October 4, 2013 |
As of Friday morning, even as the larger redevelopment project on Bunker Hill faces fresh uncertainty , downtown L.A.'s Grand Park has a new feather in its cap: a place on the American Planning Assn.'s 2013 list of Great Public Spaces in America. The APA praised the park, which opened in July last year, for moving “an aspirational vision of a civic and cultural center for downtown Los Angeles” closer to reality. “Grand Park not only is one of Los Angeles's most popular places for daily exercises, lunch breaks, and family activities,” the group said, “it also is a hub for surrounding communities of historic Chinatown, Little Tokyo, El Pueblo, and the Old Bank district.” RELATED: A tour of L.A. boulevards | Christopher Hawthorne Grand Park , designed by the Los Angeles firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, replaced a tired and rather anonymous county park wedged on a hill between the Music Center and City Hall.
September 20, 2013 |
Ismael Tenorio, 31, has seated thousands of concert-goers, taken hundreds of tickets and been asked innumerable questions in 10 years as an usher and later a head usher at the Music Center. That means working at all the Music Center venues, but he's mostly on the job at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Highland Park resident, who moved to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, at age 6, sought the job to earn money for gas and Christmas presents. At what point did you decide to become an usher?
September 19, 2013 |
Call it luck or coincidence -- some of Broadway's top performers happen to be hitting Los Angeles and Orange County stages in the coming weeks. That's four performers with 10 Tony Awards among them and more nominations than we can count. It's enough to make a theater lover take out a second mortgage. This week Mandy Patinkin brings his show "Dress Casual," with Paul Ford on piano, to Cerritos. Known best these days as savvy Saul Berenson in the Showtime series "Homeland," Patinkin is a Tony winner who tells stories with words and song in his concert show.
September 12, 2013 |
A dance season has tended to be defined by one or two international companies of hefty size that have the selling power equivalent of a blockbuster movie. As with the blockbuster, however, that model has morphed. It has become prohibitively expensive and difficult to entice the elite, overseas classical companies - think the Paris Opera Ballet or England's Royal Ballet - to tour the West Coast. That said, we still have a strong contingent of impressive talent heading our way this fall, as presenters such as the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the Music Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts entice audiences with respected A-list artists, including Australia's Lucy Guerin, the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva, respectively.
September 7, 2013
In response to Mark Swed's Critic's Notebook ["A Little Fine-Tuning," Sept. 4], reflecting on Walt Disney Concert Hall as it nears its 10th anniversary, I wish to offer the L.A. Phil's institutional perspective on the building's evolution and shed some light on planning for its future. Walt Disney Concert Hall is an icon for Los Angeles and for our nation. Frank Gehry aptly described the hall as a "living thing. " Living things continually evolve, as does the hall. We are fortunate that Frank is a member of the L.A. Phil Board of Directors.
September 4, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See note below. Already a Los Angeles landmark, Walt Disney Concert Hall turns 10 this fall. Celebrations on Grand Avenue will be populist and bold, including a Los Angeles Philharmonic gala on Sept. 30 with video projections inside Frank Gehry's curvaceous structure and a free concert on Sept. 29 that will be simulcast on a giant video screen in Grand Park. We can expect that singing a concert hall's praises will provide a voluble component to the L.A. soundtrack for the next couple of months.