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Fourth season of popular show features 118-yearold funicular.

Tickets on sale this month for Los Angeles Conservancy’s popular film series.

Petersen exhibit features custom bikes from around the globe.

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Tickets to go on sale for film series in historic venues

Ticket sales to the general public for the Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats film series begin Wed., April 11 at 10 a.m. The popular series features classic films screened in the Broadway Historic District and other venues. The films will be shown on Wednesdays and Saturdays in June. This year’s line-up includes some firsts. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” kicks off the series Sat., June 2 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s the first time the Beaux Arts style State is part of the series. “Kiss of the Spider Woman” plays Sat., June 9 at the Mil-

H i t c h c o c k ’s “The Birds” plays Sat., June 16 at 8 p.m. at Los Angeles Theatre. Buster Keaton is in “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” Wed., June 20 at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum. See “The Joy “WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?” will Luck Club” Sat., June 23 at 6 p.m. screen at the Los Angeles Theatre. at the San Gabriel lion Dollar Theatre. Mission Playhouse, “In the Heat of the Night” amid tapestries from the King screens Wed., June 13 at 8 p.m. of Spain. The Mission makes its at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. debut in the series, which be“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” gan in 1988. screens Sat., June 16 at 2 p.m. at For more information visit Los Angeles Theatre. laconservancy.org.

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After delay, The Sevens ‘small lot’ homes to be ready this spring

By Rachel Olivier After almost a year’s delay, developer BLDG Partners is ready to make “The Sevens,” at 4701 Wilshire Blvd., available for sale. Since last July, when the Larchmont Chronicle reported on the development of the lot at the junction of Rimpau and Wilshire boulevards, the real estate brokers (Partners Trust at the time, now part of Pacific Union) have received requests for information on the properties from more than 400 qualified buyers. However, the developers were beset by delays from the City of Los Angeles. There were connection problems with the Dept. of Water and

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Power and difficulties with the Dept. of Transportation in figuring out a proper traffic signal near the driveway of the development.

The project was also the victim of a burglary, and many of the new appliances were stolen. At last, despite the setbacks, the homes will now be ready

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Park Mile Specific Plan,” said Derek Leavitt, principal and co-founder at Modative, the architecture firm behind The Sevens. According to Leavitt, these are the largest small-lot homes in Los Angeles. The previously undeveloped lot had been owned by the Polish government, who sold it to BLDG Partners at auction. For information or to schedule a private tour, contact Diana Knox at diana.knox@ pacunionla.com or visit thesevensla.com.

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‘He’s back!’ King Tut tickets on sale perhaps for last time in Los Angeles

By John Welborne “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” tickets are now available. Although the exhibit at the California Science Center in Exposition Park runs through the end of the year, it is expected to sell out. Three previous visits of Tutankhamun artifacts to Los Angeles, to the Los Angeles County Art Museum in 1962,

1978 and 2005, resulted in long lines as more than 2.3 million visitors viewed the belongings of the ancient boy king. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who ruled between 1332 and 1323 B.C. and is best known as “King Tut.” In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the young king’s tomb, sparking a

renewed interest in Egyptian history and artifacts. Millions of local visitors Another way to look at the previous local attendance of 2.3 million is that that represents nearly 60 percent of the present four million population of the City of Los Angeles. Nearly two thirds of the population bought tickets to view at least some of these ancient Egyptian artifacts over the

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cumulative 21 months that the materials previously have been in our city! There is no reason to think that Los Angeles demand will be any less this time, a trip that the sponsors from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities say will be the last visit for King Tut materials going on display outside of Egypt. Anniversary exhibition This is a new exhibition that celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. The exhibition will travel throughout Europe following its inauguration here in Los Angeles. Its collection represents the largest assembly of artifacts and gold from Tutankhamun’s tomb ever on public display outside of Egypt, and it includes more than 150 real artifacts, triple what has ever toured before. Forty percent of the items on display are traveling outside of Egypt for the first — and last — time. “Last” because the plan is that these materials, following the tour, will return to Egypt, once and for all, to be placed on permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum under construction in Giza. Objects interpreted Unlike past tours of Tut artifacts, “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” is exclusively focused on interpreting the significance and meaning of what was found in Tutankhamun’s 3,300-yearold tomb. Among the many important works on display is a gilded wooden figure of Tutankhamun on a skiff, throwing a harpoon. There are many, many more.

GILDED WOODEN FIGURE of Tutankhamun on a skiff, throwing a harpoon, on view locally. Photo: Laboratoriorosso, Italy

A significant feature of what visitors will find at the Science Center are exhibit cases containing many exquisite small items created for the Boy King to use in life or in death, including rings found on his fingers, the opulent jewelry on his body and the gold sandals that were placed on the 19-year-old’s feet prior to burial. Explaining these and other pieces are multimedia displays that also describe the process through which archeologists have found and preserved the artifacts. Mayor Eric Garcetti presided at a press preview three days before the exhibit opened on March 24. There, California Science Center president Jeff Rudolph said the exhibit includes “nine distinct experiential galleries on two floors of the museum, 3-D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom soundscapes and more.” And it really does. Get tickets! For information and tickets: californiasciencecenter.org

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(Continued from page 3) be sure not to miss. (The Pyramid of Giza survives.) Today there are many versions of such lists: World Heritage Sites, National Register of Historic Places, etc. Common inclusions are the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Stonehenge, Petra, Chichen Itza, and the Taj Mahal. As an architectural aficionado, I have my favorites. And as an inveterate traveler, I have been fortunate to see a number of them in person. Years

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ago, I created a kind of architectural “bucket list” — sites both here and abroad that I would like to see if the opportunity presented itself. On that list: the Great Wall, Sagrada Familia, Durham Cathedral, Versailles, Chichen Itza, the Pyramids, and the Taj Mahal. So it was with great anticipation that I set out a few weeks ago to see the Taj, a “love letter in marble” built between 1631 and 1653 by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Gleaming marble It did not disappoint. The site has been undergoing a thorough cleaning and resto-

ration for the past three years, and the marble, after enduring years of yellowing due to pollution, now gleams with a whiteness that is hard to describe. We’ve all seen pictures, but we often fail to remember that the Taj is a part of a walled complex, reached through a series of gardens and carefully crafted entry points which do not allow a view of the building until one is almost upon it. The central water feature allows a reflection, a double image of perfection. Even knowing what to expect, I was speechless,  and

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moved. Even with thousands of visitors, I felt for a moment like I was the only one there. My travel companions were not architects, but all were moved by the experience. We talked about the effect of the building for days, the calming, the purity, the symmetry, and the details. We were in India, which has architectural delights around every corner (several built by Shah Jahan) that are practically unknown outside the country. It was a transformative experience, and it is amazing how an inanimate object can do that. But that is what

great beauty does. My bucket list is getting shorter, and I have many favorite architectural gems right here at home. I urge you to visit yours in person, whether at home or abroad, to have that momentary immersion in a place that will take you out of everyday life. It doesn’t have to be a journey halfway around the world, but on the other hand… [Editor’s note: This year’s winner of the coveted Pritzker Prize for Architecture is contemporary Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi from Pune, India.]

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Grandfather’s cabinets of curiosities are at new ICA, Getty

An exhibit at the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), housed in a renovated downtown industrial building on Seventh Street, gives the viewer a chance to ponder a few delicious and very human questions. “Grandfather: A Pioneer Like

Us” is a restaged 1974 exhibition that the famed boundary-pushing Swiss curator, Harald Szeemann (d. 2005), made of the personal collections (1,200 objects!) of the curator’s grandfather, Étienne Szeemann (1873-1971), a wellknown European hairdress-

er and inventor of a permanent wave machine and other implements for his trade. Harald Szeemann first staged these cabinets of curiosities at his own apartment in Bern. The foremost question the exhibit raises for me is one of gauging the effects of aston-

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ishing, restructured intimacy. Grandfather! One can almost feel him in the small rooms, ready to explain, in obsessive detail, exactly how that terrifying-looking permanent wave machine works. (Hope he was as good with electrical current as he was with pinching curls.) The curators (an impressive list of four) have designed a cozy multi-roomed apartment within ICA LA, which is itself an intimate, refreshing space, with an exhibition footprint of 7,500 square feet. Opened in September 2017, ICA LA is the reborn Santa Monica Museum of Art, closed in 2015. The industrial space was transformed by the astonishing firm wHY, led by architect Kulapat Yantrasast. This astonishing architect and his Culver City interdisciplinary firm also were responsible for the reimagining of Windsor Square’s former Scottish Rite Cathedral into the new Marciano Art Foundation. But back to Gramps. Étienne Szeemann apparently saved everything. Hairdressing magazines, wigs, curlers (some of his own design and manufacture, in original boxes), hairpins, wig stands; furniture, family photographs and documents; light

bulbs, coffee grinders, beer steins. The visitor is not just seeing these objects, including the grandparents’ beds, but is experiencing the equivalent

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of the permanent wave — the timeless environment of people who lived until their 90s in the same apartment for more than a half-century. Why, oh why, is this exhibit so compelling? After all, many of us have bits and pieces from grandparents. (I have embroidered pillowcases, a few pieces of glass, a 1940s fragile pink chenille bathrobe...) I can’t help but to wonder: Who is the curator and who is the curated? In a video interview, the grandson offers this explanation for the compelling-ness: “Life is made visible in the form of an exhibition.” No kidding. This being Los Angeles, ICA LA and grossvater can’t have (Please turn to page 9)

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The Los Angeles Conservancy 37th annual preservation awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Wed., May 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each year, the Conservancy recognizes large-scale projects, grassroots efforts, people and educational programs that have helped preserve Los Angeles history. This year’s winners include the Streamline Modernestyle Gilmore service station at Willoughby and Highland in Hollywood that is now a Starbucks coffee location, the

Freehand hotel conversion of an office building in downtown Los Angeles, Silvertop in Silver Lake, Salkin House in Echo Park, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Lankershim Depot in North Hollywood, the Glendale Central Library, and the City of San Gabriel for updating its historic preservation and cultural resource ordinance. The Chairman’s Award will go to the Hauser & Wirth building in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets start at $150. For more information, visit laconservancy.org/awards.


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CLOSE-UPS OF a wig stand and wig (side and back).

INSTALLATION views of “Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us (1974).” Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Feb. 4 - April 22, 2018. Photos by Brian Forrest

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the last word on the grandson. At the Getty Research Institute (GRI), you can see the exhibit “Museum of Obsessions,” part of Harald Szeemann’s vast archive, acquired by the GRI in 2013. Szeemann mounted about 150 European shows in his

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early on how art was to play a role in the developing reality of globalism. Now that’s two too many – isms to suit me, so you can promptly forget about them. Szeemann called his own archive the “Museum of Obsessions” which brings me to the

lifetime, and he collected bits and pieces relating to them, and honestly, just about everything else connected to “avant gardes, utopias and visionaries, geographies, and grandfathers” — the first three are categories in the GRI show. He was an advocate for “conceptual art and postminimalism,” and understood

reason to see these exhibits. They are a rare opportunity to live in someone else’s astonishingly fertile mind. And in the case of “Grandfather” at the ICA LA, in two familial fertile minds. Well, if you add the architect’s mind, and the minds of the curators — you see what

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I mean. ICA LA is a feast. Go. You still have time. “Grandfather” closes on April 22, and besides, ICA LA offers free admission, as does the Getty Center, where the GRI show closes on May 6. ICA LA is at 1717 E. Seventh St.

Marciano Foundation presented talks on works of Millard Sheets The Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) was the venue in March for a conversation between two scholars concerning Millard Sheets, designer of the early-1960s Scottish Rite Cathedral building in Windsor Square, now the Marciano Art Foundation. Laura MacDonald and Adam Arenson discussed the artist’s life and work at a sold-out event on the Foundation’s top floor. The timing was related to the

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The fourth season of the popular Amazon Prime television series, “Bosch,” based on Michael Connelly’s detective novels, kicks off April 13, and Chronicle publisher John Welborne re- ‘BOSCH’ SEASON FOUR features ports that Angels Flight Angels Flight. has a featured role. Photo by Michael Connelly

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Doctors Symphony heralds spring at Ebell Lounge April 29

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra will perform a program that heralds the exuberance of spring Sun., April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Lounge at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. The program, “A Spring Bouquet,” includes Cop-

land’s “Appalachian Spring,” Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A minor,” and “Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major” by Beethoven. The performance will be under the direction of Ivan Shulman. Award-winning pianist Beth Nam will perform. A silent auction opens at 2

p.m. in the Grand Salon, and a reception will follow the concert. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $25; teens and children enter free. To reserve, visit EbellEventTickets.com, or call 323-931-1277. Parking is free in the east lot on Lucerne Blvd.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will celebrate its 50th anniversary season and its distinguished roots with “The Golden Gala” Sat., April 14 at 5 p.m., beginning with a concert at the Mark Taper Forum, LACO’s original home. The evening at the Music Center includes a dinner and after-party at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The gala honors the families of LACO’S founding members

Jim Arkatov, Joseph Troy, Sir Neville Marriner and Richard Colburn. The program features soloist Andrew Marriner, clarinet, son of Sir Neville Marriner, LACO’s first music director, and Rumer Willis, who performs hits from the Golden Age. The event benefits LACO’s artistic and educational activities. Gala tickets start at $750. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra call 213-622 7001, or visit laco.org.

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Calling all screenwriters! Submissions are open for the screenplay competition at the 19th annual Ojai Film Festival, which takes place from Thurs., Nov 1 to Sun., Nov. 11. “We added this screenplay competition to the festival in order to celebrate the very starting point of the creative process — the story,” said Bruce Novotny, Screenplay Competition chairman. Screenplays are submitted from all over the world. Winning scripts get a live table read. Among other perks are lodging and passes to the Ojai Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony, special recognition and a trophy. Early-bird deadline is Sun., April 1. Regular deadline is Tues., May 1. Late deadline is Fri., June 1. Extended deadline is Sun., July 1. Fees range from $25 to $55.

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Con servancy looks ahead next 40 years

The Los Angeles Conservancy is not resting on its laurels but looking ahead — to the next 40 years — in a panel discussion Thurs., April 5 at the Los Angeles Central Library. It was the library’s proposed demolition four decades ago that inspired the Conservancy’s formation. The event, “The Future of Preservation in Los Angeles; the Next 40 Years,” takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St. Panelists include Margaret Bach, founding president, Los Angeles Conservancy, and Christopher Hawthorne, who will no longer be architecture critic at the “Los Angeles Times,” but will be in his first month as Mayor Garcetti’s first chief design officer. Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s AirTalk and a fourth-generation Angeleno, will moderate. Issues addressed include density and housing and how preservation will play a role in the city’s future. Reservations are $20 for members; $25 for the general public. Visit laconservancy.org for more information.

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Pasadena Showcase House of Design — called “The Overlook” for its once panoramic views — is a 12,000-squarefoot Mediterranean estate built in 1915. Designed by architect Reginald Davis Johnson at a cost of $14,000, more than 20 interior and exterior designers have participated in creating this year’s showcase villa and garden. The home and garden tour opens Sun., April 22 and continues to Sun., May 20. Features of the home include a carved double door entry and two-story grand foyer with modern, oversized chandeliers, marble floors, soaring ceilings, spiraling pillars, modern glass balustrades, and oversized windows and French doors. In its 54th year, its proceeds benefit multiple, local musicoriented programs. Complimentary parking and shuttle service is available at Santa Anita Race Track. Showcase House is open every day except Monday. Hours are Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $5. Visit pasadenashowcase.org.

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‘Festival of Books’ returns to USC April 21-22 Books, authors, readers, and almost everything and everyone in between will be at the “Los Angeles Times Festival of Books” at USC Sat., April 21 and Sun., April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. both days. Book lovers can choose from a variety of topics and speakers

and panelists. Exhibitors will range from 826LA, which offers free tutoring to kids in Mar Vista and Echo Park, to Write Brain Books (located on Larchmont) that creates wordless books for which kids can write the stories.

Food and beverages and booths for art and book-type crafts also will be available. The festival is free, but tickets are needed to get into certain talks or conversations. They will be available beginning Sun., April 15. Visit events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

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International, earthy flavors to be enjoyed on Third Street

Chicken, pot roast, mashed potatoes, or perhaps a giant bowl of pasta usually come to mind when contemplating comfort food, but Middle Eastern cuisine can be equally soothing — think silky hummus, or steaming couscous and braised lamb with stacks of fluffy pita. Jaffa, a new Israeli restaurant on Third, provides a beautiful indoor/outdoor space in which to explore the earthiness of this fare. Large open windows connect the glowing dining room with the awning-covered patio out front. A large bar takes

prominence inside, surrounded by simple wooden tables. Rustic sandstone walls recall Jaffa’s namesake ancient neighborhood in Tel Aviv, while Chef/Partner Anne Conness and Executive Chef Santos Navarro marry traditional tastes with newer cravings. $9.50 Kubaneh Bread, a pan tightly packed with four Yemenite pull-apart rolls, was okay, but the two accompanying dips made them soar: grated tomato was refreshing; zhug, a cilantro and parsley sauce, was addicting. A $12 plate of thinsliced charred eggplant driz-

Wine & Dine: Six California Wineries This wine tasting reception will feature 18 wines from six notable wineries. The evening will include plentiful hors d’oeuvres from Ebell Executive Chef Dan Cincis. Thursday, April 19 | 7:00-9:00 pm

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zled with tahini is topped with chopped pistachios and pomegranate seeds. I loved the visual and literal pop of the pomegranate contrasting with the mainly soft textures, but the eggplant flavor got lost in the mix. North African Chickpea Stew was a warming, spicy bowl of garbanzos, romano beans, dukkah (a blend of various ground nuts and spice seeds) and chilis for $13.50. Cauliflower laced with turmeric and dried plums also provided warming and flavorful bites. Jaffa, 8048 W. Third St., 323-433-4978. • • • Stealthily the modern Mexican restaurant Mercado has been developing an empire in Los Angeles. Established in Santa Monica in 2012, its second location at Third and Fairfax has thrived for four years, perhaps longer than anything else that tried that space. It has since spread to

Asian tapas at former ‘Larchmont’ site

Culver City’s Fin restaurant owners Michael Flanagan and Gerardo Reyes have opened a second location at 5750 Melrose Ave., formerly The Larchmont and The Larchmont Grill. The building has been renovated and has darker woods and a slightly modern Asian feel in its lighting and design. Menu items range from sashimi, sushi, and gyoza (dumplings), to tacos, lamb chops and truffle mashed potatoes.

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Helene Seifer Hollywood. The Third Street space is attention-grabbing from the street since traffic inevitably halts for a long red light at its corner. Since the wall-sized front window fully opens, it’s hard not to notice tables full of happy margaritaswilling taco eaters. I headed there for a mother-son night out and, of course, we started with guacamole – a heaping bowl of chunky avocados, seasoned with serrano peppers, cilantro, red onions, salsa and spicy pepitas. Delicious with freshly made tortilla chips, $12. Razor-thin jicama slices, rather than tortillas, wrapped

crispy sweet shrimp, Mexican slaw, and chile de arbol aioli. This $11 two-taco plate wasn’t as soulful as the corn tortilla variety, but it had its charm. Choriqueso mixed melted cheeses with chorizo crumbles, diced poblanos and mushrooms. We would have loved this $12 dip as a bar snack with a beer or some reposado tequila, but another chip-dipper felt redundant after the guac. We were ready for something more substantial, and the excellent carnitas were a perfect choice. This quintessentially homey Mexican dish presented a huge hunk of slow-cooked pork served over cauliflower with escabeche. I can rarely resist carnitas, and this $25 version is one of the best I’ve had. Mercado, 7910 W. Third St., 323-944-0947. Contact Helene at onthmenu@ larchmontchronicle.com.

Get all of your holiday meal fixings at Original Farmers Market

Passover and Easter are just around the corner, but you don’t need to go far to get ingredients for those special holiday meals. Head to the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., for nuts for the charoset at Magee’s House of Nuts. Find spices and seasonings for your dishes and sauces at Dragnura Spice Bazaar. Vegetables for salads and side dishes are at Farm Boy Produce, Farm Fresh Produce and Greenhouse. Eggs for the meal or to help the Easter Bunny with his egg hunts can be purchased from Farmers Market Poultry and Marconda’s Puritan Poultry. Brisket and lamb can be bought at Marconda’s Meats and Huntington Meats. Round out your holiday meal with

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From ‘Larchmont’s Got Talent’ to Pantages Few laughs in Myanmar tale;

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IARA NEMIROVSKY, former “Larchmont’s Got Talent” contestant, playing Ariel in “The Tempest” with the Los Angeles Drama Club.

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Patricia Foster Rye about their missing children. Third generation Belen (Natalie Llerena) is one of the Desaparecida (the disappeared) although the family clings to the version that she’s in Europe with her husband. It’s a time of enormous tension when any out-of-the-ordinary visitor or misconstrued word could lead to immediate and irrevocable disappearance. Still, these three generations from one family bravely try and resist. Deftly directed by Sara Guerrero. Through Sun., April 29. Skylight Theatre, 1816 ½ N. Vermont Ave., 213-761-7061, skylighttheatrecompany.com. 3 Stars • • • Pigs and Chickens by Marek Glinski takes place in a tech startup company. The first act consists of mostly alphabet soup as several engineers spout cryptic computer phrases. This odd bunch consists of the outspoken, vaping Stephanie (Lizzie Peet), Sam, the wanna-be screenwriter (Anil Margsahayam), the very pregnant Aditi (Poonam Basu), team leader Brett (Don (Please turn to page 19)

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Brilliant tale tells of life in the trenches At the Movies with

Tony Medley Lavrenti Beria, the movie just accepts the story that the monster Stalin (who killed more people than Hitler, including murdering his closest associates) died of a stroke and never raises the possibility that he was assassinated by his comrades (as he probably assassinated Lenin). Satire or farce, it completely missed the mark for me. Final Portrait (2/10): I was expecting something along the lines of “My Dinner with Andre” (1981), but this is nothing as stimulating as that. Writer-director Stanley Tucci must have wanted to capture

the tedium involved in sitting for a portrait for a famous artist. So he created a movie as tedious to sit through as it was for James Lord to sit for a painting in 1964 for the artist Alberto Giacometti (a painting that eventually sold for $20 million). The Young Karl Marx; Le Jeune Karl Marx (2/10): Director and cowriter Raoul (“I Am Not Your Negro”) Peck created this tale using the actual correspondence among the people involved, including voluminous letters between youthful Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels themselves. It should have been a fascinating story about them as young, vibrant men between the years 1843-50 sans the long Herman Melville-type beards with which they are always pictured. Unfortunately, what Peck has produced is slow and disappointingly uninvolving.

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MUSEUM ROw Custom bikes, CarStories at Petersen; K-Pop Dance Fest; Hockney to open “Outlaw.” • “Custom Revolution” features avant-garde and other motorcycles from around the globe. Opens Sat., April 14. Photo on page one, this section: “White Phantom” (2016) / Photo courtesy of Kingston Custom

• “How to Build a Lowrider” is Sat., April 14 at 11 a.m. • “The Porsche Effect” ends Jan. 27, 2019. • “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” ends July 15. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM — “Melting Point”

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‘Big Read,’ films, theater, crafts, meditation, yoga at local libraries Book sales: Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. English conversation: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Children Cuentame: Bilingual craft and story time Sat., April 21, 11 a.m. Social Justice story time: Thurs., April 26, 4 p.m. Junior Scientists: Sat., April 21 at 2 p.m. Teens Teens only: Crafts and other activities Mondays at 4 p.m. Adults Book club: Fri., April 6 at 1 p.m. The Big Read: Discuss “Citizen: An American Lyric,” by Claudia Rankine, Fri., April 6 at 1 p.m. Fun and games: Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. Chess club: All ages welcome Fridays at 3 p.m. Knitting circle: Come spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY Children Baby’s sleepy story time: For infants up to two years old Mondays, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Preschool story time: Thursdays, 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Science fun: Tuesdays, April 3 and 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. Teens: Teens leading change: Tuesdays April 3 and 10, 4 to 6 p.m. Cookies and comics: Teens to adults discuss graphic novels over snacks Tues., April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Adults Film screening: “I Am Not Your Negro” shows Sat., April 14 at 2 p.m.

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2S is too weak a bid. Opener will pass it most of the time and that might cause you to miss a game. 3S is too strong a bid. If your partner has a minimum with only two spades you could be too high. A good solution exists which is called New Minor Forcing (NMF). It works this way. If your partner rebids 1NT, and you have a five card major

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(Continued from page 14) Los Angeles Drama Club, the youngest Shakespeare troupe in the country, nailing roles in “Macbeth,” “The Tempest,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Titus Andronicus.” Now, Iara is pouring all of those skills into the character of Summer. “She’s a bit bossy,” explains Iara, “and she likes to be in charge of everyone. She’s not mean at all, though. She finds herself equal to the teachers and adults.” Iara’s national debut took place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, Ky. on March 13, the day after her 11th birthday. Her first night on stage culminated with a 2,000-person-strong standing ovation. Iara may be lean in years, but she already knows which direction she wants her life to go.

a minimum hand, you could easily get too high, when you could make 1NT. Hand 2: NMF. You have enough points to invite game. If partner bids 2S you will know she has a minimum opening with three spades and if she bids 3S you will know she has a maximum opening with three spades. You will go to game if she shows a maximum. If she bids 2D, denying a major holding or 2H, showing four hearts but denying three spades, you will bid 2NT. She can go on to 3NT with a maximum. Hand 3: 2C, NMF. You have game points but wish to check to see if 4S is the right game or 3NT. Hand 4: 2H. This is a rare situation, just about the only auction where responder can bid a new suit which does not force opener to bid again. This auction occurs when partner rebids 1NT and you are able to show spades and then hearts. You are allowed to bid 1S and then 2H when you have five spades and four or five hearts and less than

ten high card points. If partner has opened 1C instead of 1D, the new minor forcing bid would be diamonds instead of clubs. That’s why it’s called “new” minor. You bid the unbid minor suit to show your hand. Often, players are tempted to use NMF with less than invitational hands (less than 10 HCP). Don’t succumb to this temptation because, by making a NMF bid, you are promising your partner specific values. If you make it without them, you don’t know what your partner is going to do. She might have a big hand and take you to a game or slam, relying on your bid, when you don’t belong there. Bridge is a game of trusting your partner. If you unilaterally deviate from your agreements, you are just making it more difficult for your partner to trust you.

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(Continued from page 14) Cummings), repressed Chris (Christopher Reiling) and Brian (Andy Shepard). Enter Wili (Sharon Freedman), a manic, erstwhile screen and technical writer, sent to do an article on this eclectic group. Wili has a hellish anger-management problem. However, she’s the one who connects with Denise or Dennis the all-knowing head of human resources represented by an all-seeing,

demented “eye / computer” with a fixation on birthday cakes. Director Kevin Comartin says “Technology simplifies and is supposed to make things easier. ‘Pigs and Chickens’ captures the many pitfalls of working with other human beings but ultimately demonstrates why our relationships with people are so important.” The comedy is often over-thetop and the tech-talk close to tedious. But kudos to Ms. Freedman for her very funny yet paced performance as

manic Wili. Through Sun., April 15. EST/LA Atwater Village Theatre Complex, 3269 Casitas Ave., 818-839-1197, dime.io/ events/pigs-and-chickens. 3 Stars • • • It’s not too late to catch a performance of George Takei’s “Allegiance” (through April 1) at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. For tickets: allegiancemusical.com.

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of almost any kind. To rest on one’s laurels, then, amounts to quitting while one is still a hero or champion. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to willbent@prodigy.net.

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