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McAvoy on Preservation: Conservation starts with a story — Hollywood craftsman had one in 1940

McAvoy on Preservation: Conservation starts with a story — Hollywood craftsman had one in 1940

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Telling the stories of Los Angeles through preservation of its buildings is often hard work.  There are the formal processes:  Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) guidelines and the people to implement them, nomination of individual buildings (CBS Television City and the Musician’s Union, most recently) to the Cultural Heritage Commission. Many committed people throughout the […]

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New Ebell president and cookbook plus best barbecue; Zappa and LBA

New Ebell president and cookbook plus best barbecue; Zappa and LBA

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Every summer, the venerable 124-year-old Ebell of Los Angeles welcomes new board members. The installation of these ladies was fêted with a gala luncheon in the Grand Lounge of the Lucerne Boulevard club on June 25. This year they also inducted a new president, long time Ebell member and former Deputy Chief of Protocol for […]

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See you at the movies all summer long at outdoor, historic settings

See you at the movies all summer long at outdoor, historic settings

| June 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Movies are in our DNA. Los Angeles would not be what it is today physically, economically or philosophically had it not been for the advent of motion pictures and the people who made them who put down roots here over a century ago. Many of the physical plants associated with the industry have been identified as […]

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McAvoy on Preservation: Crossroads of the World  — is at a crossroad

McAvoy on Preservation: Crossroads of the World — is at a crossroad

| May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Negotiation.” “Compromise.” “Community benefit.” “Shared values.” Words (and the attitudes and values they represent) matter. Historic preservation has always been a field in which these concepts have been employed. When precious real estate is at stake, and there is profit to be made, people in these conversations need to be mindful of what these words […]

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Mall food: farmer on site at Farmhouse, joys of gin and more

Mall food: farmer on site at Farmhouse, joys of gin and more

| April 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Does anyone not know the episode from the Independent Film Channel (IFC) series “Portlandia” where a dining couple, concerned about the provenance of a chicken dish, ask increasingly detailed questions of their waitress, revealing that “Colin” was a heritage breed raised on four acres at a local organic farm, and was fed only sheep’s milk, […]

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Academy-studded gala, Havana, Hollyhock, Lincoln, tea and more

Academy-studded gala, Havana, Hollyhock, Lincoln, tea and more

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is not an organization, a gaggle of friends or lovers of beauty and style in our ’hood that does not look forward to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum’s spectacular annual exhibition of “The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design.” The gala opening was held in February at the downtown campus […]

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