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March 16, 2001
Pete Torres, house manager of Royce Hall, could hardly believe the final act of 300 boisterous protesters who forced the cancellation of a mayoral debate. After breaking into UCLA's performance hall and noisily occupying the building for four hours Wednesday evening, then spilling out to declare victory in their fight to restore affirmative action, many politely returned to tidy the room.
November 14, 1999 |
When Royce Hall, severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, finally reopened less than two years ago, much was made of new adjustable acoustic elements, the massive structural underpinning, the lighter, brighter feel of the place. The plain panels above the stage went barely noticed. But Tuesday they will rise, revealing gleaming hooded trumpets and other pipes of the hall's best-kept secret: a newly restored and expanded organ, created by the famed Skinner Organ Co.
May 20, 1998 |
The North American debut of contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj's "Romeo and Juliet," appearances by seminal 20th century music artists the Kronos Quartet and pianist Terry Riley, and the New York Philharmonic's first visit to Los Angeles since 1986 highlight the schedule for the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts 1998-1999 season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998
More than 80 demonstrators protesting Proposition 209 were arrested at UCLA on Tuesday night after occupying Royce Hall on the campus for most of the day. About 500 people, members of a student group called the Affirmative Action Coalition, marched through the campus and peacefully entered Royce Hall at about 12:30 p.m. After allowing students and faculty to leave, about 150 of the protesters remained to occupy the building, said Jeff Snyder, a spokesman for UCLA.
April 6, 1998 |
"I feel like Trini Lopez in 'The Dirty Dozen,' " said Paul Reiser, during the course of a Saturday night gala in which Paul Simon, Don Henley, Stevie Wonder, James Galway, John Lithgow, Sidney Poitier and Carol Burnett took the stage to mark the reopening of UCLA's landmark Royce Hall, a structure severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
May 21, 1997 |
The reopening of Royce Hall next spring--which will be marked by the world premiere of a new opera, "Monsters of Grace," from director Robert Wilson and composer Philip Glass--highlights the 1997-98 season of the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts. Announced Tuesday, the season schedule includes 144 performances of 70 events--up from 106 performances of 60 events in 1996-97--the most extensive offering in the center's 61-year history.