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L.A. OPERA debuts new "Rigoletto" production. Page 21
DEBUT OF A NEW production to L.A Opera of Verdi's tale of revenge, "Rigoletto." Page 21
Metro speeds westside plan for subway
MUSICAL PERFORMED by Nine O'Clock Players is based on a 19th-century story. Page 27
Dining & Entertainment 19-34 NEW PRESIDENT in RidgewoodWilton. 8 MOMMYHOOD in a new column. 10 CULTURE DAY at Third Street. 14 VETERAN recalls World War II. 18 PINOCCHIO stars in Nine O'Clock's musical. 27 DOCTORS symphony in new home. 33 AROUND the world in 26 days. 35
The “subway to the sea” is back on track. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved a locally preferred route for the Westside Subway Extension that would send the project through the oncebanned territory. The board’s approval moves the project into the final environmental review process. The plans were stalled after a methane gas explosion ripped through a Ross Dress for Less store in the Fairfax District in 1985, injuring 12 people and delivering a seemingly fatal blow to plans to build a subway along Wilshire Boulevard to the westside of Los Angeles. The area was designated a “methane gas hazard zone,” and Congress moved to outlaw See METRO, p. 6
Holiday issue Exciting seasonal guide to holiday events, services, gift ideas and more! Ad space deadline is Nov. 15. Call 323-462-2241, ext. 11.
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Ebell welcomes Michelle Obama, Biden at benefit
More than 1,000 people heard First Lady Michelle Obama campaign for the reelection of Senator Barbara Boxer at a fundraising appearance on Oct. 26 at The Ebell of Los Angeles Theater. Second Lady of the U.S. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, also attended. Obama praised Boxer’s record as a senator for the past 28 years, and told the audience that “we are here to restore the promise of the American dream.” Welcoming the crowd of 1,300 was Ebell president Shirlee Taylor Haizlip. She recounted the club and the theatre’s 120-year history and its value to the women of Los Angeles. The First Lady’s appearance was organized by the Democratic National Committee and the Friends of Barbara Boxer.
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BLOCK PARTY drew cast of characters. 6 DOWNTOWN on tour.
TENNIS CLUB turns 90.
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LET IT GROW. LARCHMONT CHARTER SCHOOL received a school garden grant of $1,200 from the California Fertilizer Foundation at a recent ceremony at the campus on El Centro Ave. Before presenting the check, CFF program director Pam Emery told the students to think about farmers and ranchers whenever they ate, and commended them for their school’s composting efforts and edible garden.
Police urge precaution at Hancock Park meeting Lock doors, windows, doggie doors; report crimes Don’t leave your doors and windows open. That was the plea from Capt. Eric Davis, Los Angeles Police Dept., who addressed the Hancock Park Homeowners Association’s annual meeting in October at Third Street School. Close to 100 residents heard Capt. Davis request that crimes be reported. “If we don’t know where incidents are happen-
ing and how often, we can’t assign officers to those areas.” He said many of the burglars are gaining entrance through unlocked doors, windows and doggie doors. He also urged victims of burglaries to have fingerprints taken, even if it requires staying at home until the unit arrives. Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova said the police may
be able to link a suspect in custody for another crime to the burglaries committed in the area. “But we need fingerprints,” he said. Councilman Tom LaBonge spoke on steps being taken to prevent anticipated flooding this winter in the area. Cindy Chvatal Keane, HPHOA president, gave out stars to eight volunteers who are improving the quality of life in the community. Representatives of SSA and ADT security firms also spoke. Climate appropriate landscaping was the subject of See POLICE, p. 5
On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane
FERRIS WHEEL was one of many rides and games at Larchmont's annual fair on Oct. 24. Story on page 8
Election results and our see-saw weather are hot topics for Larchmontians this month as they gear up for the holidays. *** Local houses will be featured in the new book, “Classic Homes of Los Angeles,” we heard from author Douglas Woods. He is doing a book signing with Glen Creason, author
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Community Platform By Jane Gilman
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Time for thanks Everywhere from your Ipad to your GPS to the Yellow Pages will give you choices of restaurants. But, instead, we would like you to take a look at our Dining & Entertainment Guide within these pages. Most of the eating places found here are within a few miles, making them geographically compatible. And, another plus factor, they are also supporters of this newspaper. Without these and our other advertisers who grace our pages, the Larchmont Chronicle would not be able to continue as your community newspaper. So, in this season of Thanksgiving, we want our advertisers to know how much we appreciate them. And, in turn, how much we appreciate the readers who support them.
Good news, bad news The subway extension to the Westside is one step closer to groundbreaking, following the go-ahead from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The year 2013 is the proposed starting date, but there are still questions about where the route will actually be, such as the Beverly Hills alignment. The bad news: expect many more meetings until all the unknowns are solved.
Stars of Hancock Park! The Association’s annual meeting was held on Tuesday, October 21st and we thank 3rd Street School for hosting and thank all the LAPD, SSA and Bel Air Security Services, Councilman Tom LaBonge, his deputies Renee Weitzer and Nikki Ezhari, and landscape architect Mayita Dinos for attending and speaking. The following neighborhood stars were recognized for Outstanding Service to the Hancock Park Community: • S usana Funsten - Parkway tree planting, collecting signatures from 80 residents and coordinating the planting of new trees • M yrna Gintel, Fluff McLean, Laura Cohen and June Bilgore of the Windsor Square/Hancock Park Historical Society – Beautification of John Burroughs. • J oanne Mederios – JB neighbor who coordinated beautification efforts • S teve Martinez and Helena Yoon – New leadership at JB that helped coordinate beautification and student management initiatives. LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Eric Davis, Patrol Capt. Rosa Moreno and our Senior lead officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; email@example.com) provided updates on the arrest of a suspect in some of the recent home robberies. He said that Wilshire Division is the second most successful division in the City in lowering crimes of all types. Captain Davis reminded us to keep our doors and windows locked, report suspicious activities, never open door to someone you don’t know and to call 911 or the Wilshire Division front desk, 213-473-0476 or http://www.lapdonline.org/wilshire_community_ police_station, if you feel threatened or are the victim of a crime. Also, be sure and report any crime and if possible be available for evidence collection. If you’re planning changes to your house visit the HPHOA’ 48 web site, www.hancockpark.org, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park and read the Preservation Plan. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC34EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 For questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office) Adv.
'What's your favorite tradition for celebrating Thanksgiving?' That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.
A RELAXED Gemma Levinson is all smiles after her class at Yoga Works. She commutes to class from Los Feliz.
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WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: A home on the 300 block of S. Mansfield Ave. was broken into and jewelry and a purse stolen on Sun., Sept. 26 at 4:40 p.m. The suspect pried open the front window and ransacked the house before he realized the resident was home. He then fled with the purse and jewelry. A man entered through the side door of a house on the 100 block of N. Arden Blvd. on Mon., Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. When the resident confronted
him, he grabbed her arm. She screamed and he fled. Jewelry was stolen from a home on the 200 block of S. Larchmont Blvd. on Thurs., Sept. 30. The suspect broke in through a side window. When the resident came home at 7:30 p.m., he saw the suspect inside and saw him flee with the jewelry. (Please turn to page 4)
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Calendar Sun., Nov. 7 – Daylight Savings ends. Tues., Nov. 9 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association meets at Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave., 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 10 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meets at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11 – Veterans Day. Thurs., Nov. 18 – Windsor Square Association meeting at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 3 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., Dec. 5 – Larchmont Village Holiday Open House, Larchmont Blvd., noon to 4 p.m. Santa arrives at 1 p.m.
"I get up early and start fixing the stuffing for the turkey. It's from an old Francois Pope recipe. It's so simple and so good. I use La Brea Bakery bread." Wes Andrews Lorraine Blvd.
"Well, I have a blended family, so I go to my mom's, my dad's... to like four different places with food ranging from Yemenite-Israeli to Texan. I'm a vegetarian, so I just eat whatever I can." Shea Depmore Rossmore Ave.
"My grandma's disgusting gelatin molds. You just never know. One year she put caviar, lox and cream cheese in the mold. I just couldn't do it." Sam Kenswil McCadden Place
The number of animals saved by SavingGraceLA was staated last month as 500. The actual number is 3,000 during the past 20 years by the group founded as Animal Angels by Polly LePorte, of Larchmont Village.
"Oh, really just cooking and eating and being together with family and friends." Jeannette Bran Plymouth Blvd.
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Crime, marijuana, history, election on Larchmont Village agenda A recent hike in crime and the area’s history are among topics at the semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association on Tues., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Van Ness Avenue Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Senior lead officers from LAPD’s Hollywood and Olympic divisions will provide an update on a recent spate of break-ins, including “hot prowls” in which suspects have entered homes while residents are present. A representative from Councilman Tom LaBonge’s office will provide an update, including the status of an application for a beer and wine permit at Café Gratitude at 643 N. Larchmont, which plans to open in January. A member of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Histor-
ical Society will give a talk, and representatives from the city will discuss the ramifications of the marijuana initiative and other propositions on the recent election ballot.
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Capt. Eric Davis of the LAPD Wilshire Division will discuss crime and neighborhood watch programs at the annual meeting of the Miracle Mile Residential Association Sat., Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Councilman Tom LaBonge is expected to give a report on city-related issues; a proposed farmers’ market and hearing from the residents on what is going on in the community is also on the agenda, said MMRA president Jim O’Sullivan.
WINNER Arthur Lippke of Bronson Ave. found the star last month. The retired Farmers Market meatcutter has been a Larchmont Chronicle reader for the past 20 years.
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The Larchmont Family Fair was an enormous and stunning success. Huge numbers of visitors came, the non-profit organizations looked very successful and happy and the rides were awesome. The train running through the fair was charming and added excitement like never before. The Costume Contest for the children was fun and exciting and afterwards Larchmont Has Talent was the best. This was one of the new additions along with the train created by the co-chairmen Betsy Malloy and Suzanne Phillips. We at the Larchmont Boulevard Association are deeply thankful to them, all the workers and staff members, the organizations and the community support for making the Larchmont Family Fair such a success. If you were not there, we will see you next year. The LBA is looking forward to the fall and winter months. The holidays are around the corner and we have many activities planned – watch our website at www.larchmont.com and we will help spread the word. As I normally do, I encourage you to enjoy the Boulevard but please let others enjoy it as well. We have incidents of dogs without collars and no leashes which are against the law; we have skateboarders going down the busy sidewalk and we have people posting notices on the trees and poles which is graffiti. Please help us to encourage friends of the Boulevard to allow everyone to enjoy the Boulevard. At the Larchmont Boulevard Association the majority of our budget along with the Property Owners goes to collect trash. Please do not throw trash on the street. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. www.larchmont.com Adv.
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All Windsor Square Residents are invited to attend the Windsor Square Association annual “Town Hall” meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Ebell, 743 South Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
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The meeting agenda will include a review of Association activities for 2010, block captains, public safety, land use issues and other community concerns and speeches by commanders of local police stations and other civic officials. Association directors for 2011 will be elected and the Squeaky Wheel award will be presented to a neighbor whose persistent efforts improved the quality of life in Windsor Square in 2010.
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The annual meeting is a good opportunity to socialize and discuss issues of mutual concern with Association directors, block captains and other Windsor Square residents, and to meet with police officers, civic officials, private security companies and others who provide services to our neighborhood.
The next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Wilshire United Methodist Church Assembly Room. Agenda will be posted on our website. HELP WANTED: Opportunities still available to represent the following great neighborhoods and stakeholder groups:
The Windsor Square Association promotes public safety, social welfare, community education and the quality of living for the residents of 1,100 homes in Windsor Square, between Beverly Boulevard on the north and Wilshire Boulevard on the south, and between Arden Boulevard on the west and Van Ness Avenue on the east. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.
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HANCOCK PARK STARS. Cindy Chvatal Keane, left, bestowed stars on community activists at the homeowners’ annual meeting in October. Front row, Helena Yoon, Steve Martinez, Myrna Gintel, Susana Funsten, Fluff McLean; back, Nikki Ezhari, Joanne Medeiros, Laura Cohen, June Bilgore.
Eight 'stars' honored for their landscaping aid The stars were out at the Hancock Park Homeowners Association meeting, and their work in improving the landscaping in the area was recognized. Susana Funsten was cited for her work in adding 80 parkway trees; Myrna Gintel, Fluff McLean, Laura Cohen and June Bilgore of the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society earned stars for their fundraising, resulting in new landscaping at John Burroughs Middle School; Joanne Mederios was cited for her efforts in coordinating Burroughs beautification efforts;
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Windsor Square Association to meet Nov. 18 Safety, land use issues and other community concerns are on the agenda of the Windsor Square Association annual
Town Hall meeting on Thurs., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
It’s also an opportunity to come and meet your neighbors, said Association president Larry Guzin. Councilman Tom LaBonge will be attending as well as police officials from Olympic and Wilshire stations and private security company representatives. The meeting is also designed to encourage more resident participation, Guzin said.
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tunneling through the area. It was later overturned. “This is an historic day,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of Metro’s Board of Directors. “This is the first time in my lifetime, and in probably all of our lifetimes, that we have gotten this close, this far along the road to building a public mass transportation line through the Wilshire Corridor.”
LaBonge tapped as ‘Legislator of year' Councilman Tom LaBonge was named “Local Legislator of the Year” at a UCLA awards ceremony Oct. 29. “My goal has always been to bring City Hall to the people of Los Angeles and I will continue to work for the good of the community,” LaBonge said. LaBonge was chosen as this year’s honoree for his longterm dedication to his district and the leadership he has provided for the entire City.
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greenery to the area. Greening the neighborhood was what first drew Mulligan to the association. She also worked to keep the Wilshire Branch Public Library open when budget cuts threatened its closure last year. The 130-home Wilton Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, would be eligible for public funds once a WiltonHistoric Foundation is developed, she said. A new Neighborhood Watch is also on the agenda to combat crime coupled with an email alert to residents. Past president, new board Mulligan replaces Alysoun Higgins as president. Higgins will stay on the board as secretary, maintaining the e-mail list and forwarding news of interest for the community. Also on the board are Bruce Tunis and Debbie King of S.
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Gillian Wagner to head Hope-Net Fundraising is the major goal of Gillian Wagner, new president of the Hope-Net board of directors. Costs at Hope-Net’s food pantries at the 12 churches and temples have risen with the increase in patrons so fundraising is essential, said Wagner, a Windsor Square resident. Hope-Net expects to serve 300.000 meals this year, compared to 2009, when 230,000 meals were donated. “We are planning on adding two more pantries in the next few months,” she said. A board
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By Suzan Filipek After working six years to triumphantly landscape traffic islands in an historic thoroughfare, Kathleen Mulligan has been named president of the Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood Assoc. There’s no rest in store for the area resident who has a host of other improvements planned for the Association, from establishing a website to founding a historic foundation. The Boston native moved to the area 10 years ago from Chicago. When asked if her 1925 home was a fixer, she laughs, adding she thinks originally it had been a Craftsman, but is now closer to a Mediterranean in style. “It was a fixer in ways I didn’t know it would be,” said the administrative judge for the federal government who specializes in employment laws. Mulligan worked to secure public funds as well as at garage sales and block parties to raise money to cover maintenance costs for the two new islands at First St. and Wilton Pl. and Second St. at Wilton
Family Fair draws 10,000 revelers to Boulevard EVERYONE AGREED, it was a wonderful day for the annual Larchmont Family Fair. The creative talents of Betsy Malloy and Suzanne Phillips combined to bring a new look to the street with canopies covering the 45 booths. Also this year were the silent auction and the Larchmont Has Talent show.
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Elm, camphor trees line parkways, streetlights stay lit Last month, on a number of occasions, my office worked closely with the communities of Council District 4 to preserve, beautify and secure our neighborhoods. I’m happy to say these collaborative efforts have been a success. In Hancock Park, The Hancock Park Homeowners Association, est. 1948 worked with my office to plant new elm trees in the parkways. In the last century, Dutch elm disease wiped out elm trees in cities throughout the Northeast and Midwest. The disease required moisture to thrive, however, so elms survived as street trees in Los Angeles. Elm trees in Hancock Park reached the end of their life cycle just as a new diseaseresistant strain of elms, the
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lit at a time when the city staffs are being slashed. My office is partnering with neighborhood security companies and business groups to fix streetlights as soon as they burn out. Thanks to Shaw Segraves & Associates, and the Wilshire Center/Koreatown Neighborhood Council/ Wilshire Center Business Improvement District for informing my staff as soon as a streetlight goes out so that city crews can fix it immediately. Good neighbor When the Ace Gallery moved into its third location at the corner of 4th St. and La Brea Ave., gallery director Douglas Chrismas had a beautiful space to promote contemporary art of the past 40 years. Unfortunately, he also inherited overgrown trees behind his property, along Sycamore Ave. To be a good neighbor,
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Robin Trynin hip life even allowed for such thoughts as “where do we move with our baby?” or the myriad considerations that go into making such a decision. He replied, in his creative and astute way, “Do you want to push the pram to the bar or the stroller to the coffee place?” In other words, Silver Lake or Larchmont Village? That was it. We were told Larchmont Village would feel like home in an instant, and it always has. Sadie is two and half years old, and the comfort we feel, the friends we have made and the familiarity we craved stem from having made the right decision to make Larchmont our first Los Angeles experience as a family. Sadie was born on a cold and dark day in February. Protecting her from the elements those first three months was paramount. It was flu season and the weather was bonechilling and wet. This meant we spent most of our days and nights (all the same when you have a newborn) inside. When she cried, we paced the halls of the apartment building and rode up and down in the elevator. When we did go out, she was so bundled up she
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But in the blur of packing up and moving, new questions popped into our exhausted brains seemingly every second. When do we leave? Is she spitting up too much? Will we rent or buy? Should we use bumpers in the crib or are they dangerous? Who do we know in L.A.? Do you think it’s too cold in here for her? Too hot? What about earthquakes? Is the car seat in right? How will we choose a neighborhood? I e-mailed my friend Bill, a super nice guy with a pad on the beach in Venice, for suggestions. I wasn’t sure his
We got the news when our daughter was a few weeks old that we were moving to Los Angeles. Though my husband and I had lived all over the country and he had lived all over the world, a move to the West Coast was more daunting. Aside from existing in the haze of new parenthood, we were East Coasters who had moved back home at what seemed the perfect time to be near our oldest friends and our families. Why would we move to L.A. with our new baby? That answer was easy. That’s where his job was taking us.
Freshly cut trees at Wilshire Rotary lot to Dec. 23 Freshly cut trees will be for sale at the annual holiday Wilshire Rotary Club lot through Thurs., Dec. 23 at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. across from Page Private School. Oregon trees—Nobles and Douglas firs—will range in size from tabletop to 10-feet tall. Taller trees are available by special order. Wreaths, garlands and other holiday items will also be for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. “This is our fourth year selling exceptionally beautiful trees at reasonable prices to our friends in the neighborhood,” said Scot Clifford, past president of Wilshire Rotary. “The joy for us is knowing that every penny of our profit supports Rotary’s community and international service projects. These bring clean water to those without it, feed the hungry, battle crippling and disfiguring diseases and teach
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Performances by the Salvation Army Brass Band and a soloist will highlight the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Farmers Market, Third St. and Fairfax Ave. on Mon., Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. The event kicks off the Salvation Army red kettle donation drive and will honor bell-ringing volunteers chosen from each of the 39 Southern California corps. The annual effort aids needy families, seniors and the homeless. Weatherman Fritz Coleman will report live from the festivities, and with the help of Salvation Army and Farmers Market representatives, officially light the Christmas tree.
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Dr. Fitzgerald speaks at Pacific Dermatologic annual meeting Rebecca Fitzgerald, a cosmetic dermatologist and skin surgeon whose office is in the Larchmont Medical Building, spoke at the Pacific Dermatologic Association annual meeting in Pasadena in October. Along with professional peers, she provided lectures and live demonstrations on the current uses of various fillers and collagen stimulators. Dr. Fitzgerald told of how so many of her patients use the words “feel better” when they talk about how they evaluate
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Memory Walk on the move to end Alzheimer's Leeza’s Place is teaming to help end Alzheimer’s at the annual Memory Walk Sun., Nov. 7 at Century Park Plaza, 2000 Avenue of the Stars. The 5K also includes a 2K early-exit route. Registration is at 7 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. A Health and Wellness Expo, entertainment and food will be at the event. The community fundraiser joins friends, family and coworkers in teams. To join Team Leeza, a caregiver support center at Olympia Medical Center, call 323-930-6228. For more information on the California Southland Chapter write firstname.lastname@example.org. The nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause. Donations benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, in care, support and research. The event is free, but participants are encouraged to raise money. Walkers who make $100 or more receive a 2010 Memory Walk T-shirt.
ecutive vice president. Individuals who don’t have instruments to donate but who would like to help can “Add a Note” by donating money to refurbish used instruments and buy music scores. The program provides local youth with musical instruments, year-round tuitionfree music lessons, and builds youth orchestras after school and on Saturdays. Enrollment has grown from 36 students in 2001 to 800 today, with more than 300 students on a waiting list in need of musical instruments. Donations have funded the formation of five full-time youth orchestras, including one that recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl under the direction of the L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel. For information call 323-462-4311.
Park La Brea forum covered city rent control The cost and frequency of rent increases was discussed at a forum on renters’ rights at Park La Brea in October. The meeting, sponsored by the Park La Brea Residents Association, covered the City Council’s plans to update the Rent Stabilization Ordinance which provides rent control for 630,000 apartments. Dr. Jason Green, Association president, said the proposed changes would lower the floor of rent increase to two percent and increase the ceiling to nine percent if the Consumer Price index rises to that level or above. Councilman Tom LaBonge told the audience that neither renters nor building owners are pleased with the proposed changes. City Council has delayed taking action on the ordinance until further study. Ron Bowdoin, Park La Brea’s general manager, said the ordinance does not freeze
rents, but allows landlords to Economic Survival, said his increase rents by a fixed per- group has played a key role centage each year to cover in winning rent control in capital improvements and the city, and in defeating Proposition 98 that would maintain buildings. Larchmont Chronicles rent control Larry Gross, executive di- have5,eliminated Friday, November 2010 rector of the Coalition for statewide.
Workshop seeks ways to stop falls Safety issues were addressed during a walkability workshop on Fairfax Ave. in October. The Fairfax district is said to be one of five areas in L.A. County with the highest fallrelated hospitalization rates, as identified by the Los Angeles County of Health. The workshop drew members of the Fairfax Business
Poetry, wine and cheese at Ruskin Kate Gale of Red Hen Press and Elena Karina Byrne, past regional director for the Poetry Society of America, present poets Cecilia Woloch and Caleb Barber at the Ruskin Art Club on Sun., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and students. For information call 323-755-3530.
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Drag racing takes off at Petersen Drag racing will be celebrated at the Petersen Automotive Museum in an exhibit opening Thurs., Nov. 11, “NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder,” a history of the National Hot Rod Association. Historic photography, videos, interactive displays and race cars will be featured. Ends May 29, 2011. Drag racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme will be feted Wed., Nov. 10, with cocktails starting at 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner, auction and film to follow. Guests include racer Carroll Shelby and Dave McClelland, voice of the NHRA, will be master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the live auction of racing memorabilia will benefit Petersen’s educational programs. Guests can preview
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Tempchin to perform Singer and songwriter Jack Tempchin will be performing at the Park La Brea Theater on Sat., Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tempchin, who has a YouTube show titled “Songadayjournal.com, has written for the Eagles, Emmylou Harris and Tanya Tucker, among others. Tickets are $10. Call 323934-1177 for reservations.
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A year-long celebration of art, food and politics, culminates in a day-long event on Sun., Nov. 7, from noon to 8 p.m. on the entire museum grounds and galleries, at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. More than 50 artists and collectives will collaborate in the festivities for EATLACMA. A concurrent exhibition and curated set of gardens on LACMA’s campus will be on view. A tomato fight, dinner plate Mandala dismantled by visitors and belly listening sessions are among activities.
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Asian, tribal art on exhibit
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Music, song and dance, retelling stories that have been passed through generations of the Plains Indians will be featured at the family-friendly program Red Thunder on Sat., Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Visit musiccenter.org
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Veteran's sing at Big Sunday Fresh from their stint on "America's Got Talent," New Directions Choir heads to Big Sunday's Monthly on Melrose Nov. 21 at 6111 Melrose Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert by veterans is at 5:30 p.m., followed by a pot luck.
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Dining & Entertainment Guide Comedy benefit at Ebell Nov. 13 The fourth annual Comedy Celebration will be hosted by Ray Romano on Sat., Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell
Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St. Proceeds will benefit the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund at the International Myeloma
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A CARnival with arts and crafts and free museum admission for children. will be on Sat., Dec. 4. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. A garage sale and swap meet, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a mix of items from the Museum, along with a car sale corral and vendor area for those looking to sell vehicles and automobile or motorcycle items as well as related parts and books. Vendor booths are available. Any year, make, or model is welcome. Vendors will receive one free admission to the museum and complimentary parking. General museum admission will be half off at $5. For information call 323-964-6308.
Master Chorale to sing French a cappella at Disney “French Connections,” an all-French a cappella program by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, is on Sun., Nov. 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. The concert features works spanning the Renaissance to the 20th century, including Duruflé’s “Four Motets on Gregorian Themes,” Josquin’s “Missa Beata Virgine,” 16th century French chansons by Janequin, and “Trois Chansons” by Ravel. Concert tickets range from $19 to $124. Student rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. For information call 213-972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org.
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Dining & Entertainment Guide Imagined conversations with terrorist bomber spark 'Terre Haute' Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma City bomber, and famed author and infamous celebrity, Gore Vidal, were correspondents in the time before McVeigh’s execution. Terre Haute by Edmund White is a projection of what the conversations would have been like if they’d met in prison, although the names have been changed. James (Mike Farrell) an aging, effete uber author has come to interview Harrison (James Parrack) the convicted domestic terrorist, days before his scheduled execution or, as he puts it, his state–assisted suicide. The conversations that ensue are fascinating, chilling and according to some brief research I did, accurately reflect McVeigh’s motivations and beliefs. However, what makes this evening as perfect as it is are the actor’s performances. Farrell strikes just the right note of effete, patrician intellectualism mixed with personal vulnerability. Parrack is stunning as the cold, sociopathic Harrison. His monologue on how he built the bomb and his obvious pride in the accomplishment is hairraising. What these two disparate characters finally find is a common ground of humanity. Theatre doesn’t get any better than this. Through Nov. 14. The
Blank’s 2nd Stage, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-661-9827. 4 Stars *** Venice features book by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax, lyrics by Matt Sax and Eric Rosen. This rock opera, part rhyme, part rap, takes place in a post–apocalyptic world in a town calleded Venice (specific location unknown) and concerns a protagonist, also named Venice Monroe (Javier Munoz). The plot has a
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Shakespearian feel with opposing brothers and best friend villains and tragic love. Billed as an explosive new musical, the lively cast, led by Matt Sax as Clown MC, delivers non–stop intensity, along with a ballad or two. The terrific choreography by John Carrafa and Tanisha Scott ignites the proceedings. Through Nov. 14. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 213-628-2772. 4 Stars *** K2 by Patrick Meyers takes
place on the infamous K2, the second highest mountain in the world, on the border between Pakistan and China. Taylor (Jake Suffian) and Harold (Sean Galuszka) are stranded on a ledge in a 600 foot ice wall. With limited equipment, fighting the cold and high altitude, they still have time to espouse theories on everything from quantum physics to the limits of friendship. The play comes alive when Taylor scrambles over the junglegym of a set, scenic design by Laura Fine Hawkes, trying to find a way down to base camp for Harold, severely disabled by a compound leg fracture, and himself. Both Suffian and Galuszka turn in above–and–beyond performances and their consistent interpretation of the cold makes the audience feel chilled. The air–conditioning in the theatre that’s set at sixty degrees helps too. Director Damen Scranton has guaranteed authenticity by employing a climbing consultant Carl (Tony) A. Yeary to make sure all the carabiners are in the right place. Through Nov. 14. The Underground Theater, 1314 N. Wilton Place. 800-838-3006. 3 Stars *** Break the Whip, written and
directed by Tim Robbins, is a close-to-three hour history lesson based on the work of a gaggle of American historians. The play tells of the Jamestown Colony (16091623) and the clash of the English settlers, West African slaves and native American Indians, where starvation, subjugation and lethal conflict were endured daily. At least they are in the political position taken by this theatre piece. There are specific characters with a few plot–lines, including a story of forbidden love. And there are occasional moments of humor. The play is also a pastiche of theatrical artifices: actors wear comme-
dia dell’arte masks, shadow puppetry helps with the history lesson and billowing silk becomes a river, etc. Welcome interludes of music and dance break the tedium of reading subtitles as the play is performed in colonial English, Kimbundu the language of the slaves and Lenape the language of the Indians. Twenty–three actors perform multiple roles changing costumes, and awaiting their cues in view of the audience. Kudos go to the stage managers who orchestrate a major logistic accomplishment at each performance. Through Nov. 13. The Actors’ Gang Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 310-838-4264. 3 Stars
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Dining & Entertainment Guide Tea with Julie, movies in the park with Brookside neighbors ladies you’d ever want to meet and prefers to be addressed simply as “Julie.” “Delicious” is certainly her preferred adjective when describing things
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Enjoy live Native American dancing and drumming. Learn the art of traditional craft-making through artist demonstrations. Sample Native American foods.
Entrance fee includes museum admission, as well as the special exhibitions Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied and The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition. Free for Autry Members and Children under 9 . Adults: $12 . Students and Seniors: $8
*** And so is the menu of the recently reopened Off-Vine restaurant in Hollywood. I loved dining in the cozy bungalow, perfect for Sunday brunch, a business lunch, celebratory dinner or romantic rendezvous. A fire two years ago forced its closure, but to my happy surprise they have rallied, restored and renovated. It’s like reuniting with a dear old friend who, it turns out, has only improved with age. Truly a phoenix has risen from the ashes. The 1908 classic Craftsman never looked better. (Monday nights feature a half-price menu). *** My neighbors, the fab Roy Forbes family, recently put on another great outdoor movie night in Memorial Park on behalf of the “Friends of Brookside.” It’s a treat to introduce kids to the hilarity of classic comedies like the Little Rascals, Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy. It seems like there’s nothing Roy and Samantha can’t do. Roy and his business partner Giovanni Lovatelli (also of Brookside) have developed the “Survi-Vault,” a brilliant emergency preparedness kit. Samantha enjoys great success with her contemporary, organic clothing line inspired by nature’s colors and seasons, “Raw Earth Wild Sky.” *** It’s worth taking a moment to remember the late, great Tony Curtis...whom I was lucky enough to interview shortly before his recent death at age 85. He admitted that he started out his illustrious career as a star-struck Bernard Schwarz from the Bronx and maintained that same sense of wonderment for his entire
Society Players recreates 1940’s holiday radio show “An Old Time Radio Christmas” will recreate a broadcast circa 1940s on Fri., Dec. 3 and Sat., Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Holiday refreshments and a Christmas boutique will open at 6 p.m. The cast includes Martha Butler, Kristin Chiles, Christopher Fairbanks, David Joseph Keller, Jerry Kokich, Scott Kruse, Suz Landay, Lyndia Lowy, Millie Slavin and Donald Watson. Live sound effects will be provided by Foley artist Jerry Williams. Proceeds will go to L.A’s BEST After School Enrichment Programs. Ticket prices are $20 for reserved seating and $15 general seating, plus handling fee. Call 323- 960-5563 or go to Plays411.com/radiochristmas
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life. Of course, humor helped, too. The oft-married movie star, whose widow was 42 years his junior, once quipped: “I wouldn’t be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife!” Oddly enough he was buried dressed in all white, including the Stetson hat he favored in later years, an Armani scarf, seven packets of “Splenda” and his i-phone. If anyone can get a cell signal from the great beyond, it will be the actor who so beautifully portrayed “Houdini” on film. Nelson Aspen is an international entertainment and lifestyle reporter and Brookside resident since 1997. Visit him at www. nelsonaspen.com.
The late, great Hancock Park resident Mr. Blackwell was a buddy of mine, and I certainly do miss his column in the Larchmont Chronicle...so it is with his lust for the good life that I bring you a monthly column of my own showbiz shenanigans and local area happenings. I hope you will tip me off to any delicious dish from your travels in our wonderful Larchmont environs. Speaking of delicious, I recently had another visit with one of my favorite celebrity pals, Dame Julie Andrews. For all her poise and stature, she’s one of the most down-to-earth
Dining & Entertainment Guide Pre-Thanksgiving concert features Mozart, Star Wars Mozart to Star Wars will be on the line-up when the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free pre-Thanksgiving concert on Wed., Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the K. L. Peters Auditorium, Beverly Hills
High School, 241 Moreno Dr. Conductor Gary S. Greene will also lead Mozart’s G Minor Symphony, melodies from Puccini operas, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, highlights from The Umbrellas of Cher-
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Ballet dancers will join Dudamel Conducting Fellow JeanMichaël Lavoie and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a familyfriendly performance of Hector Berlioz’ "Symphonie fantastique" at Disney Concert Hall on Saturdays Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. Interactive workshops are at 10 a.m. for the Toyota Symphonies for Youth concerts, which are for families with children ages 6 to 11. Visit laphil.com for tickets.
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bourg, Fiddler on the Roof and Star Wars. Special guest is actress June Lockhart. For free tickets, write to Tickets@JrPhil.org, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the JPO, Box L7, 157 S. Fairfax Ave. and state the number of tickets that you will use. Founded in 1937 by the late conductor, Dr. Ernst Katz, conductor Greene is Katz’s nephew. The young people’s symphony has alumni from seven decades. Visit www. JrPhil.org.
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Kara Wily hosts Michael Moghaddam’s photography exhibit, “Neck Pull,” through Dec. 1 at her Pilates studio at 510 N. Larchmont Blvd. The show melds the two interests of Pilates and photography as well as combining new digital technology with old photography techniques. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call 323-209-5045, or go to www. karawilypilates.com.
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“AN OLD TIME RADIO CHRISTMAS”
Join us as we step back in time and re-create old time radio featuring Christmas episodes of popular radio shows from the 1940s.
With live sound effects and talented actors in costume, we’ll take you into the radio broadcast studio and show you why this popular form of family entertainment is still revered today.
“PINOCCHIO” stage manager Jane McNealy, of Hancock Park, with Alison Korman, who plays the Blue Fairy, and Arlen O’Hara, The Cat in the Nine O'Clock Players production.
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Former organist for Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, Martin Neary combines the traditional with the unconventional at Walt Disney Concert Hall Sun., Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Works by Purcell, Bach, Harvey, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Tavener will be featured. Joining the conductor, composer and arranger are the Millennium Consort Singers and organist Edward Murray. The Grammy nominated organist also conducted services at the funeral of Princess Diana. For tickets visit laphil.com.
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Spain's classical ballet company, Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon, perform Fri., Nov. 5 to Sun., Nov. 7 at the Ahmanson Theatre. The West Coast debut includes two programs.
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The tale of Pinocchio will be told and sung by the Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children in performances through Sun., Nov. 21 at the Assistance League of Southern California, 1367 N St. Andrews Pl. Based on a story by 19th century Italian writer Carlo Collodi, the production is from a book, lyrics and music by Carol Weiss. It tells of a poor toymaker named Gepetto who carves a puppet he names Pinocchio. Through the magic of a Blue Fairy, Pinocchio is transformed from a wooden puppet into a real boy, but warned he must obey his Papa Gepetto. Performances are at 2 p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 13 and Nov.
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Dining & Entertainment Guide Ritts shot celebritiesâ€™ spirit, Surrealism beneath surface In 1978, with the help of a flat tire, the fashion magazine industry launched what would become one of the most iconic photography careers of the late 20th century. Herb Ritts had agreed to take headshots of his friend Penny Milford, but when she was late because of a flat tire, Ritts took photos of Pennyâ€™s then boyfriend, Richard Gere. The next year, Gereâ€™s publicist handed the photos to Vogue, Esquire
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producing iconic images of celebrities until his death in 2002. Rittsâ€™ comfort level with celebrities like Gere and his childhood neighbor, Steve McQueen, allowed him to see past their public image and capture the decisive momentâ€” an instant that captures the spirit of his subjects rather than just the physical likeness of them. Looking for this moment, Ritts created some
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Life struggles told in new book by Norwood Young
Norwood Youngâ€˜s new book, â€œGetting Back to My Me,â€? is an autobiography about the struggles that plagued his life and how he turned it around. Young recounts many of his past experiences including his battles with drugs and alcohol, his obsession with plastic surgery due to being abused as a child, his feud with a video vixen and legal battles pertaining to his home, Youngwood Court, Hancock Park. Young is a former member of the legendary jazz group, â€œPieces of a Dream,â€? and has earned gold singles for â€œWhat Can I Do?â€? and â€œYoung Man, Older Woman,â€? which he recorded with Grammy-nominee Millie Jackson. His home, Youngwood Court, features 17 naked statues of Michelangeloâ€™s David. It has become a part of Los Angelesâ€™ modern pop culture as well as a tourist attraction. â€œGetting Back to My Meâ€? is published under Youngâ€™s own company Norwood Publishing. Cost is $27.95.
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Tony Medley and connections with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to change Facebook from a non-revenue producer into something that is now worth $25 billion or more, according to some estimates. In fact, Parker became its president when it was incorporated in 2004, but was forced to leave the company when accused of cocaine possession, an incident touched upon in the film. RED (9/10): Charming performances by Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Bruce Willis highlight this tongue-in-cheek comedic thriller about “Retired but Extremely Dangerous” (ergo, RED) CIA operatives with people out to kill them. Director Robert Schwentke uses a deft touch to keep the danger palpable, but all the while I had a smile on my face. Secretariat (8/10): Although director Randall Wallace went “Hollywood” in showing the three Triple Crown races by using phony Hollywood recreations for the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes instead of archival films and eschewed a long shot showing the huge 31-length margin of victory in the Belmont, something I will never forget,
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Jerry Beck, editor of “The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons,” will discuss the history of Warner Bros. cartoons at the Barn Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave., on Wed., Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. A book signing follows. The historian and producer is the author of 15 books on cartoons and animated movies, and a consulting producer at Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios. He teaches animation history at Woodbury University in Burbank. Go to hollywoodheritage.org or call 818-977-5233.
and concentrating on closeups of a horse running alone, this is still a compelling story with wonderful performances. Diane Lane + John Malkovich + Secretariat=2010’s Triple Crown. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (7/10): This is more a love story between Carey Mulligan and a miscast Shia La Beouf than it is an intelligent examination of what happened on Wall Street to cause Bear Stearns (Keller Zabel Investments in the film, run by Frank Langella) to be thrown to the wolves and the resulting government bailouts. While I don’t expect a Hollywood insider like director Oliver Stone to understand what happened or to lay the
blame for the financial collapse of 2008 at the feet of two Democrats, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), “mark to market,” and a bunch of politicians and political appointees in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations, I did hope for a more knowledgeable setup than what is presented here, which is basically incomprehensible. But this is a movie, and the financial problem is little more than a McGuffin to introduce interesting characters like Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gekko and Josh Brolin’s Bretton James, both of whom give sparkling performances. Read full reviews at tonymedley.com.
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two books or films will be at sea. The Social Network (10/10): Although this leaves the viewer in the dark as to how Facebook turned from a popular college site into a multibillion dollar company, Jesse Eisenberg, as founder Mark Zuckerberg, gives such a compelling performance under David Fincher’s direction, that it’s impossible not to think that this will be a multiple Oscar winner. The only real villain writer Alan Sorkin paints is of Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who was the genius who started Napster (the peer-sharing site that ran afoul of the music industry), but didn’t make any money out of it. While Sorkin treats
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (10/10): This third film of the Millennium trilogy is brilliantly directed by Daniel Alfredson. Ulf Ryberg’s screenplay follows the book with some exceptions, none of which affected the enjoyment of the film. The exceptional score by Jacob Groth, who composed the scores for all three, adds immeasurably because this film has less action and more talk than the other two, due to the fact that the protagonist, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), is either in the hospital or in jail and refusing to speak for most of the film. Because of the detailed history of what came before, anyone watching this de novo without knowledge of the first
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With Lucy’s support, the Jay Nolan Center, held a very successful 10K Trail Run for Autism Awareness at Hansen Dam Park. She was in the kitchen preparing special treats for all the runners and their families. Lucy’s son, Darryl is autistic and lives at home. Birthdays celebrated at Lucy’s included Councilman Tom LaBonge, Dan Guerrero, son of famed composer Lalo. Celebrating their 2010 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show, “The Doctors,” with a party on the patio for the cast and crew. Also celebrating on the patio, HBO’s new show, Eastbound & Down, with producer Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, John Hawkes.
Our Tibetan Lamas will return to Lucy’s on November 11th to create the Sacred Sand Mandala. This follows their appearance at the Armand Hammer Museum. The Casado Family
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936-7141. PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Exhibits feature area fossil finds that show Ice Age life 10,000 to 40,000 years ago, when sabertoothed cats and giant sloths ruled the Wilshire area. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; tarpits.org LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST— Historic artifacts and stateof-the-art technology are combined in the new largely underground building in Pan Pacific Park. Museum houses the West Coast's largest archive of documents, relics and other materials from the Holocuast, 1933-1945. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The
Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; lamoth.org. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Sunday Workshops this month, from 2 to 4 p.m., include making wreaths for veterans on Nov. 7, turkey hand puppets on Nov. 14, and a stained glass Menorah on Nov. 28. A free Hannukah Festival of Lights is on Nov. 21 from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with arts and crafts, story-telling and more. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984, www.zimmermuseum.org. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"Let Them Eat LACMA," Sun., Nov. 7 from noon to 8 p.m., merges (Please turn to page 33)
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This season’s performance of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Messiah Sing-Along celebrates the 30th season of the holiday tradition. To mark the milestone, the Chorale music director Grant Gershon will conduct two performances of Handel’s masterpiece at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave.. They will take place on Sundays Dec. 5 and 19 beginning at 7 p.m. Each sing-along performance features a quartet of professional singers from the Chorale singing the solo roles.
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7470 Melrose Ave. 323-658-9060
Owner Antonio Gutierrez greets diners like old friends, and the menu features healthy, authentic Mexican cuisine. Dishes are based on his mother’s recipes. Well-priced entrees are accompanied with tequilas and wines.
Bricks & Scones
403 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-0811
Here’s the café for peoplewatching. Home-baked pastries are ideal to go with Intelligentsia coffee and lucipia tea. Relaxed ambiance plus free wi-fi.
419 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-651-2030
A Los Angeles landmark that’s open 24/7 every day. Pastrami and corned beef sandwiches top the list of favorites. Include matzoball chicken soup on your order, and save room for a piece of their chocolate coffee cake.
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.
Dresden Restaurant 1760 N. Vermont Ave. 323-665-4294
This Hollywood landmark specializes in prime rib, but also offers a variety of choices from escargot to veal. Or just come to enjoy the cocktails while you listen to swinging jazz musicians Marty and Elayne in the lounge.
1121 S. Western Ave. 323-374-2773 Number one spot to give tourists a flavor of L.A. The margaritas and green corn tamales are favorites and are served by waitresses in Mexican costumes. Familyowned, its décor and menu capture the flavor of old Mexico. Generous, portions, reasonable prices.
7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-939-2255
El Coyote first started offering its California style Mexican food in 1931. This family-owned and family-friendly restaurant has a gift shop, patio for large parties, a kid’s menu, and great margaritas.
Farmers Market Bars 6333 W. 3rd St 323-933-9211
The first of the two bars is 326,
named for its original Market stall location. You’ll find 18 domestic draft beers plus California wines. The second bar is E.B.’s on the
west patio. Free live music serenades patrons while they enjoy imported beer and wine.
loaf. Sandwiches, soups, salads and delicacies such as tzaziki, and dolmas are available.
French Crepe Co.
Authentic French cuisine includes versatile selection of crepes (enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner) waffles, and for lunch or dinner sandwiches (warm and cold). Crepes, paninis, salads all prepared to your order.
The setting is relaxed and comfortable, the service friendly and efficient, and the food creative and delicious. Set in a Craftsman bungalow, there are nightly specials and studio prix fixe menus. Now offering liquor as well as wine and beer.
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7217 Melrose Ave. 323-549-4666
Named for Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the restaurant just opened its Melrose Ave. location. Frida’s opens at 11 a.m. Night owls will appreciate Frida’s late hours: until midnight Sundays through Wednesdays, and until 3 a.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
225 ½ N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-6978
A cozy family-run café featuring traditional Italian cuisine from the Veneto region. Favorite menu items: pumpkin ravioli, prosciutto w/melon and figs, tagliatelle al ragu and spaghetti a la carbonara made to order.
5750 Melrose Ave. 323-464-4277
Le Petit Greek
127 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-323-464-5160
Since 1988, “one of the jewels of the L.A. dining scene” has provided Mediterranean cuisine to Larchmont Village. Both indoor and outdoor dining, the signature dishes are baby rack of lamb, spanikopita, Black Angus beef kebob and salmon plaki.
Lou on Vine 724 Vine St. 323-962-6369
Wild boar sausage with braised fennel is one of the eclectic menu items at Lou. Noted for its small plates, Lou is tucked into a mall north of Melrose and Vine. This wine bar educates the palate and the person as well as serving good food and wine.
Grove Dr. 323-900-8080
The Grove has a dining choice for every palate. Restaurants include Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Maggiano’s, La Piazza Ristorante Italiano, Whisper Restaurant and Lounge, Wood Ranch, Cheesecake Factory and The Farm of Beverly Hills.
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Go take a turn through automotive history and then enjoy a burger, shake and fries old-school style on the first floor. Known as The Great American Burger Restaurant, its walls are adorned with images of America’s past.
5210 W. Beverly Blvd. 323-466-1193
Greek inspired delicatessen features generous portion sizes, fast delivery and an extensive catering menu. Serving breakfast, lunch and early dinner, try the quiche Lorraine, moussaka and meat-
Indoor and outdoor dining, Ulysses provides authentic Greek cuisine just the way Mother Voula, the owner’s mother, makes it. Outdoor seating overlooks a prime spot at the Farmers Market. Dishes range from spanikopita and souvlaki to grilled Chilean sea bass, lemon chicken and more.
Sidewalk tables and a charming interior decorated with antiques from all over the country. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out the filet mignon chili & cheddar cheese with tortilla strips, one of the tempting starters. Also, three-course early bird specials.
707 N. Stanley Ave. 323-655-7777
Newly moved to Stanley and Melrose, this restaurant and French bakery evokes memories of a café on the Champs-Elysees. Enjoy the country atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Warm up with onion soup and a baguette.
Morel's French Steakhouse & Bistro The Grove 323-965-9595
The first floor has bistro ambiance, and customers enjoy a range of French fare including fondue and chocolate soufflé. Second floor is a steakhouse with balcony to afford views of strollers at The Grove.
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in this charming Craftsman bungalow—either on the patio, by the fireplace or have your parties in the private room upstairs. The cuisine is California American with a homage to the comfort foods. Open for weekend brunch.
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Known for freshly-made pastas, pizzas, soups and salads, desserts made especially for them. The focaccia bread is worth the trip alone. Fridays and Saturdays bottles of wine are half-price.
Lucy's El Adobe 5536 Melrose Ave. 323-462-9421
Situated across the street from Paramount Studios, 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.
Farmers Market 323-938-4127
Magee’s was the first non-farm-
bar; in back is a full restaurant with dishes that include Gaelic beef, the Berginburger, bangers & mash, or try the filet mignon. Sports fans cluster at the bar to watch their favorite college and pro football games.
759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-1721
Off Vine Restaurant
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.
er 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 and deli items.
Step into a Greek market, deli and restaurant and you’re in Papa Cristo’s. Papa, the second-generation owner-host, stocks dolmas, cheeses, spices, olive oils and much more. The roasted lamb and feta sandwich were voted one of the best sandwiches in L.A.
609 N. La Brea Ave. 323- 965-1300
Campanile chef-owner Mark Peel has created an aura of old Hollywood in an Art Deco setting. Noted for the eclectic cocktail concoctions, such as El Diablo and Lavender Lady. The bar menu includes duck confit sliders and sautéed black cod. Dinner haswild boar meatballs, steak Diane and gnocchi with escargots.
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Fresh baked daily, these pizzas draw patrons from all over the city. They have no additives and are made according to “special” house recipes. Toppings include meatballs, marinara sauce, garlic and clam and pesto.
Wild Oats Café 5630 Melrose Ave. 323-462-0862
A café for vegetarians and carni-
vores alike. The extensive breakfast and lunch menu includes the Wild Oats Scramble, veggie pesto melt, tuna salad sandwich with cucumber and carrots, or chicken salad sandwich with walnuts and orange on wholegrain bread. Try the Jamba-like juices and tempting desserts.
Ulysses Voyage Farmers Market 323-939-9728
Indoor and outdoor dining, Ulysses provides authentic Greek cuisine just the way Mother Voula, the owner’s mother, makes it. Outdoor seating overlooks a prime spot at the market. Dishes range from spanikopita and souvlaki to grilled Chilean sea bass.
131 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-465-5566 Yucca at Ivar 323-790-0763 Fresh baked daily, these pizzas draw patrons from all over the city. They have no additives and are made according to “special” house recipes. Toppings include meatballs, marinara sauce, garlic and clam mixture and pesto.
Wild Oats Café 5630 Melrose Ave. 323-462-0862
A café for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The extensive breakfast and lunch menu includes the Wild Oats Scramble, veggie pesto melt, tuna salad sandwich with cucumber and carrots, or chicken salad sandwich with walnuts and orange on wholegrain bread.
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MUSEUM ROW EXHIBITS art, food and politics. Projects include text on Spam read by Pulitzer-prize winning writer Jonathan Gold. Exhibit ends Nov. 11. • "Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977" features 70 works by the German postwar painter. Ends Jan. 16. • "William Eggleston: Democratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961–2008." Ends Jan. 16.
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Director Ivan Shulman, a surgeon by day, will lead the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra as it opens its 57th season on Fri., Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. The performance will take place in the Grand Lounge of the Ebell Theatre—the orchestra’s new permanent residence—at 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. “The Ebell of Los Angeles is delighted to have established a special link with the distinguished Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra,” said Ebell president Shirlee Taylor Haizlip. “With its steep history of musical presentations and performances, The Ebell continues its close alliance with the performing arts through its new association with this eminent group.” The program will include composer and Park La Brea resident Karim Elmahmoudi’s “Ancient Dreams,” a work commissioned specifically for the orchestra. The piece is based on ancient mythology, universal themes and epic sto-
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Christian Frei, Swiss documentary filmmaker, will be screening his works at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., on Fri., Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. beginning with his 2005 film, “The Ginat Buddhas.” Following a reception at 7 p.m. “Space Tourists” will be shown.
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When the opportunity arose to take a round-the-world trip, Dolores and John Hofert of Hancock Park jumped at the chance. Their 26-day expedition began and ended in Washington D. C. where the trip’s sponsor, National Geographic, is headquartered. The couple traveled in a private, VIP re-configured 757 Jet along with 88 adventurers from the U. S. The journey took the couple to legendary and historic places such as Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Marrakech, Morocco and the Pyramids. They also visited optional sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra in Jordan, the terracotta statues in Xi’an, China and the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia. Highlights were a ride in a horse-drawn carriage in Luxor to the Temples of Karnak, marveling at the evening’s Sound & Light show. Other memorable attractions were the mysterious and awesome statues on Easter Island and the Panda Research Center in Chengdu, China (a photo with a giant panda cost $65 but was well worth it, said Dolores). Also high on their list was the visit to Potala Palace, the former home of Tibetan kings. In Agra, they shopped at the Kohinoor Jewelry Shop that has been owned by five gen-