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

» New Businesses
» Upcoming Events
» Downtown Deals
Summer is winding down, but Downtown is not! With so many new businesses and interesting events, now is a great time to explore your Downtown. And don't forget: If you're considering a vacation this Labor Day, 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!
New Businesses
1308 Factory Place #314

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 627-2743 »
Factory Place Yoga

"Yoga brings people together. A yoga studio is a place to come and share your practice, your energy, your sense of being part of something larger than yourself. It is a place where you are welcome. Factory Place Yoga is a neighborhood studio." – Marcy Tropin
714 W. 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 229-0030

Daily: 6:30am-10pm
High Point Coffee

High Point Coffee provides a world-class coffeehouse experience. Our coffees, espresso drinks and teas are carefully prepared by experienced Baristas for a unique High Point experience. High Point Coffee supports sustainable growing practices and equitable relationships through worldwide alliances.
369 E. 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-0340 »
Kimski Makes

Kimski is a Los Angeles-based Design and Apparel Company fusing cross-cultural global urban style with refined everyday living. Kimski Makes sells modern furniture and fashion – with an emphasis on vintage clothing – for a refined urban lifestyle.
118 W. 5th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 627-1133

Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10pm
Sat: 6pm-10pm
Lime Cafe, Gallery & Bar

At this fresh, organic Mexican grill on 5th near Spring, you'll find good food and drinks in a casual atmosphere. This hip, healthy Mexican dining concept was initially molded by community input at, and now brings a unique menu to the neighborhood. When you go, be sure to check out the art on the walls.
257 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-8606

Mon-Thurs: 11am-11pm
Fri: 11am-12pm
Sat: 12pm-12am
Sun: 12pm-10:30pm »
Origami Bistro & Bar

You'll find remarkable Euro/Asian fusion dishes served tapas style along with the freshest sushi, amazing specialty rolls and our famous Kobe steaks. Blending European, Asian, and Latin sauces and techniques, Origami Bistro & Bar will always welcome you with superior service and heartfelt gratification.
600 W. 9th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 489-4200

Daily: 7am-10pm »
Panini Cafe

A blend of old-world favorites with a healthy european flair, Panini Cafe is committed to quality and creativity. Produce and breads are delivered fresh daily, and menu items are made from scratch. Although known for their paninis, their menu also features a variety of Italian and Mediterranean food.
645 W. 9th St.

On Hope, under the Market Lofts
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 626-1164

Daily: 10am-10pm »

Visit Pastagina's new location on Hope St. 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.
645 W. 9th St.

On Flower, under the Market Lofts
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 489-4694

Daily: 7am-10pm »
Robeks Juice

Fresh, premium, and made-to-order, our products are brimming with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts and energizers. Our nutritional experts carefully formulate Robeks’ recipes with the right balance of proteins, carbs and fiber to give your body exactly what it needs to live healthfully.
335 E. 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0830

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

Known for Hello Kitty and her animal friends, Sanrio offers colorful and cheery products. Small Gift, Big Smile. We invite all our guests to experience the magic of these four simple words. At Sanrio, we believe that a gift is more than just a gift. A gift is a means of expressing our heartfelt feelings for others.
1053 S. Hill St.

Across from The Mayan
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(877) 828-0419
SugaCane Lounge

Already receiving rave reviews, this family-run restaurant offers delicious, authentic Caribbean food with exceptionally friendly service. The menu features a variety of dishes, and servers are eager to answer questions about the food. When you go, consider the watermelon ginger juice, a customer favorite.
428 E. 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-8877

Tues-Sun: 6pm-2am »
Tapas & Wine Bar C

Elegant decor, a modern swanky atmosphere, and hostesses dressed as French maids provide a unique lounge experience in Little Tokyo. Expect highly attentive service and a comfortable, intimate environment.
261 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(310) 206-6201 »
UCLA Extension Downtown at Figueroa Courtyard

Beginning this Summer, Angelenos can enjoy high-quality courses at UCLA Extension, the premier Downtown learning center from California’s leading provider of continuing education. State-of-the-art, custom-built classrooms with access to downtown and public transportation are ideally suited to working professionals and nearby residents.
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Upcoming Events
  Featured Event:
Sept 28

when: 11am – 5pm
where: Grand Avenue
Between Temple & 4th
Los Angeles, CA 90014
price: FREE
Go to event site »
Grand Avenue Festival

Discover Downtown Los Angeles for the best in arts & culture! Enjoy music, theater, dance performances, artmaking, drum circles, museum gallery tours, and acclaimed Grand Avenue restaurants. The 2008 Festival is a partnership between the leading cultural organizations that call Downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Avenue home.
  Early Notice:
Oct 3

when: 11am-2pm
where: 7+FIG
Ernst & Young Plaza
735 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $8
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.
NOW – Oct 19

where: Mark Taper Forum
at the Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $24-$62
Go to event site »
House of Blue Leaves

The Pope’s 1965 visit to New York brings the hope of answered prayers and a few unexpected guests to an apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, where Artie, a zookeeper, pines for a new life as a songwriter. His dreams are complicated by a stay-at-home wife, a pushy mistress and an AWOL son with his own plans for fame.
NOW – Dec 15

where: Geffen Contemporary
152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
price: $10
Go to event site »
Index: Conceptualism in California

This exhibition draws upon MOCA’s substantial holdings of works by artists who have lived and worked in California and have contributed to the international lexicon of conceptual art, surveying the evolution of conceptual and post-studio practices by highlighting significant individual works alongside multiple works by artists.
Sept 3 – Oct 19

where: Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $30-$100
Go to event site »
9 to 5: The Musical

A new, star-studded musical comedy based on the classic hit movie! Allison Janney stars as Violet, the efficient office manager who joins her co-workers – frazzled divorcée Judy and sexy secretary Doralee – to turn the tables on their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot” boss, Franklin Hart, Jr.
Sept 6-26

where: Los Angeles Opera
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $20-$235
Go to event site »
Il Trittico

Award-winning film directors William Friedkin and Woody Allen join forces for a new production of Puccini's trio of one-act operas. Il Tabarro is the story of a love triangle with a tragic end. Suor Angelica tells of a cloistered nun with a worldly secret. Gianni Schicchi is a romantic comedy that takes a page from Dante.
Sept 18 – Nov 9

when: 8:30pm
where: REDCAT Gallery
631 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $10-$20
Go to event site »
John Bock: Palms

Perhaps best known for his live, unpredictable performances, John Bock blurs artistic convention, constructing a boundless world all his own. Gravitating more recently towards multi-media works, Palms reflects the artist’s interest in the narrative structure and genre conventions of film.
Sept 25-28

where: STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $22-$88.50
Go to event site »
Walking With Dinosaurs

In almost cinematic realism, Earth’s continents split, arid desert becomes lush prairies, oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire. Carnivorous dinosaurs evolve to walk on two legs, herbivores fend off their more agile predators – all leading to the massive comet and the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Sept 26

when: 2pm – 8:30pm
where: US Bank Tower
633 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: See site for info
Go to event site »
YMCA Stair Climb to the Top

Climb the 1,500 steps of the US Bank Tower - the tallest office building west of the Mississippi - to promote healthy lifestyles and raise funds that help the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.
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Downtown Deals
Warung Cafe

Extended Offer

118 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 626-0662 »
Wallet and Waist Watchers

Warung Café's hearty small meat meals for under $15 are the exact size prescribed under new U.S. Federal Guidelines. Choices include the grilled 3-ounce Filet Mignon, or Baby Lamb Chops with mint basil pesto sauce, matched with the Wok Stir-Fried Wild Mushrooms, lightly sautéed with garlic and butter soy sauce.
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