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very week seems to bring the announcement of another Arts District project, and the Financial District and Historic Core continue to be hubs of development. However, it is South Park that is “Downtown’s most vibrant district.” So says a report by real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle. The independent study (the South Park Business Improvement District provided some information for it, but did not commission the study or influence its results) was completed in December and touted in a press release last week. The report presents some heady evidence of the community’s emergence, noting that 3,530 housing units currently exist and apartment vacancy is only 3.5%; it added that 1,934 housing units are in the construction pipeline in the district. The report also pointed to a crush of new and impending projects, from the Metro Charter Elementary School to the transformation of the Desmond Building into creative office space to the proposed Mack Urban development, which in its first phase is slated to deliver three residential towers and one hotel. “By positioning itself as a hub for the creative economy, commercial and residential properties in the South Park district are poised to experience above-average occupancy gains and rent growth,” the study says. The report is at joneslanglasalle.com.

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eveloper EVOQ Properties, which owns the huge office campus Alameda Square (the home of American Apparel), among other Downtown assets, announced last week that its board of directors is pursuing a potential sale of the company or a partnership with other investors in order to maximize stakeholder value. EVOQ has hired Houlihan Lokey and Eastdil Secured to serve as financial advisors in the process; Houlihan Lokey has specifically been tasked with running the marketing process for a possible sale of EVOQ, which in 2011 acquired the portfolio formerly belonging to real estate heavyweight Meruelo Maddux Properties. “There’s a tremendous amount of interest in Downtown L.A. in particular from institutional investors,” EVOQ CEO Martin Caverly said. “A buyer or partner could be a sovereign wealth fund, a public pension fund or another large investor of that type.” Caverly noted that the company has been trying to eliminate riskier assets, such as some parcels of land, over the past several years, and that certain holdings, such as Alameda Square, need an infusion of capital to fully develop. EVOQ had approximately $36.7 million in cash at the end of 2013, according to the company.

Verve Coffee Brewing Up Downtown Locations


he Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters loves Downtown Los Angeles so much the company is opening two cafes in the area within the next year: one in the Fashion District and the

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second in the Arts District. Colby Barr, Verve’s co-founder, said he first came Downtown several years ago to look at possible locations. He liked that Downtown was a collection of evolving neighborhoods, he said. The buildings he saw intrigued him, and ultimately he settled on 833 S. Spring St. for Verve’s first Southern California outpost. The 8,000-square-foot space, with a cafe on the ground floor, is expected to begin serving this summer, he said. The open, loft-like space features high ceilings, natural light and original white marble walls dating to the early 1900s. Verve will share space with the cold-pressed juice company Juice Served Here and design and manufacturing

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firm Studio MAI. Although Barr has an apartment in the Arts District and Verve currently operates a tasting and training room in the community, he would not reveal where exactly the second location will be. However, he said he hopes to open it by early 2015.

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Regional Connector Gets $670 Million in Federal Funding Top federal o;cials have awarded a $670 million grant and an additional $160 million in low-interest loans to the downtown Los Angeles Regional Connector Transit Project. The two-mile underground route will connect the Metro Blue, Gold and Expo Lines. Learn more at metro.net/regionalconnector. Upcoming Sepulveda Boulevard Lane Closures Individual lane closures on Sepulveda Boulevard are expected soon in the Sepulveda Pass as part of the freeway improvements project. For the latest information on closures and construction schedules, check metro.net/405. Go Metro to LA Marathon Sunday, March 9 Thousands will again convene to run the “Stadium to the Sea” LA Marathon route from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica on Sunday, March 9. Spectators are urged to use Metro Rail, which will be running regular schedules, to follow the route. For a listing of Metro bus lines on detour, visit metro.net. LA Union Station Maintenance Underway Metro has started several maintenance and improvement projects as part of its commitment to restore LA Union Station as a transportation hub. Work will be completed in time to mark the station’s 75th anniversary on May 3. More information at metro.net/unionstation.

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Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

A Community Dog Park


ver the last decade there has been no bigger player in Downtown Los Angeles than Anschutz Entertainment Group. The privately held company opened Staples Center and L.A. Live and built the 1,001-room Convention Center headquarters hotel. Whether directly or indirectly, it has had a hand in almost every project of note in South Park in the past decade, and in many other Downtown developments as well. Its biggest play could still be to come, if the $1.4 billion Farmers Field football stadium ever materializes. Despite all that it has created, it is one of AEG’s smallest projects that right now has a number of South Park denizens energized. As Los Angeles Downtown News reported last week, AEG quietly opened an approximately quarter-acre dog run in November. It is easy to miss, and not only because the company did not hold a grand opening event. Placed alongside the 110 Freeway and shielded by a fence covered with bougainvillea, one could walk or drive to L.A. Live or Staples for a concert, meal or game and never know there is a place for people and their pets. Despite the low-key approach, the L.A. Live Dog Park is quickly becoming a gathering spot. Neighbors both east and west of the freeway have been learning about it through word of mouth, and crowds are increasing. One area real estate broker, Ted Trent, even took it upon himself to build a website and create a Facebook page for the park. Part of what is so impressive about the park is that AEG created it and made it available to everyone even though it does not contribute directly to the company’s bottom line. Yes, AEG touted it as an amenity several years ago when selling the condominiums in the Ritz-Carlton, but the small pet facility is not likely to make or break any sales. Still, there are some greater benefits, even if they are a bit more ethereal. While the dog run doesn’t create revenue, it does help build a sense of community, and in the process makes L.A. Live a more welcoming space. As people throughout Downtown have noticed, you meet new folks when you go walking the neighborhood with a pet. The few and far between dog parks in Downtown Los Angeles are hubs for canine activity as well as human interaction. Letting a pet get some exercise is not the only reason that people visit the dog park day after day. We’re pleased that L.A. Live kept the community in mind when creating the dog park. Throughout Downtown we have seen residential structures that include a dog run exclusively for building inhabitants. One could understand if AEG had gone the same route and put the park behind a fence and reserved it for Ritz condo dwellers. Instead, the company created an amenity for the community, and has welcomed everyone and every dog. That’s the kind of thinking we’d like to see more of in Downtown.

Finally Grand Avenue Could Become Grand


his is a boom period for Downtown. Another pleasant reminder of that came last week, when Los Angeles Downtown News published its Development issue. We offered updates on 97 projects sprouting across the Central City. What is becoming particularly interesting is the rise of several hot sub-markets in Downtown. You don’t have to look hard to see the projects growing in the Arts District or the cranes sprouting near where the Financial District and South Park converge. There is even a burst of activity in long-sluggish Chinatown. All of this is welcome, but the most interesting concentration of Downtown development might be on the block of Grand Avenue south of First Street. There, three major projects cumulatively valued at approximately $900 million stand ready to transform the look and functionality of that part of Bunker Hill. Finally, after more than a decade of false starts, a combination of a rebounding economy and some committed investors is offering the chance for Grand actually to become grand. The big picture is exciting, but as is often the case, the details may ultimately determine how successful these projects are in fitting into the urban schema. It will not be enough for The Broad museum, the apartment tower The Emerson and the massive mixed-use complex The Grand simply to exist. Rather, they all need to complement each other and to engage the streetscape and the workers who for decades have occupied the surrounding office buildings. The projects need to promote pedestrian activity and gel with the whole of Bunker Hill. This is not a new suggestion, and those behind the projects know these aims far better than almost anyone. Still, this is a crucial time, with The Emerson and The Broad nearing the final stage of construction and The Grand in the relatively early planning process. In this instance it becomes worth restating what may seem obvious, and to ensure that local officials and urban observers are paying close attention to the proceedings. Now is the time for public input. Some important steps are already being taken to ensure that the projects embrace the community rather than serve as islands where people park, visit and leave without experiencing the surrounding area. Developer Related Cos.’ 19-story, $120 million apartment tower is set well back from Grand Avenue, providing room to create an active streetscape. Philanthropist Eli Broad recently re-

vealed details about a 24,000-square-foot public plaza that will sit between Related’s residential structure and the $140 million museum. Both Related and Broad have experience and reputations for creating projects that benefit the public. Related plunked down $50 million to build Grand Park north of First Street as part of its development agreement with the city and county for The Grand. Broad has been a community leader for decades, and his interest in improving Grand Avenue in particular dates back to the late 1970s when he helped found the Museum of Contemporary Art. Things look to be on the right track for the shared space between the buildings, with Broad’s announcement that the plaza will include a restaurant, outdoor seating and, interestingly, a grove of century-old olive trees. The trick will be to ensure that the plaza draws people in from the street, and does not principally serve visitors to the museum or residents of The Emerson. The sight lines into the plaza should be strong for anyone coming down Grand Avenue, whether on foot or in a car. The proposal for a new crosswalk on Grand is also welcome, as the mid-block crossings that exist now are forgettable. The crosswalks should be wide and more attractive than they are today, and traffic planners should make certain that pedestrians have enough time to cross the street before the countdown clock begins its ominous warning. Related will have an equal challenge on the east side of Grand Avenue, where high-rises holding an apartment tower and an SLS Hotel will accompany a stacked mix of shops and restaurants. Early drawings show the $650 million project opening to the street, but again, the layout will have to engage and draw in a variety of users, from the office workers in nearby buildings to those coming to the Music Center for events. The Grand also needs to be welcoming for the growing number of Downtown residents. Again, the good news here is that the projects are moving forward and the developers have a reputation for civic responsibility. Still, it never hurts to push for a transparent planning process and to make sure that a number of different community voices are heard. This is an important time for the future of Grand Avenue. It will be easier to get things right today than to build and then fix any shortfalls in the future.

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Chinatown’s New Gateway Equity Residential Opens the $93 Million Jia Apartments on Broadway By Eddie Kim ne of the first things a visitor to Chinatown’s new Jia Apartments notices is the color red. It’s everywhere, from the exterior walls to the breezy halls to the fitness center and beyond. The shade fits. After all, red has long held a special place in Chinese culture — the color symbolizes joy and good fortune. Those are two things that developer Equity Residential certainly hopes to experience with the $93 million housing complex. The six-story, 280-unit project at 639 N. Broadway opened in the last week of January. Jia is Equity Residential’s first ground-up development in the Downtown area (though the firm already owns seven Central City apartment complexes, including Pegasus Apartments in the Financial District and Sakura Crossing in Little Tokyo). The project has certainly been a long time coming: The site was first introduced to the developer as a partnership in 2004, and some city approvals were secured in 2007. However, construction only began in early 2011. “It took several years to get through the entitlement process, then the recession hit and everything was sort of put on hold,” said Allison Geiman, development director for Equity Residential. “We decided in 2010 that it was a good time to return because the market had improved enough again.” Move-ins are taking place in five phases, with the last wave of leases expected to be signed by the end of March. Rents start at $1,690 a month for a 570-squarefoot studio. One-bedrooms begin at $1,825 for a 725-square-foot unit and twobedrooms start at $2,525 for a 1,140-square-foot residence, according to the project’s website. Area stakeholders believe the impact of the complex could extend beyond providing market-rate housing. George Yu, executive director of the Chinatown Business Improvement District, said Jia stands as a torchbearer of sorts for new development in the relatively project-free Chinatown. “It’s got a tremendously positive impact for the long term, and many people are looking forward to welcoming those new residents and new businesses,” he said. Continued on page 8


The Jia Apartments opened last month, a decade after the project was first proposed. The 280-unit development stands at the southern entrance of Chinatown.

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Amenities include a large courtyard with a pool, a spa area and a doublesided fireplace.

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Praise for a Park and Jan Perry Grand Park Wins Top Honors and Former Councilwoman Gets ‘Visionary’ Award at Downtowners of Distinction Event By Eddie Kim, Photos by Gary Leonard rand Park was an instant success when it opened in the summer of 2012. The 12acre attraction stretching from the Music Center to City Hall won a number of accolades and prizes, including being named the Project of the Year by Los Angeles Downtown News at last year’s Downtowners of Distinction Awards. Now, the $56 million attraction has another honor: It captured a second Project of the Year award last week, this time for its slate of powerful programming. Grand Park is the first two-time winner in the 13-year history of the Downtowners of Distinction awards, which are given to projects that benefit their district and greater Downtown. A total of nine prizes were presented on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Approximately 300 people, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, attended the event. The district winners were selected by the editorial staff of Downtown News, while the Project of the Year was picked by leaders from each district. Grand Park, the honoree in the Civic Center, was chosen for a lineup that feature lunchtime dance shows, summer activities for kids and even big-budget installations such as the giant inflatable structure Exxopolis. Entrance to all of the events are free. “In a way, the renaissance of Downtown started when the Music Center arrived in 1964 and resurrected Bunker Hill,” said Music Center CEO and President Stephen Roundtree, who accepted the award with park director Lucas Rivera. “And now we’re very proud to be part of


the 21st century in Downtown.” The Tuesday event held the presentation of a new prize. The inaugural Downtown Visionary Award went to Jan Perry, who for 12 years represented Downtown on the City Council. The former Ninth District officeholder was honored for helping bring dozens of projects to fruition. Perry currently serves as general manager of the city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department after being appointed to the post by Garcetti. “It was a wonderful 12 years, and to be a part of the history and the fabric and the growth of Downtown is more than I could have ever wished for,” Perry said. “But I didn’t do this alone. We built this community together. And that’s what makes Downtown so special.” Schools, a Park and More The award recipients represented a variety of fields. The prize in Central City East went to the Ninth Street Elementary School, which reopened last August after a $54 million renovation. In South Park the Distinction award was given to the Metro Charter Elementary School. It opened at 1400 S. Grand Ave. in September and offers classes for kindergarten through second grade students. It was created by a group of parents who met over play dates. “We wanted to make Downtown not just a home, but our back yard, front yard, our extended family and where we wanted to educate our children,” said Chinmaya Misra, chair of the school’s board. Other winners were Rising Realty Partners’ renovation of the PacMutual building in the Financial District; the opening of the Spring Street Park in the Historic Core; Little Tokyo’s X Lanes;

(left) Grand Park Director Lucas Rivera and Music Center CEO and President Stephen Roundtree with the Downtowners of Distinction Project of the Year prize. The operators of Grand Park were honored for the slate of free programming the park offers. (right) Jan Perry received the inaugural Downtown Visionary award.

the $60 million 1111 Wilshire housing complex in City West; and upscale market Urban Radish in the Arts District. The event brought out a crowd of Downtown business, political and community leaders. Attendees included City Controller Ron Galperin and City Council members Curren Price, Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell. If there was one theme, it was enthusiasm

for the present and future Downtown. “I promise you this,” Garcetti told the crowd, “Downtown will be the hub through which the world comes. It will be the place where, if you have a product, a company, a story idea, something you want to test, you’ll come here and experience the world in a single neighborhood.” The applause was loud and enthusiastic. eddie@downtownnews.com

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Designing for Chinatown Even from a distance, Jia Apartments looms large over the iconic “twin dragons” gateway into Chinatown. In fact, the early working title of the project was Chinatown Gateway; the name changed after Equity’s initial partners left the project. The location provides great visibility at the southern end of Chinatown, but it also put pressure on the developer and architecture firm TCA to create a modern building that fits in with the older neighborhood. To achieve that aim, the design team worked extensively with the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the Chinatown BID, said TCA Principal and Studio Director Irwin Yau. He noted, for instance, that the CRA pointed to the nearby Chinatown branch of the Los Angeles Public Library as an example of a contemporary structure that received a warm response from area stakeholders. “With Jia we wanted to bring a more modern feel that still had Chinese design cues without being Chinese architecture,” Yau said. Beyond the prominent use of red, much of the Chinese design influences lie in the details. The balcony railings evoke sliding Chinese doors with their grid-like texture. The gently curving “flying roof” on the Northwest corner of Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue, meanwhile, serves as a nod to the grand, swooping rooftops of traditional Chinese buildings. For the apartment interiors, Equity opted for a clean, modern look. Kitchens feature black granite countertops, simple white cabinets, a charcoal-gray tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Dark wood vinyl laminate floors run throughout the units, contrasting against the light walls. Residents have access to a fitness room with the usual assortment of treadmills, cycling machines and weightlifting equipment. There is also a smartly designed courtyard, equipped with a double-sided fireplace and a pool and spa area with cabanas and lounge chairs. An indoor clubhouse attached to the courtyard features a kitchenette, a billiards table and plush couches. A small courtyard on the south side of the building offers views of the Downtown skyline. “The common areas are very flexible,” said Danielle Bayless, a senior regional manager for Equity Residential. “At the pool, for instance, you can have different groups of people and have it still feel intimate.” Equity Residential is currently negotiating leases for the 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space along Broadway. Starbucks has already signed and is planning to open by the end of spring, and the remaining space could be used for restaurants or a small market, said Geiman. “We’re seeing excitement for Jia’s retail elements, and it says a lot about the neighborhood and its openness to growth,” she added. The exterior of Jia near the “twin dragons” gateway offers another aesthetic feature: a bold red-painted wall with a roughly 60-foot-tall installation of LED lights. Designed by Los Angeles artist Susan Narduli, the lights shift from a fire theme during the day to a blue-hued water look at night — a pretty hat tip to the importance of yin and yang in Chinese culture. Changing Neighborhood As the longtime head of the Chinatown BID, Yu has watched the community evolve amid the Downtown renaissance. “We’ve gone from a strictly immigrant community to one with a lot of affordable housing for more low-income residents and now it’s continuing to change,” Yu said. In addition to new businesses and residents, Chinatown is also the future home of developer Forest City’s $100 million Blossom Plaza complex, which will bring 237 apartments and a 17,000-square-foot public plaza to 900 N. Broadway. The project will connect to the existing Gold Line station. Construction is slated for completion in mid-2016, according to Forest City. A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened nearby on Cesar Chavez Avenue last year, and there is plenty of potential for additional development in the area, Yu said. He added that for the most part, longtime residents in the community are enthusiastic about the arrival of new housing and more modern amenities. “I think Chinatown is a pretty open community, and we don’t just look at new businesses and developments as good for Chinatown, but as a benefit for all our neighbors, too,” Yu said. Jia Apartments stands as the newest and most prominent sign of another wave of interest in the area, and stakeholders will no doubt think of it when considering exactly what the changes will bring. With any luck, it’ll mean joy and good fortune. eddie@downtownnews.com

A Rundown of 40 Can’t-Miss Concerts, Shows, Exhibits, Events and More Coming to Downtown

By Donna Evans, Eddie Kim and Jon Regardie

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San Fermin appears at the Natural History Museum on March 7 as part of the First Fridays series.

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George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is one of this country’s greatest examples of long-form theatrical songcraft. Expect the production that lands at the Ahmanson Theatre on April 22-June 1 to live up to the hype. The Downtown Los Angeles show is a touring version of a Broadway production that captured the 2012 Tony for Best Musical Revival. Though certain elements have been updated from the original, the story is still set in Charleston’s Catfish Row and centers on Bess’ attempts to escape her past and the help she gets from Porgy. The troublemaker Sporting Life is there, of course, as are hit songs such as “I Got Plenty of Nothing” and “Summertime.” The production features a 23-piece orchestra. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or centertheatregroup.com.

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Want a preview of the revolution when the cars have been eliminated from Los Angeles? Then check out Ciclavia, which returns on April 6. For seven hours, cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and families pushing strollers take over the roadway. The route changes at every Ciclavia, and this time will be focused on Wilshire Boulevard between Downtown and Museum Row on the Miracle Mile. Downtown will be host to an “active zone” starting at Wilshire Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Plan on using pedal power or public transportation to get there (the 7th Street/Metro Center stop is nearby), and don’t even think about trying to drive in the vicinity that day. On Wilshire Boulevard or ciclavia.org.

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You may remember Kiwi musician Neil Finn for his contributions to ’80s new wave as one part of Split Enz. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the incredibly catchy tunes he penned fronting Crowded House. Maybe you simply like his solo tunes and his southern hemisphere songwriting acumen, which is alive and well on his latest release, Dizzy Heights. Whatever the case, on April 2 Finn will cruise into the Orpheum Theatre on Broadway with his acoustic guitar and thousands of fans longing for tunes from each era of the bard’s robust career. As an added bonus, the Denton, Texas psychedelic-Americana outfit Midlake will kick off the show. At 842 S. Broadway, (877) 6774386 or laorpheum.com.

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In Japan, tattooing is largely seen as an off-the-grid type activity, the type of thing reserved for yakuzalike characters. At the Japanese American National Museum, however, visitors will encounter largescale photographs of intricately designed body art. Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, which opens March 8, explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos as well as the history and influence on modern body-inking practices. Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by JANM mainstay Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed inksters. Through a variety of photographs, including life-sized pictures of fullbody tattoos, the artists cover a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing. The show runs through Sept. 14. FYI: Some of the pics are nudes. At 100 N. Central Ave., (213) 625-0414 or janm.org.

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At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Don’t like the idea of an arranged marriage? Well, neither does the titular character of L.A. Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which has six performances from March 15 to April 6 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Donizetti opera follows Lucia (played by acclaimed Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova), who falls into the depths of anger and madness when her family forces her to marry a man she doesn’t love. Her discontent gets a bit out of hand as she struggles with having a secret lover, Edgardo (played by talented tenor Saimir Pirgu), and Lucia’s eventual blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception remains one of opera’s most dramatic and iconic scenes. L.A. Opera Music Director James Conlon conducts. At 135 N Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or laopera.org.

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The celebration of chefs as icons will be on full display at the All-Star Chef Classic, a massive event at L.A. Live on March 2123. The lineup features more than 25 chefs from L.A. and beyond, and they’ll be cooking and discussing the culinary scene. Local A-listers include Ludovic Lefebvre (Trois Mec), Michael Cimarusti (Providence) and Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), who will be joined by genuine global superstars such as Alain Passard, Iñaki Aizpitarte and Wylie Dufresne. The chefs will strut their stuff in the custom-built “Restaurant Stadium” and “Chef’s Tasting Arena,” both of which will allow people to watch the action from all angles. Dining events include the exclusive “French Masters” fivecourse meal on March 21 and the more casual “Grill and Chill” session on March 22. Tickets are $65-$300. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or allstarchefclassic.com.

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company led by choreographer Paul Taylor presents ies? Do you like mov a diverse program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. If so, then g? in th clo e lik Do you of te itu st In n The three performances on April 11-13 will include io sh head to the Fa chandiswork set to minimalist composer Morton Feldman. Design and Mer rk, which The New York-based company has per pering in South Pa yearly formed in more than 540 citis engaging in its nd . The 22 ies in 64 countries over game of clothes ion Picture ot M of t Ar the last six decades, and annual e features mor under Taylor’s tutelage Costume Design s, ie ov from 21 m the PTDC has illuminated such prothan 100 outfits im no s m fil e 2013 found issues as war, sexuality, spiriincluding all fiv r ademy Award fo tuality, morality and mortality. Brace nated for an Ac ut sign. Stando yourself for the highly kinetic “Banquet Best Costume De s’ am de Amy Ad costumes inclu of Vultures,” which might best be comm fro n gow plunging sequin pared to Fight Club as a dance. and the RoarAmerican Hustle At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972t en in The Grea 0711 or ptdc.org or musiccenter.org. ing ’20s garb se h ug show runs thro Gatsby. The free s m highlighted fil April 26. Other de 12 Years a clu in t in the exhibi aster and The Slave, The Grandm The 12-acre expanse stretching from City Hall to the Music Center becomes the city’s liter. Invisible Woman ary center on March 29. The five-hour Bookfest is a celebration of the printed page. There e. or At 919 S. Grand Av will be offerings from local publishing houses, libraries and nonprofit organizations, and . participatory elements, such as the chance to contribute a line to what 826LA dubs the fidmmuseum.org “world’s longest story.” The event is outdoors, admission is free, and the offerings run the gamut, with poetry, interactive games and even children’s activities, which include the musical sketch comedy troupe Story Pirates. If you happen to go home with a new book, or a pile of them, all the better. It is one of many standout events from the spring at the fantastic Grand Park: Another highlight is the April 5 food festival Taco Madness. At 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or grandparkla.org.

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Like police sirens and loft apartments, the Downtown Art Walk has earned its place in the pantheon of local institutions by virtue of its enduring presence. For those unacquainted, the second Thursday of every month becomes an open house for literally dozens of local galleries (and a bottle-emptier at Historic Core bars) as folks from all over Los Angeles crowd the streets in search of something intriguintrigu ing. The focal point of the proceedings is the Art Walk Lounge at 634 S. Spring St., though you can find something to gander at while wandering any of the surrounding streets. Spring Art Walks take place March 13, April 10 and May 8. Check the website to find parking and plan your route. At (213) 617-4929 or downtownartwalk.org.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and virtuoso pianist Lang Lang (shown here) are two of the hottest figures in the classical music scene today, both by virtue of their ability, but also their relative youth (Dudamel is 33, while Lang is just 31). The superstars are coming together at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 8-11 to perform four compositions, the most notable being Prokofiev’s bombastic Piano Concerto No. 3, which Dudamel and Lang took on at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.


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Rhye’s hyped debut album, Woman, was met with both glowing reviews and a lot of confusion when it dropped in March 2013 — no one could figure out who had actually crafted the silky-smooth pop-soul record. As it turns out, Rhye is Canadian singer and producer Mike Milosh alongside Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, and the duo is coming to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 5. The show will feature not just a live band, but, as a nod to the concert hall, one exclusively supplemented with strings, brass and woodwinds. The additions should serve as nice complements to Rhye’s haunting compositions, which blend jazz, electronic and R&B instrumentation with Milosh’s disarmingly pretty countertenor voice. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.

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At MOCA The artist Mike Kelley, who died in 2012, is considered one of America’s most influential contemporary artists. Look Looking at his body of work, it’s easy to see why: Using paint, fabrics, toys and found objects, Kelley created art that both reflected and sharply critiqued pop culture, modernist ide ideals, consumerism and more. MOCA is paying tribute to him in a new exhibition, simply dubbed Mike Kelley, at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. The show opens March 31 and will be the biggest exhibition ever of Kelley’s work, with more than 200 pieces from the 1970s to his death. The show runs through July 28, which means you have plenty of time to ponder Kelley’s often intricate (and sometimes phallic) pieces. At 152 N Central Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org.

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Lorrie Moore is one of America’s most beloved and admired short-story writers. She’ll come Downtown to the Central Library on April 9, when the Aloud series puts her in conversation with playwright Brighde Mullins. They’ll talk about Moore’s Bark, a new collection of stories, though expect the conversation to veer to her standout Birds of America. Moore is one of the dozens of speakers the always-stellar Aloud has planned for the spring. Other highlights include MacArthur genius grant award recipient Dinaw Mengestu on March 27, Colson Whitehead on May 13 and tightrope walker Philippe Petit on May 22. Make reservations in advance, as these things fill up. They’re free, after all. At 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or lfla.org. image courtesy Gordon Bailey Collection

They used household paints, kitchen pots and other discarded items to hone the craft for which they had no formal training. Their work is presented in Soul Stirring: African American Self-Taught Artists From the South at the California African American Museum. The exhibit, which runs through April 6 (it opened last year), features a bevy of colorful, inspiring creations from a collection of artists you most likely never heard of or saw before. That’s because none of them had the fortune or opportunity to study the intricacies of paint, light, materials, etc. Still, the pieces in the Exposition Park show are uniformly vivid and energetic, and touch on a variety of subjects. Just consider Roy Ferdinand’s “Fear This” (shown here). That’s just the start. At 600 State Drive, (213) 7442050 or caamuseum.org.

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Reggae master Ziggy Marley will blaze into Club Nokia on April 8, a week before his latest work, Fly Rasta, is released (we’re sure the proximity to 4-20 is just a coincidence). The Jamaica native, and son of Bob and Rita Marley, is pushing his first solo album since 2006’s Love Is My Religion. Expect plenty of originals such as “Dragonfly,” as well as covers of some of his father’s hits, among them “Tomorrow People.” Which makes sense, considering that Ziggy was just 10 years old when he began sitting in on recording sessions with his dad. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com.

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REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival At REDCAT Downtown’s dearth of children’s entertainment is rectified on weekends from April 26-May 11, when REDCAT brings back the delightful, family-oriented REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival. Each day features several different programs, most lasting about an hour, and geared toward specific ages. Expect some gentle animal-related stories for little ones, and more thoughtful and dynamic fare for older kids. The REDCAT team pulls together a truly impressive lineup of shorts from around the globe. Each show is only $5. Warning: Don’t expect animated studio fare about flatulent squirrels and the like. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org.

Rush Hour Series At the Colburn sChool

Sitting in traffic is no fun, and the Colburn School of Music is here to help. The Rush Hour concert series, which takes place monthly on Thursday evenings just after work, offers performances from the musicians of the Colburn conservatory, featuring both soloists and chamber ensembles playing a variety of musical styles. One upcoming highlight is The Art of String Quartet on April 24. It will be led by cellist Clive Greensmith (shown here), a former member of the lauded Tokyo String Quartet and a faculty member at Colburn. Best of all, the series is free, though registration is required. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 6 p.m. in Thayer Hall. At 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2200 or colburnschool.edu.

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SPRING Theoretically, bringing together hundreds of dogs, cats, birds, mice, rats, fish and snakes will spark animal anarchy. However, the proceedings are generally tame at the Blessing of the Animals, and most of the pets, along with their human companions, appear at ease. The charming annual procession returns to Olvera Street on April 19, and Archbishop Jose Gomez will give his blessing and sprinkle Holy Water on all creatures great and small that parade before him. The Blessing of the Animals, by the way, is meant as a way for people to thank the creatures in their lives. Along with the blessing, the event features a petting zoo, rides, games, folkloric acts and more. At Olvera Street, (213) 485-8372 or elpueblo.lacity.org.

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At the Natural History Museum There aren’t many opportunities to say “Look at that California Dogface” without getting slapped. The Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion provides one of those rare chances, as the Cali Dogface is among the more than 50 butterfly and moth varieties on display in a special structure set up on the front lawn of the Exposition Park attraction. The Pavilion (which requires a separate admission from the main museum) opens April 13, and visitors will get a chance not only to gander up close at the delicate, winged creatures, but also to check out caterpillars and the chrysalis process. Other breeds on display include the Buckeye butterfly and the day-glow green Malachite. The Pavilion closes Sept. 1. Tip: Make reservations in advance online, as some of the timed entries sell out. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org.

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The spectacle known as Lucha VaVoom has been going on for more than a decade now, but somehow it doesn’t feel the least bit stale. The combination of masked Mexican wrestling, sultry burlesque dancers and some very salty comedians returns to the Mayan Theatre for their Cinco de Mayo shows on May 1-2. Though the lineup has not been announced, expect to see some full-size combatants as well as a few of what are dubbed “mini” wrestlers. There will also be all sorts of exotic dancers, possibly including ones who uses a pogo stick or a hula-hoop while disrobing. The majestic Mayan is almost as much of a draw as what transpires in the ring. Tip: Buy tickets in advance, as Lucha VaVoom routinely sells out. At 1038 S. Hill St or luchavavoom.com.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the student uprising and subsequent brutal government crackdown in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The protests that caught the attention of the world are revisited in Beijing Spring, a world premiere musical at East West Players that opens on May 15. The show, with lyrics by EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang and music by Joel Iwataki, commemorates the events of spring 1989, as the youth fought for democracy against the hardliners of the Chinese Community party. The government instituted martial law and the crackdown led to troops armed with assault rifles and tanks attacking unarmed civilians. Beijing Spring runs through June 15. At 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 or eastwestplayers.org.

We know the joke: Anything you write about Twitter co-founder Biz Stone should be done in 140 characters or less. But even Stone doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy, considering that he has an upcoming book, Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind. Stone will speak at an April 10 breakfast event at the headquarters of architecture firm Gensler as part of the standout Live Talks Business Forums. Look forward to stories about his start in new media back in 1999, his time at Google and the early days of the quick-hit social media company that has changed the Internet. Stone is one of several Live Talks highlights this spring, and another comes March 5: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas, will be in conversation with film honcho Peter Guber. At 500 S. Figueroa St. or livetalksbuisness.com.

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Mastodon is a band with a sound as big as its name suggests. Fans of the metal act already know what to expect, but for the uninitiated, prepare for an onslaught of crushing guitar riffs, torrential drumming and singing that bounces between Viking-like bellowing and dense, beautiful harmonies. The quartet from Atlanta takes the stage at Club Nokia on May 2, where they’ll sing about everything from astral travel to Rasputin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s theories. The show is also a bit of an international affair, as Mastodon will be joined by wild French metal band Gojira and Norwegian rockers Kvelertak. A Katy Perry show this ain’t. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com.

With its age-old position between unbearable Mondays and slightly optimistic Wednesdays, Tuesdays have long held the gold standard for being unfunny. Over at the Downtown Independent, an upstart crew of comedic refugees have launched an irreverent initiative to hilarify Tuesdays with the Sleepaway Camp comedy show. Each and every week, an ad hoc committee of rotating MCs and guest comics drops by to regale the packed house with insightful perspectives on the modern condition. There are also sketch acts and videos. Because this is 2014 and Sleepaway Camp wouldn’t dare take itself seriously, the best way to stay in touch with this operation is via their Facebook page. At 251 S. Main St. (213) 617-1033 or facebook.com/sleepawaycampcomedy.


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At the California Science Center Yes, there’s a new 3D popcorn flick that chronicles the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the consequent destruction of the city of Pompeii. But if you’re looking for a more scientific and nuanced take on the disaster, check out Pompeii: The Exhibition at the California Science Center instead. The exhibit, which opens at the Exposition Park venue on May 20, features more than 150 excavated artifacts that illustrate ancient Roman life around the time of the disaster. Visitors will also get to experience a CGI reproduction of the eruption, then see the aftermath in the form of full-body casts taken off the twisted human remains. One request from the Science Center staff: Please, leave the popcorn at home. At 700 Exposition Park Dr., (323) 724-3623 or californiasciencecenter.org. photo courtesy Jay Weingarten


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Bob Saget rose to fame on clean-cut TV shows such as “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” but don’t be fooled. He’s got a side as raunchy as “Full House” was gentle, and his mainstream background just makes his over-thetop, profane and often groan-inducing brand of stand-up comedy all the more ironic and hilarious. Saget brings his “Dirty Daddy Tour” to Club Nokia at L.A. Live on March 21, where he’ll delve into his observations on fatherhood, the stand-up community, what happens behind the scenes on TV sets and more. The tour is in support of his upcoming book, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. Now you know. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia. com.

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Depending on how old you are, the phrase “Laurel Canyon” either conjures up images of traffic snaking up the hilly terrain above Hollywood, or a flourishing folk rock movement of the 1960s and ’70s. The Grammy Museum will focus on the latter in the Laurel Canyon exhibit that opens May 8. Featuring images from celebrated rock photographer Henry Diltz, Laurel Canyon will acquaint visitors to the folkrock singer/songwriter scene born right in Los Angeles’ back yard. The exhibit touches on artists including Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Crosby, Stills & Nash. For a primer, read Michael Walker’s excellent 2006 book Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rockand-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org.

Center Theatre Group goes the world premiere route with a weighty subject: the life of Paul Robeson. Written and performed by Daniel Beaty and directed by the always-strong Moises Kaufman, The Tallest Tree in the Forest is a play with music (read: not quite a musical) that serves as a theatrical biography of the son of a runaway slave who became one of the world’s best-known performers and activists. The show follows the life of Robeson, touching on his time as a college football standout and his starring roles in Showboat and other productions, while also chronicling the challenges he faced as a Civil Rights leader in a changing America. The Tallest Tree includes a live musical combo on stage. Previews begin April 12 and the show closes May 25. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or centertheatregroup. org.

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Down at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the good folks who keep tabs on our environment and its history are celebrating the institution’s centennial. For those more interested in the rousing elements of our habitat, the First Fridays program offers a cocktail of scientific lectures and live music for the intellectually conscious audiophiles among us. Each first Friday of the month (March 7, April 4 and May 2), the museum stays open late with talks on tracking Los Angeles wildlife and live performances by the likes of indie standouts San Fermin (shown here) and pseudo-punk Mikal Cronin. Get your tickets in advance. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org.


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The marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois’ daughter, Yolande, and one of Harlem’s great poets, Countee Cullen, was viewed as the perfect synthesis of African-American talent and beauty in Harlem. Knock Me a Kiss, written by Charles Smith and directed by Dwain A. Perry, is a fictionalized account of that 1928 union. Inspired by true events, Knock Me a Kiss runs April 3-May 4 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The show, produced by the Robey Theatre Company, is no happy-go-lucky drama, as the marriage is hampered by Cullen’s attachment to another man. At 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org.

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Wednesday, March 5 Google at Gensler Gensler, 500 S. Figueroa St. or livetalksbusiness.com 7:45 a.m.: The Live Talks Business Forum series features Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen discussing, you guessed it, their little tech firm. They’ll be in conversation with film magnate Peter Guber. Thursday, March 6 Seth Goldman at Gensler Gensler, 500 S. Figueroa St. or livetalksbusiness.com 7:45 a.m.: The second Live Talks Business Forum event in two days in the headquarters of Gensler brings Seth Goldman, cofounder, president & CEO of Honest Tea. Friday, March 7 First Fridays Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763DINO or nhm.org. 5 p.m.: This season’s program of lectures and live music continues with talks about Los Angeles wildlife and performances by San Fermin, Wild Up and Son Lux. sunday, March 9 L.A. Marathon Throughout Downtown or online at lamarathon.com. Batten down the hatches y’all. The L.A. Marathon will be starting at Dodger Stadium early in the morning and winding its way through Little Tokyo and the Civic Center before dispersing to points west. Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1745 or moca.org. 11 a.m.: Art Magazine East of Borneo hosts this effort to group

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ROCK, POP & JAZZ Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. March 4: For all who ever asked “Where’s le beef,” it’s the Remy LeBeouf Quintet. Sorry about that. March 5: The Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble Jam Session. March 6: The Myele Manzanza Trio with Mark De Clive-Lowe, Ben Shepherd, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and a contingent of strings. March 7: 18th Street Art Center presents the John Ellis Group. March 8: Jesse Harris with Anthony Wilson and Petra Haden. March 9: John Paul Maramba. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. March 3, 9 p.m.: Moses Sumney will be using his old acoustic guitar and his folksy sensibility to lead the kids out of Westwood down to the promised land at the corner of Alvarado and Beverly. March 4, 8 p.m.: Be careful not to let Painted Palms’ euphoric psyche indie convince you that it’s a wise idea to go on a tree decorating spree late at night. LAPD will not think fondly of your efforts. March 4, 8:30 p.m.: Social Studies will be presenting their carefully researched thesis on constructing unassuming indie rock. March 5, 9 p.m.: Nicole Atkins is Neptune, New Jersey’s answer to Bunny West. March 6, 9 p.m.: Calvin Love promises to inundate the Bootleg with a maddening quantity of his lo-fi musical selections. March 7, 9 p.m.: In the great paradox of Downtown music, JD Samson & MEN is, in fact, an “electronic-feminist-punk” band. March 8, 9 p.m.: Dub FX’s robust bass-heavy electro will have you chugging water like you’re horribly dehydrated. March 9, 2 p.m.: Before you Downtown moralists get your undergarments in a twist with online accusations of international cannibalism, we’d like to inform you that the Aussie BBQ is only a showcase of Australian talent featuring Belusira, Ben Lee and

many, many others. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. March 4, 8 p.m.: Two of the greatest voices in country music, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, put in some benefit work for the Country Music Hall of Fame. March 8, 11 a.m.: Forget old school, Laurie Berkner delivers some preschool entertainment. March 9, 7:30 p.m.: Media celebrities Adal Ramones and Omar Chaparro will be talking to the audience via an amplified microphone. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. March 3, 9 p.m.: Brian Walker and Yonatan jazz up the place. March 4, 10 p.m.: Straight from the depths of Baltimore, Maryland comes Wise Eyes. March 5, 10 p.m.: If you’re looking for a rough sonic approximation of the heartland, you may just enjoy American Primitive and Fiddle & Pine. March 6, 10 p.m.: Zach & Bridget put in work before The Diamond Light. March 8, 10 p.m.: Blues by the bucket and beer by the pint with Johnny Moezzi and the Drones and Charlie Chan & the SOBs. March 9, 1 p.m.: The Get Down Boys will be strumming along as the Escondite brunch features many dozens of boxes of Girl Scout cookies from the neighborhood’s local troop. March 9, 10 p.m.: Honky Tonk Sundays, acculturating Downtown one drunken school night at a time. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. March 7, 10 p.m.: Max Graham. March 8, 10 p.m.: Umek. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. March 5, 8 p.m.: Latin fusion outfit La Santa Cecilia will be debuting their latest album. Ham and Eggs 433 W. Eighth St. or hamandeggstavern.com. March 7, 9 p.m.: Soulville. Honeycut 819 S. Flower St., (213) 688-0888 or honeycutla.com.

March 5, 8 p.m.: You’ll be sure to enunciate when you tell your friends you’re going to see DJ Dom P. His stage name rhymes with Donkey. March 6, 10 p.m.: DJ Rob Ackroyd. March 7, 10 p.m.: Jack of All Tracks. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. March 8, 8 p.m.: Paquita La Del Barrio makes us think Jennifer Lopez’s moniker “Jenny From the Block” wasn’t all that creative. One-Eyed Gypsy 901 E. First St., (626) 340-3529 or one-eyedgypsy.com. March 5: Hot Club Vignati. March 9: Peeping Tom’s Drawing Salon. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. March 4: EZ Tiger, Honeychain and Canole Pope. March 7: Fangs on Fur, Catholic Spit, The Flytraps and Egret on Ergot. March 8, 3 p.m.: Divers and Child. March 8: Heathen Apostles and Frankenstein. March 9, 3 p.m.: Fools on Stools and The Hollywood Blues Destroyers. March 9: Crying But and Lysolgang. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or sevengrand.la. March 3, 10 p.m.: Louis Van Taylor, a sax man. March 4, 10 p.m.: The Makers are like that really good dude you went to high school with who married their sophomore year girlfriend. They found something that worked for them and they haven’t looked back since. March 5, 10 p.m.: Rick Taub’s Midnight Blues Review is the heir apparent of Seven Grand’s blues mantle since Artwork Jamal passed and Deacon Jones disappeared off the face of Downtown music. The Smell 247 S. Main St. in the alley between Spring and Main or thesmell.org. March 5: Peach Kelli Pop, Wyatt Blair and Girlpool. March 6: Signor Benedick The Moor, Coasta, GRYPT and Alpha MC. Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page March 7: Dustin & The Explosions, WASI, Post-Life and Kid Cadaver. March 8: Coachwhips, Mary Ocher, Hyenaz and Hott MT. March 9: Tabor Mountain.

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musiccenter.org. 8 p.m.: Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic play chamber orchestration from Poulenc, Faure and Dvorak. Thursday, March 6 Camerata Pacifica Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-8517 or colburnschool.edu. 8 p.m.: The highly touted chamber music outfit plays the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Dreammusik” as well as pieces by Neiman, Brahms and Britten.

meditation on the rigors of existence and the pain that is family returns to the Downtown stage. Through March 16. Harmony Ahmanson, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org. March 4-8, 8 p.m. and March 9, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: Barry Manilow and his creative partner Bruce Sussman have made a musical about “the first sensational boy band,” a sextet that formed in 1920s Berlin. The act composed of Christian and Jewish members had predictable troubles as change swept across Europe. Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris Sleepaway Camp GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie stAFF writErs: Donna this Evans, Eddiestand-up Kim comedy caval9 p.m.: Every Tuesday irreverent coNtributiNG Editor:atKathryn Maese cade takes up residence the Downtown Independent. coNtributiNG JeffMasha Favre, Greg Vanya and writErs: Sonia and andFischer, Spike Kristin Friedrich, Kylie Jane Wakefield Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Art dirEctor: Brian Allison centertheatregroup.org. AssistANt Art dirEctor: Kanegawa March 4-7, 8 p.m., March 8,Yumi 2:30 and 8 p.m. and March 9, 1 and ProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis Rawlins 6:30 p.m.: Written by Christopher Durang and directed by David Hyde Pierce, the play presents a dysfunctional family (what play PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard doesn’t) locked in a bit of hysterical tumult. Through March 9. AccouNtiNG: Tara LaPlante The Wooster Group: Cry Trojans! AdvErtisiNG Steve REDCAT, 631 dirEctor: W. Second St., (213)Nakutin 237-2800 or redcat.org. clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Holloway March 6-8, 8:30 p.m. and March 9,Catherine 3 p.m.: Homer meets AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Yoji Cole, Josie Damian, Shakespeare as the Trojan War is staged by the celebrated WoostCatherine Holloway er Group. Through March 9. sAlEs AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez

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PacMutual Complex Goes Green Historic Campus Gets Environmental Certification, Plans ‘Living Wall’ By Eddie Kim nagging the country’s top environmental certification is no easy feat, especially if it’s for the redevelopment of a historic building. It takes planning acumen and, perhaps more importantly, a lot of money upfront. Apparently, Downtown developer Rising Realty Partners had enough of both for the PacMutual complex. RRP acquired the three-building complex for $60 million two years ago and embarked on a $25 million renovation. Last week, it secured LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest attainable level. The campus, which contains buildings erected in 1908, 1921 and 1926, is the oldest Platinum-certified complex in Southern California. “Initially, we just wanted to get the highest certification we could, but as we learned more about the Platinum designation, we realized it was in reach,” said Rising Realty Partners CEO Nelson Rising. It is not the only major green addition for the complex across from Pershing Square. The company last week also revealed new renderings of an 80-foot tall “green wall” that will overlook the park. The 460,000 square-foot campus, which is being marketed as creative office space, has jumped from 60% to 90% occupied since RRP’s purchase, according to company Executive Vice President Reed Garwood. Tenants include on-

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rising to the top of the building. The base of the wall sits above a ground-level space that will be filled by Tartine Boulangerie Patisserie, a French bakery, restaurant and wine shop. The wall and park are scheduled to be complete in July. “Olive Street has historically been a quiet corridor for pedestrians and restaurants,” Garwood noted. “We’re trying to revive life in the area with this landscape feature and eatery.” That is not the only addition. The finishing touches are being put on a previously hidden courtyard facing Sixth Street. It will hold seating for two restaurants: Le Pain Quotidien is slated to open in a few weeks, and Tender Greens is on track for a late April reveal. Rising said the company is also looking at several Downtown neighborhoods for its next project. Though he would not reveal specifics, he said the next effort will likely be another redevelopment rather than ground-up construction. eddie@downtownnews.com


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Two separate groups, each vying to form their own Arts District Improvement District, have reached a compromise. Residents can expect BID services to return in the next few months.

Bhavnani said the ADLA’s goal is to have a new BID up and running by June 1. The original BID was shuttered in May 2013 by Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien in response to a lawsuit filed by a team that included Yuval Bar-Zemer, a partner at development firm Linear City. O’Brien found that the former BID’s use of assessment dollars to pay for marketing services that benefited the general public, and not just the property owners, violated state law. Now, Bar-Zemer is on board with the united effort. “I am looking forward for a collaborative effort of all parties in improving our community,” he said in the statement. The formation of the BID requires the signature of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Once that is secured, the city will put together a contract stipulating services and by mid-spring the city will invoice property owners. The ADLA’s BID is slated to have an annual $1.128 million budget and cover approximately 60 square blocks. Once that money starts coming in, ADLA can get the clean and safe services out on the streets, Bhavnani said. donna@downtownnews.com




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An Attack on Alzheimer’s Prominent Surgeon Keith Black Talks About the Disease And Its Challenges at Downtown Luncheon By Donna Evans f an affordable, non-invasive test could determine whether you were on track to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, would you take it? Not surprisingly, when Dr. Keith Black, chairman and professor of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, posed that question to a Downtown Los Angeles audience last week, scores of people raised their hands. Unfortunately, Black told the crowd in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Wednesday, Feb. 26, many people prefer to avoid that kind of depressing news and do nothing. That’s the kind of thinking that Black hopes to change, given that Americans spend $200 billion a year on costs associated with the disease. That is expected to swell to $1.2 trillion by 2050, he said. Barring a successful method of early diagnosis, or unless people stop living longer, “This disease will bankrupt the U.S. healthcare system,” he told the approximately 100 people who showed up for the luncheon organized by Town Hall-Los Angeles. Black has a cachet and an audience enjoyed by only a few medical professionals. He gained fame for the litany of successful operations he performed on patients suffering from brain cancer or other dis-


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developed a device now in clinical trials that enables doctors to provide an early diagnosis through a retinal imaging test. He and his team at Cedars are trying to raise $2.5 million for a pilot study. Susan Galeas, the president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, encouraged attendees at the event to contact their political representatives about funding research. Until there are advancements in the field, Black offered suggestions for people: exercise regularly (at least three times a week) and keep your brain engaged. That doesn’t mean doing crossword puzzles, he said, but rather challenging your brain to do something out of its comfort zone: learn a foreign language or take up a musical instrument. Certain factors can accelerate the disease: genetics, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, he also encourages a healthy diet, one that includes the spice turmeric. He noted that research has linked curcumin, a substance in turmeric, with anti-inflammatory activity, and inflammation is one of the variables of Alzheimer’s. He also said the last thing people should do if they or a loved one are experiencing signs of memory loss is to hide from it. donna@downtownnews.com

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menced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 06/01/2004. This statement was filed with Dean C. logan, los angeles County Clerk on february 14, 2014. NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, 03/24/2014. Fictitious Business name statement File no. 2014041061 The following person is doing business as: aladdin Bail Bonds, 432 W. ocean Blvd., long Beach, Ca 90802 are hereby registered by the following registrant: Two Jinn Inc., 1000 aviara Parkway, Suite 300, Carlsbad, Ca 92011. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 04/30/2004. This statement was filed with Dean C. logan, los angeles County Clerk on february 14, 2014. NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement

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does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, 03/24/2014. Fictitious Business name statement File no. 2014041135 The following person is doing business as: aladdin Bail Bonds, 6213 van Nuys Blvd., van Nuys, Ca 91401 are hereby registered by the following registrant: Two Jinn Inc., 1000 aviara Parkway, Suite 300, Carlsbad, Ca 92011. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 06/01/2004. This statement was filed with Dean C. logan, los angeles County Clerk on february 14, 2014. NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, 03/24/2014. name chanGe suPeRioR couRt oF caliFoRnia, countY oF

los anGeles los anGeles suPeRioR couRt oRDeR to sHoW cause FoR cHanGe oF name no. Bs144399 Petitioner (name of each): Melisa Rayanne Greenfield, 833 S. Berendo, #103, los angeles, CA 90005, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: melisa RaYanne GReenFielD Proposed name: melisa RaYanne oWensGReenFielD The CouRT oRDeRS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. notice oF HeaRinG Date: 03/27/2014 time: 8:00 a.m. Dept.: 20 Room: 310 The address of the court is 111 North hill Street, los angeles, Ca 90012. a copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in CIvIC CeNTeR NeWS, 1264 West 1st Street, los angeles, Ca of general circulation, printed in this county. Prepared by: John a. Clark, executive Officer/Clerk loS aNGeleS SuPeRIoR CouRT 111 NoRTh hIll STReeT, loS aNGeleS, Ca 90012 Date: aug. 01, 2013 hon. Kevin C. Brazile, Judge of the Superior Court Pub. 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10/2014

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the near future? If all goes right, then yes. The city Department of Transportation last week began testing an all-electric, zeroemissions bus for its DASH service in Downtown. The vehicle will be analyzed for 90 days while it runs on Central City routes, which serve an average of 29,000 people each weekday, according to the LADOT. If the bus tests well, the department could begin updating its DASH fleet with all-electric vehicles. The bus is made by BYD, which is based out of Shenzhen, China and also has a factory in Lancaster, Calif.

Roy’s Restaurant in Financial District Closes


or years Roy’s Restaurant at the southeast corner of Eighth and Figueroa Streets has been a favored destination in the Financial District, with area office workers and pre-Staples Center and L.A. Live crowds stopping by for the Hawaiian fusion cuisine that made chef Roy Yamaguchi a star. However, the patrons have to find somewhere else to go, as Roy’s mysteriously shuttered last week after almost a decade in Downtown. There was apparently no advance warning given, and the final meal was served on Sunday, Feb. 23, according to various reports. A representative of the restaurant could not be reached for comment, and the Downtown Los Angeles location has been removed from the Roy’s website. The exit of Roy’s comes amid a wave of new restaurants entering the area, including several at the food complex at FIGat7th and the casual eatery Local Table, which occupies a space immediately adjacent to Roy’s.

Vegan Center Planned for Arts District


new business that touts itself as an “eco-vegan-mind-body one-stop shop” is coming to the Arts District. The Springs L.A. will move into a 13,000-square-foot space at 608 Mateo St., according to the company’s Instagram account, thespringsLA. Jared Stein, who co-owns The Springs LA with Kimberly Helms, posted that one year ago he left New York to follow his dream of opening his own business, one dedicated to a vegan lifestyle that promotes wellness, sustainability and community. The company plans to offer yoga, raw food, a juice bar, an organic wine bar, and gardens. The space is being designed by architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph.

Indoor Rock Climbing and A New Play on DTTV


f you’re interested in climbing boulders in the Arts District or checking out the play A Nice Indian Boy, but aren’t yet ready to commit to either, then head to downtownnews.com. This week, the weekly DTTV webcast touches on both of those subjects. First up is a visit to L.A. Boulders, the 13,000-square-foot climbing center that opened in January on Sixth Street. Then comes a feature on the East West Players world premiere play about love, parents and expectations. The webcast goes online on Monday, March 3 and will be up all week.

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