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Vintage and custom VWs to roll into a Cruise-in at the Petersen. Page 9

residents feasted and played at annual block party.

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Walk among seasonal plants this month at Descanso.

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July 2015

hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • larchmont village • wilshire center • park labrea • miracle mile










Exquisite chateau on huge lot w/pool. 6 beds/6.5 baths+guest apt. Gourmet kitchen.

Designer’s own showplace! 3 beds/3 baths/2 powders in house+guest hse w/bath & gym w/bath.

Prime Windsor Square location. 7 beds/6.5 baths+guest apt. Fabulous pool, yard & gardens.

Tradition and sophistication meet beautifully in this 5 bedroom, 3.5 half bathroom home.

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

James R Hutchison (310) 562-5907













This incredible estate has been restored & remodeled w/ the finest quality & appointments.

Huge lot & new office structure with half bath. 3 beds/2.5 new baths. Gourmet kitchen.

3BR+2BA with pool. Apx 2,278 sf. on an apx 7,000sft. lot.

Spacious 4BD/3BA in 2,726sq.ft. Feels like a Mediterranean retreat. Hollywood sign view.

Erik Flexner (323) 383-3950

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606

Bob Day (323) 860-4221













Townhouse style w/2+2 & 2+1 Double pane windows. Upgraded kit & hrdwd fl, Art Deco details

Very special 3+2 w/oak plank floors, light + bright surrounded by gorgeous gardens.

Absolutely gorgeous, newly remodeled Spanish home. 5BD/4BA+Den, Appx. 3,210SF/7,470SF,

This spacious two-bedroom, two-and-one bath home has been exceptionally updated throughout

Michelle Hanna (323) 860-4271

Steven Tator (323) 810-1593

Sunhee Kilmer (213) 273-6559

J. Hutchison/P. Bartenetti (310) 562-5907













Beautifully updated. Huge public rooms with views. 6 beds/5 baths/2 powders + pool.

Rebuilt and updated. 4 beds/3 baths. Gourmet kitchen w/ bkfst area. Lux master suite.

For lease. Brand new spaces for retail or office use. Parking spaces in rear. Great area.

Home on tree-lined street in Sycamore Sq. 3+1.75+ bonus space. Yard & central location.

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

Jenny Chow (213) 810-8791

Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606

$18,000 A MON

HANCOCK PARK NORTH (323) 464-9272 251 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004

$7,999 A MON




HANCOCK PARK SOUTH (323) 462-0867 119 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004

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A+D debut exhibit to explore home design in L.A. While the A+D Museum has moved from its longtime Miracle Mile location to make room for the Metro, its debut show draws inspiration from its life on the Mile. “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” opens Thurs., Aug. 20 at A+D Archi-

tecture and Design Museum’s new home at the L.A. Arts District, 900 E. 4th St. Participants will create plans for single and multifamily residences on a stretch of the Wilshire Corridor along Metro’s Purple Line extension, as well as the L.A. River and

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Griffith Park. The exhibit ends Fri., Nov. 6. The exhibit challenges architects and designers to build homes decreasing buildable land, ballooning costs and environmental challenges. For more information visit

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SOLD: This home, located at 543 N. Arden Blvd., was listed for $ 1.15 million.

Single family homes


Classic Prairie Style Craftsman. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and den. Incredible woodwork throughout! List Price $1,179,000.



Mediterranean in Brookside

141 N. June St. 543 Wilcox Ave. 349 S. Mansfield Ave. 146 S. Van Ness Ave. 300 N. June St. 311 S. Irving Blvd. 801 S. Muirfield Rd. 262 S. Arden Blvd. 122 S. Norton Ave. 956 S. Longwood Ave. 917 S. Tremaine Ave. 342 N Citrus Ave. 749 S. Longwood Ave. 126 S. Arden Blvd. 815 3rd Ave. 217 N. Arden Blvd. 4370 W. 5th St. 726 S. Bronson Ave. 132 S. Lucerne Blvd. 543 N. Arden Blvd. 550 N. Irving Blvd. 642 N. Gramercy Pl. 984 4th Ave.

$5,950,000 2,899,000 2,899,000 2,895,000 2,850,000 2,790,000 2,095,000 1,999,000 1,850,000 1,795,000 1,595,000 1,485,000 1,395,000 1,378,000 1,350,000 1,350,000 1,350,000 1,299,000 1,285,000 1,150,000 1,139,000 839,900 789,000


953 Longwood Avenue

$1,960,000 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths Living room with fireplace and view of the tile fountain in garden, formal dining room, library/office, sunroom, eat-in remodeled kitchen, and powder room. Four bedrooms and two updated baths upstairs. A patio perfect for entertaining complete with built-in outdoor kitchen, fireplace, play area, and zip-line!

Sandy Boeck 323-860-4240

CalBRE # 01005153 Hancock Park South •119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 • 323.462.1225 Fax ©2015 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office is owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC.Coldwell Banker® and the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Coldwell Banker Previews International Logo, are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

140 S. Gramercy Pl., #3 837 Crenshaw Blvd., #301 4444 Wilshire Blvd., #101 801 Lorraine Blvd., #10 845 S. Plymouth Blvd., #PH5 4838 Elmwood Ave., #8 647 Wilcox Ave., #3H 637 Wilcox Ave., #1F 421 S. Van Ness Ave., #49 801 S. Plymouth Blvd., #205 966 S. St. Andrews Pl., #302 4943 Rosewood Ave., #302 4830 Elmwood Ave., #105 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #235 5051 Rosewood Ave., #104 433 S. Manhattan Pl., #305 152 S. Gramercy Pl., #1 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #403 444 S. Gramercy Pl., #19 525 N. Sycamore Ave., #223 320 S. Gramercy Pl., #204 *List prices for May 2015.

$749,000 687,000 669,000 639,000 599,000 599,000 599,000 585,000 579,000 550,000 549,000 545,000 499,000 459,000 449,000 435,000 415,000 410,888 399,000 399,000 279,500

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pool. The halls and library are wood-paneled and the twostory banquet hall has a musician’s gallery. The house was sold to Col. Ira Copley, publisher of the San Diego Union in 1939. It was purchased in 1972 by Dr. Jim Miller, his wife Valerie and three daughters

for $175,000. Other owners have been the Shell family. Joe Shell was a former California Assemblyman. Next owners, in 1993, were designer John Cottrell and his partner John Nelson who paid $1.3 million. In 1996, the house was purchased by French filmmaker


Jean Cazes for $3 million. The home was used as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Celebrants would arrive by limousine at the separate ballroom entrance and proceed to a secret basement wine cellar. The above information is from the Larchmont Chronicle archives.

MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE home was commissioned in 1925 and originally cost $430,000.

Griffith-Banderas estate sells for record pricetag The recent sale for $15.9 million is a record-breaker for the Hancock Park area. The 15,000 square foot residence of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith on Muirfield Road

was commissioned in 1925 for Isidor Eisner; it sat on 1.5 acres and cost $430,000. The Mediterranean-style home is built around an inner courtyard with a swimming

Tour Gamble House from the servants’ quarters up The Gamble House will open its servants’ quarters for an exclusive 90-minute “Upstairs Downstairs” tour from Thurs., July 30 to Sun., Aug. 16. Visitors will compare the living quarters of the served with those “in service” in a house owned by David Gamble of the Proctor & Gamble Company. Constructed in 1908-1909, the three-story house was designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene (Greene and Greene) in the Arts and Crafts architectural style. Guests will visit the original laundry and coal rooms in the basement while learning about the multi-ethnic staff that labored on the grounds. The event will also tour the public spaces and family

rooms, which include many architectural features. Tours take place on Thursdays through Sundays, every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information visit

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Glendale’s Masonic Temple purchased Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated has plans to purchase the Masonic Temple and surrounding property in Glendale for use as a retail and office complex. The 1928 Art Deco building, at 232 S. Brand Blvd., has unique features including its irregular patterning and sizing of windows which the Caruso firm plans to alter. The Glendale Historical Society said, in its summer newsletter, the building has been empty for a long time. Members are pleased it will be occupied again. "It will be a hybrid of the historic and contemporary.”

Coming Soon 156 S. Vista St. 3BR / 2BA Offered at $5,750/MO

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Lower floors add theaters, wine cellars, gyms to area homes erties, very livBy Suzan Filipek able and great for When Robert Quigg families... had a chance lun“Some were very cheon in Larchmont well-built. All Village a few years are at the end of back, he was smitten their life span…” by the street’s charms. and, he explains, He brought his wife “people want to to the area to take a live differently look, and the couple than they did 100 soon bid Beverly Hills years ago.” goodbye and bought Adding an an Italian Renaisunderground sance-style home at level allows him 434 S. Windsor Blvd. to build a home “It’s a fantastic for today’s buyer neighborhood,” Quigg “without damagsaid last month on the ing the reasons 18,000 square foot lot. they’re coming to But the builderthis community” developer didn’t just in the first place. buy one home. limit He signed deals DEVELOPER Robert Quigg in front of his property at He’s ed by the area’s on another three in 434 S. Windsor Blvd. Historic PreserWindsor Square—at I haven’t done myself,” he says vation Overlay 317 S. Windsor, 347 S. Arden and 147 S. Plymouth— with a hint of an Irish brogue. Zone, which requires the front and one at 73 Fremont Place. His parents were Belfast trans- of the home to look the same All are being renovated from plants, and he spent his youth as when it was built. So he added 4,000 feet top to bottom, actually earth visiting the green isle. is being excavated one story He’s built much larger underground at the 434 Windbelow ground for “lower lev- projects, from hospitals and sor home, making the house els” with theaters and wine multi-family developments to a total of 11,000 square feet. an award-winning Vancouver Besides a theater and wine cellars with 11-foot ceilings. cellar, there are a foyer and It’s all in a day’s work for waterfront property. the Vancouver native whose His passion has always been gym, two bedrooms and baths work has taken him around luxury residences, which, he and a laundry room. Large the globe since he started in says, is what brought him to glass walls let in natural light. the neighborhood. A wrought iron staircase leads construction 29 years ago. “These are beautiful prop- to the garden and pool above. “There’s nothing on this site

IMAGE shows the back of the 434 S. Windsor house.

Upstairs, the original staircase was saved, as was the facade, a requirement of the HPOZ. “I love the HPOZ aspect of this. When you drive down the street we want it to look the same,” much like it did well over 100 years ago. Inside, small rooms are being replaced by spacious family rooms, open kitchens and his-and-her walk-in closets. Quigg aims to retain the six bedroom, seven-bath home’s character by keeping tradi(Please turn to page 5)

LOWER LEVEL will let in natural light via large glass walls.

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Residents react to Quigg technique with houses Local architect, Mary Pickhardt, who has served as a member of the Windsor Square HPOZ board, was asked about 434 S. Windsor. She said, “In contrast to the approach being taken by Mr. Quigg, many other Windsor Square homes have been adapted to changing lifestyles without completely gutting the interiors. "A typical renovation project over the last 20 years has been to open up the kitchen and service areas to the rear garden. There are many examples of this type of seamless renovation that preserve the integrity of original structures.” Appreciate interiors She added: “The HPOZ board encourages homeowners to have the same appreciation for the interior details as they do for the protected details on the exteriors. Original staircases, fireplace surrounds, crown moldings and decorative plasterwork are just some of the features that are difficult, if not impossible, to replicate today.” Pickhardt concluded: “Of course, outdated heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems should be replaced, but beautifully proportioned rooms and their original details are timeless and should be preserved as integral to the original design and history of the home.” Current HPOZ When asked if there are problems with the current HPOZ and, if so, what could be done about it, Pickhardt replied that: “Updating the

Windsor Square Preservation Plan is long overdue. Subsequent plans such as Hancock Park’s have many more protections in place. The city has not been able to complete the update because of budget and staffing cutbacks.” European approach Comment also came from Windsor neighbor and internationally recognized interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein. Speaking about what is happening at the two houses on Windsor Blvd., she observed: “I can certainly understand the desire for rearranging interior rooms for a more contemporary feeling of light and space, but I prefer the way the Parisians and the Belgians handle it. "When renovating, they keep the earlier architectural details, crafted in an era of fine craftsmanship and attention to quality. It’s a shame when such irreplaceable details are removed and you get spaces that look like yet another big ole Beverly Hills spec house.”


Dr. Edwin Janss' home built in 1913 The 434 S. Windsor Blvd. residence being reconceived by Robert Quigg was originally part of a half-block development for the Janss family. Dr. Peter Janss purchased six Windsor Square lots in 1911 to create four large family homes: one each for him, his two sons and a son-in-law. All four houses were to be designed by architect J. Martyn Haenke. Dr. Janss planned to build a playhouse in the middle of the compound to throw the occasional grand ball or host a company party. The Janss Investment Company developed all or parts of Yorba Linda, Westwood, Thousand Oaks, Sun Valley in Idaho and Snowmass Village in Colorado. The first home completed and occupied was the one at 434 S. Windsor. Dr. Edwin Janss, a son of Dr. Peter Janss, moved into the house. A second home, also designed by Haenke and also completed in 1913, was for Dr. Peter Janss

LOWER FLOORS ADD THEATERS (Continued from page 4)

tional formal dining and living rooms and original windows, adding columns and custom niches. The home’s original conservatory will return in an updated fashion, next to a library with a bar designed with 1920s Art Deco in mind. Juliet balconies overlook the pool which was moved to center in the backyard, next to a three-car garage. The porte-cochere will be updated to reflect the original. Somewhere along the way it took on a Colonial design. He’s invested some $20 million so far in the five homes. “Maybe more, much more,” he smiles. He’s optimistic about the economy and the city. It’s an exciting time for Los Angeles, he adds.

HOME at 434 S. Windsor Blvd. was well underway in late 1912, top. The two sons of Dr. Peter Janss in a cropped news photo, right.

himself. Located on the double lot on the corner of Fifth and Lorraine, the home is now well known as the Chandler house.



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HOLLYWOOD FOREVER Cemetery was host to hundreds of moviegoers for Allan Moyle's "Empire Records" in July 2014.

Movie classics to screen under the summer stars Take advantage of Los Angeles’ summer nights with an outdoor movie screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Guests can bring blankets and picnics while enjoying one of these four cinematic classics, sponsored by Cinespia. The Goonies (plus fireworks) A rag-tag group of kids search for a pirate treasure that might save their neighborhood. Watch this adventure under the stars, and stay for a professional fireworks show after the movie to celebrate Independence Day. To screen on Fri., July 3. Top Gun (plus fireworks) Celebrate the 4th of July with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer in this 1986 classic. Watch pilots compete for glory at the Naval Flying School, followed by a professional fireworks show. Scheduled for Sat., July 4. Hard Days Night Starring Paul, John, George and Ringo, this mod masterpiece ushered in the swing-

ing 60s around the world and pushed Beatlemania to unimaginable heights. To screen on Sat., July 11. Grindhouse Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s homage to the horror and action movies of the grindhouse era is a complete experience with a double feature, fake trailers and missing reels. Scheduled for Sat., July 18. Willy Wonka + Chocolate Factory Join Gene Wilder on a journey to a world of pure imagination in this children’s classic. Charlie gets a golden ticket, but what will await him in Willy Wonka’s magical factory? To screen on Sat., July 25. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. On-site parking is available with pass, with additional parking at the Hollywood Production Center Lot at 1149 N. Gower St. and the Paramount Lot at 801 N. Gower St. For more information visit

Residents say Brookside party a success It was fun, food and games at the 36th annual Brookside Block Party in June on Keniston Ave. Roy Forbes, who organized the event, brought in ponies, a slide and water bubble for the kids. The food was nonstop, topped by an array of homemade desserts. Neighbors also were encouraged to sign a petition to begin the process for an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.

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California Greenin’ wants your water-wise landscapes

TICKETS sell out early for the Ennis House tours.

With so many drought tolerant gardens popping up in our community, we’ve decided to hold a contest to showcase Larchmont Chronicle readers’ inspired water-wise landscapes. We’re searching for homeowners who recognize the responsibilities of gardening in a drought, and who have been inspired by these arid times to be creative while conserving water.

Shangri-La, Wright’s ‘Mayan temple’ on upcoming tours Evoking a grand ocean liner overlooking the Santa Monica Bluff, the Hotel Shangri-La. 1301 Ocean Ave., is featured on a L.A. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects tour Thurs., July 9 at 5 p.m. A behind-the-scenes look at the Art Deco building, renovated in 2008, will be hosted by owner and creative director Tamie Adaya. Storied secrets of the hotel’s three-quarters of a century past will be shared. Guests have included President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Dalai Lama, Madonna and Tom Cruise. A wine and cheese reception

with ocean views on the penthouse follow. Tickets are $40 members; $55 non-members. “Ennis House Tour: Explore Hollywood’s Favorite Home” takes place Sun., Sept. 27, with 10 time slots offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Los Feliz. The Frank Lloyd Wright home designed with Mayan textile blocks will be open by owner Ron Burkle. Built in 1924, the concrete labyrinth is as close as anyone will come to calling an ancient Mayan temple home. Tickets are $60 members; $75 non-members. Visit

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If you’ve transformed your landscape to decrease water consumption and increase the beauty of your home, then we want you to show us your yard. This is not a contest for wilting flowers or for those who throw in the trowel. This is a contest to celebrate new aesthetics in landscaping. The top soil challenge, should you accept, is to present your drought-inspired creation to the Larchmont Chronicle and, if chosen, to be featured in a future California Greenin’ column. Contest rules: Present before and after photos of your back yard, front yard, or outdoor area to: Your ingredients must be water-wise plants. Plants that thrive with little or no irrigation by saying “Yes, we can!” Plant list here: bewaterwise. com/gardenspot.html.

BE AN INSPIRATION. Enter the contest by August. 14.

No dead yard entries. Although there’s nobility in proclaiming “brown is the new green,” this contest is for those yards who didn’t give up the ghost when the rain went away. No green lawns. If your yard contains some drought-tolerant turfgrass, that’s okay, just let us know the type of grass. If your yard contains Marathon, tall or fine fescue, pack your spades and return to the garden. Entries must be received by August 14. Property must be located

in the Larchmont, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Miracle Mile, Brookside, Windsor Village or Wilshire Park areas. Let us know a little about your process. For example: How did you use the required ingredients to create your dishy landscape? Did you receive a turf rebate from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power? What were your creative inspirations? Be an inspiration to others and email your photographs to

HANCOCK PARK | $7,988,000 Trophy property, first time on the market in over 45 years. Tremendous curb appeal, set back from the street on a grassy knoll, this “Grande Dame” commands attention. The imposing home has 6517 sq. ft. (approx.) and the lot totals 35,254 sq. ft. (approx.) The formal entry features a sweeping circular staircase, spacious living room, paneled library with fireplace, large dining room and breakfast room. To the exterior is a pool, grounds, tennis court and guest house with 4 car garage. Upstairs there are 4 generous bedrooms and 4 baths. The lower level features a 2 bedroom maids, fireplace and bath. Bring your imagination and years of grand entertaining ideas. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Real estate agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.


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Neighbors celebrate Park opening with ice cream social By Julie C. Stromberg After being closed for an eight-month renovation, Harold A. Henry Park reopened June 3. As soon as the construction fences came down, community members returned to the park in droves, and it has been packed with patrons ever since. The Windsor Village community kicked off the summer by celebrating the park’s opening with their first ice cream social on June 6. More than 60 people attended the event. The renovated park, designed by Dept. of Recreation and Parks landscape architect Craig Raines, features an updated mid-section and a completely new picnic area with a steel and canvas pergola and four concrete picnic tables. The park also features a new playground with one new elevated play equipment set connected by a set of monkey bars, three slides, climbing equipment, several sensory play panels, and two sets of swings for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12. The playground surfacing is a combination of 40 percent resilient play-surfacing and 60 percent sand, both ADA-compliant. Nestled among majestic trees, the playground will receive additional shade with

PRESIDENT Diane Dicksteen, Windsor Village, and volunteers Amy Stevens and Lynette Persona.

new shade toppers, which the previous playground lacked. All three sections of the park are now connected with ADAaccessible ramps enabling patrons to explore the park with ease. Unique to Harold A. Henry Park are several high-end amenities, including drinking fountains, aluminum trash receptacles, and beautiful benches featuring cast aluminum supports with wood backs and seats from Landscape forms. According to Raines, Harold A. Henry Park, 890 S. Lucerne Blvd., is the only park to feature such high-end amenities.

ENJOYING her ice cream is Stella Coppola.

NEW PLAYGROUND has all the bells and whistles.

DROUGHT tolerant landscape is part of the renovated design.


Michele Sanchez

Lafayette Square 1920 Dutch Colonial Revival


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Museum Row

Classical to jazz line up; Frida Kahlo celebrated; VW "cruise in" LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—Hear music all summer long. Jazz is played on Fridays at 6 p.m., Latin Sounds feature bands on Saturdays at 5 p.m., and classical is performed Sundays at 6 p.m. Visit the website for listings. • "Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA's 50th Anniversary," opens Sat., July 5, ends Sept. 20. • "Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada." The founding director of Watts Towers, he later worked on 10-acres of sculpture in Joshua Tree, ends Sept. 27. • "Miracle Mile," by Robert Irwin, includes 66 fluorescent tubes and is inspired by Wilshire Blvd. and his outdoor palm garden installation, ends Sept. 7. • "Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s" ends Aug. 2. Nearly 50 artists' works are featured. • "50 for 50" Gifts on the Occassion of LACMA's Anniversary, ends Sept. 13. • "African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection" ends Oct. 12. • "Art and Technology at LAC-

MA, 1967-1971, ends Oct. 18. • "Ancient Colombia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley" ends Dec. 31, 2015. LACMA is free the second Tuesday of the month. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—"The Admiral: Roaring Currents" screens Thurs., July 30 at 7 p.m. Free. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Celebrate the life and art of Frida Kahlo on Sun., July 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Miss Melodee takes the stage Sun., July 12 at 3 p.m, and Ice Cream Day honors the favorite treat with art and crafts Sun., July 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free to be Me Drum Circle is Sun., July 26 at 3 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—Contemporary Camouflage Collage, a drop-in family workshop, is on Sun., July 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $7 adults/$5 children/ free for members.

LATIN SOUNDS are part of the summer line up at LACMA.

• "Chris Francis: Shoe Designer" exhibit features 40 oneof-a-kind shoes with a nod to high fashion to punk rock and his workshop, ends Sept. 6. • "Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans" from the Korean War to Afghanistan ends Sept. 6. • "Fall 12: an Autobiography Considering Charles Ray's 'Fall 91,'" ends Sept. 6. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;; free on Sundays. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—VW "Cruise in" is on Sun., July 19 from 8

to 10 a.m. on the third-floor promenade of the parking lot. Awards, food trucks and live music. RSVP, free. Museum remodeling underway. Watch the construction on the website. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; LA BREA TAR PITS AND MUSEUM—"Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story in 3D" screens every half hour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the new 3D theater. • Excavator tours feature highlights of the museum and park, labs and fossil excavation. Daily.

• Ice Age Encounters with a (life-size puppet) saber-toothed cat are Fridays at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Free first Tuesday of each month except July, August. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; JAPAN FOUNDATION— Meet first Japanese major leaguer Mashi Murakami at a book signing Mon., July 6 at 7 p.m. • Learn basic phrases and practical information at "Japanese for Travel" on Thurs., July 9 at 7 p.m. • Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month 7 p.m. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­ CAUST— "Return to Wielopole: The Teitelabaum Family Journey" tells of one family's return to its great-grandparent's ancestral town. Ongoing. • Holocaust survivor speakers and tours on Sundays. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; Always free.

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This Costa Azul Mediterranean Villa with private saltwater pool, spa, barbecue and outdoor fireplace. The cul-de-sac location home in the neighborhood of Pacific Ridge with guard-gated security, association pool, spa, parks and trails nearby. 5 BD w/private BAs, 2 of the BDs are on the ground floor. Office with built-in bookshelves, bonus rm and private loggia decks off the master and secondary bedroom. The living room and great room both have fireplaces as well as a fireplace outside. The gourmet kitchen has a Thermador six-burner stove plus griddle, double ovens, microwave, SubZero refrigerator, double Bosch dishwashers, walk-in pantry, wine bar and large island with secondary sink. The kitchen nook and bar off the great room offer extra dining areas. The master suite is a relaxing retreat with pine trees view & ocean breeze from private deck and master bath w/2 showers, large tub w/jets, double sinks. Location Plan #4I.

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Visit the city’s landmarks while being car-free. That’s the goal of authors Grace Moremen and Jacqueline Chase in “Loving LA The Low Carbon Way.” Whether by bus or rail or foot, the book tells the reader how to get to Chinatown, City Hall, California Science Center and 21 other attractions. All of the places to visit start at Union Station. Icons for subways, light rail, buses and walks are listed with easy descriptions on which mode of transportation to use. The authors include sponsored tours: the Neon Cruise, L.A. Conservancy walking tours and Metro Art Tours, and one of the city’s least

“Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story in 3D” screens daily at the new, 60-seat theater at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum. Partially filmed at the La Brea Tar Pits with footage and interviews with museum paleontologists, the 22-minute action-packed portal takes viewers to the Pleistocene Ice Age, 20,000 years back in time. “It tells the story of the last Ice Age—its impact on the planet, and more specifically, on Los Angeles,” said Dr. Jane Pisano, president and director of the Natural History Family of Museums. Narrated by actor Christopher Plummer, the adven-

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ture stars saber-toothed cats, giant sloths, dire wolves and woolly mammoths. Audiences will see how these creatures became trapped in tar, preserved in time, and are being unearthed today. They meet “Zed,” one of the most complete Columbian mammoth skeletons ever uncovered, which was extracted in 2008 from a parking lot next to the La Brea Tar Pits. “Titans of the Ice Age has all the ingredients for a giant screen wildlife spectacle,” said producer Andy Wood. Backdrops were shot on location at Yellowstone National Park, the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. State-of-the-art, ultra-HD CGI allows extinct Ice Age mammals to come back to life in photorealistic detail alongside Paleolithic humans, played by native Iñupiat and Yup’ik Alaskans. The 3D theater features a 20’x12’ screen and is part of a suite of improvements this summer, including a refreshed museum entrance, lobby and gallery spaces. Visitors will find parking and a new entry to the park leading to the Visitor Center where admission tickets can be purchased and souvenir maps of the Tar Pits and museum will be available. New name The site also has a new name, which builds on the universal recognition of the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits and connects the outdoor tar pits with the exhibits and Fossil Lab inside the George C. Page Museum building, museum officials said. Show times are every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum admission PLUS the film is $16 adults, $13 for youth, students and seniors, and $8 for children; general admission without film is $12, $9 and $5 respectively. Timed tickets available at

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The midcentury Observation Pit—designed by Henry Sims Bent (1952), the first museum in Hancock Park— recently reopened after several decades of closure. A trip inside the Observation Pit is part of the new “Excavator Tour,” free with museum admission. Simultaneously, excavations at Project 23 and inside Pit 91—one of the world’s longest running urban paleontological excavation sites—are underway. Iconic mammoths and mastodon surrounding the Lake Pit have been renovated and the Ice Age frieze crowning the top of the Page Museum building has been restored.

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CicLAvia to cruise from Culver City to Venice Beach Next stop “Culver City meets Venice” when CicLAvia returns to the westside Sun., Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cyclists will pedal a six-mile route through neighborhoods and past businesses and restaurants, as well as connect with the Mar Vista Farmers Market, Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Venice Beach. “Participants will actually be able to walk or bike to the beach for the next CicLAvia, which is really cool—in more ways than one—during the summer,” said CicLAvia executive director Aaron Paley. “CicLAvia gets riders out of their cars and into urban open spaces ,” said Mayor and Metro board chair Eric Garcetti.

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Folktales, master gardener talk, weird plants at Huntington Library

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Journey to Asia Enjoy a kid-friendly morning of Japanese music and theater featuring a drum performance by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles and a staging of Japanese folktales by the Grateful Crane Ensemble Sat., July 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. Take a tour of the Japanese teahouse Mon., July 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Listen to Chinese music in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Tai chi for beginning and

intermediate students is taught Saturdays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Weird, wonderful exhibit Illustrations of “weird, wild and wonderful” plants from around the world will be on display through Sun., August 23. The exhibition, presented by the New York Botanical Garden in conjunction with the American Society of Botanical Artists, will be capped off with a four-day symposium Thurs., July 23 through Sun., July 26. Tour around Ranch House and explore The Huntington’s urban agriculture site and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening Sat., July 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate democracy by taking a peek at the Magna Carta, originally drafted in 1215 and marking its 800th anniversary this year. The exhibit, which runs through October 2015, explores the language and ideology of constitutionalism and the rule of law. For more information visit

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Nascent and experienced writers and foodies can combine their loves in a threehour workshop Sun., July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. “Greasy Pages Writing” is the brainchild of Larchmont Village resident Paula Panich. She invites participants to bring a cherished recipe or cookbook that belonged to someone they loved who has since passed away; the greasier the pages, the better. Students will combine their memories of the loved one with the recipe or cookbook

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A musical mystery tour, the art of ikebana and writing about your favorite recipe are some of the activities at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens this month at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Little gardeners and explorers ages five to 10 learn about bugs, plants and history and do arts and crafts at Summer Nature Camp, Mon., July 6 through Fri., July 31, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Go on a Classical Mystery Tour with the Pasadena Pops Sat., July 11 featuring music from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, such as “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Let it Be.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, music starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Talent shows, reading clubs, movie screenings and live music MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children and families Recycled remix: Make instruments from recycled and upcycled materials Mon., July 6 at 3 p.m. Hairspray!: Film screens Tues., July 7 at 5 p.m. Rhythm of opera: Learn how story, costumes, set, and music all come together to

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Champagne glass shape attributed to King Charles Why is June the traditional month for weddings and why are they called “weddings?” wonders Suzy Gallagher. Two answers for the price of one. June is named from the Roman goddess Juno, the wife and sister (uh-oh) of Jupiter, and queen of Heaven. She is the special protectress of women and of marriage. Because of this affiliation, Romans always considered June marriages lucky. "Wed" is Old English, and means a pledge. The ring given to the bride by the bridegroom is the tangible token of this word—thereby signifying his pledge to honor and perform his part of the contract. All you potential bridegrooms listening?

*** I’ve heard that the original form of the champagne glass (not the fluted shape) came from a mold made of a woman’s breast. I believe the Professorwoman was of Knowroyal birth but cannot rememIt-All ber her name. Bill Is this fact or Bentley fiction? asks Billy Budd. I don’t know about it being fact, but legend has it that the glass was shaped especially for King Charles II of England (1660-1685) to honor one of his thirteen known mistresses, probably Barbara Villiers. You see, no royal personage was ever more fond of bux-

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noticeS Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students The Harmony Project admits students of any race, color, gender, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. The Harmony Project is a non-profit organization that engages children in the study, practice, and performance of music on an ongoing basis. We provide instruments and quality instruction to deserving students on a scholarship basis. For information, call (323) 462-4311 or write to The Harmony Project at 817 Vine St., Ste. 212, LA, CA 90038



July 2015

Larchmont Chronicle