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July 13, 2006|Heidi Siegmund Cuda, with Kevin Bronson

Mourning Tracy Thielen

The scene is in a funk over the loss of musician Tracy Thielen, the frontman of Tracy and the Hindenberg Ground Crew. The underground artist, poet and musician died at 43 of a drug overdose on June 20, and those familiar with his work and humor knew him to be one of a kind. Both a prankster and a gentleman, he produced spoken-word records for Viggo Mortensen, Exene Cervenka and John Doe and released quirky, iconic albums on his own Action Box Records. Thielen's pal Quentin Tarantino is expected to be among the mourners at a memorial service scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Church in Hollywood. In a city filled with acquaintances, Tracy Thielen was a friend.

DJs and mariachis

Some establishments completely change their character when they change hands. But the latest downtown L.A. bar to get new ownership, the venerable tejano bar La Cita, is more likely to turn into a cultural cocktail. The Grand Central Market-adjacent bar on Hill Street will keep its Saturday night and Sunday afternoon dance clubs with mariachi bands and offer DJ music Mondays through Fridays. "A friendly atmosphere and a mix of cultures -- that's what we're going for," says Carl Lofgren, who along with Dave Neupert and Pete Lenavit got the keys to the place last week. Lofgren and Neupert have been involved with hipster havens the Short Stop, Footsies and the Scene.... Hollywood heavyweight Rick Calamaro (Nacional/Ivar/Holly's) is expanding to Santa Monica with Holly's West, the swanky sister club to his trendy Hollywood nightclub. Holly's West makes its official debut Saturday.

Seen on the scene

Kelly Osbourne and Bobby Brown happened by Tokio on Cahuenga.... Former Las Palmas GM Shayne Anderson has signed on to be the new GM of Les Deux, the hot new spot by the Dolce Group. Keanu Reeves broke in Les Deux at an after-party on June 29 for the premiere of "A Scanner Darkly." Also partying into the wee hours were Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson and Prince. On Friday night, the Alliance moves in to host its new weekly party there.... Spotted behind the scenes at the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona last Friday: Joan Jett chilling on a lawn chair outside her tour bus, Brett Gurewitz rolling up in a Prius on his way to check out Escape the Fate and Fishbone's Angelo Moore encouraging youth to try freestyle spoken word. Best Dressed Punk award went to NOFX's Fat Mike, in a leopard-print cap and turquoise Adolescents T-shirt.... Record exec Jordan Schur, the Firm's Jeff Kwatinetz and Peter Katsis celebrated soccer at the "LOTTO World Cup" party at the Polaroid Beach House in Malibu on Sunday. Among the guests: Nick Stahl, Jesse Metcalf and Lindsay Lohan.

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-- Heidi Siegmund Cuda, with Kevin Bronson

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