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NEWS Volume 41, Number 49

December 3, 2012

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A new housing tower, an old bar, and other happenings Around Town.

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An unsolicited letter of recommendation for ‘Secretary’ Villaraigosa.

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Downtown’s Worst Eyesores In an Era of Widespread Progress, Some Block-Killing Blight Remains

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Downtown Los Angeles’ long enduring eyesores include (clockwise from top left) Firehouse No. 23 on Fifth Street, Chinatown’s defunct Velvet Turtle restaurant, the Financial District’s Giannini Place and the hole on the southwest corner of First Street and Broadway. The latter is expected to become the site of a $400 million federal courthouse. by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer

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owntown Los Angeles is filled with architectural gems. There are new buildings such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and older structures including the Bradbury Building and City Hall. It’s not hard to find a tourist snapping a picture of a Central City masterpiece. Yet for all the revival, restoration and repopulation of Downtown, some block-killing blight spots remain. Even as a number of older dilapidated buildings have been turned into housing, a host of properties, including several that would seem to be natural candidates for renovation, sit derelict. In March 2010 Los Angeles Downtown News chronicled what then were considered the “10 Worst Eyesores in Downtown.” Nearly three years later, we’ve compiled an updated list, with several repeat offenders (properties mentioned in 2010 are denoted below with an *) and a batch of new arrivals. It’s not all permanent blight, however, as in sev-

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Previous delays, Gross said, stemmed primarily from a lack of financing. But with credit now easier to attain, Gross said the company intends to submit plans and start the entitlement process next year.

BROADWAY AND FOURTH STREET* Location: 350-356 S. Broadway Eyesore Factor: A pair of buildings on the northeast corner of Fourth Street and Broadway remain vacant and gutted, five years after they were ravaged by a fire. At least one of them had been designed by eminent Los Angeles architect John Parkinson. Property owner Eli Sasson of the Sassony Group has floated plans for a renovation that would entail demolishing the structures and replacing them with a retail complex. For now, however, they sit ugly and empty on an otherwise busy street. What’s Next?: Sasson needs city approval to demolish the structures. Before that happens, the company is fine-tuning its plan for the site, said Barry Gross, Sasson’s attorney.

COMMERCIAL EXCHANGE BUILDING* Location: 416 W. Eighth St. Eyesore Factor: Little if anything has changed in the last three years with this shuttered 13-story building at the southwest corner of Eighth and Olive streets. There were development plans once, but infighting among partners, and later the sour economy, thwarted them. Now the momentum from the Colori Kitchen and the Golden Gopher bar doesn’t continue on the south side of the street. What’s Next?: Potentially, some progress. The structure designed by the prominent architectural duo Walker and Eisen was recently put up for sale for $13.9 million. Considering see Eyesores, page 12

eral instances the dead buildings and boarded-up lots are on their way to enjoying brighter, more active futures.


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AROUNDTOWN Grand Avenue Apartment Tower Goes for Approvals

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he $100 million Broad museum is under construction, and it could soon be joined by another new project. Related Cos., the developer of the long-stalled Grand Avenue project, last week secured approval from the CRA successor agency, the first of four governmental OKs it needs to build a $100 million, 19-story apartment tower just south of the museum. Because the property is jointly controlled by the city and county, Related needs approvals from the CRA successor agency, the county Board of Supervisors, City Council and the joint powers Grand Avenue Authority. It requires special approval because the tower represents a departure from the original Grand Avenue project scope, which would have permitted two 35-story towers on the parcel. Related is otherwise ready to break ground on the 271-unit building, said Bill Witte, president of Related California. Twenty percent of the apartments will be set aside as affordable housing and the project is slated to include 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space that Related will likely fill with a restaurant. If all the approvals are secured, the project could break ground this month, Witte said.

End of the Line for ‘Old’ King Eddy Saloon

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n Dec. 16 the venerable King Eddy Saloon will get a new owner and a major rehab. In anticipation of the changeover,

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current owner Dustin Croik has created a nearly round the clock happy hour dubbed “Drink the Eddy Dry,” giving customers a last chance to toss one back. Michael Leko and Will Shamlian, partners in Library Bar and Spring Street bar, bought the King Eddy and plan to renovate it and reopen it next year. While Leko and Shamlian said they will keep the bar’s name, the upgrade spells the end of an era for a place that was proud to be a dive. The King Eddy, on the ground floor of the 120-year-old King Edward Hotel at 131 E. Fifth St., occupies a space that was a piano shop during Prohibition, when a speakeasy operated in the basement. Lovers of Los Angeles lore know the King Eddy from its mentions in John Fante’s novel Ask the Dust. Although Fante and Charles Bukowski were known to drink there, today it is known chiefly as the last Skid Row watering hole. It still opens at 6 a.m., and thanks to the longest operating liquor license in Los Angeles, the bar includes an indoor smoking area that is walled off behind Plexiglass. On Dec. 15, Croik said, there will be a live auction during which patrons can buy everything from pictures off the bar’s walls to neon signs.

Summer 2013 Opening Eyed for Regent Theatre

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he plan to reactivate the Regent Theatre at 448 S. Main St. notched a crucial approval last week, as the city Zoning Administrator green lighted the proposed venue’s conditional use permit. The ruling was actually decided in May, but it took six months to issue the formal determination letter, said theater proprietor Mitchell

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Frank, who also owns the concert promoter Spaceland Productions and is a partner in the Seventh Street restaurant Mas Malo. The city approved Frank’s plan to operate a live music facility and include a restaurant that will front Main Street. Frank is now working with officials in the Department of Building and Safety to get additional building plan approvals. Work on the interior of the space could begin as soon as this month, and then take up to seven months to complete. Frank said he hopes to host the first Regent event by July 4.

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EDITORIALS Land of The Rinks

Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

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or the past few years, the arrival of December has sparked some head-scratching in Downtown Los Angeles. It is the same this year, and it all stems from one surprising question: How can Downtown support two outdoor ice skating rinks? It’s not like having several fast food restaurants in a compact area, as everyone occasionally needs some quick and cheap eats, so there are enough customers to go around. It’s not like having a few local malls, as people in various Downtown districts need walkable places to buy things. The approximately 500,000 Central City workers and 50,000 or so residents make multiple shopping centers financially feasible. Ice skating is a completely different animal. This is sunny L.A. after all, not frigid Chicago or an East Coast city where people are habituated to winter sports. This is not a mass entertainment attraction like a cineplex but rather an outdoor physical activity that can be harrowing for arm-flailing newcomers. While it is surprising that Downtown nurtures ice rinks just a couple miles apart at Pershing Square and L.A. Live, we’re thrilled that both exist and that there is enough demand to keep each of them running year after year. Their presence indicates a vibrancy and an economic heft in the community. The rinks have slightly different personalities, if indeed a rink can be said to have a personality. The Pershing Square facility, now in its 15th year, is the smaller of the two. It is run by the city Department of Recreation and Parks and caters to residents and workers in the Financial District and Historic Core. It draws customers with a smartly arranged series of concerts, everything from cover bands to indie acts. A winter festival and a broomball tournament are among the activities that help fill out the days during the nearly two-month run. The rink’s future came into question in 2009, when its sponsor, the L.A. Kings, took their skates to the new rink at Anschutz Entertainment Group’s home base. That rink has grown progressively larger over the years (it now purports to be the biggest outdoor rink in the city) and serves many of the people who flock to South Park for evening or weekend concerts and sporting events. For about six weeks it is a family destination as well as a place for a date, especially when a skating session is paired with a visit to one of the surrounding bars or restaurants. We admit that we did not think the Pershing Square rink would survive more than a few years after the L.A. Live facility opened. However, the park staff’s knowledge of its customer base, and a crafty securing of new sponsors, has kept it going strong. The result is that whereas most communities in Southern California don’t have even one ice rink, Downtown has two, and they’re both doing well. We’re not sure how long the ice riches will last, but we plan to enjoy both for as long as we can.

Money, Caution and Curiosity In the Mayor’s Race

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ocal political players are still scrambling over how to respond to the vast amounts of Super PAC money that is said to be flying into the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral contest. For a couple of the leading establishment candidates, the immediate move was to ask for even more money. The Super PAC topic will spark ample debate and division in the months leading up to the March primary and the May runoff. There are real concerns, particularly in regard to potentially anonymous donations that, one can assume, will fund ugly attack ads and mailers directed at the frontrunners. Someone’s campaign and reputation could be irreparably damaged. However, in this specific situation there are potential benefits (key word: potential) to the creation of a Super PAC. This tool, although distasteful to us and others, could force more openness from candidates who currently seem inclined to coast until the runoff. This could be just what is needed to get candidates to defend their records and to offer clear policy plans rather than rely on easy sound bites. While opening up could happen, nothing is certain at this point. We’re hopeful that amidst the dirt we will see some positives in a race that, to date, has been mostly turgid and uninformative. The issue erupted a few weeks ago with a Los Angeles Times report that Republican media consultant Fred Davis has established a Super PAC, called Better Way LA, in support of candidate Kevin James. Davis said he hopes to raise at least $4 million for James, a Republican attorney and former radio host who badly trails Controller Wendy Greuel and City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry in terms of money raised. Better Way LA will operate similar to other groups that have impacted local elections through independent expenditures. Labor unions and business organizations have long been able to spend whatever they want on a candidate as long as they do not coordinate with the campaign (individuals can still donate up to $1,300 to a candidate’s war chest). Mailers, TV and radio ads, billboards and more are fair game. In Super PACs, donors can give whatever amount they want, but in the current case those donors will be identified. In the days after the news about Davis’ Super PAC broke, Garcetti and Greuel both sent alarmed emails to their backers. “With just a few phone calls to wealthy supporters, this SuperPAC will have more money than any of the mayoral candidates raising money under our city’s campaign finance laws,” said Greuel’s statement.

Garcetti’s declared, “This Super PAC was started by a seasoned Republican operative who specializes in political smear campaigns.” Greuel’s statement went on to ask recipients to “help Wendy fight back against the SuperPACs by making a $35 donation right now.” It was a similar request from Garcetti, who wrote, “Help us fight back by clicking here to donate $50, $75 or $100 today.” Garcetti and Greuel clearly perceive Davis’ Super PAC as a threat, and worry what will happen once the money flows. Not coincidentally, Garcetti and Greuel could have the most to lose from some well-funded mudslinging — many race observers think that they are the ones most likely to make the runoff (others believe Perry could get in by wooing the business crowd). This is also where the Super PAC could spark some good. So far, the top tier candidates have been relatively vague on certain matters of importance to voters, such as what specifically they would do to rein in public employees pensions and how they would balance Los Angeles’ budget. In a strange way a Super PAC’s hardball tactics could force the leading candidates to detail to voters specifically why they deserve support. There is a second type of impact on James. While the Super PAC will raise his profile, it will also put him in the spotlight, and he’ll have to prove that someone with no political experience can run Los Angeles. It won’t be enough just to criticize others and call himself an outsider. While we see the potential benefits, there is also real danger. Davis told the Times that a second pro-James organization could be established that would allow donors to remain anonymous. We don’t like the prospect of unnamed individuals tilting the race in one direction or another. We think local officials should work to ensure that all expenditures are clearly identified. In the waning days of last month’s election, legal efforts were made to reveal where some of the millions being spent against Proposition 30 were coming from. We expect area players to mount the same kinds of challenges so that donors cannot mask their identity. This opens a new chapter in the mayor’s race. It could level the playing field and create a more competitive contest, as the unions and business groups will ultimately pick their candidates and spend. It also could have unforeseen and ugly consequences. We’ll be following this closely, as will many others. Hopefully it will benefit the voters and provide more information, even if some mud first has to be cleared away.


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The Readers Respond Website Comments on the Streetcar Vote, Public Toilets, a Late Little Tokyo Leader and More

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very week Los Angeles Downtown News gets online comments to the stories we publish. These are some of the most interesting responses. Additional comments are welcome at ladowntownnews.com.

buildings in Downtown. Also, why can’t the property owners vote if they will be the ones forking out the dough for the streetcar if this proposal passes? —Elle Alva, Nov. 26, 12:19 p.m.

Regarding the editorial “Streetcar: Good Project, Terrible Process,” published Nov. 12, and the article “Two Streetcar Events This Week,” by Richard Guzmán, published Nov. 26

Regarding the article “Skid Row’s Toilet Travails,” about the limited public facilities in the area and potential solutions, by Ryan Vaillancourt, published online Nov. 23

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t’s good that you brought up the fact that the streetcar campaign hasn’t been the most transparent and their sluggishness with putting forward the “potential” $85 million ceiling is telling. It seems that they’re banking on a decent and pervasive graphic design campaign to woo people into just saying “yes” to this — and perhaps it will. Even as late as Nov. 13, the day the ballots were mailed, the streetcar website still reflected the more conservative figure of $62.5 million in the bold, simplistic graphic — what people will see if they don’t take the time to read the rest. Their heading, “How Will We Pay for Streetcar?” should really say “How Will YOU Pay for Streetcar?” as it’s the residents and business who will be paying for it. —Charles B, Nov. 13, 8:48 p.m.

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aving a streetcar in Downtown would be nice but it’s not a need — it’s a want. They are asking for a lot of money. Instead of investing in this, the city should put their efforts into building housing for the homeless and low-income people, or fix up historic

he “Portland Loo” is worth looking into. The design allows law enforcement to see the legs of the person inside, so it should take care of at least some of their concerns. This toilet was designed specifically for some of the same issues we face here in Skid Row. They are also much less expensive than the automated public toilets we have now. The fact of the matter is, with over 8,000 residents in the Skid Row area, and 1,214 people on the streets (as per the LAPD’s homeless count on Aug. 8), we are a large enough community to warrant at least some outreach and communication. The number of toilets in Skid Row needs to correlate to the number of people on the streets. That is going up — people sleep on all 50 blocks of Skid Row. Where do you think they will go to the bathroom if they sleep several blocks away from an open toilet? —Katherine McNenny, Nov. 25, 12:13 a.m.

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hile the LAPD’s current policy of opposing public toilet facilities may make it slightly more difficult for drug

dealers and users to do their thing, it also contributes significantly to Skid Row’s unhealthful and unsightly conditions due to routine instances of public urination and defecation (which in turn gives Downtown a terrible reputation). It seems pretty clear that the LAPD doesn’t take seriously the issue of public urination and defecation in the area given the state of affairs along the north and west walls of the Central Division building itself, which are routinely used as public restroom facilities. —Hal McMath, Nov. 25, 10:38 p.m.

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hank you, Downtown News, for doing this story. The Skid Row community residents have been speaking out against the LAPD’s old and outdated logic regarding the lack of public toilets, trash cans and more for many years now! To continue my comments from the actual story, Skid Row never stops and is in constant motion 24 hours a day. Even when the Skid Row nonprofits go home (think: Mon-Fri, 9-5), there is a significant drop in available options and services for the homeless residents. —“General” Jeff Page, Nov. 27, 4:21 a.m.

hearted apology? No more concerts from these clowns, period. —Evan Evans, Nov. 14, 8:33 a.m. Regarding the article “Little Tokyo Community Leader Dies” about the passing of Frances Hashimoto, by Richard Guzman, published online Nov. 5

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am sorry to hear this. I got to know Frances when I was [an LAPD] Captain at Central Area. She was always a great supporter and even more importantly, a great person. —Blake Chow, Nov. 6, 11:03 a.m.

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rances Hashimoto was a friend to everyone in Little Tokyo. She was an entrepreneur who marketed her Mikawaya mochi ice cream across the nation. She was a generous and kind soul, unafraid, savvy, hip and always giving credit to her parents. She was humble throughout her success and will be sorely missed. Frances is truly the mayor of Little Tokyo and is now flying with the angels. Long live Mikawaya. —Christine Uchida Fukunaga, Nov. 7, 9:44 a.m.

Regarding the article “Loud State Park Concert Leads to Complaints and Changes,” by Ryan Vaillancourt, published Nov. 12

Regarding the article “With Apex Tower, an Uprising in South Park,” by Richard Guzmán, published Nov. 12

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n the article the promoter states, “We are taking the information being provided to us very seriously and are addressing the issue so that hopefully this unusual occurrence won’t happen again.” Hopefully? How about making sure it is corrected? This is unacceptable. You can spend six months planning to ensure you make a ton of money but cannot guarantee that it won’t happen again? Why should the city get permit funds, the concert promoter gets tons of income, and those affected only get a half-

reat location, but windows that don’t open and what looks like only four balconies on the whole building? No thanks. It looks like an office building. —Scott Bogash, Nov. 13, 3:02 p.m. I would like to know what sort of person looks at this building and goes, “No, I don’t want to live in the Eastern Columbia Building or Pacific Electric Building, I want to live [here].” —Horthos Maus, Nov. 26, 11:56 p.m.

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A Letter of Recommendation for ‘Secretary’ Villaraigosa Why the President Might Want L.A.’s Top ‘Atta Boy’ in His Cabinet by Jon Regardie executive editor

Dear President Barack Hussein Obama, Hi! It has come to my attention that you are considering appointing Antonio Villaraigosa, the former consultant to the curious and controversial water company Cadiz, Inc., to a prominent post in your Cabinet. THE REGARDIE REPORT

When I first heard the news, and by news I mean that trial balloons were floated and well-placed leaks were given to reporters to gauge the reaction in Washington, D.C., I thought, that’s just swell. Now, however, the swelling has gone down. By the by, I copped that line from the movie Tank Girl. Underrated, if you ask me. Anyway, I’m sure you are plenty busy determining what to do with AnVil if he’s allowed to take his talents to Washington. The trial balloons indicate he’s being considered for the positions of Secretary of Transportation or Secretary of Commerce. That’s fantabulous, and if your first 27,981 choices for each job are otherwise occupied, unavailable or dead, then Villaraigosa will be just great! I’m sure he’d never do anything to

embarrass the President of the United States of America. I know you didn’t spend a lot of time in California during the last election cycle and probably haven’t had much opportunity to observe Villaraigosa up close. That’s where I come in — this letter of recommendation is completely unsolicited, if you can believe it. Over the past seven years, while he has “worked” as mayor of Los Angeles, and for two years before that, while he “worked” as a City Councilman representing the 14th District, I have been fortunate to observe Villaraigosa take on a variety of issues important to himself and, sometimes, the city. Here are some thoughts on how he can help and what to do if he lands in Washington. First, lock up your lovely brunette TV news readers! OK, don’t actually lock them up, as that would probably be Secret European Prisontype illegal. Instead, prepare them for the fact that Santonio Claus is coming to town. Although some might worry about a public relations nightmare, I think this could be a strength. Villaraigosa has plenty of experience in this field, as during his time in Los Angeles he canoodled with not one, but two such lovely local news readers. He didn’t even let

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Is this man the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation or Commerce? If so, he’d never do anything to embarrass the President, right?

a little thing like his marriage get in the way. Yes, he ended up breaking up with both of them (well, all three if you count his wife), but I strongly suspect that if he roams free in Washington, then your Administration will get the credit for ending whatever loneliness exists in the lovely local brunette news reader crowd. Another talent is Villaraigosa’s adaptability. Believe you me, I am not among those who see this trait as mere opportunism. Consider, way back when you first ran for President, when Angelenos including City Councilman Eric Garcetti stumped for you, Villaraigosa backed your chief rival, Hillary

Clinton. Did this stop him from switching to your side after the Hillary train ground to a halt? Not at all! In fact, Villaraigosa has since vigorously campaigned for you, and in the effort to spread your message he never even mentions thinking someone else would have been a better president. I realize this may seem like a one-time misjudgment, but look at these other examples of adaptability: Two years after losing a race for mayor, Villaraigosa adapted and won the council seat. Then, although he had promised to complete a full term on the council, he adapted, ran for and won the mayor’s race, ousting the incumbent. Huzzah!


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Then he showed even more adaptability, positioning himself for a run for governor, even though he hadn’t really accomplished much in Los Angeles. Did he run and win? No! When it became clear that Jerry Brown was unbeatable, Villaraigosa adapted and went on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show to announce he would linger in City Hall. While some might have thought his announcement should have been made to the local media, they were not as adaptable as our mayor. I also think you can get mileage out of Villaraigosa’s ability to almost win some important elections. On Nov. 6 you and Joe Biden boomshakalaka’ed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. During that same election, L.A. County voters were deciding the fate of Measure J; a two-thirds approval would have allowed local leaders to seriously speed up — key word coming — transportation projects. Then, fudge, only about 65% of the electorate said yes. While that’s a loss, if you choose not to think about it in pure win-lose terms, and instead ponder how close he got, then Villaraigosa deserves a hearty “Atta Boy!” Measure J might have squeaked by if Villaraigosa had been stumping locally instead of barnstorming across the nation on your behalf, but it’s not like he was gonna be mayor much longer anyway, right? And what kind of go-getter doesn’t want to nail down his next job?

A side benefit of hiring him: Villaraigosa will always have an extra Listerine Breath Strip, should you ever need one. I know you like basketball, and while I’m not certain that our mayor can hit a 16-foot jumper, I do know that he can regale you with stories from the times he was given free tickets to Lakers and Clippers games. Although a minor scandal erupted, and it was suggested that Villaraigosa didn’t do actual city business at these games and at a few dozen concerts he also attended for free, and thus should have paid for his tickets, so what? Those are just rules, and rules are for little people, not for secretaries of Commerce or Transportation. I’m sure Villaraigosa would never do anything similar to embarrass the President of the United States of America. I think as well that you will be impressed by our mayor’s ability to delegate. After a first four years that might charitably have been called a disaster of epic proportions, Villaraigosa — how shall I put this? — took the strong, arm-twisting advice of some local business leaders and hired Austin Beutner, and then delegated overseeing 12 city departments to the former investment banker. Soon after, Villaraigosa also delegated overseeing the DWP to Beutner. Is being the top dog over 13 departments something the mayor himself should have done? Was the 14 months

that Beutner served generally seen as the high point of Villaraigosa’s time in office? Yes and double yes. Hooray for Beut — I mean Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa also has the ability to follow through on key issues. For example, L.A. is now snarled in something like its seventh year of a budget crisis. Other mayors in other cities might have resolved the situation with a major structural change by now, but L.A.’s problems persist and Villaraigosa never seems to — uh, I’m not sure what I’m saying. Atta Boy! If you hire AnVil — and I can’t see any reason why doing so would embarrass the President of the United States of America — then I have one suggestion: Have his hearing checked. During the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, in September, Villaraigosa made a mistake with a crowd that was overwhelmingly booing and protesting a proposed platform change. In fact, three times he misheard the very clear voice vote, and ultimately ruled that the roaring “NOOOOOOOOO” was a “Heck yeah!” I’d hate to think he mishears one of your directives. If I can answer any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And if there’s any waffling on AnVil, just think, Atta Boy! Your pal, Jon Regardie Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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Restaurant Buzz The French Keep Coming, a Little Tokyo Double Play, and More Food News by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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uckoo for Coco: The edible French Revolution continues in Downtown, sacre bleu! Last week, the 7,000-square-foot Coco Laurent opened on the southwest corner of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue, across the street from Bottega Louie. The establishment comes from Vincent Terzian, who once owned the Crocker Club in the Historic Core. In the kitchen at the 300seat bistro is Parisian-born chef Guillaume Jouvet. The restaurant includes a bar and a deli serving to-go sandwiches and pastries. Coco Laurent comes on the heels of Industriel, a French eatery that opened in May at Sixth Street and Grand Avenue. They are expected to be joined this month by Figaro Broadway, a massive French restaurant at 618 S. Broadway. Coco Laurent is open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. At 707 S. Grand Ave. (213) 623-0008 or cocolaurent.com. Two in One: A lot of restaurants have separate lunch and dinner menus. Some even close for a few hours in between meals. An upcoming Little Tokyo spot, however, is pushing the concept even further. An opening is planned this month for Fickle LA and The Sandwich Smith, two different restaurants from chef/owner James Ta that will share a space at the Japanese Village Plaza mall. According to mall officials, during the

day the spot on the southwest corner of First Street and Central Avenue will operate as The Sandwich Smith, serving sandwiches, salads and pastries. At night it will become Fickle LA, a sit-down restaurant offering seasonal dishes. This continues a family tradition for Ta — he said that over four generations, his family has owned 20 restaurants. At 362 E. First St., ficklela.com and thesandwichsmith.com. Ceviche Nights: Restaurant Buzz has three bits of good news and one piece of bad news about Ricardo Zarate and his Seventh Street restaurant Mo-Chica. First the good: Zarate is opening a new restaurant next year called Paiche, named after his favorite Amazonian fish. The bad news? It will be in Marina del Rey. So what are the remaining bits of good news? Well, a preview of the Paiche menu will be offered in Downtown on Dec. 9 and 16. The Sunday Ceviche Nights at Mo-Chica will include new ceviche creations by Zarate as well as dishes from guest chefs. On Dec. 9, Josiah Citrin of Santa Monica’s celebrated Melisse will serve a ceviche with sea urchin. The following week the guest chefs are Bryant Ng of Downtown’s Spice Table and Kris Yenbamroong of Thai restaurant Night + Market in West Hollywood. Tickets for the events are on sale at eventbrite. com. The final piece of good news is that MoChica has added Sunday service. It is now open from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Sundays. At 514 W. Seventh St., (213) 622-3744 or mo-chica.com.

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The 7,000-square-foot French restaurant Coco Laurent opened last week on the southwest corner of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue.

Full Moon: Fans of New Moon, a Chinese restaurant at Ninth and Main streets, will be happy to know that they now offer dinner hours. Previously open just during lunch, New Moon, which is on the slightly higher end of the Chinese restaurant spectrum, now serves Thursday-Saturday from 5-9 p.m. At 102 W. Ninth St., (213) 624-0186 or newmoonrestaurants.com. Express to Palace: The City West Thai restaurant formerly known as Bangkok Express has new owners, a new name and some new items. The restaurant is now called Bangkok Palace and the menu has additions such as barbecue roast pork over rice, Thai-style barbecue beef and pork and “mummy” shrimp, which are wrapped in egg noodles then deep fried. Also new on the menu are some, uh, interesting creations such as cream cheese wontons, crabmeat rangoon and what sounds like a Thai version of fish and chips

called fish cakes and French fries. Restaurant Buzz is a regular at this place and is sticking with some of the old favorites, among them the spicy beef noodles and the delicious lemony tom yum soup. At 343 N. Glendale Blvd., (213) 483-6913 or bangkokpalacerestaurant.com. A Truffled Affair: Relationships aren’t easy, but for $149, Chaya Downtown is willing to help people score some tasty truffles. The restaurant’s Winter Truffle Affair, a five-course tasting dinner, will take place Dec. 3-15. Dishes prepared with the fantastic fungus from France’s Perigord region include ricotta and egg ravioli, Mediterranean loup de mer and a red wine braised bone-in short rib. It’s an affair that will last less than two weeks, but c’est la vie. At 525 S. Flower St., (213) 236-9577 or thechaya.com. Got any juicy food news? If so, contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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city EditoR he holidays are a good time for stories. So here’s one about a humble taco stand. Once upon a time, in 2009, a little taco stand opened in a parking lot on the corner of First and Beaudry streets. It looked pretty much like any other corner taco stand in Los Angeles. But there was something different about the Mexicali Taco & Co. stand, which was owned by two

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friends, Esdras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso, who were inspired by their Mexicali roots and the area’s street food culture. First, there were the long lines. They often ran out of food before they ran out of customers. Then there were the menu items, fantastic dishes such as the Vampiro, the Zuperman and the Cachetada, which means slap in Spanish. There were no burritos or enchiladas, though some killer salsas were placed in bowls on a side table.

Then, in mid-2011, the little taco stand disappeared. Taco lovers were sad. Fortunately, it was reborn early this year, thanks to some support from a former customer named Paul Yoo. He teamed up with Ochoa and Fregoso to open an actual restaurant at 702 N. Figueroa St. The permanent Mexicali Taco serves many of the items that gained Ochoa and Fregoso a following. The Cachetada ($3) is their version of a tostada with a choice of pork, chicken or carne asada served on a tortilla topped with melted cheese and an aioli chipotle sauce. The $3.75 Vampiro is a sort of quesadilla made with a large flour tortilla folded over a choice of chorizo, carne asada or chicken. It comes with a house made garlic sauce and a ton of melted cheese. The carne asada tacos ($2.25) are prepared with

flame grilled meat and deliver a perfectly charred flavor. The meat is stuffed in a fluffy tortilla brought in from Mexicali. Then there’s the Zuperman ($5), a hefty meal that combines all three meats between two flour tortillas and cheese. The tortilla is crisp and the combination of all three meats tastes like a festival of grilled goodness. Some may miss the parking lot stand, but the permanent digs are pretty nice, with red communal tables and a blazing red counter. People come in, eat and live happily ever after. At least until their next visit. The End. Mexicali Taco & Co. is at 702 N Figueroa St., (213) 613-0416 or mexicalitaco.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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The Miner Was a Major Player John Brockman Had Large Downtown Holdings, Including Buildings at Seventh and Grand by GreG Fischer contributinG writer

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ising majestically above Bottega Louie restaurant at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue is a stately 12-story structure with extensive brick and ample windows. The entire property is the John Brockman Building. The dark façade stands in contrast to the lighter finished buildings nearby: the former J. W. Robinson’s main store on the southwest corner of the intersection, which is clad in cream-colored high glazed terra cotta tile; the Roosevelt Building (now Roosevelt Lofts) a bit to the west; and the Barker Brothers Furniture Company’s main store (now 818 West Seventh Street). The heavier Brockman Building predates those structures. The 1913 design was done by a Los Angeles/St. Louis architectural firm and reflects the ponderous, classical style of the Midwest that was so much a part of Los Angeles prior to World War I. According to the Dec. 28, 1912, issue of the trade journal Southwest Builder and Manufacturer, the effect was to get away from “an effeminate attempt” then prevalent in the use of lighter colors. John Brockman made his money the way many Angelenos of the late 19th and early 20th century made their money: He extracted it from the ground. He was a German immigrant who mined, very successfully, in the Southwest, particularly Arizona and New Mexico. Ore made him wealthy and locally famous. He lived well. At one time, he owned the Singleton Court on South Flower Street. It was approached by a long avenue of Washington palms at the end of which was a striking 19th century Victorian home. Brockman later donated the property to the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital and the house was razed. Early fundraising efforts included a large donation by Clara Baldwin Stocker of the Rancho La Cienega o Paso de la Tijera in the Baldwin Hills.

Brockman and his wife, Sarah Jurado Brockman, moved in the 1890s to the very fashionable West 28th Street in the West Adams district. This area forms the center of what today is the fraternity and sorority row for USC. The Brockmans’ very large home, situated on four and a half lots at 814 W. 28th St. at the corner of University Avenue, had its own tract. In 1910, the couple moved to a new home in Glendale and sold the house and the tract to an order of sisters, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The order turned the home into the first campus of Marymount High School. The school and the nuns remained there until 1931 when they moved across Sunset Boulevard from UCLA. The residence today houses USC’s Alpha Delta Pi sorority. The Glendale residence, christened “Brockmont,” sat on about 100 acres of land that Brockman purchased. It had a beautiful home and an elaborate garage with a most unusual feature — a large clock tower. Sarah Jurado Brockman died in the home in 1913. John Brockman passed away in 1925. The hillside property was a local landmark, with extensive grounds and great views of the Glendale area. After Brockman’s death it was subdivided into the Brockmont Park neighborhood. At Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles today there is a large, above ground monument that boldly states “Brockman.” The building resembles a small home and is located, ironically, across the street from a similar monument to Thomas Higgins, a fellow Angeleno who was also a miner by trade. He was the builder of the Higgins Building at Second and Main Streets. Today it is an apartment complex. John Brockman’s purchase of the southeast and southwest corners of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue enabled the westward expansion of Seventh Street as an important shopping and office corridor. Brockman also owned the property at the corner of Seventh and Olive streets, where the Los Angeles Athletic Club now stands. Today, on the floors above Bottega Louie, the John

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Brockman Building holds 80 apartments. They debuted this year after a long, difficult and expensive attempt to turn the edifice into housing — original plans called for a $16 million condominium project, with an opening in 2005. The cost soared north of $35 million and the developer went bankrupt. The building was acquired this year by Denver’s Simpson Property Group. The John Brockman Building and the former J. W. Robinson’s store still anchor this section of Seventh Street. Almost a century after they were built, they stand in tribute to a miner’s real estate vision. Greg Fischer is an amateur historian and a Downtown Los Angeles resident.


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Making matters worse, a few minutes later a suspected gang member approached the man and either flashed or pretended to have a gun. The man gave up his camera. The incident was one of 15 Downtown robberies during the week.

Picture Imperfect: A 21-year-old man standing outside the Cecil Hotel, a combination residential hotel and hostel at 648 S. Main St., had his camera and phone stolen at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. According to police, the man needed to charge his phone and an unknown individual offered to help. Bad move, as the second man then took the phone and fled.

News Flash: Thieves Want Your Bike: Five more bikes were lifted last week, and that should come as little surprise. Twowheelers are just about the most sought-after theft targets in Downtown, in part because plenty of cyclists are apparently such ardent believers in universal human dignity that they do not lock their rides. This week, however, all of the stolen bicycles were reported as being locked. That said, all five bike snatches, including two that were locked in front of Ralphs

here’s a lot to like about life in Downtown Los Angeles. There are also unsavory elements, such as the crime that happens in any urban neighborhood. In the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division.

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Macy Cray: The Macy’s on Seventh Street has been one of Downtown’s top theft targets for years. Some things never change. On Nov. 23 at about 2:15 p.m., a man and woman entered the department store carrying empty bags. After stuffing said sacks with $642 worth of clothing, they were apprehended and arrested on larceny charges. What a Villain: Five people out for a night at the Arts District watering hole Villain’s Tavern returned to their cars at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 24 to find the work of a real villain: Their windows had been smashed and a variety of items were taken. The cars were all parked near Santa Fe Avenue and Willow Street. No suspect was identified. As the police like to remind us, keep valuables in a car out of sight, even if the doors are locked. —Ryan Vaillancourt

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Eyesores Continued from page 1 the recent flood of investment in the area for housing, the building would seem to be an obvious candidate for an adaptive reuse conversion. GARFIELD BUILDING* Location: 403 W. Eighth St. Eyesore Factor: Designed by Claud Beelman, the architect behind the Eastern Columbia Building, the 1929 Garfield Building is an Art Deco icon. But it’s a vacant icon. The 12-story former office structure at the northwest corner of Eighth and Hill streets has an ornate entrance awning with a sunburst pattern on

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Road to Recovery, Maybe CIVIC CENTER GRAFFITI PIT* Location: First Street, between Broadway and Spring Street Eyesore Factor: The former site of a state office building has been an unsightly blight in the heart of the Civic Center for decades. Known by some as the “graffiti pit” because of the spray paint scrawled over the remnants of the razed structure, the fenced-off land just west of City Hall has been home to encampments and is now the jurisdiction of a thriving feral cat colony. Cautious Optimism?: This year, the state Department of General Services put the derelict site up for sale. Both the city

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The Merritt Building is both an example of stately early Downtown architecture and a dead building. The property at Eighth Street and Broadway with the powerful columns is empty above the ground floor and is regularly scarred with graffiti.

the Chetrit Group would not comment. What’s Next?: In 2010, a company rep said that a plan for the property was in the works. Details and timeline information were not disclosed. FIREHOUSE NO. 23 Location: 225 E. Fifth St. Eyesore Factor: With its grand, arched front entrance, ornate ceilings and marble paneling, Fire Station 23 was once a civic gem. The nearly 100-year-old structure is a city HistoricCultural Monument and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Yet, the former firehouse sits abandoned with an iron gate blocking the entrance. What’s Next?: The building languishes in a sort of political purgatory. In 2009 the city started the process of selling the structure — there was even a developer who wanted to buy it and open a restaurant. However, the firehouse was one of several properties that, as part of a 1996 ballot measure approved by city voters, had to be used as a youth arts center. Despite the designation, the $2.3 million set aside by Proposition K for a transformation was far less than a full renovation would cost. The city Bureau of Engineering is now studying what it would cost to rehab the building. A report is slated for completion in January, at which time city officials will decide how to proceed, according to the City Attorney’s office. MERRITT BUILDING Location: 301 W. Eighth St. Eyesore Factor: At first glance the 1914 edifice on the northwest corner of Eighth Street and Broadway is reminiscent of a bygone era of architectural grandeur. However, the building with powerful columns that stretch over five floors has been mostly uninhabited since the mid-1960s and has attracted legions of taggers — the windows are currently scrawled with graffiti. The lack of upkeep has been magnified by the investment flooding Broadway. The blighted building shares an intersection with the carefully restored Chapman Lofts and is across the street from the L.A. Brewing Company. What’s Next?: Property owner Mardik Oruncakciel, whose family purchased the property in the mid-1980s, said he has no plan to develop the vacant upper floors (a check cashing business and other small retailers operate on the ground level). Oruncakciel has considered converting the upper levels into housing, but for now such an investment “doesn’t pencil out,” he said. VELVET TURTLE Location: 708 N. Hill St. Eyesore Factor: Once a steakhouse that promised gourmet fare for special occasions, the Velvet Turtle hasn’t seen a prime rib in decades. Instead, the shuttered restaurant at the Hill Street entrance from the Civic Center into Chinatown is an ugly low-rise with no signs of life. Its terra cotta roof tiles are in disrepair and the gutter is bent out of shape. The adjacent parking lot is blocked off by a chain link fence. What’s Next?: The site belongs to the prominent Woo family, who own toy wholesaler Megatoys; they purchased it in 1996 for $1.1 million, according to property tax records. Co-owner Charlie Woo said he saw “tremendous poten-

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and county of Los Angeles are in preliminary talks to purchase the land. Both municipalities have expressed interest in using the site as park space, potentially folding it into the adjacent Grand Park. The state is keeping the shrubbery mostly tamed, but the sidewalks along First and Spring streets and Broadway are usually ridden with trash. EMBASSY HOTEL* Location: 851 S. Grand Ave. Eyesore Factor: The Embassy is one of three Chetrit Groupowned properties that made the 2010 “Worst Eyesores” list. The eight-story, 1913 building north of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising campus is a city-designated historic landmark, but it sits fenced off and in disrepair. Its turnaround has long generated a lot of talk, but little action. Cautious Optimism?: Plans to transform the vacant South Park property into a 183-room hotel went before the see Eyesores, page 14


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Eyesores Continued from page 13 Department of City Planning in August and the project is currently in the entitlement process. There is no solid timeline yet on when the hotel would open. Plans for the renamed Empire Hotel include a 7,600-square-foot outdoor garden and an approximately 2,000-square-foot groundfloor restaurant. The project would also upgrade the building’s approximately 12,000-square-foot theater. FEDERAL COURTHOUSE SITE* Location: First Street and Broadway Eyesore Factor: The plot on the southwest corner of the intersection is a fenced-off, 3.6acre hole. The federal government has long planned to build a new courthouse on the land, but budget constraints seemingly killed the project. In recent years the site has done nothing but collect small ponds of water when it rains and host occasional guerrilla art installations. Cautious Optimism?: The feds have announced plans to spend $400 million on a 600,000-square-foot edifice with 24 courtrooms and 110 parking spots on the site. The General Services Administration is expected to announce the winner of a design competition for the project in the coming weeks. Completion is slated for spring 2016. HOTEL CLARK* Location: 426 S. Hill St. Eyesore Factor: The 11-story, long-vacant

former hotel occupies a prominent place near Pershing Square and the residential projects Metro 417 and the Title Guarantee Lofts. The building is also part of the Chetrit Group’s portfolio; the company has controlled it since the late 1990s. Although the surrounding area bustles with foot traffic, the gray, ground-level space fronting the street is dead. Cautious Optimism?: Officials working for the company say New York based hotelier King & Grove is finishing work and intends to reopen the long dormant building soon. Plans call for a 347-room hotel with three restaurants. It would also hold an 11,500-square-foot banquet space.

Eyesores No More 845 S. FIGUEROA Location: 845 S. Figueroa St. Update: This defunct office building wasn’t in the 2010 “Worst Eyesores” story, but it probably should have been. The long-vacant property had a black glass façade; it was largely untended and, although a short walk from bustling L.A. Live, the sidewalk in front of the building was dim and uninviting after dark. Property owner L&R Group acknowledged that the site had become blighted and last year embarked on a $5 million renovation. The company signed a long-term lease with Smart & Final to fill the ground floor and, last month, L&R reached a deal to sell the whole building to the State Bar of California. The legal group will occupy the entire edifice above the supermarket once the renovation is complete.

Update: The 1925 landmark went dark after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and early attempts at a renovation were halted. Now, however, the 14-story Civic Center edifice is undergoing a $231 million upgrade. Architecture firm AC Martin is working with Clark Construction to preserve the building’s design and create an underground 1,000-car garage on the north side of the property. The exterior of the granite structure is slated for a high-pressure wash. When the Hall of Justice opens in 2014 it will house the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s office and other county agencies.

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The property just west of City Hall once held a state office building. It was razed after being damaged in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake and continues to be off limits. Though clean in this picture it occasionally becomes overrun with graffiti.

Update: In 2009, a chain-link fence went up around a Figueroa Street parking lot owned by the Moinian Group, resulting in an odd dead zone across the street from Staples Center and L.A. Live. The fence was the result of a dispute between AEG, which sold the lot to Moinian, and the New York-based developer, which before the recession planned to create a giant mixeduse complex on the prime property. A 2010 settlement put an end to the spat, and AEG now regularly operates the lot. Although there are no plans to build anything anytime soon, at least the land is no longer fenced off. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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South Park Exhibit Shows That the Humble Rock T-Shirt Counts as Fashion

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owntown’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merch­ andising has gained nationwide acclaim for the couture creations that come from the people who attend the South Park campus. Well­known high­end de­ signers routinely show up to speak at the school. It was once the West Coast headquarters of “Project Runway.” It’s a similar situation at the school’s in­house showcase space, the FIDM Museum & Galleries. The venue routinely mounts exhibits dedicated to standout fashion work from film and television. Last year, it hosted a small show in hon­ or of little black dresses and the Audrey Hepburn movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now FIDM is dressing it down a bit. Actually, the school is dressing it down a lot. It recently opened Ripped: Expressions from the Underground. The exhibit is dedicated to old T­shirts and early punk rock. If you think that the humble rock T­shirt has nothing to do with fashion, then think again, said Barbara Bundy, vice president of education for FIDM. “These tell such an incredible story of music, of life and of different trends throughout the last 30 to 40 years,” Bundy said. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 22, is based on the book Ripped: T-shirts from the Underground by Los Angeles native Cesar Padilla. Padilla, a musician, collector and vintage boutique owner who is now based in New York, also curated the show. Ripped examines the influence of punk rock on fashion and culture. It features more than 150 band T­shirts as well as photographs, posters and other memorabilia from the 1970s and ’80s punk, post­punk and indie music scene. Artists whose names or images appear on the shirts in the exhibit include Joan Jett, the Sex Pistols, Devo, Sonic Youth, The Minutemen, the Germs and Hüsker Dü.

Avoid the Slobathon Although punk rock style isn’t usually associated with FIDM, it is a part of fashion, Bundy said. “When Cesar Padilla came to us with his book and said he was interested in doing an exhibition, we were very, very ex­ cited,” she said. “Because what’s more ubiquitous in today’s world than the T­shirt?” It’s also a teaching tool for many of the school’s graphic design students, she said. The exhibit begins on a white wall that leads to the entrance of the gallery. About a dozen T­shirts hang from black plastic hangers. A yellow shirt bears the phrase “Freak Out” inside a pink thought bubble; it’s the name of the first album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, released in 1966. Next to that is a pink shirt with “Elvis” written in a soft cursive. An orange Carpenters T hangs high above. Lydia Lunch, a staple of the late ’70s/early ’80s punk and alternative rock scene in New York, introduces the exhibit with an essay posted on the wall with black tape. It’s intended to resemble the way a teenager would hang a band poster. “T­shirts have become the daily uniform of every slouch too damn lazy to button up a shirtfront,” Lunch writes. “Their acceptance as fashion accessory is responsible for a universal slobathon that shows no signs of slowing down.” Padilla, who owns all of the items on display, began collect­ ing T­shirts in 1988 when he returned from a trip to South America and found that his mother had thrown away all of his rock shirts. Some he got from thrift stores. Others were given to him by friends or artists. As his collection grew, he realized he could tell a story through the garments. He is staying in Los Angeles for the duration of the show and is leading guided tours of the exhibit at noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He sees the shirts as documents that helped record a musical movement at a time before technology became so pervasive.

“These came before the information age, before everyone had an iPhone and was documenting everything,” Padilla said. “These are sort of archeological remnants of the move­ ment.” Padilla notes that the T­shirts often functioned as a source of identity that could instantly connect wearers to strangers. “You had to find your common friends back then and a lot of times the T­shirts were a badge of solidarity,” he said. One amusing part of the show features dozens of head­ less, armless, T­shirt­clad black mannequins standing on a platform. Some are facing a band made up of other T­shirt wearing mannequins. The scene resembles a slightly macabre concert crowd. Near the mannequins is a yellow sleeveless checkered shirt that came from a large trunk of clothing that belonged to Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious. The shirt was taken by one of his friends after the musician died in 1979. Another highlight is a sleeveless red T­shirt from the in­ fluential Los Angeles act The Minutemen. It was from 1985 and the band’s last tour (co­founder D. Boon died that year in a van accident). The band is shown on the shirt as part of a protest holding signs that read “Stop Nuclear Madness” and “US Out of Central America.” Another garment has a deeply personal connection for the person who gave it to Padilla. It’s a red shirt bearing the image of John Cale, a founding member of the Velvet Underground and the former husband of designer Betsey Johnson. Below it is a note from Johnson about her love for her favorite T­shirt. “Super­thin and soft, since it’s almost forty­five years old, I gave it to Cesar—and I wish I still had it.” She may not have it, but at least she knows where she can see it. Ripped: Expressions from the Underground runs through Dec. 22 at FIDM, 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-5821 or fidmmuseum.org. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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A Lot Going for ‘Anything’ Cole Porter’s Songs and Rachel York’s Brassy Style Give Ahmanson Musical Some Shipshape Fun by Jeff Favre contributing writer

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s with any romantic musical comedy, Anything Goes connects like-minded lovers searching for a happy ending — along with a few fun dances. In the version of the show opened at the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles last week, however, the most exciting pairing is Rachel York and the music of Cole Porter. York’s sassy, brassy style and booming voice have always been more

suited to the 1930s, while Porter’s tongue-tripping, complex lyrics were decades ahead of their time. They stood without peer until Stephen Sondheim’s 1970s heyday. Like any good couple, York’s voice and Porter’s songs bring out the best in each other. They dominate the revival of Anything Goes that runs through Jan. 6 as part of its national tour after a successful Broadway turn. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the rousing and charming musical, which has undergone several photo by Joan Marcus

Rachel York is nightclub entertainer Reno Sweeney and Erich Bergen plays the man she pines for in a revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. It’s at the Ahmanson Theatre through Jan. 6.

facelifts, is probably fresher today than at any time in its nearly 80-year history. Much of the credit for that goes to York. Anything Goes had a rocky beginning in 1934. The script by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton was considered problematic from the get-go. Rewrites were executed by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. In 1987, Crouse’s son Timothy collaborated with John Weidman to make more sense out of the convoluted plot. There still are plenty of cornball jokes and the ending remains slapdash, but none of that matters when the one constant is Porter. Most of the songs included in the 1934 version remain, along with a few Porter pieces first used in other shows, which fit neatly into the plot. One of the original, and strongest, offerings is the show opener “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Reno Sweeney (York), an evangelist turned nightclub entertainer, laments that she would like more than a friendship with her longtime pal Billy Crocker (Erich Bergen). Billy, though, is in love with Hope Harcourt (Alex Finke), with whom he spent one memorable night. The problem is that Hope is leaving on the S.S. American for London. She has agreed to marry English stuffed shirt Evelyn Oakleigh (Edward Staudenmayer). Billy opts to stow away on the ship, receiving a passport from Moonface Martin (Fred Applegate), a gangster posing as a minister. The Porter hits include “You’re the Top,” “Friendship” and “It’s De-lovely,” and all display the composer’s skill at turning a phrase. The best example is the title number, which includes the rapid-fire delivery of lyrics such as, “The world has gone mad today/And good’s bad today/And black’s white today/ And day’s night today/When most guys today/That women prize today/Are just silly gigolos.” York leads this first-act finale, which Marshall transforms into a complex, high-energy synchronized tap dance with most of the cast. The second act has a showstopper in “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” It’s another number featuring — who else? — York, and captures the spirit of a big tent revival. It’s no surprise that York knows the role so well. She appeared as Reno Sweeney in a previous production by L.A.’s Reprise Theatre Company. If anything, she brings more sophistication to Reno this time, and her voice has an even smokier quality. She’s consistently able to sell the laugh lines with her willingness to accept as normal even the craziest situations. The other laugh-getter is Applegate, whose Moonface is a deft con man. His quick delivery turns even the groaners into winners. Marshall has retained the 1930s look through the simple ship set design by Derek McLane and the elegant costumes from Martin Pakledinaz. Clean and opulent typifies the Great Depression era of escapist entertainment. Better known as a choreographer, Marshall echoes steps devised by Fred Astaire and his collaborator Hermes Pan, in particular the sultry dance set to “Easy to Love.” It resembles a famous Astaire-Ginger Rogers number from the movie Top Hat. Despite borrowing from the past, Marshall maintains a modern take. The entire cast is on the same page when it comes to metaphorically winking at the audience. It’s as if they acknowledge the story’s absurdity, but everyone agrees that they are in the business of having fun. No one is going to mistake Anything Goes for high-concept entertainment. At the same time, the show’s current popularity is proof that there’s a desire for a musical that is strictly about having a good time. Anything Goes runs through Jan. 6, 2013, at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org.


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SPONSORED LISTINGS Downtown On Ice Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., (213) 8474970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare. Downtown on Ice is back. The seasonal facility at Pershing Square has skates for rental for $2, with skate sessions costing $6. There will be an array of special events and programming at the rink for the next two months, including regular lunchtime concerts starting Dec. 17 and running through Jan 6. Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: For the annual Winter Holiday Festival, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with free holiday activities. There will be “snow,” train rides, children’s crafts, puppet shows, community youth performances, memento photos and more. Santa’s emporium features stocking stuffers and tasty holiday treats for purchase. Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.: Rabbi Moshe Greenwald presides over a menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration. Enjoy Jewish folk songs, bottle dancers and dreidel fun. Free Downtown Housing Bus Tour Downtown Center Business Improvement District, downtownla.com/housingtour. Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: This guided bus tour hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District visits Downtown’s vibrant neighborhoods and goes into six residences for sale or rent, from apartments to luxury condos. See the hotspots and amenities that make Downtown living exciting and easy. RSVP at DowntownLA.com/HousingTour for location details.

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Tuesday, deceMber 4 Will Gaming Change the Way We Learn? MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., or zocalopublicsquare.org. 7:30 p.m.: Linguist James Gee, game designer Richard Lemarchand and psychologist Kaveri Subrahmanyam host a Zocalo Public Square discussion on the sociological repercussions of virtual reality.

Prepare to channel your sweet emotions Downtown, for Aerosmith is taking over Staples Center on Monday, Dec. 3. The Boston quintet has had a storied career, and Steven Tyler is only part of it. From the early, whiskey-soaked depravity of the “Dream On” days to late ’90s musings on the preferential status of the color pink, these boys have had an angel of mercy to guide them through all their sins. Big time Aerosmith fans already have their tickets, but for the culturally illiterate there’s plenty of incentive to check this show out. After all, this is the band featured at the end of Wayne’s World 2. At 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7326 or staplescenter.com.

Wednesday, deceMber 5 Literary Reading Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 8 p.m.: Twenty-three authors contribute to the new essay anthology by Elephant Rock books. Many will be on hand to read selections from this pop culture chronicle.

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Imagine, if you will, that Elvis Presley didn’t actually die on his commode and instead moved on to bigger and better things — clowning, to be specific. This far-fetched fantasy lives on this Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Redwood with a special performance by Clownvis. The clown Elvis, who is deliriously caught at the intersection of “Hound Dog” and John Wayne Gacy, delivers droves of entertainment the likes of which you have never before experienced. The show gets going around 9 p.m. Arrive early and stake out a spot lest you miss his rousing rendition of “In the Ghetto.” At 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or theredwoodbar.com.

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sunday, deceMber 9 Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare. 5:30 p.m.: Rabbi Moshe Greenwald conducts a traditional ceremony in Pershing Square complete with Jewish folk singers, bottle dancers and dreidel action.

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Slap your Stravinsky and thank a Prius, as the latest installment of the Toyota Symphonies for Youth is back at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. On Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m., kids 5-11 and their parents will pack the joint and enjoy Stravinsky’s Firebird. This is an accessible presentation of the radical Russian composer’s standout work. Arrive early, because at 10 a.m. there are art workshops, storytelling and even, get this, an instrument petting zoo. Please, don’t feed the bassoon. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com. Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to calendar@downtownnews.com.

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Your favorite National Public Radio game show is headed to Nokia Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 6, for what might go down as the most erudite night ever at L.A. Live. “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” the hour-long sensation that’s been blessing the airwaves with its own brand of insightful intrigue since 1998, is bringing its panel of cerebral stars to town. We know it’s strange to head down Figueroa without a Lakers jersey and a healthy pre-game buzz, but maybe, just this once, you could slap on a bow tie and prepare for a duel to the death on the intellectual court. At 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com.

saTurday, deceMber 8 Winter Holiday Festival Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Santa Claus will stop by Pershing Square to take part in a festive smattering of ice skating, puppet shows, children’s crafts and much more.

Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. Dec. 4: Katie Moraes Group. Dec. 5: Pianist Josh Nelson has the first night of his month-long residency. Dec. 6: Artyom Manukyan Group. Dec. 7: Gavin Salmon Group. Dec. 8: Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O featuring Jeff Lederer and Paul Sikivie. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. Dec. 3, 8 p.m.: If Michael Jackson’s ghost took over Perfume Genius’ body, you’d get something

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he cider is mulling, the lights are up and the spirit of giving is abundant as Pershing Square becomes holiday central this weekend. Complete with its seasonal Downtown on Ice rink, the park on Saturday, Dec. 8, holds its annual Winter Holiday Festival. From 11 a.m.-7 p.m. there will be man-made snow, a kids train ride, copious puppetry, a couple shy reindeer and pics with Santa. If it just so happens that you prefer a little dreidel action over talk of elves and jolly fat men dressed in red, Pershing Square will host its Menorah Lighting Hanukkah Celebration on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Either way, Yule love it. At 532 S. Olive St., (213) 4851645 or laparks.org/pershingsquare.

Monday, deceMber 3 L.A. Auto Show Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or lacclink.com. Through Dec. 9: The world looks to Los Angeles for a glimpse at the next big things in the automotive realm. Exhibits open daily. Vroom!

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Continued from previous page like December resident Jhameel. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.: Toronto alt country affectationist Lindi Ortega’s latest album Cigarettes & Truckstops begs the question, would she feel the same pseudo attachment to the American heartland if she spent a week in Alabama? Dec. 4, 8 p.m.: Sonic effusions from electro indie singer/songwriter Valente. Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed just released their acoustic duet theme for the new Twilight film. Tuck a Pottery Barn catalogue into your new chinos and don’t drink too many wine coolers. Dec. 5, 8 p.m.: Like a Skid Row hootenanny, Coyol brings a bit of perspective. Dec. 6, 9 p.m.: Old timey sensibility and a porkcramming last name come together for Charlie Wadhams. Dec. 7, 8 p.m.: Gabby Moreno was born in Guatemala but claims to identify with the musical traditions of the American South. Dec. 8, 8 p.m.: A smattering of electro rock as BandxCity celebrates its first anniversary with Y Luv, Zak Waters, Mystery Skulls, Ross Sea Party and Jane Bang. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. Dec. 6, 10 p.m.: Broader Than Broadway is an eclectic smattering of electronica and alcohol, not necessarily in that order. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. Dec. 7, 10 p.m.: From their garage to our basement, LA Font returns. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia. com. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.: The state of Florida has long been the fertile breeding ground from which emanated some of the finest, most revolutionary acts in recent rock history. Creed, Limp Bizkit and, on this special night, Boyce Avenue. The future is nigh. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. Dec. 3, 10:30 p.m.: The Get Down Boys bring a little down home banjo pluck to Bluegrass Monday. Dec. 4, 10 p.m.: Boom Boom Boom and resident bartender/ivory tickler Bunny West. Dec. 5, 10:30 p.m.: Ampersands abound with Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss. Dec. 6, 10 p.m.: Yonatan and The Downtown Train choo choo over to the corner stage. Dec. 7, 9 p.m.: Blues Friday with Johnny Moezzi and Trevor Menear. Dec. 8, 11 p.m.: Local blues wizard Charlie Chan and the S.O.B.s. Dec. 9, 10 p.m.: Honky Tonk Sundaze brings with it the delicious stylings of the Groovy Rednecks and local salt of the earth classic RT n the 44s.

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Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. Dec. 5, 9 p.m.: It’s a battle of skinny jeans and pre-programmed beats as music collectives Smog, Dim Mak, Friends of Friends and Jeffree’s duke it out in Culture Clash. Dec. 6, 10 p.m.: The holiday spirit of giving is alive and well as Splyce, DJ Double G and Stevelektro spin at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Party, a house music benefit for needy children. Dec. 7, 10 p.m.: On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the Exchange has booked a rousing night of European artists with carefully quaffed hair that looks neither too messy nor too groomed. Keep up the good work Filo and Perri! Dec. 8, 10 p.m.: Sultan & Ned Shepard play EDM music. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Dec. 5, 8 p.m.: Celebrated producer Narada Michael Walden stops by to talk up his days working with Aretha, Whitney and Stevie. Nokia Theater 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6020 or nokiatheatrelalive.com.

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Dec. 3, 6 p.m.: KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball features Justin Bieber, Ke$ha and Flo Rida. Go if you’re into this kind of thing. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.: If you’ve been pining for another Enya album, your prayers will be answered with a performance of Celtic Thunder’s “Voyage.” Dec. 6, 8 p.m.: NPR game show “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” will really make you think. Dec. 9, 6 p.m.: Mariachi USA hosts its Christmas concert. Safe to assume “Feliz Navidad” will be part of the program. One-Eyed Gypsy 901 E. First St., (626) 340-3529 or one-eyedgypsy.com. Dec. 5: Shoddy mics and makeshift double bass as RT n the 44s hit the heartland. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. Dec. 3: Jeff Mann, Our Last Summer and Family Cave. Dec. 4: The Zoo and The Bodegas. Dec. 5: The moment you’ve all been waiting for — Clownvis summons a clown and Elvis to the stage. Dec. 6: Ghost Writer and Wolf Hollow Revival. Dec. 7: The Husslers, Black Mambas, Long Neck Goose and the Blessings. Dec. 8: Zach James and The All Seeing Eye. Dec. 9, 3 p.m.: Storey and The Tellers. Dec. 9: American Lies, Chotto Ghetto and The

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CLASSICAL MUSIC Tuesday, december 4 Lutoslawski Centenary by Green Umbrella Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com. 8 p.m.: The new music wing of the L.A. Phil is proud to present works by Lutoslawski, Stucky and Salonen. Friday, december 7 Lutoslawski Centenary by the LA Phil Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com. Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m. and Dec. 9, 2 p.m.: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the full Phil in works by Lutoslawski, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Salonen himself.

saTurday, december 8 Symphonies for Youth: The Firebird Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com. 11 a.m.: Toyota presents this special youth oriented program featuring the much-loved symphony by Igor Stravinsky. There’s an instrument petting zoo before the show.

MORE LISTINGS Hundreds of listings of fun and interesting things to do in Downtown Los Angeles can also be found online at ladowntownnews.com/calendar: Rock, Pop & Jazz; Bars & Clubs; Farmers Markets; Events; Film; Sports; Art Spaces; Theater, Dance and Opera; Classical Music; Museums; and Tours.

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