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NEWS Volume 38, Number 50

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Downtown’s Dynamic Decade, Part 1 A Look at the 21 Most Important Projects (so Far) of the 21st Century by Jon Regardie executive editor

The new Downtown police captain.

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owntown Los Angeles has never had a decade like the one that comes to an end on Dec. 31, 2009. Not even close. The first 10 years of the 21st century have been transformative. Whereas Downtown in 2000 was a community with a massive office population, a handful of inhabitants and little to do after dark, today the area holds approximately 40,000 residents, extensive nightlife and weekend entertainment options, and some of the most architecturally significant new buildings in the country. Downtown’s evolution is the re-

sult of a steady stream of housing, entertainment, civic, restaurant, office, retail and other projects. Each one came with challenges, and all required someone, or more often many people, to take a risk and put their money where their dreams were. From the hundreds of developments during the decade, Los Angeles Downtown News has identified the 21 most transformative projects. These all opened between 2000 and 2009 (eliminating Staples Center, which debuted in 1999). They are not always the most beautiful projects, but rather are ones that, through their existence, laid see Projects, page 14

The Culture of War Play 4th and Long Football and win prizes.

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Theater Troupe Culture Clash Takes on Afghanistan in a New Downtown Show by Richard Guzmán city editor

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Holiday shopping in the Financial District.

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A swinging Nutcracker.

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Ozomatli does it for the kids.

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he members of Culture Clash looked pretty tired after a long day of rehearsals for their new play at the Mark Taper Forum. And they still had a full show to come. During a dinner break before a preview performance of Palestine, New Mexico, Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza plopped down on a dressing room couch and looked like they could use a nap. After a quarter-century as one of the city’s best known and most active theater troupes, who could blame them for wanting to get some rest? But that’s not their style. photo by Craig Schwartz Instead, the three are (front to back) Herbert Siguenza, Richard Montoya taking on one of their and Ric Salinas founded Culture Clash 25 years ago. more challenging piec- Their new play, Palestine, New Mexico, is at the Mark es to date. Palestine, a Taper Forum. world premiere written by Montoya, reaches beyond their narrative, although there is some comfortable local roots to look at humor in the work,” Montoya said. the war in Afghanistan and its ef- “It seemed like a very proper time fects on family, culture and a Native to look at the effects of war and the American reservation in New aftermath.” Mexico. The show, which debuted Dec. “After 25 years we’re always look- 13 (after Downtown News went to ing for challenges, and it’s a real press), includes the members of challenge to do a straight dramatic see Culture Clash, page 23

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The new Police Administrative Building was one of the most transformative projects to open Downtown in the decade that comes to a close in a few weeks.

Tricky Times For a Top Chef At The Gorbals, Reality Show Winner Ilan Hall Tries to Woo Crowds With Dishes Like Gefilte Fish and Chips by Richard Guzmán city editor

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hen newly famous reality TV chef Ilan Hall opened a restaurant in Downtown, he joined a list of other well known, albeit more established, celebrity chefs who also have spots in the neighborhood. But unlike Celestino Drago, whose luxurious spot in the Financial District cost $7 million, or the guru of all celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck, who opened a flashy location at the glitzy L.A. Live, Hall’s place, The Gorbals, debuted in late August in a much less prominent area.

Hall, who won season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” gravitated toward the Alexandria Hotel, a middling residential building in the heart of the Historic Core. His 1,400-square-foot spot deep inside the lobby once housed a diner whose name no one seems to remember. Things have not been easy. Hall recently endured a two-month closure brought about by a broiler system malfunction. The Gorbals reopened on Halloween and Hall is still trying to recapture the momentum. “With all the buildup we had in see The Gorbals, page 10

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Ilan Hall, the winner of the second season of the reality show “Top Chef,” opened The Gorbals in the Alexandria Hotel in August. Soon after, the restaurant was closed for two months due to a broiler system problem.

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AROUNDTOWN Downtown Men’s Fashion Giant Dies

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os Angeles Street, Downtown’s historic hub of men’s suit stores and fashions, has lost one of its pioneers. Milton Keller, who in 1969 founded Roger Stuart Clothes, died on Dec. 2 at the age of 94. Keller’s passing comes as the block he kept close watch over for nearly 30 years is in a state of flux. Keller may have been the last of the living original Los Angeles Street men’s fashions store owners, said David Cohen, director of sales at the store and a 30-year veteran of the street’s suit scene. Like many of the stores that sprouted up on the 700 and 800 blocks of the street in the 1960s and 1970s, Keller sold quality men’s garments at discount prices — a business model that was unique at the time, but has since been adopted by chain businesses such as Men’s Warehouse, Cohen said. Keller’s son Roger Keller owns the store now, and strives to keep the same model, importing suits made in Italy. Los Angeles Street is still a hub for discount suits, but many say the crop of newer stores tend to sell low-quality garments from China (hence the ubiquitous two suits for $99 deal on the block, Cohen said). “Milton was a risk taker and always tried to bring in new enterprises and he created employment for lots of people over the years,” said store general manager Malik Khan. “He was so generous in his treatment to his employees that nobody would leave him.” Keller kept a close eye on the business until the end Cohen said: “About four weeks ago he had fallen and broken his hip, which kind of triggered the beginning of the end, and even from the hospital bed he was calling to check on business activity and whether all the salesmen showed up.”

f you missed out last Tuesday, there is another opportunity to ice skate thriftily. On Thursday, Dec. 17, the Kings Holiday Ice skating rink at L.A. Live is again offering a two-for-one discount from 8-11 p.m. for couples with coupons clipped from page 3 of the current issue of Los Angeles Downtown News. The deal, sponsored by Downtown News, gives couples the opportunity to glide around the 70- by 50-foot ice rink for the regular single admission price of $10 (including skate rental). But don’t get any crafty ideas. The offer is limited to one coupon per couple. And this isn’t like sneaking into the carpool lane — stuffed animals, mannequins and pets don’t count. The Kings Holiday Ice rink will remain up through Dec. 31.

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he U.S. House of Representatives passed a major spending bill last week that includes nearly $1.5 million for a group of Downtown Los Angeles institutions. Included in the bill that was approved by the House on Thursday, Dec. 10, is $250,000 for the Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar project being pushed by City Councilman José Huizar; $500,000 to support a program from Chrysalis that helps ex-offenders reenter the workforce; $300,000 to Homeboy Industries for a solar panel training program for former gang members; and $400,000 to Good Samaritan Hospital in City West to upgrade and renovate its Peripheral Vascular

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck last week named Todd Chamberlain (left) the new captain of Central Division, which patrols most of Downtown. He will replace Blake Chow (right), who was promoted to commander. See item this page.

Disease Lab, according to the office of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, whose district includes Downtown. Roybal-Allard is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and helped negotiate the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2010. The bill awaits expected passage in the Senate before heading to President Barack Obama’s desk for a signature.

New Central Captain Selected

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os Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck last week appointed Capt. Todd Chamberlain to replace outgoing Central Area Capt. Blake Chow. The change is effective Jan. 3. Chamberlain

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currently serves as a captain with the Emergency Operations Division. Previously, he worked under Chow as a patrol captain in Hollenbeck Division. Chamberlain, 47, was born in Williamsport, Penn., but was raised in Ventura County. The 25-year LAPD veteran has worked in the Foothill Area, Southwest Area, West Bureau and in the Metropolitan Division Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, among others, according to his LAPD biography. Chamberlain was promoted to lieutenant in 2004, and made captain in 2007. Central Division covers most of Downtown. Chow, who oversaw a significant drop in crime during his less than one year as the leader of Central, was promoted to Commander, and will still be based in the division headquarters on Sixth Street. see Around Town, page 9

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EDITORIALS

L.A. Opera’s Communication Problem

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year ago, the Los Angeles cultural scene was shaken by the news of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s dire financial situation. Now, just as MOCA appears to have reversed the tide (if not fully replenished the coffers), another of Downtown Los Angeles’ most prestigious cultural institutions is hitting hard times: Los Angeles Opera is in trouble. The current scenario is disturbing. Company officials appeared before the County Board of Supervisors last week warning that they were in imminent danger. The supervisors quickly approved a $14 million loan (though the issuance of bonds, and ultimately the money will come from a bank, not the county’s general fund). It has been spun as a financial issue that will be resolved, with the money paid back in a timely manner. The bank will get the interest. We hope everything works out as planned. Unfortunately, we are not sure the Supervisors had any real choice in the matter — L.A. Opera is the principal inhabitant of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, part of the County-owned Music Center. Given everything invested and tied in with the com-

pany, including next year’s potentially epic presentation of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle, the idea of the company suddenly toppling is untenable. That said, we are distressed that the first thing the public heard about this matter comes with a $14 million bailout. There has been a shocking lack of communication, and although L.A. Opera officials began discussing their cash crunch with certain county representatives during the summer, there should have been the opportunity for public consideration and political discussion before the company came forward with a save-us-or-else message. L.A. Opera officials have long been aware of the risks of staging the $32 million Ring Festival L.A., and no financial disaster of this magnitude creeps up overnight — proof of that was the cost-cutting already underway at L.A. Opera. We’re not sure if this was preventable. We’re not sure what will happen if the opera board’s promised pledges, which will pay back the loan, do not materialize. What we do know is that $14 million went out before the public even knew the

company was in such a precarious state. If the situation was so dire, L.A. Opera should have trusted the public that has long supported it, and through whatever means, explained the issue and the need to go to the county. People are not pleased when they suddenly learn that their government has already had to step in and help out. This is not an easy time for cultural institutions anywhere in the country. Staff and production cuts have been felt from coast to coast. In Downtown Los Angeles, along with L.A. Opera, the travails include decreased hours at the Japanese American National Museum and job slicing at Center Theatre Group. Of course, the situation is different at L.A. Opera. With the production of the four Ring works, the company has been aiming high, exciting opera fans worldwide. That’s a good thing. But the method in which the company unveiled the current troubles casts a shadow. In fact, it will make it hard to be sure of how healthy L.A. Opera is from this point forward. The public trust for the company has taken a hit. That’s a problem of L.A. Opera’s own making.

Push Forward With Hall of Justice Plan

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he once shimmering Civic Center has been going in the wrong direction the past few years, with blighted properties outnumbering worthy new projects like the Police Administrative Building. Thus, it is refreshing to hear that an effort could be underway to restore and reopen the Hall of Justice. Recently the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to look at the feasibility of reopening the 1925 building at 210 W. Temple St. This is an excellent proposition, and county officials should ensure that it is fast-tracked and that the Chief Executive Officer, who will handle the report, makes this a priority. The 14-story landmark has been vacant since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. A renovation effort had begun, but it was halted in 2004 amid questions over its rising cost and the extent of the damage. Officials have since determined that the building made of Sierra granite is structurally sound, an important finding for obvious reasons. The plan at this time is for the Sheriff’s Department to move into a restored Hall of Justice. Sheriff Lee Baca is in favor of the proposal, which would allow much of the department’s hierarchy to leave a home in Monterey Park (the sheriff’s Detectives Division would stay in the current location under this scenario). Nothing against Monterey Park, but Downtown Los Angeles is a better and more appropriate

location for this powerful law enforcement arm. This is a good idea on several fronts. First and foremost, it would activate a once stately building that is currently a blight on the Downtown landscape because it stands empty, dingy and surrounded by dilapidated construction fencing. Situated northeast of City Hall between Broadway and Spring Street, the block has become moribund. This is a tragedy for a building with so much history and so much potential. If cleaned and occupied, it would add the energy of thousands of workers and visitors, and surrounding streets would feel alive. There is a symbolic element as well. The very name, the Hall of Justice, would feel appropriate again with the Sheriff’s Department as an occupant. The 84-year-old structure has a rich history (though a dark one too; inhabitants of the former jail in the building included Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan). Of course, it’s money that swings votes and most impacts decisions, and in this case it appears that upgrading the structure might be economically smart. A project once estimated at $300 million could now be significantly lower due to factors such as a tumble in the cost of construction materials. Additionally, interest rates are low and federal funds could be available. There is another positive to restoring the building, one that extends beyond the structure itself: Upgrading and reactivating

the Hall of Justice would be good for the entire Civic Center. As this page has noted before, the area that should be the glimmering jewel of Downtown is not living up to its potential. Along with the defunct Hall of Justice, the neighborhood has black eyes in the form of the gaping hole at First and Broadway (waiting for a proposed federal courthouse), the fenced-off plot immediately west of City Hall (a state office building long ago; now a graffiti-scarred pit), and Parker Center (awaiting years of studies before anyone determines if the ex-police headquarters should be razed or reused). That’s four dead zones in a relatively compact area. This is not a new dilemma. Back in the 1990s a group of local stakeholders crafted the Ten Minute Diamond plan, an effort to concentrate government entities of all levels within a 10-minute walk of City Hall. That plan recognized the potential for many thousands of government workers to enliven the community. That effort faded away. Now, there is a chance to implement one aspect of it and reuse a crucial building. County officials have made a wise and appropriate decision to look at the costs and possibilities of bringing back the Hall of Justice. Give this project the attention it deserves, and do whatever is necessary to make it happen. The time and the cost may be right, and there probably will not be a better opportunity than the present.

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What the Piano Player Saw In His Own Words, Mark Cole Talks About Five Years of Entertaining Crowds at Macy’s Plaza As told to RichARd Guzmán city editoR

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started playing when I was 7 years old. I was playing the piano at my neighbor’s house and when my parents noticed that I was able to pick up songs by just hearing them, they bought me a piano. “I still have the same piano today that I had all those years ago. I took piano lessons starting at the age of 7 and ended up taking four years of piano, but I never took it seriously until about five or six years ago when I met the main pianist at the Hotel Bel Air. “I had never made my living as a musician. I was in the clothing business working as a sales rep for a jeans company and played piano at parties. I was hired out at parties all the time, but I never took it as a steady gig until I was able to immerse myself enough so I could make a living off it. “My friend asked if I would be his fill-in at the Hotel Bel Air. He had been playing there for 12 1/2 years and also played at Macy’s Plaza before me. When he gave up Macy’s Plaza I took it over. I’m also in charge of their holiday entertainment where we bring in people to sing for the noontime holiday concerts the week before Christmas. “The biggest pressure comes when someone requests a song that I don’t know. But I probably know 200 to 300 songs. One of the most requested is ‘As Time Goes By,’ from Casablanca. Most of the songs that are requested are standards from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. If I don’t know the song they want, I’ll probably know something similar and I’ll offer to play it. “At Macy’s Plaza you’re constantly getting people from all over the world. Macy’s Plaza is a hub not only for the towers that are surrounding it, but for an influx of Asian and European tourists. I probably have my picture taken 30 times a day. So if you think about it, my picture is all over the world. “There have been a lot of memorable moments through the years. One woman, who is probably in her late 80s, has been coming here from Long Beach for the last 10 years. She used to come in every day; she doesn’t anymore because it’s hard for her, but she still is a regular. She’s very supportive of the arts, she loves great music and when her husband died 10 years ago she had nothing left except for the piano, so it cheers her up to come listen. Her favorite songs are a series from Phantom of the Opera. She usually doesn’t leave from the time I start until the time I leave. “There’s also one man who for two months would come in and start crying at the piano, and he would sing a completely different song than the one I was playing, then give me a tip and run out of the mall. I think he might have had some issues. The songs were undistinguishable, a lot about Jesus. At first I thought about calling security, but he was OK. “Another man would come in often and start dancing next to the piano. He would just start dancing to anything I played, in front of everybody, and it was hilarious. But you don’t really want that because it scares some people. “The only harrowing event was when an undercover security guard at Macy’s chased a shoplifter and caught him right by the piano. I just had to keep on playing. “My most memorable moment occurred one day when, all of a sudden, I was surrounded, swarmed by 150 kids that were on a field trip. For some reason they all headed for the piano and surrounded the piano and me and started singing. I was playing a song from Beauty and the Beast and they all knew the words and they all started singing and it sounded like it was choreographed. It was very cool. “My job is not only to play, it’s also to talk to people, show them a good time, make sure they’re enjoying their time. It’s a dignitary kind of job. It’s fun.” Mark Cole performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Macy’s Plaza, 700 S. Flower St. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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Mark Cole just hit his five-year anniversary of playing piano at the Macy’s Plaza shopping mall in Downtown Los Angeles. He plays three times a week and has regular fans.

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Life and Health Transformation in Educogym Downtown Major Results within 2 Weeks The results have met and exceeded my expectations. I’ve surprised myself by my own dedication, probably due to staff’s personal attention and interest in succeeding. I’ve lost weight, gained muscle in areas that I haven’t seen since I was in my twenties. The results were immediate. I saw major results within two weeks but felt the mental results within days, which makes it very easy to follow the program.

Big Changes in my Life That’s actually where I was really sold when I first met with Educogym. A little background... I’m about to turn the big 4-0 and have recently had some big changes in my life and body: I got a blood clot on a plane trip back from Asia; had spinal surgery for a bulging disc; lost my mother to ovarian cancer and my job was/is stressful and all consuming. I had turned a corner in life and wasn’t sure how to deal with all the pressures and changes. I suffered from depression, had poor concentration, was losing sleep, out of shape, lacked discipline and felt that all that was effecting my personal and professional life adversely. I felt that a proactive investment in preventative healthcare, physical and mental, was absolutely necessary rather than picking up the pieces after-the-fact, or waiting for the next crisis. Life is still hectic, but like I said Educogym is my lifestyle but doesn’t take up much of my life. I’m a happy person again, I’ve gained confidence and self-esteem and I enjoy life in general a lot more. The glass is once again half-full, not completely empty - life is good. Educogym is absolutely responsible for those changes. I’m addicted to the gym and I hope they know how much they’ve changed my life so quickly. Focus, Concentration and Goal Setting My focus, concentration and goal-setting has taken a 180 turn. I’m able to tackle more complex goals involving my profession. I’m an urban planner and need the focus and concentration to help accomplish my current work and future growth goals. A New Lifestlye Now Educogym is my lifestyle. I made room in my life as I couldn’t sustain my past lifestyle. I was seriously going crazy until I met the Educo Team. They’re very serious about assisting you to make a lifestyle change. I went back east for a week and couldn’t wait to get back to LA to go to the gym. Educogym is a lifestyle. You really can’t put a price on your health and I do think the price is a good value. When you put the cost in the context of healthcare it’s worth every penny. I’m already saving for the renewal. It’s that important to me. Only 20 Minutes Exercise a Few Times a Week The intensity, form and weights have given me better results than I’ve ever had! I believe no waiting for machines is very important. Like I said Educogym is my lifestyle but doesn’t take up much of my life. I’m able to sustain a healthy lifestyle and don’t have to spend hours working at it. But remember it’s not only about the exercise but diet, as well, which I do my best to follow every day, for every meal. A Fun Atmosphere The trainers are proof of their philosophy. They are all in fantastic shape, excellent attitudes and very motivational - they practice what they preach. I’ve also witnessed the changes in other members. The atmosphere is fun with lots of laughing but everyone is serious about making their lives and bodies better. I recommend the gym to anyone that is serious about making changes to their lives.

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Snapshots in Green Downtown Businesses Find That an Environmentally Friendly Approach Can Pay Off With Customers by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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he color green has long been a prominent symbol in business, usually because of its association with cash. These days, “green” means something entirely different — concern for the environment. Driven in large part by surging demand from a consumer base committed to environmentally friendly living, businesses are embracing “green” practices. They hope to reduce their carbon footprint and deliver a product or service that helps buyers do the same. From environmentally friendly dry cleaners to distributors of organic produce, Downtown Los Angeles has its share of green businesses. Here are a few, though by no means all, of the local entities who make environmental concerns part of their business plan. Indie Printing: Biodegradable banners, check. Soy-based ink, check. Hybrid delivery vehicles, check. Frankie Carranza and Andy Rosillo co-founded Indie

Printing in 2003. Carranza had previously been a print broker, selling the services of other manufacturers to vendors. As a broker, he had a hard time pushing products geared around low-impact printing. So he started his own company. Existing governmental regulations require a certain level of environmental friendliness in printers, but Indie Printing has tried to incorporate a focus on sustainability in all its operations. The company owns a gas/electric hybrid car that it uses for “at least 90%” of its deliveries, Carranza said. He is looking to buy another delivery vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas. The company’s stock paper — the default paper in their printers — is Forest Stewardship Council certified, which guarantees that the paper comes from legitimate logging operations and is at least 75% composed of recycled pulp. Indie Printing counts a host of Downtown companies as clients, from large corporations like Anschutz Entertainment Group to small start-ups and artists from the Brewery. Carranza said that while plenty of customers walk in the door just thinking about their business card order, more and

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Indie Printing’s stock paper is at least 75% composed of recycled pulp. The company co-founded by Andy Rosillo (left) and Frankie Carranza uses a hybrid car for most of its deliveries.

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sustainability, manifested largely in its use of “Garmentos,” reusable laundry bags (they’re actually yellow). Woods invites customers to be a VIP member of the store, which is free: Though it has a $50 value, new members get a $50 gift certificate that cancels the cost, he said. Membership comes with two Garmentos that customers can reuse. Urban Life Cleaners, which also has a shop in City West, offers free pick up and delivery to members. It uses what Woods said is the highest quality hydrocarbon cleaning system available. Woods said his company’s attention to sustainability is rooted in the fact that consumers are, more and more, demanding it. “With everyone very aware and looking to do the best thing possible to keep the earth fresh and clean, it kind of gave us an opportunity,” he said. Urban Life Cleaners is at 421 S. Main St., (213) 928-5433 and 1010 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 785-5132.

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owntown workers and residents tired of looking at the paint-splattered sign advertising the stalled Park Fifth development can now enjoy a fresh view. Park Fifth developer David Houk on Dec. 8 had the sign at Olive and Fifth streets painted over in plain white. The freestanding billboard, which pictured a man on a cell phone with the slogan “Downtown is looking up,” was marred by what looked like giant multi-colored paintball splatters in early 2009. “We’ve been getting multiple complaints about the paintballing of the sign, and finally decided to paint it over so nobody had to look at the paintballs anymore,” said Houk. “We’re leaving it blank until we’re ready to start over again.” The fully entitled, $1.3 billion project was slated to rise on a parking lot just north of Pershing Square, where the sign stands. Plans for the development, which has been halted by the economy and financially troubled capital partners, call for condominiums, a hotel and retail inside three buildings: a 76-story tower, a 44-story tower and a 15-story structure. There is no current timeline for the project.

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The Gorbals Continued from page 1 the beginning, it’s hard to get that back,” he confessed on a recent Tuesday after the lunch rush. “We came out so strong but we’re still busy.” It took nearly a dozen city inspections before Hall could reopen. Crowds have been mixed — on weekends, when The Gorbals stays open until 2 a.m., they can see up to 250 people a day, Hall said. On weekdays during dinner the 70-seat restaurant has been more than half full on a consistent basis. Lunch service, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., started this month. On the first day lunch was served, Sixth District Councilman Tony Cardenas was glimpsed eating at the bar as Hall, who works just a couple of feet away from his customers in an open kitchen, prepared his food.

“Downtown is still very supportive of us,” Hall said. Father Cooks Best The Gorbals has an open kitchen and rustic wooden tables and stools. The vibe is odd but cool. The theme extends to the menu, an unexpected blend of cuisines including Scottish and Jewish dishes, some infused with pork. Hall comes from an Israeli mother and a Scottish father; the latter cooked dinner for the family. Hall said his biggest influences are his mixed roots and his father’s dishes. “My parents have always been supportive of my cooking and I drew my inspiration from watching him cook,” Hall said. “He still cooks for my mom every day.” Hall’s travels through Europe also shaped his culinary view. One of the most influential places was Gorbals, a neighborhood in Glasgow, Scotland where his father grew up. The immigrant-heavy district was home to the largest Jewish population in Scotland. “That’s where you find a bizarre mix of Jewish and Scottish

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food all in the same place,” Hall said. The Downtown Los Angeles Gorbals, Hall added, is a reflection of that neighborhood. The mix of influences is evident in the ever-changing menu, which Hall makes without worrying about rules for preparation or even tradition. The bacon-wrapped matzo ball exemplifies his cooking style. The matzo ball is traditional, but is wrapped in bacon with black pepper, and the house-made mayonnaise is infused with horseradish. Other offerings include the Haggis burger with turnip pickles and Highland Park aioli (flavored with Highland Park whiskey) and the octopus with gizzards and lemon, a warm salad made with octopus braised in red wine and crisped on the griddle. It is served with chicken gizzards that have been slow-cooked and tenderized. “It’s a dish from Spain, where the octopus is cooked slowly, grilled with olive oil and garlic. I introduced chicken gizzards because it’s a different way of getting into that dish,” Hall said. The trickery continues. The shepherd’s pie has ground beef, is spiced with cumin and coriander and is topped with a soft-cooked quail egg. The BLT contains lettuce and tomato on rye. Gribenes, a crispy, oven-roasted chicken skin, replaces the bacon. Also on the lineup is Gefilte fish and chips. The fish is blended with matzo meal and eggs almost like a meatball, then is spiced, battered and deep-fried. It is served with fries that have been cooked once in water then deep-fried. The bespectacled Hall, with his simple hipster style, looks much younger than his 27 years. Although his reputation on the show was that of a cocky young chef, in person he seems more grounded and aware of the fleeting nature of fame. He repeatedly apologized to a reporter for being 10 minutes late to an interview, and continued to apologize for his messy office, although once he began to talk about food, he became more relaxed, sitting back in a chair and eagerly fielding questions. Hall is undeniably confident about his unusual dishes. Although he can be somewhat matter-of-fact when talking about his passion for food, he is still curious about his craft and willing to test his abilities. “I love all the food we make and I’m always on a constant path to try and rework it and fix up things that aren’t right and just change it,” Hall said. “I’m a bit erratic and I get inspiration all over the place. I’ll sometimes even want to change a dish mid-service, although that would get a little crazy.” Downtown Inspiration Hall is also continuously inspired by Downtown and, in particular, the unusual location of his restaurant. The Alexandria for decades was a rundown establishment. It was acquired and renovated by the Amerland Group, but sill houses a significant low-income population. “I thought there was a lot of energy going on in Downtown. There’s a lot of great restaurants, but there’s room for more,” Hall said from his second floor office at the Alexandria, which is sparsely decorated with two office chairs, a desk, a few scattered papers and files, bottles of wine and Hall’s mountain bike, which he rides daily from his home at the Barker Block. “I love being just a couple of minutes from work. Although I’ve only been here a couple of years, this feels like home,” he said. After moving to Downtown from New York in 2008, Hall began searching for a spot for his first restaurant. He initially considered Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach, since the idea of being by the ocean appealed to him. But Downtown was even more appealing. In the Alexandria, he saw a gem. “It’s a jewel of Downtown with so much history,” Hall said. “The building itself is beautiful and there are all these hidden gems inside. The ballrooms are beautiful. I find nothing negative; it all adds to the restaurant.” With the restaurant located inside the lobby, there is no street frontage (though a flag emblazoned with “The Gorbals” now hangs out front). Still, Hall was instantly inspired, recalls Justin Weiss of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, who gave Hall a tour of potential Downtown locations. “Within five minutes he said, ‘This is it, this is what I want,’ and I was shocked because I tour a lot of restaurant guys and retail guys and it’s very unusual for someone, especially in that area, to want a space that doesn’t front the street,” Weiss said. “But he’s a New Yorker, where you have a lot of hidden underground spots that you can’t see from the streets that are very popular.” For Ruben Islas, president and CEO of Amerland, The Gorbals was a perfect fit. “The coolest thing is, he’s an urban guy, he gets the nuances of Downtown,” Islas said. “We’re very happy to have him. The buzz is very exciting and his menu is very interesting.” The Gorbals is at 501 S. Spring St., (213) 488-3408 or thegorbalsla.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.


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t can be hard to find the perfect gift for a loved one during the holidays. It can be even harder when shopping for someone you don’t love, or even know all that well. But that is what you’ll have to do if your office decides to take part in a holiday gift exchange. You know, one of those events where everyone pulls a name from a hat. It’s all well and good until you find out that you have to shop for Bert from the mailroom or Tibby from accounting, neither of whom you have ever spoken to for longer than an elevator ride. Fortunately, there are plenty of local options to solve your conundrum. If you work in the Financial District, you don’t have to go far either — all the places below allow you to get your holiday shopping done during the lunch hour. Bert and Tibby will wonder how you know them so well. The Basics: When shopping for a man, you can never go wrong with a nice wallet. At Macy’s in Macy’s Plaza, a Fossil leather wallet costs $25 and comes in an attractive tin box that will add an element of class to the gift. The wallet has a classic look and plenty of pockets for carrying cash, credit cards and pictures; it also has an ID window and a business card holder. If you are shopping for a high roller, or someone who just likes to flash cash, a $20 Kenneth Cole money clip may be the way to go. It’s a simple but elegant

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Though Brooks Brothers is known for suits, during the holiday season it is also selling gifts such as teddy bears and tins of butter cookies. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Pre-wrapped chocolate boxes at See’s Candies make a quick and sweet holiday treat. They are perfect lastminute options if you forgot to get someone a present.

brushed steel design and comes in a Kenneth Cole storage box. If the rainy weather continues, your coworker will appreciate the Mistle Totes Umbrella. It’s a stylish umbrella that comes in a variety of colors, but the best feature is its size. When opened it’s a regular sized umbrella, but when closed it fits nicely into a seven-inch case that can easily be slipped into a drawer or purse. At Macy’s Plaza, 750 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-9311 or macys.com. Tech Touches: High-tech gadgets always make great, although usually expensive, presents. But it’s unlikely you’ll want to spend that much money on a coworker. Fortunately, some gadgets that are useful and entertaining make good, inexpensive office gifts. Radio Shack, also in Macy’s Plaza, is smaller than the big electronics retailers, so you won’t have to deal with jostling holiday crowds. One option is the Sliding Lighted Magnifier. It’s the size of a credit card and, just as the name suggests, the $9.99 tool magnifies and illuminates things at the same time. Or, if you want to make sure your colleagues don’t miss a word of that important meeting, the Olympus pocketsize digital voice recorder makes a great gift. The $29 device can hold up to 300 hours of recordings. It has slow and fast playback options so you can hear voices at different speeds, which can also be kind of funny if you want to record your boss and play back the sound in fast mode so he or she sounds like a chipmunk. At Macy’s Plaza, 750 W. Seventh St., (213) 680-1500 or radioshack.com. How Sweet It Is: It’s not a real holiday season unless you eat lots of stuff you’re not supposed to consume. So get your coworker a box of chocolates or sweets from See’s Candies. Some of the boxes come pre-wrapped for the holidays, so it’s also a good last-minute gift you can get on your way in to work. A gold box of truffles is $8.95, as is a silver box of assorted chocolates. If you want to make sure your coworker really eats it up during the holidays, try a one-pound box of chocolates for $17. It comes pre-wrapped and chances are that all the chocolates will be too much for just one person, so you’ll get to enjoy some sweets as well. See’s Candies is at the Downtown Visitor Information Center, 685 S. Figueroa St., (213) 689-8822. The Gift of Giving: If you’re joining with a few colleagues to buy your boss a nice gift, then Brooks Brothers is a reliable option. On the low end you can team up and get the boss a $60 leather crafter desk diary. It includes a 2010 calendar and can be personalized with up to three gold initial block letters. Pony up a little more for a pair of $118 Italian lambskin gloves lined with cashmere. Also, during the holiday season Brooks Brothers is selling a variety of items and giving the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Choices include a $28 tin of butter cookies, a $19 teddy bear, a box of holiday cards designed by children at the hospital for $30, and a scented candle, also for $30. By the way, the store has suits, ties and shirts too. At 604 S. Figueroa St., (213) 629-4200 or brooksbrothers.com. Hands On: If you have an overworked colleague, buy them some relaxation from Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute and Spa, located at the 7+Fig mall. For $50, you can get either a 45-minute Swedish massage, or a 50-minute reflexology massage, which focuses on the hands and feet. Both are available at the spa Tuesday through Thursday. At 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 687-6683 or yabeauty.com. Gift Eating: Everyone likes a nice meal out. That’s where Ciudad comes in. The popular Latin food establishment has gift card options starting at $25. The cards are good for meals and cocktails and can be used at the Downtown restaurant, as well as the Border Grill restaurants in Santa Monica and Las Vegas. If you go with the $50 card, you get an additional $20 dining certificate that you can use on yourself as a reward for being such a great holiday gift-giver. At 445 S. Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171 or ciudad-la.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.


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Projects Continued from page 1 significant groundwork for other Downtown developments to come. All the new projects played a role, but these are arguably the 21 of greatest consequence. This week, Downtown News details projects 21 through 11. In the Dec. 21 issue, we unveil the top 10. It’s been a heck of a decade.

21) Police AdministrAtive Building (2009)

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he $440 million price tag for replacing (at a new location) the outdated and earthquake-ravaged Parker Center will make anyone blanch. Fortunately, the new headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department is a stately and worthy home for the entity that has undergone significant change over the past seven years. The 500,000-square-foot edifice offers ample glass, an open courtyard on the First Street side and a small park in the rear of the building. Impact: The 10-story project that was designed by AECOM Design and Roth + Sheppard Architects is part of the mix of old and new in the Civic Center. It sits directly south of City Hall, and complements both that historic building and the ultra-modern CalTrans headquarters to its east. Its 2,300 employees activate the area. It is not only a civic landmark, but also a symbol of the change and openness that came to the department during the tenure of former Chief William Bratton.

20) PegAsus APArtments (2003)

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he 322-unit apartment complex from Kor Group was one of the earliest adaptive reuse projects in Downtown. The $53 million development transformed a 1949 former oil company headquarters, originally designed by Welton Beckett, into a modern residential hub at Sixth and Flower streets. Architecture firm Killefer Flammang oversaw the transformation of the 13-story structure.

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Impact: Although other old Downtown office buildings had been converted into housing, this was the largest by far. With its upscale amenities, it helped establish a residential beachhead in the Financial District, and people were paying $2.50 a square foot or more right off the bat. The impact continued two years later when a $2 million outpost of the Daily Grill opened on the ground floor. Suddenly the building was not just drawing residents, but surrounding office workers too.

19) toy FActory/ Biscuit comPAny loFts (2004/2007)

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n 2004, when residential growth in Downtown was mostly focused in the Historic Core, gutsy developer Linear City put $25 million into the Toy Factory Lofts, its renovation of a hulking 251,000-square-foot building on Industrial Street at the southern end of the Arts District. The project created 109 modern loft-style condominiums, and three years later, Linear City continued the momentum across the street with the Biscuit Company Lofts (shown here), turning a 1925 former Nabisco plant into 105 condos. Impact: In two large-scale swoops, Linear City established a

near critical mass of residents. That has been followed by a concentration of businesses in the live-work space, including a batch of denim designers, as well as the popular restaurants Church & State and Royal Claytons. Altogether, the projects turned a onetime industrial zone into a community.

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ike most former Broadway movie palaces, the 1926 Orpheum was a gem whose glitter had long since dulled. Then owner Steve Needleman spent $3.5 million to restore the venue to its original glory, installing new seats, air conditioning and lighting and polishing the marble lobby, the bronze doors and the marquee. The venue was again ready to host theater, concerts and other events. The following year, Needleman turned the former office space above the theater into 37 apartments. Impact: Although renovations were confined to the building at 842 S. Broadway, the energy was felt throughout Downtown, as well known bands have played the theater and shows such as “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” use the space for shooting. More importantly, it demonstrates to other Broadway theater owners that it is possible (and financially feasible) to restore and reopen the faded venues. Today, Downtown waits for others to follow Needleman’s lead.

16) rainbOw aparTmenTs (2006)

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kid Row Housing Trust’s 89-unit project was a stalwart example of “permanent supportive housing,” the term for a development that helps homeless individuals turn their lives around by offering not just a room, but a variety of services, such as drug treatment programs and job counseling, all under one roof. The project at 643 S. San Pedro St. was designed by prominent architect Michael Maltzan. Impact: The six-story cube of concrete and glass, with asymmetrical red windows, an open-air courtyard, common rooms and outdoor corridors, was like nothing Skid Row had ever seen. It raised the bar in design standards, proving that neighborhood structures do not have to be bland gray blocks. Since then, other new low-income projects in the area have also embraced high design. The permanent supportive housing model continues to be effective and today is recognized as a crucial tool in returning the homeless to mainstream society.

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13) los Angeles stAte Historic PArk (2005-2006)

Projects Continued from page 15 moved into Downtown, leaving a home in Marina Del Rey. The 1906 structure became a hive for 500 students and the school’s faculty and administrative offices. Classes were first held in a tent before the building at 960 E. Third St. opened in fall 2001. The renovation was designed by Gary Paige. Impact: SCI-Arc was an early adopter in the Arts District, and the activation of the 89,000-square-foot space was by far the most important project in the community in decades. The $15 million development injected new residential and economic life into the area. The array of restaurants, retail establishments and housing projects that have blossomed in the district this decade all follow from the opening of SCI-Arc.

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or decades, the “brownfield” property on the edge of Chinatown known as the Cornfield was dead land. Then, after the community dodged an effort to turn it into an industrial park, something miraculous happened: Artist Lauren Bon and her team used an Annenberg Foundation grant to make the site a living art project titled “Not a Cornfield” (the city and state helped clean it up). After growing and harvesting corn and holding community events, the California State Parks Department used the infrastructure left behind to create the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Impact: Suddenly, Downtowners had a clean, vast, grassy expanse not far from the skyscrapers. The park has become a community gathering point, with picnic areas, a dirt running track and plenty of green space. Farmlab, the successor to Bon’s “Not a Cornfield” project, holds regular events on site, and the park has hosted concerts and even a circus big top.

14) Art WAlk (2004)

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n 2004, Bert Green of the Fifth Street space Bert Green Fine Art helped eight Historic Core gallery owners organize simultaneous openings on a Thursday evening. That opened the floodgates, and in the ensuing years dozens of new galleries arrived in the area, bars and restaurants piggybacked on the activity, and crowds swelled. Although there is currently a debate about the future of Art Walk, following the departure of the leader who succeeded Green, the attendees don’t seem to care — more than 10,000 people regularly show up. Impact: The Downtown Art Walk is the most salient demonstration of how far the once gritty neighborhood has come. The events on the second Thursday of every month demonstrate that the streets of the Historic Core can come alive and draw pedestrians after dark. No wonder big bucks automaker Cadillac is considering becoming an ongoing sponsor of the event.

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Happy New Year

Continued from previous page Downtown Los Angeles on 2009’s last night, and the first hours of 2010. If you’re the bar hopping type, keep in mind that Metro buses and trains are free for the evening. The rail lines will run until 2 a.m., every 20 minutes.

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late night already? You can pre-game at the Varnish, from 7-9:30 p.m., with $9 champagne cocktails. At 118 E. Sixth St., (213) 622-9999 or thevarnishbar.com. Steam Dream: Experience the Nautilist’s Ball, where the Edison celebrates the art of invention. All table reservations include a bottle of champagne, a midnight toast and desserts. Steampunk band Abney Park will get everyone all riled up inside the old, converted electric facility. Individual tickets are $75 and tables start at $300. At 108 W. Second St., (213) 613-0000 or edisondowntown.com.

The Edison is one of the many Downtown restaurants and bars holding a New Year’s Eve party. Table reservations (which start at $300) include a bottle of champagne.

Fine Dine: Get your night started, or spend the whole evening, at Drago Centro, which is on every foodie’s list of Downtown Los Angeles’ finest restaurants. Chef Celestino Drago is offering a five-course menu ($85) featuring a foie gras torchon, truffle agnolotti, cioppino, roasted lamb loin and chocolate budino. Wine pairing available, or just stick with bubbly. At 525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, (213) 228-8998 or dragocentro.com.

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Juliette and Chromeo: Montreal’s electro duo Chromeo headlines what promises to be a sweaty, funky New Year’s dance party for all the neo b-boys and b-girls at Club Nokia. They’re joined by fellow DJs Peanut Butter Wolf, Vega, Gaslamp Killer and (thee) Mike B. The wax starts turning at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $41. At Club Nokia, L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., clubnokia.com. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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CALENDAR BALLET ON BROADWAY Downtown-Based Company Nurtures Relationships and Takes a Swinging Nutcracker to the Orpheum by Anna Scott staff writer

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n a mirrored dance studio a bit west of Staples Center, a male and female dancer work on a pas de deux for an upcoming twist on The Nutcracker. The graceful lifts and dainty tippy-toe steps, set to a Tchaikovsky score, are pure classical ballet. But when the music shifts to a lively Duke Ellington tune, the dancers’ movements become even more loose-limbed as they bound across the floor. “I love tradition, but I like to put an edge on things,” said choreographer Robyn Gardenhire, the founder and artistic director of the City Ballet of Los Angeles. The dancers rehearsing on a recent afternoon were preparing for The Nutcracker Swings, CBLA’s updated version of the classic holiday ballet. The show has two performances at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 19. The show represents something of a milestone for CBLA. It is an opportunity not only to perform in a desired, historic venue, but to expose more of Downtown Los Angeles to an institution that also offers ballet classes to children who otherwise might not get them. Step by Step Gardenhire, 45, has close-cropped hair, an expansive laugh and the animated, elongated mannerisms of a lifelong dancer. On a recent afternoon inside the Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center, a spot just west of the 110 Freeway where the company makes its home, the Lynwood native recounted her unlikely journey to forming CBLA. Gardenhire first took up ballet at a small school in Compton at age 3. She later earned scholarships to train with the then-Los Angeles Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, among other schools. Her professional dancing career included stints with the Joffrey Ballet, the Cleveland Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s touring company, the White Oak Dance Project. In her 30s, everything suddenly changed. Gardenhire was sidelined by mysterious, crippling symptoms. Already thin, she lost weight and was wracked with inexplicable pain. “I was this big,” she said, holding up a pinky. “The bottoms of my feet hurt when I got out of bed and stepped on the floor.” Gardenhire moved in with her mother temporarily to recover. She was eventually diagnosed with lupus, and her health improved with treatment. She eased into dance again by teaching ballet at schools around town. But she felt unfulfilled. “Just teaching for other people was rubbing me the wrong way, and I was rubbing other people the wrong way,” she said, letting loose another infectious laugh. A Company Is Born In 2000, Gardenhire launched CBLA. The enterprise encompasses a professional-level company and a school, which operate from three donated dance studios at the Red Shield Center. The company includes 12 classically trained dancers, diverse in age (20s to 40s) and race. Gardenhire said that is a deliberate attempt to reflect the city itself. “Everywhere I danced, I was the only black dancer,” she said. “Our company always looks like our audience.” CBLA’s school caters to local students who otherwise could not afford ballet lessons. Anywhere from 50 to 100 children ages 3-13 take classes at any given time. Instruction is just $20 a month. Gardenhire hopes that the school will eventually feed dancers to the company, and that the troupe will grow into a profitable enterprise. For now, CBLA is purely a labor of love. Gardenhire, who lives near Leimert Park with her husband and three children, does not collect a salary. Attracting dona-

Robyn Gardenhire (front) and members of the City Ballet of Los Angeles rehearse for two shows at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Nutcracker Swings puts a swing twist on the holiday classic.

tions and grants in the current economy has been “like pushing a boulder up a hill,” she said. Still, CBLA has managed to build its stature as a local arts institution, thanks in part to a deepening alliance with the Downtown business community. Developer Sonny Astani, Central City Association officials and Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry are among those who have given financial or other support to CBLA in the past couple of years.

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Gardenhire founded the City Ballet in 2000. In addition to the company, there is a school for children 3-13.

The head of the company’s advisory board is Douglas Hanson, a principal at the Downtown-based architecture firm Destefano Partners. He first learned of CBLA in 2001, when he read a Los Angeles Times profile of Gardenhire and her then fledgling company. “I clipped it out, thinking this was a person doing something interesting,” said Hanson. He filed the article away and promptly forgot about it. A few years later, he rediscovered the clipping while preparing to move his office from the Westside to Downtown Los Angeles. He put in a call to Gardenhire and, in short order,

offered to help steer the business side of CBLA. “I was looking to get involved in some Downtown organization that had a lot of potential and was looking to grow,” said Hanson. He knew nothing about ballet, but was lured by the possibility of learning. “As an architect, I always look for other influences,” he said. “I thought I could learn something from the creativity that is in dance. There was something about it that was a bit of a mystery, and that intrigued me.” Getting to Broadway Orpheum owner Steve Needleman is among the Downtown players Gardenhire has become familiar with in recent years. Gardenhire said she had long dreamed of mounting a ballet in the ornate, 2,000-seat, 83-year-old Broadway venue, but the rental price was always too high. This year, Needleman offered her a discount. He said he too had long wanted to work with CBLA, but the timing was not right until now. “I think the City Ballet is a great organization, and dancing is very hot today, between ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’” said Needleman. “This was the right timing, the right event.” As for what audiences at The Nutcracker Swings can expect to see, it is not quite the dreamy, delicate world of the traditional Nutcracker. Gardenhire has moved the setting from early 1800s Germany to L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood in the 1940s. She has reinvented some aspects of the story and bypassed others, added a touch of jazz and infused the choreography with her personal style. “It’s all classically based, but I love a little more freedom in the body than you would see with the Royal Ballet,” said Gardenhire. It is a style that should please fans of the original Nutcracker, along with those craving something new. The Nutcracker Swings is at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 and 8 p.m., (213) 480-3232 or cityballetofla.org. Contact Anna Scott at anna@downtownnews.com.


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Ozomatli Does It for the Kids Popular L.A. Band Has a Weekend of Downtown Shows, Including One for the 10-and-Under Set by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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hey may be a band with a global sound and a wandering spirit, but Ozomatli is coming home this week with a trio of shows in Downtown Los Angeles. Although the Dec. 18 and 19 dates at Club Nokia will feature all the energy and hits the band is known for, the group may face a tougher audience with a Saturday morning show at the Grammy Museum: They will be playing for kids. The older audiences can expect an elaborate show, with a mixture of songs from the two-time Grammy-winning band’s previous albums as well as tunes from a new record due out next April. “We traditionally do a West Coast run,” said saxophonist and clarinetist Ulises Bella. “I think this time around we wanted to do something a little bigger and incorporate a little more production, guest musicians, video, dancers.” The new material, said bassist Wil-Dog Abers, is high energy, with more of a punk rock bent than the band has demonstrated in the past. “It’s kind of raw, more live than any of our other records,” said Abers. “It’s our best album, but I say that every time. It’s where we’re at right now. The band is constantly growing, the relationship between us is growing, the musicianship is growing. Everything about us is constantly growing.” An L.A. Band Ozomatli formed 14 years ago to play at several local labor protests and community activist events. These days, the touring group can include up to a dozen members. Musically, the band is a sonic reflection of the multicultural city they call home. They follow a self-described mantra of taking listeners around the world by taking them around L.A. They fuse bilingual lyrics with hip-hop, Afro rhythms, rock, salsa, funk, merengue, samba and cumbia sounds. They also do it for the kids.

The band is known for often ending shows by inviting children in the audience to come onstage and rock out with the group. For the members, it’s a more exhilarating and honest moment than having drunk, rowdy fans clamber on stage. On Dec. 19, the band will participate in the Grammy Museum’s Musical Explorations series. At the 10 a.m. show, they will teach children and their families about music (suggested ages are 5-10). Ozomatli will perform some of their songs and invite kids in the audience up on stage to teach them a song. Those kids will then be invited, if they are allowed to stay up that late, to the evening’s Club Nokia show. There, they will be able to perform the song they have just learned with the band on stage. “If you have ever been to one of our shows you know that if there’s a kid in the audience, that kid is on stage,” Abers said. “It’s just about encouraging the next generation to do this, because what a wonderful thing it is to be able to play music.” Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, said the band is a perfect fit for the musical series and with the museum in general. “They are as L.A. as you can get when it comes to music,” Santelli said. “We recognize what they mean to the L.A. community and there is a cross-section of genres that Ozomatli does, and that’s what we’re about as well. We’re about all forms of music.” He said the museum event will be almost like a workshop where kids get involved in the musical and creative process so they really understand what goes on in the songs. In the Mix Older fans have not been left out of the loop for the L.A. shows. The band recently held a contest for local DJs to remix one of their songs. The winner got tickets to each Downtown show, among other prizes. “We decided to give it a shot and it’s been pretty good responses; some are super, super creative,” Bella said.

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Ozomatli has three performances in Downtown on Dec. 18-19. Children who attend a Saturday morning concert and learn an Ozomatli song will be invited on stage that night at Club Nokia. Shown are (l to r) Jiro Yamaguchi, Wil-Dog Abers, Raúl Pacheco, Ulises Bella, Asdru Sierra and Justin Poirée.

The winning remix was a reworking of the song “Here We Go,” from their last album, Don’t Mess With the Dragon. “It’s hard to describe it; it’s just something you have to hear,” Bella said of the remix. While most of the band will be exhausted from the local shows and attendant celebrations, one member of the group will have to do even more: Abers’ side project Wil-Dog El Gavachillo y Su Banda Sinaloese (The White Boy and his Sinaloan Band) will open for Ozo’s Saturday night show. The group focuses on banda music. While Ozomatli’s music is eclectic, they have yet to touch much on the banda genre, a traditional Mexican brass-based style that mixes German polka sounds with heavy percussion beats. Although popular in Mexican immigrant communities and

Spanish-language radio in Los Angeles, the genre has yet to cross over to most other audiences. “It’s banda banda,” Abers said, emphasizing that it’s not a watered-down or Americanized version of the music. “It’s straight-ahead banda and I’m singing.” But while Abers will be experimenting with the banda sound, for the Ozomatli part of the show, the group will stick to all of the other genres they’re known for. The kids will love it. Ozomatli performs Dec. 18-19 at Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (800) 745-3000 or clubnokia.com. They play Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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Culture Clash Continued from page 1 Culture Clash and 10 additional actors. It runs through Jan. 24, 2010. The play follows a visit by U.S. Army Captain Catherine Siler (played by Kirsten Potter) to the New Mexico reservation that was home to Private First Class Raymond Birdsong. She’s there to inform the chief of the tribe, played by veteran activist and actor Russell Means, that his son died under her command in Afghanistan. Although his death was ruled a friendly fire incident, there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragedy. “But it’s not a war play,” Montoya interjects. “It’s a play that takes place on a Native American reservation and the stories and secrets that unfold and the aftermath of a young soldier’s death.” Local Record Culture Clash formed in 1984 in San Francisco’s Mission District. Blending social and political satire with their bilingual roots and a keen eye for pop culture, the troupe’s work ranges from sketch comedy to adaptations of Greek plays. The trio settled in Los Angeles in 1991, though they have also focused on site-specific works in other locales, creating plays in Miami, San Diego, New York, Houston, Boston and San Francisco. They have performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory. But their roots are firmly planted in Los Angeles, both in terms of production locale and the subject of their works. The Taper was home to the premieres of Chavez Ravine, about the displacement of families to make room for Dodger Stadium, and Water and Power, an insider look at city politics complete with references to politicians including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Supervisor Gloria Molina. Both shows won critical and commercial acclaim. “With each play it just amazes me how difficult the next one is,” Montoya said. “You think it would get easier, but there was a lot of labor in this birth and I guess we don’t know another way to work.” Culture Clash has a unique style. Rather than hole up in a room with a computer and pot of coffee, the trio go into the

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Native American activist and actor Russell Means plays a tribal chief in Palestine, New Mexico. Kirsten Potter is the army captain who travels to the reservation to tell him his son has been killed in battle.

world. They often conduct extensive interviews and meticulous research to craft their characters and storylines. The result is that they expose often under-represented corners of society, giving an urgent voice to those segments of the population. Their work feels local, inspired by and written for the people they portray, but at the same time conveys a wider message that can help those unfamiliar with the topic relate to the plight of their subjects. The trend continues with Palestine. Although the show

possesses an international scope, it touches on many of the same themes as their previous productions. “It feels pretty epic because of the war and it’s not just local, it’s about where the country is at the moment,” Salinas said. “But at the same time it’s still very intimate. There’s a family that has to bury a son at the end of this thing.” Siguenza, who knows a thing or two about politics by virtue of being a Villaraigosa appointee to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Board of Commissioners, said he appreciates what Palestine reveals. “It shows New Mexico’s Spanish history and Mexican, native tradition,” he said. “And what I love is it exposes something not very well known.” Although the group again conducted interviews when preparing for the work, Montoya said they spoke with fewer people than for previous plays. Instead, they relied heavily on public records as they made visits to New Mexico and to reservations to meet Native Americans and war veterans. That helped them capture the local culture and flavor. “In rural areas of the Southwest people sign up [for the military] to get out of their situation,” Montoya said. “There is a warrior spirit on the [reservations], and patriotism.” Means, an early leader of the American Indian Movement, who is famous for leading the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, is making his stage debut with Palestine, New Mexico. He said the play captures a true slice of Native American life that other cultures can easily relate to as well. “I loved the script, I think it’s ingenious,” Means said. “It’s a complex story and so contemporary.” True to Culture Clash form, in addition to getting into the culture of New Mexico’s Native Americans, the play also captures the essence of multiculturalism through the shared hardship of war. “If a flag-draped coffin is coming home, that’s one of the very few moments when it doesn’t matter what color the person is,” Montoya said. “But the play is also making a point about who’s paying the ultimate price for this war — it’s working class and poor kids.” Make no mistake — although the setting may be different, Culture Clash still brings the politics home. Palestine, New Mexico runs through Jan 24, 2010 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., downtownindependent.com. Dec. 16-22: In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today’s most influential thinkers, including Cornel West, on a series of excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them. Featuring Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwarne Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor. Dec. 18-24: Producer David Lynch and director Werner Herzog present My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, a fantastical murder mystery. Flagship Theatres 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321. Through Dec. 17: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2, 4:50, 7:40 and 10:30 p.m.); The Princess and the Frog (Noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20 p.m.); Ninja Assassin (Dec. 13-16: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m.). Dec. 18, 12:01 a.m.: Avatar. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.: The venue presents two documentaries on indigenous Mexican culture. 2501 Migrants: A Journey, by Yolanda Cruz, who will attend, examines the effects of mass emigration in the Oaxacan town of Teococuilco, which was virtually deserted after most of its adult indigenous population departed to look for work in the United States or Mexico City. Then, Dante Cerano’s award-winning video essay Day Two is an idiosyncratic and irreverent take on the second day of a P’urhepecha wedding ceremony. Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through Dec.16: Invictus (1:40, 4:40, 7:40 and 10:40 p.m.); Armored (12:30, 3, 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m.); Brothers (1:10, 4:30, 7:20 and 10:10 p.m.); Everybody’s Fine (11:50 a.m. and 2:20, 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m.); Ninja Assassin (12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10 and 10:50 p.m.); Old Dogs (11:40 a.m. and 2, 4:20, 6:40 and 9:10 p.m.); The Princess and the Frog (11 a.m. and 1:30, 4:10, 7 and 9:30 p.m.); The Twilight Saga: New Moon (12:50, 3:50, 7:10 and 10:10 p.m.); The Blind Side (11:10 a.m. and 2, 5, 7:50 and 11 p.m.); Planet 51 (11:20 a.m. and 1:50, 4:20, 6:40 and 9:20 p.m.); 2012 (11:50 a.m. and 3:20, 6:50 and 10:20 p.m.); Fantastic Mr. Fox (Noon, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:30 p.m.); Disney’s A Christmas Carol in 3D (11 a.m. and 1:20, 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m.); Precious (11:30 a.m. and 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 and 10:20 p.m.). Dec. 18: All of the above, plus Avatar in 3D (12:01 a.m.); Did You Hear About the Morgans (12:01 a.m.).

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If you are spending the holidays with your significant other’s famfam ily for the first time, have a bit of anxiety about the work-related party scene or simply want to drop break your bad habit of dropsweat ping meatballs on your sweater, don’t miss the lunchtime seminar at the Central Library on Thursday, Dec. 17, titled “Etiquette for the Holidays.” Manners and protocol expert Lanie Denslow will offer valuable tips on cultivating the perfect decorum for dining and seasonal parties. The discussion, which goes from 12:15-1 p.m., is part of the leclibrary’s Thursdays at Central series of afternoon lec tures and seminars. At 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7000 or lapl.org.

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is the season for “kitsch culture expert” Charles Phoenix,, known for his school bus field trips of Downtown L.A. and his comedic slide shows based on photos culled from thrift shops and flea markets. This weekend, Phoenix brings a new, expanded version of his retro holiday slide show to REDCAT for four performances. The Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee celebrates how Americans decorated, dressed, dined and drank during the holidays in the 1950s-’60s, and features singing, dancing, music, cooking and a few surprises — including a how-to on making holiday-style ambrosia. The show runs Thursday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. each night. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or charlesphoenix.com. Contact Anna Scott at anna@downtownnews.com.

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December 14, 2009

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We Got Games Kings Roll, Lakers and Clips Hit the Road Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. The Lakers are the hottest team in basketball, but they’ve played fewer road games than any other squad. That changes this week, as Kobe, Pau, Derek, Lamar and the rest of the Purple and Gold embark on a stretch where they’ll play six of the next eight games as the visiting team. Then again, their foes this week are not too threatening. Look for the Chicago Bulls (Dec. 15), Milwaukee Bucks (Dec. 16), New Jersey Nets (Dec. 19) and Detroit Pistons (Dec. 20) to prove the Lakers aren’t a home hoax. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.: Give them this: The perennially woeful Clippers have a good amount of fight in ’em this year. By this time last season, they were essentially already out of the

playoff race, and while Baron and the boys aren’t scaring anyone yet, they’re not a laughingstock anymore. This week, they’ll try their hearts out to scare Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards. After that, it’s a road trip, with visits to the Minnesota Timberwolves (Dec. 16), New York Knicks (Dec. 18) and Philadelphia 76ers (Dec. 19). Theoretically, those are four winnable games. Los Angeles Kings Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. The Kings are on the road again, and look to maintain a hot streak. Or do they call it a cold streak in hockey? Either way, Anze Kopitar and the team are playing some quality puck of late, winning six of their last eight matches as of press time. This week’s games are against the Vancouver Canucks (Dec. 14), Edmonton Oilers (Dec. 15) and Calgary Flames (Dec. 17). If they lose all three, well, blame Canada. —Ryan Vaillancourt

Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore!

Grand Tower 255 south Grand avenue Leasing Information 213 229 9777

Promenade Towers 123 south Figueroa street Leasing Information 213 617 3777

Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room

Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Pool / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Covered Parking

Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dishwasher (most units) ~ Central Air Conditioning & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)

On-site: ~ Dry Cleaners / Dental Office / Restaurants

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museum Tower 225 south olive street Leasing Information 213 626 1500

Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove & Dishwasher ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Solariums and/or Balconies

On Site: ~ Convenience Store / Coffee House / Yogurt Shop / Beauty Salon

Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room

Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dish washer (most units) ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)

It’s our business to make you comfortable... at home, downtown. Corporate and long term residency is accommodated in high style at the Towers Apartments. Contemporary singles, studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment homes provide fortunate residents with a courteous full service lobby attendant, heated pool, spa, complete fitness center, sauna and recreation room with kitchen. Beautiful views extend from the Towers’ lofty homes in the sky. Mountain vistas and slender skyscrapers provide an incredible back drop to complement your decor. Far below are a host of businesses ready to support your pampered downtown lifestyle. With spectacular cultural events nearby, even the most demanding tastes are satisfied. Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore. Visit the Towers Apartments today.

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Los Angeles Downtown News is a free weekly newspaper distributed in and around downtown Los Angeles.

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