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Features: 18: UNDERWATER SYMPHONY Stars of the Lid: “Like Robitussin cough syrup from the ’70s”

22: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Big-time lawyers take back their idealism

24: ROZ WYMAN’S BROOKLYN GAMBIT A story in pictures of the woman who brought us our beloved Dodgers

Columns: 6: EDITOR’S NOTE The New Age experience

8: SNAPSHOTS Pillow-wielding youngsters and a hot new designer

12: FOODSTUFF Vegans don’t always do it better: Shojin offers a halfhearted attempt at fish-free Japanese

14: WARES A rare sighting of an actor/partier on the streets of L.A. We were there to catch it!

16: INNERVIEW Jimenez Lai brings another cool and “useless” installation to Materials & Applications

L.A.-based illustrator Ivan Minsloff drew, and "drew" is too minimizing a word for the comic—some might call the piece a graphic novella— that begins on this issue's cover. For NA's April edition, this magazine's editorial clan decided to recount the mythic story of Roz Wyman's engineering the Dodgers' Brooklyn exit. USC j-school grad Lela Winston reported out the tale, then the Grand Wizard edited the story into something fit for Minsloff's skill set. Minsloff does some commercial art, and has contributed vaguely journalistic illustrations to L.A. CityBeat, where Steve Appleford allowed him space to be vaguely journalistic. (Only place in L.A. for that.) But mostly, Minsloff spends his time creating rock posters and drinking too many cups of black tea. He hangs out a lot in public libraries. Weird, huh? For visual evidence, visit ivanminsloff.com. POINT OF CLARIFICATION We failed to properly identify the subjects photographed in our March 2008 feature story “Circus In Winter”. The photographs were taken at an event called “Lucent L'Amore” produced by The Do LaB on Feb. 16, 2008. The performers were Stardust, Rajiv and Angel of Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque. The troupe has a festival happening May 23-26 in Santa Barbara. More information is available at www.lightninginabottle.org.

30: CALENDAR Selected events for April

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I look tired. Well, I am. From L.A. to Portland then back to L.A. And now trying to take back over after the magical stylings of the tireless Grand Wizard (aka Donnell Alexander). You’ll find a nice blend of both of us behind the pages of this issue: me in the vegan food and drone music, the Grand Wizard in the tenants’ rights story and the graphic portrayal of Roz Wyman’s fight for the Dodgers. What a beast to wrestle. And I’m still trying to get over being back in Los Angeles after moving only five months ago. You know what happens when you attempt something that doesn’t quite work out the way you planned, like when you move to another state just to move right back or when you’ve had a bad vacation or been fired from a job or finally walked away from a horrible relationship? Of course you do. Friends tell you to “chalk it up as an experience.” Meaning, despite the unintended outcome (see: failure of intended outcome), the journey itself will somehow meld

into your sum of experiences in a positive way. Maybe. But it’s not always easy to appreciate such subtle silver linings when you’re still treading in the aftermath. I’m not sure how to “experience” the sum of my experiences anyway. Since it’s always a work in progress, it’s never really done. It’s the infinite math operation … Thus, getting what you can out of the more basic formula: the short-lived experience. So I really appreciated the way artist and architect Jimenez Lai, while discussing with me his upcoming installation at Materials & Applications in Silver Lake, casually dismissed an hour’s worth of theory-laden spiel as amounting to “a bag of shit.” The way Lai wants mostly for the piece to be something people just hang out in and find cool. And the way the members of halflocal band Stars of the Lid dismiss the nagging label of their work as “ambient,” preferring instead to point out the way their music “breathes” and “pays attention to itself.” The way artist Ivan Minsloff can turn a nuts and bolts story about the coming of the Dodgers into an illustrative tale just for the readers of this magazine. The way these people just want to create an experience for people, all theory aside.

Of course, experiencing something while it happens is notoriously difficult. And I can’t harp on it conceptually too much, mostly because it hints at being new-agey, which is one of my greatest fears. Still, since I’ve been back I’ve been giving it my best shot. Dragging myself away from the periphery of the crowd and standing in front of the stage for Danava and Acid Mother Temple at the Echo. Sitting on the dusty floor of McCabe’s guitar shop, zoning out to White Rainbow at Arthur magazine’s Sunday Evenings series. Seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70 mm at the Cinerama Dome. Listening to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia lecture on “Why the Arts Matter” at a Zócalo panel at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. And I’m determined to make the most of my non-ambient, breathing, self-attentive experience when I go see Stars of the Lid at the Echoplex on April 14. Then again, as writer Michael Saltzman points out in his piece on the band, Stars did make it to #2 on Billboard’s New Age music chart. So maybe I am, after all, sort of new-agey. Oh well, look for me there. I’ll be the one in the pashmina shawl and flowing skirt. -Nikki Bazar Interim Editor


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ations that you’ve never encountered. When our food finally arrived, it was beautiful, complex and slightly inscrutable. By far the most delicious item on the menu was the pan-fried seitan, a ball of wheat gluten known as “wheat meat,” generously spiced and served with dollops of thick, sweet soy sauce. You can order seitan as an appetizer or a main dish. Ours came in a bento box along with three other odd delicacies. One was an unremarkable salad of shaved pickled roots. Offspring from other dishes perhaps? Next to that was a rather bland puree of tofu and vegetables served at room temperature. Finally, there was a root vegetable medley that even the waitress had a hard time getting behind. “It’s very old traditional food,” she said, describing

the ingredients as “sticky potatoes and other potatoes.” If a taste can be identified as “living until you’re 150,” for better and worse, this is it. Along with the four small dishes, each bento box came with brown rice and a miso soup that was more like onion broth than any miso I had encountered before. While I found the soup average, the brown rice was hearty and flavorful. The orange kale salad provided some modernity to the table. Served with tomato and pistachio, it was tossed in a light but flavorful soy-balsamic dressing. We also tried the okara cakes, handmade triangles of deep-fried soybeans. As good as this sounds, the cakes actually tasted like nothing in particular. They were served with homemade “ketchup” that provided a small

kick, but it too was well short of delicious. Next to that was a mushy ball of brown rice that might be appealing to babies, but this adult can only describe it as icky. A small serving of flavorful sautéed broccoli rabe saved the dish from being an utter disappointment. Shojin means “to drive out the evil thoughts and strive for Buddhism with one’s whole heart,” and I suspect that I was doing a very poor job when evaluating this lunch. Surely, the restaurant could not control the fire alarm going off in the mall, but it only exacerbated the long wait. Some attempt at closing the doors might have helped. The rooms have a distinctly homemade feel, with an odd mishmash of furniture and lighting that isn’t quite working. And while the waitresses are extremely


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AN ACTOR/PARTIER SHOOTING A COMMERCIAL ON THE STREETS OF CHINATOWN. DOES IT GET MORE L.A. THAN THAT? REPORTING BY KAMREN CURIEL • PHOTOS BY NOÉ MONTES

What are you wearing? Jordache jeans. [Peeping the label] No, actually they’re Tommy Hilfiger.

★ How old are you? How old do I look? You tell me. 20, 25. That works. So where are you from? Beverly, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. It’s right next to Salem, the famous witch city. Wow. Where do you live now? Thai Town, East Hollywood area.

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Where did you get your shirt? It’s Thai silk. My glasses are knockoffs. They’re for people who wear glasses. It’s a cool look. My hat is from the IFC [Independent Film Channel]. What do you do? I’m an actor and partier. We’re doing a neat little shoot here, recreating international travelers going to the Beijing Olympics. It’s a promo for Uni-ball [a Mitsubishi pen].


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>> Taking Silver Lake Boulevard from Sunset to Glendale always comes with an added blip of excitement when I pass by the mysteriously esoteric exhibition space Materials & Applications. I remember last year’s large airfilled bubbles hovering overhead like giant scrotum swaying in the wind and then, more recently, a seemingly flexible sculpture made of aluminum and rope stretching across the courtyard like a mechanical insect. Next up: Jimenez Lai’s “Phalanstère Module,” an installation that somehow incorporates the concepts of zero-gravity, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City, Charles Fourier’s Phalanstère model, and the somewhat less abstruse concept of “hanging out.” Lai, who graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Toronto and currently teaches architecture at Ohio State University, sat with me for coffee at the very loud Intelligentsia cafe to discuss what to expect.

How did your piece come to be at Materials & Applications? Did they approach you? I was working at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture at the time, and a friend found the posting for competition. He told me that I must make a submission, as the theme gravity defiance was very fitting for this project I had been developing. How does the exhibition space suit this particular piece? As a testing ground for experi-

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mental projects, Materials & Applications is perfect. I would have never otherwise found the people or place to produce a piece with no specific usefulness. I like the site of M&A, and that it’s on Silver Lake Boulevard. In René Magritte’s painting, The Listening Room, there is a giant green apple clustered in a small room. For me, the street elevation of this piece in this context is similar. It is an out-of-place useless machine on a relatively common street elevation.

What sparked the idea for the whole project? After driving around the U.S. so much, I made an observation: Most of the American urban landscapes are similar, if not homogeneous. All the strip malls are the same, all the lawns are the same, all the housing typologies are more or less the same. I just thought that was really incredible, because if I were to drive from Italy to Germany, for example, everything would look different. I thought about how insensitive this approach to urbanism is, and then I just started thinking how this was similar to Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of the Broadacre City. Broadacre was a timely response to a specific problem: Cities were too congested and full of diseases. The invention of automobiles suddenly enabled common citizens to flee for open spaces and cleaner air. Wright envisioned a pastoral and self-sustaining life

where every family can have an open acre. The vision of this city is a low-density, horizontal expansion. It is very similar to the current model of suburbia we have in the U.S. The difference is that we are yielding no crops but green lawns and occasional flowers. It reduces diversity to a near-total ubiquity of culture and architectural form over a massive geographic region. While driving, I was in a small metal box. My geographic location was moving by the second. This made me think about the extreme case of not having an address and not being able to spread out. So I took the concept of Broadacre City and I put it in space because I thought it was a funny joke. Being in space is sort of the extreme form of not having an address, of being in perpetual commute.

advocated spreading – we must flee the city because it is congested and polluted and full of diseases. That model considered the map of America to be the city. There were no boundaries, just horizontal expansion. The Phalanstère is exactly the opposite. The architecture is the city, so you can not expand at all. It’s a strict social system that confines people into that building. I feel that right now we are witnessing the ecological, economic and social impact of the Broadacre City. We have a vast landscape with a high-level of homogeneity with little diversity and culture. The housing typology in America is largely based on a nostalgia for something that never existed. So anyway, I decided to make up a story based on the model of Broadacre City, but it can not be expanded on because it’s in space.

How does Charles Fourier’s concept of the Phalanstère factor into your piece? The Phalanstère was a project written by philosopher Charles Fourier in the early 1800s. It is a city within one architecture consisting of 300 families and 1,500 inhabitants living in 300 units. My vision of the Noah’s Ark in Space is a city within one architectural envelope. It requires a social system to enable a city as one organism that can not expand beyond its limited resources and space. The Phalanstère and Broadacre City are exact opposite models. The Broadacre City

[I look confused … Lai laughs.] It does have a bunch of stinking theoretical baggage. Mostly, I want people to think it’s fun – this useless thing rotating around. Five people at a time can sit in it, and it rotates six degrees every minute, so it’s a full rotation every hour. It’s a place to hang out. It’s not complete without people. If you ask, I can tell you how I came up with it, but I also think it’s a bag of shit. I just want people to have fun. NA www.0super.net or www.emanate.org


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UNDERWATER SYMPHONY Half-local duo Stars of the Lid give listeners a Robitussin high >> Brian McBride — skinny, studious, wearing thin black-frame glasses — sits in the far corner of a dark bar on Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake. One half of the unclassifiable musical duo Stars of the Lid, McBride has forged an artistic career from patience, diligence and quietude. A place like this, rocking AC/DC from clunky speakers on the wall, seems worlds removed from the space he usually occupies. “The reason I make this music is I think it relates to my own internal sense of rhythm,” he says. “I can go to a show and the music’s very fast, and it can be quite overwhelming for me. Like it can cause me to pass out.” If Stars of the Lid’s music has ever caused anyone to pass out, it must have been a sleepy and peaceful descent into pulsing dreams of shapes and color. McBride describes his band’s music as “nocturnal lullabies or BYMICHAEL an underwater symmjs320@gmail.com phony,” while his partner in the group, Adam Wiltzie, says it sounds like “Robitussin cough syrup from the ’70s.” Their most recent album release, 2007’s doubleCD/triple-LP And Their Refinement of the Decline, features symphonic swells and treated guitars, rising and droning in careful, deliberate melodic compositions. This month, a year after the album’s release, the group finally embarks on their

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first American tour in six years. The 20interesting. And the Lid is the result.” date trip kicks off April 14 at the Echoplex Perhaps even more surprising is the in Echo Park. duo’s growing profile in the New Age com“We are promoting the positive effect munity: In 2007, And Their Refinement of of recreational drugs on old people and the Decline hit the #2 spot on Billboard’s the consolidation of evil on all fronts,” New Age music chart. says Wiltzie. “This is news to me,” Wiltzie says. McBride and Wiltzie first met in Austin, “Maybe you can hook us up with Yanni, Texas in the early 1990s. “It and we can start a super group was a typical Austin party — a like the Traveling Wilburys.” bunch of loud drunk people, Since 2001, Wiltzie has INFØ: just like what this bar will lived and worked in Brussels, Stars of the Lid become real soon,” McBride Belgium. “I was looking for a at Echoplex, Monday says. “Somebody put on an better quality of life,” he says. “I April 14, 8 .p.m. with Christopher Willits Erik Satie record, and we believe I may have been losing and Nudge. seemed to be the only two my mind a bit in the States. … www.attheecho.com people in the room that really Brussels provided a beautiful www.myspace.com/ starsofthelid cared. From that, things sort of visual distraction that had been happened.” lacking.” Stars of the Lid’s debut Both musicians agree that disc, Music for Nitrous Oxide, arrived in the imposed physical distance between 1995. Since then, the group has completed them has, if anything, aided their working a total of eight full-length albums. Often, relationship. the work gets labeled as ambient music, “Even when we lived in the same town but both Wiltzie and McBride balk at this we traded tapes,” says Wiltzie. “I wonder if classification. we lived in the same city, would we collab“I’d like to think it’s more than that,” orate as well? … Instead of inviting someMcBride says. “We want to believe that body over to your place and saying, ‘Okay, melody is more present, that we’re making this is what I came up with. Listen to it. minimalist classical music more than anything, React to it right now. Come up with a part even if it is sort of in our own folk tradition. this week,’ by virtue of the postal service And I say ‘folk tradition’ not in the sense of and just the impossibility of getting togethfolk music, but it’s just that we’re both selfer immediately after you have something, taught. … We haven’t gone to school for you have more time to mill it over. You music, so we’ve tried to learn by just paying have more time to sit there and listen to it. attention to what we see in the world that’s “That’s the weird thing about this,” he

continues. “A lot of people think when you’re creating this kind of music that it is too easy, and really all you’re doing is stepping on a volume pedal, or it’s just one sound and you let it loop. This could not be further from the truth.” In 2003, McBride, in turn, relocated to Los Angeles, taking a position as assistant debate coach at the University of Southern California. Debate may seem an odd pastime for a purveyor of glacial soundscapes, and indeed, McBride seems as puzzled by his double life as anyone. “Debate is very, very quick,” he says. “People speak as fast as they can. Stars of the Lid is the exact opposite of that. Either I’m really balanced, or I’m schizophrenic.” Though their earlier records used guitar as a foundation for composition, Stars of the Lid have moved increasingly toward a symphonic sound. To accommodate this new direction, the duo will be accompanied live on their American tour by a string trio of cello, viola and violin. All the same, it still comes down to Wiltzie and McBride in the end. “That’s the thing with the Lid,” McBride says. “There’s only two people doing this. Two people have to be motivated to do it, because if they’re not, then when you get together it’s going to be pointless. … For me, it’s the beauty of the melody and the counter-melody. The way it breathes. The way the music kind of pays attention to itself.” NA


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ENOUGH Tenants find an advocate in BASTA >> A treacherous border-crossing from Mexico to the United States is the first barrier for many undocumented immigrants attempting to build better lives for their families. But once they’re Stateside, the next challenge is to find livable housing, which is often no better than what they left behind. Many are limited to the least desirable neighborhoods, offering high crime rates and dilapidated apartments. Not long ago, when immigrants went without heat, faced vermin infestations or encountered contentious landlords, their best option was a backlogged Los Angeles Housing Department. That changed in January 2005, when Daniel Bramzon incorporated BASTA. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Bramzon was once a corporate litigator at the prestigious

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Century City firm Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (now Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro). One night, while working late, a janitor who knew that Bramzon is the son of a Mexican immigrant, BYJOSH handed him an eviction c/o editor@newangelesmonthly.com notice and asked him what to do. “In the process of helping her through the eviction,” Bramzon says, “I thought there must be a way to help these people in an affordable way, because their homes were at stake. After I left the law firm, I decided to help people in similar circumstances.” He named the nonprofit organization after the word for “enough” in Spanish. To inspire tenants

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to act, BASTA adopted a forceful motto: “If the landlord wants a fight, we’ll give the landlord a fight!” Nine attorneys now fight for tenants’ rights at BASTA’s MacArthur Park headquarters and its satellite office in Lancaster, many of whom once worked at high-profile law firms and were happy to return to the altruistic idealism that first attracted them to law. BASTA’s litigation is divided into two departments: eviction defense and class/mass action. To fund its mission, BASTA accepts private donations, attorney fee awards and contingent fee cases. Clients pay a fixed $400 rate for BASTA to handle the case through trial, a fee the organization considers waiving on a case-by-case basis. “Most other nonprofit groups accept federal money, which restricts their ability to help undocumented people or people below the poverty line,” says Bramzon. “We represent any person who walks or wheels themselves through the door, regardless of race, immigration status or financial status.” Lupe (last name withheld) is a BASTA success story. She crossed the Mexican border in March 1973 “to get a better chance, better money than Mexico,” eventually winding up in South Los Angeles, a section of the city brimming with BASTA clients. Lupe didn’t have any family or friends in L.A., but chose the city for its reputed wealth of opportunities. She and her husband are currently

DANIELBRAMZON unemployed, relying on welfare to subsist and care for their American-born children. Lupe was BASTA’s lead plaintiff in a mass action lawsuit against her landlord. She describes her previous apartment as “un desastre” – a disaster – with scurrying rats and roaches, and no working pipes or heaters. “The landlord had allowed Lupe’s building to severely dilapidate over a period of 10 years – to such an extent that the city attorney had initiated criminal prosecution against the landlord,” says Bramzon. “Unfortunately, Lupe could not afford legal help, and all the other organizations where she sought such help were either unwilling or unable to assist her and all the neighbors.” That’s when BASTA stepped in, stymieing a retaliatory eviction filing and securing relocation fees for Lupe and her neighbors, many of whom now live in habitable buildings. BASTA attorneys, staff and volunteers spend much of their time documenting hundreds of apartments citywide. And Bramzon says he is constantly surprised by the “truly inhumane conditions” that Angelenos endure. He’s encountered walls without drywall, ceilings with holes, and floors so rotten from water damage that he could see into the downstairs apartment. According to Bramzon, he has also witnessed landlords hiring workers to level walls while tenants are still living inside. Lead paint was eliminated in 1978, but


LAHD rental property policy assumes that all construction prior to that year has “a presence of leadbased paint.” Sledgehammering walls thus subjects tenants to possible lead poisoning. BASTA attorney Ben Ramm says, “Don’t spray lead dust where children are. The lack of respect is shocking.” Occasionally, the conditions get even more heinous. Bramzon cites one 17-unit building, where almost 80 tenants were forced to share three common showers that had worms coming up from the flooring, mold covering the ceiling, and a rotting door to the shower room. “We’ve seen apartments where every wall is crawling with hundreds of roaches, even during the daytime,” he says. To combat uninhabitable conditions, BASTA is aggressive with its counsel. “You won’t find another nonprofit who will tell tenants to stop paying rent,” says Bramzon. “If the conditions merit a rent strike to force the landlord to make repairs, we have no hesitation to implement one.” At any given time, 150-200 BASTA clients are withholding rent. Landlords Pose a Unique Challenge With homes increasingly unaffordable citywide, more people have resorted to renting. Rent stabilization controls how much landlords can raise rents, but this can lead to hostile relationships with tenants, where landlords are quick to evict. According to the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, L.A. County landlords file over 80,000 evictions annually. Landlords regularly base eviction filings on technicalities or easily remedied issues. Bramzon remem-

bers one elderly woman who had lived in her apartment for over 15 years, when her landlord attempted to evict on the basis that a small bookshelf behind the front door was a fire hazard. “Our argument at trial was that the landlord and his two maintenance personnel who had repeatedly entered the apartment should have moved the bookshelf two feet to get it out of the way,” says Bramzon. “We won in a jury trial. We have also had evictions for as little as 56 cents. And yes, we won that case too.” With no financial incentive to improve living conditions for longstanding tenants, some landlords allow buildings to fall into disrepair, only making structural repairs under court order. Bramzon says he’s constantly surprised by the “cruel audacity of the landlords ... . They simply want to get rid of the tenant while deferring maintenance.” For undocumented immigrants, there’s also the looming fear that landlords will call Citizenship and Immigration Services and get them deported. Lupe says, “The landlord was going to call immigration to send all of us back, since we were suing him. Danny told us not to be afraid, that he was going to protect us, and he did.” Bramzon makes it clear that BASTA isn’t interested in making peace with landlords. “Other nonprofit groups have the philosophy to do what’s just and fair, even if it benefits the landlord. The court decides what’s fair. We’re interested in helping tenants.” Some attorneys who have faced BASTA question Bramzon’s tactics. John Greenwood of Dennis P. Block & Associates, a favorite firm for landlords, says, “Very often, they take anybody’s

cases and grind a settlement out of the landlord, based on nuisance factor, not based on what the case is about.” And according to Frank Rubin, who has 33 years of experience representing landlords, “[Bramzon’s] not encour aging the owners to do the work, he’s just terrorizing them.” But landlords often fight back. Last December, while Bramzon and BASTA attorney John Wollman were inspecting a property, the landlord’s attorney instituted a citizen’s arrest for trespass. “The police department implemented it,” says Bramzon, “ignoring the fact that we were looking for our client, who resided in the building, and ignoring a civil code that makes an exception to the trespass law by making an exemption for tenant’s advocates.” These types of actions don’t dissuade BASTA. After making bail, BASTA attorneys continued to gather evidence against the landlord. “We caught the landlord making illegal repairs, in violation of a court order,” recalls Bramzon. “As attorney Ben Ramm took photos of the construction, he was grabbed from behind and beaten by a group of workers.” Concerned tenants dragged an unconscious Ramm to safety, says Bramzon, and stashed him in an apartment until the police arrived, by which point the workers fled, never to be seen again. Frank Rubin respects BASTA, but questions whether the organization really helps to change clients’ lives. “They’re all bright, good litigators, but do these people have a better place to live at the end of the day, or do they just have $5,000 or $10,000 in their pocket? How long is that going to last?” But Bramzon has no intention of toning down BASTA’s no-holds-barred approach. “We’ve had enough of landlords showing a lack of humanity to tenants,” he says. NA www.bastaforjustice.org

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APR. 5-MAY 5: ‘THE REV SANCHEZ SERIES’ A series of manipulated photographs created by Nicole Belle. Opening reception Apr. 5, 6-9 p.m. Found Gallery, 1903 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. 323-669-1247 or www.foundla.com

APR. 10-MAY 31: ‘LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: THE MOLLY BARNES COLLECTION’ Molly Barnes is both a collector and an art dealer who has helped to shape the L.A. art scene from the 1960s to the present by discovering and introducing artists to the public. This exhibition will include work from her collection that includes artists Peter Alexander, Ron Davis, Tom Holland, Willem de Kooning, Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Vasa and many, many more. Opening reception Apr. 10, 6-9 p.m. Pharmaka, 101 W. 5th St., Downtown. 213-689-7799 or www.pharmakaart.org

APR. 11-MAY 2: ‘MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS’ A collaborative exhibition with works by artist couple Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. Also, in the project room, new works on paper and wood by Matthew Feyld. Opening reception Apr. 11, 7-11 p.m.

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APR. 12-SEPT. 7: ‘COWBOYS AND PRESIDENTS’ An exhibition including many historical and important images, artifacts and items associated with a variety of American presidents such as FDR’s spurs, Reagan’s cowboy boots, Clinton’s childhood drawings, and more. $9. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. 323-667-2000 or www.autrynationalcenter.org

APR. 12: ‘ONE NIGHT ONLY’ A unique monthly event that brings together six artists for a one-night exhibition of their latest works. April 12 is a themed night featuring all female artists including Monica Fleming, Jodi Carpenter, Debra Haden, Melanie Stimmell, Wendy Hall and Pamilena H. Gallery016, The Brewery, 2020

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APR. 18-MAY 23: ‘REDYELLOWBLUE’ A group show of three artists (Eric Doeringer, David E. Stone and David White) who each celebrate a primary color. Another Year in L.A., 2121 N. San Fernando Rd., #13, Glassell Park. 323-223-4000 or www.anotheryearinla.com

APR. 19: ‘IKEA MY HOUSE: PART I’ New works by Felis Stella. Opening reception Apr. 19, 7-10 p.m. L2Kontemporary, 990 N. Hill St., #205, Chinatown. 323-225-1288 or www.l2kontemporary.com

THROUGH APR. 27: ‘CONTEMPORARY KATAGAMI: WORKS BY JENNIFER FALCK LINSSEN’ The first solo museum exhibition of Jennifer Falck Linssen, an American artist who utilizes the ancient Japanese paper art of katagami to create elegant, hand-carved vessels and baskets. $5. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile. 323-937-4230 or www.cafam.org

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‘JOY DIVISION’ Documentary directed by Grant Gee about the legendary band from Manchester. The band formed in 1976 under the original name Warsaw, but shortly thereafter changed the name to Joy Division, going on to gain many followers and much acclaim. Just as they were on the brink of worldwide success, setting off on their first global tour, their lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. The film tells the untold story of the four band members who transcended the economic and cultural barriers of England in the mid-1970s and grew to produce an enduring and profound legacy. It features the three surviving band members of Joy Division, who have since formed New Order. $12. Screening takes place Apr. 23, 8 p.m., followed by a Q-and-A with the documentary’s producer Tom Atencio, North American manager for Joy Division and New Order for nearly 20 years. ArcLight, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. www.afi.com

THROUGH MAY 3: ‘HEF’ This group exhibition explores the legacy of Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine. Artists include Susan Anderson, Martin Durazo, Joseph Lee, Dani Tull and more. Jail, 965 N. Vignes St., #5A, Downtown. 213-621-9596 or www.thejailgallery.com

FILM APR. 12-MAY 31: THE CRONENBERG RETROSPECTIVE A journey into the mind of filmmaker David Cronenberg. This weekly series includes eight films and the premiere of the filmmaker’s latest short. Apr. 12: Dead Ringers; Apr. 19: Scanners; Apr. 26: Videodrome; May 3: The Fly; May 10: Naked Lunch; May 17: Crash; May 24: Existenz; May 31: Spider and the premiere of At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World. Free on Apr. 12; remainder of series $8. All screenings at 8 p.m. The Steve Allen Theater, Center for Inquiry, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-666-4268 or www.steveallentheater.com

APR. 16: ‘STEPPING RAZOR: RED X’ A film that chronicles the life of reggae artist Peter Tosh, spanning from his youth through his stormy career with the Wailers to a brilliant solo

career and ultimately, his tragic murder. $12, 8 p.m. ArcLight, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. www.afi.com

APR. 17: ‘THE KING OF KONG’ A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic Donkey Kong. $5, 8 p.m. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park. 213-484-8846 or www.echoparkfilmcenter.org

APR. 18-MAY 11: ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ SING-A-LONG Moviegoers will get a chance to go “under the sea” and revisit Disney’s animated feature The Little Mermaid when the classic film is presented in a magical sing-a-long version featuring a live appearance by Ariel at every show. Adults $13, Children $10. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. El Capitan, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-347-6396 or www.disney.go.com/disneypictures/el_capitan

APR. 25-27: ‘VELVET HUSTLERS & WEIRD LOVEMAKERS’ In the late 1950s through 1971, Nikkatsu Studios became known as the premier Japanese movie studio for sleek and elegant, gritty yet gorgeous-looking (and frequently surreal) crime-

action films. This series of films will be a reflection of their best work and will include films such as Gangster VIP, The Velvet Hustler, My Gun is My Passport, and more. $10. For a complete list of titles and showtimes, visit the website. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-466-3456 or www.americancinematheque.com

MUSIC APR. 2: DON CARLOS Dub Club presents a night of reggae jams performed by legendary Jamaican artist Don Carlos. $15, 9 p.m. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd. Echo Park. 213-413-8200 or www.attheecho.com

APR. 3: ISGOODMUSIC PRESENTS @ SPACELAND An eclectic night of indie music featuring Nightfur, Fish Circus, Craft Club and Michael Mazochi. $7, 8:30 p.m. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. www.isgoodmusic.com

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APR. 5: ARP A dance party with electronic sounds and creative beats provided by the L.A./U.K. band ARP. $5, 9 p.m. Echo Curio, 1519 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 213977-1279 or www.echocurio.com

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by Brian Miller, this event will showcase 13 bands each playing one 15-minute set. Bands include Bacteria Cult, Dirty Branches, Sunken Landscapes, and others. $5, 9 p.m. The Smell. 247 S. Main St., Downtown. www.thesmell.org

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Music by the self proclaimed ''Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World.'' Need we say more? $15, 8 p.m. Safari Sam's, 5214 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 323-666-7267 or www.safarisams.com

APR. 12: FERRY CORSTEN A transcending night of trance and house music featuring artist Ferry Corsten. $45, 10 p.m. Shrine Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles. www.insomniacevents.com

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Los Angeles is rich in saints' names. What do they mean? In this new exhibition, artist J. Michael Walker walks the streets named for saints and unlocks a treasure trove of multicultural voices that speak to the soul of Los Angeles. While at the Autry, you can enjoy a dozen galleries featuring paintings, sculptures, Colt firearms, Western movie and TV memorabilia, and more. St Moritz Drive (detail), J. Michael Walker

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APR. 5-6: SPRING ARTWALK AT THE BREWERY A biannual self-guided tour to art studios and galleries located in the art complex The Brewery. Free, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. The Brewery, 2100 N. Main Street, Downtown. www.breweryartwalk.com

APR. 5-6: CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Two days of arts, crafts, fashion shows, foods and activities all geared to expose the mainstream to a bit of Japanese/Japanese-American arts and history. Free, Apr. 5, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Apr. 6, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. On the streets in the Little Tokyo District, San Pedro St. between 1st and 3rd St., Downtown. www.cherryblossomfestival.org

APR. 10: DOWNTOWN ARTWALK A free self-guided tour of the many art galleries, museums, nonprofit art venues and other creative spaces of downtown Los Angeles. Free shuttles are also available.

See website for list of participating galleries/studios. Free, 12-9 p.m. 213-624-6212 or www.downtownartwalk.com APR. 13: BRIDGE MIX Tours of four historic bridges (1st St., 4th St., 6th St. and 7th St.) along with fun and educational activities for the kids. $30 adults, $10 children, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Los Angeles Conservancy, 523 W. 6th St., Downtown. 213623-2489 or www.laconservancy.com

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In business for more than a decade, Catts and Doggs is not your ordinary pet store! C&D features a full range of holistic remedies and all-natural pet foods and treats. Additionally, it is a great place to shop for gift items with an informed “ready to suggest an idea” staff. In addition to the retail store C&D offers a full array of grooming options in the salon and can even delivery right to your door!

Lark Cake Shop 3337 W. Sunset Blvd. L.A. Ca. 90026 (323) 667-2968 www.larkcakeshop.com

Lark cake Shop specializes in cupcakes, frosted cookies, and fancy cakes, all of which earn a prize in aesthetics and sugar y-sweet goodness. At Lark, you can gorge yourself on gorgeous little cakes of all varieties, from little icebox cakes, red velvet, carrot, creamy vanilla and strawberr y shor tcakes. They make the best alternatives

A gigantic wood-fired pizza from Rome, a dream and a leap of faith. Nicky D’s Wood Fired Pizza is full of histor y, legend and seriously good food. That's how Nicky D's Wood-Fired Pizza came to life. Nicky D, was a long time resident of New York. He had a lucrative career as an actor. But he wisely supplemented his income by following his other passion for cooking and opened a pizzeria in Times Square. Then the "Go West Young Man" syndrome kicked in and he relocated to Los Angeles where he continued his acting career. Still, he longed for another restaurant and waited for the right place to present itself. Finally, a former house in Silver Lake called his name. Now over Five years later Nicky D’s is still going strong. His Specialty Pizza’s, Baked Pasta, and renowned cannolis are some of the menu highlights. They also have Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken and Salads for all you Healthy types. Advertising Supplement

Old Fashion Hand-crafted New York Styled Pizza

We use only the Highest Quality Ingredients

Delivery 7 Days a Week!

2764 Rowena Ave. Silverlake (1/2 blk west of Glendale Blvd.) Additional parking across the street.

323-664-3333

www.nickydspizza.com

Open Daily 11:30am to 10pm • Dine In • Take Out • We Deliver!

Catts & Doggs Pet Supplies & Grooming Now delivering to:

Silver Lake Atwater Village Echo Park & Los Feliz! Mt. Washington

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Not your ordinary Pet Store • Full Grooming Salon • All Natural Pet Foods with a Full Range of Holistic Remedies • Wonderful Gift Items • Knowledgeable Staff with Excellent Service • We Deliver!

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2833 Hyperion Ave. Silver Lake • 323.953.8383

Beautiful • Delicious 3337 W. Sunset Blvd. • Silverlake • 323.667.2968 • www.larkcakeshop.com

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Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile. 310-659-3326 or www.adsla.org

APR. 26: ECHO PARK STAIRWAYS A guided tour of the historic and hidden stairways in and around Echo Park. $5, 10 a.m. Elysian Heights Elementary School, 1562 Baxter St., Elysian Heights. 323-860-8874 or www.historicechopark.com

APR. 26: FORGOTTEN L.A. An urban tour of MacArthur Park led by modern day historian Mike the Poet. $15, noon. A+D Museum, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile. (Location to meet for the tour will be given upon making reservations to attend.) 323-932-9393 or www.aplusd.org

arin Cuisine Authentic Minand the Hear t of Chinatown Zagat rated & the top choice for Chinese-Style dining for nearly 30 years

Free valet parking

913 N. BROADWAY • L. A. • 213.613.1819

APR. 26: LITTLE TOKYO WALKING TOUR Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo in a tour lead by museum docents. $8 members, $13 non-members (includes museum admission), 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. 1st St., Little Tokyo. 213-6250414 or www.janm.org

by Jean-Paul Sartre, directed by Paul Bowles. $20, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood. 800-595-4849 or www.hellisjustotherpeople.com

APR. 10-26: ‘L.A. VIEWS’ Stories that leave you questioning your own understanding of the community and all it encompasses. Written by The Playwrights Group at Company of Angels. $20, Thurs.-Fri. at 8 p.m. Alexandra Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., Downtown. 323-883-1717 or www.companyofangels.org

APR. 11-13: ‘LOOSE CHANGE’ AND ‘CHAPTERS’ A double feature of dance performances by Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Loose Change, a solo created by actor Taye Diggs with original music by David Ryan Harris, and the West Coast premiere of Chapters, which is set to the music of Marvin Gaye and tells the story of a group of lifelong friends in New York City. $25-$95, Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun.2 p.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown. 213-972-0711 or www.musiccenter.org/dance.html

THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE

APR. 25: CHELSEA HANDLER A night of outspoken and dry humor by the comedian, author and actress. $29.50, 7 p.m.

APR. 8: ‘NO EXIT’ A story that exposes the corrupt lives and sudden deaths of three marvelously sinful souls, seductively stylized by abandoned dolls of different eras: Cradeau, the philandering pacifist; Inez, the vociferous vixen; and Estelle, the deceiving damsel. Written

The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-388-1400 or www.livenation.com NA

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Vamp Shoess & Accessories

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323-662-1150 0 • www.vampshoeshop.com Mon-Satt 11am-7pm m • Sun n 11am-6pm

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With our WaMu Free Checking account, we don’t nickel and dime, so we don’t charge fees for ATM cash withdrawals or outgoing wire transfers; however, nonrefundable ATM operator fees, fees charged by other banks involved in wire, and currency exchange and foreign transaction fees may apply. WaMu offers one style of checks for free. Ask about other fees applicable to this account. Deposits at Washington Mutual are FDIC insured. See our Free ID Theft Services program materials.

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New Angeles Monthly  

April 2008

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