CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2009 |
The Los Angeles City Council is weighing a plan to issue a $30-million loan that would allow the owner of the Hollywood & Highland shopping mall to retrofit a theater so it can house a decade of performances by Cirque du Soleil. CIM Group, which owns Hollywood & Highland but leases the Kodak Theatre within the mall, hopes to bring the acrobatic performances to the venue starting in 2011.
February 7, 2009 |
Just about every tourist-related business in Santa Monica sees dollar signs in Cirque du Soleil's return to a beachfront parking lot near the pier this fall. Everyone, that is, except the company that runs the Pacific Park amusement center. The 2-acre park, with a freshly renovated Ferris wheel and a roller coaster, has emerged as a major draw for the pier, city officials acknowledge. But now, it's squaring off against an even more powerful draw: Cirque du Soleil.
January 30, 2009 |
Cirque du Soleil is returning this year to the Santa Monica Pier, where the troupe first pitched its tent in 1987 but hasn't performed since 1999. Saying it had resolved traffic and parking issues, the Santa Monica City Council voted this week to allow Cirque to return to the Pier Oct. 16 through Dec. 20 with its touring production "Kooza." Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil's president, said, "It has long been our desire that Santa Monica be the site to which Cirque du Soleil returns with its touring shows when we visit the greater L.A. area."
November 22, 2008 |
A bit more than a year from now, the hot-air balloon ride may not be all that's going up, up and away at the Orange County Great Park. The park's board of directors wants to make the Irvine site the Orange County home for Cirque du Soleil's touring tent shows, envisioning a new acrobatic extravaganza from the Quebecois company every two or three years, starting in January 2010. Steve Larsen, spokesman for the Great Park, says Cirque initiated the dialogue in August -- word having apparently made its way to Montreal about the park's summer-long "Night Flights" dance-concert series.
November 20, 2007 |
In a move to fill the Kodak Theatre's often-empty stage between the Academy Awards shows for which it was built, the theater's owner has committed to a 10-year, $100-million agreement with Cirque du Soleil to create a permanent show for the Hollywood venue. The new production featuring a movie industry theme, announced Monday, is expected to open in 2010.
September 14, 2006 |
MICK JAGGER and Bono headlined the summer's top-grossing concert acts, followed closely by a character named Bill, who spends most of each performance suspended from a red balloon watching Senegalese drummers, whirling dervishes, floating chanteuses, trumpet players and men on stilts pumping out New Age melodies to a driving urban beat.