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July 5, 2012
MUSIC The rollicking San Francisco-based ensemble Jazz Mafia brings a welcome dash of hip-hop energy to the big band tradition having collaborated with Ledisi, Digital Underground and Lyrics Born along with Bay Area jazz veterans such as guitarist Will Bernard. But for all the diverse sounds coursing through the group's veins there remains ample room for unfiltered improvisation. Grand Performances at California Plaza, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Free. http://www.grandperformances.org
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February 13, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the tallest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles has been acquired by a major Hollywood real estate investor, CIM Group, in an unusual portfolio sale that included a regional shopping center in Montclair, a high-rise in Anaheim and a hotel in Bakersfield. The crown jewel of the seven properties acquired by CIM Group is Two California Plaza, a prestigious but troubled skyscraper on Bunker Hill where gleaming office towers erected during the last building boom decades ago are having a tough time attracting tenants.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1997
California Plaza's free lunchtime concert series, "Celebrations," begins its 11th year on Friday with a concert by Geffen recording artists the Wild Colonials. Other upcoming acts include Mariachi La Adelitas on June 20, the Larry Karush Quintet on June 25, the Latino Theatre Co. on June 27, David Zasloff and the Whole Band on July 2 and the World Kulintang Institute on July 9. The program continues with performances on most Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 24.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Commercial real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle has taken over management of some of the most prominent office buildings in Southern California with the acquisition of competitor Means Knaus Partners. Among the properties now managed by Jones Lang LaSalle are downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers Aon Center and One California Plaza, two of the tallest buildings in the region at 62 stories and 42 stories, respectively. By acquiring Houston-based Means Knaus Partners for an unspecified price, Jones Lang LaSalle added 16 million square feet in 80 buildings to the portfolio of property it manages for landlords.
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May 22, 2009 | Christopher Hawthorne, Hawthorne is the Times architecture critic
Arthur Erickson, the prominent Canadian architect who designed the campus of Simon Fraser University, Robson Square in Vancouver and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, and whose work on the California Plaza towers in downtown Los Angeles nearly proved his financial and professional undoing, has died. He was 84. Erickson died Wednesday in Vancouver, according to a statement released by his family. The cause was not given.
REAL ESTATE
December 28, 1986
The 55-member staff of the Canadian Consulate General will be relocated Jan. 5 to the California Plaza, 300 S. Grand Ave., occupying the 10th floor's 23,000 square feet. Rothenberg Sawasy Architects designed use of the space. About 55 employees handle the office's trade, immigration, public affairs, consular services and tourism programs.
REAL ESTATE
February 2, 1986
Architect Arthur C. Erickson, the Vancouver, Canada, designer of California Plaza on Bunker Hill, has been chosen to receive the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the organization's highest honor. The 61-year-old architect, who has offices in Toronto and Los Angeles and is a member of the institute's Los Angeles chapter, will receive the medal next June at the 1986 AIA national convention in San Antonio.
REAL ESTATE
February 15, 1987
The "boss" has moved into the building at 300 S. Grand Ave. on Bunker Hill. Metropolitan Structures West Inc., managing partner of California Plaza Partnership, will occupy Suite 3200 and its 10,000 square feet in One California Plaza, headquarters for the development. Better to keep an eye on things, says William Hatch, president of Metropolitan Structures West, as "we finalize plans for Phase II." One California Plaza is the first of three office towers planned for the $1.
NEWS
October 11, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI
A series of free noon shows are planned through Oct. 23 at the new Watercourt outdoor performance area, a fountain-amphitheater that opened last week at California Plaza. The multilevel Watercourt has three stages: the main stage, which is between the half-acre pond and a 146-nozzle fountain, the Marina Pavilion and the Cabaret Stage.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the tallest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles has been acquired by a major Hollywood real estate investor, CIM Group, in an unusual portfolio sale that included a regional shopping center in Montclair, a high-rise in Anaheim and a hotel in Bakersfield. The crown jewel of the seven properties acquired by CIM Group is Two California Plaza, a prestigious but troubled skyscraper on Bunker Hill where gleaming office towers erected during the last building boom decades ago are having a tough time attracting tenants.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Like the nebulous boundaries of Los Angeles itself, encircling the city's musical sound can be tricky business. There are the vibrations of surf and mariachi music, the crawl of Compton G-funk and laid-back '50s cool jazz, Mexican boleros and the ladies (and men) of the canyon, along with K-town K-pop and the rush of Hollywood punk. Around every corner a new rhythm, a fresh melodic burst born under the California sun.  It's a sound that's virtually impossible to put onto one stage, but on Friday night archetypal East L.A. band Ozomatli and fellow artists at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles took a stab at it.  By resurrecting age-old songs about Southern California and weaving in more recent but no less revealing odes to the area -- including punk band X's "Los Angeles" and Richie Valens' "La Bamba" -- musicians illustrated the breadth of the region's experience in the open-air California Plaza.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SongFest is the remarkable summer vocal training program, begun in 1996, formerly at Pepperdine University and currently housed at the Colburn School. "Songfest" is Leonard Bernstein's dozen songs for six singers and orchestra, written as a contribution to the U.S. bicentennial festivities in 1976 (but not finished until 1977). On Saturday night, SongFest finally caught up with "Songfest. " This was only the second full Los Angeles performance of Bernstein's complete score. When the composer conducted the West Coast premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 1983, then-Times music critic Martin Bernheimer, in these pages, called that the wrong place.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
At first glance, it looked like a typical music rehearsal. There at the Colburn School in downtown L.A. were Leann Osterkamp, 22, and Siyi Fang, 25, sitting at pianos playing "Songfest: A Cycle of American Poets" by composer Leonard Bernstein. It was who was watching them and offering instruction that was unusual. Hovering nearby was Michael Barrett, a former assistant to Bernstein and the first ever to play the four-hand piano piece with Bernstein. He offered the women advice on how the maestro, who died in 1990, wanted his piece to be played.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Two and a half years ago, Ana Tijoux tore up the rule book of Latin hip-hop with her breakout record, "1977. " The title alluded to Tijoux's generation of Chileans whose parents had fled the brutal 17-year regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet and had gone into European exile. Tijoux's equally ambitious follow-up, "La Bala" (The Bullet), released in January in the United States, gave a sympathetic shout-out to Chile's recent wave of youth-led street protests demanding education reforms and attacking the country's growing gulf between rich and poor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012
MUSIC The rollicking San Francisco-based ensemble Jazz Mafia brings a welcome dash of hip-hop energy to the big band tradition having collaborated with Ledisi, Digital Underground and Lyrics Born along with Bay Area jazz veterans such as guitarist Will Bernard. But for all the diverse sounds coursing through the group's veins there remains ample room for unfiltered improvisation. Grand Performances at California Plaza, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Free. http://www.grandperformances.org
BUSINESS
March 24, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles office landlord MPG Office Trust Inc. said Friday it had consented to put its downtown skyscraper Two California Plaza into receivership. The move was the first step in MPG's plan to quit ownership of the 52-story tower at 350 S. Grand Ave., which is encumbered with $470 million of mortgage debt. “Two California Plaza is an asset that is significantly over-leveraged,” Chief Executive David L. Weinstein said. “While we are disappointed that the company was unable to retain this asset, we were unable to restructure the loan on terms that were in the best interests of our stockholders.” MPG determined that it was more prudent to use its cash to support its remaining downtown office portfolio, he said.
NEWS
May 4, 1991
Herman Guttman, 73, an architect and former managing partner of Gruen Associates, who designed the nation's first two-level enclosed mall in Minneapolis and was one of the designers of California Plaza in the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Area in Los Angeles. His involvement in California Plaza was in the project's first phase and included the 42-story, 1-million-square-foot One California Plaza office building and adjacent Museum of Contemporary Art.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2011
FRIDAY "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St. 8 p.m. Free laparks.org/pershingsquare FRIDAY Grand Performances: Seun Kuti California Plaza, 300-350 S. Grand Ave. 8 p.m. Free grandperformances.org. SATURDAY Eat Real Festival Helms Bakery District 8758 Venice Blvd. 9 p.m. Free eatrealfest.com SATURDAY Chain Letter opening Shoshana Wayne Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave. B1 6 to 8 p.m. shoshanawayne.com WEDNESDAY Trampoline Hall Lectures Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2010
Stamp of approval on 'Il Postino' Tickets sold: 17,000 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; final four performances sold-out. Audience at two outdoor screenings: 2,500 at California Plaza and 2,600 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Where it goes next: Plácido Domingo and much of the L.A. cast will perform at the opera's co-producers, Theater an der Wien in Vienna (opens Dec. 9) and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (June 20). And then: Inquiries have come in from around the world, including three companies in the United States and companies in Chile, Mexico and Spain.
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