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Special Event

Just the Facts: Chief William Parker's War on Mickey Cohen and the Los Angeles Underworld: Lecture by L.A. Noir Author John Buntin


Thursday Apr 8, 2010 (7–9pm)


Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 W 7th St





The newly-formed Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) extends Downtown LA's cultural and intellectual renaissance with a series of Sunday Salons at the landmark Clifton's Cafeteria. The lively discussions are bolstered with other imaginative community-based activities, including free walking tours like "The Flâneur & The City: Historic Core." Now, the savvy syndicate hosts its second salon at the swank 125-year-old Los Angeles Athletic Club, exploring the murky milieu of mobster Mickey Cohen and the Chief of the LA Police Department, William H. Parker III. Tonight's "guest visionary" is John Buntin, author of L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City. With a name borrowed from another hardboiled LA icon, Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb), Just the Facts explores the palatable rivalry between Cohen and Parker, revealing how the high-profile feud shaped the social and cultural landscape of Los Angeles.

Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill


Reservations are required.

Los Angeles Athletic Club says…

"All across this vast and confusing city, little pockets of creative energy flare up, like molten lava oozing from the earth's core. But if you blink, you'll miss them. The failure to find real connection in Los Angeles is a cliché rooted in truth. You could easily spend frustrating years searching for the real thing, those hidden gems and secret gatherings that give this city a soul. Or you can look to a new entity called LAVA (the Los Angeles Visionaries Association) for guidance."
- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association