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November 2008
What's Up Downtown
In this issue:

» New Businesses
» Downtown Demographic
   Survey 2008

» Holiday Stay & Play
» Upcoming Events
» Downtown Deals
Downtown doesn't slow down! Check out 10 new businesses and some great upcoming events, many continuing through the holidays! If you're considering a vacation, Holiday Stay & Play makes it easy for you to enjoy unique holiday packages at premier hotels in Downtown L.A. Enjoy your vacation close to home, finish your holiday shopping, and discover a hotbed of culture and entertainment in Downtown. For restaurants, nightlife, entertainment, sports, and more, come join us!
New Businesses
545 S. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 748-7485

Daily: 7am-7pm »
Bark Avenue (Main Street)

Bark Avenue has served Downtown for 5 years, and now offers a second location featuring a fenced outdoor dining area, hourly daycare, grooming, a lounge with coffee and HDTV, and Wi-Fi internet. Don't miss the grand opening on Saturday, November 15, featuring Disney's Bolt and the Bolt Across America Tour.
816 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-12am »

Caliyogurt is known for its fresh, healthy ingredients that will satisfy and leave you feeling energized! Fresh berries, whole nuts, exotic fruits, even coconut shavings served over fresh frozen yogurt, what else do you need?
1850 Industrial St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434 »
Church & State

Have a special occasion coming up? Don't miss Steven Arroyo's new brasserie in the Biscuit Company Lofts. This fine French restaurant in the Arts District features exquisite food, a great wine list, and a charming interior of bricks and lights on strings.
204 W. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3493

Daily: 10am-6pm
Crack Gallery

This new clothing boutique and art gallery carries unique clothes and accessories for both men and women. Located on the corner of 6th and Spring, the store will also be open late during the Downtown Art Walk, exhibiting the artwork decorating the walls.
350 S. Grand Ave. #B-2

Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 613-9972

Mon-Fri: 10:30am-4pm »
Johnnie's New York Pizzeria

Boasting fresh ingredients, great-tasting Italian food, and generous portions for the price, Johnnie's is a great new addition to the California Plaza. Although Johnnie's is known for its New York style pizza, you'll also enjoy salads, pastas, calzones, and sandwiches.
501 W. Olympic Blvd. #103

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-6284

Mon-Fri: 6am-8pm
Sat: 7am-7pm
Sun: 11am-7pm »
Maui Wowi Hawaiian

This Hawaiian-themed coffee and smoothie shop features an exclusive line of Hawaiian blend coffee, Kona espresso drinks, signature Fresh Fruit Smoothies, and free Wi-Fi, not to mention 'Aloha Spirit'. Maui Wowi also offers other treats, like Hawaiian coffee, snacks, and gourmet items.
448 S. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 327-2220 »
Safari Sam's

One of L.A. and Orange County's favorite music venues since 1985, Safari Sam's has relocated from Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood to the Regent Theatre on Main Street. Safari Sam's is an all-ages restaurant, club, and music venue with an eclectic mix of performances.
451 S. Hewitt St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 797-4534

Daily: 7am-5pm »
Urth Caffé

Urth Caffé prepares a wide selection of healthy entrees, soups, organic salads, and sandwiches. Savor fresh, delicious desserts – ranging from decadent to low fat to vegan – and organic specialty coffees, coffee drinks, and teas. Urth's westside locations are already famous, so you'll enjoy this cozy new Arts District location.
618 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 489-1555 »
Versus L.A. Nightclub

Versus L.A. Nightclub opened in the former Stock Exchange, following much renovation and historic restoration. Forecast as a "marquee destination of world-wide DJs and performers," Versus features three floors of nightlife bliss, including an intimate lounge, a second-floor dance area and balcony, and a VIP room on the third floor.
1234 Wilshire Blvd. #106

Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 250-0016

Mon-Fri: 7am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm
Wien Bakery & Cake House

This Austrian-inspired, Euro-Korean bakery is already well-known in Koreatown for their baked goods, including cakes, tortes, eclairs, and sweet breads. You'll also enjoy coffee beverages, smoothies, ice cream shakes, and breakfast foods. Visit Wien (pronounced "Veen") Bakery on Wilshire, just west of the 110.
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Upcoming Events
  Featured Event:
Take It Now!

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Downtown Demographic Survey 2008

Make your opinion count! Help us capture Downtown LA's most wanted. Take our demographic survey and help us attract the businesses YOU WANT to Downtown LA. Complete the survey and enter to win valuable prizes, including gift certificates & merchandise.
  Featured Event:
Now – January

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Holiday Stay & Play

Stay close to home and take advantage of affordable holiday packages at premier hotels in Downtown Los Angeles. Experience world-class art, music, theater and more. Take care of holiday shopping and enjoy a tremendous range of dining and nightlife. With so much to do, the holidays are a great time to visit the heart of Los Angeles.
Now – December 7

when: see event site
where: Ahmanson Theatre
Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $20+
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Spring Awakening

Broadway's most talked about new musical is now the biggest Tony Award®-winner in years. Spring Awakening is a groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll, celebrating the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.
Now – December 14

where: The New LATC
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Face of the World Festival

Featuring music, dance, poetry and spoken-word performances, local and international artists address contemporary universal themes, creating lively cross cultural dialogue. A focus on presenting and supporting the development of under-represented artists and their unique stories is a highlight of the Festival.
Now – December 17

when: see event site
where: Mark Taper Forum
Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $20+
Go to event site »
The School of Night

"A terrific new history play... an Elizabethan whodunit... a funny and blistering portrait of an age far less golden that it is widely believed to have been." A young playwright is brutally and mortally stabbed. William Shakespeare, Thomas Kyd, and Sir Walter Raleigh are suspects, and everyone has a hidden agenda.
Now – January 5

when: see museum hours
where: MOCA Grand Avenue
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $10
Go to event site »
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective

The first major retrospective to be mounted in the U.S., this exhibit includes key selections from Kippenberger’s entire career: Paintings, sculpture, installations, photographs, posters, books, and more. Kippenberger’s life and work were centered on the role of the artist in the culture and within the system of art.
Now – January 11

when: see museum hours
where: Japanese American National Museum
369 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $8
Go to event site »
20 Years Ago Today:
Supporting Visual Artists in L.A.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the California Community Foundation’s Fellowships for Visual Artists, this exhibition illustrates the cultural emergence of the most innovative and exciting visual art made in Los Angeles over the past 20 years – including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, video and film, and experimental media.
Now – January 18

when: see event site
where: REDCAT Gallery
631 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: FREE
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9 Scripts From A Nation At War

This multi-channel video installation responds to conditions and questions that have arisen since March 2003, taking the U.S. context as an initial point of view. While 2003 marks the beginning of the invasion of Iraq by U.S. military forces, the conflict reaches backwards and forwards in history and memory, with few boundaries.
November 15 – December 14

when: see event site
where: Los Angeles Opera
Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $20+
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Bizet's sizzling opera springs to vivid life in this production that originated at Madrid's Teatro Real. Emilio Sagi directs this great masterpiece of the lyric theatre, featuring the ravishing Mezzo-soprano Viktoria Vizin as Carmen and Tenor Marcus Haddock is the obsessive and self-destructive Don José.
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Downtown Deals

Now – November 30

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 486-5171 »
Celebrating 10 Years of Ciudad

In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, Ciudad invites you to try some of their premium drinks and dishes – at discounted prices – for the entire month of November! Plus, daily prize giveaways and a 10% discount on parties of 10!

Now – January 31

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 486-5171

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Free Mojito

Chefs Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger, Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”, invite you to dine at Ciudad and enjoy a Free Mojito. Experience the bold, seductive flavors of the Latin world with authentic dishes from South America, Cuba, Spain, and beyond. Free Shuttle to Music Center, Staples, and Nokia, running Tuesday through Saturday evenings.
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