BalletBoyz: The Next Generation

We’ve been doing a lot of thinking over here about what it takes to be a male dancer.  With our upcoming performances from all-male dance company BalletBoyz in the Ahmanson Theatre November 7-9th, we’ve been shifting our focus onto all the amazing men in dance – past and present.  Of course, we have our favorites, Baryshnikov, Ángel Corella, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jacques d’Amboise… The list goes on and on.

But the cheekily innovative BalletBoyz brings a whole new generation of male dancers to the forefront of the dance world – all proving with each performance that real men, totally wear tights!

BalletBoyz-Next-Gen

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BalletBoyz: The Next Generation

©Panayiotis Sinnos

Get to know this young crop of amazing male artists before they take the stage here in LA by watching “Balletboyz: The Next Generation” this Thursday October 30th at 10:00pm on PBS SoCal. The documentary follows the meteoric rise of the current company from first auditions, through performances in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s a wonderfully inspiring story with amazing performances and inside looks at what these incredible athletes go though all in the name of bringing innovative dance to the world!

Tune in then snag tickets!

BalletBoyz

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5 Halloween Treats!

Halloween in LA offers up an overwhelming amount of events to choose from, and even more this year with it falling on a Friday. But if you’d rather immerse yourself somewhat more culturally, why not select from this compilation of events we think will inspire and provoke your spooky side. In chronological order, these are our Top 5 picks for this year’s Eve of Hallows.

1. Kick things off by kicking up your heels

KCRW Masquerade Halloween

KCRW’s 6th Annual Masquerade Costume Ball and Dance Party is this Saturday at 9pm. Enjoy the 5 different ballrooms and surrounding areas of The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel as they are filled with special musical guest performances, 12 KCRW DJs on the decks, burlesque dancers, aerialists, stilt walkers, ghost stories, food trucks, costume contest stages and much more! This event has sold out every year since its inception and this year is no exception, however there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

$125 At the door

2. Ride the “Ecto” Metro

GHOULA Metro Halloween

This Sunday Oct. 26 at 7pm, take a Ghost Hunters Of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) tour though the LA Metro’s Red Line 13 stops and explore some haunted history of Los Angeles along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, this FREE* guided tour will stop at a few other stations, where you will step off the train, rise to street-level, and hear about the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before piling aboard to the next stop. This annual October tour includes among many others: spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. Led by GHOULA founder and Los Angeles ghost expert Richard Carradine.

*FREE with a Metro Day Pass ($7 + $1 TAP card). More Info

3. Wine + dine like a (dead or alive) star

Cat and Fiddle Halloween

While The Cat & Fiddle will sadly be closing their doors on December 15 this year, they are having a most appropriate “Hollywood Forever” Halloween event encouraging patrons to dress like their favorite celebrity: dead or alive. If a bygone era of Hollywood is your thing, then let this family run for 32 years business (and it’s fantastic building history dating back to 1929) sweep you off your feet starting at 8pm on Halloween proper. Bonus: if you can muster up the courage to ask staff for a ghost story, you might get a good one as the location is said to be haunted!

$10 Tickets

4. A Walt Disney Concert Hall-oween

Nosferatu Walt Disney Concert Hall LA Philharmonic

On Oct. 31 at 8pm Nosferatu will screen at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Most appropriately, the live accompaniment will be Clark Wilson on the Concert Hall’s own monstrous organ. Nosferatu is the first vampire movie and arguably also the most chilling version not quite seen in cinema since. Costumes are welcome, but check the site for a few caveats!

$37-$67 Tickets

5. Late night soiree at “The Living Museum”

LACMA Halloween

Last but certainly not least, on Oct. 31 at 9pm, LACMA is encouraging it’s guests to dress as a work of art and mingle with masterpieces for the LACMA Costume Ball: The Living Museum.

The 11th annual evening will feature a bevy of live entertainment to dance the night away, eerie late night tours exposing dark secrets behind objects in LACMA’s collection, a costume contest judged by three of Hollywood’s most acclaimed costume designers, and food + drink available until 1am.

$60 LACMA Muse members | $80 LACMA members | $100 General Admission
Tickets: 323 857-6010 or reserve online.
Note: this event is designed for guests 21 and over.

For a chance to win a delectable pair of tickets to LACMA’s Costume Ball event, leave a comment in the section below by Monday Oct 27 at midnight. Winner will be selected at random!

#Playlist – Ep. 2 – Take A Dip!

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In Episode 2 – Take a Dip! Our friends at The Music Center explore the Grand Park splash pad and discover a world worthy of Jacques Cousteau!

Grand Park’s splash pad is a hugely popular weekend destination for families. Don your swimsuit and splash it up while the weather is still warm (despite how much we long for Autumn!)  Take a photo of yourself in the fountain and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #50ThingsDTLA @MusicCenterLA and you’ll be automatically entered to win amazing prizes as part of our 50 Things to Do at The Music Center challenge!

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#Playlist – Ep. 1 – On Pointe

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We’ve launched a new series of short films on The Music Center’s YouTube Channel today!  It’s the first series of its kind and takes you into a wacky world behind the scenes around our campus!  Follow our leads as they discover new ways to play at The Music Center & play along by following the actions at the end of each episode!  New Episodes of The Music Center #Playlist will air every Tuesday & Thursday so stay tuned!

In Episode 1 – On Pointe our friends at The Music Center try their hand at standing on their toes like a ballerina… Without much luck. While the ballet may not be for all, everyone is a critic right? Watch the video and tell us what score you would give by tweeting us @MusicCenterLA with #PointeWork!

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Swans in the Wings

After the excitement of following our 4 little swans to the Music Center, we couldn’t help but steal a couple behind the scenes pics of The Australian Ballet in rehearsal when they arrived at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last week…

Rehearsals

Rehearsals

 However, we are thrilled to be able to share these sneak peeks from The Australian Ballet dancers’ own Instagram accounts as they surfaced in LA!  From in the wings, to the dressing rooms, to Venice Beach and Disneyland, here’s a taste of what life was like behind the scenes of The Australian Ballet’s tour in Los Angeles….

50 Things to Do At The Music Center Challenge!

#50ThingsDTLA

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we’ve put together a challenge of 50 Things to Do at and around The Music Center (many of which are some of the best kept secrets in LA!) Each time you do something on the list share a photo, video, or just text on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #50ThingsDTLA @musiccenterla.  You can do the items in any order, but we’ll be sharing a new one each day on our social channels if you want to follow along! 

#50ThingsDTLA Prizes

 

Each time you share you’ll be entered to win all kinds of prizes – From t-shirts to tickets.  The more you share the more chances you have to win! Complete as many items as possible and you’ll be entered to win our Grand Prize –

A package of tickets to the must-see shows of the 2015 season from the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Center Theatre Group,  Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and REDCAT!

Check out the full list of items here and follow along with a new challenge posted each day on our social media channels!