CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 |
Los Angeles' inaugural push to stage a New Year's Eve bash rivaling those in other major cities became so crowded that organizers shut down the gates before midnight, leaving thousands to watch the show from side streets. An estimated 25,000 revelers jammed into Grand Park in downtown to hear DJs spin electronic beats, to browse art installations and to pose for photographs in front of brightly-lit fountains, said Howard Sherman, chief operating officer of the Music Center, which helped organize the event.
November 30, 2013
Re "Gehry's Grand vision," Nov. 25 Finally, finally, perhaps the most interesting piece of undeveloped corner real estate in Los Angeles has a worthy project proposed. It took guts on L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina's part to stand up and demand something better for the site, fighting all the pressure to get a lesser project built. Bunker Hill, where I live, is a jewel in downtown, a hill of public art, museums, overhead pedways (walkways) and green spaces, all there because the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency made it a "planned" area of development.
November 11, 2013 |
No one should be surprised that the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which began its inaugural season Friday night with an appearance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, is a high-end venue. It's in Beverly Hills. A pop-up Salvatore Ferragamo store is its first attraction, just in case you find that your shoes suddenly feel out of fashion for the promenade from the entrance in the historic post office and past impressive donated contemporary art to the new Bram Goldsmith Theater.
October 13, 2013 |
There is an anecdote about Einstein from when he taught at Caltech in the early 1930s. One day, pianist and Beethoven specialist Artur Schnabel came to visit the famed physicist, who was an avid amateur violinist, and they read through a Beethoven violin sonata. It didn't go well. Fumbling a tricky rhythm, Einstein got lost, and Schnabel exclaimed in frustration, "Albert, you can't count!" I have no idea how true this is (there are variants of the story), but what matters is that 80 years later, Einstein counted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and it was a momentous event.
October 12, 2013 |
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
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.