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New plank for the Redwood

It's a sad truth: So many of the great bars are gone. When you think of downtown L.A., you think about such old-timers as Al's Bar, Gorky's, Yi Me Loo and the Redwood House, a 2nd Street bar that bore the distinction of being in close proximity to the Los Angeles Times offices. And it was good enough for JFK. When it closed last July, the veteran tavern had seen better days. Now it's in the hands of entrepreneur Dev Dugal and former Golden Gopher GM Christian Frizzell, and downtowners can look forward to the Redwood's rebirth in September. Designer Fred Sutherland (Deep, Forty Deuce) is creating a nautical-themed watering hole with a penchant for pirates.... And speaking of downtown, the Golden Gopher celebrates two years of making downtown hip tonight.

1-year-old celebrates

The world beat Thursday-night club Mundial is throwing its one-year anniversary party tonight at Falcon on Sunset.... Heading out to Sin City on June 29 for the first-year anniversary party for the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Rumor has it they're having a legs contest and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons may be on deck to judge.... On Sunday, party-throwers the Alliance begin hosting Monday backgammon parties poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt.

Resolute ownership

Party of the week winner goes toGuy Starkman and Cindy Margolis, who hosted an old-time carnival at their nightclub Guy's North on Saturday. There to catch a performance by the colorful crew the Ohmies were Dayanara Torres, producer Jimmy Jam, "American Idol's" Constantine Maroulis, Bill Bellamy and Holly Robinson Peete. The event raised money for Resolve, a New York organization that helps couples with infertility problems.... Rat Pack fans won't want to miss this Sunday's Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis tribute comedy act at Frank & Dean's nightclub in Pasadena. Crooner Danny DeLurgio does a mean Dean, and Jerry Lewis impersonator David Wolf is a toothy marvel.

Seen on the scene

Digital Underground's Shock G (a.k.a. Greg Jacobs) performed a piano set on Sunday at the Bistro in Burbank.... Courteney Cox celebrated her birthday with 10 pals, including Kathleen Turner and hubby David Arquette, at Il Sole last Thursday night.... La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills celebrates 40 years tonight with a red-carpet shindig. Among the RSVPs are Rose McGowan, Gina Gershon and William Claxton.... DJ AM and She Wants Revenge performed at Tuesday's T-Mobile Sidekick 3 bash at the Hollywood Palladium.

Memphis mission

Adam Brody, James Wilder, Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Piven and Michelle Rodriguez were among the stars who turned out for last week's L.A. Mission fundraiser at Memphis in Hollywood. Hosted by Rachel Bilson, Chef Yossi and DJ Jake Hoffman, the event raised $3,000.... And a belated birthday shout-out to Mike Einziger of Incubus, who was set to celebrate his 30th at LAX on Wednesday night.

-- Heidi Siegmund Cuda

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