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The Los Angeles Conservancy is sponsoring a one-day tour of sites titled "L.A. NOIR-chitecture, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9. The locations have become famous in noir fiction and film and include the Formosa Cafe (James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential"), Warner Bros. Studios (Dashiel Hammett's "Maltese Falcon"), the Parva-Sed-Apta Apartments (Nathanael West's "Day of the Locust") and  Southern Pacific Terminal in Glendale (James M. Cain's "Double Indemnity"). People on the tour will drive themselves from one spot to another and go on tours led by docents. Tickets are $30, $25 for Conservancy members.

The tour is being produced in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs as part of the Big Read program of the National Endowment for the Arts and focuses on Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon," which is set in San Francisco. 

Cultural Affairs is showing "Maltese Falcon" on Nov. 21-22. Venues are the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown Los Angeles and the Warner Grand in San Pedro. The agency plans a showing at the Warner Grand with appearances by an unidentified Hammett scholar and members of Hammett's family.
 
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Urban Noir/LA will be installed at the Security Trust Building stop of the LA Conservancy LA Noir Tour at Cahuenga and Hollywood.

It is a multi-media installation that includes the night urban landscapes of Helen K. Garber, text derived from pulp fiction using the city as character and jazz music composed in mid-twentieth century Los Angeles.

20 framed black and white silver prints of Helen K. Garber's will also be exhibited in the same 4th Floor office space that Raymond Chandler referenced as Phillip Marlowe's in his series of noir literature.


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