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Michael Connelly was among writers solving crimes at Chevalier's Books.

New exhibit celebrates Renaissance and Reformation art at LACMA. Page 18

Victorian-era Queen Anne Cottage opens for the holidays at the Arboretum. Page 20

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hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • Greater Wilshire • Miracle Mile • park la brea • Larchmont






Magnificent 3-sty mansion overlooking the golf course, sited on nearly an acre lot. 5+7.

Exciting New Listing Brookside! Completely remodeled, lightfilled, large corner lot.

This 4+4.5 Spanish was gutted & remodeled w/new 2nd story + garage & salt water pool & spa

4-2bedroom units in great rental area, 3 units delivered vacant. 2 redone units. In Escrow





Private oasis w/ huge lot & newer pool! 3bd/3ba.Guest House.Central A/C, hardwood floors.

Beautiful restored 3+2.5+fam & play rm. 3rd St School Dist. Charm, Character & Upgrades

Lovely Spanish remodeled with quality & attention to detail. 3+2+converted garage+backyard

Windsor Square adjacent 2 story Mediterranean. 4+3+gsthse. Located in Wilshire Park HPOZ.





105 N St Andrews | Beautiful Craftsman Home On Nice Quiet Street. 4BD/2BA.

Top floor unit w/ golf course vus. Remodeled kitchen & baths. Balcony. Pool/spa. Move in!

Bright, spacious rooms w/ hwd floors & crown moldings. Full service building+gym+spa. 2+1

CA Bungalow. 1st time on market since 1975. Needs TLC. Go to to show.


Cecille Cohen (213) 810-9949


Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


Clyde Jenkins (323) 860-4248


Sandy Boeck (323) 860-4240


Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617


Peggy Bartenetti/ Barbara Allen (323) 610-1781


Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


Betsy Malloy (323) 806-0203

$4,750/ MO

Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606


Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617


Jenny Chow (323) 460-7624


Maria C. Gomez Gri Crs Cips (213) 705-1603 By uniting the websites of more than 20 leading Coldwell Banker companies under, we’re making it easier to access the latest listings and neighborhood data, plus offering the opportunity to connect with a respected real estate expert in your local market—right from your mobile phone, tablet or desktop.

HANCOCK PARK NORTH (323) 464-9272 251 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004


HANCOCK PARK SOUTH (323) 462-0867 119 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Windsor Square town hall held at Ebell The Windsor Square Association’s annual meeting at The Ebell on Nov. 17 featured reports on public safety, land use, and emergency preparedness. Directors were elected for the coming year. Councilman David Ryu spoke, and Scott Appel of Marlborough School described a just-completed construc-

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tion project. The annual Squeaky Wheel Award was presented by president Larry Guzin (photo front page) to Steven E. Heaney, a representative of the Arden Blvd. neighbors who have been working with and monitoring Marlborough since 1996. SQUEAKY WHEEL AWARD of the Windsor Square Assn., right.

SOLD: This residence at 357 N. McCadden Pl. sold for $3,612,000.

Wishing all of my friends, neighbors, clients and colleagues the very best Holiday Season & A Happy New Year!

Single-family homes 434 S. Windsor Blvd. 615 S. Rimpau Blvd. 357 N. McCadden Pl. 96 Fremont Pl. 543 N. McCadden Pl. 852 S. Tremaine Ave. 101 N. Beachwood Dr. 110 N. Van Ness Ave. 590 Lillian Way 156 N. Citrus Ave. 808 3rd Ave. 554 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 723 N. Citrus Ave.

$11,300,000 4,450,000 3,612,000 3,250,000 2,622,000 2,545,000 2,400,000 2,275,000 1,998,000 1,765,000 1,507,919 1,400,000 1,252,500

Office: 310-623-8722


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SOLD: A small-lot home at 640 N. Gramercy Pl. sold for $1,025,000.

Small-lot homes 640 N. Gramercy Pl. 642 N. Gramercy Pl.

$1,025,000 939,000

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness SOLD: A unit at 4661 Wilshire Blvd. sold for $950,000.


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4661 Wilshire Blvd., #203 810 S. Lucerne Blvd., #102 585 N. Rossmore Ave., #201 837 Crenshaw Blvd., #202 4943 Rosewood Ave., #201 3810 Wilshire Blvd., #2211 358 S. Gramercy Pl., #309 4255 W. 5th St., #204 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #314 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #312 * Selling prices for October 2016.

$950,000 695,000 690,000 630,000 510,000 475,000 465,000 340,000 302,000 300,000

Boutique owner promotes local, ‘Au Courant’ sustainable talent on the local population. By Billy Taylor Designers and fashionis- “Next to big oil, the fashtas from across the city came ion industry is the most envitogether to showcase and shop ronmentally destructive and for locally made clothing and socially irresponsible indusjewelry at the “Made in L.A.” try on the planet. Everything from the toxic dyes in fabric to event at Au Courant. Au Courant, located on the human rights violations,” she corner of Larchmont Blvd. and explains. Melrose Ave., is the brainchild After returning stateside, of West Hollywood resident Fielding says she was motiKelly Fielding. When Field- vated to curate and promote a ing opened the boutique last selection of local and environJune, her mission was to cre- mentally friendly designers. “Tonight was ate a space that all about shopoffered fashion ping local and produced in an supporting those ethical way. designers that whole “My are manufacturconcept for this ing in Los Angestore is sustainles,” she says, ability,” Fielding adding: “brands explained at the that I know that Oct. 27 event. are doing busi Having previously worked ETHICAL FASHIONISTAS, ness in an ethiin fashion PR, left to right, Beth Goodman, cal way.” Dominique BlaskovichFielding says Canobbio, Kelly Fielding and This attitude has given Fieldher perspec- Olivia Kazanjian. ing and her boutive on the industry changed after trav- tique a reputation among her eling abroad: “I spent two friends: “They call my store years backpacking around the the Whole Foods of fashion,” world, including the slums she says with a laugh. of India, where I worked in a “Sure, you know you’ll pay a little more, but it’s because women’s shelter.” In India, Fielding witnessed you know it’s been sourced in the impact that common an ethical way.” manufacturing processes have Fielding says this approach

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is welcomed by shoppers in the neighborhood: "A community full of people mindful about what they're buying.”

Designers at the event included Beth Goodman from Marie Turnor Accessories, Dominique Blaskovich-


Canobbio from Dom Ceramics and Olivia Kazanjian from Kazanjian Beverly Hills. Visit

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year “Thank You for another Wonderful Year in Hancock Park” This past year, Bob Day sold or leased neighborhood properties, including on McCadden Place, Larchmont Boulevard, Clinton Street and elsewhere.

In Escrow:

5152 La Vista

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Sweetfin serves wild, seasonable fish In the mood for Hawaiianinspired raw fish cuisine? Sweetfin Poké opened last month in the former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf spot at 135 N. Larchmont Blvd. “It’s deconstructed sushi,” explains co-owner Seth Cohen, who lives close to the take-out. Fanciful chairs outside and handmade glazed tiles inside

line the walls in the light-filled space. Signature bowls include spicy tuna, mango albacore and kale snapper. Vegan and tofu options are also on the menu. It’s the third location for the owners, who aim to serve fish that is seasonable, caught responsibly, and, “as much as we can, wild,” said co-owner Alan Nathan.

SWEETFIN owners Alan Nathan, Seth Cohen, chef Dakota Weiss and Brett Nestadt. BUILDER Michael Winter and his architectural team consult with the Park Mile Design Review Board above. Board members pictured are, left to right and seated: Caroline Labiner, Roberta O’Donnell, James Wolf and James Silcott.

Townhomes on table for Park Mile Chicago developer Michael Winter, Van Ness Partners LLC, plans to develop 12 townhouses on S. Van Ness Ave. south of 6th St. Winter

Pacific Trust Group, a mortgage lending company specializing in residential real estate. Serving the Larchmont and Hancock Park community. Independent and locally owned since 2003.

New officers in Windsor Village Find us on YELP

Keith Baker ext. 109

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Vivian Gueler ext. 110 NMLS# 240802

323 461-2840 606 N. Larchmont Blvd. Suite 4A

and his architectural team met the Park Mile Design Review Board in November at the Memorial Branch Library.

Michael Arenz ext. 104 NMLS# 255684

NMLS# 280563

AT THE MEETING in Windsor Village were Chris Cordone, outgoing president Diane Dicksteen and Julie Stromberg.

Windsor Village Association threw a wine and cheese gettogether for 50 neighbors at its recent annual meeting. Board members were elected at the low-key, friendly party held at outgoing WVA president Diane Dicksteen’s backyard. New officers are Vera Borges, Heather Brel, Joe Donnelly and Barbara Pflaumer. Julie Stromberg’s term was renewed for another two years.

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Happy Holidays

from My Family Tree to Yours Lisa HutcHins

Lifelong resident of Hancock Park

#1 agent in Hancock Park Since 1994

Call Direct at (323) 460-7626

Daughter KATE HUTCHINS Born April 9, 2002 Daughter grACE HUTCHINS Born June 10, 2005

Mom Lucy McBain Lifelong resident of Hancock Park #1 realtor in Hancock Park 1973 – 1993 #1 realtor for Coldwell Banker in the USA for 13 years grandfather Homer Toberman Lifelong resident of L.A., Civic Leader Local real estate developer, home builder, Hancock Park resident until he died at 86

great-great-uncle Mayor James Toberman, sent here by President Lincoln as a tax collector in 1863. Despite that, he was elected Mayor of L.A. three times: 1872, 1878 and 1880. During his terms he paved Main St.and turned on the first electric lights in the city.

great-grandfather C.E. Toberman “Mr. Hollywood” Built the Hollywood roosevelt Hotel, Chinese, Egyptian, El Capitan Theaters to name a few.

Subdivided, sold lots in 53 tracts, including parts of Las Palmas, McCadden, etc., and Outpost Estates in Hollywood. Owned Black-Foxe School at Wilcox and Melrose.

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Fuel cells, plug-ins and print-‘ems at Auto Show

By Steven Rosenthal There was a time when the Los Angeles Auto Show showcased the U.S. land yachts that cruised along the highway lapping up 10-15 mpg with a V8 or 6. “Foreign cars” saw an opportunity and slowly infiltrated the U.S. car market with small car technology squeezing out 20 to 30 mpg from their efficient four bangers.

Fast-forward to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center showcasing 2017-2018 models flaunting over 100 mpg-e. The “e” is for interpreting milesper-gallon with electric power. A Millennial favorite, the VW Golf, is riding the trend offering an e-Golf option touting a 120-mile range on one battery charge or 116 mpg-e. Toyota

showed off its hydrogen powered Mirai with a fuel cell power plant compressing hydrogen gas into electricity. Also in its alternative fuel stables are: a Prius hybrid electric/gas option, a plug-in hybrid version and a plug-in battery electric vehicle (BEV, as the insiders call all-electric cars). Early Toyota Prii squeezed out an 11-mile range on battery power

Sincerest thanks and warmest wishes to those who have shown their friendship and support throughout the years. Whenever you are in need of real estate assistance, please remember me.

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CHEVROLET BOLT is the gold standard of new electric vehicles, with a 238-mile range and a $37,000 base price.

alone, just in case your 52-mpg gas sipper ran out of fuel. Then along came the upstart Nissan Leaf, world’s best selling allelectric, moving 250,000 units since 2011. Originally, the Leaf topped 84 miles on a single charge, now it’s 107, but the 2018 model promises over 200 miles per hook-up. Although Mercedes pioneered the first electric vehicles in 1906, it took 100 years to get there again — with the company creating the B250e EV with only an 87-mile range on a single charge. The main argument for this car is “it’s a Mercedes.” BMW continues with its boxy line of all-electric I3s sporting a 114-mile range, and dreamers can purchase the stunning 155mph Bimmer hybrid I8 plug-in starting at $150,000. Tesla is still the home for top battery range at 310 miles on one lithium ion battery charge, but Tesla is being challenged by stylish Jaguar, which jumps in with

their first production battery powered car, the i-Pace, sporting a 220-mile range. Also in 2018, Audi counters with their e-Tron upgrade announcing a 250 mile / charge and a plan for nationwide charging stations. Much more affordable, the Chevy Bolt BEV, the current gold standard with a 238-mile range, is less than half the price of these electric-luxos ($37,000 before incentives) and is standing up to Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. New technology has not only birthed new electrified power trains, but for the first time, a manufacturer will build a car by printing it with 3-D printers using aluminum and titanium. Divergent 3-D’s “Blade” claims low emissions comparable to the electrics. These 700 hp beasts will be available in 2017 and can zip from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. Was that with a V8 or a 6… or does that even matter anymore?

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Blue Ribbon, Friendly House, Pop-Up hold festivities

The Blue Ribbon of the Music Center hosted members at a special evening at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Oct. 25. Guests toured the newly renovated three-level complex, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of rare and historic automobiles, including a private tour of “The Vault” housing some of the rarest of

vehicles. A cocktail reception and dinner in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery followed. The highlight of the evening was a post-dinner panel discussion entitled “Investing in Your Passion,” featuring experts weighing in on collectibles including art, antiques and automobiles. Moderated by Bruce Meyer, the panelists included


GREAT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY IN PRIME AREA- MORENO HIGHLANDS I have a pocket in a prime area of Silver Lake, Moreno Highlands, right around the lake. Great opportunity for a developer! Large buildable lot of 7,376 square feet. Charming 2 story, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Single Family Home. Fabulous outdoor dining deck with a fireplace and Jacuzzi. Currently a pocket but will come on the market in the New Year unless someone snatches up beforehand. Property can be shown now. Please contact me to set up a viewing appointment or get additional details. Offered for $1.5M


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Around the Town with

Patty Hill Andrea Fiuczynski (Sotheby’s), David Gooding (Gooding & Co.), Jerry Kohl (Brighton Collectibles), and Christian Navarro (Wally’s Wines). Among the auto aficionados were Brenda and Bob Cooke, Donna and Greg Eccon, Amanda and Anthony Mansour, Merle and Peter Mullin, Raylene Meyer, Blue Ribbon vice president Jill Baldauf and Blue Ribbon president Julie Goldsmith. Friendly House Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, the first residential program in the country for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, honored awardwinning actress Katey Sagal with the Woman of the Year Award and philanthropists Linell and Robert Shapiro with the Humanitarian Award at the annual Friendly House Luncheon on Oct. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Radio and television host Pat O’Brien served as MC, and singer Sherri Lewis wowed the audience of 600-plus with her rendition of

“Being Alive.” Proceeds raised will go to the continuation of this beloved organization. Boys and Girls Clubs Boys and Girls Clubs of America honored members and alumni at their annual Great Futures Gala Nov. 3 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The national organization’s trustees Steve Mosko and Fox Sports’ Eric Shanks co-chaired. “Each day nearly half a million kids walk through the doors of Boys and Girls Clubs,” said Whitney S., the 2015 National Youth of the Year awardee. The 400 guests were treated to a moving performance by classical pianist Chloe Flower who accompanied Club members who participate in the organization’s “Lyricism 101” program. “There’s no middle here; their aspirations are top (Please turn to page 10)

KELLER WILLIAMS Larchmont became a pop-up gallery displaying the works of numerous artists, including Kinski Gallo, shown with wife Julia Rose and sons Phoenix and Jagger.

POLISHED FORD is the Petersen Automotive Museum backdrop to Greg and Donna Eccon at the Blue Ribbon event. Photo by Ryan Miller

FRIENDLY HOUSE luncheon MC Pat O’Brien is shown with donor Peggy Albrecht, for whom the house is named.

TRANSFORMERS character “Cleatus” posed with members of local Boys and Girls Clubs at gala at Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Photo by Vince Bucci

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Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season and throughout the coming year!

267 S. Windsor Blvd. | $2,700,000 Impressive Traditional Windsor Square home. This jewel is a very rare find. One story 4 bedroom 4 bathroom, located in the 3rd Street School District. Oversized entry door with marble stone floors, formal dining room, family room, breakfast area, kitchen with granite counter tops, pantry, laundry inside, sun room and living room overlooks the sparkling swimming pool & spa with two statue waterfalls. Professionally landscaped front & back yard with flagstone floor. Central heating & air, hardwood floors throughout. 3 fireplaces, alarm system. Approximately 13,000 lot size & 3,029 living sq. ft as per tax record.

417 S. Norton Ave. | $1,800,000 Beautifully remodeled by home designer, Traditional style home with a contemporary architectural design. Very centrally located in the 3rd Street School District and close to Larchmont Blvd with its European restaurants, cafes, boutique stores and Sunday Farmer’s market. 4BR + 4BA; living room with fireplace, bright and light, French windows in the front of the house, hardwood floors throughout, gourmet open kitchen with brand new Jenn-air stainless kitchen appliances. Downstairs: one bedroom and one bath, powder room, laundry room, basement and wet bar, hardwood floors throughout the house. Upstairs: three bedrooms and two baths. Two car garage with attached guest unit, two zoned central heating and air-conditioning. Call listing agent to show. Total approximate size 3,284 SF (2,324 SF + 487 SF permitted and extended + 473 (guest unit). 6,608 lot size. Property located in HPOZ.

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cell: 323.855.5558 CalBRE #: 01188513 ©2016 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office is owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker® and the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Coldwell Banker Previews International Logo, are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.



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Junior League forum explores foster system The Legacy Leadership Circle of the Junior League of Los Angeles is holding a leadership forum at the Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Fri., Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This year’s topic, “Psychology of the Streets: Breaking Down Barriers To Education,” features keynote speaker Regina Calcaterra, an author and advocate for foster children.

A complimentary lunch prepared by Homegirl Café and Catering will be served immediately following the free event. To RSVP, visit

KATHI AND MIKE GENEWICK, Windsor Square, toast family members who assembled to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in October.


(Continued from page 8) shelf,” said actor Jay Mohr who emceed. Applauding the kids’ achievements were KNX Radio’s Frank Mottek, Ali and Andrew Tennenbaum and Judy and Jeff Henley. KW Pop-Up Art Gallery Every year Keller Williams Larchmont generously opens its doors to the surrounding area and transforms its offices into a venue for a festive evening of art, music, good food and drinks from neighborhood restaurants and vendors. So, on Nov. 12, 200 neighbors and friends ascended to the pop-up gallery. Works by 26 artists were featured with part of the proceeds from sales going to Larchmont Charter School. D.J. Kami’s mixed media miniatures sold the most pieces. Among those sipping wine and juices and nibbling on goodies from Pain Quotidien, Salt and Straw and Cafe Gratitude were Larchmont Charter parent and artist extraordinaire Kinski Gallo, wife Julia Rose and their sons Phoenix and Jagger. Also there were Charmaine Felix-Meyer, Fritz Chestnut, Adam Gross, Molly Shannon, Haroula Rose, Susan Roberts, Richard Bloch and event chair Dragana Popovic with husband Radan. Everyone gyrated to the sounds of David Brooks who served as DJ. And, that’s how Larchmont rocks!

ENGAGED, Samuel Gintel and Christina Rosetti.

Sonoma wedding set next summer

Samuel Gintel and Christina Rosetti, son of Myrna and Rudy Gintel, Hancock Park, and daughter of Dewey and Bill Rosetti, of San Francisco, were recently engaged. They plan to marry next summer in Sonoma. Gintel is an attorney, and the bride-to-be recently graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology. The couple live in Oakland. Both sets of parents are thrilled, Myrna Gintel told us.

Return trip to rural China for Dr. Gordon Dr. Patricia Gordon and her Cure Cervical Cancer (CCC) team headed to rural China last month to educate healthcare professionals. “Our method will be implemented in hospitals all across China to prevent the completely curable epidemic of cervical cancer,” Gordon said. The team traveled to Shenzhen, Kunming, Nanchang and Chongqing to lecture a 15-minute, non-invasive method. Gordon and her team have set up 67 clinics and screened or treated 60,000 women in undeveloped countries. The Hancock Park resident was a practicing oncologist for 30 years before founding CCC. To donate or for information visit

New Listing in Larchmont, Hancock Park

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entertainment Le French Butcher is like part of the family, only French For those who bemoan the closing of the excellent butcher shop Lindy & Grundy, there’s

a new storefront for grassfed, antibiotic-free meats: Le French Butcher. Master butcher


Celebrate with us at

Greg, Tony and Richard

Now taking reservations for Christmas and New Year's Eve 6263 Leland Way, Hollywood CA 90028 323-962-1900

Jean-Claude Setin and his wife Susan, who have been operating out of farmers’ market stalls, including Larchmont’s, not only want to bring quality cuts to Los Angeles, but aim to create the kind of welcoming atmosphere common to shops in Jean-Claude’s native France. “The difference between a French butcher and an American butcher is the approach with a customer,” Jean-Claude explains. “They want to know, ‘Can you give me a good way to cook this? Give me a recipe for the best taste.’ In a supermarket, no one talks with you. In France my customers became my family.” There’s also a difference in the way the animal is broken down. French butchers waste very little meat. “There’s meat behind a cow’s hip joint. Americans don’t bother with it. I carefully cut it out. It’s called ‘oyster’ steak: small, but very tender.” Susan explains their mission. “People want to know where their food comes from. We’re bringing 100 percent grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, all California grown and cut from whole carcasses. Our motto is ‘Healthy, delicious, sane and humane.’” (Please turn to page 13)

JEAN-CLAUDE SETIN in his new shop Le French Butcher on the corner of Third and Vista streets.

Elegant Providence restaurant ranks No. 1, again, in 'Gold’s 101' guide Sedately occupying a corner on Melrose Ave., Providence is No. 1, again, in “Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants.” It’s the fourth year in a row the unassuming and elegant restaurant achieved the coveted top spot in the annual guide by food critic Jonathan Gold. Hancock Park native Amy Wolf is sous chef to chef/owner Michael Cimarusti, who serves yellowtail to rockfish in his nod to local and sustainable fish and seafood. She and Cimarusti, a member of the Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force, recently returned from Wash., D.C., where they and another local

chef, Mary Sue Milliken, were part of the team that prepared dishes at a reception for sustainable seafood leaders from around the country who were honored as “White House Champions for Change for Sustainable Seafood.” At Providence, plates are served with edible flowers, and entrees are infused with fresh herbs; seasonal vegetables are pureed and braised. All are picked from a rooftop garden at the restaurant at 5955 Melrose Ave. Uni hails from a local diver from the Dock to Dish program Cimarusti helped set up. (Please turn to page 13)

Built in 1936 Art Deco Design Grand Ballroom Historic Landmark Renovated

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Concert/Show Rentals Special Events Location Shoots Weddings Bar Mitzvahs Corporate Events Fashion Shows Wrap Parties

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entertainment Look east for more than Korean-style food The attractive room has few decorative embellishments, but manages a welcoming neighborhood feel. The zebrawood bar is the main focal point and there are two animal heads inexplicably mounted on the wall. We started with blistered shishito peppers on a puddle of creamy t o n n a t o (tuna) sauce. These were spicy and addictive. Cold beets with feta, sumac and rye crumbs were a great foil for the heat of the pepper dish, but weren’t as exciting on their own. Quail was delightful; the two simply grilled small birds were crispy, moist and flavorful and served with a vinegary

A Taste of Home Baby Rack of Lamb

We’re Open for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week Reservations Recommended 323-464-5160

127 North Larchmont Boulevard

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French butcher

(Continued from page 12) The shop offers beef, lamb, pork and poultry; also sausage and paté made in-house by charcutier Pierre Chanet. They carry artisanal jams, rubs and imported cheeses. In the interest of building community and educating the public, Le French Butcher holds classes and demonstrations. For those with a serious interest in butchery, classes range from the Dec. 3 $300 “Going Half-Hog” where participants (limited to six) break down a hog into cuts, to a private $425 “Day with a Butcher.” “We want to help create community,” Jean-Claude sums up. “Out of great food comes great community, great communication, great things.” Le French Butcher is at 6015 W. Third St. 323-5250306. Closed Mondays; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. to 5 p.m.


Dickensian Strolling Carolers Nayanna Holley’s Jazz Christmas


Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band Recycled Cork Animal Craft w/ The Entertainment Group Big Lucky’s Holiday Swing-a-Ling


Hollywood Police Activities League Christmas Showcase Hamilton High School Choir Holiday Juggling w/ Scot Nery Mariachi Fiesta

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 The Nutcracker Marionette Show Nutcracker Craft w/ Art 2 Go Dickensian Strolling Carolers


(Continued from page 12) Also listed in the Jonathan Gold guide are the Mozza restaurants on Highland and Melrose, Animal on N. Fairfax, République on S. La Brea, Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd., Meals by Genet on Fairfax, Odys + Penelope on La Brea and Trois Mec and Petit Trois on Highland. Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Gold writes in the guide’s intro: “Los Angeles is a food town whose advantages include openness to new ideas, access to great produce and almost infinite diversity; a cultural mosaic that comes together in beautiful and haphazard ways.” The guide was published recently by the “Los Angeles Times.”

side of black-eyed peas and chow chow (vegetable relish). A table favorite was the baby octopus. There are way-meatier cephalopod options at other restaurants, but these old bay-spiced tiny tentacles were tangled with shaved celery on a saucy bed of potatoes and we couldn’t stop eating it. Plates vary from $10 peppers to $29 trout (there’s also rib-eye at market price). Small plate eating can get expensive quickly, so note that many of their portions are more generouslysized than one might expect. Full bar with cocktails, varied beer options and somewhat pricey wine. Here’s Looking at You. 3901 W. 6th St., 213-5683573. ••• Another Ktown option (Please turn to page 21)


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Irish tale turns dark; ‘Game of Thrones’ retold; the ‘Blues’ The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh opened in 1996 and is set in the Connemara mountains of County Galway. The story centers on a lonely spinster Maureen (Aisling O’Sullivan) and her aging mother Mag (Marie Mullen who, according to the press release, played Maureen in the ’96 production and won a Tony for her performance). Maureen, unmarried and 40, has been given the onerous task of caring for her difficult Theater relative. A time Review period isn’t by specified in Patricia the program, Foster Rye but life in this primitive dwelling is not easy. Set and costume design are by Francis O’Connor. Ray (Aaron Monaghan) arrives with an invitation to a party. Hoping for a romance, Maureen attends the party and returns home with Pato (Marty Rea). The last half of the second act is the playwright’s usual fascination with horror. Remember “Lieutenant of Inishmore?” In a oh-no-she-wouldn’t moment, the play turns very dark. This is a terrific cast well acquainted

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legendary TV pioneer was at its helm. Its first commercial broadcast went on the air Jan. 22, 1947 from a garage on the Paramount lot. Comedian Bob Hope was host. Landsberg would not live to see much of the future of television, (he died from cancer at the age of 40). His first wife, Evelyn De Wolfe, a spry 94-year-old, paints an intimate portrayal of the engineering genius, called part Edison, part P.T. Barnum, in her new book, “Line of Sight – Klaus Landsberg, His Life and Vision.” The book’s co-author George Lewis was a longtime NBC News correspondent and winner of three Emmys, the Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards. De Wolfe was a writer with the “Los Angeles Times” for four decades. This is the fifth book since turning 85 for the Brazilian-born De Wolfe. She also sold antiques and vintage dolls at an antique store on Larchmont Blvd., and is a longtime friend of many locals, including the late Edward Carroll of Hollywood Realty on N. Larchmont. The author was back on the boulevard last month with her co-author at Chevalier’s signing the book, winner of the Irwin Award for “Best Historical Portrayal for 2016” by the Book Publicists of Southern California. It tells of Landsberg’s work on early TV broadcasts at the Berlin Olympics in 1936; next, at 23, he was working with NBC on the introduction of television at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In 1941, he was creating the experimental television operation from scratch for Paramount, for what would later be celebrated as the first television station operating west of the Mississippi.   Landsberg and KTLA won the lion’s share of the first (Please turn to page 17)

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(Continued from page 16) Emmys awarded by the new Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1949. When the U.S. government gave permission for the press to cover an early atom bomb test in the Nevada desert, Landsberg ignored the naysayers and hauled bulky electronic equipment to mountaintops and set up a chain of relay stations. When the bomb went off, viewers across the country saw it, live. The couple, Evelyn and Klaus, had a son Cleve, who is a TV and movie producer.   “Line of Sight” is available through Amazon and at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. PHOTO ON PAGE 3, section 1: co-authors and journalists Evelyn De Wolfe and George Lewis signed their new book at Chevalier’s Books.

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Friends of the Library: Tues., Dec. 13, 11 a.m. MS Support Group: Thurs., Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Art of Meditation: Sat., Dec. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. Transit News: Fri., Dec. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Book sale: Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. English conversation: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Holiday card craft: Sat., Dec. 3 to Fri., Dec. 23, branch hours. Baby sleepy storytime: Mondays Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 6 to 6:15 p.m. Bark: Read to Nigel the showdog Tues., Dec. 13, 3 p.m. Yoga for kids: Tues., Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Toddler storytime: Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. Adults Computer boot camp: Wed., Dec., 14, 4 to 7 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children Musical Bonanza: Wed., Dec. 21 at 10:15 a.m.

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Queen Anne Cottage dresses Make scents of up for holidays at Arboretum native plants Tour through a Victorianera cottage, make chocolate confections and create a holiday wreath at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens this month at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. For the holidays Learn how to create chocolate confections at home Sat., Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a wreath for the holidays Wed., Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. See how an old-fashioned Christmas may have been celebrated in a tour through a Victorian-era cottage Sun., Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children ages three to six

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Family holiday activities and more are on the schedule at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Watch “A Christmas Carol,” performed by Will and Company, the Music Center’s educational touring troupe, Fri., Dec. 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. Kids ages seven to 12 can make holiday wreaths Sat., Dec. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Young bakers ages seven to 12 can make old-fashioned sweet treats Sat., Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Little artists ages five to 12 can make Victorian-style holiday cards Sat., Dec. 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Create holiday evergreen wreaths for your home Sat., Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit


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Sip champagne, sample refreshments and hear holiday jazz tunes while touring the Robinson Gardens in the firstever holiday open house, 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, Sat., Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a cookie bar, pictures with Santa and the chance to do some holiday shopping, as well as docentled tours, during the event. This is the only time during the year, other than the Garden Tour, that the house is open for viewing to the public

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(Continued from page 13) is the super casual, rather funky, but surprisingly tasty Filipino fusion Belly & Snout. It’s barely a restaurant. One orders at a counter and the cafeteria-style dining room is down the hall, where there’s a wall-mounted TV perpetually turned to sports and a small opening into the kitchen where orders are claimed. Food here is not for the health-conscious — this stuff is high-calorie, high-fat, messy, filling and fun. Have you always wanted to have a hot dog loaded with simmered pig part stew and a fried egg? Then order the amazingly flavorful sisig dog. Pork adobo grilled cheese is delicious — cheesy, meaty, the white bread perfectly toasted. Tater tots are the retro junk food favorite on menus all over town and here is no exception. We enjoyed ours with oxtail sauce. This food screams for beer, but they do not have a liquor license. Nonetheless, we wolfed down our meals, promising each other we’d live on kale salads for the rest of the month. Most menu items are under $10. Belly & Snout. 974 S. Western Ave., 323-643-4170.


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Angeles would soon attempt to seize control of the state.” Starr describes Los Angeles Police Chief James Davis as a “spit and polish officer” in his “shiny black riding boots;” entangled in layers of corruption, “Two-gun Davis” was in his second term as LAPD chief. On Feb. 3, 1936, Chief Davis sent 126 LAPD officers to “16 crucial highway and railroad entry points with orders to turn back any and all indigent transients who could not prove California residence,” Starr writes. Davis wanted his “Foreign Legion of Los Angeles,” as the posse was soon named, to


terrible time here. No stock’s or bond’s. But as long as we have some eats and a roof over our heads we will be all right.” This is the picture many of us had when we heard our parents or grandparents Home say they “lived through the Ground Depression.” by But the poli- Paula Panich tics of our city were far darker and more complex. The City of Los Angeles brought into being, in early 1935, a Committee on Indigent Alien Transients. Who was such a person? The committee’s definition: “A transient entering the state of California without visible means of support and whose legal residence is foreign to the State of California.” As Kevin Starr, in “Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California,” (Oxford University Press, 1996), has written: “Thus the Committee, for all practical purposes, took California out of the union. The City of Los

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In 1933, when Anita Baldwin and others published “The Palatists,” a celebrity cookbook to benefit the work of the Assistance League in Hollywood, not many people were instructing cooks to whip up olive canapés. The already-fabled town was not immune to the Great Depression. RKO Radio Pictures, just up the street, on the corner of Melrose and Gower, was in danger of bankruptcy, but that year “King Kong” was a smash hit. The suburban-urban fabric of our Larchmont-area neighborhoods was built between 1929 and the early 1930s. You can still take walks along our streets and see more or less what our now-ghostly neighbors saw then. What were they thinking? How was their vision of themselves and the neighborhood and Los Angeles and California different from our own? A few years ago I bought a personal letter, dated Hollywood, January 23, 1932, found in an antiques store in South Pasadena. A woman wrote to her friend: “We are having a

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West North East South 1H 1S 2D 2S 3D Pass 4D Pass 5D Pass Pass Pass East played in 5 Diamonds and went down one after a Spade lead through West’s King doubleton. North took two Spade winners, and the defense later got a Club trick when the Heart suit did not divide well.

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There is a convention that would have gotten West to 3 No Trump. It has many names, but the most popular is the Western Cue bid. The way it works is simple. The opponents have bid a suit but your side is marked with most of the High Card Points (HCP). If your side has not found a major suit fit and if it is clear that your side does not have a major suit contract available, a cue-bid of the opponents’ suit does not show a control, as do many cuebids. It instead says, “I think we can make 3 No Trump if you have a stopper in their suit.” In other words, it’s “asking” and not “telling.” On this hand, East could have bid 3 Spades instead of the invitational 4D, asking, “Do you have a Spade stopper?” West does have a Spade stopper and

bids 3 No Trump. West is not worried about Clubs because East has suggested that the hand be played in no trump, so East must not be worried about Clubs. Further, no one has bid them and East rates to have something in Clubs given he has shown a good hand. In any event, West must trust his partner that Clubs won’t be a problem and answer East’s question, “Do you have a Spade stopper?” by bidding 3N. This has the advantage that the hand with the stopper is the hand that opponents lead into instead of through. If East is declarer, South has the opening lead, and the Spade Jack is led through the King and the hand loses 5 Spades off the top. With North leading, 3N is cold, 6 Diamonds, two Hearts and a Club. And if North leads a Spade on opening lead, the

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actress wife, (Rebecca Henderson) struggling with decisions about career and family. Reed (Keith Powell), an old friend of Calder’s and a visiting lecturer, arrives for a brief stay. Abigail, a lawyer who reads tarot cards (Jennifer Mudge), joins the group struggling with issues about her own newly formed lesbian relationship. By the time Nick, Calder’s agent, arrives (a wonderfully sleazy Lucas Near-Verbrugghe), the conversation has covered a variety of topics from social media, to climate change, to family planning, to getting a film made in Hollywood, to the environment, with stops along the way. The play reaches a predictable ending. There are some laughs and director Randall Arney has created a perfect comedic pace. The attractive set, scenic design by Anthony T. Fanning, seems a touch upscale for Silverlake. Through Sun., Dec. 18, Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., 3 Stars 310-208-5454.

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