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Urban Scrawl on the L.A. Film Festival.

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Keeping track of homelessness.

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Streamlining the permitting system.

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It’s time to float your yacht.

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A New York dance company was at Bank of America Plaza last week rehearsing a performance based on Alice in Wonderland. The free shows are this week. See story p. 18.

Les Misérables lands in Downtown.

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The Four Types of Mayoral Candidates A Very Early Breakdown of the 2013 Movers and Dreamers by Jon Regardie executive editor

Five great entertainment options.

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our is a special number. It’s the number of games a team must win to capture the NBA championship (sorry Lebron). It’s the number of heads the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has seen in just the past four years. the regardie report

It’s also the number of types of candidates in the 2013 Los Angeles mayor’s race. While it is still woefully early in the campaign to succeed termed-out Antonio Villaraigosa, the jockeying has begun. The four types of competitors are 1) Movers, 2) Watchmen, 3) Whoopee! Look at Me I’m Running for Mayor-ers, and 4) Kevin James. Between now and March 5, 2013, when

Angelenos go to the polls, some candidates will shift categories. During the same period a few will likely drop out, and others could materialize out of the blue. Right now, about the only thing everyone can be certain of is that we don’t have all the knowledge we think we do. The next mayor won’t be inaugurated until July 2013, which is so far in the future that everyone will have forgotten Anthony Weiner, much less that he had a Twitter account. In the effort to get a handle on the race, it’s worth going category by category, starting with the second. Watchmen: Local political observers and media trolls (a term of endearment from Villaraigosa in 2005) are closely watching four presumed candidates who continue to sit on the sidelines. City Council President Eric Garcetti, County

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Supervisor Zev Yarolsavsky, state Sen. Alex Padilla and mall master Rick Caruso have all stated they are considering running. While none have filed papers to raise funds, each has kept a hand in the game, whether by press releases touting legislation, appearing before community groups or giving speeches that are the equivalent of a verbal Molotov cocktail. Any of these figures would deserve deep consideration if they jump, but for now they’re watching others have all the fun. Whoopees!: A great thing about America is that anyone can dream of doing almost anything. The Dodgers hope one day to be a pro baseball team again. I’d like to win the title of World Champion Journalist, assuming it ever gets invented. And so far three people no one has ever heard of have filed see Election, page 11


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ass the tea and crumpets. Throw on the White Album. Get ready to stand in a queue with your mates. Or, for the love of polo, just avoid Downtown Los Angeles on the weekend of July 9-10, because Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, are coming to town. According to their official itinerary, the royal newlyweds’ North American tour includes a black tie dinner for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. It will take place on July 9 at Hill Street’s Belasco Theater, which recently underwent a $12 million renovation. The following day, the couple will visit the Skid Row arts education center Inner City Arts — an engagement that is bringing the facility a wealth of attention, said Cynthia Harnisch, Inner-City Arts’ CEO. “I’m just thankful they chose an art organization that works with poverty-stricken kids,” Harnisch said. “They’re going to paint with our children, do pottery and then there’s a performance by some of our youngsters. It’s that magic that occurs between adults and children and they’ll be participating.” Expect entourages. Expect paparazzi. Expect intermittent sounding of horns. OK, maybe not the horns.

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a clean technology business incubator. Now, the project is rolling forward, and could gain a park. Although the DWP, which is teaming with the Community Redevelopment Agency on the project named the La Kretz Innovation Campus, is still working on designs, the incubator will open in a temporary location at 411 Hewitt St. in July, said Alex Paxton, project manager for the CRA’s Central Industrial area. The CRA and DWP also teamed up to create a nonprofit called L.A. Incubator that will run the space. The CRA is working with architecture firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects on a design for the permanent space, Paxton said. The CRA expects eventually to spend $3 million on improvements at the 77,090-square-foot Arts District center. The development will house lab space, offices for venture capital firms, a conference center, meeting rooms and a prototype manufacturing facility. Fred Walti, co-founder of consulting firm Propellant Group, has signed on as executive director of the L.A. Incubator nonprofit. Additionally, the CRA considered a motion last week to set aside $2.5 million for a park that would be part of the project.

ore than a year ago, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power paid $11.1 million to purchase a building on the block bounded by Hewitt, Colyton, Fifth and Palmetto streets, and announced plans to build

ome of the biggest names in local and national journalism will converge on Downtown Los Angeles this week. On Sunday, June 26, the Los Angeles Press Club hosts the 53rd annual Southern California Journalism Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. On the local front, the Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to Fox 11 reporter John Schwada, while Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, the Los Angeles Times reporters

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he Regional Connector may be less than two miles long, but it’s poised to

be Downtown’s most significant transportation project in a decade. To keep the populace in the loop, Metro this month is hosting three meetings to present refinements since the last bout of public sessions in fall 2010. Meetings take place Tuesday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Colburn School’s Olive Hall (200 S. Grand Ave.); June 29, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Japanese American National Museum (369 E. First St.); and June 30, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Los Angeles Times Community Room (145 S. Spring St.). The Regional Connector will add three new underground stations for a line that will connect the Metro Gold, Expo and Blue lines in a way that reduces the need for transfers and shortens travel times. New stations are slated for First and Alameda streets; Second Street and Broadway; and Second and Hope see Around Town, page 10


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EDITORIALS Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

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n Thursday, June 9, officials with the California Public Utilities Commission ordered Downtown’s Angels Flight to stop carrying passengers. The halt in service is the second since the funicular resumed operations 15 months ago. This is disappointing, considering that the railway is a desired amenity in the hot summer months for those going between Bunker Hill and the Historic Core. Without it, people must climb the 153 steps separating Cal Plaza and, across from the train’s base, Grand Central Market. However, the language used by the CPUC turns disappointing into worrisome, and indicates this is much more than an inconvenience: A letter addressed to the Angels Flight Railway Company cited wear on the wheels “which we believe results in unacceptable risk of an incident, including potentially, derailment of the vehicles.” It is disconcerting that the railway has been carrying riders while in this condition, and that it took CPUC inspections on June 6 and 9, rather than self-policing by railway officials, to force a closure. It all falls in the context of the 2001 Angels Flight accident that killed an 83-year-old man and injured seven others when one car broke loose, rolled down the track and slammed into the other. The railway was closed for nine years after that. Before Angels Flight resumed service in early 2010, this page called for the operators to partner with another entity, possibly experienced transit organization Metro, to help run the attraction. That suggestion came in part because it took so long to reopen the railway, and because repeated promises of a return date were missed. This latest closure again leads us to believe that Angels Flight needs outside help. This should not immediately be seen as a bad thing — the railway is run by volunteers who did an admirable job raising money for and returning the cars Sinai and Olivet to service. Without their leadership, the project would likely still sit idle. That said, anyone who runs a business, nonprofit or anything else needs to understand when they’ll get further with help, when it is time to stop going it alone. That point has been reached with Angels Flight. The CPUC letter also stated, “We believe that due to the flange wear and resultant excessive lateral movement of the Sinai cars along the track and through the guardrail, continued operations would be unsafe.” This is not a risk anyone should take. First and foremost, Angels Flight needs to be safe. The operators of the railway should reach out for help. If they are reluctant to do so, then the board of the railway must take note of its responsibilities and consider action. They should read closely the letter from the CPUC and ask how and why the current situation materialized. No one can afford a repeat of the tragic past.

Embracing a Growing City West

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hen it comes to growth in Downtown over the past decade, housing developments, and sometimes even neighborhoods, are not always seen as equals. For better or worse, projects in the core of Downtown have generally been viewed as more significant than even expensive efforts a little further out. Now, for at least one border area, the lines are dissolving. A batch of buildings along Wilshire Boulevard in City West, combined with a just-started project and several proposed efforts, stand to heighten the attention, investment and activity in the neighborhood. As that occurs, ties between the area and the Financial District will grow stronger. One can foresee an increase in pedestrians in a couple of years. It’s something all of Downtown should take note of and support. Some people prefer not to acknowledge that certain Downtown neighborhoods with ample investment are seen as more desirable than others. Still, the fact remains that, over the last 10 years, a concentration of projects in the Historic Core, South Park, the Financial District and Little Tokyo have made those communities stand out in terms of activity and perception. The Arts District is on the next level, in part because it can be a lengthy and sometimes dreary walk from the Central Business District to some of the housing complexes in the area. City West, a district encompassing a huge swath west of the 110 Freeway, and Chinatown are on the next tier. Although both neighborhoods have seen some significant projects over the years (including the recently launched Chinatown Gateway), the developments have often worked as individual pieces rather than as part of a burgeoning, overall Downtown. Additionally, these neighborhoods have yet to see the kind of retail and nightlife evolution that has followed housing projects in places like the Historic Core and South Park. This situation is what makes the activity on Wilshire Boulevard so interesting. Last week, Los Angeles Downtown News reported on a Washington state-based company called Holland Partner Group breaking ground on a $60 million housing project at 1111 Wilshire. The seven-story, 210-unit building is a significant investment in the area. Many people who spend their time inside the freeway ring may not realize that the new development will be steps from three existing market-rate housing complexes. The project 1010 Wilshire holds 227 furnished apartments pitched toward the corporate traveler. A block west is 1100 Wilshire, the odd-looking triangular edifice atop 15 levels of a boxy brick parking structure; it

claims 228 condos. In between the two is GLO, a 201-apartment complex at 1050 Wilshire Blvd. that Holland opened in 2007. It is 98% occupied. Those buildings together created more than 650 housing units in a tight stretch, enough to support some street-level retail. The 1111 Wilshire development and Holland’s $7 million upgrade of a lowincome, 77-apartment project at Bixel and Sixth streets will push the number of homes north of 900 by 2013. Nearby is Geoff Palmer’s Italian-inspired Piero, the second phase of which is scheduled to open this summer. The 335 apartments at Bixel and St. Paul streets follow the first phase, which created 225 units when it opened in 2004. That pumps the near-term residential base to more than 1,500 apartments and condominiums. It will rise even higher if 1027 Wilshire, a proposed 376-apartment complex by the Central City Development Group and Amidi Real Estate Group (which created 1010 Wilshire) gets going. Holland Partner Group also has plans down the line for two other buildings in the area, one of which would create more than 500 apartments. This is the base upon which additional investment can happen. What also makes this area stand out from other growing sectors is that it is just a short walk from two more major developments. The $1 billion replacement for the Wilshire Grand hotel and the reconfiguration of the 7+Fig mall, anchored by a Target and scheduled to open in fall 2012, are just east of the 110 Freeway. The shops and restaurants in these projects will be a lure to Wilshire residents. The freeway is a curious barrier, one that is physical but also psychological. The necessity of crossing a bridge, one with thousands of cars whizzing below every hour, prevents many from recognizing how close this area is to the core of Downtown. In terms of distance, however, this section of Wilshire is about as far from the Central Library as the library is from Fourth and Main streets, the hub of the Old Bank District. Few people would avoid walking from that resident-packed district to the library. Although early adopters will note that this part of Wilshire has always been physically close and easy to reach on foot, the groundbreaking of 1111 Wilshire and the coming projects could be what really strengthen the ties between the area and the Financial District. We expect this will happen and that a more vibrant, engaged community will follow. It likely won’t be long until more people live here and walk to jobs in the Central City. It makes sense that this segment of Wilshire should be considered part and parcel of a lively Downtown.


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End of an Era for Meruelo Maddux Properties Judge’s Ruling Could Lead to Ouster of Company Founders and Sale of Buildings by Ryan VaillancouRt

market, according to multiple real estate sources. Meruelo Maddux declined to comment through a spokesman. It remains unclear whether the firm will pursue an appeal. The situation marks a profound defeat for Meruelo, a politically connected investor whose real estate empire grew out of his mother’s Downtown dress shop. He has received praise from some community leaders for providing storage for homeless people to store their belongings in one of his vacant Skid Row warehouses. Meruelo also earned criticism for an array of dealings, including the un-permitted demolition in 2006 of buildings he owned near Union Station (the Department of Building and Safety banned Meruelo from building on the site for five years). The firm, for the most part a buyer and holder of industrial and warehouse properties in Skid Row and east of Alameda Street, went public in 2007 as Meruelo and partner John Maddux began pursuing development projects. Its first housing effort, the adaptive reuse Union Lofts on Hill Street, opened in 2008. Its follow-up, the company’s most ambitious project, a 35-story high-rise initially known as 717 W. Ninth St., couldn’t have been timed worse — the project was financed out of pocket when an initial loan fell through, and work temporarily stopped before the company secured an $84 million loan in 2008 at 12% interest. It was sold out of bankruptcy last year to Watermarke Properties. While the reorganization of MMPI, which will likely come with a new name for the firm, is bad news for current company officials, it could be good for the Downtown market, said broker Mark Tarczynski, senior vice president at Colliers. “The resolution brings fresh capital into the marketplace and frees up stagnated properties and so now there’s a chance that something will be done on pieces that before were just languishing in court,” he said. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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eruelo Maddux Properties, the biggest private land owner in Downtown, is poised for a shakeup that would see the ouster of its top two executives, including founder Richard Meruelo. After two years of often bitterly contested Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Victoria Kaufman is expected to rule soon in favor of a reorganization plan from shareholders Charlestown Capital Advisors and Hartland Asset Management. Kaufman approved the plan, which would infuse the struggling real estate firm with $23.6 million in equity from two investors in addition to replacing the firm’s executives, in May. A Meruelo motion asking the judge to reconsider her decision was denied on Monday. The court is slated to consider revisions to the Charlestown plan this week, but Kaufman is expected to finalize the plan in July. According to court documents, the Charlestown plan would use some of the new equity to pay for physical improvements at several MMPI industrial properties in order to reduce the firm’s vacancy rate. Despite an industrial vacancy rate in Downtown of approximately 3%, MMPI’s vacancy rate was nearly 40% in December, according to court filings. The plan could involve the sale of several Downtown properties. Ted McGonagle, a former MMPI employee working with Charlestown, who would serve as COO under the firm’s reorganization proposal, told the court in December that the new company would aim to sell holdings including the property that houses J Restaurant & Lounge, the Union Lofts and a 32,000-square-foot produce facility at 788 S. Alameda St. Nothing in the Charlestown plan binds the new company to actually sell any properties, but reports of assets coming on the block have created somewhat of a broker frenzy in the

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Study Suggests Dip in Homelessness Minor Drop Reported Despite Surge in Homeless Vets by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer

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n paper, the homeless capital of America looks like this: On any given night, 51,390 people sleep on the streets, in missions and in other temporary shelters like cars or abandoned buildings. That’s the key finding in a study released last week by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the joint city-county agency that coordinates regional homeless services funding and, by federal mandate, conducts a census of the area’s homeless population every two years. The study indicates a 3% drop in homelessness in Los Angeles County since 2009, when the population was 52,931, according to LAHSA. The report carries a 5% margin of error. Figures for individual districts, including Skid Row, which has the region’s highest concentration of homelessness, have not yet been released. In the coming months, the city will further parse the data and release information on homeless populations by council district. LAHSA Executive Director Michael Arnold said that the study is a relief because it means that the sour economy hasn’t pushed more people outside. The relatively stable figure during a two-year period of pronounced unemployment, he said, is evidence that the regional approach is making a dent in the problem. “I think the report is really good news,” Arnold said. “Given that we’ve had an increase in national poverty, we were all concerned that that would drive homelessness up, but we’re pretty much holding stable.” Others greeted the study with caution. Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission, was among a chorus of critics who argued that LAHSA’s 2009 count grossly underreported the number of homeless families. It said there were 4,885 people in homeless families two years ago, a drop from 16,643 in 2007. The criticism prompted LAHSA to later add 4,878 more individuals to its tally of homeless family members. The number added families that, during the 2009 count, had been

temporarily housed through a county program that provides motel or hotel fare. The new report claims another drop in homeless families, from 9,763 in 2009 to 9,218 individuals this year. Bales, however, said the data isn’t reflected in the Union Rescue Mission, which is currently serving 55 families. “That’s eight less than our all time high, in October 2008,” Bales said. “There’s been no measurable let-up.” City vs. County The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count was executed during three days in January when some 4,000 volunteers canvassed city and county streets tallying the homeless. LAHSA also conducted a demographic survey over two months, interviewing individuals on the street and in shelters to gather data including the person’s age, military history and whether they battled substance addiction. The 2011 count found a surge in homeless military veterans, with a pronounced spike among women. In 2009, the count recorded 5,939 homeless vets, who represented 15% of the county’s homeless population. This year, that number jumped to 7,221. Homeless female veterans have increased 51%, from 601 to 909. The agency has yet to come up with a theory for why so many women veterans are becoming homeless. There is some evidence in the study that programs specific to the city of Los Angeles are making a bigger impact on homelessness than county efforts. The study indicated a 9% drop in the homeless population living — sheltered and un-sheltered — within city borders. The reduction comes after a two-year period during which Downtown added more than 700 units of affordable housing. Most of that is in Skid Row and targets the recently homeless. All of it was built, in part, with assistance from the city and its Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry credited the city’s focus on housing, and using city funding sources as leverage to help developers tap other dollars, for helping to reduce the homeless population. The city and county have historically been at odds when it

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A study released last week found that homelessness has dropped by 3% in Los Angeles County since 2009.

comes to caring for the homeless, with the city funneling its dollars to housing, and the county focusing on mental health and social services. That fracture has largely prevented a regional approach that many argue is necessary if the area is ever to substantially reduce the homeless population. “It’s an issue that is still screaming loud for a real regional solution that requires a substantive commitment to leverage resources and subsidies and build housing that is supportive,” Perry said. Funding at the national level remains a conundrum for Los Angeles. While the count is a prerequisite for acquiring federal dollars, the actual size of the homeless population does not play a role in a city’s allocated resources, Arnold said. The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s formula relies instead on factors such as age of the housing stock. As a result, Los Angeles is regularly under-funded compared to other cities. In 2009, Los Angeles received about $1,706 per homeless person in federal funding, based on the $82 million the region got in HUD’s so-called McKinney-Vento money, according to an analysis by the United Way. By comparison, Chicago, where the 2009 homeless count was 6,240, got $8,119 per person. Home for Good, a coalition of business leaders from the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce working with the United Way to end homelessness in Los Angeles, considers changsee Homeless, page 12

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Development Reform Plan Nears Completion Latest Effort Calls for Mix of Immediate and Long-Term Fixes by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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att Karetz, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s point person overseeing the city’s latest attempt to overhaul Los Angeles’ Byzantine development process, heard over and over in the last six months that the $600,000 plan needed a catchy name. The nearly completed effort, however, never earned such a moniker. After six months of study, “development reform” was the heading for a nearly two-hour presentation for an audience of some 80 local land use professionals last Thursday. “Some folks have argued: ‘Find a better name,’” Karetz said. “But we decided, let’s spend less time on a flashy name and more on the substance.” Past efforts like “12 to 2,” after all, had snappy titles. They all failed to actually reduce the number of departments developers must deal with when trying to launch a project. Now the question local developers and land use lawyers are asking is: What makes this effort different?

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Bud Ovrom, general manager of the city Department of Building and Safety, is touting a $600,000 plan that aims to make it easier for developers in Los Angeles to get projects off the ground.

The plan, compiled over the past six months by the firms KH Consulting and Woolpert at the behest of former First Deputy Mayor (and current 2013 mayoral candidate) Austin Beutner, is different because it’s not a study, officials say. Rather, they regard the effort, which was financed in part by $100,000 from the private sector, as a strategic plan with items they can take action on and implement right away. Looking under the hood of the City Hall bureaucracy since January, the consulting firms found numerous problems, some of which have been well known for more than a decade. The zoning code, for example, hasn’t been comprehensively overhauled since 1946. The new plan calls for the city to take such an effort. Past attempts at development reform, however, lacked the collective political will, and occasionally the financial resources, to work their way out of slideshows and three-ring binders and into practice. This time, in addition to the study, local organizations are taking an active role from the get-go. “This is a new effort and we think this effort is going to be successful,” said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association, one of the loudest critics of the city’s development process and a co-sponsor of the presentation on June 16. “It’s much more practical. There are immediate steps.” Institutional Change The KH-Woolpert contract expires July 1. The meeting with industry leaders, one day after a presentation to the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, amounted to a final attempt to gather feedback before finalizing the plan. While the report is not complete, some of its recommendations are already being implemented. The Department of Building and Safety, the primary entity overseeing the study, has created a new cross-departmental case management office at the department’s 201 N. Figueroa St. headquarters. Due to be fully set up in the first week of July, the office has senior plan checkers from the departments of Planning, Building and Safety, Transportation, Water and Power and the Bureau of Engineering, said Bud Ovrom, general manager of Building and Safety. The office was created to handle complex projects that run into roadblocks when staffers working the counters at various departments disagree with another department’s ruling or code interpretation. Those snafus often send applicants back and forth between departments on a maddening quest to get documents approved. The case management office will handle those cases, and in instances when a conflict can’t be resolved, it will go up a newly established hierarchy to the general managers themselves. “This is real, tangible action happening today,” Ovrom said. The case management changes, Ovrom said, are essentially

institutionalizing an existing but informal process. Currently, a developer facing an entitlement or permit roadblock has to arrange a meeting with several department heads at once. Under the new system, when an application meets a cross-department conflict, it will go up the new case management chain. Many of the tenets of the strategic plan are forward looking — overhauling the zoning code is a major component, but according to Planning Department Director Michael LoGrande, such an effort would cost around $15 million. The KH-Woolpert plan also lays out a concept for improving the city’s technology for handling plans and permits, but that would carry another hefty price tag that’s not in the city’s budget.

At least not yet. “We’re going to press to get that money out of the City Council,” Schatz said of the zoning code overhaul proposal. “They’ve got to do it.” It will be a year at least before anyone can tell whether the plan results in meaningful change. After decades of false starts on development reform, some prefer to hold off before trusting that change will occur. “Everything sounds good,” said Hamid Behdad, co-president of the Central City Development Group. “But we’ll have to wait and see what happens.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.


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t may be a bit of a stretch to compare Cathy Thomer to Kobe Bryant, but if the executive assistant at Thomas Properties Group can overcome the competition this week, she’ll do something the Lakers star failed to accomplish: She’ll walk away with her third straight June championship trophy. Granted, the arena and the stakes are a bit different: Kobe and the Lakers lost two games at Staples Center on their way to being swept by eventual NBA champions the Dallas Mavericks. Thomer, by contrast, will seek to defend her title at the fountain in front of City National Plaza during the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge. In the past three years, the competition, which doubles as a fundraiser, has become one of the most unique summer happenings in Downtown Los Angeles. The fourth annual race takes place Wednesday, June 22, in the plaza at Fifth and Flower streets at 5:30 p.m. Joel Miller, a Psomas vice president and principal who founded the race, said he is not surprised the event that prompts dozens of Downtown professionals to fold paper has struck a chord. Last year, he said, about 50 people created boats. This week there is room for 100 entrants. Hundreds more come to watch. “I always thought this could be an event that Downtown could get behind and support,” said Miller. “Downtown is an environment that likes to enjoy itself after work and at lunch. Business people like to loosen their ties and relax for a couple hours.” Miller was inspired to create the race after visiting Tattingstone, England. There, villagers place paper boats in a lake and watch to see which one stays afloat the longest. Knowing that hours of waiting for paper to sink would test the patience of Downtowners, he instead came up with the idea for a race in the fountain with the “Double Ascension” sculpture. Building owner Thomas Properties Group quickly came aboard, donating use of the fountain and the plaza. For the race, giant fans are on one side of the fountain. Up to 10 boats at a time compete in heats and try to catch the wind. The first yacht to cross the water wins and the fastest times from individual heats are compared. Miller said the record is about 30 seconds. Entry fees start at $35 and last year’s event raised $6,000 for beneficiary the Weingart Center, which provides homeless support services. Proceeds from this week’s race will go to

the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Overrated Dome Although one might expect some of the many Downtown architects and engineers to have a distinct advantage, that has not proven to be the case. Miller recalls one competitor C who fashioned a craft that resembled a geodesic dome. M “I thought as soon as wind catches it that it will blow across the water and it won’t catch Y on the lane ropes or anything,” he said. “I would have bet $10 that boat would win.CM It didn’t. It didn’t do that well. I don’t know MY what makes a good boat.” Apparently Thomer does, though she CYacknowledges she’s no expert designer. Before entering the first time in 2009, she looked CMY at the rules — boats can’t be longer than 12 K inches or wider than six inches, and no electric propulsion systems are allowed — and did a bit of Internet research. “I also talked to someone at the office who had experience with the Navy and knew how to make things move through the water,” she admitted. Ultimately, she assembled a yacht with a rectangular box as the base and a double sail. Her repeat victory utilized a similar design. Both of her trophies sit on her Downtown desk. While Thomer enjoyed her victories, she lauded the overall atmosphere of the event. In addition to the race, Miller pulls together a DJ and a magician. A few dozen people dress as pirates, sailors or other denizens of the high seas (there is also a best costume prize). Food and drinks will be sold on the plaza by Weiland’s Brewery and KC’s Mediterranean Grill. There will also be a silent auction with items including a cruise to Bermuda, a tour of the city with Councilman Tom LaBonge and lunches or other encounters with five additional Council members (including Ninth District rep Jan Perry), City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. Those prizes will be up for the highest bidder. Beating Thomer, however, will take some skill. In advance of the race, she’s either being humble, or just doesn’t want to provoke the competition. “It’s highly unlikely,” she said of a yacht threepeat, “but it’s fun to try.” The Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge is Wednesday, June 22, at Fifth and Flower streets. Registration at 4:30 p.m. and racing at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration and information at psomas.com. Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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pay $95 million to take over the property from developer Milbank Real Estate. Milbank, which is run by M. Aaron Yashouafar, defaulted on a $78.8 million construction loan from Bank of America in December 2008. As part of the Greystar deal, Bank of America will be repaid, as will contractors who have liens on the property worth more than $15 million. A hearing for final confirmation of the plan is set for Aug. 8. Greystar, which already owns and manages the Great Republic Lofts and Title Guarantee Building apartments in Downtown, did not respond to a request for comment.

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Election Continued from page 1 papers to follow AnVil. This aspect of democracy is nice and all, but politics isn’t like the film Rudy, where the scrub breaks through in the end and sacks the quarterback. “I’m running for mayor” is a great conversation starter at a cocktail party with a cash bar, but this isn’t where the big guns play. These folks are benchwarmers until they prove themselves otherwise. Kevin James: The KRLA radio host is fighting to be seen as a player. While his mayoral website is more developed than any of the upper-level candidates, he hasn’t yet raised the $200,000 that would make him a Mover (the City Ethics Commission requires a candidate to provide notice when this level is reached). A campaign spokesman in March said James has “commitments” for $250,000, but no paperwork has been filed. There’s a big difference between commitments and action. Just ask Maria Shriver. Those Who Move That leaves the Movers, the three figures who filed papers for the race, and who all reached the $200,000 fundraising level in less than 90 days. For City Controller Wendy Greuel and Downtown Councilwoman Jan Perry, the past few months have been a mix of doing their day jobs, building a war chest and meeting people. For former venture capitalist and ex-Villaraigosa boss Austin Beutner (or was it the other way around?), the latter two are the day job. More on the three, in order of when they hit $200,000: Greuel: The two-year controller and former two-term Valley councilwoman was the first one into the pool, filing papers March 5. She surpassed $200,000 on May

18. She’s had or is planning four fundraisers (the first was June 5), including one that a flyer boasts is “featuring a special piano performance.” “I was really pleased I was the first to hit the $200,000 with no events,” Greuel said. “That was people saying, ‘We are going to support you and we’re going to be there for you.’” While no endorsement has been announced, at a recent Downtown meeting of the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum, officials with the powerful Los Angeles Police Protective League waxed effusively about Greuel, with one referencing her as the next mayor. She maintains that she has received a similar response at meetings with community groups across the city. At those sessions, she said, the principal topic of interest is getting Los Angeles to work and to provide basic city services, as well as to create an atmosphere that nurtures job growth. “People are excited about someone who has experience inside and outside government,” said Greuel. “They are excited about someone who is good government as a City Controller, not a billionaire or a council member who is in a position to vote on contracts.” Beutner: The man who made a fortune in the private sector, then did a 14-month tour of duty in the AnVil administration, filed papers on April 14 and hit 200 large on June 8. He’s also nabbed the biggest endorsement yet, from former Mayor Richard Riordan. According to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission, Beutner has his fingers in six fundraisers, including one at Riordan’s house and another at a Westside Shopzilla. He’s also done the small meet and greet thing, including a stop at the delicious Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock (try anything with duck).

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“We’re making good progress,” he said. “Unlike career politicians I didn’t start with a base of people who supported my campaign and have written checks for me for 120 years. We’re building a base.” He said the big issue he’s heard from Angelenos is the desire to make the city work sensibly and cost effectively, and to provide basic services like filling potholes. Job creation is also a frequent topic. More endorsements are coming he said. For now, he’s taking the long view. “Election day is March 2013,” he said. “I remind our supporters, let’s work toward that.” Perry: The Ninth District representative on the City Council since 2001 filed papers March 15. A favorite of Downtown business leaders and residents, she has three fundraisers on her roster (two in Downtown, and one at Lawry’s in Beverly Hills. Yummy). She also has been crisscrossing the city, meeting with community groups. Although she hit the $200,000 milestone June 9, she said it’s no

time to rest. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Perry said. “I feel comfortable that we’re moving at a good pace and will continue to keep this pace up.” Perry said she is hearing a lot of different things from constituents based on where she goes. The further west she travels, the more she hears about traffic and gridlock. There is also nearly universal concern about Los Angeles’ infrastructure and the school district. In other words, the same things people in the city have kvetched about for years. When it comes to job creation, Perry pulls a Downtown card. “I think I’m waking people up that we have 90,000 net new jobs in Downtown” over the past 10 years, she said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for people who didn’t have it before. People are very interested in hearing more about that.” Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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It’s a segment of L.A.’s homeless that, according to the 2011 count, remained relatively stable, going from 10,245 in 2009 to 10,901 this year, or 24% of the county’s entire homeless population. But Jerry Neuman, co-chair of Home for Good, said the apparent stability is more indicative of a need for more focused resources for the region’s most vulnerable individuals. “The chronically homeless are not a static population,” said Neuman. “What this tells me is that we are barley keeping up with the demand set by chronic homelessness.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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mation and a ground-up project. The upgrades for the existing building envisioned by Benjamin involved creating 98 live-work units and 15 commercial condominiums. In 2009, plans for building a 283-condominium edifice on the lot on Ninth Street between Hill and Olive streets were brought to the city. The development would also have included 663 parking spaces. Louie said that while Onni is not looking to build the new project right away, they are interested in the possibility. “This indicates the clear, continuing improvement in the Los Angeles Downtown development marketplace, both from a conversion of an existing structure and from the ground-up construction standpoint,” said Louie. The structure was built 85 years ago by Pacific National Bank as its headquarters, according to the property sales document. It was designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the firm Morgan, Walls & Clement. It served as the base for Coast Savings from 1948 to 1987. It was declared a city HistoricCultural Monument in 1988. Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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cclaimed dancers from Cuba and people enamored with Lewis Carroll don’t cross paths too frequently. But that is precisely what is occurring in Downtown Los Angeles this week. In a sort of terpsichorean perfect storm, the Central City this week will be filled with two intriguing but completely different dance troupes. On the same days that the Ballet Nacional de Cuba will bring a classic text to life on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the New York City-based company Third Rail Projects will re-imagine Wonderland visitor Alice and some of her friends. Not only that, they’ll do it for free in front of hundreds of Downtown office workers on their lunch break. First up is the 63-year-old Cuban company. From June 2326, the troupe, still under the guidance of 90-year-old founder Alicia Alonso, will make its Music Center debut with five performances of its rendition of Don Quixote. The production, choreographed by Alonso and first mounted in 1998, is based on the original ballet by Marius Petipa (which itself was inspired by the 1605 novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra). The work has been hailed for showcas-

ing the company’s technically skilled dancers, vividly colored costumes and celebrated Latin flair. Those all come into play for Grettel Morejón. The 22-yearold soloist, who joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 2007, has two roles in the show. She plays Love, a cupid who makes Don Quixote fall for the protagonist Kitri, as well as Piquilla, one of Kitri’s friends. “We emulate the original choreography but also put that Cuban seal,” said Morejón, speaking of the performance. Don Quixote adheres to Ballet Nacional’s tradition of rescuing classical ballets. The company has also staged critically acclaimed versions of Giselle, Grand Pas de Quatre and The Sleeping Beauty, among others. Still, for those new to the company, the technical skill may make less of a first impression than the group’s place of origin. Morejón believes that the works on stage can help bridge the gap between fans in the United States and artists from a nation that remains best known for its Communist history under Fidel Castro. “We endorse cultural exchange,” said Morejón. “When people of different nationalities, tastes and points of view come see Dance, page 20

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said Zach Morris, co-director of Third Rail Projects. “The goal is for them to examine the spaces that we all share.” To accomplish that, the company will take Continued from page 19 a decidedly unusual route. Instead of a single together, we promote human nurturance.” long performance, Looking Glass is a repeating In that regard, the production itself in- 20-minute show. As soon as one ends, ancludes a bit of cultural interchange. While the other begins, and they continue for two hours. Cuban dancers leap and turn on stage, the The goal is to give Downtowners on a short music will be provided in the pit by the L.A. break a chance to follow a story with Alice, the Opera Orchestra. White Rabbit, the White Queen, the Queen of Go Ask Alice Hearts, the Mad Hatter and more. While Don Quixote unfolds in a traditionThe unconventional approach actually beal performance venue, Third Rail Projects’ gins before the work officially debuts. 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saTurday, June 25 Dwell on Design 1202 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or lacclink.com. Through June 26: The Dwell on Design conference brings together the best in modern interior and home design. Central Library Meeting Room A, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7000 or lapl.org. 1-3:30 p.m.: Learn the basics of Expressive Arts Therapy, which focuses on using music, poetry, and writing to foster human growth, development and healing. Everyone likes healing. sunday, June 26 Neighbor Day at Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/ pershingsquare/. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: A community celebration begins with yoga at 9 a.m. followed by the Discovery Bike Ride at 9:30 a.m., and the Art-Squared Gallery opening show at 10 a.m. Community booths load in at 11 a.m. and live music begins at noon. Free ice cream at 3 p.m., while it lasts. Discovery Bike Ride 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/ pershingsquare. 9:30 a.m.: The Pershing Square Discovery Bike Ride is a fun ride, not a race, to introduce riders to the unique sites of Downtown. The event is open to bike riders 7 and older. LAVA Sunday Salons Clifton’s Cafeteria, 648 S. Broadway, lavatransforms.org. Noon-2 p.m.: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association hosts a conversational salon with Milt Stevens, who will talk about the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society. Darn right it exists. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-DINO or visit nhm.org. 1-4 p.m.: Learn to start your own healthy vegeta-

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Friday, June 24 Friday Night Sing-Along In the plaza at 135 N. Grand Ave., visit musiccenter.org. 6:30-8 p.m.: At Friday Night Sing-Alongs, hundreds of voices belt out popular favorites and classic tunes, accompanied by live musicians. Lyrics provided. This week, it’s songs inspired by the TV show “Glee.” Grand Performances California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., visit grandperformances.org. 8 p.m.: Showman, author and humorist Charles Phoenix presents a fun-filled tour of the city’s many “lands” — all new, and created especially for Grand Performances.

What do some of the most interesting Angelenos have to say about the city and the creative process? Find out on Thursday, June 23, at This Is Your Library, the Central Library’s evening talk show-styled event. This third installment in the series comes on strong with public TV host Huell “That’s Amaaazing” Howser, radical writer and art critic Chris Kraus, theater artist Diane Rodriguez and a performance by hipster hillbilly-folk singer Amanda Jo Williams. The Aloud series’ Justin Veach hosts. The Fifth Street courtyard opens at 7:30 p.m. with a DJ, full bar and free Pink’s hotdogs to get you primed for the 8 p.m. show. This is my kind of library. At 631 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or thisisyourlibrary.org.

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Tuesday, June 21 Aloud at Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m.: A panel of writers and artists investigates Aldous Huxley’s cultural influence on America. The discussion will include excerpts from panelist Mary Ann Braubach’s 2009 documentary Huxley on Huxley. Expects someone to mention how the band The Doors got their name from a Huxley work.

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Ah, the perfect complements: chocolate and peanut butter; a loaf of bread and a jug of wine; and Beethoven and The Beatles. Beethoven and The Beatles? What’chu talkin’ ’bout Willis? Classical and classic rock make an odd, yet inspired, couple when the California Philharmonic and The Fab Four team up for a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The Cal Phil will perform the turn-of-the-18th century composer’s Fifth Symphony and Egmont Overture; the Beatles tribute band will cover the 20th century Brit invader’s hits. Look how we all get along. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (626) 300-8200 or musiccenter.org. photo by John Skalicky

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SPONSORED LISTINGS L.A.’s Largest Mixer XIII Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., lamixer.com. July 21, 5-9 p.m.: Join L.A.-area chambers and business organizations for the ultimate business networking event. Mix and mingle with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of business people representing industries and companies in and around Southern California. Mixer admission is $20 per person (no credit cards). For exhibitor or general information call (323) 230-5656.

Drummer, bandleader and good-natured sidekick Max Weinberg has been working with two big time boss-es: The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) and Conan O’Brien. He’ll dish on both at the Grammy Museum on Monday. June 20, at 8 p.m. In addition to signing copies of his new book The Big Beat,, he’ll take audience questions and discuss his time behind the kit with Bruce and on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” On Wednesday, all the way from Los Feliz, California, alt rock band The Airborne Toxic Event (shown here) visits. It’s the second installment of “Homegrown,” the South Park venue’s series focusing on local artists. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org.

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Listings Continued from previous page ble garden at home in a series of master gardening classes. If you eat your vegetables, you’ll grow up to be like Shaquille O’Neal. MOCA Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., visit moca.org. 3 p.m.: In conjunction with William Leavitt: Theater Objects, the artist will co-direct a staged table reading of his never-before-performed play Pyramid, Lens, Delta. Free with museum admission; no reservations.

FILM Devil’s Night Drive In 240 W. Fourth St., (310) 584-1086 or devilsnight.com. June 25, 7:30 p.m.: E.T. screens on the rooftop parking lot in the great outdoors. No car necessary. But feel free to phone home if you like. Bring the Reese’s Pieces. Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. June 27-28: Film Courage Interactive presents Subhysteria. Flagship Theatres University Village 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321 or flagshipmovies.com. Through June 23: Super 8 (12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m.); The Green Lantern (11:30 a.m. and 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.); Kung Fu Panda 2 (11 a.m. and 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 and 10:15 p.m.). June 24 (partial list): Cars 2. Grand Performances California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., visit grandperformances.org. June 25, 8 p.m.: In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Crime After Crime is a documentary about Peagler, her lawyers and the battle that pitted them against the Los Angeles D.A.’s office. June 26, 8 p.m.: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) showcases three of the early 20th century’s most talented women:  author Kate Wiggin, screenwriter Frances Marion, who adapted Wiggen’s novel for screen, and Mary Pickford, who produced and starred in the film. Maria Newman penned a new score to this classic film. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through June 30: A sweeping portrait of the history, culture and religion of the Arabian Peninsula, Arabia 3D is a mix of contemporary scenes of modern-day Arabian life, epic historical recreations of ancient civilizations and stunning digital visual effects, shot at more than twenty locations across Saudi Arabia. Last Remaining Seats Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, laconservancy.org. June 26, 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.: Sunset Boulevard (1950) takes a sardonic look at Hollywood starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Nancy Olson. Hosted by Fox-11 reporter Tony Valdez with a tribute to the Palace Theatre centennial. Los Angeles Film Festival Locations vary, lafilmfest.com. Through June 26: The Los Angeles Film Festival is back in Downtown at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, REDCAT and the Downtown Independent. Expect more than 200 movies and dozens of parties. Visit website for film and schedule information. Outdoor Cinema Food Fest Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Dr., outdoorcinemafoodfest.com. June 25: Food trucks including Lee’s Philly, Nom Nom Truck, India Jones and Munchie Machine; live music from Montemar and Ah-nold gets going in Terminator. Event starts at 5:30 p.m., film at 8:30 p.m. Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through June 23: Green Lantern 3D (11:20 a.m. and 2, 4:40, 7:20 and 10 p.m.); Mr. Popper’s Penguins (12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:30 p.m.); Super 8 (11:10 a.m. and 2:10, 5, 7:40 and 10:30 p.m.); X-Men: First Class (1:30, 4:30, 7:50 and 10:50 p.m.); The Hangover Part II (11 a. m. and 1:40, 4:20, 7 and 9:30 p.m.); Kung Fu Panda 2 (12:20, 5:10 and 9:50 p.m.); Kung Fu Panda 2 3D (2:40 and 7:30 p.m.); Bridesmaids (11:30 a.m. and 2:20, 5:10, 8 and 11 p.m.). June 24 (partial list): Bad Teacher (12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m.); Cars 2 3D (10:50 a.m. and 1:30, 4:20, 7:10 and 10 p.m.).

ROCK, POP & JAZZ 2nd Street Jazz 366 E. Second St., (213) 680-0047 or 2ndstjazz.com. June 23, 9 p.m.: Live rock night. As opposed to

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Twitter/DowntownNews dead rock night. Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, 213-6200908 or bluewhalemusic.com. June 21, 8 p.m.: A jazz jam session hosted by the Kevin Kanner quintet. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. June 20, 8 p.m.: The Sweet Hurt, the very pleasant Jenny O, Henry Wolfe and Ferraby Lionheart. June 21, 9:15 p.m.: Shana Halligan. June 22, 8:30 p.m.: Nicole Eva Emery, Early Winters and Haroula. June 23, 8:15 p.m.: Last American Buffalo, The Drowning Men, War Tapes and Dead Sara. June 24, 10:30 p.m.: Amy Kuney. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. June 24, 10 p.m.: Magic Mirror in residence Fridays in June. Cicada Cicada Restaurant, 617 S. Olive St., (213) 488-9488 or cicadarestaurant.com. Sundays, 6-11 p.m.: The restaurant is transformed into a vintage, old Hollywood-style dance club every Sunday. Come out to appreciate the big band, swank costumes, dinner and cocktails. Visit cicadaclub. com. Club Nokia Corner of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa St., clubnokia.com. June 25, 8 p.m.: Funky soul with Musiq Soulchild. Conga Room L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 749-0445 or congaroom.com. June 20, 8 p.m.: The Foxxhole Live has live standup comedy and R&B music. June 24, 9 p.m.: Soundcheck Lounge and Dancehall offers live music, DJs spinning Top 40 hits, house and hip-hop. June 25, 8 p.m.: Tropicali features salsa lessons, DJs and live band; at 11 p.m., Vive features Spanish pop, DJs and live band. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. June 20, 8 p.m.: Drummer Max Weinberg talks about his time with Bruce Springsteen and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. June 22, 7:30 p.m.: Los Feliz natives the Airborne Toxic Event, who are now all over the radio and the Internet. They’ll talk about their music and play a few songs. Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Summer Concerts MacArthur Park, intersection of W. Sixth Street & S. Park View St., (213) 384-5701 or levittLA.org. June 23, 7 p.m.: Latin pop with Christopher Von Uckermann and Cristanes. June 24, 7 p.m.: Novalima rolls out some AfroPeruvian tunes with an electronica influence. June 25, 7 p.m.: DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra, a fancy phrase for South Asian bhangra spiced up with hip-hop. June 26, 4 p.m.: California Dance Institute. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6000 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. June 20 and 22, 8 p.m.: Is it day, or night? Doesn’t matter — it’s time to pursue happiness with Kid Cudi. June 24, 7:30 p.m.: Men of Soul features crooners Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett. June 25, 8 p.m.: Banda straight from Mexico with La Arrolladora Banda El Limon. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or theredwoodbar.com. June 21: Seasons, C-Horse and Kismet. June 23: T.V. Mike and the Scarecrows and Puddin’ Tang. June 24: Throw Rag, Lightnin’ Woodcock, The Pegs and Simon Stokes. June 26: Christie Paige, Stars at Night, Bikini Thrills, Ingenue and Strong Killings. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or sevengrand.la. June 21, 10 p.m.: The Makers. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, thesmell.org. June 20, 9 p.m.: Dunes, Firebrand, Vegetable and Neonates. June 24, 9 p.m.: Space Comes Soft, Diva Dompe, Emily Lacy and Discombobulated Ventriloquist. June 25, 9 p.m.: Minibosses, Wet Mango, Wizwars and Kool Skull. Staples Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., staplescenter.com. June 23-26, 8 p.m.: Four nights with the largest living legends of Spanish rock, Mana. Varnish 118 E. 6th St., (213) 622-9999 or thevarnishbar.com.

June 20, 9 p.m.: Live jazz piano with Jamie Elman. June 21, 8 p.m.: Marc Bosserman tinkles the ivories. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., visit musiccenter.org. June 25, 8 p.m.: If choral music has a rock star, it’s Eric Whitacre. Whitacre is on hand to conduct his work of musical theater, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, featuring soprano Hila Pitmann. June 26, 2 p.m.: The Cal Phil teams up with Beatles impersonators The Fab Four for a night of Beethoven and Beatles music.

THEATER, OPERA & DANCE Asian American Theater Conference and Festival Various venues, (646) 522-0931 or caata.net. Through June 26: The theme for this year’s conference and festival is “new directions” and focuses on transitional shifts in theater at all levels and an emerging generation of voices in the Asian American community. Performances, workshops and panels. Shows at Inner City Arts at 720 Kohler St.; East West Players at 120 Judge John AIso St.; the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center at 244 S. San Pedro St.; and the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at 111 N. Central Ave. Ballet Nacional de Cuba Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8000 or musiccenter.org. June 23-24, 7:30 p.m.; June 25, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; June 26, 2 p.m.: Cuba’s national ballet company combines classical romanticism with Latin boldness in their presentation of Don Quixote. Accompanied by the L.A. Opera Orchestra. Bordering on Love Company of Angels, Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., (213) 489-3703 or companyofangels.org. June 24-25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 7 p.m.: Evangeline Ordaz’ new play takes on marriage and immigration? It’s a platonic love-story dramedy with a drag queen chorus. Through July 2. The Fun Family Festival of Tragedy Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. June 25, noon: Titus the Clownicus. June 25, 2 p.m.: Hamlet, Prince of Puddles. June 26, noon: Macbeth and the Monster. The Interlopers Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.com. June 24-25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 7 p.m.: A Romeo and Juliet story set in Los Angeles’ transgender world follows a group of misfits who challenge the obstacle course of life. Then again, don’t we all challenge the obstacle course of life? Through July 17. Krunk Fu Battle Battle David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 or eastwestplayers.org. June 22-25, 8 p.m.; Jun. 26, 2 p.m.: In East West Players’ hip hop musical, young Norman Lee battles the baddest B-boy crew at Sunset Park High for respect, honor, and the heart of sweet Cindy Chang, all under the tutelage of Sir Master Cert. Through June 26. La Razón Blindada 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St., 213-745-6516 or 24thstreet.org. June 25, 8 p.m.: Argentine playwright/director Aristides Vargas infuses Cervantes’ classic novel El Quijote with Franz Kafka’s The Truth About Sancho Panza and testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in the 1970s during Argentina’s dictatorship. Two political prisoners, oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Through June 25. Les Misérables Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 6282772 or centertheatregroup.org. June 21, 8 p.m.; June 23-24, 8 p.m.; June 25, 2 and 8 p.m.; June 26, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: If you’ve dreamed a dream, you can dig Boublil & Schönberg’s classic musical. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, it’s an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Through July 31. LoveSick LOFT ensemble, 929 E. Second St., (213) 680-0392 or loftensemble.com. June 25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 7 p.m.: A dark, comic Wonderland-like journey into the story of two lovers caught in the same dream. Hate when that happens. Through July 24. Magic Strings The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or bobbakermarionettes.com.      June 21-24, 3, 10:30 a.m.; June 25-26, 2:30 p.m.: More than 100 of Bob Baker’s fantastical marionettes come together in an hour-long variety revue. Expect puppet horses frolicking on an old-fashioned merrygo-round and a marionette “Day at the Circus.” After the performance, guests are invited to have refreshments in the Party Room. Open-ended run. Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes The Hayworth Theater, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., (323)

960-4442 or thehayworth.com. June 23, 8 p.m.: The protagonist goes on a journey into peril, fame and fortune. It’s a voyage of discovery, from the heights of youthful folly to the crushing depths of despair. Through June 30.

MUSEUMS African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., (213) 744-1730 or aaffmuseum.org. Ongoing: An array of firefighting relics dating to 1924, including a 1940 Pirsch ladder truck, an 1890 hose wagon, uniforms from New York, L.A. County and City of L.A. firefighters, badges, helmets, photographs and other artifacts. Annette Green Perfume Museum FIDM, second floor, 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6241200 or fidmmuseum.org. Ongoing: One of a kind, the museum is dedicated to enhancing our understanding the art, culture and science of the olfactory. Originally opened in New York City in 1999, the collection—2,000 bottles, perfume presentations and documentary ephemera dating from the late 1800s to the present—was donated to FIDM in 2005. Also, “High Style: Perfume and the Haute Couture” features a selection of fragrance bottles and packaging that reflect the many ways that fame inspires design. Images of Men: A Look Through Fragrance is a new installation in the Annette Green Fragrance Archive. The bottles and accessories showcased explore how men’s diverse identities and roles are conveyed through the changing designs of the bottles themselves. California African American Museum 600 State Drive, (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org. Ongoing: The multi-functional Gallery of Discovery offers visitors the opportunity to connect with the lineage of their own family, engage in artistic workshops, educational tours and other programs of historical discoveries. Hear recordings of actual living slaves from the Library of Congress archives and discover stories from the past. California Science Center 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through Dec. 31: 1001 Inventions is a traveling international exhibition that promotes awareness of scientific and cultural achievements from the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization during the 7th to 17th centuries from a diverse region stretching from Spain through China. Through interactive displays, explore basic science principles in such fields as optics, time-keeping, hydraulics, navigation, architecture and math. Though July 6: Small World features the winners of the 2010 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition and their stunning images created using the technique of photomicrography (photographs taken through a microscope). The photomicrographs reveal elaborate detail, color and clarity previously unseen by the human eye. Explore this year’s winners, which include a zebrafish head, cancer cells, a wasp eye and other vibrant images that represent the intersection of science and art. Ongoing: The Science Center’s permanent exhibits are usually interactive and focus on human innovations and inventions as well as the life processes of living things. The lobby Science Court stays busy with the High Wire Bicycle, a Motion-Based Simulator, the Ecology Cliff Climb and Forty Years of Space Photography. The human body is another big focus: The Life Tunnel aims to show the connections between all life forms, from the single-celled amoeba to the 100-trillion-celled human being. The new Ecosystems exhibit explores how life on our planet is shaped by geophysical and biological processes. Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St., (213) 485-8567 or camla.org. Through Dec. 18: Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration Reform showcases local artists exploring the tensions, repercussions, hopes and dreams of immigrant communities in the face of new immigration legislation, through a broad spectrum of art including street art, graffiti art, sculptures, painting and multimedia installations. Through Jan. 31: To commemorate its100th anniversary, Remembering Angel Island will showcase historic photographs, a reproduction of a poem carved on the barracks of Angel Island, artifacts and a multi-media station featuring personal stories of those who endured or were profoundly affected by the Angel Island experience. Permanent: Re-creation of the Sun Wing Wo, a Chinese general store and herbal shop, and Journeys: Stories of Chinese Immigration, an exhibit exploring Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. Outlined into four distinct time periods, each is defined by an important immigration law and/or event, accompanied by a description and a personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument 124 Paseo de la Plaza, (213) 485-8372 or


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We Got Games The Dodgers Try, Try and Try Again to Turn Things Around Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or dodgers.mlb.com. June 20-21 7:10 p.m.; June 22, 12:10 p.m.; June 24, 7:10 p.m.; June 25-26, 1:10 p.m.: Things are generally looking down for the Dodgers. Leading up to the weekend set against the lowly Astros, the Blue Crew was swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Apparently, two big bats — i.e. the ones carried by Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp — aren’t enough to win in Major League Baseball these days. Maybe management will be stable enough and find enough cash to make a big midseason acquisition to give some protection to Ethier and

Listings Continued from previous page elpueblo.lacity.org. Ongoing: The whole of El Pueblo is called a “monument,” and of this monument’s 27 historic buildings, four function as museums: the Avila Adobe, the city’s oldest house; the Sepulveda House, home to exhibits and the monument’s Visitors Center; the Fire House Museum, which houses late 19th-century fire-fighting equipment; and the Masonic Hall, which boasts Masonic memorabilia. Check its website for a full slate of fiestas, including Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November and December’s beautiful candlelight procession, Las Posadas. Open daily, though hours at shops and halls vary. FIDM Museum and Galleries 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-5821 or fidmmuseum.org. Through Aug. 13: LBD: An Homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a free to the public, petite exhibition of more than a dozen little black dresses (LBDs) from 1936 to the present. The museum homage embraces the worlds of film and fashion, along with fashion illustrations by current FIDM students. Of particular note, will be Hubert de Givenchy’s line-for-line re-creation of the iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Grammy Museum L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Through mid-September: Bob Marley, Messenger focuses on Marley as a private, spiritual man, as a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised and as a legend who has inspired legions of fans in the 30 years since his death. Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family. Through Sept. 5: John Lennon, Songwriter explores some of the singer/songwriter’s early influences; his time with the Quarry Men and the transition into the early Beatles; his songwriting collaborations with Paul McCartney; and his transition from a Beatle to a solo artist/songwriter and his work with Yoko Ono. Through Nov. 28: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rockn-Roll explores the life and legacy of music legend and cultural enigma Roy Orbison—black sunglasses included. Through Feb. 2012: Barbara Streisand commemorates the icon’s 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year honor and her upcoming 50th anniversary in the music industry with a case dedicated to her memorabilia. Through Feb. 2012: The Beatles LOVE: A Fifth Anniversary Cirque du Soleil Showcase celebrates the anniversary of LOVE, the permanent show at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It includes signature show pieces, elaborately embellished costumes, original production instruments, a three-minute vignette featuring 3D footage from LOVE, and more. Ongoing: Roland Live is a permanent installation courtesy of the electronic musical instrument maker, Roland Corporation. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to participate in the music-making process by playing a wide variety of Roland products, from V-Drums and BOSS pedals to VIMA keyboards and the MV-8800 Production Studio. Japanese American National Museum 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or janm.org. Through Aug. 28: Through the diverse perspectives of seven ordinary citizens whose lives and com-

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DowntownNews.com Kemp and put some fear in the heart of opposing pitchers. Maybe Frank and Jamie’s Friday settlement will pay off for fans. Maybe Jackie Robinson will come back from the grave and put a uniform on. Maybe Dodger Dogs will fly. This week, the Dodgers host Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers and then, from beyond the Orange Curtain, the Anaheim Angels. If nothing else (and really, there may be nothing else), fans can enjoy the play of speedy youngster Dee Gordon. Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 929-1300 or wnba.com/sparks. June 21, 7 p.m.: Sporting a 2-1 record after a decisive victory over the Phoenix Mercury, the Sparks host Cappie Pondexter and the New York Liberty. Then coach Jennifer Gillom and her team are off to the Lone Star State where they begin a road trip against the San Antonio Silver Stars (June 24). They close out the week they way they stated, in New York against Cappie and the lady Liberties (June 26). —Ryan Vaillancourt

munities were forever changed by World War II, Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We, the People”? asks visitors to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America. Through Aug. 28: The traveling display California Hotel: Hawai’i’s Home Away from Home tells the story of one Las Vegas casino’s special connection to the people of Hawai’i and the unique culture that evolved there through rare photographs, objects and video. Ongoing: Common Ground: The Heart of Community chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers to the present. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes 501 N. Main St., (888) 488-8083 or lapca.org. Current: Los Angeles’ first Mexican American cultural center’s inaugural exhibition, LA Starts Here!, reveals the essential role of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the founding and shaping of Los Angeles’ history and culture—a multicultural project from the very beginning. The Latino Museum 514 S. Spring St., (213) 626-7600 or thelatinomuseum.com. Ongoing: The Latino Museum holds a unique collection of work from emerging and established contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano artists working and living in the United States as well as throughout Latin, Central and South America. Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-1741 or moca.org. Through Aug. 8: Art in the Streets is billed as a street art bonanza exploring the history of the controversial art form and cultural phenomenon. Featuring installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Lee Quiñones (New York), Futura (New York), Margaret Kilgallen (San Francisco), Swoon (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gemeos (São Paulo), and JR (Paris). Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2766 or moca.org. Through July 3: William Leavitt: Theater Objects is the first solo museum exhibition and retrospective of the work of Los Angeles-based artist William Leavitt. Surveying the artist’s multifaceted 40year career, the exhibition will include sculptural tableaux, paintings, works on paper, photographs, and performances drawn from the late ‘60s to the present. Ongoing: From the Recent Past: New Acquisitions highlights 50 artworks in a range of media--video, drawing, photography, sculpture, and painting--that were recently added through gifts and purchases to the museum’s permanent collection. Ongoing: Installed chronologically, this selection of some of the most significant works from the museum’s permanent collection introduces major art movements of the 20th century, including abstract expressionism and pop art. Permanent: Nancy Rubins’ cheekily and comprehensively titled “Chas’ Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson’s Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, Gagosian’s Beverly Hills Space, at MOCA (2001-2002)” is a monumental sculpture made out of parts of an airplane. Museum of Neon Art 136 W. Fourth St., (213) 489-9918 or neonmona.org. Through June 30: MONA@30 celebrates the museum’s first 30 years with a group exhibition of neon and kinetic art. The museum is dedicated to the preservation, collection, education and interpretation of the neon arts. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763–3466 or nhm.org.

photo by Gary Leonard

Andre Ethier is one of two consistent big bats in the Dodgers lineup.

Through Sept. 6: More than 40 different butterfly and moth species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for the seasonal exhibit, the “Pavilion of Wings.” Wander through a unique, changing and growing ecosystem. Witness wondrous free-flying creatures interacting with plant life and with each other and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.  Ongoing: “Age of Mammals” tells an epic evolutionary story that spans 65 million years. But its theme can be distilled into just six words: Continents move. Climates change. Mammals evolve. Ongoing: The spectacular Humboldt fin whale specimen, “Finwhale Passage,” features the 63-footlong specimen, which weighs more than 7,000 pounds and has been re-articulated to create a more realistic impression of the living animal. An intriguing sound installation and interactive visitor components will accompany the display, which is one of the best and most complete large-whale articulations in the world. Ongoing: The “Dino Lab” is a working paleontological lab, wherein museum preparators will work on a several dinosaur and other fossil creature skeletons for future display at the museum. Wells Fargo History Museum 333 S. Grand Ave., (213) 253-7166 or wellsfargohistory.com. Ongoing: Take in an Old West exhibit including a faux 19th-century Wells Fargo office, a real-life Concord stagecoach that once traversed windy southern Kentucky roads and a gold nugget weighing in at a shocking two pounds.

BARS & CLUBS The Association 610 S. Main St., (213) 627-7385. Carved out of the area that used to belong to Cole’s, the bar in front, the Association is a dimly-lit, swank little alcove with some serious mixologists behind the bar. Look for a heavy door, a brass knocker, and a long line. Barbara’s at the Brewery 620 Moulton Ave., No. 110, (323) 221-9204 or bwestcatering.com. On the grounds of the Brewery, this bar and restaurant in an unfinished warehouse is where local residents find their artistic sustenance. Fifteen craft beers on tap, wine list and full bar. Bar 107 107 W. Fourth St., (213) 625-7382 or myspace.com/ bar107. Inside the keyhole-shaped door, tough-as-nails Derby Dolls vie for elbowroom with crusty old bar guys and a steady stream of Old Bank District inhabitants. Velvet señoritas, deer heads with sunglasses, a wooden Indian and Schlitz paraphernalia plaster the red walls. There’s no shortage of entertainment, with the funky dance room, great DJs and the occasional rock band. In the photo booth, you can capture your mug in old-fashioned black and white. Located just two blocks east of the Pershing Square Metro stop, Bar 107 is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. Big Wang’s 801 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2449 or bigwangs.com. Wings, beer and sports: That’s the winning recipe at this sports bar. The Downtown outpost, the third for the Hollywood-based bar, has everything the other locations have, plus a comfortable patio with outdoor flat screens. Bonaventure Brewing Company 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 236-0802 or bonaventurebrewing.com. Where can you get a drink, order some decent bar food, sit outdoors and still feel like you’re

Downtown? It’s a tall order to fill, but this bar in the Bonaventure Hotel does it admirably. Come by for a taster set of award-winning ales crafted by Head Brewer David Blackwell. Sure, the hotel is vaguely ’80s, and you’ll probably encounter some convention goers tying a few on, but it only adds to the fun. Bona Vista Lounge 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 624-1000 or thebonaventure.com. Located in the heart of the Financial District in the landmark Westin Bonaventure Hotel, this revolving cocktail lounge offers a 360-degree view of the city. Bordello 901 E. First St., (213) 687-3766 or bordellobar.com. If the name doesn’t clue you in, a sultry voiced “madam” on the answering machine lets you know Bordello isn’t exactly for the buttoned-up crowd. This onetime house of ill repute has shed its most recent life as Little Pedro’s with a gussied up interior oozing sex appeal — lush scarlet velvet, ornate black chandeliers and heart-shaped chairs in hidden alcoves. Border Grill 445 S. Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171 or ciudad-la.com. Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Downtown restaurant serves up Latin recipes from Spain and South America. The modern space also hosts a thriving happy hour with live music on the outdoor patio several nights a week. Don’t miss the mojitos. Bottlerock 1150 S. Flower St., (213) 747-1100 or bottlerock.net. Situated on the groundfloor of the Met Lofts in South Park, this wine bar features a vast range of bottles from around the world and a price range equally as wide. Wines by the glass start at around $8, but if you’re feeling overcome by oenophilia (or just deep-pocketed) there are some first growth Bordeauxs for more than $1,000 for the bottle. And if you don’t get your fill while at the bar, which also features a rotating crop of artisanal beers and a full dinner menu, the bar also sells bottles at retail. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. Located next to the Orpheum Theatre in the Platt Building, the Broadway Bar’s blue neon sign beckons patrons inside to its 50-foot circular bar. The casual-chic spot is based on Jack Dempsey’s New York bar, with low lighting and a dose of ’40s glam. There’s a patio upstairs with nice views, and a jukebox.

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Les Misérables Continued from page 18 the show long ago, there is also a lot to lure newcomers, who really do exist even after 25 years and countless performances, Varela said. In fact, he sees a potential audience in something Hugo could never have imagined. “It affects the ‘Glee’ musical crowd so powerfully, just like it did me when I was a teenager,” said Varela, who has played Valjean some 300 times. “I think that it’s constantly being discovered.” Varela is effusive about the show, touting the character, the lighting and, of course, the songs. Those are all things McVey also believes in. He maintains that Les Misérables in 2011 is relevant for a society that sometimes seems to be lacking good leadership. “You get to see the building of character here,” he said. “You get to see integrity. The redemptive quality of this show and the message that it brings is a necessity in this time.” Les Misérables runs through July 31 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or centertheatregroup.org.

photo by Deen van Meer

J. Mark McVey has played the role of heroic fugitive Jean Valjean well over 2,500 times on Broadway, on tour and in London.

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