Rodeo's about 35 minutes from downtown...up to an hour with traffic. Cab to and from USC shouldn't be any problem. The interview's your highest priority, so you picked your hotel well. The problem is that downtown is sort of dead, and it's far from anything. Luckily, it's very close to a couple of major freeways, so navigating shouldn't be too hard. If I were you.... Thurs night, you need a restuarant rec. Let me know what you're looking for, and what your budget is. I'll assume you want to sleep early and prepare for your interviews. Friday afternoon, head over to Beverly Hills. Lots to see and do there...Brioni, Carol & Co., Brooks, Polo, NM, Barneys, Saks, Zegna, Testoni, LV, YSL, Prada, Lacoste, Ascot Chang, Anto Distinctive shirtmakers, etc. As for eating, I highly recommend Enoteca Drago for good Italian food. There's also a jewish deli called Nate n' Al's that's pretty good as well. There's a cigar bar (I can't remember the name, it's next to Luce), if you're into that sort of thing. There's also a nightclub called Joya, but I have no idea what's it's like these days. Friday night, head over to the downtown standard. It's close to your hotel, and a chill place. Although it's not my scene, it's a good LA experience. Might also consider the brewery at the Bonneventure. The crowd is a little older than 21 in downtown...you really need to be on Sunset if you want to hang out with people your own age. In the alternative, in downtown there's also the Muesum of Modern Art, shows at the disney center or LA music center, probably some event at Staples, and J-town.