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Doing It for the Kids Skid Row’s Inner-City Arts Completes A $10 Million Expansion by Ryan VaillancouRt

Rocking out at the Cornfield.


Villaraigosa presents his housing plan.


Urban Scrawl on the changing times.


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uild an art space for kids.” That was the simple directive that Bob Bates, the cofounder of nonprofit education organization Inner-City Arts, said he received from a spiritual voice while meditating some 20 years ago. He took the direction literally and, with the help of developer Irwin Jaeger, leased a 4,800-square-foot storefront on Olympic Boulevard in Skid Row in 1989. Fast forward to 2008 and Bates is still teaching at-risk children in Skid Row how to paint, how to sculpt and

how to think creatively. But that “art space”? Today it’s a one-acre campus (not far from the original storefront) designed by architect Michael Maltzan and replete with state-of-theart equipment and facilities. Last week Inner-City Arts celebrated the completion of a $10 million expansion. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Inner-City Arts hosts children mostly from the elementary, middle and high schools within a 2.5-mile radius of the campus, which is at Seventh photo by Gary Leonard and Kohler streets. The students are Inner-City Arts last Thursday held an opening party following a $10 million bused in by the LAUSD during the expansion. It will allow the Skid Row facility to give instruction to up to 16,000 see Inner-City Arts, page 8 students a year.

Eighth Street Eyesore The Big Dipper’s Up for Sale Big Birthday Bristol Hotel Poses a Challenge To Potential Buyers

Philippe The Original Celebrates 100 Years With 1908 Prices

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he owner of Downtown’s Bristol Hotel, who several years ago was discussing a multi-million dollar upscale renovation of the former hub for low-income tenants, has put the property up for sale. The move follows a settlement with the Community Redevelopment Agency that would require the Eighth Street structure to serve as affordable housing if reopened in the next seven years. “The CRA decided that the Bristol was going to become forever a low-income venue, and when I knew it was going to be like that, I put it on the market,” said Adolfo Suaya, who acquired the structure five years ago. Although the building’s fuphoto by Gary Leonard ture is in doubt, a controversial The Bristol Hotel, at 423 W. Eighth St., is on loophole in a recent legal settlethe market after the current owner was unable ment could allow the rundown to convert the former low-income housing structure to stay empty until complex into an upscale hotel. A loophole in a 2015, if not longer. recent legal agreement could allow the decrepit While the building has gar- structure to sit empty until 2015. nered significant interest since hitting the market about four through because of financing difmonths ago, there have been no ficulties. takers. Late last month National “I attempted to buy the property, Housing Ventures, a small for- but the market has changed in the profit firm with ties to affordable last few months, and in the last few housing developer the Amerland weeks it’s been a really tough marGroup, was in escrow to purchase ket,” National Housing Ventures the property for $4.5 million. But President and CEO Alejandro see Bristol, page 29 that deal appears to have fallen

o survive for 100 years, a restaurant needs to have loyal followers — make that several generations of loyal followers. Naturally, it is not easy to endure amid a culture’s changing tastes and diets. One of the few that has managed to keep it going is Philippe The Original. The restaurant was founded in 1908 and, according to legend, stumbled across its raison d’être, the French dip, when Philippe Mathieu was preparing a sandwich for a policeman and inadvertently dropped



a French roll in a roasting pan filled with juices from the cooked meat. The cop liked it so much he came back the next day. On Monday, Oct. 6, Philippe’s, as it is commonly known, will party like it’s 1908. From 4-8 p.m., the establishment at 1001 N. Alameda St. (where it has been since 1951) will roll back prices, charging 10 cents for sandwiches and a nickel for coffee. Expect the line to stretch around the block. The customers are not the only ones loyal to Philippe’s. Some of the staff has been around for decades, see Philippe’s, page 7

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Philippe’s General Manager Richard Binder and two of his veteran employees, carver Juanita Gonzales and morning manager Elias Barajas. They’ll celebrate the restaurant’s 100th birthday on Monday, Oct. 6.

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AROUNDTOWN Streetcar Plan Gets $5 Million


he Community Redevelopment Agency last week voted to allocate $5 million in the next year to the effort to revive the Downtown streetcar. The proposed 3.4-mile line — which would connect Broadway to L.A. Live, the Music Center and other local destinations — is a key component of 14th District City Councilman José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative, an effort launched in January that aims to revitalize the historic corridor between Third and Ninth streets. The entire project, which would also include new parking structures and efforts to activate the street’s aged theaters, is estimated to cost as much as $90 million, and the CRA funding will go toward engineering and construction. Last Thursday’s $5 million allocation could be followed by another $5 million from the CRA in the coming years, Huizar said. Once a long-term goal of Bringing Back Broadway, the streetcar has been fast-tracked in recent months. Huizar said last week that he would like to see the streetcar running by 2014. “This vote represents an opportunity for the public sector to demonstrate its commitment to bringing a modern streetcar system to Downtown Los Angeles as soon as possible,” he said.

and energy. The session is being co-sponsored by the Southern California Gas Co. and Psomas. Admission is $60; those interested in attending the event must register and pay before Thursday, Oct. 9. For additional information and reservations, call Schafer at (310) 559-0555.

Traffic Tigers on the Loose In Downtown


llegally parked cars and their owners need to beware: The Tiger Team V is on the prowl. The recently deployed group of 13 specialized traffic enforcement officers will be concentrating their patrols on local “hotspots” looking for illegally parked cars during rush hours. Mayor Antonio photo by Gary Leonard Villaraigosa, along with representatives of the The Los Angeles State Historic Park turned into an unlikely rock venue on Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Saturday, Sept. 27. During the day-long We the People festival, dozens of bands launched the team last week in Chinatown as part performed at the space formerly known as the Cornfield. of an anti-gridlock program. While most traffic control officers patrol large areas, the members of Tiger Team V will concentrate on 25 smaller locales that a week, said Karla Lara, the restaurant manager. La Fonda frequently see illegally parked vehicles. In Downtown the team will feature the group Mariachi Monumental de America de will patrol along East Seventh Street, East Sixth Street, South Juan Jose Almaguer as the house band. Spring Street, Second Street, Broadway, Hill Street and Olympic Boulevard. Drivers who illegally park during the rush hour times of 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. will be ticketed and have their vehicles towed. “Anyone and everyone who illegally parks their vehicle and blocks traffic during the rush hours will get caught re you looking for something more active to do than in the eye of the tiger,” Villaraigosa warned in a statement. kvetch at the office about the presidential debates? Then head over to City West on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1-8:30 p.m., when Shakespeare Festival/LA presents Vaulting Ambition: An fter a closure that had many fearing the soaring tunes Interactive Shakespeare Political Convention. Themes of democof the mariachi would be silenced forever, the na- racy, leadership and ambition will be explored as actors dration’s first restaurant to feature live mariachi music has a matize Shakespearean soliloquies by about a dozen characters second life. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, La Fonda on Wilshire including Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry V. After the speeches, re-opened in its original location at 2501 Wilshire Blvd. Hoyt Hilsman, a playwright and former Congressional canwith a red carpet event and a crowd that included Cheech didate, will moderate a panel discussion of how the leadership Marin and First District Councilman Ed Reyes. Originally tactics of each character are reflected in the current political opened in 1969 as the home base for the mariachi group race. The audience will vote for the best candidate at evening’s Los Camperos, the restaurant closed in October 2007 due to end. Tickets are $50 and include dinner. For more information, financial reasons. It will now once again operate seven days (213) 481-2273 or

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Perry to Speak at Downtown Forum


October 6, 2008

he Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum has announced that Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry will be the next guest to speak at the organization’s monthly sessions. Perry, whose district encompasses much of Downtown, will address the Current Affairs Forum, created by Emma Schafer, on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. The group regularly attracts a diverse audience of prominent decision makers to hear updates from and speak with elected and other high-ranking officials. Perry, who was elected to her Council seat in 2001 and serves on five Council committees (she chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and the Energy & Environment Committee) will discuss issues including Downtown development and housing, homelessness

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Housing Plan Could Have Big Impact on Downtown Villaraigosa Effort Calls for Spending $5 Billion Over Five Years by AnnA Scott StAff writer


ayor Antonio Villaraigosa last week announced a five-year, $5 billion plan aimed at bringing more affordable housing to Los Angeles. Downtown, with its mass-transit access and rising population, could be a focus of the effort. Villaraigosa’s plan, titled Housing That Works, ties together various new and existing programs. Aspects of the plan that could have a significant impact in Downtown include a MixedIncome Ordinance, which would require developers citywide to include some very low- to moderate-income units in their market-rate projects. The plan also proposes creating 2,200 new units of permanent supportive housing for homeless men and women, and the creation of 20 “sustainable transit communities,” districts close to public transit and job centers, targeted for mixed-income development. “The city’s economic success and vitality depend on our ability to plan for a future of sustainability and stability in our housing market,” said Villaraigosa at the Wilshire and Vermont Red Line station on Monday, Sept. 29. He went on to call L.A. “the least affordable big city” in the nation. Despite widespread support for the general goals of his plan, Villaraigosa faces several challenges. One will be rallying the political backing for the Mixed-Income Ordinance. An early draft of the measure, which calls for developers to reserve 12.5%-22.5% of units in their projects, even if they are completely privately funded, has already sparked criticism from developers who want to see more incentives and low-income housing advocates pushing for more stringent requirements. Another hurdle could arise in deciding where to create the 2,200 permanent supportive units. In the past, politicians and stakeholders have clashed over attempts to spread homeless services throughout the city. Meanwhile, Downtown Los Angeles leaders including Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry have expressed a strong desire to see future homeless facilities located beyond the Central City. Villaraigosa’s housing deputy, Helmi Hisserich, said last week that the 20 transit communities, which the Planning Department is working to identify, could help guide where that housing goes. Downtown, a transit and construction hub, could become an epicenter for the mayor’s plan. As a mass-transit center, a job center and home to several mixed-income developments, Downtown in many ways already serves as a “laboratory” for ideas laid out in Housing That Works, said Dan Rosenfeld of the Downtown-based development firm Urban Partners. The company developed the mixed-income rental project above the Koreatown Metro Red Line station where Villaraigosa spoke. “It’s a work in progress, but I think the mayor’s absolutely right that there’s an affordable housing crisis, and to put the spotlight on it,” said Rosenfeld. “I don’t think the city’s by any means finished with it, but it’s great that he put it at the top of the agenda.” The Bigger Picture Another pressing issue facing Villaraigosa is how to raise the necessary funds. Villaraigosa announced last week that the city has committed $200 million a year for the next five years for the effort, and the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners has pledged $700 million. But with a nationwide economic crisis, Villaraigosa acknowledged it might not be easy to get the remaining $3.3 billion. Still, he said, “even if there [are] some doors closing, other doors will open that will offset that closure.” For example, Villaraigosa expects the city to receive some federal money to help deal with foreclosures. He also pointed out that the $1.7 billion already in hand constitutes a large investment in affordable housing. “Let’s start there,” he said. In the meantime, parts of his plan are moving forward. Last week, City Council members Herb Wesson and Ed Reyes introduced a motion calling for the citywide MixedIncome Ordinance. In the coming weeks, the proposal will make its way to the full Council for a vote, and if approved the Planning and Housing departments and the Community Redevelopment Agency will present a report within three months with suggestions for how to apply the policy citywide, as well as how to preserve existing affordable housing. Despite the dissent that has surrounded the MIO, late last month several local business organizations including the Central City Association, the Building Industry Association and the Building Owners and Managers Association of

Greater Los Angeles, issued a statement of cautious support for Villaraigosa’s larger plan. “Some of the concepts raised in the Mayor’s plan now need to be hammered into specific proposals,” the statement said. “It will be the details of these proposals that will determine if these plans will succeed or fail in bringing more affordable and diverse housing to Los Angeles.” Contact Anna Scott at

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa envisions spending $5 billion on local housing efforts. Only $1.7 billion of that is already secured.

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October 6, 2008

EDITORIALS Mixed-Income Ordinance Needs Work


here may be no more contentious proposal in Los Angeles business circles than the one that would require market-rate housing developers to include affordable residences in their privately funded projects. There is a reason that past efforts to create an “inclusionary zoning,” or otherwise worded ordinance, have failed to gain traction. The behindthe-scenes lobbying is always intense, and when an effort was brought up several years ago, it never even made it to the full City Council for a vote. Now another effort is underway, this one led by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is using the verbiage the “Mixed-Income Ordinance.” After floating proposals and meeting with business and housing advocacy groups, the measure was formally introduced last week by City Council members Ed Reyes and Herb Wesson. Now the really hard work begins. The plan will have to navigate through various city departments and Council committees, and at every step of the way those for and against the measure will express their opinions to

the decision makers. Don’t expect a vote for many months. It is too early for this page to take a stance on whether to support or oppose the MixedIncome Ordinance, as what the Council will ultimately vote on — if it even gets that far — will almost certainly be far different from what has been presented to date (the basics calls for requiring 12.5%-22.5% of units in large projects to be set aside for low- to moderate-income households, or developers could pay to have the units constructed elsewhere). What we do urge, however, is that Villaraigosa and those pushing the proposal proceed very carefully and consult with all sides. We also urge that they keep a keen focus on the happenings and situation in Downtown Los Angeles. This community has seen far more residential development than any other part of the city in the past decade, and there are still dozens of housing projects proposed for the area. Thus, any ordinance requiring affordable units would have a particularly heavy impact in Downtown. This community already has a disproportionate share of the low-income units

created in the city, and has been the site of some projects that seamlessly incorporate market-rate and affordable residences, such as the Met Lofts in South Park. This is not a reason to avoid creating more low-income or workforce housing units in the area, but a reminder that Downtown, more than any other neighborhood, has working examples of mixed-income neighbors. This is a complex issue, and it makes sense for city leaders to address it. No reasonable person disputes that Los Angeles has a housing problem, and that it is increasingly difficult for people to afford to live here, whether that means renting or buying. City government has the right, and some would say the responsibility, to insert itself into the discussion over whether those building and making a profit with market-rate units should be required to “give back” by creating a certain number or percentage of affordable residences. The development community has been quick to point out that the nationwide housing market has tumbled, and that Downtown has faced significant difficulties in the past year, as several projects have been postponed

South Park Success


bout five years ago a group of Portland developers made the unlikely decision to build a trio of condominium complexes in South Park. We say unlikely because no one had built condo high-rises in Downtown Los Angeles for decades, and even though plenty of housing was coming, most of it was in the form of conversions of older buildings in the Historic Core and the Financial District. Now we’re able to see that those minds from up north, with the moniker South Group, were one step ahead of most of us. The company’s third project, Evo, opened last week, filling out a block that already holds its Elleven and Luma buildings, which arrived in 2006 and last year, respectively. South Group, a partnership of two firms but propelled

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by Homer Williams, who also launched a building boom in downtown Portland, has proved itself an important addition to our Downtown. The company sunk $305 million into its three buildings, creating 700 condominiums on the block bounded by Grand Avenue and 11th, 12th and Hope streets. In the process, South Group turned a dead lot into a residential village, and also provided momentum for other housing projects, along with a customer base for the Ralphs supermarket that arrived in 2007 and some of the L.A. Live restaurants that will open this winter. South Group took a huge risk, and though sales in the newest building are slow amid the current credit crunch, the company will likely make great profits (the first two

or canceled and others have gone to Plan B, generally switching from for-sale to rental status. They warn that any steps that shrink developers’ profit margins could lead to a chilling effect. They also argue that the initial version of the Mixed-Income Ordinance does not provide sufficient incentives to keep the buildings rising. There are valid points here, just as there is a value in discussing what the city’s role in the process should be. As they say, the devil is in the details. The key from this point on is openness, and Villaraigosa and others need to pull the development community and the low-income advocates into the loop, rather than let city government drive solo. In an ideal world, the parties will locate the elusive win-win, one that creates housing for people of all income levels and, yes, allows the developers to reap rewards for their risks. But getting there will not happen unless all sides are open to negotiation and compromise. Doing this right will also, hopefully, prevent future litigation. This will not be easy to solve, and it is possible that this effort will falter like past attempts. But it is important to have the discussion and work to see if a solution can be attained. Doing so would be good for the city.

structures sold out quickly). But along with bolstering their bottom line, the developers have made the entirety of Downtown better. South Park is no longer the sleepy burg that it once was, and while many have been instrumental in the change, South Group deserves praise. The company showed what is possible on land dismissed or overlooked by others.

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Birds Prefer Blondes Sky High Fun at The Edison’s Underground Lounge


rs. Bundy: I hardly think a few birds are going to bring about the end of the world. Melanie: These weren’t a few birds. —from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds A barely dressed blonde woman wearing the most darling fishnets suddenly drops out of The Edison lounge ceiling, directly above me, supported only by what appears to be bed sheets and rope. She’s not just relaxing there, mind you, but is in the midst of a gyrating dance so compelling I barely notice that her hair’s practically in my drink. This is not your average neighbor- Howard Leff hood tavern. The seductive aerial dance goes on for what must be the shortest five OF ONE minutes of my life. The sizable crowd milling about by the dimly lit Downtown Los Angeles bar stands spellbound, staring intently at this stunning visitor who’s twirling and spinning right along with the perfectly haunting music, oblivious to anything happening at ground level. Not that anything down here can compete. Once this daring piece of burlesque performance art comes to an end, I slowly regain my composure, knock back what’s left of my pineapple juice and sort of stand there thinking, “Whoa! This Tippi Hedren can put on quite a show for a woman pushing 80.� Later I come to find out that this was, in fact, not Hedren at all, but a woman apparently on loan from The Edison’s resident Wednesday night vaudeville troupe Lucent Dossier. An easy mistake. The Edison’s a remarkable place where it’s tough to get your bearings at first, especially in this light. It’s one of the city’s most historically vibrant spaces, a one-of-a-kind underground lounge carved out of Downtown’s first private power plant. Think of it as an


early-20th-century boiler room with a complex floor plan, authentic high voltage machinery and a really well-stocked bar. Throw in an occasional ceiling dancer and you can see why it takes a while to find your way around. Although I arrive an hour early to catch the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival’s screening of The Birds, I’m unable to find a seat with a direct line of sight to one of the dozen

Without even asking her views on the recent Wall Street turmoil or the fact that my condo’s now worth less than my car, I make a mental note to write her name in on the ballot. Foreign policy experience? Please. Hedren was born in Minnesota. or so screens and monitors. Those who do arrive in time are lucky. Some snare tables while others simply camp out on the floor. The rest, like me, are mulling over the possibility of watching this 119-minute film while leaning against the bar. Soon, the lights dim again, and here comes Hedren, the other most glamorous blonde in the building, gracefully easing her way down the wide Edison stairs that lead from the street into the lounge. So this is what a real movie star looks like. She’s strong and attractive and has a winning smile. She handles herself quite well during a brief question-and-answer session. She’s

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our years ago, Rite Aid Corp. was heralded as somewhat of a retail pioneer in Downtown when it signed a 20-year lease for a ground-floor space at Seventh and Los Angeles streets. As the anchor retail tenant in the Santee Village development, Rite Aid helped lure tenants and residents to an area where daily staples and convenience items were not within immediate walking distance. But now it appears that the pharmacy giant, in anticipating a critical mass of residents, was ahead of the curve. After posting “heavy losses every week,” said Rite Aid spokeswoman Cheryl Slavinsky, the company is closing the store in November. Two other Downtown Los Angeles Rite Aids, at Fifth Street and Broadway and Seventh Street and Hope streets, will remain open. “A lot of science and study of demographics goes into picking a new store site, and sometimes after all that, it just doesn’t work out,” she said. “This is one of those unusual instances where despite all our efforts and our projections, the results in the real world weren’t there.” Because the corner spot was part of Santee Village, Rite Aid saw an opportunity to reach a built-in base of residents, said Mark Weinstein of MJW Investments, which developed Santee Village. Weinstein arranged the deal to bring Rite Aid to the project. Betting on Seventh and Los Angeles streets seemed a good idea at the time, said broker Derrick Moore, director of urban retail for CB Richard Ellis. “In early 2004 or so, there was great interest and there seemed to be a tremendous amount of pent-up demand in terms of adding new residents to the area, and I think the general consensus was that demand would translate to certainly a greater sales volume than what ended up occurring,” Moore said. As the real estate market slowed, however, and Santee Village, a collection of seven condominium and apartment buildings did not fill up as quickly as anticipated, sales never took off. More frustrating for Weinstein than the slumping market was that the store seemed to sit back and languish, when other retailers might have pursued aggressive marketing strategies, he said. “Some of the critical mass that they were expecting hasn’t arrived yet and I appreciate that, but I have been, from day one until now, very disappointed in their lack of following the opportunities we offered them for marketing,” Weinstein said. Window Dressing In the store’s lease, L & B Realty, which bought the portion of the development that includes the Rite Aid location from MJW Investments, retained control over the site’s windows, but did little to tout the merchandise inside, said Weinstein. As a result, pedestrians strolling along Seventh and Los Angeles streets saw the backs of shelves and little else during the store’s first two years, he said. The lack of inviting window scenes and the minimal light emanating from the store gave many in the area a perception that the store was closed, said Moore. “So if you were down the block looking for some life on the block, you just didn’t see it on that corner,” Moore said. Andrew Ruiz, general manager of Santee Court, L & B Realty’s portion of Santee Village, said that the store and street lighting were sufficient. He pointed to a 40-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide neon “Rite Aid” sign mounted to the corner of the building. Still, Ruiz agreed that the store could have benefited by better utilizing its windows. Thus, two years ago, the landlord offered the window space to Rite Aid for free. “They were not interested in doing that,” Ruiz said. “I don’t know why.” Slavinsky could not comment on the company or the store’s role in handling the windows. Another Occupant Despite Rite Aid’s failure in Santee Village, the company is doing brisk business at its other Downtown locations, both of which are a half mile from the one that is closing, Slavinsky said. “It may be that the area just couldn’t support that many,” she said. The success of the other locations makes sense to Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. She said she was skeptical when Rite Aid moved to Santee Village. “At the time I was wondering how it would do because no matter what it wouldn’t have the variety of audiences or

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customers that this Rite Aid [at Seventh and Hope streets] has, where it’s very close to all the hotels, the office market, the residential population and obviously a fair amount of retail,” she said. Schatz cautioned against interpreting Rite Aid’s departure as a symptom of slumping demand throughout Downtown’s retail market. “I don’t think it says very much at all about the market overall,” she said. “Retail moves in and out of locations. That location never had the critical mass that this location at

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The Rite Aid at Seventh and Los Angeles streets will close in November. Company officials said sales in the 4-year-old store did not meet projections.

Seventh and Hope does. In a way, I’m not surprised.” Although Rite Aid is leaving, the space may not be empty. Slavinsky said instead of breaking their contract, the company plans to find another tenant to sub-lease the spot. “Vacant space is not good for us, it’s not good for the landlord, and it’s not good for the neighborhood,” she said. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Philippe’s Continued from page 1 and they introduced their children and grandchildren to the Downtown Los Angeles restaurant. The employees have become as much of a tradition as ordering the famed French dip sandwich with a side of coleslaw. “We have some who are in their third generation working here,” said Richard Binder, general manager of Philippe’s. Binder knows of what he speaks. His grandfather and two brothers bought the restaurant in 1927, and he has been working at Philippe’s since he was a teen. He has witnessed firsthand what little change has occurred. “The place is still vibrant, people love being here,” he said. Los Angeles Downtown News talked to some of Philippe’s longtime employees about their years at an L.A. institution. The Two-Week Job: When Juanita Gonzales started working at Philippe’s, it was supposed to be a temporary thing.

things the way they are. Back in the late ’70s we lowered the ceiling to conserve energy and people didn’t like it,” he said. The menu board was updated in the 1980s and to this day, some of the old customers aren’t crazy about it. “It’s the tradition,” he said. “They like things to stay the same, so when we make changes, we really have to think about them.” A Special Place: It’s hard for Rosario Villaseñor to think about doing anything else for a living. As a 30-year veteran carver at Philippe’s, she is on a first-name basis with many of the old-time customers. “Some that have been coming here for years always ask me when I’m going to retire. It’s hard to think about that because this is such a special place,” she said. She considers the employees at Philippe’s lifelong friends. “You see them every day for years and years, you get to know them and of course the customers too,” she said. “This is it, this is where I will retire.”

Three Generations: Gloria Contreras remembers the long lines at Philippe’s when, as a little girl, she would visit her mother, Celia Reyes, who was a carver there for 45 years. “We used to go every Sunday with my dad to eat with my mom. We would have potatoes and biscuits and just watch the long line and all the people,” she said. In 1990, Gloria called the manager and got hired as a cashier. “They all knew me since I was a baby, so it was pretty easy to get started,” she said. “I have a lot of good memories here. It’s not like an office job.” Now, the family memories will continue for Contreras: Her son Reuben Salazar works as a busboy at Philippe’s. “He’s following in the tradition,” she said. But the bond between the employees and the customers still revolves around the food at Philippe’s, she noted. “It’s all still about the French dip.” Contact Richard Guzmán at


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Juanita Gonzales began working at Philippe’s 40 years ago as a 21-year-old who did not speak English. “I see a lot of the same people coming here that were here back in 1968. They’re a lot older now, but they still love it,” she said.

The then 21-year-old was helping out a friend who needed someone to fill in while another employee took a vacation. The recent Mexican immigrant, who did not speak a word of English, took a job making salads and dressing. “I’ve been here ever since,” she said 40 years later as she took orders on a weekday morning. “It’s a family here, not just with the customers but with everyone that works here.” When Gonzales started in 1968, sandwiches were 50 cents (a beef dip today is $5.35). Although a lot of things in the city have changed since then, Philippe’s has remained much as it was the day she started. “I see a lot of the same people coming here that were here back in 1968. They’re a lot older now, but they still love it,” she said. Gonzales learned English while working at Philippe’s. One of her early jobs was taking orders for drinks, but at first she didn’t understand the requests. “I took a bunch of bottles of drinks we sold and asked a friend how to pronounce them. When I understood my first order I was so happy,” she said. Now a veteran carver, Gonzales has taken countless orders, and sees no end to the restaurant’s popularity. “One thing that hasn’t changed is that crowds of people still come here. It’s the food,” she said. “It’s probably always going to be like this.” The Busboy: Like many employees, Elias Barajas, the morning manager at Philippe’s, started at the encouragement of family members. “I had uncles that worked here and they got me a job as a busboy, and so I started on March 15, 1967,” he said. One thing he remembers most about the early days is the inexpensive drinks that attracted some early-morning customers. “In the mornings we had some bums lined up. Some just got the 5 cent coffee, others got a glass of wine or liquor for 15 cents,” he said. Although prices have risen, there is still sawdust on the floor and throwback menu items such as a pickled pig’s foot. When things do change, customers are quick to notice, he said. “People here don’t like when we make changes, they like

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Inner-City Arts Continued from page 1 school day, five days a week. The organization serves 8,000 students a year, but administrators have long envisioned a facility that could help 16,000. That vision became a reality on Thursday, Oct. 2, with a construction completion party that featured a procession of students into the campus, where storytellers, puppeteers and musicians awaited. The expansion is the second major growth project since Inner-City Arts moved into a renovated, 10,000-square-foot auto body shop on Kohler Street in 1993. The latest expansion includes a new theater, named after lead donors Philip and Monica Rosenthal, a parent-teacher resource center, an administrative building and a new ceramics studio. Inner-City Arts President and CEO Cynthia Harnisch likes

to say the campus’ design, with its many sharp angles and folding shapes, reminds her of origami. All the school’s buildings are painted a stark white — like blank canvases — mostly to suggest cleanliness and hope in an otherwise depressed neighborhood, architect Michael Maltzan said. “If you look at that part of the city, which tends to be quite gray literally and figuratively, I think the buildings really stand out and are light-filled and fresh and optimistic, ” he said. Creating a learning environment for children in Skid Row has always required Maltzan and organization administrators to give serious design consideration to security. That has proved a challenge, because officials did not want the facility to become a fortress, Maltzan said. In order to ensure that Inner-City Arts is secure but also inviting to the community, the campus opens to the street in a few crucial places, including the corner of Seventh and Merchant streets. Mimicking a theme employed with one of


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Inner-City Arts co-founder Bob Bates gives filmmaking instructions to some of his students. The expanded facility also offers an animation program.

the first structures on the grounds, the new ceramics studio includes an eye-catching tower that looks out at Seventh Street. “All of that is trying to reinforce the aspiration of Inner-City Arts being a school for the children but also very much a kind of cultural center in the heart of Skid Row,” Maltzan said. ‘Rivers of Light’ At Inner-City Arts, students learn a variety of skills, from basics such as mixing primary colors to broaden their palette, to more complex tasks like editing films with computer software. About 500 elementary and middle school students attend classes at Inner-City Arts every day, though with the expanded facilities, that number will eventually rise to 1,000 students daily, Harnisch said. High school-aged students can come for an animation program on the weekends co-run by Cal Arts and supported by Dreamworks. Weekday participants come for 75-minute periods twice a week. Once there, a crew of 30 full- and part-time educators, many of whom boast post-graduate degrees in the arts, conducts courses in the visual and performing arts and animation. Every class holds at least two teaching artists, plus a classroom assistant. Classes in each medium are tailored both to the grade level and the curriculum at the group’s school, said Beth Tishler, director of education at Inner-City Arts. Additionally, all groups come to Inner-City Arts with their regular classroom teacher, who receives training on top of participating in the arts classes with the students. Training the teachers helps reinforce the link between creative arts practice and learning other subjects, she said. On a recent weekday afternoon, a group of middle school students was roaming the campus armed with video cameras, which they were learning how to use in preparation for making a documentary about Thursday’s opening celebration. While the curriculum at Inner-City Arts might lay the foundation for students to pursue creative careers, Harnisch stressed that the goal is to empower children to succeed in all walks of life, not to train the next Martin Scorsese or Gustavo Dudamel. “We’re not actually trying to create artists, that’s not it,” she said. “It’s about full minds and academic achievement.” Although instructors might spend hours teaching students how to properly score clay to reinforce structural seams, the more important outcome than a piece of fired pottery is the development of the child’s ability to learn, to focus, to realize an idea. Those lessons, Bates said, are directly transferable to the classroom in reading, writing and arithmetic. Inner-City Arts has the research to back up the theory that arts education facilitates overall academic proficiency. The U.S. Dept. of Education tracked 3,000 of the program’s participants’ standardized test scores for five years and saw significant gains. Among students who participated in Inner-City Arts programs for one year — and whose regular LAUSD teachers also took part in ICA arts training programs — research showed an 18% increase in reading scores, an 8% jump in language arts and a 25% bump in mathematics. If cultivating well-rounded minds is Inner-City Arts’ top priority, giving children the tools and guidance to create thoughtful, well-crafted and often powerful art is a close second. The campus is filled with examples of finished products, like watercolor self-portraits and a sculpture of an imaginary forest landscape with dinosaurs roaming around bubbling volcanoes. But there are darker works too, like a small painting created by a third grader. The young artist first splashed the canvas with dozens of bright colors. After her father was murdered, she covered it with a layer of dark gray and then clawed at the wet paint to reveal narrow glimmers of the rainbow underneath. She named it “Rivers of Light.” “This is the real deal,” Harnisch said. “This art is not hearts and rainbows and unicorns. This is pretty soul deep.” The piece hangs in a newly opened administrative wing of the campus to remind staff of where their students come from and that art can help them overcome adversity, she said. “That day, when she finished the painting,” Harnisch continued, “she told her teacher that, ‘This is a better day.’” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Arts & Entertainment

Getting Dramatic

Christy Altomare and Kyle Riabko star in the Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater musical Spring Awakening, Oct. 29-Dec. 7 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Classics and New Works Shake Up the Theater And Dance Scene This Fall by Jeff favre contributing writer


s the days get shorter and Downtown Los Angeles slips into the cloudy shadows of long fall nights, the performing arts community is responding with works colored by a dark emotional palette of angst, anger and even murder and mayhem. The edgy Broadway hit Spring Awakening should drive a rarely spotted younger crowd to the Ahmanson, while fans of Elizabethan theater surely will crave the new murder mystery The School of Night. “Why laugh when you can cry?” is the mantra for opera buffs who never seem to tire of the tragedies Madama Butterfly and Carmen. Elvis Costello tunes serve as a soundtrack for a Miami City Ballet performance, and family drama seethes from the stage in both The Joy Luck Club and Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury. That’s only the beginning of a packed season. For complete listings, see Theater, Opera & Dance on page 19. Wide Awake: Few Duncan Sheik fans would have predicted his musical based on a 19th-century German play would be a critical or commercial success. It turns out to be both. Sheik, whose 1996 song “Barely Breathing” put him on the pop music landscape, spent eight years collaborating with Steven Sater on Spring Awakening, an alternative musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about rape, suicide and other biting subjects. The musical opened on Broadway in 2006 and won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, and it’s still packing houses in New York. The touring company, which will rock the Ahmanson Theatre Oct. 29-Dec. 7, includes some members

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from the celebrated Broadway cast. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Brit Lit: Most critics of Elizabethan-era scribes place Christopher Marlowe second only to William Shakespeare in stature. His death by stabbing at 29 cut short a brilliant career, but it also created a mystery about whether he was killed accidentally, or whether he was murdered because he was a spy or because of his bold atheistic stance. Peter Whelan delves into the murky surroundings in The School of Night, which, although a critical success in its 1992 debut in London, is only now receiving a U.S. premiere at the recently renovated Mark Taper Forum Oct. 30-Dec. 17. The play’s title, taken from a line in Shakespeare’s Loves Labour’s Lost Lost, refers to a group of renowned scientists and poets known as the School of Atheism. Few writers know more about the life and times of Marlowe and Shakespeare than Whelan, who has penned several plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or

Elevator, Going Up: Anyone expecting mainstream theatrical fare at REDCAT clearly has never seen one of its productions. Elevator Repair Service, a New York ensemble formed in 1991, is noted for its highly stylized adaptations of works from other genres, including novels. Its latest creation, The Sound and the Fury Fury, brings to life the first chapter of William Faulkner’s novel of the same name. The chapter, photo by Paul Kolnik “April Seventh, 1928,” introduces a dysfunctional family in Mississippi, as told from the point of view of a mute who cannot distinguish past from present. The production runs Oct. 9-12. Faulkner’s layered, at-times disjointed writing style is mirrored by the company’s performance, which includes several cast members portraying the same characters. Elevator Repair Service once toured Europe with a seven-hour verbatim version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. This production is a mere two-and-a-half hours, because it covers only one chapter. But its complexities still staggered New York audiences. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or Opera’s Dynamic Duo: On the heels of L.A. Opera’s split opening shows — Il Trittico received raves; The Fly did not — the company returns to two of the genre’s most beloved

Dancing With Elvis Elvis: Singersongwriter Elvis Costello and choreographer Twyla Tharp have collaborated with the photo by Joe Gato Miami City Ballet for a new Elvis Costello, Twyla Tharp and the Miami City Ballet team up for the West Coast premiere of Nightspot, featuring Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion work titled Nightspot Nightspot. Tharp’s Oct. 24-26. recent successes have involved other music icons, including Billy Joel and Bob Dylan. This marks the first major com com- works, Madama Butterfly and Carmen, by Giacomo Puccini mission by the company, which longtime New York City and Georges Bizet, respectively. Robert Wilson’s minimalist Ballet member Edward Villella founded in 1986. Janine 2004 production of Madama Butterfly returns to the Dorothy Zeitlin of the Miami New Times described Nightspot Chandler Pavilion, where it runs through Oct. 18. Puccini’s as “splashes of classical ballet, Broadway, Cirque tragedy features soprano Liping Zhang as Cio Cio San and du Soleil, fight clubs and Latin dance.” At the Franco Farina as Lt. Pinkerton, though what truly sets the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Oct. 24-26, the show apart (and divides audiences) is Wilson’s slow-as-moMiami City Ballet dancers will be accompanied lasses movements and characters who engage in quirky walks. by a live orchestra. The evening’s lineup also in in- Carmen runs Nov. 15-Dec. 14 and will feature two newcomcludes two works — Tarantella and Symphony ers to L.A. Opera: Hungarian mezzo-soprano Viktoria Vizin in Three Movements — by George Balanchine. will portray the gypsy diva, and Nancy Fabiola Herrera, also a Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand mezzo-soprano, will tackle the title role, which she performed Ave., (213) 972-7211 or recently at the Met. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., A Family That Plays Together Together: Few stories (213) 972-8001 or are more emotionally rich than that of the Chinese-American women in Amy Tan’s 1989 The World on Stage: The New LATC, the transformed novel The Joy Luck Club, which was adapted Spring Street space formerly known as the Los Angeles into a hit movie and then a play. Susan Kim’s Theatre Center, signaled its ambitions last year with an instage version has never been performed in Los ternational program, and this year’s collection of works is Angeles. It retains Tan’s rich characterizations even more eclectic. The Face of the World Festival, which and realistic exchanges between mothers and began last month, has plenty left to offer, with theater and daughters, and among best friends with past se se- dance works through Dec. 14. Canek from Mexico is a lifecrets and current challenges that require love and size puppet show depicting the story of a Mayan warrior and support to endure. Yeah, it sounds syrupy, but it a young Yucateco whose friendship is impeded by cultural resonates. This production, running Nov. 6-Dec. differences (Oct. 10-12). War Stories is Joyce Guy’s multime7, will be the second play in East West dia exploration of an African-American man trying to move Players’ 43rd season, and as the na- up the ranks in the U.S. military, with a story told from his tion’s oldest Asian-American theater, daughter’s perspective (Oct. 31-Nov. 23). El Maiz, also from it seems an appropriate choice. Mexico, is a theatrical ritual performed by Jesusa Rodriguez, East West Players, 120 N. Judge based on Mesoamerican traditions (Nov. 23). photo by Robert Millard John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 or The New LATC, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or L.A. Opera brings Robert Wilson’s very stylized production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly back to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Oct. 18.

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Talkin’ ’Bout All Generations Beck, Tina Turner and The Who Are Among The Big Acts Coming to Downtown Stages by Jeff favre contributing writer


he excitement over true music legends never seems to fade — a fact clearly exemplified by the eclectic lineup of fall concerts in Downtown Los Angeles. The unstoppable diva Tina Turner keeps on rolling, and the Who electrifies a new generation of fans. These acts will share the spotlight this season with “young” icon Alanis Morissette, the multi-layered On Ensemble and a festival of contemporary Dutch music. Additionally, Club Nokia opens its doors to a flood of exciting acts, starting with homegrown Beck. For the full musical lineup, see page 17.

opening of Club Nokia, a 59,000-square-foot venue that can accommodate 2,300 people for concerts and events. Located in the L.A. Live complex, Club Nokia already has a full slate of shows for the last two months of the year, beginning with Beck on Nov. 10. The range of performers will attract a different crowd each night, with new wave folks hitting the B-52s show on Nov. 16, and R&B lovers getting down with Usher on Nov. 19. If you’re into country music, then Dec. 11 is your night to enjoy Gretchen Wilson. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 763-5483 or

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Tina Turner’s first tour in eight years stops at the Staples Center on Oct. 13 and 16.

Your Private Dancer: It’s been more than two decades since Tina Turner staged arguably the biggest comeback in music history with the release of Private Dancer, featuring the hit single “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” which returned the former wife and partner of Ike Turner to the top of the charts. Now 69 years old — believe it or not — Turner remains a major attraction to Baby Boomers. She earned plenty of young admirers as well with her high-octane performance with Beyoncé at this year’s Grammy Awards, which she credits with convincing her to hit the road again. Turner comes to the Staples Center Oct. 13 and 16 on her first tour in eight years. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7000 or Hope They Get Old Before They Die: Despite the losses of drummer Keith Moon in 1978 and bassist John Entwistle six years ago, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey continue to sell out as The Who, which they founded in 1964. In 2006, The Who released Endless Wire, its 11th studio album and the band’s first in 24 years. But most people will be there to hear rock staples such as “My Generation,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard” and “Who Are You,” and to see Townshend’s famous windmill guitar playing. The Nokia Theatre likely will be packed on Nov. 8 and 9 for their Maximum R&B concert. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6000 or Jagged Big Tour: Having the biggest-selling international debut album for a female artist has been both a blessing and a curse for Alanis Morissette. On the one hand, Jagged Little Pill, and its angry-woman anthem “You Oughta Know,” made Morissette a worldwide phenomenon. But some of the singersongwriter’s earlier fans were less than thrilled. Morissette’s L.A. appearances Nov. 13 and 14 at the Orpheum Theatre are in support of her latest release, Flavors of Entanglement. Expect the outspoken human rights to broach several politically charged topics in between musical numbers. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, (877) 677-4386 or

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Let’s Get It On: Take the ancient taiko drum, add a hiphop groove, infuse some techno beats, and you have the On Ensemble, a quartet that takes traditional Japanese sound to another universe. Around for six years, On (pronounced “ohn”) Ensemble’s members — Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda and Kelvin Underwood — double as performers and educators, teaching children about Japanese culture and its musical roots. Experience On Ensemble’s otherworldly sound when the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents the experimental quartet at Little Tokyo’s Aratani/Japan America Theatre on Nov. 8. Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 680-3700 or Dutch Treat: Some of today’s most innovative modern music is coming from the Netherlands, and REDCAT is exposing Los Angeles to some of the best the Dutch have to offer. First up on Nov. 14 and 15 is the CalArts New Century Players, a professional resident ensemble of the Herb Alpert School of Music at the Valencia campus. Faculty members and top students combine to explore experimental music and perform works by Dutch composers, including clarinetist Harry Sparnaay, who will appear with the ensemble. On the bill Nov. 16 is the California E.A.R. Unit, which, since 1981, has written and performed contemporary chamber music. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or In the Club: Perhaps you’ve seen the billboards and bench ads stating “This is Olympic and Fig” and wondered what the heck they meant. The marketing campaign signals the impending

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Some Pretty Wild Exhibits, and a New Facility, Top the List of Museum Happenings Downtown by Julie Riggott

While you’re waiting for that exhibit, the Exposition Park institution has more than 35 million objects in its collection, and they have a new Sustainable Sundays series, with informative talks on conservation issues. On Nov. 9, learn about the ecology of food from chef Aaron French and pro-conservation businesses from Conservation International’s Jen Morris. Plus, check out information from bike groups and other green organizations. On Dec. 7, urban planner James Rojas and Conservation International’s Robin Moore are scheduled to appear. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or

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omething wild is happening in some usually sedate places this fall: museums. A prime example is the California Science Center’s intriguing exhibit on illegal drugs, where kids can tour a crack house and go on a simulated drug bust. For those looking to celebrate Halloween in spirited style, the USC Fisher Museum of Art offers a ghostly exhibit of shadows and smoke. Rock ’n’ roll and other musical forms get a new home when the Grammy Museum opens in December; visitors can explore 200 years of American music and politics in its inaugural exhibit. Other shows around Downtown Los Angeles put an eclectic array of items on display, including a survey of L.A.’s artistic talent at the Japanese American National Museum, motorcycles designed by African Americans at the California African American Museum and artifacts from ancient cultures at the Natural History Museum. For a complete list of exhibits, see Museums on page 25. Bigger Than the Hard Rock: Downtown is getting a new museum on Dec. 6, and this one’s dedicated to music. The Grammy Museum is part of the entertainment enclave known as L.A. Live, which also includes the Nokia Theatre, Club Nokia (opens Nov. 10) and the Conga Room (debuting in December). The first facility of its kind, the Grammy Museum will have four floors of exhibits and will celebrate all forms of music, the creative and recording processes, and the prestigious award for which the museum is named. Along with a slate of activities surrounding the opening, the Grammy Museum will present its first major exhibition, one covering 200 years of music and politics in America. In addition to music, photographs and films, Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom will feature artifacts such as Grandmaster Flash’s turntables, guitars from Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and even an 1816 copy of “The Star Spangled Banner.” 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or Is There a Problem?: Walk into MOCA Grand Avenue and there’s a Santa Claus Lamp. The Styrofoam Saint Nick is not so jolly considering he’s impaled and has a red light for a head and brown paint streaming down his body. The rest of the gallery is filled with hundreds of paintings, drawings and installations and continues at the Geffen Contemporary location with “The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika,’” a soccer field of tables and chairs. Welcome to the Martin Kippenberger retrospective. The Problem Perspective, named for one of the conceptual artist’s works, is as diverse as it is sprawling. It opened Sept. 21 and runs through Jan. 5, 2009.

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Black Chrome, an exhibit of photographs and restored and custom motorcycles documenting the influence of African Americans on bike culture, runs through April 12, 2009, at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.

MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave. and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-2766 or This Is Your Brain on Drugs: There is an actual coca processing lab confiscated from the jungles of South America on display in an Exposition Park museum. It sounds bizarre, but it’s true. There is also a recreated Afghan heroin factory and a tenement crack house. The California Science Center’s latest exhibit, Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, was developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum. In addition to information about illegal drugs and the wreckage from a drug-related car accident, there are interactive exhibits called Hoop Nightmares, Wheel of Misfortune and Junior Special Agent: Drug Bust! (the exclamation point is theirs, but it seems like it’s warranted). California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or Ghostly Images: If you’ve been to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, you’ll have an idea of what Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence is. Before there were films, 19th-cen-

tury Europeans put on shows with magic lanterns and projected images of ghosts and skeletons onto screens or smoke. Contemporary artists have looked back to those times in the traveling exhibit at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Perfectly timed for Halloween and the Day of the Dead, Phantasmagoria will be on display through Nov. 8. Curator Joe Roca has chosen artists from 12 countries who use immaterial mediums such as shadows, fog and mist to produce spectral images with somber subjects. In Colombian artist Oscar Munoz’s “Aliento,” a puff of breath briefly reveals images on seemingly ordinary mirrors. You can also disappear in a cloud of fog in Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s “Smoking Bench.” USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 Exposition Blvd. on the USC campus, (213) 740-4561 or Archaeology and Ecology: The Natural History Museum will open a semi-permanent exhibit on Dec. 19. Visible Vault: Archaeological Treasures From Ancient Latin America will literally open up the vault, actually a cavern-like structure, to show off more than 700 artifacts from ancient civilizations in Mexico and Central and South America.

Installations by international artists, such as Jim Campbell, fill the USC Fisher Museum of Art with an aura of mystery for Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, an exhibit using immaterial substances like smoke and shadows.

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Three’s Company: The California African American Museum has a trio of exhibits this fall. Of Tulips and Shadows: The Visual Metaphors of Dewey Crumpler will feature bold, colorful paintings as well as sculptures, videos and installations by the Bay Area artist. The exhibit opens Oct. 9 and runs through April 26, 2009. Two other exhibits are already open. A Moment in Time: Bingham’s Black Panthers tells the public and private story of the Black Power party through the lens of Life magazine photographer Howard Bingham, who was granted extraordinary access to the group founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 and active through the 1970s. It continues through April 5, 2009. Black Chrome, which closes April 12, 2009, is an exhibit presented in collaboration with the Automobile Club of Southern California, of photographs and restored and custom motorcycles documenting the influence of African Americans on bike culture — the extent of which might surprise you. For instance, did you know the motorcycles in Easy Rider were designed by an African-American man named Ben Hardy? California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, (213) 744-7432 or Honoring L.A. Artists: The latest exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum reveals the wide-ranging talent of California artists. 20 Years Ago Today: Supporting Visual Artists in Los Angeles is a retrospective of work by L.A. recipients of the California Community Foundation’s fellowships for visual artists. It opened Oct. 4 and ends Jan. 11, 2009. The Getty Foundation has helped fund the exhibit, which features artwork by more than two dozen artists, including sculpture by Betye Saar (1990) and daughter Lezley Saar (1996), photography by Todd Gray (2005), installation art by Haruko Tanaka (2005) and video work by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto (1995). The show, with its diversity of styles and media, can be seen as a survey of the city’s cultural scene from 1989 to 2007. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or Contact Julie Riggott at

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Too Hot to ‘Handel’ Music From Centuries Ago and Today Is on Downtown’s Classical Lineup by Julie Riggott arts & entertainment editor


lassical music encompasses so many things, from early music to the avant-garde — and Downtown Los Angeles offers them all. Piano Spheres focuses on contemporary, cutting-edge solo piano pieces, and Musica Angelica looks back to the 17th and 18th centuries for the sweet sounds of baroque. For a different baroque experience, the DaCamera Society presents an evening of harpsichord in the Doheny Mansion. Meanwhile, highlights of the L.A. Phil’s fall season include traditional European and contemporary fare conducted by the outgoing and the incoming music directors, as well as an organ recital that will be an acoustical experience not to be missed. For a complete list, see Classical on page 18.

tends to be atonal, abstract or expressionist, and often pushes the boundaries for new music. Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., (323) 692-8075 or Amazing Pipes: The organ at Disney Hall has 6,134 pipes, the largest of which is 32 feet long and weighs 800 pounds; the smallest is the size of a pencil. If you haven’t experienced the way it fills the hall with glorious music, then seize the opportunity when Chelsea Chen performs on Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. She’ll sit at an organ onstage connected to the pipes so you can watch her hands and feet going a mile a minute on music by Hindemith,

Dupré, Bach and more. Incidentally, the wooden pipes that form the façade were an artistic collaboration between organ builder Manuel Rosales and concert hall architect Frank Gehry, and the entire organ is as visually magnificent as it is musically. Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or Harpsichord Heaven: Experience the harpsichord in a historic site when the DaCamera Society of Mount St. Mary’s College brings Richard Egarr to the Doheny Mansion on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. The music for the evening, Bach’s “WellTempered Clavier (Book One),” and acclaimed conductor and performer Egarr are only part of the attraction. The mansion’s Pompeian Room with its Tuscan marble, Corinthian columns and a magnificent dome featuring 2,836 pieces of Tiffany glass, is another. Doheny Mansion, 10 Chester Place, (213) 477-2929 or Contact Julie Riggott at

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Double Your Pleasure: This season the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 17th and last season as music director. Plus, Gustavo Dudamel had already been booked for two subscription weeks before the announcement that he would take the baton in the 2009/10 season. This week will actually be your last chance to see Salonen this fall. Before the orchestra takes off on a tour of Asia, he will conduct Stravinsky’s “Fireworks” and “The Firebird” in their entirety Oct. 9-12. Works by the Russian composer, one of the most influential of the 20th

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the L.A. Phil in a program of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky Oct. 9-12 at Disney Hall.

century, have been an important part of Salonen’s tenure with the Phil. Also at those concerts, the renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman, a longtime collaborator with Salonen, will join the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Then, after Dudamel brings the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Nov. 24, he returns to conduct the L.A. Phil in two programs of traditional and contemporary music Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 4-7, the highlight of which may be Kurtág’s “Stele” in December. Chad Smith, vice president of artistic planning, said, “‘Stele’ is enormous. It creates a sound in this hall unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.” Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or

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Go for Baroque: Musica Angelica specializes in the mellifluous era of baroque music. The relatively young ensemble came together in 1993, but is widely recognized as the premier group of its kind in Southern California. Led by Martin Haselböck, a world-renowned conductor, composer and soloist who held the position of court organist for Vienna, Musica Angelica opens its season Downtown at the Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall. The ensemble will perform music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Graun and two Bachs (Johann Sebastian, he of the Brandenburg Concerto, and his cousin Johann Bernhard, most of whose compositions have been lost) on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Soloists for the evening are Vittorio Ghielmi on viola da gamba, Marion Verbruggen on recorder and Ilia Korol on violin. Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., (310) 458-4504 or Piano Man: Guest artist Liam Viney returns to perform with Piano Spheres on Nov. 11 in an 8 p.m. program featuring eight pieces, five of which will be U.S. premieres, including work by Larry Sitsky, Nigel Westlake, Matthew Hindson and two pieces by Brett Dean. Piano Spheres, founded by pianist and scholar Leonard Stein in 1994, focuses exclusively on piano recitals of contemporary classical music and holds its concerts at the intimate Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School. The music this highly respected group programs is not your typical fare; it


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f you can’t find something to pique your interest in Downtown Los Angeles, then you’re simply not looking. Events this fall run the gamut from a three-day film festival to weekly comedy shows and offer everything from the festive to the literary. Along with the sci-fi and nature movie extravaganza that is the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival, there is an avant-garde film series at REDCAT, one of the highlights of which is a risqué survey of the pirate. The Aloud series, which features author talks at the Central Library through-

Edison and the ImaginAsian Center. The film selections are still being finalized, but special events include a celebration of Mickey Mouse, who turns 80 this year, and the presentation of a Jules Verne Award to Ron Moore, creator and executive producer of the TV series “Battlestar Galactica.” Leading up to the festival, founders Frédéric Dieudonné and JeanChristophe Jeauffre have scheduled some major events at The Edison. On Oct. 12, they’ll have Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivian and actor Keir Dullea on hand for a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, in honor of the 40-year-old classic. The Edison, 108 W. Second St. and ImaginAsian Center, 251 S. Main St. For information, (213) 884-7005 or A Pirate’s Life for Thee: Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Caribbean Pirates video installation was on the schedule in REDCAT’s last season, but got postponed because more time was needed to prepare for its U.S. premiere. Arrgh. But the father-and-son duo will not disappoint; they appear in person Nov 20-22 at 8:30 p.m. with their crazy, comic and obscene survey of the pirate in American pop culture. Caribbean Pirates is nothing like the Disneyland ride that inspired it, exploring violence and sexual debauchery and veering into political commentary. The work premiered in Munich in 2005, complete with a full-scale pirate ship, but the L.A. multi-screen presentation will feature the videos only. That means L.A. will miss the sculpture of pirates copulating with pigs. Still, better leave the kids — and your parents — at home. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 2372800 or

A Laugh a Minute: Downtown’s got plenty happening when it comes to comedy — good comedy, not the stuff that needs liquid enhancement to be even half-good. George Lopez returns to the Nokia Theatre for five shows between Dec. 19 and New Year’s Eve. The Comedy Walk, which recently moved to the third Thursday of every month (, features free shows with a couple dozen comics in several venues near the New LATC in the Historic Core. The Downtown Comedy Club, run by Kevin Garnier and hosted by “Saturday Night Live” alum Garrett Morris, has booked Nick at Nite’s America’s Funniest Mom, Vicki Barbolak, for what will most likely be the last shows at the Wilshire photo courtesy of REDCAT/CalArts Grand on Halloween weekend (wear a cosCaribbean Pirates, Paul and Damon McCarthy’s video installation surveying the tume and get in free). You’ll want to watch pirate in American pop culture, gets its U.S. premiere at REDCAT Nov. 20-22. It’s rated their website to see where they end up next — arrrrrrgh. Brett Butler and D.L. Hughley are already on the lineup for November and December. out the fall, is bringing literary heavyweight Toni Morrison Downtown Comedy Club at the Wilshire Grand, 930 Wilshire to Downtown, and there are plenty of excuses to laugh away Blvd., (310) 213-3195 or the rest of the year. Since Angelenos love Halloween and the Day of the Dead, there are a number of unique options for celebrating. The Music Center makes experiencing global culture as easy as heading to Disney Hall’s outdoor amphitheatre for the family-friendly World City. For a complete list of events, see page 16. Literary Luminary: She’s just a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner and a legend of literature. Do you need another reason to see Toni Morrison on Nov. 19? Morrison will be in conversation with David Ulin, Los Angeles Times book editor, as part of the Central Library’s Aloud speaker series. Usually these events are free, but the library has turned this 7:30 p.m. discussion into a fundraiser for its cultural programs (tickets are $10 for library associates, $20 for general admission) and moved it to the Aratani/Japan America Theatre to accommodate 900 people. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for 1988’s Beloved, which became a film with Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. Her latest novel, A Mercy, covers familiar territory, slavery and a mother-daughter relationship, with Morrison’s characteristic talent for poetic language and epic storytelling. Aloud, meanwhile, programs free events almost every week at the library. Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. Tickets are available at the Library Store or the theater’s box office, (213) 680-3700. For information, (213) 228-7025 or Out of This World: Last year the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival brought sci-fi and nature films, as well as celebs, to the Shrine Auditorium and other venues. Its second event is set for Oct. 24-26 with screenings taking place at The

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Happy Haunting: Angelenos seem to love one holiday more than most: Halloween. Things to do Downtown include a screening of the 1925 The Phantom of the Opera accompanied by Clark Wilson on the organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. and a kingdom of spider-related events at the Natural History Museum. The Spider Pavilion, which is filled with hundreds of arachnids spinning webs and feeding on prey, will be the site of a date night with outdoor dining (Oct. 24), a flashlight tour (Oct. 25 and Nov. 1) and an outdoor screening of a family-friendly Halloween movie with trick-or-treating in the galleries (Oct. 30). Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 7633466 or Life With the Dead: Of course, just after All Hallow’s Eve is the Day of the Dead. With it comes the ninth annual Festival de la Gente Nov. 1 and 2 from 1-9 p.m. at the Barker Block. Along with those ubiquitous sugar skulls, the free festival, founded by Tony Dominguez of the Arte Calidad Cultural Institute, brings colorful art and papier-mâché, an altar contest, food and plenty of festive music by bands such as Quinto Sol. On the first day, DJ Jason Bentley shows up for the Dia de los Muertos Masquerade Ball from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. (presale tickets are $25). Festival de la Gente at the Barker Block, 519 S. Hewitt St., (213) 617-0696 or Global Community: Travel the world without leaving Downtown with the Music Center’s World City performances. International and local artists representing a multitude of cultures perform dance and music unique to their homelands in this free series. The next two installments bring South American and Native American performers to the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at Disney Hall. On Oct. 11, there is a rare opportunity to hear music from the plains (llanos) of Colombia and Venezuela, performed authentically by Los Llaneros. That same day, Ballet Folclórico do Brasil demonstrates various AfroBrasilian dances. On Nov. 8, the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, which represents many American Indian nations, will tell stories and perform traditional dances and songs. Shows are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and children can make arts and crafts in the Blue Ribbon Garden that blooms around the amphitheater. W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or Contact Julie Riggott at julie@

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LISTINGS EVENTS Monday, Oct. 6 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or 7 p.m.: Naomi Wolf appears in conjunction with her book “Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries.” She’s in conversation with Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg School of Communications. Tuesday, Oct. 7 Business Lecture Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7110 or 6-8 p.m.: In “Start-Up Dos and Don’ts: Business Entity and Licensing,” learn everything about how to start up a business, from a tax structure and DBAs to market research and business plans. ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or 7 p.m.: Peter Galbraith, a leading authority on Iraq and architect of the partition plan endorsed by both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, reports on the real consequences of the U.S. invasion. Wednesday, Oct. 8 Accessible City Expo Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall B, 1201 S. Figueroa St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The L.A. Department on Disability’s free community resources and employment fair. Book Signing at B. Dalton Booksellers 201 N. Los Angeles St., (213) 687-3050. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Chris Blatchford, author and news reporter from Fox 11 News, signs his book “The Black Hand — The Bloody Rise and Redemption of ‘Boxer’ Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer.” Photographer’s Eye Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7241 or 12:15-1 p.m.: Artist, photographer, teacher and writer Dennis Keeley. SCI-Arc Lecture Series 960 E. Third St., (213) 356-5328 or 7 p.m.: Arvid Palep, of 1st Ave Machine USA, appears. His firm is a NYC-based CGI VFX animation studio working in the advertising, broadcast, music video and feature film industries. Thursday, Oct. 9 Downtown Art Walk Info and map at Noon-9 p.m.: The Downtown Art Walk is a selfguided tour that showcases the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles — commercial art galleries, museums and nonprofit art venues. Thursdays at Central Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7241 or 12:15-1 p.m.: Flickr Tips is an introduction to the free photo-sharing website. The Change We Need California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities, 1000 N. Alameda St., (213) 928-8900 or 5:30 p.m.: Political experts and commentators give the inside scoop on how much health reform to expect in the new administration. Friday, Oct. 10 Farmlab Public Salons 1745 N. Spring St. #4, (323) 226-1158 or Noon: Carol Wells’ talk is called “Can Design Stop a War?” Saturday, Oct. 11 Culinary Historians of Southern California Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7110 or 10:30 a.m.-noon: Charles Perry, food writer for the Los Angeles Times, lectures about “California 1903.” Library Benefit St. Francis Xavier Chapel, 222 S. Hewitt St., (818) 222-4865. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Friends of the Little Tokyo Branch Library will hold a benefit auction for “the little bilingual bookmobile that could,” which started to service Little Tokyo 30 years ago. Vaulting Ambition: An Interactive Shakespearean Political Convention Shakespeare L.A., 1238 W. First St., (213) 481-2273 or 1-8:30 p.m.: Demonstrate with the Roman mobs, cheer on political rhetoric delivered by Shakespeare’s

most brilliant orators, and elect one of them to run against John McCain and Barack Obama for the Presidency of the United States. Three interactive panels peek into the Bard’s political playbook and uncover the language of leadership and profiles of ambition therein. Business Lecture Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7110 or 1-3 p.m.: Experts present resources and insights on protecting and insuring your business enterprise and new products. The program covers how to minimize risk, limit liabilities and insure business relationships, key management, operations and employee benefits. Signing at Metropolis Books 440 S. Main St., (213) 612-0174 or 4 p.m.: Mark Damon is on hand to sign “From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster.” Jazzmopolitan Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 382-04886 or 6 p.m.: The Filipino American Library presents its gala and benefit. Outstanding American Award Dinner Jonathan Club, 545 S. Figueroa St., (866) 559-8903 or 6:30 p.m.: The Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation honors L.A. Chief of Police William J. Bratton. Future Events ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative. He talks about his book “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star.” Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: David Macaulay takes readers through a visual journey in his book “Body Building: An Illustrated Lecture.” Oct. 20, 7 p.m.: Diane Ackerman, author of “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” is in conversation with ALOUD Curator Louise Steinman. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Ian Burma, an expert on modern Asia, discusses “The China Lover.” Oct. 23, 7 p.m.: Marilynne Robinson discusses her book “Home.” Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: Artist and geographer Trevor Paglen discusses “From Above, From Below,” about satellite imagery. Oct. 28, 7 p.m.: Historian James McPherson appears with “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.” Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Two fiction writers, Etgar Keret and Ben Ehrenreich, discuss what’s real, what’s not, and whether it matters. Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: Lucien X. Polastron discusses her “Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History.” Nov. 6: “Writing the World” is a conversation with Edward Hirsch, Eavan Boland, Peter Cole and Adam Zagajewski. Nov. 9, 2 p.m.: Artists Amy Balkin and Kim Stringfellow present “Invisible 5,” an audio mapping of the natural, social and economic histories along Interstate 5. Nov. 10, 7 p.m.: “On Seeing and Being” is the library’s Science Lecture Series, and this installment is “Seeing the Divine,” a conversation with Dr. Michael Arbib and Dr. Lisa Bitel. Nov. 12, 7 p.m.: New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff appears with “The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music.” Nov. 13, 7 p.m.: An evening with Roy Blount Jr. Nov. 16, 2 p.m.: Urban historian Greg Hise. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Tickets are required for an evening with Toni Morrison. (The crowd is expected to be sizable, so this event will be at the Aratani/ Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St.) Nov. 20, 7 p.m.: Amitav Ghosh discusses “Sea of Poppies,” which is set in Calcutta in 1838. Dec. 3, 7 p.m.: Christopher Plummer appears in conjunction with his book “In Spite of Myself: A Memoir.” Dec. 4, 7 p.m.: Mark Doty, Dana Goodyear and Timothy Steel proffer a poetry reading and panel discussion. Dec. 8, 7 p.m.: Marisela Norte and Maria Elena Gaitan appear in a night of spoken word and cello accompaniment. Dec. 10, 7 p.m.: Laura Miller discusses “The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.” Dec. 11, 7 p.m.: Writers and surprise guests appear in a reading and panel discussion, “Out of Exile: The Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan.” ArtShare L.A. 801 E. Fourth Place, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Infogen is an arts, music and po-

litical event to promote the RECIPROmedia label’s artists and youth voter information. Asian Pacific American Legal Center Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 977-7500 or Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.: The Center advocates for civil rights, provides legal services and education, and builds coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans. This is its 25th-anniversary dinner. California African American Museum 600 State Drive, (213) 744-2024 or Oct. 20: The Museum’s annual fundraising event, “An Artful Evening at CAAM,” occurs on the same night the “Lights Out, Los Angeles” campaign kicks off, but the organizers make due — it’s all candles and soft light. Dec. 6, 1 p.m.: In conjunction with the exhibit “Black Chrome,” learn about the different parts that make a motorcycle go, and design your own custom gas tank. Ages 8 and up. California Science Center 700 Exposition Blvd., (213) 744-2420 or Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m.: “Your Genes: Choice or Chance” explores the ethics of human genome research and the possibilities for human disease prediction and prevention. Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7241 or Oct. 23, 12:15-1 p.m.: Craft Thursdays feature knitting and more. Oct. 30, 12:15-1 p.m.: Explore the history of Clifton’s Cafeteria, an L.A. institution. Downtown Art Walk Info and map at Nov. 13, Dec. 11, noon-9 p.m.: The Downtown Art Walk is a self-guided tour that showcases the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles — commercial art galleries, museums and nonprofit art venues. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: The conference California’s Future on the Horizon: Implications of 2008 Elections. Esperanza Community Housing Corporation Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.-midnight: A massive dance party at the Mercado, a former sweatshop converted by Esperanza into a vibrant marketplace. Farmlab Public Salons 1745 N. Spring St. #4, (323) 226-1158 or Oct. 17, noon: Marqueece Harris-Dawson appears. Oct. 24, noon: Ben Sullivan, Bonnie Bills and Bo Oppenheim will discuss the role science could play in a Barack Obama or John McCain White House. Oct. 31, noon: Instigators of Next American City magazine. Nov. 7, noon: How does the history of land apportionment and toxic waste dumps in California relate to climate change and emissions trading? Join Amy Balkin for a discussion about land, art, climate and justice as they relate to her projects Invisible-5, Public Smog and This Is the Public Domain. Nov. 14, noon: “The Between Is Tainted with Strangeness: Superheroes, Zombies and Masked Wrestlers” will examine the way in which these cultural forms allow us to map social anxieties and produce narratives of power and powerlessness, violence and morality. Festival de la Gente Barker Block, 513 S. Molino Street, (213) 617-0696 or Nov. 1-2: A celebration of life inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Look for students from Arte Calidad’s Cultural Institute to display the nation’s largest collection of papier-mâché puppets, which will transform the Barker Block into Avenida de los Muertos. Junior League of Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Grand Hall, 135 N. Grand Ave., Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Harvest Boutique and Tea fundraiser. Vendor booths and early holiday shopping. L.A. Artcore Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., Oct. 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m.: The organization’s 20th benefit celebration, honoring Kenneth Colorado and Martha Canales. Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., visit

Nov. 21-30: The annual show debuts an assortment of vehicles from the world’s top automakers — cars, trucks, SUVs, plus green technology and alternative fuel vehicles. Los Angeles Headquarters California Club, 538 S. Flower St., Oct. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.: Nelson C. Rising, president and CEO of Maguire Properties, appears. Maguire is the largest owner, developer and manager of Class “A” office properties in Southern California. Metropolis Books 440 S. Main St., (213) 612-0174 or Oct. 18, 5 p.m.: Deborah Pratt appears with “The Vision Quest, Book II.” Oct. 25, 5 p.m.: Leslie Klinger signs “The Annotated Dracula.” Nov. 13, 8 p.m.: Bruce Cana Fox is in the shop to sign “Making Mobiles.” Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Millennium Biltmore, 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2512 or Nov. 13, 6 p.m.: The 34th annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner. MOCA, the Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., Oct. 9, noon-8 p.m.: On Downtown Art Walk nights, MOCA participates with free admission from 5-8 p.m. Use the free Art Walk DASH shuttle from 7-10 p.m. (last one leaves Spring and Third streets at 9:45 p.m.). Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Inspired by current shows “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective,” “Louise Bourgeois,” and “Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collection,” as well as drawing from MOCA’s permanent collection, this class explores language and movements of art from the 1960s to the present. Four-session course continues Oct. 18 and 25, and Nov. 1. Info at (213) 621-1745. $130 MOCA members; $150 nonmembers. Oct. 12, 3-5 p.m.: A Teens of Contemporary Art event. Act out a surreal satire inspired by Martin Kippenberger’s installation “The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika.’” Info at (213) 621-1745. Nov. 2, 1-3:30 p.m.: A First Sundays Are For Families Workshop. After your family explores the current show “Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collection,” create a conceptual work of art using unusual materials. Info at (213) 621-1765. Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: The class “Sculpture and Installation: Exploring the Third Dimension in Contemporary Art” begins. It’s three sessions, at both the Geffen Contemporary and MOCA Grand Avenue. Info at (213) 621-1745. $90 MOCA members; $120 nonmembers. Nov. 23, 3 p.m.: In conjunction with “Index,” George Baker, associate professor of art history at UCLA, leads a discussion of conceptualism in California. MOCA Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., visit Oct. 9, noon-8 p.m.: On Downtown Art Walk nights, MOCA participates with free admission from 5-8 p.m. Use the free Art Walk DASH shuttle from 7-10 p.m. (last one leaves Spring and Third streets at 9:45 p.m.). Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: See Oct. 11 listing under MOCA, the Geffen Contemporary, for info about the latest Contemporary Art 101 class. Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Curator-led exhibition walkthrough with MOCA Senior Curator Ann Goldstein, who organized the retrospective, “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective.” Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.: A special presentation by Susanne Kippenberger, Berlin-based writer and author of “Kippenberger. Der Künstler und seine Familien,” an acclaimed 2007 biography of her brother, the artist Martin. Oct. 26, 3 p.m.: An art talk with Frances Morris, exhibition curator and head of collections at Tate Modern. She’ll discuss “Louise Bourgeois.” Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.: An art talk with UC Berkeley Art Museum director, Lawrence Rinder. He’ll discuss “Louise Bourgeois.” Nov. 6, 7-10 p.m.: In this new initiative called Engagement Party, nonprofit artist collectives activate public spaces with public interventions. Tonight, Finishing School presents its “Little Pharma Drug Run.” It begins at MOCA with a costume-making workshop, then participants will dress as their favorite pharmaceuticals and travel en mass to various Downtown 24-hour drug stores and the Chinatown gallery Fringe Exhibitions to compare aspects of the drug industry from big pharma to centuries-old home remedies.

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Continuing through Nov. 1 at Morono Kiang Gallery is Quotidian Truths: Paintings by Xia Xing. The artist has painted images that have appeared on the front page of the governmentsanctioned newspaper in Beijing, China, in order to reinterpret the drama of an entire year. This exhibition of works from 2006 (one of which is shown here) is his first in the United States. The third installment of the Quotidian Truths series featuring paintings by Xie Xiaoze opens Nov. 8, with a reception from 5-8 p.m., and runs through Dec. 20. His ink and oil paintings in stark black on white capture Chinese political figures in action, making the decisions and pronouncements that ultimately define contemporary life in that nation, for better or for worse. Morono Kiang Gallery, 218, W. Third St., (213) 628-8208 or

Nov. 9, 3-5 p.m.: A Teens of Contemporary Art event. Take part in TOCA’s first Portfolio Day! Share your work with admissions personnel from L.A.’s top art schools and meet current art students. Nov. 15, 3-5 p.m.: MOCA Associate Curator Bennett Simpson moderates a discussion with FOCA Fellowship winners Dorit Cypis, Martin Kersels and Julio Cesar Morales. Info at (213) 633-5392. Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.: In conjunction with the exhibition “Louise Bourgeois,” MOCA Director and Bourgeois scholar Jeremy Strick discusses the artist’s work. Dec. 4, 7-10 p.m.: In another Engagement Party event (see Nov. 6 listing), participants will build small DIY radios and use them to locate transmissions recorded by the MOCA community that explore perceptions of joy. Originally a WWII-era military term, “Finding Joy” is foxhole code for securing radio contact in the midst of battle. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-DINO or visit Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m.: Not Your Average Date Night is an alternative to the usual night out. Come to the museum for late-night hours and a flashlight tour of the Spider Pavilion. Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m.: Halloween activities and spider trivia before a tour of the Spider Pavilion. Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m.: Spider Cinema Night and trickor-treating, betwixt the Spider Pavilion exhibit and its courtyard. Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m.: Sustainable Sundays offer the chance for visitors to learn about conservation issues. This day brings eco chef Aaron French to talk about the ecology of food. Conservation International’s Jen Morris talks about pro-conservation businesses at 2:30 p.m. bike groups and other green organizations will be on hand. Dec. 7, 12:30 p.m.: This Sustainable Sundays event brings urban planner James Rojas and Conservation International’s Robin Moore, plus information from the U.S. Green Building Council. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, Nov. 14, 4-9 p.m.: An earthquake awareness rally, featuring presentations by state and city government leaders, literature on earthquake preparedness by the USGS, and host vendors. Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway, (213) 622-1939 or Nov. 21: Sneering comedian Sandra Bernhard appears one night in her “Without You I’m Nothing” tour. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800, Oct. 24-25, 8:30 p.m.: Untitled: Speculations on the Expanded Field of Writing is the fifth annual CalArts conference on experiential writing. Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m.: Media, cultural and political sociologist Jeffrey Goldfarb visits REDCAT for a post-

election conversation with CalArts’ Martín Plot. Nov. 13, 8:30 p.m.: An evening of new fiction with writers Brian Evenson, Thomas Glove and Samantha Hunt. Dec. 9, 8:30 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Review of Books contributor Thomas Powers elaborates on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In conjunction with the exhibit 9 Scripts From a Nation at War (which is detailed in Film Listings). SCI-Arc Lecture Series 960 E. Third St., (213) 356-5328 or Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Hien Ngo Quan is a founding principal of Vietnam’s NQH Architects. He was trained in the United States, and spent years in Tokyo’s Kenzo Tange Associates. Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: The Milan-based Cini and Stefano Boeri appear. Cini has devoted attention to the function of the house, and the psychological relationship between man and his habitat. Stefano teaches urban design at Milan Polytechnic and at Harvard GSD. Oct. 29, 7 p.m.: Teddy Cruz speaks. He founded his San Diego-based estudio teddy cruz in 1993. Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: Tom Wiscombe is an architectural designer based in Los Angeles. He founded Emergent a few years ago, an organization dedicated to architectural research. Nov. 12, 7 p.m.: Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo are Seattle-based collaborative artists who explore the intangible conditions of architecture. Nov. 19, 7 p.m.: Jennifer Siegal is known for her work in creating the prefab home of this century. She’s founder and principal of the L.A.-based firm Office of Mobile Design. Southern California Transportation Summit Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd., Oct. 20: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Mobile 21 is a coalition that brings together public, business and community stakeholders to pursue regional solutions to the transportation challenges facing L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Sports Arena 3939 S. Figueroa St., visit Oct. 13: Church choirs from coast to coast compete in the nationwide How Sweet the Sound gospel choir event. Town Hall Los Angeles Visit Oct.: 14, noon: Martin Koffel, chairman and CEO of the URS Corporation, appears. At the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive St. Oct. 21, noon: Eduardo Castro-Wright, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, speaks. At the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive St. Oct. 23, noon: Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses representation for Guantanamo detainees, human rights victims and the disempowered. At the Jona-

than Club, 545 S. Figueroa St. Treasures of Los Angeles 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7400. Oct. 19, 2 p.m.: Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, gives a talk called “From Shallow Bay to World Class Harbor: San Pedro.” USC Master of Professional Writing Program USC University Club, (213) 740-3252 or mpw@college.usc.ed. Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.: “Made Into Movies: From the Page to the Screen” is a candid discussion of the practical aspects of adaptation with input from experts in every facet of the business.

ROCK, POP & JAZZ 2nd Street Jazz 366 E. Second St., (213) 680-0047, or Music usually starts at 9 or 10 p.m. Tuesdays: Jazz jam session. 626 Reserve 626 S. Spring St., (213) 627-9800 or Tuesdays, 6 p.m.: Live music with Goh Kurosawa. Thursdays, 6 p.m.: More live sounds, this time with Jessie Torrez. Bar 107 107 W. Fourth St., (213) 625-7382 or Tuesdays: A classic island mix of reggae with attitude. Jah! Wednesdays: The world famous (or at least in L.A.) Bar 107 Karaoke Gong Show. Come join the fun and help the judges vote for the best act of the evening. Sundays: DJ’s choice with 107’s Matt Dwyer, the comic-actor genius who plays music while serving the meanest drinks (in the nicest way) Downtown. Blue Velvet 750 S. Garland Ave., (213) 239-0061. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 p.m.: Live music and DJs. Café Metropol 923 E. Third St., (213) 613-1537, or Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: Matt Slocum Trio with drummer Slocum, bass player Darek Oles and pianist Josh Nelson. Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: Amanda Carr. Casey’s Irish Bar and Grill 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or Fridays: Live Irish music. Chop Suey Café 347 E. First St., (213) 617-9990 or Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Live jazz on the patio of the restored landmark. Cicada Cicada Restaurant, 617 S. Olive St., (213) 488-9488 or Thursdays, 8-11 p.m.: The velvet-voiced Max Vontaine recreates the sounds and styles of rat packers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His smoking jackets and tunes are vintage; his bawdy repartee is less so. Keep a close eye on the unlit cigarette. 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 Grand Performances 300-350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-2159 or Oct. 6, 8 p.m.: The Grand Performances season ends with the North Atlantic Jazz Alliance, a German-American collective. J Restaurant and Lounge 1119 S. Olive St., (213) 746-7746 or Tuesdays: Live acoustic performances in the lounge. Wednesdays: Salsa in the City features complimentary salsa lessons at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., a batch of live musicians takes over for a jam session. Fridays: Live bands on select dates. La Cita 336 S. Hill St., (213) 687-7111 or Mondays, 9:30 p.m.: Cocktails and Jazz, with the HDR Jazz Trio. Thursdays: Dance Right, voted Downtown’s best dance night. Free if you RSVP, $5 otherwise. So duh, RSVP. Saturdays, 6 p.m.: Hacienda Nights features live tejano, norteno and cumbia music. Cover $10. Sundays, 1 p.m.: Hacienda Nights again, $8. Mountain Bar 475 Gin Ling Way, (213) 625-7500 or Every Tuesday “Broken Dreams” is DJ’ed by China Art Objects’ Steve Hanson and the Red Krayolas’ Tom Watson. New LATC 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: Troker brings the sounds of Guadalajara mixed with jazz, hip-hop, cumbia and break beats.

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Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: Jaramar Soto, also from Guadalajara, presents an evening of song merging traditional Mexican and contemporary sounds. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6000 or Oct. 8: The Billboard Regional Mexican Noche Premmusa. Oct. 10: Julieta Venegas in her El Presente tour. Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway, (213) 622-1939 or Oct. 10: Crooner Duffy, with Eli Paperboy Reed opening. Pete’s Café and Bar 400 N. Main St., (213) 618-1759 or Tuesdays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Pablo Calogero and Fabiano Nacimento play Brazilian jazz. Rerax Fridays at Señor Fish 422 E. First St., (213) 625-0566 or Fridays, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.: Music, art, VJ performances, silk screening and photos. Royale 2619 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 388-8488 or Mondays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: A live musical showcase with bands, a DJ and an Eastside vibe. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: An acoustic live set in the historic Royale lounge. A DJ spins between sets. Wednesday (second of every month), 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: A fusion of spoken word and acoustic musical melodies. Sundays, 9 p.m.-midnight: Rat pack protégé Max Vontaine. Standard 550 S. Flower St., (213) 892-8080 or Nightly DJs at both the lobby bar and rooftop lounge.Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.: Live DJs spin in a swank, but still comfy, lobby. And yes, there’s a bar right there. Saturdays, noon-8 p.m.: Local DJs unleash indie, rock and electronica at “Diss.” Staples Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., Oct. 8, 8 p.m.: The choreographed, reunited and ready New Kids on the Block. Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: The Rock Band Live night features Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional along with the Plain White T’s and The Cab. Tranquility Base Restaurant and Lounge 801 S. Grand Ave., (213) 404-0588 or Every other Saturday, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.: There’s a new gay lounge night called The Hideout, with house and dance music, drink specials and an awesome outdoor lounge with cabanas and a fire pit. W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-3660 or Oct. 11, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: In the World City series, the lively Los Llaneros performs the melodies of the Colombian/Venezuelan llanos or plains. Because of the syncopations and harp techniques, llanos are rarely performed outside the region from which they come. Ballet Folclorico do Brasil also performs. Future rock, PoP & Jazz Café Metropol 923 E. Third St., (213) 613-1537, or Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Crepuscule includes saxophonist Ken Kawamura, bass player Anthony Robert Shadduck and percussionist Alan Cook. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: The Nick Mancini Collective. Club Nokia Corner of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa St., Nov. 10: The Club opens with local rocker Beck. Nov. 12: Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. Nov. 13: Taking Back Sunday, here from Long Island. Nov. 15: Reggaeton rockers Calle 13 with Kinky. Nov. 16: The B-52s. Look, you’d do well to age this gracefully. Nov. 18: Reggae and MOT rocker, Matisyahu. Nov. 19: Usher. Nov. 21, 7 and 9:30 p.m.: The demure Sarah Silverman is here for two shows. Nov. 22: Death metal band, In Flames. Nov. 26: Rapper Nas. Nov. 28: Local rockers Metro Station. Nov. 29: Sergio Mendes, who fuses bossa nova, jazz and funk. Nov. 30: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Dec. 5: Comedian Frank Caliendo. Dec. 6: Belanova, the Mexican synth-pop band. Dec. 7: Bret Michaels, he of reality TV love and hair (extension) metal. Dec. 11: Gretchen Wilson. Dec. 12: Eighties icon Rick Springfield. Dec. 13: Etta James with the Roots Band. Dec. 14: Comedian Bill Engvall. Dec. 20: New York Dolls and Cracker. Dec. 27-28: B.B. King and his guitar Lucille. Continued on page 18

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Listings Continued from page 17 New LATC 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or Nov. 14: Semyon Kobialka returns to the venue with a cello concert unlike anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6000 or Oct. 15: Kings of Leon. Oct. 16: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Dance Crew. Oct. 17-18: Macro Antonio Solis in concert. Oct. 25: El Tri. Nov. 1-2: The Backyardigans live! Tale of the Mighty Knights. Nov. 5: Carrie Underwood. Nov. 7: Jaguares in concert. Nov. 8-9: The Who. Nov. 26: New Kids on the Block. Nov. 29: Celtic Thunder in concert. Dec. 10: Humanity Rocks, a live benefit concert event presented by the Salvation Army and featuring Rascal Flatts. Dec. 19-20; Dec. 28-29, 31: Film/TV personality, comic and Chihuahua voice in the new movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beverly Hills Chihuahua,â&#x20AC;? George Lopez. Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway, (213) 622-1939 or Oct. 18: The American institution, Patti Smith and her Band. Oct. 30: Jenny Lewis, with special guests Pierre De Reeder and Beachwood Sparks. Nov. 7: Citizen Cope in a solo acoustic performance. Nov. 13-14: The angry, yet still enlightened, Alanis Morissette. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800, Oct. 17-18, 8:30 p.m.: In Dueling Harps, Ann Magnuson and Adam Dugas face off on vocals as Alexander Rannie and Mia Theodoratus strum their harps. The tunes range from the ridiculous to the sublime: Baroque art songs, Kraftwerk, Lee Hazlewood and Pink Floyd. Oct. 19-20, 8:30 p.m.: Studio is a quarterly series for new performance works â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theater, dance, music and multimedia work. Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m.: Pianist and composer James Carney returns to L.A. for the first time since 2004. His quartet is known as a bright light in the new jazz firmament. Nov. 14-16, 8:30 p.m.: A Festival of Contemporary Dutch Music features some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest composers, coupled with the CalArts New Century Players, the California E.A.R. Unit, and special guest artist Harry Sparnaay. Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m.: One of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano music, virtuoso keyboardist Vicki Ray is the featured artist at the annual concert presented by the Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music. Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a member of the California E.A.R. Unit and Xtet, and a founding member of the Piano Spheres concert series. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or Oct. 18: Cutthroat Shamrock all the way from Knoxville, Tenn. Nov. 1: Saturday Night Fish Fry. Nov. 15: The Pine Box Boys

Staples Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.: The still-rocking Tina Turner. Dec. 2, 8 p.m.: Recently sprung from Vegas, Celine Dion comes to L.A. Versus Nightlife 618 S. Spring St., Oct. 17: The new clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soft opening, with Questlove (from the Roots), Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), DJ Irie and DJ Z-Trip. Oct. 25: The official opening, featuring Dave Navarro, DJ Skribble, Melo and George Acosta. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or Oct. 14, 8 p.m.: Antony and the Johnsons for a one-off evening with orchestral accompaniment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their only West Coast appearance. Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: An intimate, acoustic-styled night of music from the most decorated country artist in history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vince Gill. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.: The busy jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his same-named quartet come through the hall. Oct. 29, 8 p.m.: The angel-voiced Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio appear for a night of bossa nova masterpieces. Oct. 31, 8 p.m.: In a Halloween tradition, organist Clark Wilson appears to play alongside a scary movie. Dec. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Mariachi USA returns to the concert hall. Visit Dec. 10, 8 p.m.: Jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter and his quartet team up with the Imani Winds wind quartet for a night of improvisation. Dec. 16, 8 p.m.: The holiday Disney Hall regulars, Chanticleer. The program is diverse family music, from Renaissance sacred works and traditional carols to gospel spirituals and new music. Dec. 17, 8 p.m.: Spirited organist David Higgs returns for holiday music and a sing-along or two. Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: David Prather hosts a holiday sing-along. Lyric sheets provided. Dec. 22, 8 p.m.: The Count Basie Orchestra proffers a swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas. Dec. 23, 8 p.m.: Direct from South Africa comes the Soweto Gospel Choir.

CLASSICAL MUSIC MOnday, Oct. 6 Southwest Chamber Music Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (800) 726-7147 or 8 p.m.: This is the final performance of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete Encounters series, in celebration of William Kraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 85th birthday celebration. Guest artists Ricardo Gallardo and Alfred Bringas of the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, percussionist Lynn Vartan, guitarist John Schneider and soloists of Southwest are on hand. tueSday, Oct. 7 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or 7 p.m.: Members of the L.A. Phil and Yefim Bronfman on piano in a Chamber Music Society night. thurSday, Oct. 9 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or

8 p.m.: Salonen conducts and Yefim Bronfman guests on piano for a night of Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fireworksâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Firebirdâ&#x20AC;? and Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 1. Friday, Oct. 10 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or 8 p.m.: See Oct. 9 listing. Saturday, Oct. 11 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or 2 p.m.: Oct. 9 listing. Sunday, Oct. 12 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or 2 p.m.: See Oct. 9 listing. Los Angeles Master Chorale Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7282 or 7 p.m.: The Chorale performs selections from Rachmaninoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Op. 31â&#x20AC;? and Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harmonie Mass.â&#x20AC;? Future claSSical MuSic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 W. Temple St., (213) 680-5205 or Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Organist Namhee Han performs works by Bach, Franck, Litaize, Rachmaninoff, Messiaen, Finzi, Thalben-Ball and Reger. She appears with clarinetist Michael Arnold. Da Camera Society Doheny Mansion, 8 Chester Place, (213) 477-2929 or Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: The Paris Piano Trio plays a chamber music program of music by FaurĂŠ, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. Nov. 12, 8 p.m.: Conductor and performer Richard Egarr plays Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well-Tempered Clavier,â&#x20AC;? one of the monuments of Western music. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., Dec. 12, 10 and 11:30 a.m.: Jeffrey Kahane conducts, Makoto Nakura plays marimbas, and the program features Strauss, Jalbert and Haydn. Los Angeles Master Chorale Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7282 or Nov. 9, 7 p.m.: On the program are Lou Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Koro Sutroâ&#x20AC;? and the world premiere of a new work by Chinary Ung. Dec. 6 , 3 p.m.; Dec. 13, 3 p.m.: The Choraleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Holiday Wonders show, with carols and family sing-alongs. Dec. 14, 7 p.m.: Grant Gershon and Ariel Quintana conduct a night of holiday fare â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Respighiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laud to the Nativity,â&#x20AC;? Daniel Pinkhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Cantata,â&#x20AC;? John Rutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gloriaâ&#x20AC;? and Morten Lauridsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Magnum Mysterium.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.: The famed Messiah Sing-Along, with music by Handel. Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or Oct. 15, 8 p.m.: Pianist AndrĂĄs Schiff appears in the Colburn Celebrity Series for a night of Beethoven sonatas: Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 21.

Oct. 15-31: Salonen, the Phil, pianist Bronfman and violinist Sarah Chang are on tour in Asia. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Piotr Anderszewski tickles the ivories for a night of Bach in the Baroque Variations series. Oct. 22, 8 p.m.: Pianist AndrĂĄs Schiff appears in the Colburn Celebrity Series for a second night of Beethoven sonatas: Nos. 22-26. Nov. 6 and 8, 8 p.m.; Nov. 7, 11 a.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m.: Guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and violinist Midori perform Coplandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appalachian Spring Suite,â&#x20AC;? Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto and Revueltasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Noche de los Mayas.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 12, 8 p.m.: A pair of pianists: Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman. Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m.; Nov. 16, 2 p.m.: Conductor Thomas Adès, mezzo-soprano Kelley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor and the Los Angeles Master Chorale play two from Adès himself and a selection from Berliozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Troyens.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 15, 11 a.m.: In a Toyota Symphonies for Youth show, the impressionists Debussy and Ravel come alive. Nov. 18, 8 p.m.: Soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Geoff Nuttall and director Peter Sellars join forces for KurtĂĄgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kafka Fragments.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 21, 8 p.m.: Conductor Rafael FrĂźhbeck de Burgos stops by for a night of Turinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La oraciĂłn del toreroâ&#x20AC;? and Respighiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pines of Romeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fountains of Rome.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 22, 11 a.m.: See Nov. 15 listing. Nov. 22, 8 p.m.; Nov. 23, 2 p.m.: See Nov. 21 listing. Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Organist Chelsea Chen. Nov. 24, 8 p.m.: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and on the program are Bernstein and Tchaikovsky. Nov. 25, 8 p.m.: Members of the Phil appear in a Chamber Music Society night. Nov. 28-29, 8 p.m.; Nov. 30, 2 p.m.: Dudamel conducts and soprano Christine Brewer sings in a program of Ligeti, Strauss and Beethoven. Dec. 4 and 6, 8 p.m.; Dec. 5, 11 a.m.; Dec. 7, 2 p.m.: Dudamel, pianist Rudolfo Buchbinder and the Phil tackle KurtĂĄgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stele,â&#x20AC;? Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 23 K. 488 and Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alpine Symphony.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 9, 8 p.m.: The L.A. Philâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Music Group performs excerpts from Cageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonatas and Interludes, Stockhausenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kontre-punkteâ&#x20AC;? and Ligetiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aventures and Nouvelle Aventures.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 12, 8 p.m.: The storied Marin Alsop guest conducts a Casual Fridays concert of Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tragicâ&#x20AC;? Overture and Violin Concerto. Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 p.m.: Alsop again (see Dec. 12 listing), but this time with the addition of Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Symphony No. 1. Dec. 18 and 20, 8 p.m.; Dec. 19, 11 a.m.: Guest conductor and the pieceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creator Michael Tilson Thomas comes to town for the Thomashefsky Project. Dec. 20, 2 p.m.; Dec. 21, 7 p.m.: The L.A. Phil rings in the holidays with festive orchestral music. Monday Evening Concerts Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (310) 836-6632 or Dec. 8, 8 p.m.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avant-Garde Through the Agesâ&#x20AC;? features new and old compositions by the likes of Michael Maierhof, Vinko Globokar, Keiko Harada, Johann Froberger and Luciano Berio. Plus, selections from the late 14th century. Musica Angelica Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (310) 458-4504 or Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: The Baroque orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season kicks off with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concerto!â&#x20AC;? program of works by


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Arts & Entertainment

Bach, Vivaldi, Graun and Telemann. Piano Spheres Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (323) 692-8075 or Nov. 11, 8 p.m.: Liam Viney appears in an eclectic night of pieces by Carl Vine, Peter Sculthorpe, Larry Sitsky, Brett Dean, Nigel Westlake, Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson and Brett Dean. Southwest Chamber Music Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (800) 726-7147 or Nov. 7, 8 p.m.: Karlheinz Stockhausen, a favorite composer of John Lennon, and his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tierkreis,â&#x20AC;? along with Franz Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Octetâ&#x20AC;? are on deck from the chamber music ensemble. Vox Femina Colburn Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (310) 922-0025 or Nov. 8, 8 p.m.: Susan Egan sings in a tribute to Broadway, with selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Chorus Line,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color Purple,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamgirlsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wicked.â&#x20AC;?

THEATER, OPERA & DANCE The 1940s at Club Sweet Lorraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Playhouse Theatre Players, 600 Moulton Ave., (323) 227-5410 or Oct. 11, 6 p.m.: Set in a New York hot spot postWWII, this show features the songs and characters of Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine and Peggy Lee. No end date. Through Oct. 21. 9 to 5: The Musical Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Oct. 7-10, 8 p.m.; Oct. 11, 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Wingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? Allison Janney stars as Violet Nestead, the most sound in the triptych of secretaries who engage in a corporate battle royale with boss Franklin Hart. The musical is based on the movie, with the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star Dolly Parton writing the music and lyrics. Jeff Favre of the Los Angeles Downtown News says â&#x20AC;&#x153;even with its unevenness, Parton, Patricia Resnick, director Joe Mantello and their team offer enough visual and aural treats to hold interest from the raising of the curtain to the final bows.â&#x20AC;? The show opens in Downtown Los Angeles and then goes to Broadway. Through Oct. 19. Adramelechâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monologue Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or

Oct. 7-8, 8:30 p.m.: French playwright Valère Novarina creates a work that is part Book of Genesis, part nursery rhyme. In it, a king who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t uttered a word since the dawn of time speaks. Through Nov. 3. Be Like Water East West Players, David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 or Oct. 8-11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m.: Five years after the death of Bruce Lee, Tracy Fong is a 14-yearold kung-fu fanatic tomboy whose mother just wants her to be a normal girl. Fortunately, the ghost of Bruce Lee appears to teach her the meaning of strength and the true power of water. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the season opener for the Little Tokyo-based company. In the Los Angeles Downtown News, Jeff Favre wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;the playwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing the martial arts master back as a ghost to pass on his knowledge to a young fan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is compelling. But those scenes are overwhelmed by what resembles a poorly executed TV after-school special.â&#x20AC;? Through Oct. 12. Bob Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Musical World 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or Oct. 7-10, 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 11-12, 2:30 p.m.: Dozens of the local puppet masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marionettes appear in this musical extravaganza. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an hour-long show, and afterwards, the audience is invited to visit with the puppeteers and enjoy refreshments in the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous party room. No end date. Canek New LATC, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or Oct. 10-11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 3 p.m.: This band of human-puppets arrives to tell the story of Canek, a young Mayan warrior. The Chalk Boy Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., (323) 883-1717 or or Oct. 9-11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: The Company of Angels is back Downtown with a new black comedy in which small-town local girls lead a tour of their funny, brutal reality â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which includes faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra and the disappearance of the title character. Through Oct. 12. Cloud 9 Scene Dock Theatre, USC, (213) 740-2167 or Oct. 9-12: A parody of the Victorian Empire and

its rigidity, by Caryl Churchill. El VagĂłn of the Immigrants Frida Kahlo Theater, 2332 W. Fourth St., (213) 382-8133 or Oct. 9-11, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 6 p.m.: The story of a group of immigrants trying to cross the border hiding in boxcars. Through Nov. 16. A Flea in Her Ear Bing Theatre, USC, (213) 740-2167 or Oct. 9-12: An evening of comedy with one of the greatest French farces. House of Blue Leaves Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Oct. 7-10, 8 p.m.; Oct. 11, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: The Taper reopens after a yearlong $30 million renovation with a revival of John Guareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 dark comedy. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Blue Leaves,â&#x20AC;? the Popeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1965 visit to New York impacts zookeeper Artie Shaughnessyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Says Jeff Favre in the Los Angeles Downtown News, â&#x20AC;&#x153;given that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharply executed, Guareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragic farce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or farcical tragedy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; feels appropriate for a new beginning to Downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important theater.â&#x20AC;? Through Oct. 19. Kiss of the Spider Woman Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (800) 595-4849 or Oct. 9-11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 3 p.m.: The newly formed Havok Theatre Company has its way with this tale of persecution, in which two unlikely cellmates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a revolutionary and a gay man â&#x20AC;&#x201D; share fantasies and secrets. Through Oct. 26. Lovelace, the Rock Opera The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 960-4442 or Oct. 11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lovelace, the Rock Opera,â&#x20AC;? written by Charlotte Caffey of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s pop band the Go Goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, is the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep Throatâ&#x20AC;? star Linda Lovelace. Through Nov. 23 Madama Butterfly Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or Oct. 8, 1 p.m.; Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m.: An L.A. Opera revival of director/designer Robert Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Giacomo Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragedy. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s austere take on the opera was first seen in Paris in 1993; it became a modern classic thereafter. Through Oct. 18. Shadow of the Villain Harry Mastrogeorge Theatre, 600 Moulton Ave., (323) 227-5410 or

Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m.: One performance only, as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evening Withâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? series. Actor Kevin Dulude tells the story of one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s descent into evil. The Women 2511 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 960-1054 or Oct. 10-11, 8 p.m.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Women,â&#x20AC;? by Clare Booth Luce, is a social satire about high society in New York during the Great Depression. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still relevant today. Through Nov. 1. World City W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-3660 or Oct. 11, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Ballet Folclorico do Brasil brings Afro-Brasilian dance to the Music Center for the World City series. Los Llaneros also performs music of Colombia and Venezuela. Future theater, Opera & Dance Ahmanson Theatre 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Oct. 29-Dec. 7: The Broadway musical with a parental warning, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Awakening,â&#x20AC;? comes to the Ahmanson. Duncan Sheik wrote the music for its rock score. Alexandria Hotel 501 S. Spring St., (323) 960-7776 . Oct. 18-Nov. 23: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money Shotâ&#x20AC;? follows a group of Internet entrepreneurs preparing for the biggest video shoot of their lives. And one gets the feeling that video shoot isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about cooking. CafĂŠ Metropol CafĂŠ Metropol, 923 E. Third St., (310) 450-1312 or Oct. 28, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16, 8 p.m.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Story?â&#x20AC;? is a workshop in which new solo works-inprogress are performed. Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 972-8000 or Nov. 22, 2 and 3 p.m.: Beloved childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tubby the Tubaâ&#x20AC;? comes to life in the Performing Books series. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8000 or Oct. 25, 10 and 11 a.m.: The Music Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free performance series called Pillow Theatre is designed specifically for families with children ages 3-6. On this day, storyteller and musician David Gonzalez Continued on page 20

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Arts & Entertainment Nov. 1: A celebration of Dia de Los Muertos from the Floricanto Dance Theatre. Nov. 7-9; Nov. 14-16: Mexico’s Ofelia Medina has created a production, “Cada Quien Su Frida,” that is inspired by the love story of two of the 20th century’s most dynamic painters, Frida and Diego. Nov. 14-16: Dan Kwong embraces then subverts the Ugly American in “It’s Great 2B American.” Nov. 21-23; Nov. 28-30; Dec. 5-7; Dec. 12-14: “Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes” is a comedy about an Arab-American actor. Nov. 23: Jesusa Rodriguez’s solo performance “El Maiz.” Dec. 4-5; Dec. 11-14: The Latino Theater Company presents “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.” The first two shows are at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral.Dec. 5-7: “A Fight for Words in America” is a look into race, culture and the Official English referendum in Monterey Park, CA. Dec. 5-7: The New Works Festival offers three plays from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800, Oct. 9-11, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 11-12, 3 p.m.: The New York company, Elevator Repair Service, tackles the first chapter of Faulkner’s novel “The Sound and the Fury.” That section looks at the decline of a Mississippi family from the point of view of stunted manchild Benny Compson. Oct. 19-20, 8:30 p.m.: Studio is a quarterly series for new performance works — theater, dance, music and multimedia work. Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m.: Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton’s “Songs of Ascension,” combines Monk’s pristine music (featuring the 20-singer CalArts Choir, the artist’s own vocal ensemble, a string quartet and percussion) with Hamilton’s movement and surround-video projections. Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m.: Celebrated Javanese choreographer, dancer and filmmaker Sardono W. Kusumo joins with a circle of CalArts master musicians in “Of Volcanoes and Rocks.” Nov. 6-8, 8:30 p.m.: “Ölelés” finds two of Spain’s most innovative dance artists, Jordi Cortés and Damián Muñoz in an extended duet for two men. Dec. 3-6, 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 3 p.m.: David Gordon’s “Trying Times” returns to stages for the first time since 1982, when it was originally commissioned by New York’s Dance Theater Workshop. It’s set mischievously to the complete score of Igor Stravinsky’s “Apollo,” and became one of George Balanchine’s signature works. USC School of Theatre Bing Theatre, Scene Dock Theatre or McClintock Theatre, USC, (213) 740-2167 or Oct. 16-19: Bertolt Brecht’s “Baal,” ct. 9-12: An evening of comedy with one of the greatest French farces. Oct. 30-Nov. 2: “Intimate Apparel” tells the

Listings Continued from page 19 presents “Aesop Bops” in the Grand Hall. East West Players David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 or Nov. 6-Dec. 7: “The Joy Luck Club” is based on the Amy Tan book. In it, family bonds transcend history as four Chinese-American women and their Chineseborn moms struggle to understand each other. Aratani/ Japan America Theatre 244 S. San Pedro St., Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Rhapsody in Taps honors the tap tradition and explores new choreography directions with dance, live jazz, percussion and world music. Los Angeles Opera Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or Nov. 15, 19, 22, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, 2 p.m.; Dec. 3, 6, 12, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; Dec. 9 and 14, 1 p.m.: The femme fatale of Seville, “Carmen,” comes to life in Bizet’s opera. This production originated at Madrid’s Teatro Real, and in it, mezzo-soprano Viktoria Vizin makes her company debut as the sensuous Gypsy diva. Mark Taper Forum 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Oct. 30-Dec. 17: History play “The School of Night” is the 16th century’s equivalent to the JFK assassination — full of multiple suspects and conspiracy theories about the death of Christopher Marlowe. Music Center 135 N. Grand Ave., Oct. 24-26: The Miami City Ballet performs an impressive program including “Nightspot” by Twyla Tharp with music by Elvis Costello, and “Symphony in Three Movements” by George Balanchine with music by Igor Stravinsky. Dec. 17-20: The Kirov Ballet performs “The Nutcracker,” with choreography by Vasily Vainonen and music by Peter Tchaikovsky. New LATC 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or Oct. 17-19: Socrates’ tale “Filoctetes” is retold by playwright John Jesurun. Oct. 17-18: “Alfonsina Riosantos – Autorretrato” explores avant-garde dance. Oct. 25-26: The Jose Limon Dance Company performs “Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias” and “The Moor’s Pavane.” Oct. 31-Nov. 23: Joyce Guy stars in “War Stories,” a production that mixes photography, poetry and dance to present a heart-wrenching tale of a young girl.

story of a middle-aged African American woman that offers commentary on an era when the cut and color of one’s dress, and skin, determined everything. Nov. 6-9: “Our Country’s Good” is a fact-based drama about the first British penal colony in late 1780s Australia. Nov. 12-23: “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” in repertory with “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” for the graduating M.F.A. in Acting students. Nov. 20-23: Wendy Wasserstein’s “An American Daughter” tells the story of a health care expert and 40-something daughter of a longtime Senator. Dec. 4-5: “Dancing Muses” is an interpretation of Greek mythology with modern choreography. W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., Nov. 8, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: The Kevin Locke Dance Ensemble features hoop and traditional dancing, powwow vocals, drums and ancient flute songs.

ART SPACES Opening 01 Gallery 530 S. Hewitt St., Suite 141, (213) 689-0101 or Oct. 11-Dec. 11: The now-famous graffiti artist Mear One returns to the gallery where it all began for a show of recent work called “Mearasma.” David Salow Gallery 977 S. Hill St., (213) 620-0240 or Oct. 11-Nov. 8: Mixed-media work from Zachary Royer Scholz. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 107 W. Fifth St., (323) 646-9427 or Oct. 9: In “Snap to Grid,” every artist that submits work is shown in a grid of hundreds of 8.5x11 prints. Through Nov. 1. Phantom Galleries L.A. at the PE Lofts Two venues at 610 Main St. and 601 S. Los Angeles St. Oct. 9-31: Black-and-white photography by Alexandra Breckenridge and Shalon Goss at 610 Main St. Large-scale photos of Cuba by Meeno Peluce at 601 S. Los Angeles St. Artist receptions Oct. 18 from 7-11 p.m. Galleries open for Oct. 9 Art Walk and by appointment. Contact guest curator Edgar Varela at (213) 494-7608. Sister 955 Chung King Road, (213) 628-7000 or Oct. 11: Mary Weatherford’s work on paper and linen. Through Nov. 8. Todd/Browning Gallery 209 W. Fifth St., (310) 926-6347 or Oct. 9: “Booked” features vintage mug shot pho-

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Ongoing 01 Gallery 530 S. Hewitt St., Suite 141, (213) 689-0101 or Through Oct. 11: “Blackwater Babylon” by Michael Knowlton. 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery 124 W. Second St., (213) 452-4416 Through Nov. 10: “Photo Journal Through Cuba” by Les Bernstein, K. Howell’s pop art heart paintings, Tom Ellis’ gold leaf images, Taslimur’s gothic and eclectic photography. 410 Boyd 410 Boyd St., (213) 617-2491. Through October: Celebrity photographer Michael Tighe’s “Photographic Sketchbook.” 626 Gallery and 626 Gallery at Studio B 626 S. Spring St., (213) 614-8872 or Through Dec. 31: “A Collector’s Paradise” features work from Jaami Abdul-Samad, Donna Angers, Archerone, Sharon Louise Barnes, Nadine Baurin, Marlaya Charleston, Rin Colabucci, Walter Eubanks, d.goth, Julia C R Gray, Rosalyn Grimes, Paul Houzell Jr., Kenji, Tony Lavall, Nick “Neneki” McGee, Duane Paul, Ron Phillips, Jesse Raudales, Synthia Saint James, Deborah Shedrick, Robert Vargas, Diana Shannon Young, Barbara Wesson, Kathleen Wilson, Richard Wilson and more. 7+Fig Art Space 735 S. Figueroa St., Suite 217, (213) 955-7150. Through Dec. 24: “Cheryl Walker: Immersion” is a site-specific installation as well as paintings and drawings. Art Slave 216 S. Spring St., (213) 598-3155 or Through Oct. 31: “The Long-Term Affects of Ingesting Witches Brew,” a solo show by Jason Hadley. Bailey Gallery Located inside Pussy & Pooch, 564 S Main St., (213) 438-0900 or Through Oct. 31: Group show “Animals” features the work of nine L.A. artists. Bank 125 W. Fourth St. #103, (213) 621-4055 or Through Oct. 25: For “Foreign Exchanges: Galileo,” Dorit Cypis transforms the gallery into a sitespecific installation of photography, sculpture and text that becomes performative as soon as viewers enter. Bert Green Fine Art 102 W. Fifth St., (213) 624-6212 or Oct. 9-25: Paintings and works on paper by comic, artist, musician and performer Dame Darcy. Through Oct. 25: Scott Siedman’s “Obscenary” is the painter’s fourth solo show at the gallery.



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THE LIST Downtown Galleries: Listed alphabetically

Profile • Year opened • Hours

current show

Contacts • Manager/Director • Owner


Acuna-Hansen Gallery 427 Bernard St., Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 441-1624,

1999 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

Abstract paintings by New York artist Eric Sall (closes Oct. 18).

Chris Acuna-Hansen Chris Acuna-Hansen, Blair Sands Hansen


Art Slave Gallery 216 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 598-3155,

2007 Thurs.-Sat. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. and by appointment

“The Long Term Affects of Ingesting Witches Brew,” a solo show by Jason Hadley (closes Oct. 31).

Neil Simon Poyuzina Neil Simon Poyuzina


Bailey Gallery (located inside Pussy & Pooch) 564 S Main St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 438-0900,

2007 Tues.-Sun. noon-5 p.m.

Group show “Animals” features nine L.A.-artists and their works with animals (closes Oct. 31)

Janene Zakrajsek Janene Zakrajsek


Bank 125 W. Fourth St. #103, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 621-4055,

2003 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Foreign Exchanges,” an installation by Dorit Cypis (closes Oct. 23).

Lorraine Molina Lorraine Molina, Jose Caballer


Bert Green Fine Art 102 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 624-6212,

2004 Tues.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.; Thurs. noon-9 p.m.

Scott Siedman’s “Obscenery” paintings; works on paper by gallery artists; illustrations from Dame Darcy’s book Gasoline (all close Oct. 25).

Bert Green Bert Green


Bonelli Contemporary 943 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 617-8180,

2007 Tues.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.




BOXeight 1446 E. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, 90021 (213) 631-0560,

2008 Daily noon-8 p.m.

“I Think It’s Art, I Think It’s Fashion,” a group show with Peter Eeton Gurnz, Ben Cope, Dirk Mai Soo Yong Kim and others (no closing date).

Michael Utsinger Peter Eaton Gurnz


Central Library Annenberg Gallery 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90071 (213) 228-7000,

2001 Mon.-Thurs.10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun.1-5 p.m.

“Treasures of Los Angeles” features items from the Los Angeles Public Library’s special collections (indefinite).

Toria Aiken Los Angeles Public Library


Central Library First Floor Galleries 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90071 (213) 228-7000,

1993 Mon.-Thurs.10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun.1-5 p.m.

“Play Ball! Images of Dodger Blue, 1958-1988” features photographs from Los Angeles Public Library’s archive, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Valley Times newspaper and the Hollywood Citizen News collections (closes Nov. 9).

Toria Aiken Los Angeles Public Library


Central Library Getty Gallery 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90071 (213) 228-7000,

1997 Mon.-Thurs.10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun.1-5 p.m.

“L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library” features historical maps unseen for 100 years, classroom maps from the early 1900s and maps representing a wide range of styles and periods (Oct. 15-Jan. 22, 2009).

Gloria Gerace Los Angeles Public Library


China Art Objects Galleries 933 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 613-0384,

1999 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

Group show (closes Oct. 11).

Steve Hanson Steve Hanson


Chinese Heritage Center 411 Bernard St., Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 222-0856,

1975 Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun. noon-4:30 p.m.

“Chinatown Remembered” (permanent).

Yvonne Chang (Administrator) Chinese Heritage Center


Chung King Project 936 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 625-1802,

2006 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

Drawings and paintings from Michael Muller (closes Nov. 1).

Francois Ghebaly Francois Ghebaly


Cirrus Gallery 542 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, 90013-1708 (213) 680-3474,

1971 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Group show “Cosmos Factory” brings together seven artists from L.A. and the Bay Area (closes Nov. 8).

Jean Milant Jean Milant


Compact/space 105 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, 90014 (626) 676-0627,

NA Hours by appointment.

“Dispatches from the Era of Blue Pants,” works on paper by Scott Horsley (closes Nov. 13).



Crewest 110 Winston St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 627-8272,

2006 Tues.-Thurs. noon-7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., noon-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m.

“The Z-Boy Show” (through October).

Man One Man One


Dalessio Gallery 838 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014 (213) 471-2977

2007 Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Paintings from Amanda Kindregan (closes Oct. 31).

Tristan Gittens Tristan Gittens


David Kordansky Gallery 510 Bernard St., Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 222-1482,

2003 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sculpture, painting, and collage from Aaron Curry, Richard Hawkins and Peter Saul (closes Nov. 1)

Melissa Tolar (Manager); Natasha Garcia-Lomas (Director) David Kordansky


David Salow Gallery 977 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 620-0240,

2007 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Mixed media from Zachary Royer Scholz (Oct. 11-Nov. 8).

David Salow David Salow


de Soto 108 W. Second St., No. 104, Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 617-0434,

2005 By appointment

Mixed media from Jeffrey Wells (opens fall, 2008)

Shelley de Soto Shelley de Soto


Doheny Memorial Library, Ground Floor, USC 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, 90089 (213) 740-2070,

2001 Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-8 p.m.

“A Sound Design: The Art of the Album Cover” includes work from Saul Bass, Mati Klarwein, Raymond Pettibon, Alex Steinweiss and Andy Warhol (closes Dec. 15).

Tyson Gaskill USC


Doheny Memorial Library, Treasure Room, USC 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, 90089 (213) 740-2070,

2001 Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-8 p.m.

“Biblioclasm: The Assault on Ideas from Homer to Harry Potter,” featuring items from the USC Libraries’ collections that survived hysteria and outrage (closes Dec. 16).

Tyson Gaskill USC


Downtown Art Center Gallery 828 S Main St., Los Angeles, 90014 (310) 773-9422

2008 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contemporary works of Exceptional Children’s Foundation artists with developmental disabilities (closes Dec. 3)

Allen Terrell ECF Art Center


Downtown Art Gallery+Space 1611 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, 90015 (213) 255-2067,

2003 Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Large format drawings and limited editions prints using traditional printmaking techniques.

Juan Rosillo Juan Rosillo


Edgar Varela Fine Arts 542 S. Alameda St., second floor, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 494-7608,

2004 7-11 p.m. for openings; by appointment.

Photography from Grace Oh, Meeno Peluce, Alexandra Breckenridge and Shalon Goss (opening Nov. 16).

Edgar Varela Edgar Varela


El Nopal Press 109 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 239-0417,

2004 By appointment only.

Selection of prints and drawings from El Nopal Press Collection (closes Nov. 6).

Francesco Siqueiros Francesco Siqueiros


Fifth Floor 502 Chung King Ct, Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 687-8443,

2008 Fri.-Sun. noon-6 p.m. and by appointment.

“Outside the Big Box: The Furniture, Art and Design of Otis Alumni” (closes Nov. 2).

Robert Apodaca Robert Apodaca


Fringe Exhibitions 504 Chung King Court, Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 613-0160,

NA Thurs.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.




G727 727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014 (213) 627-9563,

NA Thurs.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.


Adrian Rivas Adrian Rivas, James Rojas (co-founders)


Gary Leonard Open Studio 740 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, 90014 (213) 304-4279,

2007 Mon.-Fri. noon-3 p.m. and by appointment.

Photography by Gary Leonard (through Oct.).

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current show

Contacts • Manager/Director • Owner


Happy Lion 963 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213), 625-1360,

2003 Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jesse Bercowetz’s mobile “The Pale Memory of Man” and collage “No Further Comment” (closes Oct. 11).

Justin Izbinski Lexi Brown


Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery USC Watt Hall, Los Angeles, 90089 (213) 740-2787,

1979 Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Work from Advanced Drawing students (through fall).

Philip Solis USC Roski School of Fine Arts


High Energy Constructs + SolwayJones 990 N. Hill St., Suite 180, Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 227-7920, 1

NA Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Cycling Apparati” is a group exhibition of painting, sculpture, drawing and video (closes Oct. 18).

Michael Smoler Michael Solway, Angela Jones


Hive Gallery and Studios 729 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014 (213) 955-9051,

2005 Wed.-Sat.1-6 p.m.

Group show with 60 artists from around the country (closes Oct. 25).

Nathan Cartwright Nathan Cartwright


I-5 Gallery 2100 N. Main St. Suite A9, Los Angeles, 90031 (323) 342-0717,

1996 NA

“Postcards From the Art Edge” is a fundraiser for the gallery featuring postcards mailed to the gallery, displayed and sold for $100 (closes Oct. 18).

Nancy Ramirez Brewery Art Association


Infusion Gallery 719 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014 (213) 683-8827,

2004 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

“One Man Show…Plus Woman,” art by Paul and Elizabeth Uyehara, plus group show with participants from around the world (closes Oct. 25).

Dov and Jill Abrams Dov and Jill Abrams


Jail Gallery 965 Vignes St., Suite 5A, Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 621-9567,

2006 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

“Flyover” features paintings and works on paper by Christopher Pate (closes Nov. 8).

Emily Sills Lisa Nardoni


Julie Rico Gallery 500 S. Spring St., 116 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 817-6002,

1989 Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

“The History of the Skateboard L.A.” (closes Nov. 1).

Julie Rico Julie Rico


KGB Studio and Gallery 1640 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 224-1900,

1999 Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Mind of Dementia” features work from Abe Acosta (closes Nov. 15).

Laura Rhi Juan Rodriguez


L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex 650A S. Ave. 21, Los Angeles, 90031 (323) 276-9320,

1979 Thurs.-Sun. noon-4 p.m.


Lydia Takeshita Nonprofit


L.A. Artcore Center at the Union Center for the Arts 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 617-3274,

1979 Wed.-Sun. noon-5 p.m.; Second Thurs. of each month noon-9 p.m.

Preview exhibition of work to be auctioned at the Omni Hotel on Oct. 28 (ends. Oct. 28).

Lydia Takeshita Nonprofit


L2Kontemporary 990 N. Hill St. Suite 205, Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 225-1288,

2003 Thurs.-Sun. 1-6 p.m. or by appointment.

“Gronk: A Tale of Two Rocks” features new mixed media work (closes Oct. 11).

Kiet Mai Kiet Mai, Edward Lightner


La Mano Press 1749 N. Main St., Los Angeles, 90031 (323) 227-1275,

2002 Wed.-Sat. noon-5 p.m.


Stephanie Mercado Artemio Rodriguez


Lakich Neon Studio 704 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 620-8641,

1981 By appointment seven days a week.

Metal and neon sculptures by Lili Lakich (indefinite).

Lili Lakich Lili Lakich


LMAN Gallery 949 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 628-3883,

1992 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m. or by appointment.


Lawrence Man Lawrence Man


Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 107 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (323) 646-9427,

2004 Wed.-Sat. noon-5 p.m.

“Snap to Grid” features a grid of hundreds of 8.5 x 11 prints (Oct. 9-Nov. 1).

Brian Stafford Rex Bruce


M. J. Higgins Fine Art and Furnishings 104 E. Fourth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 617-1700,

2004 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Work from Jennifer Rae Ochs (ends Oct. 6).

Richard Currier Martha Higgins


Mesler and Hug 510 Bernard St., Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 221-0016,

2008 NA

Chris Lipomi’s “Naagi Maa Nu Wakipi” features paintings and drawings (closes Oct. 11).



MLA Gallery 2020 N. Main St. #239, Los Angeles, 90031 (323) 222-3400,

2000 Open daily by appointment.

Contemporary Latin paintings and sculpture (closes Nov. 15).

Mark Schneider, Ted Meyer Mark Schneider


Morono Kiang Gallery 218 W. Third St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 628-8208,

2007 Tues.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

The “Quotidian Truths” series features solo shows of new works that recount the pain and pageantry of contemporary Chinese life (closes Oct. 25).

Karon Morono Kiang, Eliot Kiang Karon Morono Kiang, Eliot Kiang


Niche.LA Video Art 453 S. Spring St. #443, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 247-0002,

2005 Every second Thurs. of the month; Sat. noon-5 p.m.; by appt.

Digital, black and white photography by Cole Thompson and video art by Woody Wise (closes Nov. 1)

Nic Cha Kim Nic Cha Kim


Parker Jones 506 Bernard St, Los Angeles, 90012 (323) -227-0102

2008 Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

No show up yet; gallery opens late 2008

Jasmine Jones Parker Jones


Peres Projects 969 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 617-1100,

2003 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Numbers II - Ode to Johnny Rio,” silk screens on canvas by Dean Sameshima (closes Nov. 15)

Wilson Chang Javier Peres


Phantom Galleries L.A. 411 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 626-2854,

2008 Pedestrian viewing all day, every day

Installation by Timothy Nolan (closes Nov. 4).

Liza Simone NA


Pharmaka 101 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 689-7799,

2004 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

“Outside the Inside, Outside,” is a Lamp Community Art Project (closes Nov. 1).

Rebecca O’Leary Shane Guffogg


Phyllis Stein Art 207 W. Fifth St, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 622-6012

2008 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Paintings from Molly Schiot (closes Nov. 1).

Cynthia Nibler Phyllis Stein


POVevolving Gallery 939 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, 90012 NA,

2008 Tues.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

“The Awesome Tomorrow” features several large ink drawings and sculptural surprises by Kiel Johnson (closes Oct. 7).

Jeremy Mora Jeremy Mora


PYO Gallery L.A. 1100 S. Hope St. #105, Los Angeles, 90015 (213) 408-1488, pyogalleryla.comx

2008 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon. by appointment.

Park Sung Tae’s sculpture (closes Nov. 16).

Meghan Crowley Heidi Chang, Misun Pyo


REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 237-2800,

2003 Tues.-Sun. noon-6 p.m.

“John Bock: Palms” is a film noir-inspired feature length video (closes Nov. 9).

Clara Kim California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)


Rouge Galerie 548 S. Spring St., #108, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 489-7309,

2008 Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Original paintings by the French Californian artist Sylvain Copon (closes Nov. 30).

Sylvain Copon Sylvain Copon


Sam Lee Gallery 990 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, 90012 (323) 227-0275,

2007 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

Pipo Nguyen-duy’s photographic project “The Garden” (closes Oct. 18).

Sam Lee Sam Lee


SCI-Arc Gallery 960 E. Third St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 613-2200,

2002 Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The “Oyler Wu Collaborative” installation (Oct. 24-Dec. 14).

Eric Owen Moss, Wendy Heldmann SCI-Arc


2nd Street Cigars and Gallery 124 W. Second St., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 452-4416,

2005 Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

“Photo Journal Through Cuba” by Les Bernstein, K. Howell’s pop art hearts paintings, Tom Ellis’ gold leaf images; Taslimur’s gothic and eclectic photography (all close Nov. 10).

Victor Migenes Victor Migenes Continued on next page

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Contacts • Manager/Director • Owner


7+FIG Art Space 735 S. Figueroa St., 2nd level, Los Angeles, 90017 (213) 955-7150,

2008 NA

“Cheryl Walker: Immersion” is a site-specific installation as well as paintings and drawings (closes Dec. 24).

Karen Kitchen, Patrice Hopper Brookfield Properties


Sister 955 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 628-7000,

2004 Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

Mary Weatherford’s work on paper and linen (Oct. 11-Nov. 8).



626 Art Gallery 626 A S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014 (213) 614-8872,

2005 Wed.-Fri. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

“A Collectors Paradise” featuring Donna Angers, Charles Bibbs, d.goth, Julia C.R. Gray, Paul Houzell and more (closes Dec. 31).

Cheryl Rentie Charles Bibbs, Elaine Bibbs, Cheryl Rentie


Spring Arts Collective Gallery 453 S. Spring St., mezzanine, Los Angeles, 90013 (310) 428-6464,

2006 Open during Art Walk and by appointment

Group show featuring SAC artists, SAC guest artists and video installation “Follow the Light Pt. 2” by Vincent Calanoc (closes Oct,. 9)

Deborah Martin NA


Switch 446 S. Main St., Los Angeles, 90013 (626) 833-1488,

2008 Wed.-Sat. noon-7 p.m.

Photoreal, abstract and impressionist portraits (closes late October).

David Jacobs Alex Benzer


Telic Arts Exchange 975 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, 90012 (213) 344-6137,

2003 Thurs.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

This newly relocated space is an underground school, a video gallery distributed around Chinatown and a project space.



Todd/Browning Gallery 211 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 623-1176,

NA Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Booked” features vintage mugshot photographs (closes Nov. 8).

William Eiseman William Eiseman


Tropico de Nopal Gallery/Art Space 1665 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026 (213) 481-8112,

2001 Tues.-Fri. noon-4 p.m.; Sat. 1-5 p.m.

Jaime “Germs” Zacarias’ mixed media is featured in “So Low Brown” (closes Oct. 11).

Reyes Rodriquez Reyes Rodriguez


USC Gayle and Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery 3001 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, 90007 (213) 743-1804,

2005 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

First Year MFA group show.

Audrey Mandelbaum USC Roski School of Fine Arts


USC Windows 750 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90014 NA,

2008 Nightly projections 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

Animation projections created by students from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (closes Dec. 10).

Lisa Mann The Chapman


Velaslavasay Panorama 1122 W. 24th St., Los Angeles, 90007 (213) 746-2166,

2007 Fri.-Sun. noon-6 p.m.

A 360-degree panoramic exhibit of an arctic scene entitled “Effulgence of the North,” which also has elements of light, sound, and sculpture to add to this singular and otherworldly immersive experience (closes Dec.).

Jade Finlinson Nonprofit


Venus on Hope 1228 S. Flower St., #6, Los Angeles, 90015 (213) 359-9097,

2007 By appointment.

Works by Chicana painter Yolanda Gonzalez and assemblage/installation artist Alex Rodriquez (indefinite).



01 Gallery 530 S. Hewitt St. #141, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 689-0101,

2007 Mon.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.

“Blackwater Babylon” by Michael Knowlton (closes Oct. 11)

Brandon Coburn John Pochna, Brandon Coburn, Jim Ulrich

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Listings Continued from page 21 Edgar Varela Fine Arts 542 S. Alameda St., second floor, (213) 494-7608 or El Nopal Press 109 W. Fifth St., (213) 239-0417 or Through Nov. 6: A selection of prints and drawings from the El Nopal Press collection. g727 727 S. Spring St., (213) 627-9563 or Gallery Waugh 548 S. Spring St., Suite 108, (310) 435-9551 or Gary Leonard 740 S. Olive St., (213) 304-4279. Through December: The gallery will be open Monday-Friday from noon-3 p.m. with a special moving sale. In addition to quick prints, museumquality archival prints, limited-edition prints, fine postcard originals and poster-sized prints by photojournalist Gary Leonard, there are books, collectibles, posters and more. Every second Sunday: Poetry readings. Habeas Index 7+Fig at Ernst & Young Plaza, 735 Figueroa St., middle level, (213) 955-7150 or Open weekdays, noon-6 p.m. Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery Watt Hall 104, USC University Park Campus, (213) 740-2787 or Through fall: Work from Advanced Drawing students. Hive Gallery and Studios 729 S. Spring St., (213) 955-9051 or Through October: Group show with featured artists 13:11 (Joe Scarano, Dion Macellari and Terri Woodward) and Ted von Heiland. On opening night, as is the Hive wont, there are performances, live painting and burlesque. Infusion Gallery 719 S. Spring St., (213) 683-8827 or Through October: Solo show by Marina Reiter called “Reach Out, Connect, Don’t Wait,” with a

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separate group show featuring Patrick E. Hiatt, Chantal Monte, Charlie Quintero, Paul Tokarski, Ignacio Montano, Hallie Engel, Pauline Saleh, Jere Newton Jr., Kara Ann Stevens, Milton Aviles, John R. Math, Bryan Cahen, Frank Hoeffler and Kristina Valentine. Jail 965 Vignes St., Suite 5A, (213) 621-9567 or Through Nov. 8: ìFlyoverî features paintings and works on paper by Christopher Pate, a Los Angelesbased artist whose work was recently featured in the LA Weekly Biennial, curated by Doug Harvey. Julie Rico Gallery 500 S. Spring St. and 116 W. Fifth St., (213) 817-6002 or Through Nov. 1: “The History of the Skateboard in L.A.” Katalyst Foundation for the Arts 450 S. Main St., (213) 604-3634 or KGB Studio and Gallery 1640 N. Spring St., (323) 224-1900 or Through Nov. 15: Abe Acosta’s “Mind of Dementia.” LADWP John Ferraro Office Building, 111 N. Hope St., (213) 481-5411 or Ongoing: A salute to William Mulholland with historic photos, artifacts and memorabilia. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This is the first installment of what will be a permanent exhibition showcasing the water and power of Los Angeles. La Mano Press 1749 N. Main St., (323) 227-0650 or Lamp Community Art Project 452 S. Main St., or Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture At the New LATC, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 626-7600. Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery At Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4399 or Through March 2009: “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 50 Years as Cultural Ambassador to the World” celebrates the troupe’s African American expression and modern dance tradition. Los Angeles Artcore Center at Union Center for the Arts 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 617-3274 or Los Angeles Public Library Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or Ongoing: “Bunker Hill by Leo Politi” features the work of the beloved local artist known for murals in several libraries and, most famously, at the entrance to the Eugene Biscailuz Building on Olvera Street. Ongoing: “Treasures of Los Angeles” features items from the Hollywood collections, including vintage posters and publicity photographs. In the Annenberg Gallery. Through Nov. 9: “Play Ball! Images of Dodger Blue, 1958-1988” features photographs from Los Angeles Public Library’s archive, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Valley Times newspaper and the Hollywood Citizen News collections. Oct. 15-Jan. 22: “L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library” features historical maps unseen for 100 years, classroom maps from the early 1900s and maps representing a range of styles and periods. Mexican Cultural Institute Gallery 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 100, (213) 624-3660 or No end date: Joe Bravo’s tortilla artwork appears in “The Traveling Museum of Tortilla Art.” Learn more at M.J. Higgins Fine Art 104 E. Fourth St., (213) 617-1700 or Through Nov. 8: Plein air and urban landscapes from William Wray and Tony Peters. Morono Kiang Gallery 218 W. Third St., (213) 628-8208 or Through Nov. 1: The “Quotidian Truths” series features solo shows of new works that recount the pain and pageantry of contemporary Chinese life as seen through the news media. The second artist in the series is painter Xia Xing. Nov.8-Dec. 8: The “Quotidian Truths” series continues with its final installment, painter Xie Xiaoze’s first solo show in L.A. Niche.LA Video Art 453 S. Spring St., Suite 443, (213) 247-0002 or Through Oct. 25: “Negative” features black-andwhite digital photography with an urban theme by Cole Thompson. Phantom Galleries L.A. 411 W. Fifth St., (213) 626-2854 or Through Nov. 4: Installation from Timothy Nolan. Pharmaka Art 101 W. Fifth St., (213) 689-7799 or

Through Nov. 1: “Outside the Inside, Outside” features art by the Lamp Community Art Project, curated by Pharmaka and Shane Guffogg. Phyllis Stein Art 207 W. Fifth St., (213) 622-6012 or Through Nov. 1: Paintings from Molly Schiot. Pico House Gallery El Pueblo Historical Monument, 424 N. Main St., (213) 485-8372 or Through Nov. 15: “Sunshine and Struggle: The Italian Experience in Los Angeles, 1827-1927” explores the Italian presence in Los Angeles. Popkiller 343 E. Second St., PYO Gallery 1100 S. Hope St. #105, (213) 405-1488 or Through Nov. 6: Chinese artist Park Sung-Tae uses industrial material such as aluminum inset screening, radiation matter, steel wiring and fluorescent paint to convey the philosophy of his art. Raw Materials 436 S. Main St., visit or Remy’s on Temple 2126 W. Temple St., (213) 484-2884 or Through October: “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind” celebrates the 100th anniversary of Filipino immigration to the U.S. REDCAT Gallery 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or Through Nov. 9: John Bock’s “Palms” is a featurelength video that follows two German killers as they navigate the landscape of Southern California from iconic Schindler and Neutra residences in Los Angeles to sleepy old town bars in Twentynine Palms and the formidable landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. Roark 549 W. 23rd St., (213) 747-6100 or Rouge Galerie 548 S. Spring St., Unit 108, (213) 489-7309. Through Nov. 30: Painting, sculptures and limited editions from Sylvain Copon. SCI-Arc Gallery Southern California Institute of Architecture, 960 E. Third St., (213) 613-2200 or Oct. 24-Dec. 14: Livewire is a site-specific installation created by architects Dwayne Olyer and Jenny Wu of the Olyer Wu Collaborative with engineering firm Buro Happold. It features a staircase construct-

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FILM Flagship Theatres 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321 or Through Oct. 9: Beverly Hills Chihuahua (12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.), Eagle Eye (1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.), Nick &

Noraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Infinite Playlist (1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10 p.m.). ImaginAsian Center 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or Through Oct. 10: Frozen River is the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Opening Oct. 10: In Ashes of Time Redux, Wong Kar Wai works his magic in this long-planned reworking of his legendary, romantic and only martial arts film. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or Through Oct. 16: Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure has viewers accompany modern and historical fossil hunters to remote locations as they learn about creatures from the deep (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.). Through Oct. 16: Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past in Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs (daily: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 5:30 p.m.). Oct. 17-Jan. 31, 2009: In Wild Ocean, a massive feeding frenzy takes place in the oceans of South Africa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with breaching whales, frenzied sharks, herding dolphins and diving gannets (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.). Oct. 17-Jan. 31: Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure. (See description above. 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and Sat.-Sun. 5:30 p.m.) Laemmle Theaters Grande 4-Plex 345 S. Figueroa St., (213) 617-0268 or Through Oct. 9: Eagle Eye (5 p.m., 7:40 p.m.), The Violent Kind (8 p.m.), Mentor (6 p.m.), Lakeview Terrace (5 p.m., 7:35 p.m.), Burn After Reading (5:30 p.m., 7:50 p.m.). Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival The Edison, 108 W. Second St., Oct. 12, 6 p.m.: Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001: A Space Odyssey screens for its 40th anniversary. Special guests actor Keir Dullea and Vivian Kubrick. Future Film Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival The Edison, 108 W. Second St., Oct. 24-26: The second annual festival brings screenings of sci-fi and nature feature films and documentaries to two venues. Documentaries compete for the Jules Verne Award. Special events will celebrate Roy E. Disney, Mickey Mouse and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battlestar Galacticaâ&#x20AC;? creator and executive producer Ron Moore. The final schedule will be announced on the website. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800, Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m.: Nina Paleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feature-length animated film Sita Sings the Blues combines an autobiographical story with Indian mythology. Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m.: Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Political Advertisement VII (19522008) is a historical survey of television campaign spots from 1952 to the present. Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m.: Moving Figures: The Animated World of Robert Breer features more than a dozen works from the filmmaker colleague of artists like Rauschenberg and Oldenburg. Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m.: An evening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;dangerous cinemaâ&#x20AC;? with Kenneth Anger, a filmmaker who has posited himself at the junction of pop culture, queer underground, occultism and rock music. Nov. 20-22, 8:30 p.m.: A multi-screen installation of videos from Caribbean Pirates, Paul and Damon

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ed of 2,400 linear feet of aluminum tubing and rods. Opening reception Oct. 24 from 7-9 p.m. discussion with Eric Owen Moss, Olyer and Wu on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Seventh Street/Metro Center 660 S. Figueroa St., (213) 922-4278 or Ongoing: Artist Stephen Galloway offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming and Going,â&#x20AC;? the latest installment in the Metro Art Lightbox series on display in the mezzanine level of the rail station. Showcave Gallery 1218 ½ W. Temple St., (213) 663-3521 or Spring Arts Collective Spring Arts Tower, 453 S. Spring St., mezzanine level. Visit Through Oct. 9: Group Show featuring photography, painting, sculpture and video installation with SAC Artists including Suzanne Federico, Anne Marie Francesco and Cassidy Sullivan. Studio for Southern California History 525 Alpine St., Suite 103, (213) 229-8890 or Switch 446 S. Main St., (626) 833-1488 or Through October: Photoreal, abstract and impressionist portraits. Taller 410 410 S. Spring St., (213) 617-7098. Tropico de Nopal Gallery 1665 Beverly Blvd., (213) 481-8112 or Through Oct. 11: Jaime â&#x20AC;&#x153;Germsâ&#x20AC;? Zacariasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mixedmedia work is featured in â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Low Brown.â&#x20AC;? USC Gayle and Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery 3001 S. Flower St., (213) 743-1804 or USC Windows The Chapman, 750 S. Broadway, Through Dec. 10: Animation projections created by students from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts. Nightly projections 7 p.m.-midnight. Velaslavasay Panorama 1122 W. 24th St., (213) 746-2166 or Through Dec. 2009: The Panorama is now exhibiting a 360-degree painting of the Arctic entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Effulgence of the North.â&#x20AC;? Venus on Hope 1228 S. Flower St., (213) 359-9097 or Ongoing: Collaborative drawings, sculpture, limited edition collaborative art publications, works on paper, ink paintings and artist interaction at the studio of Jared David Paul. Wigbox Gallery 1242 E. Seventh St. #106, (213) 624-0433. Ongoing: Works by Chicana painter Yolanda Gonzalez and assemblage/installation artist Alex Rodriquez. Winstead Adams Projects 601 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 840-7164 or

The Los Angeles Master Chorale opens its season with works by Rachmaninoff and Haydn on Oct. 12, and the third installment of the L.A. Is the World series brings a program of Far East-influenced music by California composers Lou Harrison and Chinary Ung on Nov. 9. Then the Master Chorale heads into the holiday season with some family sing-alongs (Dec. 6 and 13) and the traditional Messiah sing-along (Dec. 7 and 15). The concert on Dec. 14 will feature sounds of the season by John Rutter, Daniel Pinkham and Respighi, as well as carols old and new. Music Director Grant Gershon will also lead the chorus in â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Magnum Mysteriumâ&#x20AC;? by Morten Lauridsen, composer-in-residence with the Chorale from 1994-2001. Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7282 or

McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sprawling survey of the pirate figure in American popular culture. Nov. 22-Jan. 18: 9 Scripts From a Nation of War is a collaboration by Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, David Thorne and Andrea Geyer. The multi-channel video installation responds to the conditions and questions that have arisen during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nov. 24, 8:30 p.m.: New York artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder present their double 16mm projection performance, Untitled. Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m.: Shorts and feature clips from Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Martin Arnold. Dec. 8, 8:30 p.m.: Two multimedia works from video and performance artist Jona Jonas. The evening is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading Culture Through Dante and Aby Warburg.â&#x20AC;?

MUSEUMS African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., (213) 744-1730 or 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, photo-




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October 6, 2008

Downtown News 27

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Listings Continued from page 25 the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; headquarters. Permanent: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The African American Journey Westâ&#x20AC;? is a collection of pieces chronicling the path from the West Coast of Africa to the West Coast of America. California Science Center 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or Through May 3: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause,â&#x20AC;? developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum, looks at the science and technology of illegal drugs and their effects on the mind and body. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an actual jungle coca processing lab confiscated in South America, a recreated Afghan heroin factory and a simulated MRI machine with scans of a normal brain and that of a drug addict. Ongoing: The Science Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 and the Ecology Cliff Climb. 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. Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St., (213) 485-8567 or Through Oct. 25: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunshine and Shadow: In Search of Jake Leeâ&#x20AC;? marks the first comprehensive review of a prolific yet intensely private artist who embraced California landscapes and city scenes through watercolor. Ongoing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Up Chinese American: Childhood Toys and Memoriesâ&#x20AC;? is an exhibit that explores everyday life for children of Chinese descent coming of age in a rapidly changing 20thcentury America. Permanent: Re-creation of the Sun Wing Wo, a Chinese general store and herbal shop, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journeys: Stories of Chinese Immigration,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit exploring Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined by an

important immigration law and/or event, accompanied by a brief description and a short personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period. Permanent: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighborhood Storiesâ&#x20AC;? a photographic exhibition exploring the beginnings of Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; changing Chinese American communities, from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Chinatown, New Chinatown, China City and Market Chinatown. This exhibit will provide a glimpse of how the Chinese American community began to make Los Angeles home. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument 124 Paseo de la Plaza, (213) 485-8372 or Through Nov. 15: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunshine and Struggle: The Italian Experience in Los Angeles, 1827-1927â&#x20AC;? explores the Italian presence in L.A., and its longdisappeared Little Italy. In the Pico House Gallery at El Pueblo, 424 N. Main St. Ongoing: The whole of El Pueblo is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;monument,â&#x20AC;? and of this monumentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 27 historic buildings, four function as museums: the Avila Adobe, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest house; the Sepulveda House, home to exhibits and the monumentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Cinco de Mayo, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November and Decemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful candlelight procession, Las Posadas. Open daily, though hours at shops and halls vary. FIDM Museum and Galleries 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1200 or Grammy Museum L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or Opens Dec. 6: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Conscience, Songs of Freedomâ&#x20AC;? is the new museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural show. It explores the 200-year history of music and politics in America, and musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as a political force in society. Grier Musser Museum 403 S. Bonnie Brae St., (213) 413-1814 or Ongoing: A turn-of-the century historic Queen Anne house that displays antique collections in monthly holiday exhibits throughout the year. Japanese American National Museum 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or Through Jan. 11: â&#x20AC;&#x153;20 Years Ago Today: Support-

ing Visual Artists in Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;? features the work of recipients of the California Community Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fellowships for Visual Artists. Ongoing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Common Ground: The Heart of Communityâ&#x20AC;? chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers to the present. Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2766 or Through Jan. 5: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspectiveâ&#x20AC;? is the first major U.S. retrospective of the German artist who died in 1997. It includes key selections and bodies of work from his entire career: paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, multiples, photographs, posters, announcement cards, books and music. Opens Oct. 26: The first major survey of Louise Bourgeoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work in more than a decade presents more than 100 works that span her long career. Runs through Jan. 25, 2009. Permanent: Nancy Rubinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cheekily and comprehensively titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stainless Steel, Mark Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, Gagosianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beverly Hills Space, at MOCA (2001-2002)â&#x20AC;? is a monumental sculpture made out of parts of an airplane. Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-2766 or Through Jan. 5: Most of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspectiveâ&#x20AC;? unfolds at MOCA Grand Avenue (see listing above). At the Contemporary, there is some additional work and the giant Kippenberger installation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Happy End of Franz Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amerika.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Through Dec. 15: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collectionâ&#x20AC;? surveys the evolution of conceptual practices in California by highlighting individual works and groupings by more than 60 artists. Museum of Neon Art 136 W. Fourth St., (213) 489-9918 or Through Nov. 2: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Text: Style and Contentâ&#x20AC;? features a variety of font styles from neon signs and text-based neon and kinetic work like Jim Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bouncing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes.â&#x20AC;? Through Nov. 2: In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Central Plaza and the relighting of historic neon in three Chinatown buildings, MONA opens a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinatown Neon in Postcardsâ&#x20AC;? exhibit at the Hong office building, 445 Gin Lin Way.

Opens Nov. 13: The museum presents four shows: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glowing Stones: Minerals That Flouresce,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luminescence,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveling Lightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveling Still.â&#x20AC;? Reception on Nov. 15 from 7-10 p.m. Show runs through March 15, 2009. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3466 or Through Nov. 1: The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spider Pavilionâ&#x20AC;? is an outdoor exhibit, where visitors can watch the work of hundreds of web-weaving spiders. Ongoing: A life-sized T. rex and Triceratops roam the museum Wednesday-Sunday. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually puppets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Dinosaur Encounters program they star in aims to teach visitors about dinosaur habits and physicality. Ongoing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thomas the T. rex Labâ&#x20AC;? is a working paleontological lab, wherein museum preparators will work on a T. rex skeleton in full view of the public. Ongoing: Three diorama halls show African and North American mammals in their natural environments; more than 2,000 gem and mineral specimens are on view in the Gem and Mineral Hall; and the Ancient Latin America Hall covers prehistoric societies including the Maya, Aztec and Inca. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the first floor. USC Fisher Museum of Art 823 Exposition Blvd. on the USC campus, (213) 740-4561 or Through Nov. 8: Group show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absenceâ&#x20AC;? features work with shadows, alluding to death, the obscure, the unnamable. Wells Fargo History Museum 333 S. Grand Ave., (213) 253-7166 or 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.

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Continued from page 27 at the market that livens up the street in front of the Central Library. Thursdays City Hall Farmers Market South Lawn of City Hall, between Main and Spring streets, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Farm fresh produce, flowers, olives, oils, hummus, dips, honeys and crafts. Music 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to pick up fresh goods and get some face time with your favorite civil servant. 7+Fig Farmers Market 725 S. Figueroa St., (213) 955-7150 or 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: The outdoor mall in the Financial District offers produce, hot and sweet kettle corn, flowers, honey, breads, bonsai trees, tamales, olives, nuts and more. Chinatown Farmers Market 727 N. Hill St., between Alpine and Ord streets, (213) 680-0243 or 3-7 p.m.: Wares from certified growers, plus a variety of Asian produce. Fridays Bank of America Farmers Market 333 S. Hope St., at Bank of America Plaza, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Visitors rave about the falafel, samosas and tamales, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also produce, flowers and crafts.

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Bristol Continued from page 1 Martinez said when contacted by Los Angeles Downtown News two weeks ago. “As of today, I am not in escrow to purchase the building.” Suaya did not return subsequent phone calls. In an earlier conversation, however, he conceded that the Bristol could be a tough sell. “A lot of people that wanted it, they didn’t understand the complexity of the Bristol,” he said. Legal Tangles Suaya, a restaurateur with a stake in high-profile eateries including Geisha House, Gaucho Grill and La Cantina, purchased the Bristol in 2003, at a time when many people were trying to acquire aging Downtown Los Angeles structures in the hopes of transforming them into market-rate establishments. The building’s 103 rooms, mostly occupied by low-income tenants, were soon vacated as Suaya planned to convert the 1906 landmark at 423 W. Eighth St. into a $3.5 million, 84-room hotel, nightclub and restaurant. Those plans were stalled by a series of legal issues. First came a wrongful eviction lawsuit, filed in 2004 by about 20 former Bristol residents. Suaya paid approximately $226,000 in damages and relocation compensation, though he and the CRA agreed that it was actually the prior owner, Chae Ro, who evicted the tenants. A lawsuit filed by the CRA the next year alleged that Suaya’s plans for the hotel violated a covenant that the agency had with Ro. The CRA said it had loaned Ro $1.5 million on the condition that the property serve low-income residents until July 2015. Suaya and the CRA settled in May. According to the terms of the settlement, Suaya is still bound by the covenant and if the building opens before 2015, it must serve as affordable

‘It will require a substantial investment to bring it up to the various code standards, and they do have the option of leaving the hotel empty.’

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housing. However, the deal contains one major loophole: Suaya is not required to reopen the hotel at all, and after July 2015 would be free to convert the building. Although he would still have to replace the lost low-income units, he could either do it elsewhere, or pay the city to do so. The settlement sparked heavy criticism from affordable housing and development advocates, who charged that the deal sets the stage for the boarded-up, graffiti-scarred edifice to stay that way for years. Curt Kidder of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office, who serves as general counsel to the CRA, said the agency had no choice. “It’s unfortunate that it is vacant right now, but we’re sort of stuck in place if the owner doesn’t want to comply with the covenant,” he said. Whoever ends up purchasing the Bristol will also be bound by the terms of the settlement, he added, though that does not guarantee that the building will wind up as affordable housing. “It will require a substantial investment to bring it up to the various code standards,” said Kidder, “and they do have the option of leaving the hotel empty for the duration of the covenant.” In other words, the rundown structure could stay that way well into the future as a new owner simply waits out the end of the deal. A Challenge Developers interested in the Bristol say that it poses logistical challenges. The nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust, known for innovatively designed, affordable projects like the Rainbow Apartments on San Pedro Street and the under-construction New Carver Apartments in South Park, considered buying the Bristol about three months ago, but decided against it. “It’s a complicated project because it has historic issues, it’s got tiny units that would be hard to convert into efficiencies,” said Molly Rysman, special projects director for SRHT. “It would be a labor of love.” The litigation surrounding the property could also scare off potential buyers, she said. Comparing the Bristol to other Downtown residential hotels on the market, such as the Huntington Hotel on Main Street, Joseph Corcoran, director of planning and housing for the Single Room Occupancy Housing Corp., said, “It’s going to be a real challenge for whoever takes over those hotels, because they’re not livable the way they sit now.” Martinez, who was formerly with the Boyle Heights nonprofit the East L.A. Community Corporation, created National Housing Ventures last June. One of his goals, he said, is to develop affordable adaptive reuse projects, and he has been searching for potential sites in East L.A. and Downtown. He became interested in the Bristol several months ago. Martinez planned to partner with another small company, SJE Development, on the Bristol. According to state records, SJE is headed by Ruben Islas, president and CEO of the Amerland Group. Amerland, the owner of several Downtown residential hotels, has in recent years faced litigation from former tenants alleging they were illegally evicted, and from Delgadillo’s office over alleged fire code violations.

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The company, which has brought extensive changes to the once bedraggled Alexandria Hotel, has denied the charges. In July, Martinez applied for approximately $1.4 million from the state Tax Credit Allocation Committee to restore the Bristol as a low-income rental project. The application was disqualified because of a technicality in filing, according to a spokesman for State Treasurer Bill Lockyear. The denial “has nothing to do with why we didn’t go forward,” Martinez said. “It’s just that the market is so volatile, lenders are really conservative right now, investors are really conservative,” he continued. Still, Martinez did not rule out the possibility that he could try to purchase the Bristol in the future. He said that its best use would be as a low- to very-low-income residential hotel. “Any developer that looks at it has to consider the needs of the community,” he said. Contact Anna Scott at

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on through genital contact, most often during sex. Most sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives, though most will never even know it. HPV can infect the genital areas of men and women. Most HPV types cause no symptoms and go away on their own. But some types can cause cervical cancer in women and other less common genital cancers. Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, is the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against four types of human papillomavirus: two types that cause 70% of cervical cancer, and two types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. Gardasil does not treat cervical cancer or genital warts. It is a series of three injections given over six months. Ideally, females should get the vaccine before they become sexually active because that is when they may be exposed to HPV. Research suggests that HPV vaccine protection will last a long time. More research is being done to find out if women will need a booster vaccine after getting vaccinated to boost protection. The HPV vaccine does not protect

against all types of HPV, so it will not prevent all cases of cervical cancer. It is important for women to continue getting screened for cervical cancer with regular pap tests. The vaccine does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases. Studies have found no serious side effects. The most common side effect is soreness in the arm where the shot was given. While some insurance companies may cover the vaccine, others may not. Most large insurance plans usually cover the costs of recommended vaccines. As we approach flu season, we hope this special section helped to clear up any questions you may have about the common vaccines we provide at Uptown Drug. Our pharmacists have special training and experience in administering these vaccines. Flu shots will start this month and are usually available on a walk-in basis. Please call to make an appointment for the shingles or HPV vaccines. Uptown Drug is at 444 S. Flower St., #100, (213) 612-4300 or uptowndrugs. com.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department WORCESTER, Division Docket No.08D2113DV1 Divorce/Separate Support Summons By Publication CHRISTINE MUKANGWIZE, Plaintiff v. THOMAS A. BREWER, Defendant To the above named Defendant:

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Central District 111 N. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90012-3014 Case Number: BC384689 Dated: January 31, 2008 The name, address, telephone number, and fax number of Plaintiff’s attorney is: Rockard J. Delgadillo, City Attorney (125465x) Beverly A. Cook, Deputy City Attorney (SBN 68312) Wendy A. Loo, Deputy City Attorney (SBN 176587) Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney, 200 N. Main Street, Room 920 City Hall East, Los Angeles, CA 90012 John A. Clarke, Executive Officer/ Clerk By D.M. Swain, Deputy Pub. 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13/08

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October 6, 2008

We Got Games Once Again, It’s a Kings Thing Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or Sunday Oct. 12, possibly: If the Dodgers don’t finish off the Cubs in four games (games three and four were after Downtown News went to press), the teams will square off Oct. 7 in Chicago for a chance to play in the National League Championship Series. To win in the playoffs, a team needs good pitching. The good news for the Dodgers if they have to play a Game 5 is that the likely starter would be 24-year-old Chad Billingsley, who posted the team’s lowest ERA and highest win total. Then again, he could oppose the formidable Carlos Zambrano. If the Dodgers advance,

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home opener. Hopefully this will be a better year than the abysmal 2007-08 campaign. USC Trojans Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 740-4672 or Saturday, Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m.: Barring a second upset against another Oregon team (played after Downtown News went to press), the Trojans are still in contention for a national championship. But if Pete Carroll’s crew is to regain its footing atop the national rankings, there cannot be any more letdowns, especially this week against Arizona State.

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