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1920s TO TODAY



Larchmont Boulevard was not the only place of note to get its start 100 years ago.

After decades of discussion, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens. Page 14

Eighty-year enigma involves a Chronicle historian and a missing painting. Page 4

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Golf club, tennis club, JLLA also date back to jubilant 1920s

By Suzan Filipek The roaring 1920s were boom years for many American towns and cities, and Larchmont was no exception. The Los Angeles Tennis Club, Wilshire Country Club and Junior League of Los Angeles got their starts in that jubilant era. And all are integral parts of the neighborhood today and are thriving well into the 21st century. Wilshire Country Club at the start of it all? Some say the Wilshire Country Club set the stage for the stately homes, wide parkways and general bucolic charm of the area. “It’s such an integral part of the neighborhood. The neighborhood grew up around the golf course,” said club historian Doug Dickey. When the idea for a golf course was first presented, it had its doubters. There were oil wells that dotted the Rancho La Brea land as far as the eye could see, and a dirt cow path where Melrose Avenue is today. But by 1917 the oil had dried up, leading George Allan Hancock to suffer a nervous breakdown, Dickey said. Hancock found solace on a trip to Hawaii and in the game of golf. On his return, when a few businessmen with the vision

1919 PROSPECTUS for potential members shows the new golf club’s location (looking east). Marlborough School had moved from near USC to Third Street and Rossmore Avenue three years earlier.

for the golf course approached him, it must have seemed like a good idea, as he agreed to give a lease for a modest amount with an option to buy. The early success of the 105-acre golf course increased the popularity of the vast, empty land that surrounded it and motivated Hancock to subdivide his remaining land and make his second fortune in real estate. Plan B was a church The founders of Wilshire Country Club “would be very proud of the club’s first 100 years of progress, especially since the original clubhouse was designed to be converted into a church in case the club failed to be successful,” according to Dickey, author

of “The History of Wilshire Country Club: A Centennial Celebration.” Today, the club hosts the esteemed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and its Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, when many of the world’s best women golfers descend upon the Hancock Park course, which certainly would be impressive to the group of businessmen who incorporated the club on Sept. 25, 1919. Memberships were open to women from the start, although they didn’t initially have voting rights or financial interests in the property. But that would change. In the early days, there were celebrities on the course, (of

course) with its proximity to Hollywood. Actress Katherine Hepburn and her beau Howard Hughes played golf secretly near their home at the club’s eighth green. The club’s third and current clubhouse was completed in 2001 by architect Scott Johnson and the Johnson Fain firm, which would further remodel the building in 2008. The latest rendition was built with the first building’s California Mission style in mind. Norman Macbeth Invitational The club’s centennial celebrations were held in 2019 with great fanfare and fireworks. The club’s esteemed 72nd annual Norman Macbeth Invitational Tournament, however, was moved because of the pandemic this year from its traditional Memorial Day weekend slot to Labor Day weekend. The invitation-only event is considered among the finest in all of Southern California and is held in honor of the club’s original golf course designer, club manager Daniel Enzler said. The tournament’s winner last month was the team of Scott Krivis and Pablo Suarez of Valencia Country Club. “It’s a great neighborhood,” said Enzler, who was previously at the Brentwood Coun-

Happy Anniversary


DEVELOPER George Allan Hancock.

try Club. The Swiss native is familiar with the area, having visited the Switzerland consul general’s residence many times before Switzerland sold that Windsor Square home. Home of Champions— Los Angeles Tennis Club A love match is at the genesis of the Los Angeles Tennis Club, whose 101-year history also teems with sport legends and movie stars. “In its heyday, we were the place where the tennis stars mingled with the celebrities,” said Colleen Connors, director of membership at the club. But before the stars and the crowds, the clubhouse and multiple tennis courts, there was May Sutton, a teenage girl (Please turn to page 3)

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CURRENT CLUBHOUSE at Wilshire Country Club was completed in 2001 and remodeled in 2008.

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(Continued from page 2) who was determined to marry a man who could beat her in the game of tennis. Not an easy feat, as the 17-year-old Sutton was the first American to win the Wimbledon singles title. Apparently, tennis champ Thomas Bundy did win at least one game with Sutton, as the couple was married in 1912. Bundy, a subdivider of Miracle Mile, was among a group of businessmen and amateur tennis players who would, on the heels of another pandemic — the 1919 Spanish flu — make an offer to George Allan Hancock to buy five-and-onehalf acres of his vacant land for $11,000. The Tennis Club was founded in 1920 at 5851 Clinton St., and Bundy was its first president. Everyone was an amateur

tennis player in those days and would remain so until the 1960s when some players began receiving salaries. But that’s not to question the Tennis Club’s royal lineage: Bundy was a three-time winner of the U.S. doubles championship, and May Bundy won Wimbledon not only in 1905 but again in 1907. The power couple and their daughter, Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney, were among a long line of members to enter the International Tennis Hall of Fame. When tennis legends played the courts, including the famous Center Court (christened the Home of Champions), Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and other stars cheered from the box seats. Until the 1980s, the Pacific Southwest Tournament — the fifth largest match in the world — was held here, with Billie Jean King and John

McEnroe swinging racquets before sold-out crowds. Times changed when the Olympics came to Los Angeles in 1984. The club’s stands weren’t large enough, and so the tournament was moved to a new facility at UCLA. According to LATC historian Patricia Henry Yeomans’ book, “History and Heritage of The Los Angeles Tennis Club 19201995,” LATC continued to host significant matches, including Southern California United States Tennis Association events for juniors that featured the likes of Tracy Austin and Serena and Venus Williams. While the Tennis Club no longer is the center of the tennis world in the west, there are no regrets. What’s left “is a nice neighborhood club. It’s an extension of the Greater Wilshire Hancock Park area,” said Connors. “We feel so honored by this history we’ve been given, but looking ahead, we’re becoming more of a family club.” Zachary Gilbert, a sixth-generation Californian from a prominent tennis family, agreed. The club’s new director of tennis, Gilbert is charged with leading the club into the future. In his younger days, when his father coached Andre Agassi, Gilbert spent time with the tennis pro and was inspired by Agassi’s philanthropic work.


CELEBRITIES often lined the grandstands. Notables included Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Gary Cooper and Charlie Chaplin.

CENTER COURT has featured a myriad of stars, from Rod Laver to Jimmy Connors to Pete Sampras.

Gilbert hopes to bring that same spirit to the Tennis Club. While many aspects of the planned centennial celebrations are still on hold because of the pandemic, Gilbert says he hopes to celebrate next year. “When we do it, we want to do it right.” Meanwhile, with all that’s been going on, the club has served as a welcome oasis to its members, he added.

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Remembering ‘Chronicle’ historian and his wife and daughter

By Suzan Filipek Artist and historian Harry Muir Kurtzworth (18871979), whose sketches created for the Larchmont Chronicle are featured in Section One of this issue, is back in the news — the California Art Club Newsletter, to be exact. “It’s very exciting that my grandfather is still very, very popular on Larchmont, and in the Chronicle,” Kurtzworth’s granddaughter, Hancock Park resident Carolyn LayPort, told us. Her grandfather joined the Larchmont Chronicle staff in the 1960s, and he wrote articles accompanied by drawings about the life of Larchmont’s prominent residents, such as

Larchmont Boulevard pioneering developer Julius LaBonte (shown here and also on page 1-18 of this issue). His drawings of Larchmont Landmarks are on page 1-22. “Mr. Kurtzworth came into the office the second or third year we started [the paper], and he offered to do a column on historical homes and buildings in the neighborhood. I was thrilled,” said Chronicle founder Jane Gilman last month. A mystery More recently, the local historian has been linked to an 80-year-old mystery: the identity of the two subjects in a 1930s painting, “Mrs. Harry Muir Kurtzworth and Her Daughter Constance.”

AN ILLUSTRATION by Harry Muir Kurtzworth of Larchmont Boulevard developer Julius LaBonte.

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SUBJECTS of the portrait “Mrs. Harry Muir Kurtzworth and Her Daughter Constance,” by Theodore Nicolai Lukits, were a mystery until now. Courtesy of California Art Club, est. 1909; Newsletter, Spring 2021

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(Continued from page 4) ter / Spring 2021 newsletter, in an article, “Tales of the Past: California Art Club’s Permanent Collection,” by Daniela Ionescu, the Art Club’s director of Library and Research Centre. When the focus of the research shifted to Mrs. Kurtzworth’s husband, the mystery unraveled, and the identities of the mother and daughter portrayed on the canvas were revealed as the wife and daughter of historian Harry Kurtzworth. They are both named Constance; the younger one, the daughter, is now 97, “and still with me,” says Carolyn. Carolyn’s grandfather, Harry Kurtzworth, was a Detroit native and Ph.D graduate, an esteemed painter, designer, art critic, art historian and art educator of his day. In 1930, he moved to California to serve as art director and curator of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art (in 1961, the museum split in two: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Natural History Museum. Los Angeles 1932 Olympics In 1931, Kurtzworth was the appointed artist for the 1932 Olympics, and he designed

OLYMPIC DIPLOMA from the 1932 Summer Games, designed by Harry Muir Kurtzworth.

the 10th Olympiad Diploma Award for the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the X Olympiad. Greek vases at the museum where he worked provided inspiration for his design — the goddess Columbia serves as a modern-day Athena, and Kurtzworth’s signature is on the bottom right side, below Athena’s temple. From 1933 to 1937, Kurtzworth was director of the Los Angeles Art Association, and in 1937 he curated an exhibit for the Los Angeles Central Library, which featured works by Lukits and other artists, most of whom were California Art Club members at one time. One year later, Lukits painted the portrait of Kurtzworth’s wife and daughter wearing

dreamy rose and light greencolored dresses. The mother wore pearls and the daughter had a beguiling smile. Lukits was sought-after for using jewel-like colors, and he was a favorite among the Hollywood set. He also mentored many Art Club members, including current CAC President Peter Adams. It turns out that the painting of Kurtzworth’s wife and daughter was done in return for a favor owed to Harry Kurtzworth. But Lukits was volatile, and in the end, he willed the canvas to the Art Club instead of giving it to the Kurtzworth family, says LayPort. Carolyn said the family didn’t know where the painting was until about a decade ago, and now a photograph

ARTIST and Larchmont Chronicle columnist, Harry Muir Kurtzworth, at work on the Olympic Diploma.

Photograph courtesy of Kathleen Zlokovich, Kurtzworth’s great-granddaughter.

of the portrait hangs in her home. She has her treasured family history, which includes her S. McCadden Place home, built in 1925 by her paternal grandmother. “I just love my family history,” adds the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society member. Harry Kurtzworth and his wife and daughter lived on S. Lucerne Boulevard behind The Ebell of Los Angeles. Her grandfather “was quite a gen-

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1921: In praise of photographer Margrethe Mather (and Edward Weston) Edward Weston’s name is one we remember now. In 1921, though, when Larchmont Boulevard was aborning, Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather were tucked away in Weston’s simple (but successful) wooden portrait studio in Glendale. The two photographers had been collaborators since 1913, and would be until 1923. The images they were making together in 1921 and the following year taught the world to see anew. But Mather is remembered by few except students of the history of photography. Yet she was Weston’s collabora-

tor and teacher, and was, in Weston’s own words spoken decades later, “the first important person in my life.” Mather and Weston were very much aware of the fruiting tree of American modernism at the end of the First World War. Softness and impressionistic images in the visual arts were as old-fashioned as long skirts. The ideas born of Cubism, Dada, technology, the distillation of form and the beauty of the quotidian were part of the new modernist conversation. How were they to find their own photographic vocabularies? Weston was born in 1886.

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He came of age early in the pictorialist photographic movement, which thrived in the U.S. and England between 1889 and the start of World War I. These soft-focus, atmospheric images were impressionistic, seemingly not connected to the real world. Weston later became best known for his modernist aes-

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thetic: elegant, simple, fiercely intimate, sensual images, with shadow and light beautifully in balance. That aesthetic was formed in a significant way by the synergy — and love — between Mather and Weston. It is essential to understand that Mather was the vanguard in the creative relationship. Her work caused Weston to re-evaluate his own. Mather and Weston were not working in a cre- COLLABORATORS and one-time lovers, ative vacuum. Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston’s They were a part story is told in the book, “Artful Lives.” of a “bohemian” group of art- one else. (He died in 1958.) ists of all mediums, including When Carl Sandburg visited Charlie Chaplin, the leftist Los Angeles in early 1921, he writer Max Eastman, the poet read his poetry to the Friday Moon Kwan (whom Mather Morning Club. Before he left photographed in such a star- Los Angeles, he traveled to tling and elegant way that Glendale for a portrait sitWeston ran to keep pace), ting with Mather and Weston. among others. Instead, they took him to a In 1921, and for a brief peri- bridge over the L.A. River. od of time thereafter, Weston The resulting photograph is a and Mather jointly signed masterpiece of light and shadphotographs, the only time in ow and architectural sweep, as Weston’s long career that he Sandberg leans on the wooden shared attribution with any(Please turn to page 7)




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bridge and casually looks over the river. Weston’s departure for Mexico in 1923 with his new love and protégé, Tina Modotti, was the conclusion of Mather and Weston’s relationship. He left behind a 10-year collaboration and an “unresolved love affair, even as she struggled to relegate their languid Los Angeles days, spent together or with their bohemian friends, to the province of the past,” according to their joint biographer Beth Gates Warren. Weston’s career subsequent-


ly soared to the heights of international fame, where his reputation remains. He nurtured other loves to establish photographic careers and to aid his — not only Modotti, but also Sonya Noskowiak. But Mather, his mentor, was mostly erased from his legacy. “The Daybooks of Edward Weston” (first published by Imogen in 1961) opens in 1923, in Mexico. He destroyed his earlier diaries, a record of his Glendale days with Mather. But the dozen or more beautiful and significant photographs they left behind endure, “irrefutable evidence,” writes Warren, “of the creative spirit and formidable talent they shared in a time and place unlike any other.” That was Los Angeles, 1921.

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advocates for issues they are passionate about, including education and foster youth. The latter issue is close to Christian’s heart and one she has followed in her 10 years with the JLLA. A litigator by profession, she began her term as president in June. Christian joined the League, because “I wanted a formalized way to volunteer … and loved the opportunities of serving. … It really has given me a lot of joy. “The leadership training is what sets us apart. Members find a passion in the League, and then they go from there. We like to think we create super-charged volunteers,” said Christian. (JLLA presidentelect Joy Williams will take the reins in June, 2022.) Members do hands-on volunteering and work on government initiatives and policy

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Alas, victory of SB 9 and SB 10 will no doubt be a pyrrhic one

One has to hand it to California state Sen. Scott Wiener. After years of failures in the face of fierce political and public resistance, he managed with Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins to drag SB 9 and SB 10 over the finish line just in time for Gov. Gavin Newsom, fresh from his victory over the forces that sought to recall him, to sign the bills into law. YIMBYs (Yes In My Backyard), housing developers and contractors and real estate lobbyists were ecstatic, taking to Twitter to gloat that they had vanquished single-family housing once and for all and opened the flood gates for a construction boom that will lead to greater supply, lower prices and more affordable housing. But I dare say that this victory most likely will be a pyrrhic one. For when the reality sets in that these bills will not have the impact on housing that supporters hoped, proponents will find cold comfort in having stuck it to the homeowning class whose single-family neighborhoods endure. The proponents will find they are right back where they started, having to work with the same localities they tried to make an end-run around. For the fact of the matter is that SB 9 and SB 10 were — as the British say —

“damp squibs” even before they got to the governor’s desk. SB 10 SB 10, which allows cities to upzone to allow apartment buildings of up to 10 units to be constructed on an urban infill site or in a “transit rich” area, requires a specific local ordinance to be passed to go into effect. But recent analysis by the law firm Holland and Knight states, “SB 10 exempts only the rezoning process, without providing any CEQA exemption, ministerial approval or by-right approval process for the actual housing itself. The law will have a limited effect in significantly advancing housing approvals.” The City of Los Angeles (but not our own councilmember Nithya Raman) opposed this bill. If Los Angeles, which implements a number of housing programs, will not pass an ordinance, you can predict the response of smaller, more resistant cities. SB 9 The boogeyman SB 9 is also largely housing fool’s gold. With the existing legislated ability of homeowners to construct ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) and JADUs (Junior Accessory Dwelling Units), the era of pure single-family zoning ended several years ago. But as retired city planner

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and local resident Dick Platkin points out, ADU construction has failed to produce, with only 800 certificates of occupancy granted for ADUs prepandemic in a city of 600,000 eligible homes. According to the Terner Center For Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, SB 9 will only have a modest effect on those parcels already financially feasible (for development) under existing law. “Few new single-family parcels are expected to become financially feasible for added units as a direct consequence of this bill.” The Terner Center report also states that 97% of singlefamily home structures would likely be retained because duplex conversions of existing houses is likely the most probable outcome for most SB 9 eligible properties. The report concluded that “the new units unlocked by SB 9 would represent a fraction of the overall supply needed to fully address the state’s housing shortage.” Governor Newsom signed

these bills because he knew that the YIMBY PR machine made them sound more significant than they are. Reading the fine print shows they will do little to disturb the status quo in the majority of single-family neighborhoods. Where the impact of SB 9 will likely be felt are the middle class and low-income areas where land is cheapest for developers, but also are far from the “high resource” (as in jobs and transit) areas — much to the disappointment of hous-

ing equity advocates. SB 9 and SB 10 are to potentially be put before the public in 2022 with the Californians for Community Planning Initiative, a ballot measure which seeks to prohibit the state from overriding local control of planning. If the initiative succeeds, it will mean the YIMBY movement has crossed a bridge too far, needlessly antagonizing local governments and homeowners in an effort to score an ideological point.

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quarters at the stylish French Regency building they own at 630 N. Larchmont Blvd. The building is named the Rainey House after 1943 League President Marjorie Hamlin Rainey, whose bequest helped fund the building, which opened in 1995. Previously, the League’s office locations included the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Original Farmers Market. Its major annual fundraiser, the Harvest Boutique, is a gala affair with boutique vendors, a silent auction and luncheon, which support JLLA’s many community projects and partners. This year, the event is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Skirball Cultural Center. “Hopefully, it will be inperson,” said Christian.

(Continued from page 8) lum to change the landscape in Los Angeles,” she added. JLLA 1925 beginnings While the group officially incorporated in 1926, a group of local women (including Pauline Schoder, mother of the Chronicle’s publisher) gathered a year earlier in the living room of one of the founders to conceive their first project: a 12-bed children’s convalescent home. It was to become part of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Today, members of the Los Angeles chapter — which is part of The Association of Junior Leagues International — meet online. They hope to return soon to their head-

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Tom LaBonge honored again

By John Welborne At the Original Farmers Market, right near Bennett’s Ice Cream and Bob’s Doughnuts, market patrons will have a special spot to sip their coffees or eat their lunches, perhaps purchased from the adjacent China Depot or Magee’s — all Los Angeles fixtures, just like the late “Mr. Los Angeles,” Tom

LaBonge. There now is a table dedicated to Tom! As LaBonge family and friends gathered at the market’s East Patio for a brief unveiling ceremony on September 24, A.F. Gilmore Company president Henry L. Hilty, Jr. explained that the former Fourth District councilmember had been a friend and fan of the Farmers Market long before he was elected to represent it. He also was a supporter of the many family merchants at the market, often purchasing their wares and enjoying them right at that very spot. LaBonge’s widow, Brigid, agreed that MUGGING at “Tom’s Table” on the day the market was a it was dedicated at the Original Farmers favorite stop for her Market are Brigid LaBonge, at left, and the late husband when LaBonge children, Mary-Cate and Charles. he was on his regu-

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Special Larchmont booklet published by the Chronicle

Being distributed with this October 2021 “Larchmont 100” issue of the Larchmont Chronicle is a special “rotogravure” insert prepared by the paper’s staff with the assistance of a great number of people who are acknowledged on the booklet’s inside back cover. Titled “Larchmont Boulevard: Then and Now,” the booklet salutes the pioneer and current landlords and merchants (especially the merchants) who have made the shopping district the beloved place it has been for the past 100 years. The booklet features photos of the Village since its inception. A number of the images are of Boulevard shops near the time of the Chronicle’s 1971 fiftyyear salute to the Boulevard. Others are from nearly 100 years ago. Enjoy! Readers may purchase extra copies of “Larchmont Boulevard: Then and Now” at the Chronicle office, 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., for $3 each, while they last!

“LARCHMONT BOULEVARD: THEN AND NOW” illustrates the story of the Boulevard’s commercial district between First Street and Beverly Boulevard (originally Temple Street). This collection of city lots was created by the “Windsor Heights“ and “New Windsor Square“ subdivisions in the 1920s. See above right.

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(Continued from page 12) piles of Boston lettuce. The garlic spread and fermented salsa are an unusual choice for tacos, but the sweet fish flavor popped when enhanced with those condiments. Our server highly recommended the banana bread, so we tried it. The thick slab is served with a scoop of honey butter, which was too much sweetness for my taste. The $8 bread itself is good, but great? My mother’s recipe, frankly, is better. Still, with super-smooth

CLAY LA, new exhibits at Craft Contemporary

Three new exhibits will open Sun., Oct. 3 at the Craft Contemporary museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd. An exhibition preview takes place a day earlier, on Sat., Oct. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the preview is $9 and free for members. Artist Pouya Afshar will be at the opening reception. As the museum readies to open its doors, several protocols will be in place due to COVID-19, including limiting capacity to 75 percent, screening temperatures and requiring contact information for contact tracing purposes. The three new exhibits are: “Witch Craft Rethinking Power,” where artist Moffat Takadiwa transforms consumer waste — toothpaste tubes, spray cans, computer keyboards — into sculptures and wall hangings. “Pouya Afshar: The Charm of the Unfamiliar” follows the fictional journey of a group of migrants to an abandoned amusement park-like city, and “Consuelo Flores; The Roots of Our Resistance, Altar” is dedicated to the Latino and Black communities that have been most impacted by COVID-19. The exhibits end Jan. 9. CLAY LA showcases ceramic artists at a meet-and-shop and light breakfast / brunch preview on Sat., Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CLAY LA continues on Sun., Oct. 10 as a pay-what-you-can day. Visit

$4 macchiatos, it makes a satisfying end to a very good lunch. Perhaps Great White, whose namesake shark has a 70-year life span in the wild, will join the ranks of other long-lived and loved restaurants on the Boulevard. Great White, 244 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-745-5059. The Larchmont Chronicle will review Fanny’s in the November issue.

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FANNY’S AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM offers breakfast and lunch and, soon, dinner.

By Helene Seifer The Academy Museum of Motion Picture’s dazzling displays of Hollywood history are matched by its glitzy two-story restaurant worthy of Hollywood gold. Named “Fanny’s” in homage to donor Wendy Stark’s grandmother, Fanny Brice, the comedienne, actress and singer immortalized in the Barbra Streisand musical and film “Funny Girl,” the 10,000-square-foot restaurant is a contemporary take on old Hollywood glamour. Developed by restaurateur Bill Chait, formerly of Bestia and République, and Carl Shuster, chief executive of Wolfgang Puck Catering, the eatery offers breakfast and lunch inside and on a patio. Dinner service will be added by the end of the month.




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Academy Museum — the new neighborhood By John Welborne The latest addition to “Museum Row” in the Miracle Mile is open! Media members from around the world got a preview the week before the public opening on September 30. In between the preview and the opening, there also was a star-studded gala on September 25 that featured a dinner and awards presentations (it is the Academy, after all). Those took place on the outdoors, but glass-covered, rooftop Dolby Family Terrace. Awardees included the fundraising co-chairs, Annette Bening, Tom Hanks and Bob Iger, plus filmmaker Haile Gerima and cinema legend Sophia Loren. There is so much to explore in the new building, which is the product of teamwork among 1,000 people, primarily the client, the Academy Museum, and architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop (in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect), general contractor MATT Construction and at least three dozen other expert design and installation consultants, including exhibition designers WHY Architecture. Within the new building (and also within the “old” building, because the Saban

A FEEDING FRENZY for photographers took place in the David Geffen Theater when Anna Kendrick, Tom Hanks and various VIPs were posed for a group photo on “press day.”

Building, housing most of the museum facilities, is the restored 1939 May Company building), an important feature is the museum’s series of education and family programs. Both will be ongoing and will include youth programs, family studio activities, family matinee screenings, and school tours. These activities will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters and the Shirley Temple Education Studio. Because this is a museum of motion pictures, there will be plenty of those projected. In-person screenings and public programs commenced on the Sept. 30 opening day. During the first two months (Please turn to page 15)

MUSEUM VIP leaders at the Academy Museum press preview included, from left: museum director and president Bill Kramer, trustee and capital campaign committee co-chair Tom Hanks and museum architect Renzo Piano.

SEPTEMBER 25 GALA participants included Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Photo ©Academy Museum Foundation

NICOLE KIDMAN cheered on the gala honorees, co-chairs of the Campaign for the Academy Museum: Bob Iger, Annette Bening and Tom Hanks (also a speaker at the gala). They and their colleagues reached the $388 million pre-opening campaign goal nearly one year ago. Photo by Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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(Continued from page 14) following the opening, the museum will offer the public more than 115 film screenings, discussions, and programs for film lovers of all ages. A tremendous amount of fascinating information about the new Academy Museum, including how to obtain the required advance timed ticket reservations and how to get tickets for screenings, is available at the website

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French thriller; Michael Caine in superb comic form at 88

Who You Think I Am (8/10): 107 minutes. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Camille Laurens, 50-year-old Juliette Binoche pretends to be 24 as she generates an online romance with her ex’s attractive roommate François Civil. This is starkly reminiscent of the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who fell victim to a similar scam in 2013. Writer-director Safy Nebbou produces a superb psychological thriller highlighted by terrific performances. In French. Pharma Bro (8/10): 94 minutes. NR. This is the story of Martin Shkreli, who seemingly lobbied to earn the title of the most hated man in America. He bought a pharmaceutical company that made pyrimethamine daraprim, the only treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that kills lots of AIDS patients. But it was treatable with this drug and had been selling for $30 per bottle of 48 pills. Shkerli, a 38-year-old hedge fund manager, “promising financial savant” and pharmaceutical opportunist, got control and raised the price of it from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill overnight in 2015, depriving those afflicted of this life-saving drug and earning the title. Shkreli got bad publicity and did his best to make it worse. His livestream, where anyone could contact him and speak with him, and his supercilious

contumely (but I repeat myself), was disgusting, to say the least. It is mindful of Martin Amis’ comment on Gore Vidal, “If there is a key to (his) public character, it has something to do with his towering immodesty, the superbity of his selflove.” The film is a fascinating study of a narcissist who was too smart (in his mind’s eye) for his own good. Best Sellers (7/10): 96 minutes. Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has taken over her father’s publishing house and has run it into the ground. She is at her wits’ end when she finds out that the company is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine). To say that Shaw is reclusive is akin to saying that J.D. Salinger was shy. After his one huge bestseller, he hasn’t done anything except drink booze and feel sorry for himself. However, she finds out he has a new book that he hates, and she convinces him to let her publish it. He insists that nobody edit it and she agrees if he will agree to a book tour, which he does. Meet the book tour from hell. Plaza and Caine have terrific charisma together and do wonderful work as the illmatched couple, as she tries to sell the book and he seems to be doing his best to torpedo it. In lesser hands, this film could have been a real loser. At 88, Caine produces one of his bet-

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Tony Medley ter performances, and Plaza is right there with him; the acting is superb if the plot and situations strain credulity. But it is well-directed by Lina Roessler from a script by Anthony Grieco, and even though I don’t view it as a comedy, it turns out to be one of the better films of the year. Fauci (1/10): 110 minutes. NR. This is a no-warts, closed-

minded paean to Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the President, in which never is heard a discouraging word. That’s not too surprising, since it is produced by the National Geographic Society that has become a left-wing foghorn in recent years. While this sings his praise for his work on AIDS, ignored is the virulent criticism of his work by AIDS activists who blame him for tens of thousands of deaths for what he did and did not do. Also barely mentioned is Fauci’s flip-flop on masks, first accurately saying they were

worthless, then saying they are mandatory. I agree with the March 30, 2020 statement of the executive director for the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program which said, “there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit.” Also ignored by the film’s directors is Fauci’s denial under oath before Congress that gain-of-function research was funded by the U.S. I believe that the evidence indicates that his organization did, in fact, fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Lab in China. Rather than a “documentary,” this is akin to agitprop.

‘Classic Comeback’ marked return of Gilmore Auto Show

By Steven Rosenthal Following a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show returned to the Original Farmers Market. Although June was the traditional month for the auto show, Sat., Sept. 25 seemed just about perfect for the event. Why a car show? After striking oil on the land that today includes the Farmers Market, the Gilmore Oil Company created a specially formulated gasoline pumped throughout the West at Gilmore Gasoline auto fill-up stations, a reproduction of which is at the market. “We’re excited to have

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death, or had multiple family owners who couldn’t agree on what they wanted to do. Graft and corruption in the construction process did not help. The cultural part of the process, which began last year, involves mainly visual artists from around the world. I was invited to do something “live” by Riabitare’s artistic director, the poet and photographer Allison DeLauer. Well, theater is live — that’s the whole point of it. We had originally planned to do Macbeth in one of the semi-ruined castles, but that proved too complicated, so we settled on an afternoon of “Shakespeare in Italy”: scenes (in various Italian translations) from Shakespeare’s “Italian” plays — “The Merchant of Venice,” “Taming of the Shrew” (Padua), “Romeo & Juliet” (Verona), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Sicily), “Othello” (Venice, again), and “Cymbeline” and “Julius Caesar,” both of which prominently feature Rome and Romans. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the performance has to be outdoors. Rather than build an outdoor stage with seating, we decided to use the village square, with the audience promenading from one location to the next, following a “tour guide” to the piazza’s dramatic sites: the “Shrew” in the old bakery; Portia’s monologue by the town’s “famous” fountain; Antony’s oration on a set of steps; and Juliet, of course, in a neighbor’s balcony! The two or three professional actors in the group hadn’t

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Greetings, Dear Reader, from Italy! Your correspondent finds himself in the small Italian village of Fontecchio in Abruzzo as a guest artist in a project sponsored by the regional Italian government, called “Riabitare con l’Arte” (Rebuilding through Art). My production, which will take place after this paper’s deadline, is part of a plan to use art to revitalize communities devastated by the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake — plans that are just now coming to life. The earthquake left thousands homeless and over 300 dead, destroying hundreds of buildings, including ancient monuments and homes that had been in the same families for generations. The reconstruction has been complicated by the fact that many of the older homes had been abandoned through emigration or


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Poker table scammers and con artists: Will we find them? Isn’t deception exactly what we do when bluffing or semibluffing in a poker game? Likewise, deception is essential when slow-playing, baiting opponents, check-raising, stealing the blinds on the flop and angle-shooting. Deception is an integral part of the game. Angle-shooting is the one form of deception that scammers and con artists have in common with poker. What is angle-shooting?

Larchmontians, you have a new challenge — a tiny one This is A Tiny Challenge. From time to time, we’ll issue a teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, hotelsoap-bar-sized challenge to readers of the Larchmont Chronicle. A challenge to make our community just a smidgelette better. Today’s challenge is: Pick up one piece of garbage off the street. Just one piece of trash. Not two, not three, and don’t you dare pick up four pieces of garbage. This is A Tiny Challenge, not A Pretty Small Challenge. But fret not, clean-freaks and germophobes. If you want to keep your hands clean, just shove a take-out napkin into your pocket and you can use it while grabbing that discarded bottle of Mountain Dew Baja Blast. The point is to spot just one piece of litter, and put it where it belongs. It takes five seconds, helps beautify the neighborhood, and anyone can do it as part of a day’s routine. In fact, Walt Disney would regularly pick up trash as he walked through his theme park. It just wouldn’t be the happiest place on earth if you saw half-melted Mickey Bars everywhere. So often we hear about people trying to save the world. Picking up old Chobani containers isn’t saving the world. It isn’t even saving the neighborhood. The thing is, I don’t know how to save the world. What I do know is how to scoop up a crumpled Doritos bag as I

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George Epstein Most poker players are unfamiliar with this scam. Here is one that happened to me: The river got down to one other player and me. She bet out, and I called. Without hesitation, she spoke up – loud and clear, “I have a straight.” Then she paused as I folded my hand (a medium two-pair). Thereupon, the dealer – apparently wise to her ways – put his hand atop my hole cards before they hit the muck and told the lady to turn up her hand. She held a broken straight draw. So, thanks to the dealer, I won that pot. Based on deceptive practices, we might expect pok-

Eventually it becomes impossible to recruit enough people to support the pyramid. We won’t find any pyramid scams at the poker table. Why? With deception such an integral part of the game, shouldn’t we expect to see a number of scammers and con artists at our poker tables? In my opinion, poker is just not their game. It’s all a matter of character – their personality. Con artists lie, cheat and trick people; they take advantage of other peoples’ weaknesses. Conscience and integrity are not parts of their character. They have gained confidence in their ability to con their opponents. All this is anathema to poker players. Poker Quote of the Month The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that comes along. – Anonymous


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It is funny how one thing can lead to another. My city councilman sent out an email warning us of scams that are growing in number and scope. That got me thinking about con artists. I think con artists and scammers are pretty much the same thing. You will find them almost everywhere. How about at the poker table? They use deception to gain people’s money — just as do poker players.

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