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Live, Work & Play, Downtown L.A. Downtown Center Business Improvement District
October 2008
What's Up Downtown
In this issue:

» New Businesses
» Upcoming Events
We're thankful to be part of a community that is constantly growing, now including 9 new businesses. This month, we're also looking forward to two featured events in celebration of our community. Come join us!
New Businesses
227 E. 9th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 624-7272

Mon-Sat: 8am-4pm »
Gram and Papa's

At Gram and Papa's, you'll find a simple menu of high-quality salads and sandwiches in full and half portions, all under $12. Choosy customers can customize their own salad. Gram and Papa's prides themselves on their reasonable prices for gourmet ingredients and fast, friendly service.
1234 Wilshire Blvd. #105

Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 482-4812

Daily: 11am-9pm »
Mitaki Sushi

Named after one of Japan's most inspiring mountains, this quick and fresh Japanese eatery dishes up specialty rolls, sashimi, cooked entree plates, and mochi ice cream. Mitaki Sushi’s arrival contributes to a growing row of retail businesses on this block of Wilshire in City West.
740 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 471-2415 »
New City Church of LA

New City Church of Los Angeles is a non-denominational, multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic Christian church in Downtown LA. We are not a traditional or a contemporary church. We have created an environment where you can learn more about Christianity without being intellectually insulted, pressured or judged.
524 Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 623-8301

Daily: 7:30am-3:30am »
Nickel Diner

This stylish, retro diner is a welcome addition to Main Street, serving a delicious breakfast and lunch (with dinner coming this fall). Don't miss their selection of house-made pastries and desserts. Customers are already raving about this dependable brunch spot – especially their maple bacon donuts.
645 W. 9th St. #107

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 622-6560

Mon-Fri: 10am-9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-8pm »
Quiznos Sub Sandwich Shop

We make bold, toasty, delicious sandwiches to stuff your face and fill your belly. Striving to make the best soups, salads, and cookies in town, we use high quality ingredients and chef-designed recipes, and we toast nearly anything and everything that will fit in our famous Quiznos toasters.
436 S. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 627-7223

Tues-Fri: 11am-7pm
Sat: 11am-5pm »
raw materials

Raw Materials is an arts and architectural supplies store in Downtown Los Angeles. Currently carrying paints, brushes, canvas, and drawing implements, inventory is still growing to include tools for airbrushing, framing, painting, sculpture, how-to literature and architectural supplies.
520 W. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 439-5700

Mon-Fri: 11am-9 pm
Sat: 12-9pm
Sun: 4-9pm »
ShowBiz Ribs

Amid walls covered with movie posters and photos of rock legends and Hollywood elites, Showbiz Ribs serves tasty beef and pork ribs, BBQ shrimp and salmon, tri-tip, sandwiches and salads at affordable prices. Don’t leave without trying the Vermont Mac&Chz. Thanks to a secret BBQ recipe, "There's no ribs like Showbiz!"
852 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-8007

Tues-Thurs: 11am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm »

SipTea is a modern tea house that celebrates the ancient art of tea drinking. The friendly staff is eager to help make sense of their large tea selection and nourishing sandwiches, salads, and raw desserts. For the eco-minded, ingredients are fair trade or from local businesses and farms. Come, enjoy the WiFi internet, and relax.
New Downtown Route

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 463-3333

Daily: 8am-9:30pm »
StarLine Tours

Since 1935, StarLine Tours has provided exciting sightseeing tours in Hollywood and Los Angeles, including major attractions such as Universal Studios, Disneyland, J. Paul Getty Museum, and now Downtown Los Angeles! Pick ups are available at most hotels in the greater LA area and route connections are available.
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Upcoming Events
  Featured Event:
October 3

when: 11am-2pm
where: 7+FIG
Ernst & Young Plaza
735 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $7
Go to event site »
Public Safety Appreciation Barbecue

Good food for a good cause! The 9th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Barbecue benefits the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association. Come enjoy prime rib sandwiches from Morton's The Steakhouse and pastas & side salads from California Pizza Kitchen. All public service personnel eat free with ID.
  Featured Event:
October 31

when: 6pm-9pm
where: Grand Hope Park
@ FIDM (Hope & 9th)
Los Angeles, CA 90015
price: FREE
Go to event site »
1st Annual Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids!

Join us at this wonderful community event for Downtown LA Kids and their families! Downtown LA is burgeoning with new families and we would like you to get to know each other and help us to build our community.
Now-October 12

when: Thurs-Sat @ 8pm
Sun @ 7pm
where: Company of Angels
501 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
price: $15
Go to event site »
The Chalk Boy

There's more going on in the tiny town of Clear Creek than the opening of a new Taco Bell. In this deathly black comedy, four local girls will take you on a tour of their funny, yet brutal, reality as they struggle with faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra, and the disappearance of... The Chalk Boy.
October 1-18

when: See site for more info
where: Los Angeles Opera
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $20-$235
Go to event site »
Madama Butterfly

Puccini described Madama Butterfly as his most deeply felt and imaginative opera. This heart-breaking drama of Puccini's most tragic heroine is illuminated in new ways in this elegant minimalist production by Robert Wilson.
October 3-5

when: See site for more info
where: LA Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
price: $30-$115
Go to event site »
E For All Expo

Created for gamers of all types, E for All Expo is the event for anyone who wants to get their hands on the latest video games. From product debuts, test-drives of the latest games and gadgets, to tournaments and pro gamers and more - E for All has the complete interactive entertainment package.
October 3 & 10

when: 8pm
where: 532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
price: FREE
Go to event site »
Friday Night Flicks @ Pershing Square

Presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks and Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, enjoy free Friday Night Flicks on the lawn at Pershing Square.

October 3: Chinatown
October 10: L.A. Confidential
October 4

when: 12pm-12am
where: City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $40
Go to event site »
LA Weekly: Detour Festival

Spread across 6 city blocks around City Hall, Detour will feature over 25 acts on 4 outdoor stages, plus vendors and art installations. Bands include genre-bending The Mars Volta and Gypsy-punk collective Gogol Bordello. Take the Metro (there’s a stop just steps away), stroll the streets, and celebrate world-class music.
October 4 & 18

when: 10am
where: Meeting point to be disclosed upon registration
price: $35 per person
Info for Oct 4 »
Info for Oct 18 »
CityRace Urban Adventure Hunt
Downtown LA: Upside-Downtown

From Downtown's Historic Core to Little Tokyo, this challenging hunt will take you through some of the city's most historic neighborhoods. You'll discover Downtown L.A. as you solve cryptic clues and brainteasing puzzles in this iconic urban adventure through L.A.'s past, present and future.
October 6

when: 8pm
where: 350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
price: FREE
Go to event site »
North Atlantic Jazz Alliance
Grand Performances 2008 Closing Performance

Since 2003, the North Atlantic Jazz Alliance, a German-American jazz collective has been seamlessly fusing jazz adaptations of classical pieces with touches of avant-garde compositions and funk-infused, straight-ahead rhythms.
October 12

when: 7pm
where: Walt Disney Concert Hall
151 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $19-$124
Go to event site »
LA Master Chorale: Rachmaninoff + Haydn
2008 Opening Performance

As the voice of Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has become one of the world’s leading choirs. The Master Chorale opens their 45th season with a pair of fantastically contrasting works: Rachmaninoff’s monumental Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the grandest of Haydn’s masses, Harmonie Mass.
October 23-26

where: Million Dollar Theater
207 S. Broadway
The Edison
108 W. 2nd St.
price: $20-$100
Go to event site »
Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival

The world-famous Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival, dedicated to Exploration, Education, Imagination and Earth Conservation, is where science meets fiction! The acclaimed international event was created in Paris 16 years ago and is now proud to be a part of the cultural Renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles.
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