LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN NEWS Chinese New Year YEAR OF THE RABBIT EAT, SHOP & PLAY 112th Annual Golden Dragon Parade Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at 1 p.m. 13 CHINATOWN L.A. www.chinatownla.com W W W. D O W N T O W N N E W S . C O M January 31, 2011 Volume 40, Number 5 CRA/LA Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year 4709 INSIDE Urban Scrawl on Huizar’s lists. 4 One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s The secrets of political polling. 6 JAZZ PICK THE PROS Pick football games, win prizes. 8 photo by Gary Leonard Assemblage Artist George Herms Brings a Jazz Opera to REDCAT by Ryan VaillancouRt Pizza and burgers for Broadway. staff wRiteR B obbing in the middle of the ocean, a 600-pound steel buoy might seem so peacefully at home. On a stage in Downtown Los Angeles, the nearly six-foot sphere is just a lifeless piece of metal, riddled with dimples from a lifetime of impacts and discolored by salt and age. Then artist George Herms starts banging on it, in simple rhythms, with mallet-sized pieces of chopped two-by-fours. The hollow metal rings out with a mixture of wobbly, bend- 9 The latest Health news. Love 11 Means ing high notes and thick, dead thuds. Herms brings the inanimate beast to life, which is his specialty. Herms, who is 80, has been collecting detritus and using it as fodder for art since the 1950s. Over the decades, he’s become known as the veritable godfather of the California assemblage movement, a sort of Dr. Frankenstein of Los Angeles’ junkyards. His whimsical sculptures fashioned from pieces collected on beaches and in alleys have landed in galleries, museums and in the private estates of notable see Herms, page 14 More Filming, More Money, More Problems ExprEss your amour in our romantic LovE LinEs Edition — February 8 dEadLinE for EntriEs — February 3 Target... Meet me at 7+FIG, I would love to swipe my card in your check-out line... Downtown A box of chocolates, a dozen roses and your message in Downtown News. With Downtown Production Days Spiking, An Old Conflict Rears Its Head Again Elin... Not counting the others, you’re the only one...Tiger NFL... I’m a team player, now give me a team...L.A. Joe... I waited and waited, I’m sorry but I’ve met someone else. His name is Ralph... Downtown The First 12 Words Are FREE! (Limited to one FREE message per reader.) My ne Valenti Love Line Message: Print or type by Ryan VaillancouRt Free up to here staff wRiteR Fill out your Just fill out Line. the Love Lines form and mail, fax, email or Love deliver before Wdnesday, February 3. 12 The first 12 words are free. Pay just $1 for each word exceeding the first FREE 12. All messages must be prepaid. W ith waits as long as 30 minutes on Saturday mornings at the Nickel Diner, the last thing co-owner Monica May needs is calls from frustrated customers who can’t find a place to park. But that’s what happened on a recent weekend when a film shoot took over a chunk of the Old Bank District. The production, for a GMC commercial, sequestered a portion of Main Street in front of May’s restaurant and had patrons scrambling for a parking spot. May blamed the shoot for a 20% drop in sales that day, compared to a normal Saturday. Total Words in Message Continue on another sheet if necessary (First 12 words are FREE!) Name* Address* City* Phone* Number of words over 12: x $1 per word = $ Total amount enclosed: $ *Required Fields (All messages must be prepaid) L.A. Downtown News • 1264 W. First Street, L.A., CA 90026 • fax: (213) 250-4617 • email: lovelines@DowntownNews.com • office hours: M-F, 8:30-5 15 CALENDAR LISTINGS 17 MAP 18 CLASSIFIEDS Such complaints are nothing new. Residents and merchants have grumbled for years about the studios’ use of the community as a veritable Hollywood back lot, from the Financial District to the Arts District. But the conversation seems poised for a revival in 2011, with productions on the rise after two years of a relative slump for the industry. According to FilmL.A., which coordinates permitting in the region, local onlocation production jumped 15% in 2010. In Downtown zip codes, the increase was 20%, and industry observers see that trend continuing this year. That leads to problems for May and ownsee Filming, page 10 The Voice of Downtown Los Angeles photo by Gary Leonard Downtown filming jumped 20% last year, and complaints were down. However, some stakeholders still say production crews hamper their lives and hurt their bottom line.