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Ye olde violin shoppe notes 70 years on Larchmont Blvd.

‘Dangerous’ architect’s works survived McCarthy era.

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GARDEN Lush foliage, exotic fruit trees and established trees create an oasis.

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often be repaired and a build- for needed upgrades in life safeing brought back to life. Other ty and rehabilitation. They are times, when the damage is too useful for fundraising purposes great, whole neighborhoods as well. What donor doesn’t want to know that he or she is can be destroyed. giving to a well-planned project Preparedness What to do? There is no with identifiable results? Greystone thwarting natural disaster, but Greystone Mansion is one expreparedness can mitigate its impacts. Just as we prepare ample of a facility that has such emergency evacuation plans a plan. Every room has been and keep earthquake prepared- carefully documented, with ness kits handy, we can do some the conditions of the materithings to protect our historic re- als assessed. The maintenance and repair of each is then prisources in case disaster strikes. The National Trust for Historic oritized according to need. The Preservation began decades ago Friends of Greystone adopted to address this issue. Hurricanes this document as a fundraising in historic Charleston served to tool. Each project has a projected cost, focus the comand donors munity on the are asked to need for national McAvoy on adopt a projsupport of affect- Preservation ect, whether ed communities by it be restorbecause people Christy ing an entire realized that the McAvoy room or even need for informathe kitchen tion on what to do in the aftermath could help sink. Priorities are reevaluated others when their turns came, as warranted, and projects are accomplished as funds become as it inevitably would. Each new disaster has brought available. The model is simple refinement to the tools, but the and easy to understand. Historic preservation professionals basics remain the same. Successful recovery mini- created the model, and they are mizes permanent damage to involved in the rehabilitation historic structures. In the 1994 along with the staff and board Northridge earthquake, few which governs the facility. In historic structures had to be Greystone’s case, the City of demolished. Many more were Beverly Hills is a key steward as rehabilitated because preser- well. Lists of qualified contracvationists were quick to notify tors are part of the package, and officials of their significance skills are matched to the job (historic surveys played a criti- when requesting proposals. It is hard for stewards of cal role) and to develop financial programs for aid (FEMA churches, clubs, and communiand the State Office of Historic ty buildings to find time for such Preservation had protocols for an exercise when the planning damage assessment and reim- of events and fundraising take bursement). Homeowners and up so much energy, day to day. nonprofit institutions were But the quiet activity of planning able to access grants for repair. for repairs and upgrades can save dollars in the long run and Inventory If you are the owner or stew- lessen the anxiety of which area ard of an historic resource, to prioritize. Planning is a team there are some things you can effort, as is recovery. References do today to ensure that recovSome resources to help inery proceeds more smoothly. Call it a disaster preparedness clude National Park Services kit for the building. The most Preservation Briefs: basic step is an inventory of • “Architectural Character: what you have. This starts with Identifying the Visual Aspects a photographic inventory: all of Historic Buildings as an Aid exterior facades and a room-by- to Preserving Their Character:” room compilation. Keep this photographic record in a safe briefs/17-architectural-charplace, along with paperwork acter.htm. about the building’s history, its • “Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architechistoric designations, etc. If you have the resources tural Investigation:” and the time, do not stop with an inventory. Turn that photo- briefs/35-architectural-invesgraphic record into a “mainte- tigation.htm. nance and rehabilitation” plan. • “The Preparation and Use of These are sometimes part of Historic Structure Reports:” more formal Historic Struc- tures Reports. The plan turns briefs/43-historic-structurean inventory into a useable ac- reports.htm. tion plan. If disaster strikes, it Also from the National Center will have to be supplemented for Preservation Technology by a current condition assess- and Training: ment, but the bulk of the infor- • “Resilient Heritage: Protectmation will still be useful. In- ing Your Historic Home from stitutions use these documents Natural Disasters:” to budget ongoing repairs and as well as to plan sources/resilient-heritage.

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Larchmont music shop enters its eighth decade

By Rachel Olivier For the last 70 years, anyone coming through our neighborhood has seen the landmark Hans Weisshaar sign at 627 N. Larchmont Blvd. But does anyone really know what goes on in this decadesold violin shop?

HANS WEISSHAAR sign is a hood landmark.

As a former violinist, it was a satisfying experience walking into the shop. Georg and Ann Eittinger, the proprietors, greeted me in a room filled with the pleasant smells of wood and rosin, plus the mellow tones of string instruments. Polishes, cleaners, and instruments lined the walls, accompanied by photographs of past clients, demonstrating the rich history of Hans Weisshaar. Included on my brief tour was a room for instruments to wait

for repair or pickup, workshops on both first and second floors, a small business office, and then the kitchen, where Ann and Georg said the Larchmont Chronicle is regularly read. How it works These days, visits are made by appointment only. Besides bringing in instruments or bows for repair, clients might also be looking for a violin made by Georg Eittinger, seeking an appraisal on an instrument, looking for a violin to rent for themselves or their chilneighbor- dren, or asking for the name of a string teacher. Eittinger said that there are parents who came to Hans Weisshaar as children who now bring their own children. It can take anywhere from three days to three years to repair or restore a violin. There was one instrument that Eittinger reconstructed from 147 pieces. Building a violin from scratch also takes time. It begins with wood that has been aged at least 60 years; the best (Please turn to page 7)


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COUNCILMEMBER David Ryu is greeted by Judy Zeller and Jane Gilman.

CHECK-IN greeters included Kathy Saldana, Patricia Rye, Yvonne Cazier and Millie Schuber.

THE ST. ANDREWS SQUARE Neighborhood Association was represented by Tina Mata, Patti Carroll and Debbie Willis.

St. Andrews Place homes and a block party welcomed WSHPHS tour-goers By John Welborne For the first time in 41 years of doing local home tours, the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) combined tours with a block party. The 200 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. was closed to traffic, with “no parking” along the curbs, except for a few historic vehicles. In the street, children played and parents pushing strollers walked beneath the leafy boughs of the shady street trees. Step back in time The setting made one feel as if he or she was in a less hectic time, such as the first decades of the last century! And that is appropriate, because the homes on the tour were built in 1912, 1913 and 1914. Docents guided visitors through the insides of several homes. Other homes were on a self-guided tour of their exteriors. In a beautiful garden, there were two informative talks: “Restoration Diary” and “New Look for Old Houses.” Among the attendees were Councilmember David Ryu

FIRE STATION 29 equipment was of interest to adults and children alike.

and his chief planning deputy, Julia Duncan. Historical Society president Judy Zeller and tour co-chairman Jane Gilman (serving with chairman Richard Battaglia) greeted the Councilmember. Kathy Saldana, Patricia Rye, Yvonne Cazier and Millie Schuber were among the committee volunteers greeting guests at the

check-in tent. Local residents Tina Mata, Patti Carroll, and Debbie Willis staffed a tent offering information — and a new brochure — about the Saint Andrews Square Neighborhood Association. The attractive and informative WSHPHS commemorative tour book given to all participants was the work of Laura Cohen, Aerial Dupuis, Damona Hoffman and Ann Brook, with design by Matteo Marjoram. Suz Landay oversaw refreshments, with some back-up Salt & Straw ice cream and Pasquini coffee. Adults and children enjoyed performances by singers David Livingston, Tom Laskey, Alan Hanson and Bob Curran. Children were delighted to explore a fire engine from Fire Station 29 and to watch performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes. Wilshire Library Funds raised at the event will be applied to enhancing the courtyard of St. Andrews Square’s Wilshire Branch Li-

BOB BAKER MARIONETTES enraptured children.

brary at the corner of Council St. and St. Andrews Pl. A neighborhood fixture since it was built in 1927, the library building features a

carved doorway with an elaborate pattern of mythological animals fashioned after the doors of the Cathedral of Perugia, Italy.

Dine at Moonrise at Silvertop View architect John Lautner’s modernist masterpiece, Silvertop, after its recent restoration, at “Moonrise at Silvertop” to benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy on Thurs., Oct. 5. A cocktail reception is from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and an al fresco dinner will be served overlooking Silver Lake from 8 to 10 p.m. Commissioned by industrialist and engineer Kenneth Reiner, the home was completed in 1963. The iconic house recently was revitalized by architect Barbara Bestor. Visit benefit.

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Wine tasting, pies and fire truck were at Windsor Village party By Nathalie Rosen The Windsor Village Association, in partnership with “Title Sponsor” Tim Stivers Heating & Air Conditioning and several other generous sponsors, treated more than 300 residents Sept. 16 on Ninth St., between Windsor and Victoria, at the annual block party. Residents feasted on favorites such as Gus’s Fried Chicken, Tacos Coco’s and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Kids had a blast getting their faces painted, bouncing in the bounce house and petting an iguana or a chinchilla from Mobile Zoo of Southern California. Perhaps most fun of all was a chance to sit in a big firetruck and pose with real firemen, thanks to our local

AT THE PARTY: Julie Stromberg with son Leo, Virginia Conkling, Councilman David Ryu and Nathalie Rosen.

Fire Station Number 29. Also, Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officers Hebel Rodriguez CHILDREN enand Timothy joy festivities. Estevez were on hand and Councilman David Ryu spoke about disaster preparedness. Residents tested their mettle in the pie-baking competition, judged by pastry chef and co-owner of Cake Monkey, Elizabeth Belkind (winners Anthony DiMaggio and Danielle Missler made a miso-caramel apple pie), or by entering the wildly popular Blind Wine Tasting Competition.   A half-dozen dogs competed for the title of Cutest (winner Lola: owner Sabine Demain), Most Obedient (winner Lilly: owner Holly Holyk) and Best Trick (winner Paco: owner Julie Grist).   Everyone had a hoot participating in the Disco Line Dancing led by Loren Cross. Holly Holyk and John Schilling received awards for longstanding contributions to the community. 



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material comes from Germany and Bosnia. Flamed maple is used for the back and ribs (sides) of a violin, while spruce makes up the front. Ebony is used for the fingerboard. According to Eittinger, it can take six to eight years to become a master violinmaker, or luthier. Eittinger spent three and a half years at the German State Violin Making School, which earned him a journeyman degree (Gesellenbrief in German). Apprenticing with a master is another way to earn a journeyman degree. After working another three to five years with an accredited master, a journeyman can return to school for the master course and final test. The master degree also allows a violinmaker to take on apprentices.

THE SCROLL is made of flamed maple.

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How it began Hans Weisshaar, the original founder of the violin shop, graduated from the state violin making school in Mittenwald, Germany and worked in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1937, where he worked in Chicago and New York. He heard there was a need for a luthier and restorer in Los Angeles and landed on Larchmont Blvd. in 1947, where string instruments have been repaired, restored and crafted ever since. Tradition Over the decades, Hans Weisshaar became the destination for many professional string musicians, including Jack Benny, Jascha Heifetz and Isaac Stern. Weisshaar even “wrote the book” on violin restoration when he co-authored “The Manual of Violin Restoration” with Margaret Shipman, who took over the shop in 1991 when Weisshaar died. In 2004, Georg Eittinger, who had mentored at Hans Weisshaar in 1991 and 1992, bought the shop. In 2005 he opened a branch in Berlin, and more recently he opened a shop in San Marino. Eittinger also teaches a biannual restoration course for professional violinmakers and lectures and writes articles on (Please turn to page 22)


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INSTALLATION VIEW of the exhibition, “Exhibition House by Gregory Ain,” on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 17, 1950 through October 29, 1950. (All illustrations are courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.) Photo © Ezra Stoller/Esto

EXHIBITION HOUSE in the MoMA garden, with kitchen at right and open door into the living room from the patio; West 54th Street to the rear.

The missing house of America’s ‘most dangerous architect’ He was a proven and inveterate liar before he was elected to high office; Roy Cohn was his trusted advisor; and his fellow Republicans were loath to denounce him before he wreaked havoc on the country.

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FLOOR PLAN of Gregory Ain Exhibition House at MoMA. Garden fence and West 54th Street are on the left side of the drawing.

Joseph McCarthy’s early 1950s reign of terror in the U.S. Senate zoomed straight to Los Angeles and swallowed Hollywood careers, destroyed families and friendships, and along the way subsumed a model house designed by the leftist Los Angeles architect, Gregory Ain, FAIA (1908-1988). Ain’s mid-century modernist model house was commissioned by the then-director of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

LIVING ROOM of the Gregory Ain Exhibition House at MoMA. Photo © Ezra Stoller/Esto

(MoMA), Philip Johnson. The house was constructed in 1950 in the museum’s garden. It was the second of three houses that would be built — in a sort of design-for-living program — and then dismantled. Two are accounted for and were reconstituted elsewhere — but Ain’s has gone missing.

(Ain designed many modernist Los Angeles houses and small apartment buildings, including the Larchmont Chronicle neighborhood’s 1938 house, restored in 2005 by Brooke Anderson. But more on that in a minute.) Ain was under surveil(Please turn to page 9)






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(Continued from page 8) lance by the FBI. He reportedly was called “the most dangerous architect in America” by J. Edgar Hoover for the architect’s association with other “dangerous” types — left-leaning architects, writers, people of color, and homosexuals, all suspect then by definition. Frank Gehry, a student of Ain’s at USC after World War II, recalls (in an interview for the Getty Arts & Ideas podcast) that a group called the “Architectural Panel” met on Friday nights, with Ain and land-

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scape architect Garrett Eckbo. “All the lefties belonged,” says Gehry, including himself. Sam Hall Kaplan, in his “Los Angeles Times” obituary of Ain, called him “a rare, humanistic architect,” who looked at design as a way to improve the lives of people and the health of communities. Los Angeles projects Ain and Eckbo designed a cooperative community for Reseda in 1948-49, envisioned as a multi-racial living environment. The Federal Housing Administration declined to finance it. It was a red flag, so (Please turn to page 22)


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Pass the popcorn — ‘Under the Stars’ screens at Uplift Hollygrove Sept. 30 Enjoy a barbecue dinner and a movie “Under the Stars” at the Hollygrove Campus on Sat., Sept. 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie “Despicable Me 3” starts at dusk at the community fundraiser for Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove, at the corner of Vine St. and Waring Ave. The third annual event features dinner served by “The Oinkster,” next door on Vine St., popcorn, soft drinks and pre-movie games and activi-

ties. Master of ceremonies is Colin Hanks. The Amazing Kid Co. will provide games and children’s activities before the film. The screening is courtesy of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios. Bring your own blanket, and help raise funds for the nonprofit social services agency that offers after-school and summer programs for kids in need. The event is spearheaded by The Hollies, a 60-member support arm of Hollygrove,

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Van Gogh’s death told in oil paintings; King-Riggs match still on Loving Vincent (10/10): Even though I avoid animated films like the plague, this film blew me away. It’s not your normal animation with hundreds or thousands of cartoonists sitting in a room drawing their panels or utilizing modern-day computerized animation. Rather, it is an amazing work consisting of 65,000 frames of film, each oil painted by hand by 125 painters who traveled from all across the world to the studios in Poland and Greece to participate in the production. The movie can only be described as one-of-a-kind. Telling the true story of Van Gogh’s death (almost certainly not suicide), every scene is drawn like a Van Gogh painting; it has to be seen to be appreciated. If it doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Animated Film, there’s something rotten in Denmark.

Heidi Duckler to perform at library The moveable Heidi Duckler Dance Theater is back in circulation, this time at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., Sat. Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the building designed by DANCERS Zoe architec- Nelson and Lenin ture firm Fernandez. Photo: Andrew Johnson Wodford Favaro, and features music by jazz percussionist and multimedia artist, Andrea Centazzo. Costumes with an origami influence are by Mimi Haddon.

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Tony Medley Victoria & Abdul (8/10): Who knew? Apparently aging, obese Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) had the hots for a studly young Indian clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), called “Munshi,” which means teacher. It was apparently love at first sight for the 68-year-old monarch when she first set eyes on the 24-year-old Muslim. For the next 14 years, they were fast friends despite the opposition of her family, staff and government officials. While this is a well-told, little known, eye-opening story, it is extraordinarily slow in parts. The acting is very good, as is the ambience created by the production design. Goodbye Christopher Robin (7/10): Based on the relationship between “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne, his wife (Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie) and their son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), from whom sprang most of Milne’s stories, this is a tear-jerking biopic with a smashing performance by Tilston. It shows how his parents exploited Christopher and robbed him of his childhood. The only negative is that it took me 45 minutes to really get into the story, as the first half of the film drags. American Assassin (7/10): Fans of Vince Flynn’s excellent Mitch Rapp series will be disappointed by this Hollywood pap that changes the story and is little different from your stan-

dard Jason Bourne thriller. While Dylan O’Brien is a pretty good Rapp, the same can’t be said for the rest of the players, who are mostly miscast. If they make a sequel(s), they better get another director, better writers, different players for the subcharacters, and stick with Flynn’s stories as he wrote them. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (7/10): Shot so darkly it might as well have been in black and white, this is a take on Watergate that is completely different than seen in “All the President’s Men.” This movie portrays Felt as a troubled, ambitious man with a distressed wife who acted out of patriotism to the FBI, even though what he did was contrary to FBI rules, if not the law. Battle of the Sexes (3/10): This title has a double meaning. It’s not just about the Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) — Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) tennis match; it’s equally about LGBTQ rights. In fact, the first half is a snorer that concentrates on the latter. Also unmentioned is the rumor that Riggs threw the match in return for forgiveness of a gambling debt to the mob. Oh well. The tennis part in the last half is pretty good. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (3/10): The first one was a pretty good, tongue-incheek takeoff on James Bond films. This one is ridiculous.

Colin Firth is too good an actor to waste his talent on stuff like this. mother! (0/10): This psychobabble is a desolate, dystopian view of society. The ending is as disgusting a stretch of film as you will ever see, unless you are a devotee of horror, as it slowly dissolves into phan-

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TarFest celebrated 15th year, Operation School Bell kicks off The celebratory luncheon of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce took place early last month. It was hosted by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan in the Museum’s BP Grand Entrance. For the 15th year, the event that brought over 100 members and guests together was the beloved TarFest held annually in Hancock Park. “Anybody can come here and be an individual; a balancing act between one’s self and the diversity that art brings,” said Mr. Govan, reminding everyone that LACMA’s exhibit “Pacific Standard Time LA/LA” continues through January. TarFest Founder and Launch Gallery owner James Panozzo pronounced what a great confluence of science, art and entertainment the


TARFEST KUDOS were presented by Councilmember Ryu’s senior field deputy Catherine Landers to TarFest cofounder and director James Panozzo at the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce luncheon held in September at LACMA.

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FIRST TARFEST POSTER, from 2002, was discovered and displayed by festival director James Panozzo at the LACMA luncheon.

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DINERS at the June and Paul Bilgore home in Windsor Square included board and “canopy committee” members Scott Goldstein and Helen Hartung.

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(Continued from page 14) After hors d’oeuvre and a variety of wines, an Italian buffet was served, followed by dessert provided by Larchmont’s Salt and Straw. • • • Our own man about town, Rafael de Marchena-Huyke, returned from Columbia University, where he received honors from one of the three

Windsor Square author retells story of Jane Eyre Aline Brosh McKenna, Windsor Square, will be answering questions about her new graphic novel, “Jane,” at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Sun., Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. McKenna, the screenwriter who adapted “The Devil Wears Prada” for film and created the CW show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” will be at Chevalier’s to read and answer questions regarding her new work, “Jane,” a modern interpretation of Jane Eyre, taking place in New York City instead of Northern England, featuring a Mr. Rochester more akin to Bruce Wayne than a country gentleman. Artwork for the graphic novel is by cartoonist Ramon K. Perez. For more information, visit

Cathedral Chapel Church turns 90 Save the date and help Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana, 922 S. Detroit St., celebrate its 90th anniversary in style at a Christmas fundraiser Sat., Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The parish’s 90th liturgical mass celebration will be Sun., Dec. 17 at noon. If you don’t want to wait that long, a food festival takes place Sun., Oct. 29. For more information, call 323-930-5976, or visit

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Skewering Oscars in powerful comedic play about family, fame

Patricia Foster Rye Macfarlane), Michael’s partner. When Austin finally does arrive, he’s shattered, having come from a tragic event at an LGBT center where he was attending a celebratory happening. As the time nears for the Oscar show, the question is will Michael acknowledge the plight of the transgender community in his acceptance speech, should he win the Oscar? Veteran director Walter Bobbie has kept the comedic pace at a perfect pitch. Ultimately this oneact is about family and fame.

Walking to Buchenwald by Tom Jacobson centers on Schiller and Arjay, who talk Mildred (Laura James) and Roger (Ben Martin), Schiller’s parents, into a trip to Europe. The roles of Schiller and Arjay are played alternately, per performance, by either two women or two men. The night I saw it, Mandy Schneider played Schiller and Amielynn Abellera played Arjay. On the journey to Buchenwald, there are visits to stone

Playing the role listed as Others, kudos to Will Bradley who plays waiters, bus drivers, a body world corpse and several more characters, delineating them with great style. Through Sat., Oct. 21, Open Fist Theatre Company at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., 323-882-6912, 3 Stars

‘Taste’ drew crowd, winning raffle Restaurants were full of patrons at Hope-Net’s “Taste of Larchmont” 25th anniversary Aug. 28. The neighborhood event brought the community together while supporting the Hope-Net food pantry mission. Photographer Yoram Kahana donated photos for the silent auction. Winner of the grand prize raffle — dinner for two at 12 restaurants — was Yoram Kahana’s daughter, Tal. “It was a wonderful event to show my children the superb artist their grandfather is and their heritage of giving and supporting social justice and to taste the wonderful food of Larchmont,” said Tal. “My favorite photos that I have seen him donate are Janis Joplin and her Porsche,

VOLUNTEERS Michele Werdin and Barbara MacDonald with Mario Lazaridis at Le Petit Greek at Taste of Larchmont.

The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and an iconic photo of Hitchcock in profile,” she added. Douglas Ferraro, Hope-Net now-retired executive director, said the event raised about $50,000 and helped Hope-Net provide supplemental food for more than 300,000 persons in our local area.

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It is the night of the Oscars, the titular night referred to in Paul Rudnick’s new play The Big Night. Michael (Brian Hutchison) has been nominated for best supporting actor and his life is about to change in many ways. Michael is attending the big event, and his friends and family gather in his deluxe Beverly Hills hotel suite (spot on scenic design by John Lee Beatty), where the laughs are fast and very funny, skewering a variety of show biz institutions. The outstanding cast includes new agent Cary (Max Jenkins), Mother Esther (a wonderful Wendie Malick), who has a surprise of her own, Esther’s friend Eleanor (Kecia Lewis) and transgender nephew Eddie (Tom Phelan). Everyone’s there but Austin (Luke

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Going rogue: an experience that foodies will not want to miss

CHEFS Jeff Mora and Alan Latourelle, head chef at Rogue, plate up a course for 10 diners while Hilary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine from CUT in Beverly Hills, tends the stove.

$175 for dinner, you may as well go all in for an extra $85 and let the sommelier select complementary beverages. For two and a half to three hours, eight guests mingle, interact with the chefs, and indulge in creative dishes. We were greeted with freshly muddled strawberry and basil caipirinhas, mini biscuits with green tomato jam, crème fraîche and caviar, and small bowls of chopped hamachi with coconut flan and lemongrass. After the hors d’oeuvre, we were led through the kitchen, past equipment employed to dry, smoke, foam and vapor-

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Helene Seifer ize ingredients, and into the dining room. A long counter bisects the space; guest stools on one side, stoves and grills on the other. We settle in, and chefs and sous chefs begin. Four main chefs rotate presenting their dishes. We watch them work, which is standard at openkitchen environments, but we can also ask them questions about ingredients, techniques and inspiration to uncover how we ended up with, for example, a plate of creamy grits, langoustines and corn dippin’ dots. This was delicious and beautiful: the pale puddle of grits, the vibrant pink-orange of the langoustines, the tumble of tiny liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream balls — a magical balance of hot, cold, briny and sweet. Gazpacho is a pale yellow coconut-oil-shelled orb bedecked with daikon curls on a bed of razor-thin sliced Persian cucumbers. Tap the

DINERS at the counter of Wolfgang Puck’s test kitchen, “The Rogue Experience,” at the Pacific Design Center.

sphere and it breaks open to release tomato water soup. Playful, light and delicate — this was a crowd-pleaser. A succession of crazy-wonderful dishes was presented: ocean trout poached in smoked butter; uni and seaweed with the ancient grain Job’s tears; sous vide and grilled octopus tentacle flavor-jolted with ginger harissa aioli; a parmesan foam-topped basket of coiled pasta-encased pancetta and an egg yolk as a deconstructed ode to spaghetti carbonara; perfectly cooked rib cap (the most flavorful portion of ribeye steak) enhanced by adorable pickled cucumber melons, a grape-sized fruit hybrid. Desserts included a smoked plum sorbet with white chocolate, plum coulis and a showy fan of plum slices. We retired to the courtyard fire pit for a glass of sauterne, the PDC architectural angles framing our views of the winking lights of West Hollywood. Reservations are available for two or four; only eight guests total are booked for each available night; Saturday buy-outs can seat up to 10. The Rogue Experience, 8687 Melrose Ave., 800-2758273. Dinner at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday. Contact Helene at

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Enjoy film, food, opera at PST:LA/LA Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles (PST: LA/LA) kicked off its five-month long series of events in September at Grand Park and at The Getty. “Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance,” an opera, is performed at the theater at the Ace Hotel, 933 S. Broadway, Tues., Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. The group Chicano Batman performs a concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Wed., Oct.

18 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Flavors of Mexico” at the Skirball Cultural Center, 1201 N. Sepulveda Blvd., explores regional cuisines in three classes beginning Tues., Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Watch “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro, at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Mon., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. There is much more through January 2018. Visit

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MUSEUM ROw Relax with sound; Clay LA Sept. 30 weekend, festival of lights at Zimmer JAPAN FOUNDATION— “Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl” combines healing properties of its Tibetan counterpart in two lunchtime sessions Wed., Oct., 4 at 12:30 and 1 p.m. Free. • Explore the Home of Japanese Mythology: Shimane, Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Free, RSVP resquired. • “Deities in Japanese Art: Buddhas,” in collaboration with LACMA, with lecturer Michael VanHartingsveldt, is Tues., Oct. 10. Free, RSVP required. Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—“Clay LA 2017” is Sat., Sept. 30 and Sun., Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual fundraiser includes clay activities, sale, activities, music and drinks. • “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility” ends Jan. 7. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323-

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2018. • “Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz” ends Dec. 3. • “Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos” ends April 15, 2018. • Free music programs feature Jazz at LACMA in the BP Grand Entrance Fridays at 6 p.m. through November. Latin Sounds is Saturdays at 5 p.m. in Hancock Park, through November. Sundays Live weekly cham-

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Old trees, new plantings create an oasis on Lucerne Blvd. The front yard has taken on a life of its own since the grass died. “It didn’t survive the drought,” Peter explained last month in the heat of summer. He tilled the soil, turning the dirt with a shovel for two weeks, and then together they pulled lots and lots of weeds. By April, their front yard was ready for new plantings. A neighbor across the street contributed rose cuttings which were planted along with salvia, lion’s tail, arti-

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