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SECTION ONE B ack T o S chool Larchmont chronicLe • 2009

Wilshire/La Brea project okayed by Commission Vote was 9 - 0

Front row: Katie and Alex Andrade, Tommy Golin and Shane Blacklock; back row: Hazel Drymon and Mimi Golin

BACK TO SCHOOL special section. 15 - 30 SIDEWALK sale sneak peek. 7 75 YEARS of Vine American. 9 FILM, art, music at Tar Fest. 10 BUNNY hops red carpet at Chevalier's. 12

VACATION photos of local kids. 22 OLD TIME radio show at Ebell. 43

SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden

ART DECO building shows off its historic side. 3 VINTAGE postcards in new book. 7

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By Suzan Filipek BRE Properties’ proposed mixed-use development at the southeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. was unanimously approved by the city Planning Commission last month. In a 9-0 vote, the Commission okayed the sixstory residential-and-retail development. It next goes to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the City Council. The developer agreed to slash a few penthouses on the top floors that could be seen from homes on Sycamore Ave., tapering the development to a total of 482 units. “At its tallest point, the building is six stories in height, stepping down to three stories along Sycamore Ave.,” said company spokesman Tom Mierzwiński. The apartment development had originally stood 22 stories, but was cut back following input from neighborhood meetings,” said Renee Weitzer, chief of staff for Councilman Tom LaBonge. Features include 20-foot wide sidewalks, double rows of trees to protect against traffic See Wilshire/LaBrea, p. 13

T-Mobile denied cell towers in St. Andrews Square Sets a 'precedent' By Suzan Filipek A city zoning administrator denied T-Mobile a new cell tower base station in St. Andrews Square in a 22-page report released last month. "The overwhelming number of letters and e-mails bear testimony to the pervasive sense that T-Mobile's proposed structure would not be beneficial, but on the contrary, detrimental to the character of the community," wrote city Associate Zoning Administrator Maya Zaitzevsky. Upon hearing the Aug. 12 decision, Patricia Carroll, a See Cell towers, p. 35

TaSTE OF LaRCHMONT went Hawaiian its 17th annual year. The crowd sampled food, wine and desserts. Clockwise, Councilman Tom LaBonge congratulates Hope Net director Douglas Ferraro and Larchmont Chronicle’s Pam Rudy and Jane Gilman, sponsors; at balloon arch, Tim Wood, Hope-Net president, John Wagner and Walt Engler; the Byrnes family; Cub and Boy Scouts helping out, ukulele player serenades baby. See page 6.

New business seeking to open as restaurant 'do we really want Larchmont Blvd. to be a food court?' Takeout or sitdown? That’s the question concerning a new eating place planning to open at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. If it’s a sitdown restaurant, it would violate the city’s Q condition, which limits the number of restaurants to 10 on Larchmont Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and First St. The building owner had requested a permit for a takeout, but has now submitted a request to the city Building and Safety Dept. to open a res-

taurant instead. What the owner would need is a zoning change, said Cindy Chvatal, president of the Hancock Park Homeowners Assoc., adding she is against adding an illegal 11th restaurant on the boulevard. “Do we really want Larchmont Blvd. to be a food court?,” said Chvatal. “Don’t we want to encourage a mix of shops needed to serve the neighborhood?” She has asked Councilman

'Subway to sea' traffic on agenda Crenshaw stop on purple Line opposed By Jane Gilman

Residents expressed concerns about traffic impacts and lack of parking at stations during Metro’s newest series of hearings in August on the Westside Subway Extension Project, also known as the “subway to the sea.” The meetings covered the information compiled from public scoping meetings held earlier this year and solicited new testimony. The information will help to shape the

BROOKSidE Neighborhood Assoc. president Owen Smith.

Draft Environmental Impact Report. Station locations are being considered along the 17-mile See Subway, p. 35

Tom LaBonge to issue a stop work order to halt construction. “All too often people build what they want without a permit and later ask the city for forgiveness,” she added. The restriction on number of restaurants has forced others to locate elsewhere. Katie See New business, p. 39

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane School is back in session, and Larchmontians now have schedules and carpooling duties after enjoying a leisurely summer vacation. *** Muirfield Road’s David statues received jackets in honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday. It was also Norwood Young’s birthday, so he threw a party to celebrate and invited a slew of celebrities. *** We talked with Ann Mehren at La Bottega Marino. She is enjoying down time after the wedding of her son Edward in See BLVD., p. 37 ~ Entire Issue Online!


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Enforcing zoning Larchmont Village’s ambiance with its trees, pedestrian activity and sidewalk tables is often compared to Parisian boulevards. That is why it is important to prevent our boulevard from becoming nothing but food establishments. The Q condition, which limits the number of restaurants to 10 on the street between Beverly and First St., insures its mix of retail and services. The Q condition needs to be enforced, and it’s time to define what constitutes a “take-out.” We need to limit new businesses that clearly are restaurants dressed up in take-out clothing.

"How do you feel about going back to school?" That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked kids along Larchmont Blvd.

Inviting crime Can you believe that people aren’t locking their back doors or their car doors? Neither could a senior lead officer who told us about the number of burglaries in the neighborhood because of carelessness. Please harden the target, keep your doors locked. "It followed me home, mom. Can I keep it!"

Marty Murphy dies As we went to press, we learned of the death of our cartoonist Marty Murphy. Although Playboy Magazine discovered his talents long before we did, we are very grateful to have had Marty’s creative contributions these many years. His obituary will be in our next issue.

Police Beat Woman dragged 40 feet during street robbery OLYMPIC DIVISION

Board of directors election and saving water The HPHOA, est. 1948 Board of Directors Election process is underway. The first step is the nomination of candidates for the Board of Directors. All dues paying members should have received a mailing listing the Candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee as well as information on the process for nominating other members in good standing. Nominations must be made by separate petition signed by twenty-five members in good standing and filed with the President of the Association no later than August 26, 2009. The candidates proposed are: Craig Gering, Rudolph Gintel, Greg Glasser, John Rolf, Sheldon Goodkind, Susan Grossman, Cami Taylor, Ben Thompson and James Wolf. Ballots will be mailed on or before September 15th and the Annual Meeting, where the ballots will be counted and the election results announced, is Tuesday, October 20th, at Marlborough School at 7PM. Please see the website for more information. As the years long drought in California continues along with mandatory restrictions on landscape gardening many of you are thinking of changing your landscaping to something less water intensive. If you want to keep a lawn consider drought tolerant grasses such as Tall Fescue, Bermuda Grass, Zoysia Grass. A number of organizations sponsor workshops on drought tolerant landscaping, including the California Native Plant Society ; LA Chapter www. These classes lead by Lily Singer and cover taking out the lawn and replanting with California natives. The Department of Water and Power is offering free Drought Tolerant Landscape Design workshops. To find out more go to website: cms/ladwp012460.pdf Be sure to check your sprinklers (if you have them) and make sure they’re working correctly and not watering the pavement; and mulch landscape plants. Finally and most importantly, don’t forget to deep water trees. Our trees help to clean the air, and cool temperatures and are under stress. They need a deep watering once every other week.


If you’d like to volunteer to serve on a committee, or if you have a question or concerns please visit our website: www.hancockpark. org or write the Association at 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004. For security questions or concerns please contact Craig Gering ( If you’re planning changes to your house be sure and review the Preservation Plan for Hancock Park which is available on the HPHOA’ 48 web site,, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site hancock-park or you can obtain a copy from the Planning Department by calling Jason Chan, our Hancock Park Planner at 213-978-3307. The Graffiti Committee asks that graffiti sightings be reported both to the City by calling 311 or at website: Also, report graffiti sightings to Graffiti Committee Co-Chairs Pam Newhouse at 323-939-5681; email address or Serena Apfel, 323936-4928; email address Other public funded Graffiti removal services are: Operation Clean Sweep, 800-611-2489 or Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. For questions regarding filming contact the Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office).

Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 OLYMPIC DIVISION STREET ROBBERIES A woman looking for items in the rear seat of her car was approached from behind and punched on the forehead by a suspect on the 400 block of S. Norton Ave. on Aug. 13 at 9:45 p.m. The suspect attempted to pull the victim’s purse from her shoulder; the victim resisted and was dragged 40 feet. Fearing her safety, she released the purse to the suspect, who

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"Actually, I'm really excited. But it's also going to be a little nerve-wracking being in a new class. Oh, and I found out there's a new kid in my class named Sammy, and I don't know if it's a boy or a girl." Lulu Sacavitch Genesee Ave.


Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 fled on foot. PREVENTION TIP: Pay attention to your surroundings, especially at night. If approached, try to remember details that will help police with making an arrest. BURGLARIES Jewelry, computer equipment and other property valued at $77,000 was taken from a home on the 100 block of N. Windsor Blvd. on July 29 between 4 and 8:30 p.m. The resident’s dog walker had locked the residence; when the victim’s brother returned, the front door was pried open and the home was ransacked. Computer equipment and jewelry valued at $5,350 was (Please turn to page 4)

Community Calendar Wed., Sept. 9: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 25 - Sun., Sept. 27: TarFest cultural, cinema and music festival includes a 5K run and Grand Prix. See page 10. Fri., Oct. 2: Neighborhood delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., Oct. 4: Los Angeles Triathlon. Sun., Oct. 11: Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society home tour, noon to 5 p.m.

"I'm very scared. I'm moving to New York City to go to school, and it will be quite a culture shock!" Julia Warner Maplewood Ave.

"I'm kinda happy and kinda not. My mom says I'll have to do two pages of math every day. But we get Subway for lunch at school once a week!" Francis Kim "I like school, but I'll be busy this year with sports and homework. I want to do a trapeze act with my friend, but I don't think I'll have time. Mostly, I'm excited to go back and see my friends." Zoe Kim Ridgewood Place

"I'm pretty ready. I'm a little

done with summer, and I'm really excited about starting sixth grade. It's the last grade at my school, so I'll be one of the 'big kids.'" Katie Colick Arden Blvd.

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that those who are frightened My husband and I have add exterior lighting to their lived on S. Beachwood for 22 own homes and take the time years. I have taken our dog(s) to report streetlights that are for long walks virtually every out.  Susan Bjerre night, generally after 11 p.m.  S. Beachwood Dr. Never have I felt unsafe, nor have I observed any of the ruWhat about singles? mored criminal behavior.  There is plenty of light on ev- In response to the letter ery street in our neighborhood entitled “Apartmentlandia,” (I never have trouble picking (August issue), kudos to the up the you-know-what), and writer and to the Chronicle for when it seems somewhat dark printing an important viewit’s because the lights are out point. and/or a tree blocks the light. I have always supported and We already have too much lived within an urban, mixedlight pollution—we can bare- zone, multi-cultural neighborly see stars and bright light hood. And while I applaud your paper for printing the letter, I shines into our bedrooms.    I am strongly opposed to the don’t feel your paper’s content proposed lighting plan. The supports this viewpoint. cost to those of us in Area C Page after page after page would be $10,340 for an un- are listings for family activinecessary “improvement?”  We ties. What about Larchmont live in a city.  Crime will hap- singles? I’m an unmarried pen, and it hardly ever happens woman without children— in Windsor Square.  I suggest by choice. More than half of

the tenants in my building, (a wonderful 1930s seven-story tower surrounded by lovely craftsman homes), and the majority of my friends, are also single without children. All of us patronize Larchmont Village and the surrounding area, and have done so for many years. A little more ink and space for us singles please. Many thanks. S. McCormack Gramercy Place

Pets of Larchmont Our debut special section will feature dogs, cats and all kinds of critters who live in our neighborhood. Read all about it in the next issue. Advertising deadline is Sept. 15. Call 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

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Popular wisdom is that man’s best friend is his dog. And no where else can you see that more clearly than on Larchmont Boulevard. We have dogs in all different shapes, sizes, colors, temperaments and fur lengths all competing for that space on the sidewalk or next to the chairs at the restaurants. Unfortunately, as we do provide trash receptacles and facilities for humans there is nothing for the dogs but the trees between the street and the sidewalk – where the children love to play. Please take this into consideration when you are with your dog and pick a more out of the way spot. Everyone deserves a pleasant experience in the Village – please respect each other as we enjoy the Boulevard. This month was the annual Hope Net’s Taste of Larchmont on the Boulevard and it was a roaring success. Many volunteers donated their time to make this event a huge success. Hope Net’s mission statement is “because none of our neighbors should go hungry”. They feed the needy from locations in the Hancock Park/Wilshire area and the volunteers who work so hard are to be praised and commended. There are many other volunteer organizations that affect our street – everything from the Historical Society, the Garden Club, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts, and so many others who contribute to the quality and beauty of the street. The expression “it takes a village” should be amended to add “it takes a huge village”. How lucky we are to have this charming Village right on our doorsteps. Please visit us at for all your needs and services. Adv.

Councilmember LaBonge and Bureau of Street Lighting To Try New Approach

GREATER WILSHIRE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 7pm at the Wilshire Ebell. Parking is available in the lot on Lucerne.

On August 13, 2009, in a meeting in Councilmember LaBonge’s office, the City rejected the approach that Windsor Square community members have been following since May of 2006. There now will not be the anticipated “straw poll” of property owners as a step toward obtaining needed street lights. The straw poll originally was expected to take place in January of 2009. Moving toward this straw poll was an effort on which neighbors had been working with the City’s Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) since late 2006. In the straw poll, the City was to gauge directly our community’s desire for improved ornamental street lighting on the streets where light now is lacking (primarily portions of First and Second Streets, plus Fourth and Fifth Streets). For the past several years, the community’s expectation had been that, if our straw poll response showed the BSL that we want (and are willing to pay for) improved lighting on the streets that now are dark, the City would move forward with calculating the detailed costs. With those detailed costs in hand, the affected residents were to have been given a second chance to vote on whether they wanted the projects to be implemented. All of this was to have been done pursuant to the assessment procedures of the California Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 and the more recent (adopted by the People in 1996) Proposition 218. Now, it is the opinion and decision of senior BSL staff and some deputies in the City Attorney’s Office that Proposition 218 actually prohibits us in Windsor Square from voting to show that we want to assess ourselves to pay for the needed new street lights. This opinion is in spite of Proposition 218 being titled “The Right To Vote on Taxes Act.” Despite this bad news for Windsor Square, Councilmember LaBonge and his Council District 4 staff strongly urged, at the August 13 meeting with BSL and the Deputy City Attorneys, that something must be done to get the needed lights. As a result, BSL, with the guidance of the City Attorney’s Office, is willing to embark upon a different approach. Under the leadership of the Councilmember and his staff, working with the BSL (and the City Attorney’s Office as necessary), the City now will seek financing for the needed Windsor Square street lights pursuant to techniques set forth in the "Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982." It is uncertain how much more time this fresh approach will take, but the Council Office says it is working hard to keep the needed project moving. The Windsor Square Association thanks Councilmember LaBonge and his staff for taking over this effort.

The July meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) featured one of the hottest issues in our city today: medical marijuana dispensaries. Joe Espositio, Head Deputy, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Major Narcotics Division, gave a brief history of the city’s legal struggles with prosecution of illegal dispensaries, saying different interpretations of medical marijuana laws, among different branches of city government, have made the issue difficult to deal with. Mr. Esposito also addressed a number of stakeholder queries about marijuana dispensaries, including the question of why medical marijuana cannot be distributed through standard pharmacies. His answer was that pharmacies are obliged to abide by all state and federal laws, and federal laws prohibit the distribution or sale of marijuana. The Land Use committee was also busy with reviewing several matters. Agendas and minutes will now be posted for these meetings as we do for our general board meetings on our website We welcome Stakeholders to attend the next Land Use committee meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 7 p.m., Wilshire United Methodist Church, Assembly Room. Items on the agenda for our upcoming September 9 meeting to be held at 7pm at the Wilshire Ebell (corner of Wilshire & Lucerne) will include: • a greeting from Mike Feuer’s new field representative • confirmation of next spring’s GWNC election details • proposed changes to Historic Preservation Ordinance • CUP for nightclub at 4653 W. Beverly Boulevard • Cell phone tower application at 535 S. Grammercy • BRE, Wilshire- La Brea project update • Memorial Library beautification plans • Robert Burns park beautification update • Swearing in of new alternate GWNC directors Please note mandatory water conservation is still in effect. You may NOT: • Use sprinklers on days other than Mondays and Thursdays • Water landscaping, including lawns, between the hours of 9am and 4pm • Water using sprinklers for more than 15 minutes per watering station • Use water on any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways or parking areas • Allow runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering • Wash vehicles without using a hose with a shut-off nozzle

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(Continued from page 2) taken from a home on the 200 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. between midnight on Aug. 3 and 1:40 p.m. on Aug. 4. The suspect entered the backyard through the side gate, and used a hard object to smash the rear glass door window to gain entry. An Apple MacBook valued at $1,200 was taken from a home on the 500 block of N. Irving Blvd. on July 30 between 12:45 and 1:05 p.m. A suspect entered the rear of the victim’s yard and used an unknown object to smash the glass door and gain entry. Computer equipment and other property valued at $3,700 was taken from a home on the 300 block of Irving Blvd. on Aug. 4 between 2 and 10:05 p.m. The suspect entered by prying open the window screen to the dining room

window. GRAND THEFT AUTO A 1994 Honda Accord was taken from the 100 block of S. Manhattan Pl. on Aug. 14. A 1997 Honda Civic was taken from the 400 block of Wilton Pl. on Aug. 24. THEFT FROM VEHICLE Aug. 6: A passenger window was smashed on an automobile parked near 6th and St. Andrews. Aug. 13: A suspect smashed a window and stole a GPS from an automobile parked on the 200 block of N. Ridgewood. Aug. 14: A suspect entered through an unlocked door of an automobile parked on the 200 block of N. Manhattan Pl. PREVENTION TIP: Secure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in plain view; this includes purses, wallets, briefcases, computers, cell phones, iPods, CDs, cam-

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eras or shopping bags. Park in areas where there is a high concentration of pedestrian traffic. Park in well-lit areas at night. WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES Money was taken from a victim who was hit in the back of the head while removing boxes from the back seat of a car on the 200 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. on Aug. 20 at 7:55 p.m. A purse containing money was taken by force from a victim on the 600 block of S. Rossmore Ave. at 9 p.m. on July 30. GRAND THEFT AUTO A 1988 Ford parked near 3rd St. and McCadden Ave. was taken on Aug. 21 at 5 a.m. A 2007 Toyota Prius was taken from the 400 block of N. Orange. Dr. between 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 11 a.m. on Aug. 3. A Toyota Tacoma was taken from the 600 block of N. Sycamore Ave. between 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 3 p.m. Aug. 8. BURGLARIES Computer equipment and firearms were taken from a home on the 400 block of S. Highland Ave. on Aug. 22 between 2 and 10:30 p.m. The suspect gained access through the side window. Tools were taken from an unsecured backyard on the 200 block of S. Hudson Ave. at 11:30 a.m. on July 29. Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180

Murder suspect in custody following anonymous tip LAPD Wilshire homicide detectives have arrested David Gardiner in connection with the shooting death of a security guard in October at the LaBrea Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary at 812 S. LaBrea Ave. Detectives received an anonymous tip after Gardiner was profiled on Fox 11’s news show “LA’s Most Wanted.” Capt. Eric Davis, commanding officer of the Wilshire Community Police Station, said four members of the

Harlem Rollin 30s Crips gang were involved in the botched robbery attempt that resulted in the shooting death of unarmed security guard Noe Gonzalez. Two suspects are already in custody. Brandon Daniels, aka Brandon Stanton, remains at large. At a press conference last month, a $50,000 award was offered by Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the arrest and conviction of Gardiner and Daniels.

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Neighbors said 'aloha,' raised funds at Taste of Larchmont The theme was Hawaiian, and the food tasted as good as it looked when restaurants opened their doors for the 17th annual Taste of Larchmont Village. "Tasters" sporting Hawaiian shirts and leis strolled down Larchmont Blvd., greeting neighbors and sampling food and wine from 12 restau-

rants, while performers played "Island" music The event benefitted HopeNet, a non-profit that provides food, homes and care for those in need. Camden Asset Management, Paramount Pictures, Olympia Medical Center and Mercury Insurance were major sponsors.

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Italian mules were $285, now $143 at Village Footwear, 248 N. Larchmont.

Nutritionist, life coach opens Larchmont office Certified nutritionist and life coach Annamaria Poluha has opened Breathe, Bloom, Blossom at 447 N. Larchmont Blvd. A UCLA graduate, Poluha customizes structured health programs for clients that she says will lead to permanent results. She teaches about the quality of foods, how to grocery shop and spot good food, portion size, and frequency of meals. Using six components—sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise, supplementation and water, Poluha helps clients structure a lifestyle program they can take with them. “It promotes a higher quality of life, more energy, less cravings for sugar and salts, and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure." Most clients work with her for three to six months, “then they can do it on their own.” Breathe, Bloom, Blossom, 447 N. Larchmont Blvd., www., 323931-9116.

Dress was $118, now $99 at Nicole, 137 N. Larchmont.

Boys & girls' shoes were $42, now $24 at Flicka, 204 N. Larchmont.

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IT’S OFFICIAL. Councilman Tom LaBonge, right, welcomes Keller Williams Realty to 118 N. Larchmont Blvd. at a ribbon cutting in August. Also on hand were Cynthia Sau, office administrator, and Ophir Adar, team leader. Both residential and commercial agents from other areas are now in the local office.

City denies permit for parking lot A request for a conditional use permit by the owner of the See's Candy building on Western Ave. has been denied by the city. The owner planned to tear down a single-family home on an adjacent property at 132 N. Manhattan Place and convert it into a public parking lot. St. Andrews Square Neighborhood Assoc. opposed the permit, saying the lot would be a "commercial infringement in a residential area."

Rotary garage sale to support ‘End Polio’ drive In an effort to help raise money for the “End Polio Now” campaign, Wilshire Rotary Club will host a garage sale on Sat., Sept 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 210 N. Van Ness Ave. A portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting polio immunization campaigns in developing countries, where the disease continues to infect children.

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ties and studio events than any other business in town. The shop originally opened in 1934, providing tents for private and film studio events, and then expanded into party

supply rentals, furnishing tables, chairs, plates, glassware and napkins. “Just about when the last truck broke down, they decided to get out of the rental business,” explained manager Leslie Macias, who has worked there for 30 years. “The party industry changed, paper products were becoming popular and the Irvings (the owners) brought in 10 colors and a few patterns of paper products from Hallmark and it evolved from that.” In the 1970s, the store became a party goods model that still graces the broad building with the red awning at 5969 Melrose Ave. These days, the shop carries more than 60,000 different items ranging from fanciful balloons to centerpieces, and from birthday banners and paper goods to everything you could possibly need for a perfect luau, St. Patrick’s Day, (Please turn to page 35)



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Wrapping up TarFest 2009 will be the Miracle Mile Grand Prix on Wilshire Blvd. featuring a 300-dash for kids, onemile and 5K races on Sun., Sept. 27. The mile run begins at 10 a.m. at Sycamore Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. and ends at the Los Angeles County Art Museum. The 5K, starting at 9 a.m., consists of three loops on the same course. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners based on combined 5K and one-mile run times. First prize is $250; second, $150; third, $100. A free Kids Fun Run 300yard dash for youngsters 10 and under begins at 10:30 a.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits. Everyone who finishes the race will receive an award.

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Busy summer: bike rides, street repair, subway status Summer is halfway behind us, and we’ve just completed our Tour LaBonge bike rides. The participation was tremendous, with about 30 to 60 people putting pedal to the metal along routes that wound through our district areas and downtown (our first in the series). We cycled from Shatto Park, along 4th St., all the way to LACMA on the second week. The next tour was through scenic Toluca Lake and the NoHo Arts District (check out the new gateway over Lankershim Ave.). The third week’s route began and ended at the Mulholland Fountain, and gave folks a chance to try out the bike path along the LA River. Last week’s final ride took us along Hollywood Blvd. and into the vacation photos of quite a few curious tourists! Many thanks to our police escorts and to the LAFD, who hosted us at halfway stops


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in CD4 are on Wilshire Blvd., at La Brea and at Fairfax, estimated to be completed in 2019. The MTA outlined the preliminary analyses underway including environmental impact studies, geotechnical testing, Measure R funding, and logistical factors. There is overwhelming support for the project, though community concerns were raised. Issues of traffic and noise mitigation, disposal of excavated material, and safety were addressed. The MTA is committed to maintaining open communication on every phase of planning and construction. Wilshire Boulevard to be repaved Urgently needed pavement repair to Wilshire Boulevard will begin, improving the traffic flow along the three mile section between Western and Fairfax Avenues. The badly

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destination a second home for decades. Tourists from around the world arrive there by busloads every day to experience a bit of old LA. And with the more recent addition of its upscale neighbor, The Grove, it exemplifies the diversity of our great city.

Triathlon bike segment to roll through area Residents will have a birdseye view when the 10th annual L.A. Triathlon races through local streets on Sun., Oct. 4. The event involves swimming, cycling and running. It starts at 6:45 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach, and transitions to the bicycle stint up Venice Blvd. to Fairfax Ave., then east on Olympic Blvd. The running course starts at Disney Concert Hall and ends at LA LIVE Nokia Plaza.

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on the former “Pit” site. It is also a disappointment, said O’Sullivan. “They did a schlock job.” Setbacks and landscape at the 284-unit, five-story building have been issues, agreed Weitzer. However, the community approved it, it is fully leased and a sushi restaurant is scheduled to open on the ground floor.

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Wilshire/La Brea project okayed by Commission (Continued from page 1) on Wilshire and a small park on Eighth St. and Sycamore, she added. Area residents had hoped for a larger park, more landscaping and a less-dense building. “Obviously our association asked for certain things not to be approved, that’s a disappointment. But we’ll see how it goes,” said Liz Fuller, president of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association. The project should have never been approved at more than 300 units, said Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. “This is much too big. It’s going to dwarf everything. I’m extremely disappointed with the Council office.” Area residents disputed the

zoning changes and variances that increase the density of the block-size development “This block is supposed to be a transition to a lower density area; this undoes that in a big way. It’s 50 percent larger than anything on the Mile,” said Fred Pickel, president of the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association. Also, the building will stand too close to the residential area—only 50 feet as opposed to 135 feet before the zoning changes. "Changing that block’s zoning threatens similar blocks in Miracle Mile and up to Highland,” Pickel added. Council District Four backed the project, as Wilshire Blvd. is approved for tall buildings. “The sky’s the limit… It went

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Guidebook tells how to ease school admission process By Jane Gilman

Parents who receive a “fat” envelope in the mail from a school where their child has applied are ecstatic. The bulging envelope means the youngster has been accepted, and it contains the necessary papers to be filled out for admission. For a child to succeed in being accepted, she or he must


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go through a process similar to auditioning for a movie role. “Beyond the Brochure: An Insider’s Guide to Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles” is the book Christina Simon and her co-authors have written to provide parents with the right ammunition to have their child accepted in the school of choice. It was five years ago that Simon first went through the rigors of applying to kindergarten at several private schools. She wanted to find the right school for her daughter, Ryann Perlstein, and she didn’t want a long commute from her Mansfield Ave. home. Simon applied to four schools, but ruled one out when the parent interview went poorly. Parents as well as their offspring have to pass tests with school officials. After a series of interviews and “auditioning” by Ryann, Christina received an acceptance letter from the school she preferred. Parents need a roadmap to follow as they navigate through paperwork, deadlines and interviews at the city’s top private elementary schools, so Simon decided to write a book. The book’s goal, said Simon,

is to help the parent find the right school for his child and to know what to anticipate. Her co-authors are Anne Simon, her stepmother, who heads a private school in Virginia, and Porcha Dodson, a faculty member at the Curtis School in Los Angeles. Kaisa Daum, a child and family psychotherapist and admissions consultant, also contributed to the book. “Our book covers applications for kindergarten primarily since that is the point of entry to private elementary schools for most families. But we also discuss what is required when parents are applying for first to fifth grades (it gets more rigorous the higher the grade level). “We also cover when to consider applying to developmental kindergarten (DK) which some schools offer (that’s the level before kindergarten),” explained Simon. Her father was a teacher at Hamilton High, and Christina

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HANCOCK PARK Swim Club Sharks who competed this summer in the Junior Olympics are, left to right, Sam Berdichevskiy, Josh Kim, Claire Funderburk, Bryanna Lee, Emily Lambert, Helen Keys and Brennan Lee. Not pictured are Maire Burschinger, Max Grinfeld, Eric Johnson and Alex Lambert.

Swim Club competes in Olympics; begins fall season Twelve members of the Hancock Park Swim Club Sharks swim team competed in the Summer Junior Olympics held in Santa Clarita. Swimmers had to meet qualifying time standards that place them in the top five to 10 percent of swimmers in the southern California and Nevada region in order to compete in the annual fiveday event. The Olympians are part of the 45-member team who swam for HPSC during the

spring and summer season at Los Angeles Tennis Club and Marlborough School pools, said coach Peter Lambert. He also serves as head swim coach for Marlborough’s swim teams. Lambert says he’s looking forward to the competitive season that starts up in September. “We have great momentum with this team. Each of them has specific goals that they are trying to accomplish. I really respect that.”

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We are excited to have MacBooks in class! We still have our computer lab with flat panel PC’s, and we love the projects (i.e. SLE movies, business projects, power points, etc.) that we do with our computer teacher, Ms. Moore. But now we have a class set of laptops that we share. Congratulations to our Pentel Art winners. The U.S. sent in 2,000 entries to Japan; 20,000 entries came from all around the world. The U.S. won 260 awards, and 16 of those were from Precious Blood School. The student council gave each teacher flowers and a welcome card the first day of school. A special welcome to our new kindergarten teacher, Ms. Paras and to our new 7th grade teacher, Mr. Wong. Patriot Day was marked with peace projects, letters to veterans and prayers. Grandparents’ Morning takes place this month. Food, fun and entertainment will be ready for our grandparents, who love to tell us about the “good old days.”

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By Serena Jamison 6th Grade Last year we had fun community events like the pizza boogie and the annual Jog-athon where kids helped earn lots of money for our school. We also had special clubs during recess, like the basketball leagues, where 4th-and5th grade teams faced off against one another. It was truly a fun year for Larchmont Charter students. The year was great, but alas, it ended one sunny day in June after a final picnic where all the boys and girls with their families celebrated the last school day together. After that, I imagine everyone enjoyed their summer swimming or playing sports, maybe going away on vacation or watching a lot of movies. But our summer break is now over and we’re all ready for another great year! Returning in September, students might notice a couple of minor changes. One is that we have a new principal. Dolores Patton is taking Wendy Zacuto’s place, so let us all welcome her into our wonderful school. Also, 6th grade (my grade) has been added.

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Sleepover amid Ice Age life, spinning spiders, pow wows Tour galleries, explore ancient fossils and take an upclose-and-personal look at some of their living relatives at a sleepover at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Bring a sleeping bag, air mattress and flashlight, and fall asleep surrounded by animals in the museum’s diorama halls. Participants must be at least five years old. Groups of 10 or more required. Other events for youngsters this month include a Native American pow wow at

While gas prices are down, the cost of driving kids to and from school can still take a bite out of family budgets. A solution: join Metro’s School Pool free carpool program. Encourage your school to sign up for either the confidential matching service or the carpool directory, which is a school-specific student directory sorted by street to help parents find potential carpool partners.

If your campus has joined the program, you can sign up at school. To participate in the matching service, fill out a short form and return to school administrators. Families then receive a list of others at their school interested in carpooling, by general location. Home addresses are confidential and only phone numbers are provided. Parents can contact families on the list to meet and establish pick-up

and drop-off points, carpool cost-sharing and driving responsibilities. If the carpool directory is a better option for your school, Metro will assist in formatting it so that parents can more easily find other parents interested in carpooling in their own cities or along their route to school. For more information, call Metro Commute Services at 213-922-2811 or go to www.

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the William S. Hart Park and Museum, 24151 Newhall Ave. Music, dance, art and cuisine is featured at the event, on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Call 661254-4584 for information updates. Hundreds of arachnids of all shapes and sizes will be busy spinning their webs inside a Spider Pavilion opening Sun., Sept. 27 at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. Ends Nov. 8. For more information, visit

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By Caroline Wade 11th Grade Dr. Mark Brooks updated families on the new art center. “We’re ahead of schedule and under budget,” he relayed on Pilgrim School’s Facebook, Twitter, and school website. A cameraman took pictures of families as they arrived at the

family picnic in August. The children immediately ran to greet each other and play, having not seen many of the familiar faces since school ended in June. There were also some new faces, who were greeted by student ambassadors who answered questions and familiarized the new students with other students their age. That was just the lovely beginning to a year that will be filled with celebrations of Spirit Days, Founder’s Day, new laptops for every student, school sleepovers and much, much more.

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Back to School opened in 2005 with 120 students in kindergarten, first and second grades, has grown to include 454 students through sixth grade and 22 teachers, who are housed on two campuses. “It’s a very ‘it takes a village’ school,” says Patton. “Everyone contributes and people just love to be here. Teacher turnover is unbelievably low… there’s a real loyalty.” She’s particularly proud of the integration of arts into the school’s curriculum.

“Art, music and physical education, which are pivotal parts of the academic program, give kids another means of expression.” Patton points proudly to the Larchmont Charter’s edible schoolyard. Children keep a garden journal and grow their own vegetables from seeds they plant. There are raised beds for every classroom, and a variety of gardens including native, five senses and butterfly. “It gives children a recognition for the fact that their food

is connected to something, and beautifully prepared food shared with others is meaningful.” The kids build the garden, are involved in cooking, and can look at what eating seasonal, healthy foods has to do with their own health, she added. “It’s a meaningful component of the academic day.” Patton says she’s really excited about the opportunity to lead the school. “I’ll be able to draw on many (Please turn to page 20)

IT’S A RENAISSANCE time in education, said Larchmont Charter School principal Dolores Patton.

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By Laura Eversz Larchmont Charter School’s new principal, Dolores Patton, has an impressive resumé. She holds three degrees from California State University: a master’s in both educational leadership and policy studies, and social and philosophical foundations of education; and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Patton, who resides on Norton Ave. with her husband, William, a law professor at Whittier Law School, is the mother of two grown children. Bryan recently graduated from NYU; daughter Alison is a doctor . Patton has been a teacher at the Open Magnet Charter School, L.A.’s first charter school and a California Distinguished School. In addition, she has worked with the Cotsen Foundation, an organization that coaches teachers into mentors, and as


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Back to School Teens prefer texting to using phone; Twitter keeps track worldwide public attention faster, but some people now use Twitter to gain a subtle form of attention. A lot of people have to explain their every

move of daily life. Many people update their Twitter every second, explaining where they are eating and what they plan to do next.

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Sukkot designing Harvest Wreaths filled with fruits and flowers to take home on Sept. 27 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Workshops are free for members and $3 per child for non-members in addition to the entrance fee: $8 for adults and $5 for children 3 and over. Children 2 and under and grandparents are free. Sunday hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Visit or call 323-761-8984 for further information.

CHARTER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL (Continued from page 17) of the things I've done over the years." Goals include establishing a middle school—hopefully next year, said Patton. "It's in the development stages.” For now, she says she has plenty to keep her busy. “One of the experiences I’ve had is that if I get stressed out

about something, I just ask a parent for help. There is an incredibly strong parent body that gives so much as volunteers, donate materials and work incredibly hard making things great at the school. “It’s pretty wonderful,” she adds. “It’s also really nice to leave home and be at work in five minutes.”

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In person, conversation is By Molly Grant rushed, but if you text the perChronicle student intern Texting and Twitter have son, you get the time to plan become modern society’s new what you are going to say, and form of communication. The you are able to keep in contact days of calling someone on the with friends who live far away. Twitter, a completely free phone have been replaced by texting or twittering to friends website, has also recently become popular because it is anand family. Texting has become very other way to get information popular because it’s a fast, spread all over the world in a less awkward way of talking faster manner. Some businesses use Twitter to someone. Both my friends and I can agree that we would for announcements. For exrather text someone then call ample, the Marc Jacobs store them on the phone, because has a popular Twitter fan page it’s a more discreet and com- that lets the public know when it is having a fortable way major sale. of communiAlso a popucation. lar mobile Nowadays, Korean baralmost all beque truck phones come called Kogi with built–in uses Twitter keyboards, as to inform a way to make customers texting easier. where their Since I own next locaa Blackberry, tion will be with a full in a matter keyboard, I am of seconds. able to text my Since friends anything quickly; SHE FINDS texting is faster and most people these days it is very easy easier. have Internet to hold a long on their phones, Twitter is an conversation privately. Texting can sometimes be extremely convenient device. costly, unless you have the But the idea of Twitter has right plan. For families with changed over time, as people teenagers, opt for the family have taken a whole other view plan with unlimited texting, on the basic concept. Twitter was mainly created which usually costs $10 a as a way for companies to gain month.

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Back to School Students awarded in art competition Sixteen first through seventh grade Precious Blood students won awards in the recent “Pentel 39th International Children’s Art Exhibition.” The students from the elementary school at 307 S. Occidental Blvd. were among 240 from the U.S. who received awards in the competition that

drew more than 200,000 creations from around the world. “At a time of major budget cuts of fine arts across all school districts, Precious Blood School knows that the limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition,” said principal Dottie Bessares, Windsor Square.

Create treasure maps at Huntington Kids can sip tea with Beatrix Potter, explore floral design, or learn about pirates at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, 11151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Children ages five and up will enjoy tea and hear tales with Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter, portrayed by actor Judith Helton, on Sat., Sept. 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Children seven-to-12 can create treasure maps and get a glimpse of pirate-related treasures from the Library’s collection on National “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Sat., Sept. 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Exhibit to feature handmade toys by youth in need ChildFund International will host a handmade toy exhibit, “The Power to Play— from Trash to Treasure,” on Sun., Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. The exhibit, to feature handmade items made from scrap by disadvantaged children around the world, is intended to depict the social, economic and political conditions in which children live. Guest speakers include Shauntay Hinton, former Miss USA and a former sponsored child with ChildFund, and Anne Lynam Goddard, ChildFund International president and CEO. For more information, send an email to Ellie Whinnery at

Budding young floral designers, seven-to-12, can learn how to create traditional “nosegay” bouquets in a hands-on workshop on Sat., Sept. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, or for more information, call 626-405-2128.

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Back to School Take a look at how some neighborhood children spent . . . . .

OLIVER BEGLINGER cooled off with an ice cream cone on Hilton Head Island. DONNING CHEF HATS were Evelyn and Audrey Talbot-Vega, who baked cookies in their Larchmont Village home. Pictured on the front page are Vera and Hazel Drymon taking the helm of a boat on the Na Pali Coast in Kauai.

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ALEX KEGEL helped build a dam with his cousins at a family reunion in Colville, Wash.


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FINDING RELIEF from the heat were Beanie Boylston and Elizabeth Vuckovich, swimming at the Los Angeles Tennis Club.

THRILLSEEKERS Mary Abzug and Oliva Holabird spent the day at Knott's Berry Farm.

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PITCHING IN the high school summer baseball league for Notre Dame is Nick Fagnano.

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL TO ALL OUR NEW AND RETURNING HANCOCK PARK FAMILIES ENJOYING an ice cream at Huntington Beach were Halle and Samantha Hutchinson.

NATHAN WARD took in the scenery at Seaside Beach in Monterey.

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Back to School Paradise is within reach at Camp Hollywoodland During the summer I went to a little place I like to call “Paradise.” It’s actually called Camp Hollywoodland—a sleepaway camp for girls. Campers go Monday to Saturday morning each week and that’s all summer long. You can go one, two or all weeks. Camp Hollywoodland was opened in 1926 and is located in Griffith Park between the 101 freeway and the I-5. It is owned and operated by the city Dept. of Recreation and Parks. You would never know it’s there, right under the Hollywood sign. Last summer was the first time I went with three of my friends. I was really nervous about sleeping away from my house for a whole week, but my friends told me how fun it was and told me about all the things they do there: campfire, rock wall climbing, swimming, and of course the great food. So I was willing to give it a try. I packed my bags and off I went to camp. Once I saw my friends there I felt much better and I knew I could do it. I said goodbye to my parents and sister and that was it. When my family came to pick

GIRLS GATHER FOR a campfire and inspirational wrap-up following a week-long stay at Camp Hollywoodland.

me up I wanted to go back for more, and I did. I’ve stayed at Camp Hollywoodland four more times since, and every week there was something new to do. During an activity called “ice blocking,” you ride down a hill on a block of ice. We performed skits, and each week has its own theme such as Mystery Madness, Planet Hollywoodland, and Pirate Week, just to name a few. Each week, campers go on a different trip. One week we went to the beach, another a pirate show, and also Universal Theme Park. The camp has 10 cabins, and the girls’ ages range from six

to 17. It’s fun to sleep in a cabin with girls my own age and getting to meet new friends as the week goes by. Each cabin has two to three counselors who sleep with you Campbell hall 9-06 raw.pdf and are with you through the week. The counselors each

pick a nature name such as Fox, Pike and Zenith. Everyone tries to guess their real names all week, but they don’t tell us until the end of the week when they gather around the flagpole and sing a really neat song and they take turns yelling out their names. I met new friends, and we exchanged phone numbers and have kept in touch. I met girls this summer that I will be going to my new school with this year. Even though I was nervous at the beginning I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to go back every summer. By Vera Drymon, former Third St. School student columinst for the Larchmont Chronicle. Vera is now a 6th 8/14/07 PM grader 4:53:44 at Immaculate Heart Middle School.

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Creative writing workshops; author, acupuncture talks, old-time picture shows FAIRFAX LIBRARY Friends of the Library meet to plan programs and book sales on Tues., Sept. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Get Lit: teens meet to perform poetry and spoken word on Saturdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ongoing Monday Morning Storytimes for babies and toddlers includes stories, songs and fingerplays on Mondays from 11:30 to noon. Baby storytime featuring rhymes, songs and fingerplays for ages six to 24 month meets on Mondays, September 14, 21 and 28 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Learn computer basics with hands-on training Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY Friends Book Sale: Fri., Sept. 4 and Sat., Sept. 5 from noon

to 4:30 p.m. Teen Library Council meets on Tues.. Sept. 22 at 3:3 p.m. Adult Book Club meets on Tues.. Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Call for selected title. Ongoing Grandparents and Books: vollunteer Adrienne reads to children on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Grandma Janie turns the pages on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Joyce reads on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Toddler Tuesdays: Storytime beginning 11:30 a.m. LACMA Art Classes: Artist teaches children hands-on art on Thursdays 4 to 5 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY First Friday "Mysterious California" film and book discussion program features "Sharpshooter" by Nadia Gordon on Fri., Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.

St. James’ Episcopal Preschool Early childhood education in a nurturing community for children ages two-and-a-half to five. • Children — Respected for their wonder and creativity, ability to do meaningful work, individual perspectives, and ability to play. • Families — Respected for their roots and traditions, loving companionship, commitment, and dreams for their children. • Staff — Respected for their vision, delight in children, teaching skill, knowledge of age-appropriate curriculum, commitment to families, and sense of fun.

Teen volunteer orientation: Thurs., Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Silly Second Saturdays for kids features craft activities on Sat., Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. Monday author talk: Carolyn See, author of "There Will Never Be Another You," and Lisa See, author of "Shanghai Girls," will discuss these and other books on Mon., Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Coffee, conversation and book signing will follow. Teen Advisory Council meets to help choose materials and plan events on Wed., Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Family story time offers fun for young and old on Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Learn about the history of Eastern medicine and the benefits of acupuncture on Mon., Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Lunch @ the Library: Memorial Old Time Picture Show screens "Second Chorus" starring Fred Astaire with Paulette Goddard and Artie Shaw on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. Free. Bring a sack lunch; library will serve coffee and cookies. Origami craft-making for the family with Bennett Arnstein is on Sat., Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort Class meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Grandparents and Books: Ms. Sylvia reads to to children on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Grandma Bobbie on Wednesdays at 3

p.m.; Grandma Sel on Fridays at 3:45 p.m. and Ms. Claire on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Mah Jongg group meets on Fridays at noon. Knitting Circle meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY Creative writing workshop with author Delta Wiliams explores the art with teens 13 and older. Meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 9 and 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Earthwatch volunteer Muriel Horacek will show slides and

discuss her experiences and travels around the world on Thurs., Sept. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m. DVD screening of John Medina's book "Brain Rules" is on Thurs., Sept. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort Class meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. Storytime for kids meets on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. Grandparents and Books: Grandpa Sam reads to kids on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Back to School Back to school without heavy text books

By Leslie Meredith College textbooks are a backbreaking weight and a budgetbusting expense. Nineteen million students will spend an average of $500 for books this fall, that’s $9.5 billion. If there’s a way to save, you can bet resourceful students will find it. University of Utah engineering major, Jack Furbush cut his book expense down to $300 last semester. He went online for used books. He was forced to buy some at the University bookstore, usually not the cheapest place to buy books, but it may be the only place if the book is published by a campus professor. He shared a calculus book with his roommate. Electronic books? Jack shrugs, “They sell codes for electronic books at the bookstore, but they’re only about $20 cheaper than a used book. I’d rather have a physical copy I can mark up.” This year there may be an alternative. For the first time, a handful of lucky students will receive the Kindle DX, Amazon’s large-sized ebook reader, designed specifically

for larger format material like newspapers and yes, college textbooks. Approximately 300 students from Princeton,

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University of Virginia, Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Reed College, University of Washington and Pace University will participate in a pilot program sponsored by Amazon to test the usefulness of this textbook substitute. The pilot program masks two hurdles facing ebook readers, both of which must be overcome before they can become a campus mainstay rather than a student novelty: price and publishing. After the pilot program, Kindles won’t be free. The Kindle DX retails for $489,

pricey for the average student. Today, digital textbooks are only discounted about 20 percent off hardcover copies. Students would have to buy two years worth of ebooks for their book savings to equal the cost of the device itself. Less expensive readers are available, some as low as $200, but screens are half the size of the Kindle DX. The second problem is the very few number of titles available for any ebook reader. Sad to say, I was unable to find an eTextbook in the Kindle Store. And because there is no standard file format for ebook readers, it may be some time before publishers can agree on a publishing standard, let alone a reasonable price. Amazon’s ebook format is proprietary, but Kindle books can be read on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, products that are already student favorites. My bet is on Kindle’s file format. Capturing an exclusive in the lucrative textbook market would be quite a coup and Amazon is in a position to do it. Amazon is not alone in the ebook reader arena, but it is the only one under $500 with a large screen and wireless book downloads. Sony is moving in the right price direction with two new ebook readers priced at $199

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dents. Wireless? No. All Sony ebook readers must be connected to a computer to download books. Unfortunately, it’s too early for most students to replace their heavy books with ebook readers. But make no mistake. Even at this early stage, the ebook reader is perfect for literature majors and for anyone who loves to read. Leslie Meredith is managing editor of TopTenReviews, which covers electronics, software and web services.


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Back to School Dodgers to host free Dodger Dog night Sept. 14 The Los Angeles Dodgers will offer fans a free Dodger Dog, courtesy of Farmer John, on Mon., Sept. 14 when the Dodgers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. Farmer

John and the Dodgers will distribute vouchers to all fans good for one Dodger Dog as they enter the turnstiles. The Dodgers will also have a hot dog eating contest in which

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Documentary to show blind teens’ dreams… in color

By Suzan Filipek What started out as a documentary about blind people’s nighttime dreams has evolved to include the conscious kind as well, says filmmaker Abby Fuller, Wilton Place. Nine teens will be featured in the partly animated film, “Do You Dream in Color?,” produced and directed by Abby and Ivy Dickerson. The film “bridges the gap between the blind and sighted worlds by animating the dreams of extraordinary blind teens,” according to the production website. It borrows from mythology, as blindness represented “inner sight… the blind person is the one who sees the clearest,” says Abby. And, the film aims to help “break the stereotype that these people are different,” adds Ivy. And yet, the blind people in this film, at least, are different. The ambitious, talented group were honed from hundreds of interviews of students statewide. The film will follow Anthony, a wrestler, seeking a regional championship for his high school, who is also aiming to do judo in the Paralympics in London 2011. On the website,, he tells of his dream wrestling a giant. An animated vibrant blue shadow of a man stands over him. Naomi “perceives color as energy.” A motivational speaker who lives in Sacramento, the 17-year old senior works in the State Capital for disability rights. Blind at three from a type of cancer, she also hopes to one

day have a mobile clinic in Africa to help prevent the disease, which can lead to death if not detected, explains Abby. The film has become something of a dream for the USC graduates as well, who, like their subjects, will persevere toward their goal whatever their obstacles—which have already been a few. The Helen Keller National Blind Assoc. was poised to help with a chunk of the film’s $600,000 shoestring budget, until the sour economy left its coffers dry. Miraculously “an angel” appeared in the form of a professional camera man, Arthur Yee, who has signed on to work for deferred payment, as has the rest of the skeletal crew. The young women have flexible day jobs: Ivy is a production assistant for “Criminal Minds” TV show; Abby writes freelance for shows on the Outdoor Channel. Shooting began last month at the Junior Blind of America camp in Malibu. It will wrap up at the same location next summer. In between the crew will follow the lives of the students. They also include award winning poet Shelby, 16, who is finishing her first novel. Sarah hopes to be a foreign exchange student in Portugal. A Cambria resident she sings cumbia and is fluent in Spanish, though she is not of Latin descent. Special effects and the animation will be added in post production, says Ivy. Their budget? Thus far it’s “a lot of love and compassion,” says Abby. For more information visit

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Directory of public and Prices subject to change PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 Penny Cox, director. Ages 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 1/2 years. 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Full or half days. 60 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT CENTER 3903 Wilshire Blvd. 213-388-2350 Leilani Bland, director. Ages 6 wks. to 2 yrs. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15 students. ST. JAMES’ PRESCHOOL 4270 W. 6th St. 213-738-7871 Katarina Matolek, director. Ages 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 yrs. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eleven-month tuition is $11,800/yr., closed in Aug. Yoga, music, African dance and Spanish. NAEYC accredited. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 Ruth Segal, director. Ages 2 yrs. to 6 yrs. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 75 students. $1,400/mo. WESTSIDE JEWISH NURSERY SCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2531, ext. 250 Ellen Greene, director. Ages 2 to K. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 120 students. Call for rates. WILSHIRE PRESCHOOL 711 S. Plymouth Blvd. 323-931-0546 Myrna Velasquez, director. Ages 2 yrs. to 5 yrs. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer program. 30 students. Call for rates.

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7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Rabbi Joel Bursztyn, director. 9th to 12th grade. 300 students. $14,200/yr. CAMPBELL HALL EPISCOPAL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 Julian Bull, headmaster. K to 12th grade. K to 6th: $21,265/ yr.; 7th to 12th: $26,285/yr. CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 Tina Kipp, principal. K to 8th grade. 303 students. NonCatholic, $4,050/yr.; Catholic, $3,500/yr. CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 536 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Reveta Bowers, head of school. 2 yrs. to 6th grade. 500 students. Call for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 Mary Kurban, principal. K to 8th grade. After-school supervision until 6 p.m. 250 students. Call for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 Paula Dashiell, head of school. Pre-K to 6th grade. 300 students. Call for rates. HARVARD-WESTLAKE 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-980-6692 Thomas Hudnut, headmaster. 7th to 12th grade, middle school and high school are separate. 1,200 students. $25,000/yr. HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 Stephan Bloodworth, head of school. Pre-school to 8th grade. Pre-school supervision

until 6 p.m. 280 students. IMMACULATE HEART 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Virginia Hurst, principal. Ann Phelps, director, middle school. Girls only. 6th to 12th grade, middle school and high school separate. 710 students. $8,600/yr. LE LYCEE FRANCAIS DE LOS ANGELES Main Campus: 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 M. Anselme, directeur and head of high school; M. Cole, directrice adjointe and head of elementary school; Mr. Hill, head of middle school. Pre-school to 12th grade. Five campuses. Bilingual, French system education. Call for rates. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd. 213-381-5121 Fr. Charles P. Tilley, S.J., principal. Boys only. 9th to 12th grade. 1,200 students. Starts at $13,240/yr + fees. MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 Barbara E. Wagner, head of school. Girls only. 7th to 12th grade. 530 students. $28,950/ yr. MARYMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL 10643 Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Jacqueline L. Landry, head of school. Girls only. 9th to 12th grade. 400 students. $24,600/ yr.

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private area schools Rabbi Shlomo Harrosh, principal. 100 students. K to 8th grade. Call for rates. PILGRIM SCHOOL 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-385-7351 Mark A. Brooks, head of school. Preschool to 12th grade. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 350 students. Call for rates. PRECIOUS BLOOD SCHOOL 307 S. Occidental Blvd. 213-382-3345 Dottie Bessares, principal. K to 8th grade. 235 students. Call for rates. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 Sr. Maureen O’Connor, C.S.J., principal. K to 8th grade. Call for rates. ST. GREGORY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

911 S. Norton Ave. 323-936-2542 Zulay Chavez, principal. 1st to 8th grade. 180 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 Steven Bowers, head of school. K to 6th grade. 300 students. Call for rates (includes extended care). TEMPLE EMMANUEL ACADEMY DAY SCHOOL 8844 Burton Way 310-288-3737, ext. 244 Doris Finestone, principal. Pre-school to 6th grade. 110 students. Call for rates. TEMPLE ISRAEL DAY SCHOOL 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 Rachel Lewin, principal. K to 6th grade. After school supervision until 5:30 pm. 180

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students. Call for rates. TURNING POINT 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 Deborah Richman, head of school. Pre-school to 8th grade. 335 students. $20,000$24,000/yr. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Pre-K to 8th grade. 425 students. Tuition for Pre-K to 5th is $21,840/yr; 6th to 8th grade tuition is $24,960/yr. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL 4900 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-3800 Dr. Steve Han, head of school. K to 6th grade. 80 students. 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. K is $6,500/yr. 1st to 6th grade is $7,500/yr. After-school and summer programs. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 Rabbi Moshe Dear, headmaster. 465 students. Call for rates.

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School to start Sept. 9 at former Ambassador Hotel M BOOKSHOPS The Ambassador school site will open Wed., Sept. 9 with 800+ kindergarten to fifthgraders at two pilot campuses on the grounds of the former hotel site on Wilshire Blvd. between Mariposa and Catalina avenues. The “New Open World Acad-

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SCHOOL DIRECTORIES plays published by (Continued from page 29) Pre-K to 5th grade. 300 students. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 Enrique Franco, principal. K to 5th grade. 503 students. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 Jung Hae Kim, principal. Pre-K to 5th grade. 1,100 students.


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Fountain of youth is in the wine, grapes and resveratrol By Suzan Filipek Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon could have stayed home and enjoyed a glass of vino rojo. It turns out the fountain of youth is in the wine. To be specific, it’s in the resveratrol, says Barry Yarkoni, vice president of marketing for Vinomis Laboratories. The company recently launched “as close a miracle pill” as you can find in its bottle of VinDure 900. Each pill is a blend of grape extract and red wine extract—from the Bordeaux region of France— fortified with Resveratrol and Quercetin—polyphenol antioxidants that activate genes linked to longevity. A tablet a day, the recommended dose, is equivalent to more than 100 bottles of red wine, minus the alcohol, sugar and calories, he says. It also contains resveratrolrich Giant Knotweed, a medicinal plant used for thousands

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(Continued from page 1) board member of the St. Andrews Square Neighborhood Association, said, "This was a wonderful example of neighborhood teamwork and a wonderful victory for our neighborhoods." A T-Mobile representative said the area had unreliable service and the design would match existing architectural elements. He also said it would increase 911 coverage for the neighborhood. Several residents attended the public hearing in March, and, among the 70 letters and e-mails, expressed health concerns and feared the proposed towers would create an eyesore in the historic neighborhood, Zaitzevsky said. “The ZA’s decision was precedent-setting as it set the ground work to protect residential neighborhoods from commercial intrusion by cell phone companies,” Carroll said. T-Mobile representatives Synergy Development Services, LLC sought a conditional use permit to build

four towers with 12 antennae on the roof of the Gailmore Apartments, 108 S. Gramercy. The complex would have risen higher than current zoning allows. Henrietta Consentino, of the St. Andrews Square Neighborhood Assoc., argued there are already 80 stations saturating a three-mile radius of the area with electromagnetic radiation.


(Continued from page 1) proposed Purple Line from Western Ave. to Santa Monica. Metro said the $4.1 billion project will take a minimum of 30 years to complete. Among concerns voiced at the meetings were the lack of parking adjacent to stations, the need for a station at Crenshaw and Wilshire boulevards, location of a Beverly Hills station and traffic impacts during construction. The idea of a Crenshaw station is “a waste of money,” said Brookside Neighborhood Association president Owen



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Vine American still partying after 75 years (Continued from page 9) Mardi Gras, Super Bowl, Pirate or even a centenarian’s birthday party. Soon though, Vine American will prepare for its most popular holiday. “At Halloween it gets crazy, absolutely nuts here; it’s a lot of people coming through the doors looking for costumes and decorations for their houses, which is my favorite part of it, “ noted Macias. “It’s a good time of year, easier to deal with emotionally than the other holidays. People don’t feel like they have to give gifts. It’s just fun.” In October the shop is Smith. “There is no retail, no large development and there would be low ridership,” he added. An alternative to the station under consideration would be a light rail line from Crenshaw’s Exposition line to La Brea Ave. In addressing traffic impact during construction, Metro official Jody Litvak said, “We have learned lessons from construction in Wilshire Center and Hollywood. We will be able to reduce the impact on the surrounding areas during the building phase.” Litvak invited persons who feel strongly about whether or not to include Crenshaw in a future Westside Subway, or about any other aspect of that project, to make their views count. Go to the website:

jammed with would-be witches, ghouls, fairies and super heroes searching for the perfect costume, spider webs, creepy lighting and sound effects, and Macias, in light of the difficult economy, welcomes the onslaught. Founder Milton Irving passed away in 2004 while business was still booming. Irving, according to Macias, “lived and breathed this store. He was my mentor and one of the best teachers you could have in this business. He had a lot of customers that were originally his rental customers

that became his paper goods customers. He liked being in the shop and worked in the office until the week before he died.” Macias has seen her clientele grow and change. “I have a lot of customers who had babies when I first came, who now have babies of their own. It makes me feel good. My own kids’ friends come in, and I haven’t seen them since junior high or elementary school and they’re all teenagers now—it’s kind of nice seeing them grow up.” Just like Vine American.

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The museum has hosted groundbreaking exhibits, including Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, which the museum was the first in the country to host. Most recently, the museum hosted the exhibit, “Who Am I? Young Minds Forced To Choose.” It tells the story of young Jehovah’s Witnesses who faced Nazi terror and refused to give in. Call 323-651-3704 to learn about the availability of construction tours.

Seek volunteers for soup kitchen The St. James’ Episcopal Church soup kitchen is looking for volunteers. Elizabeth Harris, chairman, said “We need a good many people to serve all the various dishes and to keep serving containers replenished.” More than 100 people come to the Friday night supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Volunteers can show up at the office/ kitchen entrance at the rear of the church at 3903 Wilshire Blvd. Contact Harris at

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In November of 2004 a handful of St. Brendan Church parishioners formed a homeless ministry. Since Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Brendan are “sister” parishes, the group offered its services the Social Service Center at Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood. sunshine saturdays The Center provides meals, showers, clothing, and referral resources to the neighborhood homeless five days a week. Since the majority of the ministry members work during the week, they offer their services on Saturdays. The goal was to bring nourishing food to the homeless but also to bring a spirit of Christian joy and fellowship. Thus was born Sunshine Saturdays. At first the group provided homemade lunches at the Center one Saturday a month. The group started growing as the word spread about what a rewarding experience Sunshine Saturdays were. As a

result, lunches are now served every Saturday to least 100 people. Membership not required Becoming a Sunshiner does not require membership in any particular church. The only requirement is a generous and caring spirit. Potential Sunshiners can

contact The Center is always in need of men’s clothing, shoes, and backpacks, travel size toiletries and razors. Drop off is between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. The Center is located at 6636 Selma Ave.


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Tours of the new Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust are being conducted while construction is underway in Pan Pacific Park. Currently at 6435 Wilshire Blvd. until the new facility opens in 2010, the museum was founded in 1961 at Hollywood High School by a group of Holocaust survivors taking English as a second language classes. The students realized that each of them had a photograph, an artifact, concentration camp uniforms, or other objects carried with them from the Holocaust era. They decided that these objects needed a permanent home where they could be displayed safely and in perpetuity. The museum was the first in the country to create a teacher-training program to train educators on how to teach the Holocaust in the classroom. It also created the first Catholic/ Jewish dialogue in California, and the first dialogue between the families of victims and families of perpetrators in the early 1980s.

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FIDM galleries showcased Love potion stirs opening revival at L.A. Opera “The Elixir of Love” (L’Elisir “The Elixir of Love” will run range from $20 to $260; call costumes from movies, TV d’Amore) will kick off the for a total of seven performances 213-972-8001 or go online at No less than the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences teamed with the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising for a worldclass opening night preview and gala for “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume and Design.” The fourth annual exhibit in the FIDM Museum galleries displayed a thrilling array of works by this year’s Emmy-nominated costume designers. Four-hundred fashionable television industry agents, producers, designers and their

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Patty Hill guests hit the red carpet running to see more than 100 costumes from mega-hit “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” as well as trendy “Gossip Girl” designed by Eric Daman, and the tony “Grey Gardens” by Catherine Marie Thomas. Later they sat on sea grass furniture and supped on Balinese and Thai dishes in the elegantly decorated park where even the sky was done up in burnt orange silk. Peering through fountains of burnt orange tulips, purple hydrangeas and bright red roses were: FIDM Museum co-curators Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson, “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency star C.C.H. Pounder with the show’s Emmy nominated costume designer Jo Katsaras,

Potluck supports healthy food act Enjoy a free community potluck on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. at Fancifull Gift Baskets, 5617 Melrose Ave. It is one of 250 eat-ins across the country celebrating a National Day of Action. Co-owners Wally August, with his wife Terri, local residents, said the legislation calls for getting healthy food into schools. “I am amazed to learn that many school cafeterias order in food from fast food chains,” said August. To attend, call 323-466-7654.

2009-10 L.A. Opera season on Sat., Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N.Grand Ave. James Conlon will conduct the revival production of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece involving a love potion that determines the fate of a love triangle. Directed by Stephen Lawless, tenor Giuseppe Filianoti, soprano Nino Machaidze and bass Ruggero Raimondi will make their L.A. Opera debuts. Baritone Nathan Gunn returns.

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(Larchmonter Leanne’s designs won “Project Runway,” season 5.) Other young, beautiful, talented and fabulous included: designer Allison Leach and Islean Kirker, Angel Hernandez-Totete, Schante and Alexander Kosztowsky, Jackie and Kim Smith, and Matthew Hancock. *** And just when you thought you’d had enough fabulocity, on Aug. 16 musicians Rebecca Ward and Jonathan Dinerstein celebrated their August birthdays by summoning a gaggle of friends to the edgy Hotel Figueroa where they jammed respectively on violin and piano, and just for an encore, announced their pending nuptials. Among the 100 or so celebrants were: Demicita Gray, Sheri Ravazi and Carolina and Kirk Sunada. And that's the chat.

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New business seeks to open (Continued from page 1) Trevino, owner of Larchmont Larder, would have loved to find a place on Larchmont Blvd. below Beverly, but none was available. She followed the Q condition and opened near Melrose Ave. instead. The owner is taking a very expensive risk, said John Welborne, Windsor Square Assoc. board member and vice president of planning and land use. He added that he has been told by individuals that they or their neighborhood associations will sue to enforce the law whether they have to sue the landlord, the tenant or the city if the law isn’t obeyed. LaBonge has called for a meeting with Raymond Chan,

acting general manger of the city Dept. of Building and Safety, the building owner and members of the community to discuss the Q condition and restaurant use.

St. John of God banquet Sept. 17 The Hospitaller Foundation of California is hosting its 35th annual mid-season banquet on Thurs., Sept. 17 to benefit the St. John of God Retirement and Care Center. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Kenneth Olsen Jr. of Hancock Park will receive the Caritas award. Call 323-731-7141.

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Jessica Hayes and Christopher Charles Thompson were married June 6 on Maui at the Royal Lahaina. The Rev. Dennis De Rego officiated. The bride is the daughter of Ben and Terry Hayes of Hancock Park. She attended Loyola Marymount University and UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic School, where she met her husband-to-be in 2003. Jessica also attended the Golden West Nursing Program and is a registered nurse at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Thompson  is the son of Anna DiMambro of Costa Mesa. He attended Fountain Valley High School and UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic School and is a firefighter/paramedic with the Huntington Beach Fire Department. The couple reside in Costa Mesa.


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Feel good with ‘Life,’ laugh at ‘Block Nine’ Add their backer’s daughter Lois (Jessica Kennan Wynn, yes she is related) as the boys

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coach, and the plot lines are ready for firing. But it’s the music that counts here: “Sh-Boom Life Could be A Dream,” “Who Put the Bomp?,” “Tears on my Pillow,” and “Unchained Melody,” to name a very few. The vocal blend is wonderful thanks to musical director Michael Paternostro. Helmer Bean keeps the action moving and Lee Martino’s choreography is a history lesson in

Classic movies at Las Palmas Marilyn Monroe and John Malkovich will star in movies to be shown in September at Las Palmas Senior Center, 1820 N. Las Palmas Ave. Volunteer Bruce Smee will present Monday movies at 10 a.m. including “Moon Over Miami” on Sept. 14, “The

Great Buck Howard” starring Malkovich on Sept. 21 and “The Edge of Love” Sept. 28. Wednesday movies at 1:30 p.m. include “Towelhead” on Sept. 9, the Marilyn Monroe movie, “Niagara” on Sept. 16, “Grey Gardens” on Sept. 23 and “The Soloist” on Sept. 30.

dances of the 50s. Production credits are excellent: the wonderful basement set by Tom Buderwitz, lighting design by Luke Moyer and costume design by Shon LeBlanc. Through Sept. 27, Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-9604412. 4 BiG Stars *** Block nine by Tom Stanczyk is a spoof on film noir prison movies of the 1930s. Whether it was purposely written to be performed by an all–female cast alternating with an all– male cast is unclear, but in this production the men definitely fare better. The plot centers on Lockjaw,

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“If you liked the girls, you’re gonna love the boys.” So goes the log line of Life Could Be a Dream, the 1960 doo wop musical written by Roger Bean, brought to you by the producers of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” that’s now playing off-Broadway. “Life Could Be a Dream” is a feel-good musical that will take you back to the memorable hit parade tunes of the 1950s, so it doesn’t matter that the show is hung on a paper-thin plot. Denny (Daniel Tartar) and nebbish Eugene (a very funny Jim Holdridge) meet in Denny’s basement to form a singing group, enter the Big Whopper Radio contest, and make it big in rock and roll. Along the way, Wally (Ryan Castellino), the minister’s son, joins them as well as Skip (Doug Carpenter), the local singing garage mechanic.

while mining all the laughs from the male cast, has also managed to find some meaningful moments. Outstanding male actors include: Jeremy Glazer as Lockjaw, Max Williams as Cody in a wonderful performance that channels Richard Widmark, Matt Rimmer as Lips, as well as Louis Douglas Jacobs as the very funny Armand. The evocative, original score and sound design by Jack Arky is pitch-perfect for the 30’s film genre, and Danny Cistone’s multilevel set works wonderfully. Through Sept. 20, Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, 323-960-4410. Fellas 3 Stars Dames 2 Stars

who goes undercover as a prisoner in block nine to “get the goods” on inmate Lips. Meanwhile, back at the hideout, Cody has a hard time keeping the gang under control. Murder and mayhem ensue with a few ghosts to add interest. Dames director Emilie Beck treats the play as an over-thetop farce, which, combined with many of the hard-to-understand accents, makes the proceedings one-note without needed shadings. There were two outstanding performances: Amy French as Jenny Bell, the tortured, angst ridden, junior hood; and Kerry Carney as Margaux, the pseudo French gang member. Fellas director Pete Uribe,

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‘Ugly Truth’ tells it like it is; ‘Julia & Julia’ is overdone the Resistance as the tense, dangerous affair it really was, not as the romantic adventure commonly pictured by Hollywood. Flame’s affair with the inscrutable Ketty Selmer

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Tony Medley (Stine Stengade, in a mesmerizing, Marlene Dietrich-style, performance), leads both him and Citron to question their actions and who to trust and who not. In Danish and German. inglorious Basterds (8/10: Starting with a brilliantly edgy 15-minute segment with SS Col. Christoph Waltz, in a movie-stealing, charmingly sinister performance, questioning a dairy farmer, it eventually morphs into a film with the feel of an old-fashioned WWII movie from the 1940s, which made war seem like fun. Brad Pitt, in particular, plays an unrealistic (but entertaining) Errol Flynn-type who marauds behind the Nazi lines with the greatest of ease. More compelling is Mélanie Laurent

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as a Jewess operating a theater in Paris, chillingly pursued by dangerous Nazi hero Daniel Brühl. This is an entertaining, surprising story without much (but not all) of the gore for which director Quentin Tarantino is so well known. Fragments (7/10): A taut drama with an ensemble cast, headed by Forest Whitaker, multi-storyline drama with a time-trick structure in the style of “Babel” (2006) and “Crash” (2004), this takes a shocking incident, murders at a diner, and interweaves five separate story lines therefrom, showing how the incident affects the people who survived. taking Woodstock (7/10): Edited in the style of the 1971 concert film, this is the story

Gallery Night Out to feature artist talks, boutiques Galleries, boutiques, design studios and restaurants will highlight an evening art walk on Sat., Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. in Miracle Mile. A reception to feature artist Camille Rose Garcia is at 6 p.m. at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 S. La Brea Ave. Galleries along Miracle Mile will host art openings; go online at miraclemileartwalk. com. The Holly Trolley shuttle will make stops at each gallery starting at 4:30 p.m. at 170 S. La Brea Ave.

of the setup, focusing on gay designer Elliot Teichbert (Demetri Martin), based on his book. Intended as a comedy, it’s more interesting than funny. Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, and Liev Schreiber give energetic performances as a spaced-out Vietnam veteran, the acquisitive owner of the property where the concert took place, and a cross-dressing ex-Marine, respectively. Five minutes of Heaven (5/10): After a gripping first half hour, this drama about the conflict in Northern Ireland slows down considerably anticipating a confrontation between James Nesbitt and his brother’s killer, Liam Neeson,

who appears in less than a quarter of the film, despite top billing. Julie & Julia (4/10): I can’t say this is entirely worthless; a scene at the 1:37 mark between Amy Adams and Mary Lynn Rajskub is entertaining. Meryl Streep’s caricature of Julia Childs (for which she will undoubtedly receive an Oscar nomination) is more reminiscent of Dan Akroyd’s SNL Julia than Julia’s Julia. Counterbalancing media darling Streep’s parody is Adams who does her best with this weak script and forced story. Unlike Streep, Adams never seems to be “acting.” Read full reviews at www.

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the Ugly truth (10/10): Although Gerard Butler is intended by the two female writers to be so over-the-top outrageous that he’s laughable, most of what he tells the gorgeous (and funny) Katherine Heigl captures how lots of men really react to women. A word of warning; this is an adult movie with adult language and frank discussions of sexual activity. Some could find it offensive. I thought it was hilarious. To women I say, go to the film and laugh at what Butler says, but take notes. the time traveler’s Wife (9/10): Highlighted by terrific, high-chemistry performances by Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, this is a touching, romantic time-warp romance that engendered some tears (as good romances often do) and stayed with me long after I left the theater. in the Loop (9/10): A sidesplittingly funny farce, despite all the f-bombs. Flame & Citron (9/10): This realistic tale “based on” the true story of Danish resistance killers of collaborators and Nazis, 23-year-old trigger man Flame (Thure Lindhardt), and his 33-year-old driver, Citron (Mads Mikkelsen) presents


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Hubert Laws plays Ford Theater; next stop­—Russia By Suzan Filipek When Hubert Laws first picked up a flute at 16, “I couldn’t make a sound for two days,” he recalls. But when he did, it was an “immediate attraction,” which has turned into a life-long love affair. The flute “has been my constant companion,” says Laws, Rossmore Ave. Having recently unpacked his bags from a tour in Spain, this fall he heads to the Moscow Russia Jazz Fest. In between he will play in La Vida Music Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Sun., Oct., 4 and at the Catalina Bar and Grill Oct. 8.

FLUTIST Herbert Laws with Stevie Wonder earlier this year.

In his new CD, “Flute Adaptations of Rachmaninoff & Barber” Laws plays his signature blend of combining the


classical score with his improvisation. Born in Houston, he was the second of eight children in a musical family—his father sang in the church choir; his mom played the piano. He began playing the family piano at 5. His roots are in gospel and rhythm and blues. In school

band he played the melophone, alto saxophone and clarinet, before finding his favorite instrument. He went on to Julliard School of Music in New York on a scholarship, practicing by day and playing gigs by night. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and was a member of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras. He has collaborated with Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin, among others.

He settled in the area 11 years ago to raise his children: Sky, 23, a tennis player; and Ashley, 24, a singer. Laws plays on his tennis court to relax and is teaching himself Japanese. When his children were small he wanted them to learn Spanish, so he took up the language. He became so good at it, he was the translator for his four-member band in Seville and at other stops on his recent tour. Japanese is more challenging, he says. But, the music, as always flows. “It’s like talking. “I’ve been blessed,” he says.



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EntErtainmEnt Ernst Katz, Jr. Philharmonic founder, dies at 95 Youth a Chance To Be Heard,” Katz’ symphony grew during the seven decades under his leadership. Over the years, more than 60,000 musicians, ages 12 through 25, participated in annual auditions. Katz’s nephew, Gary S. Greene, now conducts the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra. Katz is also survived by his sister, Silvia Greene; nephew Terry Greene; niece Lori Gordon and great-nieces, Debra Marisa Greene and Victoria and Natalie Gordon.

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Donations may be made to the Friends of the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra Fund held by the California Community Foundation and mailed to the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra, 157 S. Fairfax Ave., 90036.

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The Hollywood Community Adult School is hosting an acting class taught by former commercial actor Buddy Powell on Tues., Sept 8 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m, at 1521 N. Highland Ave. Powell said the class is a perfect way for adults to become familiar with the acting busi-

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An exhibit on California dreams and myths to open at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

De Neve built a city here 228 years ago because of its proximity to a river.

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Park Wilshire 20-unit condos in foreclosure The 20-unit Park Wilshire condominium building at 4848 Wilshire Blvd. is in foreclosure. According to a recent complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court by Saehan Bank, the developers behind the 4848 Wilshire Blvd. building have defaulted on two loans, including a $15 million note. Since this project opened for sales a year ago, its threebedroom units listed for more than $1 million, have remained unsold.

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According to a representative for Park & Lim, the law firm representing Saehan, the filing asks the project be placed in receivership—overseen by a third party. It also seeks judicial foreclosure, and seeks deficiency judgments if the property is sold for less than the amount of the loan. Named in the suit as Park Wilshire LLC, the developers (there are numerous investors named in the suit) have 30-40 days to respond to the complaint, filed June 24.


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Bernstein among AIA-LA 2009 design honorees Winners at the AIA-LA 2009 Design Awards include Ken Bernstein, manager of the Office of Historic Resources, Depart. of City Planning. Bernstein will be honored with the Historic Preservation Award at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Wed., Oct. 21. Other winners of the

Adolfo Nodal, president, Cultural Affairs Commission; Sylvia Lavin, professor UCLA Dept. of Architecture and Urban Design. Architect William Krisel will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mia Lehrer+Associates—Vista Hermosa Park Project, earned the Public Open Space Award.

American Institute of Architect’s presidential awards include Michael Rotondi, principal of RoTo Architects, Inc., and the building team of the LAPD Headquarters. The team was led by AECOM Design. Other honorees include AC Martin Partners, Inc. for St. Basil Roman Catholic Church;

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ing to the ADSLA website. “The structure now looks much more like it did when it was built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store.” Designed by Arthur E. Harvey, the building at 269 S. Western Ave. is a black-andgold glazed terra cotta Art Deco style. The Harvey-Selig building, called the Crocker Bank Building, was declared a Cultural-Historic Monument (#298) on Sept. 20, 1985. This single-story structure also once housed a Crocker Bank Branch, “but has returned to its roots and now sells clothing once again,” according to the ADSLA.

Preservationists, business at odds over city draft ordinance Los Angeles adopted an historic preservation ordinance in 1962 that is considerably more far-reaching than most large cities have even today, according to Rory Cunningham, president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and a resident of St. Andrews Square. An update of the original is under review, and is drawing fire among preservationists and business owners alike. The draft ordinance will be considered by the city Planning Commission on Thurs., Sept. 10. The point of contention is when a city Historic-Cultural Monument can be demolished, interior and out. Seventy business owners downtown, under the Central City Association, prefer less restrictions, while preservationist groups seek to strengthen existing laws. The new version of the ordinance would also increase the number of members on the Cultural Heritage Commission from five to seven. The draft is being prepared by the city Office of Historic Resources within the Dept. of Planning. For information visit

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Spanish officials selected site as future home of Los Angeles The city of Los Angeles will mark the 228th anniversary of its founding on Fri., Sept. 4. Felipe de Neve (1728-1784) was the Spanish governor of California when he recommended to the viceroy in Mexico that an area next to a river be developed into a pueblo. King Carlos III of Spain took the recommendation and ordered Governor de Neve to establish the pueblo. On Sept. 4, 1781, a group of 11 men, 11 women, and 22 children left the Mission San Gabriel. They were accompanied by de Neve, soldiers, mission priests and a few Indians to settle the site along the river. A ceremony was held to inaugurate the new city. There was a speech by the governor, a blessing and prayers from the mission fathers. The new pueblo grew slowly, and amenities were few. The houses were very small, usually of adobe with flat roofs—glassless win-

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Apartment complex helps impoverished families Patricia Craven was a small business owner and homeowner until the economy tanked in mid-2008. “I lost the business and the house,” recalled Craven, 56. “I just couldn’t keep afloat. I got caught up in a downward spiral.” Thanks to Alexandria House

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dows, and rawhide doors. The narrow streets were almost impassable when it rained. By 1790, Los Angeles had 28 households and a population of 139. By 1800 the population was 70 households and a population of 315. For more on the founding of Los Angeles, visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles adjacent to Olvera St. For tour information go to


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Enjoy the flavor of Greece at St. Sophia Festival Experience the food, music and dance of the Mediterranean at the 11th annual L.A. Greek Fest the weekend of Sept. 11, 12 and 13 on the St. Sophia Cathedral plaza at 1324 S. Normandie Ave. Food booths will spotlight Greek foods like spanakopita, calamari, pastisio and flaming cheese saganaki; a dessert booth will serve baklava and galaktoboureko, the king of custards. Tunics, a sports bar located on the north end of the plaza grounds, will feature Greek beers and wine, as well as sausage sandwiches and minilamb chops. Singer Anna Vissi will perform on Saturday evening. In addition, Don McLeod’s living statues, featuring performers trained in mime, will appear on Friday and Saturday night.

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Korean four-day festival includes parade, contests A parade on Sat., Sept. 19 will be among the events at the 36th annual Los Angeles Korean Festival. Music, dance children’s games and rides, voice and talent contests and fashion shows will be at the Seoul International Park at 3250 San Marino St. Thurs., Sept. 17 through Sun., Sept. 20

Foust, Hecht at Red Hen Press PERFORMERS TRAINED in mime and Japanese butoh, a form of slow-motion movement and expression, will bring statues to life throughout the Fest.

Cathedral tours will be held throughout the weekend. Friday hours are 5 to 10 p.m.; 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Admission is free on Friday night; $5 for adults on Saturday and Sunday. Kids under 12 get in free; parking is free Visit www.LAGreekFest. com, or call 323-737-2424.

Learn how to apply for a Community Beautification Grant at a series of free workshops offered by the City of Los Angeles. The 90-minute classes cover the grant process, explain how to fill out an application, offer tips on submitting a proposal, and provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people. For schedule and locations go to Community-based organizations can apply for funding for projects in public places, including medians, sidewalks, parkways, park and library property and public school campuses. Grant application deadline is Tues., Oct. 20. Request an application by calling (213) 978-0226 or email cbgrant@

Rebecca Foust and Jamey Hecht will be the featured readers at the Sun., Sept. 13 meeting of the Red Hen Press at the Ruskin Art Club, 800 S. Plymouth Blvd., at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; students and seniors, $5. Seating is limited and on a first come basis. Visit

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Philippine arts festival Sept. 12, 13

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for a group of WWII veterans, the 10-unit row house complex sets each unit at an angle to the street in a sawtooth pattern. He placed the garages at the street, with gardens to the rear of the property for maximal privacy. Raphael Soriano used light steel construction and aluminum building systems. Steel

allowed modernist architects to eliminate interior walls and generate open floorplans; substitute glass for exterior walls; and float thin roofs on minimal supports. His Case Study House 1950 pioneered the use of steel in residential construction. Craig Ellwood developed the Rand Corporation masterplan,

offices for Xerox and IBM, as well as the signature “bridge building” for Art Center College of Design. Tickets are $75, $65 for Friends of the Schindler House and students with ID. Bus and lunch options are available for an additional fee. To purchase tickets, visit

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Five Pasadena residences on Home & Kitchen tour The Pasadena ASID Home & Kitchen Tour, now in its 23rd year, is set for Sun., Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., said Carol Cobabe, 2009 ASID Pasadena Chapter Home & Kitchen Tour chairman. This year’s self-guided tour, which features five homes built from 1923 to 2008 in Pasadena and Arcadia, offers traditional design and midcentury design, plus a new California Spanish home. Retail boutiques, displays of the best home-design products, and ongoing demon-

strations of faux painting are featured. Guests can also purchase chances to win a U-Line wine refrigerator (a $1,500 value) donated by Silver sponsor Snyder Diamond. Tickets to the tour—$30 in advance and $35 on the day of—are available by calling 800-237-2634 or the ASID Pasadena Chapter office at 626-795-6898. All proceeds benefit the Pasadena Chapter of ASID. Proceeds go towards scholarships for emerging designers.

516 No. Mansfield Ave. • $965,000 Bougainvillea enhanced character Spanish. Many original details reflected in windows, hardwood floors and Batchelder fireplace. 2 bedrooms with sitting room off the master and 2 baths. Cozy den/office with built-in desk and shelves. Top of the line kitchen appliances. Custom fencing and lush landscaping provide privacy and a serene garden.

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California’s reputation as a bea- set atop a hill, and organized con of mid-20th century design around an outdoor breakfast with “indoor-outdoor” style will room and opens wide to the be featured on the MAK Center backyard and magnificent Architecture Tour on Sun., Oct. views. Harwell Hamilton Harris’ 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-driving tour and Alexander House (1940-41) fundraiser highlights seven two-story home is composed of residences, dating from 1926 white stucco boxes with modthrough 1964, in Los Feliz and ernist sensibility on one side, and a Prairie Style horizonSilver Lake. Anchoring the tour are tality on the other. Pergolas, works by Rudolph Schindler, terraces and courtyards add to the sense of spawho, together ciousness. with fellow Steel allowed modIn Harris’ Austrian émiernist architects to stucco-and-wood gré Richard eliminate interior Hansen House Neutra, eswalls and generate (1950-51) a windtablished the open floorplans... ing path leads to a precedents for deck and entry elCalifornia-style architecture. Schindler’s evated over the garage, providlandmark Kings Road House ing privacy and a view of the and Studio, 1921-22, is home Silver Lake reservoir. Every to the MAK Center, 835 N. room has a garden or lake view, and clerestory windows Kings Rd., West Hollywood. The Schindler House (as supply additional light. Harris it came to be known) was a designed much of the furniradical design that integrated ture, both freestanding and interiors and gardens into a built-in, and the current ownspatial pinwheel that accorded er has maintained original liequal importance to indoors noleum, laminate countertops and palette. and out. Gregory Ain believed in arThe How House (1926) combined Schindler’s interest with chitecture as an agent of social a sensitive use of materials. It change. Perhaps best known is one of only three houses in for his Mar Vista tract home development, Ain is reprewhich he used concrete. A second residence, the sented with the Avenel Homes McAlmon House (1935), is Cooperative (1946-48). Built



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Vintage postcards show life in ‘Early Los Angeles’

ANGEL’S FLIGHT and new lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks building in 1905, left; downtown circa 1873 with orchards and vineyards to the east and the heart of the city, The Plaza, below.

over the entrance. The Orpheum Theater opened in 1911 on Broadway,

a few buildings down from the Pantages. Both would be converted to movie houses. The

Mullen and Bluett Clothing Company is shown between the two vaudeville theaters.

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By Suzan Filipek “Early Downtown Los Angeles,” a new book by authors Cory and Sarah Stargel, features their collection of more than 200 vintage postcards. The postcard craze exploded in the early 1900s, coinciding with downtown’s growth from a tiny pueblo in 1781 to a bustling metropolis. “Everything would change, in 1876 when the Southern Pacific Railroad completed a line south from San Francisco, providing the first connection between the small city and the rest of the country,” the authors write in the book’s introduction. Civic and business leaders offered the railroad company huge incentives to stop here, rather than the easier passage through the Mojave Desert. The area’s Mediterranean climate and business opportunities helped the population climb to more than 100,000 by the beginning of the 20th century. It was less than 2,000 in 1850. The couple’s postcards trace the city’s phenomenal growth through the 1940s in the book published by Arcadia Publishing. Early postcards show the city soon after its founding in 1781, when the Spanish pueblo was granted six miles of land in each direction from a central plaza. The Plaza Church remains one of the oldest structures in L.A., says a caption of its postcard. A photo from 1873 shows the sparsely populated area of Main and Spring streets with orchards and vineyards spread out to the east. Another photo shows treelined, quiet Ninth and Wall streets that were considered “out in the country.” Streets became considerably more crowded by the 1920s judging from a photograph at Broadway and Sixth St. Automobiles and streetcars drove by multi-story department stores compared to the horse and buggies riding over dirt roads of the past. A Victorian-style L.A. High School—later rebuilt on Olympic Blvd.—Union Station and Angel’s Flight are featured. City Hall opening ceremonies in 1928 show light emanating from a beacon atop the 32-story building. The beacon was illuminated by President Coolidge from the White House. The Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel was a popular dancingand-dining spot and host to early Academy Award ceremonies. Fosgate and Rees boasted a 100-foot-long soda fountain—the largest in the world—on its postcard. Clifton’s Cafeteria, known as Pacific Seas, on Olive St. had a tropical theme with a waterfall


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Exaggerated eaves protect the entry and master suite from the south sun and provide dynamic sculptural composition. The intimate entry space leads to a double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling glass. Twin stairs lined with bookcases lead to the bedrooms and become a wall of

built-in furniture. Prefabricated sanctuary Located in the “tree section” of Manhattan Beach, this home reinforces the viability of indoor/outdoor living along the Southern California coast. Locally sourced sustainable materials are left exposed to reveal their natural finishes. The Tree House’s combina-

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Visit notable examples of modern architecture during an AIA self-driving tour Sun., Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Manhattan Beach. The tour will feature four residences, including the 39th St. Residence, where entertaining friends is the key goal for this 1,200-square foot remodel and third-floor addition to the 1970’s beach house by MAKE Architecture. Responsible remodeling practices were incorporated to retain, salvage and reuse existing elements to limit the newly processed materials needed for the remodeling. Solar savvy Solar savvy meets industrial chic at a single family residence located in the Gaslight District of Manhattan Beach. It is one in a series of homes commissioned by Kuhlhaus Development, LLC and produced by the Design/Build firm Lean Arch, Inc. The solar-powered home with an open plan and large glass sliding doors create both visual and physical continuity between the interior and exterior. Flexible use spaces include the multiple outdoor patio and deck areas and a nod to “industrial chic” through use of building materials.


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Yamasaki are also on display. The exhibition also features 21 color pencil drawings

by Lebbeus Woods entitled “Underground Berlin.” “Drawings and Objects” by

Architects” continues through Sat., Oct. 10 at Edward Cella Art + Architecture.

Keller Williams Commercial is proud to be on the Boulevard! PASTEL by architect Richard Neutra is a rendering of the Hammerman Bel Air residence, which is also on exhibit.

Empire State, World Trade Center studies on exhibit Drawings by major 20th century architects and studies for the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center are featured in the debut show of Edward Cella Art + Architecture, 6018 Wilshire Blvd. “Drawings and Objects by Architects” features color pencil drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright including a rendering of a proposed Connecticut studio residence for writer Ayn Rand. “ECAA holds a dynamic position as the preeminent West

Coast gallery featuring drawings and projects by emerging and established architects and designers,” gallery director Edward Cella said. Also in the premiere exhibit at the Miracle Mile gallery is a pastel interior rendering by Richard Neutra of the Warren Tremaine Residence in Montecito, California. A suite of pencil drawing for the floor plan layout of the Empire State Building and a drawing for the World Trade Center commissioned by the building’s architect Minoru

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260 S. Plymouth Boulevard $1,800,000

Just a short stroll to Larchmont Blvd. This elegant Spanish home w/ 4BD + 3 bath + maids rm & bath offers an abundance of space for entertaining and family, living. formal din rm, lvg rm, Fam rm, and den with wet bar. Updated kitchen with Viking® appliances, hardwood floor thru-out the house & fireplace in living room. Master bedroom w/fireplace & sitting area. There is a generous size covered patio, nice grassy yard, detached guest house with bathroom and 2 car garage.

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Berlin Wall to go up on Wilshire, then fall again The Berlin Wall is going back up as part of an international art project, the “Wall Along Wilshire,” to mark the 20-year anniversary of its fall. “Eastside Gallery West” will be installed outdoors at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Sat., Oct. 17 through Sat., Nov. 14. Ten “wall” segments painted by L.A. muralist Kent Twitchell and French artist Thierry Noir will be featured. Shepard Fairey will recreate a stylized Wall of 30 pieces to bisect Wilshire at the L.A. County Museum of Art’s “Urban Light Sculpture.” Fairey’s works will be displayed Sun., Nov. 8 from 2

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Idyllic images to farm worker posters in ‘California Dream’ at Craft and Folk

to 5 p.m. when traffic will be stopped for three hours. At 3 p.m., the 11-foot high, threeinch wide segments will be stretched along Wilshire. A ceremony will feature speeches, musical performances, and a live-feed between Los Angeles and its Sister City Berlin. The event will culminate in the tearing-down of the Wall Across Wilshire by Councilman Tom LaBonge and other dignitaries. The public can watch Fairey and others paint the Wall segments at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits Oct. 23 to Nov. 8. For more information visit

Take a closer look at the myths surrounding the Golden State at “Myth and Manpower: Graphics and the California Dream,” opening Sun., Sept. 27 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Idyllic images created for selling citrus fruits are pitted against union posters aimed to mobilize workers’ rights. Organized by the Museum of California Design and guest curated by Bill Stern, the exhibit examines how design principles were used to influ-

GOLDEN STATE SUNKIST, c. 1940, is part of the “California Dream” exhibit at CAFAM.

ence the American public. Early 20th century California fruit box labels painted a mythical picture of a sun-soaked state with pristine orchards,

luxurious fruit, and glamorous women. In the 1970s, the United Farm Workers of America created posters to expose the other side of California’s agricultural history. The UFW enlisted the talents of Chicano artists and designers and art collectives to create posters. The exhibit honors the contributions and legacy of both. For gallery times, prices and more information call 323-937-4230, or go online at

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Old Hollywood charm in prime location. Two-Story entry with stained glass windows and impressive staircase. Domed ceiling in the living room with French doors leading out onto terrace and swimming pool. Four bedrooms and 3 baths with many original features.

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September is the perfect time to visit Koontz Hardware and check out the fun things we have for you. • “Fuel” Eco-friendly Lunch Time Equipment For Back To School and outings (lunch bags, insulated sandwich containers, soup containers, water bottles & more) All Fuel products are food-safe; lead free, no PVC, no Bisphenol-A • Popular “Moleskin “reporter-ruled” books, notebooks & address books • 5-hour energy drinks by the case for writing all night with no sugar and no crash in the morning! Many kid interest items such as Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, Spiderman and Sponge Bob goody bags along with sand buckets and clapping hands bubble blowers Also available here are the “onion goggles” No tears while chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing! As always, we have custom made frames for screens, replacement garage door openers, fountains, Ashleigh Manor picture frames and loads more! Come say “Hello” and have fun here! We love our Larchmont customers!



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MUSEUM ROW LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­CAUST—The museum houses the West Coast's largest archive of documents, relics and other materials from the Holocaust period (1933-1945).

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Sept. 19. Exhibit includes customized 1958 Ford Thunderbird for musician Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Ends Sun., Nov. 8. On opening day get two-forone admission to the Museum, and Johnny Rockets will serve $1 hamburgers and shakes. Catch the races on one of four television screens. • "Icons of Speed and Style" auction is Sat., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Race cars and hot rod legends belonging to Elvis Presley and others will be featured. Visit • Discovery Day: children make wood pencil cases on Sat., Sept. 5 during a dropin workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Actors from L.A. BookPALS will read stories at 2:30 p.m. • Design in the 21st Century, a panel discussion is Tues., Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with present and past Honda, Mercedes Benz and Porsche designers. For information or to RSVP, call 323-964-6347 or email • California Car Design: local style, global influence" ends February. • Pasadena Art Center College of Design's student demonstrations are Sundays Sept. 13 and 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • "Sounds of Speed" features 180 car-related LP covers. Ends Nov. 8. Located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323-930-CARS; PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Area fossil finds show Ice Age life 10,000 to 40,000 years ago, when saber-toothed cats and giant sloths ruled the Wilshire area. Located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323-934-PAGE;


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LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life," features 30 works by the 18th century Spanish painter, opens Sun., Sept. 27. Ends Jan, 3, 2010. • Boone Children's Gallery opens with Korean Brush Painting theme on Sun., Sept. 13 in LACMA East; Free; hands-on art projects. • "Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea" ends Sept. 20. • "Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples." Ends Oct. 4. Located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323-857-6000; lacma. org. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—"Sueños/Yume: Fifty Years of the Art of Dora De Larios" opens Sun., Sept. 27. Reception is Sat., Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Ceramist's works, which include mythological creatures and goddesses, have been exhibited at the White House and around the world. Ends Jan. 10. • "Myth and Manpower: Graphics and the California Dream," opens Sun., Sept. 27. The exhibit juxtaposes idyllic images created for selling citrus fruits against union posters aimed to mobilize for workers’ rights. Ends Jan. 10, • The Matjames’ Method: An Assemblage Workshop for adults is Sun., Sept. 13 1 to 4 p.m.; $45/$35 CAFAM members. Create your own assemblage pieces using found objects and other materials. RSVP Located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323-937-4230; PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—"Historic Hot Rods and Race Cars of SoCal Speed Shop" opens Sat.,

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It’s not too late to get your fall vegetable garden growing spring and summer seasons. Why? Cooler autumn temperatures make it a delight to spend time outside in the garden and also provide an advantage when it’s time to harvest your crops. You’ll spend less time caring for your fall crops because of the favorable cool weather growing conditions. Plants will grow rapidly at first and gradually slow as the days

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become shorter and colder. Destructive insects won’t be as numerous in autumn as they are in summer months. Weeds germinate less frequently and grow slower than they do during the warmer seasons. Let the sunshine in. Most vegetables need full sun—at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. They also require a steady supply of moisture and nutrients from the soil. You can help ensure your plants get both by mixing a two-inch layer of compost into the soil (bagged compost is available at garden centers). Or spread a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, according to instructions. Plants will need an inch of moisture per week, either through rain or supplemental watering. Start with transplants. Transplants buy you lots of time. Plants are six weeks or older when you put them into the ground, so you will begin harvesting much sooner than if you start from seed. Best suited for fall gardens: Winterbor kale: This nutritious leafy green is a vigorous producer that endures winter easily, even in very cold climates. Cut the outer leaves so that the center can continue growing. Space transplants about 12 inches apart Romaine lettuce: Romaine packs more vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients than other popular types of lettuce. Rich in fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene, romaine is especially good for heart health. Space transplants 18 inches apart.

Broccoli: Popular, productive and easy to grow, broccoli is high in fiber and calcium. Set transplants 18 inches apart

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Learn garden design; secrets to great soil Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. A comprehensive class on how to create great soil includes topics such as composting, vermiculture, cover

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L.A. River is topic when Garden Club meets Sept. 14 Alicia Katano, director of programs, Friends of the Los Angeles River, will speak at the Los Angeles Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Mon., Sept. 14. Katano organizes activities that include annual cleanups, school programs and tours of the river. The meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. in the Griffith Park Visitor’s Center Auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Katano’s presentation begins at 11 a.m. following coffee and refreshments, exhibits and displays and a business meeting. For more information, call Ashkhen Evrard at 323-6654523.


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crops and the use of mulches and native soil on Sat., Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids and their families will tie-dye using natural plant dyes gathered from the garden on Sat., Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Landscape designer Laramee Haynes will teach the fundamentals of garden design at a class on Thurs., Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Haynes will show how to arrange native plants, use sight lines, space properly, and place shade trees, boulders

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Labor Day recalls robber barons, child exploitation What’s the origin of “Labor Day?” wonders Conor Bentley. This end of the summer holiday was born in the turbulent 1880’s when millionaire robber barons rode in private railroad cars and 11-year old children worked 12-hour days in coal mines. It was the brainchild of one Peter J. McGuire, an Irish-American labor leader who had worked as a carpenter since he was 10 and was, in 1882, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. McGuire pro-


posed a Monday day off on the last weekend of the summer to the labor leaders of New York City that would “applaud the industrial spirit—the great vital force of every nation.” On the first Labor Day, 10,000


workers, in defiant opposition to their bosses, marched from Union Square up Fifth Avenue to 42nd Street. This outpouring of solidarity, spawned numerous imitations in other big cities and by the following year, 30 states had made Labor Day an annual celebration. *** How about the expression “hue and cry?” ponders Gene Dornan. This repeated cry of alarm comes from the Norman (1066-1300) times in Britain, when only English crimes against Normans were considered worthy of prosecution. The Norman hu-e-cri (to cry out against) compelled all Englishmen by law to join in the hunt for one of their own because they all shared the guilt for any effrontery to their conquerors. *** Why were people in the upper crust called the “four hundred?” asks Terry de Voto.

This term was coined in the late 1880’s by New York reporter Ward McAllister, who wrote that only 400 people qualified as “high society.” The number referred to the number of folks who could fit into Mrs. Astor’s (the acknowledged doyenne of New York society) ballroom and were presumably the only ones worthy of an invitation. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley. Send your questions to him at


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Hancock Park. Magnificent 3-sty mansion located on a double lot in prestigious Hancock Park.floor plan Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Hancock Park. 6 beds/4 bas 6,473sq.ft. slate roof, leaded glass windows, paneled din rm & library w/fpl.floor plan Shar Penfold 323.860.4258

Hancock Park. 4+3.Designer owned. Minutes from Larchmont. Lovely formal rms, great yard.floor plan Gless/Loveland 323.460.7606

CHARMING ��STORY SPANISH ��,���,��� Hancock Park. 4 bedrms, 3 baths. All baths have been remodeled. Lush garden & pool w/auto cover. Gated.floor plan Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949



Hancock Park. Lrg 2beds,2bas unit , new kitchen, new wood floors, updated guest bath, pool, 24 hr sec.floor plan Alex Pantages 323.873.4651

Hancock Park. 5bds,5.5bas, kitch+fam rm combo, lib w/fpl, patio, yard & loggia. 3 car gar+chauffer’s rm.floor plan Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. 3-sty Tudor.Renovated.On prime exclusive street. 4bds+5.5bas;2mds;fam;lib;gourmetkit;pool.floor plan Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Brookside. Gorgeously updated Mediterranean on huge lot. Amazing new gourmet kitchen. 4bds/2.5basfloor plan Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. REDUCED! 5,156 sq.ft. 3 bd/2 bas+bonus. Frml liv & din rms, lrg kit & bkfst area.floor plan Shar Penfold 323.860.4258


Hancock Park. 1 bed + 1.5 bath. Top floor w/ treetop views. Also for lease at $2,450.floor plan Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. 5beds + 5.5baths, private grounds feature a loggia, lounge w/fplc, pool & blt in bbq.floor plan Rick Llanos 323.460.7617

Hancock Park. 4+3 home w/apx 1400 sf guesthse & pool. Office/md’s rm w/ba. Garden w/outdoor liv space.floor plan Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949


Hancock Park. 4 Bds, 3 baths, formal entry, liv & din rm, library, gst rm w/ba, fam rm, yard.floor plan Diana Knox 323.640.5473



Hancock Park. 2bds+office+1.5ba. Frnch drs from fam rm to backyard. Close to Larchmont Village.floor plan Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606



Hancock Park. 5beds,4.5bas; fam rm w/bar; den/lib w/fpl; jr din rm & kitch w/s/s appls. Patio; fountain.floor plan Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 310.562.5907

Hancock Park. Restored 6 bed estate overlooking the golf course. Grand scale thruout.Patios, yard, pool.floor plan Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. 4bds, 3bas, new kit, den/study, breakfast rm opening to patio, lush garden, high walls.floor plan Diana Knox 323.640.5473


Hancock Park. 5beds 3baths. Center hall floorplan w/ large backyard+office/guest w/ full bath.floor plan Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606



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Hancock Park. 3bd, 2.5ba, fpl, heat & a/c. Pool, spa, waterfall, patios, outdoor kit/BBQ. Sec.floor plan Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 310.562.5907

Tony Svoboda 323.993.0740



Hancock Park. 2 + 2.5, remodeled kitchen & baths. Hwd flrs. Pool, 24 hr sec. A beautiful unit.floor plan Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 310.562.5907


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©2009 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker®, Previews®, and Coldwell Banker Previews International® are registered trademarks licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned And Operated By NRT LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

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