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Lewd Acts in the Library | 5 A Focus on Healthy Living | 11 NOVEMBER 25, 2013 I VOL. 42 I #47 Art From the Soul California African American Museum Exhibit Features Self-Taught Artists From the South photo by Gary Leonar d image courtesy of Gordon W. Bailey, Gordon W. Bailey Collection See Page 13 Watch City Living on DTTV New Episodes Every Monday @ 9am on DowntownNews.com THE VOICE OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES California African American Museum Executive Director Charmaine Jefferson at the museumâ€™s new exhibit. 2 Downtown News DT AROUND TOWN Spice Table Closing Dec. 31 T he Little Tokyo restaurant Spice Table became a Downtown favorite soon after opening in 2011, with local diners raving over chef/ co-owner Bryant Ng’s unique spin on Southeast Asian dishes. Ng has known for months that his restaurant will be displaced by work on the coming Regional Connector, and now he has set a goodbye date. The Spice Table, he said in an email blast last week, will close after a New Year’s Eve blowout dinner. As a goodbye celebration, the restaurant at 114 S. Central Ave. will offer an all-you-can-eat/drink menu for $75 per person from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve/Day. Ng and his wife and business partner Kim said they are continuing to look for a replacement location in Downtown. Meanwhile, the duo will open a restaurant in Santa Monica next summer. Proposed CVS Sparks Liquor Sale Worries A new CVS is coming to the corner of Seventh and Spring streets, and while that’s good news for area residents who want more amenities, others are concerned. Plans for the project were presented to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use committee last week. Some DLANC members, as well as other area stakeholders, voiced worries about pharmaceutical and al- CELEBRATING 40 YEARS cohol sales. The concerns were partly fueled by problems with other Historic Core drugstores. Several attendees at the Nov. 19 meeting alleged that existing pharmacies have been caught improperly selling drugs to non-patients, and said that a lack of security made the entrances to some businesses places for people to sell or buy prescription drugs illegally. Others urged that alcohol sales be restricted to 7 a.m.10 p.m. Representatives from CVS said that their pharmacists are trained to refuse service if they spot red flags, such as prescriptions from out of the city or too many prescriptions from a single doctor. They also said they would hire aroundthe-clock security and keep the large windows of the Van Nuys building unobstructed to brighten the street and maintain visibility. November 25, 2013 TAKE MY PICTURE GARY LEONARD One Santa Fe Tops Out T he mammoth One Santa Fe in the Arts District has hit a milestone: Project officials last week announced that they have reached a “topping out,” or the end of vertical construction, for the development that will create 438 residential units and more than 78,000 square feet of retail space. The project is known more for its length than its five-story height, as it extends from near First to Fourth streets opposite the campus of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. The development team for the $160 million project includes the McGregor Company, Polis Builders, Cowley Real Estate Partners and the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment group. It was initially proposed before the recession, but plans were halted during the economic downturn. Construction began in early 2012 after financing was secured from Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund Investments. Ar- Central Library Shades of LA Honors Caroline Cole & Kathy Kobayashi Nobember 16, 2013 chitect Michael Maltzan is handling designs and the builder is the Los Angeles-based Bernards. The project is slated to include 50,000 square feet of public outdoor space. A ‘Magic Box’ for SCI-Arc T he Southern California Institute of Architecture will break ground next year on a project with the fantastical description of a “magic box.” In reality, the 4,000-square-foot structure on the south end of the Arts District campus will be a prototyping and fabrication lab. Construction of the two-story edifice is slated to begin in January, but that could change as the school awaits building permits, said spokeswoman Georgiana Ceausu. The building will connect to the school’s existing robotics lab and analog fabrication shop to form the RAD Center. It will house three times as many high-speed laser cutters, 3D scanners and ABS plastic printers as are currently available. The school is also revamping the existing SCI-Arc wood shop; that should be finished next summer, Ceausu said. The new lab is intended to familiarize students with modern technologies. They will learn to build, vacuum form or 3D print their models using a variety of materials including wax, plastic and metal. Why does this little burger stand attract over a million people a year? Find out at the landmark location near Downtown. Home of the original Chili-burger. Quality and value since 1946: Chili Hamburger .............. $2.15 Chili Cheeseburger ........... $2.65 Holiday Gifts to Help Women Overcome Homelessness MADE by DWC’s unique products are handmade by women experiencing poverty in Skid Row Avaliable at MADE by DWC (325 S. Los Angeles St. & 438 S. San Pedro St.), Bloomingdale’s Century City & www.etsy.com/shop/MADEbyDWC Many Imitate, But None Compare! 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He had been the public face of the project as AEG worked with the City Council on a complex lease deal (after AEG convinced the state legislature to approve an equally complex streamlining of environmental challenges). Leiweke made area football fans believe that the city could again have a team, or possibly two. With Leiweke gone, many have wondered whether the $1.4 billion plan is dead. A couple recent moves indicate that while Farmers Field is no longer on the front burner, it has not been eliminated. Instead, proceedings have shifted to a quiet, behindthe-scenes stage. Going quiet is probably a good thing. While we are all for transparency, especially when it comes to a development that would rise on city-owned land, we understand that certain business dealings and negotiations happen behind closed doors. Additionally, public enthusiasm for Farmers Field has waned. The hopeful days when Leiweke celebrated the completion of a 10,000-page environmental impact report seem like another era. It’s not worth trying to convince the city that, at this point, the NFL is ready to return to L.A. Instead, AEG is playing it cool. The company this month secured the approval of the Cultural Affairs Commission for its design of a Convention Center replacement building (the plan calls for an aging Convention Center edifice to be razed and for the stadium to rise on that site; a new building would go up adjacent to the more modern convention structure). This was marked by a restrained press release noting the vote and stating that it keeps the stadium “on track.” That coincides with some high-level meetings. The L.A. Weekly recently reported that Anschutz reached out to and met with Mayor Eric Garcetti regarding the project, and that Garcetti spoke on the phone with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. That makes sense, as a new civic leader should be having these conversations. None of this indicates that Farmers Field is imminent or even likely, but it does reveal that after a protracted public courting of the league, AEG and the local powers are trying another tactic. They should, as the project would benefit Downtown immensely, not so much for the 10 home games a year (or 20 if a second team materializes), but for the enhanced convention experience. An upgrade of the Convention Center — which AEG will soon begin running, through another deal with the city — was always the economic hook for the city. We hope that Anschutz keeps up the work, and if Garcetti can help convince the 32 stubborn NFL team owners to finally come to L.A. in a deal that protects the taxpayers, then it’s worth a shot. We won’t hold our breath waiting for a team, but it can’t hurt to try something new. A Lot to Be Thankful for in Downtown T hanksgiving offers the opportunity to eat a huge meal and gather with friends and family. The four-day weekend it provides many workers is another plus. Of course, the importance of the holiday is in its name: On Thursday, Nov. 28, people will reflect on the positive things in their life and community. They’ll give thanks for all that they have. So it is in Downtown Los Angeles. Although the community continues to face some serious problems — among them homelessness and too many blight spots — there is far more for which to be thankful. Here is a short, and by no means complete, rundown of some of the advances that Downtown has enjoyed in the past year, or will experience soon: A Bright Future for Affordable Housing: The recently opened Gateways Apartments (505 S. San Pedro St.) and the nearly finished Star Apartments (Sixth and Maple streets) continue the trend of making housing for the formerly homeless architecturally significant and even inspiring. These two Skid Row facilities are worlds removed from the era when low-income housing was uniformly bland and gray. Building Up: Even as a controversy brews about whether lowrise structures in certain parts of Downtown should be temporarily prohibited, there is an exciting rush of residential towers that will increase density. The developer Related is building a 19-story structure on Grand Avenue and the Canadian firm Onni Group is erecting a 32-story edifice at 888 S. Olive St. Nearby, Wood Partners is putting up a 22-story building. Barry Shy is planning a 40-story development at Sixth and Main streets. That’s just the start. Double Rink Action: Most communities don’t even have one ice rink during the winter. Downtown has two. Pershing Square’s annual Downtown on Ice skating facility debuted Nov. 14 and the Kings Holiday Ice rink at L.A. Live will open this week. At Least Three Quality Sports Teams: Yes, the Lakers are struggling, though the potential near-future return of Kobe Bryant gives hope to the faithful, and should provide a bounce to area restaurants and bars that rely on Staples Center crowds. Meanwhile, their basketball counterparts the Clippers have become one of the NBA’s top squads. Then there are the L.A. Kings, a team that retains some of that 2012 Stanley Cup power. This all follows the return to winning ways at Dodger Stadium. Suddenly, the local sports scene is sunnier, and a lot more fun. A Mass of Markets: Within the past year, Downtown has witnessed a veritable supermarket frenzy. Now, in addition to the Ralphs Fresh Fare that arrived in 2007, Downtowners can shop at a Smart & Final Extra in South Park, the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown, City Target at Seventh and Figueroa streets and the upscale Urban Radish in the Arts District. Plus, Whole Foods is on the horizon, with a 42,000-square-foot store scheduled to open south of Seventh Street in 2015. Broadway Bustle: It’s hard to tell if the Downtown Streetcar will ever materialize — the project has encountered some serious price and funding issues. However, even amid the doubts there is intense momentum on Broadway (which would be a principal streetcar spine). A Ross Dress for Less (719 S. Broadway) opened in March and the massive restaurant Les Noces du Figaro (618 S. Broadway) debuted late last year. Swedish retailer Acne is readying a spot at Ninth and Broadway and Urban Outfitters is scheduled to open a store in the old Rialto Theatre (812 S. Broadway) next month. Then there’s the former United Artists Theatre building: It will emerge as an Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway) on Jan. 15. Soaring Schools: The lack of quality elementary schools has long been a Downtown drawback. That is slowly changing. In August, the Ninth Street Elementary School reopened following a $54 million renovation; the institution on the edge of Skid Row has all the amenities that families in more affluent communities take for granted. Additionally, the Metro Charter Elementary School debuted at 1400 S. Grand Ave. in September. It is precisely the type of school that area loft inhabitants had been wanting for years. Park Life: Another historic drawback, Downtown’s lack of green space, is also changing. June’s opening of the Spring Street Park was the latest in a strong line of new additions. It followed the arrival of the 12-acre Grand Park, which has a stellar entertainment lineup, and Los Angeles State Historic Park on the edge of Chinatown (the latter will soon close for a year for a major expansion). Also, a new park is planned for the ugly graffiti pit across from City Hall. There is a lot to be grateful for in Downtown, and the above list is really just a start. Happy Thanksgiving. November 25, 2013 DOWNTOWNNEWS.COM Downtown News 5 At the Central Library, a Litany of Lewd Acts LAPD Launches Undercover Operation to Cut Down on Sexual Activity By Donna Evans he Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a surge of sexual activity at the Central Library. It has been going on for nearly a year at least, with lewd acts occurring sometimes in restrooms, and other times in public areas, according to LAPD officials. Since January, the Central Division, which patrols most of Downtown Los Angeles, has coordinated 14 undercover operations that have resulted in nine arrests for lewd conduct, said Capt. Mike Oreb. Oreb said Central Division officers are working on the problem with civilian security officers from the LAPD’s Security Services Division. Those civilian officers are stationed at the library. Central Division has been focused on the library issue for about six months, said Oreb. He said the situation has improved since undercover Vice officers began staking out the building. Additionally, Oreb has increased the number of uniformed officers that patrol in and around the library. “We’ve seen sexual activity in other places throughout the region, parks and public bathrooms,” he said. “[We’re] not sure why anyone’s decided to focus on the bathrooms at the library.” Oreb said that all of the arrests have been for encounters between men. He said the bulk of the incidents involve one person masturbating while another watches. Los Angeles Public Library spokesman Peter Persic described the incidents as rare, saying that 145,000 people visit the Financial District library every month. He noted that in September, two incidents of lewd conduct were reported, following three in August. Still, he said the issue is being taken seriously. “The safety of patrons and staff is a top priority for the Los Angeles Public Library,” Persic said. “The Library has an excellent relationship with LAPD and works closely with the agency to prevent incidents from happening and respond quickly if an incident does occur.” The LAPD’s Security Services Division, which is comprised of T civilians rather than sworn officers, took over library security from the city’s Department of General Services in July 2012, said David Aguirre, deputy chief of the city’s office of public safety. Persic said that on average, the LAPD stations seven officers from the security services division at the library during operational hours. Authorities would not break down the total number of sworn and civilian officers monitoring the area. Persic said he is unaware of any particularly problematic section of the building. The 500,000 square feet of space is spread across eight floors. There are thousands of book stacks and scores of study carrels. “It’s a large building, which is why we have security officers and police officers patrolling the building and why we ask visitors to keep watch of their personal belongings and report any problems to staff or security,” Persic said. While Oreb would not say where the bulk of the sexual activity is happening, he did say that it mostly occurs between noon and mid-afternoon. That prompted him to bulk up on foot patrols in the library during that time. “It’s not a daily event, but it is going on,” he said. “We’ve stepped up enforcement and are addressing all the complaints of lewd conduct.” On a recent weekday afternoon, library patron Alix Sharkey sat in front of the fountain at the Flower Street entrance and checked email on his phone. The Hollywood resident said he hadn’t witnessed any untoward behavior while perusing the collections and looking at photographs. However, he said the floor plan allows for “lots of strange blind spots,” and noted that a couple could stealthily dash into any of the hidden pockets formed from the maze-like stacks. Oreb noted that there is another problem at the Central Library: People leaving laptops, purses and other valuables at tables, then walking away and coming back to find their possessions gone. Though the number of thefts of unattended items photo by Donna Evans The Central Library, which sees approximately 145,000 visitors a month, has been the site of heightened sexual activity. Police have made nine arrests for lewd conduct in the building this year. Some of the acts have occurred in public restrooms. has decreased slightly since security was heightened at the building, he said it remains an issue. Additionally, he said, officers have been receiving complaints of patrons watching pornography at the public computer stations in the library, though that is not illegal. Persic said the LAPL cannot forbid people from viewing constitutionally protected material at the library, even if some visitors find it offensive. He noted that viewing child pornography is illegal, however. Oreb said anyone who sees sexual or other lewd conduct in the library should report it to a library staff member or the security desk on the main floor of the building. email@example.com Los Angeles, CA · www.singlestone.com | t 213.892.0772 • San Marino, CA · www.singlestonemissionstreet.com | t 626.799.3109 6 Downtown News November 25, 2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS A Lot of Rooms With a View City Club Opens New $10.3 Million Digs, And Aims to Capture a Younger Membership By Donna Evans hen the elevator doors open onto the 51st floor of the City National Bank building, a huge swath of Los Angeles comes into focus. In part, it’s the sweeping vista visible from City Club Los Angeles’ new Financial District home, where a wall of windows affords views of Downtown, Griffith Park, the Hollywood sign and, on clear days, the ocean. The eye candy isn’t limited to what’s outside, however: Members and visitors to the upscale private club will also encounter a city-themed interior, meticulously designed to represent Downtown’s Financial, Jewelry, Flower, Fashion and Theater districts. Highlighting Downtown’s diverse neighborhoods was key to the club’s $10.3 million renovation, said General Manager Larry Ahlquist, who hosted a reopening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 23 (after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press). Some 450 members and guests were scheduled to attend the ribbon cutting and party commemorating the 24-yearold club’s relocation from the 54th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower on Bunker Hill to the top of 555 S. Flower St. Ahlquist, who has run the City Club for 20 years, said the move to the bustling Financial District is partly an effort to attract younger members. “You’ve got to be current,” he said during an W interview last week, as the sounds of hammering and buzz saws reverberated throughout the 28,000-square-foot space. Explaining how young professionals would be turned off by staid surroundings, he added, “Old will go to young, but young won’t go to old.” In addition to being modern, the most important concept that the City Club design team wanted to convey was diversity, something Ahlquist and Frank Sanchez, chairman of the board of governors, said is rooted in the club’s history. Sanchez would know. Back in 1988, he worked as an assistant dean at East Los Angeles College, but was transitioning from the public to the private sector. He wanted to join a group that would help him socialize and network with other young professionals. Though Sanchez today owns numerous McDonald’s franchises in Los Angeles, at the time he said he felt a chill from private clubs that restricted minority members. Then Walter Beran, a founding member of what was then the City Club of Bunker Hill, approached him about joining. Sanchez has been a member ever since. Relaxed Dress Code Ahlquist, 68, talks about the club’s new digs the way a beaming parent brags about his or her kid. Last week he proudly directed a visitor to perhaps the most dazzling of all the new rooms: the Aperture Lounge. Inspired by Broadway’s theaters, it is wrapped in windows and photo by Gary Leonard City Club General Manager Larry Ahlquist in the Aperture Room of the new City Club. The 24-year-old private club just completed a move to a 28,000-square-foot space on the 51st floor of City National Bank Tower. club is now denim-friendly, he said, with only one room requiring a coat (but you don’t have to wear a tie.) “I may be the only guy you see in a suit,” he said. The aim toward youth is a practical one. The City Club currently has 1,135 members and their average age is 48. People pay about $600 to join and dues run $200-$350 a month. While the goal is to attract younger men and women, the focus on business has not been lost. The new digs have private meetings rooms and conference rooms with wireless microphones and flat screens. One conference room, Continued on page 9 features a 138-inch flat screen TV. Metal stage lights weighing 70 pounds hang from the 17 1/2-foot ceiling to illuminate the room. Another series of lights embedded in what are meant to resemble balconies shine down on the bar and tables. To take advantage of the views, Ahlquist’s team placed binoculars around the room. There’s going to be a photo booth too, “because that’s just fun,” he said. Also, because he was tired of seeing members walk into the club with their own coffee, Ahlquist hired a barista. The Bunker Hill club closed Aug. 30, and as part of the effort to attract a younger demographic, Ahlquist relaxed the dress code. The Good Sam. Great Doctors. Open enrollment is the one opportunity you have each year to make a difference in the quality of your health care. Good Samaritan Hospital & Good Samaritan Medical Practice Association See a GSMPA doctor and be back at work in less than an hour. The GSMPA Advantage: GSMPA’s huge panel of specialist physicians includes some of the “Best Doctors in America*.” Weingart Guesthouse Good Samaritan Hosptial Valet Parking Closed Bldg. 1245 Wilshire Blvd Wilshire Blvd GSMPA also has one of the most experienced hospitalist groups in the country. 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Some items may not be available at all stores or may be prohibited by local ordinance or store restrictions. © Copyright 2013 Smart & Final Stores LLC. 3 8 Downtown News November 25, 2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS Two Big Projects Proposed for South Park Block Developments Would Bring Nearly 500 Apartments to Olympic Boulevard By Eddie Kim owntown Los Angeles has been experiencing an apartment building boom in the past couple years, with a number of projects powered by national real estate companies that see an opportunity to cater to affluent residents in a tight rental market. Now, in an unexpected coincidence, the trend is striking the block of Olympic Boulevard between Olive Street and Grand Avenue. Two developers with vast portfolios have unveiled plans to build seven-story structures with nearly 500 combined units. Both would also create street-level space for retail and commercial uses. Plans from the two developers, Lennar Multifamily and The Hanover Company, were presented to the Planning and Land Use Committee of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Although both developments are awaiting entitlements from the city, representatives of the projects said they hope to begin construction in the first half of 2014. Although distinguished by the details of their size and design, the projects would transform a block of current parking lots into a vibrant streetscape. They would also continue a burst of building that is extending south from the Financial District. Projects already under construction include San Francisco-based Carmel Partners’ 700-unit rental complex — complete with a 42,000-square-foot Whole Foods — at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. Also slated to enhance the connection to South Park is Vancouver firm Onni Group’s 32-story apartment tower at 888 S. Olive St. Townhouse Living Renderings of Lennar’s project reveal a sleek exterior design from architecture and planning group KTGY. The 201-unit building would have a variety of textured metallic panels, giving the articulated façade an ultra-modern feel. It would rise on the D image courtesy TCA Architects The Hanover Company, which opened the 717 Olympic apartments in 2008, is returning to Downtown with a 274-apartment project next to Lennar’s proposed building. image courtesy of KTGY Group, Inc. The Miami-based developer Lennar intends to build a 201-unit apartment complex on the southwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street. It would be the real estate behemoth’s first project in Downtown. southwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street and include about 4,100 square feet of retail space. The plan from Miami-based Lennar proposes 64 studios, 109 one-bedroom and 28 two-bedroom units. Residences would range from roughly 450 to 1,250 square feet. It would be Lennar’s first project in Downtown Los Angeles. In a shift from the usual Downtown proposal, the project would include 12 two-story townhomes running along Olive Street. Occupants would have direct access from the sidewalk. “It’s an opportunity to give residents a unique living space that connects them to the street level,” Scott Rynders, Lennar’s vice president of development in California, told the DLANC committee. “We saw an interest in these townhomes and pursued that instead of more retail along the street.” The retail and commercial space would run along Olympic Boulevard, and Rynders indicated in his presentation that it would likely be used for restaurants. Two above-grade levels of parking and one subterranean level are planned, providing a total of 228 spaces. Perhaps the most interesting features of the proposed building are its open-air amenities. Designs show a third-floor pool and spa deck overlooking Olive Street, while a sky deck at the corner of Olympic and Olive on the top floor would deliver expansive views of Downtown and South Los Angeles. Plans also call for a courtyard on the north side of the building and, in a nod to another Downtown residential trend, a dog park on the east side of the property. No budget for the project was revealed. Parisian Inspiration Houston-based Hanover is proposing a larger project immediately west of the Lennar site, with plans for 274 apartments and approximately 12,000 square feet of retail and commercial space on the ground floor. The project on 1000 S. Grand Ave. joins another planned Hanover development at Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street; that would create 284 units. The company also built the THE PETROLEUM BUILDING Commercial Office Space for Lease BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS Beautiful 236,900 sq. ft. 11 Story Office Building. 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The retail would wrap around Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard and feature outdoor seating, Jim Ries of consulting firm Craig Lawson and Co. told the DLANC panel. He also said that the project would include the planting of 69 trees in and around the property to beautify the area. A street-level courtyard and paseo, meanwhile, would allow pedestrians and residents to walk through the property from Grand Avenue to the alley between the Hanover and Lennar projects. Amenities would include a courtyard and outdoor pool on the second floor, as well as three sun decks on the seventh floor. There would be a total of approximately 19,500 square feet of open common space. The project would include 252 parking spaces for residents, 12 spaces for retail and 313 slots for bicycles. The building design from TCA Architects again features an articulated façade that makes use of different construction materials, from metallic surfaces to stucco, brick and stone. Unlike the exterior of the Lennar project, TCA’s design features glass balconies on the majority of the street-side units. “We were inspired by a lot of Parisian buildings that are six, seven stories tall and line the streets in the city center,” said TCA Studio Director Winston Chang. How High? Although Downtown advocates will welcome the arrival of more residents to patronize local restaurants and businesses, a possible conflict for both developments is that they sit within the boundaries of an area where 14th District City Councilman José Huizar wants to see more high-rises. Huizar is among a number of local officials and observers who have worried that the rush of six- and seven-story buildings on open parking lots will mean a lost chance to increase density in Downtown. Huizar has proposed an 18-month moratorium on new low-slung buildings in certain Downtown corridors, including parts of South Park. The Hanover and Lennar projects fall in one of those areas. Several members of DLANC’s Planning committee expressed concerns about the moratorium, also known as an interim control ordinance. Representatives of the developers, however, seemed unconcerned that the projects would run into problems. The city Department of Planning is considering methods to grandfather in projects that are proposed before an ICO is enacted, assuming it is approved. Though representatives from Hanover declined to comment, Dale Goldsmith, land use counsel for Lennar and a partner at Armbruster, Goldsmith and Delvac, said he is optimistic about the projects’ futures. “We raised these concerns with the [City Council’s] PLUM [Planning and Land Use Management] committee, and they seemed very receptive to the idea of grandfathering the project in,” he said. Rick Coca, a spokesman for Huizar, said that the Planning Department will give its recommendations regarding grandfathering strategies, the ICO and high-rise incentives in mid-January. Goldsmith also said that smaller projects are important for meeting the swelling demand for housing, which impacts rental rates and community growth in Downtown. “It’s a well-executed project that will revitalize the streetscape, and it will meet the growing rental demand Downtown in a faster way than hypothetical high-rise projects, which the market aren’t quite right for,” he said. email@example.com CITY CLUB 6 the Tom Bradley Room (the former mayor served on the club’s board until his death), features a sleek white table that smacks of “Mad Men.” The only thing missing from the room is the liquor cart. “Oh, we’re getting a whiskey cart with glasses and the works,” Ahlquist laughed. “It won’t be the really good stuff, but it’ll be there.” Revving Up The glitz and attention to detail didn’t come cheap. Ahlquist admitted that the project is $1.8 million over budget. Still, it’s easy to see that the money went to first-class amenities. There’s a screening room with 15 theater seats, a 109-inch screen, surround sound and all the bells and whistles a video production company could want. Ahlquist noted that a business owner could use the room to webcast his wares and services onto YouTube. He shakes his head as to how times have changed since the year the club opened. “In 1989, if you wanted to communicate with Europe, you sent a Telex,” he said. “You’d dial a number and when you got a tone you’d slam the phone into a cradle and hope this little piece of paper with your message came out on the other side.” Convenience “Now in Your Neighborhood” At Olympic & Alameda St. THANK YOU For Making Your 7-Eleven a Huge Success! Our 7-Eleven / 76 / Propane staff is here for you 24/7. We take pride in our store and it shows. Stop in and say hi, we look forward to seeing you! Over in the Financial District room, there is a private dining area where, if desired, a chef can create food and wine parings. There’s also a machine that will dispense wine pours of an ounce or two. If members aren’t partial to the offerings in the club’s wine vault, they can bring in their own bottles and store them onsite. With tape measure in hand last week, project manager Mark Zabonik of San Diego-based architecture firm Delawie darted from room to room, racing to finish before Saturday’s party. Zabonik, who has been working on the project since September 2012, said designers took inspiration from Downtown’s districts. For example, the Flower District led to the floral designs in the carpet, the wallpaper and the light fixtures of the club’s Arbor Room. “It’s a kind of modern view of Los Angeles,” Zabonik said. Longtime member Jim Weidner took the description higher. “It’s breathtaking,” said Weidner, a past board chairman. “Everything just sparkles. I feel like we’ve really revved this place up.” The attention to detail even extends to the restrooms. 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Olympic Blvd. AL A VE PROPANE, GAS & DIESEL 24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK H 10 Downtown News November 25, 2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS Lessons From the Bar Masters The Central City Crime Report Two of the World’s Best Come Downtown By Eddie Kim uring Prohibition, speakeasies covered up the flavor of cheap, poorly distilled booze by blending in sugar, herbal flavorings and other mixers. Today’s cocktail scene is a far cry from that period. Now, top bartenders pursue the best spirits and ingredients to make the most innovative drinks imaginable. That’s why you’re paying $14 for that cocktail. Downtown Los Angeles is no exception to the trend, and two of the world’s top barmen, David Rios and Jeff Bell, descended on the hidden bar Honeycut (in the alley behind 819 S. Flower St.) last week to show off their skills. Rios won the Bartender of the Year prize at something called the 2013 Diageo World Class competition (Diageo, which represents brands including Smirnoff and Bushmills, put on the Downtown event). He serves drinks at Jigger Cocktail and Disco Bar in Spain. Bell, who won the U.S. Bartender of the Year prize at the same contest, hails from New York City’s PDT (Please Don’t Tell) speakeasy, which has been a pioneer in America’s craft cocktail renaissance. The two showed off a similar sensibility for elegant, understated flavors, with Rios focusing on sweeter, fruit-forward drinks and Bell veering toward the herbal and vegetal. Bell also had some thoughts on cocktail culture and the way some of those behind the bar behave. “Bartenders’ egos get on my nerves,” he admit- D ted during the event on Monday, Nov. 18. “We’re in the hospitality business — don’t get so high and mighty about what you’re doing. Don’t force your tastes on someone. We’re serving them, not the other way around.” Rios offered two cocktails: His Wild Strawberry Film, with Ketel One vodka, flaunted the fresh bite of strawberry and a creamy, light texture from the shaken egg white. His Musica Es Vida, with Ciroc vodka, tangerine liqueur and other ingredients, offered a sharper jolt of citrus and tropical fruit flavor. Bell started with the Lion’s Den, a new-age take on the classic margarita; each sip gave a blast of spice and forest-like herbs that played off the bright lime counterpoint. His Morning Fizz blended Tanqueray Ten gin with almond milk, lemon and lime juices, egg white and rose water; its rich floral flavor evoked the sights and smells of a garden in springtime. The flair was also visual. Rios used two small tongs, instead of his fingers, in assembling drinks. Bell showed off a penchant for precision and speed, flicking spirits into glasses with robot-like ease. Still, Bell said that being a good bartender goes beyond speed. “Blowing a customer’s mind with a drink is about knowing exactly what they want,” he said. “That’s what a great bartender is there for — to make you happy with a drink that surprises and satisfies.” email@example.com A Rundown on Downtown Incidents, Trends and Criminal Oddities By Donna Evans n the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division. I Busted Bank Robber: Police arrested Stuart McCoy at a Denny’s on Nov. 17 after McCoy allegedly committed multiple bank robberies. He allegedly simulated a handgun and demanded cash, which he received, at 9:45 a.m. at 515 W. Sixth St. on Nov. 15. Hours later, he allegedly wrote a note to a teller at a bank at 707 Wilshire Blvd. demanding money. Police believe McCoy, on federal parole for bank robbery, committed the same crime at City National Bank on Nov. 8. Bitten and Booked: BID patrol officers in the 700 block of Broadway asked a loiterer to leave the location at 12:15 a.m. on Nov. 13. He threw dirt on the guys on bikes and swung a stick at them. When police arrived, the suspect spit at them and bit one officer on his arm. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Prickly Crowd: A man walking through a group of people arguing and screaming at Fourth Street and Broadway at 11 p.m. on Nov. 14 realized he’d been stabbed. He suffered a knife wound to the torso. Lock Your Door: On Nov. 16, a woman who lives in the 600 block of Hope Street left her apartment for two hours to visit a neighbor. While she was gone someone sneaked in, stole her purse and took her keys. The burglar then went into the building’s garage and found and drove off in her silver, two-door Mini Cooper. It has license plates 6VCG280. Lock Your Bike: A person who left a $380 Peugeot bike unlocked at 5:30 p.m. at Union Station on Nov. 10 — yup — returned to find it stolen. Bus Burglary: An unidentified person swiped a $4,000 Leader 735 bike off the front of a bus at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Don’t Leave Items in Your Car: A video camera from the Gallery Lofts, on the 100 block of Hewitt Street, shows an unidentified man pedaling up to a car at 1 a.m. on Nov. 16, smashing a window and stealing a camera. Shop Online for Philippe’s Famous Hot Mustard & Apparel Philippes.com/store Open Daily 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. 1001 N. 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Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings DowntownNews.com Starts Nov 27/Dec 6 14 Downtown News November 25, 2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS In Sleeping Beauty, A Dream Production Matthew Bourne’s Sleepy Beauty dances across time, with scenes set in 1890 and the present day. It mixes and melds a variety of dance styles. Matthew Bourne’s Dance-Theater Hybrid Thrills at the Ahmanson By Jeff Favre atthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty is more than a fascinating blend of sensual, romantic and humorous storytelling. The work itself is the latest chapter in a love affair across time between one of today’s most original choreographers and genius composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Some two decades after his Nutcracker!, followed by his 1995 male swan populated Swan Lake, Bourne has completed the Tchaikovsky ballet trifecta — and it was worth the wait. Subtitled A Gothic Romance, the 2012 version of Sleeping Beauty is at Downtown’s Ahmanson Theatre for a brief stay. The show closes Dec. 1. The Ahmanson has hosted most of Bourne’s productions, including the magical Edward Scissorhands and the revolutionary Play Without Words, as well as Mary Poppins, which he cochoreographed. Bourne’s impressive track record through 25 years with his company New Adventures (formerly Adventures in Motion Pictures) is built on a language of movement that is accessible to dance aficionados and novices alike. The primary goals always appear to be delivering the desired emotion as well as the necessary narrative information. In Sleeping Beauty, Bourne pays homage to a variety of eras in dance history, and each one photo by Simon Annand rora (Hannah Vassallo) falling in love with the royal gamekeeper Leo (Dominic North). That is, until Carabosse’s son Caradoc (also Maskell) puts her into a 100-year sleep. Intermission moves the action to the 21st century, and Leo has found a way to continue his quest to save his true love. In each scene, Bourne liberally mixes styles. The 1911 setting contains a heavy dose of waltzes akin to the popular dance team of the time, Vernon and Irene Castle. The free-spirited Aurora crashes those finely honed duets with high-kicking and reckless spins. Later, when Caradoc dances with Aurora, the sinister character adds seductive hand placements and forceful grabs to subvert the elegant waltzes. In the modern scenes, Bourne’s choreography is a hodgepodge, with elements of club dancing and melodramatic gestures that provide an almost ritualistic feel to a demonic wedding scene. Yet as disparate as the two-hour piece is, none of it seems haphazard. Best of all, Bourne never takes Tchaikovsky’s music for granted. It’s City Living THIS WEEK CHECK OUT } LA Auto Show CI TY O F LO S A N G E LE S “Bottoming Out” ceremony for the Wilshire Grand Hotel project TM N E NEW EPISODE EVERY MONDAY AT 9AM KS D E PA R WATCH IT ON DOWNTOWNNEWS.COM, T PA R M adds another colorful patch to this remarkable quilt. As with most ballet performances, the music here isn’t live. Still, the score, recorded in 2012, is vibrant and the sound quality is pristine. In a nod to the original, Bourne sets Act I in 1890, the year Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa debuted Sleeping Beauty. Several of the original plot points remain, but Bourne has reimagined much of the story, while also borrowing from the Disney movie. Most memorable are the opening moments with the arrival of baby Aurora. In other versions she is suggested with a blanket, but here she is a life-size and lifelike puppet moved in the shadows by various cast members. King Benedict and Queen Eleanor (Edwin Ray and Daisy May Kemp) are unable to have a child, so the dark fairy Carabosse (Adam Maskell on opening night as part of the alternating lineup), provides them with the precocious and mischievous child. Aurora has allies in the good fairies, whose movements mirror their names, such as Tantrum (a sassy and pouty Liam Mower). Led by Count Lilac (Christopher Marney), they are able to thwart the evil Carabosse and her attendants, who come to curse the child because her parents didn’t show the proper appreciation. Act II, set in 1911, finds the 21-year-old Au- OF RECR E AT I O N AN D a highly emotive, cinematic score, and no action looks or feels out of place. As with almost all New Adventures productions, the other star is set and costume designer Lez Brotherston, who delivers sumptuous visuals, from the blood red suits worn by Caradoc and his minions, to the mysterious, dense woods — aided by Paule Constable’s lighting — where Aurora sleeps for 100 years. Comedy and action aside, Sleeping Beauty is a love story, which is why Bourne opted to forge a relationship between the lovers before the sleeping spell is cast. The playful and caring moments between Leo and Aurora create the stakes needed for a happy ending to have weight. In the same vein, Bourne’s respect and care for Tchaikovsky’s score is the foundation for yet another happy ending for these artists separated by a century. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance runs through Dec. 1 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4444 or centertheatregroup.com. Downtown News 15 DOWNTOWNNEWS.COM DT The Don’T Miss LisT Britten’s War Story, Going Gaga for Gabba, and the Last Week of the Auto Show 1 Monday, noveMber 25 L.A. Auto Show Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or lacclink.com. Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: The final week of the annual celebration of all things current and future in contemporary mass automotives fills the entirety of the Convention Center. It is even open on Thanksgiving day. Who needs turkey? Friday, noveMber 29 LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink Opens L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-5483 or lalive.com. 5 p.m.: The slick source of seasonal celebration arrives. Head on down to L.A. Live until New Year’s Eve to enjoy the frozen festivities. photo by Gary Leonard Wednesday, noveMber 27 Lunchtime Yoga Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or grandparkla.org. Nov. 27 and 29, 12:15 p.m.: Grand Park hosts a complimentary lunchtime yoga class to work out the numerous occupational stresses that otherwise tarnish your well-maintained mental health. For once, downward dogs are allowed on the grass. See what we just did! So You Think You Can Dance Live Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. 7 p.m.: The 10th season of the celebrated TV show brings its top contestants to this exposition of dance talent. sunday, deceMber 1 Kimono Girl in Wonderland Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 5 p.m.: As the title suggests, this event represents the merger of contemporary kimono fashion and Alice in Wonderland motifs. For those who have been relegating the garment to the pensive moments after performing kabuki theater, prepare to have your priorities realigned by this journey down the rabbit hole of traditional Japanese garments. Sunday Studio MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org. 1 p.m.: Gallery tours and copious DIY art stations are but the tip of the iceberg in this monthly open house up on Bunker Hill. It’s going to be a busy week for James Conlon. Not only is he leading the War Requiem concert, but he is also conducting Magic Flute, which has landed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Adapted from Mozart’s original work, the latest incarnation comes straight from Berlin, where a healthy dose of 21st century sensibility was injected from the British company 1927. The already buzzed-about result, mounted by Los Angeles Opera, is a vivid panoply of sonic and visual pleasures. It plays Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and there are five more performances through Dec. 15. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7219 or laopera.org. 2 The wait is over! Yo Gabba Gabba is returning to Downtown for a quartet of holiday-themed shows on Friday, Nov. 29, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. With Thanksgiving over, what better way to get your family revved up than a live adaptation of a kids program featuring a gaggle of psychedeliclooking characters who have enlisted the likes of rapper Biz Markie and DJ Lance Rock? Once inside the Nokia Theatre you’ll laugh, dance and sing along to anthems including “I Like to Dance” and “Party in My Tummy,” and even if you don’t, the 6-year-old next to you will. At 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 7636030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. ThRee photo courtesy Audi ROCK, POP & JAZZ Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Lovelife will complete their November residency by dissolving into a torrent of ones and zeros and oozing into their keyboards. Nov. 27, 8 p.m.: Utility indie band Walla will grace the stage with what we presume to be a hearty array of skinny jeans. Nov. 29, 8 p.m.: With all due respect to pseudo ethereal/existential crisis peddling indie outfit American Tomahawk, but aren’t all Tomahawks of American origin? Is this the sort of redundancy we should expect to be incorporated into your live show? Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: It’s rare that you find a band of all blood relatives not named Hanson, Jackson or Jonas, so kudos to the Rozzes, who seem to be content celebrating the fact that they got out of Bakersfield. Dec. 1, 7 p.m.: Local gypsydelic duo The Peach Kings have spent enough time playing local venues they are likely candidates to haunt one or more of these small stages after their eventual demise. Casey’s 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or 213nightlife.com. Nov. 30, 10 p.m.: Apparently Bad Antics “blew the doors off” the last time they played Casey’s, a curious accusation considering the establishment doors are kept open anyways during operating hours. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. Nov. 27, 7 p.m.: In This Moment sounds like Paramore but with more daddy issues and a stockpile of Killswitch Engage albums at home. Nov. 29, 8 p.m.: Dom Kennedy is here. Continued on next page Classical music gets serious at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday, Nov. 25, as L.A. Opera Music Director James Conlon leads a sizeable ensemble in a rendition of Benjamin Britten’s orchestral lament War Requiem. Based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, an English soldier killed in the last week of the Great War, the piece brings the horrors of armed conflict into the serenely transcendent light of contemporary orchestral composition. To pull off the rousing tribute, which is part of the Colburn Orchestra’s Britten 100 celebration, Conlon is working with that very Colburn Orchestra, along with the USC Thornton Symphony, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and a number of talented solo singers. Showtime is 8 p.m. and Conlon leads a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 8502000 or colburnschool.edu. photo by Tyler Golden EVENTS 5 FoUR By Dan Johnson | email@example.com photo by Robert Millard CALENDAR LISTINGS It’s hard to believe “So You Think You Can Dance” is in its 10th season. Alas, no one can stop the march of time, so you might as well head to Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. to see the SYTYCD tour. The top 10 finalists will be performing a smattering of genres and styles in an effort to impress you with their skills, athleticism and artistry. All of your favorites will be on hand including Amy, Tucker, Hayley, Nico and a dude who goes by the name Fik-Shun. At 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. In its final week, the L.A. Auto Show continues to wow crowds with cutting-edge automobile styles and technology. Through Sunday, Dec. 1, you too can traipse through the Los Angeles Convention Center and ogle more than 1,000 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi (the A3 Cabriolet is shown here) and other foreign and domestic automakers. Take in special demonstrations, numerous vendor booths and even some complimentary test drives of 2014 Cadillac models. As an added bonus, the Auto Show will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., so you can toss that turkey in the oven and head Downtown to get a whiff of the future before you dine. At 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or laautoshow.com. photo courtesy FOX November 25, 2013 Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Continued from previous page Nov. 30, 7 p.m.: Hey, funny story: Turns out Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada named themselves after the novel of the same name because they presumed it carried a potent message of anti-commercialism. None of the band members actually read the novel before making this decision. They were wrong. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. Nov. 25, 10 p.m.: Monster Mondays, a jazzy Joseph Merrick tribute from Yonatan and Friends. Nov. 26, 9 p.m.: Boom Boom Boom and Bunny West, more stimulating than a Brazilian wax. Nov. 27, 10 p.m.: Los Angeles’ own bluegrass brigade The Get Down Boys return for an evening with ever-so Smooth Hound Smith. Nov. 29, 9 p.m.: David & Olivia are the perfect band to help you overcome your irrational fear of inter-gender folk duos. Nov. 30, 10 p.m.: Charlie Chan and the SOB’s bring a bit of HORRIFIED by too much to do and too little time? We’ve got the solution. 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Nov. 30, 12 and 9:30 p.m.: Yes, you guessed it. Part two of the superheroine anime film Madoka Magica screens. Historic Core Film Series Farmers and Merchants Bank at Fourth and Main streets. Nov. 25, 8 p.m.: The second installment of this gratis monthlong screening series inside the OBD’s Farmers and Merchants Bank features Steve Martin and the late/great John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. IMAX California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Explore the remnants and wisdom of an ancient empire in Mysteries of Egypt. Ice and polar bear enthusiasts will likely dig To the Arctic 3D. Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment and triumph in Hubble 3D. REDCAT REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m.: In The Real and the Hyper-Real, the simulacra teasing work of Scott Stark broadcasts its questions of identity in the postmodern era through a series of films and videos. 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Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.: This seasonal classic brings the true meaning of Yuletide cheer to new dimensions as puppets dance through a winter wonderland and into your memory. Falstaff Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7219 or laopera.com. Dec. 1, 2 p.m.: To celebrate Verdi’s 200th birthday (no presents, please), conductor James Conlon and baritone Roberto Frontali take on this maestro’s comic opera of romance and tomfoolery. The Magic Flute Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7219 or laopera.com. Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.: James Conlon and the L.A. Opera present the U.S. debut of this adaptive fusion between Mozart’s opera and film animation. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4444 or centertheatregroup.org. Nov. 26-27, 8 p.m., Nov. 29-30, 2 and 8 p.m.: Two-time Tony winning director Matthew Bourne presents Tchaikovsky’s ballet in its reimagined gothic form. Through Dec. 1. The Nisei Widows Club The David Henry Hwang Theatre, 120 N. Judge John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 or eastwestplayers.org. Nov. 29 and 30, 8 p.m. and Dec. 1, 2 p.m.: Comedy reigns supreme and a gaggle of four Nisei widows bond together after one loses her son. The quartet travels to Hawaii, a trip “which unleashes the inner cougar in all of them.” Oh my. Through December 8. ¡Ser! Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org. Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m. and Dec. 1, 3 p.m.: A woman struggles to find herself in a world of love and soccer that stretches a narrative between the two American continents. Through Dec. 8. The Steward of Christendom Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4444 or centertheatregroup.org. Nov. 26-30, 8 p.m. and Dec. 1, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: Brian Dennehy stars in this drama about an outcast Roman Catholic in the days of the struggle for Irish Independence. CLASSICAL MUSIC Monday, noveMber 25 James Conlon Conducts the War Requiem Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0777 or musiccenter.org. 8 p.m.: The Colburn Orchestra joins forces with the USC Thornton Symphony and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus as the watchful baton of James Conlon leads them all through Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2200 or colburnschool.edu. 7:30 p.m.: Russell Steinberg leads a group of talented youngsters between 8 and 18 in a program of classical music. Tuesday, noveMber 26 DaCamera Society at the Cicada Club Cicada Club, 617 S. Olive St., (213) 477-2929 or dacamera.org. 8 p.m.: Violinst Edwin Huizinga and pianist Peter Longworth delve into pieces by John Adams, George Gershwin, Bach and Chaconne in this uniquely situated evening of chamber music. Friday, noveMber 29 Bach and Schumann Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0777 or musiccenter.org. Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m. and Dec. 1, 2 p.m.: Christian Zacharias leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 as well as pieces by Schubert, Bach and Stravinsky. saTurday, noveMber 30 World AIDS Day Concert Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2200 or colburnschool.edu. 7:30 p.m.: The Colburn School hosts a concert and dance recital. All proceeds will benefit HIV/AIDS treatment and education. BARS & CLUBS Edison 108 W. Second St., (213) 613-0000 or edisondowntown.com. Downtown history has come full circle in this former power plant turned stunning cocktail bar. The Edison is perhaps Downtown’s hottest hotspot and draws an eclectic crowd, including jaded Hollywood types who can’t help but gawk at the preserved bits of Continued on next page Downtown News 17 DOWNTOWNNEWS.COM NISSAN OF DOWNTOWN L.A. 888-838-5089 635 W. 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There are nine craft beers on tap, plus 15 bottle varieties and a 56-seat patio that welcomes your furry pals (dogs, that is). The Escondite also pairs its food and drink with regular live music. What a find. Far Bar 347 E. First St., (behind the Chop Suey Café), (213) 6179990 or chopsueycafeandlounge.com. Los Angeles Downtown News Tucked behind the Chop Suey Café is the Far Bar, where 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 intimacy and a sense of noir L.A. collide. If you can find the place, phone: 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 which you enter through the back of the café or via a skinny alley web: DowntownNews.com • email: email@example.com facebook: L.A. Downtown News CROSSWORD November 25, 2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS twitter: DowntownNews a few doors down, you can throw them back in the same spot author Raymond Chandler is rumored to have done the same. Figueroa Hotel 939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 627-8971 or figueroahotel.com. The Moroccan-inspired Figueroa Hotel just a block north of Staples Center manages the unique feat of making you feel like you’re in the heart of the city and removed from it at the same time. The light-filled Veranda Bar is just steps from the clear, glittery pool, and it’s common to see suitclad Downtowners a few feet from swimsuit-wearing Euro-tourists. Five Stars Bar Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris 269 S. Main St., (213) 625-1037. GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Burgers, brew, billiards, artEastin and live music. Cash only, amigos. Gallery Bar ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 S. Grand Ave., stAFF writErs: Donna Evans, Eddie Kim coNtributiNG Kathryn Maese (213) 624-1011Editor: or millenniumhotels.com. coNtributiNG writErs: Jeff Favre, GregHotel Fischer, This elegant lounge in the Millennium Biltmore is known for its Kristin Friedrich, martinis, wines and Kylie vintageJane ports.Wakefield MORE LISTINGS Hundreds of listings of fun and interesting things to do in Downtown Los Angeles can also be found online at ladowntownnews. com/calendar: Rock, Pop & Jazz; Bars & Clubs; Farmers Markets; Events; Film; Sports; Art Spaces; Theater, Dance and Opera; Classical Music; Museums; and Tours. 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Contemporary singles, studio, one r bedroom and two bedroom apartment homes provide fortunate residents with a courteous full service lobby attendant, heated pool, spa, complete fitness center, sauna and recreation room Move-In Spec with kitchen. Beautiful views extend from the Towers’ lofty homes in the sky. Mountain vistas and ial slender skyscrapers provide an incredible back drop to complement your decor. Far below are a host of businesses s ready to support your pampered downtown lifestyle. With spectacular cultural events nearby, even the most demanding tastes are satisfied. Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore. Visit the Towers Apartments today. Grand Tower At Wilshire Grand Site, It’s Bottoms Up Coming 73-Story Tower Hits Its Low Point By Donna Evans ast Wednesday morning, architect Chris Martin stood inches from the edge of a 106-foot-deep hole the length and width of a football field. Speaking to a group of suitwearing, hard hat-clad community members and stakeholders, he was commemorating something rarely seen in construction circles: a ceremony for hitting bottom. Topping-out events, in which developers celebrate the end of vertical construction on a project, are fairly common. However, things are different when dealing with the future replacement for the Wilshire Grand Hotel: The development team has already spent 13 months razing the old edifice and excavating the site on the northeast corner of Seventh and Figueroa streets in the Financial District. L 255 South Grand Avenue Leasing Information 213 229 9777 Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dishwasher (most units) ~ Central Air Conditioning & Heating ~ Balconies (most units) On-site: ~ Dry Cleaners / Dental Office / Restaurants Promenade Towers 123 South Figueroa Street Leasing Information 213 617 3777 Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Pool / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Covered Parking Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove & Dishwasher ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Solariums and/or Balconies On-Site: ~ Convenience Store / Coffee House / Yogurt Shop / Beauty Salon museum Tower 225 South Olive Street Leasing Information 213 626 1500 Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dish washer (most units) ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Balconies (most units) 8 7 7 - 2 65 - 714 6 TOWERS T H E A PA RT M E N T S www.TowersApartmentsLA.com MAID SERVICE • FURNITURE • HOUSEWARES • CABLE • UTILITIES • PARKING RESIDENCES: SINGLES • STUDIO • ONE BEDROOM • TWO BEDROOM photo by Gary Leonard Development officials working on the replacement of the Wilshire Grand Hotel last week commemorated digging a 106-deep hole. It’s the lowest point of the construction process. On Nov. 20, they were celebrating going as low as they can go. Martin called the progress to date “seamless,” and said the $1.1 billion, 73-story development is moving along at a quick pace. Martin, CEO of the venerable architecture firm AC Martin, said the project remains on schedule to open in early 2017. Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar touted the economic impact of the project. Huizar said the 900-room hotel will create hundreds of full-time jobs and boost the city’s tourism industry. Another skyscraper hotel equals more tourists, which translates to more dollars for Downtown, he said. “We’re going to build one of the tallest hotels in the country because of the hard work of the people who planned it, who constructed it, who worked to envision the Downtown we’d all like to see,” Huizar said. “This is what L.A. is all about: us dreaming and making Downtown live up to that reality.” Huizar pointed out that the former Wilshire Grand once hosted movie stars, kings and even the Brooklyn Dodgers after they moved to town. The 1,100-foot tall building will have the hotel rooms on the upper floors, above 400,000 square feet of office space. There will also be stores, restaurants and other amenities. The Financial District building is being developed by Korean Air, a subsidiary of Hanjin International, and will be the first Downtown high-rise to utilize a sloped roof, instead of a flat surface to accommodate a full helipad. The next item on the checklist of significant events, said Martin, will occur Feb. 15. That’s when 24,000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured over the course of three days, creating a nearly 20-foot thick foundation for what will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi. firstname.lastname@example.org