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Get ready for the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair!

Get ready for the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair!

Sample pies, taste tamales, enjoy rides and watch talented contestants at the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and First Street, Sun., Oct. 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. New this year will be a performance by the Bob Baker Marionettes held between the children’s costume contest and the talent […]

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Beverly Fairfax, Wilshire Vista and Sacramento

Beverly Fairfax, Wilshire Vista and Sacramento

A festive gathering of local residents took place Aug. 11 to watch Fifth District City Councilman Paul Koretz ceremoniously unveil one of the new street signs marking the inclusion — on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places — of the “Beverly Fairfax Historic District.” The designation last year marked the […]

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Pawnshop closing after 40 years, Café Parisien after eight months

Pawnshop closing after 40 years, Café Parisien after eight months

After 40 years at Brothers Collateral Loans, Rudy and Ernest Gintel are closing up shop by the end of the year. “There’s a beginning and an end to everything,” mused Rudy, 71. Closing a pawnshop is not easy, as much of the inventory is private possessions that need to be transferred to trustworthy hands, Rudy […]

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Art, music, food and culture on tap at all-day TarFest

Art, music, food and culture on tap at all-day TarFest

TarFest, a free outdoor arts and music festival, is set for Sat., Sept. 14 from noon to 7 p.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The 17th annual event will feature music, live painting, art installations and family-fun events. The festival celebrates Los Angeles culture past, present and future. “This festival is […]

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Fictional tale tells of Warhol’s early years

Fictional tale tells of Warhol’s early years

Who or what inspires and/or influences an artist, famous or otherwise, has always been an elusive query. Andy Warhol’s Tomato by Vince Melocchi explores the answer and the journey. Part of Pittsburgh folklore tells of a working-class bar where a teenage Andy Warhola (the final “a” was dropped later in his career) drew on napkins […]

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Romantic and new, drive-in makes a comeback at The Grove

Romantic and new, drive-in makes a comeback at The Grove

The Drive-In Movie: a cultural staple of a bygone era that I, like many Generation Z’ers, have never had the chance to experience. With the continuous, rapid advancement of technology, the drive-in movie has joined the Game Boy, the Walkman and the rotary phone in the hall of technological relics discarded to make way for […]

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Mid-Wilshire neighborhood plays a character in ‘The Rookie’

Mid-Wilshire neighborhood plays a character in ‘The Rookie’

Anyone who has watched TV or movies for the last decade or more is probably familiar with certain Los Angeles streets and landmarks flickering across the screen, but not always as “Los Angeles.” Sometimes our city gets to “play” as another city in a film or TV series. Because streets in our neighborhoods (Larchmont, Hancock […]

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War, chase films, Ronstadt’s voice endures, another dog flick

War, chase films, Ronstadt’s voice endures, another dog flick

Official Secrets (9/10): Runtime 112 minutes. R. It’s chancy to believe history as told by motion pictures, but this film seems right on, in capturing the deceitfulness of the Bush Administration and Colin Powell in starting the second Iraq war (evocative of Lyndon Johnson’s fraudulent Tonkin Gulf Resolution that callously misled the American populace into […]

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Around the Town: Irving Boulevard home’s 100th fêted, history celebrated, puppy love at ‘Dogs!’

Around the Town: Irving Boulevard home’s 100th fêted, history celebrated, puppy love at ‘Dogs!’

“Come celebrate the centennial birthday of our house,” said the invitation from Suz and Peter Landay. So, 110 neighbors, family and friends flocked to their Irving Boulevard lair for an open house party Aug. 10. There were champagne cocktails, skewers of artisan cheeses, butterscotch cupcakes and great conversation about shared memories of the gatherings at […]

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Rev. Gwynne Guibord, 75, founded interfaith center at St. John’s

Rev. Gwynne Guibord, 75, founded interfaith center at St. John’s

Interfaith leader and founder of The Guibord Center, Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, lost a 10-year battle with cancer Aug. 15. She was 75. A Requiem Eucharist was held Aug. 24 at St. John’s Cathedral, home of the Guibord Center. Episcopal Diocesan Bishop John Harvey Taylor officiated. Born in Flint, Mich., Guibord earned her Ph.D. in […]

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Journalist, activist, society editor from the past: Lucy Toberman

Journalist, activist, society editor from the past: Lucy Toberman

Lucy Toberman was a dedicated journalist and activist who made herself a fixture of both the Larchmont Chronicle and the larger community for decades. Her writing as the Chronicle’s society editor began in Oct. 1965 and continued until the day she died, just before her 85th birthday, a 29-year career with the paper. Besides her […]

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New urban forest officer named to manage canopy: ‘City is home to the nation’s largest urban forest’

New urban forest officer named to manage canopy: ‘City is home to the nation’s largest urban forest’

It’s official, Los Angeles has a City Forest Officer. Rachel Malarich was appointed last month by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the new post, which was created to oversee the growth of Los Angeles’ urban forest and help the city reach its goal to plant 90,000 trees by 2021. “Rachel has the vision, experience and expertise […]

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On Books and Places: Permanence and renewal expressed in Marciano Art Foundation

On Books and Places: Permanence and renewal expressed in Marciano Art Foundation

No building in the Greater Wilshire area so self-consciously expresses permanence and solidity as what is now the Marciano Art Foundation. The former Scottish Rite Cathedral was completed in 1961 — a near past relative to the construction dates of churches, libraries, theaters, and schools from surrounding neighborhoods. But while most of those older structures […]

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2019 Chronicle sealed for posterity, or 99 years on

2019 Chronicle sealed for posterity, or 99 years on

The April 2019 issue of the Larchmont Chronicle has been sealed for posterity or at least another 99 years, give or take. Alysoun Higgins hid the copy inside the walls of her 1911 Craftsman home in the Wilton Historic District. She was inspired by two nearly-100-year-old newspapers she discovered when remodeling her master bathroom — […]

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Wilshire Country Club, organized near tar fields in the ‘wilderness’ by local businessmen in 1919, celebrates 100th

Wilshire Country Club, organized near tar fields in the ‘wilderness’ by local businessmen in 1919, celebrates 100th

Last month, in the first installment of our three-part series, we noted the prominent role played by women in the history of Wilshire Country Club. The following describes the founding years and early growth of the club. The October issue will report on more recent history plus the centennial celebration events taking place at the […]

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Real Estate Sales for July

Real Estate Sales for July

Single-family homes 141 S. Las Palmas Ave. 435 Lorraine Blvd. 428 N. Las Palmas Ave. 836 Mullen Ave. 574 N. Arden Blvd. 607 N. McCadden Pl. 329 N. Van Ness Ave. 635 N. June St. 626 S. Highland Ave. 3923 W. 9th St. 237 N. Arden Blvd. 665 Rimpau Blvd. 4046 W. 7th St. 111 […]

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Fictional tale tells of Warhol’s early years

Fictional tale tells of Warhol’s early years

| August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Who or what inspires and/or influences an artist, famous or otherwise, has always been an elusive query. Andy Warhol’s Tomato by Vince Melocchi explores the answer and the journey. Part of Pittsburgh folklore tells of a working-class bar where a teenage Andy Warhola (the final “a” was dropped later in his career) drew on napkins […]

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Get ready for the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair!

Get ready for the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair!

| August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sample pies, taste tamales, enjoy rides and watch talented contestants at the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and First Street, Sun., Oct. 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. New this year will be a performance by the Bob Baker Marionettes held between the children’s costume contest and the talent […]

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Romantic and new, drive-in makes a comeback at The Grove

Romantic and new, drive-in makes a comeback at The Grove

| August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Drive-In Movie: a cultural staple of a bygone era that I, like many Generation Z’ers, have never had the chance to experience. With the continuous, rapid advancement of technology, the drive-in movie has joined the Game Boy, the Walkman and the rotary phone in the hall of technological relics discarded to make way for […]

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Beverly Fairfax, Wilshire Vista and Sacramento

Beverly Fairfax, Wilshire Vista and Sacramento

| August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A festive gathering of local residents took place Aug. 11 to watch Fifth District City Councilman Paul Koretz ceremoniously unveil one of the new street signs marking the inclusion — on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places — of the “Beverly Fairfax Historic District.” The designation last year marked the […]

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