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ENDING hunger one restaurant at a time. 12 WOMAN lawyer named president. 14 SILENT SOCIETY reels. 27 ROSSMORES rock. 28

in single-family zone By Suzan Filipek Etz Chaim Congregation was denied a conditional use permit for daily prayer gathering at the single-family home at 303 S. Highland Ave. last month by the city Planning Dept. Rabbi Chaim Rubin sought continued use and maintenance of a religious use at the home in Hancock Park, a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. But associate zoning administrator Albert Landini wrote the location was not suited for religious uses in his 42-page report. He also denied a request for a zone variance to permit two parking spaces in lieu of the required 12 for the 8,100-square foot home. A shortage of parking would only increase traffic and parking issues, he wrote. Supporters of the zone change numbered members See Etz Chaim, p. 46

Windsor Square annual meeting November 12 LOCAL HOME hosts U.N. gorilla spokesman. 42

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Hancock Park airs marijuana, crime at meeting

Temple at 3rd, Highland denied religious uses

Water mains, board vote on agenda Broken water mains, stop signs and crime prevention are among issues expected to be raised at the annual Windsor Square Association meeting on Thurs., Nov. 12 at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. at 7 p.m. Mike Genewick, president, said police officials Capt. Matt Blake of the Olympic Station and Eric Davis of the Wilshire station will be on hand to address concerns. Councilman Tom LaBonge will speak on city issues, and on the Q condition affecting Larchmont Blvd. Minah Park, Deputy District Attorney, also will speak. An update on the streetlight project is on the agenda as well as emergency preparedness. The annual “Squeaky Wheel” See Windsor Square, p. 5

New City attorney Trutanich welcomed

FUN FOR aLL. Madison Oracion was among the thousands of visitors to the annual Larchmont Boulevard Associationsponsored Family Fair on Oct. 25. Pony rides, slides, games and food booths provided entertainment for all ages.

Protesters picket restaurant operating as a takeout Larchmont Bungalow violates zoning, they say “We’re mad as hell and we’ve had enough.” That was the rallying cry when dozens of area residents passed out flyers protesting the opening of a restaurant posing as a “takeout” at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. Larchmont Bungalow is operating under false colors, said Patty Lombard, a Fremont Place resident. She and other community members picketed in front of the restaurant during the Larchmont Family Fair on Oct. 25. They claim the Bungalow with its profuse number of ta-

bles and chairs inside and on the sidewalk is in violation of the Q Condition. The zoning law limits the number of restaurants on Larchmont Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and First St. Before opening this month, the property owner Albert Mizrahi signed a Covenant and Agreement with the city forbidding tables and chairs and dining on the premises. Mizrahi has said at community meetings that other takeouts on the boulevard have seating and some are operating as restaurants. See PROTESTERS, p. 5

By Chris H. Sieroty Reporter A year ago, a relatively unknown candidate for city attorney sought the political support of Hancock Park residents in his campaign to replace outgoing City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. On Oct. 20, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich returned to thank Hancock Park residents for their support. He was guest speaker at the Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting at Marlborough School. He spoke on several key issues, including a new ordinance regulating medical marijuana shops. However, Trutanich said he couldn’t comment on the ongoing controversy over an Orthodox temple at 303 N. Highland Ave. because it may go to appeal. In 1996, the Etz Chaim congregation applied to the city zoning administrator for a variance to use a residence as a synagogue. For the last 13 years, the case has made its way through the court system as a result of several lawsuits. The congregation was recently denied See Hancock Park, p. 33

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane

RESidENTS piCKETEd in front of Larchmont Bungalow to call attention to a zoning violation. They are, from left, Patty Lombard, Bill Simon, Wendy Savage, Patty Carroll and Linda Lennon.

Fair warning: the holidays are right around the corner. We can’t believe how fast the days are going. Meanwhile, sports fans are torn between watching the world series, college football, the Lakers and Clippers and the Kings (thank goodness for Tivo). Friends are planning to welcome Cammie King Conlon back to the area for a book signing at Chevalier’s in December, we learned from Sharon DeBriere at Rite Aid. Cammie, who played Baby Blue in “Gone with the Wind,” has written a book on her ex- ~ Entire Issue Online!

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Scene on Larchmont

By Jane Gilman

Fuzzy enforcement

Our Councilman Tom LaBonge has been a friend to Larchmont Village for many years. That’s why we were surprised when he called at least three meetings to discuss the new “takeout,” Larchmont Bungalow, at 107 N. Larchmont. The city granted a take-out permit, but it is operating as a restaurant with dozens of tables and chairs, and food is consumed on the premises. This is in violation of the Q Condition Ordinance limiting restaurants on Larchmont Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and First St. The Councilman told us the city will cite the Bungalow for operating as a restaurant. Then the legal battles will begin. Meanwhile, we still have an illegal restaurant. And other stores on Larchmont could also be turned into businesses that flaunt the Q Condition. We need enforcement and adherence to the zoning laws that protect and enhance our retail boulevard.

Saving local shops

The 3/50 Project is a creative idea to retain local stores. It asks: “what three independent businesses would you miss if they disappeared?” The goal is to spend at least $50 every month in each of those stores. It would be revenue that goes back to the community. For every $100 spent, $68 returns through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Spend locally to support our independent businesses.

That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

GREEN TRANSPORTATION. Sal Marino pedals his bicycle from his home on Arden Blvd. to his trattoria in Larchmont Village with his daughter Mariasole aboard.

Police Beat Gunpoint robbery; money bag stolen on Larchmont WILSHIRE DIVISION

Successful Annual Meeting Held at Marlborough The HPHOA, est. 1948, Annual Meeting was held at Marlborough School on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 PM. Our new City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich, and our Councilman, Tom LaBonge, both joined us to let us know about the important issues facing the City. They provided updates on the status of medical marijuana dispensary enforcement and billboard enforcement. Zev Yaroslovksy reported that the MTA board will make a crucial vote on the Wilshire corridor rail line this week. LAPD Captain Davis and Senior Lead Officer Cordova reported that crime has decreased in Hancock Park in the past year. SSA and BelAir Security Services presented their operations and how they provide additional security. HPOZ Board member Chris Bubser told us how the approval process works and where to go to get your questions answered. If you’re planning changes to your house, be sure to read the Preservation Plan for Hancock Park which is available on the HPHOA’ 48 web site, www.hancockpark. org, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site or you can obtain a copy from the Planning Department by calling Jason Chan, our Hancock Park Planner at 213-978-3307.


If you’d like to volunteer to serve on a committee, or if you have a question or concerns please visit our website: or write the Association at 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004. For security questions or concerns please contact Craig Gering ( The Graffiti Committee asks that graffiti sightings be reported both to the City by calling 311 or at website: htm Also, report graffiti sightings to Graffiti Committee Co-Chairs Pam Newhouse at 323-939-5681; email address or Serena Apfel, 323-936-4928; email address Other public funded Graffiti removal services are: Hollywood Beautification, 323-4635180. 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 323-6921414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office)

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WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES A Blockbuster employee with a money bag was robbed at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 on Larchmont Blvd. A man sitting on a bench near the store took the bag by force from the employee as she walked toward the front door, pushing another victim to the ground in the process. Several passersby chased the suspect, who escaped in a car. A wallet, cell phone and oth-

er property were taken from a victim at gunpoint on the 600 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. at 1:05 a.m. on Aug. 27. The suspect with a handgun demanded the property and fled. A watch, money and other belongings were taken from a victim on the 400 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. at 7:39 a.m. on Aug. 29. The suspect approached the victim from behind, placed his gloved hands over her eyes and mouth, took the property and fled. BURGLARIES (Please turn to page 11)

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"We always play games at the table after dinner like Taboo or Trivial Pursuit. My family's Jamaican, so we play a Jamaican version of Taboo." Jerome Gordon Bronson Ave.

Community Calendar Sun., Nov. 1: Daylight Savings Time begins. Mon., Nov. 9: Veteran’s Day. Tues., Nov. 10: Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association semi-annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Van Ness Avenue Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Thurs., Nov. 12: Windsor Square Association’s annual meeting, 7 p.m., Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Thurs., Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day. Fri., Dec. 4: Neighborhood delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., Dec. 6: Larchmont Boulevard Assoc. annual Holiday Open House, noon to 5 p.m., Larchmont Blvd.

"Getting together with family and friends.'"

Tony Corcoran Kenmore Ave.

"My family and I are from Mexico, so we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving. But sometimes we'll cook tamales or molé. I'm from Oaxaca. I love to cook." Maria Barroso Plymouth Blvd.

"Cooking and eating. We always try to make different things. One year, we'll do a Mexican meal, the next something else. The tradition is to keep changing the menu, and to celebrate at a different place." Bobby Wells Windsor Blvd.

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Section one DINING & ENTERTAINMENT 17-32 Theater Review- 22 At the Movies - 23 Club Scene - 26 Gallery Guide - 31 34 RELIGIOUS NEWS SCHOOLS 35 40


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HOME & GARDEN Going Green - 8







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By John Winther

Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

• Security • Larchmont Blvd. “Q” Condition - Restaurants • Street Lighting and Emergency Preparedness • Election of Board of Directors • Councilman Tom LaBonge • Wilshire Division Captain Eric Davis • Olympic Division Captain Matt Blake • Historic Preservation ©LC1109

Fall is here and it evokes different feelings for so many people. On Larchmont we are getting ready for Thanksgiving and have finished the Larchmont Family Fair and Halloween. In this economy our member stores have many creative ideas to brighten the coming holidays from luxuries for you and décor for the home. Come see us on the Boulevard. This year has been challenging for many and for many others it has been a time for renewal. I listen to many people that have started to appreciate what is truly important for them in their life and in the end as difficult as this year has been will emerge better. I trust that means you. Enjoy a stroll down the Boulevard and see for yourself. We have many unusual and wonderful ideas to add sparkle to your life. The “Q” Condition which is the regulation that governs Larchmont Boulevard is still under discussion. We at the Larchmont Boulevard Association do support these regulations and feel it is necessary for the long term stability of the Boulevard. Most areas have adopted a similar version of the “Q” Condition and it preserves the common good for the neighborhoods that are affected. We live today but we are the stewards of tomorrow. Please feel free to contact me and add your name to the list of concerned neighbors and citizens at john. Don’t forget our members North of the Boulevard. The reputation of our medical, dental, accounting, legal and other great services are unsurpassed throughout Los Angeles. They are so convenient. Look in for names, numbers and addresses. Adv.


as our Councilman, whom we had known as a defender of careful growth and of the serving the needs of residents, letter and the spirit of the Q Quality threatened On a recent Wednesday and that concern is supported Condition, began to waffle. afternoon, neighbors and by the limits placed on estab- Many of us left the meeting Larchmont business owners lishing new restaurants in the knowing that we have  lost the battle.  The principle is gathered at 107 N. Larchmont “Q Condition.” in a meeting called by We believe that the owners what matters here, and not Councilman Tom LaBonge. of the new establishment (the the particular individuals involved. This will likely bring Owners of the propthe beginning of the loss of We have already seen the erty and owners of the something precious. We intended eating estab- consequences of outrageous have already seen the conlishment were present, rents and the displacement of along with several real neighborhood-friendly business sequences of outrageous rents, the displacement estate professionals who establishments ... of neighborhood-friendly were hoping to protect business establishments, owners' rights and find a way to create another res- property as well as the busi- and of not paying attention ness concern itself) are hoping to the quality of life emphataurant on the boulevard.  Most of the residents and to shoe-horn a conventional sis that has distinguished shopowners came to ask the restaurant into this space, and Windsor Square and Hancock new owners to exercise care as if that were to happen, there Park.  they seek loopholes to develop would be yet another restau- Quality of life hangs on a a full restaurant. Resistance to rant on our restaurant-satu- thread, and the spirit that motivates concern for quality of another “full” eating establish- rated neighborhood street.  life is disappearing with un Those of us who oppose ment comes from a concern that Larchmont Blvd. might this development are by no necessary speed.  William Cutler lose its character as a block means “anti-business”; but we Windsor Square that is devoted primarily to watched with disappointment

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Crime, zoning, marijuana stores on LVNA agenda

Wall’s collapse symbolized by Wilshire event To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Wende Museum is staging “Wall Across Wilshire.” The museum will erect, and then topple a 60-foot-long symbolic representation of the wall across Wilshire Blvd. and Ogden Ave. on Sun., Nov. 8 beginning at 11 p.m. In anticipation of the event, an exhibit of eight original sections of the 96-mile concrete Berlin Wall are on display on the lawn of the 5900 Wilshire Blvd. building through Sat., Nov. 14.

EIGHT original sections.

The five-foot wide panels have been purchased by the Culver City-based museum, which houses an archive of Eastern Europe and former Soviet block cold war culture. The wall’s collapse on Nov. 9, 1989, signified the end of the division between West and East Germany and later, the end of the Communist rule in East Germany. A replica wall will be erected across Wilshire Blvd. Preceding its fall, donors will attend a fundraiser for the museum featuring German chanteuse Ute Lemper, a DJ set by artist Shepard Fairey, and a live feed between Los Angeles and its sister city Berlin at the 5900 Wilshire building. Tickets are $250. Call 310-216-1600 x 305.

d d THE PROLIFERATION of medical marijuana dispensaries, including MHC, adjacent to Christ the King School at Arden Blvd. and Melrose Ave., will be discussed at the LVNA meeting.


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A recent rise in crime and zoning irregularities are among topics at the semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association. The meeting is on Tues., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Van Ness Avenue Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Also on the agenda are medical marijuana dispensaries. Senior lead officers from the LAPD’s Hollywood and Olympic divisions will provide an update on gang activity and crime, including an increase in home and car burglaries. A representative from councilman Tom LaBonge’s office will discuss development, including zoning issues in Larchmont Village, as well as the status of projects proposed for the neighborhood.

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Mile residents pepper panel with concerns

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AT ANNUAL MEETING. Jim O’Sullivan, left, presided at Miracle Mile Residential Association meeting. Speakers included Nikki Ezhari and Renee Weitzer of Council District Four office.

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(Continued from page 1) award will be presented to the person who has contributed to the enhancement of the neighborhood. Candidates running for the board of directors are: Michael Barton, June Bilgore, Vince Chieffo, Regina Chung, William Cutter, Sean Elliott, Michael Genewick, Scott Goldstein, Larry Guzin, and Angela Gyetvan. Also, Debbie Hassan, Katie Jones-Badami, Wendy Savage, John Welborne and Andrew Woodward.

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(Continued from page 1) The restaurant was granted a takeout permit which does not entitle the business to have tables and chairs. The Q Condition passed in 1996 to assure a mix of retail businesses on the boulevard. The protesters are urging a boycott of the restaurant until it complies with the law.

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GWNC MoNey Well SpeNt In light of recent negative press Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils have received, we are proud to share with you how the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has used its share of public funds on community projects. They include: • $5,000 for materials and supplies for a Big Sunday landscaping, painting and clean-up project at Wilshire Crest Elementary School. The event attracted 500 volunteers to plant a large landscaping bed along the front of the school, paint 100 playground benches, and clean hallways and classrooms throughout the school. • $1,500 for a historical consultant to prepare a landmark application to aid the La Brea-Hancock neighborhood’s fight to save the Lou Ehler’s Cadillac building from demolition. The building had been identified by the Los Angeles Conservancy as one of the three most significant 1950s auto showrooms in the Los Angeles area. • $20,000 (not yet spent) to pay for a professional planner to help with efforts to preserve the neighborhood character of the Larchmont Village shopping area. • $15,000 for the Frances Blend School Sensory Garden Project. The money was used to pay for the landscaping plan, and a large order of hand-crafted animal-shaped relief tiles that will be part of a touchable mural backing a garden fountain. • $20,000 for new benches for the Robert Burns Park improvement project, which also includes new landscaping, irrigation, pathways, an ADA restroom, and playground equipment for this heavily used neighborhood facility. • $15,000 for the Green Islands median project, which will construct landscaped medians to beautify and increase safety at a busy intersection on Wilton Blvd. (Not yet spent). • $800 for five portable Garmin GPS units for Fire Station 29. The units will help Station 29 firefighters find remote locations (e.g. to brush or forest fires), to help firefighters find each other during large-scale firefighting events, and to help firefighters who are sent to our area from other places locate addresses. Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 7 p.m. at the Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., to learn more about the work of your Neighborhood Council. Additional information is available at

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By Jane Gilman Why hasn’t Wilshire Blvd. been repaved? Why aren’t there foot patrols in the area? These and other queries were directed at panel members during the annual meeting of the Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. on Oct. 17 at the Korean Cultural Center. Jim O’Sullivan, president, welcomed a capacity audience of 200 to the 26th annual event. Wilshire Police commanding officer Eric Davis and senior lead officer Perry Jones spoke on crime related to area marijuana dispensaries, an increase in car break-ins and the lack of police manpower to provide foot patrols. Budget shortfalls was the answer from Renee Weitzer, chief of staff for Councilman Tom LaBonge, as to why the area isn’t receiving more city services. She also cited improvements including installing stop signs, removal of food trucks at the request of area restaurants and an update on


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Kennedys, designers and students at Ambassador school opening The Embassy Ballroom ceiling, however, is being reconstructed in what will be the high school library, the site where Sen. Kennedy made his last victory speech. The Cocoanut Grove is being painstakingly recreated as the school’s performing arts center. When completed, the school

will have a population of 4,400 students from within a nineblock radius. It’s a far cry from 1920, when Myron Hunt broke ground on the Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove Auditorium as a resort, in what was then a dairy field, part of the rural lands between downtown and Santa Monica.

AT DEDICATION Paul Schrade, a campaign official for the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, with Kennedy's grandchildren Max and Summer and their mother Vicki.

serve not only students, but also residents of the surrounding neighborhood. The $571-million campus with its eye-catching grey, orange and white geometric look was designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects of Pasadena. The elementary school faces 8th St. The middle school, which is in mid-construction, is a literal step up from the elementary school, and the high school will border Wilshire Blvd.

“LAUSD is in the middle of a school bond project to build 160 new schools, and this site is in the middle of a very densely populated area. They wanted to build a K-12 campus, the first for LAUSD, and eliminate having to bus the students out of their neighborhood,” noted Harry Drake, one of the architects. “A lot of the community wanted to keep the original buildings, and it turned out to not be structurally feasible.”

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By Marina Muhlfriedel After years of debate over the usage of the former site of the Ambassador Hotel, and finally the resolve to construct a state-of-the-art kindergartento-12th-grade school on the 24–acre parcel, two pilot elementary schools have opened their doors. Half of the 500 students attend the UCLA bi-lingual Community School (UCS), and the other, New Open World (NOW) Academy. According to Laurie Walters, one of NOW’s lead teachers and part of the design team that first proposed the school, “It’s about technology opening the world for children into a global universe, where they can see no boundaries.” At a recent ribbon-cutting, hundreds of students, parents, neighbors, local leaders, elected officials and family and friends of the late Sen. Kennedy gathered to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the project. It took place on the site of the onceelegant hotel where Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Next year the modern and environmentally progressive center will also include a middle and high school, plus a pool, library and soccer field that will

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WILSHIRE ROTARY honorees included firefighter and paramedic Andrew Corona (top center) at the Club’s recent annual awards ceremony. He is congratulated by Capt. Randy Yslas for his vocational service to the community. Rotarian Ken Klenner, left, presented the award. L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division honorees were, from left Det. Michael Bautista and Officer Fernando Chavez, and second to right Det. Ron Cade and Officer Christopher Curry. Center is Commanding Officer Capt. Eric Davis. Rotarians Dan Hodgkiss and Ken Klenner (back row, from left) presented the awards.

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Cell tower request on Gramercy Place denied


The application by T-Mobile to erect a cell tower on top of an eight-story apartment building at 535 S. Gramercy Place was denied by a city zoning administrator in October. The denial is a victory for the St. Andrews Square residents who opposed the installation,

according to Patricia Carroll, a local homeowner. The neighborhood was very active in seeking a denial, she added. Patricia Brown, associate zoning administrator, said the proposed location would not be desirable to the public welfare.

It is an Art Deco-style building and a landmark in the area. The property has a lot size of 8,407 square feet and was built in 1931. The addition of wireless facilities would have a detrimental affect on the character of the area.

LONGTIME PRESIDENT of the board of the Wilshire Community Police Council, T.C. Kim, center, was honored at a recent dinner for his years of service to the organization. L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division Commanding Officer Capt. Eric Davis, left, presented Kim with a plaque. The WCPC is a non-profit volunteer group that funds youth programs at the Wilshire Community Police Station. The Police Explorer and Deputy Auxiliary Police programs mentor youth and encourage their participation in the community. On the right is new board president Glenn Thompson.

Funds sought for youths to attend Boys & Girls Club with disabilities and seniors, HCHC has completed 21 developments containing 674 units. Although HCHC has operated an after- school program for about 30 of its children for several years, “with 400 children and 21 buildings, it is geographically and cost prohibitive to prorvide this programming to everyone," Harris said. "This will make a terrific difference to families who have little or nothing to spend on enriching activities for their children." To make a donation, contact HCHC development director Linds Huggins at 323-469-0710, ext. 205.

Children living in lowincome housing can participate in after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood with help from the community. Programs at the club include tutoring, homework assistance, computer training sports, mentoring and arts and crafts. They need a bus to transport the children of our residents to the Club at 850 N. Cahuenga Blvd.,” said William Harris, executive director of the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation— HCHC. A nonprofit developer of affordable housing for lowincome families, households

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Enright honored at Loyola dinner as ‘Man for Others’

Vine St. celebrates 100th anniversary

Michael Enright, Fremont Place, was one of five Loyola High School alumni who received the Cahalan Award at a ceremony in September. The annual award honors the contributions of former president Patrick J. Cahalan, S.J. during his 28 years of service to the school. Enright, class of ’54, is executive vice president of Chartwell Partners LLC. He is a trustee and chairman of the board of Mount St. Mary’s College. He also serves as a trustee for the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, and is a trustee of Loyola High School. Enright graduated from Santa Clara University, UCLA Graduate School of Management and the USC Law School. Proceeds from the event, which honors alumni who personify Loyola’s motto “Men for Others,” benefit the school’s faculty.

Vine Street Elementary School, founded in 1909 and originally called Colegrove School after 49er, senator and Abraham Lincoln confidant Cornelius Cole, marked its centennial with a celebration in September. On hand were actress and alumni Charlene Tilton, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Nancy J. Brown from the Hollywood Arts Council, and

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THE CAHALAN AWARD was presented to Mike Enright. From left are Loyola president Rev. Gregory Goethals, Peter Smith, president of the Alumni Association, Enright and Phillip Baker, chair of the alumni awards committee.

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Traffic triangles on Wilton underway; shop Larchmont I’m happy to announce that the city is beginning design work on new landscaped traffic triangles on Wilton Place at First and Second streets. The triangles will create an entryway to a neighborhood that has lobbied for years for this improvement. My office has worked closely with Wilton residents, who 30 years ago had the area declared a National Historic District. Since then, homeowners have restored the homes on this corridor and transformed it, brick by brick. The Wilton Traffic Islands will beautify the streetscape and slow traffic down. The project is being funded by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and will include decorative crosswalks to make the intersections safer for people walk-

They protect the character and scale of this great neighborhood shopping district, which is the envy of every other viling or biking to the Wilshire lage in Los Angeles. I hope Branch Library at First and St. you’ll join me in patronizing Andrews Place. City landscape the merchants on Larchmont architects will work with resi- during this difficult economic time to maintain the lively mix of small businesses and cafes that are there. Councilman Surviving cancer Report As you may know, my wife by Brigid is a breast cancer surTom vivor. Everything in my life LaBonge changed the day we got her diagnosis three years ago. She fought this terrible disease, dents on the designs for the and I am grateful every hour project before finalizing the that she remains clear of it. If you are interested in plans. Construction will belearning more about the fight gin sometime next year. against breast cancer, there’s Larchmont is Main St. USA blks east of airfax I want to reiterate my com- plenty of information online mitment to protecting and at: preserving Larchmont, the home/index.asp Main Street of Los Angeles. I support the zoning conditions that are in place and will make Museum of the sure that they are enforced. Holocaust event

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Judges sought for art contest at Third Street Elementary School Since 1924, Third Street Elementary School PTA has hosted an annual Reflections Art Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition in six areas, including Dance Choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. Judges are being sought in film, drawing, painting, music, writing and dance for this year’s contest, “Beauty Is.”

Art materials and monetary donations are also needed. The judging process begins on Fri., Dec. 4. An exhibit will be in the school auditorium on Tues., Dec. 15. Community members are invited to join the PTA. Individual memberships are $10; businesses are $25. For more information, or to make a donation, call PTA president Alice Fries at 213-2209636. Donations may be sent to her c/o Third Street School, 201 S. June St., Los Angeles, 90004.


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gross negligence and/or intentional misconduct. “If you are the one paying for that hotel banquet, wedding party or corporate event, you have the right to insist that any leftovers be donated to charity,” Young added. Fortunately, Young said, there are several restaurants supporting the cause, including The Cheesecake Factory,

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Kim installed as Women Lawyers president Native Angeleno Helen Kim joined the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles in 2002 after moving back from New York City. “I wanted a way to get acquainted with the legal community,” said Kim, Hancock Park resident and partner at Katten Huchin Rosenman LLP. Seven years later she is the Association’s president. “We are the voice of women lawyers… we present a large spectrum of women in the industry,” Kim explained. Married for 17 years to lawyer Richard Nathan, the mother of two says she plans to build on the legacy of so many wonderful women who built the organization. “Our focus this year is on the retention and promotion of women in the profession,” she added.

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‘Global Explorer’ theme of Third Street’s culture day

Celebrate the cultural diversity of Third Street Elementary School families while raising funds for programs at Culture Day, Sat., Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 201 S. June St. The theme is “The Global Explorer.” Upon arrival at the event, children will create a passport, which they can have stamped at international booths set up by each classroom. Other activities include dance and musical performances, martial arts demonstrations and a variety of games and arts and crafts booths. Sponsored by booster group Friends of Third, event proceeds will help pay for music

Other festival committee members include chair Francis Okwu and booth coordinator Carrie Fundingsland.

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Author Keith Stern will sign “Queers in History” at Chevalier’s, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sun, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. The book documents information on close to 900 political and film newsmakers. The foreword is written by actor Ian McKellen.

'Best Friends' sought for dogs, cats and more

Dogs, cats, bunny rabbits and other animals that need loving homes will be available at the Pet Adoption Festival on Sun., Nov. 15 starting at 11 a.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, the event will feature dog agility shows, as well as face painting and other activities for children. The Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization for people who want to help homeless animals across the country. With a vision to create "a better world through kindness to animals," the mission of the group is "no more homeless pets." Guests are asked to bring unopened, unexpired cans of pet food to be donated to local animal shelters. For more information go to

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HOLA event to support youths in Los Angeles Heart of Los Angeles— HOLA—will honor author and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez at the “Holiday of the Heart� fundraiser on Thurs., Nov. 12 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. A long-time HOLA board member, Lopez will receive the “Voice of L.A. Award. A “Hero of the Heart� award will be presented to restaurateur Larry Nicola. HOLA was founded in response to the lack of safe places to play for children living in the city’s Rampart District. The program began with a

handful of volunteers and children; today, HOLA annually serves more than 1,400 youths ages six to 19 throughout the city. Funds raised will help support HOLA’s youth programs that include education, athletics, fine art, music and tutoring. The event kicks-off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, awards presentation, dancing and entertainment. For more information, call Lucy Matsumoto at 213-3891148, ext. 241.

Wilshire Rotary electronic drive Used hard drives, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners and other computer equipment will be collected during the Wilshire Rotary Club’s meeting on Wed., Nov. 4 at noon at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. The technology contribution drive was prompted by Rotary’s support of the Red Shield Club, which is part of a new program sponsored by the California Emerging Technology Fund. CET brings technological education to those who cannot afford it.

The program, called Get Connected, awards grants to Latina women in low-income areas to educate them in computer literacy. The Red Shield, which has a computer lab, will offer free workshops and other outreach programs to eligible women as part of the Get Connected program. Rob Barnes, Rotary official, said “please look in your garage, check with your neighbors, talk to your IT folks at work, and bring all of the used computer gear to our meeting.�


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1 'Scrooge' opens

The holiday's favorite curmudgeon stars in "Scrooge," at the Nine O'Clock Players Theatre for Children, 1367 N. St. Andrews Place. Shows are Sat., Dec. 5; Sundays Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Dec. 6. Performances begin at 2 p.m. Call 323-469-1960.

6 Ebell Broadway gala

Rita Moreno will be honored at the "Give Our Regards to Broadway" gala Fri., Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 4400 Wilshire Blvd.

9 Cabaret at Castle

“The Brady Bunch” returns to the stage in the one-woman production of “All the Lives of Me…A Musical Journey.” She’s performing Mon., Nov. 9 and Tues., Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Inner Circle at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave. Call 323-851-3313 x434.


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Bard at Geffen

The "runaway hit" of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, "Equivocation;" written by Bill Kain, stars the Bard and his winsome troupe. A play of groundbreaking theater spoken in modern English with political intrigue thrown in for good measure. Ends Dec. 20. Call 310-208-5454, or visit


Florence Henderson, known to millions as Carol Brady in

Thompson and American singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III share their songs on stage at Royce Hall, UCLA on Fri., Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.

Weekend celebration debuts the 500-work exhibit Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years. Featured artists include Chris Burden, Ed Moses and Ed Ruscha. A gala dinner features a performance work by artist Francesco Vezzoli, starring Lady Gaga and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet.

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"Mary Poppins, Broadway's Perfectly Magical Musical" features the famous nanny, who this time around arrives in

DRAMA, LOVE, PASSION continue with the L.A. Opera production of "The Barber of Seville," opening Nov. 29.

Los Angeles. Previews are Sat., Nov. 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Opens Sun., Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave. Ends February.


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1920-1936” is the topic of the Art Deco Society meeting on Sun., Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Thalberg expert Mark Vieira will present an illustrated lecture based on his research on the legendary film producer in the 1920s and 30s. Thalberg’s film, “The Big Parade,” premiered originally at the Egyptian in 1925.

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“Knights of the Round Table” is part of the Tuesday matinee series on Nov. 24 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. The 1953 film starring Ava Gardner tells of King Arthur establishing the greatest reign England has ever seen. Screenings are at 1 p.m. at a cost of $2 for adults, $1 for seniors 62 and older. Visit


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Philharmonic conducter EsaPekka Salonen will be conducted by newly arrived music director Gustavo Dudamel Fri., Nov. 27 and Sat., Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. The concert is part of West Coast, Left Coast, a L.A. Phil festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. through Dec. 8. Call 323850-2000.


Christmas on parade

Santa Claus is scheduled to stop at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 29. Award-winning bands, equestrians and floats will also be traveling down Hollywood

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Opera openings

Plácido Domingo will perform the role of Bajazet in L.A. Opera's Company premiere of George Frideric Handel's "Tamerlano," opening on Sat., Nov. 21 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. Ends Dec. 1. Rossini's "Barber of Seville" includes a handsome count,the beautiful Rosina, and for comic relief, the town's barber. They take the stage in an opening matinee performance on Sun., Nov. 29. Ends. Dec. 19. Visit




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Fundraiser follows Youth Symphony concert Nov. 22

Violinist Sarah Chang will perform at the opening night program of the American Youth Symphony orchestra at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sun, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. The concert will be under the direction of Alexander Treger, violinist, who is marking his 10th anniversary with the 100-piece orchestra. AYS has trained more than 2,000 musicians since its founding by Mehil Mehta in 1964. A fundraiser follows the performances; tickets are $75, $50 and $25. The remaining five concerts are free. For information call 310470-2332 or

Photo exhibit features Civil Rights Movement Images from 35 photographers will highlight an exhibit on the Civil Rights Movement at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement” opens Thurs., Nov. 19 and runs through Mar. 7. Opening simultaneously is “Breach of Peace,” with photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge. It runs through May 9. For more information, visit

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Imagine is a terrific rock concert of John Lennon’s greatest hits. Tim Piper portrays the iconic Beatle as a consummate musician and is wonderful during the musical sections of the evening. Backed by Greg Piper on bass guitar, Don Butler on lead guitar, Morley Bartnoff as keyboardist and Don Poncher on drums, the sounds will take you back, or if you’re new to the Beatle phenomenon, you’ll understand what the fuss is about. It’s when Mr. Piper inserts dialogue, much of it pointless, and tries to make the evening into a play, that the illusion is broken. His accent is inconsistent, as is his acting. These brief sections could easily be eliminated and the music

backed by the excellent video sequences would make an entertaining evening. Through Nov. 8, NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, 866-8114111. 3 Stars *** Ever wondered what Bram Stoker’s day job was? In Children of the Night, book, music and lyrics by Scott Martin, we learn he was the business manager of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London. The play is set in 1897. Stoker’s book “Dracula” is awaiting publication and Bram (Robert Patteri) wants to turn his work into a stage play. He’d like it to star Sir Henry Irving (Gordon Goodman), the most famous actor of the

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Le Ronde de Lunch by Peter Lefcourt, billed as an homage to the 1900 farce Le Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, is a skewer of tinsel town’s players and no one escapes Mr. Lefcourt's deadly, rapier wit. The action takes place at El Pueblo de la Venezia, L.A.’s trendiest, most expensive restaurant where the players interact in a series of hilarious vignettes, at a table center stage, while the rest wait their turn in frozen positions as a scenic backdrop. All the regulars are represented: studio execs, actors, fitness trainers, bimbos, lawyers, Realtors, etc. The scene changes are handled by a Greek chorus of waiters— “Bruces 1 through 5” and their acappella/ rap interludes, choreographed by Tracy Silver, become anticipated highlights. Director Terri Hanauer’s inventive and creative direction mines every visual laugh while keeping the character development on track. The entire cast is superb espe-

day who is a bit reluctant, “It Isn’t For Me.” Ellen Terry (a wonderful Teri Bibb) tries to intercede. The score is uneven, and some of the songs seem to have been hastily added. There are some satisfying moments as in “How Do I Get A Part With the D’Oyly Carte?” and “The Scottish Play.” The cast seemed underrehearsed, and several actors bungled their line readings. Besides Ms. Bibb, Gibby Brand as Harry J. Loveday gives a terrific performance. The ending seemed contrived and one wonders if this is fact or conjecture. Through Nov. 8, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 S. Robertson Blvd., 310-3589936. 2 Stars

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An Education (10/10): Highlighted by a bravura performance by Carey Mulligan, this story of a romance between a 30ish Jewish manabout-town, Peter Sarsgaard in a delightful rendition, and a 16-year-old gentile schoolgirl, Mulligan (who was 22 when she shot the film), based on a memoir by Lynn Barber, is close to flawless. Lighting up the screen in a supporting role is Olivia Williams, who had to be beautied-down to look like Mulligan’s dowdy instructor whose life, Mulligan feels, has passed her by. Directed with sensitivity by Lone Sherfig from a screenplay by Nick Hornby (who also wrote the novel “About a Boy” that was made into one of 2002’s best films) this is one of the best films of this year. Capitalism: A Love Story (7/10): Michael Moore isn’t a historian or a documentarian. He’s a propagandist (“The International,” the anthem for international socialism, is his new film’s theme song). But he is entertaining and funny, even though he leaves facts in ashes in his wake. Moore provides no background, basis, explanation, or context for many of his segments, but simplistically blames capitalism for all his knee-jerk conclusions. A running, tear-jerking story about a family losing its house never tells WHY it is losing it. Could they have been irresponsible? This is entertaining, but because of all its folly and manipulation and misinformation it’s a polemic that must be watched with hardy skepticism.

A Serious Man (5/10): Joel and Ethan Coen have been responsible for some entertaining movies, like “Fargo” (1996) and “Burn After Reading” (2008). This time, however, their film (reminiscent of the Book of Job with a different ending), based on their Jewishness and growing up in the Midwest in 1967, misses the mark, and is hardly sympathetic to Judaism. The

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The Nine O’Clock Players will tell the classic Christmas tale with its fall production of “Scrooge” at the Assistance League Playhouse, 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. The group’s 80th production will run Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 1 through Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. The play opens on Christmas Eve in London outside the office of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who considers it a waste of time to celebrate the holiday. “Bah Humbug” is his response to the kindness of his poor, but happy clerk, Bob Cratchit and his family, including frail son, Tiny Tim. But a visit by three spirits opens his eyes to the fate

Scrooge will suffer if he doesn’t change. Weekend shows are $12. Weekday performances for groups of school children are at a reduced price, and free-of-charge for economically and physically challenged youth. The Players’ mission is to bring live theater into the lives of children and their parents. Under the umbrella of the Assistance League of Southern California, the group produces two musicals each year in its 330-seat theater. Proceeds benefit the League, which provides services to low-income residents. For tickets or more information, visit

Domingo sings ‘Tamerlano;’ ‘Barber of Seville’ at L.A. Opera “The King of Opera” Placido Domingo stars in the 126th role of his career in “Tamerlano,” set to the Baroque score by Handel. It opens Sat., Nov. 21 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. The maestro, who is also the Eli and Edythe Broad general director for L.A. Opera, plays Bajazet, a Turkish sultan, whose suicide scene is considered riveting among opera repertoire. The company premiere tells of a Tartar warlord, who after conquering the sultan, plans to marry his daughter, Princess Asteria, played by soprano Sarah Coburn. Performances continue through Tues., Dec. 1 Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” takes the stage on Sun., Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. The handsome count, ravishing young Rosina, and the legendary barber Figaro,

played by Nathan Gunn, star in this romantic comedy. Ends Sat., Dec. 19. For more information visit

Make wearable art for holidays at Craft & Folk

Design a pair of wool slippers for yourself or as gifts for the holidays at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., on Sun., Nov. 15, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Teacher Yuko Makuuchi also teaches a wool bag-making workshop, using the modish technique of felting on Sun., Nov. 22. Fee is $40 for members and $50 otherwise. Both workshops: $70/$90. A Thanksgiving wreath-making family workshop is on Sat., Nov. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP at 323-937-4230 x50 or email: workshops@cafam. org

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Club sleuths find lounges for the over-25 crowd While most clubs in Hollywood continue to cater to the latest reality star clans, typically aged 25 and under, Hollywood Boulevard itself is now home to several restaurants and lounges where a more mature clientele will feel at home. Essex Public House, East and ¡Lotería! Grill are just a few examples of places worth a visit for cocktails and appetizers. The red brick walls at Essex Public House may be better suited to a pizzeria, but the overall atmosphere is welcoming, and the long bar itself is a great place to eat as well as relax with a drink. The bar stocks an amazing array of beers, some I have never seen before such as Hollywood

Blonde, and an inventive cocktail menu. Bartender Gabrielle actually made a drink off the

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Maren Clifford and Amy Priore menu for me, with fresh muddled berries and vodka, very tart and just to my liking. The mac ‘n’ cheese is a must try, if you like decadent, creamy comfort food, that is. As a testament to its worth, I ran into a friend who bartends at a nearby, undisclosed restaurant, who said Essex is his

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haunt of choice. Good basic fare, decent prices, and TVs to watch the latest game, Essex can easily become a stalwart addition to the neighborhood. Essex Public House, 6683 Hollywood Blvd., 323-4606608. *** Nearby East, coincidentally located a bit to the east of Essex, sits higher on the trendy scale, but the décor and service make this a lounge worth visiting. Open nary a month, the entire staff from the hostess to servers were friendly and welcoming. The menu features a variety of small plates including creative sashimi dishes such as tuna tostadas, to Asian inspired vegetable and rice sides, and a few larger plate entrees focusing on seafood, although steak and poultry options exist as well. A fan of champagne cocktails, I opted to sample one made with gin and blueberries, which was a surprisingly delightful accompaniment to their crab cakes. Later in the evening, the restaurant fills with Hollywood’s

young and hip, but on the weeknight I visited, the lounge remained busy but not packed. Aesthetically East is stunning, in particular its use of decorative tile. The entrance walkway alone is a gorgeous fan-shaped pattern of silver and grey colored stones and mosaic tiles. Other types of stone and tile adorn various walls. A leafless tree emerges from the middle of the back counter of the bar and is a visually appealing focal piece. A soft dark leather bench lines one wall of the lounge allowing for ample seating. Moroccan filigree and soft votive lighting complete the scene for this ultra modern, yet comfortable, space. East, 6611 Hollywood Blvd., 323-462-3278.

*** Sister to the famous Mexican take away at the Farmers Market, ¡Lotería! Grill is the oldest of these three establishments. Although more restaurant than bar, it does maintain a small counter for drinks, and the front patio is a nice place to sip a beer while peoplewatching. I am always thrilled to discover any Mexican restaurant that offers potato versions of popular items from sopes to taquitos, and the varied drink menu deserves a nod as well. The high ceilings give the restaurant an industrial vibe, and the large lotería cards decorating the walls add the same festive flare as they at the Farmers Market. ¡Lotería! Grill, 6627 Hollywood Blvd., 323-4652500.

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~ Dr. Phil McGraw, with wife Robin stopping in for beef tacos;

~ Congressman Dana Rohrbacher having dinner with Lucy and talking about the economy; ~ Guitarist Charlie Sexton, on tour with Bob Dylan, catching a quick supper before the second show and showing us photos of his son Marlon. He reminisced about the ‘old days’ when he was 18 and he and Frank would talk into the wee hours of the night about politics, music and love; ~ It was a magical night of music at the party hosted by Lucy for the Peruvian Sayaka Inka Cultural Group. The highlight was their tribute to our Tibetan friend, from the Andes to the Himalayas;


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Celebrate the release of Beaujolais Nouveau 2009 Thurs., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Beaujolais Passions will feature new wines from France, exhibitors, live entertainment, a DJ and raffle prizes. Club Culinaire of French Cuisine chefs will be selling their delicacies at the event. Advance tickets are $20-$30 at the door. For more information, visit

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~ With a heavy heart we say farewell to our beloved friend and teacher the most Venerable Khenpo Chodak Gyatso Nubpa Rinpoche. While his passing is a tragic loss for Dharma, particularly the Nyingma tradition we will continue his projects at Ari Bhod in Tehachapi and T’honpdup Ling in Los Angeles. The traditional Sand Mandala will return to Lucys the second week of November, honoring the life, aspirations and work of our most precious friend, Lama Gyatso.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Protecting, sharing old films is his passion The oldest Irish establishment in Los Angeles

ONE OF Randy Haberkamp’s favorite movies stars Mary Pickford in “The Trick that Failed.� It was one of her first films from 1909.

all the time to communicate, because most of their communication is non-verbal, too.� Randy believes that for anyone studying film, it’s imperative that they learn from these older films. “In film school, the way to learn to make a film is to know how silent films work—the more you can communicate visually, the better the film will be.� Through his own work with AMPAS and The Silent Society, Randy has been able to watch the evolution of the film industry’s use of close-ups, animation, camera techniques, copyright laws and distribution change through the years. “IN THE BEGINNING, if you showed someone climbing through a window from outside and then cut to the interior, you would see him climb through the window again. [The film makers] didn’t trust the audience to understand that the same person had just

climbed inside. Now, of course, they don’t do that. That type of film evolution is one of my favorite things.� One of the most fascinating aspects of these old films is how relevant they still are today. “THERE ARE MANY films made during the Depression that said the same things then that we are now saying today. I find it comforting and reassuring that they were going through the same things and they survived, so we will, too.� On Mon., Nov. 30 and Tues., Dec. 1, AMPAS will be holding its annual “A Century Ago� film event at the Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 N. Vine St., featuring films of 1909, including those of Mary Pickford. Visit For information on The Silent Society film screenings throughout the year, visit

was founded in 1936 by Tom Bergin, a former lawyer turned publican. Since 1949, The Tavern has been located just east of Beverly Hills in a quaint Irish style cottage. Tom Bergin’s Tavern is one of Los Angeles’ most popular watering holes and is so rated in Zagat 2009 L.A. Nightlife Guide, because first it is a saloon and secondly, a great restaurant! And for the third year in a row, The Tavern has garnered an even more prestigious award when Tom Bergin’s was named, by Tom Horan’s Top Ten Clubs ... the #1 Irish Establishment in America for 2009. When you walk through the Kelly Green oak wood front doors, you will see the renowned “Horse Shoe Bar,â€? the inspiration for the television show “Cheers.â€? Here you can slide onto one of the 17 bar benches, all attached to the bar railing, and order anything from a pint of Guinness to a shot of Jameson 12, a dry martini, or one of our world famous Irish Coffees, which on a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, over 5,000 have been served! While enjoying your libation, poured by one of The Tavern’s five professional bartenders, some of who have been here over 30 years, you may chat up a conversation with a pin-striped executive, off-duty LAPD detective, a pretty college coed and/or a true Irishman...or just enjoy a sporting event on one of our eight HD TVs. You can peruse the walls where the original Los Angeles Rams 1951 Championship banner (the forerunner of the Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy) hangs with many more sports and Irish memorabilia, along with the thousands of Shamrocks, all embellished with names of faithful customers form the present to way back when Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Cary Grant were regulars. If you are in the spirit for some great food, order at the bar from the Pub Grub Menu, or have lunch or dinner in the seven Booth Alcove, or continue onto the gem of The Tavern...a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, candlelit, white table clothed dining room, paneled in rich wooden dĂŠcor with curtained windows...and order one of our Irish entrees such as Gaelic Beef or Chicken Erin or from our Mesquite Charcoal Grill, a U.S.D.A. Prime New York Steak or the best 8 oz. Burger in town. In 1973, at the age of 79, Tom Bergin sold The Tavern to T.K. (“Kâ€? is for Kelly) Vodrey, former newspaper and magazine publisher, who as the current Proprietor, along with his wife, Margaret Kathleen (Peggy) O’Hara have kept alive the camaraderie of the Bergin tradition, where grand people enjoy great spirits, delicious food and fun times! And one of our most fun times comes every December when The Tavern is all decked out in festive Christmas decorations and our patrons enjoy our holiday fare while listening to DickensDressed Carolers sing! The day-to-day operations are managed by General Manager, Lesa Parsons, Assistant Managers, Phil Fox and Rob Nevera and their Award-Winning Chef, Said Lopez. Lunch Monday thru Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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By Sondi Toll Sepenuk If you live in Los Angeles, there’s a good chance that you love film. And if you love film, there’s also a good chance that you love silent and old black and white films. One Los Angeles resident in particular doesn’t just love these old films, it’s his mission to protect, preserve and share them with the world. They are his passion, his hobby and (lucky for him) his career. His name is Randy Haberkamp and he’s one of your neighbors—a longtime Brookside resident. He is currently the director of educational programs and special projects at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the director of The Silent Society, which is part of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. According to its website, The Silent Society is “dedicated to preserving and presenting the heritage of Hollywood’s silent film past.â€? “I LOVE THAT PERIOD of raw discovery in filmmaking— the 1920s, the style, culture, imagery, the art deco look— really wonderful things,â€? smiles Randy. Due to a troubling lack of venues and organized events to view these old treasures, Randy established The Silent Society back in 1986 when he was fresh out of UCLA Film School. “With proper equipment, proper musical accompaniment and a proper live audience, there’s so much more power when these films are viewed as they were meant to be seen‌ there’s a sense of community in the reaction‌. If you really study the films, you will see that they are specifically timed for a live audience reaction‌ I’m trying to respect that art,â€? states Randy. Randy grew up in Knoxville, Ohio and gained an early love for film. His father was confined to a wheelchair, so his family would pack up the car and head over to the drive-in theatre. Those larger-than-life screens gave Randy his first glimpse of the passion that would guide his life. Over the years, his attention narrowed to the silent films he would view at film festivals and on PBS. As a child, Randy used an 8mm film projector to show silent films to neighborhood friends in a basement theatre he created, complete with a five-cent entry fee and popcorn. He finds that the younger generation is more often open to the old films. “YOUNGER KIDS are really tuned into behavior. They love the falling down, slapstick stuff. They don’t need words


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Dining & Entertainment Guide we get to follow them and enjoy it, too.” “They’re our official groupies,” adds husband Steve. “They keep us out of trouble on the road.” Even daughter Jennifer, now a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, is on board. “I’ve turned her around,” chuckled Weeks. “She gets her friends to come and hear us play… they think it’s cool.” There’s more in store for

Rossmore, who has heard from Foreigner’s promoter about the possibility of opening additional shows. And the group has already been signed up to open for Styx, another popular 70s/80s rock band, on Jan. 21 in Chandler, Ariz. “It’s kind of fun being older rock and rollers,” said Weeks, who, as a college student, had a music scholarship at UC Santa Barbara. “I’m reliving my youth.

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By Laura Eversz Who says rock n’ roll is only for the younger generation? Just ask Steve Weeks, retired mortgage broker and Van Ness Ave. resident, whose band, Rossmore, recently opened for Foreigner. It all started at a social event at Marlborough School a few years back when Weeks’ daughter was a student there. “I was talking to some other dads, and after discovering we had all played in garage bands when we were younger, we said ‘oh, we should do a rock and roll band and maybe we can play at a school fundraiser,’” recalled Weeks. The idea elicited concern from daughter, Jennifer, who feared embarrassment. Nevertheless, the three Marlborough dads—drummer Weeks, guitarists Bill Birrell

and Jed Daly— along with bass player Bill Fay, singer Rich Benoit and Marlborough music teacher Ernie Scarbrough on keyboards—started practicing. “We practiced for a couple of years, and got pretty good,” said Weeks. Before long, Rossmore, named after the school’s Hancock Park location, played classic rock at a couple of school fundraisers and at the Viper Room in Hollywood. The opportunity to warm up the audience for legendary rock band Foreigner at a show in Scottsdale, Ariz. came when bass player Fay met the band’s promoter at a Super Bowl game. “He told Bill he was looking for a band to open for Foreigner,” said Weeks. “They exchanged information, and

before we knew it, we were on the schedule.” Rossmore band members, along with an entourage of 50, headed to Arizona for the one-night gig. “We figured the 4,000 fans were there to see Foreigner and would probably be impatient for us to get off the stage,” said Weeks. But it ended up being spectacular. “From the beginning, they were dancing in the aisles. It was great fun.” Speaking for the wives, Cyndi Weeks describes the joy they feel witnessing the pleasure their husbands get out of performing. “It’s been a whole new awakening,” said Cyndi. “It makes them so happy, and

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Awards celebrated goodie bag for that year’s winners and presenters. Yes, she now includes rapper musicians Three 6 Mafia as fans. “Everybody just went crazy over it. Cheese is such a blast. It’s so fun to talk about!” Lynn’s business expanded to host corporate and individual tastings, weddings, baby showers, fundraisers and classes for up to 500 people. She has also appeared on TV and radio, most recently on E! Entertainment’s “That Morning Show.” Along the way, Lynn discovered that many people suffer from “cheese paralysis.” They don’t know what to buy or how to pair the cheese. “Emily Post, the etiquette expert, ruined our lives. She taught us to eat separately and drink separately. Horrible! In Europe, they put everything in their mouths and swirl it around. Europeans get the magic of pairing… we really missed the boat.” To remedy the situation and re-teach Americans how to enjoy their food, Lynn invented her signature tasting method, which she calls “The Cheese Highway.” It’s a way to enjoy every lip smacking bite of the gooey, moldy, yumminess we call cheese.” For my next cheese sampling, a raw milk Foenegreek Gouda from Wisconsin, I am ready to travel “The Cheese Highway.” “Breathe in the cheese, and now the wine,” instructs Lynn. “Now, eat the cheese, really chew it up so that it’s on your tongue and then take a swig of your drink. Throw it down ‘The Cheese Highway!’” I’m a good pupil, and I do exactly as I’m told. And can I just say… wow. No, not wow. WOW! Lynn laughs. “See? You now understand the magic of pairing cheese with wine. It’s like a great relationship. One plus

“I feel like I’ve done something. When people are tasting, eating and laughing—it’s a huge payoff.” For more information, contact Barrie Lynn at


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By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Excellent! My assignment today is to eat some of the most luscious cheese the world has to offer. Now that’s MY kind of story. I arrive rooftop with an empty stomach and a willingness to learn, and my instructor is ready to teach. Her name is Barrie Lynn, otherwise known as “The Cheese Impresario,” and she is feverishly dedicated to her line of work—cheese, cheese and more cheese. Back in 2002, the Hancock Park resident was burning the midnight oil as an advertising executive. One day, she and a client attended one of the Slow Food organization’s cheesetasting events, and from that day forward, the ad exec in her disappeared, and the cheese aficionado was born. “Cupid’s arrow hit me and I fell in love with cheese. One second I’m me and the next second I’m a passionate cheese lover,” gushes Barrie Lynn over our first sampling of goat cheese. “I started studying, taking every class, traveling, reading, tasting every cheese that I could.” Lynn also attends many conferences, like the American Cheese Society Conference, where she has the potential to taste up to 1,200 samples. She adores meeting the farmers who produce the cheeses and to share those personal relationships with cheese lovers back home. For instance, my next one ounce tasting is a rich rind washed cheese from Crave Brothers in Wisconsin. “One brother grows the food for the cows, one cares for the cows, one makes the cheese and one does the marketing.” She knows them all, of course. Lynn’s wealth of knowledge paid off in 2006 when The Cheese Impresario’s “artisanal wine and cheese experience” was included in the Academy

ly, I learn not to be afraid of cheese. Lynn is delighted. She’s thrilled that people like me are learning to love the art of eating, and that she has something to contribute to it.


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Dining guiDe 2009 Antonio’s

7470 Melrose Ave. 323-658-9060 Antonio’s serves healthy, authentic Mexican cuisine. Dishes based on his mother’s recipes, as well as his own, are drawn from Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Vera Cruz, and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Antonio’s hometown. Wide range of tequilas and wines.

Bricks & Scones

403 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-0811 Recently opened cafe offers tea and coffee and comfort just north of Larchmont Village. Featuring pastries and paninis, it also has Intelligentsia coffee, lucipia tea and free wi-fi.

dinner), waffles, and for lunch or dinner magnificent sandwiches (warm and cold), all prepared to your order and all infused with that certain special touch which makes French food so delightful.

The Grove

Grove Dr. 323-900-8080 The Grove has a dining choice for every palate. Restaurants include Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Maggiano’s Little Italy, La Piazza Ristorante Italiano, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, The Cheesecake Factory and The Farm of Beverly Hills.


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6333 W. 3rd St 323-933-9211 Farmers Market celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, with many of the dining stalls as historic as the market itself. Diners may choose from homemade ice cream, candy and nuts to pizza, deli-style comfort food, Asian, Mexican and Cajun offerings.

French Crepe

Farmers Market Stall 318 323-934-3113 Authentic French cuisine. Light and luscious selection of crepes (breakfast, lunch or

Larchmont Grill

5750 Melrose Ave. 323-464-4277 Cratsman bungalow setting for a pleasurable lunch or dinner. Has an extensive wine menu with weekly wine pairing, nightly specials and spa and studio prix fixe menus. Patio dining and banquet facility. 127 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-464-5160 Since 1988, “one of the jewels of the L.A. dining scene” has provided Mediterranean cuisine to Larchmont Village. The signature dishes are baby rack of lamb, ispanikopita, Black Angus beef kebob and salmon plaki.

Chan Dara

7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-939-2255 El Coyote first started offering its California style Mexican food in 1931. This familyowned and family-friendly restaurant has a gift shop, valet parking, patio for large parties, a kid’s menu, and great margaritas.

5210 W. Beverly Blvd. 323-466-1193 Greek inspired delicatessen features generous portion sizes, fast delivery and an extensive catering menu. Sandwiches, soups, salads and delicacies such as tzaziki, moussaka and dolma are available for lunch, dinner.

Le Petit Greek

419 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-651-2030 Open 24 hours a day every day, except Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Known for its sandwiches and matzo-ball chicken soup, it also has an extensive bakery. The Kibitz Room features live music and a full bar. 310 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-467-1052 Dine on California Thai fusion in the midst of the authentic décor of ancient Siam. Sophisticated dining experience as well as friendly wait staff, valet parking. Outdoor tables and banquet room.

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HMS Bounty

3357 Wilshire Blvd. 213-385-7275 Since 1962 the HMS Bounty has been a cornerstone of old Hollywood and the Wilshire corridor. The reasonably priced restaurant offers a surf’n turf menu that includes filet mignon, pork chops, lamb, halibut, sea bass and shrimp scampi. Open every day, has a great old juke box. .


246 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-1200 Japanese fusion sushi (menu includes the OMG roll based on The Gossip Girl as well as the famous (Larchmont roll), Kiku has a friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and sidewalk dining.

Larchmont Bungalow

107 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-461-1528 Combination café, bakery and dining in spacious quarters. Coffee roasted on the premises; specialties include red velvet pancakes and minisize “slider” omelets. Full lunch, dinner selection. Bakery and retail shop.

Low-key hip hangout was voted Miracle Mile’s favorite neighborhood bar. Though not a full bar, there are a variety of 20 beers on tap, and a wide selection of wines. Mojitos, cosmos and martinis are made with soju.

Lucy’s is known as the place to see and be seen. Welcoming ambiance inside with relaxing patios outside, this Mexican restaurant serves up enchiladas and chile rellenos.

sonable prices. Dishes range from American comfort to Italian, Korean and Mexican. Full breakfast menu.


8030 3rd St. 323-658-5959 Here you will find creative twists on traditional American cuisine. Dishes include scallop benedict, corned beef hash, curried chicken sandwich on challah, avocado asparagus orange chicken salad and German pancakes.

Farmers Market 323-938-4127 Magee’s was the first nonfarmer business at the Farmers Market after it opened in 1934. Almost an historic landmark in its own right, Magee’s is famous for corned beef sandwiches, Mexican fare and deli items.

Massimo’s Mudspot

759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-1721 Relax in a European-style café. Coffee, tea and cold drinks including lavender lemonade, a house specialty. Fresh-made sandwiches, salads with house dressing, delicious pastries and donuts.


6001 Melrose Ave. 323-466-8812 Quintessential New York Italian setting in Los Angeles, Marino’s is run by two generations of the Marino family. The chefs are out daily in the early morning markets selecting the ingredients for the menu.

Lou on Vine

724 Vine St. 323-962-6369 This wine bar is known for its interesting wine list and a menu that changes almost daily depending on what looks good at the farmers market. Tucked into a “classy” strip mall north of Melrose and Vine, this wine bar focuses on educating the palate and the person as well as serving good food and wine.

Lucy’s El Adobe

5536 Melrose Ave. 323-462-9421 Situated across the street from Paramount Studios,


115 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-937-3930 Attached to the Farmers Daughter Hotel across from Farmers Market, this rustically urban dining spot offers a country feel in the middle of the city. Dishes include the Farmers burger with bacon and cheddar or lobster and artichoke risotto.

Tom Bergin’s

840 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-7151 Tom Bergin’s also offers a place to watch your favorite college and pro football games on Saturdays and Sundays. In back is a full restaurant with dishes that include Gaelic beef, the Berginburger, bangers & mash, or try the filet mignon.

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Louise’s Trattoria

232 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-962-9510 Known for freshly-made pastas, pizzas, soups and salads, desserts made especially for them by Sweet Lady Jane’s. Fridays and Saturdays are Wine-Down Weekends where bottles of wine are half-price.

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The Grove 323-965-9595 First floor has bistro ambiance. Restaurant is noted for French fare including fondue, chocolate soufflé. Second floor is a steakhouse with balcony to afford views of Grove strollers.

Musso and Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd. 323-467-7788 Musso and Frank Grill features comfort dishes and steak house food. Dishes include pounded steak, chicken potpie, corned beef and cabbage, and homemade soup in a noirHollywood atmosphere.


222 N. Western Ave., 323-465-7701 Medieval-themed restaurant offers a variety of foods at rea-

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Wilshire church setting for holiday concert Dec. 5 The early music ensemble Boston Camerata will perform “A Mediterranean Christmas” with members of the Sharq Arab Ensemble at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3660 Wilshire Blvd., on Sat., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. preceded by a preconcert talk at 7:30 p.m. The concert is presented by the DaCamera Society’s Chamber Music in Historic Sites series. The Christmas story will be told using songs, chants and

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Frank Schaeffer will discuss his new book at The Hammer Museum’s Forum on Tues., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. The son of a theologian’s book is titled “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as one of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right and Live to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back.” For more information, call 310-443-7000 or visit


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By Audrey Noble 12th Grade Marymount’s theme “Be the Change” is echoed in many ways on campus this year. We launched a 1-to-1 laptop program that provides each student with a laptop to use on and off campus. We have also changed to a block schedule; classes are 75 minutes and meet only two or three times a week. The biggest and most exciting change on campus has been the arrival of our new head of school. Although students were quite sad to see the wonderful Dr. Gozdecki leave, they are eager to welcome Jacqueline Landry. She is always out in the parking lot to greet students as they come off the bus in the morning, and engages everyone with her enthusiasm about Marymount. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors went on class retreats to strengthen their relationships with themselves, each other and God. Finally, students danced the night away in their costumes end enjoyed the music and scary decorations at Scarymount, Marymount’s Halloween dance.

By Jasmin Kim 11th Grade Immaculate Heart has been bombarded with tons of letters lately. That’s the result of students raising funds from donors for our annual 10K Walk event. The school’s biggest fundraiser involves a vigorous six and one-half mile walk in the neighborhood. Also planned this month is our production of the famous Shakespearean play “Macbeth” which will feature the talents of students from Immaculate Heart and Loyola High School. The first of four performances will take place Thurs., Nov. 19 on campus. All are welcome to attend. November is often portrayed as the season of giving, when the Thanksgiving holiday bonds families even closer together. Immaculate Heart also acts like a family, by bringing prospective students together for its annual Academic Playday, which will take place this year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 21. The event provides interested 8th graders with an opportunity to visit our campus, which has been nourished with 100 year’s worth of heritage and culture.

By Eugenia Ko 6th Grade St. James’ Episcopal School held an assembly in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The assembly honored the contributions of Hispanics to the United States society in economics, politics, science, art, and culture. Each class in Kindergarten through Grade Six performed a song or poem in Spanish. There were also presentations of Grade Six Spanish projects honoring Hispanic celebrities and their contributions to our society. Sixth graders took their annual class trip to Astrocamp. We learned about astronomy and the importance of it. We also got to make our own soda bottle rockets and launch them. For Halloween, students from Kindergarten to 5th grade created masks during art class to wear at the yearly mask parade. Each

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school news By Jasmine Gass 8th grade Last month we held a fundraiser, which we called the “Student Body Shop.” Everyone pitched in by either donating various items such as toys and clothing, or purchasing them. Run by the student council, the sale was a success. The annual Halloween Carnival was also a hit. There were some wacky costumes worn at the event. Turning two rooms into the best haunted house was not so simple, but all our efforts paid off. The volleyball and football teams are excelling as well. Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be going on an educational field trip to Albertsons. The regular monthly field trip will be on the 13th to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The 20th is the day of our popular Thanksgiving Luncheon. The week of November 23 is our Enrichment Week.

teMPle iSrael of hollywood By olivia Goodman 6th Grade In class we’ve been writing stories, learning about maps and making graphs. We’re also going to City Hall to learn more about what’s going on in our area. Every year in school, each class does a mitzvah project (community service project) to help out different areas of our community. For the past few years, the 6th grade class has raised money and awareness for the terrible things happening in Darfur. But this year we want to go local to see the results in our own city and learn how we can help out. In language arts we’ve been working on ‘small moment’ sto-

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ries so we can make five minutes seem like an hour. We write letters to and have an exchange program with our sister school in Tel Aviv. We are having our first visit this year by the Tel Aviv students in a month and then our students will go there in April. I think this is an amazing opportunity to learn more about Israel and make everlasting friendships.

CurtiS SChool By sydney Gough 4th Grade The Curtis Fair was SO much fun! Everyone had a blast! There were rides, games, bake sales, music, entertainment, auctions, food and much more. We appreciate everyone who came to the fair. The Fall sports season has begun. It is the 4th graders first year of sporting events, and so far, so good. The boys play flag football and the girls play basketball. Curtis is part of the San Fernando Valley Private School League. That means that Curtis is one of the 42 schools in Los Angeles to play so many sports. The Halloween Parade is a very fun school-wide event. Buddies from different grades pair up and everyone walks around the quad in costume while the parents take pictures. After that, we eat cupcakes and cookies and other yummy treats. Then we go home for early dismissal and trick-ortreating that evening!

Center for early eduCation By Phoebe Townsend 5th Grade Fifth and 6th grades went on environmental trips to Malibu and Lake Arrowhead. Plus, 6th grade went on a science field trip. Kindergarten had its field trip to the park, where they played games and picnicked with the parents. Kindergarten also did the traditional scavenger

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By caroline wade 11th Grade My class ventured to the East Coast where we were exposed to colleges and universities with major disparate qualities. Although exhausting and a bit overwhelming, it was as much fun as a Bwaston Clam Bake! Personally, I became more aware of my individual needs, academically as well as emotionally. The first day included tours of Tufts College, Boston University, and a choice between Emerson, “Har-vaad” and Northeastern. Following Boston, we traveled through Massachusetts and Connecticut, stopping by Wheaton and Trinity on our way to New York. There we visited Fordham and NYU, and took a quick peek at Columbia. Ending in D.C., we realized the life of a college student ain’t no piece of mamma’s sweet cherry pie! Waking up on our own was hard enough, let alone being on time for the tours through G.W. University, American University, and Georgetown.

By Younsook Jang 7th Grade People tend to think of witches, ghosts and goblins when Halloween comes around. But Halloween wasn’t the only thing that was going through Christ the King students’ heads this month. ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) testing ended, and students breathed a sigh of relief when the “WE’RE TESTING” signs were taken down from the classroom doors. High School representatives from ten different schools gave presentations to our junior high students and their parents. Christ the King students showed their generosity by donating clothes, toiletries and much needed supplies to help those suffering in the Philippines as a result of the two recent typhoons there. Everyone enjoyed the Larchmont Family Fair. To wrap up the month, we had our annual Halloween Parade. Prizes were awarded for the funniest, scariest and most original costumes in each grade.

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to a park or garden. And now the report on sports: for the boys’ football teams, the “B Team” has won against Page School and lost against Willows School. The “A Team” has won three games, one against Willows, one against Westside Neighborhood School, and one against Culver City Middle School. Students had to dress up for the big picture day. Primary and elementary parents had back to school coffees. They gathered by grade level, talked and got to know one another, It’s where the parents become friends just like the kids become friends in school.

By John sapunor 12th Grade O c t o b e r started out with the annual Freshmen Retreat, a three-day event that began with the senior big brothers mentoring their freshmen charges in providing service to the community at various locations across Los Angeles. The retreat also included an overnight at Loyola and the Olympic Games, where teams of students faced off in obstacle courses, tricycle races, and other fun, physical challenges. Other activities included Oktoberfest, a traditional lunch hosted by the German Club, and Breast Cancer Awareness Week, which raised money for research. Finally, the annual Spirit Week concluded with a rally that included a performance by Loyola’s pep band, the Mighty Roar. In sports action, the Aquacubs, ranked #1 in CIF, followed up their victory over Mater Dei’s varsity water polo team with a win over Harvard-Westlake. The varsity gridiron team, which has struggled with the injury of their running back, Anthony

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By Jules Zeesman 7th Grade At back-toschool night, the parents came in and saw a slideshow about the classes their kids are in. The slideshow presented little clips of older kids on how their classes will go, and parents got a layout of the curriculum for the school year so they know what their kids are being taught. They also learn about fun study tours that their kids will be taking to educational movies, museums, or

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By serena Jamison 6th Grade Larchmont Charter School is off to a great start. People have drained their pools and put their beach equipment into storage and are ready for the school year to finally begin. There have been a few changes, a couple upgrades, and many new things too. For students old and new, we have great new teachers,

YAvNEH ACADEMY By Aliza Penn 8th Grade Tryouts for the girls’ and boys’ basketball team took place. Competition filled the air as the students’ basketball skills were assessed. Approximately 22 girls tried out for their team and 24 for the boys’. With so many amazing talents, it was hard for the two coaches, Mr. Yee and Mr. Lu, to decide on their final roster. In the end, 11 boys and 10 girls were chosen. The girls’ first game had a score of 24 to 36, making Maimonides the winners. In contrast, the Yavneh Lions (the boy’s team), had an outstanding game on Shalhevet with the score 40 to 13 in favor of the Lions. The basketball season will continue until Jan. 14. Hopefully it will be a successful season for both teams, the Lady Lions and the Yavneh Lions.

It’s always a fun time at St. Brendan’s as we move into the holiday months. At our First Friday Mass, students showed great generosity by donating a huge amount of food to HopeNet. We had a very successful fundraiser that also introduced our In-N-Out lunch this school year. The student council represented our school at a Mass held at the Cathedral in October. We also had our first hot lunch, which came from the Larchmont Larder. On Halloween, the 8th grade performed their annual play and hosted the parade, both of which went smoothly. We now move into the month of November, loved for the cluster of half-days that plague this month because of the parent-teacher conferences. We will also have a small 4-day vacation in commemoration of Thanksgiving. Our boys’ football and girls’ volleyball teams are doing very well, both winning the majority of their games. so hopefully, this year will be a great one. Lisa is our new music teacher and Eric is our new art teacher. Our old Morning Sing instructor Paul is gone. Luckily, Stacy is still our P.E. teacher. Sixth grade might end up being the highest grade Larchmont will go up to, but we’re still hoping for 7th and 8th grades. So, as you can see, a lot is going on. Recently, we had the Welcome To School Picnic, where families sat down together, visited with their teachers, and children played with their friends amid sporting events and music lessons.

By ella Pang 5th Grade Culture Day, on Sat., Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a celebration of our multi-cultural community. Each class is being encouraged to sponsor a booth that has crafts, food, or activities that are based on the culture of a specific country. Every year performers have come to entertain the Third Street community. The Futboleros, who do amazing tricks with soccer balls, are coming this year. It is free to come to the event and visit food and activity booths,

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By Krystyn Joy hernandez 8th grade Things have finally settled down and some of us are already starting to have fun. In particular, a couple of our 8th grade classes took a trip to the Greek Theatre where we enjoyed the “Cosmic Conjunction,” a collection of elaborate and beautiful symphonies that date as far back as the 17th century. The warm breeze and shining sun was proof that it was a perfect day for a field trip. This exciting event was sponsored by our councilman Tom LaBonge. Not only are things starting to get fun, but things are also starting to get serious. Eighth graders took the PSAT. Many of us were talking about how challenging the test was. It took up to three hours to finish. Even though the PSAT tested skills are from the high school level, I’m sure we all did fine. Here at J.B, we are serious about our college going culture!





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Ms. Sanchez, our cafeteria lady, has been working for LAUSD for 16 years. She has been working at different schools like Fairfax High, John Burroughs, Third Street Elementary and Loral childcare. Our janitor,Mr. Maldonado has been working for LAUSD for 10 years. He thinks Wilshire Crest students have been doing a great job picking up their trash. Britt, a new 4th grader, came from Iowa. She loves her new school because she made lots of new friends here and everyone is nice to her. She said the activities here are fun. Fifth grader Tyler A. enjoys playing football and basketball. He also enjoys traveling around the world.

By Madison Zeiss 11th Grade O c t o b e r began with our wonderful Outdoor Education trips. By grade, every student went on a week-long adventure ranging from canoeing down the Colorado River to snorkeling off Catalina Island. On a not-so-exciting note, midterms were next. The first semester is very short, leaving only a week between Outdoor Ed and testing. To honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Day, we held an on-campus breakfast, raising money for the cause. We celebrated Halloween by wearing costumes to school and attending a Halloween Dance at the Hollywood Renaissance later that

night. November is filled with many exciting events, too. First, Pacific Hills is holding an Open House on Nov. 14 for everyone who would like to learn more about our school. We also have our first theatrical performance, “Working.” Finally, it was great to see the community out enjoying the Larchmont Fair. Pacific Hills School had a booth that offered free face-painting. Our student and faculty “artists” enjoyed spending the day at this great neighborhood festival.

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Thanksgiving crafts, author talks, Alzheimer's talk

FAIRFAX LIBRARY Book club meets Tues., Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss books and authors. Mid-wilshire writers club meets on Sat., Nov. 7, 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss the craft and business of writing and provide networking and support. Friends of the library meet to plan programs and book sales on Tues., Nov. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The First Thanksgiving features stories and crafts celebrating the Native Americans who helped shape this popular holiday on Thurs., Nov. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. M.s. support Group discusses issues related to Multiple Sclerosis on Thur., Nov. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ongoing Monday Morning storytimes for babies and toddlers includes stories, songs and fingerplays on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Baby storytime for ages six to 24 months meets on Mondays, at 4 p.m. learn computer basics with hands-on training Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Art classes for kids features hands-on art projects for children K to 5th grade, presented by LACMA staff on Tuesdays Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. Used book sale: Interesting bargains on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Get lit: teens meet to perform poetry and spoken word on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 21 at 10 a.m. FREMONT LIBRARY Friends book sale: Fri., Nov. 6 and Sat., Nov. 7 from noon to

4:30 p.m. Teen council meets on Tues., Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Adult Book club will discuss Joyce Carol Oates, "We Were the Mulvaneys" on Tues., Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ongoing Grandparents and Books: vollunteers read to children on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Toddler Tuesdays: Storytime begins at 11:30 a.m. Beginners' computer classes are Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. lAcMA art classes: art projects for children, presented by LACMA staff, on Thursdays 4 to 5 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Teen volunteer orientation: Thurs., Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. First Friday meets to discuss "The Age of Dreaming" by Nina Revoyr on Fri., Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. special saturday Author Talk features Barrie Silberberg, author of "Autism & ADHD Diet" on Sat., Nov. 7 at 2 pm. Lecture will be followed by book sale and signing. Author Talk: Nina Revoyr will return to discuss "The Age of Dreaming" on Mon., Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. silly second saturdays for kids features Bubblemania, a show on the science and fun of bubbles, on Sat., Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Alzheimer's Association california southland chapter will present facts about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's on Mon., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. Teen Advisory council meets to help choose materials and

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“It’s overwhelming at By Marina Muhlfriedel times,” noted Parker. “My priGuest Columnist Ashley Parker, formerly as- ority is instruction though, sistant principal at Hancock and if that’s being done at a Park Elementary School, is proficient level, I know I can now in the top job. She replac- manage the rest and respond to having less funds to implees Dr. Judith Perez. “I was very fortunate to ment programs. have a good partnership with “For example, with the GATE (Gifted Dr. Perez. She And Talented was my menEducation) tor adminisfunds, we trator, and I have a highfeel like I am achieving stufollowing in dent body and her footsteps, a good numcontinuing ber of our the vision students have and mission been identithat was esfied as gifted. tablished This year the while she was school rehere,” Parker ceived $25 said. per student Hancock Park School, HANCOCK PARK Elementary from GATE, as opposed to 408 S. Fairfax School’s new principal. $65 the year Ave., is a highly-rated and highly-re- before. garded public school, and its While public funds have beenrollment is growing at a come scarce, Hancock Park time when funding for public has a very active and embracschool programs is being re- ing Booster Club that not only duced, said the new principal. welcomes new students into There are many new stu- the school family, but serves dents who reside in the area, as a primary funding source as well as a waiting list for stu- for the school. dents requesting permits to This year, with a budget of transfer from other neighbor- a $200,000 plus raised from families and community suphoods.

porters such as nearby Park La Brea, Whole Foods, and Andre’s Restaurant, the Booster Club will finance enrichment programs and support safety and supervision programs.

“This is a wonderful school environment,” said Parker. “Being a collaborative member of the staff and not doing anything in isolation goes a long way for people to want

to step in and be a good team member.” Perez takes over as president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Administrators’ Union.

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Gorilla ambassador (Continued from page 42) las from his home in England with mostly short-term tour groups and film crews. He likes to tell the groups beforehand, “We’re going to see the relatives,” he smiles. “It is a life changing experience… there’s nothing quite like it,” he adds. Gorillas are separated from us on the evolutionary tree by about eight million years, and share our intelligence, social behavior, and 98.4 percent of our genes. While gorillas can weigh more than 400 pounds, they are remarkably gentle, and aside from some found delicacy of ants or termites, vegetarians. After swallowing the seeds of fruits, they later deposit them in dung somewhere else in the forest, ensuring the trees proliferation throughout the forest. “Apes and elephants are the gardeners of the forest,” explains Redmond. Everything from disease, civil wars and mining (for Coltan, an ore used in cell phones) have had a devastating effect on the gorilla and ape populations. Hunting, logging and poaching also take a huge toll. “We’ve got to control the logging and hunting and seed dispersers from ending up on people’s dinner plates,” says

the soft-spoken biologist. Redmond hopes celebrity endorsements will help make it “unfashionable to eat apes,” or any endangered species for that matter. (Ape and most game is the meat of choice in some African countries.) During his week-long trip to Southern California, L.A. Zoo docent Juanita Kempe escorted him to the San Francisco, San Diego and L.A. zoos, as well as college and university campuses, a movie studio and private homes in Beverly Hills and Kempe’s “Hancock Park West” residence. Kempe was closer to her cats when she retired 22 years ago and became a docent at the zoo. It was during a 1992 trip to Borneo, “I fell in love with orangutans,” she said. She met Redmond in Uganda during an international primatologist meeting, and when the L.A. Zoo partnered with the U.N. Year of the Gorilla program, they asked her to host him. While Redmond appreciates the zoos’ partnership, like his mentor Dian Fossey, he is not a fan of zoo life for primates, which has often separated and killed families in their capture. “It’s very uncomfortable, like being in prison. It’s for our pleasure and education, but still a pretty rough deal

for them.” On the last leg of his yearlong ambassadorship, he is pleased “the interest [in the gorillas] has been intense.” Then again, “they’re big and charismatic,” much more interesting than if we were discussing “tree frogs.” Read about Ian’s trip, from gorilla habitats to the Ebell, on his blog at


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Welcome to new British Consul General; League marks its 90th Later that same evening the Assistance League of Southern California convened around the newly landscaped fountain court on St Andrew’s Place to give special thanks to generous members who provided

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Patty Hill funds to restore the League’s gardens, theatre and fivebuildiing campus. More than 80 donors and guests enjoyed tapas, gourmet sausages and martinis while long-time ALSC member Phyllis De Cinces recalled when her late husband T.C. spearheaded construction of the 1963 Paul Williamsdesigned club house. On hand to view the unveiling of the donor wall were: Linda Dean (who donated the martinis) with her husband Rod, Laura-Bradley-Small,

Mary and Gordon Roskam, Barbara Hardesty, Yvonne and Ed Cazier, event chair, Wendy Overmire, ALSC president Judy Kloner and ALSC past president, Katie Osterlow. *** Los Altos Apartments owners Arax and Allen Gross dedicated this year’s Oktoberfest celebration to the Los Angeles Conservancy, inviting residents and guests to the newly restored iconic landmark for German ale in signature Los Altos steins, bratwurst, and heavy hors de oeuvres. Later they opened the William Randolph Hearst suite where a magnificent array of desserts lay under a veritable bower of red roses and many guests enjoyed cognac and cigars by the piano. As the night wore on, German traditional music shifted into rock and roll, and (Please turn to page 45)

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Mary Anne and Brian Kennedy hosted the annual garden party of the Los Angeles Branch of the English Speaking Union of the United States at their Plymouth Blvd. home on September 26. Members and their guests sipped tea and wine and munched on hors d’oeuvres with the new Consul General from the United Kingdom, the Hon. Dame Barbara Hay. The organization, which promotes global understanding through English, installed incoming president Peggy Spear who lauded ESULA’s British Universities Summer School Fellow recipient, Diana Sweeny. On hand to celebrate and help raise funds for ESULA were: Anne Combs, Lucie-Pearl and Matthew Conolly, Lorna and Luigi Gentile, Angela and Tom Birthistle, Pattie Barham Inman and James Inman, Shar Penfold, Tania Norris and outgoing ESULA past president, Jean Poole with husband Bruce. ***

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Paris salons of designers ranging from Karl Largerfeld to James Galanos which will be on display through Sun., Dec. 13. Guests feasted on pumpkin ravioli and other delicacies from Mrs. Bloomingdale’s cookbook (along with pal Nancy Reagan’s chicken pot pie) under mirrored ball chandeliers accented by 80’s glam modern crystal tables. And speaking of oooh la la… Mrs. Bloomingdale entered in a peach Dior gown surrounded by a retinue of children and grandchildren. Among them were Berry Bloomingdale Keller, husband Steve Keller,

AT OCTOBERFEST Arax Gross with Sally Mayo Hagland, daughter of Luther Mayo, building’s designer. Below Arax with husband Allen Gross, owners of Los Altos. Amy Theilig Photographic

Around the town (Continued from page 17) the crowd danced the night away on the inlaid teak dance floor in the soaring lobby. Among the celebrants were: Los Altos manager David Strahm, Sally Hagland, Yolanda Ramirez and her brother Maurice, Natsuko and David Elan, Jaesung Lee, Grant Shumate, Brad Wilmont, Nishan Partamian, Donald Jasko, Anjelica Parente, Lionel Hill, Mary Anne Singer, Scott Peterson, Jack Brenton, Kerri Randals and Dave Marchi, George and Hugo Castro * * *. “High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture” which features 60 of the 125 couture garments donated by Mrs. Bloomingdale to the Fashion Institute of Design

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(Continued from page 1) of the Orthodox Jewish temple who live within walking distance of the home and walk on the Sabbath and to and from religious services. It is an ideal location, Rabbi Rubin said at a public hearing earlier this year, “because it provides access to the elderly, the disabled, the handicapped, to young children who live in the Hancock Park area.” Temple attorney Fred Gaines presented a petition with 314 signatures at the hearing. But the opposition was greater in number, according to Landini. Residents cited noise, traffic and parking problems resulting from large-scale banquet operations, valet parking and religious activities. They also argued that home lacks bedrooms and uses a garage as a makeshift kitchen while enjoying tax-exempt status, precluding it from operating as a home. ACCORDING TO Leonard Hill, president of the League of Residential Neighbor Advocates, “This is not 10 or 15 people worshipping casually in a residence.” More than 60 people attend on religious holidays and other events. “They don’t drive on Sabbath, but they do drive on other days such as Purim, Hanukkah and Shav’ot.” Renee Weitzer, chief of staff for Councilman LaBonge, said, “It is the Councilman’s opinion that we do not believe that we should be converting single-family homes into other uses, and that’s really the bottom line to this case. It is precedent setting.” When the congregation first applied for a variance to operate a synagogue in 1996 at the

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single-story home, the city denied the application. The City Council and state courts also ruled against the synagogue. The congregation later sued the city in federal court, citing Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, passed in 1990. The city agreed to a settlement which allowed limited worship services in the now, three-story 8,100-square foot building. In August 2007, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that permitted the congregation to operate as a synagogue. The Appeals Court had agreed with LRNA that the agreement between the congregation and the city violated zoning laws. THE CONGREGATION has met regularly since it was founded 50 years ago by Rabbi Rubin’s father in his S. June St. home—“to accommodate my grandfather who was too old and too frail to attend the Synagogue,” said the younger Rabbi Rubin at the public hearing in February. The congregation moved



to Third St. and Highland “after 30 years of being harassed by the Hancock Park Homeowners Association.” The only difference between applying for the permit in 1996 and today was the recent adoption of the area as a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, said Hill.

Desirée Ann Sumilang and Eddie Shang-Yun Yeh were married at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu in July. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Sumilang of Gower St. Desirée grew up in Larchmont Village and is a 1993 graduate of Marlborough School. She has a bachelors degree with honors in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, a masters of science in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a joint degree in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law. Desirée is a member of the New York Bar association and a senior corporate and securities lawyer at the international law firm, Allen & Overy. The bridegroom is the son

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Centers’ aid to homeless women reaches milestone Twenty-five years ago the Catholic Archdiocese asked Sister Julia Mary to establish a center to help homeless women achieve self-sufficiency. On Sat., Nov. 7, the Auxiliary for Good Shepherd Center For Homeless Women and Children will celebrate the Center’s 25th anniversary at the annual Forget Me Not Benefit Luncheon at the Wilshire Country Club. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of “A Woman of Independent Means” will be mistress of ceremonies. Marilyn Roberts, Windsor Square, will receive the From The Heart Award for her service as an Auxiliary member. For the past 21 years, Roberts has volunteered at Good Shepherd emergency center five hours a week seeing that the women get meals, clothing, showers and toiletries.

Landry appointed Marymount High’s head of school

Jacqueline Landry has been appointed head of school at Marymount High School. She takes over for Dr. Mary Ellen Gozdecki. She was most recently president and CEO of Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic coed elementary and all-girl high school in Tampa, Florida. Previously she served as a chaplain at Harvard University, where she also served on the Ann Radcliffe Trust, and was director of women’s spirituality and leadership programs. Landry was campus minister at the University of Minnesota, where she taught in the Women’s Studies department. Prior to that, she was campus minister at St. Cloud University, and held positions at Georgetown University focusing on social justice outreach. She received her bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts and peace studies from Eastern Mennonite College and a master of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Two poets to read at Red Hen event

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Two other Windsor Square residents, Susan Kneafsey and Marion Plato, are members of NGA, Inc. (New Garment Assn.) who will receive the Community Partners Award in appreciation for their efforts. At the luncheon, a drawing will be held for an eight-day trip to Hawaii for two. Ticket price is $85. Sylvia Watson and Isabelle Zimmerman, co-chairmen, said reservations can be made by calling Kathy Palmer at 562-296-5777. The Center has opened three more residences for women since that first year. It annually assists 4,000 women and children regardless of their religion or ethnicity. It serves more than 75,000 meals and responds to 10,000 phone requests for aid to the homeless.



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Trans-Am racing tribute at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The Sixties come of age—turn 50—and are featured on an L.A. Conservancy tour.

A Moroccan-andVictorian architecture style castle in Pasadena will be open for tour.

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dining room were also taken. But Rory found a similar pair on E-Bay. The owners had the windows replaced; the previous owner had used plexiglass. “We even had the screens integrated into the double- hung windows.” David said. The first floor contains the living room, dining room, li-

brary, study and solarium. A floral and swan motif decorates the kitchen walls. And there is a “California Cooler,” a closet to store root vegetables where cool air comes in from the ground. Each of the shelves is vented. The breakfast area is called the Dutch room after the skaters illustrated on the mural.

Upstairs, the bedrooms are in different states of needing repair. However, the guest room is immaculate. “We tackled that first,” said Rory. The restoration is a neverending job. The owners have been working on the house since they bought it in 2004, and are turning a derelict into a showplace.

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They saved Craftsman, restoration now ongoing By Jane Gilman It takes patience, perseverance, imagination and a love of beautiful design to restore a house. These are the traits that Rory Cunningham and his partner David Pacheco bring to their restoration project on S. Manhattan Pl. Their 94-year-old Craftsman Bungalow suffered from its years as a child care center and a boarding house. There were holes in the walls, and the dirt was so thick, it covered up many of the murals which decorate the rooms. Built in 1915, its wood-paneled walls, floors and canvas ceilings are being restored by the pair. Not only are they saving the interior, they saved the house from being torn down. Their neighbor Patty Carroll and other St. Andrews Square residents helped Cunningham file with the city for landmark status on the house. The campaign to achieve Historical-Cultural Landmark status was successful, based on its architect, R. S. Hiss, the original owner. The landmark designation protects the home from demolition. The status prevented the previous owners from razing the 5,000 square foot house. As a result, they put it on the market— and Cunningham and Pacheco purchased the property. The house wasn’t livable until the plumbing and electrical had been upgraded.

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The original woodwork was in fairly good condition, said David, a creative director at the Disney Corp. Cunningham is a costume manufacturer. Entire ceilings had to be replaced, and the white tiles in two of three bathroom showers were replicated to match the original. The library required the most work in the seven-bedroom home. “It had been the place for the children to play. We had to replace the ceiling and the walls. David repaired a hole in the wall the size of a grapefruit and matched the pattern perfectly,” Rory remarked. Throughout the home are murals, even in the bathrooms. Sometimes the pair had to scrape off the layers of paint to unearth the artwork. They had a restoration expert from The Getty Museum apply a chemical to remove the paint. When either of the pair does the stripping, he uses paint remover and a toothbrush. “One time, we got lucky and all it took was 409 and cotton balls moistened with Comet cleanser,” said David. A mirror over the living room fireplace hid a landscape painting that they uncovered, still in good condition. Many of the original fixtures are still there, although before they moved in, the hall light fixture was stolen while the early upgrades were being installed. The leaded glass doors on the built-in buffets in the

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Conservancy celebrates 1960s buildings turning 50 The 1960s will soon turn 50, and it’s cause for celebration and a tour hosted by the Los Angeles Conservancy as part of its “Sixties Turn Fifty” program. The self-driving tour, “It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod City!,” is on Sun. Nov. 8. Tour sites, with docents at each stop, are: the Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building, IBM Aerospace Headquarters (currently Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, Otis College of Art and Design), The Proud Bird Restaurant, Edward T. Foley Communication Arts Center (Loyola Marymount University) and St. Jerome Catholic Church. The 1961 LAX Theme Building was designed by architects William Pereira, Charles Luckman, Paul Williams and Welton Becket. Floating among intersecting arches is a central pod containing the Encounter Restaurant, topped by an outdoor observation deck with a bird’s-eye view of the airport. The building was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #570 in 1992. The LAX Theme Building is finishing a multi-year stabilization and restoration project. Guests on tour will visit the building’s observation deck

for the first time since 2001. Due to its role in the aviation and aerospace industries, the South Bay has a wide variety of significant sites from the era, Conservancy members say. The 1963 IBM Aerospace Headquarters Building by architects Eliot Noyes, A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons was designed to resemble a then-groundbreaking computer punch card. The building now serves as educational space for the Otis College of Art and Design. Tickets for the tour are $25 for Conservancy members and $30 for the general public. Why the 60s? In the world of historic preservation turning 50 is the threshold when buildings are considered old enough to have acquired historic significance, particularly in terms of the National Register of Historic Places. Los Angeles came of age in the 1960s, as a modern metropolis with a new freeway system, flourishing aerospace industry, and booming population.   The city of Los Angeles created its Cultural Heritage Ordinance in 1962, becoming one of the first cities in the U.S. to do so. The National Historic Preservation Act followed in 1966.

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Ancient gods; protest as art; turkey day workshops giant sloths ruled the Wilshire area. Located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323-934-PAGE; tarpits. org LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­CAUST— Dinner gala is on Sun., Nov. 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Branko Lustig, Academy Award-winning producer of "Schindler's List," and Dr. Andreas Maislinger, founder of the Austrian Holocaust MemoINDIAN GODS travel to the west at LACMA.

Trans-Am Racing is on Thurs., Nov. 12. Panel discussion is at 2 p.m. Cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Exhibit ends Dec. 13. • Discovery Day: children make "cork people" for Thanksgiving on Sat., Nov. 7 during a dropin workshop from 1 to road 4 p.m. 401 n. Kings Actors $1,099,000 from L.A. BookPALS will read stories at 2:30 p.m. • Book signing, "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman," with Matt Stone and Preston Lerner is Sat., Nov. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. • "California Car Design: local style, global influence" ends Feb. 7. Students from the Art Center College of Design give demonstrations on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • What were they thinking? features vehicles that were poorly developed and unfeasible. Ends Sun., July 4. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323930-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

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART— "Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India's Comics" examines South Asian culture through the comic book genre. New incarnations of ancient gods and goddesses combine traditional handdrawn illustrations with computer design and animation technology. Ends Feb. 7. • Newly reinstalled Korean galleries include work from the fifth through 20th centuries. • Boone Children's Gallery in the Korean Gallery features brush painting workshops. • "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape." Ends Jan. 3. • "Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life." Ends Jan. 3. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—"Sueños/Yume: Fifty Years of the Art of Dora De Larios" ends Jan. 10. Mask-making workshop with Dora De Larios is Sat., Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • "Myth and Manpower: Graphics and the California Dream" ends Jan. 10. Designer Kristian Henson leads two workshops: "Constructing the Myth: Graphic Design and Propaganda," Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. "The Art of Protest: A Poster Making Workshop" is on Thurs., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Finished posters on healthcare and other issues will be displayed. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—Tribute to

include Sunshine Days and Rainy Days on Nov. 1. Explore the changing seasons making window charms made from recycled CDs. Paint Delightful Dinosaurs Nov. 8; make amphibians out of clay during Hop to It With the Frog Family Nov. 15; make turkey headbands for the holiday at Gobble Gobble Nov. 15, and Story Time Theater with puppets is Nov. 29. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984,


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Kevin Starr to talk on preservation at conference Kevin Starr will be the keynote speaker at the Association for Preservation Technology International’s Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The USC professor and author will talk on Tues., Nov. 3 about preservation in an age

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Dome was preserved as the centerpiece of the ArcLight theater complex. AMONG 60s-THEMED programs planned is an online timeline, photo sharing, and map of significant buildings, as well as a “people’s choice” feature. The public will be able to vote for their favorite buildings in six stages from September through June.


Author to sign book Toby C. Moss Gallery is holding a book signing for Dr. Samelia Lewis on Thurs., Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7321 Beverly Blvd. “Richmond Barthe, His Life in Art” covers the African American sculptor, whose public works include one of Rose McClendon for Frank Lloyd Wright’s’ Fallingwater House.



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Easy fixes offered for healthier indoor air The EPA estimates we spend 90 percent of our time indoors year round, so here are some guides to making the air we breath healthier. Indoor air quality Indoor air pollutants can exceed two-to-five times the levels of outdoor air pollution. Poor ventilation, cooking and chemicals all contribute to this build up. Here are some easy fixes.

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Make a fresh floral centerpiece this holiday season and more at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Learn how to dress up the Thanksgiving table with a floral centerpiece composed of seasonal blooms accented with fruits, vegetables and nuts on Sat., Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The class will be led by Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet. Young floral designers ages 7 to 12 can create festive holiday pomanders in a second workshop presented by Flower Duet on Sat., Nov. 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Working with wet floral foam and fresh seasonal flowers, students will make round arrangements that can be carried with a ribbon, hung like an ornament, or used as table a centerpiece. Fragrance developer Heather Bath will lead a Botanical Perfume Workshop on Sat., Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn how natural botanical oils and other rare ingredients are used in the making of perfume. Call 626-405-2128.

A class on native plant garden maintenance with Barbara Edelstein is on Sat., Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. In the afternoon, horticulturist Lili Singer will offer beginners the basics on gardening with California flora from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. You’ll discover what a native plant is, and why natives are valuable, and learn about plant communities, planting techniques, irrigation, pruning and ongoing maintenance. For more information, call 818-768-1802 or go to www.


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Castle Green to open doors for home tour The historic Castle Green, a blend of Moroccan and Victorian architecture built in 1898 as part of the resort Hotel Green, will open its doors for its annual Holiday Tour on Sun., Dec. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 99 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Considered one of the city's unique buildings, the Castle Green was built as the annex for the famous Hotel Green. The castle is a seven-story Moorish Colonial and Spanish style building sitting next to Central Park in Old Pasadena at Raymond and Green Street. Designed by architect Frederick I. Roehrig, the site features domes, arches, pillars, balconies and verandas in a building of structural steel with brick walls and concrete floors, making it Pasadena’s first fireproof building. “While trained docents will be available, you may walk at your own pace through the original public rooms and over 20 individual apartments, all

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differently interpreted for the holidays,” said Patricia Hurley, media relations spokesperson for Friends of the Castle Green. “See the Grand Salon, the Moorish and Turkish Rooms, the Palm Room, Sunroom and Veranda…with a 360-degree view overlooking Pasadena.” Tickets are $20 for adults; children under 12 are free.

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‘Losing your lawn’ Garden Club topic Landscape designer Steven Gerischer will present ideas for getting rid of lawns at the monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Garden Club on Mon., Nov. 9. He is president of the Southern California Horticultural Society and has appeared on HDTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge.” The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Griffith Park Visitors Center Auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. A refreshment hour follows. Nonmembers and guests are welcome. For information, call Ashken Evrard at 323-655-4523.


Blue Star Marker pays tribute to armed forces The L.A. and Brentwood Garden Clubs and L.A. National Cemetery will present the Dedication of a Blue Star Memorial Marker on Fri., Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program of the National Gardens Clubs, Inc. began in 1945 to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces during World War II. The marker is a tribute to the men and women in the armed forces who have served, are presently serving or will serve in the future.


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with glimpses of cottages and gardens, and the Delta and Lucretia which passes a jungle of giant agaves and offers canyon views. These wooden stairways began appearing in Echo Park in the 1890s. They made it feasible for the residents of many hillside tracts to walk down to the rail lines that transported them to work and shopping in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. Since then, most of the original wooden stairways have been replaced by concrete steps. The walking tour begins at Elysian Park Elementary School, 1562 Baxter St. at Echo Park Ave. at 10 a.m. The event is free for members

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Explore some of the more than two dozen public stairways that cross the hillsides on the Echo Park stairway tour Sat., Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. The stairways are concrete reminders of a neighborhood designed before the automobile became the dominant form of transportation. Many are small and practical, rising only a few steps to provide a short cut to the next street or a secluded corner reachable only by stairs. But some, including the Laveta Terrace, Baxter and Clinton stairways, which are featured on the tour, are public landmarks that reward those who climb them with stunning views. Climb more than 230 steps to the top of the Baxter stairway across the street from Elysian Park and its many walking trails. The wide, elegant Laveta Terrace stairway leads to a row of palm trees at the top of the

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Banquet thanked Indians for helping during plague Did the Indians really initiate the first Thanksgiving, or is it just a nice story? wonders Susan Hickman. The answer to both questions is yes. During that first, very harsh winter of 1620-21, the Pilgrims lived aboard the Mayflower and suffered the loss of 47 colonists. They were victims of the same plague epidemic that claimed an estimated 95,000 Indians out of a population of 100,000. In the spring, the Mayflower returned to England, leaving the weak and sick remaining Pilgrims to try and plant crops and build shelters. They were

helped in this by the Indians who were smart enough to realize that both races needed each other’s help to survive. Their successful common efforts gave rise not only to a bountiful autumnal harvest, but to a feast of Thanksgiving—since 1621, the most characteristic celebration of the American people. *** My grandfather described someone who was drunk as "gone a peg too low." What’s the origin of this curious expression? asks Guy Templeton. In the 10th century, the

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Saxon King Edgar, concerned about the increased lack of sobriety among his subjects, ordered that seven pins or nails (denoting eight potions) be h a m m e r e d Professorinto drinkKnowing cups It-All or horns at stated distances and that whoever drank below a peg in one pull, would be liable to severe punishment. *** Why are a person’s best clothes called "best bib and tucker?" queries Tom Bannister. Actually, this originally was a form of derision applied by city slickers to the country bumpkins who came into town on weekends. Bib refers to the starched bib shirt worn by men (and worn by farm men

long after they were out of style). Tucker was a slang term for the feather boa that women tucked around their necks. *** How about the expression, "yesiree, Bob?" ponders Christina Tandy. The key to this one is that when written, bob isn’t capitalized. At Eton College (the famous boy’s preparatory school in England), bob is an all–purpose word that refers to an underclassman, a blow with a fist, or a sharp rebuke or taunt. If spoken by a sadistic upperclassman, “Yesiree, bob” wouldn’t be welcome. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send questions to him at

Slam poets speak at Greenway Court Slam poets will give art to the spoken word at inkSlam: The Los Angeles Poetry Festival ‘09Wed., Nov. 4 to Sat., Nov. 7 at Greenway Court Theater, 554 N. Fairfax Ave. The top contenders will compete at the Fairfax Auditorium, 7850 Melrose Ave. National slam champion and festival director Shihan will be among the performers at the Greenway Arts Alliance event. Tickets are $5-$20. For information visit or call 323-655-7679 ext. 100. The festival features workshops, nightly showcases and the finals with four teams competing for $5,000 in cash prizes and the title of inkSlam Champion. Since 1999 Greenway Arts Alliance has presented Da Poetry Lounge weekly .

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