Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tours of West Hollywood and LAVA Sunday Salon celebrating Jazz Age Los AngelesWHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2013 (Walking Tours at 10am and 5pm) and Sunday, June 30, 2013 (Salon, 12-2pm)COST: Walking Tours are $15/person, Sunday Salon is freeMORE INFO: http://lavatransforms.org and the individual links below LOS ANGELES- Recently honored with a Best Literary Salon award from Los Angeles Magazine, LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association is fast establishing itself as one of the city's most intriguing arts collectives, with a calendar packed with compelling, offbeat urban events and a growing list of notable Visionary contributors. So it's no surprise that LAVA is pulling out all the stops in honor of that Visionary sometime-Angeleno F. Scott Fitzgerald, as Hollywood offers up the fourth film adaptation of his classic, "The Great Gatsby." During the weekend of June 29-30, LAVA Visonaries present a range of cultural programming celebrating Fitzgerald, Jazz Age Los Angeles, and the literature, architecture and social bonds that continue to fascinate after nearly a century. The LAVA events play out in this order... 1) "The Last Days of F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour." Saturday, June 29, 10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm. $15, advance reservations recommended. Hosted by Adrienne Crew (Dorothy Parker Society) and departing from near the intersection of Sunset Blvd & N Crescent Heights Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90046 (actual location provided to ticketed guests). More info at http://lavatransforms.org/fitzgeraldwalk3 and http://lavatransforms.org/fitzgeraldwalk4 ABOUT THE TOUR: LAVA Visionary Adrienne Crew of the Dorothy Parker Society will host a short walking tour of F. Scott Fitzgerald's (West) Hollywood and the places that were significant to him at the end of the writer's life. The tour will begin near the corner of Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights (exact details furnished upon registration) and conclude at Greenblatt's Deli, where Sheilah Graham purchased the Hershey bar which was the last thing Fitzgerald ate. A partial list of both extant and demolished locations along the route: The Garden of Allah hotel, Schwab's Drugstore, the apartment of Fitzgerald's mistress Sheilah Graham.Special guest speakers Martin Turnbull and Marc Chevalier, presenters the following day at the LAVA Sunday Salon, will be on hand during the first 30 minutes of each tour to enhance the understanding of several of the locations covered on the tour.2) "LAVA Sunday Salon: Jazz Age Los Angeles." Sunday, June 30, 12pm-2pm. Free, no reservations required. Les Noces du Figaro (mezzanine level), 618 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90014. More info at http://lavatransforms.org/salon613ABOUT THE SALON: Join LAVA â The Los Angeles Visionaries Association for its revived free monthly Sunday Salon series, formerly held at Clifton's Cafeteria. LAVA returns to South Broadway, to the mezzanine of Les Noces du Figaro, which was recently opened by the family behind Figaro Bistro in Los Feliz. This handsome space was formerly Schaber's Cafeteria (Charles F. Plummer, 1928), and the mezzanine features wonderful views of the Los Angeles Theatre.On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles for a structured Salon featuring formal presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another.The June Salon theme is Jazz Age Los Angeles, and the two talks by LAVA Visionaries Martin Turnbull and Marc Chevalier will focus on the intersection of Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvd.Presentation One: Martin Turnbull on The Garden of AllahMartin Turnbull, author of "The Garden Of Allah" novels will be discussing life at that hotel and its infamous bungalow courtyard during the 1920s and 30s. Its bootleg liquor, fizzy flappers, all night parties defined the Jazz Age in Los Angeles. When Scott Fitzgerald when came to L.A. in the mid 1930s with his $1000/week contract at MGM, it was at the Garden of Allah he chose to land. it was also the home-away-from-home for Algonquin Round Table refugees Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Alexander Woollcott, Donald Ogden Stewart and Marc Connelly, so Fitzgerald must have feel at home. As did anyone answering Hollywood's siren call lucky enough to get a room there. Martin's talk will be punctuated by readings from his first novel in the series, "The Garden On Sunset."About the Garden of Allah: Formerly the movie star mansion of luminous silent screen star, Alla Nazimova, the Garden of Allah opened its doors in 1927 at the height of the Jazz Age and in no time, word got out that Nazimova's Garden could always provide hopeful Hollywood arrivals with a pillow, a pal and a party. Over those years, a virtual who's who of Hollywood paraded through the place: Bogie and Bacall, Errol Flynn, David Niven, Harpo Marx, Tallulah Bankhead, Artie Shaw, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dorothy Gish, Kay Thompson, Leopold Stokowski, Orson Welles, Ava Gardner, and Frank Sinatra.Bio: Author Martin Turnbull has worked as a private tour guide showing both locals and out-of-towners the movie studios, Beverly Hills mansions, Hollywood hills vistas and where all the bodies are buried. For nine years, he has also volunteered as an historical walking tour docent with the Los Angeles Conservancy. He worked for a summer as a guide at the Warner Bros. movie studios in Burbank showing movie fans through the sound stages where Bogie and Bacall, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and James Cagney created some of Hollywood's classic motion pictures. His first novel in "The Garden Of Allah" series, "The Garden on Sunset," was published in 2011, followed by "The Trouble with Scarlet" in 2012. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Martin moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s. Presentation Two: Marc Chevalier on the Crescent Heights Shopping Center and the ballyhoo spirit of the Jazz AgeFor his talk, Marc Chevailer, the historian of the Oviatt Building, will focus on the Crescent Heights Shopping Center, just across the street from the Garden of Allah. First drawn to the building because of James Oviatt's proposed but never realized "satellite" shop for his famous downtown haberdashery, Marc soon become ensorcelled by this beautiful French Norman revival building. Built in 1925, this towered, marble-trimmed and mansard-roofed Norman "chateau" housed Schwab's Pharmacy and the Crescent Heights Market, which fed, drugged and boozed the Garden of Allah's voracious guests. It was where Hollywood's movielanders shopped, schmoozed, strove and scrounged for generations âŠ where F. Scott Fitzgerald nearly died and Marilyn Monroe got her final prescription, and where Robert Mitchum, already a star, stocked grocery shelves just for fun. It was home to the Sunset Medical Center, the upscale Talmadge Jones flower shop (with its Rolls-Royce delivery trucks), a bakery, a dry cleaner, a beauty parlor, the infamous Crescent Heights Market (owned and managed by a cantankerous ex-speakeasy operator from New York, who randomly overcharged Hollywood's elite for its groceries), and a pharmacy that would be bought out by Schwab's in 1932. In 1949, Googie's would build its first coffee shop next to Schwab's. While nothing remains of it today, "the chateau that housed Schwab's" is ripe for rediscovery. Join Marc as he presents us a rich palimpsest of Hollywood from its halcyon era as he peels back the layers of the Crescent Heights Shopping Center, a compound which was drastically remodeled in the 1960s, and demolished in 1988.BIO: Marc Chevalier stumbled across "the chateau that held Schwab's" while doing research for his upcoming biography of James Oviatt, the man behind L.A.'s Oviatt Building. In 2008, in partnership with filmmaker Seth Shulman, he researched / wrote / produced a feature-length documentary on the Oviatt Building's history. An English teacher by profession, Chevalier calls Los Angeles history his passion/addiction, and credits LAVA's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave for feeding it regularly. Interested Angelenos are encouraged to come out and be part of one or more of these LAVA events celebrating the city and encouraging connections. ABOUT LAVA: Through participation in LAVA, a select group of creative professionals come together to promote cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience while promoting positive public space. LAVA's creative partners share a love for L.A. and unique ideas for exploring it in their work. Formed by social historians RICHARD SCHAVE and KIM COOPERâproprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project time travel blog series (including On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land)âLAVA brings together L.A.'s most visionary promoters, artists, writers and thinkers. The first crop of Visionaries in the growing curated community includes cultural chronicler ADRIENNE CREW, artist and Eastside historian AL GUERRERO, Cacophony Society co-founder AL RIDENOUR, avant garde fashion maven A. LAURA BRODY, poet/publisher ALEIDA RODRIGUEZ, back-to-nature pioneer ALICIA BAY LAUREL, filmmaker ALLISON ANDERS, writer/curator ALLON SCHOENER, designer/mom of Chicken Boy AMY INOUYE, custom tours maven ANNE BLOCK, documentarian/radio producer ANTHEA RAYMOND, author/gallerist APRIL DAMMANN, memoirist BARBARA KRAFT, pop culture historian BECKY EBENKAMP, ethnomusicologist BETO GONZALEZ, puppeteer BOB BAKER, tile historian BRIAN KAISER, producer/promoter CHRISTIAN VOLTAIRE MEOLI, cultural events programmer CHRISTINA GALANTE, musician COUNT SMOKULA, performance artist CRIMEBO THE CLOWN, writer/Libros Schmibros proprietor DAVID KIPEN, Novelist DAVID ROCKLIN, forensic educator DEREK PACIFICO, sculptor DONALD GIALANELLA, forensic scientist/educator DONALD JOHNSON, author/educator DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY, educator and historic cemetery board member DWAIN CARLO CRUM, artist ELENA MARY SIFF, documentarian ELIJAH DRENNER, conversation curator ERIC VOLLMER, social connector EVONNE HEYNING, musician/performance artist FEATHERBEARD, photographer GARY LEONARD, pop critic/outsider artist GENE SCULATTI, musician/artist GEORGE EARTH, songsmith HARVEY SID FISHER, theater director HOLLY WITHAM, musician/writer IAN WHITCOMB, artist JASON HADLEY, food blogger JAVIER CABRAL, musician JEFF BOYNTON, filmmaker JEREMY KASTEN, musician JIMI CABEZA DE VACA, social historian JOAN RENNER, writer/artist JOE OESTERLE, writer JOHN BUNTIN, filmmaker JON ALLOWAY, documentarian JOHN DULLAGHAN, Musso & Frank co-owner JORDAN JONES, performance artist JULES ROCHIELLE, curator JULIE RICO, cultural curator and writer KIM OHANNESON, "Kristin's List" cultural chronicler KRISTIN BEDFORD, songstress/prognosticator MADAME PAMITA, esoteric scholar MAJA D'AOUST, author/broadcaster MANNY PACHECO, writer MARGUERITE DARLINGTON, performer McCRISTOL HARRIS, visual artist MELVIN HALE, journalist MICHAEL LINDER, photographic archivist MICHAEL RISNER, poet/dancer MONA JEAN CEDAR, architectural historian NATHAN MARSAK, writer NEAL POLLOCK, theater director NICHOLAS HOSKING, L.A. Historic Theater Foundation rep NICK MATONAK, music producer NO'A WINTER LAZERUS, musician OCTAVIUS, writer /photographer /musician PAUL KOUDOUNARIS, peace activist PAUL NUGENT of the Aetherius Society, 3-D photography expert RAY 3D ZONE, activist and performer RD PLASSCHAERT, historic ghost seeker RICHARD CARRADINE, artist/musician RICH POLYSORBATE 60, filmmaker/preservationist ROSS LIPMAN, singer-songwriter RUTHANN FRIEDMAN, ghost hunter SARAH TROOP, social networking mistress SHAWNA DAWSON, painter/gallerist SUSAN DOBAY, artist/writer/activist SUSANNA DAKIN, Warhol star and writer TERE TEREBA, sculptor TOM WALKER, musical entertainer THE UKULADY, and hat designer YASMIN DIXON.Applications from prospective LAVA members are being taken at http://lavatransforms.org/applyTo learn more about LAVA, please visit http://www.lavatransforms.orgLAVA founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave and most of LAVA's Visionary members are available for interviews. A limited number of journalists on assignment can be accommodated on ticketed events. Contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 323-223-2767.