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KCET Series Continues With the ‘Film Shoots’ Episode
by Jon Regardie
In the first few months of his “Downtown” series, KCET television host Huell Hoswer has discovered community treasures including the Eastern Columbia Building, the Los Angeles State Historic Park and the Downtown Art Walk. In an episode that airs this week, however, he encounters something that many in Downtown probably would not expect: New York City.
For the episode titled “Film Shoots,” Howser drops by the set of the TV show “CSI: NY,” much of which is actually shot in Downtown Los Angeles, not the Big Apple. It’s the latest in a long, long line of productions that have masked Downtown as New York, or many other cities (Baltimore, Washington, D.C., etc.), for that matter.
In the episode, Howser chats with some of the show’s actors, and explores one of Downtown’s most common sights – the film crews and their loads of trucks and production workers.
“Film Shoots” airs
Little Radio’s Big Problem
Royalty Rules Could Force a Change for Downtown Internet Pioneer
by Evan George
When Dave Conway founded Little Radio, a Downtown-based Internet radio station, he was sending out clandestine playlists to friends using illegal rooftop antennas.
Three years later, Little Radio is a multimedia company that deals in brand marketing, event planning, rock shows and even the sale of environmentally friendly electric cars. Its five employees work in two large rehabbed warehouses in the Industrial District.
But at heart – and by name – Little Radio remains centered around the web streaming of music that Conway calls the company’s “life blood and our heart and soul.” The free 24-hour radio station informs all of the other business endeavors, he said.
Not if the recording industry has anything to say about it.
In a ruling earlier this month, the Copyright Royalty Board, which manages fees that radio stations pay to the recording industry, upheld a decision to
Culver City Has Smashbox, but the Los Angeles Theatre Knows How to Party
by Kathleen Nye Flynn
I’m no fashion expert, but in the last few years I’ve snuck into my fair share of catwalk events. I’ve wiggled into Culver City’s biannual Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios a few times, either through the front door or the back.
So I had an inkling of what I was getting into when I showed up (through the front door) at Downtown’s first Fashion Week event in years, which began March 16. The two nights of shows at Broadway’s Los Angeles Theatre, I knew, had the potential to be memorable.
I arrived at the Friday night show just in time for Jared Gold’s collection. The theater’s ornate ceiling swooped above a crowd glammed out in avant-garde dresses, handmade hats and vintage styles.
The lustrous, colonnaded walls and wide, tumbling staircases, combined with the artsy folks on the guest list and DJs spinning tunes,
The New Old Lounge Act at Cicada Restaurant
by Kristin Friedrich
If you’re committed, and your shoes are semi-comfortable, Thursday nights in Downtown Los Angeles can include endless combinations of the following: symphony, theater, live music, an art walk, sporting events, a speakeasy, and bars of the wine, dive, faux bordello, frat boy and velvet rope variety.
As if the list needs to get any more colorful, there is now a Texas-born crooner who channels Sinatra and cracks wise, Rat Pack-style, with an orchestra that does not exist.
Max Vontaine appears every Thursday at Olive Street’s ornate Cicada restaurant, his rich baritone teasing out hits from the Chairman, Bobby Darin, Cab Calloway, Tom Jones and Elvis. He also tosses in the odd chestnut such as The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” and the theme song from “The Love Boat.”
One imagines a conversation with Vontaine to be filled with wafting smoke, deep chuckles and “You’re money” and “Daddy-O” asides. But
With 162 Projects, Downtown Continues to Evolve
Coming Into Focus|With 162 Projects, Downtown Continues to Evolve
by Evan George, Andrew Haas-Roche, Kathryn Maese, Kathleen Nye Flynn and Jon Regardie
Excerpts from the list relating to arts, entertainment and culture follow. Complete list of 162 projects is here.
Development Map The traditionally slow winter period had little effect on the pace of development in Downtown Los Angeles. Over the last several months, even as temperatures dropped and people tended to remain indoors whenever possible, the community not only continued its residential revolution, but began adding the bells and whistles that mark the turn from a collection of separate housing complexes into an actual neighborhood.
In the last several months, in fact, the community began to come into focus, with the opening of nearly a dozen restaurants, bars and retail outlets – everything from the upscale J Restaurant & Lounge to a second installment of coffee shop Groundwork to two locales
More Downtown Artistic Options for February 14
by Andrew Haas-Roche
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to plan something nice for the special person in your life. Dinner and flowers have already been arranged (right?), so this is the moment to accent the evening by finding something unique to do together.
One reliable standby is tickets to a special event. Fortunately, Downtown Los Angeles has a wealth of events taking place on Valentine’s Day that are perfect for dating couples, longtime married folk and even singles. From the Music Center south to USC there is no end to the options, which run the gamut from mucho expensive to free.
But don’t wait, as some of these events will sell out.
Classic Option: For those who believe that nothing says I love you like classical music, head to the University of Southern California. The USC Thornton School of Music is putting on a concert by faculty
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Downtown’s Wonderland in Sales and Services
- Best Shopping Center:7+Fig
- Best Local Florist: L.A. Flower Market
- Best Local Grocery Store: Grand Central Market
- Best Local Furniture Store: The Dock Downtown
- Best Bargain Shopping: Santee Alley
- Best Fitness Club: 24 Hour Fitness
- Best Salon: Candolyn’s Salon & Day Spa
- Best Spa: Bonaventure Club
- Best Hotel for Your In-Laws: The Biltmore Hotel
- Best Pharmacy: Rite Aid
- Best Wi-Fi Hot Spot: Starbucks
- Best Dentist: Dr. Don Mungcal, Downtown Dental
- Best Residential/Loft Complex: Medici
- Best Mom & Pop Shop: La Parrilla
- Best Secret Parking Spot: Joe’s on Hope Street
- Best Place to Blow $100: Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
- Best Medical Center: Good Samaritan Hospital
- Best Carwash: Downtown Car Wash
- Best Thing We Didn’t Think Of: Multiple WinnersEDITORS’ CHOICE
- Best Acupuncture: Dr. Steven T. H. Chang
- Best Florist: Unique Sarah Total Floral
- Best Massage: Pho-Siam
- Best Smoke Shop: Bloom’s General Store
- Best New Market: Joe’s Downtown