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March 2009
What's Up Downtown
In this issue:

» New Businesses
» Upcoming Events
» Downtown Deals
» Downtown Living
Looking to save money in Downtown while still enjoying great entertainment and dining options? Downtown Deals this month include 2-for-1 tickets to performances and tours, plus some great restaurant promotions. Check out our site for more deals!

If you're looking for culture and entertainment, March has some unique Upcoming Events, including a St. Patrick's Day Parade, an exhibit of Michael Jackson's wardrobe at the GRAMMY Museum, the World Figure Skating Championships, and more.
New Businesses
808 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 327-2255

Daily: 9/10am-6pm
Call for hours »
Infusion Cafe

With a full menu of coffee and tea specialty drinks and freshly baked food, served in a European-inspired space, Infusion Cafe provides a place to relax with friends, work, or a good book. If you're in a rush, we'll get you served and out the door in minutes. Come enjoy our weekend hours and free WiFi.
225 W. 8th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 489-9400

Mon-Sat: 7am-8pm
Sun: 12-4pm

info @ »
Monte Carlo Cleaners

Located in The Chapman building at 8th and Broadway, Monte Carlo Cleaners offers dry cleaning, laundry, alteration, and housekeeping services. Complimentary pick-up and delivery is available.
1855 Industrial St. #103

Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 221-7179

Mon-Thu: 5:30am-8pm
Fri: 4-8pm »
Progressive Fighting Systems

Military technology for civilian use – learn how to prevent and neutralize the threat of violence by using the tactics that are used by Navy Seals, Special Forces, CIA, FBI, and other government/military agencies. Counter violence with the proven methods of Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, and groundfighting!
800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Suite A-160
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 748-4020

Sun-Thurs: 12pm-12am
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-2am »
Rock'n Fish @ L.A. LIVE

Rock'n Fish signature dishes, sure to appeal to Downtown diners before or after a cultural or sporting event, or as a respite from a demanding workday, include tender Kapalua Rib-eye beef, hot-and-sweet New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, and Oak-Grilled Artichoke, the subtle flavors deepened with roasted-garlic aoli.
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Upcoming Events
Now – March 29

where: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
price: FREE
Go to event site »
17th Annual Art of Motion Picture
Costume Design Exhibition

Lights, camera, costumes! This FIDM Museum & Galleries exhibition features amazing costumes from some of 2008's best films, including Academy Award® winning "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."
Now – May 25

where: MOCA
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $10
Go to event site »
Dan Grayam: Beyond

Graham has been a central figure in the development of contemporary art since the 1960s – from the rise of minimalism, conceptual art, and video and performance art, to explorations of the public sphere. This exhibition traces the evolution of his practice across each of its major stages.
Now – April 12

where: GRAMMY Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
price: $14.95 admission
Go to event site »
Michael Jackson: HIStyle Wardrobe Exhibit

Come see rarely-seen selections from Michael Jackson's personal wardrobe, featuring a selection of the elaborate clothing that has come to define the King of Pop's uniquely personal style. Highlights include jackets, gloves, and more – many elaborately bejeweled, beaded, and detailed.
March 11-29

where: Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
price: $20+
Go to event site »

How did David Frost elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? This fast-paced Tony Award®-nominated play shows the cunning and determination of two famous men as they square off in one of the most monumental television interviews of all time.
March 17

when: 11:30am
where: Pershing Square
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
price: FREE
Go to event site »
St. Patrick's Day Parade

This parade & concert benefits the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. Enjoy live music, food vendors, and a world-renowned Irish rock band. Those wearing green are welcome to walk in the parade!

11:30am-12:30pm - Parade
12:30pm - Young Dubliners Concert
March 22-29

where: STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: $20-$325 per session
Go to event site »
World Figure Skating Championships

The world's elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion in this annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union. The most prestigious of the ISU Championships, WFSU is the most important annual figure-skating competition.
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Downtown Deals
Camerata Pacifica

Good for LA performances

Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(805) 884-8410 »
2-for-1 Chamber Music Tickets

This ensemble is distinctive for an innovative approach to classical music and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new, from familiar masterworks to works that have yet to become favorites. Enjoy their monthly concert series with 2-for-1 tickets for only $42. Redeem at (805) 884-8410 or visit box office on night of show. Mention promo code "".
Esotouric Bus Tours

March 7, 2009

Starts @ Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 »
2-for-1 Tickets: The Lowdown on Downtown

Esotouric – the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours reveal the secret history of L.A. through crime, culture and literature – presents a provocative tour of Downtown's secret history. For your 2-for-1 tickets, send an email to and tell them "Christine Sterling sent me."
Morton's The Steakhouse

Thursday, March 12

735 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 553-4566 »
The Green Hour

Enjoy an evening of Pernod absinthe cocktails and Morton’s signature hors d’oeuvres. Morton's invites you to learn the art and history of absinthe. From the slow pour of the fairy fountain, to the sugar cube and slotted spoon, absinthe tasting is a cocktail experience to savor. $45 per guest (includes tax & gratuity).
Showbiz Ribs

Expires April 15, 2009

520 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 439-5700

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BBQ Lunch & Dinner Specials

Download and print this money-saving coupon to take advantage of these specials:

½lb. Burger or Pulled Pork – $5.95
Lamb Chops, Char Broiled – $8.95
Sampler Feast for Two – $22

Good for 4 people. Prices do not include tax.
Daily Grill Downtown

612 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 622-4500 »
Join the Daily Grill Breakfast Club

Stop by, fill out a membership card and enjoy the benefits, including:

• Complimentary coffee & pastries with
   purchase of any breakfast entree
• Advance email notice of monthly specials
• Free Wi-Fi
• Free use of our private rooms for
   breakfast meetings or conferences

800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-PARK (7275) »
$5 Parking at L.A. LIVE

800 new parking spaces available. The completion of our Olympic East parking garage, located off of Francisco and Olympic, has opened up 800 new spaces – available for lunch or dinner and only $5 for 90 minutes with validation, and a maximum of $20! Parking is FREE before 11am. $10 flat rate after 9pm.
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Downtown Living
Every Other Saturday

when: 9am-1pm
host: DCBID
price: FREE

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Housing Lists

Completed Lofts
Completed Apartments
Completed Condos
Saturday Housing Bus Tour

If you've thought about cutting your commute and moving to Downtown LA, this tour is the best way to start. This is a great opportunity to learn about the new lofts, apartments and condos in Downtown.

Hurry, this tour will fill up!
You must register online to guarantee your spot on the bus.

Tour info & registration »

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