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Volume 39, Number 43
Eerie Halloween Events
The Survivor Joseph Hellen Escaped the Nazis and Made a Fortune in Australia. Now, at 85, He’s Got Big Plans for Broadway
Basketball starts, but a dark cloud looms.
Rappel down the Westin Bonaventure.
Change is coming to a Little Tokyo mall.
PROS Pick football games, win prizes.
Another year of two Downtown ice rinks.
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Downtown landowner and developer Joseph Hellen, 85, whose projects include the Broadway-Spring Arcade building (shown here), keeps a low profile. “I don’t need to impress anybody,” he says. by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer
n many ways, the story of Downtown property owner Joseph Hellen is much like that of every developer involved in major urban projects. He is a calculated risk-taker with an instinctive eye for up-and-coming locations. He’s a firm, confident decision maker. He has also been right frequently, amassing hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate holdings.
In other ways, the 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives in Australia is unique among Downtown’s major real estate players. Downtown Management, which runs his portfolio of nine Historic Core properties (it is also known as Mideb), was formed in the late 1980s. A shopping mall tycoon in Melbourne, Hellen even then saw a chance to transform Broadway into an upscale, outdoor retail scene. Into the early 1990s, he snapped up buildings suited to hold ground floor retail and housing on the upper levels.
He made a splash in 1992 when he announced a $55 million plan to demolish the Cameo, Roxy and Arcade theaters and turn the three conjoined buildings at 518-534 S. Broadway into upscale shops. Preservationists protested fiercely, as did the Community Redevelopment Agency, and the plan crumbled. Though he is a veteran Historic Core property owner, Hellen is also late to the local development game. This year, more than two decades after see Hellen, page 12
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after dealing with the horror show inside. On Halloween, it only gets worse. What follows is a description of the imaginary haunted house the building will become on Oct. 31. All of the ghouls, gasps, budget cuts and skeletons in closets described below are completely made up. Or are they? Bwahahavillaragosahaha.
The Writing on the Stone: You approach City Hall and see the South Lawn dotted with short, curved gray slabs. You bend down to peer at one and see the words “Million Trees L.A.” Another says “LAUSD Takeover.” The next two read “LAPD Chief William Bratton” and “Fire Chief Douglas Barry.” A big one holds the phrase “Chief Deputy Mayor Jay Carson” and a larger one says “Gubernatorial Ambitions.” Holy terror, you realize the lawn is full of tombstones and that this is a cemetery for the failed plans and former higherups of the current mayoral administration. There is a burial plot for “Balanced Budget,” one for “Substantive Pension Reform” and another for “City Planner Gail Goldberg.” Oh my gosh, the see City Hall, page 11
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AROUNDTOWN Support Public Safety Workers, Eat Meat he Downtown Center Business Improvement District is bringing back its annual L.A. County Public Safety Officers Annual Appreciation Barbecue to 7+Fig on Friday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Once again, staffers from Morton’s The Steakhouse will man the grills, preparing barbecue favorites including a tri-tip sandwich. California Pizza Kitchen will provide the sides. This year the lunch, which costs $7, benefits the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. The foundation supports families who experience financial difficulty due to death, injury or illness to an officer. But as is custom for the 11-year-old Downtown tradition, cops, firemen or anyone serving with a county law enforcement agency eats free (with identification). In the past decade, the event has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Memorial Foundation, the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation and the L.A. Firemen’s Relief Fund.
Downtown Women’s Center To Try Retail
he Downtown Women’s Center, long known for providing housing and services for homeless women, is trying something new: the retail game. The DWC is hoping to set up a pair of stores, one selling handcrafted goods made by women enrolled in the program, and the other offering refurbished secondhand goods. DWC officials have a hearing with the city’s Office of Zoning Administration on Nov. 9 to try to obtain permits for the stores. Barbara Casey, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit, said the first store would launch in late December in the DWC’s new facility at San Pedro and Sixth streets. The second outlet would debut in 2011 at the center’s current Los Angeles Street location. Women from the center will work at the stores and design products in collaboration with local artists, Casey said.
Little Tokyo May Get Street Markers
n the effort to increase tourism in Little Tokyo, area officials are pushing for the creation and installation of cultural medallions and gateway markers throughout the neighborhood. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the City Council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee approved spending up to $250,000 in Community Redevelopment Agency funds for the effort. The markers would highlight many of the area’s cultural anchors, including the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum and the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. The signs would be attached to streetlights and other public property. There is no timeline available yet for when the signs or markers will be installed.
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EDITORIALS No Easy Solutions for the Next Decade
n Oct. 12, about 300 people who attended a Downtown event were asked to do something that most of us do not do very often: Think a decade into the future. The impetus was Downtown 2020, a symposium organized by the Central City Association. Over the course of six hours and three panel discussions, leading members of the Downtown community pondered and discussed the future of everything from retail to residential to transportation to office buildings. The event demanded that these considerations be taken together, rather than addressed as islands. Clearly, what happens in one sector will have a consequence, for better or worse, on others. The event was not like a city study, which seeks to create a specific plan or set of guiding principals to shape the future pace and look of an area. Rather, as much as anything, it was a push to get away from the human tendency to look just a couple months or years down the line. Currently many people think of “the future” as the end of the recession. Downtown 2020 served as a reminder that the recession will end, that economic growth will resume and that we need to prepare for what happens next.
A prevailing topic at the event was transportation, with discussion both on getting people into the Central City and, once here, moving them about. The importance of this subject cannot be overstated, though it is probably the most challenging issue facing Downtown. The topic of entrance and egress is particularly vexing, as recent history has shown that the only thing that gets even some people out of their cars and into mass transit is when the price of gasoline tops $4 a gallon. Even if all of the proposed light rail lines and bus projects come online in the next decade, it won’t cure congestion. In addition to all the transit construction, it’s clear that Jim Thomas’ plan to use existing infrastructure is key; it would turn large boulevards such as Pico and Washington into one-way streets. There was ample talk at the event about a Downtown streetcar. However, this is no magic bullet, and the project’s full cost and funding scheme need to be determined before people plan for it. Even if the nostalgic circulator comes to fruition, it will only be one piece of the solution a decade from now. DASH buses, a possible Regional Connector for light rail lines and, especially, considerations for pedestrians and bicyclists must be factored into the discussion. In the future of Downtown, it has to be easy to get from Bunker Hill to South Park, from City
West to the Arts District, without climbing into a car. There are many other issues to focus on for the next 10 years, including spurring activity in places where it lags now. It has long been pointed out that, while major developments such as L.A. Live, the Police Administration Building and a coming Broad Collection museum will draw crowds and headlines, it is the smaller projects in between that will establish connections and create consistent street life. The big, master-planned pieces should be seen as catalysts, not ends in and of themselves. There is another thing to think about: Downtown a decade from now is impossible to envision accurately. If anyone had predicted the current Downtown — one replete with residents, bars and destination restaurants — in 2000, they would have been laughed off the stage, more likely to be dismissed as a dreamer than a visionary. So, on the one hand, we don’t know what Downtown will be like in 2020. On the other hand, we still need to plan, prepare the infrastructure and think about transportation and other matters. A decade is a long time, but it arrives frighteningly quickly. The Central City Association did a good job of refocusing the community on that reality.
Pershing Square ‘Sanity’ Rally Would Have Been Fun
his week, a crowd of unpredictable size will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. Unfortunately, there will not be a satellite gathering on Saturday, Oct. 30 (a date the rally’s website amusingly notes “has no significance whatsoever”), in Pershing Square. This is disappointing, given the dearth of humor in day-to-day life. Political rallies are usually deadly serious affairs, events built around A Very Earnest Message. While a serious side underlies the gathering orchestrated by the left-leaning host of “The Daily Show,” there will no doubt be a fun element, too, since Stewart is known for irony and satire. It would have been great to have that in a park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, yet another op-
portunity to shine a national light on a gorgeous, vibrant and interesting community. This would be good for all Downtowners, no matter what their politics are. Instead, the organizers announced last week, the Los Angeles event will take place in MacArthur Park. That’s near Downtown, but it’s not where the rally should be. We’re not sure whether the brass at Pershing Square or the Department of Recreation and Parks should be criticized. They turned down the rally because, they said, they needed time and space to prepare for the annual ice rink, which opens Nov. 18. While that may literally be true, it seems there could and should have been a way to get both things done. Not having the rally also flies in the face
of historic precedent. In 2000, protestors at the Democratic National Convention converged on Pershing Square, demonstrating their First Amendment rights. Around the turn of the 20th century, the square, then known as Central Park (it became Pershing Square in 1918), was a frequent site of political gatherings and discourse. From the 1940s on Pershing Square has been known for its “soapbox orators,” the place where anyone could spew just about anything they wanted, sometimes religious, sometimes political. It’s unfortunate to lose that historic celebration of free speech. It would seem there should be another place to rally for sanity in Downtown. L.A. Live’s Nokia Plaza has proved to be a fruitful site for public gatherings and events, as has
the plaza at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, though both are privately controlled. One can see how, even if asked, they would prefer to avoid being affiliated with an event so clearly tied to the political left. Organizers could probably secure a permit for a march up Broadway or another street. After all, these marches occur all the time. Maybe the sanity rally is more about being in a single place than a march. Maybe a march just isn’t as much fun. Perhaps this kind of situation will be alleviated when the Grand Avenue Civic Park opens in the summer of 2012. The space is being built for the public, and will rise just west of City Hall. Maybe free speech, even funny political free speech, will have a new place in Downtown to reside.
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The Readers Speak Out Website Comments on a Pershing Square Rally, the Future of Downtown and More
os Angeles Downtown News posts comments to stories on our website. Here are some of the most recent responses. Additional comments appear on downtownnews.com. Further responses are welcome. Regarding the item “Pershing Square Turns Away Jon Stewart Rally,” by Katie Schaufelberger, posted online Oct. 14 hank God they nixed this. Every time there’s a Downtown rally I can’t get my car out of my garage, or back into my garage because of road blockage. I end up paying anywhere from $15-$25 to park a few blocks away from where I live. No more Downtown rallies. Use Skype. —posted by Doug, Oct. 14, 1:56 p.m.
hat a ridiculous decision, and not credible — like they couldn’t have postponed briefly putting up the ice rink. I am not buying it. It was a political decision, which government is not supposed to do. And it flies in the face of the history of Pershing Square, whose claim to fame is as a free speech area. Pershing Square should continue to be about expressing opinions, among other things. Yeah, we like the ice rink, too, but it should not trump this event. —posted by Annoyed, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Regarding the article “Downtown’s 2020 Vision,” about future plans for the area, including a possible NFL stadium at the Convention Center, by Ryan Vaillancourt, posted online Oct. 13 t’s a good idea to create a plan for the next 10 years to shape Downtown growth. A lot of changes happened from the last decade. Now a continuation plan needs to be implemented to bring more residential, retail, office, convention and hotel growth to the area. And we still need a variety of transportation planning to tie in various locations in Downtown. —posted by Michael Tagupa, Oct. 13, 8:17 p.m.
or football, just redo the Coliseum. We don’t need a new football stadium that only gets eight games a year. —posted by Mark, Oct. 14, 10:25 a.m.
s a community activist in Skid Row, I’m glad that homelessness was part of the conversation between these Downtown heavyweights. With all the billion-dollar developments in Downtown, the homeless will obviously be attracted to all the action and bright lights. That said, there also needs to be more development in Skid Row and more than just housing. When speaking about the future of Downtown as it relates to residential, business and tourism, as Skid Row’s image improves, so will the overall image of Los Angeles and, more importantly, Downtown. Our worldwide appeal will grow as our city improves its position. —posted by General Jeff, Oct. 14, 4:09 p.m.
Regarding the article “The Old Mall Game,” about plans to update the Little Tokyo Shopping Center, by Richard Guzmán, posted online Oct. 19 alls belong in the suburbs. Part of what makes being in the city special is being in the city. I wish them well, but I think this type of development is part of a bygone era. Even suburban malls are urbanizing these days. —posted by Der Blut, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.
hope this mall makes it. I think if it can hold out a little longer things will turn around, as more and more residential spaces fill up. Too bad they don’t put a movie theater in there. That might perk it up a little! —posted by Kathleen, Oct. 19, 12:16 p.m.
think the Korean-American investors are making a smart move to obtain a master conditional use permit for liquor sales. First of all, they are keeping the needs and obstacles of small businesses in mind. Second, the Downtown area is growing in residential properties, in particular condos. With in-fill becoming common practice for development, I think
the availability of malls will be even more critical, especially those with food markets and other businesses that residential tenants need (barbershops, post office, small bank centers, etc.) for their daily living activities. —posted by John, Oct. 19, 5:46 p.m.
drive by there every day and didn’t know it was a mall. I thought it was just another office building. —posted by Maria, Oct. 21, 7:19 a.m.
LETTERS Why the Streetcar Rush? Dear Editor, hat do streetcars (“Streetcar Fundraiser Nets $200,000, Oct. 4) have over “green-powered” buses. The answer: Streetcars have overhead, visual blight. Why is there all this talk of streetcars for Downtown L.A.? Yes, we need public transportation that makes getting around Downtown without a car easier, but who needs the visual blight of electric wires overhead? Such blight is not “nostalgia-inducing” to me. —Joel Kleinberg, Los Angeles
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A Lakers/Clippers Payoff Is No Slam Dunk As the NBA Season Begins, Some Worry About a Future Work Stoppage by Ryan Vaillancourt
business model: Attract tens of thousands of people a night (Staples Center itself holds about 19,000) to the $2.5 billion entertainment campus for an event, and entice them to stop in early for a burger at, say, the ESPN Zone, grab a post-game beer at the Yardhouse, maybe even stay the night at the J.W. Marriott. Then make it happen 41 times for the Lakers, 41 times for the Clippers, and who knows how many playoff games. Losing the NBA takes away a key component of the L.A. Live business formula. “It’s definitely something that everyone has on their radar screen, no doubt about it,” said Javier Cano, general manager of the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. The hotel hosts several NBA teams when they come to town to play the Lakers or the Clippers. “Anything as big as a major lockout would be very, very significant,” Cano said. Planning for 2011 One doesn’t need access to a South Park restaurant’s balance sheet to know that the eateries lean on sports fans filling up before and after games or other events. On nights when the Lakers, Clippers or Kings play, fans clad in the teams’ colors stream into the area, powering the cash registers at bars, restaurants, parking lots, hotels and memorabilia shops. The threat of losing this economic engine might lead some businesses to squirrel away a few extra nuts for hungry days ahead. But some say that, at this stage, there’s nothing to be done. “Are we prepping for it? No,” said BottleRock’s Anthony. “Because there’s nothing we can do. They’re either playing or they’re not. If they’re not, it adversely affects us greatly.” The management of El Cholo, the Mexican restaurant in the former Liberty Grill space two blocks from Staples Center, opened last spring in time for the final two games of the Lakers’ championship series. They opened for the parade, too, and had a 90-minute wait for lunch, said El Cholo manager Albert Reyes. But a lockout isn’t on Reyes’ mind. “To tell you the truth, it’s the first time I’ve heard about it,
s basketball fans eagerly await the start of the NBA season this week, some local businesses are already thinking ahead to next year. What they see is not a Laker parade. Instead, there’s a dark cloud on the horizon, and it’s in the form of a lockout. The NBA and the union representing its players are in offand-on talks about a new collective bargaining agreement; the current one expires July 1, 2011. Already, there are strong indications that there could be a work stoppage at the start of the 2011-2012 season. If they don’t reach a new deal, it could imperil the bottom line of everything from bars and restaurants to parking lots and hotels in and around L.A. Live. Much like the 2007-2008 Hollywood writers’ strike crippled Los Angeles businesses that feed off the film and television industries, an NBA lockout (if the owners halt play) would be a gut punch to Downtown’s service industry, especially in South Park. “Twenty-five percent: That’s how much business drops off when the [NBA] teams aren’t playing,” said Corwyn Anthony, general manager of the 11th Street wine bar BottleRock, which like many watering holes and eateries in the area hosts viewing parties and feeds off foot traffic to and from home games. It’s a scenario that Tim Leiweke, the president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of L.A. Live, does not want to discuss. In fairness to Leiweke, the office of NBA Commissioner David Stern has dictated that owners not speak publicly about the labor negotiations. Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was recently hit with a $100,000 fine after some comments he made to a business group about the situation ended up in the media. AEG owns one-third of the Lakers, Leiweke said, so he “can’t talk about the collective bargaining agreement.” But the threat of a lockout is no doubt on his mind. After all, an NBA work stoppage would be a huge wrench in L.A. Live’s
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Businesses that make a living off the crowds coming to Lakers and Clippers games are already starting to worry that a work stoppage could imperil the 2011-2012 NBA season.
but it would definitely hurt all the businesses around Staples Center if there were a shutdown of the NBA,” he said. Eric Levitt, general manager of the ESPN Zone, is aware of the lockout talk, but he said the sports bar and restaurant might actually benefit from increased music programming at Staples Center. With no Lakers or Clippers, AEG would likely book more concerts at Staples Center. While it may sound counterintuitive, Levitt said ESPN Zone does more business with first-time, new visitors to L.A. Live who come for music and are ready to try new places. Sports fans are usually repeat visitors who get “numb” to the surroundings and walk right past familiar eateries, he said. The chances of a halt to NBA operations are, of course, continued on next page
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Calling All Spider-Men Boy Scouts Fundraiser Will Have Downtowners Rappelling Down the Bonaventure by Katie Schaufelberger
ile this in the category of Most Awesome Downtown Opportunities Ever. On Friday, Oct. 29, anyone who has ever had a Hollywood fantasy of sliding down the outside of a high-rise will get their chance at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. As part of a fundraiser celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, the hotel will allow people to rappel down the mirrored surface of the 26-story building. The event is titled Over the Edge, and is being put together by a Canadian special events company (also known as Over the Edge) that organizes rappelling events for nonprofit organizations, including other Boy Scouts chapters and the Special Olympics. “It’s a form of extreme fundraising,” said company founder Paul Griffith. “People have that natural fear, so there’s a perceived risk. But the actual risk is very low.” There are 64 spaces available for the Downtown event. The registration fee is $100 and rappel spots (reserved for those 18 or older) are contingent on being able to raise at least $1,000. Participants will receive training at the event, and the company will have a staff of industrial rope experts on hand, meaning there is no chance of sliding out of control. Nate Nusbaum, the chief development officer for the Los Angeles chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, calls the event “a great platform for us to get exposure.” In addition to the
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t doesn’t look like much is going on at the Little Tokyo Shopping Center these days. In fact, a quick glance at the 250,000-square-foot mall may lead a shopper to believe that the fortress-like facility at 333 S. Alameda St. is on its last closeout sale. The three-story structure is about 40% vacant. Empty spots include a third-floor, 28,000-square-foot space that is shuttered behind a roll-down metal gate. At least one shop is holding a going out of business sale. The scene is undoubtedly grim. From a glass half full perspective, however, it may be a case of it being the darkest before a new retail dawn. On Monday, Oct. 25, mall officials are scheduled to go before the city’s Office of Zoning Administration to ask for a master conditional use permit that, among other things, would make it easier for new tenants to obtain a liquor license. It could lead to as many as eight new restaurants in the coming years. “This puts us in a better position to be able to lease space to other prospective tenants,” said Jay Kim, the property manager at the shopping center. A group of Korean-American investors bought the shopping center in 2008. Early on, they discussed changes to come, including a more international mix of retail and some remodeling to the gray structure. Robin Yi of Coldwell Banker, who is brokering leases and acting as a spokesman for the owners, said many of the plans are still in the early stage. However, he said that up to four new restaurants are currently in the works, and if they obtain the city permits, it could help them attract four other eating establishments further down the road. Also coming, he said, is a renovation of the façade for the 25-year-old structure, although he would not provide details on either the timing or the design. New Arrivals There are currently a handful of Asian restaurants operating at the shopping center, among them the oft-praised Sushi Go 55 on the third floor. Other businesses include an arcade, a karaoke spot, some jewelry and apparel stores and the popular cream puff purveyor Beard Papa’s. Then there are the changes in advance of the city action. This month, the Little Tokyo Market Place, an independent supermarket that replaced the Japanese chain Mitsuwa Marketplace in 2009, was reborn as Woori Market, a Korean grocery chain. Woori’s name recognition should help attract more shoppers, Kim said. In September, the restaurant and lounge Vault 21 opened on the first floor in a former bank space. It serves Italian and French fusion food and has a vast beer and liquor selection. “We’re trying for that young crowd and they love to eat and drink and play,” Kim said. Those are not the only changes. In August, Paulette Macarons, a Parisian pastry shop with locations in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, opened a store on the first floor of the mall. A Korean BBQ restaurant is due to arrive in the beginning of December and talks are underway with two other restaurant owners, Kim said. Toshio Handa, president of the Downtown-based Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, said the mall owners seem to be taking appropriate steps to reignite the shopping center. He said they met with community leaders about two months ago to discuss their plans. “They want to target both the Korean and Japanese communities and the Downtown community as well,” he said. “They want to create a harmonious community and we truly support their efforts. They’re in a transition period right now but I think they are doing the right things.” The Right Mix Bill Watanabe, director of the Little Tokyo Service Center, said it is important for the owners to find the right mix that will appeal to new customers, yet still allow them to connect with the community that has long shopped at the mall. “I would hope it succeeds. We certainly wouldn’t want it to be a failed building,” he said. “It’s also next to the Arts District. If they can capitalize on that, that would be good.” Kim said that, indeed, the owners are already trying to attract art lovers. In June, the mall launched a monthly art festival where many of the vacant spots are used as pop-up galleries. Kim admits that with the tough economy, many current mall tenants are struggling, and efforts to recruit big-name stores have not proved successful. He said attempts to lure Best Buy and GameStop were rebuffed because of the mall’s location.
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City Hall Continued from page 1 tombstones seem to stretch forever. How You Doin’?: You walk through the front door of City Hall and are instantly greeted by a smiling member of the City Council. “Hello,” he says and grasps your hand so hard your rotator cuff almost pops out. “I’m running for mayor in 2013. Can you write a check for my campaign? I’ll deliver.” You turn away, thinking it’s too early for this, only to have your hand grabbed by another local politician. “Hi,” she says, flashing a smile so bright it singes your corneas. “I’m running for mayor in 2013. Will you support me? Together we can change Los Angeles.” Freaked, you turn 180 degrees and feel a vice-like grasp on your wrist as you’re face to face with a local entrepreneur. “I’m running for mayor in 2013, and this city needs to be run like a business. Can I count on you?” You scream and turn but there’s nowhere to hide! The 2013 mayoral contenders come spilling out of the wordwork like zombies, each sticking out a hand to shake. There are council members, other local and state elected figures, more business people. They don’t want brains, they want donations! Run! Follow That Bird: You flee down a hallway, pause and exhale. In the distance you see an oddly shaped yellow figure. It waddles closer and lets out a loud “Quack!” Around its neck is a laminated lanyard bearing the mayoral seal. Why is the bird limping as it approaches? Could the duck be lame? “Quack!” It’s coming toward you, smelling strangely of Listerine Breath Strips. “Quack!” Then all of a sudden a taxi comes from out of nowhere and creams the duck. Hurry Up and Wait: You pop into Council Chambers right before a council meeting is scheduled to start. You take a seat in the wooden pew that, even in the year 2010, is as comfortable as an iron maiden. You see a few council members milling around the horseshoe, but no meeting starts. Twenty minutes later you’re still waiting; up front six council members check Blackberrys, talk with aides or nap. Forty-five minutes pass and it’s the same thing and, the horror, you’ve again fallen for the trap of believing council will get a quorum in a timely manner. Two hours pass and still no quorum. Three hours! Four hours! You wait longer than Godot ever did. Five hours! Finally you punch yourself in the face out of frustration and pass out. Ticket to Ride: You wake to cheery circus music. You peel open your eyes and see a bunch of grinning wooden horses on a circular track. A yellow limping duck waves you toward the ride. You hop aboard. After a few pleasant turns the speed increases. Then you notice some suit-clad figures on other horses, all of them looking terribly glum as they grip the poles. You ask what’s happening and one, whom you recognize from attempts to build a mammoth mixeduse project in Downtown Los Angeles, says that you’ve boarded the Development Merry-Go-Round. No!!!!!!! You’ve heard how this has kept people going in circles for 17 years as they try to get permits from the 3,768 city agencies one needs to deal with in Los Angeles. The ride gets faster and the developers wail, while paperwork flies and mid-level bureaucrats laugh from the perimeter. Knowing it’s now or never, you jump into the void. Questions? Just Axe: You land, roll and SMACK! An axe crashes down, just missing your neck. SMACK! The blade lands again, glistening, this time just inches from your favorite eye. You look up and see that the
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Hellen Continued from page 1 making his first Downtown investment, and 11 years since the passage of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance facilitated the conversion of office buildings into housing, Hellen debuted his first area residential projects. He spent about $34 million to rehab and open two apartment complexes: The 143-unit Broadway-Spring Arcade building at 541 S. Spring St. and the 63-unit Jewelry Trades building at 220 W. Fifth St., which houses a Rite Aid at street level, both came online in June. Setting him further apart from most Downtown developers is the fact that Hellen puts little stock in marketing. The company has long kept a low profile, which seems fitting coming from the soft-spoken Hellen. Standing only about five-feet tall, his English is abbreviated and washed in an indistinguishable accent reflecting a multilingual past. But he calls the shots without compunction. “He runs a pretty tight ship and his locals really defer to him very strongly,” said Russell Brown, executive director of the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District, a collection of property owners who pay assessments to cover
neighborhood security and cleanup efforts. “If Mr. Hellen doesn’t want it, it doesn’t happen.” When he visits Los Angeles, usually two to three times per year, he stays at his Westside condo but arrives at the company office in the Broadway-Spring Arcade by 6:30 a.m. On a recent afternoon, he wore a cream and espresso colored sweater, gray slacks and running shoes. He said he still works because he loves the process. “I don’t need to do it,” he said, smiling. “I want to do it. I don’t need to impress anybody.” Life in Wartime Hellen was born in Czechoslovakia in 1924. When he was a teenager, the Czech resistance killed a top German officer, prompting a Nazi roundup of political activists. Hellen, who is Jewish, was among those arrested in the sweep and was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. His left forearm bears the tattooed identification number, etched in dark green ink. Hellen relied on a string of good luck and instinct to survive. At 15, he lied about his age to stay among the older men, avoiding the fate of most children, women and elderly people. After about two and a half years at Auschwitz, he said several people helped him escape. He found refuge in a Polish family’s barn until the area was liberated by Russian forces. In the wake of World War II, Hellen had the opportunity
to immigrate to the United States, Canada or Australia. He chose the latter, reasoning that it was geographically the “farthest away from the communists.” For his first five years in the country, he said he worked seven days a week, including double shifts at a General Motorsowned plant. He saved enough money to buy his first milk bar, the Australian equivalent of a convenience store. He sold the shop a year later, turning a profit. That began a business model that would grow into a real estate enterprise with tens of millions of dollars in assets. In Australia, Hellen and his former partners built housing around the milk bars. Once the residential projects were full, he sold the shops. The business evolved to focus more on commercial real estate, namely in outdoor shopping malls that Hellen compares to Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. He came to Los Angeles with a similar vision for Broadway. Next for Broadway The privately held Hellen Group’s net worth is unclear, as is the value of Mideb and its Downtown portfolio. Company officials declined to discuss financials, but the Hellen Group has purchased dozens of properties in Southern California and Australia for hundreds of millions of dollars. The company rarely takes on debt or sells its real estate assets, Hellen said. Hellen’s personal wealth also ties in to his tendency to
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Downtown Management this year opened two housing projects with a total of 206 apartments. The firm’s in-house counsel, Roberto Saldaña, stands in front of the 143-unit Broadway-Spring Arcade building.
avoid the limelight. A few years ago, he was the victim of an attempted kidnapping in Australia, where he is well known. He often avoids being photographed. Yet, with the two Downtown housing projects now open, another one under construction at the Chester Williams Building at 215 W. Fifth St., and an office project underway at 537 S. Broadway, Downtown Management is creeping into the public eye. The glow of attention is poised to grow even brighter in the coming months. Hellen hopes to build a multi-story parking garage on Spring Street, just north of the Broadway-Spring Arcade, on what is currently a parking lot. The project would include a supermarket on the ground floor. It would nestle between the Arcade building and the Alexandria Hotel, with no space between the structures. While the area has limited grocery options, Hellen’s plan, which has yet to be submitted to the city, is already drawing
criticism. Theater advocates fear it would eliminate rear loading access to the Cameo, Roxie and Arcade theaters. Although the venues have long operated as swap meets, they are cherished by theater preservationists and are considered contributing structures to the Broadway Historic Theater District. Adding fuel to the fire, Hellen is supporting the candidacy of Rudy Martinez, a restaurateur and reality TV star (“Flip This House”) who is challenging Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar in the March 2011 election. Huizar has repeatedly called for more parking along Broadway for retail patrons, but rendering courtesy of Downtown Management he won’t support a garage project that cuts Hellen hopes to build a combination supermarket/parking structure on a current off loading access to the theaters, said Jessica parking lot on Spring Street. The plan has generated opposition from figures who say Wethington-McLean, executive director of it would eliminate loading access to three former theaters that currently operate as Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative. swap meets. Downtown Management representatives serve on the Bringing Back Broadway board of trustees, and hurdles to development and a lack of appreciation for their share in the initiative’s vision of a revitalized streetscape with considerable economic investment in the Historic Core. improved retail, activated upper floors and even a streetcar. There is still a plan to convert the three theaters into upscale But Hellen and his company have never seen eye-to-eye with retail, but Martin said the company is open to leasing the Downtown preservationists. spaces to the first person who makes a real offer, whether it’s When the CRA mandated restoring the stone podium on a retailer, nightclub or theater operator. the street level of the Broadway-Spring Arcade building to its Whatever happens, Downtown Management is set on finoriginal look, Hellen’s team installed green marble instead. ishing its ongoing projects in the next three years and relocat “The guy spends $45 million out of his own pocket,” said ing its headquarters to the San Fernando Valley, Martin said. Roberto Saldaña, Downtown Management’s in-house coun- The company’s Downtown portfolio accounts for less than sel, referring to the amount Hellen has spent to improve his 10% of the Hellen Group’s collective revenues, but comDowntown properties. “Can’t you just give him his green mands a disproportionate amount of its management remarble?” sources, Martin said. Collectively, the Downtown properties No, say the CRA and area preservationists. operate at a loss. “He showed up at our front door and immediately an- As for the garage, Martin said the company plans to submit nounced plans to build a multi-million dollar, mirrored its proposal to the city by Dec. 15. Even if the firm is on its way glass-faceted upscale retail shopping complex in place of the out of Downtown, it won’t be liquidating its local properties, Roxie, Cameo and Arcade,” said Hillsman Wright, executive and Hellen said he has not given up on his Broadway vision. director of the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation. “I “When I first came here I saw potential,” he said. “I still see don’t think he ever recovered from the fact that he wasn’t potential.” greeted with open arms.” Information on the Broadway-Spring Arcade and Jewelry Exit Strategy Trades buildings is at springarcadebuilding.com or jewel These days, Hellen and his team seem to be running out rytradesbuilding.com. of patience with what they perceive as a line of unwarranted Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The sponsors came, and the rink will open on Nov. 18 and run through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which falls on Jan. 17. There were no details provided on sponsorships. While plans are still being worked out, there will be some changes this year. There has already been one casualty: Rink preparation meant the park in the heart of the Financial District could not host a Los Angeles “satellite” rally on Oct. 30 for “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, which takes place in Washington, D.C. “We’re sorry this isn’t going to happen here,” Capone said. “We would have loved to have that event at Pershing Square.” Last year’s heavy concert schedule will be scaled back, though a highlight will be a Dec. 15 show with New Wave band The Motels and ’80s cover act Flashback Heart Attack “Like Madonna, we keep reinventing ourselves every year,” Capone said. In the works are more community events. Capone said
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alloween is a great holiday in Downtown Los Angeles. The suit-clad crowd always relishes the opportunity to knock back a few drinks and dress up. Meanwhile, the increasing number of kids in the community eagerly embrace the chance to knock back a few juice boxes and dress up. This year, there is plenty to do for both sets, with everything from puppet shows to parties to, scariest of all, raves. Here, Los Angeles Downtown News details 11 ways to celebrate on and around Oct. 31. For the Kids: One of the biggest scary attractions in Downtown is also one of the newest: The Downtown Center Business Improvement District is bringing back, for the third installment, the Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids at FIDM’s Grand Hope Park. The free festival takes place on, naturally, Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m. Expect hundreds of people to show up, with every kid in a costume, and many adults too. Just don’t be the wise guy/gal who dons a suit and says you’re going as a lobbyist. The party will include a bounce house, face painting, balloon-animal making and jugglers. The nearby Ralphs Fresh Fare will provide candy. At the southeast corner of Hope and Ninth streets, (213) 624-2146 or downtownla.com. Fright Night: What’s scarier than a punch in the face? Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya gets into the Halloween spirit on Thursday, Oct. 28, with a night of boxing and costumes at Club Nokia (it’s the crowd that will be donning outfits, BTW). The first 100 fans wearing costumes to the temporarily re-named Fright Night Club will get in for free to see unbeaten Gary Russell Jr. against Guadalupe De Leon. De la Hoya of course had a great career, but he did not go undefeated. Since Halloween is all about frights, you can scare the Golden Boy by dressing up as Felix Trinidad or Shane Mosley, who both pummeled him. Or scare everyone and go as Don King. At Club Nokia, 777 Chick Hearn Court, (800) 745-3000 or fightnightclub.com. Scary Singles Mingle: What’s scarier than being solo on Halloween? Nothing! That’s the impetus behind the Weiland Brewery’s Halloween Costume Party and Singles Mixer, taking place in the brewery’s City National Plaza location on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Entrance offers the opportunity to mingle and flirt with Downtown’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, with many of them in costume. While there will be plenty of monsters, zombies and vampires in the house (in the bar?), they will all be doing some good, since a portion of the proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Mission, animal-aid group Karma Rescues and One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit that provides computers to needy kids. At 505 S. Flower St., (213) 622-1125 or weilandbrewery.net.
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Hundreds of people are expected to attend the third annual Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids, taking place at Grand Hope Park on Oct. 31.
Scaredison: With an old-time feel, it’s easy to imagine ghosts or demons walking around The Edison. After all, the joint is a former boiler room. So on Oct. 31, don your party mask and prepare to be surrounded by costumed revelers at the bar’s All Hallows Eve. Tickets are $20 presale for costumed guests and $25 at the door. If you’re a party pooper and come without a costume it’ll be $35 at the door. There will also be prizes for Best Original, Humorous or Ghoulish costume. At 108 W. Second St., (213) 613-0000 or edisondowntown.com. Dance to the Massacre: Last year’s event sold out, so don’t get left out at Vertigo’s Halloween Massacre. The queasily named Oct. 29 party will include a roster of all female DJs spinning ’80s, hip-hop, electro and dance tunes. There’s a midnight costume contest hosted by Rose and Natalie from Showtime’s “The Real L Word.” There are also drink specials. The party is for those 21 and older, and Vertigo’s is a small venue, so it’s likely to sell out again. At 801 W. Temple St., (213) 977-0888 or vertigos.com. Classic Spooks: Saw and other films of that ilk are often frightening (and sometimes stupid). Yet all their blood, guts and body parts rely on what some consider cheap scare tactics. If you’re of that mindset, kick it really old school on Halloween when the Walt Disney Concert Hall screens the 1920 classic silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. John Barrymore stars and there will be live accompaniment on the venue’s mammoth pipe organ, which will certainly add some ambience to the spooky story by Robert Louis Stevenson. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. A word of advice: Don’t dress up as Jigsaw
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Masked Mexican wrestlers and burlesque dancers will provide the scares and the entertainment when Lucha VaVoom fills the Mayan Theater on Oct. 27-28.
from Saw for this one. You’ll just look dumb. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com. Devilish Weekend: If one day of Halloween isn’t enough for you — and let’s be honest, with Halloween falling on a Sunday, it’s probably not — Suede Bar & Lounge is planning a weekend filled with devilish fun. On Saturday, Oct. 30, the club hosts a party with cash prizes for the see Halloween, page 20
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Halloween Continued from page 19 scariest, sexiest and most original costumes. On Halloween itself, the bar in the Wilshire Grand hotel presents the Halloween Masquerade with DJ Yvonne Black. At 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 489-3590 or suedebarla.com.
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VaVoom returns to the Mayan Theatre. The 8 p.m. events famously pair masked Mexican wrestling — acts include a guy calling himself Little Chicken — and throwback burlesque dancers. Comedians provide a running commentary. At 1038 S. Hill St., tickets at luchavavoom. com.
Bring Out Your Dead: It’s not really a Halloween celebration, but there are plenty of skeletons, masks and candy at the annual Dia Puppet Spirits: The annual Halloween Hoop- de los Muertos festivities at El Pueblo de Los de-Do at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater Angeles Historical Monument. Organized is back this year. With the Purple People by the Olvera Street merchants, the event Eater, the Invisible Man and dancing skel- runs from Oct. 25-Nov. 2. During the week etons, the show goes on through Oct. 31. there will be workshops where kids can make Performances are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday- masks and necklaces and learn about the Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mexican holiday, which celebrates the memThe theater itself is a historic landmark and ory of those who have passed away. On Oct. is celebrating its 50th anniversary season. The 30-31, from noon-6 p.m., there will be street Hoop-de-Do first premiered in 1963, so these theater, face painting, mariachi music, Aztec puppets know what they’re doing when it dancerssales and puppet shows. of missing opportunities? comes to putting on a show. FYI: It’s for the At 125 Paseo de la Plaza, (213) 625-7074. We’veset, got so the it’s solution. Juggling too many projects, deadlines and vendors? Let elementary and pre-school not rePIP manage the creation and re-ordering of all of your business communially scary. Sounds: hours of cations. In one location, your Frightening PIP consultants bring togetherIfallseven the resources you need, including: At 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or bob- techno doesn’t frighten you, then follow • Signs, posters and banners • Printing bakermarionettes.com. the beats to Exchange L.A. The rave Sounds • Digital printing • Copying • Graphic design From the Deep will• Online takeordering place in the newly 700 Wilshire Blvd. VaVoom Goes theph: Room: One of opened 25,000-square-foot venue Oct. 31 213-489-2333 fax: 213-489-2897 Downtown’s most entertaining Halloween from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. The party will feature email@example.com traditions returns this year. Even better, it seven DJs spinning tunes along with a light takes place early, so you can watch people show. Tickets are $15 before 11 p.m. and in chicken outfits fly through the air, and $20 thereafter. see others take off their clothes, and still At 618 S. Spring St., tickets at wanttickets.com. have plenty of time until Halloween. On Contact Richard Guzmán at Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 27-28, Lucha firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Year at the Movies Downtown Megaplex Adds Reserved Seating, Cuts Prices for a Day by Katie Schaufelberger
year ago, Downtown Los Angeles entered the modern movie-going age with the opening of the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14. This week, in the wake of sizable crowds, the theater will give a little back to Downtown, by cutting the price of films for a day. “It’s done incredibly well,” said Michael Roth, a spokesman for L.A. Live developer Anschutz Entertainment Group. “There are weekends it’s been amongst the top 10 Regal Cinemas nationwide.” The 14,000-square-foot multiplex opened Oct. 26, 2009, and in the first few days filled all of its screens with showings of the Michael Jackson film This Is It. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, tickets will be $5 all day (except for the new Paranormal Activity). Even the usually more expensive 3D films will be $5. When the complex opened, officials said the goal was not only to draw viewers, but also to convince Hollywood studios to hold their red-carpet debuts Downtown. To that end, the venue includes an 800-seat “premiere house.” “The biggest appeal for studios is that we sectioned it off with a separate lobby and entrance,” Roth said. The multiplex has hosted the premieres of films including This Is It, 2012,
Tooth Fairy, The Virginity Hit and the documentary Waiting for Superman. The latter was part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which moved to L.A. Live after more than a decade on the Westside. The festival will continue in Downtown for at least the next two years. For AEG and Regal, the megaplex was strategic. Downtown does not have any other first-run theaters. The Downtown Independent shows, naturally, independent fare. A run-down Laemmle four-screen theater in the Marriott hotel closed shortly after the L.A. Live complex opened. One year in, things are still being refined. Roth said the theaters will start a new reserved-seating system this weekend so that audience members making a night of it with dinner at L.A. Live can have seating set aside. The complex has also enjoyed the post-Avatar wave of 3D films. Four of the 14 theaters have 3D capabilities. Roth said the movie house may get more 3D auditoriums soon. “There are times when there may be more 3D movies out than we have theaters for,” he said. “Which is a great problem to have, but we’ve definitely talked about increasing the number.” The Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 is at 1000 W. Olympic Blvd. Information and show times at (213) 763-6070 or lalive.com.
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A Poe-etic Waltz Opera Astra Debuts at the Million Dollar Theater by Katie Schaufelberger
y all accounts, it’s an unlikely mix. The event at Broadway’s Million Dollar Theater this week is one part waltz, one part opera, one part “Dancing With the Stars” and, for the harrowing heck of it, one part Edgar Allan Poe. Even people involved with the 90-minute production called Astra recognize that the newly formed Astra Dance Company’s terpsichorean base of the Austrian waltz is, well, different. “It’s unusual to have a dance company devoted to waltz,” confessed Susan Self, a spokeswoman for the 25-member company founded by UCLA political science professor David Wilkinson. “We weren’t sure it would work, but then ‘Dancing With the Stars’ burst onto the scene, and interest in ballroom dance is much higher.” Despite the allusion to the ABC hit, the show, which runs Oct. 29-30, stars an alum of a Fox network reality series: Kelli DiVincen of “So You Think You Can Dance?” plays Astra. Meanwhile, choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews’ credits include the MTV Movie Awards, the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, VH1 and City Opera. Although the whole thing may not sound like vintage Poe, Self said it flows from Wilkinson, who specializes in the AustroHungarian Empire. “Waltz is a passion of his apart from political science,” Self said. “The arts and culture of that time period caught his attention, so he wanted to focus on some 19th century, mysterious operas for the debut performance.” The production is based on two Poe short stories, “Metzengerstein” and “Ligeia.” Self not-
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Astra, at the Million Dollar Theatre this week, melds waltz, opera, Edgar Allen Poe and the stylings of “Dancing With the Stars.” It was created by a UCLA political science professor.
ed that Astra begins with a tale of star-crossed lovers and traditional waltz. It then builds to more modern, edgy dance forms and themes. Edgy and modern also refer to the company’s imaginings of what ballroom dance and ballet might look like in the future, if performed by contortionists and martial artists. The story, by the way, follows an ancient family feud, and ultimately the tale of a doomed love affair ends with a fiery reunion in the afterlife. In other words, it’s all an unlikely mix. Astra runs Oct. 29-30 at 7 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theater, 307 S. Broadway. Tickets are $20 and available at astradance.com.
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Immigrants to the United States have been keeping their cultural traditions alive through the arts for more than 200 years. In Koreatown, the Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company was founded in 1980 to preserve and teach the arts of traditional Korean dance and music. The group takes the stage Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Downtown at the Aratani/ Japan America Theatre. Don’t expect them to be nervous: The company has performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, at the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush, and all over the world, bringing Korean culture to such places as Mexico, Brazil and Hungary. At 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 6283700 or jaccc.org.
Monday, oct. 25 Town Hall Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 628-8141 or townhall-la.org. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: A conversation with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, author of the soon-to-be-released Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. The event includes a book signing, luncheon and audience Q&A.
tuesday, oct. 26 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m.: In Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat tells the stories of artists who create despite, or because of, the horrors that drove them from their homelands.
adies and gentlemen, presenting Michael Caine. Strike that: Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Sir Michael Caine. Knighted by the Queen once and by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences twice, the actor shares his rags-to-Hollywoodriches story in his memoir The Elephant to Hollywood. The good thing is, you don’t have to read it to get the highlights, because he’ll be in Downtown Thursday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., speaking at the Colburn School as part of the Live Talks L.A. series. Expect stories about his youth in London’s povertystricken Elephant and Castle neighborhood, his military service, marriage and family life, and of course, plenty of nuggets from a fivedecade show biz career. At 200 S. Grand Ave., (323) 791-2584 or livetalksla.org.
ou might love her, you might hate her, but you certainly want to hear her. On Monday, Oct. 25, the organization Town Hall Los Angeles brings former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel for a noon luncheon. Along with talking policy, and perhaps having an opinion or two on the elections next week, she’ll discuss her autobiography Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. But like the Ginsu knife set, wait, there’s more! You’ll actually get twice the Rice, because the politician will be in conversation with her cousin, Constance L. Rice, the tough-as-nails civil rights lawyer, activist and co-director of the Advancement Project. At 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 628-8141 or townhall-la. org.
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Friday, oct. 29 A Greener City Through Better Land Use: Part 6 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, 515 S. Flower St., 25th Fl., (213) 639-0777 or aialosangeles.org. 8-9:30 a.m.: A breakfast reception with Cindy Miscikowski will continue the AIA-LA’s discussions with civic officials on how to build and operate a more environmentally and economically sustainable city through better land-use policy. Friday Night Fright Flicks 532 South Olive Street, (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/ pershingsquare. 8-10 p.m.: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? If you don’t know, get to Pershing Square for a free screening of the 1962 psychological thriller starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
thursday, oct. 28 Angelus Plaza City View Gala 255 S. Hill St., (213) 623-4352 ext. 311. 5:30 p.m.: The evening will feature live and silent auctions, wine, food and live entertainment. Funds raised help support social services, education, transportation, creative arts and health for the elderly, via the Angelus Plaza Senior Activity Center. ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m.: A land of palm trees and movie stars, sunshine and glamour, Los Angeles is often imagined as a kind of paradise, but the reality of the city is far more complex. Join Glen Creason and D.J. Waldie for a tour of Los Angeles in Maps. Live Talks Los Angeles Zipper Hall, Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., (323) 791-2584 or livetalksla.org. 8 p.m.: Sir Michael Caine. Yep, the acting British one. He talks with Sharon Waxman. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. 8:30 p.m.: Legendary pianist Alfred Brendel gives a lecture-demonstration featuring musical examples from the Beethoven sonatas.
Wednesday, oct. 27 SCI-Arc Lecture Series W. M. Keck Lecture Hall, 960 E. Third St., (213) 3565328 or sciarc.edu. 7 p.m.: The Southern California Institute of Architecture presents Berlin-based architect Zvi Hecker. He’ll speak on the topic “Memory Is the Soil of Architecture,” whatever that means. Grammy Museum L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. 8 p.m.: Hans Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, including the blockbuster Inception. After an interview with Scott Goldman, he’ll take audience questions.
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SPONSORED LISTING Outdoor Cinema Food Fest Los Angeles State Historic Park and Exposition Park, outdoorcinemafoodfest.com. Oct. 30 and 31: This event series is dedicated to nurturing a community of entertainment and food enthusiasts in L.A., combining the nostalgia of outdoor movies with the contemporary sensation of gourmet food trucks. Introducing new trucks every week. The events open at 5:30 p.m.; live music is at 6:30 p.m.; films start at 8 p.m. On Oct. 30, Zombieland screens at L.A. State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St. On Oct. 31, The Shining screens at Exposition Park, 700 State Dr.
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his is How We Roll, baby, on waves or wheels, in the surf or on the streets. This summer, the California African American Museum opened an exhibit that features four decades of the cultural influence of African Americans in surfing, rollere’s a man. He’s a legend. He’s Neil Sedaka, and he’ll skating and skateboarding. Who were these radicals showcase his chart toppers in a concert at Walt Disney that changed and blended the sports? And how did Concert Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. From 1961’s “The they do it? Personal stories, sculptures, photos, Lion Sleeps Tonight” to recent appearances on “American Idol,” the videos and more tell the tales of athletes and prolific singer/songwriter has had a career spanning 50 years, and at 71 entrepreneurs in the evolving action sports he’s still going strong with an extensive tour and the release of a new album. world. The show runs through Jan. 1 Even the kids can get a healthy dose of reinvented Sedaka on his CD Waking Up at 600 State Drive, (213) 744Is Hard to Do with “Lunch Will Keep Us Together” and “Where the Toys Are.” But 7432 or caamuseum.org. you can probably count on hearing the grown-up versions this week. You can figure out the titles on your own. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.
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Saturday, Oct. 30 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-DINO or nhm.org. 11 a.m.: Museum staff show off some live animals, with explanations on where they come from, what they eat and more. Central Library Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 2287000 or lapl.org. 2-3 p.m.: Harvey Warren, author of Drop Debt, on how to survive credit card hell without bankruptcy. Bring a date! Outdoor Cinema Food Fest Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1745 N Spring St., (323) 602-0608 or outdoorcinemafoodfest.com. Music at 6:30 p.m., movie at 8 p.m.: Movie, park, music and food trucks equals the ultimate picnic, no basket required. Tonight, Zombieland screens. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 628-3700 or jaccc.org. 7 p.m.: The Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company presents a blend of traditional dance and music. Sunday, Oct. 31 LAVA Sunday Salons Clifton’s Cafeteria, 648 S. Broadway, lavatransforms.org. Noon-2 p.m.: Los Angeles Visionary Association hosts a loosely structured conversational salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect. Today, it’s Joe Oesterle, author of the just-released Weird Hollywood and Weird California. California African American Museum 600 State Drive, (213) 744-2024 or caamuseum.org. 2 p.m.: In Lens At Work, photographer Rick Russell gives a demonstration on large format photography. Bring your own digital camera and leave with a print. Outdoor Cinema Food Fest Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Dr., (323) 6020608 or outdoorcinemafoodfest.com. Music at 6:30 p.m.; movie at 8 p.m.: Get your redrum on with Jack Nicholson in The Shining. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. 7 p.m.: In the spirit of Halloween, scary House of Leaves author Mark Danielewski creates a collaborative theatrical presentation of his limited-edition, illustrated ghost story The Fifty Year Sword.
FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. Oct. 25, 7-11 p.m.: Film Courage Interactive presents Cold Storage, a thriller in which young Melissa Adams is discovered after a fatal car accident by Clyde Mercer, a simple-minded mountain hermit. He takes her lifeless body back to his cabin, high in the mountains of Tennessee. Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m.: Cheryl Fidelman stars in the thriller Fell, about a gal who breaks after a life of abuse. Oct. 30, 8 p.m.: Channel 101’s Halloween screening and party. Dress up! Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.: A collection of Halloweenthemed short films with special guest The Great Pumpkin. A rooftop party lasts all night long, with a costume contest and prizes. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through Nov. 28: Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D will immerse audiences in the story of an ocean wave and the lives it impacts and transforms. Hubble 3D takes movie-goers on a journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. 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. Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through Oct. 28: Paranormal Activity 2 (1, 1:40, 3:50, 4:30, 6:40, 7:20, 9 and 9:40 p.m.); Hereafter (1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.); Jackass 3D (12:30, 1:20, 3:10, 4:10, 5:30, 6:30, 7:10, 7:50, 8:50, 9:30 and 10:10 p.m.); Red (1:10, 1:50, 3:50, 4:40, 6:40, 7:30, 9:20 and 10:20 p.m.); Life As We Know It (1:30, 4:30, 7:10 and 10 p.m.); The Social Network (12:50, 1:30, 4, 4:40, 6:50, 7:30, 9:50 and 10:30 p.m.); Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (1:10 and 4:10 p.m.); Waiting for Superman (12:20, 3:40, 6:30 and 9:10 p.m.); The Town (1:50, 4:50, 7:40 and 10:50 p.m.). Oct. 29 (partial list): Saw VII 3D (12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 and 11:50 p.m.). Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., musiccenter.org. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.: A Halloween screening of the 1920 silent horror classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stars the John Barrymore in the dual role, accompanied live on the pipe organ by Clark Wilson.
ROCK, POP & JAZZ Café Metropol 923 E. Third St., (213) 613-1537 or cafemetropol.com. Oct. 29, 8-10 p.m.: Direct from Manila, the Sandra Viray Quartet. Oct. 30, 8-10 p.m.: JazzPhil-USA Talent Search Contest. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. Oct. 30, 10 p.m.: The Mormons won’t knock on your door and preach, but they are on a mission to rock out. Club Nokia Corner of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa St., clubnokia.com. Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.: The AP Tour Fall 2010 features metal music from Bring Me the Horizon, August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club and This is Hell. Oct. 30, 9 p.m.: The Dan Band on its “Still Hungover” tour. Conga Room L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic, (213) 749-0445 or congaroom.com. Oct. 28, 8 p.m.: Domingo Quinones, El Mero Mero sonero de la Salsa. Grammy Museum L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.: As part of The Latin Recording Academy Showcase series, Carlos Alvarez will interview songwriters Alex Ubago, Jorge Villamizar and Lena. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6000 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. Oct. 29, 8 p.m.: From grunge, to gone, to return: the Stone Temple Pilots. Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Soulful Americana with Lady Antebellum. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or theredwoodbar.com. Oct. 25, 10 p.m.: Blast off with Phil Alvin and friends. Oct. 26, 8 p.m.: Dave Travis from Carnage Asada made the documentary “A History Lesson Part 1” about the Los Angeles punk scene in 1984 featuring the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Redd Kross and Twisted Roots. Documentary screens at 8 p.m. and midnight with bands in between. Oct. 27, 10 p.m.: Eddie Nichols. Oct. 28, 10 p.m.: The Spindrifts. Oct. 29, 10 p.m.: Mau Maus Freak Show. Oct. 30, 10 p.m.: Kasio Antaxia, The Rizlas and Dharma Bums. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., sevengrand.la. Oct. 25, 10 p.m.: The Robby Marshall Group plays the blues. Oct. 26, 10 p.m.: House band The Makers tear it up. Oct. 27, 10 p.m.: Bassist Kevin “Brandino” Brandon, who has played bass on records for Jamiroquai, Brandy and Mary J. Blige, performs with friends. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, thesmell.org. All shows 9 p.m. Oct. 27: Father’s Day, The McDaniels, Laco$te and Clipping. Oct. 29: Audacity, Plasma Centre and Blue Jungle. Oct. 31: Celebrate Halloween with Moses Campbell, Broken Water, Morgan and the Organ Donors and Whitman. Staples Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., staplescenter.com. Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Tween sensation Justin Bieber. The Varnish 118 E. Sixth St., (213) 622-9999 or thevarnishbar.com Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Jazzman Mark Bosserman entertains on the house piano every Tuesday. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., 213-972-4396 or laphil.com. Oct. 27, 8 p.m.: Tunesmith Neil Sedaka showcases his broad legacy of hits.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., musiccenter.org. 8 p.m.: Pianist Christian Zacharias is featured in a chamber music concert of Mozart’s “Divertimento in E-Flat for Violin, Viola and Cello” and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Thursday, Oct. 28 Colburn School Thayer Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., colburnschool.edu. 11 a.m.: Solo and chamber music performances by conservatory students. Free, no ticket required. Friday, Oct. 29 The Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave., colburnschool.edu. 8 p.m.: Friday Night Recital features various student performances in Mayman Hall. Concerts are free. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., musiccenter.org. 8 p.m.: Christian Zacharias takes the baton this time, leading the Phil in a program of Mozart, Beethoven and C.P.E. Bach, the most famous of J.S. Bach’s sons. Also on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 The Colburn School 200 S. Grand Ave., dilijan.larkmusicalsociety.com. 3 p.m.: The Dilijan Chamber Music Series presents a world premiere of Avanesov’s “Kyrie Eleison;” Terterian’s String Quartet No. 1; and world premieres of works by Sharafyan, Avanesov and Miyuki Ito performed by the Kuniko Kato/Movses Pogossian duo.
THEATER, OPERA & DANCE Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-Dee-Do The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. First St., (213) 250-9995 or bobbakermarionettes.com. Oct. 26-29, 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 30-31, 2:30 p.m.: A fantastical cast includes more than 100 Halloween themed puppets, from the Purple People Eater and the Invisible Man to a gaggle of Roaring 20s skeletons. Through Oct. 31. La Victima Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org. Oct. 28-30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 3 p.m.: The story of a family in search of a better life, separated by borders, lost dreams and lost identity, also features live music and dancing. Through Oct. 31. Opera Buffs’ Fall Performers Showcase The Colburn School, Thayer Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., (818) 348.3391 or operabuff.org. Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m.: “We Love the Opera” features staged scenes from The Barber of Seville, Macbeth, The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly and the Queen of Spades, along with other exceprts. Prince of Puddles Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.com. Oct. 30, noon: A family-friendly, comic adaptation of the Shakespeare classic Hamlet. Through Oct. 30. The Vault Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org. Opening Oct. 28, 8 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 8 p.m.: The Latino Theater Company presents a genre-bending blend of performance art, music and sketch comedy that takes on pop culture, politics, technology and local and global happenings. Through Nov. 20. What Happened at Mayville? LoLa Downtown, 929 E. 2nd St. Studio 105, (213) 680-0392 or loftensemble.com. Oct. 29-30, 9 p.m.: Not for the faint of heart, the LOFT Ensemble presents a unique theater experience that visits a small town when everything takes a sudden and unexpected turn. Mature audiences only. Through Nov. 13.
MUSEUMS African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., (213) 744-1730 or aaffmuseum.org. Ongoing: An array of firefighting relics dating to 1924, including a 1940 Pirsch ladder truck, an 1890 hose wagon, uniforms from New York, L.A. County and City of L.A. firefighters, badges, helmets, photographs and other artifacts. Annette Green Perfume Museum FIDM, second floor, 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6241200 or fidm.edu. Ongoing: One of a kind, the museum is dedicated to enhancing our understanding the art, culture and science of the olfactory. Originally opened in New York City in 1999, the collection — 2,000 bottles, perfume presentations and documentary ephemera dating from the late 1800s to the present — was donated to FIDM in 2005. Also, “High Style: Perfume and the Haute Couture” features a selection of fragrance bottles and packaging that reflect the many ways that fame inspires design. “Images of Men: A Look Through Fragrance” is a new installation in the Annette Green Fragrance Archive. The bottles and accessories showcased explore how men’s diverse identities and roles are conveyed through the changing designs of the bottles themselves. California African American Museum 600 State Drive, (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org. Through Jan. 1, 2011: “How We Roll” features four decades of skateboarding legends starting with the birth of surfing and the influence of roller skating to its evolution into the dynamic sport of today. Through Oct. 31: “Our Love of John T. Scott” examines the New Orleans artist’s life, artwork, journey and private reflections and the people he influenced. The exhibition includes lyrical sculptures, paintings and four-by-six-foot woodcut blocks used to make
Downtown News 23 large-scale prints. Ongoing: The multi-functional “Gallery of Discovery” offers visitors the opportunity to connect with the lineage of their own family, engage in artistic workshops, educational tours and other programs of historical discoveries. Hear recordings of actual living slaves from the Library of Congress archives and discover stories from the past. California Science Center 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through Nov. 29: “Mummies of the World,” the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled, presents a never-before-seen collection of both accidental and intentionally preserved mummies including ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America and Europe as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years. Ongoing: The Science Center’s permanent exhibits are usually interactive and focus on human innovations and inventions as well as the life processes of living things. The lobby Science Court stays busy with the High Wire Bicycle, a Motion-Based Simulator, the Ecology Cliff Climb and Forty Years of Space Photography. The human body is another big focus: The Life Tunnel aims to show the connections between all life forms, from the single-celled amoeba to the 100-trillion-celled human being. Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St., (213) 485-8567 or camla.org. Through November 7: “Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection” is an exhibition of movie memorabilia collected during the 10-years of research for Arthur Dong’s documentary on the Chinese in American feature films. Explore the filmmaker’s archive of over 1,000 items, including posters, lobby cards, stills, scripts, press material, and other artifacts dating from 1916 to present-day. Through May 29, 2011: To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Angel Island, CAM is proud to open an exhibition to honor the history, legacy and unforgettable stories of Angel Island. “Remembering Angel Island” will showcase historic photographs, a reproduction of a poem carved on the barracks of Angel Island, artifacts and a multi-media station featuring personal stories of those who endured or were profoundly affected by the Angel Island experience. Permanent: Re-creation of the Sun Wing Wo, a Chinese general store and herbal shop, and “Journeys: Stories of Chinese Immigration,” an exhibit exploring Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined by an important immigration law and/or event, accompanied by a brief description and a short personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument 124 Paseo de la Plaza, (213) 485-8372 or elpueblo. lacity.org. Ongoing: The whole of El Pueblo is called a “monument,” and of this monument’s 27 historic buildings, four function as museums: the Avila Adobe, the city’s oldest house; the Sepulveda House, home to exhibits and the monument’s Visitors Center; the Fire House Museum, which houses late 19th-century fire-fighting equipment; and the Masonic Hall, which boasts Masonic memorabilia. Check its website for a full slate of fiestas, including Cinco de Mayo, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November and December’s beautiful candlelight procession, Las Posadas. Open daily, though hours at shops and halls vary. Grammy Museum L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Ongoing: “John Lennon, Songwriter” will cover some of the musician’s early influences; his time with the Quarrymen and transition into the early Beatles period; his songwriting collaborations with Paul McCartney; and his transition from the Beatles to a solo artist/ songwriter and his work with Yoko Ono. Artifacts to be featured include: several guitars, his signature round, wire-framed glasses, original drawings, handwritten song lyrics, historic footage and much more. Through Jan. 2011: “Strange Kozmic Experience” will explore the lives and cultural footprints of three of America’s greatest musical icons: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Doors. Through artifacts, films, original art, and photographs, Strange Kozmic Experience will explore the innovations, legacies and continual impact of the artists who defined a generation. Ongoing: “Roland Live” is a permanent installation courtesy of the electronic musical instrument maker, Roland Corporation. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to participate in the music-making process by playing a wide variety of Roland products, from V-Drums and BOSS pedals to VIMA keyboards and the MV-8800 Production Studio. Japanese American National Museum 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or janm.org. Ongoing: “Common Ground: The Heart of Community” chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers to the
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Listings Continued from previous page present. The Latino Museum 514 S. Spring St., (213) 626-7600 or thelatinomuseum.com. Ongoing: The Latino Museum holds a unique collection of work from emerging and established contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano artists working and living in the United States as well as throughout Latin, Central and South America. Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Avenue 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2766 or moca.org. Through Jan. 31, 2011: “The Artist’s Museum” showcases the works by over 140 artists who have helped shape the artistic dialogue in Los Angeles since the founding of MOCA over 30 years ago. The exhibition represents the diversity and uniqueness of the L.A. community, and highlights important works from legendary artists alongside those emerging from renowned local art schools, visionary artists associated with various street cultures and subcultures, and crossover artists connected to performance, music, and film.
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Permanent: Nancy Rubins’ cheekily and comprehensively titled “Chas’ Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson’s Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, Gagosian’s Beverly Hills Space, at MOCA (2001-2002)” is a monumental sculpture made out of parts of an airplane. Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-2766 or moca.org. Opening Oct. 31: Based on MOCA’s world-renowned permanent collection, “The Artist’s Museum” showcases the finest contemporary works produced by Los Angeles artists from 1980 to the present day. Through Jan. 31, 2011. Museum of Neon Art 136 W. Fourth St., (213) 489-9918 or neonmona.org. Through Oct. 31: Before moving to Glendale, MONA is expanding its program and events series with an exhibition and retrospective by Bill Concannon, “Recycled, Reclaimed and Reinvented;” a sitespecific installation by black light artist Jerico Woggon, “California Surf;” a group exhibit, “F.O.B. (Friends Of Bill);” the live music series, “First Friday,” on the first Friday night of the month; and a monthly photo competition on night photography for every Art Walk.
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We Got Games Lakers Begin Their Quest for a Threepeat Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m.: The title defense starts now. Kobe and the boys in purple and gold open the regular season on Tuesday at home against the Houston Rockets, who have often injured big man Yao Ming back on the court. This should be an easy win for the champs, but with Andrew Bynum out (speaking of oftinjured big men) and Bryant recovering from off-season knee surgery, the Lakers won’t have any games gift-wrapped to them. After the opener, the Lakers head to Phoenix (Oct. 29) to battle Steve Nash and the Suns, then return to host a young but talented Golden State team led by Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m.: Cross your fingers. Say a prayer. Don’t walk under that ladder and stay the heck away from that black cat living in the alley behind your building. Blake Griffin is set to start for the Clippers in his first NBA regular season game. The electric rookie has high expectations, and he should have no trouble meeting them — if he can stay healthy. He puts on his high-flying act against the Trailblazers on opening night, then in Golden State (Oct. 29), before
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Kobe Bryant will get his fifth championship ring on Tuesday, before the Lakers tip off the season against the Houston Rockets.
returning for a Sunday matinee against the Dallas Mavericks. Los Angeles Kings Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Don’t look now, but the Kings are off to a sizzling start at 4-1 (as of press time). Leading the pack as always are Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. The ice men are on the road for most of the week, in Minnesota (Oct. 25), Chicago (Oct. 27) and Dallas (Oct. 28), before coming home to host the New Jersey Devils. —Ryan Vaillancourt
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