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CalArts unleashes its Wild Beast

The new venue, already hosting classes, is set for its inaugural concert series.

October 17, 2010|Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times

Rosenboom knew the late Xenakis when they taught at Oakland's Mills College in the 1980s, at which point they tape-recorded multiple music- and art-inspired conversations. Excerpts of those tapes will be on display at MOCA Pacific Design Center's concurrent exhibition, "Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary," running Nov. 6 through Feb. 4. Additional related Xenakis events will roll out across Los Angeles starting this fall, including three concerts at CalArts' downtown L.A. space REDCAT of Xenakis-inspired multi-channel electronic works and several MOCA-hosted art talks and film screenings.

The third and fourth concerts in the Wild Beast series, planned for spring, will showcase jazz and world percussion ensembles, respectively. But several hundred other performances by students, faculty and visiting artists will cycle through the Wild Beast throughout the year. All this, Rosenboom hopes, will draw residents from the surrounding Santa Clarita Valley onto campus for professional-quality shows as well as Los Angeles urbanites who'd typically attend events at REDCAT.

The emerging star of all this Wild Beast programming, however, is the building itself. Already the newly paved walkways in the Wild Beast courtyard have become a popular, central hang for students.

"At night," says Rosenboom, "it's a little gem, all lit up, a glass and copper jewel." Beauty and the Beast.

deborah.vankin@latimes.com

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