Rebel With a Plan
Dude, says the rebel, L.A.’s Planning Department is racist. Ed Reyes knows. He used to work there, crammed in a closet-sized office because he complained so much. Don’t get him started about the protective rules that keep housing projects out of places like West L.A. but not Boyle Heights. Or the time he got yelled at by his boss for helping a domestic-violence victim on city time. Dude, all this has gotta change, and Reyes is finally in a place to do it. The rebel is now an insider, scoring himself a seat on the City Council. He wants to call the shots on a plan to bring affordable -housing citywide, and might just pull it off — if he can get his so-called progressive friends to back him up. BY ROBERT GREENE

Renaissance in the Barrio
Will mixed-income housing revitalize Boyle Heights? Or just chase out the poor? BY GLORIA OHLAND


Image Control: "An Army of One More Teenager ...," by MR. FISH.

Accomodating Al: The canine fidelity of the president’s new consigliere — Alberto Gonzales, the man who wrote 57 of the sloppiest memos in Texas history recommending execution for death-row inmates. LOU DUBOSE, in his Letter from Austin, writes about one memo that could keep the new attorney general from taking a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Grownup In the Room: With Colin Powell gone, who will be there to try to keep the reckless armchair generals in line? DAVID CORN gives the long answer.

Right to Life: King/Drew supporters make their last stand, and it falls far short — for now. BY ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN

Plus, JEFFREY ANDERSON on an Inglewood police-brutality victim finally coming to terms.

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A CONSIDERABLE TOWN
Making very nice with Tiny Tim: DAVE SHULMAN tiptoes through the Improv’s tribute show.
Halo effect: JOSHUAH BEARMAN walks the line for the best video game ever.
Hooves and mouths: Cavalia trainers talk horse -sensibility with JUDITH LEWIS.

24/SEVEN
Prick up your ears. The hand job is back! BY SEVEN McDONALD

SNAP
King Me: Photos by TED SOQUI

JOHN POWERS ON...
Right-wing political correctness: Shut your mouth.

DISSONANCE
Speedy Gonzales: Our new attorney general can’t wait to take away more of your rights. BY MARC COOPER

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD
Failing upward, a true Hollywood story: Kinsley hires serial loser Joel Stein, despite conflicts of interest. BY NIKKI FINKE

COLUMN DAVE
Attack of the Portable Dark Ages. BY DAVE SHULMAN

LETTERS
We write, you write..

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BOOKS
The red stuff: The sullied waters of Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons. BY BRENDAN BERNHARD

THEATER
The unbearable whiteness of being: Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical, Caroline, or Change. BY STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS

ART
Let’s get small: Back to the future with Laurie Anderson and Ed Ruscha. BY DOUG HARVEY

FILM
The unkindest cut: In Moolaadé, an African village confronts the unspeakable. BY SCOTT FOUNDAS

MUSIC

Negative utopia: Laibach’s new world disorder. BY JOHN PAYNE

Live in L.A.: Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden; Morrissey; Coheed & Cambria; the Chapin Sisters.

A Lot of Night Music: California EAR Unit and Bang on a Can, "Silenced Voices," Musica Angelica. BY ALAN RICH

STYLE
Off the cuff: CLINT CATALYST checks out designer Waraire Boswell’s threads for the new gentleman.

COMICS
"BEK," BY BRUCE ERIC KAPLAN

RESTAURANTS
Counter Intelligence: The world according to Ku: Dai Ho. BY JONATHAN GOLD

Where to Eat Now: Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock

Ask Mr. Gold: On sojouk. BY JONATHAN GOLD

WHERE TO EAT NOW
Database of restaurant listings compiled by JONATHAN GOLD and MICHELLE HUNEVEN.

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CALENDAR * PICKS OF THE WEEK
November 19 - 25, 2004

Live Art Pick of the Week:

Garnet Hertz

Yes, a cockroach-driven robot could signal new depths in tech geekery. In Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine, Garnet Hertz develops a “mobile robot system literally controlled by the bodily movements and intelligence of a giant Madagascan hissing cockroach.” The roach is strapped onto a modified trackball, which, in conjunction with infrared sensors, controls a three-wheeled robot. This lowly-cyborg-creatures series started with Fly, wherein Hertz implanted a Web server into a dead housefly, which would illuminate when its site was being accessed. In Posthuman System #1, he outfitted a living Madagascan hissing cockroach with a wireless video camera, microphone and 2.4GHz transmitter. Though he has also wired a frog to the Internet, so far Hertz’s cyborg experiments have stopped short of using warm-blooded creatures. At Machine Project, 1200-D N. Alvarado St., Echo Park; Fri., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. (213) 483-8761 or www.machineproject.com/garnethertz/index.php.

—Ron Athey

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Classical & New Music

The Gaede Trio at the Harvey Aluminum House

It’s hard to say which aspect of this “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” concert gets star billing: the Gaede Trio or the Harvey Aluminum House. The award-winning German ensemble performs Mozart’s update of a Largo and Fugue by Bach, arranged for string trio; Beethoven’s Serenade in D, Op. 8; and what has become their signature piece, Eugene Ysay’s trio “Le Chimay.” Written in 1927 but making its debut after the Belgian violinist/composer’s death, it was never performed after its premiere because no score existed. Several years ago, the Gaede Trio discovered an edition in handwritten parts and set about restoring the work to playable form. You’ll get to hear it at the Harvey Aluminum House, architect John Lautner’s contribution to metallica exotica, designed in 1950 for aluminum magnate Leo Harvey, inventor of the pop-top can. Parking and shuttle at Griffith Park, Fern Dell Dr. lot; Sun., Nov. 21, 2 & 3:30 p.m.; $84 & $64. (213) 477-2929 or www.dacamera.org.

—Mary Beth Crain

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Comedy

L.A. Fest of Sketch

If there’s a theme associated with most of the 20 groups from around the country performing at the third annual L.A. Fest of Sketch, it’s that they serve up a bit more meat in their sketches than your average satire — an insight into the human condition. For example, in one scenario by Troop, a carnivalesque company from Boston, the tribulations of a business executive are juxtaposed with those of a 6-year-old orphan. And, of course, the line of decency has to get crossed somewhere. “There’s this female duo, Keilly & Roeters, who feature a talking vagina onstage,” says Lawrin Goulston Salazar, who produces the event with her husband, Joe. “Anyone who wants a talking vagina, we’ll be selling them in the lobby after the show.” At the McCadden Place Theater, 1157 N. McCadden Pl., Hlywd.; hourly shows on Thurs.-Fri., starting at 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., starting at 6 p.m.; thru Nov. 21; $10 first show, $7 second, and $5 thereafter. (323) 463-2942 or www.4LAFS.com.

—Anthony D’Alessandro

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Kids Pick of the Week:

Dan Zanes and Friends vs. Ralph's World

Two of kiddie music’s biggest draws are in town this weekend. Don’t panic — their shows are on different days, so you can hit both. But just as the Beatles and Stones had their camps, these acts don’t necessarily appeal to the same type of tyke. Ralph Covert is more clean-cut and, dare we say, square, though his songs are clever and often adorable (like those Mop Tops from Liverpool). Dan Zanes, with his silly hairdo and duets with Lower East Side rock heroes like Lou Reed and Deborah Harry, draws toddlers whose parents were singing Ramones songs to them in utero and is, like the Stones in the ‘60s, your more trippy — better make that “skippy” — choice. Dan Zanes at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Wstwd.; Sun., Nov. 21, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.; $20, $10 under 12. (310) 825-2101. Ralph’s World at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Sat., 11 a.m.; Nov. 13-27; $10. (323) 668-0318.

—Libby Molyneaux

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