Carolyn Kellogg moderates an LA Times Festival of Books panel discussion on LA history with Richard Rayner, author of A Bright and Guilty Place; Bill Boyarsky, author of Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times and John Buntin, author of LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City. Panels at the Festival of Books are free, although there is a processing fee for advance tickets from Ticketmaster.
A free, comprehensive history presentation and insider’s tour of three beloved landmark historic theatres – A chance to see and appreciate these theatres as never before…
Saturday, April 17, 9:15am; doors open at 9:00am
Event begins at the Regency Village Theatre, 961 Broxton, L.A., 90024 and
Ends at the Majestic Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood, L.A., 90024
Plentiful parking in Westwood
Free Admission. The Public is Invited.
Celebrate Regency Theatres’ recent salvation of the Village and Bruin and learn about their rich histories – including several “face-lifts”. Take an insider’s tour to generally forbidden off-limits areas. Then, walk over to the Majestic Crest – slightly detouring en route to say hello to Marilyn Monroe and friends – and discover how this former legit house reinvented itself via Disney, Pacific Theatres, and Robert Bucksbaum.
Three amazing single screen historic theatres, a cemetery chockfull of the famous and dead, and a chance to rediscover Westwood – all in one Saturday morning!
POWERPOINT HISTORIES – researched and presented by theatre historian Ed Kelsey. See how the Village, Bruin and Majestic Crest have changed over the years. What’s original? What’s Skouras? What’s Disney? Hear the stories of these great theatres from their beginnings through today.
TOUR BEHIND-THE-SCENES – get a real insider’s look.
DISCOVER – how you can support the continuing successful operation of these historic gems.
EDUCATE & ADVOCATE – find out how you can become actively involved in LAHTF’s ongoing theatre preservation work around SoCal. Brief updates on the Friends of the Fairfax, Inglewood Fox Theatre Alliance, Grauman’s Chinese, Golden Gate, Atlantic, and LA’s Broadway Theatres.
Regency Village Theatre (1931 – Percy Parke Lewis) formerly Village, Fox Westwood Village, Mann Village
Regency Bruin Theatre (1937 – S. Charles Lee)
Majestic Crest (1940 – Arthur W. Hawes) Westwood, UCLAN, Metro, Pacific Crest, Crest, Westwood Crest
Join the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation on FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=125430125723
Many people are fascinated by the architecture of fantasy so beautifully on display in Southern California’s great historic theatres. People are also curious about how the theatres work. What does it look like backstage? What do the performers see when they look out across the footlights? Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation’s “All About” series gives the public an insider’s look at these wonderful theatres and share parts of their histories – good and bad – as a way to encourage people to become actively involved in protecting and ensuring their futures.
The LAHTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and supporting the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres. For more information visit www.lahtf.or
McSweeney’s Issue #34 Launch Party at 826LA and Stories
Pick up your reserved copy of McSweeney’s Quarterly #34 at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart
enjoy food and drink at Stories
with musical guest, The Blasting Company
Issue 34 features new stories of shipwrecks, kidnappings and bad vacations, by (among others) Anthony Doerr, Daniel Handler, and T. C. Boyle. Also included are new letters about wine and Hawaii from John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, twenty-one dead-on self-portraits drawn by the likes of Michael Martone, Michel Gondry, and Sarah Silverman, and, beyond all this, in a standalone volume, Nick McDonell’s stunning exploration of the latest iteration of the war in Iraq–a ground-level account from within the 1st Cavalry Division. The whole thing weighs in at just under 400 pages, and comes in its own custom-made double-sleeve.
RSVP & reserve your copy here.
826LA East / The Echo Park Time Travel Mart & Stories
1714 & 1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90026
Monday, April 26th, 2010
FREE to attend
Brian Dilks is an Office Drone. He spends his days at OmniLink in comforting monotony: facilitating the movement of product around the country, faxing, copying, joking with his best friend, Clark, and harmlessly flirting with fellow cubicle-mate, Amy.
But how well does anyone really know the people they work with?
When Brian discovers an improbable secret about his best friend, everything in Brian’s world changes and his safe life of workplace detachment is no longer an option.
Shocked out of his mind-numbing routine by this new discovery, Brian throws himself into a star-crossed romance with Amy–yet, like next-quarter’s sales or intergalactic war, close encounters of the office kind is uncertain business.
Amber Benson & Adam Busch
Click here to purchase tickets for the screening and Q&A, moderated by Kevin Pollak. All tickets purchases are considered a donation to 826LA and are tax-deductible.
7:30 p.m. (doors 6:45)
For more information about the Drones screening or 826LA please contact Christina Galante.
The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be conducting its March “All About” docu-tours at the newly renovated Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, which was formerly known as The Wilshire or the Fox Wilshire. Doors will open at 10am and the event will include a presentation on this history of the theatre, which opened its doors on September 19th, 1930 as the Fox Wilshire and 1981 was converted into a live performance venue and renamed The Wilshire.
Following the presentation will be a inclusive basement to projection booth tour that will include numerous areas that are usually not accessible to the general public! FREE!
In April, John Buntin, author of the best-selling social history L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City (Random House), returns to Los Angeles to host a repeat engagement of the popular Esotouric bus adventure based on the book. As a special preview of his bus tour, LAVA exclusively presents John Buntin in a night of reading, discussion and curated vintage film and TV clips in the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club. Reservations are required for this free event – click “Signups” to reserve your spot.
ABOUT L.A. NOIR: In downtown Los Angeles in 1922, two very different men began their very different careers. William H. Parker III was a 17-year-old from Deadwood, SD, working as a movie usher at Loews’s State. Mickey Cohen was a 9-year-old hoodlum who was about to commit his first violent crime — a hold-up of the California Theater. The bitter rivalry between these two very different men would shape the culture of the LAPD and the history of 20th century Los Angeles.
In 1927, Parker became a police officer. Coldly cerebral (Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, a one-time L.A.P.D. officer and Parker speechwriter, reportedly based the character Mr. Spock on his old boss), intolerant of fools, and famously incorruptible (in a department that was famously corrupt), Parker gradually rose. In 1950, a scandal involving 114 Hollywood “pleasure girls” made Parker Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, a position he would hold for sixteen controversial years. In time, he became, in the words of Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, “the most powerful man in Los Angeles.”
Born Meyer Harris Cohen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in 1913, Mickey arrived in Los Angeles with his mother and sister at the age of three. By the age of six, he was hustling newspapers on the streets of Boyle Heights. One year later he was arrested for bootlegging. Mickey’s talent with his fists took the diminutive brawler to New York City to train as a featherweight boxer. His skill with a .38 took him into the rackets, first in Cleveland, then in Al Capone’s Chicago. In 1937, Mickey returned to Los Angeles to serve as gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s right hand man. It was a job that put him on a collision course with Bill Parker.
For three decades, from the Great Depression to the Watts riots, Parker and Cohen — the policeman and the gangster — engaged in a struggle for power, first as lieutenants to older more powerful men, then directly with each other. Their rivalry attracted the attention of a young Senate investigator named Robert Kennedy — and the antagonism of F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover — and involved some of the most powerful — and colorful — figures of the twentieth century: press magnates Harry Chandler and his nemesis, William Randolph Hearst; studio head Harry Cohn of Columbia; entertainers Jack Webb, Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner, and Sammy Davis Jr.; civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
“[I]mportant and wonderfully enjoyable,” says the Los Angeles Times’ Tim Rutten of L.A. Noir. “A tour de force of non-fiction narrative,” agrees USC historian Kevin Starr. “Dragnet, One Adam Twelve, Police Story, LA Confidential all rolled into one captivating book… a great read,” says former LAPD chief Bill Bratton.
Join us for what is sure to be a lively reading and discussion. Reservations are required for this free event, and the Signup tab is at the top of this page.
Postscript: to see photos from this event, click here.
You are cordially invited to gather with John Fante’s family and fans for a celebration of the 101st anniversary of the author’s birth, as Councilmember Jan Perry (CD 9) officially re-names the intersection of 5th Street & Grand Avenue John Fante Square.
ABOUT THE EVENT: Please note that the dedication, originally scheduled for noon, is now starting at 11am. Following the formal dedication with short speeches from members of the Fante family, scholars and public officials, there will be a loosely structured free walking tour of John Fante’s lost and surviving downtown (starting around 11:30am), including a stroll up to Bunker Hill, a ride on the newly re-opened Angels Flight Railway, no-host lunch stop in Grand Central Market, ending up at the King Edward Saloon, which has declared April 8 to be John Fante Day, and is the last Skid Row bar and which was the place where the b-girls took Arturo Bandini’s royalty check in “Ask the Dust.”
You might also enjoy: John Fante’s Dreams from Bunker Hill bus tour (April 17)
The location of John Fante Square has been carefully chosen for its symbolism. 5th Street and Grand Avenue is the foot of the old Bunker Hill neighborhood where he lived and of which he wrote, and it was in the adjacent Central Library that the poverty-stricken young writer drank deeply of fiction and poetry. Years later, a young Charles Bukowski discovered “Ask the Dust” on the shelves at Central Library, and was himself inspired to become a writer. Fante Square’s nomination was initially proposed by LAVA founder Richard Schave, and made possible through the support of Councilmembers Jan Perry and Jose Huizar.
ABOUT JOHN FANTE: John Fante came to Los Angeles from Colorado in the midst of the Depression and soon found himself in a boarding house on Bunker Hill. Working odd jobs at the eastern foot of the hill and fortifying himself on a steady stream of reading material from the Central Library, he eventually became a published author—an event immortalized through the achievements of his anti-hero alter-ego Arturo Bandini in the classic 1939 novel “Ask The Dust.” Both the novel and the year are considered watersheds in Los Angeles’ literary history (“Day of the Locust,” “The Big Sleep,” “After Many A Summer Dies The Swan”).
Fante soon left downtown to raise a family and begin a lifetime career as a screenwriter in Hollywood. But the downtown Los Angeles of his youth remained alive in his imagination, and in 1982, blind and nearing the end of his life, he dictated his last novel, “Dreams From Bunker Hill,” to his wife Joyce.
The impact of Fante’s work on the wrap and weft of Los Angeles’ rich cultural heritage is significant. The lost world of old Bunker Hill—a populated and thriving neighborhood overlooking the teeming civic bustle of downtown—immortalized in his novels captivates readers from almost every continent and shows the universality and abiding draw of Fante’s prose.
Robert Berger, architectural photographer and co-author of The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces in Tinseltown, and Hillsman Wright, co-founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, reveal the riches of Los Angeles’ downtown Broadway theater district. The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and sustaining the operation of Southern California’s historic theaters. This event is scheduled in conjunction with Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic (on view through April 17), which features the Los Angeles Theater on Broadway. Copies of The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces in Tinseltown will be available for purchase and signing before and after the event at GRACIE, SMMoA’s store. Free Admission. Limited seating: first come, first seated.
Maja D’Aoust, the White Witch of Los Angeles, hosts a new metaphysical lecture series held on the second Sunday of each month in the historic Annie Besant Lodge in Beachwood Canyon. Maja is the librarian at Manly P. Hall’s Philosophical Research Society, where she lectured for four years, the co-author of “The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction is One Of Seven Hermetic Laws, Here are the Other Six” and hostess of the Maja’s Mysteries series of Esotouric bus adventures. The theme of tonight’s lecture is: The Magic of Numbers; Math of God.
Maja D’Aoust, the White Witch of Los Angeles, hosts a new metaphysical lecture series held on the second Sunday of each month in the historic Annie Besant Lodge in Beachwood Canyon. Maja is the librarian at Manly P. Hall’s Philosophical Research Society, where she lectured for four years, the co-author of “The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction is One Of Seven Hermetic Laws, Here are the Other Six” and hostess of the Maja’s Mysteries series of Esotouric bus adventures. The theme of tonight’s lecture is: Eros & Magic; Sway & the Beloved.