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Area once banned

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.

NEW TEACHER at Music Academy. 37

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.


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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 ~ Entire Issue Online!

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Community Platform By Jane Gilman

Larchmont Chronicle

November 2010

Scene on Larchmont

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; 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 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,, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site and read the Preservation Plan. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 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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Section one DINING & ENTERTAINMENT Theater Review Gallery Guide At the Movies Museum Row RELIGIOUS NEWS

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AROUND THE TOWN 39 SCHOOL NEWS 43 Library Calendar - 51

NOT JUST Big Sunday anymore. Sect. 1, 15

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YOGA in the park. Sect. 1, 12


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 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. Adv.

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Save the Date for Our Next Board Meeting Wednesday, November 10 at the Ebell

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 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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Home sales booming, prices aren’t means the $3 and $4 million houses they normally would be interested in are taking much longer to sell. If a house is priced right, it will sell, affirmed Pete Buonocore of Keller Williams. But, he adds, prices are down as much as 20 percent since 2008. Lower interest rates have done much to boost sales, but when foreclosures start coming on the market, prices will dip again. It’s the gray cloud looming overhead, Realtors point out.


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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


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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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Tom LaBonge American Liberty elm, became available for planting. Resident Grace Fritzinger was the first to plant one. Now, the homeowners joined with my office and the Hollywood Beautification Team to plant 25 American Liberty elms, as well as 25 London Plain and camphor trees to provide shade for throughout our new century. Keeping lights on I’ve been concerned about keeping streets safe and well-


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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Choice of Larchmont neighborhood results in a friendlier, 'softer life'

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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

you want to come over for bagels?” We were so shocked and so pleased. Our daughters are in school together now, continuing on their speedy journey to growing up. When I can’t believe how big Sadie and Clara are, I think back on that afternoon and remember our little babies making their first friends in Los Angeles. We did, too. Robin Trynin is a freelance writer and a former managing editor of Dan’s Papers in Bridgehampton, NY.

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was not even recognizable as a baby. It was stunning to move to Los Angeles and see mothers taking their little babies OUTSIDE! Fresh air! Sunshine! Breezes! The moms looked happier, more energetic (maybe I’m projecting?), less isolated and more confident than those I had seen (and been) in the cold northeast. It was a beautiful relief to unhunch my shoulders, unpack Sadie from her layers and stroll around as though we were not in imminent danger. A softer life unfolded. We joke that we were “picked up” almost every day by another family with a baby that was also roaming through Larchmont looking for an adult conversation. Even if the interaction lasted 10 minutes and we haven’t crossed paths again, meeting those moms and dads at those moments meant so much to us. Some of those friendships stuck. Walking one day on Rosewood, we shared a sidewalk with a similar trio. The woman turned to me and said, “Hi, I’m Shana. It rhymes with banana. Our daughters look like they are the same age. Do


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.

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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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PEDDLING TREES at the Wilshire Rotary lot last year were Kari Clifford, Windsor Square, with the help of daughter, Kaya.

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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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The Gramercy Pl. resident remembers being “dragged” to his first yoga class seven years ago. He liked it so much he wishes he’d started sooner. He continued taking classes at Runyan Park, which were offered free. The experience inspired him to continue his practice outdoors and eventually start teaching. THE ANCIENT HINDU practice heals just about everything “on a physical and mental level,” says the devotee. “It improves your immune system, and it’s preventative... By the end of the class you should feel energized instead of worn out," he says. "This is done by combining a series of poses that are either heating or cooling the body. On a physical level, the focus is on alignment, stabilization, and elongation. On a spiritual level the focus is on stilling the mind as we practice these movements." When not on the road with the “mainstream” alternative rock band “Chance and the Choir,” or giving guitar lessons, the musician practices one-and-a-half hours of yoga a day. "It feels so good. It's addictive." Visit, or head over to Robert Burns Park. And bring your yoga mat. Don't have one? Donated ones are available. PHOTOS: Top, practicing yoga outdoors at a recent class. Bottom, Bob demonstrates an advanced pose. Classes are geared for beginners.

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

the way they look after opting for treatments. “It’s natural we all want to look as good as we can,” she said. “What’s more intrinsically valuable in this process is not the look, per se, but what that look generates, and that’s self-esteem.” Fitzgerald has practiced as a board-certified dermatologist for more than 20 years. She is a clinical instructor of medicine at UCLA as well as a training physician for Sculptra, Juverderm and Botox.

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By Suzan Filipek Stretch, meditate and feel at one with nature at Yoga in the Park at Robert Burns Park, 4900 Beverly Blvd. Bob Vaughan-Wheeler teaches the free, one-hour class from 11 a.m. to noon daily. Other members of the Yogi Cooperative stand-in as substitutes. Founded in July, the community service gives the recent graduates of YogaWorks, Center for Yoga on Larchmont a place to share their knowledge, meet potential clients and gain an edge in the com-

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Project seeks donations of musical instruments for kids is partnering with Harmony Project, the L.A. based program that promotes positive youth development through music study and performance. The partnership, called “Play it Forward,” connects individuals who have musical instruments no longer in use, with students unable to purchase their own, said Jack Humphreville, Windsor Square. He is Recycler’s ex-

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 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.


Association and the National Council of Jewish Women plus city representatives and residents. Falls can be reduced with strategies such as marking uneven sidewalks and extending crosswalk times, according to workshop sponsors, including the Kaiser Foundation and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at USC. For more information contact Emily Nabors at USC, 213-740-1364.

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recent Larchmont Family Fair, Culwell said. “Many of our agents live in the area; their kids go to local schools. My wife and I are talking about moving here. I’d love to live right down the street."

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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Jones among top wirehouse advisors in U.S. Merrill Lynch private wealth advisor Richard Jones, of Hancock Park, was recently recognized among “The Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America.” Jones, who works in the firm’s Century City office, was ranked 23rd on the list, published in the September edition of Registered Rep. magazine.   Jones is a 27-year veteran in the financial services business and is part of the private banking and investment group at Merrill Lynch.  He is also on the boards of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, The Fraternity of Friends and the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles.

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 “, has written for the Eagles, Emmylou Harris and Tanya Tucker, among others. Tickets are $10. Call 323934-1177 for reservations.

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After learning of the Recently though, Starfish Stories program Wilshire Rotary has found and the needs of these men, Dan Hodgkiss new ways to impact underWilshire Rotary was able President served areas of the comto purchase a minivan and munity. Last year the club present it to Sister Mary sponsored economically disadvantaged Sean and Starfish Stories. The van little league sports participants. enables the men to efficiently attend This year Wilshire Rotary em- their various appointments, and ultibarked on one of its most ambitious mately helps get them back on track to service projects yet. The Club learned be productive members of society. of the work of Sister Mary Sean and Wilshire Rotary meets every the Francisco Home, and particularly Wednesday at noon at the Ebell Club. their Starfish Stories program. This To make valuable business connecprogram helps men who’ve just com- tions and learn how you can serve our pleted a term of 20 years or longer in community, please join us at one of prison and provides them temporary our upcoming meetings. Adv.


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Calendar with 6 Celebrate Marionettes

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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Bob Baker Marionette Theater with the new series, “Conversations with Bob Baker” on Sat., Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at 1345 W. First St. Moderated by puppeteer, author and historian Gregory Paul Williams, Baker will talk about his early years and work with Elvis and other celebrities. His production of "The Nutcracker," first introduced in 1965, will be featured at the Theater from Sat., Nov. 6 through Sun., Jan. 16. Visit bobbakermarionettes. com.


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Asian, tribal art on exhibit

Historical and contemporary art works will be on display at the Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Arts Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Fri., Nov. 12 through Sun., Nov. 14. Among the displays will be Chinese snuff bottles, woodblock prints, textiles and shields. Talks cover collecting tips and proper pricing. For information, call 323-9375488.

'I Love L.A.' at Ahmanson

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L.A. Opera stages Wagner’s tale of knights in shining armor, forsaken maidens, and the Holy Grail in "Lohengrin." It opens Sat., Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and continues to Sun., Dec. 12. In a new production to the company, Verdi's “Rigoletto” opens Sat., Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and continues to Sat., Dec. 18;


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Celloist Johannes Moser will perform Dvorak’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra” and “Firebird Suite” by Stravinsky at a fundraiser for the Youth Symphony Orchestra at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sun., Nov. 21 at

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Normal” when the musical opens at the Ahmanson Theater on Sun. Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Directed by Michael Greif, the show was selected as “one of the year’s ten best.” The music is by Tom Kitt, and the book and lyrics are by Brian Yorkey. The show will close Jan. 2.

Tar Pit Bar “RIGOLETTO” takes the stage at L.A. Opera Sat., Nov. 27.

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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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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 

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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.

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*** 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



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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.

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The late, great Hancock Park resident Mr. Blackwell was a buddy of mine, and I certainly do miss his column in the Larchmont 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

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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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Dining & Entertainment Guide Puppet grows into a boy in new Musical


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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

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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 celebrities’ 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 Penny’s then boyfriend, Richard Gere. The next year, Gere’s publicist handed the photos to Vogue, Esquire

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producing iconic images of celebrities until his death in 2002. Ritts’ comfort level with celebrities like Gere and his childhood neighbor, Steve McQueen, allowed him to see past their public image and capture the decisive moment— 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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of the most iconic images of the 1980s and 1990s including Cindy Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Campbell and Al Pacino. “Herb Ritts Twenty-Five Yearsâ€? continues through Sat., Dec. 4 at Fahey Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave. *** Catalonia in southeastern Spain has a history of producing expressive, ethereal artwork including Goya’s murals, Dali’s surrealist landscapes and Tapies’ expressive windows and doors. Jordi Alcaraz continues the tradition in “TraslĂşcidoâ€? that reads more as a confluence of thoughts and memories than a collection of artifacts. Unlike his predecessors however, Alcaraz’s work looks beyond subject matter and integrates the very materials from which his works are made. The surfaces are often cut, scratched, peeled or bent to create the illusion that more exists behind the image. In “Exercises of Disappearance II,â€? the dark black vortexes couple with Plexiglas bubble to infer depth of space. By manipulating his materials in this way, Alcaraz elevates his artworks beyond physical to metaphysical. “Jordi Alcaraz: TraslĂşcido continues through Tues., Nov. 30 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave. *** The first photograph Gale Antokal remembers seeing, the image of an apocalyptic tornado, left a lasting mark. She continues to incorporate foreboding atmospheres in her work often obscuring


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Life struggles told in new book by Norwood Young

Norwood Young‘s new book, “Getting Back to My Me,� 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, “Pieces of a Dream,� and has earned gold singles for “What Can I Do?� and “Young Man, Older Woman,� which he recorded with Grammy-nominee Millie Jackson. His home, Youngwood Court, features 17 naked statues of Michelangelo’s David. It has become a part of Los Angeles’ modern pop culture as well as a tourist attraction. “Getting Back to My Me� is published under Young’s own company Norwood Publishing. Cost is $27.95.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Music aids Millennium’s end; Facebook’s award-winning story

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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 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

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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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Dining & Entertainment Guide Holiday workshops, Hot Rods and veteran's are honored at museums

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tured. Ends May 29, 2011. • "Automotivated: Streamlined Fashion and Automobiles" includes Chanel, Nina Ricci and others. Ends Jan. 23, 2011. • "Margie and Robert E. Petersen: Driven to Collect" ends Feb. 2011. • CARnival with arts and crafts is Sat., Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garage sale and swap meet will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Annual exhibition of Korean Artists Association of Southern California showcase is through Nov. 11. • "Winter Concert: Korean Music & Dance" is Fri., Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. RSVP tammy@kccla. org or call 323-936-3015. • Korean American Artists Exhibit is on exhibit Fri., Nov. 19 to Thurs., Dec. 16. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323-

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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.


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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; 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

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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.

Chan Dara

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.

El Cholo

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.

El Coyote

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

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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.

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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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Frida's Tacos

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.

The Grove

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.

Larchmont Deli

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-

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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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Papa Cristo's

2271 W. Pico Blvd. 323-737-2970

Louise's Trattoria

232 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-323-962-9510

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.

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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.

Tar Pit

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.

Tom Bergin's

840 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-7151

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Village Pizzeria

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 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.

Village Pizzeria

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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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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Daniel Scott Goodman, a deputy chief of the criminal division of the U. S. Attorney’s office, has died from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 48. He is survived by his mother Sheila Tepper of Windsor Square; his wife of 22 years, Susie and brother Andrew. He was a graduate of HarvardWestlake, and received his degrees from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He spent three years as a private practice lawyer working at Munger, Tolles & Olson until becoming an assistant U. S. attorney in 1990. An award, the Daniel S. Goodman Scholar, is being established by the California Bar Foundation to be awarded to the top public interest scholarship winner planning a career in criminal prosecution.

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Stanley Moe, space engineer, architect, 96 Stanley Allen Moe, architect and space engineer, has died. The Windsor Square resident was 96. A native of Fargo, No. Dak., he held a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and an engineering degree from the University of North Dakota. He worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, and designed military projects in the MidEast. Moe was one of six partners and founders of Daniel, Mann, Johnson, Mendenhall architectural, planning and engineering firm. He directed design efforts for space vehicles Atlas, Jupiter, Thor and Titan 1. Survivors include his wife Reiko, daughters Billie Crouse and Myra Parsons, and several grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held Tues., Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn.

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Rev. Earl C. Walker, a retired priest of the Archdiocese and pastor emeritus of Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana Catholic Church, died on Oct. 26 at the age of 88. Ordained in 1948, he was appointed pastor of Cathedral Chapel in 1972. He served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 62 years. He was a graduate of Cathedral Chapel School and attended the Junior Seminary, Los Angeles College, at Third and Detroit streets, and then completed his studies at St. John’s Seminary.

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Strohm heads music academy at Church By Laura Eversz es in cities such as Dubrovnik Being appointed music di- and Split, Croatia; Los Angeles rector at Wilshire Presbyterian and Sacramento; Reno and Church, 300 S. Western Ave., New York City. was an answer to Marija Strohm’s prayers. “When I first auditioned for the position back in April, I prayed that my musical and spiritual journey would lead me to Wilshire Presbyterian,” said Strohm. As director, her duties include directing the choir and providing service music as well as teaching and administrating the Wilshire Music Academy, a ministry of the church that teaches flute, violin and other instruments after school. Strohm studied music throughout her elementary and high school years in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. PRAYERS were answered, says She was accepted into Marija Loncar Strohm. USC’s Thornton School of Music with a full scholarship Of her new role, she says, “I in 2001, where she earned have been enjoying every sina master’s in organ perfor- gle moment getting to know mance. She is presently a doc- the good people of Wilshire toral student of organ perfor- Pres, and I am thankful for the mance at USC. quality of the choir and the Strohm has performed many choir members’ dedication.” solo and duo recitals with her Community members are husband, Lawrence Tudor invited to join the music minStrohm, including at church- istry, which holds rehearsals

on Sundays at 9 a.m. and sings at 10:30 a.m. services. Libbie Jo Snyder, Manhattan Place, offers flute lessons; also offered are violin, piano and theory, with guitar lessons for children younger than six being added in the spring. “Music education does wonders in a child’s development,” said Strohm. “Our classes are taught by friendly and caring teachers with years of experience teaching and the classes are very affordable.” For more information, call 213-387-5387 or go to

First Congregational gothic style on tour Join architectural historian Diane Kanner for a tour of First Congregational Church, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., on Sundays, Nov. 7 and Dec. 19. The cathedral style building, completed in 1939, was designed by L.A. architects James and David Alison in the gothic revival style, and built of reinforced concrete. Meet in the church sanctuary at 12:15 p.m.

Film tells story of Jews and baseball The documentary, “Jews and Baseball” will be shown on Wed., Nov. 17 beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Narrated by actor Dustin Hoffman, the screening is a fundraiser for Wilshire Boulevard Temple. It includes interviews with Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Shawn Green and Sandy Koufax. Tickets are $36. For information call Cheri Lauterbach at 213388-2401 x 521.

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Paul Strand is man of the year to his church, children When one of your children calls you her “rock,” and “Man of the Year,” it’s only fitting he should be 40th recipient of a special recognition at First Baptist Church. Paul Lee Strand, of Lillian Way, was awarded the Oliver deWolf Cummings “Man of the Year” award in September. Named after minister Oliver deWolf Cummings—who

served at the S. Westmoreland Ave. church from 1950 to 1986—the 2010 awardee has a long history with the church, dating back to when his children were young, says Strand. His present-day ministries include assisting the church food pantry, where every Friday, Strand helps bag and pass out groceries to the hungry. He also recently took

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daughters, one son and nine grandchildren. “No one deserves this honor more than you do,” says his daughter Michelene.

The Cathedral Chapel school choir will pay tribute to composer Burt Bacharach at a fundraiser for the church on Sat., Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at St. Basil’s Catholic Church, 3611 Wilshire Blvd. An adult choir will also perform, and Irish dancers will entertain. Theme of the third annual fundraiser is “Say a Little Prayer,” and proceeds will help replace the carpet with marble and granite flooring for the 83-year-old church at 926 S. La Brea Ave. Tickets are $15; $10 for children under 12.

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featured 31 flags representing the ancestry of the members of the congregation; an upcoming service will focus on people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. “WE DID A CIRCUS in September that was just packed. We had a variety show of professional artists, face painting, clowns, popcorn, cotton candy and a tent.” Other topics at annual services cover pet blessings to AIDS and cancer awareness. They are popular with the diverse congregants in an everchanging area of the city. And if his enthusiasm is any measure, a service next January to celebrate Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday celebration— complete with an Elvis impersonator doing gospel tunes— promises to be a big hit. “We are constantly getting new people who come for a variety of reasons,” said Rasbach. “I like to think we’re a waystation for people on their lives’ journeys.”


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Fickett, Estelitia and Lars Roos, L.A. Opera president Carol Henry with her husband Warner, and gala chairman, Mary Haley. *** Speaking of glamour and joi de vivre, Jeffrey Foundation founder and CEO Alyce Morris Winston invited guests to celebrate the organization’s 38th anniversary on the grounds of the historic Colonel’s Mansion in St. James Park in September. Co-hosting the al fresco affair were mansion owners Janice and Jim Robinson. Guests enjoyed cocktails (Please turn to page 40)

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the evening’s honoree, actress Jayne Meadows. “I’m 91!” beamed the still glamorous star who traced her enthusiastic support of the Jeffrey Foundation to a chance meeting with its founder. “This is really for my husband Steve Allen,” she mused. “He

could never pass up an unhappy child, not even if it meant missing a plane.” There were arias from soprano Cherie Valaray, music from entertainer Larry Covin and zingers from emcee Peter Mark Richman. Suz Landay emerged from two days’ kitchen brigade duty and joined Martha Butler in serving her


An exhibit featuring vintage photographs and narrative accounts representing different periods of Good Samaritan’s 125-year history can be viewed in the hospital’s main lobby at 616 S. Witmer through December. “125 years: From Tradition to Tomorrow” includes emblems, architectural models and historical documents that depict the hospital’s changing culture, along with medical tools, objects, medical paraphernalia and other memorabilia used over the years by physicians, nurses and staff. Good Samaritan was established as a nine-bed infirmary in 1885, and today is a 408-bed academic medical center con-

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The annual Clothing Giveaway! by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles will be on Sun., Dec. 5 in the parking lot at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Volunteers are needed during one- or two-hour slots between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tax-deductible donations can also be dropped off at the above address. Last year’s giveaway provided 3,000 people with more than 40,000 items of clothing, toys and accessories, according to NCJW/LA director of advocacy Ruth Williams. Women, children and families are provided with items collected at thrift shops through community service agencies, homeless shelters and battered women’s facilities, she added. The thrift shop run by the NCJW/LA was voted among the best in L.A. Magazine in 2009. For information or to vol-

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Jewelry teacher of Afghan women at Ebell luncheon

The woman who has been helping to teach Afghan women to make jewelry is guest speaker at The Ebell of Los Angeles luncheon on Mon., Nov. 15 beginning with the sale of the jewelry at 11:30 a.m. Bonnie Chamberlain, who will speak on “Gemstones for Independence,” has spent more than 30 years in Afghanistan proving tools and mining equipment to empower women to better their lives. A percentage of proceeds from the sale will benefit The Ebell and Hope-Net. Tickets are $20 per person. To reserve, call 323-931-1277, x 131.

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Be extra cautious while shopping during the holiday season Shopping during the holiday season can present unexpected danger. Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holidays joyous. During this busy time of year, people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crime. The following tips from the Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Section can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holidays. • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend

or family member. • Dress casually and comfortably. • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. • Always carry your California Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use. • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. • Pay for purchases with a

check or credit card when possible. • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit. • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important STAY ALERT to your surroundings, avoid overloading yourself with packages, and don't carry a purse or wallet if possible.

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Arts, fitness classes at OASIS (Continued from page 42) its functions, eligibility and costs on Nov. 10 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Explore the benefits of having a Living Trust as well as how to avoid probate on Nov. 17 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Make sure you get the most nutrition bang for you buck by attending a presentation that includes senior nutrition guidelines, nutritious and lowcost sample meals and snacks, and community resources on Nov. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. A Chabad guest speaker will talk about the meaning and celebration of Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah on Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon. Thursdays Writer/director Connie Robinson will open your eyes to the unspoken messages sent by body language through interactive examples and film

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Thanksgiving is almost here— time to get your turkeys ready! Students at LCS are getting into Fall by leaping into their studies! The 7th graders enjoyed a field trip to the Getty Museum in Malibu. Middle school students have also been trying out for after-school athletics, which include flag football, volleyball, soccer and basketball. At the elementary school, we have been learning about community. In 5th  grade, students started a social studies project researching the states in our country and are also learning about mixtures and solutions in science.  Fourth  graders have been making terrariums, Chinese number scrolls and region posters.  In the 2nd and 3rd grades, students began their unit on government and how and why laws are made, the difference between a right and a responsibility, and their role as a citizen of the U.S. and in their classroom.  The K/1 classes have been studying and discussing their homes and the homes in our community. 

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and do spider crafts. Both run Wed. to Fri., Nov. 10 to 12, at 9 a.m., and Sat., Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Junior paleontologists, ages six to nine years, can hunt fossils, Sat. Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. Go to or call 213-763-3471.


LOYOLA By Michael Sapunor 10th Grade We said goodbye to 11 German students, ending Loyola’s tenth year in an exchange program with the SanktAnsgar Schule of Hamburg. Also in its tenth year is Loyola’s HSPT program, in which Cubs tutor 8th graders for the high school placement test. The Cubs showed their support for breast cancer charities. Students who bought pink wristbands were allowed to wear blue jeans to school. Several students went to the Islamic Center of Southern California hoping to gain a fuller understanding of the issues involved in the controversial center planned for construction near Ground Zero. In sports, Cub football dominated highly ranked Valencia High School on the varsity, junior-varsity and frosh levels. Loyola’s water polo team defeated league rivals Harvard Westlake in both the varsity and junior-varsity matches. Varsity basketball coach Jamal Adams was awarded the Cahalan award, a prestigious reward given to alumni who returned to serve the Cub community. In curriculum related news, several AP History classes have been experimenting with replacing textbooks in favor of computer based learning to lighten the burden of heavy and expensive required texts.

By Merci Magallanes 8th grade Our Larchmont Fair and Halloween carnival were huge successes. At both events there were a lot of fun games,

rides, raffles, great prizes, awesome music and good food. Thank you to those who donated gift cards for our raffle. They were greatly appreciated! This month we have three events: a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, a Thanksgiving potluck and the Thanksgiving Enrichment Break. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

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school news MARLBOROUGH Ileana Najarro 12th Grade For the 201011 school year, Marlborough School got a technological upgrade. This year, students can take online classes through the Online School for Girls, a consortium of all-girls schools from across the country that offers students the chance to take courses unavailable on campus. These courses are not covered in the school tuition but do

offer students an opportunity to expand their interests in specific areas of study. In addition, every student now has access to her own school email account through Microsoft Exchange. Technology administrators hope to facilitate student-toteacher communication by having everyone on the same network. To facilitate the organization of classes, teachers now use Haiku Learning Management System. This website allows teachers to upload a variety of content to help engage students in their respective classes. Plans for more integration of technology are in motion.

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ECHO HORIZON By Jackson Terry, 6th Grade Matea LeBeau, 5th Grade

This year, Echo Horizon families were among 300 volunteers at sites along Ballona Creek who disposed of 10 tons of trash as a part of the yearly International Coastal Cleanup Day, sponsored by Heal the Bay. We also recently held a book fair to get kids excited about new books and reading. The number one kids’ favorite seemed to be the “Guinness Book of World Records.” There were many super-fun activities such as jumping for donuts, decorating cupcakes, and getting your hair sprayed wacky colors at our annual Halloween carnival. The 3rd graders have formed a Cloud Spotters Club. They take pictures of clouds they like and post them on their website with the names of the types of clouds they’ve spotted. More and more cloud hunters are searching for clouds every day! Second grade recently held an “Around the World” picnic at the park, inspired by the book, “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne. Each family brought a food item from different cultures around the world, including pasta and pirogi.

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JOHN BURROUGHS By Christopher Escobar 8th Grade Before school began in the fall, the front of JB was completely beautified thanks to the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society and Disney, which filmed “Prom” here! According to assistant principal Dr. Yoon, major improvements included planting pepper trees, Italian cypress, Raphiolepis, and the installation of a wrought iron fence around two towering cypress trees in front of the school.

PACIFIC HILLS By George Glaviano 11th Grade Pacific Hills gets better and better, beginning every day at our morning meetings saying “we are all here to learn, teach, and to show concern and compassion.” Our new head of school, Dr. Peter Temes, started these meetings to help students reflect on issues and experiences that happen at school every day. The whole school set out on Outdoor Education, each grade going somewhere different. This trip gave students a chance to bond with one another while experiencing camping and the out-

Benches will be placed throughout the lawn and in the reading garden. John Burroughs also contributed funds for the beautification project and board member LaMott’s API money helped to make the work possible. More exciting news: Our 2010 API (Academic Performance Index) score increased by 19 points and stands at 829! That is amazing given our student body of 2,000 students! Our principal, Dr. Martinez, remarked, “I had complete confidence that our students would continue to make great strides. We have an excellent student body here at JB.” I am proud that our school works hard and never gives up! doors. Our cross country team added a couple more members this year, and the coach, Mr. Ramos, is pushing them harder than ever. Our girls’ volleyball team started their season on a rough path but is really committed, practicing every day and putting 100% effort into their games. Our boys’ basketball team joined a fall league and have won all their games so far. Parents had a chance to meet with teachers and other parents at the annual family dinners. We also held an Open House at our school for new parents and students interested in attending our school. Students just finished their Midterms and are relieved that they don’t have to deal with finals for two months.

Celebrate Mexican Revolution The Natural History Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution on Sun., Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family day will include mariachi music by the Ismael y su Trio, and dance perfor-

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Protect your youngsters from germs at home, in classroom Germs at school are nothing to sneeze at. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold and flu. That may be why parents worry as much about their children bringing home germs as they do bad grades. According to a study conducted by Kelton Research for Seventh Generation, 82 percent of K-5 parents fret about

TEACH CHILDREN how to cover their mouths and noses for every cough and sneeze.

germs in their children’s classrooms. Fortunately, that may not have to happen. “Minimizing the number of disease-causing germs that your children are exposed to is easier than you might think,” says Dr. Alan Greene, author and pediatrician. “The key to success is knowing where the germs reside in the classroom and at home, and what to use to manage them.” Dr. Greene recommends using disinfectants that kill

germs naturally to clean hightraffic areas such as desks, doorknobs and remote controls. Because the average child contracts more than six colds a year, Dr. Greene suggests taking the following precautions to keep your children away from germs: Optimize the immune system • Reap the benefits of probiotics such as those found in yogurt. A recent study showed that children who had enough probiotics daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in the number of illnesses they contracted. • Be sure your child is getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, from food or from a supplement. • Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep and good physical activity all help the immune system flourish. Reduce exposure • Teach children the key times to clean their hands in the classroom, including after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving “high-risk” places (recess, naptime, play stations) and before eating. • Stress the importance of not touching the eyes, nose or mouth. • Demonstrate to your children how to cover their mouths and noses for every cough and sneeze. • Sixty percent of teachers surveyed request that parents donate disinfecting wipes to

PILGRIM By Chloe Chais 11th Grade We’ve been very busy at Pilgrim this month—so much excitement. Pilgrim families, faculty and friends joined together for “Pilgrim at the Pier,” a fun-filled afternoon of games, rides, food, and a boutique. An amazingly enjoyable day was had by all. The Pilgrim team walked in the LA AIDS Walk. It was inspiring to see so many people from Los Angeles come together to battle this disease. Other exciting things happening at Pilgrim include visiting writer Stephen O’Connor, the kindergarteners’ visit to the Underwood Family Farm, high school volleyball games, middle school football games, and an upcoming high school trip to Knott’s Scary Farm. Our juniors returned from the college trip to New York, Boston, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. ready to study for the SAT. Pilgrim also started a Cub Scout Pack for the elementary boys who are thrilled to begin. The high school had its Homecoming Dance, and the highlight was the crowning of King Valentine Adell and Queen Nkechi Ampah.

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IMMACULATE HEART By Jasmin Kim 12th Grade As our month-long fundraiser finally came to an end, Immaculate Heart students, faculty and parents come together to enjoy their biggest prize, the 10K Walk. The event wound more than six miles through the local neighborhood. Students bonded as they walked with old and new friends, sharing stories, taking pictures, and just enjoying a morning outdoors. An ice cream party on the school quad followed.

November is the month of giving, and students are already anticipating our food drive for Casa Esperanza, a center in Panorama City that serves needy families. Parents of 8th graders should mark their calendars for Sat., Nov. 20, the date of Immaculate Heart’s Academic Playday, where prospective students can learn more about our campus through fun activities that embody the academic achievements and spirit of our historic school. Our first theater production of the school year, the musical “Little Women,” opens for four shows starting on Thurs., Nov. 18. Come and enjoy our very talented cast as they sing and dance their hearts out.


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school news By Brennan Lee 6th Grade October was filled with fun and excitement. Every year, St. James’ students participate in Walk-to-School Day, and despite the rain this year, many students eagerly participated. Middle school representatives visited to tell students about their schools to help students decide which school would be best for us. During Family Weekend,

St. James’ families went to El Capitan. We did many fun activities with friends and teachers outside of school. The entire 6th grade went on a three-day trip to Astro Camp, located in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains. We learned about space and the universe, but also had fun zip-lining and riding the sky coaster. Our booth at the Larchmont Fair had fun games and great food, and almost everyone left with a prize in hand. Finally, we prepared for Halloween. Every student made a mask, and we paraded around the school to show them to fellow students and family members.

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CHRIST THE KING Esther Kang 8th Grade October was a busy month for all of us as we worked hard to complete the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills). Our High School Night was a great success. Representatives from 13 high schools gave presentations to our junior high students and their families. Now 8th graders are preparing applications for high schools of their choice, and 21 of them are benefiting from tutoring classes at Loyola High School in preparing for the high school entrance tests. Our school had a food and game booth at the Larchmont Fair. Our Halloween Festival consisted of games, food and fun activities. Students dressed as saints of their choice to celebrate the Feast of All Saints.

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Development office builds community ties at Fairfax said Ms. Myer. The office of development not only helps fund programs such as education, art, sports, and journalism, but also brings the community and alumni closer together to support the students. “We recently started a program to bring past alumni back to school,” said Myer. She was in charge of an oral history project where students put together yearbooks and eras of the graduate classes. Members of the class of 1960 came back to see the campus recently, and alumni from the class of 1970 will visit in November. “Due to the recent budget cuts and the recession, we feel the need to support students and get them what they need to succeed. We want them to know that the community, alumni and the school are behind them supporting their path to success,” said Ms. Myer.

By Jarim Ku Class of 2011 Fairfax High School is the first school in the Los Angeles Unified School District to open an office of development funded by contributions and support from the Fairfax community. “Private businesses and alumni contribute to raise money for our school. More importantly, it helps the school build communities and relationships with alumni, vendors, parents, businesses and the Fairfax community,” said Fairfax alum Bev Myer, who oversees alumni for the the office along with grant-writer and alum Jeanne WeldonTravis and Joyce Kliefield, director of development. Canter’s Deli, Greenway Friends of Fairfax, Whole Foods and the Melrose Trading Post are some of the business partners that support the office. Past alumni, such as Flea from the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers and musician and sculptor Herb Alpert have also been very supportive. The idea of the office was started by Kliefield three years ago. She and principal Edward Zubiate had tried to get funding to make renovations to the campus. “When the school applied for a grant, the school district gave us a matching bond,” said Weldon-Travis. “This is when we got the idea to get the past alumni and the Fairfax community involved,”

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school news school.” “Children are the ones without the power,” furthers Katarina. “Children need to be given the power to think for themselves and work out their own problems, but to be guided. It’s all about how an adult

TEACHING through play is director Katarina Matolek.

is going to respond to those questions and interactions.” Katarina is very proud of the amount of parental support she receives at the school. “Parents are very involved and part of the decision-making process here. It’s a very col-


Preschool gives children power to think for themselves By Sondi Sepenuk St. James’ Episcopal Preschool, which opened its doors in 1998, is a bit off the beaten path. Located several blocks away from the St. James’ parish and elementary school, it’s in a little world all its own—just as a preschool should be. Katarina Matolek, director of the preschool, has a very clear sense of how she wants to see the 44 currently enrolled children educated at the preschool. “We look at the child as a whole,” she states convincingly as the joyful sound of laughing children fills the background. “Some schools focus just on academics or just on child development—we like to teach through play, but it is a very structured play. There is an objective behind every activity.” Katarina came to the United States from Croatia in 1995. She brought with her a bachelor in pedagogy with a specialization in early childhood education and a master in clinical psychology. Originally, she worked at Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, helping families of abuse. The constant exposure to stories of domestic violence took a toll on her health, though, until she eventually decided to focus specifically on early childhood education. “You think you’ve seen it all and then a new family comes in and you can see how human beings can hurt each other,” laments Katarina. After teaching at Beth Shir Sholom Preschool in Santa Monica for a few years, she eventually found her way to St. James’ Preschool in Hancock Park. “I really enjoy the values, the sense of community, the togetherness and the diversity of the school,” she says. According to its literature (as an Episcopal parish preschool that feeds into its elementary school nearby), it’s core beliefs are to “enhance each student’s confidence, curiosity, creativ-

ity, intellectual integrity, competence, character and ability to think critically.” The school is also “committed to common worship, teaching the basics of Christianity… and to understanding and respecting all faith traditions and to community service.” The preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). There are six teachers at the school, of which half have obtained BA’s in early childhood education and the other half are working towards it. Nico Chua, one of St. James’ teachers, appreciates the oneon-one time she is afforded with each student. “Our philosophy, we are a developmental school, we let kids develop at their own pace, and then we as teachers can work with them individually.” “We are a great team,” says Katarina of her teachers. “Each of us has different strengths and we help each other out a lot… We teach early literacy, math and science, art, physical education, cooking… everything that is celebrated at home will be brought into our curriculum and taught here. Not only are the children given individualized attention, the parents also participate in 45 minute, one-on-one meetings with the teachers during the year to discuss their child’s development and to help the child move forward successfully. Megan O’Toole, a parent whose young son currently attends the preschool, is thrilled with the inner workings of the school. “Some of my favorite aspects of the preschool are what I think every parent seeks —finding a group of teachers who can really teach our children and make it fun and exciting through well-chosen toys, books, calendars, and the overall setting. Every teacher at St. James’ is confident and caring and consistent. This gives both the parent and child security in knowing that we are well cared for at their

laborative approach.” As the children eagerly find their spots for their weekly yoga class, Katarina looks on approvingly. “Everything has an objective and a purpose. Every moment is a teaching moment.”

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Turning Point expansion adds space indoors and out air and generate a fresh supply By Laura Eversz More than 400 current and of oxygen. past parents, faculty and staff, Lights are turned on and off and alumni were on hand re- by occupancy sensors when cently to tour the new state- students walk through the of-the-art building and acre of building, and display boards outdoor space at a dedication educate them about energy ceremony at Turning Point use and the use of recycled products. School in Culver City. Founded in 1970 on the "We asked our architect to site of the former Hal Roach design our new facilities with a goal to save Studios, lots at the resources 8780 and 8794 that many of National Blvd. us take for were conjoined granted,” said to create one Richman. campus. “Building on Architect our already Arnie Levitt of strong envithe Levitt Group ronmental designed the education 64,000-squareprogram, our foot instrucstudents will tional building gain an even which serves the school’s 380 STUDENTS were excited to stronger unstudents in pre- tour the new building and out- derstanding they school through door space on the first day of that have responeighth grade. school. sibility for Seven new classrooms were added, three lan- the future.” guage labs, two art studios, two Outdoors is an environart galleries and a multi-media mental classroom and a 90x 170-foot all-weather field that center. At the heart of the new can be configured for a variety building is a 400-seat multi- of sports. purpose theater to be used “We are thrilled about the for student productions, as a expansion and the window of screening room, for gradua- opportunity to admit a greater number of young children tion and other events. The addition more than than has been possible in the doubled the square footage of past,” said Richman. the school’s facilities, accord- “The faces of the children on ing to Deborah Richman, head their first day back at school was the reward for everyone of school. Green elements were incor- who gave so generously of porated, including solar panels their time, talent and resourcthat provide exterior lighting, es to make this dream a realand plants to help purify the ity,” she added. ©LC908



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school news By Lainie Lim 8th grade October was a busy month at CCS. The students in grades five through eight went on a field trip to the California Science Center to study mummies. Fourteen representatives from local Catholic high schools met with the parents and students in grades six through eight from CCS and St. Brendan School for the annual High School Night. Families received important information regarding tuition, fees, entrance tests, and shadow days at the local high schools. CCS was represented at the annual Larchmont Fair by parents, students and teachers. The teachers and students prepared posters to publicize the activities and events that take place during the school year. CCS parents/guardians prepared delicious Korean BBQ as well as other delicacies that were sold at the fair. The Halloween celebration included carnival games, a costume contest, candy apples and class parties.

Katherine Brunner 12th Grade The Club Fair, honors assembly and pep rally have given us all the motivation to make this a great year. During the pep rally, team members from all of the fall sports participated in mini-competitions to kick off the year, while the other students

ST. BRENDAN By Paula Mendoza 8th Grade As St. Brendan ends our Halloween celebration, including the costume parade and the 8th grade play, we look forward to Thanksgiving. SBS is busy with activities like The Penny War, Get Acquainted Night and field trips. Every class brings in as many pennies possible for the Penny War, which are then given to a shelter in Oakland. After a fiveday period, the class with the most money wins an ice-cream party. We’re always thankful for the parents’ support. Get Acquainted Night is a great way for them to have fun and raise money for our school. This event is always a wonderful success. All our sports teams are working hard. A and B boys’ football and A and B Girls volleyball teams have started. The A-girls are practicing for playoffs. So far,

TURNING POINT Rebecca Muhlheim 6th Grade Turning Point students are settled in to the school schedule again, and are now hard at work and enjoying our newly expanded campus. In our Mentor and Mentee program, level three students are partnered with level six, four with seven, and five with eight. Each younger student is partnered with one or two older students. It’s really fun for the younger kids to have a role model and for the older kids to have a leadership experience. Levels three, four, six, and seven went to Kenneth Hahn Park in their mentor-mentee groups. It was a day of games like two truths and a lie, relay races, Alaskan baseball and the 6th and 3rd graders even did a mapping activity. The field trip was a very good way to get to know our partners. We held a book fair. The Halloween festival was a big day for middle school with a performance and the prospective student open house. the A-boys’ football team is undefeated with a record of 5-0. Clubs like drama, ukulele and choir have begun as well.

Cadets plan carnival The Los Angeles Police Cadets will be staging a carnival at Wilshire Station, 4921 W. Venice Blvd. for three days beginning Fri., Nov. 19. Hours are 4 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $20 for 10 rides.

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school news Art club for kids meets monthly at Park La Brea Debi Doodles Kid's Art Club, which meets on the third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Park La Brea, features different themes around which arts and crafts

projects are built, said artist Debora Gillman. Gillman will help kids of all ages create Thanksgiving table mats in November; Christmas tree, Hanukkah and Kwanza

decorations in December. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult to the free workshops. For more information, call 323-938-5797.


FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS were paid a visit by L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel last month for the launch of YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) at HOLA. The students learning flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone and euphonium debuted songs on a “paper orchestra” performance. Afterwards they received real instruments as part of the launch of the after-school program based at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) in MacArthur Park.


Veteran's, holiday events at Zimmer Men and women who have fought in wars for our country will be honored with a wreathmaking workshop at the Zimmer Children’s Museum on Sun., Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. The wreaths will be made in colors of red, white and blue. Holiday activities abound as turkey hand puppets will be made in celebration of Thanksgiving at a workshop on Sun., Nov. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. A free Hannukah Festival


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HOLA event supports L.A. youths Heart of Los Angeles— HOLA—will honor actress Roselyn Sanchez, the late architect Stephen Kanner and Wells Fargo at the “Holiday of the Heart” fundraiser on Sat., Nov. 13 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hill. The event will also celebrate the grand opening of HOLA’s new community park and share its accomplishments and plans for the future. 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 serves more than 1,400 youths ages six to 19 throughout the city. Funds raised will help support its youth programs that include education, athletics, fine art, music and tutoring.

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on Sun., Nov. 21, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. features latkes, a dreidel scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, story telling and more. The Festival of Lights continue at a stained glass menorah workshop Nov., Nov. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Zimmer is at Goldsmith Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100. For more information visit

Lisa Royere and Isabela Lorenzo, members of Memorial Library's summer reading club, won first prize in the "Reduce, Recyle, and Read" Trash to Art contest. The teens' creation, "Carousel Horse," was made from recycled material.

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 Nadine Weiss-Flam at 213-389-1148, ext. 241.

Pacific Hills students named AP Scholars Six students from a class of 30 seniors at Pacific Hills School have earned Scholar Awards in recognition of their achievement on Advance Placement exams. Award recipients are Kevin Brenna, Jay Fuentes, James Hildebrand, Michael Mulay, Francesca Ricagni and Zachary Topkis. Hildebrand also qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award. The College Board Advanced Placement Program allows students to take collegelevel courses while in high school and earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the exam. To qualify for the award, students must complete three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher.

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November 2010




Make holiday cards, listen to thankful tales, create hand craft books

CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN Lisa Schloss reads to toddlers at a storytime every Wednesday at the John C. Fremont branch.

FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Book Sale: Books and other materials at great prices. Sat., Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. on. Call for other dates and times. The Miracle Mile Writers Club: network and support for writers at all levels of expertise, both published and aspiring, Sat., Nov. 6, 3 to 5 p.m. College essay study hall: Community room is a quiet place to write essays for applications due at the end of the month. Reference books and refreshments provided. Tuesdays, Nov. 9, 16, and 23, 3:30 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 24, 3 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort: Learn computer basics Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Friends of the Library book sale: Choose from a selection of bargain and rare CDs, audio books, DVDs, videos and books on Fri., Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m and Sat., Nov. 6 at noon. Chess club for all ages meets on Sat., Nov. 13 and 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., coached by Roger King. Call 323-666-7892. Teen Council meeting: Help decide what materials the library offers teens. Tues., Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Teens create handcrafted books on Tues., Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m. Ongoing Grandparents and Books: Grandma Janie reads to kids on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Adrienne reads on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Toddler Storytime Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. for ages 18 mos. to three years old. Computer tutorials: Oneon-one and small group tutorials. Call for appointment. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 First Friday book club meets to discuss "Letters to My Husband," by Fern Field Brooks on Fri., Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Tuesday Nights @ the Movies: "Leap Year" (2010), with Amy

Adams and Matthew Goode, on Tues., Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Thankful Tales: Award-winning storyteller Karen Golden presents tales from around the world for children of all ages on Tues., Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Author Talk: Fern Field Brooks, Emmy award winner and Oscar-nominated producer, writer and director, as well as author of "Letters to My Husband" speaks on Tues., Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Lunch@the Library: Memorial Old Time Picture Show presents "Little Shop of Horrors" with Jack Nicholson on Thurs., Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Free popcorn. Bring a sack lunch. Teen recorder music class: Learn to play the recorder with Dr. Rice on Thurs., Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. $5 for instrument plus $5 for book to start. Astronomy with the family. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes on Tues., Nov. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Teen volunteer orientation on Wed., Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. for community service requirements. Please RSVP. Origami with Bennett Arnstein: Sat., Nov. 27 at 1 pm.

Ongoing Clearance book sale: Everything 25¢. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Computer Comfort Class: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Follow lessons online at: Mah jongg group meets on Wednesdays at noon. Chess club: All ages and levels are welcome on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Knitting circle, all skill levels, meets Saturdays at 10

a.m. Used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Basic hatha yoga class meets on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Storytime for ages 3 to 5: Wed., Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call the branch for more information. Basic Finance: Learn to balance a checkbook and get your

personal finances in order with Tally Yee on Sat., Nov. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To sign up for the free program call the branch for more information. Teen Council Meeting: Sherri's Holiday Card Making Craft Program for all ages. Supplies provided. Thurs., Nov. 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Call branch for more information.

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Rob Reich Tues., Dec. 7th 6:30 pm


Bill Siegel Thurs., Dec. 9th 6:30 pm

Rob Reich, associate professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Education at Stanford University, will discuss the pros and cons of attending elite universities like Stanford and Yale (Prof. Reich’s alma mater). Students and their parents are invited to this lively and informative program which promises to offer insights and information to families looking at their college options. This presentation will be part of Professor Reich’s second visit (of three) to Pacific Hills School this year under the Faculty Fellows program. Professor Reich is internationally known for his work on ethics, philanthropy and educational policy. As a newly tenured member of the faculty, Professor Reich sits on Stanford’s committee on undergraduate education, shaping new policies for the university.

Educator and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel will be leading a discussion at Pacific Hills School on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30 pm, about the Art of Asking Questions. Drawing from his 15 years traveling the country as a teacher-trainer for the Great Books Foundation, where Mr. Siegel is Vice President for School Programs, as well as his years writing and directing documentary films including The Weather Underground (Co-Producer and Co-Director), Hoop Dreams (Researcher), and Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story (Researcher and Writer), Bill will share insights about the ways great teachers inspire students by asking the right questions at the right moments, and the ways questioning and listening strategies can change the way we understand the world.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs Sun., Jan. 9th 4:30 pm reading 6:00 pm panel


Jennifer Kwon Dobbs will be reading from her poetry at Pacific Hills School on Sunday, January 9, 2011. A poet, librettist, teacher, and critic, Professor Kwon Dobbs was born in Won Ju Si, South Korea. Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007) is her debut poetry collection. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies, film, journals and on radio. A professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College in Minneapolis, and a former Angelino, Kwon founded a community outreach program for low income students in Los Angeles that continues to make a positive difference in many lives. Following the poetry reading, Professor Kwon Dobbs, along with PHS Head of School Peter Temes, will lead a panel discussion on Immigration and Student Success, exploring the ways that parents new to the U.S. can support their children’s success in competitive schools.

A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP to attend these free events at (310) 276-3068, ext. 113, or

Pacific Hills School - better and better! Some of the great new things happening at Pacific Hills School this year -


We welcome prospective students and their families to join us.

Wednesday, November 10th 7:00 pm Please call Lynne Bradshaw at (310) 2763068 to hold a spot, or to arrange a private tour. please join us!

•Our new Faculty Fellows program is bringing professors from Stanford and Columbia Universities to work with our students and teachers twelve times this year, •Our new music program welcomes the Kadima String Quartet to its teaching residency at PHS, •Our foreign language program has launched Latin as our new language offering, •LA Jazzmaster Poncho Williams has begun leading our new student jazz combo, •New faculty hires mean smaller class sizes - average size is now 11, •Core classes now meet for extended instructional sessions, 55 minutes each, five days a week, And we’ve just LOWERED tuition for the 2011-2012 school year!

•Superior academics• •Personal attention• •Family atmosphere• •True diversity• •Outstanding AP program• •Championship athletics• •Four full-scale theatre productions• •Convenient West Hollywood location• •Financial assistance available• Please call for a brochure or visit our website

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Please donate your old books to support scholarships for L.A. students Call the old books pick-up hotline at (323) 209-5013 And join us in West Hollywood December 20th, 21st and 22nd for our Winter Solstice Book Sale

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Love of the game and $11,000 started Los Angeles Tennis Club's historic beginnings.

Downtown's historic shopping district is featured on an L.A. Conservancy tour this month.

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Hancock Park. Exquisitely remodeled, w/apx 3200 sf of living space. No detail has been spared. Co-list. James R Hutchison 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Sweet Spanish in the HEART of Larchmont Village. 4bds, 3ba, updtd kit & numerous amenities Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

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Beverly Hills. Full Service Condo. 2 Bd suite, pool, valet, gym, views. Over 2,000 sft. Gourmet kitchen. Barbara Allen 323.860.4218

Miracle Mile. Charming Spanish Duplex on apx 7700 sf lot. 2+1 each unit. Office off garage. Central air. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Hancock Park. 3 BD/1.75 BA, lrg liv rm w/fpl & built-ins. Remod kit w/ granite countertops. Huge backyard June Ahn 323.855.5558

Bel Air. Bank-Owned 4bd/3ba tri-level detached home. Landscaping, decks, central A/C, 2 car garage. Jacqueline Valenzuela 866.847.3889

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1900s are included in the paWarner brothers’ meteor rise to moguls told in book perback.

By Suzan Filipek The tale of the Warner brothers is so unlikely that had it been presented as a screenplay to their own studio it probably would have been rejected, write the authors of “Early Warner Bros. Studios,” recently released by Arcadia

Publishing. The brothers’ enterprise grew from a dream they had in their youth back east to realizing thousands of films and TV shows made at the studio’s 110-acre film factory in Burbank. Harry, Jack, Sam and

Albert—Jewish Polish immigrants—grew from humble origins to powerful moguls who produced “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon” and “East of Eden,” say authors E.J. Stephens and Marc Wanamaker. More than 200 photographs from the early

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Smitten with hand-cranked silent films, the foursome bought a projector and a copy of the “The Great Train Robbery” with help from their father, who threw in his gold watch and the family horse to pay the $1,000 fee. They showed their film to miners in Ohio and Pennsylvania and soon opened their own nickelodeon, borrowing chairs from a nearby mortuary when they needed more seats. Film distribution proved more profitable, then they moved into production, and eventually came to Hollywood, where in 1923 they met director Ernst Lubitsch, writerproducer Darryl Zanuck and actor John Barrymore. But their biggest early star was the four-legged Rin Tin Tin. Continuing their expansion, in 1925 they bought Vitagraph Studios and KFWB, their first radio station. The next year they produced “Don Juan” with Barrymore as the star in their first full-length feature, employing Vitaphone for music and sound effects. But it was “The Jazz Singer” in 1927 which made history, when Al Jolson said the first words ever heard in film: “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” In a cruel twist of fate the brother who was known as the “techie” and most responsible for their move to talkies, Sam died from a cerebral hemorrhage hours before the film’s premiere. He was 42. The three remaining siblings had become rich and their future was bright until the stock market crash in October 1929. Quick on their feet, with limited education and loaded with talent, they found their footing with The Looney Tunes cartoons followed with Busby Berkeley-choreographed musicals and Errol Flynn swash-

Larchmont Chronicle bucklers. During the war years, the immigrant Warners produced patriotic films, such as “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” In the 1950s they entered television, unwillingly at first, but successfully launched mostly Westerns, such as “Cheyenne” and “Maverick.” Later movie hits featured Doris Day, James Dean, and Marlon Brando, who played in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The brothers, however, were bickering throughout the years, especially the financial wiz and oldest Harry and Jack, who had an “innate sense for story and produced hundreds of successful film.” A secret buyout left Jack as the single shareholder of the company, which would forever create a rift between the threesome. To purchase the 128-page, $21.99 book, visit

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COMING OF AGE alongside the motion picture industry: Sam, Harry, Jack and Albert, 1921. Top photo, the 1926 premiere of "Dona Juan" in Manhattan opened to record-breaking audiences. Middle photo, Henry Fonda in the WB Commissary during the making of "Jezebel," 1938.

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Church is setting for Da Camera concert Dec. 4 Tapestry will perform a musical drama of hope and forgiveness at St. Basil Catholic Church at 3611 Wilshire Blvd. on Sat., Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. A pre-concert talk begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is presented by the Da Camera Society’s Chamber

Music in Historic Sites series. The concert includes “The Nine Orders of the Angels” by Patricia Van Ness with music that conjures the court of archangels who are part of Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. Singers will be joined by a percussionist and a chorus of

Tibetan singing bowls in “The Tale of the White Rooster” by Sheila Silver, a music drama of hope and forgiveness set in contemporary Tibet and based on Tibetan folklore. For tickets—$43, $39 and $35—call 213-477-2929 or go to

BUILT IN 1969, St. Basil Church features massive towers and sculptural glass.

St. Basil’s history included several moves and a fire

A surge in the population of structure, destroying the Los Angeles in the early 1900s roof, pipe organ, the windows, led to the need for a new par- sanctuary furnishings, as well ish among Catholics west of as the whole nave area. Hoover Ave., so Bishop John There was a scarcity of Cantwell created the St. Basil building materials because of World War II. This necesParish in 1919. Fr. William McDermott sitated rebuilding the almost Hughes purchased a house ruined church rather than on the corner of 7th St. and erecting a whole new edifice. Catalina to use as his head- Supplies were so limited that quarters, mobilizing Catholics panel boards were, in many cases, simin the area to ply reversed make plans for The year 1943 was and heavily the erection of a particularly difficult coated with church. for the parish... A paint. The Architect fire... spread rapidly refurbishAlbert C. Martin ing operation was invited to through the wooden cost $15,822, draw up plans structure. or almost for the church and, on May 12, 1920 the priest three‐fourths the price of the signed a contract with the original building. builder, Edward C. English, In the aftermath of WWII, to complete the church in 75 the city’s population burworking days with the finan- geoned and it became obvious cial help of many generous that a more spacious house of worship was needed in the parishioners. The contractor completed Wilshire area. Msgr. Gross the $20,120 project on sched- concentrated his early years ule, and the formal dedication at St. Basil on securing addiof the newly constructed St. tional property and accumuBasil Church took place on lating the necessary financial Nov. 21, 1920, with Bishop resources. In subsequent years, other Cantwell presiding. Due to the new boundaries parcels of real estate were that were established for St. gradually purchased in order Basil Parish, the bishop ad- to acquire a two‐acre site on vised the church to look for a which to erect the permanent new property site more cen- church. trally located than the one at Preliminary plans were underway for a new combina7th and Catalina. After consultation with local tion church, hall and rectory, demographers, available prop- a 40,000 square foot complex, erty was found on Wilshire and on the new location facing Harvard. It was considered to Wilshire Blvd. at Kingsley Dr. be the most promising, and This new vision was sketched the parish was relocated to its by the Albert C. Martin architectural company, and from present site. WHEN TITLE to the prop- those sketches the Pozzo erty had been cleared, the Construction Co. erected the architectural firm of Albert new St. Basil Church. The C. Martin moved the existing parish church, as we know it today, was opened on June 26, church to the new location. The year 1943 was particu- 1969. larly difficult for the parish. The architect calls the About noon, on Oct. 29, a fire, design a marriage of early originating in the rear ves- Christian and contemporary tibule of the church, spread styles featuring massive towrapidly through the wooden ers and sculptural glass.



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Tour downtown’s historic shopping center and workshops, the building features a lobby that served as exhibition space for the upstairs tenants. The lobby is a work of art, with Batchelder tile. Broadway Plaza (Macy’s Plaza and Sheraton Hotel) (Charles Luckman architects, 1973) - The circular glass Polaris Room atop the Sheraton Hotel was once a rotating restaurant known as Angel’s Flight. Brock and Co. Jewelers (Seven Grand) (Dodd and Richards, 1922) - The “Tiffany’s of California,” Brock’s provided jewelry and china to an elite

An architectural tour of L.A.’s one-time shopping destination, which has recently had a resurgence with new lofts and nightlife, takes place on Sun., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Strolling on 7th Street: Downtown’s Historic Thoroughfare,” sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy, spans from Figueroa to Los Angeles streets. Guests tour at their own pace, stopping at these eight sites: Fine Arts Building (Walker & Eisen, 1927) - Built to provide space for artists’ studios

clientele. The building later housed Clifton’s Silver Spoon cafeteria and now serves as home to the whiskey bar Seven Grand. Coulter’s Dry Goods & Henning Building (The Mandel Lofts) (architects unknown, 1917) - Coulter’s Dry Goods was Los Angeles’ oldest mercantile establishment when it moved to its sixth location in 1917. Combined with a small building to the west, the locale today offers loft-style housing with a garden rooftop. St. Vincent’s Court - The heart of the former Bullock’s

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Department Store complex, this historic working alley brings life to a dead-end street. Hellman Commercial Trust & Savings Bank (SB Spring) (Schultze and Weaver, 1924) - Ornamental ceilings by Giovanni Smeraldi are a study in marble and bronze opulence.    Overell’s (Dearden’s Home Furnishings) (architect unknown, 1906) - Celebrating 100 years as a downtown business, Dearden’s Home Furnishings eventually occupied a building originally built for the furniture store Overell’s. An old-school classic with four floors of merchandise and services. Santee Court (Various architects, 1911-12) - Located in the birthplace of L.A.’s fashion district, Santee Court’s vintage industrial buildings are loft-style housing, centered on a pedestrian courtyard. Tickets are $30, $25 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available online at http://lac. laconservancy. FINE ARTS BUILDING is on the tour.

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Los Angeles Tennis Club gala marks 90-year anniversary Some 500 members and guests celebrated the 90-year anniversary of the Los Angeles Tennis Club on October 23. The evening saluted the historic legacy of the club, 5851 Clinton Ave., and also dedicated the newly completed $5 million west pavilion renovation project. It was in 1920 that G. Allan Hancock was paid $11,000 for an option on five-and-one-half acres as of the club. The formation group include Tom Bundy and his wife May Sutton Bundy who won the Southern California ladies singles championship in 1900 at age 13. Others were Alphonzo Bell, William May Garland, William “Bill” Henry and Simpson Sinsabaugh. Three years later the club sold off one-plus acres fronting on Melrose Ave. for $70,000. Architects Hunt & Burns were hired to build the clubhouse and, by 1922, the Southern California Tennis Association’s championship matches were being played on LATC’s courts. The Spanish Colonial Revival style clubhouse was completed in 1927. That same year, the club hosted the first-ever night match played in Los Angeles, a center-court exhibition featuring the U.S. Davis Cup team, captained by Bill Tilden. The Club rose to prominence just as Los Angeles was coming into its own. Southern California’s climate proved a draw for vacationers and athletes eager to practice and compete outdoors year-round. When the Olympics came to Los Angeles in 1932, members of the (Please turn to page 8) FRANK WEBB, club president, with his wife Lynn, right; Top: Center Court has featured a myriad of stars from Rod Laver to Jimmy Connors to Pete Sampras. Bottom right, celebrities often lined the grandstands. Notables included Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Gary Cooper and Charlie Chaplin.

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Enjoying the Neighborhood in Ridgewood-Wilton The 100 block of South Wilton Place was closed for the Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood Association block party last month. Al Higgins grilled up 100 hot dogs and brats which were complimented by a variety of side dishes and desserts brought by the neighbors to share.

Justin Foster set up his sprinkler in the middle of Wilton Place for the kids to cool off. Youngsters took control of the face painting which led to a creative cast of characters running through the streets—closed to cars for the party. Wendi Smith-Harris organized the event.

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Eco Echo Park home and garden tour November 14 After a two-year hiatus, the Echo Park Home Tour is back with “Eco Echo Park: Urban Sustainable Living” on Sun., Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the tour are 10 homes and gardens that feature lifestyles of the ecologically minded. Highlights include properties utilizing grey-water systems, solar power, natural light and circulation as well as gardens featuring elements of urban farming, native plants and drought-tolerant landscapes. Also showcased are how older structures can integrate energyBUILT IN 1898 as an annex to the resort Hotel Green, Castle Green was converted into private residences in the 1920s.

Castle Green to open doors for holiday tour December 5 The historic Castle Green, a blend of Moroccan and Victorian architecture built in 1898, will open its doors for the annual Holiday Tour on Sun., Dec. 5 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. 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. In 1920, Castle Green was converted into private residences and is now home to designers, musicians, artists, collectors and others.

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(Continued from page 5) U.S. diving team put on an exhibition at the club to inaugurate its new swimming pool. The club was host to the Pacific Southwest Tournament from 1927 to 1974. Today, the club’s 16 courts draw tennis players of all ages. Members enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. The upstairs bar overlooks center court, and a swimming pool is open year-round. An exercise gym keeps members in shape, and programs include tournaments, social events and a tennis camp for youngsters.


View the past become the present among the glow of Victorian homes lit by lamplights at Heritage Square Museum’s annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration on Sat., Dec. 4 and Sun., Dec. 5 at 3800 Homer St. Holiday festivities from years past including singing, dancing and reenactment will take place in three of the museum’s Victorian-era homes. Costumed hosts will transport you between the years 1876 to 1958.After the tour, guests can enjoy warm apple cider, treats and holiday shopping at the museum store. One-hour tours begin at 4 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until 8:40 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children 12 and under. Call 323-225-2700.


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Echo Park walking tour visits historic public stairways

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School District’s historical art, artifacts on tour View some of the 30,000 artworks belonging to the Los Angeles Unified School District during a tour on Fri., Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at 1330 W. Pico Blvd. Sponsored by the Los Angeles City Historical Society,  the tour will cover some of the historical artifacts and visual

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Meeting to help find solutions Loan modifications and foreclosures are among the options the LA Mortgage Relief group will be discussing at a meeting on Thurs., Nov. 18 at Keller Williams at 118 N. Larchmont at 6:30 p.m. Michael Wegman said the meeting is aimed at homeowners who may be facing short sales or foreclosures. On hand will be an attorney, certified public accountant, certified negotiator and Realtors. “The purpose of the event is to find solutions,” said Wegman. For more information call him at 323-445-1788.

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Make relief prints, learn to garden in the shade at Theodore Payne Foundation

Nicholas Staddon, director of new plant introductions for Monrovia Nurseries, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Garden Club on Mon., Nov. 8. Staddon, who travels extensively in his quest for new and notable plants for gardeners, will talk about his favor-


Learn to garden with native plants that are tailor-made for the shade in a workshop hosted by Carol Bornstein on Sat., Dec. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. She directed horticultural operations at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for 28 years and is co-author of “California Native Plants for the Garden.” For more information, call 818-768-1802 or go to www.

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“Growing Home,” a day-long celebration of home gardeners will introduce guests to the Huntington’s new urban agricultural station, the Ranch, on Mon., Nov. 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. A vegetarian lunch and book signing is from 12:30 to 2 p.m., followed by keynote speaker Rosalind Creasy, who will sign copies of the new edition of her book “Edible Landscaping.” Afterwards, participants will rotate through a variety of workshops and demonstrations at the Ranch featuring tips on do-it-yourself gardening. Experts from Silverlake Farms to Backwards Beekeepers will cover topics including soil health, chickenkeeping, growing organic produce and flowers. and more. Cost of $25 includes lunch. For registration, call 800-8383006.


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A Japanese festival, classes on cooking and gardening, a fall color walk and Thanksgiving dinner are on the menu at the Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Celebrate arts, crafts and culture at the Japanese Garden Festival on Sat., Nov. 6 and Sun., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a performance by taiko drummers, an exhibit of suiseki stones and special food for purchase from Patina Catering. In addition, a floral exhibit by the Glendale Chrysanthemum Society will be on view in Van de Kamp Hall through the weekend. Much beloved in Japan, the mum is the emblem of the Japanese emperor. Get a jump on spring blooms when Descanso horticulturist Mike Brown talks on Sat., Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Subjects include soil preparation, raided planting beds and container gardens. Patina chef Ben Rios will



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Get jump on fall cleaning indoors and out before the holidays arrive Spring cleaning is a good idea, but fall cleaning is a necessity. Increased foot traffic and open windows and

doors during the summer months leads to more dust, dirt, grime and allergens in the home. Before the holiday


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season starts, and now that the kids are back in school, is the perfect time to do some fall cleaning. Weiman Products (www. offers some seasonal tips to help you get a jump-start on the holidays. Outside the home Wood furniture: Direct and indirect sunlight causes wood to dry out, become brittle and fade. Clean wood furniture with a product that contains natural oils, including lemon, walnut, safflower, sesame, almond and avocado to restore the wood’s natural oils lost during sun, wind and rain exposure. Grills: Remove summer’s barbecue leftovers. Grill interior: To clean the grates, remove and wrap the grates with a few sheets of tin foil (make sure the shiny side is touching the grates). Place grates back on the grill and turn grill on high for 30 minutes. Wait for the grill to cool and remove tin foil. All the food particles and carbon will come off with the foil. Grill exterior: To remove baked on grease from a grill’s exterior, create a cleaning solution using dish soap and warm water. Apply with a soft cloth. For stainless steel finishes, use a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner and finish by buffing the surface with a soft cloth or paper towel. Clean exterior windows using a squeegee (squeegees with a 10- to 12-inch blade work best) and a no-drip glass cleaner to keep the solution

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When people are interested in buying or selling a home, they consult the Larchmont Chronicle’s Real Estate Section.

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and moisture from seeping into windowpanes, frames and sills. A screw-on-squeegee extension and ladder will help you reach higher windows. Inside the home Windows and blinds: Opening windows allows the fresh air to flow in, but it also brings dust, dirt and mold into the home. Be sure to clean your windows, blinds and drapes before the colder months arrive. Start by vacuuming windowsills, blinds and drapes to remove dust and dirt. Make a cleaning solution by adding one cup water and one teaspoon dish soap into a spray bottle. Using a soft cloth or paper towel, clean windowsills. Clean windows with a streakfree, no-drip glass cleaner. Heating vents: Clean heating vents prior to use to reduce the spread of allergens throughout the home. To clean, remove the vent and gently vacuum in and around vent opening. Carefully wash

the vent using a micro-fiber or soft cloth with warm soapy water. Dry and replace vents. Keep vents free of dirt, dust, pet hair and dander by dusting, mopping or vacuuming around them weekly. Stoves: Take time before the busy holiday season to thoroughly clean the stove and oven. Before cleaning, make sure the stove and oven are cool. To clean, use a nonabrasive cleaner. Then, use a soft cloth or paper towel to buff the surface. For regular, non-self-cleaning ovens, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the bottom of the oven. Use a spray bottle filled with water to wet baking soda until it is damp (do not saturate the baking soda with water). For a few hours, continue to wet the baking soda as it dries out. Afterwards, simply scrape the baking soda, food particles and carbon from the oven. Be sure to remove all the baking soda before using the oven.

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Larchmont Chronicle

November 2010

Why is a tall cocktail called a “highball?” wonders the Harvey Gelsons. This North American term comes to us from the world of railroading. In the early days of train travel a method of signaling had to be devised to slow or stop locomotives or to tell them to go ahead. The signal to proceed without slowing down at a railway intersection occurred when a signalman raised a staff with a ball on it, high in the air. The engineer then knew that he could continue to “highball” out of town. The adoption of the term was a natural to describe a whisky and soda served with ice in a tall glass. *** Why do we “curry” favor? ponders Ed Lonsdale. This is a corruption of the Middle English expression to curry fauvel. Fauvel was a centaur (a mythical beast, half horse-half man) in a popular 14th century satirical French romance play who symbolized cunning and bestial degradation. Hence, to curry or pet fauvel was to enlist the services of duplicity, to ingratiate oneself by slavish attentiveness. *** How come a goody-goody person is “Simon Pure?” queries Joan Fagerholm. This name is also a pseudonym for the authentic article. In “Bold Stroke for a Wife,” a popular book of the early 1800s, a nefarious character passes himself off as “Simon Pure,” a Quaker, and thereby wins the heart of the heroine. However, before the marriage


takes place, the real Simon Pure turns up and foils the villain’s plans. In modern usage, “Simon Pure” is a hypocrite, one who makes much of their false virtue. *** Why is Robert called “Bob” and Richard called “Dick?” queries Tom Lassiter. The shortening of formal names by those with whom we are familiar is a practice as old as names themselves. Sometimes the name is just shortened: Barbara to Barb, Deborah to Deb, Katherine to Kate, Joseph to Joe. The examples you cited are among the versions first shortened and then playfully rhymed: Robert - Rob - Bob, Richard - Rick Dick, William - Will - Bill. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to him at willbent@

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Fall in love at Best Friends Pet Adoption Nov. 7 at Tar Pits It isn't called the Pet Super Adoption for nothing. Rescue groups will bring 600 dogs, cats, birds and bunnies to Best Friends Animal Society Fall Pet event on Sun., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Pet-loving celebrities also are expected as well as food, fun activities for kids and entertainment. More than 40 local shelters and rescue groups with border collies, German shepherds, Boston terriers and mixes of every breed, mix, age, color and size will be there, looking for their forever families. The L.A. super adoption is one of the largest pet adoption festivals in the nation, averaging 400 adoptions each year the event has been held. Best Friends Animal Society nonprofit organization is based in Kanab, Utah, and is the country's largest no-kill sanctuary.

Spay/Neuter forum at Skirball Center The Found Animals Forum “Spay/Neuter: Past, Present and Future” will be at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Sat., Nov. 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. Experts will discuss targeted spay/neuter programs, funding to keep clinics open, motivating people to spay/neuter their pets and more. Speakers include representatives from FixNation and Downtown Dog Rescue. Visit http://thefoundanimalsforum.

GERMAN SHEPHERDS, Labrador retreivers, mixes, cats of all kinds and parrots will be among pets in need of a home at the Super Pet Adoption this month.

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Intimate Paul Williams in pristine condition. Dramatic curving staircase highlights 2 story entrance. Wood paneled library looks out on artistically designed red brick patio with fountain. Intricate plaster work in dining room. 5 bedrooms + 3.5 baths. 3rd Street School. A gem in Windsor Square!


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