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For Diners, It’s Seventh Heaven With More Than a Dozen Eating Options, A Key Corridor Becomes Downtown’s Restaurant Row
Urban Scrawl on the governor’s race
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Sugarfish is the latest in a slew of restaurants that make up the Seventh Street restaurant row. Co-owner Tom Nozawa was racing last week to prepare for an Oct. 10 opening. by Richard Guzmán city editor
ast Tuesday around lunchtime, Candice and John Kim paused on the southwest corner of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. They peered through a large window, watching a construction crew race to finish the 1,800-square-foot sushi restaurant Sugarfish.
In His Own Words, Downtown ‘Poet Broker’ Ed Rosenthal Recounts Six Days in the Joshua Tree Desert staff writer
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Sushi Nozawa, was scheduled to open Oct. 10 (after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press). Next month the Mexican restaurant Mas Malo will debut a block to the east, and construction is also underway on a Seventh Street outpost of the Mexican-inspired chain Chipotle. All told, nine new restaurants have opened on the stretch of see Restaurants, page 10
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“It’s yet another one for us to try,” said Candice, who works at a law firm on Figueroa Street. Her husband often meets her Downtown for lunch. “Knowing us,” she continued, “we’ll spend most of my lunch break trying to decide which place to try.” The Kims’ lunch choice is not getting any easier. Sugarfish, a spin-off of Studio City’s well-known
ight before I left for Joshua Tree, I brokered two big deals: the sale of the parking lot at Ninth and Hill streets, and Clifton’s Cafeteria. That was after a year with no deals, so I was celebrating. “When I arrived at the trailhead on Friday, Sept. 24, at about 11 a.m., I was in too much of a rush. There’s signage there that says water is available at Station 30, where I parked. I didn’t get the water and I left in the hotel huge bottles of really delicious
refrigerated water, and tomatoes and nectarines. I thought it was going to be a really quick rush job. I’ve done this hike five or six times. It takes maybe two, three hours. Then I was going to come back to the hotel and relax. “When I was on the hike, I saw San Gorgonio, San Jacinto, Palm Springs, the Mojave Desert, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I had a great lunch at Warren Vista. I brought a soft-boiled egg, dates and healthy wheat bread. And then I just tried to go back and I photo by Gary Leonard lost the trail immediately. “If not for my wife and daughter, I don’t know if I would have survived,” said Ed see Hiker, page 12 Rosenthal of his six days in the desert. “That was the main motivation to stay alive.”
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believe the property will trade for north of $30 million,” said Brendan McArthur, a Jones Lang LaSalle vice president. The listing says the parcel is zoned to allow up to 648 residential units and 48,000 square feet of commercial space. The property is owned by Ektornet, a subsidiary of the Stockholmbased Swedbank.
he Department of Building and Safety has whittled a field of eight firms bidding on a contract to reform the city’s entitlement and permitting process down to three, and a winner is expected to be named shortly. The department began soliciting bids in August, and eight companies — some national, some local — submitted by the Sept. 28 deadline, said Bud Ovrom, Building and Safety general manager. The effort effectively marked the end of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s once-heralded but delay-plagued “12-to-2” development reform plan. Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner has been leading the charge to make the development and permitting process in the city more business friendly. Ovrom would not release the names of the finalists, but said that while the bidders range in specialties, each company has specific experience in development reform. “Every one of them has done a similar study for another city,” he said. A winner will likely be selected in the next week, and contract negotiations should last another six weeks, he said. Work on the reform effort is scheduled to start by Dec. 3.
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here will be plenty of open seats at the Medallion on Friday, Oct. 15, but they’ll look far too cool to sit on. As a fundraiser for the Pershing Square Art Squared Gallery, more than 40 Downtown artists are creating chairs, which will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The seats will be displayed at the Medallion starting Oct. 14. “We decided to feature chairs for the auction because they’re easily accessible and not too large,” said Louise Capone, senior recreation director of the park in the heart of the Financial District. “You can fit them in anywhere, and people love to ask about them.” The auction starts at 9 p.m. Friday at the Medallion, 334 S. Main St. Information about the auction is at laparks. org/pershingsquare.
County Holiday Celebration Cut in Half
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os Angeles County is still giving a holiday gift to its citizens, though the party will only be half the size of previous years. On Oct. 5, the county Board of Supervisors voted to reduce the scope of the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration. The event, which takes place at the 2,600-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Dec. 24, has had $150,000 slashed from its budget. The celebration is now budgeted at $322,000. Last year’s event featured 45 performers and ran six hours. This year there will be 22 acts on stage from 3-6 p.m.
or all the lights, glitz and revelry that packs L.A. Live, the sports and entertainment complex is still somewhat of an island of commercial activity. Just across the street, the action dies in a two-block swatch of parking lots. One of them is slated to be the future home of L.A. Central, a long-delayed mixed-use project. The other hasn’t been tapped for development in the recent past, but it is seeing some movement. Real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle last week announced that the site, which is bounded by Figueroa and Flower streets, just south of 12th Street, is for sale. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. A website created for the listing, 12andfig.com, is pitching the land to developers who might be interested in building a mixed-use project on the 2.7-acre site in the heart of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District. “We
USC Celebrates New President
he arrival of football coach Lane Kiffin and athletic director Pat Haden have dominated talk at USC this
year. But they are not the biggest changes at the university. On Friday, Oct. 15, USC will install Max Nikias as the 11th president of the university at the southern edge of Downtown. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. in Alumni Memorial Park. A picnic, open to the public, will follow in McCarthy Quad. “It’s really rare for an institution with a 130-year history to have so few inaugurations,” said event organizer Jeff Olsen. “That makes this a very special, historic event for the university.” Nikias, 57, succeeds Steven Sample, who is retiring after leading the school since 1991. The events to mark his arrival will begin earlier in the week. On Monday, Oct. 11, radio host Ira Glass will speak at 7 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium. The following day, playwright Anna Deavere Smith will speak and perform at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Both events are open to the public. More information at inauguration.usc.edu
SC football fans have an upcoming opportunity to help a kid and get some cheers for the Trojans. The university and the Los Angeles Sports Council Foundation are teaming up for the 18th year of Touchdown for Youth, which provides game tickets to economically disadvantaged children. This year, beneficiaries will attend the USC-Arizona State game at the Coliseum on Nov. 6. A $30 donation covers a ticket and refreshments at the game. Touchdown for Youth, created in 1993 by Sports Council Foundation board member Sheldon Ausman, provided seats for nearly 2,000 kids last year. “Touchdown for Youth can provide a special experience to young people who may never have been on a campus or inside the Coliseum, perhaps inspiring them to one day pursue a college education,” said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden in a statement. Over the course of the program, more than 40,000 children have attended a game. Those interested in supporting Touchdown for Youth can call (213) 482-6333.
Correction The Wooster Group’s upcoming performance of Vieux Carré at REDCAT does not include any footage of Paul Morissey’s films, as was stated in the Oct. 4 article “Mix Master REDCAT.” Instead, the projections the audience will see were inspired by Morissey’s work.
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EDITORIALS A Make-or-Break Time for Art Walk
he storm that raged around the Downtown Art Walk for a week appears to have subsided. In its wake is a trail of damage, some of it unfortunate and embarrassing but hopefully leading to a better place, including the possibility of two kinds of art walks (one monthly, one quarterly) run by two different groups. There is plenty to learn from what transpired. There are also numerous decisions to be made about the future of the monthly event, the size of which has increased more than anyone ever anticipated. That extraordinary growth is exciting and heartening — it is also the fuse that lit the recent powder keg. Right now, the people involved with planning the event, including but not limited to the nonprofit’s board of directors and the business leaders who have pledged $200,000 to save it, have to determine what Art Walk should be. In short, they have to decide how much art and how much street party? This is more complex than it sounds. Setting the right tone could pay off for years to come. Conversely, poor planning and decision-making could imperil the event. We believe the board and those who have pledged money truly understand the gravity of the situation, though it might have helped if the donors had been brought to the table earlier. (The most recent management had been trying to make do on an annual budget of $18,000. No wonder trouble arose.) Still, they have a lot to consider, including altering the make-up and size of the board as well as their relationships with entities including business owners, residents, business improvement districts and the police department; the latter two had been burdened by un-reimbursed costs stemming from providing security and clean-up for the monthly event. The Art Walk team needs to think about every aspect of the event, including how to work with dissatisfied gallery owners, who are trying to decide between staying open during the rowdy monthly evening Art Walk or moving to a quarterly, more family friendly daytime version. Perhaps some will find a way to do both. Ongoing, behind-the-scenes trouble became public on Sept. 24, when Jay Lopez, the director of Art Walk for about nine months, posted a message on the organization’s website saying the monthly event was canceled effectively immediately and that it would return in 2011 as a daytime, quarterly affair. This sparked an uproar, including from Art Walk board members who said they never approved such a decision. While board members acknowledged discussing the idea of canceling Art Walk, they maintained it was only one possibility among many, and stressed that the matter never came to a vote. Lopez continued to say that the board had approved the shift
to a quarterly gathering. The board then announced it had terminated Lopez and set up its own website. A week after Lopez’s release, a group of Downtown business people (most of them developers and building owners) put out a statement announc-
Is the community best served by an art-driven walk, one built around people perusing and buying from galleries? Or is there a greater benefit in dropping the art pretense and just organizing a monthly Downtown ‘street scene,’ or some other name for what is essentially a big party?
ing the $200,000 in pledges and the decision to hire permanent staff and work with area entities for clean-up and safety. As Los Angeles Downtown News reported last week, this was not a new or sudden issue. Nor was it the first time Art Walk reached a crossroads — in fact, the board was only established about a year ago, after then-intense discussions concerning the direction of Art Walk. That led to the installation of the second leader; once Lopez’s successor is named, it will be the fourth Art Walk head in a little more than a year. Obviously that degree of change creates a climate of instability. Though easy to forget now, Art Walk was founded in 2004 as a small event to draw people to some Historic Core galleries. For several years it fulfilled that mission well. Things changed as Downtown evolved, and for well more than a year, the galleries have been a secondary attraction on the second Thursday of the month. Instead, the majority of the people who flock to the event — crowds are estimated at up to 20,000 — care little about the art in Art Walk. Serious collectors or buyers know to come at other times (or, better,
to make appointments). Members of the Art Walk crowd may amble through a few galleries, but most want the partying, the bar hopping, the food trucks and the lively street scene that only an active urban area can provide. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, on many levels it’s great, further enlivening Downtown. A decade ago, the streets where people now revel during Art Walk were pretty much devoid of (positive) street life after dark. The current Art Walk fills the cash registers of many Historic Core businesses, meaning a lot of people have jobs. It also sends a tremendous message about the resurgence of Downtown L.A. The news reports chronicling the recent turmoil may have troubled organizers, but general word-of-mouth and media accounts of Art Walk at its height delivered an important message about the vibrancy of Downtown. That is why the recent conflagration was so distressing to so many. In the big picture, Art Walk is about a lot more than a single night and a well intentioned if now sprawling event. It is the type of activity that can help change a negative perception of a community. People don’t want to lose that opportunity. Nor do they want to relinquish the revenue generator. The question is where those involved go from here. The board needs to find the right full-time director and pay him or her to do the job, but to do that, it must determine whether it is time to dial down the party. Is the community best served by an art-driven walk, one built around people perusing and buying from galleries? Or is there a greater benefit in dropping the art pretense and just organizing a monthly Downtown “street scene,” or some other name for what is essentially a big party? We’re not saying that one path is the way to go, just that organizers need to grasp the situation and decide what they want. If they fold into one gathering, security will have to be greatly improved and perhaps streets should be closed to vehicles. The Art Walk as it exists today can’t take many more visitors. No matter which path is taken on the second Thursday of the month, it is important to bring the gallery owners who founded Art Walk into the conversation. The gathering may no longer be feasible for their aims, and if so, a quarterly weekend option could be a worthy and viable addition. There seems no reason that both cannot exist, and indeed, two separate events could complement each other. It may be difficult to embrace the concept at a time when mistrust is rampant, but those on opposite sides of the Art Walk divide need to keep the greater context and opportunities in mind. Two separate events could work. After all, it’s one Downtown.
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os Angeles Downtown News posts comments to stories on our website. Here are some of the most recent responses. Additional comments appear on downtownnews.com. Further responses are welcome. Regarding the articles “Art Walk Saved” and “What the Heck Happened to Art Walk,” by Richard Guzmán, both published online Oct. 1 ow, what a bunch of bumblers. Art Walk was a huge asset that took a long time to build, and just needed some professional management and marketing guidance to blossom into what it truly could become. Even the fact that they were discussing canceling the event shows how clueless they were about what needed to be done. They had done the hard work; getting to legitimacy and corporate dollars was easy from where they were. —posted by CH, Oct. 1, 11:20 a.m.
hen the dust settles, I hope the Downtown Art Walk board can build a more effective organization that includes some of the businesses and political interests that have benefited from the success of the event. Surely capturing a small percentage of the money that flows into Downtown coffers to pay for sanitation and security can not be too great a challenge for the developers, investors and business leaders who pioneered L.A.’s urban renaissance. After all, the Downtown Art Walk is the most visible symbol of their efforts. —posted by Jonathan Jerald, Oct. 1, 4:17 p.m.
ust why couldn’t all of this have been done before there was such a hullabaloo? I mean, really! The costs and the various issues surrounding the event certainly were known to the board and the local property owners. And now that [former director] Jay [Lopez is] gone they can come up with a salary? Doesn’t say much for the proactiveness of the people in charge of and surrounding the event, now, does it? —posted by Tobasco Jack Pepper, Oct. 1, 9:41 p.m.
oney like that should be going to the artists, possibly as grants. I know too many that create so much work and are lucky to sell a couple pieces a year. Don’t get me wrong though, I absolutely love Art Walk and all that it has done to boost the L.A. art community. —posted by LA Art Lover, Oct. 2, 1:12 a.m.
y feeling is that the event goes from Art Walk to Booze Walk. After 7 p.m. the masses push you through the streets with no chance to stop in front of a gallery and see. If somebody is interested in the art displayed there, come before 7 p.m. —posted by Harald, Oct. 2, 10:17 a.m.
Dear Editor, he new Pico-Garnier Block developer (“El Pueblo Takes First Step to Rehabilitate Pico-Garnier Block,” by Richard Guzmán, Sept. 6) should be aiming to enhance the historic aspect of El Pueblo with a new City of Los Angeles Museum, which is nowhere to be found in our megalopolis. It needs to be in our most historic landmark, El Pueblo. The Pico House would be a prime location for this historic timepiece, which can give multitudes of communities and neighborhoods of the city an honorable place to display the most prominent collection of Los Angeles’ past, present and future experiences. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the nation. Both New York and Chicago have had city museums for decades. San Francisco is completing a project to turn the old United States Mint into the San Francisco Museum and Historical
Society, which will open in 2012. When will Los Angeles have its own museum to tell our story? —Hynda Rudd, Glendale, former Los Angeles City Archivist
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lived Downtown for several years. During that time, Art Walk became a noisy pain in the neck, so I moved. The huge crowd partied late and loud and really deteriorated the quality of life. Quarterly seems more reasonable. —posted by Anthony, Oct. 5, 5:13 p.m.
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t first glance, it doesn’t look like there is much going on at the former department store at Ninth Street and Broadway. The seven-story building has only been open a little more than a month, and the management concedes that some final touches are still being applied. The pool is not installed yet, and neither is the dog park. The hotel-like services, a stylish lobby and community rooms also have not been completed. Yet this is a case where looks are deceiving: Despite the list of pieces to come, the 82-apartment complex called the Blackstone is already more than 70% leased. “We’ve had a great response,” said Kerri Moran, the manager of the 1916 building. “It’s been a lot of word of mouth.” The project comes courtesy of Standard Developments, a subsidiary of Neighborhood Efforts, a company that has been in business for 15 years and specializes in historic renovations. It is run by the husband and wife team of Allen Gross and Arax Harutunian. Their previous projects include the Los Altos Apartments, a Mission Revival style building on Wilshire Boulevard, and renovations to the Victor Clothing building in Downtown. The couple purchased the Blackstone two years ago for a price they would not reveal. Their goal, said Gross, was to do something different than many of the other conversions in Downtown. “We saw a lot of historic renovations in Downtown and what we noticed was that most of it was mainly rectangle lofts with concrete floors, exposed systems,” he said. “We thought what we would do instead of the more typical loft was we would go with more higher-end finishes, more urban luxury.” Gross credits the quick occupancy to word of mouth and bus tours organized by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District that introduce potential residents to Downtown living opportunities. Of course, the historical aspect might also play a role.
The building was designed by John Parkinson, whose work includes City Hall, Union Station and the L.A. Coliseum. Today, the exterior looks much like it did when it was the Blackstone Department Store (founded by Nathanial Blackstone, the brother-in-law of J.W. Robinson of the Robinson’s Department Store). The baroque-style building features a glass-walled first floor retail space and in some units, floor-to-ceiling windows cover entire walls. The Big Dig The building opened at 901 S. Broadway, but closed after the Great Depression. It has remained mostly vacant since then, Gross said. After a two-year renovation, the Blackstone includes studio, one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 400-1,300 square feet. Prices are $1,450-$3,200. There is also 8,000 square feet of retail space. The hardest part of the building, said Gross, was a subterranean, two-level parking facility. “We dug underground and retrofitted the entire building because we wanted to have underground parking,” Gross said. “That was a big undertaking. That was almost like working on two separate buildings for us.” However, it has not solved all the parking issues. The garage only has space for 54 cars (one parking space per unit is included in the rent). Thus, the last people to move in will have to park at a lot next door. Inside, the apartments hold hardwood floors, black granite countertops, porcelain sinks and Hansgrohe faucets, which Gross said cost $500 apiece. There are high ceilings and windows that are approximately four-by-eight feet in most units, but no exposed ducts. Residences on the third floor, which is where the main window dressings for the department store were concentrated (there were also displays on the ground floor), have views of the Eastern Columbia Building across the street. The units also include smoked-glass closets and bathroom doors. The original marble floor was maintained in the lobby. Gross said he plans to add a fountain near the entrance.
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Less than two months after opening, the Blackstone is more than 70% leased. The husband and wife team of Allen Gross (above) and Arax Harutunian turned the 1916 former department store into 82 apartments.
Currently, white, high-backed suede benches and TVs displaying images of a fire greet residents. There is also a courtyard in the center of the building surrounded by about 16 units. Balconies hang over the courtyard. “We wanted to bring in natural light and ventilation. That allowed us to have more open space for the tenants,” Gross said. Coming Up Gross also wants to give his tenants some hotel-like service. He said he has signed leases with a coffee shop, a clothing store, a beauty store, and has garnered some interest in a bar. As part of the lease agreement, the coffee shop will have to supply room service, and tenants will have their own elecsee Blackstone, page 8
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A three-story Metro bus operations and maintenance project got a boost last week from a $47.75 million Federal Transit Administration grant. It would rise on the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street. by Jon Regardie executive editor
nother major transportation-related project was announced for Downtown Los Angeles last week. Unlike rail efforts that can take a decade or more, this one is slated to come online in less than three years.
On Monday, Oct. 4, local and federal officials announced a $95 million bus operations and maintenance facility near Metro’s headquarters. The lion’s share of the funding comes from a $47.75 million Federal Transit Administration grant, part of its State of Good Repair Bus Initiative. The three-story Division 13 facility,
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Restaurants Continued from page 1 Seventh between Figueroa and Olive streets in the past two years (see sidebar below). In the fact, the corridor, which some long envisioned as a “restaurant row,” is now living up to the label. Downtown advocates are quick to say that this is no accident. “This was a specific initiative we launched a few years back and we’ve actively recruited a number of different restaurants,” said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. In 2004, the BID began trying to
recruit restaurants to Seventh Street, recognizing the spine’s central location for workers, residents and visitors in the Financial District, the Historic Core and South Park. “It’s a perfect place to focus hospitality and entertainment and it is paying off and we are delighted,” Schatz said. “We think it’s a good mix in terms of what we envisioned for the area.” Drawn by Crowds Restaurants have been arriving at a steady pace since April 2009, when Bottega Louie opened at Seventh and Grand. Two of the most anticipated are Sugarfish and Mas Malo. The latter is a sister restaurant of the popular Silver Lake spot Malo, partly owned by Mitchell Frank, the owner of Downtown-based concert programmer/nightclub operator Spaceland Productions.
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Bottega Louie is credited as being the catalyst for the current vibrant food scene on the street.
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ers are urged to follow his dining suggestions, which are based on what is fresh. Nozawa has been known to refuse serving people who ask for California Rolls, spicy tuna or other items that veer from a purist sushi aesthetic. “This community is growing and we wanted to be part of it,” said Tom Nozawa, the chef’s son and a partner in Sugarfish. “I think it’s great having all these other restaurants around us.” Sugarfish has two other locations, in Marina del Rey and Brentwood. The Downtown spot at 600 W. Seventh St. will have a similar modern, casual vibe as the other two. Cameron Broumand, also a partner in Sugarfish, said they chose their location partly based on the vibrancy of the Seventh Street corridor. “For a long time Downtown was a place you didn’t go to,” said Broumand. “Bottega Louie across the street really kind of sold this area for us, and from a location standpoint, Seventh and Grand is probably the closest to all the things you want to do Downtown. The more synergy over here, the more people are drawn to the area, the better for us.” The Louie Factor Bottega Louie was not the first restaurant to open on Seventh Street. But it was the one that changed everything. With more than 200 employees and a sprawling,
10,000-square-foot space at 530 W. Seventh St., the upscale market and sit-down eatery is packed day and evening, weekdays and weekends. Its owners, a group of investors known as the Beverly Hills Food Company, settled on the space on the ground floor of the otherwise empty Brockman Building after carefully researching the area. They spent about three months surveying activity and monitoring pedestrian traffic before opening in April 2009. The full house has made it easier for the DCBID and people like Derrick Moore to sell the neighborhood. As vice president of brokerage services at real estate firm CB Richard Ellis, Moore helped pen the deals for Bottega Louie and restaurants including Soi 7, at 518 W. Seventh St., and even the Subway a few doors down. “Bottega Louie has almost been that beacon for Seventh Street, for restaurants and other retailers to say, ‘Look what we’ve done and come and join us,’” he said. He noted that despite the weak economy, there is still a lot of interest in the area. “It’s an ideal place to have all of the retail come together,” he said. “You have the Metro station, foot traffic from the Financial District, L.A. Live, and having restaurants clustered there really does create a critical mass and a focal point for consumers.” The rents have helped. Moore said that after the economy
started to go south, rates along the corridor dropped from about $3.50 to $2.50 per square foot. James Doell is one of those who has reaped the rewards of the street’s culinary evolution. The owner of the Thai restaurant Soi 7 saw his original opening delayed by construction issues. Instead Soi 7 debuted last November and, with crowds already spurred by Bottega Louie, Doell said he sees 300 to 500 customers daily. “The cluster helps,” he said of the restaurant concentration. “This area is a destination.” Of course, not even the best-laid plans and biggest crowds can prevent unforeseen problems. In late summer, a Downtown outpost of the Irish pub and restaurant Dublin’s debuted at 815 W. Seventh St. On Sept. 29, it was shut down by the Los Angeles County Department of Health because some upgrades were done to the kitchen without the proper permits, said Amaka Oranusi, a department official. Oranusi said the owners must submit an application for the upgrades before they can reopen. As of late last week, the phone at Dublin’s was disconnected. Two things are for sure though: Once Dublin’s gets its house in order, it will have an ample Seventh Street dining audience to woo. But it will also have a lot of competition. Contact Richard Guzmán at email@example.com.
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Hiker Continued from page 1 “This trail is not clearly defined. When I was walking, there was one trail, the West Loop, but that’s a really long hike. And there was no sign of my trail. So for some reason, I don’t know why, I might have felt like I’m James Dean, because I started going into these canyons. I never do that. I thought I was going in the right direction. I kept going through these canyons and I came across bigger drop-offs. You had to go down like 12 feet to get into the next one, and it just got worse and worse. “I was amazed at how big these canyons were — wide and deep. The last one, the drop was like 20 feet, so you had to do it part time: Go over rocks, go down rocks and jump down. After that I said to myself, ‘What the hell am I doing in these canyons?’ I’ve never been here before and they just go on and on. That’s when I went up this hill, a really disgusting hill that it turns out is called Burnt Hill, to escape the canyons and go back, hopefully to the trail. “I did find the trail, but I missed the cutoff, and ended up in this big, white wash, which I walked along for 15-20 miles. You can’t turn
in any direction. You have to go where the wash goes. Friday night, the first night, I slept in this cute baby canyon that was only about 20 feet wide. “Saturday morning, September 25, I got up. It wasn’t so cute. I had to climb rocks to get out of the canyon, and I had no idea how I had gotten in there. I was already out of water by Saturday morning. Those last sips were just delicious. The water was sweet. “I looked for the large white wash again, and walked uphill for several hours, in two different directions. I could not find it. I ended up exhausted in a hot canyon and I could not walk. I hid under a tree all day. At night it was freezing. “Sunday morning I walked downhill because I wanted to be warm at night. I couldn’t go uphill anyway. My legs were finished. It was extremely hot, so I hid under a white boulder for hours. When the sun finally hit me, I cut over to a small canyon of about five acres. I was getting weaker and weaker. I would have died without my hiking stick to raise and lower myself. “But that little five-acre canyon saved my life. I stayed there five days. It always had shade. It turns out I became very friendly with this horsefly. It was my companion there. It slept on me and hung out all day. “Mentally, I was just plotting and con-
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Evenings began with the gold shimmer of the Southern Cross and on the first dawn the giant Orion came and hovered like a mother over me telling me that I had made it through the night and a new day would come.
Once I took the first scramble into those canyons I could not return upwards and after three I found myself on the side of a big gray hill headed down and held to trees shrubs and boulders to keep from falling till the bottom.
My internal constellations were gone like desert water all poems, historic buildings, downtown development, and dreams of goddesses, only my wife and daughter stood like sentries in grey skirts and blanched faces.
I crossed Burnt Hill to escape and got to the majestic mauve hard rock canyon which rises like jewels from the broad white wash of Joshua Tree and carries you like Charon into the brown Mohave on a one way voyage.
It’s all about them and the rangers and search and rescue people who are angels disguised as old men, twenty somethings, horses and helicopter pilots who succor your family in crisis. They are the heroes not me.
I longed for the Green Lady, the mother of the mountains, to come in the morning and wash my poor worn feet. She didn’t but I had the six antiseptic cloths to fill my arms and legs with faux moisture. The horse fly also liked the pads.
On Wednesday, by leaning on my stick I got up and prayed for rain in Hebrew to YHVH. Before I could lift my knees off the dry escarpment, I saw pink lights and then rain fell. I lay down on my back with my mouth open. Copyright Ed Rosenthal
I signaled day and night three lights flashing blue and yellow on my silver emergency blanket and also blew my orange whistle three bursts in series when I saw a plane. I set two red and gold flare tinuing to move along. I stayed calm and focused. See, I’ve already had a heart attack — it happened 10 years ago, and it was tied to stress over a failed deal involving the Pacific Electric Building in Downtown. So I know not to get excited. “But on Monday night, I started to give up. I started to recite the ‘Shema Yisrael,’ which Jews say when they think they’re going to die. I saw that white tunnel that you’re supposed to see before you die. Then I heard a voice of Downtown Rabbi Moshe Greenwald say, ‘Are you really ready for this?’ And I said, ‘No.’ So then I knew I would just continue my efforts in the canyon. “The experience was very difficult, but it was beautiful out there too. I love the sky, so at night, I could tell time. The night starts out with the Southern Cross and when I would wake up and the giant Orion was there, that was kind of comforting to know you’ve made it through the night. It’s gorgeous out there. “While in the canyon, I signaled a lot. I created shadows on the hill where they could see me. I flashed off my aluminum blanket and I had a whistle, which was very loud, but I didn’t get a response. I lit two fires, and I lit a flare that I tore in two to use twice. It didn’t work because the area is just so huge.
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The County Strikes, Blue Velvet Shuts, and Fun With Fungus by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR
o Luck for the Irish: Maybe they ran out of lucky charms. Maybe they couldn’t find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Maybe they encountered a surly leprechaun. OK, enough with the jokes: Less than two months after opening at 815 W. Seventh St., Irish pub Dublin’s has been shut down and the phone is disconnected. A sign in the window of the bar last Tuesday, from the County Department of Public Health, said it was closed because of “No Public Health Permit.” According to county officials, the bar did some upgrades to the kitchen without obtaining the proper permits. They were forced to close following an inspection on Sept. 29 and must submit plans and get county approval before they can reopen. It’s unknown at this time if and when that will occur, but Dublin’s green flag is still waving outside the building, so let’s keep our four-leaf clovers crossed. Dublin’s is at 815 W. Seventh St., or dublinsdowntownla.com.
n Blue Velvet Sings the Blues: For a time, it was one of the most heralded restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles. But the chic eatery Blue Velvet closed Sept. 16 and vacated its space at the apartment complex The Flat. “It’s gone and we are looking for another restaurant that’s conducive to our tenants,” said Chris Salayko, the regional property manager of The Flat in City West. The 4-year-old restaurant’s original chef was Kris Morningstar, who garnered quite a following for a menu of Asian-fusion and American cuisine. However, he left in February 2008 (he’s currently at District in Hollywood), the menu changed and things never got back on course. Additionally, it wasn’t too popular with some of the building’s residents, who took to the web to complain about Blue Velvet’s noise and late-night clientele. n Humongous Fungus Among Us: It
is one of the rarest foods in the world, but for the next two months it could be one of the most popular lunch and dinner specials in Downtown. Drago Centro in the Financial District has come across a large trove of truffles, and is offering a white truffle special for $70 per person. That gets you a choice of two dishes served with the hard-to-find fungus: a mushroom risotto or tagliolini pasta. The hefty price stems from how hard the truffles from the Piedmont region of Italy are to harvest: They grow a few inches underground, and must be sniffed out by specially trained pigs and dogs. They are only in season for the next couple of months. Just don’t be a pig yourself and wolf down the whole Downtown supply. Drago Centro is at 525 S. Flower St., (213) 228-8998 or dragocentro.com.
LeFevre attended the Culinary Institute of America and later traveled to France, where he worked at various acclaimed restaurants. He joined Water Grill in 2004, replacing Michael Cimarusti, who departed to found Providence. LeFevre will remain at Water Grill until mid-November. His departure will not be the only change: The restaurant will soon begin some upgrades, although officials are not yet providing details. Water Grill is at 544 S. Grand Ave., (213) 891-0900 or watergrill.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at email@example.com. Katie Schaufelberger contributed to this report.
n Finger-Licking Fall: After that recent round of scorching days, summer has given way to autumn. To mark the change of seasons, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion has launched a fall prix-fixe menu for $35.95 per person. Appetizers include “Elaine’s” Kabocha Squash Salad, named for the Facebook fan who suggested the main ingredient, and blackened rock shrimp and red bean soup. Entrees choices include artichoke and goat cheese crusted salmon, cilantro grilled tiger shrimp, Parmesan and Dijon crusted chicken and braised beef short ribs. Desserts options are pumpkin and ginger cheesecake and Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. Roy’s is at 800 S. Figueroa St., (213) 488-4994 or roysrestaurant.com.
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sounds and beats to exemplify the theme. “We wanted to show the diversity we have even within one group,” Im said. At the heart of the group is David Liang, a Kansas-born Chinese American who majored in applied mathematics and economics at Harvard. “We’re seeing more Asians entering the arts, and this festival is a great opportunity to get some talented Asian acts together,” he said. Liang, whose music blends the sounds of 1930s Shanghai jazz bands with hip-hop and electronica sounds, will perform a 45-50 minute set along with a DJ and MC. His music will be synchronized with images of Shanghai. The intent is both to spark an interest for those not familiar with the city, and to serve as a nostalgia device for people who have been there. Liang’s secondary goal is to show that talent speaks for itself, regardless of cultural backgrounds. “I think maybe five years ago you didn’t hear about a lot of Asian American artists, but you hear more about them now,” Liang said. On YouTube you see artists [of Asian decent], and that breaks down a lot of barriers. This is a recent change. If you have talent, people in America will respect that.” Liang also expects the show will open the eyes of others to Asian American artists. Im agreed, and said performers such as Liang will attract a non-Asian audience who just want hear their favorite kind of music. “I think that the event is not designed by Asian Americans to be by ourselves listening to our own artists,” Im said. “The show is to show Asian American artists to all audiences, and that we are culturally relevant in America, performing and achieving on the highest level.” The festival will close Oct. 17 with the theme Identity. The final performer is vocalist Charmaine Clamor, a veteran of the jazz scene. Often called the Queen of Jazzipino, she will unleash her signature blend of jazz, blues, soul and Filipino folk music. Clamor performed at the inaugural event last year when the focus was exclusively on jazz. She said she is glad the doors have been opened for other musicians. “It’s a great way to combine all forms of music. It reaffirms the notion that music united everyone,” she said. For her performance, Clamor plans on introducing some sounds from the Philippines, where she was born and began singing at the age of 3. Her career started by entertaining riders on buses heading for Manila. “Music is just so universal,” she said. “It touches all sorts of culture, and what’s exciting about this coming festival is that we’re showing the audience how Asian Americans have contributed to these different genres of music.” The Asian American Music Festival is Oct. 15-17 at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St. Tickets and additional information are at photo courtesy of Asian American Music Festival asianamericanmusicfestival.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at Hip-hop artist Shing02 kicks of the festival, which runs email@example.com. Oct.15-17 at the Japanese American National Museum.
He’s been called the “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma.” The night closes with Shing02, a Japanese rapper who spits lyrics in both English and Japanese while blending reggae and traditional Japanese sounds into his songs. On Saturday afternoon, the festival examines how different generations of artists have influenced each other; the movement is called, fittingly, Generations. The lineup includes Jon Jang, a pianist and composer known for chronicling Chinese American history through his work. He will be joined by classical and jazz pianist Gary Fukushima. Stars of the Islands will be the theme for the Saturday evening performances. Im said he expects this show to sell out thanks to the popularity of ukulele legend Jake Shimabukuro. “He’s a world famous ukulele player and people are coming from all over to see him,” Im said. While the ukulele doesn’t get as much as attention as, say, the guitar, Shimabukuro recently released an album titled Live. It highlights his best performances from shows around the world. Talent Speaks for Itself Sunday afternoon’s shows, performed under the theme of Angles, should also prove popular, thanks to the Shanghai Restoration Project. The group will use hip-hop and electronic
hen Paul Im launched the Asian American Jazz Festival last year, he wanted the three-day event in Downtown Los Angeles to showcase the contributions Asian Americans have made to the genre. That’s not enough for him any more. This year, Im is going global, mixing in more sounds and reinventing the event with hip-hop, world music, pop and electronic acts. The renamed Asian American Musical Festival runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 1517, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. “Asian Americans have a rich history in all kinds of music,” Im said last week, explaining the expansion. “We have rich histories in hip-hop, jazz, world and electronic music. The festival celebrates diversity while focusing on Asian American cultural identity.” The festival will tie the genres together under five “movements.” The first, labeled Urbanism, comes on opening night, with a slate of hiphop artists. It begins with Kero One, a San Francisco-based rapper and DJ who concentrates on the more soulful side of the genre. He’ll be photo courtesy of Scott Mitchell followed by Dana Leong, who fuses Jazz singer Charmaine Clamor closes the festival Oct. 17 hip-hop with jazz and electronica. with her Jazzipino sounds.
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Sweet Talk in Sweetwater Ahmanson Sets Up a Big, Rollicking Tent With Leap of Faith by Jeff favre contributing writer
asing a big-budget musical on a 1992 movie that has been largely forgotten begs an obvious question: Why? The answer, or at least the one director Rob Ashford could provide, is “Have a little faith.” He would be correct. That’s because after all of the readings and workshops, the change in director from Taylor Hackford to Ashford (who already was serving as the show’s choreographer) and two weeks of previews that led to more alterations, the world premiere of Leap of Faith that opened last week at the Ahmanson Theatre is a Broadway-worthy musical. More than that, Leap of Faith proves that composer and Disney hit-maker Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) has the skill — as does his current collaborator, lyricist Glenn Slater — to create an increasingly rare, old-fashioned musical. Filled with catchy melodies, interesting characters and a storyline that can appeal to a wide audience without relying on broad humor and over-the-top melodrama, Leap of Faith earns the overused “feel good” moniker. Unlike the Menken-Slater misstep Sister Act, which was a pale imitation of the movie, Leap of Faith transcends the original, which lacked true heart and soul, despite starring Steve Martin and Debra Winger. Here, a fusion of wonderful songs, and a wealth of powerful, honest performances, equals a twoand-a-half-hour tent revival that gets crowds clapping in their seats. Ashford, who impressed last year directing and choreographing Parade at the Mark
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Sister and bother Sam (left, Kendra Kassebaum) and Jonas (Raúl Esparza) are out to separate some smalltown Kansas folk from their money in Leap of Faith. It plays at the Ahmanson Theatre through Oct. 24.
Taper Forum, sells the show from the moment the curtain rises. The people of Sweetwater, Kan., dressed in faded pastels and bathed in pale orange light, wearily stand in front of withering cornstalks and a nonfunctioning water drill — a portrait of despair. The locals, watching the never-ceasing sun, bow and bend in a series of sweeping dance steps. Their routine contrasts sharply with a band of arriving outsiders. An evangelical choir, and preacher Jonas Nightingale (Raúl Esparza), a conman with a gift for raising hopes and passing the offering basket, has been stranded after their bus breaks. So they opt to make some dough off the hard-luck town already ravaged by drought and unemployment.
Jonas and his sister Sam (Kendra Kassebaum) are experienced scammers. With a wireless microphone system, she feeds private information about the townsfolk to her brother. The siblings have a serious track record of separating believers (and those who want to believe) from their money. Of course, there’s a hitch. Jonas’ way of thinking is tested by the widowed Marva (Brooke Shields) and her son Boyd (Nicholas Barasch). Jonas and his crew also must face Sheriff Will Braverman (Jarrod Emick), who wants to protect the residents from the scam and keep them focused on paying for the drill that he hopes will eventually strike water. Leap of Faith tells much of its story through
song, and most of Menken’s score is based in gospel and country. There are numerous highlights, though the standouts are the three tent revival numbers performed by Jonas and his choir, led by Ida Mae (Kecia Lewis-Evans, whose booming vocals are spine-tingling). A shortcoming in many musicals is the dialogue, but this book (by Slater and Janus Cercone) rarely feels forced. Ashford elicits a natural conversational style from his cast, which adds to the story’s authenticity. Still, with all Leap of Faith has going for it, a strong rudder is needed. Fortunately, Esparza is more than capable of steering the production. He is masterful in every aspect, a considerable feat with a role so new. His swagger and charisma as Jonas is infectious and he has enough charm to make it seem believable that Marva might fall for him. Shields, though not a vocal powerhouse, holds her own as the strong-willed mother who fiercely loves and protects her son. Barasch, as Boyd, displays an angelic voice and a can-do attitude that makes him a modern Tiny Tim. It’s clear from the few changes in the program’s song lineup that Ashford kept tinkering with the show throughout previews. The alterations appear to have strengthened the whole, and his choreography is seamlessly integrated into each scene, as if it springs directly from the music. The technical aspects are also in harmony, in particular Robin Wagner’s beautiful and functional scenic design, and Donald Holder’s breathtaking lighting. Ashford may keep tweaking Leap of Faith throughout this Downtown run, though it is already in great shape. If the show doesn’t eventually become a Broadway hit, that would be a shame. We’ll just have to have a little faith. Leap of Faith runs through Oct. 24 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.com.
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he Los Angeles Philharmonic season is underway, and in week two there’s already a highlight. Gustavo Dudamel (shown here) leads the orchestra this week in four performances (Oct. 14-17) of Messiaen’s Turangalila-symphonie a 10-movement, 80-minute “love phonie, song” inspired by the story of Tristan and Isolde. A major part for solo piano will feature keyboardist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who just happened to be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame this past summer. Adding to the romantic wonder of Messiaen’s work is a part for the ondes martenot to be performed by Cynthia Millar. One of the earliest electronic instruments, it was invented in 1928 and its eerie, wavering sounds are produced by oscillating vacuum tubes. But don’t try that with your Hoover. At Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.org.
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SPONSORED LISTING Asian American Music Festival Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or janm.org. Oct. 15-17: The Asian American Music Festival features Kero One, Milk and Jade by Dana Leong and Shing02 on Friday starting at 8:30 p.m.; On Saturday at 1:30 p.m. the lineup features the Gary Fukushima GF3 Trio, Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Arkestra with Taikoproject. At 8:30 p.m., it’s Abe Lagrimas Jr. and Noel Okimoto Quartet, and ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro. On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Emi Meyer and the Shanghai Restoration Project are featured. Then at 6:30 p.m., the festival closes with the Sachal Vasandani Quartet and Charmaine Clamor and her Killin’ Sweethearts.
f you’re looking for a kind and gentle bit of Halloween entertainment, try Bob Baker’s Halloween HoopDee-Do revue, which is playing all month at kid-friendly times. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater continues its 50th anniversary season with this seasonal fave that features more than 100 puppets, from the Purple People Eater to the Invisible Man (wonder how they do that?) to Roaring ’20s skeletons shaking their tailbones. Hang out after the HoopDee-Do for some refreshments with the puppeteers in the Party Room. It runs through Oct. 31 at 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or bobbakermarionettes.com.
he World City performance series brings the world’s cultures to the Music Center’s outdoor Keck Amphitheatre at Disney Hall. For the next six months or so, international artists will share their heritage through music, dance, song and storytelling in free, family-oriented performances. The globe-skipping begins Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble exploring the influences of Cuban culture including the rumba, conga and son as well as West African and Haitian influences. After the shows, kids can participate in art-making workshops (that’s free, too). At 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4396 or musiccenter.org.
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FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Takedowns and Falls is a documentary about a group of Pennsylvania teens and their relationships with a high school wrestling team on a journey to win a state championship. Flagship Theatres University Village 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321 or flagshipmovies.com. Visit website for current schedule. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through Nov. 28: Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D will immerse audiences in the story of an ocean wave and the lives it impacts and transforms. Hubble 3D takes movie-goers on a journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings and accompany spacewalking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs lets you journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m.: Master collagist Lewis Klahr returns with a new series, Prolix Satori. Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through Oct. 14: It’s Kind of a Funny Story (1:30, 4:20, 7 and 9:30 p.m.); Life As We Know It (1:10, 1:50, 4, 4:40, 6:50, 7:30, 9:40 and 10:20 p.m.); My Soul to Take (12, 2:40, 5:20, 8 and 10:50 p.m.); Secretariat (1.20, 4:10, 7 and 9:50 p.m.); Case 39 (1, 3:50, 6:30 and 9:10 p.m.); Let Me In (12:50, 3:50, 6:40 and 9:20 p.m.); The Social Network (12:40, 1:10, 1:40, 3:40, 4:10, 4:40, 6:40, 7:10, 7:40, 9:40 and 10:30 p.m.); Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (1:40, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:20 p.m.); Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (1, 4:20, 7:20 and 10:40 p.m.); Easy A (12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:30 p.m.); The Town (1:30, 4:50, 7:50 and 11 p.m.); Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (10 p.m.). Oct. 15 (partial list): Red (1:20, 4:10, 7 and 9:50 p.m.).
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THEATER, OPERA & DANCE Anton’s Uncles Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.com. Oct. 16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 2 p.m.: In this physical deconstruction of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” only the men are left to wrestle with their desires. Through Oct. 24. Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-Dee-Do The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or bobbakermarionettes.com. Oct. 12-15, 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 16-17, 2:30 p.m.: A fantastical cast includes more than 100 Halloween themed puppets, from the Purple People Eater and the Invisible Man to a gaggle of skeletons dancing the night away. Through Oct. 31. The Glass Menagerie Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 6282772 or centertheatregroup.org. Oct. 12-15, 8 p.m.; Oct. 16, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: Tennessee Williams’ classic stars two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey as Amanda Wingfield. Through Oct. 17. Il Postino Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or losangelesopera.org. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Based on the popular 1994 Italian film, this world premiere by Daniel Catán stars Plácido Domingo as the poet Pablo Neruda. Also starring Amanda Squitieri, Cristina GallardoDomâs and Nancy Fabiola-Herrera. Grant Gershon conducts. Through Oct. 16. La Victima Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org. Oct. 14-16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 3 p.m.: The story of a family in search of a better life, separated by borders, lost dreams and lost identity, also features plenty of live music and dancing. Through Oct. 31. Leap of Faith Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 6282772 or centertheatregroup.org. Oct. 12-15, 8 p.m.; Oct. 16, 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: Conman Jonas Nightingale brings his gospel-charged tent revival to rain-starved Kansas in this world premiere musical. Raul Esparza dominates and Brooke Shields holds her own. See review on p. 17. Through Oct. 24. The Marriage of Figaro Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or losangelesopera.org. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 17, 2 p.m.: Plácido Domingo conducts one of opera’s greatest comic masterpieces that turns convention upside down when the wily Figaro (Daniel Okulitch) outwits his master, Count Almaviva (Bo Skovhus). Martina Serafin takes the part of the Countess. Rebekah Camm and Marlis Petersen share the role of Susanna. Through Oct. 17. Prince of Puddles Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.com. Oct. 16, noon: A family-friendly, comic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Through Oct. 30. The Reckoning
Downtown News 19 Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org. Oct. 14-16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 3 p.m.: A Louisiana crawfish farm owned by an affluent AfricanAmerican family was once a sugar plantation worked by slaves, and is consequently filled with all manner of secrets and treacheries. Presented by the Robey Theatre Company. Through Oct. 24. What Happened at Mayville? LoLa Downtown, 929 E. 2nd St. Studio 105, (213) 680-0392 or loftensemble.com. Oct. 15-16, 9 p.m.: Timed with the Halloween season and not for the faint of heart, the LOFT Ensemble presents a theatrical experience that visits a small town — then everything takes a sudden and unexpected turn. Mature audiences only. Through Nov. 13. The Wiggle Room Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., (213) 489-3703 or companyofangels.org. Oct. 14-16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: In a moment of economic shutdown, a question of ownership comes between two people: Who owns what, and is it worth it? Through Oct. 24. Wrought Iron Fog REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Oct. 14-16, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Tere O’Connor’s layered choreography highlights unexpected shifts in rhythm and mood while building complex relationships.
ART SPACES 118 Winston 118 Winston St., Second Fl., (310) 422-5402 or 118winston.com. Opening Oct. 11: Alden Marin’s “All the Angels of the City.” ADC Contemporary Art Gallery Factory Art Place Complex, 1330 Factory Place, (323) 839-5786 or adccontemporaryartgallery.com. Opening Oct. 16: Chiyomi Taneike Longo’s “The Silence Between Lines.” Art Squared Gallery Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare. Ongoing: Pershing Square Art Squared Gallery is an outdoor cityscape venue. The gallery has six 8’ x 8’ wall openings that display digital reproductions of artist works. Arty 634 S. Main St., (213) 213-7829 or artyla.com. Contemporary art gallery featuring West Coast artists. Bert Green Fine Art 102 W. Fifth St., (213) 624-6212 or bgfa.us. Through Oct. 30: Jeff Gillette’s international slumscapes evoke a cacophony of shapes and colors revealing themselves as artifacts of the human spirit. Scott Horsley’s drawings look at issues of masculinity in relation to technology, sex, consumerism and the anti-social paranoia of the security-obsessed state. 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. Opening Oct. 14: Two solo shows-for-one at CB1 gets you Martin Durazo’s “Plata O Plomo” and Chris Oatey’s “Animate Objects.” Through Nov. 14. Charlie James Gallery 975 Chung King Road, (213) 687-0488 or cjamesgallery.com. Through Oct. 16: “Indelible Whispers of the Sun” is comprised of new work by Bay Area artist Ala Ebtekar. 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. Cirrus Gallery 542 S. Alameda St., (213) 680-3473 or cirrusgallery.com. Through Nov. 6: Retrospective exhibition of works on paper by Craig Kauffman, spanning the years 1958-2000. The Company 946 Yale St., (213) 221-7082 or thecompanyart.com. Through Oct. 16: Jen DeNike’s “The Scrying Trilogy” incorporates video, sculpture and a performance/sculpture installation in pieces that expand on the ballet Scrying, which was developed in Santa Monica. Crewest 110 Winston St., (213) 627-8272, crewest.com or thelabellab.com. Through Oct. 31: “Faces of Skid Row” is a group photography show. Downtown Art Gallery 1611 S. Hope St., (213) 255-2067 or downtownag.com. DAG exhibits the works of emerging and midcareer painters and print-makers. Edgar Varela Fine Arts 102 W. Fifth St., (213) 604-3634 or edgarvarelafinearts.com. Through Oct. 30: Ivan Limas’ “Free to Behave.”
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Listings Continued from previous page Gary Leonard 860 S. Broadway, takemypicture.com. Take My Picture is a gallery dedicated to Gary Leonard’s photographs, documenting the public and private culture of Los Angeles with significant guest collections. Hive Gallery & Studios 729 S. Spring St., (213) 955-9051 or thehivegallery.com. Through Oct. 30: “Hell vs. The Monster Mash” is a group show. Human Resources 510 Bernard St., humanresourcesla.com. Through Oct. 19: “Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin,” a 16mm installation by Mariah Garnett. L2kontemporary 990 N. Hill St. #205, (626) 319-3661 or l2kontemporary.com. Opening Oct. 16: “Echoes and Fractures” is a show of paintings by Thomas Trivitt. Through Nov. 13. The Latino Museum
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514 S. Spring St., (213) 626-7600 or thelatinomuseum.com. Ongoing: The Latino Museum holds a unique collection of work from emerging and established contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano artists working and living in the United States as well as throughout Latin, Central and South America. LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 617-3274 or laartcore.org. Through Oct. 31: Matthew Thomas and Ehja Kang. Los Angeles Public Library Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lapl. org/events. Ongoing: The Annenberg Gallery displays some of the extraordinary materials collected by the Los Angeles Public Library since its founding in 1872. The inaugural exhibit, “Treasures of Los Angeles,” features items from the Hollywood collection, including vintage film posters, publicity photographs, postcards and other promotional items such as photo advertisements from Mexican films of the 1950s and 1960s.
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We Got Games Kings Home Opener and the NBA Preseason USC Trojans Football L.A. Coliseum, 3911 S Figueroa St., (213) 747-7111 or usctrojans.com. Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m.: Following a heartbreaking loss to the Washington Huskies and another tough matchup against Stanford, the Trojans host Cal. This may be one of the easier opponents of the season, so USC will be looking to slay the Golden Bears. Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. Oct. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.: The Lake Show is back, and looking for a three-peat. The team didn’t make any major offseason moves, opting instead for some tweaks by adding defensive stalwart (and occasional hot head) Matt Barnes. Jordan Farmar is gone, but Shannon Browne is back, and maybe in a heightened role. The Lakers return from Europe this week to host the Denver Nuggets in preseason action, then on Sunday will play the Clippers or the Jazz (TBD). Don’t expect to see much of Kobe Bryant, who is recovering from off-season knee surgery, or Andrew Bynum, who is out until at least late November. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St.,
(213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 17, time TBD: The Clippers have a new look. Literally. The team has some sleek new uniforms. Maybe the threads will be the difference this year? The team, again, looks formidable — on paper. Blake Griffin is healthy. Chris Kaman is coming off an All-Star berth. Eric Gordon played serious minutes on the Team USA squad that just won gold on the international stage. New coach Vinny Del Negro has wasted no time setting a tough tone, publicly declaring Baron Davis out-of-shape on day one of training camp. They put the new formula to the test in home pre-season games this week, hosting Denver and then Utah. A third pre-season game is against either the Lakers or Denver again. Los Angeles Kings Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. Oct. 12, 15 and 20, 7:30 p.m.: Get ready for the purple flood at Staples Center. The Kings have their home opener against the Thrashers. The Canucks come to town too, and then the Hurricanes. —Ryan Vaillancourt
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