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$61 Million Development Planned for Arts District


ive warehouse buildings in the Arts District are poised to become a 125,000-squarefoot retail center, ASB Real Estate Investments has announced. The Maryland-based company partnered with Century City’s Blatteis & Schnur for the $32.5 million acquisition at Palmetto and Mateo streets. ASB plans to pour an additional $30 million into developing the industrial complex, which will include 430 parking spaces and create 900 feet of retail frontage along Palmetto and Mateo, which is bordered by Barker Block and Molino Street Lofts. In a prepared statement, Robert Schnur, co-chairman of Blatteis & Schnur, said, “A brilliant design is planned, allowing us to attract unique, compelling and artisanal retailers and food purveyors.”

Housing Project Planned for Jewelry District Tower


ome big changes are on the horizon for a Jewelry District building. Kyung Cho, who owns the 13-story structure at 701 S. Hill St., plans to turn the edifice into a housing complex. It will mark a major transformation for the 1929 property also known as the Foreman & Clark Building. The structure, which currently holds office tenants and street-level jewelry businesses, will become 165 residential

TWITTER: @ DOWNTOWNNEWS units; the ground-floor space would be filled by two restaurants and a bar/lounge, according to documents filed with the city Planning Department. Cho is currently trying to secure entitlements for the development, a process that should take approximately nine months, according to project representative Elizabeth Peterson. Los Angeles-based architecture firm EWAI is handling the designs. No timeline or budget details have been revealed.

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Main Street Meatball Restaurant Wins Right to Sell Booze


he protracted battle over whether a restaurant on the ground floor of the New Genesis Apartments can serve wine and beer has ended, with the Central Area Planning Commission’s June 10 ruling that Great Balls on Tires may sell alcohol. The decision overturns a zoning administrator’s March decision that found that selling alcohol would be detrimental to the formerly homeless individuals, many with addiction issues, who live in the 104 apartments on upper floors of the complex at 456 S. Spring St. Skid Row Housing Trust, which developed the permanent supportive housing project that opened in 2012, had appealed the zoning administrator’s ruling. The developer argued that the restaurant’s mere proximity to people with addiction issues would not trigger substance abuse, explained Elizabeth Peterson, an SRHT representative. Peterson pointed to the numerous nearby bars, restaurants and markets that already sell alcohol. The next step, said SRHT Executive Director Mike Alvidrez, is for the operator of the restaurant, Clint Peralta,


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to secure a liquor license from the state. Alvidrez is not sure of the timing, but said, “I hope it will be swift so that the restaurant can open and become a thriving Downtown business that serves the entire community.”

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he Gas Company Tower has struggled with low occupancy over the past few years, recently clocking in at just 72% filled. Now, how-

ever, owner Brookfield Office Properties has snagged a top-notch tenant. Brookfield announced that it has inked a deal with accounting giant Deloitte to fill about 113,000 square feet of space in the skyscraper at 555 W. Fifth St. The move is scheduled to happen by the end of the year, according to Brookfield, and as part of the deal Deloitte will place its corporate logo at the top of the 50-story Gas Company Tower. “Brookfield enjoys a long-standing relationship with Deloitte across the country and around the globe and is very pleased to have the opportunity to expand that relationship in Los AnContinued on page 29

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Hail the Downtown Soccer Champs


he World Cup began last week, giving people around the globe futbol fever. It’s a condition that has infected Downtown Los Angeles as well, and with the United States playing its first game on Monday, June 16, against Ghana, we expect work for a few hours will grind to a standstill. Bosses and managers, be advised: Your employees will be streaming the game at their computer or watching at a nearby bar. That’s fine, but World Cup viewing habits are only the second most impressive soccer story in Downtown. The top rank (or maybe the golden goal) goes to the St. Turibius middle school team, which despite immense shortcomings (more on those below) recently won its third consecutive Catholic league championship. If you’ve never heard of the St. Turibius Warriors, you’re not alone. The 180-student, K-8 campus lies on the southern edge of Downtown, just a long kick north of the 10 Freeway. The amenities are unspectacular. The school, surrounded by razor wire and the exhaust of belching trucks, primarily serves low-income students. St. Turibius competes against many larger, more affluent schools, and over the past three years the team has gone undefeated (it was 11-0 last season). But that’s not the only thing that sets the Downtown institution apart from its foes: St. Turibius lacks a soccer field. That’s right, the soccer champs don’t have a grassy green field, or even one made of artificial turf. Instead, the team coached by a full-time seventh grade teacher, Raymond Moreno, practices on a hard playground blacktop. Making things more challenging, there are poles for basketball hoops in the middle of the “field.” How did this tiny, sports-challenged school score a three-peat? Having a few skilled players helps, but so does a resourceful coach who utilizes the speediness of the blacktop as an advantage come game time. The Warriors also wouldn’t net three trophies without a supportive administration and principal who can figure out how to get kids to games and provide them with snacks, uniforms and the other things that more affluent schools take for granted. We are very impressed with what St. Turibius, both the school and the team, has achieved. Now, we think they should get something more: a bit of help from the Downtown community. Downtown has been quick to support the new Metro Charter Elementary School. However, we wonder if those with access to amenities and extensive connections could provide the soccer team some resources, perhaps even find them a grassy field for practices (transportation would help, too). We worry about the kids who will go tumbling over a blacktop — it sounds like a shredded knee waiting to happen. The Warriors have proved they can survive without this, and three consecutive league titles says more about their tenacity and resourcefulness than we ever could. Still, that doesn’t mean they should have to go it alone. Downtown is a nurturing, supportive community. Hopefully some of that can go to St. Turibius.

Time to Get a Handle on Downtown Pot Clinics


t’s no surprise that the Compassionate Care Act that California voters approved in 1996 has led to so many challenges. Even when people were weighing the pros and cons of what was then known as Proposition 215, plenty of observers argued that the well-intentioned effort to allow the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana in the state was poorly written and would result in unforeseen problems. If anything, the biggest surprise may be that it took so long for the complications of the issue to surface in Downtown Los Angeles. In this regard the Central City has trailed other neighborhoods such as Eagle Rock. There, residents grew furious when a huge contingent of pot shops opened. The city, which spent years bungling the issue, had a notoriously difficult time thwarting them. Now, local residents and workers are beginning to grasp a new concept — some see Downtown as weedtown. As Los Angeles Downtown News reported last week, more than 30 medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are operating in the community. Ten of them are in South Park, and they can also be found in the Arts District, the Historic Core, Chinatown and other districts. While the use and growth of marijuana remains illegal in the United States, this page strongly supports the spirit of what state voters passed 18 years ago. We firmly believe that people who are truly ill, and whose suffering can be improved by the use of the drug, should have access to it for their personal consumption. While there has been debate and discussion over how this should be provided, we also think a very carefully regulated system of storefront dispensaries is, in theory at least, a good one. Taking the line of thinking further, Downtown should hold a reasonable number, but not an overwhelming number, of these clinics. Local inhabitants who are actually ill deserve easy access to what will help them. They shouldn’t have to drive across the city. However, Downtown is now experiencing what Eagle Rock and other neighborhoods endured, and as everyone knows, it is hardly a situation where only people who are sick are getting access to high-grade marijuana. With the number of clinics and delivery services, and standards that are far from stringent, it has become a bit like the wild west for weed. That’s why local officials need to get a handle on the situation. Downtown is growing quickly, with thousands of residents arriving and scores of businesses opening every year. Whatever their field, the business owners have to follow all applicable laws. It should be

the same for the operators of pot clinics. As mentioned above, the city has had a difficult time figuring out how to respond to the surge of clinics, with a series of ordinances that ultimately produced few results. Finally, it appears as if there is the potential for change. City Attorney Mike Feuer, who took office a year ago, is building a base on which to attack the issue, and he is helped by specifics regulating the clinics within Proposition D, which city voters passed in May 2013. Feuer is taking a careful yet aggressive tone in interpreting Proposition D and dealing with the clinics, and we hope he continues his enforcement by applying those standards Downtown (where he has already filed criminal cases against five area operators). The measure gives 134 collectives in Los Angeles “limited immunity” from prosecution if they meet a series of conditions, including having registered with the city years ago and being a set distance from schools and parks. This isn’t the same thing as legalization. Instead, these clinics will, essentially, be tolerated if they follow the rules. Still, nothing is simple. The clinics can move frequently, and some that originally started in Downtown are no longer here, while other Prop D-compliant clinics that were launched in farflung neighborhoods have relocated to Downtown, in part because the area contains relatively few schools, parks and complaining parents (the parental base is, obviously, expanding rapidly). It has gotten to the point that no one is quite sure how many clinics are here. The only definite is that the vast majority of them are operating illegally. Several things should happen now. First, police and prosecutors need to determine exactly how many clinics are in Downtown, and which of them are Prop D-compliant. We should know which operators are following the rules, and which ones are gaming the system. We also think the businesses following the law deserve to have protection from those not meeting the stringent standards. Thus, we urge Feuer and the police to continue the aggressive approach, whether this means targeting operators or landlords who allow non-Prop D-compliant clinics to open. Not everyone will agree with this recommendation — a lot of people think casual and personal marijuana use should be legal. However, until the laws are changed, existing standards need to be enforced. That starts in Downtown.

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Downtown’s Big Sidewalk Tangle Business Groups Upset Over Council Members’ Effort to Legalize Street Vending By Eddie Kim treet vending is illegal in Los Angeles. Yet as every Downtown worker or resident knows, it flourishes in the Central City, with hot dog sellers, clothing hawkers and more often popping up on sidewalks. Now, a pair of City Council members has embarked on an effort to legalize and regulate the practice, arguing that doing so would bring vendors out of the shadows and allow them to contribute to the local economy. That, however, has sparked an outcry from some local business and community leaders, who worry that the move would hamper Downtown’s revitalization and harm brick-and-mortar businesses. They also believe the city simply can’t regulate a swell of newly empowered vendors. “Downtown is a unique community, and sidewalk vending can get in the way of growing a neighborhood,” said Kent Smith, executive director of the Fashion District Business Improvement District. “If the city implements a new framework for street vending, that’s one thing. But where is it getting the resources to maintain it? I like the happy world of regulation, but I don’t think it’s the reality.” The implications of street vending have been discussed for years, and in November 14th District City Councilman José Huizar and Ninth District rep Curren Price authored a motion to look at legalizing the practice. In May, the Chief Legislative Analyst’s office issued a seven-page


preliminary report recommending Los Angeles adopt a citywide street vending program. Although details are still being worked out, the early plan involves creating a regulatory structure with a slew of rules regarding where vendors can work, how many can operate on a block, how far they must be from storefront businesses, what fees they need to pay and more. No timeline for implementation has been revealed. Huizar said government involvement is required because the status quo is unsustainable and hurts both storefront shops and vendors alike. “The system we have right now, no matter where you stand on the debate, it’s broken and everyone needs a regulatory system,” Huizar said. “We need to allow vendors to sell their wares while putting mechanisms in place to protect brick-and-mortar businesses.” Although street vending is ubiquitous in Downtown, it is most pronounced in the Fashion District, where dozens of mobile food carts and clothing and accessory vendors can set up shop on weekends. The Historic Core also sees numerous vendors, and South Park sidewalks swell when large events take place at Staples Center or L.A. Live. While she says she understands the argument that vendors are just trying to earn a living, Blair Besten, executive director of the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Im-


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provement District, said that they can create problems in a neighborhood. Sidewalk blockages caused by vendors can force pedestrians to walk in a street filled with cars, Besten said. She added that people have been burned by hot griddles on mobile food carts. Unscrupulous vendors also leave behind piles of trash, she said. She recalled an incident in which a vendor dumped his hot dog water into an alley by the Flower Street Lofts, attracting a clan of hungry rats. “We had to call our team to go clean that mess up,” Besten said. “It’s not fair for the businesses who are paying us for clean-and-safe

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Advocates for street vending say the businesses contribute to the local economy. Some community and business stakeholders in Downtown, however, question the city’s ability to enforce new rules.

numerous difficulties remain, with vendors complaining that enforcement from the police department is confusing and arbitrary, with some vendors receiving warnings and others being arrested. The CLA report was discussed at a packed May 13 hearing before the Council’s Economic Development Committee, on which Huizar sits. During several hours of testimony, those in favor of regulation charged that arrests have led to the deportation of undocumented immigrants. An LAPD representative pointed to other negative impacts, saying that the threat of punitive action makes some vendors wary of reporting robberies and attempts at extortion from local gangs, who will charge a “tax” when the mobile sellers set up in certain districts. Confusion also arises because vendors can obtain city busi-

ness tax registration and permits to serve food from the county Department of Public Health, said Isella Gracian, vice president of operations for the East Los Angeles Community Corporation, which is working with Huizar and Price on the topic. “People go in to do the paperwork and pay for what seems to be all the right permits, and so you can imagine how shocked they are when LAPD comes and arrests them,” Gracian said. Micro-Business View Several people at the May 13 committee meeting said they turned to street vending after losing their job or as a way to get out of homelessness. “With jobs, I’m discriminated against not for the color of my skin or my features, but my age,” testified Felice McGuinness, a vendor in Leimert Park. “But joining the ranks of homeless Afri-

can Americans is not an option for me. I want to earn my way, and street vending has allowed me to stay afloat.” Advocates for street vendors say they contribute to the economy and could do so on a greater scale with a proper system of registration and taxation. The view is shared by Price. “We need to use all of our tools to promote the local economy,” Price said. “We shouldn’t overlook these micro-businesses, and we need to find a way to formalize this entrepreneurship, because it’s been going on for a long time in this city.” Gracian maintains that brick-and-mortar businesses don’t need to view street vendors as adversaries. The CLA report referenced a study of the Portland, Ore., street vending scene that found that food carts had “positive impacts on street vitality and neighborhood life” in high-density downtown areas. That’s not very convincing to Downtown Los Angeles opponents of the current proposal, who see huge question marks over vendors’ accountability and their ability to benefit neighborhoods. “We have concerns about how vendors will factor in terms of contributing to the BIDs or otherwise to keep our streets clean and safe, and what can be done to maintain distance from storefront businesses,” said Jessica Lall, executive director of the South Park Business Improvement District. Huizar and Price have said that fees collected through a new permitting system could help pay for a dedicated police unit to deal with street vendors and fund additional resources for county and city agencies. Still, Smith, Besten and Lall are doubtful that a cash-strapped city would be able to enforce any new ordinance. The issue isn’t with legal vendors doing things right, Besten said. The worry is that illegal vendors will also flock to Downtown and will take advantage of lax enforcement. “There’s no point if the cops come by once with a warning and don’t return for the rest of the day,” Besten said. The Economic Development Committee will meet again in August to discuss the matter. At the same time, the office of the city Chief Administrative Officer will prepare another report, this one examining funding mechanisms and cost estimates of a citywide street vending program.


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A Hotel Restaurant Turnover, Gourmet Tacos and More Food Happenings By Eddie Kim ill ’Em Up: A big food change is coming to the lobby of the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. Chef Kerry Simon’s L.A. Market restaurant will make way for an outpost of Ben Ford’s Culver City gastropub Ford’s Filling Station. Ford’s offers simply prepared New American dishes with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients; highlights include pork belly lettuce wraps with pickled watermelon or goat-cheese gnocchi with English peas. The L.A. Live Ford’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It is slated to open in the fall (L.A. Market will keep operating until then). Quick trivia: Did you know that Ben Ford is the son of actor Harrison Ford? Now you do. Coming to 900 W. Olympic Blvd. or


The Pub Craze Continues: As if the Historic Core didn’t have enough watering holes, last week saw the debut of Beelman’s Pub. The small bar and eatery near Sixth and Spring streets comes from the ACME Hospitality Group, which owns and operates Library Bar, Spring Street Bar, Sixth Street Tavern and the re-tooled King Eddy Saloon. Beelman’s, which has an outdoor patio, has a rotating selection of draft brews and wines and a cocktail menu that trends toward classic flavors; check out the Rocket Queen, with lillet blanc, absinthe, cham-

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pagne, lemon juice and dark berry liqueur. The food comes from Tom Block, who has assembled a menu of pubby favorites such as charcuterie and cheese boards, a burger with thickcut bacon, pepper-crusted hanger steak and oysters on the half shell. The bar is open from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. At 600 S. Spring St. or Tacos Galore: Guisados in Boyle Heights and Echo Park is adored for its selection of savory, tender braised meats and vegetables served in taco form. Soon, Downtowners can get in on the tasty fun. A Guisados in the Spring Arcade building, near Sixth and Spring streets, is expected to open in the first or second week of July, depending on how long final city inspections take, said Guisados’ co-owner Armando de la Torre, Jr. “We really wanted a place that feels organic and has history, and though we looked at new buildings in Downtown, they didn’t have the charac-

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Makeover Complete: The Broadway Bar returns this week after a design refresh and tweaks to the drinks menu, courtesy of Cedd Moses’ Downtown bar juggernaut 213 Nightlife. The bar officially opens on Thursday, June 19, and flaunts a warmer, more elegant feel, with cream-colored silk shades, gold and black accents, brass decorations and remodeled bathrooms. Company beverage director Eric Alperin and Broadway Bar’s Ozborne Williams have also collaborated on new cocktails, including The Chapman, with Beefeater gin, muddled cucumber, lime juice and cane sugar. At 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or Artsy Tastes: The Industrial District’s Night Gallery is known for its high-quality art exhibitions, but Downtowners can now also stop by for food from artist and self-taught cook Eden Batki. Her operation, dubbed Day Café, offers eclectic sandwiches, bowls and salads out of a miniscule trailer. Recent dishes included a sandwich of roasted tofu, mushrooms and kimchi on a baguette, as well as a salad of dandelion greens, arugula, parsley, celery root, white beans and more in a lemon olive oil dressing. Menu items hover around $10, and Day Café also has iced coffee and artisanal sodas. The mini-eatery is open from 12-5 p.m. daily and will be serving through Aug. 30. At 2276 E. 16th St. or

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Everyone loves dinosaurs, and if you doubt that, just consider the fact that more than 8 million people worldwide have watched the live production Walking With Dinosaurs. No wonder: Audiences get to ogle 20 life-size dinosaur re-creations in a show that explores their origins and lives. The arena-sized spectacular, which lands at Staples Center Sept. 11-14, also depicts environmental changes and the way the dinosaurs reacted. The creatures include the Stegosaurus, the feared Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Garcettiosaurus (one of those is made up). The highlight is 56-foot-long Brachiosaurus. Basically, the $20 million production is as close as you’ll get to trekking back in time to see the real thing. At 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or

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The first Nisei Week took place in 1934, and 80 years later, the ann ual celebration of Japanese and is the highlight of the cultural cale Japanese-American life ndar in Little Tokyo. The festival is many-splendored, with events rade though the streets of the tigh including the Grand Pat-knit community (August 10, sho wn here), a gyoza-eating competi a huge ondo street dancing part tion (August 16) and y in which everyone participates (August 17). The neighborhood sports and cultural displays. Park will be full of culinary, and make a day of it. Throughout Little Tokyo or niseiwee

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Budweiser Made in aMerica Grand Park Festival August 30-31 Downtowners went bananas in the spring when this massive two-day event for the normally free park was announced. Like it or hate it, the barricades for Jay Z’s festival will go up all around the park and City Hall. It remains unknown if Jay Z himself will make a surprise appearance, but the lineup is surprisingly diverse. Saturday’s headliner is Imagine Dragons, and they’ll be joined by Steve Aoki, Rise Against, Weezer and many more. John Mayer tops the bill Sunday; also playing are Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Metric and, once again, many more. There will be multiple stages, food trucks and plenty of ancillary events. Though the shows are all ages, you’ll need to be 21+ to enter the beer gardens. Expect them to serve Budweiser. At Grand Park or

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Most people are surprised when they learn that Barbra Streisand has her own private underground shopping mall in her posh Malibu residence. Those unawares include playwright Jonathan Tolins. The glorious bit of information spurred the author of Twilight of the Golds, which played the Taper back in the ’90s, to write a one-man show about an unemployed Hollywood actor who lands a job in Her Barbraness’ secret emporium. The comedic play, which stars “Ugly Betty” alumnus Michael Urie, was a hit in New York and lands at the Mark Taper Forum July 9-Aug. 17. Don’t expect something that slams Streisand and celebrity, however — there’s a tender, touching aspect, too. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) (213) 972-4400 or photo by Joan Marcus

Fourth oF July Block Party Downtown’s biggest Independence Day celebration takes place at Grand Park, where the staff is preparing to handle up to 25,000 people. The Music Center is tripling the size of last year’s event, and the 4-9 p.m. celebration will feature two stages, one for soul, disco and funk bands, the other for indie and alternative acts. The proceedings will be topped off by a 15-minute fireworks show, which Grand Park officials claim is the biggest pyrospectacular in Downtown in more than a decade. Not only will the 12-acre park be dedicated to the festivities, but so will surrounding streets. Note: This is a perfect event for public transportation. Use the Metro Red Line’s Civic Center/Grand Park stop. At Grand Park or

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Lady GaGa

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Stephanie Germanotta. She liked to sing and disliked wearing pants. She adopted the nom de music Lady Gaga, dressed in provocative outfits that usually didn’t involve pants, re- leased an album called Born This Way, and became super famous. The media and the kids loved her and she responded by wearing a dress made out of meat. The media and the kids loved her more. Then, in 2013, Gaga released an album called Artpop, and on July 2122, she brings her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour to Staples Center. There will be lots of music, as well as runways made out of translucent material which fans will walk on and dance under. At press time, it was impossible to say if there would be meat clothing. At 1111 S. Figueroa St or

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Although Mike Kelley was born in Michigan, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-70s and, before his death in 2012, was widely considered a Los Angeles artist. His career is recalled in the massive Mike Kelley, which fills the MOCA Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo and part of the museum’s Grand Avenue home as well. The show, which runs through July 28, includes sculptures, assemblages, drawings, paintings, videos, performances, photography, installations and even a giant mobile home, known as the “Mobile Homestead,” where a series of events will take place during July. Pace yourself: Mike Kelley has more than 250 pieces, and they actually force you to think. At 250 S. Grand Ave. and 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 626-6222 or

The National Ballet of Canada puts a terpsichorean twist on William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and tragedy. The company first mounted Romeo and Juliet in 1964, and three years ago it celebrated its 60th birthday by commissioning choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to create a new production to accompany the Prokofiev score. The Toronto Post hailed it as a “new modern classic,” and it’s landing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion July 1013 as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series. There will be five performances, including two weekend matinees. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or

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This is the era in which big bands spur musicals — think Abba’s Mamma Mia and Green Day’s American Idiot. So it makes perfect sense that a show would be built around Queen, which thanks to the late Freddy Mercury and some forward-thinking songcraft was one of the most theatrical rock bands ever. We Will Rock You, which is on a national tour, has a slim plot concerning a couple young renegades — Galileo and Scaramouche — looking for a long-buried electric guitar. Of course, you’re there for the rock, not the plot, and the set list includes 24 Queen songs, among them “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Somebody to Love” and, yes, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” FYI, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor were musical supervisors in the show written by Ben Elton. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or

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fine. Roger Guenveur Smith, however, inhabits the parts he plays. Smith is a serial monologist, known for one-man shows about individuals including Bob Marley and Black Panther Huey Newton. A few years ago he came Downtown for Juan and John (shown here), about the famous fight between Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro and San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. Things take an intense turn on July 24-26, when cultural programmer Grand Performances brings Smith to the Cal Plaza Watercourt for three free showings of Rodney King. It’s no simple bio piece about the man whose beating and arrest, famously caught on video, would ultimately lead to the Los Angeles riots, but something deeply thought-provoking. After all, Smith views King as the world’s “first reality TV star.” At 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6872159 or


Check out how an Italian civilization lived, then died, during the height of the Roman empire. The 150-piece Pompeii: The Exhibition, which opened last month at the California Science Center and runs through Jan. 4, 2015, displays artifacts from the day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius blew its top, burying the city about 15 miles south of Naples in ash. Excavated items include mosaics, marble furniture, frescos, gladiator armor and jewelry. Ironically, the destruction of Pompeii is what preserved Pompeii, as it allowed archeologists to discover how an ancient civilization lived. Keep your eyes open, and keep the kids out of the replica bordello. At 700 Exposition Park Drive, (213) 744-2019 or


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California Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall • July 13 and August 3, 10 and 17

during the fall, winter and spring, disney Hall belongs to the los angeles Philharmonic. But come summer, Gustavo dudamel and the Phil drive to the Hollywood Bowl, and the California Philharmonic is happy to jump in to fill downtown’s symphonic void. The orchestra led by Victor Vener adds a fun flair to the music. Consider the august 10 program “Movie Masterpieces,” which features everything from Wagner’s “die Meistersinger” to selections from “Game of Thrones.” The “Broadway and Bolero” lineup on aug. 17 offers flamenco music and numbers from Cats and Evita. you get the picture. At 111 S. Grand Ave. or

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So you think you can dance? On July 26 in Grand Park, you can. That’s because it’s national dance day, and this year’s day-long celebration will showcase los angeles’ dance talent, provide aspiring dancers the chance to learn from the best local dance companies, and highlight the health and wellness benefits of moving and exercising through dance. From 10 a.m.-10 p.m., dancers of all skill levels are invited to participate in hip-hop and jazz dance routines. dance fans of all ages should appreciate the informal shimmy and shake party in the park’s fountain, along with a dance film screening in the park after sunset. The Music Center is partnering with Grand Park and the dizzy Feet Foundation to put on the event. At 227 N. Spring St., (213) 972-8080 or

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nter • July 3-6 Los Angeles Convention Ced shows and graphic novels,

may know as animate Anime and manga, which you e. See for yourself when a seriously passionate fan bas are Japanese creations with ge on the Convenbies and obsessive fans conver huge, colorful crowds of new of its kind in North ing her gat Expo, the largest tion Center for the 2014 Anime ing: concerts, panel 3-6 and offers a lot of everyth America. The event runs July s, a nightclub, ion with more than 240 vendor discussions, a massive exhibit ate competideb a and s ion ic DJs, gaming stat karaoke, parties with electron , or costume play: Don’t forget about the cosplay tion, among other activities. characters. The most ss to impress as their favorite Thousands of people will dre de. ry in the Anime Masquera ambitious will compete for glo 619-7689 or ) (800 At 1201 S. Figueroa St.,

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While everyone likes butterflies, most people’s knowledge of them is limited to: They start as caterpillars. They spin cocoons. They emerge as butterflies. Build upon that, and ogle some of the world’s most beautiful winged creatures, at the Butterfly Pavilion, which runs through Sept. 1 in a tent on the lawn of the Natural History Museum. The Exposition Park attraction contains more than 50 varieties of butterflies, including the monarch, the mourning cloak, the buckeye and the grey cracker. Learn about their eating and other habits. Did you know they use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar? You do now, and that’s just the start of the fun. Tip: Admission is separate from regular museum entrance, and online reservations are suggested. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or

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“Whatever floats your boat” becomes more than a cliché on June 26. That’s when engineering and consulting firm Psomas takes over the big fountain in City National Plaza for the seventh annual Paper Yacht Challenge. Huge fans will be set up and dozens of Downtowners will fold, tape and staple pieces of plain white paper in the effort to build an aerodynamic, watertight craft. Heats will feature about six boats, and those that catch the wind and cross the fountain in about 30 seconds have a good shot at win winning a trophy. Alas, some will simply sink to the bottom. The challenge will raise money for the Hope Street Family Center, and the proceedings include a silent auction with some impressive prizes, among them a trip to Hawaii. At Fifth and Flower streets or yachtchallenge.

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L ucha VaVoom


The thing that’s wonderful about Lucha VaVoom is the oddity of its familiarity. Or is it our familiarity with its oddity? Whatever the case, the familiar and odd combination of masked Mexican wrestling, creative striptease and saucy comedians returns to the Mayan Theater on July 17. As usual it’s all about “sexo y violencia,” and though the lineup has not yet been announced, one can expect familiar grapplers such as Li’l Cholo and El Jimador, as well as burlesque artists including Michelle L’Amour and Lucy Fur. Lucha VaVoom may have launched 12 years ago, but somehow it still doesn’t feel old. At 1038 S. Hill St or

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Nike Basketball 3 on 3 Tournament L.A. Live, August 8-10 The Clippers and Lakers won’t take the court again until the fall, but those with an insatiable basketball jones can get their fix at the sixth installment of the Nike Basketball 3 on 3 Tournament. Dozens of half courts will set up throughout L.A. Live, and more than 1,200 teams with 4,500 players will compete in a series of three-on-three games. An estimated 25,000 spectators will attend the free event, and the many divisions include adult elite, youth, wheelchair and Special Olympics components. The weekend of festivities also features a celebrity game, and plenty of expos and related entertainment. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or

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At Grand Park • June-August The great thing about the Music Center’s free Friday Night Sing-Alongs is that you don’t have to be a very good singer. In fact, you can be a lousy, ohsweet-heavens-please-stop-that-racket singer. All that matters is you love to sing, and on five Fridays this summer, those ready to raise their voices will join hundreds of others in Grand Park. The lineup is all over the musical map, with the Detroit Sound on June 20, Songs of ’64 on July 18 and, come Aug. 1, Broadway Favorites. Also, you don’t need to know the words in advance — lyric sheets will be provided. The 6:30-8 p.m. events are free and a live band will play. Tip: Sing-alongs are first come, first served, so grab tickets when they are handed out at 6 p.m. At Grand Park or events/activearts.

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The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Mu exual ann seum is known for its current year’s film and TV hibits featuring the best of the lywood: Sketches From the costumes. With Designing Hol South Park institution the Christian Esquevin Collection, from the 1920s through focuses instead on Hollywood h more than 100 pieces the 1960s. The exhibition, wit ion, showcases the crefrom Esquevin’s private collect working in the film iners ations of the greatest design yep, there are duds from dustry in the 20th century — other luminaries. Also on Edith Head, Gilbert Adrian and wardrobe materials. Designdisplay are some rare studio this month and continues ned ing Hollywood, which ope through Nov. 1, is free. -5821 or At 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623

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When you think about the trafficking of women in Thailand, do you think stage musical? Downtown resident Erin Kamler does, and Land of Smiles is her new work on the subject as seen through the eyes of sex workers, grassroots activists and non-governmental organization employees. Kamler’s show, which will be on the stage at the Historic Core’s Los Angeles Theatre Center July 23-26, was inspired by more than 50 interviews and examines how the trafficking story is being told while showing that finding a solution is a lot more complicated than it seems. The plot concerns Emma, an American caseworker, who must prepare Lipoh, a migrant from Burma, to be a witness in a trafficking prosecution. What transpires is a journey into Thailand’s anti-trafficking movement. Get ready for a tale of politics, morality and the rhetoric of human rights. At 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc. org.

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels July 9 a f t e r n o o n There will be dogs. Some will be big and some will be small. They will be black, white, brown, orange-ish, speckled and spotted. Some will bark, but unless something goes horribly wrong, none will bite (they will be on leashes, after all). These dogs, about a thousand of them, and a slightly larger number of their two-legged companions, will come to the Cathedral plaza for the eighth annual event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. From 6-9 p.m., new friends will be made, people will have snacks and drinks, and the dogs will have snacks and sniffs. At 555 W. Temple St. or

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Summer is the busiest time for the Downtown Art Walk, with literally tens of thousands of people wandering through the Historic Core, visiting galleries and local bars and restaurants. It’s a curious event these days, and those who claim it’s more about the party than the art aren’t wrong. Still, the Art Walk brass do the best they can to ensure that the cre-

ative community gets its due, and dozens of galleries fling open their doors. It’s easy to find the food trucks and the vendors, and if you’re looking to make a

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Tiger” by heart. Sometimes, You know Survivor’s “Eye of the ous even sing the song made fam when no one is looking, you with a it sing to get ’ll you 2, . Aug in Rocky. You do this loudly. On show rs when Survivor plays a free bunch of friends and strange t par is nt eve g nin wn. The eve at Pershing Square in Downto sa ure feat ich wh es, seri ge wn Sta of the six-week free Downto ude incl ute acts. Other highlights number of throwback and trib The and 12, July t Orchestra on former members of Electric Ligh tarist and keyboardist who gui the g urin feat Original Wailers, es on Aug. 16. Another treat com played in Bob Marley’s band, anic s, who penned the ’80stast July 26, when Missing Person and a Downtown L.A. Food trucks in play ” them “Walking in L.A., t. cer con ay urd ing every Sat beer garden are available dur re. 70 or -49 847 ) (213 St., e Oliv S. At 532

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Central and West plazas in Chinatown come alive on two Saturday evenings, as the Chinatown Business Improvement District teams up with KCRW for a couple family-friendly happenings. The Chinatown Summer Nights on July 12 and August 9 will run from 5 p.m. to midnight and will include bands, DJs, beer gardens, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, a batch of food trucks and more. Usually the early hours bring parents pushing strollers, while the place turns into hipsterville after 9 p.m. Of course, there are also dozens of Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood eager to serve. Tip: Leave the car at home and take the Metro Gold Line. At 943-951 N. Broadway or

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Generally speaking, only members of the Los Angeles Dodgers take batting practice or throw pitches in the bullpen at Dodger Stadium. On July 28, however, the opportunity is open to Dodger diehards when the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission presents the inaugural Dodgers All-Access. Modeled after the LASEC’s massively fun Lakers All-Access and NFL 101 events, the evening (it’s a benefit for the Dodgers Foundation and the LASEC) offers the aforementioned treats, along with photo ops in the bullpen and the press box. One set-up will even allow attendees to get their face on a baseball card. There is also dinner plus some panel discussions, with participants including Manager Don Mattingly (shown here), outfielder Andre Ethier, team President and CEO Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti. Tickets start at $550. At Dodger Stadium, (213) 2362361 or lasec. net.

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danah boyd (that’s not a typo — she prefers the name lower-case), a principal researcher at Microsoft, is often called one of the most influential women in technology. She brings her insights to the Central Library’s Aloud program in a July 29 discussion dubbed “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” after her newest book of the same name. She’ll discuss the myths surrounding teens’ usage of social media and examine the impacts of an increasingly interconnected culture. It is one of many Aloud highlights in June and July. Other intriguing events include a visit from filmmaker Miguel Arteta on June 30 and Francisco Goldman exploring life in Mexico City on July 17. Tip: All Aloud events are free, but you need to make reservations ASAP. At 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or

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For years, Los Angeles State Historic Park was home to the indie celebration known as the FYF Fest. Though the park is closed for a year-long renovation, the spirit hasn’t been dampened. The two-day festival again starts with the edge of the mainstream and then tilts to the alterna-world. Saturday’s headliner is Phoenix, and other acts on the bill include Interpol, Death Grips, Against Me! (shown here) and decidedly old-school faves Slowdive and Slint. On the top of the lineup Sunday are The Strokes, who will be joined by sister act Haim, Flying Lotus, the curious rapper Earl Sweatshirt and many, many more. Set times will be announced the week of the festival and, believe or not, kids under 10 get in free. At 3939 S. Figueroa St or

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Does a breakfast with the Los Angeles City Controller count as entertainment? It does when it’s Ron Galperin. Our pueblo’s top fiscal watchdog is trying to reinvent the office through the use of data sets and placing information online. With a partner in transparency in Mayor Eric Garcetti, Big Data Ron is poised to alter how we think of fiscal accountability in Los Angeles. At the morning event hosted by Town Hall-Los Angeles on June 26, feel free to ask Galperin how the city spends its money and why reporters always use the word “scathing” when referencing an audit. Also on the Town Hall roster this summer is a July 22 luncheon with Edison International president and CEO Tom Craver. At 555 S. Flower St., 51st floor, (213) 628-8141 or

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The French contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj twists back into Downtown this week, with three performances of Les Nuits (The Nights). Inspired by the Arabic tales of One Thousand and One Nights, in which Scheherazade seduces the sultan for that time period, the June 20-22 dates (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.) are for mature audiences. The advance material warns that the program with 18 dancers contains partial nudity and themes of a sexual nature. The shows at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion mark the U.S. premiere of the work. At 135 N. Grand Ave. or

Arts District Farmers Market Traction Avenue and East Third Street or The grand opening of the Arts District Farmers Market, sponsored by the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on June 19. There will be live music and a beer garden from Angel City Brewery. Fourteenth District Councilman José Huizar is expected to attend. Oh, and there will be balloons. The farmers market happens every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Friday Night Flicks by Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or pershingsquare Catch a free screening of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby at Pershing Square on Friday, June 20. Will Ferrell plays NASCAR racing sensation Ricky Bobby, a hero in the stock car world. He and his partner finish most races in first and second positions until flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard shows up, and proverbial hijinks ensue. The movie will begin at 8 p.m., and wellbehaved dogs are allowed. Parking can be found in the Pershing Square garage. L.A.’s Largest Mixer XVI 700 W. 32nd St., (323) 230-5656 or Join Los Angeles area chambers and business organizations from 5-9 p.m. on July 17 at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center for L.A.’s largest and longest-running business-to-business networking event. The 16th annual L.A.’s Largest Mixer is a great opportunity to reach small to large companies, meet new clients and learn how the different chambers of commerce and business organizations can make your business grow. Admission is $20. Monday, June 16 The Ruin and Rising Book Launch Party Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or 7:30 p.m.: Leigh Bardugo’s “Grisha Trilogy” concludes with the launch of the final installment. Book signings, champagne and ubiquitous swag mark the debut. Wednesday, June 18 Love: Three Perspectives at Aloud Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or 7:15 p.m.: If you’ve ever sat in a shower and sobbed the lyrics, “I want to know what love is and I want you to show me!” then Aloud has some musings that might be up your lachrymose alley. Novelists Michelle Huneven and Mona Simpson, who have called to question the forms of adult love, and psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas will be on hand. Friday, June 20 Friday Night Sing-Along: The Detroit Sound W.M. Keck Amphitheatre, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-


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7211 or 6:30 p.m.: The Motown Sound will be alive and well in this complimentary sing-along held out back of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Admission is free, but you need a ticket to remember the glory days of Detroit and reflect on the fact that Marvin Gaye was declared dead at California Medical Center on Grand Avenue.

ROCK, POP & JAZZ Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or June 17: Thumbscrew. June 18: Andy Waddell. June 19-20: Billy Hart Quartet. June 21: Hamilton Price Quartet. June 22: Ou and Amy Denio. June 23: Zara McFarlane. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or June 16, 8:30 p.m.: Until the Ribbon Breaks, a pop band with an important philosophical message about doing shoddy work. June 17, 8:30 p.m.: Sans guitars, Crash Kings are a bit like Pinkish Black, except without the deeply personal band name. June 18, 8 p.m.: Don’t let the cocktail tables fool you. When you see Rodrigo Amarante and Jenny O tonight, you’ll be mere feet from Alvarado Street. June 19, 9 p.m.: Local indie studs Torches are releasing a new EP. Won’t you come? June 20, 8 p.m.: Wunder Wunder are just coming off a tour opening for Washed Out. Be sure to ask them what it’s like sharing the road with a man named Ernest. June 21, 9 p.m.: We’re sorry Cameron The Public, but you lost us at “slated as the next big thing to come out of Utah.” June 21, 9 p.m.: We hate the false sincerity and synthetic nostalgia of recent “blues rock” as much as the next man, but Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires sound a bit like Marshall Tucker. June 22, 8 p.m.: Presuming the band van still works, Moonchild will be back for another night of their residency. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or June 16, 9 p.m.: Brian Walker and Johnny Azari are more fun than a river rafting trip through West Virginia. June 17, 10 p.m.: Tuesday means Bunny West and Boom Boom Boom are doing their duty entertaining the masses. June 18, 10 p.m.: The Pickers open up for the vaunted Vibrometers. June 19, 10 p.m.: Boys School: now for adults too. June 20, 9 p.m.: Diamond Light and Black Tongued Belles, an effervescent evening of inebriation. June 21, 10 p.m.: Charlie Chan and the SOBs celebrate yet another Saturday night here on planet Earth.

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Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or Through June 19: Just in time for the World Cup is Return to Homs, about a 19-year-old goalie for the Syrian soccer team whose life changes when revolution breaks out. Check website for times. June 16, 10 p.m.: Do you like scary movies? If so, then consider Animal, about a group of friends who end up in an isolated cabin and are menaced by an evil predator. Shhh, don’t tell the filmmakers that this is the plot of the entire Friday the 13th franchise. June 20-22: In Miss Lovely, brothers Sonu and Vicky are prolific producers of trashy, C-grade films for Mumbai’s booming underground markets. Then the exquisite Pinky shows up. Look out! Check website for times. IMAX California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D is the sort of ecological study that will make the sober trip out. Like the movie Twister but real, Forces of Nature promises a panoply of nature’s worst destruction. Flight of the Butterflies: visually stunning, still less sonically impressive than “Flight of The Valkyries.” Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment and triumph in Hubble 3D. Last Remaining Seats (213) 623-2489 or At the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway: June 18, 8 p.m.: There’ll be pre-screening organ accompaniment and other tributes to the 1933 classic Footlight Parade. At the Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway: June 21, 2 and 8 p.m.: “Roads? Where we’re going we won’t need any roads!” Take Doc Brown’s word for it. All you’ll need to enjoy Back to the Future at the Ace Hotel are a pair of skinny jeans, a side shave haircut and a major credit card. Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or pershingsquare. June 20, 8 p.m.: Hey, remember that time Will Ferrell played an ignorant yet wacky character? Which one, you ask? This one’s about a racecar driver. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Continued on next page


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Have you been to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Grand Avenue location to check out the sly and savvy Cinema Vezzoli yet? If not, there’s no time like the present. The show built around the work of Italian Francesco Vezzoli analyzes how celebrity-driven culture influences art and the public imagination. Fortunately, the celebs are in on it — just consider the faux commercial in which Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman (shown here) end up wrestling over a perfume bottle labeled Greed. The 35-piece exhibition also includes a series of works in starshaped frames, along with movie posters for fictitious films based on elements from actual movies and well-known actors. Cinema Vezzoli runs through Aug. 11. At 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6266222 or

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Continued from previous page Bobby screens after dark. Regal Cinemas 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 763-6070 or Through June 19: How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (11:50 a.m. and 5:10 p.m.); Jersey Boys (12:01 a.m.); Think Like a Man Too (7 and 10 p.m.); How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2:30, 7:50 and 10:30 p.m.); Edge of Tomorrow (1:30, 4:40, 7:40 and 10:40 p.m.); The Fault in Our Stars (12:50, 3:50, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.); Maleficent (12:20, 3:20, 6:20 and 9:20 p.m.); X-Men: Days of Future Past (12:10, 3:10, 6:10 and 9:10 p.m.).

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June 20-21, 7:30 p.m. and June 22, 2 p.m.: The reigning gold standard of French ballet arrives in Los Angeles to present their adaptation of A Thousand and One Nights. Bob Baker’s Fun With Strings Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or June 10-13, 10:30 a.m. and June 14-15, 2:30 p.m.: Whimsy knows no bounds as Bob Baker’s 54th season continues with a journey through a monkey circus, a vast winter landscape and Paris. Bright Light City Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or June 19-21, 8 p.m. and June 22, 3 p.m.: The dusty back rooms of Las Vegas are the setting for this dark comedy about hitmen with a soft spot for a woman. The Last Confession Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or June 17-20, 8 p.m., June 21, 2 and 8 p.m. and June 22, 1 p.m.: Contrition, guilt and power jockeying at the highest levels of ecclesiastic power collide in this tale of a papal murder. Sleepaway Camp Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St.,GENErAl (213) 617-1033 or MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin ExEcutivE Editor: Regardie June 17, 9 p.m.: Every Tuesday this irreverent stand-up comedyJon cavalcade takes up residence at the Downtown Independent. stAFF writErs: Donna Evans, Eddie Kim

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Saturday, 21Brian Allison ArtJune dirEctor: Adult Wind Symphony AssistANt Art dirEctor: Yumi Kanegawa Grand Park, 221 S. Spring St., (213) 621-2200 or ProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis Rawlins 4 p.m.: This Colburn School-backed experimental classical group will be churning out PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard the pops for a doting audience in the park that will soon become Downtown’s biggest advertisement for Budweiser beer. AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt Vox Femina: The Joint Is Jumpin’ clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Catherine Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2200 or AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Yoji Cole, Steve Epstein, 8 p.m.: Chorale standouts Vox Femina will celebrate the spectrum of female vocal Catherine Holloway jazz. sAlEs AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez

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Fortress-Like Little Tokyo Mall To Get Major Upgrades LED Lighting Panels Coming to Project at Third and Alameda; New Housing Will Rise on Adjacent Lot By Eddie Kim he Little Tokyo Galleria has been decried by Downtowners for nearly three decades. Area residents and workers have complained about the exterior of the hulking gray structure, frequently comparing it to a fortress and saying that it doesn’t fit with the vibrant community. Now, the Korean-American inrendering courtesy Little Tokyo Galleria vestors who bought the mall six The 29-year-old Little Tokyo Galleria will see its massive wall of gray and darker-gray concrete blocks spruced up with large years ago are responding. Green LED light boards, articulated metallic panels and new signage. The work is slated to be complete by the fall. construction wrapping has gone up, and the team is orchestrating a new exterior look. Designs for the exterior renovation show large, rectangular LED light boards, which will cast a decorative glow at night, on walls along Alameda and Third streets. The walls will also receive articulated metallic panels to give the exterior texture. A sprinkling of slender vertical LED lights and new lighted signage, including for street-adjacent businesses photo by Gary Leonard such as cream puff vendor Beard The mall at Third and Alameda streets opened in 1985. It has frequently been compared to a fortress. Papa’s, round out the upgrades. Construction began in late The action at the mall is garnering optimism and praise from May. The exterior upgrade is slated to be unveiled by the end of some area stakeholders. Ellen Endo, the president of the Little September, said Galleria Property Manager Jay Kim. Tokyo Business Association and co-chair of the Little Tokyo Busi The renovation isn’t just skin deep. The inside of the building ness Improvement District, said she is glad to see the mall’s ownis getting infrastructure upgrades to the air conditioning and ers follow through on their promise to revitalize the complex plumbing systems, Kim said. Another batch of renovations will and invest in the community. start by October to beautify and modernize the interior of the “It’s always great to see upgrades on structures that have complex. The total cost of the upgrades, both exterior and interior, is es- been here for a while,” Endo said. “Improvements like that make the Galleria and the entire neighborhood a more attractive destimated at $6 million-$7 million, according to Kim. “There are new tenants coming in, and we want to bring more tination for people from around the city.” Her outlook was echoed by Dean Matsubayashi, executive dipeople to the Galleria and make it a destination,” he said. “Ownrector of the nonprofit Little Tokyo Service Center. ership wants to move to the next level with this building, and “The Galleria is a major part of the community, so we welfew things have changed since 1985.” come the investments that are being put into it,” Matsubayashi Some changes have already occurred since the building was said. “It’s a good extension of the stellar bowling alley and new acquired by the group known as Three Alameda Plaza. In May restaurants that have already arrived.” 2013, the $6 million X Lanes opened on the top level of the The renovations coming to the Galleria, as well as the owners’ three-story complex. It features 24 neon bowling lanes and an arcade with more than 100 games, along with a restaurant and a plan to develop ground-up housing, parallel the growth already occurring in Little Tokyo. The biggest future development is the sports bar. arrival of an underground rail station at First Street and Central A ground-level coffee shop, Tom N Toms, opened in 2012. It is Avenue as part of the $1.42 billion Regional Connector, a project part of a chain based in Korea. that will tie together area rail lines. That has already displaced Those additions complement longstanding tenants such as three eateries — Señor Fish, Weiland Brewery and Spice Table the building’s anchor, the supermarket Woori Market. There are — from a portion of the block bordered by Central Avenue and also some popular eating establishments, including Sushi Go 55 Alameda and First streets. and Manna Korean BBQ. Also underway are several housing projects. The first phase Nearby Housing, Too of the Ava Little Tokyo is almost complete, and will deliver 104 Along with the physical changes, there will be new tenants. apartments to 236 S. Los Angeles St. Another 176 units will open Chief among them is Daiso, a Japanese general goods market by the end of the year. (akin to a small Target with an Asian bent) that has more than Next to that is a project from developer Sares-Regis, which 3,000 locations worldwide. The lease was finalized last week, will create 240 apartments at 232 E. Second St. The first movesaid Kim, and it will occupy 8,300 square feet of space on the ins will begin in early 2016. first floor. Matsubayashi said he is enthusiastic about the changes in Also confirmed are a dentist’s office and a 10,000-square-foot kids’ playground and cafe, which is aiming to open by the end of Little Tokyo, providing the new developments benefit existing stakeholders. Endo expressed a similar viewpoint. the year. “We’re cautiously optimistic about the future. There’s new The work won’t stop there. Kim said the Galleria’s owners are people and businesses here, and it’s an exciting time,” she said. securing entitlements to develop a residential building with “We want to preserve the integrity of the heritage and culture street-level retail on a current surface parking lot at the northhere. But we also want to see more diversity and new entreprewest corner of Fourth and Alameda streets. Construction could neurs.” begin as soon as the first quarter of 2015, he added. No other timeline, budget or design details were revealed.


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The Central City Crime Report A Rundown on Downtown Incidents, Trends and Criminal Oddities By Donna Evans n the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division.


Drive-by Paintballing: A group of unidentified men driving in the 1800 block of South Hope Street at 11:15 p.m. on June 5 fired paintballs at a pedestrian. The man was hit, though he was not harmed. Bad Call: A woman attempting to ward off two would-be robbers charging at her at Fifth and Hill streets defensively tossed her cell phone at them. During the incident, which took place at at 2 a.m. on June 1, one man pulled her hair and the other took the phone. Both suspects fled on foot. Blood Work: A robbery suspect who shattered a window in the 700 block of Maple Avenue on June 3 or 4 stole

$45 worth of merchandise. Although there were no surveillance cameras at the scene, the person left behind a trail of blood, which authorities swabbed for a DNA match. Always Lock Your Bike, Episode 6 Million: A 39-year-old man left a $2,000 custom bike with gold handlebars unattended and unlocked in the 100 block of West Sunset Boulevard. Yep, it was stolen. Take Valuables Inside: A 30-yearold man on June 1 left $30,000 worth of camera equipment in his car, which was parked in his building’s garage in the 600 block of Santa Fe Street. On June 2 he found his window shattered and his gear gone. Clouded Memory: A man whom police say had been drinking and smoking crack at 2 a.m. on June 2 reported his vehicle stolen from Seventh and Gladys streets. Later, he realized he had loaned it to a friend.

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via the city of Gardena (where you happen to be mayor), Then find the gray. Should pesky folks wonder if you have a Lynwood Vikings tattoo on your ankle, Then find the gray. If they ask again about beatings in the jails while you were number 2 in the LASD, Then seriously, find the gray. Remember to vote for Paul for sheriff in November!

To have your car go boom-crash Into another car, And to have the city attorney Settle the case for $185,000. You do not know what it is like To back the wrong horse In the mayor’s race. You do not know what it feels like To have the new mayor Hang out with Jay-Z And plan a giant concert In your council district. You do not know what it is like To have a consensual relationship With Francine Godoy And to get sued Because of it. Why me?

The Ballad of Big Data By Ron Galperin Numbers! Though you cannot see through them they are the keys to transparency! Why did the city CAO spend $35,526.25 with Blue Sky Consulting Group LLC? According to my website The answer is “contractual services.” Big data is your friend.

Yet, despite all of this, You do not know what it is like To know that You will still skate to a third term In next March’s election. Maybe me isn’t so bad.

Thinking About What’s Next By Wendy Greuel I love to serve people Which is why I ran for city controller Then four years later ran for mayor And one year later ran for Congress And why I’m running now For poet laureate I love to serve people! These days I have a lot of time on my hands.

Find the Gray

By Paul Tanaka A sheriff’s work is not black or white which is why you find the gray. If on the campaign trail someone asks about beatings in the jails, Then find the gray. If a reporter questions bulletproof vests that were shipped to Cambodia

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AROUND TOWN, 2 geles,” said Brookfield Western Region Executive Vice President Bert Dezzutti. The firm will be vacating 276,300 square feet at Two California Plaza, according to real estate data company CoStar Group Inc. The Deloitte deal brings occupancy at the Gas Company Tower to about 80%, according to Brookfield.

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Restored Globe Theatre Marquee to Be Illuminated


he world is about to turn at Broadway’s Globe Theatre. Literally. The globe atop the 1913 theater’s marquee is set to spin again, as city officials this month will illuminate the longdark sign, said Beth Holden, a principal at New Theme, the architecture and general contractor firm handling the renovation at 740 S. Broadway. The old movie palace has been undergoing a $5 million turnaround from operator Erik Chol, who intends to run a high-end nightclub, one wholly different than the previous occupant, Club 740, which was known more for fighting and noise violations than dancing. Chol’s Globe Theatre will span 24,347 square feet in the Garland Building, and the project will reactivate the mezzanine and reopen the Broadway entrance. A relighting ceremony for the spinning globe will take place on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by performances from pianist Oxana Grigorieva and singer Veronika Coassolo. “We’re very excited to breathe life back into this theater,” Holden said.

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Proposed River Bike Route Moves Forward


ow that a $1 billion Los Angeles River revitalization plan is moving forward, there is also an effort underway to improve biking along the waterway in Downtown. The Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a coalition of Downtown organizations, are studying the In-Channel Downtown Los Angeles River Bike Path. The project would extend the existing bike path in Elysian Valley through Downtown L.A. It would then tie in to paths in the cities of Vernon and Maywood. The In-Channel Path would be on the western banks of the river and require construction of at least three new access points, according to city documents. On May 30, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar introduced a motion to prioritize the bike path’s implementation. It has been transferred to the council’s Transportation Committee for further study.

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owntown’s housing boom is, naturally, leading to a growing number of residents. That increasing population, in turn, has its unique wants, needs and concerns. In an effort to work with those who live in the Central City, the office of 14th District City Councilman José Huizar is establishing a residential task force. Huizar is looking to tap at least one representative from each housing complex in Downtown who will meet with staff members from his office on a regular basis. The aim is to foster more direct communication between the city and Downtown residents, particularly regarding city services. The office is calling on property managers to nominate residents for the task force by emailing Diana Edoyan at

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Regal Cinemas Offers $1 Family Movies


he Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live has a new family film offer, and though the movies may not be super timely, it’s hard to argue with the price. Starting this week, the 14-screen complex will offer $1 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday morning through Aug. 17. The Regal Summer Movie Express will show 10 a.m. flicks rated G and PG. The feature on Tuesday, June 17, is Hotel Transylvania, and Smurfs 2 runs the following day. Others on the schedule include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Lego Movie, The Croods, Turbo and Rio 2. The theater is also offering discounted concession items. The theater is at 1000 W. Olympic Blvd.

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