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BIRTH OF A REPUBLIC Veteran Italian Restaurateurs Plant Their Flag in an Unlikely Space on Broadway

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Jean Louis De Mori (in front) and Antonio Tommasi transformed a former Korean fast food joint on Broadway into Maccheroni Republic. It opened in January and has been drawing up to 200 customers a day. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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hen Jean Louis De Mori and Antonio Tommasi began looking for a place for their next Italian restaurant, they knew they wanted to be in Downtown. From there, they were flexible. De Mori, who was born in France to Italian parents, said the exact location didn’t matter as long as the size was right and the space included a patio. The business partners didn’t even mind if it was a spot where

other restaurants had failed. That is how De Mori, who oversees the business end of their restaurants, and the Italian-born chef Tommasi settled in a once drab spot at 332 S. Broadway next to a fast food eatery. Their Maccheroni Republic, which focuses on homemade pasta and Italian dishes priced at less than $15 a plate, opened in January. “We always had an idea of what we wanted it to look like,” said De Mori, who was sporting a fedora and a shortly cropped white beard on a recent day just before the lunch

rush. “We wanted a place that looks like a real osteria in Italy, very simple, great food.” De Mori and Tommassi were not alone or even early in coming to Broadway. They join eateries that have arrived on the street in the last two years such as the former pop-up gem Alma, the massive French restaurant Figaro, the quirky but popular Umamicatessen and the beer and burgers joint Los Angeles Brewing Company. see Maccheroni, page 10

Hotel Clark Snared in Labor Dispute Councilman, Project Officials Trade Accusations as Development Faces Delays by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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fter a string of missteps and construction delays, the long vacant Hotel Clark was finally nearing an opening as a spiffy boutique hotel when it hit its latest and maybe sharpest snag: a labor dispute. Hotel representatives say that construction on the 347-room venture at 426 S. Hill St. is done and the business could open within six months. The project needs one more land-use approval from the city in order to proceed. Standing in its way is Unite Here Local 11,

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the politically connected hotel workers union. The hotel has plans for three on-site restaurants, a banquet center, a lobby bar and an outdoor pool, all of which were approved last year by Zoning Administrator Charlie Rausch. At a meeting this month, Rausch echoed the take of Downtown stakeholders who say the project would revitalize a dead zone between destinations such as Pershing Square and Grand Central Market. “There’s absolutely nothing to provide for pedestrian activity on these streets, so I believe the Hotel Clark coming back is an important

addition to this area,” Rausch told the Central Area Planning Commission on April 9. Although Unite Here normally focuses on labor issues, it appealed Rausch’s decision, citing inadequate mitigation measures for the project’s environmental impacts. That has sent the project into a state of political purgatory. The Central Area Planning Commission was slated to consider the appeal on April 9. A vote was postponed at the recommendation of 14th District City Councilman José Huizar. A Huizar representative told the commission that the council member wants hotel develop-

er Jake Chetrit to meet with Unite Here before the panel decides on the matter. Land-use consultant Elizabeth Peterson, who represents the hotel, said Chetrit has resisted meeting with the union because he feels that hotel operations and land-use issues should be separate. Technically, they are. Whether the hotel opts to contract with a unionized workforce is not a condition of the land-use approvals it needs to operate. Huizar, who characterized his position on the hotel as “neutral,” said his reluctance to support the project is not singularly rooted in a labor issue. He pointed to his ardent support of the Ace Hotel, an under construction Broadway project that is not slated to be a union operation upon opening. Rather, Huizar see Hotel, page 14

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os Angeles Downtown News is looking for a skilled, friendly accountant. After 12 years, our treasured number cruncher Ashley Schmidt is leaving to move to another state. Now we’re on the hunt for someone who knows his or her way around financial statements. Candidates must have at least two years bookkeeping/accounting experience. Job duties include, but are not limited to, invoicing, accounts payable/receivable, payroll and general office duties. Salary plus benefits. Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@ downtownnews.com.

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he streets of Downtown will be filled with speeding race cars next year, though unlike most auto races, the vehicles will probably be quiet — that’s because it’s an electric car race. On Monday, April 22, city and other officials announced that the Los Angeles Formula E race will take place on an as yet unidentified date. It will be one in a series of 10 fully electric vehicle races taking place around the world in 2014. Miami is the only other U.S. city on the schedule. London, Rome, Beijing and Buenos Aires are among the international locations. The route has not been determined, though Downtown has hosted street races during the past few summer X Games. Officials with race promoters Formula E Holdings said Los Angeles was selected in part because of its electric vehicle infrastructure. The city has 121 public electric vehicle charging stations. “Los Angeles’ iconic landmarks

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provide a perfect backdrop to bring to life the excitement of Formula E racing, while at the same time, inspiring people to believe in the electric vehicle for their own personal use,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, in a prepared statement.

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ark Schumacher, a Downtown pioneer who co-founded Old Bank DVD, died on April 4. He was 53. Schumacher, who had cancer, opened the video store on Christmas Eve 2005 with partner Erik Loysen. The cinematographer had been living in Downtown for 15 years and had tired of going outside of the community to rent a movie. That spawned the idea for the shop at Fourth and Main streets. He had just completed working as the director of photography on the feature film Benjamin Troubles days before his diagnosis. Schumacher was also an avid golfer, artist and epicurean. In a statement, Loysen said that Schumacher, “helped foster a community of kindred spirits that inhabit the colorful landscape that is the Historic Core of Los Angeles.”

mark “I Have a Dream” speech, the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. The traveling exhibit was organized by JP Morgan Chase. The exhibit includes a booth where patrons can write their dreams on an illuminated “Dream Wall.” CAAM is at 600 State Dr. in Exposition Park, (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org.

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we can’t wait to discover the taste and preferences of Downtown,” said Mike Buch, founder and owner of Pazzo Gelato, in a statement. The shop is known for using fruits and herbs from local growers that dictate what flavors are available. Pazzo joins other restaurants in the mall’s food area such as the gourmet sandwich maker Mendocino Farms, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Juicy Lucy, Oleego Korean BBQ and grilled cheese sandwich purveyor The Melt.

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EDITORIALS Go Teams, Part II

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year ago, Downtown Los Angeles witnessed something wholly unexpected: The three resident sports teams were all in the playoffs at the same time. The fervor reached a crescendo on a warm weekend in May, when four playoff games were held in two days at Staples Center. At the same time (Sunday morning), L.A. Live was the site of the final stage of a bike race, the Amgen Tour of California. With a Dodgers game taking place each day a few miles to the north, the weekend was christened Sportsageddon. We’re not quite primed for a 2013 repeat, but this week Downtown Los Angeles again looks to have a boasting point that no community in the country can match: Our two basketball and one hockey team are all playing in the post-season. Exactly how far the Kings, Clippers and Lakers will go and how long the fun will last remains to be seen, but during the run the community will again have an opportunity to show off to national television audiences. Fortunately, there is plenty in the area to celebrate, and the overhead blimp shots of Staples Center and on-the-street reporting will take in all kinds of illumination and neighborhood activity. There probably won’t be quite as much excitement this year as in 2012. First, the newness has worn off, and in a weird way fans of the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all now expect their team/s to reach the playoffs. Shockingly to those habituated to years of frustration (Kings and Clipper fans), we’d be disappointed if there isn’t a clogged playoff schedule. Then there are the high expectations and the challenge of meeting them. Last spring was marked by the Kings’ surprising and memorable run to the Stanley Cup championship. The Lakers and Clippers were both bounced in the second round. It was a disappointment for Purple and Gold fans used to NBA titles. Clippers fans, still unaccustomed to playoff fever, were a bit more buoyant. As of press time, it is uncertain how many Downtown games will take place this week. The Kings appeared set to host the first two games in the playoffs that start on Tuesday, April 30. The Clippers have an April 30 Staples Center playoff date and another on May 5 if their series stretches to seven games. The Lakers this year are the biggest question mark — they’ll play at home on May 2, but only if the squad lacking Kobe Bryant can push a series with the mighty Spurs to six games. The sports scene might be completely different in one week, but right now is a pretty good time to be a fan in Downtown. It’s also a good time to be a bar or restaurant owner, as playoff games usually bring out joyous patrons ready to eat and drink (see the related story on p. 7). By the way, if something crazy happens and we get another Sportsageddon type weekend, no problem. Despite a lot of handwringing, last year’s crush of activity went off without a hitch. The streets were navigable. Life was fine in Downtown. It would be the same this year. Go teams.

Endorsement: Mike Feuer For City Attorney

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hen Los Angeles voters either send in the mail-in ballot that arrived at their home last week or head to the polls on May 21, they’ll have much more to do than just decide between mayoral contenders Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Among the many tasks will be choosing a City Attorney: It is an important decision, as the person who fills the post has a big impact on Los Angeles. Voters are being asked to choose between the incumbent, Carmen Trutanich, who was a political unknown when he won the job in 2009, and Mike Feuer, a longtime city and state politician with other related experience. Feuer is a far more qualified and well-rounded candidate, and he comes with a background and leadership skills that make him uniquely suited to assume the City Attorney post. Los Angeles Downtown News endorses Mike Feuer. There is a lot to like about Feuer and the potential he brings to the job. He possesses a breadth of experience, including time on the City Council and in the State Assembly; that is complemented by his years running Bet Tzedek, which provides pro bono legal services. He has a history of taking on matters of importance — for example, he has been ahead of the curve on gun control. He knows how to lead a staff, deal with politicians and work in the best interests of the populace. Before going any further, it’s worth understanding exactly what the Los Angeles City Attorney does, as the job can be misinterpreted. The tasks are essentially threefold: The City Attorney prosecutes misdemeanors filed in the city (felonies are the province of the District Attorney, a county post); represents and defends the city in legal matters, determining, for instance, when to fight a lawsuit in court and when it is financially advantageous to settle; and provides legal advice and guidance to the city, in many instances responding to requests from the city council. While those are the primary tasks, a City Attorney needs other skills. The person must be an effective and efficient manager, someone who can oversee and inspire a department with 1,000 employees (including about 500 attorneys). Then there’s the political side: The job requires frequent interaction with the council and the mayor. Like it or not, one needs to understand and be adept at ego massaging and horse-trading and know how to secure allies for a political battle. The latter proved particularly difficult for Trutanich during

the past four years, and his shortfalls hampered his performance in office. Although he arrived with reams of potential, he quickly squandered it through some poor decisions and an often combative approach. He didn’t always play nice in the sandbox, and his stances created unnecessary division inside City Hall. This made it harder for him to effectively lead the department. We’re also still troubled that Trutanich did his best to leave the office at the earliest opportunity. Being City Attorney is a great job, yet Trutanich broke a 2009 campaign promise to stick around. Instead, he ran for the District Attorney’s post last June. He was trounced, and only then did he decide that the job he really wants is the job he already has. These and other mistakes have overshadowed the areas where Trutanich has been effective and where he tried to clean up the mess others have made. Trutanich deserves credit for working hard to make sense of the city’s bungled stances and moves on medical marijuana and billboards. We also were impressed with his effort to crack down on drug dealers in Skid Row. Even if the Central City Recovery Zone announced in 2010 did not stanch the flow of narcotics sales in the area, Trutanich paid keen attention to a community that most politicians neglect. If Feuer wins, we hope his oft-repeated aim to be L.A.’s “chief problem solver” will apply to this neighborhood too. In general, we think Feuer’s priorities will benefit the city. He has vowed to expand the neighborhood prosecutor program, and he should. He recognizes that using prosecutorial resources to fight blight can benefit a community. We look forward to hearing more of these kinds of approaches. There is only one dark mark on Feuer, and that was his use of a campaign financing loophole. He worked out an agreement with a consultant not to pay fees during the primary stage of the election, which both gave Feuer more cash to spend and allowed him to qualify for city matching funds. Even if the letter of the law wasn’t broken, the spirit of the law was stretched. We expect Feuer to avoid this kind of behavior once in office. We believe that will be the case, as the misstep is not consistent with the type of leader Feuer has been over the decades. Instead, we look forward to the inventiveness, fresh thinking and leadership he will bring to the job. He has the experience, temperament and wisdom one wants to see in a City Attorney candidate. We urge Angelenos to vote for Mike Feuer.


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For Bike Lane, It’s Not Easy Being Green Cyclists Want City to Repaint Route; Film Industry Protests by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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ighteen months after its installation, the faded Spring Street bike lane may soon get a new coat of electric green

paint. That’s good news for cyclists, but it’s a problem for the film industry. Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar wants the Department of Transportation to repaint the lane, which in some sections has been reduced to splotches of green and asphalt. He introduced a motion on April 19 that would direct the DOT to repaint the lane “as soon as possible.” If the full council approves the move, it would be over the protests of film industry players who say the green strip disrupts the otherwise ideal backdrop along Spring Street. Its dense, pre-war architecture allows Spring to act as a stand-in for Any City, USA, say location scouts. Removing the lane in post-production, they maintain, is expensive and tedious. The lane was painted in November 2011, and almost immediately began to fade and splotch. Complaints from the film industry compelled the city to hold off on a repainting. Now, however, Huizar said too many area stakeholders are speaking up. “I’ve heard it over and over from the community that they would like to see the bike lane repainted,” Huizar said. “I want to make one thing clear and that’s that Downtown is no longer a back lot. It’s a community and we have to find a balance for filming and providing public amenities.” Balance, however, is exactly what film in-

A green bike lane was painted on Spring Street in November 2011, but it immediately began to fade and peel. Councilman José Huizar is pushing for the city to repaint the lane.

dustry players believe is lacking. “The issue for the industry is specifically on… Spring and Main,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A., which coordinates film permitting in the city. “There’s not an overall objection to an idea of green bike lanes, but in order for this Historic Core to play historic, the green paint is problematic.” The film industry stance has sparked skepticism. Damien Newton, editor of the website Streetsblog Los Angeles, asked a reader familiar with film post-production to make a video showing how the green lane could be removed using editing software. The video, which is on the site, shows the

editor deftly removing the lane in less than one minute. Audley called the demonstration misleading and simplistic, in part because the Streetsblog video is not in high-definition and it doesn’t remove the green glare cast on vehicles, people and other objects. “The difference between taking a few frames and taking an entire several minute shoot is quantum leaps,” said Audley. Pick a Color, Any Color The green lane has had many woes. Soon after it was painted, rain washed some sections away. On Spring between Second and Third streets wet car tires streaked the paint

from the lane into a parking garage. Still, the lane has largely accomplished what neighborhood leaders and bicycling advocates hoped: More people are riding bikes in the Historic Core. According to before and after counts conducted by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, which is headquartered on Spring Street, ridership on Spring increased by 52% five months after the paint was laid down. The organization recorded a significant jump in female riders, who accounted for 7% of the weekend Spring Street cyclists before the lane, and 14% after the painting. City officials also say the problem of streaking paint has been remedied. The segments of the lane that were most affected by the rain were repainted once, and city crews have since tested a range of new materials and techniques. If a new coat of paint is approved, the city believes it will last this time, said Tim Fremaux, an engineer in the bikeways section of the L.A. Department of Transportation. Backers of the green lane, including Huizar, have offered a range of potential compromises. Some suggested painting the lane a color that is less reflective or easier to remove in post-production. Another color, however, is not an option — the green is actually a federal standard. Fremaux said it is possible to repaint the lane in a way that reduces its reflectivity, though it would come at the cost of nighttime visibility. Huizar’s motion also directs the DOT to work with FilmL.A. to inquire about getting an exemption from federal regulators on the green paint rule. It is uncertain when the green paint motion will come before the city council. It goes first to the council’s Transportation Committee. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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Daikokuya Men Oh Tokushima Ramen Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi Orochon Ramen Mr. Ramen Hana-Ichimonme Kouraku

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Kula Revolving Sushi Bar Frying Fish

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Philippe The Original Cole’s Mendocino Farms

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CBS Seafood Restaurant Empress Pavilion Ocean Seafood Chynna Dim Sum

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Yang Chow Full House Seafood Hop Li Plum Tree Inn Empress Pavilion Green Bamboo The New Moon

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Big Man Bakes Sprinkles

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Big Man Bakes The Pie Hole Gourmet LA Bakery Semi Sweet Bakery Café Dulce Phoenix Bakery Queens Bakery

Just Baked Mikawaya Frances Bakery & Coffee Hygge Bakery Nazo’s Bakery Syrup Desserts

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CoffeeBar LA Café Spring for Coffee Daily Dose Café Groundfloor Cafe Café Dulce Café Demitasse Handsome Coffee Roasters Urth Caffe Café de Camacho First Cup Caffe

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Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant Perch L.A. Prime WP24

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Celebrating 40 Years

2013 Best of Downtown nominees Bestia Spice Table The Gorbals

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

Azalea Restaurant & Bar – DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown The Back Porch – The L.A. Hotel Downtown 333 – The L.A. Hotel Downtown Brasserie – Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Checkers Downtown – Hilton Checkers LA Market – J.W. Marriott LA Prime – Westin Bonaventure Lakeview Bistro – Westin Bonaventure Bar & Kitchen – O Hotel Smeraldi’s Restaurant – Biltmore Hotel Restaurant Standard – Standard Downtown WP24 – Ritz Carlton Sai Sai – Biltmore Hotel Grand Café - Omni Los Angeles Hotel At California Plaza Noé - Omni Los Angeles Hotel At California Plaza

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L.A. Prime Drago Centro Cicada Café Pinot Pacific Dining Car Rivera WP24

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Restaurant Standard Checkers Downtown Baco Mercat Pete’s Café & Bar Bottega Louie Nola’s Perch Les Noces Du Figaro Coco Laurent Nick’s Cafe Nickel Diner

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Eastside Market Italian Deli LA Café La Adelita Café Nine Mendocino Farms Fashion Cafe Philippe The Original Farmer Boys Wurstküche Ensenada Restaurant & Bar Tommy Pastrami Sultan Chicken Spitz Regent China Inn Gus’s Drive-In Gill’s Indian Restaurant Skews

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Philippe The Original The Original Pantry Café Nick’s Café Uncle John’s Café Yorkshire Grill Ensenada Restaurant Kouraku Hop Louie

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Cherry on Top New Zealand Natural Ice Cream Pinkberry Tutti Frutti Yogurtland Mikawaya Ben & Jerry’s Union Station New York Snow Peddler’s Creamery

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Corkbar Tapas and Wine Bar C BottleRock Mignon gLAnce (JW Marriott) Pour Haus Wine Bar Bacaro LA

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Big Wangs ESPN Zone at LA Live The Down and Out Los Angeles Brewing Company Nirvana Sports Bar & Grill Casey’s Irish Pub Bonaventure Brewing Co.

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Edison Elevate Lounge Bonaventure Brewing Co. (Patio) Blue Whale Bar The Black Sheep Crocker Club Seven Grand Library Bar Pattern Bar Salvage Silo Vodka Bar Golden Gopher Broadway Bar Suede Bar & Lounge Villians Tavern The Falls Spring Street Bar The Varnish Cana Rum Bar Onyx Lounge The Association

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Redwood Bar & Grill Bar 107 Grand Star The One Eyed Gypsy Cole’s La Cita Five Star Bar Las Perlas

Hank’s Bar Tony’s Saloon King Eddy Saloon

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Urth Caffe Spring for Coffee Groundwork Coffee Handsome Coffee Roasters Café Dulce Demitasse Prime Grind Coffee Tierra Mia Coffee City Bean Expressamente Illy

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McCormick & Schmick’s Barragan’s Weiland Brewery Pete’s Café & Bar Public School 612 (Daily Grill) Morton’s The Steakhouse Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse Border Grill Takami Blue Cow The Palm Perch Le Ka Rivera Bonaventure Brewing Co. Roy’s Oiwake Yxta Cocina Mexicana Wokcano Chaya Downtown Katsuya Bar & Kitchen Escondite

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Pete’s Café & Bar Redwood Bar & Grill Casey’s Irish Pub L.A. Café Restaurant Standard The Original Pantry Onyx Lounge Le Ka Yard House Big Wangs Wokcano The Black Sheep

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The Vault Elevate Lounge Club Mayan La Cita Conga Room Edison Belasco Exchange LA

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Daikokuya The Original Pantry Fatburger L.A. Café Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi Nickel Diner Uncle John’s Café Full House Seafood Restaurant Kouraku Restaurant

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Orpheum Theatre Nokia Theatre Club Nokia California Plaza (Grand Performances) Pershing Square Staples Center Walt Disney Concert Hall

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2nd Street Jazz Conga Room The Bootleg Bar Fedora Nola’s Blue Whale Colburn School Grammy Museum The Smell Redwood Bar and Grill

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ALOUD at the Central Library Grand Performances at California Plaza

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Downtown Independent Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Flagship Theaters University Village 3 California Science Center IMAX

BEST MUSEUM

California Science Center Museum of Contemporary Art The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Natural History Museum Japanese American National Museum California African American Museum FIDM Museum & Galleries Chinese American Museum Grammy Museum La Plaza de Cultura y Artes African-American Firefighter Museum Wells Fargo Museum

BEST DOWNTOWN TOURS

Architecture Tours L.A. Downtown L.A. Walks Las Angelitas del Pueblo Esotouric Los Angeles Conservancy Metro Rail Art Tours Segwow Undiscovered Chinatown Tour Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours Los Angeles Central Library Tour Urban Shopping Adventures Starline Tours Saturday Housing Bus Tour (DCBID)

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BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION

Grand Park Downtown On Ice (Pershing Square) Bob Baker Marionette Theater Natural History Museum L.A. Live Ice Rink California Science Center Central Library Olvera Street Target Free Family Saturdays at JANM Play area at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Los Angeles Historic State Park Vista Hermosa Natural Park FIGat7th Kids Club

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Ahmanson Theatre Dorothy Chandler Pavilion David Henry Hwang Theater at East West Players Los Angeles Theatre Center The Hayworth Mark Taper Forum REDCAT Bootleg Theatre 24th Street Theatre

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Downtown Art Walk Pershing Square Ice Rink Golden Dragon Parade Blessing of the Animals Autumn Lights Nisei Week National Train Day at Union Station Last Remaining Seats Downtown Film Festival Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge Dance Downtown (Music Center) Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Grand Performances at California Plaza Pershing Square Summer Concerts Lucha VaVoom L.A. Film Fest BloomfestLA

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Macy’s ROSS Target

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Roger Stuart Clothes Art Lewin & Co.

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Downtown Flowers.Net Paradise Florist Glasswing Floral Darling’s Holm & Olson Florist Bloomies Flowers and Gifts Athletic Club Flower Shop California Floral Company

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Bonaventure Club & Spa (Bonaventure Hotel) Oasis City Spa (O Hotel) Yolanda Aguilar Institute and Spa The Ritz-Carlton Spa The Spa (Omni Hotel) Checkers Spa

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Candolyn’s Jacqueline’s Salon Salon Eleven Salon on 6 Salon on Seventh Shaniaz Euro-Asian Beauty Neihule Salon Pure Rendez Vous Salon & Spa Ultima Beauty Center Wolf’s European Hair Design C&J Beauty Center & Salon Soleil Beauty Salon Elisa’s Garage The Artform Studio Hair + Records Vertigo Salon Curt Darling Salon Visage Salon Salon on Main Bunker Hill Salon

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Neihule Nail Service Nails on 9th Soleil Beauty Salon Soho Nails & Spa

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Rudy’s Barber Shop Bolt Barbers Pacific Center Barber LA Barber College Imperial Barber Shop

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Esthetic Dentistry Dental Group James C. Feng, DDS Zen Dental Plaza Dental Downtown Dental Washington Dental Calm Dental Silvia Kasparian, DDS West Coast Dental Honda Plaza Dental LA Dental Clinic Kathy Maasoumi Family Dentistry

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Downtown LA Optometric Vision Center Kurata Eyecare Center Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group East West Eye Institute Robert Shapiro, OD, FAAO LA Vision Optometry Richard Hoffman Optometrist LA Optical Gallery Dr. Garry Regier – Optometrist

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Good Samaritan Hospital White Memorial Medical Center St. Vincent Medical Center California Hospital Medical Center Silver Lake Medical Center Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital

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E&L Auto Body Downtown Auto Repair & Body Shop Globe Auto Body 1st Choice Collision Center Motor Village Downtown LA Motors Honda of Downtown LA

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Bark Ave. Go Dog LA Walka-Walka Walk Fido Bark & Clark South Park Doggie Daycare Spa and Supplies

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Bark Ave. Pussy & Pooch Muttropolitan South Park Doggie Daycare Spa and Supplies Downtown Doggie U Wash

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City Hall Bradbury Building Walt Disney Concert Hall Caltrans Headquarters Central Library U.S. Bank Tower Eastern Columbia Ritz Carlton

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Downtown Center BID Historic Downtown Los Angeles BID LA Fashion District BID Chinatown BID Arts District BID Industrial District BID Little Tokyo BID South Park BID

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Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles Theatre Million Dollar Theater Palace Theatre Tower Theater State Theatre Mayan Theater Belasco Theater

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The Biltmore Ritz-Carlton Westin Bonaventure Omni Los Angeles Hotel Figueroa Hotel Hilton Checkers

COOLEST HOTEL

The Standard Figueroa Hotel O Hotel The Biltmore Ritz Carlton Luxe City Center JW Marriott

BEST WEDDING SPOT

Exposition Park Rose Garden Los Angeles Athletic Club Doubletree by Hilton Walt Disney Concert Hall Music Center Vibiana Guadalupe Wedding Chapel Figueroa Hotel City Club on Bunker Hill Cafe Pinot The Biltmore St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Cicada Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

BEST PRIVATE EVENT VENUE

JW Marriott Los Angeles Convention Center Center at Cathedral Plaza California African American Museum AT&T Center The Biltmore LoftSEVEN Los Angeles Center Studios Lucky Strike ESPN Zone Orpheum Theatre Figueroa Hotel Alexandria Ballrooms Lot 613

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Drago Centro Plum Tree Taix French Restaurant Maria’s Italian Kitchen Morton’s The Steakhouse Patina Café Pinot Daily Grill Palm Restaurant Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine San Antonio Winery & Maddalena Restaurant

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San Fernando Building Continental Building Hellman Building The Flat 1010 Wilshire Glo Apartments SB Tower The Chapman Gas Company Lofts Pegasus Pan American Lofts Little Tokyo Lofts Santee Village Pacific Electric Eastern Columbia Metro 417 Orpheum Lofts Packard Lofts The Reserve Lofts Toy Factory Lofts Biscuit Company Lofts Sky Higgins Building Flower Street Lofts Library Court Douglas Building Mercantile Lofts Alta Lofts Roosevelt Lofts 655 S. Hope El Dorado Rowan National City Towers Metropolitan 940 E. 2nd St. Haas Bldg. Union Lofts The Jefferies Ford Apartments Huntington Apartments Beacon Lofts Chester Williams Brockman Lofts

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n the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division. Fakers Tickets: Three people in two incidents reported buying tickets to a Lakers game on April 17 that turned out to be fake. Shocker, right? One report involved a pair of tickets for $400 that proved to be counterfeit. The other didn’t report the price. Both inci-

dents happened near the parking lot across from Staples Center. They missed a good game too — that was the day the Lakers beat Houston to secure the seventh seed in the playoffs. On the bright side, there probably won’t be any Lakers fakery in the second round of the playoffs. Stop, You With the Water Pipe: Cris Flowers, a floral emporium at 714 Wall St., had an exterior water line removed

Somebody Get This Guy the Patch: A man was smoking a cigarette outside his business at Seventh Street and Broadway on April 17 when he was approached by a man who

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asked for a smoke. The smoker declined and the suspect hit him in the face. The victim allegedly kicked the suspect. A fight ensued, during which the business owners dropped his cigarette. The suspect picked the cigarette off the ground and fled southbound on Spring Street, smoking it. To the victor goes the spoils. Bus Stop Stabbing: On April 20 at about 6:45 p.m., a 27-year-old man standing at a bus stop at Seventh and Spring streets was approached by a panhandler. The man refused the request for money, and when he did, the panhandler stabbed him in the wrist and stomach with a two-inch blade. The suspect was last seen headed southbound on Maple Street. —Ryan Vaillancourt

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Maccheroni Continued from page 1 The other new arrivals, however, are all south of Sixth Street. That makes Maccheroni Republic a sort-of culinary island on the northern part of the thoroughfare (though, to be fair, it is across the street from Grand Central Market). While it may be an early adopter, Hal Bastian, the senior vice president and director of economic development for the Downtown Center Business Improvement District who has helped recruit other restaurants to Downtown, thinks it has a bright future. “It’s a real unexpected gem on the northern end of Broadway,” said Bastian, who now counts himself as one of the restaurant’s regulars. Bye-Bye Bulgogi De Mori’s vision and confidence comes from 25 years of

De Mori and Tommassi spent $300,000 on the restaurant. Although Broadway south of Sixth Street has seen a burst of new eating establishments, Maccheroni Republic is a sort mid-range culinary island.

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April 29, 2013

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experience in opening small, charming Italian neighborhood restaurants. His and Tommassi’s first hit was Locanda Veneta, which opened in West Hollywood in 1988. It was followed three years later by Ca’Brea in the mid-Wilshire area. Then came Il More in West L.A., Ca’ del Sole in Toluca Lake and Padri Cucina Italiana in Agoura Hills. The duo are no longer involved in any of those ventures. The 70-seat Maccheroni Republic occupies a space that has housed several short-lived restaurants. Most recently it was a Korean fast food spot. Before that it housed a Hoagies & Wings. “That place has a history of failed restaurants and the reason they failed is because they didn’t engage the community,” Bastian said. “It [the space] has now undergone a big transformation. It has a very homey feel.” De Mori and Tommassi spent three months and close to $300,000 transforming the 1,600-square-foot space into their version of an osteria, the term for a simple, quaint eatery popular in Italy. “We don’t have a big budget, and sure people here spend millions of dollars and they do incredible places, but in today’s market that doesn’t make much sense because it’s so difficult to keep a restaurant running,” De Mori said. “You have to be careful what you invest.” Outside, the renovation included simple touches such as adding plants near the glass doors and removing the dated awning. It has been replaced with unassuming signage bearing the name of the restaurant. Next to that is a small circular sign with an image of three colonial-era ships. The patio, which faces the entrance to Biddy Mason Park, has been fenced off with rectangular wood planters placed between a row of olive trees connected by a string of lights that are turned on at night. The patio holds 30 seats. The interior has gone from a bland room with plain white walls to an inviting space with a dark wood ceiling and one brick wall. Vintage furniture stacked with old books about cooking rests against another wall. A wood bar with a small chalkboard where daily specials are written sits in front of a white tile wall near the entrance to the kitchen. That is where the business partners spent the majority of the money upgrading the equipment. “We try to make something that people can afford,” De

Mori said. “Italian restaurants in general are high end with very expensive pasta. We wanted to be more in contact with the reality of what the market is today.” Pedro Torres, the sous chef who has worked for De Mori since he opened his first restaurant 25 years ago, described the menu as Italian comfort food with a twist. “The quality of food is consistent with [De Mori’s] other places,” Torres said. “Here we mix it up a bit.” The homemade pasta dishes include familiar choices such as rigatoni, fettuccine and penne all’arrabbiata. Then there’s the trippa alla Romana, a tripe dish served with passetelli pasta in a tomato broth with Parmesan cheese. “We are maybe one of the few restaurants in town that serve trippa,” De Mori said. The agnolotti di osso bucco — tortelloni filled with osso bucco meat and marrow — is another less common offering that has resonated with customers, De Mori said. The restaurant serves it with green sauce, described on the menu as

“salsa verde.” The gnocchi, the Italian version of a potato dumpling, is served as an entrée and made with meat ragout and mushrooms. The spaghettini, which De Mori basically describes as a carbonara with shrimp, is another big seller. It is made with black and white pasta, mushrooms and pancetta. So far as many as 200 people a day have been coming to Maccheroni Republic. De Mori is happy with the figure, and expects it to grow once they secure a beer and wine permit. More than that, he is pleased that they have connected with the community, providing an establishment that appeals to area residents and workers. “People have embraced us,” he said with a smile. “When I opened this place young people came, especially at night. They were very happy we are in the neighborhood.” Maccheroni Republic is at 332 S. Broadway, (213) 346-9725. Open weekdays 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m., Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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Brookfield to Buy MPG Office Trust Deal Would Make FIGat7th Owner Downtown’s Largest landlord by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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n the Downtown office market, Brookfield Properties has spent more than six years as somewhat of a little brother to MPG Office Trust, the giant that has long owned more of the skyline than any other player. That balance of power is about to change radically. New York-based Brookfield has reached a deal to acquire the struggling MPG, which has been selling off its properties over the past few years to get out of debt. As a result of the deal, Brookfield will add four buildings to its Downtown portfolio: Wells Fargo Tower, Gas Company Tower, KPMG Tower and 777 Tower. Brookfield is partnering with unnamed investors to create a new fund called DTLA Holdings that will own the four buildings, along with Brookfield’s three existing Downtown properties — Bank of America Plaza, 601 S. Figueroa and Ernst & Young Tower (including the FIGat7th shopping center). Brookfield, which owns 47% of the fund, will manage the properties, the firm said in a statement. “This proposed transaction provides the opportunity to combine and operate a sizeable portfolio of the highest quality assets in a major U.S. gateway city,” said Dennis Friedrich, CEO of Brookfield Office Properties, in a statement. “Downtown Los Angeles has all the attributes of a

dynamic urban market, including modern transportation infrastructure, a growing residential population and access to a diverse labor pool.” Brookfield moved into Downtown in late 2006 when it spent $4.8 billion to acquire the firm Trizec Properties. It values the new fund at about $1.15 billion, which includes the company’s $410 million in equity in its three existing Downtown office towers, according to the statement. The firm said the fund provides “sufficient cash to cover anticipated future capital required” for leasing costs and refinancing needs — costs that MPG was unable to meet. The transaction seems to mark the final stage for MPG, a company long run by developer Robert F. Maguire and formerly known as Maguire Properties. Maguire was ousted from the publicly traded company in 2008 after a series of financial stumbles, including purchasing some Orange County office buildings at the height of the real estate market. Nelson Rising became president and CEO and stayed until late 2010. Last year, a series of financial arrangements involving Maguire allowed MPG to accelerate a schedule for selling its assets. The Brookfield transaction comes just one month after MPG reached a separate deal to sell U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in the West, to an affiliate of Singapore-based Overseas Union Enterprise Limited. Brookfield’s play comes at a time when the Downtown

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April 29, 2013

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Celebrating 40 Years

To Local Bars, Lakers vs. Clippers Is No Contest by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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Continued from page 1 said he is concerned about the Clark because Chetrit has “refused” to meet with him. Without a meeting, Huizar said he could not be sure of the owner’s vision for the project and the surrounding area. “They should come meet with me so at least I know where they stand,” Huizar said. “We take each of these cases on a case-bycase basis.” But according to the developer’s meeting records, Chetrit representatives have met with Huizar staffers three times in the past year, including one meeting at Huizar’s City Hall office (Huizar was not present). Chetrit himself was not on hand for those meetings, but he was on site for a scheduled May 2012 tour of the hotel with Huizar. That encounter, however, never happened. According to Huizar spokesman Rick Coca, Huizar requested that Chetrit meet with him at City Hall, instead of at the hotel, to accommodate the councilman’s schedule. Chetrit refused. Peterson said Chetrit only declined to go to City Hall because he understood that the union would be represented there. “We were asked to meet with the union as a condition to meet with [Huizar],” Peterson said. “We have diligently wanted to tour the council member and are again reaching out to him to tour the Clark, but this is a landuse issue and Mr. Chetrit is not willing to make this an HR issue.” Coca rejected the claim that the City Hall meeting would have included union reps. “The meeting would have been with the

same people as the tour. We simply asked that we change the location of the meeting to City Hall to accommodate the Councilmember’s schedule,” Coca said in an email. “They refused to attend.” Environment, or Labor Tactic? Chetrit is part of a family of real estate developers with a reputation for being fiercely private. In Downtown, the Chetrit Group owns three marquee buildings, including the Clark and Giannini Place. Over the years the properties have been mostly left to languish, prompting complaints from some Downtown stakeholders. The Clark and the Embassy Hotel at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue, where the firm has also started renovations for a hotel, mark their first efforts at developing in Downtown after years as quiet landholders. Unite Here organizes and represents the workforce at hotels around Los Angeles. It negotiates contracts with hotel owners, pushing for higher wages, better benefits and employee rights. The union represents workers at approximately 70% of the hotels in Downtown, said Unite Here spokeswoman Leigh Shelton. Its appeal of the Hotel Clark, however, does not mention labor issues. Officially, the appeal challenges the project’s environmental analysis. Among its concerns is one that the city did not adequately protect the 1914 building’s historic fabric. The construction, however, required approvals from the city’s Office of Historic Resources, which signed off on the project, Rausch said. The union also suggests that the city failed to require the use of building materials that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. But the city’s Building and Safety department ad-

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The Hotel Clark has completed construction on a renovation project that would create a 347-room boutique hotel. However, a dispute with the hotel workers union Unite Here Local 11 is delaying the venue’s opening.

opted a state standard for green buildings. The hotel satisfied those requirements, which mandate environmentally friendly supplies and materials, Rausch said. In a statement, Unite Here rejected the notion that their advocacy is exclusive to labor negotiations. “As members of the progressive community, we commonly challenge irresponsible development projects that are out of step with the standards of LA hotel development,” the statement read. “The Hotel Clark is no different.” Some Downtown stakeholders, however, see Unite Here’s appeal as an attempt to hijack the land-use approvals process as leverage to get Chetrit to the negotiating table. “I don’t feel that when a small boutique hotel opens up that the unions have the right to strong-arm them from going in,” said Patti Berman, president of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. “The hotel is providing jobs and that’s good.” Land-use attorney Ben Reznik, chair of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell’s government and land use department (he is not involved in the Clark case), said the hotel’s situation is emblematic of a wider problem with the California Environmental Quality

Act, which regulates how project impacts are analyzed and mitigated. The state law mandates various levels of environmental impact reporting on construction projects and is seen by many as a crucial check on developers. Critics contend that the law makes it too easy for groups that oppose projects for business purposes to block them under the auspices of environmental concerns. “That’s part of where the reform needs to take place so you can avoid a situation where CEQA is used as a leverage tool for someone to gain other advantages that have nothing to do with the environmental welfare of the community at large,” Reznik said. The Clark appeal is due back before the Central Area Planning Commission on May 14. Sources familiar with the project confirmed reports that New York’s King & Grove Hotels will manage the Clark. King & Grove officials have yet to confirm their involvement with the Clark, but according to the hotel operator’s website, the Chetrit Group partnered with King & Grove to “dramatically and positively expand the brand.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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he world of high art can be foreboding, to say the least. Average people can’t ever hope to be able to buy art for themselves, and art is often so far removed from the realm of everyday experience that it is all but incomprehensible to the lay viewer. Scholarly books and art publications usually engage in a pseudo-intellectual artspeak that does its best to keep the uninitiated at arm’s length. One radio hostess routinely signed off her weekly show with, “Art is not for everyone; it never has been and it never will be.” If the general public feels alienated from the art world it’s not the fault of Urs Fischer. The 40-year-old Swiss artist (he’s been a New York resident for a few years) likes big gestures and he likes big art that can tickle the sensibilities or induce the ickies. The massive amount of space given over to his new show at MOCA (in both the Grand Avenue and the Geffen Contemporary locations) might qualify it as a retrospective. But while there are some older pieces, much of Urs Fischer, which is on view through Aug. 19, is new work. Surprisingly, much of it will be trashed after the show has closed. The exhibition itself is an art piece, and it will likely

be spoken of for years to come. Art institutions don’t take on Fischer’s work capriciously. A 2007 show in New York at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise gallery saw the artist commission a construction crew to dig an eight-foot hole where the floor of the main wing had been. That same year, Fischer created three 23-foot-high, 20-ton fluorescent bears. His “Death of a Moment” piece covered two gallery walls facing each other with floorto-ceiling mirrors that continually moved, inducing a vertigo experience. He must have been fun to have around the house as a kid. MOCA has gone all-in for Fischer, allotting the show space at the flagship Grand Avenue site, and turning over the entire Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo to the exhibition. The former contains new and vintage Fischerana; the latter is given over to other people — locals from all backgrounds, ages, geographies and degrees of art proficiency. Far from the lone ascetic holed up in a garret to create his work, Fischer is a collaborator with a team who reaches out and assembles fleeting “communities” to realize his visions. The many facsimiles and representations of generic goods in the Grand Avenue installation and the community participation at the

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The exhibit Urs Fischer fills portions of MOCA’s Grand Avenue space and the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. The pieces on display include a life-size house where the surfaces are covered entirely with bread loaves.

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Geffen carry an undercurrent of fun. Stroll through Fischer’s world at MOCA and smile at mirrored rectangular boxes with photo representations of household appliances and goods. A crudely made plywood chair, a collapsing bed that looks like a painted marshmallow and a kids’ fort fabricated from terra cotta bricks all take on the anti-art aesthetic first seen in the Dadaists of the 1920s and made slick by Warhol and the Pop artists. As much as anything, Fischer is concerned

with the transitory nature of life. Step into the life-size house where the surfaces are covered entirely with bread loaves and breathe deeply. A cut open wheel of Swiss cheese is already an olfactory caution. That six-foot-high mirrored cube in the corner has coffee and orange juice inside. Think of what they’ll look and smell like in three weeks, and then three months after that. This is a show that begs more than one viewing. see Fischer, page 24

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will be DJ ChuCuChu and the song and dance act Li’l Homies. Also coming to the ring for the first time are the wrestlers Medico Asesino (Medical Assassin) and Li’l Li’l Cholo. Returning favorites include the tag team duo Matt Classic and Matt Classic Jr. The event will include a mariachi show, Aztec and folklorico dancers, tequila specials and tamales to fulfill the “dinner” portion of the night. At 1038 S. Hill St. or luchavavoom.com. El Rey Returns: After undergoing months of renovations, the famous King Eddy Saloon has reopened and is ready for a big time fiesta. The famous dive bar will open on Cinco de Mayo at noon, and while that’s not as early as it used to begin serving (dedicated drinkers could file in at 6 a.m. before the upgrade), it’s still three hours earlier than the regular 3 p.m.-2 a.m. schedule. There will be drink specials like $3 Modelo beer and $4 tequila shots. Those who haven’t been to the bar since it closed and reopened may want to check it out, since there’s new fancy art on the walls that is reminiscent of the 1940s and ’50s. At 131 E. Fifth St. or kingeddysaloon.com. Villains Delight: Those who want to combine deals on shots with a little food and a cool vibe can head over to the Art District’s Villains Tavern on May 5. The small bar

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with the fun patio will be serving $4 tequila shots, $8 agave margaritas and a $10 beer, burrito, taco and ceviche combo. There will also be a regular menu available for those who want a bigger meal to counter the effects of the drink specials. The Villains Tacos are a good choice on May 5, as is the fire-roasted corn on the cob. The bar opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, but get there early since the patio can fill up quickly. At 1356 Palmetto St., (213) 613-0766 or villainstavern.com. Green Cinco: When it comes to holiday celebrations, Casey’s Irish Pub is primarily known as the place that holds one of Downtown’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day bashes. But it’s not a bad choice for Cinco de Mayo, especially for those looking for a daylong Happy Hour. The Grand Avenue bar has specials all day on the weekends, and that includes Sunday, May 5. So people can substitute the tequila for some $5 Jameson. Meanwhile, the well drinks are $4 and Casey’s will also dish out $1 Irish pub fries. With deals like these, who needs margaritas and tacos? At 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or caseysirishpub.com. Salvage the Day: People who head to the Salvage Bar on Seventh Street for Cinco de Mayo will have one simple goal: to finish every last worm. Bar brass have declared on their Facebook page that Salvage, “Will be open all day and night, until every last worm has been eaten out of the tequila bottles!” They can’t serve alcohol after 2 a.m. so technically that gives people 14 hours to clean out all the tequila bottles, since Salvage Bar opens at noon on May 5. The tequila shots are $3 and those who want to take it a little easier, or who have no interest in getting the “lucky” worm, can indulge in $2 Pacifico beers and $5 margaritas. Drinkers who get hungry can walk to the very close Counter burger joint. At 717 W. Seventh St., (213) 688-7755 or salvagela.com. Mucho Mayo: How many times have you asked yourself, where is the electro-cumbia party for Cinco de Mayo this year? If the answer is even once, then head to La Cita. The Hill Street bar will celebrate its fifth annual Cinco de Mucho party with music by the Mucho More DJs and Cumbia Machin, a San Diego based electro-cumbia duo that mixes live congas and timbales with loop pedals and subwoofers. You don’t have to understand the reasons why. Just drink, dance, smile and repeat. At 336 S. Hill St., (213) or site.lacitabar.com. Family Fun El Fiesta: Until the drinking age is drastically lowered, families will have to find ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo that don’t involve

Adults looking for some May 5 fun can head to Villains Tavern. The Arts District joint will have food and drink specials.

bars. Fortunately, Downtown has some allages options, starting with El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The Cinco de Mayo celebration at the city-owned site will include live traditional Mexican music, booths, dancing and food. Olvera Street, the Mexican themed marketplace that has been around for more than 80 years, is located at El Pueblo and is also a good way to spend time with the family. Be sure to check out the small shops and the restored David Alfaro Siqueiros mural “América Tropical.” At 125 Paseo de la Plaza, off Main Street, (213) 485-6855 or elpueblo.lacity.org. Culture Day: Just across the street from El Pueblo is another family-friendly attraction. Even better, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes provides a veritable history lesson. The museum focuses on Mexican American culture and its influence on Los Angeles. Those who spend Sunday at the free attraction can see exhibits including Si Se Puede, a photo show that looks at the life of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, and L.A. Starts Here, which examines Mexican American history in Los Angeles with artifacts, videos, photographs and documents. At 501 N. Main St., (213) 542-6200 or lapca.org. Meal Deals Mixo Cinco: The Mixing Room at the J.W. Marriott hotel at L.A. Live is celebrating Cinco de Mayo twice, once May 4 and again on May 5. Dishes will cost $7-$12 and choices will include chocolate tamales, burritos, tacos and nachos with salsa and guacamole. Drinks such as Avion tequila margaritas and sangria will go for $10. There will also be a mariachi band for the celebration, which starts at 3 p.m. both days.

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ensenadarestaurant.net. Flower Power: The Cinco de Mayo meal specials begin at noon at Rosa Mexicano at L.A. Live. The brightly decorated restaurant will add to its festive mood with a mariachi band, a DJ and holiday dishes such as fried eggs and carnitas hash. There is also a Mexican Cobb salad, made with grilled chicken and habanero pickled onions. Among the drink specials are the Mescal Bloody Maria and the Passion Picante Pitcher, which combines 1800 silver tequila, passion fruit, lime, ginger and more. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. (213) 746-0001 or rosamexicano.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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owntown is ripe with the spirit of altruism for youth. Sure, we may not yet boast a charter school and we have fewer child-friendly public spaces than we do spots for dogs to cavort and relieve themselves, but darn it, the children of Los Angeles shall be entertained! So sayeth the fine folks at REDCAT, who on Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, will kick off the first of three weekends of the International Children’s Film Festival. There are three themed programs each day at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. They are pitched to different ages, and each one has about 10 mini films with titles such as “China Fantasia” (shown here, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.) and “Continental Hop.” Check the website for specific showings. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org.

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hen it comes to classical music, few performers are as sought after as Lang Lang.. He has gained fame for his virtuoso command of the piano and the sharp aplomb with which he spins through some of the most complex works the 88-key monster has to offer. On Thursday-Sunday, May 2-5, Lang squared will be under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as he and his temporary colleagues in the L.A. Phil perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The Phil will also play Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4. The show is slated for an 8 p.m. start Thursday through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.

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hen The Killers take the stage at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Thursday, May 2, concertgoers will be in the presence of the last decade’s finest Las Vegas entertainers who don’t do magic or dozens of “funny” voices. But don’t let the Sin City glam vibe and homicidal name fool you: The indie darlings are fronted by congenial, hard-working Mormon Brandon Flowers. The Killers come ready to entertain, so crack a few beers, enjoy that song you loved in 2004 and ruminate on the time Flowers claimed the band’s sophomore record would be “one of the best albums of the past 20 years.” At 3939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 747-7111 or lacoliseumlive.com.

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sunday, May 5 Jeremy Scahill: Dirty Wars at Last Bookstore Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 3 p.m.: New York Times best-selling author Jeremy Scahill discusses his new effort, Dirty Wars, a look into clandestine combat across the globe. Junkmail Will Never Look the Same at MOCA MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1710 or moca.org. 1 p.m.: It’s fun for the whole family, as pop artist James Rosenquist takes a look at cultural ephemera and the possibilities the sometimes obnoxious medium has to offer to design pioneers. Lucha VaVoom Mayan Theatre, 1038 S. Hill St., (213) 746-4287 or luchavavoom.com. 8 p.m.: Wisecracking hosts give running commentary on a litany of lucha libre masked wrestling and gender bending striptease.

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Friday, May 3 Can Americans Reconcile Politics and Reason? MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1710 or moca.org. 7:30 p.m.: Zocalo Book Prize winning social psychologist Jonathan Haidt takes a swipe at the rampant cognitive dissonance surrounding our American political dystopia. First Fridays at the Natural History Museum Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org. 5 p.m.: Ponder “The Day the Mesozoic Died” with scientist Dr. Sean B. Carroll, then check out the musical stylings of Javelin and Helado Negro.

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Tuesday, april 30 Jane Harman at Town Hall-LA Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 628-8141 or townhall-la.org. 11:30 a.m.: You may remember Harman from her time as the representative for California’s 36th Congressional District. Nowadays she’s dropping knowledge at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She’ll be talking about the post9/11 world. Wednesday, May 1 Claude Lefort at REDCAT REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 of redcat.org. 8 p.m.: Political theorist and radical commentator Claude Lefort is the subject of a discussion ranging from political paradigms to the fluidity of 20th century political thought. Immigration Reform Discussion The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., or zocalopublicsquare.org. 7:30 p.m.: Zocalo Public Square has gathered the finest intellectuals together to ponder the implications of sweeping immigration reform on our city from a cultural, historical and social perspective. Boom.

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ass extinction will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue as the Natural History Museum’s First Friday event on May 3 pays special focus to the catastrophic event that wiped dinosaurs from this planet. Tour the galleries with the museum’s Dr. Luis Chiappe (shown here) and listen to Dr. Sean B. Carroll deliver the lecture “The Day the Mesozoic Died.” Speaking of prehistoric lands populated by carnivorous reptiles begging for an asteroid to end their reign of terror, the borough of Brooklyn will again be peddling its alt/electro/indie noise with the duo Javelin. Floridabased smooth sampler Helado Negro will also be kicking out the jams. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org.

he Los Angeles Theatre Center is no stranger to unwelcomed entities moving in to the neighborhood. With a corporate coffee chain just down the block, the LATC’s latest theatrical effort Habitat, and its manifold questions about community and corruption, couldn’t come at a more subconsciously opportune time. Sure, an insular block struggling against a new group home for troubled teens doesn’t have the same noisy karmic complexity as the Historic Core getting a Starbucks, but the quandaries of acceptance and political polarization in Habitat weave a telling emotional narrative of conflict. Habitat runs Thursday-Saturday until May 12 at 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org.

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April 29, 2013

Brookfield Continued from page 12 up with the goals of Brookfield, which as a Downtown owner is just looking to build value, Marcussen said. “This is the best outcome that ever could have happened,” he said. “It’s great news for the service providers, because Brookfield is going to be hiring architects and engineers and buying carpets and hiring art consultants — the whole panoply of service providers that MPG couldn’t hire.” Under the terms of the merger, Brookfield will pay $3.15 per MPG common share, which represents a 21% premium on the stock’s April 24 closing price. The Brookfield fund will pay $25 per preferred share. The merger is expected to close in the third quarter of this year. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

Fischer Continued from page 15 Up at the Geffen, it’s a virtual forest of sculptural expression — all in gray, unfired clay. Like picking your way through a sprawling yard sale, a congested landscape of drying clay bric-a-brac and doodads threaten to overwhelm the viewer. But stay with it long enough and you’ll see a few fine examples. A life-size man in colored wax stands listing forward a little. The burning wick at the top of his head ensures that he won’t stay in that position for long. Turn a corner and realize that the door, plumbing pipes and fuse box on that wall are painted on. Too bad there are no identifying placards at the Geffen — a fine trompe l’oeil painter dwells among us. It would be good to know that person’s name. True to form, one of the two-story walls

photo by Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Celebrating 40 Years

Much of the Geffen Contemporary space is given over to clay collaborations Fischer did with a variety of community members.

at Grand Avenue has a huge chunk cut out of it, resting on the opposite wall. There it is — an eccentric shape with the drywall and metal studs cut clean through, about a foot thick — for all to see. The cleanup on this show will require several industrialsize dumpsters. For Fischer himself, it was probably an ongoing party to stage this ex-

hibition. Time will tell if it was worth what was surely a huge expense. Urs Fischer is at MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., through Aug 19. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Additional information at (213) 626-6222 or moca.org

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