Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting Summer of Silents, nine selections chosen from movies that were awarded Photoplay magazine’s Medal of Honor. Except for “The General,” the films will be shown on Monday nights at 7 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., starting June 13 and concluding Aug. 8. Most presentations will include opening remarks by a film historian.
A pass for the series is $25 ($20 for Academy members and students). Tickets for individual films go on sale June 1.
The films are:
June 13, "Humoresque" plus "One Week" (1920), Cari Beauchamp.
June 20, "Tol'able David" plus "Never Weaken" (1921), David Shepard.
June 27, "Robin Hood" plus "Pay Day" (1922), Jeffrey Vance.
July 11, "The Covered Wagon" (1923) plus fragments of "Abraham Lincoln" (1924) and 3-D images from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923).
July 18, "The Big Parade" (1925), Kevin Brownlow.
July 20, "The General" (1927), Kevin Brownlow.
July 25, "Beau Geste" plus "Saturday Afternoon" (1926), Frank Thompson.
Aug. 1, "7th Heaven" (1927) plus "Mighty Like a Moose" (1926) and a fragment of "The Patriot" (1928), Janet Bergstrom.
Aug. 8, "Four Sons" plus "Two Tars"and a fragment of "The Case of Lena Smith" (1928).
Photo: Los Angeles Public Library Credit: Carolyn Kellogg/Los Angeles Times
|While we are discussing family research in Bullet of Mystery, the Los Angeles Public Library will present a program on getting started in genealogical research. The free presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Folks should gather at the reference desk in the History & Genealogy Department on Lower Level 4. No reservations are necessary for groups of six or less. Larger groups should schedule an appointment at (213) 228-7400.
|I received a news alert the other day about an upcoming play titled “The Chanteuse and the Devil’s Muse” in which Daniele Watts will portray Mady Comfort, at left, purportedly “Elizabeth Short's best friend.”
I honestly don’t know how such nonsense gets started.
Mady Comfort was not Short’s “best friend.” There is nothing in any original newspaper accounts or in any official documents to show they ever met. Comfort did nothing more than pose for photos for Dr. George Hodel, according to “Black Dahlia Avenger.” Any attempt to link Comfort and Short is nothing but lunacy.
“King Kong,” coming to the Los Angeles Theatre on June 15.
The dates, films and locations are:
May 25, "Rear Window," Orpheum Theatre
All programs except for "Sunset Boulevard" are at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and end between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard" will be shown on a Sunday in a matinee (a time has yet to be announced) and at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for conservancy members and go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. PST; tickets are $20 for the public and go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m. PST.
More information is here
Los Angeles Times file photo
Daily Mirror mystery guest Jimmy Lydon is scheduled to take part in a panel from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Republic Pictures. Jane Withers, Jane Kean, Theodore Bikel, Marjorie Lord and Robert Easton are also scheduled to appear on the panel.
Two women and a car near Eagle Rock, left, from the California Historical Society
collection; Los Angeles County citrus exhibit in Toronto, 1927, from the
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce collection.
|The fifth annual Archives Bazaar will be held at USC’s Doheny Library on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar is a terrific way to learn about the incredible number of historic collections that are scattered all over the city. There will be panels throughout day, including one on the past, present and future of newspapers in Southern California with someone you may recognize (ahem). More information is here. |
|“Los Angeles Plays Itself” will be shown will be shown Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave. at 14th Street in Santa Monica. Director Thom Andersen will be speaking about the film after Sunday's showing. Tickets are $11, $9 for students and seniors and $7 for American Cinematheque members.
This has become a cult movie in Los Angeles because it’s not generally available on DVD (although you can find a bootleg in your local video store if you live in certain neighborhoods). “L.A. Plays Itself” isn’t so much a film as it is an essay (read by Encke King in a laconic monotone) that happens to be accompanied by film clips. The movie is notoriously long, even with an intermission, but you’ll find yourself thinking about it for days afterward.
Sept. 24, 1969: The Times’ Ken Reich
interviews Angela Davis, who was
dismissed from UCLA for being a
member of the Communist Party.
A New Way of Life, a project that helps women inmates and their children reenter society, is sponsoring an appearance by Angela Y. Davis on Sunday at the WLCAC Phoenix Hall, 10950 Central Ave.Tickets are $50 for a VIP reception from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and $10 for a discussion with Davis from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In June 1972, Davis was found not guilty on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in an August 1970 incident at the Marin Civic Center in which Judge Harold J. Haley was killed and abductors William J. Christmas, James B. McClain and Jonathan Jackson were shot to death.
--Photo courtesy of the Southern California Library
Dec. 16, 1929: An artist’s concept of John K. Northrop’s Flying Wing.
| Alas, the 1929 version of Northrop’s Flying Wing will not be on display during the open house at Edwards Air Force Base on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. But other interesting aircraft will be there, including a B-17, a B-52, a P-51 Mustang, an SR-71 Blackbird and a C-5 Galaxy.|
Chuck Yeager and Joe Engle are scheduled to break the sound barrier in two F-16s. A Doolittle Raid demonstration will be staged with a B-25, B-17, P-51 and a P-38 (Steve Hinton’s Joltin’ Josie, one of about two dozen airworthy P-38s in existence), and a B-1, B-2 and B-52 will do a flyby in formation.
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|William Dotson of USC sends along a reminder of the fourth annual Archives Bazaar, which will be held Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at USC’s Davidson Conference Center. Admission is free. |
The bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject, is an essential introduction for anyone planning to research Los Angeles because the city is a vast subject and historical materials have been preserved in astonishing places. Many times, the location of an item has nothing to do with its origin. To cite one of my favorite examples: Material on the early history of USC’s Medical School is at UCLA Medical School’s Special Collections. In the same way, material from the Los Angeles Times can be found at UCLA Special Collections (photos) and the Huntington Library (documents).
More information is here>>>
And there’s a Facebook page>>>
The list of representatives attending the bazaar gives an idea of how many resources there are in Los Angeles:
The bazaar will also include appearances by authors:
Alex Moreno Areyan
And there will be seminars:
Robert S. Birchard
Avery Clayton, Steve Ross, and Sue Tyson
Two documentaries will also be shown during the event:
“On These Shoulders We Stand” and “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times.”