Archive for December, 2012

Providence High School Alumnae Helen Hunt and Eloise Klein Healy Are Honored for Their Achievements

Providence High School Alumnae Helen Hunt and Eloise Klein Healy Are Honored for Their Achievements

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt, who graduated from Providence in 1981, received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film, The Sessions, and author Eloise Klein Healy, a graduate from PHS in 1961, was named the first Poet Laureate for the city of Los Angeles. Hunt, who studied acting at the age of […]

Car Customizer to the Stars George Barris Turns 87

Car Customizer to the Stars George Barris Turns 87

By Jon Konjoyan George Barris, the renowned North Hollywood-based car customizer and father of the Batmobile, the Munster “Koach,” and the Beverly Hillbillies jalopy, recently celebrated his 87th birthday. Celebrity clients of Barris over the years include Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Ann-Margret, Glen Campbell, and Elton John. Barris continues to work everyday and just announced […]

The Gift of a Candle-Bearing Rabbit

Ever since he was three my godson Finn (11) and I have had the tradition of getting a Christmas tree and decorating it. His mother gives us free reign. On Friday, I met Finn after school and, as we’re walking towards my car, he suddenly ran off after a kid who was a block away. […]

Hyde Park on Hudson

Hyde Park on Hudson

Hyde Park on Hudson Runtime 97 minutes. Not for children. This is a terrific biographical drama concentrating on one incident in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (Bill Murray) term in office. The B story is a meeting with the relatively new King and Queen of England at Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home. But the A story is […]

Magic Castle Launches Milt Larsen’s Book and Fond Memories

Magic Castle Launches Milt Larsen’s Book and Fond Memories

The world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood has seen many impressive performers and guests over the decades, but none as important as an author who had a book launch recently. The reason? The book called My Magical Journey: The First 30,000 Days, was written by Milt Larsen, and without Milt there would be no Castle. […]

Le Petit Chateau

Le Petit Chateau

Trendy restaurants come and go, but few stand the test of time. Le Petit Chateau is one of those few. Celebrating 48 years in North Hollywood the little castle on Lankershim Boulevard has become a landmark restaurant. Le Petit Chateau has the traditional cuisine of early France, with all the old favorites as well as […]

Lancers Restaurant

For decades, Lancers has been dishing up the best breakfast, lunch, and dinners. The ultimate community mainstay, Lancers is one of the best restaurants in Burbank. Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, a great meal always awaits you at Lancers. Lancers will be open for a traditional Christmas dinner. All dinners are served with […]

Taking a break from my own holiday preparations …

Taking a break from my own holiday preparations …

I caught two delightful large stage musical productions. Both are “must see” events! The first, an enlightening, interactive extravaganza for the kiddies … the second, a nostalgic and non-stop delight for the adults. A Snow White Christmas Presented in the style of a traditional British Panto, and offered by the noted Lythgoe family … this […]

Chevy Malibu Gets Some More Punch

Chevy Malibu Gets Some More Punch

For reasons I was never completely clear on, Chevrolet chose to introduce the Eco version of its redesigned 2013 Malibu first. The Malibu Eco uses a mild hybrid battery assist system as well as other tricks to help it garner pretty impressive fuel economy numbers of 25 city and 37 highway. But the driving dynamics […]

Studio City Trumpeter Jules Chaikin Dies at 78

Studio City Trumpeter Jules Chaikin Dies at 78

A Memorial was held Monday, Dec. 17, at the Musician’s Union, hosted by his wife of 57 years, Judy Chaikin, and their children Matt and Danielle. The musician’s hall was packed with family, friends, and fellow musicians, people who Jules loved and whose lives were better for knowing him. Richard Hurwitz, Jules’ dear friend since […]