8/19: Pete Moruzzi, Greetings from Los Angeles Signing and Chasen’s Chili Party!


Peter Moruzzi Greetings from Los Angeles
Book release, signing, and reading
and Chasen’s Chili Party!

Saturday, August 19th, 7-9 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

On Saturday, August 19th at 7 pm, Pete Moruzzi will be giving a book launch and rollicking slide talk on his new book, “Greetings from Los Angeles” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Soap Plant / Wacko).   The book is a comprehensive, humorous history of Greater Los Angeles as told through vintage postcards, photographs, brochures, matchbooks and other dazzling ephemera.

Featured are rare glimpses of the city’s early years as a dusty pueblo; Chinatown’s evolution; the miraculous orange empire; backyard oil wells; Venice of America; roaring 1920s and corrupt 1930s; colorful evangelists; glamorous Wilshire Boulevard; fabulous nightclubs; movie studios and lavish stars’ estates; and theme parks such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Marineland of the Pacific. Witness the birth of midcentury modernism, futuristic Googie coffee shops, and space-age LAX. Recall a postwar suburban paradise of drive-ins, bowling palaces, beach parties, Dodgers baseball, hotrod culture, and mushrooming tract developments.

SPECIAL BONUS: CHASEN’S FAMOUS CHILI

Following the slide talk, samples of Chasen’s famous chili prepared by chef Lauren LeBaron – based upon Chasen’s top-secret recipe – will be served.  Starting in 1936 from a tiny chili parlor called Chasen’s Southern Pit Barbeque in Beverly Hills, former vaudevillian Dave Chasen quickly expanded to a full-fledged – and much beloved – classic restaurant that became home to the Academy Awards after-party.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423647254
ISBN-13: 978-1423647256
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Price: $30.00
Click here to reserve your copy

About the Author

Peter Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), an architectural preservation group. He is the author of Palm Springs Holiday, Palm Springs Paradise, and Havana Before Castro.

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
Order your signed copies today by emailing: sales@soapplant.com.
Or click here to buy online.
Call (323) 663-0122 to order by phone.

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