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Historic restaurants have sensory stories to tell As the city continues to make choices about what to preserve as development pressures increase, it is often interesting to look back at certain types of historic places and the stories they tell. One of the most ephemeral, and yet most beloved, types of public places are restaurants. Here the intersection of architecture and use is often at

its most prominent, and the memories of these establishments involve not only sight, but touch, taste, smell, (and in some cases hearing) as well. Often our association with these places begins in childhood, with memories of special outings and holiday dinners. George Geary, an awardwinning chef, has authored “LA’s Legendary Restaurants:

Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played.” It’s a fascinating combination of historic photographs, restaurant biography, and recipes from the 1920s through the 1980s. For those of us who grew up in Los Angeles, it’s more than a walk down memory lane. Want to try your hand at recreating the Cantonese chicken salad from the Bull-

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Christy McAvoy ock’s Wilshire Tea Room or the spaghetti bolognese from Perino’s? Geary provides the recipes. The good news is… some of these storied establishments are still open for business and their signature dishes can be enjoyed in situ. Musso and Frank’s, the Tam O’Shanter, Formosa Café, Pig N Whistle, Taix, Clifton’s Brookside, Miceli’s, Ben Frank’s (now Mel’s), La Scala, El Cholo, El Coyote, Chez Jay, Dan Tana, and others survive either in their original or second locations. Some, like Chez Jay, have earned landmark status. Others (Pig N Whistle, Musso’s, Clifton’s) are part of historic districts. What a treat for families to continue to pass on these traditions to younger generations. (The former Bullocks’, Southwestern Law School, allows the Tea

Room to be booked for private events.) For those who like to seek out “hidden” Los Angeles or see how the famous boulevards of Wilshire, Sunset, La Cienega and Hollywood have changed over time, the author also identifies sites by address. Interestingly, many of the buildings are still extant, although the eateries and nightclubs which made them famous are long gone. Some have been turned into other clubs and restaurants; others are now auto dealerships or real estate offices. But it is still possible to create a driving tour of these sites and glimpse at least parts of the architecture that made these places so recognizable. Take a drive on the Sunset Strip to glimpse the Cock ‘N’ Bull, Ciro’s, Scandia (for now, until its replacement begins construction), Cyrano, Carlos’N Charlies, Le Dome, and Spago Sunset. Earl Carroll’s building is still at Sunset Blvd. and Argyle Ave., across from the Palladium. And then there are the pho(Please turn to page 3)

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(Continued from page 2) tographs of those truly lost: the Brown Derby Hollywood, Coconut Grove and coffee shop of the Ambassador Hotel, Perino’s, Don the Beachcombers, Trader Vic’s, Schwab’s Drugs, Chasen’s (although part of the façade is a Bristol Farms market on Beverly Blvd.), Tiny Naylor’s and others. These remind us of the rich architectural and culinary heritage lost and the diversity that these places brought to the city. Restaurants and nightclubs are among the most ephemeral of uses, heartily dependent on the stamina of the operators, the taste of the public, economics, and cul-

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tural trends. Those that have survived or been recreated are truly to be celebrated. Thanks to the creativity of George Geary, we have photographs, solid research, and recipes to augment our own memories. Often we are asked what to preserve. Is it enough to preserve the physical building if its historic use changes? Or does all significance lie with the business that inhabited it? Prominent architects designed several of the buildings in this book, and several sites were vested with both architectural and cultural importance. In other cases, the building was a backdrop for the creation of the culinary experience. Sometimes the only way to preserve a significant place is to allow its reuse. This conver-

Conservancy awards SurveyLA among its preservation winners SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, is among recipients of the Los Angeles Conservancy 2017 Preservation Awards. Receiving the Chairman's Award for being the most comprehensive survey ever completed by an American city, SurveyLA identifies and evaluates historic resources. CBS Columbia Square in Hollywood was one of seven recipients of a project award.

Recently, the entertainment center has undergone a rehabilitation and upgrade. Winners will be presented with their awards at the 36th annual luncheon Wed., May 3 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave. The Los Angeles Conservancy has honored excellence in the field of historic preservation through its annual Preservation Awards since 1982, laconservancy.org/awards.

sation continues today. Where do you stand on the spectrum of change? Christy Johnson McAvoy, a

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COUNCILMAN Mitch O’Farrell (left), For the Love of Hollywood emcee Tom LaBonge (right) and honorees Christy McAvoy of Historic Resources Group, Sharon Keyser of Paramount Pictures and Yolanda Brown of Blessed Sacrament Church. Right, a rendering of the proposed park.

ON THE BOARD, front row, seated, left to right, Ginger Tanner, secretary; Julie Stromberg, vice president; Nathalie Rosen; back row, left to right Julie Kim, Vera Borges, treasurer; Heather Brel, Barbara Pflaumer, president; Chris Cordone. (Not pictured: Joe Donnelly and Rick Kraemer).

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Friends threw a gala for Hollywood Central Park City Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu and City Controller Ron Galperin joined host Tom LaBonge to honor the 2017 Real Stars of Hollywood at the Friends of Hollywood Central Park’s annual gala, For the Love of Hollywood, Jan. 12 at the Taglyan Cultural Center. This year’s honors went to Paramount Pictures, Yolanda Brown of Blessed Sacrament Church and Christy McAvoy of Historic Resources Group and

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Hollywood Heritage. The event, now in its eighth year, is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of Hollywood Central Park, who are working to create a 38-acre street-level park over the Hollywood Freeway between Santa Monica and Hollywood boulevards. The park will reunite communities separated for more than 60 years by the freeway, and the park is heralded as a project for creating both jobs and needed open space.

Windsor Village elects new board, plans year ahead Windsor Village Association (WVA) elected new officers at its January board meeting. Filling vacant positions, Barbara Pflaumer was elected president, and Vera Borges was elected treasurer.  Julie Stromberg continues as vice president and Ginger Tanner as secretary.  Board members also include Heather Brel, Chris Cordone, Joe Donnelly, Julie Kim, Rick Kraemer and Nathalie Rosen. The WVA Board will continue to connect neighbors with neighbors, protect architectural treasures and enhance the quality of life in the area through events and projects in 2017, said Pflaumer.   Projects ahead include organizing a block party, further  developing a system  of  Block Captains and Building Captains to communicate and disseminate information to residents, and increasing participation in the neighborhood Facebook page. A two-sided, color postcard made by resident Joe Hoffman is distributed by the group year round.Police, fire and other city services are listed on the back. The front tells neighbors to visit windsorvillage.org.

Marathon winds from stadium to sea March 19 From Dodger Stadium and downtown Los Angeles, past the Pantages Theatre, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and on to Santa Monica, marathon runners will make their way Sun., March 19. They will not be running through Greater Wilshire and Mid-City, so traffic delays should be minimized (except around Metro’s weekend “decking” activity at Wilshire and Fairfax, of course). Other landmarks runners will pass include the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Rodeo Drive, Century City, Purple Heart Hill and Palisades Park. Participants must be 16 years or older on race day to enter the Skechers-sponsored marathon. Go to lamarathon.com.


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FRONT ROW (left to right): Capt. Frank Larez, LAFD Fire Station 29; Honoree Firefighter Michael LaDue; Lyn MacEwen Cohen, president, First-In Fire Foundation; Sandy Boeck, director, vocational service, Wilshire Rotary; Nikki Ezhari, senior field deputy, CD4; Ken Scott, president, Wilshire Rotary Club. Back row: The fire crew from LAFD Fire Station 29, Battalion 1.

Wilshire Rotary honors first responders Angeles Firefighter Michael Ladue, from Station 29. “Since 1932, Wilshire Rotarians have been building friendships and taking on community challenges,” said Wilshire Rotary president Ken Scott. Wilshire Rotary “was proud to partner with First-In-Fire Foundation and honor Fire-

Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles and First-In Fire Foundation recently honored two first responders at “Service Above Self” — Proud to Serve Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.” The event at The Ebell Club honored Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, LAPD Wilshire Division, and Los

fighter Michael Ladue and Police Officer Hebel Rodriguez for their Exemplary Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty,” he added. Wilshire Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at lunch at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles, S. Lucerne Blvd. Visit wilshirerotary.org for more information.

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All roads lead to the neighborhood, and the Blvd.: part II In September 1940, a certain writer made note in her journal about a self-invited dinner guest: “[H]e is an unusually pushing and callous person... It is partly his boundless vitality and partly his thirty years of being an impresario… He is tall and fattish and wears affected clothes... [his] heavy suede shoes had exaggerated square toes. His left eye is larger and higher in his skull and has a mad, mean look to it, like Peter the Great.” M.F.K. Fisher was not, as you can hear, pleased with her guest — and among her arch observations of his other boorishness, she wrote that after three highballs he talked, constantly and heedlessly, for four hours. The guest was Merle Armitage (1893-1975), writer, book collector, printer, and book designer (and sometime impresario) who is revered as one of the sparks of the small renaissance of the book arts that erupted in Southern California during the Great DepresCORRECTION In last month’s Home Ground column, Dr. Henry Bieler’s first name was incorrectly spelled as Harold.

sion. He has been called the “daddy of a sunbaked modernism,” referring to his unfettered and tradition-breaking approach to visual language. One of his books, “Stravin-

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sky,” is a combination of text and stunningly presented photographs of Igor Stravinsky taken by Armitage’s friend Edward Weston. On the cover begins the text. Armitage’s book is still an adventure to the eye. In this intimate world of books, everyone knew one another. The printer Ward Ritchie (1905-1996), in his 1989 volume, “Of Bookmen & Printers” (a compilation of Ritchie’s previously published essays), estimates that in 1930s downtown Los Angeles, on just the few blocks of W. Sixth St. from Grand almost to Figueroa, half a million books were for sale. Los Angeles had a population of 1.2 million then, and there were enough book sell-

ers, collectors, buyers, and designers that certain shops had their specialties, clienteles, and local bibliophiles combing the stacks. The J.W. Robinson Dept. Store on Seventh St. had a major book section (and Chronicle publisher John Welborne’s mother worked there as a bookseller in the 30s and early 40s). Certain older collectors of Californiana congregated in Dawson’s Book Shop, opened in 1905, which was then in its third location, at 627 S. Grand Ave. Younger writers and artists, such as Merle Armitage and Paul Landacre, could be found with Jake Zeitlin, who kept a shop for 60 years. Ward Ritchie also has some choice, dry-as-a-good-martini, words about Armitage. His essay about the designer is titled “Merle Armitage: His Many Loves and Varied Lives,” with this headnote, italicized in the book: Here are some intimate details not generally known of Armitage’s life. He was a colorful impresario, lothario, and maverick designer…. His retinue of wives also reveals his versatility. “Of Bookmen & Printers” was published by Dawson’s Book Shop, 535 N. Larchmont Blvd.

DAWSON'S Book Shop opening on Larchmont Blvd. in 1968.

The N. Larchmont location of Dawson’s was its fifth and final bricks-and-mortar home place, built in 1968 and closed in 2010. (The Dawson family still owns the building.) It was the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the city. Dawson’s lives on into a third generation. Michael Dawson followed his grandfather, father, and uncle into the rare-book business. It was he who closed shop on Larchmont; he now conducts the business online. I asked him about the Dawson history of publishing books, which he said began

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in a small way in the 1920s. In the 1950s, his uncle Glen Dawson began publishing large series, among them the “Early California Travel Series” (50 volumes) and a 17-volume series titled “Los Angeles Miscellany.” Among the books Michael Dawson offers online is a monograph of the photography of Brett Weston, “designed by his long time friend, Merle Armitage... [who] met Brett Weston in the 1920s when he became close friends with Edward Weston.” Therein, no doubt, hangs a delicious tale.

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‘A day which will live in infamy’… ‘Allegiance’ and ‘Infamy’ Presidents’ Day weekend of 2017, just celebrated, had certain bitter aspects this year. The Sunday of the weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the February 19, 1942, issuance by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of what now assuredly must be considered the “infamous” Presidential Executive Order 9066. That presidential Executive Order — “Instructions to All Persons of JAPANESE Ancestry…” — led to virtually all of the Japanese Americans (emphasis on “Americans”) living on the West Coast of the United States being evacuated from their homes, ultimately to reside for years in barracks in camps surrounded by barbed wire and machine guns in guard towers. “Allegiance,” a musical Also on that anniversary Sun-

LOCAL LEADER and actor, George Takei, spent a decade working to create what became the musical “Allegiance,” in which he had a starring role as an internee (an experience he also had in the real world as a child).

day this year, across the United States in movie theaters in hundreds of cities, Americans had the opportunity to attend a powerful, tears-inducing Broadway musical, “Allegiance,” that previously played on Broadway for 150 performances over four months to an audience of approximately 120,000 people. See: allegiancemusical.com.

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John Welborne That number of theater attendees — 120,000 — is, ironically, about the number of elderly, middle-aged and young men and women, plus children, who were ordered to take only what they could carry, essentially one suitcase, and stand on the street for buses and trucks to move them to “assembly centers.” In Southern California, those included the horse stalls at Santa Anita Racetrack. From there and sometimes after many months, these citizens were put in train cars and taken out to desert and swamp locations where the new American concentration camps (“relocation centers”) had been constructed. “Concentration camp” is a hotbutton word for many people, especially those who survived, or those who are descendants of people murdered during, the Nazi Holocaust in Europe. But, as described in “Infamy,”

the informative book — also a page-turner — by Richard Reeves, the term “was commonly used in government offices during those years to describe the officially named relocation centers around the country. Among those who called them concentration camps was the president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” At least, in America, these were not extermination camps, unless you were interned there and decided to walk away, with all the machine guns in the guard towers facing inside. Such a walk could lead to loss of life and, in some cases, did. This tragic episode of American life, started by the reaction to Imperial Japan’s murderous December 7, 1941, sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, described that very day by President Roosevelt as “a day which will live in infamy,” is depicted well in “Allegiance,” the musical. This memorable theatrical experience has an important Larchmont-local aspect. Working for nearly a decade to bring this story to the stage was a well-known Los Angeles leader, also a local resident, and also an amazing actor in the musical. That gentleman is our neighborhood’s George Takei. Takei, at age 5, was evacuated with his family from Los Angeles and subsequently spent four years interned, first at Santa Anita Racetrack, then in a camp in Rowher, Arkansas (see: tinyurl. com/jg64aww), and finally — because his parents took a principled stand against a notori-

CHADO TEA ROOM at JANM is the setting for Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society post-tour high tea. Photo by IGE Photography

ous loyalty questionnaire — in Northern California, just below the Oregon border, at Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated. See: nps.gov/ tule. Camps like these largely have been obliterated, but Southern Californians driving on Highway 395 can turn off that road and visit the desolate area of Manzanar National Historic Site. See: nps.gov/manz. Americans are fortunate that “Allegiance,” the musical, has been filmed. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a future theatrical screening, do so. Change your plans and go. Not only is “Allegiance” a tale based on history, it also is a wonderful theatrical presen-

tation of talented Broadway singers, dancers and actors. Lead actors are Lea Salonga (star of “Miss Saigon”), Telly Leung, Christópheren Nomura, Michael K. Lee, and, of course, Hancock Park’s George Takei. See allegiancemusical.com. Historical Society at JANM An even easier way to learn about this horrible misjudgment by elected American leaders, including elected officials in California state government, is to take a trip downtown, to Little Tokyo. This is what members of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society did recently. Their trip to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo, at Cen(Please turn to page 15)

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Drago suggests a beautifullydesigned car, with comfortable leather and fabric banquettes, and an overlapping neon circle ceiling fixture that references a car brand’s logo. A wall of windows offers a glimpse of the museum’s displays. It’s not easy planning a menu for families with young children and destination diners alike. Sophisticated risotto with butternut squash, zucchini flower and hazelnut, and veal chop with truffle potato puree don’t pander to the PB&J set, but you will also find a burger on the lunch menu, pizzas on both, and who doesn’t love spaghetti with meat balls? Lunch service has found its niche, but Friday dinner was nearly empty. However, the jazzy music and friendly waiter made for a welcoming atmosphere. The Drago brothers have a way with pasta, and so I tried the pappardelle with pheasant and morels. Excellent. Spaghetti with shrimp, calamari, bay scallops, mussels and clams was perfectly cooked, from the al dente pasta to the sweet little scallops. Wagyu beef carpaccio was deeply satisfying. We loved the flavorful pan-roasted branzino with Sardinian couscous, clams, and celery root. Save room for dessert: the prosecco-passion fruit sabayon with berries was revelatory. They are planning to open a tree-lined dining patio under the building’s ribbon canopy as soon as permitting allows. Starters are in the low teens to mid-$20s. Mains from mid$20s to mid-$30s. Full bar, with an extensive selection of Italian wines. Drago Ristorante, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (in the Petersen Museum), 323-800-2244. • • •

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Helene Seifer On the National Register of Historic Places, the Hollywood Historic Hotel smartly capitalized on its beautiful Art Deco details when opening what seems to have become the watering hole the neighborhood wanted. Old World charm awaits behind ornamental ironwork doors: a beautiful carved wood bar dominates the far wall, and coffered ceilings and Deco lamps complete the look. Although The Edmon has a full menu, it’s the drinks you

Art promotes meditation at Jill Joy Gallery Appetizers, dessert and a silent auction are part of the bill of fare at the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) fundraiser being hosted by Jill Joy Gallery, 456 S. La Brea Ave., Fri., March 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will raise funds for DLF’s programs, such as teaching Transcendental Meditation to people suffering from trauma and PTSD, including veterans, at-risk students and women and girls who have suffered abuse, prison inmates and the homeless. A suggested $20 donation at the door enters attendees in the art raffle of original oil paintings from the gallery’s Consciousness Series, on view through March 25. For more information, visit jilljoy.com/dlf or call 747-2346408.

really want. Grab a seat at the bar, or join the young professionals standing alongside, as they down their Old Cubans and scotch old-fashioneds. The menu is about as varied as it gets, including burgers, squash falafel, smoked hamachi, and rack of wild boar. We didn’t try the more ambitious dishes and were not impressed with what we got. We returned the bruleed oysters and clams, which tasted old and funky, and the meager calamari skewers were decently fried, but unexciting. Our Manhattans eased the pain. Starters are $13-$17; mains $17-$27; big meaty plates $59$85. The Edmon, 5168 Melrose Ave., 323-645-5225. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com.

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Zoot Suit in shiny new production; O’Neill at his best It’s been almost 40 years since Zoot Suit, written and directed by Luis Valdez, premiered at the Mark Taper Forum here in Los Angeles. In a shiny new production featuring a company of 25 triple-threat actor-singerdancers, the play centers on the events surrounding the infamous Sleepy Lagoon murder in Los Angeles. The action takes place between 1942 and 1944. This play with music follows Henry Reyna (Matias Ponce) and his three compatriots as they are convicted and imprisoned for the crime. Shadowed throughout by the zoot-suited El Pachuco (Demian Bichir, playing the part of Edward James Olmos, who was present at the gala opening night), he is part host

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Geffen honors Jones, Brooks Geffen Playhouse will honor Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning artists Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks at its 15th annual  Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser.   The event will be held on Sun., March 19, in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.   “Backstage at the Geffen is a beloved Geffen Playhouse tradition for artists and art-lovers alike. Year after year, the event brings together the artistic community’s most prominent players to share the magic of live performance through funny and heartfelt stories,” said Geffen executive director and Hancock Park resident Gil Cates, Jr. After 17 years as artistic director, Randall Arney, Windsor Square, recently stepped down to pursue directorial pursuits. For more information, visit geffenplayhouse.org/backstage  or call 310-208-6500, ext. 112.

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Patricia Foster Rye for the evening, part storyteller, and at one point, when stripped of his identifying costume, part god and devil. The lively songs are by Lalo Guerrero. Reyna and his gang are defended by George Shearer (Brian Abraham) and their cause is championed by reporter Alice Bloomfield (Tiffany Dupont). The authentic and pitch-perfect choreography is by Maria Torres. Production credits are outstanding, especially the authentic costume design by Ann ClossFarley. Through April 2, Center

Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave. Los, 213 628-2772, centertheatregroup.org. 4 Stars • • • Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, takes place during a single day in the seaside home of the Tyrone family. Mother Mary (Jane Kaczmarek) has recently returned from a sanatorium where she was treated for morphine addiction. Patriarch James Tyrone (Alfred Molina) is struggling with looming financial difficulties. Their youngest son Edmond (Colin Woodell) has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. And son James. Jr. (Stephen Louis Grush) worries about his mother’s potential relapse. Despite the length of the evening (the play is performed with one intermission

DEMIAN BICHIR, playing part host, storyteller, god and the devil ­— Edward James Olmos in the earlier production — and Matias Ponce, with the ensemble cast of the revival of “Zoot Suit.”

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'13 Minutes,' 'Gold,' and period piece make for good cinema also tells how an ordinary man of no particular background or training can perform heroically. In German. Opens March 17. Gold (8/10): When a film starts with the statement that the film is “inspired by true events,” I normally take what I then view with a grain of salt. However the fictionalization of what actually happened is so well done that

it is not only appropriate, but necessary, to make this story cinematic and as compelling as it is. It’s highlighted by an overthe-top performance by Oscarwinner Matthew McConaughey, equally good performances by Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron’s daughter), and exceptional cinematography of the jungle.

Live by Night (7/10): I’m a sucker for good period pieces and, with some exceptions, this is a good one. The big exception is the weak acting performance by director Ben Affleck who displays his starkly limited range in a role that demands a lot more. Ben should stick to directing, where he excels. The Founder (5/10): Just

as Shakespeare’s “Richard III” was a Tudor hit job on the last King from the House of York, this is a hit job on Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonald’s into what it is. Most of the info in the film came from the McDonald brothers’ grandson, Jason French, and the story is told from their POV, so what’s in the film defaming Kroc actually should be taken with a grain of salt. Michael Keaton’s performance is not up to his generally high standard. The Space Between Us (5/10): One expects plotholes and impossible occurrences in sci-fi films. But the silliness of

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Tony Medley many of its scenes is what keeps this movie from being as entertaining as it could have been. A Cure for Wellness (2/10): Lowlighted by cartoonish-looking characters at the outset that almost look as if they are animation, and a story that makes no logical sense whatsoever, this horror film that lasts for 2-1/2 hours is 2-1/2 hours too long. John Wick Chapter 2 (0/10): One of the most deplorable, shamefully violent films I’ve seen, this consists of little more than Keanu Reeves graphically shooting as many people as possible in the head, basically the same scene over and over and over. In an Aug. 23, 2013 “New York Times” Op Ed piece, forensic psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, Praveen R. Kambam, and H. Eric Bender wrote, “There is now consensus that exposure to media violence is linked to actual violent behavior — a link (Please turn to page 15)

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(Continued from page 10) tral Avenue and First Street, was enjoyable even though some of the subject matter on display clearly is horrifying. The Historical Society’s pleasant day included high tea in one of the city’s bestkept secrets, the welcoming and restful Chado Tea Room adjoining JANM’s garden. Another way to learn about this difficult period of American history is by reading. “Infamy,” a book Just some months ago, on Larchmont Blvd., there was what may have been the largest turnout for a Chevalier’s Books author program. The evening featured a fascinating dialogue between Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima and author Richard

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(Continued from page 14) found by many scholars to be on par with the correlation of exposure to secondhand smoke and the risk of lung cancer. In a meta-analysis of 217 studies published between 1957 and 1990, the psychologists George Comstock and Haejung Paik found that the short-term effect of exposure to media violence on actual physical violence against a

“INFAMY,” the book about the Japanese American internment that started in 1942, is discussed before a standingroom-only crowd at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Blvd. Pictured are author Richard Reeves, left, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima, right.

Reeves. Judge Tashima is the third Asian American and first Japanese American ever to be appointed to a United States Court of Appeals. Reeves is the author of 2015’s “Infamy: The person was moderate to large in strength.” It’s disgraceful that Hollywood keeps foisting upon viewers movies like this that glorify viciousness and desensitize people to bestial brutality. But I guess I’m whistling Dixie when I hope for integrity in Hollywood. Recommended reading: Two good mysteries: “The Girl Before” by J.D. Delaney and “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena.

Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.” The moderator / interviewer at Chevalier’s was O’Melveny & Myers lawyer Carolyn Kubota. The program at Chevalier’s was fascinating, but the book — with its much greater detail — is even more so. Author Reeves thoroughly reviews the available literature on the internment, and his book gives a clear view of the personal tragedies inflicted upon American families of Japanese descent. Many of those families are from Los Angeles. Not just the Takeis, but also others, such as merchants in Little Tokyo whose lives were uprooted and

whose businesses were ruined. While you may have to wait to see “Allegiance” again in theaters, you can go to Che-

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Meditate, knit, quilt, get fit, find support and more at the library MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Teens Teen program: Mondays March 6, 13 and 20 at 4 p.m. Adults Book club: Meets Fri., March 3 at 1 p.m. and Sat., March 25 at 4 p.m. Tuesday @ the movies: Free film on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Book sale: Tuesdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fun & games for adults: Board and card games Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Knitting circle: Spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m.

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View cherry blossoms and learn about heirloom tomatoes at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Cherry Blossom Festival Enjoy spring’s flowering plants while listening to Japanese folk music, learn origami and taste tempura at the Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturdays, March 4 and 11 and Sundays, March 5 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cherry trees will be on sale at the gift shop, and discovery stations will be available to learn more about them. There will also be live music, guided walks, an origami station where people can learn the art of paper folding and the Camellia Lounge will be serving Japanese-influenced cuisine.


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The Professor explains a few old words, phrases Peacocks, rocks, spring plant

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young horned animal, which is rubbed off as the animal matures. • • • During World War II the Germans had a “fifth column.” To what did that refer? queries Peter Fagerholm. Traitors; those citizens within a country who worked for the enemy, often by infiltrating into key positions and seeking to undermine the body politic from within. The origin of the phrase is attributed to one General Mola, who, in the

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See peacocks, pick up tomatoes and other plants, and learn more about rocks, gems and minerals at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. See the variety of rocks, gems, geodes and minerals on display at the Monrovia Rock Hounds Show and Sale Sat., March 4 and Sun., March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Load up on native plants, veggies and herbs for the garden at the Arboretum’s spring plant sale at the Garden and Gift Shop Fri., March 24 and Sun., March 26 from 9 a.m. to to 4:30 p.m. Or come by on Sat., March 25 and hear Chris-

tine Anthony of Renee's Garden speak on tomatoes from 10 to 11 a.m. A sale follows the talk. Day with the peacocks Spend the day with the resident peacocks at the Arboretum Sat., March 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will guided walks, a talk, and a craft station. Kids are encouraged to dress up as peacocks. There will also be Indian food at the Peacock Café, inspired by the peacocks’ native country and a peacock-themed art exhibit at the library. For more information on these and other activities call 626-821-3222 or visit arboretum.org.

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Hummingbirds, clivia show and sale at Huntington Learn about hummingbirds and better methods for nature photography, and view prizewinning clivia displays this month at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Author and hummingbird

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