Join us this week as we talk with novelist Martin Turnbull about the celebrated and much lamented Garden of Allah, from its humble beginnings as a fixer-upper for silent screen star Alla Nazimova to its halcyon days as club house for the Hollywood “Smart Set” to its demolition in 1959. We’ll also visit with the Dorothy Parker Society’s Adrienne Crew to discuss the inimitable Mrs. Parker, her time at the Garden of Allah, her two marriages to Alan Campbell and her abiding
friendship with Algonquin Round Table founder Robert Benchley.

We’ll also discuss a proposal that USC take over management of the Southwest Museum, a Navajo chief statue erected on Skid Row to call attention to the Southwest Museum controversy, architect John Parkinson, new owners for the landmark Sears tower in Boyle Heights, a St. Francis dam disaster tour organized by Atlas Obscura, the Redlands Conservancy’s new walking tour program, Leslie Zemeckis’ interview with Pepper Aavorld about the old Follies burlesque house on Main
Street and an upcoming meeting about the Sixth Street Viaduct project.

All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of November 25th, 2013.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

The Kept Girl, a novel of 1929 Los Angeles by Kim Cooper.

Martin Turnbull’s website. The Garden on Sunset (book #1). The Trouble With Scarlet (book #2). 

Adrienne Crew’s Dorothy Parker’s Los Angeles Bus Tour (December 14).

Adrienne Crew’s Dorothy Parker Book Release & Cocktail Party (December 12) for Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide.

Sixth Street Viaduct Project website.

Let USC run the Southwest Museum?

A Navajo chief statue on Skid Row looks to the Southwest Museum.  

Robert Sundance’s memoir.

Sears tower in Boyle Heights is purchased for redevelopment.

Obscura Society LA hosts a tour in remembrance of St. Francis Dam Disaster.

Redlands Conservancy to launch walking tour program.

On the burlesque in downtown Los Angeles: Leslie Zemeckis interviews Pepper Aavorld.

Is John Parkinson still the most important architect you’ve never heard of?

LAVA’s December Monthly Sunday Salon