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July 2008
What's Up Downtown
In this issue:

» Upcoming Events
» New Businesses
» Downtown Deals
Wow! With some great upcoming events and 11 new businesses since June's issue, there's a lot to experience in July. What's more: If you're considering a vacation, L.A. Stay & Play makes it easy for you to enjoy affordable summer packages at premier hotels in Downtown L.A. Save travel time and enjoy world-class music, theater, museums, sports, and entertainment, plus a tremendous range of restaurants and nightlife. Come join us!
Upcoming Events
  Featured Event:
July 29

when: 6-9pm
where: 555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: FREE
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Dog Day Afternoon
at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A community event for Downtown Los Angeles dogs of all faiths... and their humans! (Downtowners without dogs are welcome, too.) Meet your neighbors, enjoy a Dodger Dog dinner, and discover some local businesses serving downtown dogs. Last year, some 200 dogs and 300 people attended.
Now – July 6

when: various showtimes
where: Center Theatre Group
Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $30-$100
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A Chorus Line

In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed—to have the chance to dance. Winner of nine Tony Awards, A Chorus Line is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.
July 9–13

when: various times
where: 555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: FREE-$150
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Shakespeare Festival/LA
The Taming of the Shrew @ The Cathedral

With SF/LA behind the wheel, The Taming of the Shrew fires on all cylinders with a high-octane, uniquely Los Angeles look at Shakespeare's classic comedy. Navigating with passions at full throttle, Kate and Petruchio ride off-road, venture over the rocky terrain of romance, and chart a customized course for true love.
July 12 & 26

when: 9am-1:15pm
where: RSVP for details
price: FREE
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Saturday Housing Bus Tour
Hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District

If you've been thinking about moving to Downtown L.A. but don't know where to begin, our Saturday Housing Bus Tour is for you! This 4-hour tour will take you through 6-7 locations. From adaptive reuse, loft-style apartments in historic office buildings to luxury apartments, Downtown offers real estate for those of you bored with suburban living.
July 16–20

when: various showtimes
where: STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $15-$90
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Over the Top
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Experience maniacal mayhem as Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty compete for a magical top hat that brings life to their fantastical imaginations. Dogs fly, Asian elephants groove and one courageous man stands eye to eye with a pack of powerful Bengal tigers, all at the 138th Edition of The Greatest Show on Earth.
July 17 – August 2

when: various showtimes
where: REDCAT
631 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $10-$18
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2008 New Original Works Festival

REDCAT's fifth annual NOW Festival encourages risk and invention to foster new dance, theater, music and hybrid performance works from artists throughout L.A. These innovative and interdisciplinary projects bend traditions and investigate new visions of work for the stage.
July 24

when: 5-9pm
where: Shrine Auditorium
700 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
price: $20
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L.A.'s Largest Mixer X

Join Los Angeles area chambers and business organizations for the 10th anniversary of the ultimate business networking event! L.A.'s Largest Mixer X is a great opportunity to reach small to large companies, meet new clients and learn more about L.A. chambers of commerce and business organizations.
July 30

when: 8-10pm
where: 532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
price: FREE
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Pershing Square Summer Concert Series

One of the highlights of Pershing Square's Year-Round Programming, the Summer Concert Series includes a variety of concerts & events. With radio hits of the 1970s and five albums ranging from progressive to experimental, Ambrosia is as comfortable with ballads as they are with driving rock and roll.
July 31 – August 1

when: various events
where: STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: FREE-$20
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X Games 14

The X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world's best athletes competing in BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard and Rally Car Racing. Witness the competiton at the STAPLES Center and the new Event Deck at LA LIVE.
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New Businesses
300 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90071 »
Cantaloop Natural Frozen Yogurt

With locations already in Hollywood, Pasadena and Orange County, Cantaloop has developed its own following in the fro-yo craze. Featuring four flavors and a variety of toppings, Cantaloop now joins a widening variety of culinary options in California Plaza.
369 E. 1st St.

Inside the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 258-2581

Daily: 11am-6pm »
Chado Tea Room

Located inside the Japanese American National Museum's Terasaki Garden Café, Chado offers a complete Afternoon Tea (served throughout the day) "without a hint of snobbery." Their selection includes almost 300 tea varieties from over 10 countries around the world. Soups, salads, sandwiches, scones and cakes are also available.
433 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 489-2999

Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Falafel Express

Falafel Express (Glatt Kosher) offers delicious, affordable Mediterranean standards, including falafel, shawarma, kabob, salds, hummus, and dips.
505 S. Flower St.

B-Level, Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 623-3236

Mon-Fri: 5am-9pm »

At this fourth downtown location for Famima!!, you'll find only the freshest of foods, the most tempting of imported treats and gourmet snacks, all of your everyday necessities, and beverages galore. Open early and open late, Famima!! offers selection, service, and quality on the go.
521 S. Hewitt St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 625-1725

Mon, Tues, Fri-Sun: 10am-6pm »
Loft Appeal

Already beloved by downtown residents looking for furniture, lighting, dining and decorating options to fit their Downtown L.A. lifestyle, Loft Appeal has opened a new, second location at the Barker Block. This 10,000 square-foot showroom includes furnishings in a variety of styles.
615 S. Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 623-4777

Mon-Fri: 11am-11pm
Sat-Sun: 4-11pm »
Maria's Italian Kitchen & Maria's Express

The newest Maria’s brings all the style, warmth and passion of Italy to the heart of LA’s vibrant downtown. From lunch hour to happy hour, big deals to big nights, the good life is happening all the time. If you're on the go, visit Maria's Express, where lunch is always fresh, thoughtfully prepared, and ready when you are.
255 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-1192

Daily: 11am-10pm »

Visit Pastagina's new location on Grand Avenue. Pastagina uses only premium natural ingredients like Italian olive oil, Italian Parmigiano cheese and local dairy products. An innovative machine cooks individual portions of pasta for each order, perfectly al-dente from the first order of the day to the last.
1234 Wilshire Blvd.

Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 250-2345

Daily: 7am-11pm »

The SUBWAY® restaurant chain serves fresh, great tasting, made-for-you sandwiches and salads, many of which have 6 grams of fat or less. Offering a healthful alternative to traditionally fatty fast food has made the SUBWAY® chain a popular destination for health-conscious consumers.
404 S. Figueroa St.

Ste 102 (Flower St. entrance)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 489-3590

Daily: 4pm-1:30am »
Suede Bar & Lounge

Located on the ground level of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Suede is an upscale, ultra-lounge hangout for downtown professionals, loft dwellers, and Hollywood émigrés attracted to the hustle and bustle of urban night life. Suede bosts a stunning bar, eclectic music, plush suede seating, and a relaxing outdoor patio.
801 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 590-9111

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-2pm »
Opera Paints

Opera Paints is a new generation of environmentally-responsible, innovative products that achieve the highest quality in finishing solutions on the market. Manufactured in Italy by Di Donato, the lime in Opera Paints and plasters comes from the regions around Venice, known for centuries for their exceptional qualities.
125 E. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 623-4300

Tues-Sun: 12-7pm »
Upper Playground & The Last Laugh

San Francisco-based Upper Playground opened below the Santa Fe Lofts with a retail store – featuring hoodies, t-shirts, shoes, and home furnishings – and art gallery. The Last Laugh features apparel and photographs by artists Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol. The fourth space will host rotating retail and art exhibits.
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Downtown Deals
Historic Core

Wednesday nights,
May 28 - July 2 »
“Nights on the Town” in Historic Downtown

Enjoy dinner and drink specials on Wednesday nights. Numerous local favorites are offering discounted dishes and complimentary desserts, wines, and more. Enjoy the long evenings and the buzz on Broadway with LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats! See you on the town for dinner!
Maria's Downtown

July 1 - July 31, 2008

615 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 623-4777 »
Table for 2. Check for 1.

Introducing Maria’s Downtown, the chic new member of the Maria’s Italian Kitchen family. Here, a meal is an event, food is a passion, and dinner is on us. For a limited time, when you buy one dinner entrée at Maria’s Downtown, you’ll get a second one—of equal or lesser value—FREE (up to $16).
California Science Center

Now - August 22, 2008

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 724-3623

download $4 off coupon » »
Body Worlds 3: $4 off evening tickets

Visit this anatomical exhibition of over 200 plastinates and organs that offer profound insight into the human body, health, disease and the cardiovascular system. Receive $4 off one admission ticket when redeemed for Monday-Friday entry times. Valid from 5pm-9pm, last entry 7:30pm.
e3rd Steakhouse

Extended Offer

734 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 680-3003 »
$15 Four-Course Tasting Meal

Jason Ha invites you to a $15 four-course (beef, pork or fish) tasting meal at his Historic Arts District steakhouse with mention of this coupon. Food critics call his showstopper sides and unique Asian-marinated meat dishes "sublime."

Extended Offer

117 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 624-7873 »
15% Off Your First Visit

salonPURE provides innovative cuts, unique color concepts, and a professional atmosphere – without the pretentious mood. Located on Gallery Row, the salon also showcases local artists in a rotating exhibit.
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