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NEWS October 13, 2008

Volume 37, Number 41


Church & State Arrives 16


Going green, money for Little Tokyo, and other happenings Around Town.


Cliche Stadium looks at how the Dodgers got from there to here.

W W W. D O W N T O W N N E W S . C O M

Real Live Jobs More Than 3,000 People Seek Out Positions In AEG’s Mega-Project

Enrollment plans for the arts high school.


Urban Scrawl on the Broadway streetcar.


In the hunt for Class A office space.


The day Downtown got bombed.


Trying to climb 75 flights of stairs.


by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR


rmando Vargas was at the head of a long line last Tuesday morning. On a day when temperatures would soar into the 90s, he was there early in the effort to find a job in Anschutz Entertainment Group’s $2.5 billion L.A. Live project. “I’m hoping to get a job as security for L.A. Live,” said the 19-year-old. “I’ve been here since 8:30 a.m.” AEG officials said about 3,000 people showed up throughout the day on Oct. 7, many with resumes in hand. They were competing for about 500 jobs available at more than a dozen entertainment businesses and restaurants set to open in the coming months as part of the second phase of L.A. Live. Those who set up booths included Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge, the Yard House, Wolfgang Puck Catering and the Grammy Museum. Although interviews did not begin until 10 a.m., the line on a rooftop parking lot began to form about 90 minutes before that. The job fair continued until 7 p.m. Organized by AEG, most of the open positions were for hospitality jobs, including cooks, bartenders, housekeepers, baristas, ticket sellers and security guards. The new workforce, AEG officials said, is another step in the quickly growing South Park neighborhood, which is home to a bustling entertainment district, Downtown’s only chain grocery store and a slew of condominium and apartment buildings that house thousands of residents. “We’ve said all along that not only will L.A. Live bring more investment into Downtown from business owners and people visiting the theater, the restaurants and the clubs, but it would also have a genuine impact on the job market,” said Michael Roth, vice president of communications for AEG. “These 500 jobs will be in all types of positions, focusing a lot on hospitality, but there will also be management positions and security and public safety tasks.” see Job Fair, page 11

photo by Gary Leonard

How tough is the economy? About 3,000 people attended a job fair on Tuesday, Oct. 7, for restaurant and retail slots in the second phase of L.A. Live. They were competing for about 500 positions.

Making Sense of the Meltdown Downtown Panel Tackles Credit Crisis and How to Fix It The weird world of Martin Kippenberger.



by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


tanding beside a panel of economic and real estate experts about to address the current financial meltdown, moderator Jack Knott, dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, offered a rather sober introduction. The group of experts that gathered at the USC Davidson Conference Center on Tuesday, Oct. 7, included three academics, one chief executive of an asset management company, another investment firm’s chief risk officer and a veteran equity analyst. It was a group with the expertise and

knowledge capable of offering silver linings. But no such luck. “I had the pleasure of having dinner with our panelists and I was a little nervous about the economy before dinner,” Knott said, before turning the microphone to the group. “Now I’m really nervous. I have a little bit of indigestion.” The panel, organized by USC and titled “The Real Estate and Credit Meltdown: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go?” attracted more than 200 graduate and undergraduate business students as well as real estate professionals in search of answers.

One by one, the panelists offered their takes on what exactly brought the economy to its knees. Some blamed multi-party greed, while others took aim at inept regulatory agencies for failing to stop the glut of risky sub-prime mortgages flooding the marketplace. Everyone on the panel agreed that the problem now centers on the harsh reality that major financial institutions simply don’t trust each other. Banks won’t lend to each other and the same lack of confidence has average investors running away from the tumbling stock market. see Economy, page 10

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AROUNDTOWN Convention Center Notches Green Credentials


ulminating an 18-month effort to cut down on waste and energy use, the Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday will be presented with a certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — or LEED — from the U.S. Green Building Council. The award, which represents a widely accepted standard for environmentally friendly buildings, comes after the center invested about $3 million in energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, as well as composting and recycling programs, over the past two years, said Pouria Abbassi, the center’s general manager and CEO. Utility savings have essentially paid off the center’s investment already, Abbassi said. “We believe that for the city of Los Angeles to be, as Mayor Villaraigosa has talked about, the greenest city in the country, it has to have a convention center that reflects those ideals and we believe that we need to be in a leadership position,” Abbassi said.

Little Tokyo WWII Project Gets $4 Million


he Go for Broke National Education Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate the public on the World War II experience of Japanese American veterans, has received $4 million from the federal government to help build a new facility in Little Tokyo. Currently headquartered in Torrance, the organization signed a long-term lease with the city of Los Angeles in 2006 for property adjacent to the Go for Broke memorial in Little Tokyo, where they hope to break ground on a new educational venue in 2010. U.S. Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard and Adam Schiff and Sen. Daniel Akaka requested the funding as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on Sept. 30. The facility would feature an exhibit built around videotaped oral histories from men and women of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and other units that operated overseas

during World War II, said Christine Sato-Yamazaki, president and CEO of the National Education Center. The organization has now raised more than $5 million of the $15 million it needs to build the center, Sato-Yamazaki said. “Go for Broke National Education Center is thrilled to receive this funding,” Sato-Yamazaki said. “It takes us closer to our vision to build an education center where we can offer teacher training and educational programming that will keep the legacy of the Japanese American World War II veterans alive.”

County, State Agree to Land Split


n preparation for the Civic Park that is part of developer Related Cos.’ $3 billion Grand Avenue project, the County Board of Supervisors last week agreed to terminate its joint ownership with the state in a 4.65-acre plot on the northeast corner of First Street and Broadway. The agreement splits the land between the state and the county to help streamline the creation of the 16-acre park, which will run from the Music Center to City Hall. Under the deal, the county will reclaim sole ownership of a 2.69 acre strip of land now used as a parking lot that will eventually be part of the park. The state will gain sole ownership of a vacant 1.96 acre site directly west of City Hall that once housed a state office building. There are no detailed plans yet for that land. The park is scheduled to break ground next spring and wrap in 2011.

Dodgertown on the Way


s the Los Angeles Dodgers chase their first World Series title in 20 years, the team has received an early prize from the city: its own town. Well, sort of. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Oct. 7, the City Council approved a motion to rename the area around Dodger Stadium as Dodgertown. The motion, authored by Councilman Ed Reyes, whose First District includes the stadium, will have the postmaster general redraw a zip code boundary that covers the 276-acre property bounded by Academy Drive to the north, Lookout Drive to the south, Stadium Way to the west and Academy Drive/ Solano Avenue to the east. “Dodgertown is about celebrating and memorializing the great tradition that the Dodgers have

Why does this little burger stand attract over a million people a year?

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Yeah, you already know that the Dodgers swept the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs. But here’s one more look at the celebration after the team closed out the series on Oct. 4.

brought to this town,” Reyes said in a statement. The designation coincides with a $500 million renovation plan at the stadium launched by owner Frank McCourt. By 2012, the historic stadium will gain a promenade, retail shops, a picnic area and other amenities designed to make it a year-round attraction.

Fund Established In Honor of Salonen


he Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Board of Directors surprised the orchestra’s music director before the opening night gala on Oct. 2 by announcing onstage at Walt Disney Concert Hall the establishment of the Esa-Pekka Salonen Commissions Fund. With $1.6 million already raised by the Board and other supporters and associates of the Phil, the endowment in recognition of Salonen’s 17-year tenure will support commissions and performances of new work. Salonen, who will leave at the end of the 2008/09 season to focus on composing, has always been interested in the future of music and promoting new talent. Salonen was involved in selecting young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel to fill his post once he steps down.

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October 13, 2008

Arts High School To Have Audition Process Applicants at $232 Million Facility Will Undergo ‘Exercises’ For Skill, Interest Level by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer


s construction crews put the finishing touches on the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles Unified School District officials are beginning to craft a unique policy regarding which students will get to attend the $232 million facility. Once envisioned by philanthropist Eli Broad — whose foundation has given $5 million to the project — as a school for the city’s most talented young artists, the school instead will cater primarily to the low-income students who live in the surrounding communities. While the district will not employ a strict audition process, it will give priority to students with demonstrable talent, or potential, in the arts, said Richard Alonzo, superintendent of Local District 4 and the top LAUSD official overseeing the school. Unlike the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts at Cal State L.A., which utilizes a highly selective audition process to find the county’s most talented students, those who enroll at the campus at 450 N. Grand Ave. will have had little exposure to the art world, Alonzo said. “These parents don’t have the social capital to have their children take piano lessons or take them to art classes and have special instruction, which doesn’t mean that they don’t have the talent or the desire or the motivation to become artists and singers and actors and dancers,” Alonzo said. “We say those same world-class students exist, but kind of like diamonds in the rough in our neighborhood.” Incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors — the district will forego a senior class in the school’s first year, which begins in fall 2009 — will have to demonstrate talent, or proven potential and interest, to be accepted, he said. Starting this spring, the LAUSD will host a series of weekend “recruitment fairs” that will allow families to learn about the school and let potential students participate in informal evaluations, he said. The events will be open to students from across the LAUSD, as 30% of the school’s 1,700 seats are reserved for children who live outside the school’s feeder district, known as the Belmont Zone of Choice. Details regarding the selection process have not yet been finalized, but Alonzo said the district is working with art teachers and professionals to develop rubrics to determine a student’s fit for one of the school’s four academies: visual arts, drama, music and dance. “The students will go through various exercises, so for those interested in dance we’ll have dance classes so we can see if students have the right posture or bone structure to be able to be dancers, or a child interested in art, we’ll have them make drawings,” he said. The LAUSD is also reaching out to middle school arts teachers in the feeder district to help identify students who would be a good fit for the new school, Alonzo said. For now, Alonzo stressed that the selection process will not be highly competitive. But he said that could change. “The audition will be evolutionary and progressive as the school begins to develop a reputation,” he said. “We hope that in the future we’ll also be able to develop an audition process that will be fair to all kids and won’t be determined solely on economics and what parents are able to offer their children.” Different Method, Same Objective The enrollment process at the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts will differ from that at three other nearby high schools: Belmont High School, the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex and the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center. Those schools, which currently comprise the Belmont Zone of Choice, are divided into specialized academies. The 15 academies within the three institutions focus on areas such as engineering or social justice. To get into one of those academies, students merely have to indicate interest, Alonzo said. He added that 60% of students attend their top choice, and 75% of students get into their first, second or third selections. While the enrollment process at the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts will differ from the others — given

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the consideration for existing talent — it is still striving toward the same goal of giving students choice, said Maria Casillas, president of the nonprofit Families in Schools and a member of Discovering the Arts, an advisory board helping the district develop the new school. “Compared to the evaluation rubric that they’re currently using at the other schools, like the social justice school, it should be somewhat similar except the arts are more applied,” Casillas said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about giving students and parents choices.” In addition to developing the rubrics to evaluate potential students, the district is reviewing 26 candidates for the school’s principal position, which will have a major role in developing its arts curriculum, Alonzo said. Officials hope to select a principal by the photo by Gary Leonard end of the month, he said. The 1,700 students who enroll in the High School for the Visual and Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at Performing Arts when it opens in 2009 will have to demonstrate some artistic proficiency or interest. The school will cost $232 million.

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EDITORIALS Retail Reality


he impending closure of the Rite Aid at Seventh and Los Angeles streets is being discussed throughout Downtown, with many seeking to uncover what the failure of the 4-year-old business “means.” In particular, some are trying to determine what, if anything, the dissolution of the space in the Santee Village project in the Fashion District says about the overall health of Downtown Los Angeles. It is understandable, this desire to interpret the store’s departure as a symptom, or perhaps even a symbol, of a Downtown that is dealing with a slowing housing market, one where condominium projects are sometimes turning into rentals and foreclosures are increasing, just as they are in markets across the country. The worsening nationwide economic crisis adds fuel to the fire. However, it is wrong to see the Fashion District Rite Aid’s demise as anything more than what it is: an isolated instance in which a corporate store failed because the parent company, despite all its market research, chose the wrong location. This particular Rite Aid will close in November because its sales never met the projections of company analysts and accountants. When it comes to retail, the simple fact of the matter is that some stores succeed and others fail. This happens all across Los Angeles, and indeed, all around the world. Sometimes shops, whether birthed by individuals or mega-companies, die because they are in the wrong location, and other times it’s due to extenuating circumstances such as road construction that strangles foot traffic. Or the store owner just may be a bad businessperson or have a poor product. Whatever the case, stores can and do fail for myriad reasons that have nothing to do with the greater community.

When it comes to assessing the health of the Downtown retail sector, one needs to look at the entire community. Doing so, it is clear that many places are thriving and that establishments with an appropriate product and the right location are finding a loyal customer base among workers and residents. In a Los Angeles Downtown News article last week, a Rite Aid spokeswoman acknowledged that the Fashion District Rite Aid has been losing money every week, but she noted that the company’s two other Downtown stores are doing brisk business. That is the case across Downtown. The Ralphs Fresh Fare, opened in July 2007 and designed as one of the company’s upscale markets, has been a huge hit, and its hours have been expanded. It is not just the big players either: In places like the Old Bank District, small mom and pop shops are surviving and in some cases expanding. The Rite Aid’s demise also was not caused by the nationwide economic downturn. The store opened in 2004, when prices for condominiums were soaring, people across the country were freely spending on big-ticket items and only the most prescient were warning of a coming sub-prime crisis. Yet that store’s problems were always there. There have been some mitigating factors. If more residential units had followed the creation of Santee Village, there would have been additional Rite Aid patrons. Officials with Santee Village developer MJW Investments, meanwhile, argue that the store was not appropriately marketed and that with darkened and obscured windows it was difficult to see inside from the sidewalk. All those factors likely played a role, but mostly it is a case

In Praise of the Sandwich


radition is an easy buzzword to throw around, and a difficult one to live up to. While many entities across the city sell themselves at least in part on history, often it is just a deluded sense of nostalgia. That is not the case with Philippe The Original, which stands as an invigorating success story and, yes, a true Downtown Los Angeles tradition. On Oct. 6, the eatery near Union Station

celebrated its 100th birthday. Like almost everyone who has been there, we love Philippe’s, and we love that it still has sawdust on the floors. We love that it has long, common tables where you overhear the conversations of others, and they hear yours, and we love that you always see your favorite carving lady behind the counter, even if you keep going for decades. We love that blue collars, white collars and no

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collars congregate there and wait their turns peacefully in line, and we love that when you get to the front of that line you can still get a French dip sandwich, a side of slaw or a bag of chips and a lemonade for less than $10. Philippe’s is a special place in Downtown, one that has made a great accomplishment in serving up sandwiches for a century. We hope it is around for at least another 100 years.

of Rite Aid choosing the wrong place at the wrong time. Who knows, another store, maybe one with less merchandise and without the profit expectations of a national chain, could succeed there. This Rite Aid may not have survived. But the Downtown retail scene has an excellent future.

An Inner-City Accomplishment


t the risk of stating the obvious, it is nice to be able to report good news, to tout something that makes a neighborhood better, especially when that neighborhood is one of the poorest and most challenged in the nation. The recent expansion of Inner-City Arts was just such an occasion. Although unknown to many in Downtown Los Angeles, the Skid Row educational organization has been helping low-income children for decades. A spate of new facilities ensures that will be the case well into the future. Last week, Los Angeles Downtown News reported on the opening of a $10 million expansion for the facility on Kohler Street. The improvements will allow Inner-City Arts to provide instruction to 16,000 students a year. It’s an amazing figure. Getting anything built in Los Angeles is difficult. Getting it built on Skid Row is doubly hard. Yet thanks to lead donors Philip and Monica Rosenthal, work by architect Michael Maltzan and the efforts of Inner-City Arts co-founder Bob Bates and President and CEO Cynthia Harnisch, among many others, the elementary to high school students will have a clean, safe environment. They will receive training and opportunities that otherwise would have eluded them. Congratulations on the expansion of Inner-City Arts.

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The Munich Way If the German City Can Turn Around a River, Why Can’t L.A.?


any Los Angeles River advocates have long been frustrated by the unbounded and unfulfilled promise of the historic waterway. For those who have witnessed countless studies but little progress in revitalizing the river, any gesture of hope is welcome, however chimerical. It was in this spirit that a dozen or so diehard river rats and the usual well-intentioned bureaucrats and their guests gathered recently to bear witness to a quart of water from a reborn river in Germany being poured into the Los Angeles River. To be sure, the forlorn Los Angeles River receives daily an illegal flood of unwanted liquids in discarded beer cans, detergent containers and toxic Sam Hall Kaplan wastewater, in addition to truckloads of debris as it meanders through the city to the sea. But this particular “dumping,” OBSERVED just north of the Los Feliz Boulevard Bridge, was quite different, heralded as a “co-mingling” of waters. It was also described as a “blessing” of sorts by the earnest attendees gingerly handling a gooseneck glass bottle as if it contained some magic elixir that would release curative spirits that would transform the river. If only that was so. The bottle of water was viewed more prosaically as symbolic of the trumpeted revitalization of the Isar River of Munich. It was carried proudly from the Bavarian city by a beaming delegation of technocrats, planners and politicians, sponsored by the L.A.-based German Goethe-Institut and feted by the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR). The event was followed by the raising of beer steins in mutual admiration at the RioFest L.A. celebration on Oct. 4 on the landmark Sixth Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles. Up until a few years ago, the Isar River was mostly an unattractive, concrete-lined flood channel, similar in many respects to the Los Angeles River — an open sewer serving an industrialized city and its raw backdoor suburbs. Now, thanks to a


committed civil service and citizenry, the Isar is a popular urban riverside park, green and growing, attracting families and fishermen, and featuring sunbathing beaches and rapids for surfing. That Munich could accomplish this transformation in just a decade impressed local advocates such as Lewis McAdams,

‘There is too much talk of the future, and not enough of the present. We could be doing more now, such as making the river more friendly to boating and fishermen.’ —Shelly Backlar, FoLAR

who has been lobbying for the river’s revitalization for a quarter century as a founder of FoLAR. “If they can do it, why can’t we?” asked McAdams as he poured the water from the bottle into the placid river. Good question, and when put to Larry Hsu of the city’s Bureau of Engineering, which is in charge of implementing the ambitious river revitalization master plan approved by the city a year and a half ago, he politely deflected it. The plan, with its $2 billion-plus price tag that took two years and $3 million in consultant fees to draft, today collects dust in the city’s Department of Public Works, with no apparent vigorous advocate. “We can learn a lot from the revitalized Isar,” added the ubiquitous and ever-optimistic City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who as a member of the Ad Hoc Los Angeles River

Committee orchestrated the riverside ceremony. He also served as a tour guide for the delegation, which later in a lecture noted the German “culture of cooperation” that united the various Bavarian bureaucracies critical to the revitalization effort. Now that is a concept you wish could be bottled and city, county and state government officials forced to drink. The Army Corp of Engineers also should take a swallow. To be fair, the cross-jurisdictional muddles that plague L.A. are supposed to be addressed in the plan’s proposal for a River Improvement Overlay district. This involves a three-tier management structure featuring a joint powers authority, such as the one that oversees Grand Avenue, along with a revitalization corporation and a foundation. Inherent in the proposed structure is the potential of lending the plan some teeth. But it could easily become just another bureaucratic boondoggle providing sinecures for termed-out politicians, their faithful cronies and the usual chorus of faithless consultants. Meanwhile, there have been some small victories — a bike path here, an art project there — thanks to the perseverance of such organizations as FoLAR. Nevertheless, the river remains not much more than a concrete-clad drainage ditch and a movie back lot for car chase scenes. “There is too much talk of the future, and not enough of the present,” observed Shelly Backlar, FoLAR’s executive director. “We could be doing more now, such as making the river more friendly to boating and fishermen. Reining in the park rangers prone to issuing tickets for whatever would help.” Encouraging sunbathing, as has been pursued in the Isar, also would help. Certainly Los Angeles has better weather than Munich, as well as the bodies for it. As has been stated time and again, the Los Angeles River has the potential of becoming a dramatic focus of a dynamic city, an engaging resource for a diverse population, and a point of pride to all residents — the sinuous soul of the once and future Los Angeles. Maybe if we simply lease the river to the German technocrats to implement the revitalization it might happen within a reasonable time. Or maybe there really is a magic elixir we could put into the water to do the job. Sam Hall Kaplan is the former design critic for the L.A. Times and an Emmy Award-winning former reporter for Fox News. City Observed is a column by Sam Hall Kaplan. His comments do not reflect the editorial position of Los Angeles Downtown News.

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Out of the Blue and Into October Those Surprising Dodgers Aren’t Really That Surprising


serious question for my Sig Alert smogmates: How is it that our sports-crazed autolopolis is not awash in fluttering blue mini-flags affixed to everything from chichi Mini-Coops to Cadillac Excavators, in honor of those improbable Dodgers? Sure, the Lakers have been more consistently excellent through the Michael X. Ferraro years, but let’s be honest: Purple and gold is a plug ugly combination. Aesthetically speaking, that STADIUM medium Dodger blue is a more attractive hue. Yet, the banners ain’t there. Why? One theory is shock. Collective shock that the Dodgers have even reached the playoffs, let alone swept the team with the best regular season record in the National League, the Chicago Cubs. Sure, you might say, eliminating the Cubs is like jury duty — everybody’s legally compelled to do it once in a while. But nonetheless, the Dodgers are still standing, and most of you are stupefied. (For the record, and for bragging purposes, on March 31 Cliche Stadium predicted manager Joe Torre’s bunch would get to the playoffs and win their first-round series. Then again, I also predicted Detroit would win the World Series and the Mets would be steadier than Freddie Mac.) The real question is, how did the Dodgers get here? It’s complicated, of course, with cynics pointing to the weakness of the National League West. Still, these Dodgers have the makings of a team well worth investing $14.99 in a car-flag; they could fly for years to come. Here are Cliche Stadium’s five big reasons the Dodgers are where they are today, and three reasons why they could even win the World Series (pending the current National League Championship Series with Philadelphia, which was just start-


ing as Los Angeles Downtown News went to press). 1) A Late Lungful of Extremely Fresh Air: Try this simile on for size: Imagine you are climbing Everest, staggering in delirious circles a few thousand feet from the summit, when all of a sudden you check the Himalayan Craigslist, and under “Free Stuff� some sherpa is looking to unload his pesky oxygen tanks. And is willing to hand-deliver them. And will pay for you to use them. This is a rough idea of the personnel windfall that came beleaguered General Manager Ned Colletti’s way down the stretch. In July, Colletti and the Dodgers didn’t have the likes of Casey Blake (dependable third baseman), Greg Maddux (Hall of Fame pitcher, still with a few drops of gas in his hybrid tank) or Manny Ramirez (merchandise-mover, media magnet, Supreme Lord of the Lumber). But for various financial reasons (only one of them sub-prime related) all three came to town for pennies on the dollar. Toss in the return of All-Star shortstop and lead-off man extraordinaire Rafael Furcal (who was still recuperating from lengthy back injuries until about three weeks ago), and the word “rejuvenated� becomes a mild understatement. 2) A Calm Cup of Joe: Torre has a pretty even keel. When the Dodgers were foundering behind Arizona this summer, he didn’t flinch. He shrugged. When he scored cover-boy status of LAX, the No. 1 free magazine distributed next to luggage carousels at Los Angeles International Airport (seriously), he didn’t squeal in delight. He shrugged. This que sera, sera attitude creates a calm atmosphere in which talented, but oftentimes easily rattled athletes, can go about their business in peace and be productive. Joe shrugs and the team slugs. 3) The Young & the Ageless: Despite screams and pleas from the media and the fan base, the Dodgers held on to the bulk of their coveted minor league talent during the past five or six years. (Colletti’s gaffes were on the free agent market, shelling out more than $80 million for the damaged duo of Jason Schmidt and Andruw Jones.) The


result is a blossoming nucleus that will give old-school L.A. fans fond memories of the Steve Garvey-Ron Cey-Davey Lopes et al. dynasty. Nine players on the 25-man playoff roster are 25 or under, including Russell Martin, James Loney and Chad Billingsley. Add that to seven seasoned veterans who are 34 and up, and you’ve got a well-balanced demographic blend. 4) The Pen Is Mightier Than Most: Despite the circulatory problems of standout reliever Hong-Chih Kuo and the iffy status of All-Star closer Takashi Saito, the Dodgers’ bullpen is still one of the best in the game. Cory Wade, Joe Beimel, Chan-Ho Park and Jonathan Broxton give Torre plenty of bullets to fire at opponents’ bats in the late innings. 5) Manny: Sure, he was mentioned in reason No. 1, and Cliche Stadium devoted an entire column to the outfielder’s swing earlier this summer, but have you witnessed what this eccentric import has done in Chavez Ravine? Nearly every time he comes to the plate in October, there is a graphic on the TV screen comparing him statistically to the likes of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. If he keeps it up, and the rest of the team follows his lead, we might just see flags after all. As well as shiny championship rings. Why the Dodgers Just Might Win It All Butterfly-Free Bench: Torre has veteran All-Stars Jeff Kent, Nomar Garciaparra and Juan Pierre at his disposal on the pine. These guys combined have been in more career playoff games than the entire Tampa Bay roster has even seen. The Manny Effect: If the Dodgers play the Red Sox in the World Series, Commissioner Bud Selig may have to prohibit irate Boston fans from attending the games for fear of their tossing boxes of tea at the supposedly traitorous Ramirez (who many accused of dogging it to get out of Beantown) and chanting “No loss of slugging sensation without fair compensation!� Second Baseman Blake DeWitt: This previously unknown small-town infielder was the Opening Day third baseman, was Rookie of the Month in May, was sent down to the minors later in the summer, and then miraculously emerged as the starting second baseman down the stretch. He’s already ridden the rollercoaster, and he’s got a nice compact lefty swing, so the pressure-cooker of October should be nothing.

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ummer’s over. Fall arrives on Bunker Hill not with falling leaves, but an influx of ticket buyers at box office windows. Regular subscribers to L.A. Phil performances received mailings some time ago. But when tickets became available MY DOWNTOWN

to the general public last month, the line of would-be buyers stretched from the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office far along Grand Avenue toward Second Street. “Ticket sales have been strong. It feels good for the winter season,” said Arvind Manocha, chief operating officer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The first day of public sales always generates the longest line, he said. Sales held up well during the entire first week, with normal box office traffic augmented by “a lot of things going on,” he added. When the Phil moved in to Disney Hall in 2003, the season was marked by sold-out performances and filled seats. As the orchestra begins its sixth season in the iconic venue designed by Frank Gehry, audience numbers have “held up and we anticipate a slight increase this year,” Manocha said. “We seek to improve programming and are offering more concerts than in that first year,” he added. Attention to the 2008-09 season is further stimulated by Esa-Pekka Salonen’s announcement 18 months ago that he intends to retire as the Phil’s music director at the close of the season. That brought “a lot of sales during the past six months, up 2 or 3%,” Manocha said, as fans sought to experience the last season under his baton. The appointment of youthful and enthusiastic Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel to succeed Salonen also has piqued the interest of concertgoers. Although it is impossible to identify concert patrons as Downtowners, “looking at the audiences suggests that not all of the people there are from the Westside,” Manocha said. He also observed more young people among those attending regularly “Our programs have become more diverse and attract many kinds of concertgoers,” he said. “The volume of singleticket sales suggests a diverse makeup of the audiences. It’s apparent the audiences respond to various stimuli.” Downtown’s notoriously tough traffic has not inhibited audience members who arrive from outside the area, Manocha said. “Traffic is a factor all over L.A.” More to the point, he added, “People feel good about the symphony hall and feel free to go there for special occasions such as anniversaries and other special programs. It has come to be a part of what’s happening Downtown.” Even with the larger crowds, he noted, “People can walk up to the box office and get a ticket on the day of many performances.” The Other Side of the Street Disney Hall is not the only hilltop destination in Downtown Los Angeles. Across First Street, on the north side of the Music Center campus, autumnal attendance is booming. The remodeled and updated Mark Taper Forum opened to expectant audiences with the comedy The House of Blue Leaves. Playgoers were almost as excited to see the new features of the building, which was closed for a year as it underwent a $30 million renovation, as with the production. Seven more shows will be presented there by the close of 2009. This month, the curtain went up on the Ahmanson Theatre’s new season with 9 to 5. The world-premiere musical, based on the movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, will play in Downtown before it moves to Broadway. The Los Angeles Opera, meanwhile, started off its season with The Fly, an unusual, almost experimental offering that opened in conjunction with Il Trittico, a trilogy of Puccini operas that tapped Hollywood veterans William Friedkin and Woody Allen to direct (David Cronenberg helmed The Fly). The company has since moved on to Madama Butterfly and has six more productions on the calendar this season, including the eagerly awaited beginning of Wagner’s Ring cycle. There are other offerings too. The Music Center has added three global pops concerts to its schedule, along with an additional “Get Your Chops Back” program for amateur musicians, said Catherine Babcock, vice president of communica-

Downtown News 7 tions and marketing. Even those attractions don’t exhaust Bunker Hill’s drawing power. The Grand Avenue Festival drew 25,000 people on Sunday, Sept. 28, to take in an array of free concerts and activities. Also on Grand Avenue, the Colburn School has regular performances and recitals weekly, and it hosts outside groups as well. Last month, its Zipper Hall was the site of one of the seven concerts in this year’s Carlsbad Music Festival. Not all of the events are performances. The Museum of Contemporary Art began this fall with an exhibit of the sculpture, paintings, graphics, installation and other work of artist Martin Kippenberger.

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Really Hot Properties When It Comes to Prestigious Office Space, Downtown Has Some Prime Opportunities by RichaRd GuzmĂĄn city editoR


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a Downtown realty firm. The average asking rent is about $3.24 per square foot. But even in the Class A market, some spaces stand out. So Los Angeles Downtown News asked three Downtown commercial real estate brokers for their opinions on the top trophy spaces available in the area. The experts were Phillip Sample, senior vice president for Grubb & Ellis Co.; Justin Collins, vice president of Lincoln Property Company; and Mark Sprague, senior vice president of Global Corporate Services for CB Richard Ellis. Since there is such a variety of spaces, and the perfect option for one client will not work for another, Downtown News gave the brokers a hypothetical customer: The brokers were asked to find Class A office space for a Westside white-collar firm with 100 employees looking to relocate to Downtown. Although the definition of Class A space is loose, according to Michael S. Goodman, director of membership for the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles, most agree that these structures have state-of-the-art systems and amenities such as accessibility to restaurants and freeways. They also charge above-average rents. Below are the brokersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; choices for the top trophy office space available Downtown. U.S. Bank Tower: The 72-story, 1,375,000-square-foot Maguire Properties edifice is the tallest office building in the West, and is instantly noticeable. Brokers chose the building at 633 W. Fifth St. due to its prestige and location. It is at the foot of Bunker Hill, close to the 110 Freeway, the Seventh Street/ Metro Center station and the Pershing Square Metro station. According to brokers, there are about 240,000 square feet of space available, including 10 contiguous floors recently vacated by a law firm. Formerly known as Library Tower, the 1989 buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amenities include Maguire Gardens, a 1.5-acre park, as well as the nearby Bunker Hill Steps and a private

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shuttle service. One California Plaza: Another Maguire property, One Cal Plaza, at 300 S. Grand Ave., has about 300,000 square feet of space available, according to brokers. The 992,000-square-foot property made the list due to its location, distinct design and amenities. The 42-story structure was completed in 1985, making it one of the newer Class A towers in Downtown. Cal Plaza is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Colburn School, the outdoor Spiral Court and Watercourt, where free concerts and events take place, and numerous restaurants. Designed by Arthur Erickson Architects, it won the 1989 BOMA Building of the Year award. Its curving glass walls make it an easily identifiable location, another aspect of being a trophy space, said the brokers. Bank of America Plaza: Located at 333 S. Hope St., Brookfield Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bank of America Plaza has about 52,000 square feet of office space available. Completed in 1974, the 55-story tower is one of the oldest on Bunker Hill, but has been well maintained and is still a premier building, according to the brokers. Its access to the 110 Freeway and nine-level parking garage also make it a top choice for prestigious office space. The principal tenant in the 1,422,000-square-foot property is Bank of America, which is also important â&#x20AC;&#x201D; amenities are kept up when a major corporation is in the building, brokers said. The building also offers a post office on site, along with dry cleaning and a car wash and repair service. Figueroa at Wilshire: The 52-story office tower, also owned by Brookfield Properties,

is at 601 S. Figueroa St. There are 260,000 square feet of space available in the 1 millionsquare-foot building. The brokers cited the 1990 propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture, location and floor plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each floor is column-free and can accommodate up to 16 corner offices. The open floor plan allows for more creativity in designing the office space, brokers said. The tower includes two 75-foot high atria lobbies and an open-air plaza. AT&T Center: The 32-story building at 1150 S. Olive St. was a top pick due to its access to the thriving South Park neighborhood, which holds Staples Center and the coming second phase of L.A. Live, along with the structureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good parking ratio. The experts explained that in Downtown tenants usually get about 1.5 parking spaces per 1,000 square feet rented, but at the AT&T Center, that ratio is about three spaces per 1,000 square feet. There are about 150,000 square feet available in the 591,108-squarefoot property. The building also features a glass-lined penthouse, which once held a restaurant. That was converted to office space and is being targeted to entertainment companies. The 1964 building owned by LBA Realty recently underwent a makeover that created a new lobby and food court. The exterior was updated with modern metal panels and a glass curtain wall. Contact Richard GuzmĂĄn at

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The Day Downtown Got Bombed Howard Blum Discusses His Book ‘American Lightning,’ About a 1910 Attack on the L.A. Times Building by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


ost people have no idea that the Los Angeles Times headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles was the site of one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century. On Oct. 1, 1910, a bombing at First and Spring streets killed 21 people and elevated the clash between organized labor and unbridled capitalism. It also set the stage for the country’s leading private eye, Billy Burns, a Sherlock Holmes-type figure who was tasked with tracking down the culprits. Burns’ quest, which did not always adhere to the letter of the law, is chronicled in journalist, author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Howard Blum’s new book American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century. The bombers’ trial was almost as spectacular as the crime itself, with attorney Clarence Darrow, who set up shop in the Alexandria Hotel (as did Burns), defending the three men accused of bombing the Times. Darrow later faced charges for witness tampering. Blum spoke with Los Angeles Downtown News about the book, the crime and its ties to contemporary society. Los Angeles Downtown News: Why did you decide to tell this story? Howard Blum: Reporters are always looking for stories. That’s part of the job description. On the anniversary of the L.A. Times building bombing I happened to read a story in the New York Daily News, of all places. So I got interested. I wasn’t quite sure what the story was, and I began to get deeper into it. Q: The book mentions quite a few Downtown landmarks, but none played a greater role than the Alexandria Hotel. Why was the Alexandria so important? A: That was just the place to stay. This [was] the place


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switch, and others could follow. That trend might have to be more than a short-term fix because demand for forsale properties is unlikely to return to recent levels any time soon, said Raphael Bostic, director of the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development. The downturn in demand for condos does not necessarily reflect less interest in the area as much as it points to a smaller pool of buyers that are eligible for mortgages in an age of tighter lending restrictions, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the early evidence suggests that there really was a market for the Downtown product, but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened is that with the pricing being so aggressive by builders and with the softening of both the general economy and the credit markets, that pool of potential home buyers has shrunk considerably,â&#x20AC;? Bostic said. Whereas home buyers were snatching up properties with interest-only loans in the years leading up to the credit crisis, in the coming years, buyers will likely have to put a solid chunk of money down in order to qualify. That, panel members said last week, is good news. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be in Los Angeles for a while, if you see a property that you like, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely ride out all this volatility,â&#x20AC;? Bostic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say be careful about what kind of mortgage instrument you use, but maybe you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to say that anymore because all the risky mortgage instruments are not available anymore, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a moot point.â&#x20AC;? Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at


Economy Continued from page 1 Robert Rodriguez, chief executive officer of Los Angeles asset management firm First Pacific Advisors, Inc., now refuses to invest in new mortgages. As a rule, Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company will not buy any mortgage-backed securities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those financial instruments that pool many loans into one product, which are the target of the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $700 billion rescue plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with an origination date after 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will not buy any new mortgage originations, period,â&#x20AC;? Rodriguez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a fundamental breakdown. The government is interfering with the mortgage contracts, politics have gotten involved and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what my contract is going to be.â&#x20AC;? Downtown Horizons As Wall Street executives continue to navigate the squeezed credit markets, things might not be so bad for the average homeowner or potential buyer in Downtown Los Angeles, said Richard Green, chair in real estate at the USC Lusk School and the former principal economist at Freddie Mac. For those already in a Downtown Los Angeles condo, and who view their home as a long-term investment, the market will eventually come back, he said. For potential buyers with good credit and a long-term commitment to Downtown, it may even be time to buy, he added. But the one key caveat for both groups, Green warned, is job security, a serious issue in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which posted a 2.6% jump in unemployment in August compared to last year, from 5% to 7.6%, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

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Job Fair Continued from page 1 Roth said AEG would focus on hiring as many locals as possible. The company made a similar commitment, with higherpaying jobs, in the construction of Staples Center, which opened in 1999, and the Nokia Theatre, which arrived last year. Many of the jobs are entry-level positions, but they meet city of L.A. living wage standards ($10 an hour with benefits or $11.25 an hour without), said Perlita Pulido, human resources manager for Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre. Since some are in the service industry, the wages will be further supplemented by tips, she added. Although it is unlikely that many of the applicants will be able to afford to live in the market-rate units in South Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new residential projects (though several developments include affordable housing components), some of those who get jobs are nearby residents who will have an easier commute to work, and will contribute to the local economy, organizers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these jobs are going to be right here. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy especially, this is great for the area,â&#x20AC;? said Pulido. Pulido said AEG worked with area job advocacy agencies to attract local applicants to the job fair. The company sent emails and flyers and made phone calls to entities such as Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, a Downtown-based community group. That produced results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We brought about 200 local people, some who live along the Figueroa Corridor, East L.A. and the nearby area,â&#x20AC;? said Roxana Aguilar, a case manager at SAJE, which has worked with AEG on local employment measures. SAJE also set up a booth inside the white

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tent that was erected on the top floor of the parking structure next to the Nokia Theatre. As people entered, they were encouraged to fill out identification forms with SAJE. That, said Aguilar, would help ensure that those not hired can later be referred to other jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of local people need employment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult for them to travel outside of L.A. If you live in L.A., you should be able to work here, and this is a great opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Aguilar said.

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Close to Home Eighteen-year-old Yesenia Archilla was encouraged to attend the job fair by SAJE representatives. A single mother who lives in the Figueroa Corridor, she said she is looking for any opening available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier with a child to work close to where I live,â&#x20AC;? she said. For employers, the job fair was a convenient way to staff up the much-touted businesses opening at L.A. Live. Altogether, the development will be a 5.6 million-

square-foot project spread across 27 acres of Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to the retail jobs beginning this winter, there will be hundreds of positions available in the 54-story Convention Center hotel, slated to open in early 2010. The facility will also host white-collar jobs in office space for AEG, Herbalife and the law firm Holme Roberts & Owen LLP. The biggest employer at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job fair was Wolfgang Puck Catering, which was seeking to hire about 250 employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for all sorts of people: servers, bartenders, hostesses, managers, really all across the board,â&#x20AC;? said Irma Villegas, human resources manager for the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited about the turnout. Considering the economy, this is great for Downtown.â&#x20AC;? At Lucky Strike, Joe Longo, national lead trainer for the company, was hoping to fill 140 positions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for people with great personalities, good experience and a smile,â&#x20AC;? he said. Emerson Figueroa, a recruiter for AEG, was hiring for entry-level sales positions at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporting events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot to offer either with a little bit of sales experience or even no sales experience,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The turnout looks really good. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to get some good candidates.â&#x20AC;? When the doors opened at 10 a.m. Vargas made a beeline for the booth for Club Nokia, the 2,100-capacity concert hall that opens Nov. 10. He picked up an application and began to fill it out, hoping to be one of the standout candidates in the crowd of thousands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently working at Home Depot Center as a security officer,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the Carson facility also run by AEG. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I live in Boyle Heights in L.A., so this would be more convenient for me.â&#x20AC;? Contact Richard GuzmĂĄn at

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or a second, just for a brief second, as the music was playing and the MC was pumping up the crowd, I thought I could do it. Looking up, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem impossible. Sure, at 75 floors U.S. Bank Tower is the tallest building in the West. Sure, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m way out of shape and did no training MAKE RICHARD DO IT

when I signed up for the 15th annual Stair Climb to the Top. It was just walking up stairs, I reasoned. There was no time limit and I could stop for breaks anytime I wanted, so how tough could that be? There were even a few people who looked like they were in worse shape than me. But as I gasped for air before reaching the first water station, and as I sat in the stairwell trying to rest my aching legs and, more importantly, trying not to puke while person after person passed me by, asking if I was okay, reality hit me hard: I may not make it to the top after all. Not only that, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to write about my humiliating performance for all to read. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that happen. The event is a fundraiser for the Ketchum Downtown YMCA. More than 1,500 people signed up for the chance to walk, or in some cases run, up the 1,500 steps, where they are greeted by a medal and the pride of being able to point to the tallest tower in Downtown Los Angeles and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, I climbed that.â&#x20AC;? It takes most people 30-45 minutes to complete the climb. The elite competitors do it in about 10 minutes and the record is 9 minutes 28 seconds. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the satisfaction of knowing you helped the YMCA, since this year $240,194 was raised. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Be Funny I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t driven to do the stair climb by any of those factors. For me, it was all about the comedy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realize it may kill you, but think about how funny the piece could be if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t die,â&#x20AC;? my editor said when he assigned the story. I guess he thought it would be funny to get the, um, un-athletic guy in shorts and sneakers to do the wacky stair climb where he would get all tired and likely suffer a bit and let the hilarity ensue. I could see his point. I know what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m good at and what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not. I can down a beer faster than most; I can, and will, eat just about anything at least once; and I can dance. But sports, and physical activity in general, has never been my thing. I was ready to turn down the assignment until I learned about a participant who made it to the top last year. Peggy Murphy, who works as an adult collection development manager for the Los Angeles Public Library, is 63 years old. She is also an amputee, her left leg amputated above the knee. She completed the climb in less than two hours last year. If she could do it, then there was no reason a beerloving, anything-eating, dancing 35-year-old journalist couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it. But first, I needed some advice from Peggy.

Training? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I practiced ahead of time and made sure I ate properly and was hydrated properly,â&#x20AC;? Murphy said when I called her the day before the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I trained beforehand and my adrenalin was flowing. I had to do it one step at a time. It was step, breathe, step, breathe, which was important.â&#x20AC;? Yikes. Training? Eating right? I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done any of that in years, or ever really. I told her I was out of shape, I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trained at all, I eat poorly and I was getting over the flu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make it,â&#x20AC;? I asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well,â&#x20AC;? she said after a long pause, â&#x20AC;&#x153;all I can say is to get a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep, drink plenty of water today so that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hydrated and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run up the steps. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got 30 some years on me so you can do it.â&#x20AC;? She also offered this warning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people get sick. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happens when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not prepared.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe my goal should be to not throw up,â&#x20AC;? I told her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would be good,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go up as steadily as you can. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to race up. Time isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be your thing, finishing is your thing. Rest when you need to, but tell yourself youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to keep going.â&#x20AC;? It was great advice, but it also made me nervous considering that my training regimen consisted of doing as little physical activity as possible in the hours before the climb to conserve my energy. Real Athletes On the day of the climb, I was even more nervous. It turns out some people really take this seriously. As I got to the tower, climbers were sporting athletic wear and doing all sorts of yogalike stretching. They were checking stopwatches and jogging in place to warm up. Meanwhile, I was walking around in my light blue T-shirt provided by the YMCA that read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elevators Are For Wimpsâ&#x20AC;? and my cargo shorts, the only pair I own, and my Payless â&#x20AC;&#x153;runningâ&#x20AC;? shoes. But the MC pumped us up, and when the pistol went off, I was off too, full of confidence and bravado. The first flights were nothing: I just grabbed the rail, kept a steady pace, and even climbed two steps at a time here and there. Others were running right past me, but I The author before (top) and after (bottom) the Ket photo by Gary Leonard chum Downtown YMCA Stair Climb to the Top on Sept. 26. Although was sure I was going to see them he had not trained in advance, he tho ught he could make it. passed out somewhere around the 20th floor. continued on next page

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alloween tricks may scare you, but the holiday’s treats can cause their fair share of trouble as well. The sugar in those Halloween goodies can fuel caries, the disease that causes tooth decay and cavities, says Julie Jenks, a pediatric dentist and assistant professor with the USC School of Dentistry. “When sugar sticks to teeth, bacteria utilize it to produce acid, which can wear away the tooth enamel, creating dental cavities,” she says. “It’s important to limit the amount of time that the acid spends on teeth.” Jenks recommends that parents control access to the candy stash so that kids aren’t constantly munching and thus constantly exposing their teeth to acid. The best time for treats is

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n 2005, when Steven Arroyo first looked at the old loading dock in the building that would become the Biscuit Company Lofts, he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see what most people would have seen. He was able to look into the future, beyond the decrepit, dusty space filled with pigeons and trash. He could peer past the dirty walls and the unusually wide space shaped to accommodate incoming trucks rather than diners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time I saw it, I saw everything. I saw these brick floors. I saw these beams. I saw this high ceiling, what a dramatic storefront it could be,â&#x20AC;? said Arroyo, 39. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw this place and I fell in love with it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one gift I have: to see a space and be able to realize the possibilities. I knew it in my head. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take more than two seconds to realize the possibilities here,â&#x20AC;? he said on a recent weekday afternoon as he sat in the now tangible version of that vision, a hip French bistro at 1850 Industrial St. on the southern edge of the Arts District. Church & State arrived in late September, serving French cuisine updated with lighter touches for the California palate. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner only Saturday (with Sunday brunch to come in the next few months), the $900,000, 3,000-square-

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A MOCA Retrospective Explores the Career of ‘Bad Boy’ Artist Martin Kippenberger by Julie Riggott

say she succeeded. “Everybody asks me how many obhe recently opened Martin Kippenberger retrospec- jects are in the show, and to be hontive at the Museum of Contemporary Art is abso- est with you, I’ve been too scared to lutely sprawling. Not only do hundreds of paintings, count,” she said at last month’s press sculptures, installations, works on paper, photographs, post- opening. “I say 250, but that doesn’t ers, books and more fill the galleries at the Grand Avenue say that one of the works is ‘Kafka’ location, but there is an enormous installation called “The and one is a group of 56 paintings and Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’” and other works at one is a group of 85 photographs.” the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. Martin Kippenberger: The Problem MOCA Senior Curator Ann Goldstein wanted this exhibit, Perspective will be on view through the first major American retrospective, to present a compre- Jan. 5, 2009. You may need all that hensive overview of the late German artist’s career. It’s fair to time to take everything in. Although Kippenberger may not be photo by E. Semotan/courtesy of MOCA a household name, the artist is consid- Martin Kippenberger in Venice, Italy, in 1996. The German artist died at the age of 44. ered one of the most influential of the late 20th century. He was included in two Venice Biennales and Documenta a cartoonish bronze amphibian nailed to a crucifix with his X, both major contemporary art exhibitions. Previous retro- tongue hanging out and eggs for testicles. He holds a beer spectives have been mounted at the Tate Modern in London stein and a fried egg. and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in “Ever the appropriator, Kippenberger adopted the frog Geneva. as his alter ego,” Goldstein explained. With this work, “He His extensive and diverse creative output is extraordinary mocks himself as a drunken frog, as suffering artist on the when one considers that his career only spanned 20 years cross, which can also be seen as a frog splayed out on a dissec(1977-1997) — he died of liver cancer at the age of 44. He tion tray.” moved about Europe quite a bit and spent six months in Although Kippenberger could shock audiences with his 1989-90 in Venice, Calif., during which time he had an exhib- subject matter or his antics, he could also amaze them with it in Santa Monica and, Goldstein said, significantly impacted his talent, which was evident very early. He notoriously the local art scene. skipped a grammar school art class in protest for receiving The title of the exhibit was taken from a “No Problem” only the second-highest grade. In the ’70s, Kippenberger painting — from a series that includes aphorisms from a set out to be an actor in Florence (he also ran a music and book Kippenberger wrote with Albert Oehlen — that says: film space and started a punk band in Berlin), but he gave “The Problem Perspective. You are not the problem, it’s the up that career and started a series of works, “Uno di voi, un problem maker in your head.” tedesco in Firenze” (“One of you, a German in Florence,” Kippenberger was part of a group of “bad boy” German 1976-77). Influenced by German artist Gerhard Richter, artists, which included Oehlen. A habit of substance abuse Kippenberger worked from newspaper clippings and pho(in 1969 he was fired from his first job for taking drugs) is tographs to create his first series of paintings, 100 expresreflected in some of the works in the retrospective, such as an sionist and realist works (56 of which are at MOCA) feainstallation with numerous oversized wooden pharmaceuti- turing famous and everyday faces and urbane subjects such cal pills scattered in a forest of fake birch trees (“Now I am as food or a foot, each masterfully rendered in a palette of going into the big birch wood, my pills will soon start doing black and white. me good”), a series of twisting “street lamps for drunks” and Though he sometimes had other artists paint for him, most a collage with the words “I love Betty Ford Klinik” slapped notably in the “Dear Painter, Paint for Me” series of largeacross it. scale works, he had the ability to do those jobs himself. His “Embarrassment, failure, misery, addressing history are all skill is also on display in an expansive collection of drawings very important elements to Kippenberger’s work, and cer- on hotel stationery in the exhibit. tainly to German artists of his generation,” Goldstein said. Kippenberger took it upon himself to address the role of Kippenberger painted unflattering self-portraits, includ- the artist in the culture throughout his career. One example of ing a series in which he wears nothing but big, white under- that is the artist as superhero in 1996’s “Spiderman Studio,” a pants, made six life-size sculptures of himself called “Martin, large installation at the Geffen Contemporary. Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself” and Also in that space is the 1994 “Kafka,” which Goldstein deproduced a series of paintings scribes as the culmination of Kippenberger’s work. Inspired called “Is Not Embarrassing.” by Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel Amerika, in which the proHe just as readily takes on tagonist goes to a job recruitment center in Oklahoma, it conhistorical shame in paintings sists of a soccer field (actually the size of a basketball court) such as 1984’s “With the covered with sets of tables and chairs and bleachers at either best will in the world, I can’t end. The furniture is a motley assortment — everything from see a swastika.” a lifeguard chair to motorized seats on a track circling a fried“The work represents a egg table — of pieces Kippenberger collected and some of his tangle of bars that never own “Peter Sculptures.” reconcile into a decipher“He takes this idea of the job interview, transforms it into able form,” Goldstein said a spectator sport, and really what it is about is two people in a recent interview. “When sitting at a table, one person trying to convince the other of Kippenberger produced this their value,” Goldstein explained. “That’s really, I think, what painting, the depiction of an artist feels they have to do every day in their lives.” the swastika was forbidden Goldstein said Kippenberger’s greatest contribution to the in Germany. Kippenberger art world was his penchant for critiquing all subjects. Nothing turned that taboo into a pow- was sacred. erful condemnation of the “Kippenberger challenged and interrogated his life, his culwill to repress the past.” ture, his national history, art history, his own work, and that photo © Estate Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne/courtesy of MOCA About the Frog of his peers,” she said. “That interrogation was about making Two versions of “Martin, Into the Corner, Another work seen as con- a stand, staking a position — and about considering that You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself” are troversial (Pope Benedict XVI something is always at stake, or should be, when one makes a on display in the Martin Kippenberger condemned it when it was on work of art.” retrospective at MOCA Grand Avenue. view in Italy) but intended as MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., and Geffen It continues through Jan. 5, 2009, at both a self-deprecating piece about Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-2766 or MOCA locations Downtown. the artist is “First the Feet,” Contact Julie Riggott at

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Not-So-Old-Fashioned Girl Ann Magnuson Adds ‘Dueling Harps’ at REDCAT to Her Artistic Resume by Julie Riggott aRts & enteRtainment editoR


nn Magnuson is a diverse performer, to say the least. She started off in the 1980s art, music and performance scene in New York City’s East Village, where she ran the neo-Dada cabaret space Club 57. She has been in folk, heavy metal and punk bands and released five albums as the lead singer and lyricist for the psycho-psychedelic Bongwater. You might recognize her from any number of popular TV shows (she was a series regular on the Richard Lewis-Jamie Lee Curtis sitcom “Anything But Love”) or films such as Desperately Seeking Susan and Clear and Present Danger. No, wait. Maybe you saw her in the L.A. premiere of the Amy and David Sedaris play The Book of Liz. Most recently the Silver Lake resident teamed up with “underground crooner” Adam Dugas from Citizens Band, a New York theatrical cabaret troupe, for a musical performance called “Dueling Harps.” Dugas had wanted to bring his lounge act with harpist Mia Theodoratus to Los Angeles, and Magnuson decided to join him with harpist Alexander Rannie at the Steve Allen Theatre last year. The show comes to REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, at 8:30 p.m. Magnuson said there will be a vast array of music, everything from an early Pink Floyd song to “a 400-year-old Elizabethan song about hanging.” Los Angeles Downtown News: Can you give us some details about “Dueling Harps”? Ann Magnuson: The show is two harps on stage. They play a little classical, then — I hesitate to give away the show. They play a bit of “Dueling Banjos,” of course, which cleverly goes into this Handel piece

called “Sarabande,” which was used very liberally in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, which was all about duels. Everything that we’re doing has some kind of esoteric meaning or connection. The logic may be lost on everybody but ourselves, but hopefully not. We begin this sparring, kind of good-natured, though we do exchange some barbs. Then it becomes an East Coast-West Coast gangsta kind of showdown, but we don’t do any rapping. We exchange songs back and forth and then it eventually melds together so we’re doing duets. We’re going to have a puppeteer as well. There’s a will-o’-the-wisp puppet that comes in during this very beautiful piece that Alex plays — and it’s not all goofy. In fact, we play most of this stuff completely straight. It’s an evening of musical performance, and it’s kind of all woven together in a darkly elegant pastiche. Q: What kinds of performance art pieces have you done in the past? A: I did a “Tribute to Musak” in the elevator of the Whitney Museum, where I sang for five hours… I just came back from Joshua Tree where I was filming a video for this serial. I have this character called the Time Traveling Hooker. I’m going to perform at [installation artist] Andrea Zittel’s High. Desert. Test. Site event. I was there last year. I did a pole dance at the Joshua Tree Salon, and now I’m doing a video that will be an installation in the Gram Parsons “death suite,” room No. 8 at the Joshua Tree Inn. I had a show called “After Dante” that was loosely based on Dante’s Inferno, where I played a character very much based on Tammy Faye Baker, the televangelist. I’ve played a series of different kinds of evangelists. Coming from the Bible belt, I’m from West see Magnuson, page 20

photo by Rocky Schenck/ courtesy of REDCAT

Actress, singer and performance artist Ann Magnuson appears at REDCAT Oct. 17-18 for “Dueling Harps.” It dips into everything from classical music to puppets.

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Winning ‘Women’


Circus Theatricals Succeeds Where a Recent Film Failed by Jeff favre contributing writer


ircus Theatricals’ revival of the 1936 Clare Boothe Luce social satire The Women enjoys the advantage of opening while the all-star movie adaptation starring Meg Ryan and Annette Bening is in theaters, so the subject matter is fresh. True, the new onscreen version has been almost universally panned (watch the 1939 George Cukor version instead). But don’t let Diane English’s messy film keep you from attending this witty, evenly directed and sharply acted revival, which, despite a few technical issues due to the theater’s small stage, engages from the first scene to the last. The show continues through Nov. 9 at the Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles. Unlike the new film, which tries the impossible — dragging a distinctly 1930s storyline into the 21st century — director Elise Robertson and her cast dive headfirst into the period piece while refraining from sentimentality and melodrama. Modern acting techniques, which rely much more on realism than those of 70 years ago, strengthen Luce’s comedic dialogue and her dramatic exchanges, making the story even richer today. The all-female cast (most of the actresses portray multiple roles) recreates a world of leisure and luxury among well-to-do New York women and their servants. The plot centers on Mary (Vanessa Waters), who is the last to know that her husband is having an affair. Her friends, it turns out, would rather gossip than be true friends, in particular the sarcastic, mean-spirited Sylvia (Jenni Fontana) and the always-pregnant Edith (Emma Messenger). Mary’s dilemma is whether to accept that men cheat and ignore it, which her mother Mrs. Moorhead (Bibi Tinsley) suggests, or to head to Reno and get a divorce. The “other woman” is Crystal Allen (Stephanie O’Neill), a perfume saleswoman with a gold-digger mentality. The lone woman seemingly unaffected by male influence and female gossip is author and adventurer Nancy (Cameron Meyer), who in the recent movie is openly a lesbian. Luce’s second layer of storytelling concerns class. The servants

find it hard to sympathize with the ladies of privilege who have no worries other than a cheating husband. Strong performances run throughout the cast of 15, led by Waters’ stoic, somber portrayal of Mary and Messenger’s irreverent depiction of Edith. Most important to the production’s success is Robertson’s direction, which never strays to screwball or melodrama. The only major issue comes with the scene changes. Robertson has her cast change location by switching the layout of several blocks. Although efficiently executed and accompanied by Norman Mamey’s catchy arrangements of classic tunes, the set shifting adds 15 minutes to the running time that totals 2 hours and 45 minutes. But those blackouts are easy to overlook when what happens in-between is this enjoyable. The Women runs through Nov. 9 at the Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 960-1054 or

photo by Jeannine W. Stehlin

Circus Theatricals’ revival of The Women, a 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce, continues through Nov. 9 at the Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre.

Continued from page 19 Virginia, so that’s actually — I don’t think I’ve every really articulated it this way before, but I think it’s borrowed quite a bit from watching preachers and hearing preachers on TV and on the radio. Q: Do you have any TV appearances coming up? A: I have a guest spot on the new CW show called “Valentine.” I play the Laurel Canyon hippie witchie version of the Greek sorceress Circe. That was fun. They gave me a hex in ancient Greek that I had to learn. Q: You’ve lived and worked in New York and L.A. How do the art scenes compare? A: I found the art and music scene [in New York] by 1987 was not as interesting. I found that the artists working out here — there was a show at MOCA called “Helter Skelter” [in 1992] and it really was exciting. I was meeting L.A. artists and liked it here. I liked having a nicer quality of life. My apartment looked out on an airshaft, and I was tired of all the junkies and crime that was associated with my neighborhood in the East Village at the time. Now it’s just one big “Sex and the City” episode, which I find completely heinous, not interesting at all, and certainly not conducive to anything that you could call experimental. Q: What are you up to now? A: We’re going to Orange County to see the Kirov Ballet. We’ve become obsessed with the ballet lately. It’s so beautiful and the stories, I love fantasy and romance. So we’re getting a little more old-fashioned in our old age. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or Contact Julie Riggott at




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The‘Don’t Miss’ List

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EVENTS Monday, oct. 13 Earned Income Strategies for Nonprofits Workshop Grantsmanship Center, 1125 W. Sixth St., (213) 482-9860 or No time listed: A three-day workshop to help L.A.-area organizations learn how to plan, finance and develop their own nonprofit enterprises. Sports Arena 3939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 480-3232 or 7:30 p.m.: Church choirs from coast to coast compete in the nationwide How Sweet the Sound gospel choir event.

For the Beethoven, Spray Paint and Diva Faithful by Kristin Friedrich


tuesday, oct. 14 Town Hall Los Angeles Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., Noon: Martin Koffel, chairman and CEO of the URS Corporation, appears. Wednesday, oct. 15 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or 7 p.m.: Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative. He’ll talk about his book “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star.” SCI-Arc Lecture Series 960 E. Third St., (213) 356-5328 or 7 p.m.: Hien Ngo Quan is a founding principal of Vietnam’s NQH Architects. He was trained in the United States and spent years in Tokyo’s Kenzo Tange Associates.

Friday, oct. 17 Farmlab Public Salons 1745 N. Spring St. #4, (323) 226-1158 or Noon: Marqueece Harris-Dawson appears in a discussion about the manners in which an election campaign resembles a community-organizing campaign — but on a grand scale. Esperanza Community Housing Corporation Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., 7 p.m.-midnight: A massive dance party at the Mercado, a former sweatshop converted by Esperanza into a vibrant marketplace. saturday, oct. 18 By Design Financial Workshops 6001 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 200, (800) 750-2227 or 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: A personal finance management course that covers everything from budgeting and cash flow management to saving, investing and retirement planning. Art Workshop Studio 528, Spring Arts Tower, 453 S. Spring St., Suite 528, (310) 428-6464. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: A weekend intensive workshop that provides participants with basic skills for thinking and working in three dimensions, the first step to sculpture. Metropolis Books 440 S. Main St., (213) 612-0174 or 5 p.m.: Deborah Pratt appears with “The Vision Continued on page 22


he lunchtime Thursdays at Central series packs 45 minutes of good old-fashioned whimsy, and on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 12:15 p.m., the series’ brown-bagging brainiacs are discussing “Cool Maps of L.A. and Beyond.” The discussion is in conjunction with the new exhibit L.A. Unfolded: Maps From the Los Angeles Public Library, which opens the day prior. There, you’ll see things like a 1791 Spanish explorers’ California coast map, a 1975 Goetz Guide to the Murals of East Los Angeles and gorgeous illustrated maps from the ’30s and ’40s. Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7241 or photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil

thursday, oct. 16 Thursdays at Central Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, (213) 228-7241 or 12:15-1 p.m.: “Cool Maps of L.A. and Beyond” is a discussion in conjunction with the Library’s new “L.A. Unfolded” exhibit. MOCA Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2766 or 6:30 p.m.: Curator-led exhibition walkthrough with MOCA Senior Curator Ann Goldstein, who organized the retrospective, “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective.” ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or 7 p.m.: David Macaulay takes readers through a visual journey in his book “Body Building: An Illustrated Lecture.” REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or 8:30 p.m.: Argentine political theorist Ernesto Laclau expounds on his latest works and their relationships with contemporary political processes in a conversation with fellow political theorist Martin Plot.

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Tina Turner doesn’t tour much, but when she does, she doesn’t phone it in. The smoky-voiced soul diva is hitting the boards for the first time since 2000 to support a new greatest hits album, and she plays Staples Center Monday and Thursday, Oct. 13 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. At 68, Turner is in better shape than many of us and has more stage presence than any of us ever could — she out-shimmied Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. All this after enduring everything from years of spousal abuse to the search for a good hair colorist in Switzerland, the country she now calls home. 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7340 or

Pianist András Schiff does more than play Beethoven. He studies the composer’s life and oeuvre; he wins awards from Beethoven societies. He’s even starting to look like Beethoven. In 2004, Schiff began a series of performances in Europe that unleashed the composer’s piano sonatas in chronological order. His Wednesday, Oct. 15, stop at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8 p.m. is the fifth installment in that, the behemoth Beethoven Sonata Project and includes Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 21. He returns the following Wednesday, Oct. 22, to perform Nos. 22-26. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or


erhaps the only thing separating you from enlightenment is a subversive, feminist, musical version of the essential Hindu epic Ramayana. Then redcat’s your salvation. On Monday, Oct. 13, at 8:30 p.m., the theater is screening Sita Sings the Blues, a film by nina Paley, the hippie-turnedalternative-comic-stripper-turned-moviemaker. Her tale of two dumped wives (Paley’s own marital troubles were her inspiration) is animated in classic 2-D style with flying monkeys, monsters, gods, goddesses and winged eyeballs, accompanied by 1920s-era jazz vocals of old-time radio star Annette Hanshaw. Paley will be on hand. 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or


raffiti artist Mear One returns to the gallery where he got his start. It’s in a different location now, but 15 years ago, he came into one of Zero One Gallery’s “Best of the West” group shows with a canvas. He hung it, and an hour later his dealer sold it to collecting powerhouse duo Stuart and Judy Spence. The trajectory of many artists’ dreams followed: group shows, solo shows, collectors and museums. His new work, which depicts his increasingly spiritualized street attitudes, is featured in Mearasma, which opened last week and runs through Dec. 11. Zero One, 530 S. Hewitt St., Suite 141, (213) 689-0101 or

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Listings Continued from page 21 Quest, Book II.” Sunday, Oct. 19 Art Workshop Studio 528, Spring Arts Tower, 453 S. Spring St., Suite 528, (310) 428-6464. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: See Oct. 18 listing. Treasures of Los Angeles 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7400. 2 p.m.: Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, gives a talk called “From Shallow Bay to World-Class Harbor: San Pedro.”

ROCK, POP & JAZZ 2nd Street Jazz 366 E. Second St., (213) 680-0047, or Music usually starts at 9 or 10 p.m. Tuesdays: Jazz jam session. 626 Reserve 626 S. Spring St., (213) 627-9800 or Tuesdays, 6 p.m.: Live music with Goh Kurosawa. Thursdays, 6 p.m.: More live sounds, this time with Jessie Torrez. Bar 107 107 W. Fourth St., (213) 625-7382 or Tuesdays: A classic island mix of reggae with attitude. Jah! Wednesdays: The world famous (or at least in L.A.) Bar 107 Karaoke Gong Show. Come join the fun and help the judges vote for the best act of the evening. Sundays: DJ’s choice with 107’s Matt Dwyer, the comic-actor genius who plays music while serving the meanest drinks (in the nicest way) Downtown. Blue Velvet 750 S. Garland Ave., (213) 239-0061. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 p.m.: Live music and DJs. Café Metropol 923 E. Third St., (213) 613-1537, or Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Crepuscule includes saxophonist Ken Kawamura, bass player Anthony Robert Shadduck and percussionist Alan Cook. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: The Nick Mancini Collective. Casey’s Irish Bar and Grill 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or Fridays: Live Irish music. Chop Suey Café 347 E. First St., (213) 617-9990 or Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Live jazz on the patio of the restored landmark. Cicada Cicada Restaurant, 617 S. Olive St., (213) 488-9488 or Thursdays, 8-11 p.m.: The velvet-voiced Max Vontaine recreates the sounds and styles of rat packers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His smoking jackets and tunes are vintage; his bawdy repartee is less so. Keep a close eye on the unlit cigarette. Sundays, 6-11 p.m.: The restaurant is transformed into a vintage, old Hollywood-style dance club every Sunday. Come out to appreciate the big band, swank costumes, dinner and cocktails. Visit J Restaurant and Lounge 1119 S. Olive St., (213) 746-7746 or Tuesdays: Live acoustic performances in the lounge. Wednesdays: Salsa in the City features complimentary salsa lessons at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., a batch of live musicians takes over for a jam session. Fridays: Live bands on select dates. La Cita 336 S. Hill St., (213) 687-7111 or Mondays, 9:30 p.m.: Cocktails and Jazz, with the HDR Jazz Trio. Thursdays: Dance Right, voted Downtown’s best dance night. Free if you RSVP, $5 otherwise. So duh, RSVP. Saturdays, 6 p.m.: Hacienda Nights features live tejano, norteno and cumbia music. Cover $10. Sundays, 1 p.m.: Hacienda Nights again, $8. Mountain Bar 475 Gin Ling Way, (213) 625-7500 or Every Tuesday “Broken Dreams” is DJ’ed by China Art Objects’ Steve Hanson and the Red Krayolas’ Tom Watson. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6000 or Oct. 15: Kings of Leon. Oct. 16: America’s Best Dance Crew. Oct. 17-18: Macro Antonio Solis in concert. Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway, (213) 622-1939 or Oct. 18: The American institution, Patti Smith and her Band. Pete’s Café and Bar 400 N. Main St., (213) 618-1759. Tuesdays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Pablo Calogero and Fabiano Nacimento play Brazilian jazz. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800, Oct. 17-18, 8:30 p.m.: In Dueling Harps, Ann Magnuson and Adam Dugas face off on vocals as Alexander Rannie and Mia Theodoratus strum their harps. The tunes range from the ridiculous to the sublime: Baroque art songs, Kraftwerk, Lee Hazlewood and Pink Floyd. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or Oct. 13, 10 p.m.: Local alt country rocker Mike Stinson. Oct. 14, 10 p.m.: Guitarist, singer, songwriter Tony Gilkyson. Oct. 15, 10 p.m. Dead Ponies play somewhere in the middle of rock, post punk and soul. Oct. 16, 10 p.m.: Quetzal Guerrero and the Warriors. Guerrero was classically trained as a violinist, but now sings, plays guitar, and oh, also dances. It’s a worldly sound. Oct. 17, 10 p.m.: Kevin D, the Black Widows and High Society. Oct. 18: Cutthroat Shamrock, all the way from Knoxville, Tenn. Oct. 19, 10 p.m.: The Go-Getters, all the way from Sweden. Rerax Fridays at Señor Fish 422 E. First St., (213) 625-0566 or Fridays, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.: Music, art, VJ performances, silk screening and photos. Royale 2619 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 388-8488 or Mondays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: A live musical showcase with bands, a DJ and an Eastside vibe. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: An acoustic live set in the historic Royale lounge. A DJ spins between sets. Wednesday (second of every month), 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: A fusion of spoken word and acoustic musical melodies. Sundays, 9 p.m.-midnight: Rat pack protégé Max Vontaine. Standard 550 S. Flower St., (213) 892-8080 or Nightly DJs at both the lobby bar and rooftop lounge.Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.: Live DJs spin in a swank, but still comfy, lobby. And yes, there’s a bar right there. Saturdays, noon-8 p.m.: Local DJs unleash indie, rock and electronica at “Diss.” Staples Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., Oct. 13 and 16, 7:30 p.m.: The still-rocking Tina Turner. Tranquility Base Restaurant and Lounge 801 S. Grand Ave., (213) 404-0588 or Every other Saturday, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.: There’s a new gay lounge night called The Hideout, with house and dance music, drink specials and an awesome outdoor lounge with cabanas and a fire pit. Versus Nightlife 618 S. Spring St., Oct. 17: The new club’s soft opening, with Questlove (from the Roots), Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), DJ Irie and DJ Z-Trip. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-3660 or Oct. 14, 8 p.m.: Antony and the Johnsons for a one-off evening with orchestral accompaniment. It’s their only West Coast appearance. Antony’s dreamlike vibrato is accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra, featuring arrangements by Antony and Nico Muhly.

CLASSICAL MUSIC WedneSday, Oct. 15 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or 8 p.m.: Pianist András Schiff appears in the Colburn Celebrity Series for a night of Beethoven sonatas: Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 21. He began a series of performances in Europe in 2004 of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in chronological order. This is a continuation of that project. (From Oct. 15-31, by the way, EsaPekka Salonen, the Phil, pianist Yefim Bronfman and violinist Sarah Chang are on tour in Asia.) Friday, Oct. 17 Colburn School 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1050 or 7 p.m.: Friday Night Recital with performances by students of the School of Performing Arts. In the Grand Rehearsal Hall. Free. Saturday, Oct. 18 Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave.,

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Art Spaces

photo by Karen Bellone/courtesy of Edgar Varela Fine Arts

Photographs by Karen Bellone recapturing the magic of bygone days are on display in Postcards From the End of the 20th Century at Edgar Varela Fine Arts through Oct. 17. Bellone, a fine art and commercial photographer for the past 17 years, said in a statement about her exhibit: “We are losing bits of ourselves, of our senses, and of our collective memory, as we thrust forward into the ever-advancing technological age of the 21st century. As we came to the end of the 20th century in America, I was compelled to stop and look back. Back then, the cities and the small towns felt to me as if they were fading away. All that was there were ghosts of the memories of the past.” 542 S. Alameda St., second floor, (213) 494-7608 or

(323) 850-2000 or 8 p.m.: Piotr Anderszewski tickles the ivories for a night of Bach in the Baroque Variations series. Sunday, Oct. 19 Colburn School 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1050 or 3 p.m.: A Faculty Recital with performances by the Colburn School faculty members. In Zipper Hall. Free. Los Angeles Bach Festival First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., (213) 385-1345 or 4 p.m.: David Goode, organist and head of keyboard at Eton College, performs.

THEATER, OPERA & DANCE 9 to 5: The Musical Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Oct. 14-17, 8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: The “West Wing’s” Allison Janney stars as Violet Nestead, the most sound in the triptych of secretaries who engage in a corporate battle royale with boss Franklin Hart. The musical is based on the movie, with the film’s star Dolly Parton writing the music and lyrics. Jeff Favre of the Los Angeles Downtown News says “even with its unevenness, Parton, Patricia Resnick, director Joe Mantello and their team offer enough visual and aural treats to hold interest from the raising of the curtain to the final bows.” The show opens in Downtown Los Angeles and then goes to Broadway. Through Oct. 19. Adramelech’s Monologue Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or Oct. 14-15, 8:30 p.m.: French playwright Valère Novarina creates a work that is part Book of Genesis, part nursery rhyme. In it, a king who hasn’t uttered a word since the dawn of time speaks. Through Nov. 3. Alfonsina Riosantos New LATC, Theatre 3, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or Oct. 17-18, 8 p.m.: “Autorretrato” is an avantgarde piece that explores the beauty of the human figure through the beauty of the figure of a tree. Anatomy Riot #27 The OPEN Space, 209 S. Garey St., second floor, visit Oct. 13, 8 p.m.: With a low-tech, do-it-yourself spirit in an easygoing setting, this is an ongoing (almost) monthly dance/performance series, curated in this installment by Samantha Giron. The line-up includes

Dance Good Damnit!, the Samantha Giron dance project, Ryan Heffington, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Nina McNeely, Alexandria Yalj and Serene Zloof. Baal USC School of Theatre, McClintock Theatre, USC, (213) 740-2167 or Oct. 16-19: Bertolt Brecht’s protagonist is a poet whose appetites are insatiable and who corrupts everyone who comes in contact with him. Bob Baker’s A Musical World 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or Oct. 14-17, 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 18-19, 2:30 p.m.: Dozens of the local puppet master’s marionettes appear in this musical extravaganza. It’s an hour-long show, and afterwards, the audience is invited to visit with the puppeteers and enjoy refreshments in the theater’s famous party room. No end date. Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 960-7738 or Oct. 17, 8 p.m. (preview); Oct. 18, 8 p.m. (opening): A suburban comedy that brings the tension of a Harold Pinter slow-burner together with the absurdity of a Coen brothers farce. El Vagón of the Immigrants Frida Kahlo Theater, 2332 W. Fourth St., (213) 382-8133 or Oct. 16-18, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 6 p.m.: The story of a group of immigrants trying to cross the border hiding in boxcars. Through Nov. 16. Filoctetes New LATC, 514 S. Spring St., Theatre 4, (213) 489-0994 or Oct. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 3 p.m.: Socrates’ tale is retold by playwright John Jesurun. With English supertitles. House of Blue Leaves Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or Oct. 14-17, 8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 1 and 6:30 p.m.: The Taper reopens after a yearlong $30 million renovation with a revival of John Guare’s 1971 dark comedy. In “House of Blue Leaves,” the Pope’s 1965 visit to New York impacts zookeeper Artie Shaughnessy’s life. Says Jeff Favre in the Los Angeles Downtown News, “given that it’s sharply executed, Guare’s tragic farce — or farcical tragedy — feels appropriate for a new beginning to Downtown’s most important theater.” Through Oct. 19. House on the Hill, Mammy Pleasant’s Story Playhouse Theatre Players, Harry Mastrogeorge Theatre, 600 Moulton Ave., (323) 227-5410. Oct. 18, 3 and 6 p.m.: A dramatic portrayal of L.A.’s Mother of Civil Rights in the 1800s.

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Kiss of the Spider Woman Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (800) 595-4849 or Oct. 16-18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 3 p.m.: The newly formed Havok Theatre Company has its way with this tale of persecution, in which two unlikely cellmates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a revolutionary and a gay man â&#x20AC;&#x201D; share fantasies and secrets. Through Oct. 26. Lovelace: A Rock Opera The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 960-4442, or Oct. 17, 8 p.m. (preview); Oct. 18, 8 p.m. (opening); Oct. 19, 7 p.m.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lovelace, the Rock Opera,â&#x20AC;? written by Charlotte Caffey of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s pop band the Go Goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, is the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep Throatâ&#x20AC;? star Linda Lovelace, the poster child for the sexual revolution. Through Nov. 23. Madama Butterfly Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or Oct. 15 and 18, 7:30 p.m.: An L.A. Opera revival of director/designer Robert Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Giacomo Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragedy. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s austere take on the opera was first seen in Paris in 1993; it became a modern classic thereafter. Through Oct. 18. Miami City Ballet Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Oct. 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: The Miami City Ballet performs an impressive program including the West Coast premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightspotâ&#x20AC;? by Twyla Tharp with music by Elvis Costello, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony in Three Movementsâ&#x20AC;? by George Balanchine with music by Igor Stravinsky. Money Shot Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., (323) 960-7776. Oct. 18-Nov. 23: This demure story follows a group of Internet entrepreneurs preparing for the biggest video shoot of their lives. One gets the feeling that video shoot isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about cooking. Studio REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800, Oct. 19-20, 8:30 p.m.: Studio is a quarterly series for new performance works â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theater, dance, music and multimedia work. The Women 2511 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 960-1054 or Oct. 17-18, 8 p.m.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Women,â&#x20AC;? by Clare Booth Luce, is a social satire about high society in New York during the Great Depression. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still relevant today. Through Nov. 1.

ART SPACES Opening L2kontemporary 990 N. Hill St. #205, (626) 319-3661 or Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.: Thomas Trivittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new paintings are featured in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Universe and Everything in It.â&#x20AC;? Through Nov. 15. Los Angeles Public Library Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or Oct. 15-Jan. 22: â&#x20AC;&#x153;L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;? features historical maps unseen for 100 years, classroom maps from the early 1900s and maps representing a range of styles and periods. OngOing 01 Gallery 530 S. Hewitt St., Suite 141, (213) 689-0101 or Through Dec. 11: The now-famous graffiti artist Mear One returns to the gallery where it all began for a show of recent work called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mearasma.â&#x20AC;? 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery 124 W. Second St., (213) 452-4416 or Through Nov. 10: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photo Journal Through Cubaâ&#x20AC;? by Les Bernstein, K. Howellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pop art heart paintings, Tom Ellisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gold leaf images, Taslimurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gothic and eclectic photography. 410 Boyd 410 Boyd St., (213) 617-2491. Through October: Celebrity photographer Michael Tigheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photographic Sketchbook.â&#x20AC;? 626 Gallery and 626 Gallery at Studio B 626 S. Spring St., (213) 614-8872 or Through Dec. 31: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paradiseâ&#x20AC;? features work from Jaami Abdul-Samad, Donna Angers, Archerone, Sharon Louise Barnes, Nadine Baurin, Marlaya Charleston, Rin Colabucci, Walter Eubanks, d.goth, Julia C R Gray, Rosalyn Grimes, Paul Houzell Jr., Kenji, Tony Lavall, Nick â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nenekiâ&#x20AC;? McGee, Duane Paul, Ron Phillips, Jesse Raudales, Synthia Saint James, Deborah Shedrick, Robert Vargas, Diana Shannon Young, Barbara Wesson, Kathleen Wilson, Richard Wilson and more. 7+Fig Art Space 735 S. Figueroa St., Suite 217, (213) 955-7150. Through Dec. 24: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheryl Walker: Immersionâ&#x20AC;? is a site-specific installation as well as paintings and

drawings. Art Slave 216 S. Spring St., (213) 598-3155 or Through Oct. 31: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Long-Term Affects of Ingesting Witches Brew,â&#x20AC;? a solo show by Jason Hadley of found-object, mixed-media assemblage. Bailey Gallery Located inside Pussy & Pooch, 564 S Main St., (213) 438-0900 or Through Oct. 31: Group show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animalsâ&#x20AC;? features the work of nine L.A. artists. Bank 125 W. Fourth St. #103, (213) 621-4055 or Through Oct. 25: For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foreign Exchanges: Galileo,â&#x20AC;? Dorit Cypis transforms the gallery into a sitespecific installation of photography, sculpture and text that becomes performative as soon as viewers enter. Bert Green Fine Art 102 W. Fifth St., (213) 624-6212 or Through Oct. 25: Paintings and works on paper by comic, artist, musician and performer Dame Darcy. Through Oct. 25: Scott Siedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obscenaryâ&#x20AC;? is the painterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth solo show at the gallery. Siedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking at redemption through sexuality in these new works, combining sculptural references, impressionism and Renaissance imagery. Also in the gallery is a show of works on paper by gallery artists such as Siedman, Clive Barker, Ed Ruscha, Valerie Jacobs, John Baldessari and Peter Romberg. Through Dec. 31: Megan Gecklerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installation fills the Project Windows. Big Sur Education Gallery Located in the California Endowmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Healthy Communities, 1000 N. Alameda St., visit BOXeight Gallery 1446 E. Washington Blvd., (213) 631-0560 or Through October: Twelve Latin American artists from around the world. Curated by Box8 member Changku. Brewery Arts Colony 2100 N. Main St., (213) 694-2911 or Andlab: 600 Moulton Ave. #303, (323) 222-2225 or Gallery 618E: 618E Moulton Ave., (323) 2228978. I-5 Gallery: 2100 N. Main St. #A9, (323) 3420717 or Through Oct. 18: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Postcards From the Art Edgeâ&#x20AC;? is a fundraiser for the gallery. It features small pieces mailed to the gallery, displayed and sold for $100. I-5, by the way, is a program of the Brewery Art Association, a California art nonprofit. L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex: 650A S. Ave. 21, (323) 276-9320. MLA Gallery: 2020 N. Main St. #239, (323) 2223400 or Through Nov. 15: Outstanding Contemporary Latin paintings and sculpture by artists from throughout Latin America as well as printwork by Latin Masters such as Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, Wifredo Lam, Fernando De Szyszlo, Carlos Merida and others. CafĂŠ Metropol 923 E. Third St., (213) 613-1537 or Through Nov. 1: Local artist Richard Godfreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent paintings appear in â&#x20AC;&#x153;World of Nine.â&#x20AC;? Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 W. Temple St., (213) 680-5200 or Chung King Road and Adjacent Galleries Many galleries are located in Chinatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Plaza, adjacent to 949 N. Hill St., (213) 680-0243 or Acuna-Hansen Gallery: 427 Bernard St., (323) 441-1624 or Through Oct. 18: Abstract paintings by New York artist Eric Sall. Automat: 936 Chung King Road, (213) 617-0422. Bamboo Lane Gallery: 958 N. Hill St., (213) 6201188 or Bonelli Contemporary: 943 N. Hill St., (213) 617-8180 or The Box Gallery: 977 Chung King Road, (213) 625-1747 or China Art Objects: 933 Chung King Road, (213) 613-0384 or Chinese Historical Society of Southern California: 415 Bernard St., (323) 222-0856 or Ongoing: An exhibition about the history of immigration from China to the United States. Chung King Project: 945 Chung King Road, (213) 625-1802 or Through Nov. 1: Drawings and paintings from Michael Muller. Cottage Home: 410 Cottage Home Road, David Kordansky Gallery: 510 Bernard St., (323) 222-1482 or Through Nov. 1: Sculpture, painting, and collage from Aaron Curry, Richard Hawkins and Peter Saul. David Salow Gallery: 977 S. Hill St., (213) 620-

0240 or Through Nov. 8: Mixed-media work from ZachThrough Nov. 8: The group show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmos Facary Royer Scholz. toryâ&#x20AC;? brings together seven artists from L.A. and the Fellows of Contemporary Art: 970 N. Broadway, Bay Area who unite the cosmic and the mundane Suite 208, (213) 808-1008 or through painting, photography and sculpture. CuFifth Floor: 502 Chung King Court, (213) 687- rated by artist Brad Eberhard. 8443 or Coldsprings Fine Art Through Nov. 2: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outside the Big Boxâ&#x20AC;? features 215 W. Third St., (213) 617-8508 or furniture, art and design from Otis alumni. Fringe Exhibitions: 504 Chung King Court, (213) Through Nov. 22: The gallery opens with â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 613-0160 or Walk Through the Range of Light,â&#x20AC;? fine art photogHappy Lion: 963 Chung King Road, (213) 625- raphy by Ben Dewell. 1360 or Colburn School High Energy Constructs + Solway Jones: 990 N. 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2200 or Hill St., Suite 180, (323) 227-7920 or highenergy- Ongoing: Work from three artists whose oeuvres Through Oct. 18: Work from Alice Aycock, Mi- are influenced by music: photographer Jenny Okun, chael Decker, Jean-Pierre Hebert, David Horvitz, sculptor and author Sarah Perry and photographer Branden Koch, Dana Maiden, Dane Picard and Barbara Strasen. It is installed throughout the lobby Alan Rath appears in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cycling Apparati.â&#x20AC;? and hallway areas of the school. Kontainer Gallery: 944 Chung King Road, (213) Compact/space 621-2786 or 105 E. Sixth St., (626) 676-0627 or Leefahsalung at the New Chinatown Barber Through Nov. 13: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dispatches from the Era of Shop: 930 N. Hill St., (323) 810-8830. Blue Pants,â&#x20AC;? works on paper by Scott Horsley. LMAN: 949 Chung King Road, (213) 628-3883 Crewest or 110 Winston St., (213) 627-8272, or Main Field Projects: 418 Bamboo Lane, (323) 559-1568 or Through Nov. 1: Thelabellab exhibition is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ZMandarin Gallery: 970 N. Broadway, Suite 213, Boy Show: Direct From the Source,â&#x20AC;? and it combines (213) 687-4107 or top skate artists, fashion, images and installations. Mesler and Hug: 510 Bernard St., (323) 221-0016 Dalessio Gallery or 838 S. Spring St., (213) 471-2977 or Through October: Chris Lipomiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naagi Maa Nu Wakipiâ&#x20AC;? features paintings and drawings. Through Oct. 31: Paintings from Amanda KinNorth Hill: 945 N. Hill St., (213) 500-7778 or dregan. De Soto Peres Projects: 969 Chung King Road, (213) 617- Higgins Building, 108 W. Second St., Suite 104, 1100 or (323) 253-2255 or Through Nov. 15: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Numbers II â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ode to John- DIY Gallery ny Rioâ&#x20AC;? features silkscreens on canvas by Dean 1218 W. 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Listings Continued from page 23 tional Children’s Foundation artists with developmental disabilities. Downtown Art Gallery 1611 S. Hope St., (213) 255-2067 or Tuesdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.: Figure drawing classes are $12; bring your own materials. Ongoing: Large format drawings and different pieces by gallery artists. Edgar Varela Fine Arts 542 S. Alameda St., second floor, (213) 494-7608 or Through Oct. 17: Karen Bellone’s photographs appear in “Postcards from the End of the 20th Century.” El Nopal Press 109 W. Fifth St., (213) 239-0417 or Through Nov. 6: A selection of prints and drawings from the El Nopal Press collection. g727 727 S. Spring St., (213) 627-9563 or Gallery Waugh 548 S. Spring St., Suite 108, (310) 435-9551 or Gary Leonard 740 S. Olive St., (213) 304-4279. Through Dec.: The gallery will be open MondayFriday from noon-3 p.m. with a special moving sale. In addition to quick prints, museum-quality archival prints, limited-edition prints, fine postcard originals and poster-sized prints by photojournalist Gary Leonard, there are books, collectibles, posters and more. Every second Sunday: Poetry readings. Habeas Index 7+Fig at Ernst & Young Plaza, 735 Figueroa St., middle level, (213) 955-7150 or Open weekdays, noon-6 p.m. Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery Watt Hall 104, USC University Park Campus, (213) 740-2787 or Through fall: Work from Advanced Drawing students. Hive Gallery and Studios 729 S. Spring St., (213) 955-9051 or Through October: Group show with featured artists 13:11 (Joe Scarano, Dion Macellari and Terri Woodward) and Ted von Heiland. Infusion Gallery 719 S. Spring St., (213) 683-8827 or Through October: Solo show by Marina Reiter called “Reach Out, Connect, Don’t Wait,” with a separate group show featuring Patrick E. Hiatt, Chantal Monte, Charlie Quintero, Paul Tokarski, Ignacio Montano, Hallie Engel, Pauline Saleh, Jere Newton Jr., Kara Ann Stevens, Milton Aviles, John R. Math, Bryan Cahen, Frank Hoeffler and Kristina Valentine. Jail 965 Vignes St., Suite 5A, (213) 621-9567 or Through Nov. 8: “Flyover” features paintings and works on paper by Christopher Pate, a Los Angelesbased artist whose work was recently featured in the LA Weekly Biennial, curated by Doug Harvey. Julie Rico Gallery 500 S. Spring St. and 116 W. Fifth St., (213) 817-6002 or Through Nov. 1: “The History of the Skateboard in L.A.” Katalyst Foundation for the Arts 450 S. Main St., (213) 604-3634 or KGB Studio and Gallery 1640 N. Spring St., (323) 224-1900 or Through Nov. 15: Abe Acosta’s “Mind of Dementia.” LADWP John Ferraro Office Building, 111 N. Hope St., (213) 481-5411 or Ongoing: A salute to William Mulholland with historic photos, artifacts and memorabilia. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This is the first installment of what will be a permanent exhibition showcasing the water and power of Los Angeles. La Mano Press 1749 N. Main St., (323) 227-0650 or Lamp Community Art Project 452 S. Main St., or Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture At the New LATC, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 626-7600. Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery At Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4399 or Through March 2009: “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 50 Years as Cultural Ambassador to the World” celebrates the troupe’s African American expression and modern dance tradition.

October 13, 2008 Los Angeles Artcore Center at Union Center for the Arts 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 617-3274 or Los Angeles Public Library Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or Through Nov. 9: “Play Ball! Images of Dodger Blue, 1958-1988” features photographs from Los Angeles Public Library’s archive, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Valley Times newspaper and the Hollywood Citizen News collections. Ongoing: “Bunker Hill by Leo Politi” features the work of the beloved local artist known for murals in several libraries and, most famously, at the entrance to the Eugene Biscailuz Building on Olvera Street. Ongoing: “Treasures of Los Angeles” features items from the Hollywood collections, including vintage posters and publicity photographs. In the Annenberg Gallery. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 107 W. Fifth St., (323) 646-9427 or Through Nov. 1: In “Snap to Grid,” every artist that submits work is shown in a grid of hundreds of 8.5x11 prints. Mexican Cultural Institute Gallery 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 100, (213) 624-3660 or No end date: Joe Bravo’s tortilla artwork appears in “The Traveling Museum of Tortilla Art.” Learn more at M.J. Higgins Fine Art 104 E. Fourth St., (213) 617-1700 or Through Nov. 8: Plein air and urban landscapes from William Wray and Tony Peters. Morono Kiang Gallery 218 W. Third St., (213) 628-8208 or Through Nov. 1: The “Quotidian Truths” series features solo shows of new works that recount the pain and pageantry of contemporary Chinese life as seen through the news media. The second artist in the series is painter Xia Xing. Niche.LA Video Art 453 S. Spring St., Suite 443, (213) 247-0002 or Through Oct. 25: “Negative” features black-andwhite digital photography with an urban theme by Cole Thompson. Phantom Galleries L.A. 411 W. Fifth St., (213) 626-2854 or Through Nov. 4: Installation from Timothy Nolan. Two venues at 610 Main St. and 601 S. Los Angeles St. Through Oct. 31: Black-and-white photography by Alexandra Breckenridge and Shalon Goss at 610 Main St. Large-scale photos of Cuba by Meeno Peluce at 601 S. Los Angeles St. Artist receptions Oct. 18 from 7-11 p.m. Galleries open for Oct. 9 Art Walk and by appointment. Contact guest curator Edgar Varela at (213) 494-7608. Pharmaka Art 101 W. Fifth St., (213) 689-7799 or Through Nov. 1: “Outside the Inside, Outside” features art by the Lamp Community Art Project, curated by Pharmaka and Shane Guffogg. Phyllis Stein Art 207 W. Fifth St., (213) 622-6012 or Through Nov. 1: Paintings from Molly Schiot. Pico House Gallery El Pueblo Historical Monument, 424 N. Main St., (213) 485-8372 or Through Nov. 15: “Sunshine and Struggle: The Italian Experience in Los Angeles, 1827-1927” explores the Italian presence in Los Angeles. Popkiller 343 E. Second St., PYO Gallery 1100 S. Hope St. #105, (213) 405-1488 or Through Nov. 6: Chinese artist Park Sung-Tae uses industrial material such as aluminum inset screening, radiation matter, steel wiring and fluorescent paint to convey the philosophy of his art. Raw Materials 436 S. Main St., visit or Remy’s on Temple 2126 W. Temple St., (213) 484-2884 or Through October: “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind” celebrates the 100th anniversary of Filipino immigration to the U.S. REDCAT Gallery 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or Through Nov. 9: John Bock’s “Palms” is a featurelength video that follows two German killers as they navigate the landscape of Southern California from iconic Schindler and Neutra residences in Los Angeles to sleepy old town bars in Twentynine Palms and the formidable landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. Roark 549 W. 23rd St., (213) 747-6100 or Rouge Galerie 548 S. Spring St., Unit 108, (213) 489-7309.

Through Nov. 30: Painting, sculptures and limited editions from Sylvain Copon. SCI-Arc Gallery Southern California Institute of Architecture, 960 E. Third St., (213) 613-2200 or Seventh Street/Metro Center 660 S. Figueroa St., (213) 922-4278 or Ongoing: Artist Stephen Galloway offers “Coming and Going,” the latest installment in the Metro Art Lightbox series on display in the mezzanine level of the rail station. Showcave Gallery 1218 ½ W. Temple St., (213) 663-3521 or Spring Arts Collective Spring Arts Tower, 453 S. Spring St., mezzanine level. Visit Studio for Southern California History 525 Alpine St., Suite 103, (213) 229-8890 or Switch 446 S. Main St., (626) 833-1488 or Through October: Photoreal, abstract and impressionist portraits. Taller 410 410 S. Spring St., (213) 617-7098. Tropico de Nopal Gallery 1665 Beverly Blvd., (213) 481-8112 or Todd/Browning Gallery 209 W. Fifth St., (310) 926-6347 or Through Nov. 8: “Booked” features vintage mug shot photographs. USC Gayle and Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery 3001 S. Flower St., (213) 743-1804 or USC Windows The Chapman, 750 S. Broadway, Through Dec. 10: Animation projections created by students from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts. Nightly projections 7 p.m.-midnight. Velaslavasay Panorama 1122 W. 24th St., (213) 746-2166 or Through Dec. 2009: The Panorama is now exhibiting a 360-degree painting of the Arctic entitled “The Effulgence of the North.” Venus on Hope 1228 S. Flower St., (213) 359-9097 or Ongoing: Collaborative drawings, sculpture, limited edition collaborative art publications, works on paper, ink paintings and artist interaction at the studio of Jared David Paul. Wigbox Gallery 1242 E. Seventh St. #106, (213) 624-0433. Ongoing: Works by Chicana painter Yolanda Gonzalez and assemblage/installation artist Alex Rodriquez. Winstead Adams Projects 601 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 840-7164 or

FILM Flagship Theatres 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321 or Through Oct. 16: Quarantine (1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.), Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10 p.m.). ImaginAsian Center 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or Opening Oct. 10: In Ashes of Time Redux, Wong Kar Wai works his magic in this long-planned reworking of his legendary, romantic and only martial arts film. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or Through Oct. 16: Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure has viewers accompany modern and historical fossil hunters to remote locations as they learn about creatures from the deep (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.). Through Oct. 16: Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past in Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs (daily: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 5:30 p.m.). Oct. 17-Jan. 31, 2009: In Wild Ocean, a massive feeding frenzy takes place in the oceans of South Africa — with breaching whales, frenzied sharks, herding dolphins and diving gannets (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.). Oct. 17-Jan. 31: Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure. (See description above. 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and Sat.-Sun. 5:30 p.m.) Laemmle Theaters Grande 4-Plex 345 S. Figueroa St., (213) 617-0268 or Through Oct. 16: Body of Lies (5:10 p.m., 8 p.m.),

The Express (5:20 p.m., 8:10 p.m.), Blindness (5:15 p.m., 8 p.m.), Eagle Eye (5:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m.). REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m.: Nina Paley’s feature-length animated film Sita Sings the Blues combines an autobiographical story with Indian mythology.

BARS & CLUBS 626 Reserve 626 S. Spring St., (213) 627-9800 or This small but stylish wine bar welcomes with warm lighting, burgundy-colored walls and a curvy bar where you can sip from more than two dozen wines by the glass. There’s a decent selection of international beers and nearly 70 varietals by the bottle. Banquette 400 S. Main St., (213) 626-2768 or This petite cafe and wine bar with its red and white striped awning has become a popular hangout for casual evenings of drinking wine and meeting up with friends. During monthly Art Walks on the second Thursday of the month, Banquette buzzes with almost every kind of Downtown denizen you could imagine. They have a small but lovely selection of wines by the glass as well as beers. Barbara’s at the Brewery 620 Moulton Ave., No. 110, (323) 221-9204 or On the grounds of the Brewery, this bar and restaurant in an unfinished warehouse is where local residents find their artistic sustenance. Beer on tap, wine list and full bar. Bar 107 107 W. Fourth St., (213) 625-7382 or Inside the keyhole-shaped door, tough-as-nails Derby Dolls vie for elbowroom with crusty old bar guys and a steady stream of Old Bank District inhabitants. Velvet señoritas, deer heads with sunglasses, a wooden Indian and Schlitz paraphernalia plaster the red walls. There’s no shortage of entertainment, with the funky dance room, great DJs and the occasional rock band. In the photo booth, you can capture your mug in old-fashioned black and white. Located just two blocks east of the Pershing Square Metro stop, Bar 107 is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. Blue Velvet 750 S. Garland St., (213) 239-0061 or Located off a small side street, look for the blue neon sign that says The Flat. This stylish poolside restaurant and lounge in the former Holiday Inn (now a residential building) features sparkling views of Staples Center, a dining room with a 17-foot sunken granite table, and a sleek bar with white stools where you can saddle up cowboy style. Bonaventure Brewing Company Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 236-0802 Where can you get a drink, order some decent bar food, sit outdoors and still feel like you’re Downtown? It’s a tall order to fill, but this bar in the Bonaventure Hotel does it admirably. Sure, the hotel is vaguely ’80s, and you’ll probably encounter some convention goers tying a few on, but it only adds to the fun. Pub Quiz Trivia Night every Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. Bona Vista Lounge 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 624-1000 or Located in the heart of the Financial District in the landmark Westin Bonaventure Hotel, this revolving cocktail lounge offers a 360-degree view of the city. Bordello 901 E. First St., (213) 687-3766 If the name doesn’t clue you in, a sultry voiced “madam” on the answering machine lets you know Bordello isn’t exactly for the buttoned-up crowd. This onetime house of ill repute has shed its most recent life as Little Pedro’s with a gussied up interior oozing sex appeal — lush scarlet velvet, ornate black chandeliers and heart-shaped chairs in hidden alcoves. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or Located next to the Orpheum Theatre in the Platt Building, the Broadway Bar’s blue neon sign beckons patrons inside to its 50-foot circular bar. The casualchic spot is based on Jack Dempsey’s New York bar, with low lighting and a dose of ’40s glam. There’s a patio upstairs with nice views, and a jukebox. Casey’s Irish Bar & Grille 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or With its worn brick staircase, tin ceilings and dark wood decor, it’s easy to see how this neighborhood bar and grill still works its Irish charm. Regulars cozy up to the 60-foot mahogany bar with a pint of Guinness and a plate of bangers and mash. Casey’s has a full menu with six beers on tap and a selection of Belgian ales and microbrews. Charlie O’s 501 S. Spring St. in the Hotel Alexandria, (213) 622-5053. Though currently closed for renovations, Charlie

October 13, 2008 O’s is under new management by the people who brought you Bar 107. Hidden on the corner of Fifth and Spring streets in the Alexandria, you’ll find old school basics and old school attitude, beers from around the world, pinball machines, pool tables, a stage for live bands and a dance floor with DJs spinning everything but house and techno. It’s a clubhouse in Downtown for musicians on the rise and also part of the Downtown “Barmuda Triangle.” Ask your bartenders for info, then get lost in it. Cicada 617 S. Olive St., (213) 488-9488 or On Thursdays, velvet-voiced Max Vontaine recreates the sounds and styles of rat packers, and every Sunday, the restaurant is transformed into a vintage, old Hollywood-style dance club, with a big band, swank costumes, dinner and cocktails. (For the latter, visit Ciudad 445 S. Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171 or Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Downtown restaurant serves up Latin recipes from Spain and South America. The modern space also hosts a thriving happy hour with live music on the outdoor patio several nights a week. Don’t miss the mojitos. Club 740 740 S. Broadway, (213) 225-5934 or This 1920s theater has been transformed into a three-level party playground sprawling over 40,000 square feet. Club 740 is a spectacle with ornate gold balconies, go-go dancers and private skybox lounges. Music includes hip-hop, Latin vibe, Top 40 and even indie rock. Eastside Luv 1835 E. First St., (323) 262-7442 or A stone’s throw from Mariachi Plaza and all that Metro Line construction, this tucked-away spot features Mexican movie posters on the wall, good beer on tap, regular sangria, live bands, and different from anything to its west, no attitude. e3rd 734 E. Third St., (213) 680-3003 or This Asian-style steakhouse with an artsy flavor features a sleek lounge with low, circular tables and a long psychedelic bar that changes colors like a mood ring. There’s a full bar, inventive cocktails (including soju) and a reasonable wine list. DJs spin. Edison 108 W. Second St., (213) 613-0000, Downtown history has come full circle in this former power plant turned stunning cocktail bar. The Edison is perhaps Downtown’s hottest hotspot and draws an eclectic crowd, including jaded Hollywood types who can’t help but gawk at the preserved bits of machinery, the huge generator and the coal box that now houses the jukebox. Far Bar 347 E. First St., (behind the Chop Suey Café), (213) 617-9990 or Tucked behind the Chop Suey Café is the Far Bar, where intimacy and a sense of noir L.A. collide. If you can find the place, which you enter through the back of the café or via a skinny alley a few doors down, you can throw them back in the same spot author Raymond Chandler is rumored to have done the same. Figueroa Hotel 939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 627-8971 or The Moroccan-inspired Figueroa Hotel just a block north of Staples Center manages the unique feat of making you feel like you’re in the heart of the city and removed from it at the same time. The lightfilled Veranda Bar is just steps from the clear, glittery pool, and it’s common to see suit-clad Downtowners a few feet from swimsuit-wearing Euro-tourists. Gallery Bar Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1011 or This elegant lounge in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is known for its martinis, wines and vintage ports. Genji Bar Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, 120 Los Angeles St., (213) 253-9255 or The Genji Bar offers a hip, private karaoke room that you and a dozen or so of your friends can rent for about $10 apiece. It’s got new songs, old songs, odd songs and songs that you wish no one would sing. It also means you can warble “Sweet Home Alabama” all you want without the agonizing wait. Golden Gopher 417 W. Eighth St., (213) 614-8001 or This stylish, dimly lit space with exposed brick walls, chandeliers and golden gopher lamps has a rockin’ jukebox, cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon and an outdoor lounge for smokers. Best of all, it also has Ms. Pac Man and Galaga. The bar also has a rare take-out liquor counter. Grand Star Jazz Club 943 Sun Mun Way, (213) 626-2285. Firecracker club heats things up every other Friday atop the Quon Brothers’ Grand Star. Start the evening at the latter, where the lapu lapus are wicked strong. There’s usually alternating karaoke and a good jazz trio. Upstairs you’ll find the hip-hop haven known as Firecracker, a longtime dance club with good music and an eclectic, lively crowd. Hop Louie 950 Mei Ling Way (Central Plaza), (213) 628-4244. This is old school Chinatown, on the ground floor of the Hop Louie Restaurant, with slightly indifferent bartenders and décor — it’s actually a relief. J Restaurant & Lounge 1119 S. Olive St., (213) 746-7746 or Once the site of the historic Little J’s, this South Park lounge a stone’s throw from Staples Center now offers signature cocktails, cigars, beer and about 20 wines by the glass. The sprawling space is highlighted by a 10,000-square-foot outdoor patio featuring cozy cabanas, a glowing fire pit and a 30-foot granite bar. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. until sunset all summer long. La Cita 336 S. Hill St., (213) 687-7111. Though the owners of Echo Park’s Short Stop bought it, little has changed. Everything in this former Mexican Ranchero bar oozes red, from the vinyl booths lining the wall to the glowing light fixtures. Hipsters, Latino regulars and artists mingle as DJs get their groove on during the week. Saturday and Sunday bring Hacienda Nights with traditional Ranchero music. La Fonda 2501 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 380-5053 or The palatial restaurant and stage has re-opened. Live performances by the Mariachi Monumental de America plays nightly at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Library Bar 630 W. Sixth St., (213) 614-0053 or This dimly lit bar is more upscale than your typical pub, which means you won’t find a boisterous USC crowd here. A very busy happy hour draws associates from the law firm across the street, as well as bankers, secretaries and other professionals for the grown-up beer and wine selections. There’s a full bar, but the main attractions are the seven craft beers on tap. Mayan 1038 S. Hill St., (213) 746-4287 or A multi-level nightclub in the refurbished Mayan Theatre features Latin dance, Spanish rock, house and tropical music on the main floor. Upstairs, its ’80s music, KROQ selections, disco, hip-hop and R&B. McCormick & Schmick’s 633 W. Fifth St., Fourth Floor, (213) 629-1929 or With a bar, adjoining dining rooms and patio where patrons can take in the dazzling skyline, this is a longtime Downtown happy hour scene, and one of its most festive. The drinks come quick, and the food specials are unbeatable — formidable burgers and appetizers for mere dollars. Moody’s Bar and Grille Los Angeles Marriott Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa St., (213) 617-1133 or Located in the lobby of the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown, Moody’s is a traditional sports bar, serving pub grub from steaks to sandwiches. Morton’s The Steakhouse, Bar 12·12 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 553-4566 or Sinatra croons and cocktails chill. And during Power Hour, bar bites are $5, Mon.-Fri. from 4:306:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Mountain Bar 475 Gin Ling Way, (213) 625-7500 or There’s something to be said for a spot that’s a bit tricky to find. No matter. Your hard work will be rewarded with an extra strong drink at this artsy Chinatown haven decked out with stunning light fixtures, red bleeding walls and post-modern decor. The second level features a dance floor. There’s usually an art show every month, and weekly DJs. O Bar & Kitchen O Hotel, 819 S. Flower St., (213) 623-9904 or Surrounded by warm orange walls and exposed brick, try California-inspired Mediterranean tapas and relax with a house cocktail or specialty martini. Oiwake 122 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, (213) 628-2678. The first karaoke restaurant and bar in Downtown boasts a monster songbook. Point Moorea Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 833-5100 or Step into the South Pacific at this casual drinking bar that was voted the area’s best place to meet singles by this newspaper. The gathering spot features a grand bar, a martini bar, the Harem Room and a daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or This maritime-inspired tavern is decked out in nautical gear, including fishing nets and floats,

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The setting may be low-key, but the passion is high at Anatomy Riot, an (almost) monthly dance/performance series at the Open Space. According to its myspace page, the choreographers and performers behind Anatomy Riot are interested in “rigorously investigating/experimenting/playing/messing around with form, content, context, time, gender, space, culture, race, perception, politics, video/film, text, sound.” Anatomy Riot #27, scheduled for Oct.13 at 8 p.m., is curated by Samantha Giron. The line-up includes Dance Good Damnit!, the Samantha Giron dance project, Ryan Heffington, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Nina McNeely (shown here), Alexandria Yalj and Serene Zloof. Open Space, 209 S. Garey St., second floor. Visit

weathered wooden planks and the stumps of dock timbers. A rusty anchor and reproductions of pirate flags adorn the ceiling of the entryway. DJs spin in a backroom while a high-tech jukebox churns out everything from the Clash to Frank Sinatra. Royal Clayton’s Pub 1855 Industrial St., (213) 622-0512 or This stylish Gothic-Industrial restaurant on the ground floor of the Toy Factory Lofts has a laidback vibe and no Hollywood scene in sight. Drinks are strong, the lighting is soft and the short ribs are insane. There’s a tavern menu after 10 p.m. to keep you going as you play pool or listen to the nightly DJs spin everything from Euro grooves to ’80s anthems. Royale 2619 Wilshire Blvd. , (213) 985-0676 or Set in the historic Wilshire Royale Hotel on Downtown’s western fringe, Royale restaurant has created a Roaring ’20s cocktail lounge with a modern twist. During the week, check out Happy Hour Remixed (5-8 p.m.), where a bar menu features items from $4-$9 including crispy pork spareribs, sea bass carpaccio and a beefy Royale burger. There are also $4 well drinks and draft beer, and delicious $5 martinis to enjoy while you listen to the DJ music or lounge in a 35-seat booth. Sabor 847 S. Union Ave., (213) 388-3311, This margarita lounge also offers karaoke and dancing. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 A neon stag head near Seventh Street and Grand Avenue marks the entrance to this high-end whiskey lounge. At the top of a staircase you’ll find a diorama with a gun-toting hunter, one of several quirky elements that also include bejeweled crows in the ladies room, plaid fabric, and plenty of stag and elk imagery. More than 120 whiskeys are displayed behind the stunning backlit bar, and the expert mixologists whip up some truly amazing cocktails (happy hour prices apply all day Monday). A smoker’s patio is onsite. The action around the pool table is always lively and there’s a nice lineup of live music.

Standard Hotel 550 S. Flower St., (213) 892-8080 or Despite only a few short years in operation, you can pretty much consider the Standard hotel’s rooftop bar a local nightlife veteran. From buttoned-up office workers who flock to the space for happy hour drinks to the swanked-out late-night crowd, the place is always buzzing. Floating amid the surreal skyline, the mod lounge features pod-shaped cabanas, vibrating waterbeds, super hot bartenders and lots of beautiful people. Suede Bar and Lounge Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 489-3590 or This new, crimson-toned pocket has a happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-8 p.m. There are small plates, cigars and a smoking patio. Takami & Elevate Lounge 811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st floor, (213) 236-9600 or This former 1960s office suite is split between the 130-seat restaurant on the east and a stylish lounge on the west. The modern Japanese aesthetic with warm wood tables, leather floors, low lounge seating and striking sculptural pieces makes an immediate impression, though not nearly as much as the wall-to-wall windows and endless views. The stylish lounge features VIP seating, a dance floor, two bars and DJs spinning nightly. Valet available after 6 p.m. nightly (Wilshire/Lebanon). Tatou 333 S. Boylston St., (213) 482-2000 or The dance club is pure indulgence, with multiple VIP nooks (some with PlayStation3 systems), a bit of Cocoanut Grove glam in the form of four 15-foot palm trees and vintage circular booths. The 40-foot stage jumps with DJs and go-go girls, while a large bar stretches across the opposite end of the wall. Tranquility Base Restaurant and Lounge 801 S. Grand Ave., (213) 404-0588 or Distinctive in that it changes its menu and décor with the seasons, Tranquility Base is the latest restaurant from David Tardif. It was named for the first words Neil Armstrong uttered when the Apollo 11 Continued on page 26

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Listings Continued from page 25 landed on the moon. Located on the ground floor of the Sky Lofts at Eighth and Grand and within walking distance of the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center, Tranquility Base serves up small plates and highend spirits until 2 a.m. for late-night concertgoers. Weiland Brewery 400 E. First St., (213) 680-2881 and 505 S. Flower St., (213) 622-1125 or This Brewery with two Downtown outposts hosts one of the friendliest happy hours in town from 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close. Zita Trattoria 825 James M. Wood Blvd., (213) 488-0400. Located within steps of the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, this skylight-lit trattoria and bar offers many wines by the glass.

MUSEUMS African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., (213) 744-1730 or Ongoing: An array of firefighting relics dating to 1924, including a 1940 Pirsch ladder truck, an 1890 hose wagon, uniforms from New York, L.A. County and City of L.A. firefighters, badges, helmets, photographs and other artifacts. Annette Green Perfume Museum FIDM, second floor, 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1200 or Ongoing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fame and Fragranceâ&#x20AC;? is up in this, the only museum of its kind in the U.S. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedicated to enhancing our understanding the art, culture and science of the olfactory. Originally opened in New York City in 1999, the collection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2,000 bottles, perfume presentations and documentary ephemera dating from the late 1800s to the present â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was donated to FIDM in 2005. California African American Museum 600 State Drive, (213) 744-7432 or Through April 26: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Tulips and Shadows: The Visual Metaphors of Dewey Crumplerâ&#x20AC;? features bold, colorful paintings as well as sculptures, videos and installations by the Bay Area artist. Through April 12: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Chromeâ&#x20AC;? looks at the contributions African Americans have made to motorcycle culture, mechanical technology and aesthet-

ics since World War II. Through April 5: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Moment in Time: Binghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Panthersâ&#x20AC;? captures several months in 1968, when photographer Howard Bingham and journalist Gilbert Moore documented leaders of the Black Panther Party â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the energy of their activity in political education classes, conferences, public rallies, demonstrations, courts and jailhouses, but also in the spaces of Eldridge Cleaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment and the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; headquarters. Permanent: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The African American Journey Westâ&#x20AC;? is a collection of pieces chronicling the path from the West Coast of Africa to the West Coast of America. California Science Center 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or Through May 3: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause,â&#x20AC;? developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum, looks at the science and technology of illegal drugs and their effects on the mind and body. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an actual jungle coca processing lab confiscated in South America, a recreated Afghan heroin factory and a simulated MRI machine with scans of a normal brain and that of a drug addict. Ongoing: The Science Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent exhibits are usually interactive and focus on human innovations and inventions as well as the life processes of living things. The lobby Science Court stays busy with the High Wire Bicycle, a Motion-Based Simulator and the Ecology Cliff Climb. The human body is another big focus: The Life Tunnel aims to show the connections between all life forms, from the singlecelled amoeba to the 100-trillion-celled human being. Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St., (213) 485-8567 or Through Oct. 25: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunshine and Shadow: In Search of Jake Leeâ&#x20AC;? marks the first comprehensive review of a prolific yet intensely private artist who embraced California landscapes and city scenes through watercolor. Ongoing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Up Chinese American: Childhood Toys and Memoriesâ&#x20AC;? is an exhibit that explores everyday life for children of Chinese descent coming of age in a rapidly changing 20thcentury America. Permanent: Re-creation of the Sun Wing Wo, a Chinese general store and herbal shop, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journeys: Stories of Chinese Immigration,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit exploring Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined by an impor-

tant immigration law and/or event, accompanied by a brief description and a short personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period. Permanent: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighborhood Storiesâ&#x20AC;? a photographic exhibition exploring the beginnings of Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; changing Chinese American communities, from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Chinatown, New Chinatown, China City and Market Chinatown. This exhibit will provide a glimpse of how the Chinese American community began to make Los Angeles home. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument 124 Paseo de la Plaza, (213) 485-8372 or Through Nov. 15: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunshine and Struggle: The Italian Experience in Los Angeles, 1827-1927â&#x20AC;? explores the Italian presence in L.A., and its longdisappeared Little Italy. In the Pico House Gallery at El Pueblo, 424 N. Main St. Ongoing: The whole of El Pueblo is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;monument,â&#x20AC;? and of this monumentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 27 historic buildings, four function as museums: the Avila Adobe, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest house; the Sepulveda House, home to exhibits and the monumentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visitors Center; the Fire House Museum, which houses late 19th-century fire-fighting equipment; and the Masonic Hall, which boasts Masonic memorabilia. Check its website for a full slate of fiestas, including Cinco de Mayo, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November and Decemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful candlelight procession, Las Posadas. Open daily, though hours at shops and halls vary. FIDM Museum and Galleries 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1200 or Through Dec. 19: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textile Design Student Showâ&#x20AC;? features original cloth and fabric designs by 21 students graduating from FIDM in Textile Design. The exhibit is in the FIDM Museum Promenade Gallery on the third floor, and admission is free Grier Musser Museum 403 S. Bonnie Brae St., (213) 413-1814 or Ongoing: A turn-of-the century historic Queen Anne house that displays antique collections in monthly holiday exhibits throughout the year. Japanese American National Museum 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or Through Jan. 11: â&#x20AC;&#x153;20 Years Ago Today: Supporting Visual Artists in Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;? features the work of recipients of the California Community Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fellowships for Visual Artists. Ongoing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Common Ground: The Heart of Communityâ&#x20AC;? chronicles 130 years of Japanese

American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers to the present. Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2766 or Through Jan. 5: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspectiveâ&#x20AC;? is the first major U.S. retrospective of the German artist who died in 1997. It includes key selections and bodies of work from his entire career: paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, multiples, photographs, posters, announcement cards, books and music. Permanent: Nancy Rubinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cheekily and comprehensively titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stainless Steel, Mark Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, Gagosianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beverly Hills Space, at MOCA (2001-2002)â&#x20AC;? is a monumental sculpture made out of parts of an airplane. Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-2766 or Through Jan. 5: Most of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspectiveâ&#x20AC;? unfolds at MOCA Grand Avenue (see listing above). At the Contemporary, there is some additional work and the giant Kippenberger installation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Happy End of Franz Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amerika.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Through Dec. 15: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collectionâ&#x20AC;? surveys the evolution of conceptual practices in California by highlighting individual works and groupings by more than 60 artists. Museum of Neon Art 136 W. Fourth St., (213) 489-9918 or Through Nov. 2: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Text: Style and Contentâ&#x20AC;? features a variety of font styles from neon signs and text-based neon and kinetic work like Jim Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bouncing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes.â&#x20AC;? Through Nov. 2: In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Central Plaza and the relighting of historic neon in three Chinatown buildings, MONA opens a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinatown Neon in Postcardsâ&#x20AC;? exhibit at the Hong office building, 445 Gin Lin Way. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3466 or Through Nov. 1: The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spider Pavilionâ&#x20AC;? is an outdoor exhibit, where visitors can watch the work of hundreds of web-weaving spiders. Ongoing: A life-sized T. rex and Triceratops roam the museum Wednesday-Sunday. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually puppets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Dinosaur Encounters program Continued on page 28

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Listings Continued from page 26 they star in aims to teach visitors about dinosaur habits and physicality. Ongoing: “Thomas the T. rex Lab” is a working paleontological lab, wherein museum preparators will work on a T. rex skeleton in full view of the public. Ongoing: Three diorama halls show African and North American mammals in their natural environments; more than 2,000 gem and mineral specimens are on view in the Gem and Mineral Hall; and the Ancient Latin America Hall covers prehistoric societies including the Maya, Aztec and Inca. And that’s just the first floor. USC Fisher Museum of Art 823 Exposition Blvd. on the USC campus, (213) 740-4561 or Through Nov. 8: Group show “Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence” features work from 12 artists who have created work that reflects on notions of absence and loss, often with spectral effects and immaterial mediums such as shadows, fog, mist and breath. Wells Fargo History Museum 333 S. Grand Ave., (213) 253-7166 or Ongoing: Take in an Old West exhibit including a faux 19th-century Wells Fargo office, a real-life Concord stagecoach that once traversed windy southern Kentucky roads and a gold nugget weighing in at a shocking two pounds.

FARMERS MARKETS Wednesdays Financial District Farmers Market Fifth Street, between Flower St. and Grand Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Produce, flowers, coffee, baked goods and soap are just a few of the items for sale at the market that livens up the street in front of the Central Library. Thursdays City Hall Farmers Market South Lawn of City Hall, between Main and Spring streets, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Farm fresh produce, flowers, olives, oils, hummus, dips, honeys and crafts. Music 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s a chance to pick up fresh goods and get some face time with your favorite civil servant. 7+Fig Farmers Market 725 S. Figueroa St., (213) 955-7150 or 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: The outdoor mall in the Financial District offers produce, hot and sweet kettle corn, flowers, honey, breads, bonsai trees, tamales, olives, nuts and more. Chinatown Farmers Market 727 N. Hill St., between Alpine and Ord streets, (213) 680-0243 or 3-7 p.m.: Wares from certified growers, plus a variety of Asian produce. Fridays Bank of America Farmers Market 333 S. Hope St., at Bank of America Plaza, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Visitors rave about the falafel, samosas and tamales, but there’s also produce, flowers and crafts.

TOURS Angelino Heights (213) 623-2489 or Every first Saturday of the month, take a walk through one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles. The neighborhood has a rich history and well-preserved Victorian architecture. Architecture Tours L.A. (323) 464-7868 or Monday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and by appointment. Two-to-three-hour driving tours of Downtown and other areas, focusing on the significant historic and contemporary architecture, culture and history of various neighborhoods. $65 per person. Art Deco Tours (213) 623-2489 or Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A walking tour and up-close look at Downtown’s Art Deco palaces, including the Oviatt Building, led by the Los Angeles Conservancy. $10, $5 for members. Biltmore Hotel (213) 623-2489 or Second Sunday of the month, 2 p.m. See the amazing architecture of the “Host of the Coast,” as it was known to its old jazz clientele. The tour of the stately structure next to Pershing Square explores the ballrooms and common areas of the hotel built in 1923.

October 13, 2008 Broadway Theatre District Tour (213) 623-2489 or Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Get an up-close glimpse and taste of history with a Los Angeles Conservancy walking tour of the historic Vaudeville-era theaters that line Broadway. The street has the largest collection of old theaters on the West Coast. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels All tours begin at the Lower Level Plaza, 555 W. Temple St., (213) 680-5215 or Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. A free one-hour tour of the cathedral designed by Jose Rafael Moneo is led by volunteers. Also available are tours for children and a traditional English tea and tour. Chinese Historical Society of Southern California 415 Bernard St., (323) 222-0856 or Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m. Docent guided tours of Chinatown, a unique and still perplexing community, are available for groups of 10 or more. City Hall (213) 623-2489 or Every first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. This tour explores the architecture and history of this fully restored landmark. Stops include some of the building’s important public spaces, such as the rotunda and City Council chambers. Make sure to glance up at the ornate ceiling. Doheny Mansion Tour Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place, (213) 477-2962 or Call for times: The Gothic Renaissance-style Victorian mansion on the Doheny Campus of Mount St. Mary’s College designed by Theodore Augustus Eisen and Summer P. Hunt in 1898. This was home to oil baron Edward Doheny and family for almost 60 years. The mansion boasts the Pompeian Room, with an iridescent Tiffany glass dome and imported Siena marble. Public tours, which cost $25 a person, include the first floor of the mansion and surrounding grounds. Seniors are $15, and other discounts apply. Downtown Housing Bus Tour Visit Saturday, twice a month: From loft style units to historic office buildings to new luxury construction, tour both visiting models of “for sale” units as well as “for lease” properties. Along the way, you’ll see icon architecture and the developing neighborhoods in the area. Downtown Los Angeles Business Walking Tour Visit Friday, twice a month: A primer in all the major Downtown hotspots — new developments such as L.A. Live, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, new loft buildings and quality office space. Downtown’s Evolving Skyline Tour (213) 623-2489 or Every third Saturday of the month. This tour of the architecture, art and open spaces of the Central Business District focuses on the postwar urban built environment and how a city’s future is shaped by the choices it makes about its past. El Pueblo 130 Paseo de la Plaza. (213) 628-1274 or Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Free docent-led tours of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, where the city of Los Angeles was founded. Esotouric (323) 223-2767 or Enjoy well-researched, often darkly funny tours of an L.A. of old — where musicians, writers and architects, and (usually separately) criminals toil. The company does tours all over L.A.; listed below are Downtown options. Historic Core Tour (213) 623-2489 or Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about the architecture of one of the city’s most storied districts on a walking tour led by the Los Angeles Conservancy. $10, $5 for members. L.A. Fashion District Shopping Tour (213) 683-9715 or Monday-Saturday with advance reservation, 10:30 a.m. Three hours of walking and shopping with a guide in the nation’s largest fashion district. Learn how to ferret out the finds for $36 per person. Little Tokyo Tour (213) 623-2489 or Every second Saturday of the month. As the cultural and historic heart of the Japanese community in Los Angeles, Little Tokyo offers vivid contrasts between the old and the new. This tour includes architectural and cultural history as well as background on the city’s Japanese community. Los Angeles Central Library Tour 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7168 or Daily walk-in tours: Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Docentled tours of the Central Library, including its art and architecture, are daily. Call to arrange a time. Tours begin in front of the library store in the main lobby. Reservations are necessary for groups of 10 or more. Los Angeles River FOLAR Tours (323) 223-0585 or

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Downtown has a flashy new club in the L.A. Stock Exchange Building, the structure named for its 1920s resident and home to the Stock Exchange Nightclub in more recent years. Versus Nightlife is a 22,000-square-foot “multi-level entertainment fortress.” The soft opening brings DJ Questlove of the Roots (shown here) and Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes to the Spring Street venue in the Historic Core on Friday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. The L.A. Fashion Week/voter registration event will feature DJ Irie and runway shows by LRG Clothing, JUZD Bamboo, Factory Girl Clothing and Grefphenreed. For tickets, visit The official grand opening of Versus will be Saturday, Oct. 25, and will feature Dave Navarro, DJ Skribble, J-Mello, Slynkee, DJ Valida and George Acosta. To RSVP for this invitation-only event, visit Versus, 618 Spring St., (213) 489-1555.

These sporadic tours, created by Friends of the Los Angeles River, convene at the River Center (near the 5 and 110 freeways) where carpools are formed and the tour is laid out. Then the fun begins, with stops at the Sepulveda Basin in the Valley, the Glendale Narrows across from Griffith Park, the historic Arroyo Seco confluence, the Los Angeles State Historic Park (which is to say, the Cornfield) and the heart of industrial Downtown. Metro Art Tours (213) 922-2738 or Every first Saturday and Sunday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon. Tour provides insights into Metro transit system artworks and is led by knowledgeable docents. Free. Tours meet at Hollywood/Highland Metro Station on Saturday and at historic Union Station on Sunday. Museum of Neon Art Tours 136 W. Fourth St., (213) 489-9918 or Frequently scheduled neon bus tours, which rumble through downtown and Hollywood as a wisecracking host tells the story of the city’s electric signage. Upcoming tours: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29. Raymond Chandler Walking Tour Starts at Caravan Books, 550 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-9944. Oct. 18, 10 a.m.: Free hard-boiled detective tours of Downtown, based on the book “Tailing Philip Marlowe.” Red Line Tours Tours meet inside the Bradbury Building, 304 S. Broadway, (323) 402-1074, ext. 11, or Daily. “Inside Historic Downtown L.A.” operates at 9:45 a.m., and “Inside Contemporary Downtown L.A.” takes place at noon. Reserve tours by 9 p.m. the day prior. San Antonio Winery Tour 737 Lamar St., (323) 223-1401 or Monday-Friday, noon-2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free tour of the only working winery in Los Angeles, culminating with a wine tasting. Live jazz Thursday-Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Group reservations required for parties of six or more. Starline Tour Thirteen stops, beginning at Olvera Street and ending at L.A. Live, visit This tour, which operates seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., has a “hop-on-hop-off” policy. Undiscovered Chinatown Tour (213) 680-0243 or

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October 13, 2008

We Got Games

(213) 742-7340 or Saturday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, time TBD: The “new look” Clippers will trot out their, well, new look, for the first time on their home court in an afternoon preseason game against the Toronto Raptors.

Dodgers Host the Phillies in the NLCS Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or Monday, Oct. 13, 5:22 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 15, 5:22 p.m., if necessary: After dismantling the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers host the Philadelphia Phillies at Chavez Ravine in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, and possibly Game 5. Led by Manny Ramirez, Russell Martin and James Loney, the Dodgers outscored the Cubs 20-6. But if the adage “defense wins championships” is true, then the six runs allowed by Dodger pitchers is the more important number. If the Phillies are to mount an attack, they’ll have to do so early, as Dodger fireballer Jonathan Broxton has been lights

out in the closer role. If necessary, the teams will head back to Philadelphia for Game 6 and 7 (Oct. 17-18). USC Trojans Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 740-4672 or After hosting Arizona State, Pete Carroll takes the Trojans’ show on the road to face woeful Washington State (Oct. 18). But given what happened last time USC traveled to the Pacific Northwest, don’t expect them to take this one lightly. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St.,

Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7340 or Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.: Kobe and friends are back, and in their first preseason game at Staples Center they’ll host Regal FC Barcelona. They play again on Sunday against an opponent to be determined. Los Angeles Kings Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 7427340 or Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Anze Kopitar and the Kings host the Ducks on Tuesday, then the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

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Jonathan Broxton will try to preserve late-inning leads against the Philadelphia Phillies. At stake is a place in the World Series.

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