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ilver Lake is changing, at almost every turn. The reservoir recently rebounded from the Great Bromate Scare of 2008, when the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary water supply was drained, and will soon be surrounded by a fully formed running path. Pedestrians and cyclists will no longer have to worry about dodging renegade cars on the curves. A!er the path opens, there will also be a meadow, a rare public space that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be reserved for dogs. No path would be worth running without food to build guilt. This month in Foodstuff, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to know Chef Jason Michaud, who started slinging pizzas at age 13, and was managing The Pizza Garden kitchen in Coronado later that year. At Silversun, the Cobras & Matadors veteran just launched Local in his old antique store, dedicating himself to delivering local ingredients with maximum flavor and minimal waste. For The Hot Corner, we stay at the intersection of Sunset & Silver Lake, which used to be a drug haven that was considered one of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dangerous. Now Silversun has too many points of interest, culinary and otherwise, for a 300-word column. In addition to the highlighted places â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aroma, CafĂŠ Tropical, Pho CafĂŠ and the forthcoming Stinkers bar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also find the punk-fueled Silverlake Lounge and Rambutan Thai. The corner could be experiencing more change. Rumors are swirling about the fate of the Chinese spot with a faded sign, which somehow managed to remain open, despite the fact that nobody I know in Silver Lake has ever eaten there, or at least admi#ed to it. In this issue, Kathy A. McDonald writes about the Silver Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based art collective known as Fallen Fruit. Austin Young, Matias Viegener and David Burns have mapped Echo Park and Silver Lake in order to alert locals to publicly available edibles, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the beginning of their mission.

A New Work of Art on the L.A. Landscape Ma#hew Kang explores the impact of the impending Silver Lake Library on the community. Kang questions whether or not itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still worth having a brick-and-mortar book repository when so much information is readily available online. Also, what can a library offer that the Internet canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t? Kang has all the answers. Of course, there are always tradeoffs with growth and increased options. Sunset Junction is now flanked by permit parking and hightech Park & Pay meters. When the system was installed, LAPD Officer McPherson touted its benefits, saying that if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re registered, you can get text updates on your cell phone when your timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly up. Just punch in the parking spot code and re-up. A quarter an hour is no hardship, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sign of gentrification that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be ignored. A magazine canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survive on Silver Lake alone. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason Structure spotlights the downtown corner of Alameda & Cesar Chavez, which hosts Olvera Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the oldest street in the city, dating to 1877â&#x20AC;&#x201D;lined with restaurants, colorful Mexican cra!s and clothing. Did I mention the pig figurines in sheriffsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outfits? The intersectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northeast corner hosts the U.S. Post Office Terminal Annex, a beautiful Spanish Revival building designed by Gilbert S. Underwood and constructed in 1925. Of course no Eastside corner would be complete without either a gas station or new condo complex, and Alameda & Chavez has both a Chevron and Mozaic. Finally, Ryan Willbur leads us to Echo Park for In the Drink. El Prado is a new beer bar across Sunset from The Echo and Echoplex, brought to you by Eastside imressario Mitchell Frank and his sometime business partner Jeff Ellemeyer. NA

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unset Junction - Silver Lake’s unofficial capital once again hosted the neighborhood’s biggest event of the year. An ocean of music lovers turned out to see 38 bands play on three stages, including Cold War Kids, Black Keys and local groups like The Entrance Band. Sam Moore even paid tribute to the late great Isaac Hayes (a.k.a. “Chef”), who was supposed to headline the festival. Sunset Boulevard was also lined with food vendors, cra" and game booths. There was even a skateboard park. Some a#endees were offended by the $20 entrance fee and corporate sponsorship, but there was still plenty of color, including a strawberry-shaped tilta-whirl and a woman draped in plastic bags to protest ocean pollution. NA

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our years ago, Chef Jason Michaud started thinking about opening his own restaurant. He’d spent 20 years cooking for other people and “it became an all or nothing” proposition. With Local in Silver Lake, Michaud was motivated to “push the boundaries of zero waste.” His green philosophy extends to his choice of furniture (antique), plates (biodegradable potato and sugar cane), and lighting (energy-efficient). Michaud bikes to Local from his home in Echo Park and offers discounts to customers who do the same, to “keep fewer cars off the street.” He also donates his restaurant’s used oil and, assuming Local succeeds, plans to line his roof with solar panels. Michaud has worked primarily in Mediterranean restaurants and freely admits that he feels “especially bad” about “the massive amount of stuff being imported. It just doesn’t make sense. We make good products here.” Now that the Euro is smacking the dollar around, Michaud says, “It starts to become even more sensible to go with more artisanal local [ingredients].” Michaud recognizes that a restaurant can’t survive on green practices alone, so he plans to “show people a restaurant that has things for pretty much any palate.” He considers “breakfast in this area to be kind of boring.” To remedy the situation, he’s offering braised pork belly and buckwheat crepes folded with farmers’ market finds. For dinner, he’s sourcing Heritage pork products, but avoids beef altogether, saying, “I don’t think there’s any beef made anywhere near California that’s worth eating. It seems like everything’s factory farmed, hormoned and corned out.” Whatever the meal, Michaud is against the idea of having signature dishes, saying, “I’m not really trying to go for the model for having two dishes that people have to have.” Michaud grew up splitting time between D.C. and the San Diego island of Coronado. He started working in restaurants at age 12, as a dishwasher at The Pizza Garden, a 180-seat Italian restaurant in Coronado. Michaud says, “Three months later I was rolling out the pizzas…A few months after that, they asked me to make the pizzas, so I was making the pizzas. The whole time I would watch the sauté guy, who was an elderly gentleman. He went on a vacation to Mexico, and he didn’t come back. They asked me, while he was gone, to start cooking sauté. I was also doing the ordering. I was locking up, cleaning. I was 13.” Michaud stuck with the job for three years. He says, “It was fun…a good learning experience.” Michaud has worked in restaurants ever since, but took time off to tour, playing drums in a math metal band called Spilth and another band called Men of Porn. In case you’re not familiar with math metal, Michaud says, “It’s quick stops, quick starts, changes, kind of rhythmic weirdness. People get kind of unhappy not knowing where you’re going.” Michaud suspects he lost money on every gig. Michaud is constantly “driven by the fear of not knowing something. I was always reading, always practicing. I always took jobs that were over my head. I would have a sous chef who knew more than I did. That was always how I motivated myself in the kitchen, hire people who were at least better than me, if not much better than me; then just try and watch and learn and fake the fact that I didn’t know anything.” Due to his aggressive methods, he always managed to catch up quickly.

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For five years, Michaud was the kitchen manager of San Francisco’s casual Baghdad Café. He wrote their menus and helped them shift to 24 hours. “I learned how to hire people at Baghdad Café,” says Michaud. “One year I went through 60 cooks on the graveyard position. I used to hire them three at a time and train them to see who’d want to stick it out. I learned pretty much how to spot any character flaw in an interview.” At Baghdad and at Local, Michaud is “looking for people who are interested in food, people that will show up, work hard and be nice. One thing I can’t stomach is people who bring daily tension to work,” he says. He first became an executive chef in San Francisco at Italian restaurant Vivande, signaling his “transference from diners and high-end cafes to a real paper hat chef outfit.” He worked at Vivande for four years, and while he was there, found a mentor in owner Carlo Middione. Michaud says, “The things I really came away with from Carlo was how to order food and how to comport yourself in the kitchen, the work ethic too. He’d be there at seven in the morning and leave there at 11 at night, every day.” After Vivande, Michaud moved to L.A. to be in the same city as his brother. He found work at Steven Arroyo’s Cobras & Matadors as executive chef/kitchen manager. “I put about half the stuff on the menu,” he says. “I controlled food costs, but was not the initial chef, so I’d never purport to say I started it.” The space that houses Local was an antique store called Eastside Mercantile, which Michaud ran for five years when he wasn’t in the Cobras kitchen. He frequented flea markets in San Francisco, so he “knew jewelry and cabinetry.” Working two jobs proved to be “really difficult, especially with a full-time job at night.” Michaud was consulting at The Redwood Bar & Grill downtown when Ian Kim and son Brandon tracked down his number. The Kims wanted to transform their Montrose gourmet shop, Goudas & Vines, into a Spanish tapas restaurant called Three Drunken Goats. Michaud helped them redesign the kitchen, train the staff and write the menu. When not busy consulting, Michaud has spent the past yearand-a-half getting Local up and running. On September 2, his dream became a reality. Local 2943 W. Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake • (323) 662-4740


ocal isn’t the only point of excitement at the corner of Sunset & Silver Lake. Plunging crime rates, rising real estate and an infusion of artists and musicians have prompted options. Jeff Bey was a lawyer who drank coffee daily at Silver lake fixture Café Tropical. He bought the Cuban bakery and café in 1990, on “the most dangerous corner in Silver Lake.” Since then, Bey believes Silversun has developed into “a real neighborhood” with a “sense of community.” Café Tropical is known for its pressed Cuban sandwiches, tropical shakes and slabs of hot guava-and-cream guava and cream cheese pie, all pairable with sweet shots of espresso. Cindy Dam debuted Pho Café in 2002, specializing in low-priced “Vietnamese home cooking.” The long and lean space has a row of tables with orange chairs and enormous exposed bulbs. Rice noodle soup (pho) is available with steak, beef meatballs, tendon, tripe or free-range chicken. Crispy rice crepes come crammed with shrimp, charbroiled lemongrass steak, mushrooms and bean sprouts. There are also plenty of vegetarian options and fresh lemonade. Down the block, Valentino veteran Edin Marroquin opened Aroma in February 2005 next to Silversun Liquor. The former West LA resident was excited to be part of the changing neighborhood. Marroquin’s signature Italian dishes include mousse with Parmesan and four kinds of mushrooms, veal with white wine, lemon and capers, and chicken breast stuffed with spinach and pine nuts in a mustard, brandy and shallot cream sauce. In October, Bobby Green and investors Dmitri Komarov and D’mitry Liberman hope to open Stinkers. The trio owns Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village and Little Cave in Highland Park. Green says they decided on Silver Lake because it “still feels fresh” and “You can be anything you want and be accepted.” Forfor As thethe name, name, Green Green points points to to twin twin motivators: “Silver Lake is notorious for being infested with skunks.” Also, “In the ‘50s, there was a truckstop/gas station chain in the South called The Stinker, with a skunk as the logo.” Green’s goal for Stinkers is “pure roadhouse fun.”



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How would you describe your music? Brutally honest. Really intense. Demanding of the listener. Demanding of somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to think about with what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really pre"y too, and joyful.

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Who are your biggest musical influences? A lot of people have influenced me, including Nirvana, Tori Amos and a lot of female singers. Ani DiFranco is my biggest influence in terms of singing, musically. What is it about Ani DiFrancoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music that affects you so much? Aniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my therapist. My mom bought me 12 CDs of hers at once. I played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dilateâ&#x20AC;? for a year, then I got to her other albums. It was about two years of listening to Ani, listening to what she was singing about: being a woman, that experience in the world. Whether it was going through some sort of abuse or the way she felt about somebody... Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a voice for women, and she put into words things that are sometimes hard to do. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my goal. Did you ever have a chance to meet her? Yes. I spent Thanksgiving with her in Amsterdam. My sister was dating her drummer, and I became really good friends with her sound engineerâ&#x20AC;Ś When we met, I thought that I knew her somehow. Just because somebody writes those things, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always who you are, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just who you are at that moment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very honest moment, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that I knew her. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her own person. It was a big disillusionment. I think it was the best thing that could have happened to me because I was stuck on her. Are your songs primarily autobiographical? Thus far. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how I could possibly write about something I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrifying, actually. I was thinking about that yesterday. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really interested in this particular ice shelf that recently just fell into the ocean. It was seven miles long. I want to read up more on that and possibly write a song from the perspective of the ice shelf. Do you always write songs on your own? At the beginning it was always just me. Having a live band has been such a positive influence because they sort of introduce ideas about music or melodies, and I can play off that. When you first started, it was just you and a piano. Why the decision to go electronic? I picked up the guitar so I could start performing out... I [eventually] couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to the place I wanted to go to express myself. My manager at the time said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to go try something new.â&#x20AC;? I went to Europe and stumbled across an album cover. It ended up being Mum - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally We Are No One.â&#x20AC;? I listened to that for two months and I decided to eventually make electronic music. Your live performances are open and honest. At Spaceland recently, you shared your auntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing with the audience. Why? I feel most at home and the safest anywhere onstageâ&#x20AC;ŚI was like, my auntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dying of brain cancer. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something huge in my life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affecting me big time. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at a concert, I want to hear someone be that honest and to talk a li"le bitâ&#x20AC;ŚThatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really important way to connect with your audience. Do you feel like the masks that you wear onstage create a barrier with the audience? When I decided to put a mask on, it was just because I wanted to paint my face. I grew up in Indiana. The fair was a big deal, and we always had our faces painted. I love makeup. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great outlet for art. I have been painting my face offstage a li"le bit too. I just really enjoy that. Is it a mask? Am I hiding? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d feel comfortable going onstage anymore without doing that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become part of my identity onstage. Was there a particular moment when you decided to be a musician for a living? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very specific. I had a bat in my hand and I was playing fake guitar to a couch full of dolls and stuffed animals. I was performing an Ani song. It was a live album. I was fake performing and singing too of course. NEW ANGELES ! 3%04%-"%2! 

At that moment I decided this is what I want to do. I was going to be a doctor, and then I was no longer going to be a doctor. I was 14. NA: Was your family okay with that decision? It was hard for my dad because I was supposed to be a doctor, just like my other two sisters, but because it came about at a young age, they just realized I love it and am so passionate about it. What do you think about before you go onstage? Why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m there, what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through. Why am I doing this? Why am I going up there to sing to people? Why do I have that right? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point of this? I go through all the times I felt so defeated and scared and needed somebody. I literally go through specific events in my life that helped me get to where I am today as a soul, as a person. Then I pray I can affect people. I go into another place, basically. Then I go up there and do it. What about when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re onstage? What do you think about? The set starts, and then the set ends. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of thinking happening onstage. A lot of times I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done up there, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in another place. Especially when I hear the music and the sound is going well, I go even deeper. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually when we have sound issues, it pulls me out of it and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really frustrating. This last show was really violent because of that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to gain this transcendental place and I kept ge"ing jerked out of it. What are you feeling a"er the performance? Completely out of breath. I really like to run away right away, just get my stuff offstage. For a second I feel scaredâ&#x20AC;Ś When people start talking to me, everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay. You grew up in Indiana and called moving to L.A. at age 10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;traumatic.â&#x20AC;? Why? It was, because I was so happy. Where I grew up [Portland, Indiana] was magical. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d run around with the neighborhood kids. We had imaginations. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d play. There was all this land. The woods and the river. There was this Indian graveyard that had these mysterious train tracks that went into this fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;to nowhere. It was amazing. We moved to [the San Fernando Valley]. None of that existed anymore. People who were 10 years old, my age, were acting like they were 15. I was a kid, and the kids here were spoiled and ridiculous. I was jerked out of my childhood, forced into a culture where I had to be around something that was so unreal. What are you hoping to accomplish in the next year, musically? To write a lot of new material. To discover new perspectives to my songs. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m exhausting myself with this sort of narrow perspective, this tortured honest thing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be honest, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really happy now. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to discovering that voice. This year, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pre"y confident Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get signed. I want to get my music licensedâ&#x20AC;Ś To grow up, maybe be a li"le wiser.


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assing drivers and nearby residents have no doubt pondered the curious building now under construction on the corner of Silver Lake and Glendale Boulevards. Looming aluminum and steel beams create a daunting skeletal edifice on the site of a former gas station, with the hope of providing a long-desired public space in Silver Lake. The long-time sandlot will shortly become the new Silver Lake branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, slated to open in June 2009. Public libraries have historically played a central role in the development of Los Angeles neighborhoods, as far back as the Lincoln Heights branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). That large white Italian Renaissance–style building was constructed in 1916 with backing from NEW ANGELES ★ SEPTEMBER 2008 ★ 20

steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, one of three L.A. branches underwritten by the Gilded Age millionaire. At the dawn of the 20th Century, libraries were essentially book repositories, the public’s main source of information in a world where the printed word remained vital to the dissemination of knowledge. It’s become increasingly obvious that bound volumes and yellowing duststained newspapers are going the way of the dinosaur. Information now flows through binary code and digital media. Blogs, news aggregators like The Huffington Post, and streaming YouTube videos form the new information triad. With that in mind, the LAPL recognized the need for the library to adapt to the burgeoning Internet age. Juliana Cheng, LAPL Director of Library Facilities, oversees the

construction of new library branches. She feels optimistic about the future of the Silver Lake branch, and the Los Angeles Public Library as a whole. “The role of the library never changed,” says Cheng. “Yes, there are still books, but now they are on CD. There are magazines, computers, access to the Internet. There will be storytelling for children, computer training for older people, and free online database access for everyone. The library is still about free, accessible information. It’s just the medium and method of delivery that is different.” In 1998, Angeleno voters approved Proposition DD, a $178 million bond for the purpose of renovating 28 existing public library branches, as well as building four new branches around the City of Los Angeles from the ground up. Cost savings produced a surplus of funds, allowing for four additional

branches. In early 2000, the LAPL decided to plant a library branch on the aforementioned street corner near the Silver Lake Reservoir. In order to generate local support for the branch, the LAPL organized a number of community meetings to generate feedback about its plan. The library regularly conducts such meetings before a branch’s development. “We brought the community along so that they were aware of the site,” says Cheng. “Some were happy and some were not, but everyone wants a library on their block.” The principal architect for the branch was 25-year Silver Lake resident Barry Milofsky, a partner at M2A Architects. LAPL commissioned M2A on a number of previous rehabilitation projects, including an update of the John C. Fremont branch in Hancock Park, which dates to 1927. Milofsky’s concept for the

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Silver Lake Library was based on his prior library experience, his experience living in Silver Lake and his know-ledge of the area’s unique context. Milofsky is soft-spoken, but his passion for this branch is clear: “Silver Lake is a unique community of creative people. But there isn’t any civic space for the community to gather. The public library has always been about creating public spaces.” Milofsky’s design for this branch hints at a remedy. The defining design element of the library will be the large glass colonnade enclosing the public square at the front of the building. The “towering spine,” as Milofsky calls it, will not only encompass the entrance to the library and embrace the tiered plaza down below, but will also blur the boundary between the inside of the library and outside. The arresting interplay of light will make this apparent, as sunlight

delicately illuminates the interior of the library by day and the interior light glows dramatically into the plaza by night. Milofsky hopes that transparency facilitates the library’s connection with the surrounding community. Inside the library, visitors will be able to view a pleasing frame of treetops, local hills, and sky. From the outside, passersby can see people in the reading room. Subterranean parking hides parked cars and maximizes the lot’s smaller area. A multi-purpose area with a 60-person capacity can accommodate local meetings and events. The branch’s architectural design transcends the traditional library role as a mere book storage space, creating interplay between the outside community and the access to knowledge and information inside. The building earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

(LEED) designation, the world standard for sustainable building and development practices. The library’s photo-voltaic panels, use of recycled materials, and overall “green” operational features such as environmentally friendly cleaning agents and showers for employees who cycle to the library have qualified for the second highest status of Gold certification, another feather in the cap for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose long-term goal is to make L.A. “the biggest green city in America.” Silver Lakers have generally been positive about the new library. Randy Clement, one of the charismatic owners of Silverlake Wine and a Silver Lake Library enthusiast, says, “I think it’s great. Some people think it’s not the best way to spend money, but I credit [local councilman] Eric Garcetti for having a vision for the area. I think

it will be an anchor for the area. Since there isn’t much public space in L.A., a library is really something that we needed.” Jarret Rice, another Silver Lake resident, is cooler to the idea, saying, “I don’t really use the library. But I don’t really see why we need one here since there’s one nearby on Sunset,” referring to the recently built Edendale Branch. A public library in these times seems an unusual community investment in light of technological development and changing consumer trends in finding information. It’s become more of a gathering place where free information, thought, and ideas can flow. Though the core service of books and information remains the same, the library can be a capstone and anchor of public space in Silver Lake. NA 21 ★ SEPTEMBER 2008 ★ NEW ANGELES



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EAST OF EDEN From September 19 – 21, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery offers a visual smorgasbord to the masses as it hosts a vibrant multi-gallery exhibition. The 15 galleries who have been invited to participate in this event all have individually launched the careers of many newer artists as well as continually paying homage to more established creative types. With the colors and energy of L.A.’s Eastside A as their inspiration these galleries are truly pioneers of the Los Angeles art scene. This exhibition boasts works in all mediums along with workshops and lectures. Participating galleries include La Luz de Jesus, Junc Gallery, Thinkspace, Bert Green Fine Art, Farmlab and more. East of Eden is free. Hours and event schedule can be found on the website. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, 4804 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood. 213-4581 or

ART THROUGH SEPT. 26: MONEY TREES A group exhibit exploring alternate sources of value, considering our dwindling economy. Six par ticipating ar tists were asked to create works exploring the ironies and alternatives to monetar y reward. Includes Jim Holyoak, Cour tney Reid, Airom Bleicher, Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer, Kathy Ikerd and Carol Powell. Julie Rico Galler y, 500 S. Spring St., Downtown. 213-817-6002 or THROUGH SEPT. 27: TACAMBARO VIGNETTES: “RURAL LIFE IN MINIATURE” This selection of small works was created for a limited edition book being produced in collaboration with Taller Mar tin Pescador, Mexico. La Mano Press, 1749 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 323-227-1275 or THROUGH SEPT. 28: MILES DAVID SCOTT, PHOTOGRAPHS Photographs of urban landscapes with an emphasis on pattern and color capture L.A.’s unique environment. Grace Ellay, 1615 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. 323-664-0568 or www. THROUGH SEPT. 30: PAPER CUTS Mixed media work that includes sewing from Rebecca Hahn and L. Croskey’s paintings. Chango Cof fee House and Galler y, 1559 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park. feehouse THROUGH OCT. 31: ANIMALS Nine Los Angeles-based emerging ar tists exhibit their works with animals at Bailey Galler y, located at Pussy and Pooch, a pet shop, pet spa and modern pet furniture oasis. Includes Sophia Gasparian, Tate Mosesian, Douglas Alvarez, Carol Powell, Terri Berman, Walt Hall, Kelly Thompson, Paul Torres, and Yuki Miyazaki. All ages and pets are welcome. Opening reception Sept. 11, 6-10 p.m. Bailey Galler y, Pussy and Pooch, 564 S. Main St. Downtown. 213-438-0900 or www.

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SEPT. 6 - 27: CAMERA EPHEMERA Found Galler y celebrates the soon-to-bedefunct Polaroid camera by showcasing several local ar tists with close ties to the photographic medium. Includes Calethia DeConto, Joshua Wysocki, Daniel & Mackenzie Jakoubek, Susan Yee, Gar y Copeland, Ashley Tibbits and David Luong. Opening reception Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m. Found Galler y, 1903 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. 323-669-1247 or SEPT. 6 - 27: SYNDROME: I LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU! Syndrome—ar tists Micah Hancock, James Larese and Mars Sandoval—examines the ef fects of mass media on the public. The show’s name was inspired by a popular Reagan-era PSA that aired on American TV in the late 1980s. Crewest Galler y, 110 Winston St., Downtown. 213-627-8272, or www. SEPT. 6 - OCT. 11: A TALE OF TWO ROCKS An exhibition of new paintings from Los Angeles ar tist GRONK. Opening reception Sept. 6, 7-10 p.m. L2kontemporar y,990 N. Hill St., #205 (upstairs, entrance on Bernard St.), Chinatown. 323-225-1288 or www.L2kontemporar SEPT. 6 - OCT. 18: CYCLING APPARATI A group exhibition of painting, sculpture, drawings, and video, featuring work by Alice Aycock, Michael Decker, Marcel Duchamp, Jean-Pierre Héber t, David Hor vitz, Branden Koch, Dana Maiden, Dane Picard and Alan Rath. Opening reception Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m. High Energy Constructs + SolwayJones, 990 N. Hill St., #180, Chinatown. 323-227-7920 or or www. solwayjonesgaller SEPT. 6 - OCT. 18: THE GARDEN Pipo Nguyen-duy’s The Garden, a follow-up to his acclaimed East of Eden series, is a photographic project that explores the Nor th American landscape as the Garden of Eden and reframes it from a post–9/11 perspective. Opening reception Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m. Sam Lee Galler y, 990 N. Hill St., #190, Chinatown. 323-227-0275 or www. samleegaller SEPT. 11 - 30: BURNINOIL A collection of photography by the late Thomas C Backeses. Opening reception Sept. 11, 7 p.m. salonPURE, 117 E. 6th St., Downtown. 213-624-7873 or SEPT. 11 - OCT. 4: RONY ALWIN AND NOLAN HENDRICKSON Downtown L.A.’s first galler y show for Rony Alwin of and the first show in the city by Nolan Hendrickson. Opening reception Sept. 11, noon-9 p.m. Phyllis Stein Ar t Galler y, 207 W. 5th St., Downtown. 213-622-6012 or www. phyllissteinar SEPT. 12 – OCT. 3: TUMBLING - LESLEY REPPETAUX New paintings from Lesley Reppeteaux. Also on view in the galler y’s project room: mixed media on paper, wood and canvas from Zach Johnsen and selected small paintings from Paul Barnes. Opening reception Sept. 12, 7-11 p.m. Thinkspace Galler y, 4210 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake. 323-9133375 or www.thinkspacegaller SEPT. 11 - OCT. 25: SCOTT SIEDMAN: OBSCENERY AND WORKS ON PAPER BY GALLERY ARTISTS Siedman continues his tradition of master ful realism, using ar t histor y as a vehicle to ar ticulate a passionate narrative of redemption through sexuality. Group show of works on paper by galler y ar tists, including Valerie Jacobs, John U Abrahamson, Carl Ramsey, Joe Novak, Clive Barker, Scott Siedman, Rober t Hor vath, Sandra Yagi, Rober t Reynolds, Scott Horsley, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, and Peter Romberg. Ber t Green Fine Ar t, 102 W. 5th St., Downtown. 213-624-6212 or www


SEPT. 13 - NOV. 8: COSMOS FACTORY Seven emerging ar tists from Los Angeles and the Bay Area unite the cosmic and the mundane. With wit, craft and intelligence, they investigate the complexity and beauty of the physical world, as well as our simultaneously thrilling and limited apprehension of it. Includes Brian Cooper, Joshua Callaghan, Nathaniel DeLarge, Amy Green, Amy Maloof, Tran Truong, and Dani Tull. Curated by Brad Eberhard. Opening reception Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m. Cirrus Galler y, 542 S. Alameda St., Downtown. 213-6803473 or www.cirrusgaller SEPT. 21 – JAN. 5, 2009: MARTIN KIPPENBERGER: THE PROBLEM PERSPECTIVE Includes key selections and bodies of work spanning Kippenberger’s career: paintings, sculpture, works on paper, installations, multiples, photographs, posters, announcement cards, and books. This ambitious, large-scale exhibition is curated by MOCA Senior Curator Ann Goldstein and accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, giving a broad and scholarly examination of the ar tist’s career. MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., Downtown. 213-621-1745 or SEPT. 25 - APR. 2009: BLACK CHROME With historic and contemporar y motorcycles on display, plus photographs of black biker clubs throughout California, this exhibition explores how African-American culture helped define the innovative aesthetic of motorcycles in the West. Sponsored by Black Biker Magazine, with media sponsorship from the Automobile Club of Southern California, the exhibition also boasts club emblems, bike accoutrements and an interactive exhibit for youngsters and is geared toward anybody who ever yearned to whiz down the road on a Harley. California African American Museum, 600 State Dr., Exposition Park. 213-744-7432 or SEPT. 27 - OCT. 7: OFF-REGISTER A showcase of prints by international ar tists and graphic designers linked by the professional practice of commercial print design, though they do not consider themselves printmakers. Ar tists include Robin Cameron, Michael Coleman, Justin Fines, Ryan Giese, Grotesk vs. Lowrider [collaboration], Steven Harrington, Maya Hayuk, Cody Hudson,Evan Hecox, Ben Loiz, Geof f McFetridge, Colin Metcalf, Andy Mueller, Michael Perr y, Jon Resh, Joel Speasmaker, Todd St. John, Andrew Townsend, David J. Weissberg, Michael Cina + Michael Young [collaboration], and Ror y Wilson. Little Bird Galler y, 3195 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village. 323-662-1092 or www.littlebirdgaller

books/literature/ discussion SEPT. 20: HAVANA BEFORE CASTRO: WHEN CUBA WAS A TROPICAL PLAYGROUND Book-signing with author Peter Moruzzi. Free, 6-8 p.m. La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. 323-666-7667 or SEPT. 20: JIM DAWSON, “LOS ANGELES’ ANGEL’S FLIGHT”; CORY STARGEL AND SARAH STARGEL, “EARLY LOS ANGELES COUNTY ATTRACTIONS” Jim Dawson and Cor y & Sarah Stargel discuss their respective books, “Los Angeles’ Angel’s Flight” and “Early Los Angeles County Attractions.” Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 323-660-1175 or

film SEPT. 6: “SAY ANYTHING” John Cusack and Ion Skye star in this

classic ’80s love stor y loaded with emotional drama and comedy. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. $10, 8 p.m. Angel City Drive-In, 240 W. 4th St., 2nd Floor, Downtown. SEPT. 20: ROMAN POLANSKI DOUBLE FEATURE: “ROSEMARY’S BABY” AND “CHINATOWN” In “Rosemar y’s Baby,” a young New York couple (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) move into a new apar tment building, where they’re quickly befriended by lovable Ruth Gordon and husband Sidney Blackmer. All is not as it seems, though – and Farrow soon comes to suspect that her neighbors have truly sinister plans in store for her and her unborn baby. In “Chinatown,” Jack Nicholson delivers a powerhouse per formance as 1930s private eye J.J. Gittes, maneuvering through a nightmarish L.A. nether world of infidelity, stolen water rights, incest and murder, as he desperately tries to save beautiful Faye Dunaway from her raptor-like father John Huston. Rober t Towne’s magnificent, labyrinthine por trait of Los Angeles has been widely hailed as the best script of its era. $10, 7:30 p.m., preceded by a book-signing at 6:30 p.m. with Christopher Sandford, author of the new book, Polanski: A Biography. American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323.466.FILM or www.

poppy. The band’s sound has evolved towards a wilder, heavier electronics, though still featuring a signature pop aesthetic. $27 The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-380-5005 or www. SEPT. 22 & 23: CSS A mishmash of ’80s new wave sound from this Brazilian group. Also playing, Tilly and The Wall and Ssion. $24, Mayan Theatre, 1044 S. Hill St. Downtown. 213746-4674 or

SEPT. 28: CHANNEL 101 An on-screen variety show of YouTubesque shor ts that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Free, 7:30 p.m. CineSpace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-8173456 or

SEPT. 28: MSTRKRFT WITH CALVIN HARRIS These Torontonians and their electronic/ dance beats know how to make the whole crowd dance. Also per forming: Calvin Harris. $30, 8 p.m. The El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-936-6400 or www.

music SEPT. 8: ADVENTURE WITH FUTURE ISLANDS It’s a flashback to the ’80s with this synth-pop band that creates most of its music using a Sega Genesis. $5, 8 p.m. Pehrspace, 325 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park. 213-483-7347 SEPT. 12: SUPREME BEINGS OF LEISURE A sensual night of trip hop and chilledout sounds from this local band. Carmen Rizzo will also take the stage. $14, 9 p.m. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park. 213-413-8200 or SEPT. 13: JOHN DIGWEED Put on those dancing shoes and cut the rug while the #3 DJ in the world does his thing. $35, 9:30 p.m. - 4 a.m. 21+. Vanguard, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-4647373 or SEPT. 13: ULTRALUXX Enjoy electro, indie and nu-wave spun by DJ Lexx and Los. The event also includes an ar t exhibit featuring ar tists from The Hive Galler y. Free, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m., 21+. The Mountain Bar, 473 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown. SEPT. 17: MUSIQ SOULCHILD A night of soul music and hip-hop from this Pennsylvania ar tist. Also featuring sets by Mulatto. $45, 7 p.m. Crash Mansion, 1024 S. Grand Ave., Downtown. 213-747-0999 or SEPT. 20: BECK Is it pop? Is it modern folk music? Is it indie? You decide. The opening acts: Spoon and MGMT. $20-$75, 7 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 323-850-2000 or SEPT. 21: GOLDFRAPP Along with some high-energy electronic music, it is rumored these guys feature a pretty good visual backdrop. $35, 8 p.m. The Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Downtown. 877-677-4386 or www. SEPT. 21 & 22: HOT CHIP At its best, the London quintet is wonder fully quirky, clever, soulful and

SEPT. 27: LEISURE SUITE The last Saturday of ever y month, Bar 107 features the “70s vs 80s dance freak lounge event,” a.k.a. Leisure Suite. Hear the ’70s vibes of DJ Starskee Suave and the ’80s and old school hip-hop spins of DJ Jon Hershfield. Free, 10 p.m., 21+ Bar 107, 107 W. 4th St., Downtown. www.myspace. com/theleisuresuite SEPT. 27: WE THE PEOPLE FESTIVAL Tom Morello, Les Claypool, RZA, Z-Trip, Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone and more per form in this politically themed festival. An installation of ar twork will also be on display from the gang who brought you April’s L.A. vs. WAR show. $45, 3 p.m. $45. Los Angeles State Historic Park, a.k.a. The Cornfield, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown.

OCT. 4: EAGLE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL the Center For The Ar ts, Eagle Rock, and Councilman Jose Huizar present the Nor theast Los Angeles neighborhood’s 10th Annual music festival. 40 bands will play two main stages and 14 additional venues. If you ever wanted to see a concer t at a tire shop, this is the place. Expect music from bands like Mika Miko, Earlimar t, Abe Vigoda, Princeton, The Parson Redheads and the Radar Brothers. The Center For The Ar ts, Eagle Rock, provides multicultural ar ts exhibitions, community festivals, free and low-cost afterschool ar ts classes and a Summer Ar t Camp to the community. 5 p.m. - midnight. Free. Colorado Blvd. bet. Eagle Rock Blvd. and Argus St., Eagle Rock, eaglerockmusicfestival

outdoors THROUGH SEPT. 7: GREEK FEST Celebrate the 10th annual Greek Festival and enjoy a day filled with Greek food, music and activities, hosted by Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson. $5, Sat., 1-11 p.m; Sun., noon-10 p.m. Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie, Koreatown. 323-737-2424 or SEPT. 13-28: 2008 WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC For 16 days and nights L.A.’s historic theaters, churches, temples and outdoor spaces host 41 per formances featuring renowned international and local ar tists in disciplines ranging from sacred and traditional, to contemporar y music, dance and multimedia. For list of locations and schedule, visit SEPT. 19: PARKING DAY L.A. Parking spaces and lots throughout Los Angeles will be transformed into a variety of “pocket parks” to relay the message that there is simply not enough public space in L.A. Free, all day. For map of locations, visit SEPT. 27: ELYSIAN PARK This midday walking tour focuses on the little-known though historically rich area known as Elysian Park. $5, 10 a.m. Fremont Monument at N. Broadway and Elysian Park Rd.


SEPT. 28: GRAND AVENUE FESTIVAL Enjoy music, theater, dance per formances, ar tmaking, drum circles, museum galler y tours, and bites from seven downtown restaurants. Free, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Grand Avenue, (between Temple and 5th St.), Downtown.

theatre/live performance THROUGH SEPT. 14: THE ACCOMPLICES Based on the true stor y of Jewish activist Hillel Kook (a.k.a. Peter Bergson), this New York Drama Desk-nominated play by former New York Times political repor ter Bernard Weinraub is a hard-hitting look at what the U.S. government and American Jews did (and didn’t do) to help Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II. $18-28. See site for showtimes. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave.,

East Hollywood. 323- 663-1525 or www. THROUGH SEPT. 28: ASSASSINS West Coast Ensemble presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s bold, surreal and darkly humorous Assassins. This Tony award–winning musical is Sondheim at his twisted best, a musical exploration of nine individuals who assassinated or attempted to assassinate U.S. Presidents. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, musical direction by Johanna Kent and directed by Richard Israel. $30-$34. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m. The El Centro Theatre, 804 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood. 323-460-4443 or www. SEPT. 8 - 22 : GARAGE COMEDY A jam-packed evening of comedy with sketches, videos and other per formances. Pre-show music by The Pacific Standard. Free, Mondays, 9 p.m. El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. 323-

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dancers strut their stuff on-stage at one of Hollywood’s hottest night spots for “Sunset Strips.” The provocative burlesque-style dance production includes an eclectic mix of elements: classic and modern jazz, pop, electro-rock, ballroom and hip-hop, even martial arts and aerial. Benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles and The Actors Fund. $40-$160, 8 p.m. BOULEVARD3, 6523 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 866-679-0958 or or SEPT. 26: THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO Flash back to the golden age of radio with a night of classic radio mysteries reenacted. $10, 8:30 p.m. Playhouse Theatre Players, 600 Moulton Ave., Los Angeles 323-227-5410 or www. SEPT. 28: NEIL HAMBURGER A night of oddball comedy from America’s “#1 Funnyman.” $8, 9 p.m., 21+. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. 323-661-4380 or



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