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New Housing Complex to Rise at Eighth and Spring


he Vancouver, Wash.-based development company Holland Partner Group has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building housing in City West. Now, for the first time, the company has a play east of the 110 Freeway. Holland Partner has acquired a parking lot at Eighth and Spring streets for $12.5 million, said Tom Warren, head of the company’s Southern California developments. Warren said it is too early to discuss details, but he did say that the plan for the nearly one-acre site involves building apartments. Holland Partner broke ground in June on a City West development that will deliver two new seven-story structures and renovate a 1920s medical office building. The $200 million project, dubbed Sixth and Bixel, will create 648 apartments, along with 25,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. In 2007 the company opened the GLO apartments on Wilshire Boulevard (it sold the complex in 2011) and last year opened the 1111 Wilshire building.

More Shops, Restaurant Announced for One Santa Fe


esidential move-ins at the massive, $160 million One Santa Fe began in September. Now that the 438 apartments are starting

TWITTER: @ DOWNTOWNNEWS to fill up, the development team is ramping up leasing in The Yards, the on-site, 78,000-squarefoot space that will hold about 25 restaurants and eateries. Officials with the project at 300 S. Santa Fe. Ave. last week announced three new tenants. The largest is an eatery dubbed Bol, which specializes in Asian-inspired bowls. The concept from Andrea Uyeda, the former COO of Border Grill restaurants, will fill a 1,500-squarefoot indoor space and a 1,200-square-foot patio. It will offer wine and beer and have take-out options. Also coming are two shops: Fashion boutique Wittmore will feature clothes from more than 30 brands, including Levi’s, Officine General, M. Nii and more. The Voyager Shop, meanwhile, will sell clothing, housewares and a range of luxury lifestyle goods. All three establishments are expected to open in the first quarter of 2015. Previously announced tenants include grocery store Grow, vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude, apothecary Malin + Goetz and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.

A Good Yarn at Grand Central Market


he food hub Grand Central Market has been yarn bombed — and that’s a good thing. The arts collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles has wrapped eight columns in Downtown’s historic collection of eateries in colorful sleeves that boast doily-dotted bright blue designs, hot pink stripes and yellow panels. The installation, which premiered earlier this month, is dubbed Yarn-O-Polis, and is meant to reflect the vibrant culture of Downtown’s residents. The work, undertaken with the permission of the market’s operators, will be on view



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the concrete-heavy Financial District destination, is throwing a launch party on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5-8 p.m. Downtown stakeholders are invited to the free event at 532 S. Olive St. that will include cocktails (for purchase) and music from Pattern Bar owner and DJ Eduardo Castillo. A variety of food trucks will be on hand, including Don Chow Tacos, Coolhaus and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Local artists and designers will turn a portion of the park into an interactive canvas. In addition to food, drink and art, there’s a practical side: Members of the public can discuss what they’d like to see in a Continued on page 11


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In Praise of Spirits And Hello Kitty


very so often we are pleasantly surprised by the things that pop up and that resonate in Downtown Los Angeles. In the past year we’ve seen such unexpected occurrences as an indoor rock climbing business, a bar filled with dozens of vintage pinball machines and video arcade games, and a giant rat created by the street artist Banksy put on display in the white-collar confines of U.S. Bank Tower. Downtown never ceases to surprise (and often delight) us. Now, we’re seeing another couple unlikely installments, this time in the form of a liquor business and a new museum show. We never would have predicted that Downtown would be home to the largest distillery in Los Angeles. Nor would we have guessed that an exhibition about the animated character Hello Kitty would shatter attendance records at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Yet both of those are occurring. Los Angeles Downtown News recently wrote about Greenbar Craft Distillery, which operates out of a space on Eighth Street in the Industrial District. Founded and run by the husband-and-wife team of Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew, it produces about 100,000 cases of whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and other spirits each year (plans are to more than triple production in the near future). Though liquor laws prevent Greenbar from selling bottles directly to the public, the proprietors recently opened a tasting room and offer tours by appointment (their wares are also available at bars such as the Arts District’s Little Bear). Think of a tasting tour as another fun thing to do in Downtown. Over in Little Tokyo, meanwhile, JANM is continuing its effort to broaden its appeal. Whereas the First Street museum once focused heavily on older Japanese American audiences, and frequently mounted exhibits related to the internment camps the United States set up during World War II, in the past few years the staff have made a concerted effort to break through old boundaries. In the last year alone there have been exhibits about Asian tattoos and the Dodgers’ role in signing players from different ethnic backgrounds. In this way, the Hello Kitty exhibit, focusing on the character created by the Japanese company Sanrio, fits right in. It’s colorful and compelling, with an exploration of the merchandising of the character and a delve into the way Hello Kitty has been treated by contemporary artists. The show broke opening weekend attendance records at JANM, drawing more than 3,000 people. Crowds swelled again Halloween weekend when a Hello Kitty convention took place at the adjacent Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Some of the visitors are certainly patronizing other area businesses before or after stopping at the museum. It is Downtown’s dazzling diversity that makes these kinds of happenings and attractions possible. We’re pleased to see the unexpected arise, and look forward to what is next.

Rocking Out on Main Street


t’s not often that the opening of a club that blasts loud music until the early morning hours, in the middle of a community with a growing residential base, counts as a good thing. However, that is the scenario in Downtown Los Angeles, where a new venue both eradicates an eyesore and fits with the evolving neighborhood. On Nov. 7, after a lengthy construction and permitting process, the doors finally opened at the Regent Theatre. It marks a new beginning for a building that debuted in 1914, but has sat largely empty since the early ’90s. Even as the surrounding Old Bank District has boomed amid the residential revolution and the subsequent influx of eateries and service businesses, the venue at 448 S. Main St. has remained closed (except for a few one-off events). If the Regent’s operator can work with area residents and business owners to ensure that big crowds and loud music do not negatively impact life in the community then this will prove to be a valuable addition to Downtown. Los Angeles Downtown News last week wrote about how concert promotions veteran Mitchel Frank of Downtown-based Spaceland Productions partnered with Knitting Factory Entertainment and the company Artist and Recreation to upgrade the aged space. The work was extensive, and in addition to restoring and modernizing the Regent, they built a new mezzanine. Additionally, the project includes a

bar and a pizzeria with separate entrances on Main Street, meaning more than club patrons get to enjoy the additions. The 1,100-person capacity space will host local and touring indie rock bands and DJs, probably two to three times a week. With booking agents always eager to get their acts into the newest and most modern venues (particularly in regards to sound and lighting equipment), the Regent is poised to be one of the most important musical destinations not just in Downtown, but in all of Los Angeles. While many patrons of the Regent will likely live Downtown, others will drive here for shows, and may arrive early for a meal or drinks somewhere else. If they have a positive experience, then one can anticipate them coming again, whether for another Regent concert or to bar hop. A potential trouble point is neighbors, and no one wants to be awakened by loud music and people leaving a bar late at night, or find a messy street and sidewalks the next morning. Frank, who previously ran the Silver Lake rock club Spaceland, has the type of experience that allows him to prevent problems before they arise. He has worked with Downtown stakeholders in the run-up to the Regent, and we expect him to have ample security and to be proactive on this front. We’re pleased that The Regent has a chance at a vibrant future, and we congratulate the team that made it happen.

Downtown’s Next County Supervisor


n two weeks, First District County Supervisor Gloria Molina will be termed out, ending more than two decades in one of the most powerful positions in the region. On Dec. 1, her successor, former U.S Labor Secretary and Congresswoman Hilda Solis, will take the oath of office. This will be a critical time for a board that rarely sees change. While much of the recent discussion has concerned the effect that Solis and another incoming supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, will have on business and labor contracts and relations, there are other matters of import, particularly in Down-

town Los Angeles. The First District is huge, sprawling from Silver Lake to Claremont and encompassing a couple dozen cities and unincorporated areas. The territory includes portions of Downtown where the county has had a historic role or holds valuable property, such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Skid Row, and the combined Music Center/Grand Avenue area. Solis won her election in early June, meaning she has had more than five months to prepare for the job. Thus, we are hoping that, soon after her inauguration,

she reaches out to area stakeholders and reveals her intentions and specific plans for the community. What tools does she favor for addressing the mental health crisis in Skid Row, for instance? As the supervisor who represents the parcels where Related Companies will build an $850 million development, what will she push for in terms of design and community inclusion? This is just the start. The district is huge and the approximately 2.5 million residents have myriad needs. We hope Solis is ready for the job and ready for the demands of Downtown constituents.

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The Readers Have Their Say Comments to Stories on Regarding the article “The Regent’s Rocking Return,” by Eddie Kim, published Nov. 10


unny town this. We’ve got more artists than a dog has fleas, but there really aren’t that many quality venues for live music. I have a few concerns, the biggest being the mix of crowds and automobile traffic. Most drivers are cognizant of the fact that they are in a heavily foot-traffic Downtown setting. But it only takes one or two clowns to make that dangerous. I also hope they leave the Collette Miller angel wings on the roll-down doors alone. Those are historic, too. —William Bean, Nov. 11, 3:33 a.m. Regarding the editorial “Homelessness Is Not Just Downtown’s Responsibility,” published Nov. 3


his is a very thoughtful, insightful article and I am one of the outsiders who is concerned about homelessness in L.A. for two reasons. First, there is concern for the people with severe mental illness who are existing in such deplorable conditions. Secondly, homelessness is not just a problem for Downtown, but a national problem, and at least one of the solutions needs to come from the federal

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government. Repealing the Institutes for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion would be a key starting point. The IMD exclusion prevents people who are over the age of 22 and under 65 (the period when they are most likely to need inpatient mental health treatment) from using their Medicaid insurance to pay for inpatient treatment in a state hospital (institution), regardless of how psychotic or dangerous to themselves or others they may be. As a result, states have to pay the cost, which is very expensive, and as a result, they have, for decades, continued to close beds regardless of the need or the impact on people who are too sick to know they are sick. —Pat Morgan, Nov. 7, 12:49 p.m. Regarding the article “Outcry Leads to New Look for Arts District Project,” regarding the proposed 950 E. Third St. development, by Donna Evans, published Oct. 6


his would be a perfect place for a Trader Joe’s. Independent businesses are wonderful but us DTLAers need retail infrastructure. TJ’s at USC doesn’t cut it. I urge the developers to be aggressive in bringing TJ’s to our neck of the woods. —Catherine Zukowski, Oct. 8, 3:33 p.m.

Dismissing Cultural Significance Jeopardizes Our Heritage Why We Need to Preserve the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre By Adrian Scott Fine os Angeles Downtown News’ recent coverage of the proposal to build a housing complex on the site of the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre (the Oct. 27 article “Puppet Theater Could Be Nearing the End of Its Run” and the Nov. 3 editorial “A


GUEST OPINION Puppet Theater’s Future”) raises an important issue in preserving the cultural heritage of Los Angeles. In addressing whether the theater at 1345 W. First St. should be reused as part of the housing complex (the developer’s plan involves turning the existing building into the new project’s lobby), the editorial states that the building’s importance “is cultural rather than structural.” We at the Los Angeles Conservancy agree, but we don’t think that makes the building any less important. In 2009, the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre was designated as a local landmark, known in the city of Los Angeles as a Historic-Cultural Monument. Likely the longest-running puppet theater in the nation (it opened in 1963) and the only one of its kind in Los Angeles, the theater was recognized for its association with legendary puppeteer Bob Baker and its role in the history of the art form. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Ordinance defines a Historic-Cultural Monument as having “particular historic or cultural significance to the City of Los Angeles.” The ordinance applies to buildings, structures and even trees. It does not, however, apply to the use of a property. Many historic landmarks

survive only because they find vital new uses. It is important to understand that when the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre received Historic-Cultural Monument status, the building itself was landmarked, not its use. While architectural icons are vital to our history, they don’t tell the full story. Unspectacular buildings can also deserve recognition for the important roles they have played in defining our communities. The city has designated other vernacular buildings for their cultural significance, including the Black Cat, a Silver Lake bar that played a key role in Los Angeles’ gay rights movement, and the former Venice West Café, which epitomized the postwar Bohemian counterculture in Los Angeles. Does that mean we want to save every old building in Los Angeles? Of course not. That is why we use nationally accepted standards and criteria for designating landmarks, to make sure they meet the threshold of significance. The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre met this threshold. The piecemeal destruction of places already deemed worthy of preservation sets a dangerous precedent for our city’s cultural heritage. The Conservancy does not take lightly any proposal to demolish a designated landmark. While interpretation certainly has a role to play in conveying our history, plaques and exhibits simply can’t replace the authenticity of bricks and mortar in telling the story of a place. Adrian Scott Fine is Director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the nation’s largest local historic preservation organization.






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Grand Park’s Slide Show Civic Center Attraction Gets a $1 Million, Forest-Themed Children’s Playground

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Lucas Rivera (left), executive director for Grand Park, and architect Tony Paradowski at the new $1 million playground. It opens Nov. 22.

By Donna Evans hen it came to designing the new playground at Grand Park, architect Tony Paradowski’s directive was clear: nothing off the shelf. The instructions came from County Supervisor Gloria Molina, whose First District includes Grand Park and whose office found half the money for the $1 million project on the eastern edge of the park, across from City Hall’s Spring

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How Good Samaritan Hospital Prepares for Ebola The Deadly (and Hyped) Disease Hasn’t Been Seen in Los Angeles, but the City West Institution Has Protocols in Place By Eddie Kim n mid-October, a woman complaining of a fever, sore throat and chills walked into Good Samaritan Hospital in City West. She had recently arrived from Cape Verde, a collection of small islands off the western coast of Africa, and feared that she had contracted Ebola. She was swiftly taken to a separate room and interviewed by hospital staff wearing protective gear. After about two hours of interviewing and consulting with the county Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, it was determined that she was at low risk of having the virus that has wreaked havoc in West Africa and sparked fear across the United States. While the woman never developed Ebola, the encounter revealed something important to Dr. Philip Fagan, the medical director of the emergency room at Good Samaritan: The hospital’s Ebola precautions and procedures worked smoothly. “The communication with the patient was good, the control over procedures was good, and the CDC was most helpful and attentive,” Fagan said. Although more than 4,800 people in West Africa have died from the disease, just nine patients have been treated for it in the United States, and only three cases have originated in the country. There has been a single fatality. Still, the media attention and worries about the disease with a current fatality rate of 71% has prompted hospitals across the U.S to lay


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Joan Finney, director of infection prevention at Good Samaritan Hospital in City West, shows off the “Ebola cart,” which holds the protective gear and guideline information a nurse or doctor needs before examining a possible Ebola patient.

down a litany of precautions and protocols for any suspected case. At Good Samaritan, Joan Finney, the director of infection prevention, said doctors or nurses would first ask a potential Ebola patient about

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protective equipment, and one would wait outside of the isolation room to assist in the removal of gear afterwards. If Good Samaritan and the county Department of Public Health determined a patient likely had Ebola, a blood sample would be sent to a county laboratory for testing. Another sample would be sent to a CDC facility. The test would only take “a few hours,” Finney said. In the interim, any care for a patient, such as IVs or injections, would be administered by an experienced nurse or doctor wearing protective gear. Moving Out If a person at Good Samaritan has Ebola, it would only be for the short term. He or she would most likely soon be transferred to one of a handful of regional hospitals identified as “centers of excellence” that are capable of treating patients with the disease. “Public Health would take on who, what, when and where in terms of transfers,” Finney noted. Although there have been no Ebola cases on the West Coast, Finney said the staff of the hospital at 1225 Wilshire Blvd. has completed basic training on response procedures and will continue to hold regular drills and meetings to discuss updated information from the county and CDC. Despite all the work, Finney thinks it is unlikely that Los Angeles will see an Ebola case. She said that, despite its population and denContinued on page 9


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By Donna Evans ext summer, 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will converge on Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games. With an estimated 3,000 coaches and 500,000 spectators, it is being described by organizers as L.A.’s biggest sporting event, in terms of numbers, since the 1984 Summer Olympics. Although the athletes in basketball, track and field, judo, bowling and more won’t compete until the games open July 25, furious preparation is already underway. Unbeknownst to most people, the center of the planning activity is in Downtown Los Angeles. Currently, approximately 100 full-time members of the organizing committee are working on the 40th and 41st floors of U.S. Bank Tower. The space was donated, rent-free, by Singaporean company Overseas Union Enterprise, which bought the Financial District landmark last year for $367.5 million. Steven Vanderpool, senior vice president of communications and media operations for the World Games, said the work is already proceeding at a breakneck pace. After all, it will take 30,000 volunteers to facilitate the events at 27 venues. There will also be some 2,000 members of the international media to accommodate. “This far out, you might think it’s a marathon, but this is a sprint,” Vanderpool said. David Simon, president of the Downtownbased Los Angeles Sports Council, has long


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Caley Versfelt swam in a regional Special Olympics competition last June. Although she won’t compete in the World Games, she is working as a Special Olympics spokeswoman and as a receptionist in the Downtown headquarters.

Todd Goldstein, chief revenue officer for AEG. He is also a member of the board of directors for the World Games. “L.A. Live has a great vibe. Their hosting bowling is very exciting and a tremendous testament to their commitment to these athletes,” Goldman said. Additional Downtown venues include the Convention Center, which will host the badminton, power lifting, roller skating, bocce, handball and table tennis competitions. Other sports will take place in Burbank, UCLA, Griffith Park and Los Alamitos Beach. Back at headquarters, sitting front and center on the 40th floor is Caley Versfelt, a swimmer who competed in the Southern

California Special Olympics Summer Invitational last June. Although the 23-yearold Manhattan Beach resident won’t be competing in the World Games, organizers have tapped her for speaking engagements about the Special Olympics. She is also working as a receptionist in the Downtown building, where she answers phones and corresponds via email. Giggling, Versfelt said that in middle school she was more introverted. “Now I know I can do things and I don’t have to be shy about it,” she said. It’s that kind of confidence that Vanderpool expects to see displayed all across Los Angeles for nine days next summer.

Play” in 25 languages (the same ones that greet visitors on the park’s entry signs, Rivera said). The playground is designed for kids up to age 12, and shares the same hours as the park, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. every day. Rubberized mulch has been placed around the base of the trees, which shade several benches. There are also seven berms ranging from one to four feet, some with rock climbing handles and one with a rope. They’re meant to resemble an undulating landscape, said Paradowski, and the idea is for “open play” and to let the kids’ imaginations run wild. Sticking with the climbing and nature theme, Paradowski, a senior associate at architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, which also designed Grand Park, opted to attach a rope to one of the smaller berms. Toddlers can refine their motor skills while pulling themselves up the two-foot “mountain,” he said. “It was the desire of everyone involved for this to be a unique playground,” he said. “It’s easy to go and buy [playground equipment], but this is en-

ebola, 7 sity, the region benefits from its geography and the lack of direct flights to and from West Africa. Screening procedures in connecting airports add an extra layer of security, she added. Thankfully, Finney and Fagan said, Good Samaritan hasn’t been flooded with false alarms about Ebola. They are both keeping an eye not just on the suspected cases, but on the public’s awareness of the

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tirely original.” Take the 10-foot long tunnel, for example. Rather than purchase something from a catalog, Paradowski acquired an old, 20-foot-long water pipe from a warehouse yard. It was sun-faded and dirty, but the architect saw potential. The threefoot-high pipe was cleaned, cut and polished, and the rough edges were smoothed out. A soft play surface (the same surface material as is used throughout the playground) was installed inside and over the top the pipe. Now it’s a safe place for kids to run through or hide, Paradowski said. On a recent afternoon, Rivera, dressed in a crisp suit, and Paradowski, wearing a button-down shirt, sweater and jeans, decided to break in the high slide. While the equipment is meant for children, the two thought they should know what the kids will be experiencing. Taking turns, Paradowski and Rivera climbed inside the tower, positioned themselves at the mouth of the plastic cylinder and pushed off, gravity propelling them through the tube. Each landed with a thump of their feet onto the padding and an urge to do it one more time.

disease. They hope the panic and sensationalized media coverage of the outbreak will subside. The last time Finney saw a similar panic was in 2009, with the H1N1 (or “swine flu”) outbreak in the U.S. The difference, she said, is that there were a lot more sick people and a lot more deaths — about 12,000 people died, according to the CDC. “It’s important to keep the risk of getting Ebola in L.A. in perspective,” Finney said.


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By Eddie Kim aybe you’re a car buff and have been waiting to climb into the driver’s seat of the newest makes and models. Maybe you’re in the market for a new ride and want to check out a few dozen options in a couple hours. Or maybe you like seeing futuristic concept vehicles and the height of automotive technology. Whatever the case may be, the Los Angeles Auto Show rolls into the Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 21, featuring more than 1,000 cars from domestic and international automakers. Some 900,000 people are expected to attend by the closing on Nov. 30. The brightest spotlights will shine on the 34 world premieres (another couple dozen vehicles will receive their North American debuts). Cadillac has announced the unveiling of the 2015 ATS-V, the high-performance iteration of its popular ATS sedan. Chrysler is presenting refreshed versions of its 300 and 300C models. The German trifecta of Audi, BMW and Mercedes is also readying a number of world premieres. Audi’s reveal will be particularly scrutinized, as the company is heading in a different visual direction under the leadership of new design head Marc Lichte. North American premieres include Land Rover’s 2015 Discover Sport crossover, Mini’s “Superleggera Vision” concept car, and Mitsubishi’s angular, wide-mouthed (and awkwardly named) XR-PHEV crossover vehicle. The number of debuts marks an increase from years past, and highlights the growing strength of the L.A. Auto Show and automakers’ desires to show off in Southern California, said Brendan Flynn, senior director of marketing for the event, which was founded in 1907. “Attracting debuts, particularly global ones, has to do with the importance of the L.A. market,” he said. “California is the number one market for car purchases in the country. L.A. is tops in sales of fuel-efficient, electric and hybrid vehicles. This is also the second-largest media market. There’s a


lot to like.” A complement to the main expo is the Aftermarket show, which fills the lower portion of the Convention Center’s South Hall. The exhibition celebrates personalized cars and the custom parts that make them special, and includes a number of tricked-out vehicles from music and sports celebrities. Hi Tech The L.A. Auto Show is benefiting from the auto industry’s recovery from the recession. That is manifested, said Flynn, in budgets that bring more concept cars and debuts. In addition, the show is now leveraging the city’s growth as a technology hub to attract more brands and compete with other shows, he said. “We’ve always had strength in the luxury, green and performance segments, because of the weather and the demographics in the L.A. market,” Flynn said. “What’s new is L.A. is becoming a center of innovation, and automakers are choosing to invest in the region because of that.” Not coincidentally, the Connected Car Expo, an industry trade show, is back. Introduced last year, the expo, which runs Nov. 18-20, brings together more than 80 experts to discuss trends and issues within the industry. Smarter, safer and with more features than ever before, modern cars require increased collaboration between auto companies and the tech world, said L.A. Auto Show President Lisa Kaz. Some new cars can automatically brake to avoid collisions or parallel park without the driver’s input. Changing settings is often as easy as a voice command. Apps like Pandora and Yelp can come built-in. “All of these advancements ultimately impact how cars need to be built and sold, how software is installed, how it’s updated and how much input is needed from other companies,” Kaz wrote in an email. “It’s a vast number of changes for the industry because connectivity means the car is not a standContinued on page 20


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AROUND TOWN, 2 revamped Pershing Square. In September, city officials announced $2 million in upgrades to the park, including the creation of a pair of children’s playgrounds fronting Sixth Street. Pershing Square Renew was created to work with the city to raise money, conduct community outreach and launch a design competition to reimagine the five-acre facility.

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he 134-year-old Los Angeles Athletic Club is getting a multi-million dollar makeover. The renovation of the private club, designed by L.A.-based SRK Architects, will create new locker facilities on the fifth floor, with both the men’s and women’s lockers accessed by a common lobby. New amenities in the locker rooms will include hydrotherapy, steam and sauna rooms. A grand staircase will lead to the sixth floor lobby, which will feature a barbershop, a connected bar described as a speakeasy, a natural “salt cave” (similar to a dry sauna), a nail salon and the Plunge Cafe, a lounge next to the club’s pool. Construction will take place in three phases, which will allow continuous access to the existing locker rooms. Completion is expected in January 2016.

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Actually playing it takes the exBy Eddie Kim perience even further, said Wilhat do you get when liams, who is performing three you ask the archisongs on Nov. 23, including a tect of the swooping, take on Lou Reed’s “Walk on glimmering Walt Disney Conthe Wild Side.” cert Hall to design an organ for “Visually, when you’re playthe venue? ing and you’re immersed in That question was asked, the piece and you look up and and answered, more than a see the lights illuminating the decade ago, when Frank Gehpipes, it’s special,” Williams said. ry’s first ideas flowed to organ “That organ is just amazing videsigner and builder Manusually and in terms of its sound. el Rosales. Whereas most orIt’s not too much, not too little. gans have long, straight pipes Just right.” meant to maintain accurate Much of that has to do with tones, an early Gehry proposal the meticulous tuning and featured pipes hanging from maintenance the organ rethe ceiling, with the organceives. ist playing in an elevated cage Disney Hall opened in 2003, mounted on the wall. but Hurricane Mama wasn’t That didn’t happen, of ready until 2004 because Rocourse. Instead, through long sales needed both time and discussions and drafts, Gehry complete silence to calibrate and Rosales came up with an the instrument. That involved organ that resembled a clutch pressing a single key down of flowers sprouting from the with a weight and roaming the ground, with curving pipes and venue to check that clear, accu50-foot-tall splinters of wood rate tones rang to every corner. and steel rising above the keyRosales, who remains the board. The duo recruited Gerorgan’s curator, still tweaks the man organ builder Casper von instrument regularly. Its size Glatter-Götz to bring it to life. and complexity make it impos“Working with Frank Gehry S E-NaEW om s.c sible to move, which means he was mind-expanding experiNew wn nto SIGN UP Sign up at Dow and his crew must work early in ence that few organ builders the morning and late at night, would have the opportunity to L.A. Phil Celebrates the 10th Birthday of Disney Hall’s Massive, Beautiful Organ Now Playing/Starts Nov. 7 Sign Up for Our E-News Blasts & when there are no rehearsals. experience,” Rosales said in an “However grumpy we might email. 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I would even say that organs tor Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Phil through organ-centric with more pipes don’t even have the same amount of color.” organ music from the very traditional to newer and more unexpieces including Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ.’” Downtown on Facebook pected.” OrganistLike Cameron Carpenter, News who is about the closest thing to Starts Nov.It’s14come into fashion for new concert halls to include big, & Be Entered to Win Movie Tickets! beautiful organs, Martin said, but she is particularly pleased that Paging Lou Reed a rock star of the organ world, and Phil principal keyboardist The Nov. 20-22 concerts include the world premiere of a piece over the years the Phil has made a point of programming music Joanne Pearce Martin will be featured. commissioned by the Phil. “Symphony No. 4,” by Stephen Hartke, with the organ as a centerpiece. That is followed by a birthday bash concert on Nov. 23. 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Bottega Louie will open at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are multiple turkey plate specials.

Giving Thanks Out on the Town Downtown Restaurants Offer a Respite From Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner By Donna Evans eferee whistles blare in the background, pans clank in the kitchen and the smell of roast turkey fills the room. Thanksgiving is the day when friends and relatives gather around the table, reflect on why they are thankful, then eat everything in sight. One reason to be thankful might be for not having to cook, and then clean up after, that labor-intensive meal. Fortunately, a number of Downtown Los Angeles restaurants are ready to do the baking, frying and mashing on Thursday, Nov. 27. There are humble classics as well as upscale versions of the traditional meal. From the Arts District to the Historic Core, and South Park to Bunker Hill, here are a variety of price points and menu options (even meatless choices) that are available for dining in and carrying out. If you’re worried about the effects of all that food on your waistline, there’s even an early-morning workout.


Life After Meat: On 364 days of the year, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse is known for its cuts of beef. On Thanksgiving, the Bunker Hill destination will highlight the bird. The restaurant is serving

hand-carved Diestel turkey as part of a threecourse dinner. The $52 prix-fixe meal starts with a choice of roasted squash soup or root vegetables. Sides for the turkey include brioche and chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied butternut squash and creamed Swiss chard. At dessert there’s a choice between pumpkin pie baked with dried fruit compote and roasted griottes (dark French cherries) with pistachio Chantilly and basil. Another sweet addition to this meal: Kids 10 and under eat for $19. At 330 S. Hope St., (213) 680-0330 or Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Seventh Street’s Bottega Louie is always packed, and the management is doing its best to ensure that Thanksgiving day is no different. The restaurant will open at 8 a.m. on Nov. 27 and offer a breakfast menu with items such as French Toast, eggs and various pastries. Things really kick into gear with a combined lunch/dinner turkey option that runs from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The $26 meal includes a Diestel Farms turkey entree with traditional sides. There’s also a $50 dinner that includes bread and butter, an additional

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vegetable and pie. If you want to scrap the bird altogether, Bottega Louie offers a selection of meat and fish including a grilled prime pork chop, smoked ham and king salmon. A can’tmiss side is the truffle mashed potatoes. Feeling guilty? Try ordering the broccolini instead of the mac and cheese with bacon. We said try. At 700 S. Grand Ave., (213) 802-1470 or Early Bird: Thanksgiving dinner is an early affair at Smeraldi’s Restaurant inside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. In fact, it’s so early that you might call it Thanksgiving brunch. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Smeraldi’s is dishing out turkey and slow-roasted rib eye, as well as omelets, sausage and eggs Benedict. There’s also a seafood station with crab cakes, crab legs, jumbo shrimp and white wine-poached Scottish salmon. Top it off with assorted mini-desserts of chocolate

bread pudding, pumpkin shortbread cookies and gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting. The brunch is $59, or $25 for kids ages 4-11. At 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 612-1562 or Central City Justice: The DoubleTree Hotel, which connects to Justice Urban Tavern, tends to be a place for business travelers and usually thins out during Thanksgiving, said general manager Paul Trevino. However, the Civic Center spot will be open and serve a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of November. Expect a traditional turkey breast plate. The $19.95 dinner includes mashed potatoes, yams, gravy, vegetables and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. At 120 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 253-9235 or Continued on page 15


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Tips From the Experts Some of Downtown’s Top Food and Drink Minds Offer Thanksgiving Advice By Eddie Kim hanksgiving conjures up Norman Rockwell-esque images of a smiling family sitting down at a table set with perfect holiday china and a plethora of beautiful side dishes surrounding a glorious turkey roasted to mahogany perfection. Anyone who has actually prepared a Thanksgiving dinner knows such imagery is anything but reality. Stress abounds: Is the turkey cooking all the way through? Is it getting too dry? Where can I find room on my tiny stovetop to make stuffing? Did Uncle Charlie just spill Merlot on my carpet? Los Angeles Downtown News spoke with four of the Central City’s top food and drink minds to get some tips and tricks to keep Thanksgiving dinner humming smoothly. Here’s their advice.


Megan Logan Executive Chef, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse On cooking the meal: “I think that the beauty of Thanksgiving, especially if you’re working with a small oven or little stove space, is that you can cook so much with the turkey itself. When I cook chicken or turkey at home, I throw some vegetables — Brussels sprouts, garlic, onions, root vegetables — in the roasting pan and let it all cook together. “In terms of planning, you should do as much ahead as possible. Take care of all the prep the day before: Wash the vegetables,

Nick & Stef’s Executive Chef Megan Logan suggests saving oven space by cooking vegetables in the roasting pan with the turkey. She also says doing prep work the day before Thanksgiving is invaluable.

peel them, chop them and have it ready to be cooked. Other things you can cook in advance, like cranberry sauce or, for me, pickled cranberries. You can make pie in advance, too. “In terms of sides, I like spaghetti squash because it’s the easiest thing to make. All you do is cut it in half, season it and roast it in the oven until it’s soft. I scoop out the squash and mix it with some thyme and butter and maybe chives. As for the turkey, brining is a good idea. It helps the moisture of the meat and helps the outside crisp up and gives the meat better seasoning. “When you’re actually cooking it, don’t open the oven too often. It lets the heat out and can slow the cooking. I do like to baste, probably every 20 minutes, adding some butter at the end to the pan. Don’t second-guess yourself and over-check, because that’s when mistakes happen.” Nick & Stef’s is at 330 S. Hope St., (213) 6800330 or

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Michael Hung, executive chef at Faith and Flower, likes to remind people that Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, and you don’t have to make everything from scratch. “There’s no shame in buying a pumpkin pie,” he says.

Lindsay Heffner Co-Owner and Manager, Pie Hole On making a traditional pie: “What we’ve noticed is that most people prefer to buy their pies. Pie can be difficult to make well. “People make mistakes in the crust, mostly. The filling tends to be better. Our pie dough is made from scratch, and it’s simple in terms of ingredients, but mixing and rolling it out right, to

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get that flaky perfect crust, is tricky. The problem is the crust falling apart, especially if the filling’s too heavy and the crust isn’t thick enough. “Also, people bake crusts way too long, because they’re trying to get the filling to set up and they overdo the crust. If you’re doing a traditional pumpkin, we suggest you make the dough, but don’t par-bake it before adding the filling and baking. “Unlike the crust, it’s easy to buy good pie filling. You don’t have to scoop out a whole pumpkin. Just spice up pre-bought filling to your taste. It’ll be great. “Another tip is you can make the dough in advance, wrap it up and put it in the fridge. The day of, mix up the filling and just bake it. And people shouldn’t just be thinking about pumpkin. Pecan is great for Thanksgiving. An apple pie goes a long way, too, and it feels very harvest-y. A custard pie is great, and we always hear that chocolate is a big hit.” The Pie Hole is at 714 Traction Ave., (213) 5370115 or Michael Hung Executive Chef, Faith & Flower On common mistakes: “I’ve made a lot of familiar Thanksgiving miscues. The biggest thing, I think, is don’t try and do too much and get too ambitious. One of the things people sometimes forget is that Thanksgiving is a holiday to be spending with friends and family, not slaving over the stove. “You don’t have to make everything from scratch. My family did some pretty non-traditional Thanksgiving meals growing up. We would roast a turkey and make mashed potatoes, but we would also pick up some Chinese dishes — Cantonese-style lobster and some vegetables. It was great. If you’re a one-man crew, especially, just do the basics, like a turkey and some stuffing. There’s no shame in buying

a pumpkin pie! “You don’t have to cook a whole turkey, either. You can get single turkey breasts. If so, try to get some extra chicken skin to roast off, since crispy turkey skin is a classic flavor that I love at Thanksgiving. You can put it on salads or use it as a garnish. Either way, use a thermometer when you’re cooking turkey. Don’t trust your sight or the popup temperature things that come with the bird.” Faith and Flower is at 705 W. Ninth St., (213) 239-0642 or Litty Mathew Co-founder, Greenbar Craft Distillery On Thanksgiving cocktails: “There are so many flavors on the table on Thanksgiving meals, and we’re big on cocktails because spirits are great for cleansing the palate. The big thing to simplify cocktails is to make a single group drink that goes with the meal rather than making each person something different. “You can mix up a drink ahead of time and put it in a pitcher. I like to use vodka as a base because most people can agree on vodka. One drink I like has gin and lemon vodka, fresh lemon juice, lavender bitters — if you don’t have that you can try to find fresh lavender — and simple syrup. “I also like something simple like our Grand Poppy liqueur and soda. Any sort of amaro or intriguing liqueur with soda could be good, because it’s light and gets the appetite going. “You want guests to have a really great time, and this is a special occasion, so put out some good liquor and good mixers. Try buying some of those artisanal sodas and fresh-squeeze your own citrus, or cut up citrus and leave it out with a hand squeezer for your guests. I also like offering different sweeteners, like maple syrup, honey syrup and simple syrup.” Greenbar Distillery is at 2459 E. Eighth St. or

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Like Mom Used to Make: It’s not fancy, but it’ll hit that hunger spot. At The Original Pantry Café, a Downtown favorite since 1924, patrons can choose between a T-bone steak or a turkey plate (the regular menu is available too). The bird comes with traditional sides of potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Dessert choices include pumpkin or apple pie. The restaurant is open 24/7, so drop in at any time. Just bring cash, as the old school eatery does not take credit cards. At 877 S. Figueroa St., (213) 972-9279 or Brunch or Dinner: At the Lakeview Bistro in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, the first decision is whether to eat early or late. The hotel is offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. It includes salads such as a classic Waldorf, and there are grilled and chilled autumn vegetable crudités, a cheese board, eggs and carving stations featuring prime rib and a molasses-baked turkey with buttered brioche stuffing. Desserts include cinnamon-raisin bread pudding and deep-dish caramel pecan pie. If a sit-down dinner is more to your liking, the hotel’s L.A. Prime is serving from 2-9 p.m. The options begin with a crispy duck confit or pumpkin cardamom bisque and ease into the entrees of molasses-baked free-range turkey, roasted loin of lamb and bay leaf-poached John Dory. Close out the dinner with California blood orange crème brulee and pistachio biscotti, cinnamon pecan torte or a Fuji apple tarte tatin with sea salt caramel ice cream. The prices are $36 for brunch and $62 for a three-course meal and $68 for a four-course dinner. Walking home may be in order. At 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 612-4743 or


Gobble to Go: Those who want to host Thanksgiving without messing up the kitchen only need to contact Patina Group: That’s because an entire carry-out meal is available from the Market Café at the AT&T Center in South Park. Dinner includes a traditional turkey with trimmings such as cornbread with honey butter and cranberry orange and lemon chutney, or sides and platters such as green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin and

sliced salmon. Desserts range from pumpkin and chocolate bourbon pecan pies to macaroon towers and frosted cookies. The meal starts at $145 and goes up depending on bird size and the number of sides. There’s also a turkey breast option ($88) or the choice of a whole roasted turkey ($95). Orders must be placed by Nov. 25 and picked up Nov. 26 or Thanksgiving morning. At 1150 S. Olive St., (213) 814-3263 or Meat Lovers Feast: An array of free-range meats from Northern California’s Belcampo Farms in the Shasta Valley will be available for pick up Nov. 24-26 at Grand Central Market (orders can be placed now). The market’s Belcampo Meat Co. will offer traditional turkeys and full-flavored heritage birds for $5.95-7.95 per pound, smoked ham for $14.99 per pound, and lamb crown roast for $28.99 per pound. Having a smaller affair? Quail, at $9.99 each, are an elegant option. There’s also the $255 “Whole Hog” package that touts nine pork products ranging from jalapeño cheddar and kielbasa sausages to the company’s signature Braunschwieger. OK, it may not be a traditional Thanksgiving, but you won’t go hungry. At 317 S. Broadway, (213) 625-0304 or No Turkey Here: In the Art’s District’s Zinc Café & Market, herbivores have plenty of reason to give thanks. As do early birds: Zinc is serving an all-vegetarian menu from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, and is open from 7 a.m.-noon on the holiday itself. On tap are soups including curried red lentil garnished with grated coconut, mint and chopped peanuts, and salads such as white bean and Brussels sprouts and vegetables, with gingered carrots and toasted almonds. Main course selections include mushroom nut loaf, mac and cheese, eggplant Parmesan and stuffed peppers. There are also 10 desserts including pumpkin squares, apple galette and cranberry caramel pecan tart. At 580 Mateo St., (323) 825-5381 or Pre-Feast Workout: Worried about overloading? Then get a jump on the day by joining the Turkey Trot Los Angeles. There are 5K and 10K races beginning at 8 and 8:30 a.m., respectively. Both runs begin at City Hall and pass Downtown landmarks


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Friday, November 21 The Last Book Review Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or 8:30 p.m.: Storytellers gather to regale you with tales of past glories and long-remembered shame. saTurday, November 22 Grand Park Playground Opening Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or 2-5 p.m.: The highly anticipated children’s playground in Grand Park opens with much ado. Bring your kids. Bring a picnic lunch. Leave Uncle Larry at home. What A Riot! at MOCA MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1745 or 3 p.m.: As the new art book Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986 hits shelves, Alice Twemlow moderates a panel discussion of graphic designers.

Avant-Garde Dance, a Musical Legend and More Laughs Fill Downtown photo by Gadi Dagon

Thursday, November 20 Making a Great Teacher Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St. or 7:30 p.m.: At an event hosted by Zocalo Public Square, Beth Shuster sallies forth from the L.A. Times building to moderate a panel discussion focused on teaching teachers. Reza Aslan at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or 7:15 p.m.: In a talk entitled “The Future of the Religious Past: Assessing the Norton Anthology of World Religions,” pundit Reza Aslan joins fellow cosmology oriented minds Jack Miles and Rabbi Sharon Brous.

The Israeli avant-garde will be on display this week at REDCAT as the L-E-V dance group inhabits the art space for four performances of their work House. Choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar collaborated with electronic composer Ori Lichtik to create a crypto-modern show that uses movement and lighting to illuminate the spiritual nervous system of our technologically saturated age. Those on hand at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22, and again on Sunday at 7 p.m., will be treated to a dance company which borrows its name from the Hebrew word for heart. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or


The influence of the Delta Blues extends across the American cultural repertoire. From 12-bar strumming to narrative lyrics and the omnipresent condition of cavorting with Satan himself, the potent folk music has a mighty reputation replete with a legion of heroes. Amongst them is the late great Huddie William Ledbetter, also known as Lead Belly, whose life comes into focus at a just-opened show at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. Lead Belly: A Musical Legacy, which runs through May 2015, features ephemera and memorabilia from the troubadour’s life, even touching on his stint in an Angola prison. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or

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Ace Hotel 929 S. Broadway, (213) 623-3233 or Nov. 20, 8 p.m.: Ireland’s James Vincent McMorrow has a beard that will put your feeble attempt at Movember to shame. Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or Nov. 18: Joomanji and Joanna Borromeo. Nov. 19: Pitom and Plotz. Nov. 20: Alexander Noice Sextet. Nov. 21: Vahagni. Nov. 22: Marcel Camargo and Friends. Nov. 23: Austin Peralta Memorial Concert. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Grime-leaning rock residents Dorothy clicked their Doc Martens together, said, “There’s no place like home,” and magically appeared at the corner of Beverly and Alvarado. Nov. 18, 7:45 p.m.: Something tells us that if country singer Sam Outlaw were true to his name, all those outstanding warrants he surely accumulated would prevent him from playing tonight. Nov. 19, 8 p.m.: Blind Date indie showcase features the likes of Dead Right, The Bad Years and Musee Mecanique. Nov. 20, 8 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Alexz Johnson is flaunting the Canadian spelling of Alexis. Nov. 21, 8 p.m.: Boston bohemian, train-hopping, liberal arts college attending, Dispatch frontman Chadwick Stokes is here to make you question what exactly you’ve done with your life. Nov. 21, 8 p.m.: Meanwhile, in the front room, it’s New Zealand hype machine conqueror Yumi Zouma. Nov. 22, 8 p.m.: Davy Rothbart is proud to have a moronic heart. We’ll see where he stands on his music though. Nov. 22, 8 p.m.: Sibling rock duo The Bots. Nov. 23, 7 p.m.: If the Roses are half as good as the eternal Seal classic “Kissed By a Rose,” they’re at least half genius. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or Nov. 22, 6 p.m.: Radio Disney’s Family VIP Birthday takes over Club Nokia.

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The on-again, off-again Vox Lumiere residency at the Los Angeles Theatre Center continues this week with two more evenings of their Phantom of the Opera adaptation. The steampunk rock opera/silent film experience plays Friday-Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at 8 p.m. (another pair of performances are Dec. 1213). If you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket, plop down and enjoy the musical adapted to suit Lon Chaney’s 1925 cinematic classic. There’s a multilevel set and a story-within-a-story framework. Yeah, this is different. At 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or

The list of places to get a good laugh Downtown is growing, as comics Ever Mainard and Caitlin Bergh introduce their Last Book Review storytelling evening at the Historic Core’s Last Bookstore. A smart lineup of funny folks including comics, authors and screenwriters will assemble to tell yarns and weave tales of great delight for the eager listener. Better still, this event comes free of charge. Mark your calendar for Friday, Nov. 21, at 8:30 p.m. Prepare to chuckle, guffaw, kneeslap and chortle. While you’re there, buy a book, even if it only costs $1. At 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or

For a decade, hometown heroes Cold War Kids have travelled an indie rock odyssey, growing by leaps and bounds as songwriters and performers. From Fullerton by way of Long Beach, the quintet is celebrating its recently released fifth album, Hold My Home, with a night at the brand-spanking new Regent Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 20. Vague blues influences blend with accessible melodies and punchy rhythms for a sound that will go great with a taste of that delightful pizza being dished out at the adjacent Prufrock. At 448 S. Main St. or Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to

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Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or Nov. 17, 10 p.m.: Kat Meyers and the Buzzards fill your otherwise empty lives with joy. Nov. 18, 10 p.m.: Jeremiah and the Red Eyes join Next 2 the Tracks for an evening of merry revelry. Nov. 19: Fiddle & Pine promise to riff off of some traditionals from the great Appalachia-Ireland musical divide. Nov. 20, 10 p.m.: The Sioux City Kid has apparently pulled up stakes in Iowa in favor of the City of Angels. Nov. 21, 11 p.m.: Boom Boom Boom, we’ve missed you. Nov. 22, 10 p.m.: Willy Tea Taylor may just take down a Trainwreck sando with his set. Nov. 23, 10 p.m.: What would Sunday be without RT N the 44s? Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or Nov. 21: Deniz Koyu. Nov. 22: Dubfire. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Charged with creating pristine sound in dynamic acoustic environments, sound guys have quite a challenge. Classic rock’s leading board jockey Glyn Johns discusses his career. Nov. 19, 8 p.m.: Stand-up Richard Lewis chats about his life and tells some jokes. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or Nov. 23, 5 p.m.: The biggest night in music (this month) is the American Music Awards. Orpheum Theatre 842 Broadway, (877) 677-4386 or Nov. 21, 8 p.m.: Yes, Les Claypool and Primus made an album about Willy Wonka. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or Nov. 18: The Folks & Company with JQ & The Revue. Nov. 19: The Beekeepers. Nov. 20: Thursday Night Booty. Nov. 21: Payoff, Old Friends, New Way On, French Exit and Smalls. Nov. 22: The Woggles, The Two Tens and The Sloths. The Regent 448 S. Main St. or Nov. 18: The Southern Soul Assembly is just what the name says. Nov. 20: Cold War Kids truck up from Long Beach. Nov. 21-22: Two sold out nights of indie songstress and Robert Pattinson girlfriend FKA Twigs. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or Nov. 17: The Katisse Buckinham Oddsemble has some ’splaining to do. Nov. 18: The Makers don’t need your approval. Nov. 19: Twelve bar acolyte Rick Taub leads his Midnight Blues Review. Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7326 or Nov. 21, 8 p.m.: We’ll always have a place in our hearts for ever-limber Usher, even though he did bring us Justin Bieber. The Smell 247 S. Main St. in the alley between Spring and Main or Nov. 21: Slutever, Arjuna Genome, No Parents and Waste Giver. Nov. 23: Mangchi, Nosaj Thing and Upsilon Acrux.

FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or See website for details. IMAX California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D is an eye-popping journey full of, you guesses it, lemurs. Forces of Nature promises a panoply of nature’s worst destruction. Flight of the Butterflies is visually stunning. Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment and triumph in Hubble 3D. Regal Cinemas LA Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 763-6070 or Through Nov. 20: Beyond the Lights (1:25, 4:25, 7:25 and 10:25 p.m.); Dumb and Dumber To (11:30 a.m., 1:20, 2:10, 4:10, 4:50, 7, 7:40, 10 and 10:40 p.m.); Big Hero 6 (12, 2, 2:40, 3:50, 7:30 and 9:50 p.m.); Big Hero 6 3D (11:20 a.m., 4:40, 6:40 and 10:20 p.m.); Interstellar (12:30, 1:30, 4:20, 5:20, 8:10 and 9:10 p.m.); Occupy the Farm (11:25 a.m., 1:40, 5:30, 7:50 and 10:30 p.m.); Nightcrawler (11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 8 and 10:45 p.m.); John Wick (12:20, 3, 5:40, 8:20 and 10:50 p.m.); Ouija (7:20 and 9:30 p.m.); The Book of Life 3D (2:20 p.m.); The Book of Life (11:40 a.m. and 5 p.m.); Fury (12:40, 3:40, 6:50 and 10:10 p.m.); Gone Girl (11:50 a.m., 3:10, 5:30 and 9:40 p.m.).

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18 Downtown News Continued from previous page Nov. 22-23, 11:30 a.m. The March of the Sugarplum Fairy will never be the same after marionettes have their way with Bob Baker’s version of The Nutcracker. Florencia en el Amazonas Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 9727211 or Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.: Soprano Veronica Villarroel stars in this Amazonian riverboat-themed opera written by Il Postino’s Daniel Catan. Through Dec. 20. L-E-V: HOUSE REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or

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November 17, 2014

The Central City Crime Report

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Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dishwasher (most units) ~ Central Air Conditioning & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)

On-site: ~ Dry Cleaners / Dental Office / Restaurants

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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.


Wheelchair Trouble: A man accused another man, this one in a wheelchair, of stealing $50 out of his pocket, while he waited in the lobby of the Alexandria Hotel, at 511 S. Spring St. During the 2 a.m. incident on Nov. 6, the man who said he was robbed got into a fight with the alleged thief and overturned the man’s wheelchair. That Bites: A security guard at the Belasco Theater, at 1050 S. Hill St., was escorting a patron out of the club at 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 8 when the man grabbed his hair and bit his neck. Police arrested the alleged biter on suspicion of aggravated assault. Extreme Payback: A man accidentally stepped on another man’s foot in an alley at 11th Street and Maple Avenue at 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 8. The man who was stepped on became angry, pulled out a gun and hit the first individual in the head. The assailant was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. Looted Library: An unidentified person stole $7,000 worth of audio and computer equipment from the Central Library, at 630 W. Fifth St., sometime in the first week of November. It appears the burglar entered through the front door. Interrupted Burglary: The owner of a $1,000 bike left it secured outdoors at Sixth and Flower streets. When he returned, he found a man trying to cut the lock. The would-be thief dropped the bike, as well as his own keys, and fled. Interrupted Burglary II: A security guard observed a man rifling through a car with a broken rear windshield at Fourth and Merrick streets at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 7. He confronted the man, who fled. The thief was later found and arrested by police.

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225 South Olive Street Leasing Information 213 626 1500 Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room

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The Porsche Cayenne GTS is one of the 34 world premieres that will be presented in Downtown this week. There are another couple dozen North American debuts.

alone product any more.” Kaz hopes the L.A. Auto Show will help define the future of mobility and driving, and that automakers will see the event as more than just a venue to show off a new car. More pressing is the proposed renovation of the Convention Center. Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group, which also owns L.A. Live, has agreed to expand the Convention Center if the football stadium Farmers Field gets built, but the city also hopes to renovate the structure if the NFL doesn’t wind up in Downtown. Having one large contiguous space, rather than two halls now separated by a concourse, would help the L.A. Auto Show’s growth, Flynn noted. “We’re maxed out and building tents outside for some elements of the show,” he said. While inconvenient, that growth is great news for a show that has played second fiddle to bigger, more prestigious expos in Detroit, New York and around the world. The L.A. Auto Show runs Nov. 21-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 765-4617 or


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