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Los Angeles Visionaries Association Presents “Down These Mean Streets: Raymond Chandler’s Underworld” at Musso & Frank on Monday, April 30
|April 30, 2012|
Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
On Monday, April 30, you are invited to join John Buntin, author of L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, for a fresh look at the Los Angeles underworld of the 1920s and ‘30s. This is the culture of Raymond Chandler’s short stories and early novels. The corrupt civic machine fueled the biggest boom town this country has ever seen, and inspired the real life struggles between Good Guys and Bad Guys which in turn influenced much of the fiction and film of the mid 20th Century.
At the Salon they will examine the crusading cop who was the real-life inspiration for Philip Marlowe, then shine light on other crusaders, prosecutors and policy makers, who through the decades shift from teetotalers to civil libertarians, but always retain those constants of every Chandler hero: a chance at redemption.
COST: $100 per person, ticket price includes 3-course prix fixe dinner prepared by Musso & Frank chefs, Salon presentations and dessert service. Cocktails not included.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Call Musso & Frank at (323) 467-7788 or visit the restaurant Tuesday-Saturday between 9am and 5pm.
|April 30, 2012|
Next Quarterly Dinner: “Down These Mean Streets”: Raymond Chandler’s Underworld
Monday April 30 – 6:00pm – 11:00pm
COST: $100 per person. Ticket price includes 3-course prix fixe dinner, Salon presentations and dessert service. Cocktails not included. Location: Musso & Frank Grill 6667 Hollywood Boulevard. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Call Musso & Frank at (323) 467-7788
For much of the mid-20th Century, to rub shoulders with America’s greatest novelists and screenwriters, one needed merely to go to the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Here, within the tight triangle of the Writer’s Guild offices, Musso & Frank Grill and the Stanley Rose Bookshop, flowed the commercial and social sap that nourished the tree of American letters. The famous minds who congregated still inspire awe: William Faulkner, Scott Fitzgerald, John Fante, Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, William Saroyan, John O’Hara, Dorothy Parker, Nathanael West and many more. And at the center of it all was the famed “Back Room” of Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. It was called, informally, The Cocktail Room or The Round Table or the Algonquin West. The party raged on, six nights a week, for twenty glorious years.
Today, Musso & Frank’s clientele still includes celebrated novelists, screenwriters, poets and songwriters, all of whom cherish the old world hospitality, traditional Continental cuisine and opportunity to soak up the same rarified air that nourished the greats.
In honor of this ongoing writerly tradition, LAVA (The Los Angeles Visionaries Association) announces the 2012 launch of The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank, a quarterly literary salon and prix fixe dinner celebrating the great writers and personalities who have frequented the establishment. Each Musso’s Salon evening will focus on different aspects of Hollywood’s literary lore, feature fascinating speakers and special guest historians.
Future Salons will focus on the life and works of Charles Bukowski, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Nathanael West and other fascinating characters who’ve contributed to nearly a century of literary culture at Musso & Frank.