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NEWS
February 13, 1994 | IRIS YOKOI
The city Community Redevelopment Agency has begun negotiations with Bunker Hill Associates, developer of the California Plaza, to collect at least part of the $3 million in back rent the company owes the agency. Agency officials hope the developer will pay at least $2.1 million of the overdue holding rent the company was supposed to pay to reserve land in the California Plaza project, which is three buildings from completion.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1993
South African musician-poet Mzwakhe Mbuli will perform free concerts June 25 at noon and 8 p.m. as part of the California Plaza's Watercourt outdoor series. Often called the "people's poet" of South Africa, Mbuli combines liberation poetry with traditional township music. Although his music was once banned in his own country, Mbuli gained international recognition with "Unbroken Spirit," a recording composed without pen or paper in a South African prison.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Operators of Los Angeles' most unusual arts showcase had hoped to start out with a splash. Instead, the debut Tuesday of the $17-million, 146-nozzle Watercourt fountain in the downtown high-rise district was more of a washout. Nervous workers turned off the pumps to the 90,000-gallon centerpiece fountain system before a noontime crowd arrived to watch a Latin jazz group stage the Watercourt's premier public concert. They were afraid the Poncho Sanchez band might get electrocuted.
NEWS
October 2, 1992 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Looking like a cross between a short Niagara Falls and a Disney theme park, the Watercourt arrived on downtown's California Plaza with an opening gush Wednesday night. More than 1,000 guests, including a wide range of community leaders, were there to witness the raging waters, and no fewer than nine performing arts groups--from the Kinnara Taiko Drummers to INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble to the 5th Dimension--took center lake. (The waters actually part to reveal a stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1992 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Organizers have abandoned efforts to construct a $25-million Dance Gallery facility in the California Plaza redevelopment project downtown after a parting of the ways between the institutions that had planned to share the performing, rehearsal and training space at 4th and Olive streets. Leaders of the Dance Gallery organization announced Friday that they will not proceed with plans to build the center, which was to have been used by their group and the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
In a cultural marriage of convenience, representatives of the long-delayed, underfinanced Dance Gallery have agreed in principle with the R. D. Colburn School of the Performing Arts to share a proposed $25-million facility in the California Plaza redevelopment project downtown.
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.
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