Grand Central Market | Events | LAVA Sunday Salon | SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2016 | 12-2PM GRAND CENTRAL MARKET LOWER LEVEL For the June 2016 Sunday Salon, LAVA presents The Secret Diaries of Vilma, the sassy El Monte socialite turned Clifton's Cafeteria Camera Girl.
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LAVA Sunday Salon
June 26, 2016

SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2016 | 12-2PM


For the June 2016 Sunday Salon, LAVA presents The Secret Diaries of Vilma, the sassy El Monte socialite turned Clifton's Cafeteria Camera Girl.

Miriam Caldwell, author of the blog Diary of Vilma, The Unconquerable will take us on a delightful and raucous ride back to the fabulous 1950s. Vilma’s flamboyant true life story, diaries and hundreds of rare historic photographs were brought out of the dark recesses of storage shortly after her death in 2012.

Miriam, along with her sister Victoria, will unveil a veritable treasure trove of history, which up until now has been hidden inside their mother’s charismatic diary passages. With the ravishing beauty of a Hollywood starlet, you’ll be captivated by her charm, wit and especially her brashness, a remnant from her childhood years growing up in a tough New York neighborhood.

Highlights of the presentation:

The history of Clifton’s camera girls: We’ll meet the entrepreneurial family who employed the team of camera girls at the Brookdale and Pacific Seas locations. Their souvenir photo business, Keepsake Photography, operated out of the basement of Clifton’s from 1945-1969. You’ll also discover how Vilma became the star of YOUR souvenir photo.

Vintage Los Angeles: Hot rods, drive-in movies and ritzy supper clubs where you could enjoy a Las Vegas style themed dinner show… all for under $10 bucks. Experience Vilma’s saucy date nights at the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age and the great American car culture.

The LAVA Sunday Salon is free, but reservations are required to provide an attendance count for the venue. There are no “plus ones,” so tell your friends to sign up individually. If attending both the Sunday Salon and walking tour, please sign up for each event. Please don’t reserve unless you plan to attend.


About LAVA

LAVA is the key to the secret Los Angeles you’ve been looking for (or helping to create), and for making connections with people who share your passions and sensibilities. Through participation in LAVA, creative Angelenos come together to provide cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience, and contributes to the creation of that rare thing: positive public space.

Formed by social historians Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project series of time travel blogs, LAVA brings together the most intriguing creative promoters, artists, writers and thinkers in Los Angeles, sharing their visions for making a better city. Not virtually, though you’ll want to explore our online calendar, but in frequent gatherings of living, breathing, talking human beings, held in select locations all around the town.

Follow LAVA’s path to find friends you might otherwise never meet. Move through the city, exploring LAVAhappenings and sharing your feedback. LAVA exists to cultivate connections that will excite, inspire and transform the city and its citizens. Our creative partners share a love for L.A. and a unique vision for how to express and explore that love in their work. LAVA transforms, and its audience transform LAVA.


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