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WIndow dressingS By Eric Richardson and Michael Shane
After a century of relative obscurity, Downtown fashion is stepping out of the wholesale markets and into the public eye. A handful of hybrid showroom-boutiques in the Historic Core are on the leading edge of a trend to bring the central city’s creativity down to street level. Those in the industry say that the new Downtown and fashion are meant for each other. Making clothes is nothing new for Downtown. As early as the 1910’s, apparel companies had already begun to cluster near the corner of Los Angeles and 8th. The area’s role as the garment district was cemented in 1963 with the opening of the California Mart, the first phase of the massive showroom development now known as California Market Center.
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Downtown’s Week in Pictures 1
Lowriders lined Broadway during the world premiere of Robert Rodriguez’s new film, Machete. August 25, 2010
2 Alec Lestr, Patina Catering’s executive chef, puts the finishing touches on food for the 2010 Emmy Governors Ball. August 29, 2010
3 The 2nd Street tunnel was blocked off for the filming of a Hyundai car commercial. August 29, 2010
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Civic Park Work Well Underway By Eric Richardson One month after groundbreaking, work on the Civic Park’s $56-million renovation is well underway. Project staff last week told the Grand Avenue Authority that the process was currently centered around removing features of the existing park that will be returned and starting demolition on those that will not. Approximately 100 trees will be removed, maintained off-site, and then brought back for re-installation in the completed park. The remaining trees will be maintained on-site, and fenced off from the work going on around them. The park’s monu-
ments and statues are also being removed and stored for reinstallation. Excavation work has also begun on the former surface parking between Broadway and Spring Street, where the park will be extended to meet City Hall. Most importantly, though, access to the park’s Starbucks has been preserved for county and court workers during construction. From the Hall of Administration, workers must walk through the underground parking garage to access escalators to ground level. The park is planned for completion in June of 2012, though phases may open earlier.
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Regional Connector Render By Eric Richardson Get ready for another round of talk about the Regional Connector. On Friday, Metro will release the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report, a massive document that details the impacts that different build alternatives would have on the surrounding environment. A pair of stakeholder meetings will be held in September, one on September 28th from 6:30 – 8pm at the Japanese American National Museum, and the other on October 4th from 11:30am - 1pm at the Police Administration Building’s Deaton Auditorium. The Regional Connector is intended to connect all of Metro’s light rail lines together via a new rail link that would run from the Blue Line’s 7th & Metro station to the Gold Line’s Little Tokyo / Arts District station. The agency would then be able to offer trains running through Downtown from Long
Beach to Pasadena or Culver City to East Los Angeles. At the end of a 45-day comment period, the transit agency’s board will vote on which of three build options will be designated as the “locally preferred alternative.” That should be a big deal for Downtown stakeholders who have been consistent in calling for a fully-underground solution. Metro formally added that alternative as an option in February after an outcry from Little Tokyo over the way that existing plans would impact that community. The project is estimated to cost $700 - $900 million. Metro anticipates opening the link in 2019, but that timeline could be sped up if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is able to convince the federal government to provide funding for his “30/10 Initiative,” which would compress 30 years of transit projects into just one decade.
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cITY WEEDING OUT POT CLINICS By David Markland Six months after the city passed a sweeping new ordinance designed to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, the legal landscape for the pot shops remains cloudy. Last week, the City Clerk’s office released a list announcing that 128 of the 169 medical marijuana shops that had registered under a 2007 interim control ordinance were not eligible to remain legally open. That list included five of eight dispensaries Downtown, but even
the remaining three listed as eligible may not be legally in the clear. All three appear to violate ordinance restrictions that would keep such businesses no less than 1,000 feet from schools, churches, parks, and other sensitive locations. According to the Los Angeles Times, the City Attorney’s office has decided that only dispensaries who have the exact same owners and management as they did when they originally registered can stay open. Without specifics or enforcement, the number of dispensaries blossomed from 183 at the time of the 2007 interim ordinance to over 700 before the new ordinance was
passed. Nearly all of those new shops closed once the permanent rules went into effect in July, but the new action takes aim at the established operators that complied with the interim terms. The five Downtown dispensaries currently listed as ineligible to register are the Arts District Healing Center, Care California Consultation Inc., Chinatown Patient Collective, the Los Angeles Wellness Center, and Holistic Healing Alternatives. While these businesses may have been listed as ineligible for additional ordinance violations, a change of owner or manager was among the
reasons cited by the city. The three dispensaries that remain open appear to be at ineligible locations. City Compassionate Caregivers, at 604 E. 4th, is approximately 700 feet from Centenary United Methodist Church. The Organic Century Farmacy, at 404 W. 7th, is roughly 400 feet from a synagogue and 600 feet from Pershing Square. Downtown Collective, at 1600 S. Hill is directly across the street from the Friedman Occupational Center. Don’t expect this closure issue to find closure any time soon. Dispensaries have filed 32 lawsuits against the city.
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Downtown Fashion Steps into the Streetlight Continued from Page 1 Taking a walk through the Fashion District in even the early 2000’s, though, one could be excused for thinking that the area offered nothing more than the designer knock-offs sold in Santee Alley. The creativity was hidden, upstairs and out of view. It was only in the last three years that the showrooms started
Fashion’s Night Out On September 11, 2009, Vogue magazine and the international fashion community declared a night out for the sake of the industry to encourage consumers to go a buy… something. During a large financial slump where consumers were just not spending money, it created a way for the designers to engage the public by programming various in-store events and boost over-all moral. In addition to New York City, FNO events this year will spread around the globe and all throughout Los Angeles. Fashion communities in Melrose, Robertson, 3rd
to meet the street. Fremont Apparel Company was one of the first to make a move into the Historic Core, opening a retail space and showroom on 4th Street between Spring and Main. In early 2009, avant-garde label Skingraft opened its own retail-showroom space across the street, and punk-inspired Elmer Ave. took Fremont’s space when the label moved to become part of a new
Street in Santa Monica, Abbott Kinney, Downtown and Los Feliz Village will join in the celebration. In addition to the many storefronts that will be open for the evening, two main attractions will descend on Downtown. The first, at the Cooper Design Space, is a popup, vintage marketplace dubbed A Current Affair (itsacurrrentaffair. com) which will house 20 premier vintage retailers and provate dealers. The second, is the infamous fashion truck by designer Cynthia Rowley which will be parked outside the Main Mercantile building on Main Street. Complete details on events during Fashion’s Night Out in Downtown will be in the September 9th issue of blogdowntown Weekly or at blogdowntown.com.
fashion cluster at 7th and Main. Jonny Cota, Skingraft’s Creative Director, says that he was initially reluctant to make the retail move but has seen it pay off. “Moving beyond the typical showroom and being able to connect directly to our clientele has been an amazing experience for us,” he explains. “We get to see how real people interact with the
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garments and how much better they understand the entire line when they can experience it all at once within the world we create.” The line is manufactured in Bali, but Cota says the designs are very Downtown-centered. “Skingraft’s aesthetic is often times hard, slick and armor like, and I think downtown is a perfect reflection for that.” Devin Carlson, Partner and Creative Director of Fremont, says that the biggest appeal of a Downtown storefront showroom is that “it feels as if you’re in the center of a city that is really starting to find its identity.” Staying near the Fashion District also gives easy access to necessary services. “It comes in handy having a great manufacturer within walking distance for the occasional last minute fix,” Carlson says. The retail move can be an intimidating one for labels not used to the extra overhead it can bring. Carlson says that it may not be a move for everyone. “It takes a lot to get a buyer to come even two streets away from the marts on Los Angeles and 9th,” he explains. While retail may be appealing, store buyers are still typically the ones paying the bills. “For brands that have not come from a background in the market, I would strongly suggest getting into a showroom to maximize their wholesale visibility.” While most of the manufacturing that used to take place in Los Angeles has shifted overseas, retail presences make it easier for small labels to offer personalized production.
“We’re at the darkness before the dawn,” says Kent Smith about Los Angeles Street. “It’s a sort of old-school tailoring feel,” explains Jonny Day of Elmer Ave. “On the design side we are able to test samples with customers and even offer special limited runs.” In the Fashion District, Kitson recently opened a high-profile street-level showroom at 9th and Los Angeles, a corner that is rapidly turning from industrial to chic. Los Angeles Street as a whole is primed for a reinvention, says Kent Smith, Executive Director of the L.A. Fashion District Business Improvement District. He cites money that the district recently received from Metro to renovate streetscape and add trees and lights between 7th and Olympic. “We’re at the darkness before the dawn,” he says of Los Angeles Street’s current state. The two districts’ futures are linked, says Smith. “All this stuff happening in Historic Downtown is so important to us,” he explains. “It gets the Downtown name out there.” In the end, though, it will be the quality of the product that makes or breaks Downtown’s new fashion and retail future. “If you have the right product,” Smith notes, “people will come.”
Fashion Bloggers Take Aim at L.A.’s Image By Michael Shane With a series of events, fashion bloggers hope to help resurface the way the world sees Los Angeles fashion. Fashion Los Angeles, a new organization, has joined forces with Los Angeles bloggers union Two Point Oh LA to convey a message that fashion and Los Angeles is something to be taken serious. Through these events, their over-all goal is to reposition the focus of American fashion to Los Angeles. The first, Bloggers’ Cafè, is a bi-monthly event hosted by Fashion Los Angeles and Two Point
Oh LA in Downtown L.A. It aims to give brands and designers the opportunity to unite with the best of Los Angeles online fashion media in an informal setting. Designers and brand representatives are given a forum to voice their vision, and share their line with members of Two Point Oh LA. In turn, members of Two Point Oh LA are encouraged to share these fashion innovators’ work with their readers. Additionally, in October Bloggers’ Cafè will provide unique coverage for Fashion Los Angeles’ inaugural LA Fashion Week
event, called Meet the Public, a unique pop-up destination for fashion, art, and music October 5-17. More information on these events will be rolled out in the coming months and can be found at http://fashionlosangeles.org
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Does L.A. Need Fashion Week? Los Angeles’ runway scene has always struggled to find its place against the much larger New York shows, but recent seasons have been especially chaotic as groups have sprung up to take on the role formerly filled by the partnership between Mercedes Benz and IMG in Culver City. But does fashion week need saving? Opinions vary. “We found our initial momentum as a line after showing at Los Angeles fashion week, and for that I will be forever grateful, but I do not ever connect Los Angeles fashion week with heightened sales for our brand, it is more of a creative community event.” Johnny Cota, Skingraft “There are so many other ways now to get media exposure.” Kent Smith, Fashion District BID “It’s always important to show retailers and press what we’ve been up to for the last 6 months and the overall aesthetic and direction of the collection for the season.” Devin Carlson, Fremont Apparel Co. “We have always proudly produced large formal runway shows in Los Angeles and been an active part of L.A. fashion week. It has set us apart and helped us establish a strong brand image. We always wish L.A. fashion week was more organized and had more impact internationally, however we havent let that stop us.” Jonny Day, Elmer Ave
A model wears a design by Fremont Apparel Co. during Concept Fashion Week in March.
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Glamorama Brings Music, Fashion and a Cause to the Orpheum Macy’s Passport fashion benefit has been a Westside staple for the last 14 years, but this September the show moves Downtown, taking up residence in Broadway’s historic Orpheum Theatre. The show, now branded as Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, brings together musical acts and big-name fashion brands to raise funds for HIV/ AIDS services, prevention and research. Los Angeles will be the third of four Glamorama events for 2010, following Minneapolis and Chicago and taking place a week before a San Francisco event. The local event is expected to raise an additional $150,000 for AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food, along with additional grants to HIV and AIDS organizations throughout Southern California. “Nothing has meant as much to me as bringing Macy’s Passport [Presents] Glamorama to its new home at the Orpheum,” Orpheum owner Steve Needleman said at a June press event.
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A model wearing designs by lingerie line b.tempt’d walks the runway during Macy’s 2009 Passport event. Bringing the show Downtown is “literally a dream come true,” said Kent Smith, Executive Director of the Fashion District Business Improvement District. “Broadway is back.” Councilman Jose Huizar agreed. “There’s no better place than right here on Broadway,” Huizar said. “Fashion is an important part of our city’s economy today, and we see it as a vital part of our city’s economic future.” Macy Gray and Eric Hutchinson will provide musical enter-
tainment for the September 16 event, which will feature fashions from labels like Material Girl, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc by Marc Jacobs, INC International Concepts, Calvin Klein and Jezebel. Tickets ranging from $75 - $1000 and Corporate Packages can be purchased through Blue Room Events at 1-877-252-7814 or at www.blueroomevents.com/ glamorama.
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Gorbal’s wreaks foodie heaven. Not for the squirmish eater, this eclectic eatery shows your date your adventurous side. Live music on Thursdays offer entertainment and the open kitchen offers views of the master at work. Try for a seat at the kitchen bar for an up-close and personal experience. 501 S. Spring
Romancing Downtown By Michael F. Robleto
There is something majestic about Downtown Los Angeles at night: the glow of the lights, the towering skyscrapers, the odd calm that falls over the city. In a word: romantic. Looking for a spot to go on a date with the skyline? Consider these favorites.
Situated on the same parcel as the Central Library, Café Pinot offers twinkling bulbs laced through the trees, the looming history of the library and an attentive staff make this a sure-fire choice for your romantic evening. Sit outside and enjoy the views,
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then stroll through the library grounds after dinner. 700 W. 5th Casa Cocina Below street level in California Plaza, Casa’s patio offers up one of Downtown’s most amazing views. Outdoor is the only way to go when making a reservation here. The restaurant often features live music and DJ’s that can take away from the calmness of the city, so be sure to ask what is scheduled for the night you plan on attending. With a location two blocks from the Disney Concert Hall and just one from the Museum of Contemporary Art, you could always include a pre-dinner Museum tour or post-dinner view of Disney at night. Note MOCA offers free admission on Thursday nights from 5 to 8pm, making it an ideal date night inclusion. 350 S. Grand Takami Offering views from 21 floors above Downtown, this sushi and
The Old Fashioned by Seven Grand
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Part of being a regular is having a regular drink, you know what to anticipate and helps one moderate alcohol intake (no one ever wants to be that guy that has had too much!). Knowing this I can without a doubt say that The Old Fashioned is my regular drink whenever I find myself at Seven Grand. Legend has it that this cocktail was originally conceived at a gentlemen’s club in Kentucky way back in 1880 and its manliness is evident with every sip. Unfortunately, in the decades to follow the recipe morphed to include cherries and muddled oranges to better appeal to a sweetened American palate. It is undoubted that the pre-prohibition era version is the original and in my opinion the best. The drink is a sipping drink and does an amazing job of highlighting and smoothing the taste of whiskeys, a libation Seven Grand has mastered. When ordered here, the drink is most often poured to include Maker’s Mark or Wild Turkey (for the rye version) yet it can be done with many of the other fine spirits showcased at Seven Grand. Here is a recommended version in the style that is should always be done in: how they do it and how all should.
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2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon 1 sugar cube 5-6 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Lemon peel 1 Orange peel Ice
Directions: Place sugar cube in rocks glass. Soak with bitters and add a dash of water to help break up sugar cube. A splash of club soda is sometimes used in place of a splash of water, but that is a post-prohibition move because club soda was not readily available pre-prohibition. The difference in taste is inconsequential. Muddle sugar cube and add whiskey. Bulleit Bourdon Whiskey is recommended because of its pre-Prohibition style featuring a higher high rye content. Add ice and stir thoroughly 15-20 times. Twist orange and lemon peels over glass, rim with rinds and drop into glass.
robata house is an ideal setting for a romantic evening. Make sure you reserve seating on the patio for the best views. After a Friday or Saturday dinner you can also adjourn to Elevate Lounge, located on the same floor, for some drinks and dancing if you’re willing to mix in with the night club crowd. 811 Wilshire
Think outside the dinner box Variety and keeping it fresh is the spice of any relationship and luckily Downtown has some unique offerings as well. One could always take the Metro Red Line to Union Station for a dinner at TRAXX. Just imagine saying “We are taking the train to dinner.” Or one could do dinner and a show at First & Hope, the modern restaurant décor transitions to an old school jazz bar making for a great dinner and a show combo. Don’t go home just yet, grab a digestif
WP24 Hands-down leading the charge on impressive views is the new Wolfgang Puck eatery WP24, located in the Ritz-Carlton tower at L.A. Live. The exclusive feel of the Ritz-Carlton, a private elevator and the breathtaking views are sure to impress. Reservations are tight so plan ahead, booking a couple days in advance for mid-week reservations and a couple weeks in advance for weekends. WP24 runs on a prix fix menu with three courses starting at $70 and four courses at $100 per person. For a those on a more priceconscious date, aim for seating in the lounge where a smaller version of the menu is offered and no reservation is needed. 900 W. Olympic
Once dinner is complete, it doesn’t have to be time to head home. Instead, change venues and grab a cocktail or sip fireside and just talk. Here are some suggestions to do both:
O Bar & Kitchen Situated on a dark corridor of Flower, O Bar is often overlooked by those looking for romance. The dark colored bar is tucked away and the grand modern fireplace always has the availability of large black leather couches. 819 S. Flower
Show your foodie side When the weather turns cold (i.e. below 65 degrees), you can shift your focus from outdoor views to being an in-the-know foodie. The following Downtown gems offer meals outside the box with a rustic and down-home nature. Colori Kitchen
Quietly sitting on 8th street, Colori Kitchen offers rustic Italian fare. Granted, we most often think Bottega Louie when it comes to Italian, but Colori will offer significantly less noise and faster service. It is a small space, so reservations are highly recommended. 429 W. 8th
The hotel Figueroa has a grand pool area that few locals visit. Generally thought of as closed to the public, the back bar is open on weekends for passers by. The Polynesian theme and strategically placed heat lamps make this a great choice year round. Keep in mind this venue is often booked for private parties so it is wise to call ahead. 939 S. Figueroa
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Because it’s a Japanese word? Yes. (laughs) So how about you? Where are you from? Kagoshima, very Southern part of Japan. Right next to Okinawa. Do you know Okinawa? I’ve seen it in the movies. Karate Kid. Do you know that movie? (Mamoru shakes his head -no.) That’s okay. Did you move directly from Kogoshima? To LA. I never been to Tokyo.
Really? No kidding. I just stopped by at the airport on my way to LA.
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Hospitality, Japanese Style By Alanna Lin I ended up at Fu-ga in Little Tokyo when a friend and I decided to have dinner within walking distance from my place. The restaurant has taken up residence in a space previously occupied by a dive bar that served mostly locals. The last time I was there, I made my way down to a small room that served as a stage to a drunken Japanese tourist with whom I sang Karaoke. Apart from the transformation of the space from somewhat sketchy basement bar to pleasant, glimmering dining lounge, what struck me most was the tasty food served by quite possibly the nicest wait staff I have ever encountered.
I scheduled an interview to find out what remarkable human resource program was in place to cultivate such noticeable hospitality. I spoke first with Mamoru Tokuda (restaurant manager) and then with Ken Taka, the head chef. Can you tell me a little about this history of the place? The owner owns Shogun, which has 8 locations, but this is the first time to open in Little Tokyo, first time to open Izakaya tapas bar. Japanese style tapas? Yes, small plates, small dishes. We have a full bar, for drinking eating, and talking.
Banquette Keeps Its Place By Pamela Rouse A lot has changed in the Historic Core since Banquette opened in November 2004 near the corner of 4th and Main. New residents have moved in and new dining options have opened, but the little eatery and wine bar still seems to find its place in an ever-more-crowded list of options. “Every place has its own thing,” explains manager Melina MayKline. “What we like to offer is a place to go to have a glass of wine with your omelet at 9 o’clock at night.”
May-Kline just returned to Banquette’s management in July, taking charge of the eatery her mother, the Nickel Diner’s Monica May, opened six years ago. Her father, Ricki Kline, is also a wellknown Downtown figure as the interior designer for Cedd Moses’ bars. Despite being just under 24 years old, May-Kline has had more than three years experience as manager. She says that in the early days coffee and sandwiches surpassed wine sales. “We were just emerging.
Is Kagoshima more city or rural country? Country, country. I was very countryside. I didn’t like city culture. You didn’t like it, so. . . So I came to. . .
The thing is, lots of people people think that Izakaya is more traditional Japanese food, but it is not. So some of them are not. . .disappointed, but they expect more traditional. If the sign says “Izakaya” they expect it to be more traditional.
I never been to Tokyo. I just stopped by at the airport on my way to LA. MAMORU TOKUDA
L.A? L.A! (laughs) I like America. Culture-wise, the weather. . .Since I’ve been here, I don’t want to go back to Japan. Because I really like here. Tell me why you like it. If you’re in Japan you feel like you’re in the cage of culture. Your parents and neighbors –they all care about you all the time, a man has to be “a man,” a girl has to act like “a girl”, you have to act a certain way, there is no freedom and the countryside is even more traditional. . .
Escaped is quite a word. Here there is more freedom, more opportunity. You can see all of the world in LA, right? You can eat any kind of food, you know?
I love food, to create it. Food, architecture, I love it. KEN TAKA
Mamoru, one thing I really noticed is that the staff is very pleasant and friendly and personable, they have a really nice manner and I wondered about that. It struck me as a particularly nice group of people. How did you find your staff? At the beginning when we were hiring people, 200 people applied. We interviewed all of them. Seriously? We had two days of open interviews. Total hours – 15 hours. And we talked to everyone. American, friendly service can be good. But since all the management is Japanese, we tried to be strict about manner, i.e., friendly communication with customers.
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Old-style, traditional. Yes. That’s why I escaped.
Nobody had heard about us and the neighborhood wasn’t like it is now. There weren’t a lot of people. They lived down here but went somewhere else to work, or they went to Pete’s. We were fledgling. Nobody had heard of my mother. We were certainly something new.” New are a new sandwich called “the Bomb” (a prosciutto, fig jam and goat cheese sandwich on toasted panini served with a mixed green salad) and a bar menu. P h o to b y Pa me l a R o u s e “Happy Hour is from 6-9 and the bar menu is available from 6pm while enjoying beer, wine, sangria.” ‘til we close the kitchen (which is Banquette’s pastries are made about 10:30 PM.) Our bar menu is fresh every day. Sharlena Fong, smaller dishes that a table can eat former pastry chef at the Nickel
Diner, is still providing many offerings like the chocolate banana bread, butterscotch corn flake cookies, and brownies. While Mikey the cook is known for his macaroons, May-Kline makes the cranberry orange scones. Another freshly made item is their seasonal white Sangria. “No one wants heavy Sangria when it’s hot,” May-Kline says. “When it’s Winter time we’ll return to the red Sangria. It’s all about consistency.” Banquette Cafe / 400 S. Main / (213) 626-2768
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Universe, dubBUMBA, little gold and Lovey Doveys Thu, Sep 2, 9:30PM The Smell 247 S Main St thesmell.org
Alternative ambiance with Universe and dubBUMBA, psychedelic-country-pop with little gold; alt-punk with Lovey Doveys. $5 at the door. MUSIC
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Miles Davis' double album Bitches Brew is regarded as a jazz-funk-rock masterpiece that changed the direction of music. To mark the 40th Anniversary of its release, The Grammy Museum invited a panel to talk about its impact. Joining moderator Bubba Jackson of KKJZ is muscian Henry Rollins, KCRW's DJ Jeremy Sole, KPFK's Maggie LePique, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis.
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Classic punk with The Mau Maus, Symbol Six, and The Billybones. $5.
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The Sabine Pothier Trio is Pothier on piano, Tony Dumas on bass and Gene Coye on drums. The trio will use Little Tokyo’s Blue Whale for a live recording.
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Vocalist Jessica Vautor sings standards with her velvet voice while Marcel Camargo uses velvet fingers to play guitar. MUSIC
Pete Molinari Thu, Sep 2, 8PM Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. 2nd St
UK’s Pete Molinari ends his Woody Guthrie-esque indie-musician-poet run at the Redwood with The Preservation and Mark Huff. No cover. F R I D AY
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Bicycle Film Festival
Latinologues: The re-Mex!
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Jim Jefferies Fri, Sep 3, 9PM Club Nokia LA Live 800 W Olympic clubnokia.com
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, the bad boy of the Outback, can be described as an intelligent, offensive, sophisticated Neanderthal type of comedian. Jefferies appears with
12,000 people are expected for 7th Annual FYF Fest at the L.A. State Historic Park where three stages will host 12 hours of music. The all-day event is billed as suitable for all ages (kids under 10 are free with a paying adult) and will have have food trucks, art installations, carnival games, a vinyl record swap meet and stand-up comedy show. Rapture, Panda Bear, Sleep, Man Man, Dead Man’s Bones, Ted Leo, Thee Oh Sees, Wavves, Best Coast, Soft Pack are among the 20 bands scheduled to perform. The concert ends at midnight. Admission is $30.
With a live show that promises to hit the five hour mark, this showcase of pop stars under the Korean label SM Entertainment is a marathon. BoA, KangTa, U-Know, Max, Super Junior, SNSD, and SHINee, f(x), and Trax are some of the Korean bubble-gum pop stars to appear. MUSIC
The Kandinsky Effect Sat, Sep 4, 9PM Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Suite 301
Experimental rock jazz with Warren Walker on saxophone and electronics sound effects, Gael Petrina on double bass and Gauthier Garrigue on drums. MUSIC
Francisco The Man Sat, Sep 4, 10PM Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. 2nd theredwoodbar.com
Francisco The Man says his style is Pop Regional Mexican Shoegaze.
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Bicycle Film Festival opens with ‘The Birth Of Big Air’ and an appearance by BMXer Mat Hoffman (7:30pm) and the World Premiere of “To Live & Ride In L.A.” (9:30pm, 11:30pm). Ticket and after-party information at bicyclefilmfestival.com
Latinologues as created, written, directed and produced for stage by Rick Najera, made its debut on Broadway in 2005. The live sketch comedy, mostly made of poignant monologues, talks about living the Latin-American
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Bitches Brew: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ Masterpiece The Grammy Museum
Eddie Ifft. $23, $50-$30
Illustration from Food! By Cookie Monster Mike Pantuso Random House, 2002
40 years of Sesame Street
1970s now on display at the Central Library. The exhibit opens this week and will run until April 30, 2011, and it is free to the public during regular library hours. The exhibitions is made possible from a partnership between the LAPL and Sesame Workshop. “We are excited about this partnership with Sesame Workshop and the opportunity to display this unique book art that encourages learning,” said Martín Gómez, LAPL City Librarian in a release. A free “Monster Storytime” featuring Sesame Street will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m..
“Forty Years of Sesame Street Illustration: Selections from the Publishing Archive of Sep 4, 2010 to April 30, 2011 Sesame Workshop” is a collection of original Central Library 630 W. Fifth St Sesame Street book art dating back to the early lapl.org
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Sara Radle Sat, Sep 4, 9:30PM Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S Grand Indie vocalist Sara Radle begins a month-long Saturday night residency at Casey’s, beginning with an acoustical set with Andrew Lynch. The four nights in September coincide with her new release FOUR. The September 11 performance with her band doubles as a CD release party.
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Sunday Studio Sun, Sep 5, 1:30PM MOCA 250 S. Grand moca.org A spotlight tour of “Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective” that will explore Gorky’s painting processes. Guest artist Michael Pisaro leads a hands-on workshop inspired by the exhibition. For more information, call (213) 621-1765. MUSIC
Foster Idol LA 2010 Sun, Sep 5, 2PM Club Nokia LA Live 800 W. Olympic clubnokia.com A fundraiser offering foster children the chance to meet and perform on stage with celebrities. $25-$105.
The Bicycle Film Festival’s three days of films about urban bike culture opens Friday, September 3, beginning with “The Birth Of Big Air” and the World Premiere of “To Live & Ride In L.A.” Saturday, September 4, will feature a package of short films, Bike Shorts and Urban Bike Shorts, plus “Riding the Long White Cloud.” September 5 will be busy with the official BFF Street Party that will be staged in the nearby Paragon Parking Lot until 7pm. Day three screenings will include another set of
Arab On Radar Sun, Sep 5, 8:30PM The Smell 247 S. Main thesmell.org Noise rock band Arab On Radar with All Leather, XBXRX and SecretFunClub. Tickets are $10. MUSIC
Donato Poveda Tue, Sep 7, 7:30PM The Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvdgrammymuseum.org The Latin Recording Academy Showcase kicks off their series with Donato Poveda, Cuban singer-songwriter. Free Judith Ivey and Keira Keely in the Long Wharf Theatre production of “The Glass Menagerie” now in performance at the Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Joan Marcus.
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JOYRIDE ART SHOW JOINS BIKE FEST In addition to shorts and features that pay homage to the culture of cycling, the 2010 Bicycle Film Fest is holding an exhibition of works that use bike riding as a muse. Joyride Art Show is being held in the Morono Kiang Gallery from September 2 to September 5, from noon to 7pm. The gallery is located at 218 W. 3rd, next to the 3rd street entrance of the Bradbury Building, one block from the Downtown Independent Theater where the film festival is being held.
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Bike shorts, plus “Bicycle Dreams” and the West Coast Premiere of “Empire.” Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, who also serves as curator for Joyride Art Show, started the the festival in 2001 after being struck by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He started the BFF to “celebrate the bicycle through music, art and film.” Ticket packages and after- party information in and out of Downtown Los Angeles can be found at bicyclefilmfest.com.
The Long Wharf production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is considered a powerful and fresh interpretation of the Wingfield family struggle with reality. The Gordon Edelstein-directed production opened May 2009 at the Long Wharf Theater Company and stars Judith Ivey as the iconic Amanda Wingfield; Patch Darragh as Tom; Keira Keeley as Laura; and Ben McKenzie as Jim O’Connor, the Gentleman Caller. From Sep 1 to Oct 17; Wed through Fri at 8pm. Sat 2:30pm and 8pm, Sun 1pm and 6:30pm Mark Taper Forum 135 N. Grand centertheatergroup.org
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W E D N E S D AY S ept 8 FILM 2010 Downtown Film Festival Opening Night Gala Wed, Sep 8, 7:30PM Deaton Auditorium 100 W. First dffla.com
The 2010 Downtown Film Festival opens September 8 with an Opening Night Gala that features the Los Angeles premiere of “American: The Bill Hicks Story” at LAPD’s F. Deaton Auditorium.
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Tyrannosaurus Rex from Walking With Dinosaurs, which made its California debut at Staples in 2008
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Staples Center $39 to $79 September 9 - 12 staplescenter.com Thursday, Sep 9: 7pm Friday, Sep 10: 7pm Saturday Sep 11: 11am, 3pm, 7pm Sunday Sep 12: 11am, 3pm Purchasing Info: Visit the STAPLES Center Box Office, call 800.745.3000 or online at Ticketmaster
Over 200 million years in the making, Walking With Dinosaurs returns to the Staples Center this month with 17 life sized beasts representing ten species of dinos. Based on the BBC educational program, this theatrical show features life size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Plateosaurus, Utahraptor and other dinosaurs scaling as much as 36 feet tall and 56 feet long. With the help of Huxley, a human paleontologist, the audience is told about climate change, the evolution of dinosaurs walking on two hind legs, and their ultimate extinction after a comet struck the earth. Designed by Sonny Tilders, an animatronics engineer who previously worked with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the dinosaurs weigh up to 1.6 tons and require three operators; a driver and two puppeteers to control the dino’s body and face movement. Walking With Dinosaurs first came to Staples Center in 2008 as part of an initial two year North American tour, which has since been extended another year. According to organizers, the reptile ensemble have had an audience of more than 4.1 million people in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Walking with Dinosaurs opens September 9 and runs through September 12.
Anyone who has heard comedian Bill Hicks will be amused that LAPD was selected as the venue to show his documentary. Hicks would have come up with a caustic ten minute set.
loft parties and panel discussions. Other scheduled highlights include Digital Art L.A. video programming during the September Art Walk; the American Latino Film Series; the premiere at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE of the Red Hot Chili Peppers documentary, “Untitled”; and free-to-thepublic outdoor screening on Closing Night of “Los Angeles,” the companion feature documentary to “The Soloist.” MUSIC The Hippest Trip in America Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Soul Train Wed, Sep 8, 7:30PM FULL: STAND-BY ONLY The Grammy Museum LA Live 800 W. Olympic Blvd
Hicks passed away in 1994 at the age of 34, and is considered to have influence a generation of comeTo mark Soul Train’s 40th dians. Anniversary, the Grammy The bio pic opens the 2010 Museum salutes the T.V. Downtown Film Festival institution known for that has the goal to celshowcasing music, fashion, ebrate Downtown L.A.’s re- and, oh those Soul Train naissance with a showcase Dancers. The panel will of independent cinema. feature producer, creator and host Don Cornelius, It will also include a numalong with Smokey Robinber of live music perforson and Jody Watley. mances, art exhibitions,
Spector, The Ronettes. Sounds of You obviously had a the ‘60s. Simple straight-forward chance to go the major label route. Any regrets or pop music. was indie the way to go? When I was younger, I was Is this new album centered around a particular approached by major labels. With Best Coast, we knew we wanted to do boyfriend or is it based on a collection of experiences? a record with a label that cared about It’s really based on a collection of us. We also wanted to make sure experiences. It’s my own fault for our record was properly promoted. writing about a mystery person. I Mexican Summer felt like the best do look back and see why people label for us to sign with. They are may feel it’s fueled by one person. the nicest people and take care of You’re about to embark us. They’re true fans and genuinely on a big US tour. Is this How did your father’s backlove the bands they sign. When we your biggest one yet? ground as a musician influfirst met with them, I instantly knew Photo by D avid bla c k We did a month on tour in Europe ence your upbringing? that they were the ones we wanted Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast. and a three week East Coast tour, My father is the one that intro- to work with. but this will be our biggest one. This duced me to music. I grew up would be considered our “record always performing or seeing live tour” since we didn’t have a record performances and started singing to support before. We’re definitely at talent shows at 5. I have to thank By Mark Fisher from Best Coast may be the perfect playing our biggest venues. my Dad for getting me into music. It’s been an unusually gloomy remedy. The LA-based trio (BethaHe listened to The Beatles and summer for California, but the ny Cosentino, Bobb Bruno and new Who are your influences? Beach Boys. Both of my parents More from story 5615 at blogdowntown.com 5615 lo-fi/surf-pop/garage offerings drummer Ali Koehler) are currentBeach Boys, The Beatles, Phil were also big Fleetwood Mac fans. ly surfing a nice wave of acclaim thanks to great press and praise from mainstream and indie outlets. The band’s debut album Crazy for You recently charted on the Billboard 200 at #36 and entered at #10 on Digital Albums. The band was also just awarded “Best New Band of 2010” by NME in the UK and frontwoman Bethany Cosentino has been featured in Spin, Rolling Stone and Vogue among others.
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Museums And galleries continuing & Ongoing
CYCLES: A solo exhibition by Marco Miranda
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective
Through Sep 20 Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue 250 S Grand Ave moca.org
A comprehensive survey of the Abstract Expressionist’s work (the first in more than 25 years) includes his paintings, sculpture and works on paper. Dennis Hopper: Double Standard Through Sep 9 Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 N Central moca.org
Through Sep 18 Wed-Sat Noon to 5 EVFA 102 W. 5th edgarvarelafinearts.com
Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, this “very large site-specific work” fills the gallery with painting, sculpture, video, photography and performance.
‘For Your Pleasure’ includes Los Angeles based artists Martin Durazo, Chris Oatey, HK Zamani and Tameka Norris. Also showing: Chuck Agro, Larry Mantello, Mira Schor, Susan Silas and Amy Yoes.
Group Show The Hive Gallery’s September group show Through May 11 will include Edward Frausto, Tue-Sun 10AM–3PM Elizabeth Caffey, Gary Chinese American Museum Garner. The opening recep425 N Los Angeles St tion is Saturday, Sep 4, camla.org With photographs and per- from 8 pm to 12:30 am. sonal documents, Chinese- The group show runs American Angelenos share through Art Walk and ends Sep 25. their stories of Angels Costumes from “Mad Men” at FIDM. Island, the immigration sta- The Hive Gallery, one of Gallery Row’s original tion in San Francisco Bay. venues, is located at The Outstanding Art of Suggested admission $3 729 S Spring Television Costume Design hivegallery.com Closes Sep 4 FIDM Museum & Galleries Strange Kozmic Experience 919 S Grand Ave. More than 75 costumes Through Feb 13 from television producGRAMMY Museum Urban tions, including Man Men, 800 West Olympic Impressionism: A Miguel Glee, The Good Wife L.A. LIVE Paredes Retrospective and The Tudors. “Alice In A look at the visual and Wonderland” exhibition musical artifacts of three Through Sep 26 is also on display in the hippie-era rock icons, Crewest gallery until Sep 30. Free. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin 110 Winston and The Door’s Jim crewest.com Morrison, including jourTo some, he is known nals from Morrison and as “Mist,” the street graf Joplin’s 1965 Porsche. artist from NY. With this retrospective, Paredes is presented as pop-art star.
Through Sep 26 Japanese American National Museum 369 E 1st
“Hand with cell phone” (2006) by Sandow Birk at BGFA.
Closes Sep 4 Tue-Sat 11:30 to 6PM ADC Contemporary Art Gallery (Factory Place Art Complex) 1330 Factory Place
15 new works by Marco Miranda extend the artist’s fascination with “the reflection of light on a ‘necessarily’ elusive material surface.” For Your Pleasure
Closes Sep 4 Wed, Sat, 12-6pm Thurs, Fri 12-7:30pm CB1 Gallery 207 W. 5th cb1gallery.com
Photographs, assemblages and film by the late Dennis Hopper dates back to the 1960s. The exhibition, the first retrospective for the easy rider, will close Sep 26. Mixed The Bigger Picture: a big ART group show
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‘Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck’ is a follow-up to the authors previous exhibition. Ongoing at JANM is “Common Ground: The Heart of Community” chronicling 130 years of JapaneseAmerican history.
Remembering Angel Island
Rapture of the Tiny: A Small Art Show Through Sep 18 Wed-Sat Noon to 5 Bert Green Fine Art 102 W. 5th bgfa.us
Bert Green Fine Art offers a wide assortment of small art set with affordable pricing.
PhotographerJosh Reiss with “The Do Lab Presents Lucent Dossier To Dazzle at Coachella.” Local Los Angeles artists and photographers are exhibiting in Pershing Square with The Art-Squared Art Show, running through Oct 10.
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