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On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Fred Jordan Mission in Skid Row hosted a free back-to-school giveaway for thousands of children. The mission partnered with Foot Locker, which gave each child a pair of shoes. The children also received backpacks, school supplies and other gear.
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Racism, Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Roil Central Division Shakeup at Downtown Station Follows Allegations Including That One Officer Gave Another a Cake Topped With Watermelon and Fried Chicken
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he Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division is caught in a tangle of lawsuits alleging a culture of racial and sexual harassment that several officers say has been tolerated by command staff. Four officers and two sergeants ensnared in the allegations have been transferred out of the Downtown police station and suffered a downgrade in rank. The city is fighting three lawsuits, and potentially facing millions of dollars in damages from officers who worked, until recently, in Central’s Community Relations Office. The office is comprised of the division’s senior lead officers, who serve as community liaisons in several Downtown neighborhoods. Complaints filed by senior lead officers Earl
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n When Kardiban and some community volunteers walked past Foster, he held up a dollar bill and said, “Here’s a tip for last night.” n An officer was removed by Foster from a special overtime detail and replaced by Foster’s wife, who is also a police officer. n Central Area Capt. Todd Chamberlain, in discussing an overtime detail on Seventh Street during the holidays, stated that he didn’t want any officers hiding in 7-Eleven drinking watermelon Slurpees, which some perceived as a dig at AfricanAmerican officers. The statement allegedly came in a weekly crime control meeting with several officers, command staffers and community members present. n Capt. Darrell Russell, second in command at Central, initiated a transfer of Foster, but his susee LAPD, page 10
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work crew last week broke ground on the $8 million Spring Street Park. At about 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, a backhoe began tearing up the concrete covering the nearly one-acre property, which until this summer functioned as a parking lot. The year-long effort will turn the L-shaped lot between the El Dorado and Rowan lofts into an attraction with walking paths, a plaza, benches, a fountain, dozens of trees and artwork. As crews begin the work, questions remain about how to fund future maintenance of the park. A plan to have community members voluntarily pay for operations recently fell apart. Area stakeholders are now considering alternative funding mechanisms. If no private group is found to operate the park, the city will maintain the facility. No matter who ultimately maintains the park, it is slated to open next fall.
Wilshire Grand Closings Begin
he countdown has begun for the closure of the Wilshire Grand Hotel, with one of the building’s signature restaurant’s reducing its hours. This month, lunch service was eliminated at the Italian eatery Cardini Ristorante. The restaurant, which opened in 1989, will close for good on Oct. 28, said hotel spokesman Marc Loge. The closure is part of the plan to shut the hotel by the end of December to make way for a $1.1 billion, two-tower hotel, condominium and office project. Loge said that there are currently no plans to close the hotel’s other eateries, which include the Korean restaurant Seoul Jung, as well as City Grill and Point Moorea, until the end of the year. Cardini will be open
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Money and Questions For Art Walk
unning the Downtown Art Walk could soon get much more expensive. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the City Council will consider recommendations presented last week by the Downtown Art Walk Stakeholders Task Force to the city’s Public Works Committee. The recommendations state that the Art Walk should require a special events permit, thereby requiring the organization to pay for all city-related costs, including police, fire and other street services. Joe Moller, executive director of the Art Walk, said it has not been determined what that would cost, but that it could be beyond the event’s means. “To be presented with a bill for several thousand of dollars every month would exceed the few resources we have,” he said. Moller said before a decision is made, he hopes to work with the city and figure out how these expenses could be shared by all who benefit from Art Walk, including operators of food trucks and popup stores. “We may need more time to work together as a community and come up with a solution for the bill,” he said. The next Art Walk takes place Oct. 13.
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nother week, another endorsement for Ninth District City Councilwoman Jan Perry. On Monday, Oct. 3, the mayoral candidate announced that she had secured the backing of former Second District Supervisor
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Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. Burke left office in 2008, after 16 years on the job. The language in the statement announcing the endorsement made an appeal for Perry as the choice for female voters; the four-paragraph announcement used the words “woman” or “women” seven times. “I am supporting Jan Perry because she is a true leader for the women of Los Angeles,” said Burke in the statement. “If elected, she will make history by breaking through one more glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to serve as Mayor of Los Angeles.” Perry is not the only woman seeking to replace Antonio Villaraigosa. City Controller Wendy Greuel was the first person to throw her hat into the ring. Also running are businessman and former First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, City Council President Eric Garcetti and radio host Kevin James. Perry previously secured the endorsements of former Valley Councilman Greig Smith and
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Corrections The Oct. 3 story “In Times of Change, There’s Always Art,” contained incorrect contact information for the California African American Museum. The museum is at 600 State Drive. The phone number is (213) 744-7432. The Oct. 3 story “Downtown, in the Key of A Major” contained the wrong date for a concert at the Colburn School featuring works by Igor Stravinsky. The concert, in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, happens Nov. 14. The Sept. 26 “What’s For Sale” story incorrectly reported that the city had purchased a building at 1130 S. Hope St. The city has authorized staffers to negotiate its purchase, but it is currently owned by BIMHF, LLC.
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EDITORIALS An End to Dodger Blues
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ight now, the players and front office staff of the Los Angeles Dodgers are doing exactly what most baseball fans in the city are doing — watching other teams compete in the playoffs. It’s unfortunate if not unexpected — when the season began back in the spring, the line-up seemed to be lacking, with too many role players and not enough big bats to make the squad stand out. Unfortunately, the proceedings in the coming months once again seem likely to supercede the season that just ended with a whimper rather than a bang. For the third year in a row, the turmoil spawned by the divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt will draw far more attention than anything related to what happens in free agency or during the rest of the off-season. Once again, the fans who over the years or even decades have given their passions and money to the Dodgers will be treated like chattel by the selfish and greedy McCourts, if the McCourts get a chance. It is time, once and for all, for the McCourts to end this ridiculous war and move on to other pastures. There is very little more disgusting than watching the wildly rich argue about their money, especially when it affects so many others. They’ve done more than enough damage to the team and the brand. Their seven-plus years of ownership has stained more than 40 years of Dodger goodwill. This page has not been alone in urging the McCourts to sell the Dodgers and related team holdings and walk away with a tidy profit. While divorce may be a financial war for them, its impact on the team means it is not just a game for the fans. So much has gone wrong on so many levels The tragic opening day beating of Giants fan Brian Stow simply crystallized a feeling of unease in the stadium that had been growing for years. If there was a bright spot in 2011 beyond the performances of outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Clayton Kershaw, it was that the small crowds made the wait for hot dogs and other concessions annoying rather than interminable. At the end of the month, a bankruptcy judge is expected to hold a short hearing that should clarify some matters, including whether the Dodgers can auction off their cable television rights, the life preserver to which McCourt continues to grasp. On the other hand, Major League Baseball officials are hoping the judge will heed their request and order the team sold. Dodgers fans desperately want the latter. Even if McCourt wins in court, he should realize that he’s lost the fan base, whose dollars are the primary revenue stream for any changes the owner hopes to make on the field. The tumbling crowds in Chavez Ravine as the season wore on will surely continue as long as the McCourts maintain ownership. It’s time for the McCourts to do the right thing, to live up to all the promises they made years ago when they first swooped in to town and pledged to be careful stewards of the storied franchise. To make the Dodgers and the Dodger experience better, the McCourts need to go — now more than ever.
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he April opening of the $27 million LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes came under a cloud. As officials celebrated the debut of the venue that is part museum and part MexicanAmerican cultural center, a shadow was cast by allegations that the project’s construction should have been delayed after Native American bones and artifacts were discovered on the site. The reasoning for continuing construction on much of the project (only work on the courtyard was halted) never seemed sufficient. It felt as if pressure was applied to finish and open by April, and that the timeline superseded serious cultural questions. The issue of the disrespect of legitimate concerns from another brutalized group seemed quite difficult to understand, much less accept. Now, the feeling of a lack of transparency at LA Plaza continues in a shocking new way. As Los Angeles Downtown News first reported, LA Plaza is ensnared in an economic scandal. Last week, a member of the board acknowledged that the contract of the attraction’s executive director, Miguel Angel Corzo, was not renewed at the end of August because of “financial mismanagement.” It’s extraordinarily rare to hear such blunt talk about the parting of the ways of an institution and its leader. Even without the blunt talk, experience would tell us that having the head of a major cultural organization depart so soon after a heralded opening is no small matter — something very serious must have occurred. The situation is getting worse. This week, Downtown News reports that more than half of the staff of the facility has lost their jobs due to the economic tumult. The original roster of 24 fulltime employees and four part-time workers has been cleaved to just 12 full-timers. It’s a wonder how they can effectively run LA Plaza with that size crew. Additionally, LA Plaza and its builder are the target of more than a dozen lawsuits from various construction entities. The plaintiffs charge that they have not been paid a total of more than $5 million. Right now it seems clear that officials, blunt as they have been, are not telling the whole story. The board member stated that details relating to the nonprofit’s actions are sparse because of the possibility of future litigation, but it may just as well be due to em-
barrassment over how things turned so bad so quickly. The element that ratchets the saga of LA Plaza higher is the role of county government. The facility has long been a dream of First District Supervisor Gloria Molina. In the effort to provide an education and point of view that she and others felt was often missed or underplayed, Molina created an advisory board for LA Plaza. A location on Main Street across from the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument was found, and a capital campaign was launched. Molina kept a close eye on the project during its gestation, and when it opened she was widely fêted. While a foundation was created to oversee LA Plaza, the county is responsible for its maintenance and operation. In the coming weeks, it is likely that more entities will dig in to what is happening at LA Plaza. Some of these will be media and others could be civic watchdogs. With the scandal now in the public domain, the board and leaders of LA Plaza should come clean. After all, once “financial mismanagement” has been acknowledged, how much do they have to lose by laying it all out for everyone to see? They should tell the public what they know and how and why the “financial mismanagement” occurred. If an investigation or audit is required — and it seems like one or both is necessary — the results should be made public. The officials can make this a short, contained and transparent story, rather than allow elements to drip out over weeks or months. This has been an inauspicious first year for LA Plaza, and it threatens to overshadow the good that the facility can do, the education it can provide. That is why it is important for the people in charge of the institution to lead by example. LA Plaza officials should come forward and explain what happened months ago with the discovery of Native American bones and declare who gave the order to continue the work and why that was appropriate. They should also throw back the curtain on Corzo’s tenure and describe what happened — after all, more than a dozen people have lost their livelihood, and possibly the means to feed their families, because a person in charge messed up or got greedy, it remains to be seen which. Come clean on all aspects of LA Plaza. Only when that happens can this potential jewel of Downtown Los Angeles truly shine.
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The Time Has Come for Expediting CEQA Review New Bills Protect Projects Without Weakening Environmental Law by Joel b. Miller
CEQA review on the grounds that they would weaken CEQA. SB 292 applies to Farmers Field, while AB 900 would impact other large projects that create high-wage, highly skilled jobs and do not result in any additional emission of greenhouse
ith the state legislature’s approval of AB 900 and SB 292, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent signing of the bills at a ceremony in Downtown GUEST OPINION
Los Angeles, the political rhetoric over the California Environmental Quality Act has again been ratcheted up. The passage of laws that will expedite the CEQA review process leads those on the environmental fringe to worry that the state is on a slippery slope that will unwind more than 40 years of environmental good. Most reasonable people — and I include many developers in this group — would acknowledge that the passage of CEQA in 1970 has, for the most part, been a good thing. Before that, both public and private development could move forward with no concern for environmental consequences. CEQA has since served an important function in informing decision-makers and the public of the expected environmental impacts from the implementation of a development proposal. Most reasonable people — and I include many environmentalists in this group — would also acknowledge that CEQA has been abused by those who file lawsuits for the sole purpose of killing a project by delaying it or by people who view a project as a competitive threat. One notable example occurred in Downtown Los Angeles, when the University Gateway development was delayed for years by legal action from a competing student housing provider. The project ultimately opened, but the opposition caused the cost to soar. With this as background, it would be funny if it weren’t so sad to read about those who have attacked laws to expedite
Neither SB 292 (the Farmers Field bill) nor AB 900 compromises CEQA at all. Environmental impact reports will still be required for projects that may have a significant effect on the surrounding area. gases. There are minor differences in these bills, but both require expedited judicial review so that the state can address our significant, protracted unemployment problem. Although AEG’s Farmers Field (for the record, my firm, Psomas, is doing survey mapping for the football stadium project) seems to be the focus of attention, the expedited court review process outlined in AB 900 applies to projects that meet a suite of high environmental standards. The development, for example, must be certified as LEED silver or better by the U.S. Green Building Council, and must achieve specific greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The bill
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Gilligan’s Island in the 14th District Huizar-BID Battle Brings the Sitcom Hijinks Back to Downtown by Jon RegaRdie executive editoR
here are portions of Los Angeles government that function relatively normally. Then there are aspects that make about as much sense as the scene in Ed Wood’s exquisitely terrible Plan 9 From Outer Space where the camera, for no apparent reason, cuts to and lingers on a radiator. One of those elements was exposed the other week, when 12th District City Councilman Mitch Englander revealed that the tracking number the city dispatcher provides during a 311 call doesn’t actually track anything. Curious happenings are not just the province of 311 calls. Mysteries abound in city government. No one knows quite THE REGARDIE REPORT
how those million trees Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised six years ago turned into something like 19 elms and courtside seats to Laker games. Then there’s the matter of how the Grin Goblin managed to steal Bernard Parks’ smile. Will he return it before the Eighth District rep is termed out? Those are important matters, but when it comes to wacky happenings, no area claims as many as the 14th District. In fact, the sector that includes much of the eastern half of Downtown Los Angeles is kind of the “Gilligan’s Island” of L.A. politics. The hijinks that spill here seem the stuff of sitcoms, except that they’re usually more bizarre and, well, real. This is the district where one former councilman, Richard Alatorre, tried to dodge cocaine allegations by claiming that the white powder on his suit was residue from Doritos (seriously, can’t you envision a sitcom where a guy in a suit quips, “It wasn’t cocaine, it was Doritos,” and a laugh track sounds?). It’s the rare area where an incumbent, Nick Pacheco, lost an election. Then the guy who replaced him, Villaraigosa, scampered away the first chance he got, bouncing to the mayor’s office despite promises he’d serve at least one full term. That led to the election of José Huizar, who has splashed repeatedly in the Gilligan lagoon, though not always by choice. He’s endured a series of bizarre, bruising and expensive
elections, none stranger than his recent thumping of Rudy Martinez. There’s also his effort to create a Downtown streetcar, which seems about as easy as grabbing an eel swimming in olive oil. Now Huizar’s in the midst of another conflagration, though like Billy Joel, he didn’t start the fire. Recently, the board of the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District acted like a bunch of intoxicated teens on the Fourth of July who decided it’d be awesome to blow up their entire fireworks collection in the middle of the street. The big bang created turmoil and provoked the ire of Huizar. The result is an ugly, pressure-packed standoff It was all so avoidable. It’s all so silly. It’s all so 14th District. Brown Act No-Nos The situation erupted on Sept. 15. That’s the day, as my colleague Ryan Vaillancourt has reported, that the BID board decided it had had enough of executive director Russell Brown and fired him, replacing him with Roberto Saldaña. Except, it’s probably not the day the board came to that decision. A lot of indicators imply the choice was made well before the panel got together. That’s a no-no under California’s series of open-meeting laws, also known as the Brown Act. Board members have said they moved because they were worried about the BID’s chances for renewal in 2013. However, the Brown Act prevents a large percentage of board members from discussing business outside scheduled meetings. For things to fall as they did, without any collusion, the Downtown business owners would have had to each become so frustrated with Brown that their brains simultaneously came to the meeting ready to fire him. Then, the brains would have to decide to hire, why not, Saldaña, even though no one had ever (theoretically) discussed who’d be a good replacement. Could it all happen? Sure. Right after a ticket of kooky Michelle Bachmann and Strawberry Shortcake wins the presidency. The BID board’s bigger bumble was picking Saldaña, who previously served as legal counsel for Joseph Hellen, a major Historic Core property owner. Huizar and Hellen like each
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LA Plaza Facing $5.2 Million Lawsuit Legal Action From Construction Firm Comes as Facility Slashes Staff by Richard Guzmán city editor
he fallout from the “financial mismanagement” that occurred during the reign of the ousted executive director of the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes became clearer last week, when the contractor on the Downtown facility sued for $5.2 million, alleging non-payment for work performed. That came as LA Plaza officials revealed more details about the Main Street museum/Mexican-American cultural center’s internal operations. Although a LA Plaza board member initially told Los Angeles Downtown News that the number of layoffs was uncertain, last week a project official said that the original staff of 24 full-time employees and four part-time workers has been reduced to just 12 full-timers. The developments follow the board’s decision at the end of August not to renew the contract of Miguel Angel Corzo. LA Plaza board member Miguel Santana, who is also the city’s chief
finances into alignment. To that end, the Board decided not to renew Miguel Angel Corzo’s contract as President and CEO of LA Plaza,” the letter read. Corzo’s departure appears to have led directly to the staff reductions. Ten employees were laid off, five others did not have their contracts renewed and one was terminated. “At the time there are no more layoffs scheduled,” Muñoz stated. The board has also hired former LACMA President and Chief Operating Officer Melody Kanschat to consult on organizational structure, operations and fundraising.
Molina, who also sits on the board, conceived of and pushed the creation of LA Plaza for nearly two decades. She formed an advisory board, secured funds and created a foundation to run it. The county is responsible for maintenance and operations and is slated to contribute $1 million to LA Plaza’s $4 million annual budget. The board’s Sept. 30 letter also states that a search for a new leader will begin when LA Plaza is “right sized” and has a financing plan in order. The center was mired in controversy before it even opened, following the discovery of Native American bones and artifacts during construction. Several groups protested, demanding that construction be halted. While work on the courtyard where the bones were found stopped, the overall project moved forward. Corzo was previously the CEO of Grand Avenue’s Colburn School. He was there for about a year before leaving. Contact Richard Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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administrative officer, said in a previous interview that the decision came because of unspecified “financial mismanagement,” and that extensive details were not being revealed because of the possibility of litigation. LA Plaza had opened to fanfare in April. On Sept. 29, Accent Builders, a Los Angeles construction firm hired by the county in 2006 to rehabilitate the Plaza House and Vickery-Brunswig Building, filed the $5.2 million lawsuit against LA Plaza and the county, alleging that they failed to pay for the work. That suit follows 15 other suits filed by subcontractors against Accent as early as February 2010, also claiming lack of payment for construction services. John Hunter, the attorney representing Accent Builders, said he could not provide many details since they are attempting to settle with the county. “We’re working with the county and we’re going to try to get this resolved,” Hunter said. In the lawsuit, the company claims that all of the subcontractors on the project have made claims against Accent for work performed “for which the County have all refused to pay after authorizing and directing the work.” In some instances, according to the complaint, the construction company paid the claims of subcontractors and is trying to recoup that money from the county. Terry Muñoz, who was recently appointed as interim chief operating officer of LA Plaza, said she could not comment on Accent’s suit. “I can confirm that the over expenditures occurred under the leadership of Mr. Corzo. County Counsel has not notified LA Plaza of a pending lawsuit and LA Plaza has not received a summons or notification directly,” she wrote in an email to Downtown News. Early Troubles Concerns about Corzo were initially raised after complaints came to First District County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office from vendors working on LA Plaza about getting late payments, Santana said previously. Board officials then encountered a number of financial concerns dealing with overall management, accounting for expenditures and how operating funds were being handled, Santana said. Molina’s signature appears on the original contract with Accent Builders. On the document, she is listed as the “Owner” of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation. A letter sent to LA Plaza supporters by the board on Sept. 30, two days after Downtown News first reported on the situation, states that as the project moved forward, construction, exhibition installation and opening expenses were much higher than anticipated. “Over the summer we were forced to quickly make several staff changes that we believe will bring our program and our
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Edison, Clifton’s Proprietor Takes Over Bartlett Retail Stakeholders Hope Andrew Meieran’s Acquisition Upgrades Seventh and Spring by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR
ndrew Meieran, the developer and owner of the Edison nightclub and Clifton’s Cafeteria, has acquired all of the commercial space on the ground floor of the Bartlett Building. His plans for the site could help activate a dim Historic Core corner. Meieran acquired the approximately 40,000-square-foot space at the northwest corner of Seventh and Spring streets in the wake of a settlement of a four-year-old legal battle with the property’s former owner, Bartlett developer Barry Shy. The space is divided into 10 storefronts, most of which are currently occupied. Tenants include a salon, two shoe shops and a perfume store. Shy and Meieran both declined to discuss the settlement because they are bound by a confidentiality agreement. But they said the transfer of the Bartlett space relates to the settlement and the resolution of several business deals. “The fact is, we took control of the space,” said Meieran, who intends “to restore the historic storefronts” and bring in new restaurant, cafe or similar uses in an effort to add nightlife to the corner. The deal comes just as Meieran begins work on a $3 million renovation of Clifton’s. The project, which broke ground on Sept. 26, will add three new bars to the iconic eatery, which at 648 S. Broadway is a block away from the Bartlett. Residents of the Bartlett, who over the years have had a combative relationship with Shy — the building’s homeowners association is currently in a legal dispute with the developer — greeted news of the acquisition with excitement. “Andrew will bring the historical preservation factor along,” said Bartlett resident Jeannine Denholm. We respect him and support him and look forward to working with him to making Seventh and Spring, and our building, a better place.” Denholm is among the residents who recall the retail spaces’ low point. In 2007, one spot was briefly occupied by an adult video store. Angry condo owners complained en
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Amid a series of lawsuits, six senior officers at LAPD’s Central Division have been transferred out of Downtown. They include (l to r) officers Tim Nambu and Randall McCain, Sgt. Pete Foster and Off. Ken Lew.
to the best of everyone’s ability and hopefully the employees will realize that that work environment, no matter what grade they are, is not going to be tolerated,” Chamberlain said. Foster, who is currently assigned to Topanga Division, urged caution in considering the charges against him. “Just because people accuse something doesn’t mean it’s true,” Foster said. He declined further comment. One veteran LAPD official with close knowledge of Central
Division, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment, maintained that the office is not rife with racism or sexual harassment. “There was no maliciousness,” the official said. “What’s very common within police departments is there’s a kind of a tête-à-tête that goes on between people, and it’s kind of what you would call, not from a racial standpoint, but black humor. There’s a joking, a self-effacing humor that goes on that in many respects is tolerated, and in many effects is tit for tat and recognized as humor.” Action and Reaction In 2007, Fernandez, according to his suit, initiated a new overtime model for paying Central officers who worked extended shifts for special events. He was then assigned to administer the program. He said he was later stripped of this role as retaliation for speaking out against Foster. Fernandez claims he reported an apparent conflict of interest when Foster removed one officer from his role with the Juvenile Impact Program, which works with at-risk youth and comes with overtime pay. The officer was then replaced with Foster’s wife, Irma Foster, who according to the lawsuit changed the name plate on her uniform to her maiden name around the same time in an effort to obfuscate her connection with Foster. “He was retaliated against for identifying misconduct and harassed because of his race, which is totally inappropriate for any employer, especially law enforcement,” said Matthew McNicholas, who is representing Fernandez. McNicholas said he is also seeking a seven-figure award in damages to account for future losses and grief.
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“There’s an inability to promote because once you step out of line you’re not promoteable,” he said. “And generally, he’s now identified as someone who’s not a ‘team player,’ which will make your career miserable.” With the cases of Fernandez, Kardiban and Wright pending, Central has transferred the key personnel caught in the controversy. Kardiban was moved to Southwest Division. Normally, in a so-called administrative transfer, LAPD employees select three divisions to which they’d like to move. Southwest was not among Kardiban’s choices. Her lawyer, Moore Stallworth, believes that shifting her to Southwest was retaliation for suing the department. Senior lead officers Tim Nambu, who worked in the Central Business District, and Ken Lew, who worked in Chinatown, have also been transferred. Nambu was accused by
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fter its maintenance contract for Maguire Gardens came under scrutiny, the city Library Department has renegotiated the deal and now expects to save more than $100,000 over three years. Since 1993, the city has paid property giant MPG Office Trust, which owns the 2.3-acre park at the Central Library, to maintain the gardens. In 2010, the city paid Maguire $246,737 for maintaining the park. Earlier this year, the Library Department board of commissioners and a City Council committee approved a three-year contract renewal that would bump the cost by 2% annually and reach $256,706 by 2013. Over three years, the agreement would have cost the city $755,117. The City Council, however, rejected the contract in August. Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry questioned the 2% annual increase and directed the department to reconsider the deal. On Tuesday, the council approved a renegotiated three-year deal that eliminated the 2% hikes and trimmed an additional 10% off the cost. The department estimates that the changes will save the city $101,987 over the life of the contract, said Perry spokeswoman Eva Kandarpa Behrend. Kandarpa Behrend said the funds will go back to the department to support library services, including the po-
Gilligan Continued from page 6 though without the giggles. On Sept. 23, a meeting with area stakeholders turned into a shout-fest, with a Huizar rep laying out her boss’ displeasure and other area stakeholders urging the board to stand their ground. Four days later, the BID board nullified its move and pledged to bring forward a list of three candidates. The names are scheduled to be revealed in a week, and Saldaña will likely be among them. If Huizar does what politicians do in these instances, then his staff is playing hardball trying to, uh, persuade board members to switch their vote and reject Saldaña. If this is done correctly, then staffers won’t ever say the fate of a board mem-
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HEALTH Going Nuts for Health Pistachios Offer a Range of Benefits, And Are Flexible in Other Dishes by Sharon naylor
ave you “gone green” lately? If you have popped a handful of pistachios into your mouth, then you’ve experienced one of the new superstars of the snack world. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “Eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” What are the benefits? To start, says Dr. Oz Garcia of thegreennut.org, there is new research from The Journal of Nutrition. “Pistachios have cardio-protective benefits, meaning they’re heart-healthy,” he said. “We have long known that nuts are good for your heart, but this study showed that eating pistachios raises the level of antioxidants in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease by lowering the level of oxidized-LDL [bad] cholesterol. Antioxidants are powerhouses that fight the molecules that can cause heart disease and cancer.” He says that pistachios stand out from other snacks, and he recommends that patients snack on them daily for cardiovascular and overall health benefits Pistachios, he added, are “the only nuts that give you significant amounts of certain
important antioxidants like lutein, zeazanthin and gamma tocopherol.” Promising research indicates that eating pistachios may reduce the risk of diabetes and lower the body’s physiological response to stress. On an episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed how certain food properties remain in the blood vessels to continue to absorb the nutrients hours after eating, which reduces the desire to eat more when stressed. Oz specifically mentioned pistachios’ de-stressing properties, which come about because of the time it takes to open their shells and because they contain stress-reducing plant sterols, which also help to lower cholesterol levels. Oz recommends eating three ounces of pistachios a few times per week to reduce stress levels. According to thegreennut.org, pistachios provide three grams of fiber and six grams of protein in each ounce and are good sources of copper (providing 20% of the recommended daily allowance) and thiamin (15% of the RDA). They do all this while providing only two grams of sugar and 160 calories per ounce. Additional perks per ounce of pistachios include: n 20% RDA of vitamin B-6.
n 15% of phosphorus. n 8% of magnesium. n 4% of folate. There are other healthy facts about pistachios. They include: one serving of pistachios delivers more dietary fiber (12%) than a half-cup of cooked broccoli (10%); one serving offers more potassium (8%) than an orange (7%); and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid shows that pistachios’ six grams of protein make them a healthy alternative to beef, poultry and beans. Additionally, pistachios have no cholesterol or trans fats. How Many to Savor The experts on the website thegreennut. org say it only takes 1.5 servings of pistachios, or approximately 74 nuts, to reap numerous heart-health benefits when paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise. One serving of pistachios equals an astounding 49 nuts, which is a greater number than any other nut and certainly makes snackers feel satisfied.
That doesn’t mean pistachios have to become a meal. They can be incorporated into a diet in a number of ways, among them as a pop-in-your-mouth snack. They can also be used to enhance meals and desserts. Suggestions include: n Add a handful of pistachios to your oatmeal at breakfast. n Add pistachios to healthy-recipe baked goods, such as muffins, nut breads and oatmeal cookies. n Top a serving of yogurt or frozen yogurt with pistachios. n Top a fresh garden salad with a handful of pistachios. The website thegreennut.org offers recipes and tips on adding pistachios to appetizers, side dishes and entrees. Some recipes found on the site are grilled salmon and pistachio couscous salad, white bean dip with pistachios and cilantro, and a gluten-free pistachio gelato. Article copyright 2011 creators.com.
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hen Jason Michaud met Mario Alberto Orellana, he knew that they were kindred spirits. They shared a passion for food, not surprising since Michaud had opened a couple East Side restaurants and Orellana had trained with some of L.A.’s notable young chefs. More importantly, they also shared a desire to bring a nofuss spot with a menu of eclectic international cuisine to the Downtown lunch crowd. Those shared traits led to Chimu, a Peruvian restaurant next to Grand Central Market. The space with the take-out window opened in May and is wowing customers and critics. Named after an ancient civilization in what is now Peru, the menu at Chimu mixes the indigenous ingredients of that nation with Asian, Creole and L.A.-style cuisine. The menu changes daily, with recent offerings including lomo saltado, a dish made of slices of sirloin marinated in soy sauce and served on a bed of thick fries; aji chicken, a creole-influenced curry chicken; and estafo de lenguas, tender beef tongue served with tomatoes and lentils. “My roots are here in Los Angeles and I wanted to do the kind of food that’s true to Peruvian cuisine but also with little touches that reflect Angelenos,” said the 35-year-old chef who was raised in Boyle Heights. Orellana and Michaud decided to work together after being introduced by a mutual friend. At the time, Michaud was chef/owner of Local in Silver Lake, while Orellana had just started as executive sous chef at Josef Centeno’s celebrated Lazy Ox Canteen in Little Tokyo. “It was a good fit,” Michaud said. “He was really passionate about food and I wanted to transfer to more of the business side of the restaurant business.” The pair found a 600-square-foot kitchen next to Grand Central Market with a walk-up window. The daily menu is written on a chalkboard and the food is served in disposable containers. Approximately 70 seats in the patio provide a place for those who want to “dine in.” The Man, the Mentor A former film and photography student, Orellana honed his skills cooking at places like Gjelina in Venice and Lot 1 in Echo Park, where he worked with Centeno. Although he helped Ricardo Zarate open the respected Peruvian restaurant Mo-Chica, Orellana considers Centeno his mentor. “He really showed me how to cook, to really open my mind up, to respect the identity, foundation of why things are done a certain way,” Orellana said. “Then that allows you room to play with it.” Those lessons can be tasted in standout dishes like the seco de cordero, a Peruvian lamb stew. Although it is traditionally cooked with a lamb shank or shoulder, Orellana employs the lamb belly, a cut he feels is underused. The
meat is seared and doused in a rich beer sauce that the chef likens to Mexican mole. His version of the sauce is made with Negra Modelo beer and chicha de jora, a fermented Peruvian corn drink. The dish is served with peas, canary beans and salsa criolla, an onion-based mixture of cilantro, chili and lime juice. The lime-rich onions mix well with the gamey flavor of the meat, while the canary beans and peas combine with the crispy skin to deliver delightfully textured bites. It’s a hearty meal, like meat and potatoes Peruvian style. Also a standout is the chancho, a pork belly plate. Reminiscent of chicharrones, the thick slabs of meat are deepfried, providing a crispy outer layer. The pork inside remains chewy and juicy. It is covered with huacatay, a black mint usually used to make aji, and comes atop a bed of barley and tomato sauce cooked with white wine. “Chicharrones is something very close to my culture and we use the aioli, which is something you don’t see a lot in Peru,” Orellana said. Orellana also puts his personal touch on the trigo mote, a barley-based salad with chopped onions, tomato, lime juice and cilantro. He adds pickled rhubarb, feta and Asian pears in his version. Vegetarians will likely salivate over it, but it’s also useful to carnivores as a side dish, since the grassy, earthy flavors are soothing after a bite of his more aggressive dishes. Orellana’s creations have earned repeat visits from Downtown residents and workers, as well as praise from critics such as Jonathan Gold of the L.A. Weekly. However, perhaps most importantly for the chef, his mentor is also a fan. “Chimu is just the tip of the iceberg for Mario,” said Centeno. “He is really finding himself as a chef and developing his style every day. It is exciting to see a talent at this stage of the game as it is only the beginning.” Meanwhile Michaud, whose only suggestion to Orellana regarding the food at Chimu was to do whatever he wanted in the kitchen, is making moves that will allow the chef even more freedom. Starting this week, Chimu will stay open until 2:30 a.m. Events like live music and catered parties are planned. “My main goal is to do enough catering business and events to let Mario do whatever he wants during the daytime, as wild a food as he can imagine,” Michaud said. When it comes to Peruvian food and enthusiastic chefs like Orellana, the sky’s the limit, Centeno noted. “It’s one of the most important cuisines of South America, now open to interpretation by a younger generation of L.A. chefs like Mario.” Chimu is at 324 S. Hill St., (213) 625-1097 or soulfoodofperu.com. Richard Guzmán is at email@example.com.
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The MOCA show Under the Big Black Sun explores California art during a particularly heady time, just after the L.A. art explosion of the ’60s. The exhibition is at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo through Feb. 13. Pieces on display include (clockwise from left) “Rejection Quintet” by Judy Chicago, a Black Flag flyer by Raymond Pettibon, “My Shadow” by Robert Colescott, “Human Rights Day” by Rupert Garcia and “Three Weeks in May” by Suzanne Lacy.
MOCA Show Reveals a Vibrant Period in California Art by KirK SilSbee
ne of the first pieces that greets visitors to MOCA’s new show, Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, is a wall-size work by the late, gifted trompe l’oeil painter Terry Schoonhoven. In it, he depicted a fantastic scene: the Downtown Los Angeles cityscape — entirely under water. The library’s obelisk, the Bank of California and California Federal buildings and environs sit pickled with marine life swimming around them. Like all of his grand opus murals (among them “Venice in the Snow” and “Isle of California,” showing a ravaged freeway overpass after an earthquake), it’s an absurdly apocalyptic scenario. But Schoonhoven’s paintings were so lifelike, viewers can’t help but ask themselves, “Yeah, but what if?” Ennui, apocalyptic fears and a general sense of loathing hang over this vast, sprawling exhibition like smog over the L.A. basin on a hot day with no air movement. If the 1960s were all about joyous possibilities, California’s art of ’74-’81 (Nixon’s resignation to Reagan’s inauguration) reflected a grim set of realities that included inflation, a depressed economy, diminished American standing in the world, gas shortages, environmental alarmism, the beginnings of Islamic jihad and Jimmy Carter’s malaise. The exhibit is at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo ntownNews om/L.A.Dow through Feb. 13, 2012. Facebook.c L.A.’s art explosion of the ’60s caught the New York art establishment by surprise. A pool of hungry experimentation gestated here, undisturbed by the disapproving East Coast cultural elite. Wallace Berman’s assemblages, Ed Kienholz’s savage tableaux, Ed Rusha’s word/image icons, Robert Irwin’s light installations, Bill Al Bengston’s lacquered chevrons and other idiosyncratic expression flourished in anonymity; nobody told them they couldn’t do it. They made art because they had to, and they had fun doing it.
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Ruscha’s two Hollywood sign sunsets and Bengston’s on tatami mats. hanging floral banners represent the old guard at MOCA. Self-indulgence — in the name of exploring personal idenLike their contemporaries, affection for SoCal — however tity — permeates so much of the work represented, and the jaundiced — is discernible. There’s very little joy associated practice of obtaining government money for art took off in with the work in Big Black Sun. those years. A room-size video and photo installation of Paul Michael McMillan and Betye Saar gracefully extended the McCarthy playing with his genitals is the worst culprit. Ilene ’60s assemblage aesthetic: he with a miniature room viewed Segalove’s clothes closet inventory was probably only of interthrough a peephole, and she with a mystically evocative tab- est to her. A photo of a waitress in repose is barely noted, but leaux made of everyday objects. Vija Celmins rethought the who knew in 1975 that Karen Finley — staring blankly in the precious object by displaying polished stones and bronze portrait — would go on to be one of the biggest abusers of fragments under glass. Carole Caroompas’ brilliant collage/ NEA grants in the ’80s? paintings compel through their suggested narrative qualiIt’s no accident that so much self-absorbed work coties. George Kaltenbach’s painting of the face of a dying incided with the rise of identity politics. Women, blacks, man with ghostly decorative motifs superimposed is subtly Chicanos, Asians and gays grabbed for their respective powerful. shares of the political pie and that clutching is reflected in Conceptualism, process and post-studio work were all the the art. An undercurrent — if not occasionally blatant plea rage in the ’70s. Drawing, painting, pictorialism and the pre- — of sympathy is part of much of the personal “documencious object were pronounced obsolete. The idea was para- tation,” initiating classes of victims. Subjects like Chicano mount. artist Gronk stare out of photos and seem to ask: Do you see A large room of different pieces grapples with the issue how hard it is to be me? of nuclear annihilation. A platform covered in 50,000 nickNo cultural measure of the era could leave out punk rock els (the number of NATO tanks said to sit on the Eastern and, thankfully, Big Black Sun (from a song by L.A.’s X) covEuropean borders) with match heads on each one was Chris ers it. Videos of West Coast bands like the Plugz blast across Burden’s view. Jim Pomeroy’s canvas with warships looks like a large screen. Garish black and white photos of the legendwallpaper, which was the point. ary Masque club and Mabuhay Gardens and lots of savage Still, a fair amount of drawn and painted work sits in this graphics by Raymond Pettibon remind us that there was an survey. Schoonhoven’s pal Vic Henderson exquisitelyStarts ren- Oct. explosive 7 counter-action to all of the dull, boring video art dered realist drawing study of watermelon seeds scattered and ice-melting processes that were so rampant in art instituon linoleum is among the best. Judy Chicago’s suite of floral/ tions. One look at the headbangers with blood in their eyes in vaginal meditations in Prismacolor pencil shows her fine front of Black Flag or the Screamers and you know it was a design sense, although the accompanying text, cataloging her heck of a time to be alive. rejections, no longer wears well (all adults have to process reUnder the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 runs jection and failure, and artists more so than most). A characthrough Feb. 13, 2012, at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings LADowntownNews.com teristically sublime Masami Teraoka watercolor speaks in the Central Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ancient woodblock vernacular, but of McDonald’s wrappings Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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Million Dollar Theater operator Robert Voskanian hopes a three-month film series will lead to a permanent movie night in Downtown. Crowds in the venue this week will see a double feature of David Cronenberg’s The Fly and Videodrome. by Richard Guzmán city editor
hen Robert Voskanian saw his 2,000-seat Million Dollar Theater filled with movie fans during the summer as part of the Last Remaining Seats series, he thought not only of the night, but of the future. The crowd in the venue at 307 S. Broadway made Voskanian wonder if audiences would show up consistently to take in films in the former movie palace that had been renovated in 2007. Now, he has the chance to find out. Voskanian has partnered with the UCLA Film & Television Archive to present a weekly movie series at the venue designed by Albert C. Martin and often compared to a Spanish cathedral. The Wednesday evening events began last week and run through Dec. 21.
“People love to see classic movies on the big screen, so we’re going to see what Downtown people really like,” said Voskanian, the managing operator who is leasing the theater from property owner The Yellin Company, which also owns Grand Central Market. If crowds come, he said, it will lead to something not seen in Downtown Los Angeles for the better part of a decade — a consistent film presence on the street once filled with ornate movie palaces. “These first three months are going to be a trial,” he said. “If Downtown people support it, we’ll go on once a week. My goal is to make Wednesday night classic film night at the Million Dollar Theater.” Most of the events are double features. Each night highlights a different theme, whether films by the same director,
sci-fi flicks or movies about local writers. The Oct. 12 double feature is a tribute to director David Cronenberg, with a screening of 1986’s The Fly and 1983’s Videodrome. The following week is reserved for “on the road” films, with the motorcycle classic Easy Rider and 1971’s TwoLane Blacktop. Other highlights include George Hamilton’s vampire comedy Love at First Bite and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein on Oct. 26. The only two solo film nights of the series are Nov. 16 with the epic Lawrence of Arabia, and the 1978 version of Superman starring Christopher Reeve, screening Dec. 7. All events start at 7:30 p.m. The partnership was launched when Voskanian was introduced to members of the UCLA organization through a mutual friend. He noted that the relationship allows the Million Dollar access to films it could not otherwise secure the rights to show. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, was out of the country and did not respond to a request for comment. In a blog he penned on the organization’s website, Horak recalled seeing 1935’s Captain Blood at the theater during this summer’s Last Remaining Seats, the series by the Los Angeles Conservancy that, for six weeks, pairs classic films with various Broadway venues. “I guess I saw that film, as well as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Essex and Elisabeth (1939), and The Sea Hawk (1940), at least 20 times on television before I knew even what a film buff was, but seeing the film in a big theatre is an amazing see Film, page 24
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Wednesday, OcTOber 12 Ariel Dorfman at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7000 or lapl.org. 7 p.m.: Ariel Dorfman, who penned Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of An Unrepentant Exile, is in conversation with Marc Cooper, a journalist who happens to be the former translator to Salvador Allende. They’ll have plenty to talk about. Odile Decq: Beyond Horizons at SCI-Arc SCI-Arc, 960 E. Third St., (213) 613-2200 or sciarc. edu. 7 p.m.: To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Anisotropy/Anisotropie, firm partner Odile Decq drops by to pontificate on the meaning of amorphous sight lines in architecture and space. saTurday, OcTOber 15 Revolucion! at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7000 or lapl.org. 3:30 p.m.: An event titled “Revolucion! An Internationalist Homage to the Mexican Revolution” is a musical and artistic collaboration initiated by Chola Con Cello. ‘An Artful Evening’ at CAAM California African American Museum, 600 Exposition Drive, (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org. 6 p.m.: The California African American Museum holds its annual October gala. Herbie Hancock, dancer and choreographer Donald McKayle and artist Betye Saar will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards. sunday, OcTOber 16 Ugly Feelings REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: Jack Halberstam, Wayne Koestenbaum and Maggie Nelson are cultural critics who come together for an event involving critical inquiry and tragic comedy.
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or the first time since 1986, the Scottish Ballet is touring the United States. The highly touted company from Glasgow is bringing its mixed repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16. Known for their technical prowess, these pirouetting Scots will present Kenneth Macmillan’s Song of the Earth and Jorma Elo’s Kings 2 Ends. If that means nothing to you, know that it’s a reprise of the program the troupe brought to this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or musiccenter.org. photo © Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
2 Parisian architecture firm Odile Decq Benoit Cornette made its name with a collection of asymmetrical structures that employ glassy facades and interiors in a patchwork of angular spaces. From Friday, Oct. 14 through Dec. 4, the Southern California Institute of Architecture will host the firm’s Anisotropy/ Anisotropie exhibit. The collection of amorphous mirrors positioned in intersecting lines is a micro-testament to the firm’s structural tendencies and concepts. Meant to challenge perceptions of space and distort the visual faculties of the visitor, the exhibit opening features a discussion with partner Odile Decq and SCI-Arc boss Eric Owen Moss. It’s at 7 p.m. at 960 E. Third St., (213) 613-2200 or sciarc.edu.
The return of the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum is a fantastic opportunity either to observe the creatures in a large natural environment, or to overcome your paralyzing arachnophobia. No matter what, the inhabitants of this creepy crawly exhibit are eagerly spinning webs in the public eye until Nov. 6. Tickets for this treasure on the lawn in front of the museum are sold in half-hour increments throughout the day until 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 21 and 28, guests can partake in special nighttime tours to witness these eight legged rock stars spin their webby gossamer bug catchers under the calm serenity of a night sky. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org.
The unique intimacy of Le Salon de Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion draws on a legacy of informality and music without barriers, one established by Marie Antoinette in the late 18th century. Most famous in contemporary consciousness for the loss of her head, the late queen also fostered the remarkable idea that chamber music should be less about formality and etiquette and more about discourse. Each third Sunday of the month beginning Oct. 16, the building’s fifth floor will play host to chamber musicians and audience members undistinguished by the separation of the stage. After the 4 p.m. performance, attendees are invited to share ideas, sip on French champagne and indulge in a buffet from Patina. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or musiccenter.org.
The Company of Angels’ Friday performance of Blu, by Virginia Grise, marks the play’s opening night at the Alexandria Hotel. Set in the fictional everytown Barrio, USA, Grise’s commentary on queer issues, incarceration and family ties in the Chicano community garnered awards from Yale University and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. That’s nice and all, but it’s even better that Blu is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The play runs from Oct.14-Nov. 13 (there’s also an Oct. 13 preview). At 501 S. Spring St., third floor, (213) 489-3703 or companyofangels.org.
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Tuesday, OcTOber 11 Anne Enright at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7000 or lapl.org. 7 p.m.: Anne Enright, author of The Forgotten Waltz, speaks with Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC. Do Trojans waltz? ‘A Day at the Beach’ Lecture Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org. 5-8 p.m.: The scenic California landscape we enjoy today is much different from the coastline of the distant past. Join the NHM staff in a discussion on “Dinosaurs and Other Life in the Western Interior Seaway.”
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SPONSORED LISTINGS Friday Night Flicks Pershing Square 532 S. Olive, or laparks.org/ pershingsquare. Oct. 14, Sunset: M. Night Shyamalan’s first blockbuster The Sixth Sense reminds us that the dead walk among us, an especially pertinent commentary given the strange cast of characters that inhabit Downtown. No need to ruin the surprise, but hint: Haley Joel Osment is not a robot. La Muerte Vive Million Dollar Theatre, 307 S. Broadway, lamuertevive.com. 7-11 p.m., Nov. 2: This special event is part celebration of Dia de los Muertos, which includes large paper maché puppets, and part Latin cabaret. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$45. Free Downtown Audio Walking Tours Various Locations, crala.org/art. Free audio walking tours and maps are available for download at crala.org/art. Explore Downtown’s Bunker Hill, Financial District, Historic Core and Little Tokyo neighborhoods by discovering public art and places developed through the CRA/LA Art Program.
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Oct. 10, 10:30 p.m.: Mind the Gap returns to blow minds as part of their October residency. Oct. 11, 9 p.m.: Holy elaborate concept. Radical Face takes the narrative of an 1800s family and traces it through musical evolution into our own time. He’ll be appearing with Easterly Singers and the Walking Sleep. Oct. 12, 9 p.m.: Pitchfork tells me to like Papa so I will. But seriously, electro underpinnings with some nice stringy guitar on top sounds fantastic, so check out their album release show with The Franks and Races. Oct. 13, 9 p.m.: Vintage style rock from Family of the Year is the big draw tonight. In fact, the first 100 through the door get a copy of their new EP. Arrive early for free discage and openers Maniac and Black Flamingo. Oct. 14, 8 p.m.: There will be singer-songwriters by the truckload when Katie Herzig plays with Butterfly Boucher and Amy Kuney. Oct. 15, 9 p.m.: Irreverent geekcore punk when The Inevitable Backlash opens for Kozmonaut. Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m.: It’s an orgy of synaptical
dreamscapes and spacy ambient noise when Walls takes the stage. They’ll be joined by The Urxed and David Scott Stone of LCD Soundsystem/Melvins fame. Capping off the night is E.S.P. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. Oct. 11: It’s premium space music at Galaktica, a gathering of nerds, alcoholics, Don Froth and Xolair. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. Oct. 14, 11 p.m.: Judson McKinney plays another night of his residency. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Look for the Australian flying pig and offer it a shrimp from the barbie. Oct. 15, 9 p.m.: Friendly Fires with Theophilus Londong. Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m.: Aussie electro dream pop darlings Empire of the Sun get funky with Mayer Hawthorne & The County. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or
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grammymuseum.org. Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: An evening with Edgar Winter. Nokia Theater 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6020 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. Oct. 14 & 15, 8 p.m.: Mexico City’s Caifanes presents Los Angeles with two nights of their Revention Edicion 2011 Especial. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. Oct. 13: Public decency laws have changed quite a bit since Ground Zero History opened its doors in ’43. The Birthday Suits are playing. Oct. 14: Ironically, Ralph Carney’s Serious Jass Project has a promo photo of someone in a trench coat exposing himself to the band. These pervs will join Morris Tepper, Frank Fairfield and the Cottontails. Oct. 15: The Dogs are rock, Detroit style. No, not Kid Rock. Actual rock, like overdrive pedals. The Neurotics, Rough Kids and Handsome Jack will all be on hand to help The Dogs slip into their tight black jeans. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or sevengrand.la.
Oct. 11: A lot of history up at Seven Grand. Rumor has it when the Makers came to town, they built that bar on an Indian burial ground. Ever since, they’ve been cursed to play improvisational jazz every Tuesday until the souls of those poor Indians receive justice. Yep, a lot of history up at that bar. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, thesmell.org. Oct. 10: The Renderers, Sore Eros, Cosmonauts and Kim Free. Oct. 13: Japanther, Joyce Manor, Fidlar and Tinylittle. Oct. 14: Narrows, Helms Alee and Aeges. Oct. 15: On strength of band names alone, this night is a don’t miss: So Many Wizards, Body Parts, Writer and Gold and Soil. The Varnish 118 E. Sixth St., (213) 622-9999 or thevarnishbar.com. Oct. 11, 10 p.m.: Jamie Elman tickles the ivories.
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downtownindependent.com. Oct. 10, 5 p.m.; Oct. 11-12, 5 p.m.; Oct 13, 3 p.m.: The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in an Oscar. But behind the scenes, a grueling 2-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond. The black and white, music-filled documentary is an intimate look at turmoil, love and fame. Through Oct. 13, 7 p.m.: How I Got Lost. On Sept. 11, Jake and Andrew got drunk. After they tried to give blood. After they called their parents. A year later, the hangover still lingers. But now Andrew has a plan: Ditch New York. Hit the road, going nowhere. And Jake follows along, as he always has. Flagship Theatres University Village 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321 or flagshipmovies.com. Through Oct. 13: Real Steel (11 a.m. and 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 and 10 p.m.); Dream House (1, 3:20, 5:40, 8 and 10:20 p.m.); Dolphin Tale 3D (12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). Oct. 14 (Partial): The Thing. Friday Night Flicks Pershing Square 532 S. Olive, or laparks.org/ pershingsquare. Oct. 14, Sunset: M. Night Shyamalan’s first blockbuster The Sixth Sense reminds us that the dead walk among us, an especially pertinent commentary given the strange cast of characters that inhabit Downtown. No need to ruin the surprise, but hint: Haley Joel Osment is not a robot. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through Dec. 31: Soar over primordial earth in Flying Monsters 3D. About 220 million years ago dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. Million Dollar Theatre 307 S. Broadway, (213) 617-3600 or milliondollartheater.com. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Two works from Director David Cronenberg in this 25th anniversary double feature: The Fly with Jeff Goldblum and dystopic animated bit Videodrome. REDCAT
Springsteen) cultural export, “Jersey Shore,” and spent the off-season tanning and being foolish. Then, it’s on to Philly to eat cheese steaks, check out the “Rocky” statue and take on the Flyers (Oct. 15). We still have to wait a week for the home opener. Hopkins vs. Dawkins: Boxing at Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., staplescenter.com. Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m.: Boxing is back at Staples Center, as Bernard “the Executioner” Hopkins takes on “Bad” Chad Dawson in a light heavyweight championship bout. It’s a case of savvy, prison-scarred and -schooled veteran versus quick, audacious youngster. Hopkins is 46, and for a time after getting out of the pokey was arguably boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter. Dawson is only 29. Both boast some serious ring credentials. Hopkins is 52-5-2 with 32 knockouts. Dawson has had fewer fights, at 31, but he only lost one of them. Seventeen of his 30 wins were by knockout. The card also features a WBC lightweight title bout between Jorge Linares and Antonio Demarco. The first bout, with people you’ve never heard of, is at 2:30 p.m. The main event is hours later. —Ryan Vaillancourt
631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m.: Animation of the Unconsciousness peers into the imagination of CalArts animation pioneer Jules Engel. The film considers his techniques, influence on the craft and his thoughts about art and the human condition. Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m.: Werner Schroeter: Der Tod der Maria Malibran (The Death of Maria Malibran), 1972. Oct. 15, 6 p.m.: Elfi Mikesch: Mondo Lux-Die Bilderwelten Des Werner Schroeter (Mondo LuxThe Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter) followed by Schroeter’s Deux. Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through Oct. 13: The Ides of March (11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:30, 7:10, 8, 10 and 10:50 p.m.); Real Steel (12:30, 1:30, 3:40, 4:40, 7, 7:50, 10 and 11 p.m.); 50/50 (12, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5, 6:40, 7:40, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.); Dream House (11:50 a.m. and 2:30, 4:50, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m.); What’s Your Number? (1:40, 4:20, 6:50 and 9:30 p.m.); Dolphin Tale (1:20 p.m.); Dolphin Tale 3D (4 and 9:30 p.m.); Killer Elite (1:20 and 4:30 p.m.); Moneyball (1, 4:10, 7:20 and 10:30 p.m.); Drive (12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 and 10:10 p.m.); The Lion King 3D (11:40 a.m. and 1:50, 4:20, 6:50 and 9:20 p.m.); Contagion (11:30 a.m. and 2, 4:50, 7:30 and 10:20 p.m.). Oct. 14 (Partial): Footloose (11:30 a.m. and 2:10, 5, 7:50 and 10:40 p.m.).
CLASSICAL MUSIC Tuesday, OcTOber 11 Baroque Variations Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand, (980) 5757099 or laphil.org. Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: Harry Bicket does double duty as conductor/harpsichordist and Andreas Scholl sings countertenor in a night of Baroque Variations from Biber, Purcell and Muffat. Thursday, OcTOber 13 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand, (980) 5757099 or laphil.org. 8 p.m. Dudamel with Yefim Bronfman on Piano play Viver’s Orion, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Also on Oct. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.
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ART SPACES Angel City Brewing 216 S. Alameda (off Traction) or angelcitybrewing.com. Ongoing: Street Brewed: An Exhibition of Contemporary Street Art features about 25 internationally known artists. Bert Green Fine Art 451 S. Main St. #1206, (213) 842-8574 or bgfa.us. Through Oct. 29: Bert Green Fine Art hosts returning acrylic hero Eduardo Villacis and his transmuted, visceral takes on history. Buchanon Gallery 204 W. Sixth St., (323) 823-1922 or byronbuchanan.com. Ongoing: Pop paintings by Bryon Buchanan. CB1 Gallery 207 W. Fifth St., (213) 806-7889 or cb1gallery.com. Through Oct. 22: Amy Yoes’s first project in Los Angeles, Light Lab, expands the scope and scale of her previous site-specific installations. The cathedral-like space of CB1 Gallery, a former bank lobby, becomes host to a geometric structure built along a quasi-organic logic. Charlie James Gallery 975 Chung King Road, (213) 687-0488 or cjamesgallery.com. Through Oct. 29: Charlie James Gallery presents artist Richard Kraft’s first solo show in Los Angeles, entitled “Something With Birds In It.” A site-specific installation composed of four elements, the show invokes the friction and fluidity between familiar polarities — between the sacred and profane, sense and nonsense, play and violence, reflection and action. Chinese Historical Society of Southern California 411 Bernard St., (323) 222-0856 or chssc.org. Ongoing: An exhibition about the history of immigration from China to the United States. The Company 946 Yale St., (213) 221-7082 or thecompanyart.com. Through Nov. 5: Sigrid Sandtrom’s acrylic paintings. Downtown Art Center Gallery 828 S. Main St., (213) 627-7374 or dacgallery.com. Oct. 13-30: Scratching the Surface, a group show. Gallery Lofts 120 S. Hewitt Street or galleryloftsla.com Ongoing: Gallery Installations, an exhibit of
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Film Continued from page 16 experience,” he wrote. Built for Films Built by Sid Grauman in 1918, the theater was a vaudeville hub in its heyday. In later years it served as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Water District and then two different churches. Voskanian’s 2007 upgrade came with the intent to reactivate the venue for film and stage productions. Improvements included new paint and carpeting as well as a new lighting system. For members of the Conservancy, who have been running their film series for 25 years, a new movie event in Downtown is welcome news. “We’re thrilled at the L.A. Conservancy that another organization is coming to Broadway and is doing programming,”
said Executive Director Linda Dishman. “The Million Dollar and all the theaters on Broadway started out showing movies. This is their original intent.” While the Million Dollar held many red carpet events during its glory years, when stars like Charlie Chaplin frequented the venue, Voskanian isn’t dreaming of a re-creation of the old days. He just wants to prove there’s an audience. “We have more than 2,000 seats,” he said. “If we get about 700 people coming to the shows, I’ll consider that a good response.” Voskanian will try to tap into a Downtown audience that has shown a willingness to check out more than megaplex fare. During the summer, Downtown hosts three outdoor film series. The Downtown Independent on Main Street continually draws crowds for non-Hollywood offerings. Hillsman Wright, executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre
Foundation, thinks the audience will come to a weekly movie night at the theater. “I think it’ll take a while to catch on as any new event does. But it has the real potential to be a gathering place and a rallying point,” he said. “There’s now dining all around. People can walk anywhere. It’s great news for Broadway.” Meanwhile, Voskanian, a film school graduate who in 1977 directed a horror film called The Child, said as a movie fan, he’s looking forward to seeing classic films like Easy Rider and The Fly on the big screen. It’s unlikely, however that his own film, with the tagline “Let’s play hide and go kill…” will ever make it to the Million Dollar screen. “I’m not sure it would fit into our program,” he said. Contact Richard Guzmán at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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