Serving Larchmont Village, Hancock Park, and the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 2011.

The Ebell of Los Angeles Open House, Sunday September 18, 2022

Everyone is welcome to tour The Ebell of Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ebell of Los Angeles is having a free open house celebrating 128 years of empowering women.

The Ebell of Los Angeles was founded as a women’s club in 1894. The minutes of the first meeting of The Ebell of Los Angeles identified its purpose “to interest women in the study of all branches of literature, art and science and the advancement of women in every branch of culture.” Their motto was “I will find a way-or make one.”

Over the years the group has hosted lectures on science, parliamentary law, literature, psychology, travel, music, all of the arts and many more subjects.

The Ebell moved to its current location in 1927 at 743 South Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles 90005.

The complex includes the Wilshire Ebell Theatre a 1,300 seat theater that had a major renovation in 1989. It has been designated as a historic site at the local, state and national levels and has hosted top musical performances and lectures by world leaders and artists.

Its timing is perfect for us to gather together to enjoy the arts and music and discuss our rights and beliefs. This free event (RSVP appreciated) is on Sunday, September 18, 2022 between 11am-4pm at The Ebell. The entrance is at 4400 Wilshire Boulevard with free parking on Lucerne Blvd.

The Ebell of Los Angeles has a new executive director Stacy Brightman who began a year ago and it is our chance to celebrate with this remarkable woman who will help guide us into the future. To “interconnectedness,” to quote Ada Limón, our  24th Poet Laureate.

Stacy Brightman, Executive Director of The Ebell of Los Angeles at the Norton Simon Museum. In the background of the photo is a tapestry from the museum’s collection about Dido and Aeneas. I did the interview there because the LA Opera, where Brightman was working at the time, was doing Purcells Opera and Stacy was so well informed. (photo taken in 2019 by Susie Goodman)

When Stacy began as executive director she said “my vision is to partner with scholars, artists and groups across the city. We are greater than the sum of our parts.” She loves the power of intersections. After a year in the role which included many traumas in our lives Stacy now says……

“This has been a remarkable year that has catapulted the entire organization forward. The pandemic was a challenge for our membership and staff, but it also provided a moment of pause to pull together amongst ourselves and with our partners, and give serious consideration to who we are, not only as a nonprofit organization, but also as a member of this community,” Stacy told the Buzz.

“We have come out of this pandemic affirming that Los Angeles, now more than ever, needs a place for women, a home for artists, scholars and an arena for service. The Ebell of Los Angeles is needed now more than ever. With a renewed vision of inclusivity, we are fired up and we are throwing open the doors again to give the community our heart and a place of belonging within an arts haven. While it was incredible to help lead this process in this first year at The Ebell of LA, it is this charge ahead that has me so incredibly excited,” added Stacy.

Attendance is free and open to all, but an RSVP is appreciated. For more information and to RSVP, visit:

Go Women!
Sheila Tepper, Producer Cultural Programming

Backstage with the Buzz is written by Sheila Tepper, Producer Cultural Programming. Sheila has lived in the Larchmont area for fifty years, among her passions have been passing legislation for children with disabilities and interviewing outstanding artists appearing in the Los Angeles area.

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