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

» New Businesses
» Upcoming Events
» Downtown Deals
2008 was a big year for Downtown Los Angeles, with over 100 new businesses and hundreds of events! We're looking forward to another great year as the Downtown Renaissance continues, and we're glad to keep you informed along the way. Don't forget to encourage your friends to sign up today!

Still haven't made New Year's Eve plans? Start 2009 with a bang at some hot New Year's Eve events in Downtown L.A. What's more, you can Go Metro with all-night rail service on New Year's Eve, FREE from 9pm-2am. Join us!
New Businesses
350 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 621-2249

Mon-Wed: 11am-12am
Thurs-Fri: 11am-2am »
Casa Cocina Y Cantina

A modern hacienda perched atop historic Bunker Hill, CASA (which means "home" in Spanish) is a "new Mexican" restaurant that pays homage to the history and flavors of Mexican cuisine. The casual taqueria serves lunch to go; at night, the space transforms into a comfortable neighborhood antijitos lounge.
251 S. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1033 »
Downtown Independent Theater

The Downtown Independent features independent film, with an emphasis on LA-based filmmakers. This intimate 235-seat theater and event space, former home to the ImaginAsian, is both modern and luxurious. Don't miss one of the best-kept secrets of Downtown L.A.!
548 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 622-2542 »
European School of Makeup

Convenient to the Fashion District, this new makeup school begins classes in January. Select from a variety of classes to fit your interest and budget: professional makeup, airbrushing, hairstyling, and special effects. Enjoy small classes, personal attention, real models, and professional photographs of final work.
800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-4555

Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-10pm
Fri: 7:30am-11pm
Sat: 9am-11pm
Sun: 9am-10pm »
The Farm of Beverly Hills @ L.A. LIVE

The Farm of Beverly Hills features quality Farm Fresh™ ingredients. This new location is a comfort food haven for the hard-working Downtown crowd. With an indoor/outdoor fireplace in the bar and patio and a private dining room, The Farm invites you to come in, stay a while and feel at home.
800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-9911

Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 5pm-12am »
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse @ L.A. LIVE

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the ultimate steakhouse for food and wine lovers. Nationally renowned for its Prime beef and steakhouse fare, Fleming's lively atmosphere, gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times.
1011 S. Figueroa St.

Suite B115
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 222-2212

Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-12am »
Lawry's Carvery @ L.A. LIVE

Lawry's Carvery is a comfortable, casual setting designed for today's busy lifestyle. Try a signature hand-carved sandwich and Lawry's potato chips, or a fresh garden salad. On the go? We'll package your meal so that it's hot and fresh at your destination. Call ahead and we'll have it waiting for you.
118 W. 5th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 627-1162 »
The Must Wine Bar

The Must Wine Bar is already becoming a neighborhood favorite, thanks to carefully selected wines and an interesting menu of "pop cuisine" and unique desserts. The atmosphere helps too – you'll find cozy seating, rich woods, and charming lighting.
800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-9273

Sun-Thurs: 11am-12am
Fri-Sat: 11am-1:20am »
Yard House @ L.A. LIVE

The Yard House is an upscale-casual eatery known for it extensive menu, classic rock music and world's largest selection of draft beer. The menu of American fusion cuisine includes an impressive selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks, ribs and chops.
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Upcoming Events
New Year's Eve

when: 7pm-4am
where: 835 Francisco St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $75
Go to event site »
Giant Maximus 2009

Situated on a 7-acre private site in Downtown, with the soaring skyscrapers towering above, GIANT MAXIMUS offers 3 stages and a 1,500 capacity courtyard featuring the ‘Monster Midway,' with High Flying Acrobatix, Psychedelic Circus Antics, Amusements, Games, Carnival Rides and, of course, the GIANT Ferris Wheel.
New Year's Eve

when: 7pm-4am
where: L.A. Sports Arena
3939 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
price: $70
Go to event site »
Together As One 2009

11th Annual New Year's Eve Party
• Featuring over a dozen DJ's & musicians
• Full Bars w/ ID
• Midnight Fireworks Countdown
• Food & Drink Concessions
• Everyone Welcome!
New Year's Eve

when: 7pm & 10:30pm
where: Walt Disney
Concert Hall
151 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $65-195
Go to event site »
New Year's Eve with Pink Martini

Celebrate New Year's Eve with the old Hollywood glamour, smile-all-night fun and utterly cosmopolitan music of Pink Martini. Kick off your new year with their extraordinary blend of French chanson, Argentine tango, soft merengue beats and vintage-chic style.
Now – January 25

when: see museum hours
where: MOCA
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $5-10
Go to event site »
Louise Bourgeois

Over 100 works from Bourgeois’s long and distinguished career reveals a vast oeuvre in dialogue with major international avant-garde artistic movements of the 20th century, while remaining distinctively separate. Engaging both modern and traditional techniques, Bourgeois explores various themes in a range of styles.
January 10-25

when: see event site
where: L.A. Opera
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $20-250
Go to event site »
The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute is both a fanciful fairy tale and an allegory hinting at deeper mysteries. This ever-popular work has enchanted for over two centuries. "The LA Opera production is a lavish cartoon world…and the animals designer Gerald Scarfe creates are the most bewitching this side of Broadway's The Lion King." - L.A. Times
January 17

when: 11am-12:30pm
where: W.M. Keck Foundation
Children's Amphitheater
Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: FREE
Go to event site »
Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater

Presented by World City. Directed by Taiwan’s leading female puppeteer, Shi-Mei Chiang, Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater has devoted itself to the preservation of traditional arts and the training of new generations of performers. The company is accompanied by live traditional Taiwanese music and uses masterful puppet-manipulating skills and vivid narratives.
January 21-25

when: 11am-8pm
where: L.A. Convention Center
West Hall A
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
price: $20
Go to event site »
Los Angeles Art Show

This year’s unprecedented showcase includes over 175 galleries from around the globe, exhibiting a dazzling array of art for sale and view, from Rembrandt to Ruscha and beyond. You must experience the impact of over 15,000 paintings, drawings, photographs, video, and sculpture at this world-renowned event.
Opening January 23

when: see museum hours
where: Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
price: FREE-$9
Go to event site »
Visible Vault: Archaeological Treasures
from Latin America

Features over 700 Objects from Ancient Civilizations of Mexico, Central and South America. An Aztec stone skull, Maya glyphs and ancient gold keros (drinking vessels) pre-dating the Inca empire are just a few of the rare and important objects that will be on view along with multi-media and online-collections.
January 26 & 27

when: 8pm
where: Walt Disney
Concert Hall
151 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
price: $42-147
Go to event site »
San Francisco Symphony

Presented by LA Phil. Michael Tilson Thomas brings his phenomenal orchestra to L.A. with music ranging from Tchaikovsky to Tilson Thomas himself.
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Downtown Deals
High Point Coffee

Expires January 31, 2009

714 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 229-0030 »
20%-50% Discount, Café & Coffee Bar

Mention “” and receive a 20% discount on High Point Coffee’s fine coffee and espresso drinks, teas, and more! Enjoy friendly service and delicious paninis, daily soup du jour, fine desserts and pastries. Settle in with our free Wi-Fi and large flat screen TV. What's more, stop by from 5-9pm for 50% off all drinks!
Visage Aveda Salon

Extended Offer

517 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 228-0008
Free Haircut With Color or Highlight,
20% Off On Other Services

Stop by this full-service salon at the elegant Millennium Biltmore Hotel and get your haircut FREE when you purchase color or highlight services. Receive 20% on other salon services, including nails, waxing, facials, and massage!
  View more deals at »
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