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HOW TO REINVENT A MUSEUM The Once Dusty Natural History Museum Completes a Long-Running, $135 Million Transformation

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Natural History Museum President and Director Jane Pisano stands amid the plants and trees that make up the 3.5-acre Nature Gardens. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR



n a recent morning, Jane Pisano walked out of her second-floor office and onto her balcony. The president and director of the Natural History Museum leaned her elbows on the edge of the cement railing. It was before the attraction’s opening, and no one was yet walking on the dirt paths or checking out the 27,000-gallon pond or the bird-viewing platform, although several birds were already happily chirping in the trees. Pisano turned from the verdant area, known as the Nature Gardens, to the museum’s new main entrance, a six-story glass pavilion dominated by the skeletal remains of a 63-footlong fin whale suspended by 29 stainless steel cables. Soft red, H




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blue, green and white LED lights slowly circled the whale and illuminated the surrounding glass walls, making it seem as if the creature were swimming in a gigantic fish tank. “This view just says it all,” Pisano said in wonderment. “Twelve years ago this was a parking lot. It was just asphalt and concrete and pretty darn ugly, and look at it now.” Pisano’s comments came as the 100-year-old Exposition Park facility prepares to cap a $135 million project that has reinvented the NHM, doubling its program space and adding five new permanent exhibits, including a 3.5-acre garden. The transformation will culminate on Sunday, July 14, with the debut of Becoming Los Angeles. The 14,000-squarefoot exhibit chronicles the story of the city and its inhabitants over 500 years.

In all regards, the transformation has turned the dusty, outof-date museum into a modern attraction. “It brought it into the 21st century with a wow,” said County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose Second District includes the museum. The turnaround, Ridley-Thomas said, was needed to keep the museum relevant. “If not, the dinosaurs would not have been the only things that are prehistoric,” he said. The Next Age The changes began in 2007 with the launch of a campaign to raise $135 million. First up was a renovation of the 1913 Building, the original home of the Los Angeles County see Museum, page 8


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n the spring Los Angeles Downtown News asked our readers to participate in the annual Best of Downtown voting. More than 3,400 people did so, and next week we’ll publish the results. The 25th annual Best of Downtown readers’ poll will be revealed in the July 15 issue and online at It will feature more than 120 Best Of winners in a variety of categories, everything from Best Lunch Spot to Best Tourist Attraction to Best Store for the Home. Not only did people vote, some of them will win prizes: Check next week’s issue to see who was randomly selected to earn items such as an iPod touch. Cool fact: With all categories counted, more than 200,000 votes were cast.

Broadway ‘Road Diet’ Gets Funds, Plans Summer Work


ore changes are coming to Broadway, but this time, they won’t be in the form of a new store or restaurant. On June 28, the City Council voted to spend $1.8 million in Measure R transportation funds for phase one of 14th District City Councilman José Huizar’s Streetscape Plan, also known as “The Road Diet.” The work, set to be implemented this summer, is being called a “dress rehearsal,” though it is intended as the semi-permanent implementation of the two-phase plan. The project, part of Huizar’s decade-long Bringing Back Broadway initiative, calls for Broadway between Second and 11th streets to lose a lane of traffic, resulting in one southbound and two northbound

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lanes. Additionally, the plan calls for widening sidewalks, creating more sidewalk dining and increasing loading areas to help businesses. The dress rehearsal will include the installation of temporary benches, striping and other elements to showcase what would happen permanently while funding is sought for the full-scale project, with work proceeding on a block-by-block basis. “This Phase I Dress Rehearsal will set the stage for the full implementation of a Streetscape Plan that prioritizes people over vehicles, and will make Broadway a safer, more pedestrian-oriented street,” said Huizar in a prepared statement. “This plan, along with the Downtown Streetcar and significant private economic investment on the historic street, makes Broadway’s future as bright as its past.”

Those Big Poles in the Arts District Are Art


hat big square metal thing on Bloom Square in the Arts District isn’t some leftover construction material from the nearby One Sante Fe project. Instead, it’s a piece of public art from SCI-Arc. The architecture school on June 28 installed the work called “Earthwave” at the intersection of Traction Avenue, Rose and Third streets. The 18-by-18-foot steel structure was constructed by school staff and designed by architect Lebbeus Woods and Christoph Kumpusch. The two-and-a-half ton sculpture is based on a 1997 drawing by Lebbeus and will be on display until Dec. 1. It is a component of an exhibition at the school titled Lebbeus Woods Is an Archetype, about the late architect. The indoor portion of the exhibit opens Oct. 11. The exhibit will

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include Woods’ drawings from private collections and video footage from a 1998 interview. According to the school, the structure is “an installation that proves to a new generation that there is a fine line between unbuilt and unbuildable.”

Report Says Homelessness Up 16% Since 2011


he Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on June 28 said that homelessness in Los Angeles County has increased by 16% since 2011. The announcement came as LAHSA released the findings of its 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homelessness Count. According to the report, on any given night 58,423 men, women and children are experiencing homeless-

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ness. At the same time, the report indicates a 23% decline in homelessness among veterans over the two-year period, and a 28% drop in homeless families. Both of those groups were targeted with increased funding after 2011 saw a significant uptick in homeless veterans. “Although we are disappointed to find an increase in the number of homeless people across the County of Los Angeles, the drop in the number of homeless vets and homeless families shows us how the right resources, effectively targeted, can prevent and end homelessness,” said Michael Arnold, executive director of LAHSA, in a statement. The 2013 count revealed a 29% increase in homeless single adults and a 123% jump among youths 18 and under. The count, which took place in January, is a critical component of the region’s application for federal funds for homeless services.

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EDITORIALS Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

Goodbye, Ground­breaking Restaurants


here’s a cliché in journalism which holds that two things are a coincidence, but three are a trend worthy of a story. If that’s the case, then Downtown Los Angeles is witnessing a disturbing trend: the closing of venerable restaurants that area residents and workers loyally supported. A closer look, however, tells a different story. On June 30, Downtown saw the demise of Weiland’s Brewery, which had been pouring pints and dishing out garlic fries for 14 years. That came a few weeks after the sudden shutdown of Empress Pavilion, a cavernous, quarter-century old Chinatown establishment. The shutdown “trend” began May 24, with the last day of service at the Arts District’s French Garden. It closed after 15 years. That means three places with a combined 54 years in business were lost in a mere five weeks. The culinary spectrum was disturbingly international: A French restaurant, a dim sum outlet and an American fare spot have all gone by the wayside. Are these three closures a coincidence rather than an indicator of a major change in the Downtown food scene? Probably. After all, there are underlying business-related factors in each instance. The French Garden closed because it was on a month-to-month lease and another restaurateur was willing to pay about twice the rent. Empress Pavilion was a victim of being a massive spot in a building that had lost its allure. Weiland’s departed because several structures on the same block will be razed to make way for the $1.37 billion Regional Connector, and the restaurant owner happened to find a spot in Long Beach that he wanted to jump on. So yes, there are legitimate business reasons for change in each instance. One had nothing to do with the other. However, one could argue that there is a common thread between the three: the overall change and advancement of Downtown. French Garden owner Benoit Lesure was a pioneer in the Arts District, arriving well before housing developers began flocking to the area. He helped create the momentum that made someone else willing to pay such a high rent. Had the area remained static and less desirable, the French Garden might have been safe. In Chinatown, meanwhile, there was increased competition from restaurants in and beyond the neighborhood. The number of eateries in Downtown has exploded in the last five to seven years, and while the massive 600-seat space survived for more than two decades, those coming to the area now have all manner of places serving adventurous and international cuisine. Weiland’s is also making way for progress. The Regional Connector will enhance rail travel throughout the region, and a station will open at the intersection of the increasingly bustling Little Tokyo/Arts District area. If the neighborhood was less active, it might not merit a station. Does the change throughout Downtown mean that other established spots are at risk? The only way to answer that is, well, maybe. Change is occurring rapidly throughout the area and the food scene is constantly growing. We’ll see what happens. Still, French Garden, Empress Pavilion and Weiland’s are already missed. They’ll be fondly remembered for their respective roles in Downtown.

The Legacy of Councilman Ed Reyes


d Reyes wasn’t the flashiest of politicians. Not even close. Whereas some other people arrived in City Hall with a playbook for how to keep ascending the political ladder, Reyes was more of a lunch-bucket politician, if such a thing exists. He didn’t try to be a “star.” Instead, he showed up at his First District office day after day, focused more on neighborhood issues than personal ambitions. Reyes was termed out on July 1, having completed 12 years representing the territory that includes City West and Chinatown (the sprawling First also encompasses neighborhoods such as MacArthur Park and Mt. Washington). Due to issues of poverty, density and a relative lack of development, it is one of the three most challenged districts in the city (the Eighth and Ninth are the other two). Those challenges make it virtually impossible for any elected official to be widely adored. Still, Reyes leaves office with a long, sturdy list of accomplishments and a breadth of support. He ignited momentum in the portions of the district tied to Downtown Los Angeles and in other areas as well. It is all the more impressive considering he faced hurdles such as the demise of the Community Redevelopment Agency, a key source of funding for projects in his area. Reyes came to office with a background in urban planning, and that mindset stuck with him; he often adopted long-term strategies that could take years to pay off. This is a rarity in the era of term limits, when politicians frequently strive to make a quick and noticeable splash, one that ensures they continue the aforementioned ascent. A case in point was Reyes’ dedication to improving the condition of the Los Angeles River and raising its profile. He helped launch and then chaired the Council’s Ad Hoc River Committee, an important step as it provided the political framework to craft a long-term plan and seek federal and other funding for various waterway projects. Reyes was not alone in this effort, and had the fortune to push forward as the nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River also took up the issue. Certainly much remains to be done, but the development of schools, parkland and coming housing at nearby Taylor Yard is a model of the change that can be realized. Chinatown did not develop as quickly as many, including Reyes, had hoped, and the decade-long difficulty in launching Blossom Plaza was a source of frustration. Still, Reyes rode

herd on the project even after the original developer lost the property through foreclosure. He pushed the city to buy the land, then worked with the new developer, Forest City. That project should serve as a catalyst in Chinatown, in particular by creating a connection with the Metro Gold Line station. It will help propel the neighborhood forward as it dovetails with other area developments such as the recently opened Metro at Chinatown Senior Lofts. Reyes deserves credit for never giving up on this one. He also oversaw a quiet advance in City West. The portion of Wilshire Boulevard just west of Downtown has seen a steady stream of investment, with several thousand apartments opening or in the construction phase. Reyes and his office were always involved, and suddenly a critical mass is approaching. Like all politicians, Reyes had friends and foes. He opposed the Wal-Mart under construction near Chinatown and this page is among those who disagreed with him. We are not fans of Wal-Mart because it tends to wipe out small retailers, among other issues, but in this case there was a strong desire in neighboring communities to have a Wal-Mart grocery store (which is much smaller and more focused than a normal Wal-Mart). Reluctantly, we supported this Wal-Mart because of that broad support. Reyes also faced opposition on his longstanding effort to create affordable housing in market-rate complexes. This put him at odds with certain developers, though at the same time there were plenty with whom he found common ground. Whether one agrees with him or not, he brought an important matter to the forefront. There were improvements outside the area that will also ultimately benefit Downtown. Chief among these was an advance in MacArthur Park. The attraction west of Downtown now has a lively concert series, and while certain unsavory elements remain, the turnaround from when Reyes arrived in 2001 is dramatic. He helped improve the park for families, which is good for the entire city. Gil Cedillo, who has replaced Reyes, has a long record as a legislator. He notched some impressive achievements in state government and arrives with plenty of potential. He also has, to use a cliché, big shoes to fill. We hope he can continue the momentum that Reyes began. Thanks to Reyes and his team, the entire First is a much better place than it was 12 years ago.

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Metro to Use Eminent Domain for Little Tokyo Site Agency, Land Owner Far Apart On Price for Parcel Needed for Regional Connector

Metro needs to acquire the property holding the restaurants The Spice Table, Señor Fish and Weiland’s Brewery (the latter closed June 30) for the $1.37 billion Regional Connector. Land owner Robert Davies Volk said the price being offered is too low.

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he Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving forward with eminent domain proceedings in the effort to acquire a Little Tokyo property where the agency plans to build a station for the Regional Connector. The agency has long planned to acquire the parcel bounded by Alameda and First streets and Central Avenue, but it has not been able to reach an agreement with property owner Robert Davies Volk. Volk’s family has owned the plot since the late 1880s, he said. Metro has not disclosed the price it offered for the land, which includes three commercial buildings. They are home to the to-be-displaced restaurants Spice Table and Señor Fish, and Weiland’s Brewery, which closed June 30. Metro’s offer was based on a comprehensive appraisal, said Velma Marshall, Metro deputy executive director of real estate. According to Marshall, Volk did not respond to Metro’s written offer or in any other way submit a counter-offer. With negotiations at a standstill, the Metro board of directors voted on June 27 to condemn the site through the process of eminent domain. The agency sees the property as necessary for the construction of the $1.37 billion Regional Connector, an underground light-rail link that will speed up mass transit by reducing transfers. The project will create three new stations in Downtown, one of them on the Little Tokyo site where Volk’s buildings stand. It is not uncommon for Metro or other public agencies to acquire private property for major public infrastructure projects, but eminent domain is almost always controversial and a last resort. Volk, who declined to disclose the price that Metro offered for the land other than that it’s “in the millions,” said the offer was much too low. The agency’s appraisal, Volk said, reflects the value of the property as it is currently used — three commercial buildings and a parking lot. Instead, Volk believes the agency should consider the land’s potential, such as what it would be worth to a developer intent on building an apartment complex with hundreds of residential units. “I don’t think they’ve captured true highest and best use of the property,” Volk said. Price Battle Property owners have legal options to challenge eminent domain. To circumvent condemnation, property owners must prove in court that their existing use of the land provides more public benefit than the alternative proposed by the government. Challenging eminent domain proceedings, however, is very difficult, and courts tend to side with government agencies and their claim that they need the land for a greater public benefit, said attorney Ben Reznik, who chairs the land-use department at Jeffer Mangels Butler and Mitchell. In this case, however, the battle is squarely about price. Volk is not challenging Metro’s assertion that his land is needed for the project. In fact, he thinks that it represents the ideal station location. “If they are going to put a station in Little Tokyo, I think my property probably is the best location for them,” Volk said. Metro plans to file a civil complaint within the next few weeks to initiate the eminent domain proceedings. The court will be charged with determining what constitutes the fair market value to which Volk is entitled under state law. Reznik said Volk is indeed entitled to a valuation that considers the highest and best use of the land, but the agency may believe its appraisal already reflects that value. The court will take into consideration not only what could get built on the property, but constraints that would have restricted Volk’s ability to command that price on the open market. That would include any long-term commercial leases tied to the site. Metro also needs to acquire two more parcels along the Connector route: a parking lot at Second and Broadway where the agency is planning another station; and part of a plot near Second and Hope streets, the site of the third station. The agency is still in the appraisal process for those two sites, said agency spokesman Dave Sotero. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Since then, the Downtown residential population has surged and many of those retail holes have been filled. Yet although grocery stores, movie theaters, gyms and lots of restaurants moved in, Downtown continued to lack a store catering to active, outdoorsy types. That all changed on June 28, when Sport Chalet opened on the lower level of the FIGat7th shopping center. Now sleeping bags, camping stoves, baseball gloves, stand-up paddle boards and thousands of other items can be found in the Central City. “For 15 years we did all kinds of analaytics and there’s this big gaping hole in the center of Southern California and we said we had to be there,” said Craig Levra, company chairman and CEO. “Until now, there was no correct vehicle to do that.” Levra believes the company’s 27,000-square-foot store at FIGat7th, which Brookfield Properties has spent two years and $40 million renovating and rebranding, positions Sport Chalet to capture three demographics. First, he thinks the store will appeal to Downtown’s approximately 50,000 residents, who traditionally drove to Pasadena or the Westside for high-end sporting goods. The shop will also serve the area’s half-million strong daytime working population. Levra thinks the shop’s rental services will be especially convenient for Downtown employees who might want to grab, say, a snowboard for a weekend trip. Lastly, the store is expected to appeal to tourists staying in the Financial District. That’s why the 68-member staff collectively speaks six languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Hindi (there will also be foreign language wayfinding signage). The Downtown store is about two-thirds the size of a standard Sport Chalet, which means the company had to narrow its inventory. That’s why the business lacks, for example, a fishing department. It is also why joggers might notice a smaller selection of running shoes than at other Sport Chalets. The inventory balance, however, is subject to change depending on customer demand. Sport Chalet worked with Downtown-based architecture firm Gensler to design the store so that it could quickly adjust layouts according to sales data and customer feedback, Levra said. All of the fixtures are on wheels, and Levra said that, should the need arise, the store could have a fishing department up within 48 hours. No Cookie Cutter Shop When Brookfield decided in 2010 to upgrade its aging shopping complex at Figueroa and Seventh streets, the company’s guiding vision was to create a place that was recognizable as a uniquely Southern California destination. First came the anchor tenant, a 104,000-square foot City Target, which debuted in October (Brookfield also recently inked a deal to bring fashion retailer Zara to the site). After that, the company wanted to mix high-end shops with Los Angeles-based restaurants and other tenants with links to the region. Sport Chalet fit the vision, both because of its L.A.-area roots (it was founded by Norbert Olberz in La Cañada-Flintridge in 1959) and because it is seen as a highend sporting goods store, said Bert Dezzutti, Brookfield senior vice president. “We felt the Sport Chalet was unique,” Dezzutti said. “It wasn’t something that would be mistaken for a cookie cutter store.” Sport Chalet tries to separate itself from competitors in part by promising a highly trained sales force. The company, which is public and has 53 stores in four states, calls all of its employees “experts.” The experts are primarily selling items made by the most recognizable brands in athletic gear. Whereas some chains sell knock-off goods at lower prices, Sport Chalet sticks with the high-end companies — think Nike, North Face or Reebok — and only their latest products. In addition to the bike, camping and running departments, the store has an array of athletic clothing, footwear, swimming accessories and even a scuba section (the company bills itself as the largest scuba retailer in the country). Customers can also get a leather baseball glove steamed for $10 (it accelerates the break-in time) and runners can have their gait analyzed by special video software to help select the best shoes. Tennis players can have their rackets restrung. The Downtown shop also will offer an array of classes geared toward using specialty gear. Sessions could include how to replace a bike tube, fitting a hiking backpack or preparing to climb Mt. Whitney. “Genuinely, I’m excited when I go down and I see that store,” Dezzutti said. “You just go in there and it’s like, yes! You fist pump because Downtown needs this.” With the opening of Sport Chalet, FIGat7th is now about 70% occupied. The landlord expects to finalize deals for additional fashion entities within 90 days that will bring occupancy to about 85%, Dezzutti said. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Museum Continued from page 1 Museum of History, Science and Art. By the end of the 20th century, the Beaux Arts structure and its 53-foot marble and stained glass rotunda were in danger of collapsing in a strong earthquake, said Fabian Kremkus, an associate principal at CO Architects, the project designer. The renovation of the building was completed in 2009. A year later, the Age of Mammals exhibit opened in the North Wing of the edifice. The permanent display details the evolution of mammals, including humans, in relation to the Earth’s geology and climate. The most attention-generating addition came in 2011, when the 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall doubled the mu-

seum’s previous dinosaur display area. The attraction features more than 20 large dinosaur specimens. On June 9, the $30 million Nature Gardens were unveiled. The 3.5-acre space functions as a new “front yard” for the museum. Its opening coincided with the debut of the Nature Lab, a 6,000-square-foot indoor nature exhibition, and the opening of the Otis Booth Pavilion, which houses the fin whale. Money for the project came from numerous sources including the Otis Booth Foundation, which gave $13 million. It was the largest private gift in the museum’s 100-year history. Another $45 million came from the state and the county. The county is also responsible for about 45% of the museum’s annual $35.6 million operating budget. The rest comes from the $5-$12 admission fees and private events. Museum officials still need to raise about $25 million, said Pisano. She predicted that the task will be a little easier now that potential donors can see the results.

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Those results have already sparked dramatic change. More than 800,000 people now come to the museum annually, with attendance spiking 63% since the new exhibits began opening in July 2010. The most recent figures show that from July 2011 to July 2012, 851,860 people visited the museum. Museum experts like Selma Holo, director of USC Fisher Museum of Art, said the impact of the changes goes beyond the NHM’s walls. “Every major city in the world that hopes to have a global cultural influence has invested in a museum system or series of museums that somehow expresses the values of that city,” said Holo. “If the museum is going to inspire curiosity and be relevant, it damn well better be communicating something that’s up to date. If not it becomes a mausoleum instead of a museum.” Another element of the renovation was a change in the orientation of the entrance. The entryway now faces the Expo Line stop and Exposition Boulevard. The Expo Line opened about a year ago and carries approximately 25,000 people per day during the week, according to Metro officials. Ridley-Thomas credited the NHM team for trying to build on the momentum of the rail line. “It’s smart business,” he said. “The public will be able to see it in all of its splendor with that larger than life whale.” Outside In Pisano said a major goal has been to turn the museum into an indoor/outdoor facility. The new entrance and garden are designed to draw people in from outside. The glass entrance connects to Exposition Boulevard via a pedestrian bridge. The 33,600 LED lights inside the pavilion

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t’s so un-L.A.: They turned a parking lot into a place for nature. The first thing visitors to the Natural History Museum see is the Nature Gardens. The former parking lot now has a pond, a stream, a half-mile of walking paths and 31,000 plants. It begins near Exposition Boulevard, with a 600-foot vine-covered “Living Wall.” Made of plants and recycled concrete, its purpose is to attract spiders, bugs and other animals that can live in the cracks. “We want to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so as people are walking by the fence they see that something is going on in there,” said Mia Lehrer of Mia Lehrer + Associates, the landscape architects for the project. The gardens include a platform where visitors can glimpse birds through binoculars. It also has a pond where someone has already dropped off a turtle, though this is strongly discouraged by museum officials. There is also a Get Dirty Zone, where kids are encouraged to get on the ground and dig for pill bugs. Nearby is a water feature, allowing visitors to walk over a sheet of water that falls onto a slab of limestone. “We have transformed ourselves to an indoor-outdoor experience,” said Karen Wise, vice president of education and exhibits for the museum. “So visitors can experience Los Angeles’ nature as it really is.” —Richard Guzmán

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can simulate water, fish and shadows, making the structure appear to be a living environment. The effect is complemented by the sound system made up of two refrigerator-size sub-woofers and 12 data-storing devices attached to the glass walls. It lets the panels work as speakers, broadcasting the low frequency song of a fin whale. About 200,000 of the museum’s annual visitors are school kids like the ones Tamara Flores recently brought to the Nature Gardens. Under the supervision of museum officials, the seventh-grade students from the Richard Merkin Middle School at Union Street and Washington Boulevard caught and released various insects to learn how to classify the bugs. They examined grasshoppers, butterflies, ladybugs, wasps and hornets. “It helped the kids understand that nature is right in our back yard and you don’t have to look very hard to find it,” said Flores, a Life Sciences teacher. “I think it helps them see the city in a different way and realize there’s a lot of nature in L.A.” The lessons will continue when Becoming Los Angeles opens. see Museum, page 10

The long effort to renovate the museum will culminate July 14 with the opening of Becoming Los Angeles, a 14,000-square-foot permanent exhibit that explores 500 years of local history.


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Museum Continued from page 9 The exhibit explores the development of the region over five centuries. It is housed in four galleries connected by a white steel canopy that flows through each room, symbolizing the sweep of history. The canopy touches down on four main points in the exhibit that symbolize various eras. Objects include a sword from the Mexican War of Independence from Spain and a restored Tourist car made in 1902 by the Auto Vehicle Company in Downtown. Holo, the museum expert, thinks the NHM is now on the right track. She predicted that the improvements will alter the behavior of longtime visitors. “They used to say people would go there when they were 8, when their children were 8 and when their grandkids were 8,” said Holo. “But that’s changing.” Contact Richard Guzmán at

The Otis Booth Pavilion now serves as the Natural History Museum’s new entrance. The centerpiece is a 63-foot-long fin whale specimen.

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Dog: Breed: Terrier mix Age: 6 Human Companion: Amy Armstrong

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og Day Afternoon has become a very popular event for Downtown’s canine population. It’s not bad for the twolegged set either. The event at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels plaza was started in 2007 by Hal Bastian of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik of the cathedral. Dogs socialize, wag tails and sniff each other while humans enjoy drinks and snacks and

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CALENDAR Filmmaker Stephen Seemayer pointed the camera at the gritty Downtown art scene of the late 1970s and early ’80s for the film Young Turks.

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An L.A. dance company is the subject of Furious Beauty, a documentary that is part of the festival running July 10-20. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR


he hot weather isn’t the only thing that will keep Downtowners indoors in the coming weeks: There is also the return of a community film festival. The fifth annual Downtown Film Festival L.A. takes place July 10-20. More than 100 features, documentaries and shorts from local and international filmmakers will be screened at venues including the Downtown Independent, the Grammy Museum and the AT&T Center Theater. “We’re programing throughout Downtown because we want people to get to know the community, to be part of the whole renaissance of Downtown L.A.,” said Henry Priest, codirector of the festival. The festival opens on Wednesday, July 10, at the AT&T Center with an 8 p.m. screening of Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel? The biopic tells the story of Fogel, a former drummer for a forgotten Canadian band who went on to organize global tours for artists such as U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. He eventually became the head of global music and touring for concert giant Live to 55678* VIENation. O MOBILE M N T D t x e B T “He CLU practically created Live Nation and streamlined the process of a world tour,” Priest said. The film includes interto 55678 to Join Our Movie viewsText with DTNMOVIE rock stars including Bono and Madonna. Club and be Entered to Win Movie Tickets! The music theme is backed up on July 18 with the documentary Punk Rock in Africa. The film at the Downtown Independent traces the rise of South Africa’s punk rock movement, which was heavily influenced by politics, disen*Carrier msg & data rates apply. Reply HELP for help. STOP to quit. 4 msgs/month max. franchised youth and the atrocities of apartheid. The film follows bands with names like Gay Marines and National Wake. The acts were formed in the late 1970s and


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defied laws against race mixing by having black and white Alex Chang and Robert Kronfli. They held a series of events members. in their off-campus apartment, serving three-course meals “It showcases a movement one would not associate with on Thursday nights. The filmmaker, Gil Freston, was a film South Africa,” Priest said. “When you think about punk you student at USC who discovered Paladar (the name of the dinthink L.A. or Europe, but teenagers are teenagers.” ners) because he lived next door to the budding chefs. Some people in Los Angeles may be familiar with the subWomen on Film ject of Furious Beauty, a documentary about the Versa-Style Another focus of this year’s festival is women filmmakers. hip-hop dance company. It screens July 14 at the Downtown On the docket is Femme, by Emmanuel Itier. The documenIndependent. tary, which counts Sharon Stone as executive producer, asks Downtown on Screen what the world would be like if it was run by women. Priest considers Downtown to be the “canvas” for the film To find out, Itier asks figures including Nobel Peace Prize festival. After all, the community is in the title. Thus, the line- laureates Shirin Ebadi and Maired Maguire, political activist up includes several films that focus specifically on the Central Angela Davis and actresses such as Maria Bello and Maria City and its inhabitants. Conchita Alonso. Femme screens at 8 p.m. on July 12 at the Downtown’s art scene in the 1970s is the focus of Young Downtown Independent. Turks. The 95-minute documentary, which had a Downtown The Downtown Independent will also be home to a July showing in February, looks at the area’s art scene in the late 12 short film program titled Women Filmmakers. The event 1970s and early ’80s. starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes five short films by, obviously, Now Playing/Starts July 5 It explores 13 artists who lived and worked in the area. It women filmmakers. also features numerous hangouts of the era, among them Al’s Movies include 88 Miles to Moscow, directed by Karen Bar, a punk music haven in the Arts District, the Terminal Glienke, about a girl’s recent trip with her ex-con dad. Also Café at Eighth Street and Central Avenue and the Atomic showing is Cutting Up, Veronica Pinkham’s documentary Café, a late-night diner in Little Tokyo. exploring the world of competitive female body builders. The films screens at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Then there is Getting Lemons, directed by Lisa Stadnykova. on July 16 at 9 p.m. The short is about a young girl preparing to give her mother’s “We want Downtown to see that there was a whole other eulogy while a group of friends try to snap her out of her deart movement in Los Angeles long before the current one go- pression. ing on,” Priest said. That’s just the start of the action. Check Our Website forcontinues Full Movie Listings The documentary lineup July 13 at the The Downtown Film Festival L.A. runs July 10-20. Tickets Downtown Independent with Paladar. It follows an un- and a full lineup at derground dinner club launched in 2009 by USC students Contact Richard Guzmán at


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Pirates of the Ballet Caribbean American Ballet Theatre Returns to Downtown With a Swashbuckling Work by Kylie Jane Wakefield


merican Ballet Theatre is taking over the Music Center this week. In a line you don’t hear too frequently when it comes to classical dance, they’re bringing pirates along with them. The 73-year-old company is no stranger to Downtown Los Angeles. The July 11-14 appearance marks its 16th visit to the city. Company Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie is overseeing the five shows that are part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series.

The Downtown stint is dominated by four performances of “Le Corsaire,” an 1856 ballet about a pirate who falls in love with a harem girl and ends up in a shipwreck. “It’s a very daring, swashbuckling and adventurous story,” said James Whiteside, a dancer with the company. “It’s a really great time. Kids and adults love it.” “Le Corsaire” was originally choreographed by the Frenchman Joseph Mazilier. It premiered in Paris in 1856, though in 1899 it received a momentous overhaul, courteous of Marius Petipa. The new version was unveiled by the

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Isabella Boylston and Roddy Doble in “Le Corsaire,” a piratethemed work from American Ballet Theatre. The company docks at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion July 11-14.

Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. That wasn’t the end of the evolution. Petipa’s version of “Le Corsaire” was reinvented by ABT choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes; it debuted in Argentina two years ago. Holmes’ adaptation has since been performed by the Boston Ballet and in Uruguay, as well as on numerous other stages. The Los Angeles installment will be presented July 12-14, including 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The work includes 120 dancers, four male leads and even children. This marks the first time that Holmes’ vision has been mounted in Los Angeles. While it is a ballet, Holmes points to the accessible, entertaining elements, including swordfights, in the 90-minute production. “It’s quite fun and there is a passion in it,” she said. “It’s not to be taken seriously.” Things are a bit more serious during the July 11 performance. That’s when ABT has a one-night-only mixed repertory program with works including “Chamber Symphony.” The piece, which was part of a three-act trilogy that was showcased at the Metropolitan Opera House, is set to the music of Russian pianist and composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It is choreographed by ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. In some ways it’s the stylistic opposite of “Le Corsaire.” “Chamber Symphony,” said Whiteside, who is the male lead in the work, is “a very moody, dark piece of music. It’s quite a journey for the dancer as well as for the audience.” Whiteside notes that the work is loosely based on the life of Shostakovich. “You’ll see hints of what went through his mind at different points in his life and his career,” he said. Also on the opening night lineup is “Apollo,” about the Greek god as he climbs Mt. Olympus, and “Symphony in C,” which has more than 50 characters. Both were choreographed by the late George Balanchine. Whiteside characterized the night as a good opportunity for audiences new to ballet, with a solid mix of styles. American Ballet Theatre was founded in 1940, and from the opening through 1980 it was run by Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith. However, its most attention-generating period may have occurred after that: Mikhail Baryshnikov served as artistic director from 1980-’90. McKenzie has been at the helm for the last 21 years. Like many ballet companies, its principals, soloists and other performers hail from all over the world. ABT members from the United States are augmented by dancers from Cuba, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and other nations. Over seven decades the company has made stops in more than 40 countries. It is known in particular for its lineup of full-length ballets from the 19th century. The repertoire includes standouts such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. It has also commissioned works from a who’s who of modern dancers, including Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. Despite the international acclaim, Isabella Boylston, a soloist who is featured in “Chamber Symphony” and “Le Corsaire,” said that she looks forward to again performing in L.A. “The shows are always packed and you can feel the love from the audience,” she said. American Ballet Theater appears July 11-14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue. Tickets and additional information at

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Friday, July 12 Dance Downtown Music Center, 135 N. Grand, (213) 972-7211 or 6:30 p.m.: No experience is necessary to participate in this celebration of K-Pop. Free dance lessons and amplified sound help make this one of the most accessible events at which to flail in public. Will the Bicycle Kill the Car? Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave. or 6 p.m.: Our hunch says no, but LADOT transportation expert Nate Baird might shed some new insights at this free Zocalo Public Square event. sunday, July 14 Bob Baker Marionettes at Grand Performances 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-2159 or

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P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” That seems a bit cynical. Then again, Bush did get a second term. Anyway, we digress. If the promotional materials for the three ring spectacle Built to Amaze are any indication, the only suckers in Downtown this week will be those who miss out on Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus’ stint at Staples Center. The 14 performances on July 10-16 are a tribute to ringmaster Andre McClain’s decade in his current position. They’ll be pulling out all the stops with an aerial act straight from Kiev, mass quantities of “Ringlettes” dancers and unicycle-riding basketball dunkers. At 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7326 or

On Saturday, July 13, from 1-4 p.m., the good folks at Brookfield Properties are bringing the Red Feather Dance Company to the FIGat7th shopping center. The Native American dance troupe has a multi-century history in Southern California that will make your five years on Spring Street seem laughable. Hoop dancing, oral history, bracelet making and tribal face painting demonstrations will highlight the San Diego area Pala tribe’s rich heritage. The show is free. At 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 955-7150 or

It’s Outfest time again, and how judicially fitting. The series dedicated to LGBT story lines kicks off its 31st annual film festival with a robust program on Thursday, July 11, at the Orpheum Theatre. The night begins with the presentation of the 17th annual Achievement Award to Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce. Once the speeches have been made and the plaque accepted, the lights will dim and the crowd will hush for a screening of the film medium’s first David Sedaris adaptation, C.O.G. Outfest runs until July 21 with a broad spectrum of programming; check the website for the rundown of movies at REDCAT. At 842 S. Broadway, (213) 480-7068 or photo courtesy LuchaVaVoom

Thursday, July 11 Downtown Art Walk Historic Core, (213) 617-4929 or 6 p.m.: You will know it for the copious cardboard trashcans on the sidewalk and the general attitude of intoxicated entitlement. Batten down the hatches friends, or check out special promotions by WSS shoes and Fiji Water at the Art Walk Lounge. Lucha VaVoom 1038 S. Hill St., (213) 746-4287 or 7 p.m.: A little man dressed in a chicken costume and a masked wrestler with the sobriquet Dirty Sanchez are but two of the wonders in store at this burlesque and Mexican wrestling show. Soba Noodle Demonstration 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-2159 or 8 p.m.: Master chef Sonoko Sakai drops by the Cal Plaza Watercourt to edify the general public on the proper process by which we derive soba noodles. Black Iconic Poets of the 20th Century Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 2287500 or 7:15 p.m.: Alice Quinn, executive director of the Poetry Society of America, hosts poets Wanda Coleman, Major Jackson and Brighde Mullins in a night put together by the Aloud series.

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Tuesday, July 9 What’s Next For Marriage Rights? MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave. or 7:30 p.m.: While it was scheduled before the recent landmark SCOTUS ruling, this Zocalo Public Square-hosted forum on same sex marriage still has a lot of nebulous legal territory to assess.

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Public philosophical facilitators Zocalo Public Square are back with an evening of well groomed rhetorical debate: The topic on Friday, July 12, at Grand Park reads like a Zen Buddhist riddle: “Will the bicycle kill the car?” In a no holds barred back alley brawl at 6 p.m., Zocalo has LADOT bicycle coordinator Nate Baird and Art Center mobility researcher Geoff Wardle doing some of the talking. Better yet, consider the event a referendum on the issue: Do you drive to the debate, take a bicycle or cruise by smugly on the Metro Red Line? At 200 N. Grand Ave., (424) 229-9493 or

The heat has settled in for the summer. If you’re looking for relief, Lucha VaVoom won’t bring the temperature down, but on Thursday, July 11, the parade of burlesque and Mexican wrestling promises to dull your mind to the physical ardors of sultry July with a performance steeped in “sexo y violencia.” You can anticipate gaudy acts of machisimo mortal combat, ever-sensual dance routines, enthusiastic crowd members, muscle cars and an all-pervading lust for tequila. Which is fitting, because they dub the night Cinco in July. It has a nice ring to it. At the Mayan Theatre, 1038 S. Hill St., (213) 746-4287 or Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to

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Continued from previous page 3 p.m.: Freed from the confines of his First Street puppet theater, octogenarian Downtown marionette-master Bob Baker shows off his creations.

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July 10, 8 p.m.: Gypsy jazz fusion from Fishtank Ensemble. July 11, 8 p.m.: If Mumford and Sons recruited Perfume Genius, they might sound something like The Melodic. July 12, 7:30 p.m.: Despite the mopey aesthetic and despondent lyrical sentiments, Chris Pureka’s electrically garnished acoustic folk is incredibly wellproduced. July 13, 8 p.m.: We’re not sure when the Dorothea Lange squalor chic aesthetic or music sensibility came into vogue, but if lithe female singers connecting to a constructed mythos of lo-fi Americana is your bag, you won’t want to miss Cillie Barnes. July 14, 7 p.m.: At first glance, John Reilly & Friends sounds like another hodgepodge of pseudo sentimentality for a nonexistent fantasy past. But if you add the initial C between John and Reilly, we think your interest in this event will segue from selfreflection to casual celebrity gawking. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or

July 11, 10 p.m.: HM Soundsystem returns yet again for another night of Broader Than Broadway. You just can’t keep them down. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or July 13, 10 p.m.: Hobart W. Fink delivers indie garage rock in thick framed glasses. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or July 12, 8 p.m.: Flash back to the heyday of New Jack Swing with Teddy Riley and Blackstreet July 14, 8 p.m.: It’s not every day you stumble upon the new lowest common denominator in popular music, but 10-year-old white Atlanta rapper MattyB is the latest and greatest piece of proof that the Bieber crisis has gone unaddressed far too long. Conga Room 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-0162 or

July 11, 9 p.m.: As we understand it, La Ruleta translates to roulette, hence the profusion of varied bands in the vein of Vida Boulevard, Pastilla, Backbone, Simbala, The Velvet Tea Party and Fusion Poeta. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or July 8, 9 p.m.: Brian Walker warms the room up before Yonatan and Friends make Monday jazztastic. July 9, 10 p.m.: Bunny West has a new EP, which is reason enough for her and Boom Boom Boom to celebrate. July 10, 10 p.m.: John Burton & The Last Chance with The Furious Few in a collection of drastically named bands. July 11, 10 p.m.: Hunter & the Dirty Jacks will finish what Kyle McNeil started. July 12, 9 p.m.: Back to back blues with Trevor Menear and Johnny Moezzi. July 13, 11 p.m.: Charlie Chan & The SOBs appreciate your applause, but need you to know they don’t need your applause.



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