In A Hip Downtown Los Angeles Bar, Karaoke Meets Panhandling -

09/04/2011 11:41 am ET | Updated Nov 04, 2011

The weekly karaoke contest at Bar 107 epitomizes the evolution of downtown Los Angeles from slum to hip urban enclave. There is the self-conscious kitsch (a stag head wearing a football helmet mounted on the cluttered walls, along with the Elvis portrait), the skinny jeans, the men with mustaches, the '80s tunes from Journey and Depeche Mode.