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Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society annnounced officers, winners.

Neighbors on Masselin and in Larchmont Village enjoyed games, barbecues.

Piñata low-rider replica made a racy entrance at the Petersen.

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Tudor revivals awarded at WSHPHS annual meeting A talk on local Art Deco apartment buildings and a lively performance by mariachis were on the bill of the 41st annual meeting of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society June 25. “It turned out to be quite a lovely event and the Histor-

ic Landmark Awards which were presented gave us such interesting history,” said incoming first vice president Myrna Gintel. The event was held in the garden of Robert and Brenda Cooke in Hancock Park. Other officers installed for

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Belden in 1923, it was designed by architect Raymond J. Kieffer, who built model homes for the Flintridge Company. He designed Italian, Spanish and English styles in the $30,000 to $100,000 price range at the time. Kieffer was later described as the “high society architect who built many Hancock Park and Beverly Hills mansions,” according to WSHPHS members Carol Henning and Carol Wertheim. Some of Kieffer’s homes are in their original condition, and many contain features that harken back to a bygone era, such as wrought iron staircases, stained glass windows and Batchelder fireplaces. Architect Caroline LabinerMoser and Dr. Franklin Moser acquired the home in 2004 and restored the original colors and features of the Tudor revival-style home. Another Tudor revival style The second Landmark Award winner was another 1920s Tudor revival-style home located at 501 S. Lucerne. Designed by architects Harley Corwin and Everett Merrill, the house is named the Wright/Moore house after R.S. Wright, a building contractor and the original owner, and Dr. Edward Moore, its second owner. Features include exterior walls of multi-hued brick   with half-timbering; a steeply pitched, multiple gabled roof, covered in slate tiles; diamond-paned and eight-light casement windows; a tall stepped-back brick wall chimney complete with chimney-pots and carved brackets supporting a slightly cantilevered second story. “A casement window set into the chimney provided a touch of whimsy,” wrote Carol Henning and Gary Marshall for the WSHPHS printed program. The owner of the home, Dave Goldstein, was the featured speaker at the meeting. Goldstein purchased the home in 2009 and undertook a complete renovation, restoring and upgrading the entire home. He also told the audience about his long experience buying, restoring and selling apartment buildings through

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his management company ArtDeco Apartments. Two of his buildings, the Mauretania on Rossmore, and one on S. Mansfield, have received Landmark Awards in the past. Also honored at the meeting was the former Gilmore Gas Station reborn as a Starbucks which received an award for Respectful Renovation and Adapted Re-Use. The former Art Deco-style gas station at 859 N. Highland Ave. was built in 1928 as a real estate office. The Gilmore Oil Company adapted the building in 1935 as a service station, one of the first constructed by the Gilmore Oil Company, according to WSHPHS member Carol Henning. In 1945, Gilmore Oil was bought out by Socony-Vaccuum which eventually became Mobil. In 1964, the station was modified by then-owner the Texas Company (Texaco) to a combination service station and auto repair facility. In 1992, the station was designated an Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles but shortly thereafter fell into disrepair. In 2014, Starbucks converted the historic gas station into a drive-through coffee store (Please turn to page 3)


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tion where cars would guzzle gasoline to a coffee shop where humans can guzzle frappuccinos,” wrote Henning. The next WSHPHS event is a tour of historic bungalows in St Andrews Place between 2nd and 3rd streets on Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information visit windsorsquarehancockpark.com.

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Staycation or road trip, explore California’s heritage Last month, we surveyed some coastal options for exploring California’s rich cultural venues located in historic places. But if the beach is not your thing, summer is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the gardens, cultural facilities and movie palaces that play such a big role in Southern California culture. Historic gardens such as the Huntington and Descanso have extended evening hours and have added outdoor concerts with picnic venues to tempt you after dark. The John Anson Ford Theatres continue their renovation of the historic Cahuenga Pass venue with the opening of an all new picnic terrace adjacent to the historic open air theater. The intimate canyon venue has been operating since the 1920s, although the decidedly Christian passion

plays have been replaced with an extraordi- McAvoy on nary array of Preservation multi-cultural by offerings: hip Christy hop, Latin jazz, McAvoy Celtic dance, samba, taiko drumming, and Bollywood. Savion Glover opened the season with a demonstration of an art form still popular with American audiences — a virtuoso display of tap dancing. August and September offerings at the Ford provide unforgettable music and dance in a setting that seems worlds away from urban Los Angeles. For those not wanting to hassle with the traffic, try the new shuttles from the Universal City / Studio City Metro station or ride-sharing services. On the opposite side of

Cahuenga Pass, summer traditions formed in the 1920s continue at the Hollywood Bowl. There you will find jazz, classics, fireworks, and the Muppets! It is easy to forget that two of the early shells were designed by Lloyd Wright, and that the formation of the Bowl was an integral cultural component of establishing Hollywood as an international destination. Hancock Park families such as the Tobermans and George R. Martins were critical to its development (and decades later, other local volunteers, like Dorothy Chandler, saw to its continuation). Try parking this year in Lot D on the east side of Highland, and enjoy a picnic near the

Hollywood Studio Museum, which recently unveiled a series of colorful interpretive signs to tell the story of Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky, and their first studio in Hollywood. Combining two Southern California passions — enjoying the outdoors and the movies — several venues have summer offerings that provide an alternative to the air-conditioned movie theater (although there is definitely something to be said for that time-honored tradition of summer, too). Paramount Ranch, where many Hollywood movies were made, now hosts Hollywood Heritage’s Silents Under the Stars, a great way to see silent movies with live accompaniment in an outdoor setting. Guided tours of the Ranch precede the screenings. On Aug. 20, the

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1926 “Irene” starring Colleen Moore will be on view. (hollywoodheritage.org) Closer to home, between Gower St. and Van Ness Ave. on Santa Monica Blvd., is the 1899 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, site since 2002 of the outdoor Cinespia summer movie series. (cinespia.org) Also closer by, the Montalban Theater on Vine St. has been showing movies on the roof at its Rooftop Cinema Court in the heart of Hollywood. This is a truly unique vantage point from which to view the intersection of old and new Hollywood. On Labor Day weekend, Cinecon, a film festival more than 50 years old, will host showings of rare films at the Egyptian Theater. The gathering features authors, collections and celebrities whose knowledge of the Golden Age of Hollywood is unsurpassed. (cinecon.org) Pasadena Heritage highlights the role of that city in film on Aug. 5 with its “Pasadena in the Movies Bus Tour.” (pasadenaheritage.org) The Chinese Theater continues to celebrate its 90th anniversary with an outdoor light show, playing nightly throughout the summer. This impressive display of movie images projected on the elegant façade of the building is not to be missed. Take a trip to the forecourt to see this free short presentation, which repeats every fifteen minutes or so after dusk. And “if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair,” and visit the DeYoung Museum’s “Summer of Love” Exhibition through Aug. 20. Many of us have trouble thinking of that summer as an historic event (was it a rite of passage?), but the cultural and music events in Golden Gate Park did lead to achievements that we celebrate today. And, while there is not a shortage of waterfront or historic accommodations in the City by the Bay, two of my favorites are in National Parks: the Inn at the Presidio and Cavallo Point, both with spectacular views of the Golden Gate and outdoor hiking opportunities perfect for the season. Both facilities are associated with the presence of the military in San Francisco, when securing the port was critical to the city’s economy. Now repurposed for recreation, the Presidio and Cavallo Point are exemplary and award-winning examples of adaptive reuse. Restaurant and museum opportunities are top notch, too! Too many choices. “Staycation” or road trip? Hope you have a great summer!


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LVNA Secretary Karen Gilman and Plymouth Blvd. resident Tracey Clarke greet arriving residents on behalf of the neighborhood association. CHILDREN and their guests enjoy games played during the 37th annual July 4th block party.

Larchmont Village hosts 2017 block party

Masselin’s July 4 party drew e-raves Children decorated bikes, and a piñata was part of the fun at the 37th annual Fourth of July block party of the Masselin Avenue Residential Association. Residents brought and shared dishes to the block party which took place on the 800900 blocks of Masselin. Other features included a S’mores table, temporary tattoo area and music and dancing. “It certainly ranks as one of the best, if not the best!,” wrote Fran Hentz in one of several emails praising the event. “We had a fabulous day and these emails came pouring in right after the street barricades came down,” said Carrie Muller. “Fantastic food, people and spirit! It was beautiful to see so many kids having a blast,” wrote Loly Perlmutter. the-sevens-larchmont.pdf 1 “It is a privilege to live with

BLOCK COORDINATOR Dena Berkin, center, with Hugh Mendelsohn and Susan Zachary.

SNOW CONES were enjoyed by Marianne Gregory’s grandkids, Ozzy and Bea Bates. Served with a smile by Kevin Fonteyne from Breezy Freeze, a vendor sponsored by Larchmont dentist Dr. Arthur Kezian.

By Billy Taylor More than 200 neighbors gathered one sunny Saturday afternoon last month on N. Bronson Ave. for the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) block party. Partygoers mingled over tables of free food and drinks while jamming out to classic rock music courtesy of The Encroachments, a band made up of local Realtors, including Bruce Walker, one of the party’s organizers.

CHEESE AND SALAMI served by Wally August, owner of Fancifull Gift Baskets, are sampled by Kathy Simanek.

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THE ENCROACHMENTS is a band whose members include, L-R, Steve Fister, Bruce Walker and Debbie Cannon.

A BOUNCE house and a Magic Castle were on the bill at Brookside's 38th annual block party June 25. Children made a splash at the event, right.

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Coming soon to Hancock Park. LA’s most coveted neighborhood. Tradition re-imagined. 12 high-end modern town homes. Designed locally by Venice Beach-based multidisciplinary design and architecture studio Electric Bowery. Construction commences this year. Information about reserving one of the 12 homes will be forthcoming. For further information, contact the developer:

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MMRA withdraws application for Nuisance house is demolished, another appeal filed more than a decade landmark status of 744 Ridgeley ofAfter neighbors’ complaints, The Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) withdrew an application to designate 744 S. Ridgeley Dr. as a City of Los Angeles HistoricCultural Monument (HCM) after the City Planning Dept. issued a final determination staff report that recommended against landmark status. Constructed in 1937, the six-unit property was designed in the Chateauesque style by one of the first female licensed architects in Los Angeles. In a letter to the Cultural Heritage Commission, MMRA president James O’Sullivan said he disagreed with the final staff report — “The MMRA feels that this build-

ing is worthy of HCM status” — but noted that the MMRA is “satisfied” that the property is adequately protected as a contributor to the neighborhood’s Historic Preservation Overly Zone. The Planning Dept. staff report, signed by Vince Bertoni, concludes that the property “does not appear to rise to the level of historic significance” to be eligible for designation as a HCM. The report says that the property exhibits “a common typology for this time period” and notes that there is a “plethora” of existing 1930s multi-family residences in the Wilshire neighborhoods.

cleanup is underway at the unsightly house at 610 S. Van Ness Ave. Surrounded by palm-frond fences, the derelict structure adjoins two lots previously filled with a collection of rusty old cars. In midJuly, demolition of the house finally was underway. When the three lots have been cleaned up, they will become a construction site for 12 new town homes being built by developer Michael Winter, with designs by Venice-based architecture studio Electric Bowery, all pursuant to the Park Mile Specific Plan. The Park Mile zoning in this block of Van Ness, south of Sixth St., is for low-density,

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A TOTAL of 12 town homes are planned on the three lots, which have been occupied by a dilpidated house and run-down autos.

multiple-family (RD-3) residences on both sides of the street. A town house condominium building across the street was built in 1980, following adoption of the Specific Plan. In Dec. 2016, the Park Mile Design Review Board (PMDRB) and city staff concurred that Winter’s project complies with the terms of the Specific Plan, although three units were added and six guest parking spaces were eliminated pursuant to a state law (SB 1818) that overrides Los Angeles zoning to promote construction of additional affordable housing units. The architects’ plans for the town homes feature units with three-bedrooms plus den and four baths; 11 of the units will have attached two-car garages (with the single “affordable” unit having two adjacent surface spaces). Sales prices have not yet been established; completion of construction is unlikely before the end of 2018. At the several PMDRB meetings held in 2016, the next-

DEMOLITION followed years of neighbor complaints.

door neighbor, Maria SountasArgiropoulos, objected to the project. After it was approved by the director of planning, she appealed his decision to the Central Area Planning Commission, and that appeal was denied on May 24. Subsequently, in early June, she filed a further appeal, this time primarily of the project’s environmental determination, with the Los Angeles City Council. No Council hearing date had been set as of press time.


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God’s work: Frank Lloyd Wright, quintessential American modernist The first time I became aware of the stunning power of architecture, I was 17 and walked into the terra-cotta cocoon of Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. The building sparked a life-long interest in architecture, “the great mother art,” as Frank Lloyd Wright called it. Wright used 57 shades of terra-cotta in the auditorium. He was a master of color. He was a master of almost everything. I noticed the carpeting, light fixtures, water fountains — and scallops and circles everywhere. How could all these things be so deliberate? Wright was born in Wisconsin 150 years ago this year, and it’s worth revisiting for a few minutes the master’s effect on American modernism, and his influence in Southern California and on his many architect-followers, among them  Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Bruce Goff, and by extension of Goff, Bart Prince. (An extremely abbreviated list!) Modernist design vocabulary came to the U.S. through the influence of late 19th- and early 20th-century European artists, designers, and architects. At the same time, Wright developed the elements of his philosophy of American mod-

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ernism to which he held fast for most of his career: the relationship between function and utility; and the use of sculptural, organic forms and modern materials and technology. He was wedded to natural materials, symbolism, site-specific design, and what he called spiritual integrity. “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you,” he wrote. He practiced his art for close to 70 years. Hollyhock House Among his early designs (1919-1921) in Los Angeles was Hollyhock House, built for Aline Barnsdall. Wright was busy in Tokyo, at work on the New Imperial Hotel, completed in 1922, and he left much of the Barnsdall project in the hands of Schindler and Wright’s eldest son, Lloyd Wright. (Lloyd Wright was the architect of the 1926 Sowden House on Franklin Ave. Better look up the chilling history of

this one on your own.) Hollyhock House is owned by the City of Los Angeles and is part of the Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood; if you haven’t visited since the completed renovation of the house (2015) – by all means do. This is the only one of Wright’s Los Angeles properties open consistently to the public. (Visit barnsdall.org.)   Next for Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles was a quartet of buildings made up of the 1923-1924 Ennis, Freeman, Millard, and Storer houses. They are known as the Mayan revival or “textile block” houses due to the patterns in the concrete blocks that make up the skins of the structures. The art and architecture preservation-minded community of Los Angeles is to be commended for its determination to keep these irreplaceable buildings intact for the future. The last and largest of the four textile block houses is Ennis House, in Los Feliz, made up of 27,000 patterned and perforated hand-made concrete blocks.   In 2005, Ennis House was endangered and deteriorating. The existing nonprofit organization of a previous owner was unable to assure the proper-

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A STUNNING 57 shades of terra-cotta color the Grady Grammage Auditorium.

ENNIS HOUSE is among the Mayan revival, or “textile block” style houses by Wright.

ty’s preservation. Larchmont Chronicle publisher John Welborne was a facilitator in organizing the new Ennis House Foundation, made up of a consortium of organizations

— the Los Angeles Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Welborne bro(Please turn to page 10)

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kered a deal to raise funds to stabilize the house. The house is privately owned now — in the hands of a preservationminded steward, according to Welborne. Wright’s final commission in the Los Angeles area was

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the 1952 Anderton Court Shops in Beverly Hills. Look for Wrightian influence at one of my favorite buildings in Los Angeles, the 1988 Japanese Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the work of architect Bruce Goff (1904–1982). Wright was Goff’s mentor. In turn, Goff was mentor to

Bart Prince, who finished the Japanese Pavilion after Goff’s death. To hear Bart Prince tell it, sometime in the 1950s Goff and Wright stood together on a building site. “Well, Bruce,” said Wright, “we are both doing God’s work — you in your way, and mine in His.”

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the exhibit paid homage to the era of the low-rider by donning Chicano and Chicana clothing and hairstyles of the 1950s.

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The exhibit in the Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery at the Petersen runs through June 3, 2018.

Discover the Park La Brea Lifestyle GYPSY ROSE, (left) built in the 1960s and inspired by dancer Gypsy Rose, has been called “the most famous low-rider in the world.”

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graphs and paintings that show the widespread influence of low-rider culture. Douglas Miles’s black ink painting called “Chevrolet Apache” features three women on a banner-like canvas behind a lowrider truck. This piece is especially interesting because it was made in San Carlos, Ariz. on the Apache Reservation and shows the intermix of low-rider and Native American culture.

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By Nina Adams “The High Art of Riding Low,” an exhibit featuring low-rider cars and Chicano-inspired art at the Petersen Automotive Museum, opened recently and had a large turnout on opening night. Guests and artists alike brought their own outlook on low-rider culture. The event had a DJ who mixed Chicano music with modern rhythms and songs. The exhibit featured four low-rider cars as well as sculptures and paintings that highlight the process of creating a low-rider car. Some pieces in particular that stood out were a replica of an award-winning Chevy Impala low-rider called Gypsy Rose. The replica was made in the form of a piñata. In addition to the sculptures and cars, there were photo-


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Trek through Farmers Market ‘Taste’ held flavors of range and variety By Rachel Olivier More than 750 people braved 75% humidity on an otherwise temperate Tuesday evening in July to experience the 9th annual Taste of Farmers Market, where more than 50 vendors served up a variety of cuisines and flavors from around the world. Offerings ranged from couscous and crepes to cookie dough, candy and ice cream. Getting started Attendees were advised to arrive before the 5 p.m. start time to pick up their passports. There was free parking for the event, but I took a ridesharing service and was in line by 4:45

p.m. to pick up passports for my friends and myself. Passports were $35 if purchased ahead of time, and $40 at the event. Each passport holder was also given a plate and set of flatware, TaterWare, made out of plant-based materials. Although several vendors handed out food on little plates, it was these eco-friendly plates that each passholder was expected to use all evening. Several disposal stations were set up with separate containers for recycle, compost and landfill, as well as paper towels so people could occasionally wipe off the accumulated sauces,

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Since we were on the west end, it seemed a good idea to pause for a sample of wine at E.B.’s. Phew! After that we stopped at Zia Valentina’s for a mini coffee granita in a waffle cone and then onto Dragunara (Please turn to page 13)


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Fiction captures truth at Dunkirk, Valerian adventure

Dunkirk (8/10): Writer/ director Christopher Nolan interweaves three fictional stories, cutting back and forth among them, so that each lasts for the entire film to reveal the true story of the evacuation of 338,682 Allied soldiers who were stranded between the ocean and the Nazi army on a beach in Dunkirk in 1940, eventually

to be evacuated by an armada of 933 ships, approximately 700 of which were “small” private vessels. As readers know, I’m a stickler for accuracy when movies try to tell an historical story. But Nolan has done a terrific job of capturing what happened by fictionalizing three plot lines to represent what actually happened. My only criticism is that he

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for a sustaining sweet snack, then zagged over to Ulysses for one last gyro and popped over to Dylan’s Candy Bar to try a cookie dough cone. There were other stops in between, of course. And with all the giveaways for passportholders (from Kiehls, The Dog Bakery, Riceteria, Sticker Planet, etc.), and food, it was a full night. We only got around to taking advantage of about twothirds of what was available. There was one other thing we chose to do — we elected to take advantage of the warm night, walking from Farmers Market through the Grove and on home, giving ourselves a chance to enjoy the Los Angeles summer evening while walking off some of the food we had enjoyed during our adventure at the 2017 Taste of Farmers Market.

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Spice Bazaar to wash everything down with a thirstquenching sencha iced tea. Wilshire the Fire Dog By now, we realized we were late to see 12-year-old Wilshire the firedog, rescued by Station 29 when he was a puppy. Wilshire travels around with firefighters doing demonstrations for children on how to call 911, drop and roll, and crawl to safety. After saying hello to Wilshire, it was almost time to go, but there were a few more stops to make. It wasn’t quite 8 p.m., and the “Taste” was going on until 9 p.m., but vendors and attendees both seemed to be on their way out, and supplies appearing to have been greatly depleted from the start of the event. So, we zigged over to

should have put the facts I have in this thumbnail in a crawl at the end of the movie. Lady Macbeth (8/10): Dealing with themes like the subordination of women, life in the outskirts of society, and illicit sex, this Dostoyevsky novella was adapted into a Russian opera by Shostakovich in the ‘30s. It was immediately banned by Stalin for being “too subversive.” I haven’t read the novella and certainly haven’t seen the opera, but the movie is well done with good performances and some fine twists. War for the Planet of the Apes (8/10): These movies have all been pretty good, starting with the first one with Charlton Heston. The story has changed over the years and now the apes are the good guys, facing their Armageddon. As usual, the motion capture technology presents the apes as believable intelligent creatures, although Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the only one who can speak English. Even though it’s very long, it is entertaining. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (8/10): I dislike fantasies consisting of impossible characters who could never exist anywhere, dominated by visual effects.

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Tony Medley However, in this case, the visual effects (Scott Stokdyk) are stunning and should be a big Oscar contender. So, given my bias, it should be meaningful for me to state that this was a highly viewable adventure, despite a disagreeable performance by Cara Delevingne. It has tolerable pace despite the length. But unlike other films of its ilk, this has an adequate script and an understandable story that makes sense (for sci fi). Midnight Return (8/10): This is a fascinating documentary about the making and veracity of Midnight Express (1978), a film that supposedly told the true story of Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) and how he was arrested at a Turkish airport accused of smuggling what were alleged to be small amounts of dope into Turkey. In this film we meet the real Billy Hayes, not the Hollywood actor (which Billy himself tried to be after becoming famous) who played him in the film. Through interviews with lots of the people involved

in the film (like producer Peter Gruber, Oliver Stone, Ahmet Ertegun, Hayes and others) and showing Hayes going back to the prison and the places in Turkey that he visited, it is as much an indictment of Hayes himself as it is of Turkey. Atomic Blonde (7/10): Teeming with action and twists and brutal fights, this convoluted tale is a much more admirable film to provide women with their own action heroine than the imbecilic “Wonder Woman.” That, and looking at Charlize Theron and her amazing, constantly changing wardrobe for almost two hours, who’s to complain? Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (0/10): Instead of a good documentary based upon the trial of Hulk Hogan v. Gawker, the defamation suit arising out of Gawker publishing a sex tape exposing Hogan, this is a prejudiced, partisan, ham-fisted polemic, so biased it would embarrass Pravda. It’s not only a one-sided attack on Hogan, it’s an obsequious, fawning paean to the sleaze merchant who ran Gawker, before suddenly segueing into an attack on Donald Trump. This is a blatantly hypocritical disgrace to documentary filmmaking in general and to journalism in particular. Netflix.

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I love the colors of Indian food: the golden ochre curry, yellow-orange mango chutney, and red wisps of saffron threads promise vibrant flavors to match the vibrant hues. But so many of our local Indian restaurants are ordinary, so I was happy that a chance encounter at Spice Affair on La Cienega’s Restaurant Row woke up my senses. The giant restaurant and banquet hall looks like a glassencased office building, but the interior is beautiful in a highend hotel kind of way, complete with dark wood tables, tangled branch room dividers, decorative lighting, and a waterfall. We enjoyed the luxurious environment as much as we did the food. The $5.95 garlic naan was flavorful and toothsome. A $23.95 tandoori appetizer platter, with tender chicken tikka chunks, prawns and lamb sausage sheikh kebab, was a terrific group share, and a good example

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Chinese tale, May-December romance Theater Review by

Patricia Foster Rye Anthony Minghella (Academy Award, Best Director “The English Patient”) were originally created as radio plays for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 in the late 1980’s. A conceit that director Michael Peretzian, has chosen to retain. Actors stand at music stands with scripts although most of the dialogue seems to be memorized. Performed in one act, the first play, “Hang Up,” is a phone conversation between He (Michael Balsley) and She (Molly Schaffer) who speak at cross purposes about their relationship, commitment, fidelity, life and other topics.

In “Cigarettes and Chocolate,” Gemma (Marwa Bernstein) has completely stopped talking to everyone: relatives, boyfriends, friends, for no explainable reason. Through a variety of different characters’ monologues, all of whom need her to communicate, we learn about Gemma’s life. Her wish to adopt a Vietnamese orphan, her admiration for a monk who died by self-immolation, her almost adoption of a homeless woman — a very funny riff as told by Rob (Matt Letscher). Ms. Bernstein as Gemma remains seated on stage throughout, waiting for her moment of summation. This is an excellent cast, all of whom have mastered the British accent. Through Sun., Sept. 10, Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice, pacificresidenttheatre.com. 3 stars

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(Continued from page 18) but not over 1C-1D? The answer is because have a bid if you are 4-3 in the majors at the one level. You may bid your four card suit. At the two level, however, if you cannot make a negative double you cannot bid your four card major. So over this auction, with enough HCP (8) and 4-3 in the majors, you may make a negative double. If partner bids your three card suit, you pass and she’s playing it in a 4-3 fit. Worse things than that have happened in bridge. In fact, Alphonse Moyse Jr. liked playing in 4-3 fits so much that it is named after him, “a Moysian Fit.” Upper bidding limit for making negative doubles Negative doubles are generally played through bids of 2 Spades, but this is purely partnership agreement. I like to play them through 3 Hearts. But if you play them only through 2 spades, any double of an overcall over 2 Spades is for penalty. So, look at the following hand you hold: ♠ 86 ♥ KQJT ♦ A763 ♣ 874

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The auction goes: Partner RHO You 1♠ 3♣ ? You cannot double the 3 Club bid here to show that you have four Hearts if you only play negative doubles through 2 spades (which is why I like to play them through 3 hearts). If you double 3 Clubs, partner will leave it in, probably, as a penalty double. However, the upper limit for negative doubles is by

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