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Archive for August, 2011

Don’t Miss: A “Doozy” of A Do

The Culver City Historical Society (CCHS) will present a celebration of the city’s 94-year history that promises to be a real doozy at the newly-renovated Historic Culver Hotel at 9400 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, on Sunday, September 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Festivities will include music and dancing to the music of “Doozy,” a band specializing in “prohibition pop, depression era tunes, and retro-originals” every Thursday evening at the Culver Hotel; bountiful arrays of appetizers and desserts; a raffle and auction; silent movies; historic Culver City cocktails at a no host bar, and many more surprises.

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Don’t miss the Fiesta La Ballona this weekend; ARC open Sat. & Sun.

Photo Courtesy CCHS Collection

This weekend, August 26, 27, & 28, come out and celebrate Culver City’s annual Fiesta La Ballona. Browse through the booths, taste the food, hang out in the beer garden, listen to the bands, watch the presentations, go on the carnival rides, and have some fun!

Also come by and check out the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), which will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

“Fiesta La Ballona Days” began in 1951 as a week-long celebration of the region’s early settlers. People went to events — and even to work — dressed up as Native American Indians, rancheros, señoritas, cowboys, and cowgirls. The early fiestas evoked pride among the descendants of the “first families” and offered the entire community a playful opportunity to connect with its history.

Suggested reading: Early Fiestas: Recollections by Julie Lugo Cerra

Fiesta information via Fiesta La Ballona


Flashback Friday: City Hall

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Photo Courtesy CCHS Collection

Culver City’s City Hall – located at 9770 Culver Boulevard – was dedicated in 1928.

The building was demolished in the early 1990s to make way for the new Civic Center, and the current façade [see photo after the jump] is a reconstruction of the 1928 original. The facade opens onto Heritage Park, which occupies the old City Hall footprint.

Culver City City Hall was designated Historic Site No. 1 by the Culver City Historical Society in 1991.

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This Saturday at the ARC: North By Northwest

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The Archives & Resource Center (ARC) will be open this Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00.

Come by and enjoy a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North By Northwest, which was shot in Culver City and stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.

Summary: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (via imdb)

View the trailer after the jump.

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