microchip,

Multi-family rummage sales Bargains galore are promised at two rummage sales in May. On Sat., May 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a multifamily sale will be held at eight homes in Windsor Village south of Wilshire Blvd. between Lucerne and Crenshaw boulevards. Items include baby and children’s clothing, toys, twin gear, bicycles, as well as furniture, books, CDs and more. Larchmont Charter School’s annual Garage-A-Rama fundraiser is on Sat., May 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2801 W. Sixth St. at LaFayette Place. Three-hundred families donated goods for the 11th annual rummage sale. Last year’s sale raised more than $8,000 for the local charter school. Among offerings will be sporting goods, housewares, and children’s items.

LC ON MELROSE (Continued from page 1) The proposed restaurant includes 26 underground parking spaces, and it is to provide valet parking in the evening. Residents had until April 29 to appeal, after the Chronicle went to press. Hours, parking and noise issues are among residents’ concerns of the proposed restaurant on the ground floor of the mixed-use project which includes 85 units above the ground floor restaurant-andretail space.

Help plant an herb garden, spruce up cottages for orphaned cats or play bingo. Whatever your skills, whatever your passions, Big Sunday has something for you. The 16th annual event has grown to a three-day, statewide fest, beginning Fri., May 16 and continuing to Sun., May 18. Founder David Levinson, Hancock Park, is at the helm of the group’s biggest event of the year. Thousands are expected to pitch in and lend a hand. Sign up online for hundreds of events, from working in a community garden in West Adams to hosting a lemonade stand in your neighborhood. Beagles to the rescue Cottages that house stray cats could use some painting and minor construction work. A beagle rescue could also use some help to clean up these sweet pooches who bring love to hospital patients. Another group that pairs horses with special needs children in a therapeutic outdoors setting wants help pulling weeds and painting benches. Plant an herb and butterfly garden at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, or if you'd rather sit back and relax, board the Big Sunday Chill Out Express and take an hour cruise bringing much-needed socks to some folks who need them. Ladies can swing with residents to Big Band tunes at the

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Students volunteer to help schools, homeless, blind By Gabriella Carmona Pilgrim School reporter For any high school senior

community service is a sacred rite of passage, the source of that warm fuzzy feeling you

get after doing something good. From tutoring fifth graders to handing out food to the homeless, the number of volunteering opportunities is endless. We asked Pilgrim School seniors what their community service project is, in addition to spending a week in May to help a designated charity.

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“I volunteer at a pantry for the homeless, where they have these boxes filled with perishable goods like IVAN rice and tuna,” ESPARZA said Ivan Esparza. "I was given boxes to organize so they can distribute them later. The food would then go to homeless people in need. "I actually started volunteering there, because my friend was going, but after the first time I found that I really enjoyed it. There are a bunch of volunteers from all over the place: Russia, Italy, Mexico."

At Braille Institute

Audrey Yun’s greatgrandfather was the inventor of Korean Braille, so she decided to volunteer at the Braille Institute. “It was cool to experi-

ence what my grandfather went through since he ran a school for the blind and the seeing. I would v o l u n t e e r AUDREY twice a week YUN for two hours each during the summer. I’d help the blind with their art class and would organize their audiobooks. "One of the coolest experiences was when they were making good fortune voodoo dolls. In the end, everyone’s doll looked completely different, because everyone’s creativity was just so different.”

After-school activity

“I work the scoreboards for sport games,” said Alec Palchikoff. “During the fall I help with the ALEC scoreboard for PALCHIKOFF girls’ volleyball. "We have very few people who can take the time after school to do that, and it is a way of showing my support in the best way I can. Sports are a big thing with me. It’s my favorite activity to watch, do and learn about, so to be able to tie some kind of volunteering into it, it’s great. "I get to see some awesome moments, like when Pilgrim girl’s volleyball team won their first game, and they charged the floor to celebrate.”

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Kimberly Madrid volunteered to help renovate and landscape for the Los Feliz community. "We went to the post office in Los Feliz and were provided with shovels and pick axes to help build an eco-friendly garden. I remember when we were trying to uproot KIMBERLY this stubborn MADRID tree. It was a team effort, so we repeated the process with the other trees. It was nice to be able to see

Annual section tosses our hats to this year’s graduates. Advertising deadline is Mon., May 12. To reserve space in this issue, call Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241 at ext. 11.

how all our hard work created something beautiful.”

Removing litter

“I get my volunteer hours done through this program called Outdoor Adventures,” said Jacob Lower. go “We’d hiking, fish- JACOB ing, mountain LOWER biking and all throughout that we picked up trash. It is usually a weeklong event in Fryman Canyon and Mount Baldy. The biking in the mountains was nice, and is a good combination of having fun and cleaning up. Now during the school year, I manage Pilgrim’s student store, and all the profits are going towards a Pilgrim Senior’s community service trip, such as Habitat for Humanity.”

Eye to Eye ... Hancock Park Ophthalmology Like most people, I have certain ingrained beliefs from childhood. One of them is: “education is the key to prevention”. Many of my topics result from caring for patients who suffer serious eye damage due to lack of knowledge and proper care. One example is Glaucoma, an eye disease which is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Certain types can progress with little to no symptoms, and left untreated, can lead to vision loss. This can often be prevented with early treatment. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. Clear liquid, called aqueous humor circulates inside the front portion of the eye. When the drainage angle is blocked, fluid pressure increases causing damage to the optic nerve. One type of glaucoma progresses gradually and painlessly, resulting in possible blindness if not treated; the other hits in an acute attack which must be treated immediately. You are at risk if you are over 65 years of age, have a family history of glaucoma, are of African ancestry, or have suffered past eye injuries. Your ophthalmologist will weigh all factors before deciding whether you should be monitored for this disease. Some say hindsight is 20/20 – If you take proper care of your eyes, you can use your healthy eyesight to always look ahead. Dr. M. Isaac Gordon is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Trained at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, he specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. In addition, he provides services for general eye care and optical needs. Dr. Gordon is located in the Larchmont Medical Building. Call (323)465-0562, or visit Adv.

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singing 'Danny Boy,' I remember walking quietly into our auditorium two by two very quietly and respectfully. It was a favorite of our principal, Mr. Fred Orth, and certainly did quiet down exuberant children very quickly.” Diana Heaney’s fondest memories of Third Street are

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(Continued from page 5) 'The Greatest Love of All' by Whitney Houston. I also clearly remember going across the street to Nick, the ice cream truck guy, after school. Ann (a teacher) was ublisherHutchinson of the Larchmont always there to make sure we Citizen Recognition Award didn’t cross the street—there

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was a tunnel on under Third St. at Las Palmas Ave.   "My favorite teacher was Mrs. Wilson because she was very sweet, and she was always happy.” Amy said she is so pleased to be back at her alma mater. “As soon as I completed my

Attend our monthly board meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at The Ebell at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. enter through west parking lot. Congratulations to our newly elected and returning board members: Area 1 Brookside– Owen Smith Area 2 Citrus Square — Jeffry Carpenter Area 3 Country Club Heights—Frances McFall Area 4 Fremont Place – Patricia Lombard Area 5 Hancock Park- -James Wolf Area 6 LaBrea-Hancock– Bill Funderburk Area 7 Larchmont Village—Fred Mariscal Area 8 Melrose – Dorian Shapiro Area 9 Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews – Jason Peers Area 10 Ridgewood-Wilton/St. Andrews Square—Patricia Carroll Area 11 Sycamore Square– Ann Eggleston Area 12 Western-Wilton– Greg Wittmann Area 13 Wilshire Park– John Gresham Area 14 Windsor Square– Jack Humphreville Area 15 Windsor Village– Julie Stromberg Renter– Joseph Hoffman Business - John Winther At Large – Jane Usher Religion – Michael Genewick Education – Clinton Oie Other non profit – Dan Whitley

teaching credential, I started looking for jobs. Whenever I drove down Third St., I would think about how much I loved that school and how great it would be to work there,” she said.   “I was interviewing at a few schools. But my dad, David Genut, always kept his eyes and ears open for  available  teaching positions. His networking skills worked, and I was called in for an interview, and I got the job.” Susan Meyer Blumenthal says her favorite teacher was Mrs. Savage who taught third grade. "Years later, when my sons Tom and Jim went to Third Street, Mrs. Savage was still there—but she had been promoted to assistant principal. "When I enrolled the boys, she called me 'Susie,' no one has called me that since." Sandy Larsen Boeck recalls rehearsing each year for the May Day program. "Yes, we danced around a maypole erected for the occasion! "We always looked forward to recess; however, one day our teacher told us that we couldn’t go outside because oil had erupted through the asphalt on the playground. I remembered the smell of the oil and our disappointment that we couldn’t go outside. That part of the playground was closed for quite a long time. “Whenever I hear someone

of those events that brought people together: working in the cafeteria, the book fairs, the fair in the fall. “Amid the hustle and chaos of Los Angeles, Third Street Elementary provided a haven, a reassuring sense of community in this overwhelmingly big world.”

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The plane’s upgrade included two GPS systems to keep the aircraft on course, but it still lacks an autopilot like computerized, mechanized airliners have today. The C-47 was like flying a “big-winged bird,” Rice had said.


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He had worked as a sales engineer for CR Industries (now Honeywell). In a 2006 Çhronicle article, Rice said “I’m no hero. The soldiers who never came back are the heroes.” *** The twin-prop Whiskey 7 is one of several C-47s scheduled to be part of the D-Day anniversary, with jumpers made up of active and retired military personnel. But it is believed to be the only one flying from the United States. “There are very few of these planes still flying, and this plane was very significant on D-Day,” said Erin Vitale, chairwoman of the Return to Normandy Project. “It dropped people that were some of the first into St.-Mere-Eglise and liberated that town.” Recently restored The plane will fly to France by way of Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Germany, each leg 5 ½ to 7 hours. Vitale compared it to trying to drive a 70-year-old car across the country without a breakdown. “It’s going to be a huge challenge.” Recently restored, the plane is now housed at the National Warplane Museum in western New York. During the war paratroopers were weighed down with probably 100 pounds of gear, including an M-1 rifle that was carried in three pieces, 30-caliber rifle ammo, a firstaid pack, grenade, K-rations and a Bible.


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Bold flavors at Mud Hen; cross borders at Chego When Street announced it was closing, I’m sure I’m not the only person who bemoaned the presumed loss of their signature Kaya toast. Wisely, when chef/owner Susan Feniger morphed her restaurant into the more casual Mud Hen Tavern, she kept it on the menu. The simple dish of toast topped with coconut jam, fried egg and dark soy sauce is sweet, salty and completely addicting. Bold flavors are found throughout the menu. A lemon-hazelnut sauce adds zest to shaved kale and Brussels sprouts. Manila clams are garlicky and redolent of the Andouille sausage in the broth. Located on Highland just above Melrose, Feniger felt the area had ample fine-dining options, and decided to create a neighborhood joint. Boisterous and boozy, the restaurant has a covered patio, inside booths and a large area with a bar and two communal tables reserved for drop-ins, where my party of three sat on a packed Thursday night. Beer, whiskey and easydrinking wines accompany a menu that includes the hangover burger, pumpkin ravioli and quite decent pizza (rather brave given its proximity to Pizzeria Mozza). Menu prices are low enough to not feel guilty about missing happy hour, ranging from $6 for Kaya toast to $18 for maple whiskey barbecue brisket. Mud Hen Tavern, 742 N. Highland Ave., 323-203-0500.

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By Paula Mendoza 11th Grade In between the campus Easter Egg Hunt, a school-wide BBQ, and the annual Spring Arts Festival, the Marymount spirit is extending past our gates. The choir, orchestra, and dancers visited Joseph Pomeroy Widney High School, a special educational magnet high school for an afternoon of performance and service. Marymount is also thrilled to announce that digital film student, junior Paula Sison has been selected as a post-production intern for a documentary called “A Farmer’s Road” about a pioneering sustainable farm in Illinois, directed by John Murray. Part of our identity at MHS is our commitment to service; Kingdom


By Samuel Bernardy 5th Grade Hello again everyone! Five, six, seven, eight, who do we appreciate? Teachers! During Teacher Appreciation Week, we have a Fair, one of the hallmarks of junior year, is not merely an event, but a season, when all members of the junior class volunteer at various organizations all over the Los Angeles area and then present their work to parents and students at a large assembly. Our girls served at organizations such as the local Alexandria House, a transitional residence for women and children; AYSO VIP Soccer, a program providing a quality soccer experience for children with physical and mental disabilities; the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program; and Tree People, an environmental nonprofit that provides solutions to urban ecosystem problems.

special luncheon planned for all of our amazing and dedicated teachers. We are excited to perform for all our family and friends at our spring program as well as recognize our mothers and grandmothers right before Mother’s Day. Also, who likes to read? I hope everyone, because we have the Scholastic Book Fair planned. Our goal is to promote literacy. Memorial Day is a good time to remember the ones we have lost, do a kind deed, and stay home from school! Last, but definitely not least, as the weather warms up we end the month with our field trip to Soak City! Woop Woop!  Sam’s tip for the month: “Be good to your mother not just on Mother’s Day, but everyday.”  

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By William Choi 8th Grade During the past couple of months, some big events took place at St. Gregory Nazianzen. Students went on a field trip to New York City and Washington D.C., and our school held its annual talent show. On our weeklong trips, we were able to see many of the monuments, sights and museums. First we arrived at Washington D.C and saw the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, the Washington monument, and the National Museum of art just to name a few. After two days in Washington we headed to New York City to see the empire state building, Rockefeller Center and Times Square. This year’s talent show was equally eventful. We had students from our pre-kinder group through our 8th grade perform.

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By Margaret Combs 11th Grade After returning from spring break, students began to slide back into the busy rhythm of tests, homework and extracurriculars. During the break, the majority of the sophomore class flew to Washington, D.C. for a week-long college tour. Students traveled to several cities and viewed colleges such as Georgetown University and NYU. While 10th graders were busy spending their money on college apparel, seven students and two faculty advisors were arriving in France to participate in Marlborough’s newly-established foreign exchange program with the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris. The girls stayed with host families, attended classes at the Lycée, and went on weekend outings to places such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Programs were also created with schools in China and Argentina, and those trips will leave later in the school year. We were honored to welcome former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright to campus Secretary Albright spoke at an assembly, and joined seniors, faculty, staff, and trustees for a reception after the end of the school day.


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By Jillian Zeron 8th Grade April was a fun month at CKS! Students enjoyed a wonderful performance of Aesop’s Fables, presented by the Bureau of Lectures. The fables included “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Owl and the Grasshopper.” The school’s Journalism club is meeting after school and is working on the production of a school newspaper. Students in grades three, four and five had a great day when they attended the USC Robotics Open House. We are all looking forward to our International Festival. We are practicing our dances from around the world for the event. Our student council organized an Easter egg hunt for the students in transitional kindergarten through 3rd grade. They had a lot of fun!



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By Zeke Borman 6th Grade Challenger is a baseball league for kids with special needs. This year is the league’s 25th year, and people barely know about it. There are only a little over 900

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April is National Poetry Month, and an annual tradition at Echo Horizon School is the Poetry Slam! Students recited their favorite poems; some shared their own poems while others chose poems written by their favorite poets. The 3rd and 6th graders hosted this event. Fifth graders attended a recent performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company that involves a choreographed dance performed by the students at the end. Sixth graders were surprised when they learned they would be working with world-renowned author and artist, Hope Anita Smith on a poetry project she designed called “Project Writeway!” Based on the television show, “Project Runway,” Ms. Smith created challenges for the students to tackle such as finding uniquely descriptive words to describe cloth patterns relating to a theme of “community.”


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Summer CampS & programS Sisters raise nearly $5,000 for Friends of Third Street Third Street Elementary at Third Street. School booster club Friends “Ava and Sophia told me of Third got a boost of its own they really wanted to do somethanks to the efforts of second thing for their school,” said graders Ava and Sophia Weg- Wegmann. “Plus, whoever mann-Gatarz. raised the most money got The twin eight-year-old to have a bucket of Gatorade daughters of Michael Wegmann poured on them… a huge inand Craig Gatarz of Hancock centive,” he added. Park raised nearly $5,000—the It took three afternoons to film most ever by a student or fam“Walkin’ on Sunshine,” ily—with the featuring help of a video the girls and they created for Third Street’s their dads, which was Walk-a-thon. Students posted on YouTube. are encouraged to get Thanks to family and sponsors for friends, their particiwho shared pation in the annual event the video that includes ANTICIPATING a Gatorade soak- on Faceing at the Walk-a-Thon are secand laps around ond graders Sophia and Ava We- book in emails, the track, gmann-Gatarz. donations dodgeball and a freeze dance. Proceeds from started pouring in. the Walk-a-Thon help fund li- “In fact,” said the proud brary staff, the computer lab dad, “they’re still coming in.” and teacher, physical educa- To view the video, go to tion, arts and music activities

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Campen. In the Cobra division, the top-seeded Boogie Knights, coached by Mitchell Schwartz, jumped to an early lead over the Mission Impossibles. But the Impossibles, led by Evan Weiss’ 22 points, erupted in the second half. After two quick baskets by the Boogie Knights, Jackson Kruse hit a deep three-pointer that tied the game. After Mikey Schwartz’ foul shot, the Boogie Knights took home the championship trophy. Next, the Developmental league players took the court. The Paleriders, coached by Kyle Boyd, had been on a late season tear. Though a lower seed than The Outlaw Josey Whaleriders, coached by Jordan Kruse, they raced to an early lead that they held throughout the game. In overtime, Collin Kruse hit a three-point shot and JJ Mansour hit the winning basket from near the foul line for an Outlaws win. At an awards ceremony, four players—Oscar Trevino, Oliver Tostado, Ben Taylor and Eli Mars—were presented the Gus Deppe Hero award, named for a St. Brendan student who passed away. Excerpted from an article written by Mitchell Schwartz.


STUDENT STORE at Pilgrim School opened by students Jacob Lower and Ralph Xu is making a tidy profit.

Students founded store to raise funds for senior trip They were still juniors when Pilgrim students Ralph Xu and Jacob Lower started thinking about their senior trip. Later, as president-elect and vice president-elect of their 12th grade class, they realized how difficult it was going to be to raise enough money to fund a trip to the East Coast to help in Hurricane Sandy rebuilding. They finally hit on what seemed like the perfect idea—a student store—and presented a business plan to the head of school, Mark Brooks. “Mr. Brooks was a big fan of the idea, but he was afraid that we would lose interest halfway through,” said Jacob. “But we reassured him that we had a very strong plan.” A Pilgrim family donated a mini-fridge, and Jacob’s family bought the stock for the store’s opening. Ralph contributed some special items like ceram-

ic Lucky Cats that he brought back from his summer at home in China. Popular items include snacks such as Hello Panda and frozen Welch’s gummy candies, in addition to travel mugs and lunch boxes, tote bags, T-shirts and school supplies. Jacob does the restocking and Ralph manages the schedule of fellow high school students who earn community service hours by working in the store. The boys say the store has been so successful, they’ve been able to restock items from sales and still keep a tidy profit, which will allow the entire senior class to travel to New York this month. “We put in a lot of work and planning to make sure it was a success,” said Ralph. “Mr. Brooks,” he adds, “is very happy.”

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The schedule was tight, with nine games to be played in one day. Chuck “The Face” Carrington, co-commissioner of the league with Jordan Kruse, tossed up the jump ball and started the action. The Tombraiders, coached by Johnny Mars, were defeated by the Titantics, coached by Ted Fourticq and Chase


The St. Brendan’s Basketball League, a neighborhood hoops group for kids ages eight to 14, recently completed its fourth season. All three division championship games: the Alligators (ages 8-9), Bobcats (ages 1011) and the Developmental league (ages 12-14,) were decided by two points or less.

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school news By Jenny Park 9th Grade Rigorous afterschool practice every Tuesday and Thursday paid off for the boy’s volleyball team, who won their most recent game against Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies with the scores of 3 to 1. Go Lions! Sports victories aside, Fairfax also had a number of thrilling events. Students were one of the first to receive iPads after spring break for testing purposes. Also, Fairfax clubs set up an event called “Food Rush,” where the various school clubs presented different types of food and sold it during lunch. The money raised from this culinary extravaganza will be used to fund the clubs’ activities.


By Jasper Gough 4th Grade Every year Curtis participates in Big Sunday. This event encourages students and parents to focus on those in need in our community. Last year I painted a school and helped plant vegetables and flowers. May is a month filled with travel. For the 5th graders, the big trip to Boston is coming up. It is an exciting way for them to learn more about colonial and revolutionary America. Do you feel like music? At Curtis, May is a month for concerts and art shows. You can look forward to the Emerging Artists display. Kindergarten and 1st grade have a drama show. Parents can attend the choir and orchestra concert and the spring concert on Fri., May 23.


By Cecilia Mesa 5th Grade April was another very busy month here at Pilgrim! As part of our Visiting Writers and Artists Series, the famous Pseudonymous Bosch came in and told us about his book series, “The Secret Series.” At our annual Egg Drop, students in grades 3 to 5 designed and engineered packages containing an uncooked egg. We weighed them in math and the project counted as part of our grade. Teachers dropped our packages from the 4th story of the Seaver Building. The smallest package containing an unbroken egg won. The “Sound of Music” was performed by K through 5th grade students. The 5th grade went to AstroCamp for a 4-night adventure in Idyllwild, located in the San Jacinto Mountains, chaperoned by our 5th grade teachers and our wonderful science teacher, Ms. Trammell.


By Laura Strong 12th Grade Los Angeles Senior High students are preparing to perform an edited version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” called “Tamed.” Students are mentored by professional actors. Public performances will take place on Fri., May 30 and Sat., 31. In addition, 500 prospective middle schoolers will tour our school this month, and here will be a large pep rally and a club and council rush. L.A. High is introducing a new arts program next year called ICAP (Integrated Community Arts Program). The three-year program,


By Krista Gelev 12th Grade The penultimate month of the school year is here. Mary’s Day, a day of spiritual renewal and celebration, brought the entire campus together to honor the patroness of the school. Students enjoyed not only a renewed appreciation for their civic community, but also a deeper participation in the Immaculate Heart sisterhood. The effort that students devoted to the endeavor—in memorizing scripts, creating head wreaths, painting posters, and rehearsing choreography—was evident in the spectacular outcome of the event. After Mary’s Day, students turn once again to more scholarly pursuits for two weeks of AP examinations. Although there is a sense of collective anxiety at this time of year, on the basis of Immaculate Heart’s phenomenal record of AP exam passing rates, students can rest assured that they are well prepared. Other notable events this month include academic awards night, the student art show, and the Prom, held at the historic Biltmore Hotel this year with the theme “The Secret Garden.”


By Poppy Miller and Amadi Cary 5th Grade

Last month was an exciting month. We had an open house presentation where our parents could come and see our sciencebased projects. The 5th grade made amusement park rides based on Newton’s Laws of Phys-

ics. The parents had a chance to go into every classroom and see how the level of challenges went up through the grades. We also got our report cards. Our school also had a book fair where students could have the responsibility to buy books, posters and more! With more exciting news, we had Picture Day! In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, we celebrated by researching him on our iPads, and learned that he was a farmer who protested against poverty among farmers. Mid-City was also full of joy when everybody in the 5th grade got their acceptance letters from LACES!

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By Ruby Park 8th Grade John Burroughs Middle School is applying the computerbased Common Core Testing to all of the students’ curriculums by testing them on the iPads.

Since this was a new and major project in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), there were numerous obstacles and excitements during the process. JB had only been given 200 iPads in total even though there are about 2,000 students and 57

homerooms. Some staff members stated that they were very enthusiastic about the major change at the school although it made them busier. Mr. Drake, an assistant principal, stated, “The current schedule is a nightmare because the school

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By Isabel Arroyo 6th Grade It’s hard to believe it’s May already! April was so jampacked at HSH that the time flew by. We had a spring book fair, the ECE had a multicultural fair, and the entire school had a movie night, with all profits going toward the 6th grade’s ditch day. But that’s not all! The 6th grade class, chaperoned by Mr. Dean and Ms. Abi, went on a three-day trip to Astro-Camp! The students played with liquid nitrogen, zip-lined, caused crazy explosions and much more. It was a blast, and everyone learned so much. Last but not least, each year on Earth Day, every single student at the Hollywood Schoolhouse walks to the El Capitan Theater to watch a movie that celebrates nature. This year the movie was “Bears.” It is a wonderful tradition that helps everyone appreciate the world around us a little bit more.

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By Olivia Brancato 5th Grade In May at Third Street there are some end of the year things going on. First, there are going to be about 50 Paramount Studio employees coming to redo the entry courtyard of our school as well as the school garden area. They are going to provide the labor, plants and a lot of supplies. A huge “thank you” to Paramount! Next we have the Korean Dual Language Program (KDLP) showcase. All the KDLP classes will be performing Korean dances, drumming, and singing. There is also an end of the school year party just for 5th graders who will be leaving Third Street soon. We will also have the 5th grade luncheon. We get to eat lunch and watch a movie. On Sat., May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is our big party to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Third Street School! There will be carnival games, food trucks, bouncy houses, student performances and much more! PTA will be honoring teachers and parents who give service to kids at their annual luncheon. And, last but not least, we have the production of “Annie,” which the 4th graders will be doing with our drama teacher Mr. Pratt. is “Awesome.” This year it will be held at the Santa Monica Pier. It’s going to be great, or should we say awesome! Another annual event is the middle school play. The students are performing “Check Please: Take 2” and “A Rare Condition.” It is here at Buckley in our black box theatre. We would love to see you.

Immaculate Heart student wins writing contest award

For the third consecutive year, a student from Immaculate Heart High School is the top award recipient in the Cabrini Literary Guild’s annual creative writing contest. Senior Krista Gelev, the daughter of William and Virginia Geleva Malcomson of Larchmont Village, was awarded first place and a $1,000 scholarship prize during a luncheon reception in April at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. Gelev, who is co-editor-inchief of Immaculate Heart’s newspaper, The Bamboo, has also served as the student columnist for the Larchmont Chronicle for the past three years. She plans to attend Williams College in Massachusetts next fall.

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Excerpts from “12 Months,” a documentary about the power of hospitality, will be presented at the Women Speak: Words into Action luncheon on Wed., May 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. The film follows a woman and her four children after they were offered a three-bedroom home for a rent of $1 per month by the owner, Tony Tolbert. The Tolbert family will be honored at the sixth annual event, which raises funds for Alexandria House. The non-profit is a transitional residence for women and children moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Tickets are $95. To reserve call Michele Richards at 213-381-2649.

William Ahmanson, president of the Ahmanson Foundation, will be presented with the Sister Julia Mary Award at the Good Shepherd Center’s 30th anniversary gala on Thurs., May 15 at The Jonathan Club, 545 S. Figueroa St. City Councilman Tom LaBonge is master of ceremonies at the event, which benefits the women and children that stay at the Center and those who receive services through its programs. Maureen Binder, Hancock Park, is a member of the gala committee. A reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and a live auction are at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or information, go to

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GUESTS INCLUDED Jamie and Standolyn Robertson at the Muses event.

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Luncheon benefits St. John of God

Proceeds from a luncheon hosted by the Women’s League of St. John of God on Tues., May 13 at the Wilshire Country Club will benefit the West Adams area facility. Sister Gretchen Hailer will speak on “Myriam, Our Mother, The First Disciple” said Therese Holz, president. (Abject apologies: last month’s On the Town incorrectly identified a photo at the Hollygrove Gala of Myrna Gintel with Linda Dean as Myrna Gintel and Judy Zeller.)


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Robeson’s story comes to life with Daniel Beaty’s portrayal From the moment Daniel Beaty walks on stage as Paul Robeson singing “Ol’ Man River” you know this will be a special evening at the theater. In this one-man show, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, written by Daniel Beaty, he plays all the characters that tell the story of this American hero. Written with a great deal of love and admiration, it tells the story of Robeson’s life from his childhood through his appearance at the House

UnAmerican Activities Committee, accused of being a traitor by the country he loved. Accompanied on piano by music director Kenny Seymour, Glen Berger, woodwinds and Ginger Murphy, cello, Beaty sings a variety of songs from the eras. His exquisite singing voice matches Robeson wonderfully. His vocal versatility also adds to his unique depictions of the other characters: his father, wife “Essie,” J. Edgar

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'Railway Man' captures brutality of war; artist 'crazier than gonzo' The Railway Man (8/10): Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce says, “It’s hard to make any film, but ‘The Railway Man’ was particularly hard.” Hard as it might have been to write and produce, it is equally hard to watch. It’s At the far more acMovies curate in its with treatment of Tony the “death railMedley way,” that the Japanese constructed with POW-enhanced slave labor, than David Lean’s “Hollywood” treatment about a fictional bridge over a fictional river Kwai. Colin Firth’s performance of the true story of Eric Lomax and his battle with post-traumatic stress and his eventual confrontation with his inhumane captor highlights the telling of the brutality of the Japanese, supported by a fine performance by Nicole Kidman as his wife. It’s made more poignant by

Theater turns life story into drama A new venture that creates a play based on a person’s life debuted in April in the Whimsic Alley theater with a drama about George Epstein. Epstein, Detroit Ave., has enjoyed a career as an aerospace engineer and, since retiring, a tournament poker player and teacher. The Celebration Family Theater’s mission is to preserve the family stories in a new way: live theater. It has been created by Peter Temes, a business consultant, educator and author of five books. His partners include Matthew Bamberg-Johnson and Judy Temes.

the fact that it was filmed on the actual railway where more than 100,000 slaves died and many more were tortured. For No Good Reason (8/10): This is a fascinating, revealing documentary about artist Ralph Steadman, who “Rolling Stone’s” Jann Wenner says “was crazier than (gonzo journalist) Hunter S. Thompson” with whom Steadman worked. It shows Steadman creating one of his paintings from scratch, which emphasizes his bizarre work habits. Be warned, Johnny Depp adds exactly zero to the film, just following Steadman around like an adoring lapdog. Sabotage (7/10): Olivia Williams gives a good performance, even if she does try to outdo the men (like Arnold Schwarzenegger) in being a tough cop. With fine pace, there’s a mystery to be solved and revenge to be gained, just another action picture that’s entertaining enough. Draft Day (6/10): For those who think they know a lot about professional football this thinly disguised two-hour infomercial for the NFL (which had what is tantamount to final cut) should be enjoyable. For those who actually do know a lot about football, it could be more aggravating than entertaining. Despite a gratuitous flippant attitude towards unwed pregnancies, even with range-challenged Kevin Costner, the acting is good. Highly predictable, it’s still mildly enjoyable even if it is a frivolous, frothy flight of fancy. Transcendence (5/10):

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More than 40 years after the idea of artificial intelligence taking over the world was first broached in film in 1970’s thought-provoking “Colossus: The Forbin Project,” and this is the best they can do? Good performances by Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany are wasted in this implausible tale as farfetched as 2010’s “Inception.” Under the Skin (3/10): This is a movie that is as incomprehensible as the classic, “Last Year at Marienbad” (1961). With little dialogue, most of the film consists of Scarlett Johansson wandering around

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Celebrate National Train Day at Union Station All aboard! Grab your kids and head downtown to Union Station to celebrate National Train Day, honoring the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which connected our country’s East and West coasts in

1869. To celebrate the 145th anniversary, Amtrak will welcome visitors to a free event on Sat., May 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Union Station. Kids will find train-related activities, live entertainment,

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Union Station’s 75th gala on track with L.A. Conservancy When it opened in 1939, Union Station was the last grand railroad station to be built in the United States. The Art Deco-and-Spanish Colonial Revival style landmark, celebrating its 75th anniversary, will be the setting for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s benefit gala Sat., May 17 at 7 p.m. Purchased by Metro in 2011, Union Station, at 800 N. Alameda St., is undergoing a master plan aimed to transform the site to accommodate modern transportation needs. Maintaining the building’s historic character, designed by father-

and-son team John and Donald Parkinson, is a priority. Dinner will be served in the former ticket concourse, and hear live entertainment in the one-time Fred Harvey restaurant; the chain was immortalized in a 1946 movie starring Judy Garland. Reservations for the benefit begin at $500. Higher-priced tickets include a cocktail reception in a luxury railcar. Event co-chairs are Linda Bruckheimer, Maxine Greenspan, Diane Keaton and Tom Neary. Visit

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Culver City’s annual 1950’s car show More than 400 classic 1950’s cars, hot rods and muscle cars will be on display at the 11th annual Cruisin’ Back to Culver City Car Show May 10. The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the intersection of Culver and

Washington Boulevards, between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd., will feature cars from around California, as well as exhibits, vendors, music, food and a live auction. George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, the Munsters’

Koach, the Beverly Hillbillies’ jalopy and more is coming back to his roots in Culver City with some of his greatest creations on display. For more information, go to or call 310-499-4840.

John Winther Congratulates Naomi & Leah Top 100 in All of Southern California JOURNEY into the past at the Avalon Ball in the Art Deco Casino Ballroom built in 1929 on Catalina Island.

Dance the night away at Avalon Ball on May 17

Art Deco Society of Los Angeles members and guests will don their dancing shoes at the annual Avalon Ball at the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island on Sat., May 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees will spend the night dancing and listening to music performed by Dean Mora and the Avalon Ball Dance Orchestra at the Art Deco Casino Ballroom, which was built in 1929 and was completely restored a few years ago. The ballroom’s original romantic style is exemplified by an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas around the dance floor and vintage, full-service bar. Online tickets for the event are $50 in advance for Society members; $60 for nonmembers. Boat passage can be booked at For more information, go to

Enjoy music, salsa dance downtown at Grand Park

Celebrate springtime with classical music on Thursdays and learn some spicy salsa moves on Memorial Day at downtown’s Grand Park. The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra will cover styles from baroque and classical favorites, to jazz, pop, contemporary and world music on May 15. LA Opera’s associate chorus master Jeremy Frank will perform pieces written by composers that celebrate the world’s greatest parks on May 29; both events are from noon to 1:30 p.m. Grand Park’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session is on Mon., May 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. Audience members will be inspired to let loose and dance to performances by Ricardo Lemvo’s band, Makina Loca, that blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles, as well as the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Events take place on the Grand Park Performance Lawn at 200 N. Grand Ave. between Grand Ave. and Hill St. For more information, go to

Conservancy Last Remaining Seats Pan for gold, have on, off Broadway brunch on Mother’s The L.A. Conservancy film series Last Remaining Seats kicks off with “Lady Eve” on Wed., June 8 at 8 p.m. at the Los Angeles Theatre, the last and most extravagant of the ornate movie palaces built on Broadway in the early 1900s. Six stories, the 2,000-seat theater features French Baroque-inspired décor. Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda star in the 1941 film. “West Side Story” screens Sat., June 14 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Designed by Welton Becket & Associates, The Music Center turns 50 this year. Tickets are $20. For a full schedule and more information visit

Day at the Autry

Treat mom to a special day at the Autry Museum starting with brunch on Sun., May 11. Crossroads West will offer a brunch menu featuring entrees such as chicken confit scramble, grilled arctic char, Cajun sirloin steak and eggs, and frittatas, plus sparkling mimosas and the café’s signature Cowboy Bloody Mary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterwards, collect golden treasures, create gold-themed crafts, pan for gold and see a play by youth theatre group, Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory from noon to 4 p.m. Brunch reservations can be made at crossroadswest@ or by calling 323495-4329.

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Gardens showcase a variety of styles on Open Days tour May 10 Six private and one public garden in Los Angeles can be viewed on the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program on Sat., May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will begin the tour at Greystone Park & Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, in Beverly Hills, where discounted tickets and maps with driving directions will be available.

Peek through windows of the mansion and take a selfguided tour of the Formal Garden, a lush and tranquil area with a variety of vegetation, slated walkways and a fountain. The Inner Courtyard is surrounded by Greystone Mansion and features a fountain, flowerbeds and slated grounds. The Terrace offers views of the city. Googie garden

GOTTLIEB GARDEN, started in 1990, is filled with California native, drought-tolerant plants.

Among private landscapes on the tour are a Googie garden surrounding a mid-century modern house on Loma Vista Drive. Old World Mediterranean, Australian and California native plants dot the one-acre site that has varied topography that allows for multiple garden areas and terraces. A gravel path leads through a long rectangular garden, featuring a granite fountain and grove of Meyer lemon and Valencia orange trees. The hillside above is dominated by California natives, eucalyptus and Mission olive trees. Ozeta house The landscaping style of the blue-and-white themed 1921 Ozeta house defines the term “urban oasis,” transporting visitors to the southern Mediterranean with influences of Morocco and the Greek Islands. A sumptuous entertaining pavilion overlooks a turquoise pool towards a tiled water feature surrounded by a nectar garden of citrus, fruit and flowers. A collection of vintage Bauer pots displays colorful succulents. Native garden In an effort to conserve water, preserve its California native plant heritage and attract

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native birds and wildlife, the Gottlieb Native Garden was started in 1990. Designated a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation, the garden is filled with California native, drought-tolerant plants. Berlin garden Owners Josh and Ronna Berlin collaborated with landscape designer Anthony Exter to create different garden areas: pool/ spa, motor court, a decorative gate and fence system and children’s lawn/play area for a traditional house designed by Bruce Tucker. Pennsylvania bluestone is used throughout the stairs, paths and decking; a variety of

roses organize a white entry garden. Anderson garden This garden has changed dramatically since its last appearance on an Open Day in 2003. Inspired by many of the Garden Conservancy Fellows garden study trips, the plant collector saw plants that had to find a way into the garden. Many of the beds formerly filled with roses now contain succulents and California and Australian natives. Many variegated tropicals and a rare 30foot hibiscus surround the pool. Admission is $7 to each garden. For more information, call 888-852-2442 or go

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Free summer music series Upgrades at Hollywood Bowl include new seating No need to watch out for kicks off at Farmers Market splinters when attending a The Summer Music Series, offering two nights of free entertainment each week, kicks off this month at Farmers Market at Third St. and Fairfax Ave. The Thursday Night Jazz line-up begins with the Bobby Matos AfroCuban Jazz band on May 29. The inaugural 2014 Friday Night Music concert features Slim Jim Phantom performing rockabilly on May 30. A UNIQUE BLEND OF JAZZ by the The Friday Night Mu- Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban band kicks sic series, which began off the music series at the Farmers as a few summer con- Market. certs sponsored by the Gumbo Pot restaurant, has ‘Here, Kitty Kitty’ grown to include everything from rock and roll and reggae Feline-inspired art workshops take place on Andell to surf rock, American roots Family Sundays this month at and western swing. the Los Angeles County Muse Performances are on the um of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. West Patio from 7 to 9 p.m. Children roam the galleries Food and wine are available searching for cats across culfrom merchants and the Mar- tures and ages in the “Here, ket’s two bars. Parking is free Kitty Kitty” program May 4, for two hours with validation 11, 18 and 27 from 12:30 p.m. from a merchant. to 3:30 p.m. (Hint: visit the For updates or more infor- Egyptian gallery.) Children mation, go to must be accompanied by an adult.

Hollywood Bowl concert this summer. The current benches, installed in 1981, are being replaced. Underwritten by Prop A park improvement dollars and other funds made available by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the $1.6 million project is expected to wrap up in time for opening night on June 21. Beyond putting to rest the occasional splinter complaint, the new seats—which, like the earlier benches, are made of golden-hued Alaskan yellow ceda—will weather in time to a silvery gray. The bench replacement project is part of a list of improvements that have gone into the county-owned facility in recent years, including replacement of the legendary shell itself. New restrooms and park furniture make it easier for more people to picnic at the site; “speed ramps” whisk patrons to the Bowl’s upper levels. Other improvements are LED screens, a wine bar and a state-of-theart sound system. In addition to the new benches, this summer season will also be illuminated

ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR benches will be ready by June 21 opening night at the Bowl.

with new landscape lighting around the site, also funded by Yaroslavsky’s office. And the Los Angeles Philharmon-

ic, which operates the Bowl under a lease agreement with the county, is replacing the stage floor.

Board the Dodger Express at Union Station and ride free For the fifth year in a row, ticketholders can board the Dodger Stadium Express at Union Station and get a free ride to all home games. Funded by a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, the bus service will operate 90 minutes before the game and 45 minutes after. Service will be provided

every 10 minutes prior to the start of games and approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game. The Dodger Stadium Express will pick up fans at the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent to the east portal of Union Station. Drop-off/pickup locations at Dodger Stadium are near Lot G and Lot P.


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SRO celebrates 30 years of housing the homeless “Living homeless is like a punishment. I never want to go back to that. My life matters to me today,” says Darrin Brown, a resident of Gateways Apartments, one of many apartment buildings run by SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Housing Corporation for the homeless in downtown Los Angeles. The community-based, non-profit organization, is celebrating 30 years of service to the homeless. Founded in 1984 by James Wood, chairman of City of Los Angeles Redevelopment Department during the 1970’s, the organization today provides affordable housing (emergency, transitional and permanent housing) in safe, clean, private units with on-site supportive services. SRO has developed and manages 29 residential properties for homeless and lowincome individuals in L.A.’s central city east neighborhood, more commonly known as “skid row.” The only two parks in skid row—Gladys Park and San Julian Park—were also created by SRO. Nearly 2,300 units of housing have been developed by SRO, renovating and developing residential properties in downtown L.A., such as the burned out shell of the former Yankee Cocktail Lounge (rebuilt as the Yankee Apartments) and the infamous “Hotel Hell,” which was resurrected as the new Ford Hotel at a

cost of $25 million. In 2010, SRO purchased the blighted 1923 beaux arts Rosslyn Hotel, its 30th residential project, to restore the 13-story historic landmark designed by architect John Parkinson, who also designed Bullock’s Wilshire, Union Station and City Hall. Once considered a skid row “flop house,” with rates as low as $8 a night, the restored Rosslyn Hotel Apartments will feature ground-level retail space, a marble and mahogany entry lobby, on-site supportive services and 264 rehabilitated studio apartments for homeless and low-income residents. The opening is slated for early 2015. To celebrate 30 years, SRO is throwing a 30th anniversary fundraising gala, “An Evening at the Historic Rosslyn Hotel,” to be held on Jan. 22, 2015 in the restored lobby and atrium of the building. For more information, go to

Bike ride on May 4 begins at Academy Proceeds from City of Angels Fun Ride on Sun., May 4 benefit UCLA Health Systems and Blood & Platelet Donor Centers. More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the 17th annual event that begins at the L.A. Police Academy in Elysian Park and passes cultural landmarks. A festival, lunch and raffle is at the finish line. Visit

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Pony car drives to 50th at Petersen The iconic muscle car is turning 50, and to celebrate, the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., is holding Mustang Madness weekend, Fri., May 3 and Sat., May 4. Henry Ford III will be on hand to give the Ford Heritage Award, $1,000 in cash prizes will be given away, and there will be live music and children’s events. World champion in the motorsport known as “drifting,” Vaughn Gitten Jr., will sign autographs. Each generation of the Mustang will be showcased including a preview of the 2015 model. For a full schedule visit

Revlon Run/Walk takes off May 10 Walk, run or volunteer in the fight against cancer at the EIF Revlon Run/Walk Sat., May 10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Halle Berry and Christina Applegate host the Entertainment Industry Foundation event which has raised $70 million to date to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. The 21st annual event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. T-shirt pick up and on-site registration starts at 7 a.m. The run begins at 8:45 a.m., and the walk at 9 a.m. Finish line festivities are from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Online registration ends Fri., May 9. Registration fee is $35, on site it is $45. Visit

BLESSING OF THE BIKES event at Good Samaritan Hospital is part of Bike Week festivities.

Bicycle blessings, guided rides during Bike Week Discounts, guided rides, bike blessings and repair workshops will be offered as incentives for commuters to peddle during Bike Week L.A. Get your bike ready by learning to tune it up yourself at Fix-Your-Bike workshops on Sat., May 10. A Bicycling for Everyone event will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sun., May 11. A kick-off event featuring transportation agencies and bicycle advocacy groups is at Union Station on Mon., May 12. Receive a blessing at an interfaith Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital on Tues. May 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The event will also feature a lap around the hospital grounds in remembrance of those injured in biking accidents. Bike lanes are sprouting up throughout the city. Check

them out on a tour on Guided Ride Day, Wed., May 14. With more than 100 pit stops offering refreshments across L.A. County, there is no reason not to participate in Bike to Work Day on Thurs., May 15. Metro will provide fun giveaways throughout the day. In addition, special discounts will be offered to bicyclists at local businesses throughout the week. For updated information, go to metro-net/bikes/bikeweek/or

Latin beat in Park

Latin Sounds kick off on Sat., May 24 at 5 p.m. with Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad playing hot salsa in Hancock Park at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. The free series continues on Saturdays through August 30. Visit the full schedule at event.

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Say goodbye to those big water bills, use native groundcover grass replaced with low-water By Renee Ridgeley Thirsty grass. Waterless substitutes through the Turf months. What’s a homeowner Removal Rebate Program if they apply by a June 30 deadto do? Crank open the lawn sprin- line. klers and let the water flow This doesn’t mean being while six percent of California bound to 50 shades of brown farmland goes idle due to the in your yard. Using DWP’s online “California Friendly Gardrought? Keep your regular water- den Guide,” you can choose ing schedule and watch green from more than 1,500 trees, shrubs, grass turn succulents, chartreuse… Homeowners can grou n d then yellow… receive $2 for every covers and then ocre? square foot of green more. The How about a grass replaced with website oflawn remodel low-water substitutes... fers options with the city of Los Angeles if they apply by June 30. for specific needs, e.g. picking up part select anof the tab? nual + shade + 1-3 inches tall The Department of Water and Power is encouraging res- and a photo of the evergreen idents to go native by trans- candytuft appears with the forming lawns into California- note that there’s a good example growing at the corner friendly landscape. Homeowners can receive $2 of State and Main streets! for every square foot of green You can also substitute water-guzzling turf with mulch or permeable pathways like flagstone and decomposed Home Buying … Say goodbye to masWish You Had Known? granite. sive water bills and hello to By Belinda LaViolette pomegranates and kangaroo and paws. Ginger Lincoln Terrie Owen recently comDo you wish you had known pleted her renovation, which some of these things when you included the front yard, parkbought your first house? Even way and side yard. if you know them now, please “I had no idea what I was dopass these tips on to the next ing, but I kept looking everygeneration of homebuyers. They will thank you for it! thing up online,” said Owen who spent about $3,000 on It isn’t always the best plan to borrow the full amount the the project and is expecting a bank tells you that you can rebate check for $1,100. “My afford. Resist a little and take last water bill was already 20% off what you are being oflower, and I don’t need weekly fered, just to give you a commow and blow either.” She esfortable cushion going into your big purchase. timates she’ll be saving $200 per month. Avoid “creative” financing and just stick with the traditional For those who just can’t get 30–15 year fixed loan, don’t the grass monkey off their be tempted with balloon payback, UC Davis developed a ments and teasers, consistent drought-tolerant turf for our mortgage payments make life dry summers. more predictable. The eponymously named UC Don’t use all your cash to buy Verde is a buffalograss that reyour house…it’s easy to forget quires about 12 inches of wathe “ongoing costs,” such as property taxes, homeowners ter per year. insurance, Home Owner Asso That’s 75 percent less than ciation (HOA) fees and moving the 48 inches required by expenses. Having no cash in Southern California’s most the bank isn’t a fun way to start popular grass, Fescue. Considhome ownership! ering that LA water rates went Talking of HOAs, make sure from $3.96 per hundred cubic when you are buying a condominium, you find out how feet to $4.68 this year, it takes financially secure the Assoa lot of greenbacks to keep ciation is. You don’t want to be your green on. stuck with a huge assessment Larchmont resident Sarah because no one thought to Bynum was inspired to create mention it. a drought-tolerant landscape Most people in the home buyafter touring the Water Coning spectrum can relate to this. servation Garden at CuyamaTalk to the neighbors before you buy your new home. It ca College. She installed UC is better to find out early that Verde grass last year. the dogs next door howl all “When it’s mowed short, it night, which is probably why looks like a standard lawn,” your seller is selling, just to get Bynum says of her verdant away from them. What’s the one thing you wish you knew before you bought your last home? Would love to hear about it! Please call Belinda LaViolette, 213435-1775, BRE#01843220 or Ginger Lincoln, 323-2526612, BRE#01884677. ADV.

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back yard. “But I like to wear it long.” Mowing is optional with UC Verde. You won’t see a rebate for UC Verde or turf-like grass, but you can switch out your overhead sprinklers to rotators and get a rebate of $8 per

sprinkler head. Instead of replacing that vinyl floor, remodel that lawn. Resources DWP’s “California Friendly Plants” list:

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Music, art, crafts and jazz festival The theme of last month’s Los Angeles Jazz & Arts Festival was “Back Porch Blues.” The three-day event, held at the Dysonna City Art Gallery in Miracle Mile and founded by its owner, Donna Dyson, featured live music, jazz and blues artwork and vendors

selling handmade crafts. The festival also included a group art exhibition. Dyson said she plans to make the festival an annual event, and will donate a portion of ticket sales to keep art and music alive in the community.

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L.A. River cleanup Friends of the Los Angeles River is scheduling two cleanups in May. The support group, which is celebrating its 25th year, will be at the Narrows on Sat., May 3 and the Estuary on Sat., May 10. The cleanups begin at 9 a.m. Visit

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Condominiums 311 S. Gramercy Pl., #304 871 Crenshaw Blvd., #101 585 N. Rossmore Ave., #312 801 Lorraine Blvd., #3 4568 W. 1st St., #310 835 S. Lucerne Blvd., #102 4568 W. 1st St., #104 733 S. Manhattan Pl., #201 533 S. St. Andrews Pl., #313 5050 Maplewood Ave., #103 645 Wilcox Ave., #3D 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #102 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #433 525 N. Sycamore Ave., #216 320 S. Gramercy Pl., #109

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Rainforest of Americas opens at zoo The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens new Rainforest of the Americas, a collection of mammals, reptiles, fish and plants, opened April 29. Housed within a newly-built 2.2-acre exhibit space, it replicates a tropical rainforest experience where visitors can see and learn about exotic animals. Among them are cottontop tamarins, a Goliath birdeating spider and mata mata turtles, as well as endangered species including the Central American tapir, giant river

otters and a blue billed curassow. Called “Everything Has a Home,” the exhibit leads visitors on a tour through areas that showcase various reptile, bird, mammal and fish species that can be found in the rainforest areas of Mexico, Central and South America. Rainforest of the Americas is free with paid admission of $18 for adults, $13 for children two to 12 years old and $15 for seniors 62 years old and up. For more information, visit

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May 2014



History, legacy of care continue for 124 years at Hollenbeck Palms CEO and president William G. Heideman is celebrating his 42nd year at the helm of Hollenbeck Palms, 573 S. Boyle Ave. He follows in the steps of his father William A. Heideman, and his grandfather Clarence W. Hensel, who served tenures of 46 and 31 years respectively. During his tenure Heideman has overseen the continuous refurbishment of the Hollenbeck eight-acre campus, construction of three residential buildings and two skilled nursing wings. In 2008, Hollenbeck opened a 32-apartment residential building. “Successfully managing a retirement community over many years has been immensely challenging and rewarding,” says Heideman. Condo-style apartments He oversaw the complex transformation from single rooms to condo-style apartments. He also headed development of an array of programs to support the interests of each new generation, including medical care on site, a gym and bus transport to activities. Today Hollenbeck Palms, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), provides

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Museum Row

Celebrate mom, honor veterans; World War II odyssey told CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—Yarn Bombing L.A. Knit Graffiti Collective meets Sat., May 10, 2 to 5 p.m. Free. • "Something for Mom," a paper flower bouquet crafts workshop, is Sun., May 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Moms enter free. • Opening reception for three exhibits is Sat., May 17 at 7 p.m.: "A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar," gallery talk 6:30 p.m.; "Dario Escobra: Broken Circle," gallery talk is at 6 p.m. "Empire of Love Shack." Exhibits end Aug. 24. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"The

Painted City: Art from Teotihuacan" includes 14 tripod vessels from the ancient city. Ends December. • "Helen Pasgian: Light Invisible" sculptural installation. Ends June 29. • "Miracle Mile," a work of 66 fluorescent tubes, incorporates Wilshire Blvd. and the outdoor installation "Palm Garden," by Robert Irwin. Ends Sept. 7, 2015. • "Visions of the South" features 20 works that explore the artistic vision of the geographic reality and exotic fantasy. Ends July 13. • "Futbol: The Beautiful Game" celebrates the World Cup in Brazil with works from around the word. Ends July 20. • "Four Abstract Classicists,"

FOLKLORICO comes to the Zimmer May 4.

works of Southern California painters ends June 29. • "Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental" video installation ends July 20. • "Agnes Varda in Californialand" featuring photographs

and sculpture by the filmmaker. Ends BOWLING Architecture exhibit is at the A+D. June 22. • "Calder and Abstraction: Families enter free on MothFrom Avant-Garde to Iconic," er's Day, Sun., May 11. exhibit installation designed Open Art Studio workshop by architect Frank Gehry, is Sun., May 18, 2 to 4 p.m. Honor our heroes with arts ends July 27. and crafts in memory of those • "Metropolis II" sculpture by who served for our freedom Chris Burden has 1,100 minon Sun., May 25 from 2 to 4 iature cars. See the exhibit in p.m. action Fridays and weekends. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323100; 323-761-8984, www.zim857-6000; PETERSEN AUTOMOARCHITECTURE+DESIGN TIVE MUSEUM—"World's MUSEUM—"Bowlarama: CalGreatest Sports Coupes" features 12 celebrity curators, ifornia Bowling Architecture including Patrick Dempsey 1954-1964" features photos, and Francis Ford Coppola and drawings and artifacts curated by Chris Nichols. Ends May their cars. Ends Oct. 18. • Mustang Madness, Fri., May 11. 2 to Sun., May 4, celebrates 50 • Urban Hike: Forgotten L.A., a cultural and architectural years of the Ford icon. • "Town Cars: Arriving in walking tour with Mike the Style" includes Fred Astaire's Poet, explores Boyle Heights 1927 Rolls Royce. Ends Feb. on Sun., May 25 at 11 a.m. • "2X8 Evolve" showcasing 2015. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323- student work. Ends May 11. 6032 Wilshire Blvd.; 323903-2277; 932-9393; ZIMMER CHILDREN'S PAGE MUSEUM AT THE MUSEUM—Mexico defeated LA BREA TAR PITS—Meet the French at the Battle of Puebla May 5, 1862. Celebrate a life-sized saber-toothed cat Sun., May 4 at 3 p.m. with (puppet) and her two-monthold baby Nibbles at Ice Age Grupo Folklorico de UCLA . Encounters. Showtimes are Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon. Watch paleontologists search for Ice Age fossils and st plants at Pit 91 viewing station, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and see their finds in the Fish Bowl Lab. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; JAPAN FOUNDATION— Free Japanese films the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Exhibits, classes and films featured. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., We are offering a free 323-761-7510. www.jflalc. 30-day trial period for org. prospective new customers KOREAN CULTURAL CENwho sign up for ADT Patrol. TER—Korean music concert is Fri., May 16 at 7:30 p.m. For more details, Free. contact Amy Glass at Exhibits, classes, films and 310-619-2259 events are featured. (Please turn to page 15)

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Honor Mother's Day, Asian heritage; buy books, read to therapy dogs

FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children Family Storytime: Sponsored by Friends of Fairfax Library. Hear stories and make a craft on Thurs., May 15 at 4 p.m. Toddler Storytime: Children ages 18 mos. to 3 years can hear stories, sing songs and say rhymes on Wednesday, May 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. STAR: Trained library volunteers read children's stories. Kathy reads on Mondays at 3 p.m. Linda reads on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Preschool Storytime: Children ages 3 to 5 years can hear stories, sing songs and say rhymes on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Meet to plan teen programs and make suggestions for purchases on Thurs., May 15 at 4 p.m. SAT Practice Test: Practice taking the SAT on Sat., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Princeton Review. Adults L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Meets Sat., May 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art of Speaking: Taught by Molly Brandenberg on Sat., May 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. RSVP to mbrandenberg54@ Book Club: Meets Tues., May 6 at 10:30 a.m. "Coffee Trader" by David Liss, check library for copy of title. Friends of the Library: Meeting to discuss ways to help the library on Tues., May 13 at 11 a.m. MS Support Group: For those living with multiple sclerosis, friends and family. Meets Thurs., May 15 at 6 p.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., May 16 at 3 p.m. Longterm Care: Presentation and Q & A on Thurs., May 22 at 3 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on books, dvds and cds on Sat., May 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Social Security: Presentation and Q & A on Thurs., May 29 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays from 12 to 4 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children BARK!: Kids practice reading aloud to certified therapy dogs on Sat., May 17 at 2 p.m. Dogs are trained to work with children and the owner is present at all times. Asian-American Heritage: Listen to stories celebrating Asian heritage and make a craft on Thurs., May 22 at 4 p.m. STAR: Library volunteers Jane and Ashley read children's stories aloud on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Call branch to confirm times.




Library Hours

Mon., Weds. – 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tues., Thurs. – 12:30 - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. – 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closed: Memorial Day, Mon., May 26

Baby and Toddler Storytime: Children ages infant to 2 years old can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime: Kids ages 2 years old and up can hear stories, sing songs, and say rhymes on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Teens Teen Council: Recommend new books, movies and music for the young adult library on Tues., May 20 at 3 p.m. Adults Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book and cd deals on Fri., May 2 and Sat., May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues., May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Call branch for this month's selection. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd.

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YOUNGSTERS can become junior entomologists and Butterfly Brigade and take home their own caterpillars.

phytic plants. The Santa Anita Bonsai Society will display trees trained to look like miniature forest giants on Sat., May 24, Sun., May 25 and Mon., May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plants and trees will be for sale and there will be daily demonstrations on bonsai culture. Cooking, drawing, writing The menu for Fresh: Cooking with Lalo Sanchez includes a grilled peach and burratta salad, grilled Pacific swordfish and crème brulée on Wed., May 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. “Seeing the Seed,” a writing workshop about the deep connection between storytelling and landscape, is on Sun., May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. A botanical art and illustration class with Cristina Baltayian meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will

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Get tips on roses, celebrate Mother’s Day Unusual plants Garden Club topic Matt and Rebecca Tufenkian will talk about new and unusual plants at the L.A. Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Mon., May 12 at the Griffith Park Visitors Center Auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. The couple own Dominus Plantarum, a nursery and plant brokering service that focuses on locally grown plants. Matt has a degree in

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Why are innocent, bygone days often referred to as “halcyon?” queries Ed Saperstein. They’re not just innocent and bygone but days of happiness and prosperity. Halcyon is the Greek word for kingfisher—a small European sea bird with a long beak and brilliant blue and orange plumage that feeds on fish and aquatic animals which it captures by diving under the water. Ancient mariners believed the kingfisher to be a good luck omen and that the bird laid its eggs and incubated for a fortnight on the surface of the sea, during which period, the two weeks before the winter solstice, the waves were always calm and ships safe from harm. As the poet Hugh Orchard, wrote: “Most of us are silly fools in these times of stir and push, We trade away the bird we’ve got for two that’s in the


bush. And those two birds, like childhood joys—those halcyon days of youth, As like as not will fly away before you learn the truth.” *** How come an added dividend is called a “perk?” wonders Sophia Josephson. “Perk” was originally spelled “preq,” a contraction of perquisite, or any casual fee in addition to normal compensation. *** Why is booze sometimes called “John Barleycorn?” asks Joe Hinton.

There are many alcoholic beverages made with barley and/or corn. “John Barleycorn” is the 18th century personification of booze. It was made very popular by Robert Burns in his poem “Tam O’Shanter.” *** Why are common people sometimes called “the rank and file?” wonders Toby March. This military term was/is used to differentiate between officers and enlisted men and was soon incorporated into general usage. You see, in a military formation, “rank” refers to men in line abreast or side by side, “file” to men standing one behind another. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to

AT LIBRARIES Honor Mother's Day, Asian Heritage (Continued from page 11) Toddler Storytime: For children ages 18 mos. to 3 years to share stories, songs and rhymes on Wed., May 7 at 10 a.m. Babies and Books: Stories, songs and rhymes on Wed., May 7 at 11 a.m. Special Storytime: Children can share stories and songs with Luau Dave on Wed., May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Teens Teen Craft: Make keychains for Mother's Day on Thurs., May 8 at 4 p.m. Game Day for Teens: Play board games on Thurs., May 22 at 4 p.m. Adults First Friday Book Club: Meets Fri., May 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. Call branch for title. Friends of the Library Used Book Sale: Deals on books, cds and dvds. Tuesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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View homes and meet the owners and the architects on the Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour Sat., May 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A+D Museum in Miracle Mile is the nonprofit partner and beneficiary of the self-driving tour. The Channel HOME features double-height ceiings and Rd. home in Santa creekside views. Monica uses "natural and technological forces," generating more electricity than the house can consume; strategic orientation of the building captures prevailing winds and maximizes day lighting. Another home features a creekside setting and soaring double-height ceilings. Tickets are $30 on the day of the tour; advanced purchase is $25 through Fri., May 2 at 8 p.m. Kids under FRONT PAGE: Channel Rd. 12 are free. Visit modern- home exterior. Above, open floor plan inside.

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design for living Garden Tour, Party fundraiser benefits L.A. High, bees The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Los Angeles Garden Tour & Party April 27 paid homage to the plight of the vanishing honeybee. Gardens both large and

small were represented on the ninth annual tour, which benefits a greening project at Los Angeles High School. Cochairs were Suz Landay, Fluff McLean and Mary E. Nichols. Planting a “bee friendly”

garden was on the program at one home. A tour was led by Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson, enacted by a historic researcher. Front page photo shows area garden. More photos are at

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By Helene Seifer Last December, the Pantone Color Institute announced that 2014 would be the year of Radiant Orchid. This pinkish purple shade would reign on fashion runways and in furniture showrooms for the next 12 months. Is violet driving our upholstery choices this season? What’s trending in furniture in our neighborhood? Hancock Park textile and interior designer Marcie Bronkar, the creative director of her fabric and wallpaper firm, Home Couture, replies that although lavender is popular, “I don’t subscribe to trends. They bore me.” Set color with rugs and art, then get serious about seating. “I’m a big fan of chairs. I put them in the bathroom, everywhere. And the quality of a sofa is important, not the cost.” Spend your money on good fabric “and it will last twice as long.” Look for a couch with clean lines that seats at least four. Her textiles are available through *** Those of us looking to refresh our space with perfect seating are lucky to have myriad options at our doorstep. Bronkar likes Bronze Studio, which showcases designer Michael Berman. Their look is described as “20th century inspirations with a 21st century perspective.” All furniture is customizable. An unusual take on a classic swivel chair is their triangular “gran strato swivel lounge” for $4,400, plus fabric. The designer prefers greens, so the showroom features all manner of soft green hues. 7257 Beverly Blvd. *** The single-named Devall’s eponymous Devall Design Home employs local craftsman to create her pieces. “Hancock Park is very traditional in a lot of ways,” she

finds, and her style reflects that, both in her own designs and in the vintage furniture she refurbishes. Grey was in demand last year; trending now are brighter colors. Her custom $2,650 Lars chair and ottoman is tufted with a wide, roomy seat and relaxed back. 562 N. Larchmont Blvd. *** For solid basics, Devall points to Landon Cole and Plantation. “Landon Cole has a modern touch and does excellent upholstery.” Their “Gracie” tufted sectional, featured in a grey-blue, is $2,400. Ninety percent of their clients select grey upholstery. 149 S. La Brea Grey is a consistently big color for Plantation, as shown by their $2,495 grey swirl-patterned swivel chair. 144 S. La Brea Ave. *** Two neighborhood newcomers deserve mention. Nadeau is a chain that proclaims they’re “Furniture with a Soul,” and their store is filled with homey, well-priced handmade furniture from India and Indonesia. A carved wood sideboard with turquoise color wash is $654. 176 N. La Brea Ave. *** For locally made furniture at an excellent price-point and two-week delivery, the recently opened The Joneses teems with couches, tables and accessories. Their $1,395 tufted “Mad Men” sofa has a bench seat and a speakeasy look. Although they’ve also seen a rise in grey orders, their customers aren’t afraid of teal, apple green, sky blue or bright yellow. 423 S. Fairfax. So forget the color experts and select a shade you like, then snuggle into a comfy chair or sofa – and relax!

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Botanical artist’s paintings on view at TAG Gallery Works by watercolor artist Sally Jacobs are featured in a new group show at TAG Gallery, at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D-3, in Santa Monica, through Sat., May 17. In her exhibition, “Up Close:

Plant Portraits,” botanical artist Jacobs, Miracle Mile, dramatizes a range of flowers and succulents. Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows in New York and San Francisco; and at museums in Minneapo-

lis and Phoenix. She was an award-winner at the Brand 37 Works on Paper exhibit, and was featured on the CNN show, “Your Money.” She is one of the artists included in “Today’s Botanical Artists,” a book of contemporary nature artists.

A Mother’s Day open house takes place on Sat., May 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist talk is at 3 p.m. TAG Gallery is a memberowned community of approximately 40 artists. Visit

DETAILS are captured in Miracle Mile artist’s watercolors through a layered technique.

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Art, photographer brothers in Rutberg studio exhibit For the first time, artists Jerome Witkin and his brother Joel-Peter Witkin will be exhibiting their work together in “Twin Visions” at the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Studio, 357

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Interior design firm moves to offices on Larchmont Blvd. MWM moved its interior design office from West Third St. to 552 N. Larchmont Blvd. in March. Founded by Melissa Warner Rothblum and her partners Carrie Miller and Julie Massucco Kleiner, the firm provides decorating, remodeling and construction, mainly for residential clients. Based in San Francisco, the MWM design firm also has offices in Seattle. One



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Architect Dean Larkin will lead tours of a Hollywood home he renovated that was originally designed by famed architect Harry Gesner to kick off the L.A. chapter of The American Institute of Architects new Breakfast With the Architect series on Sun., May 18. Larkin recently renovated the house that was nicknamed “the flying wing” by Gesner, who designed it in 1974 in response to his client’s request to return to the form of a bird for inspiration.

Mike Hynes, the owner at the time, was president of Cooper Lumber; the house became a showcase for their wood, including a structural system of wood poles. The reimagined house celebrates the site and the 21st century lifestyle. Larkin will lead one-hour tours of the home at 7000 Macapa Drive beginning at 11 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $25 for AIA members; $35 for non-members. To purchase, go to www.

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