#Heart4ArtsLA

#Heart4ArtsLA

We’ve got an all new photo challenge open to everyone who loves the arts and loves LA!

Especially for Valentine’s Day, we want you to share a picture of some form or representation of the arts in Los Angeles. It could be a snap of one of our many museums, or a pic of someone dancing on stage, a cool painting, a program of a show you recently saw, or an amazing street art mural. So long as it’s artistic and in LA, it counts!

Share your pic to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag: #Heart4ArtsLA and your photo could be selected to be featured on The Music Center’s blog, website and social channels this Valentine’s Day (because we love you!) Share as many pictures as you like, there’s no limit!

Challenge open from now till February 13th – So get posting!

Dia De Los Muertos on the Plaza

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We can hardly believe that it’s officially November!  That means we’re just about a month away from our big 50th Anniversary Celebrations, and we’re less than a week from opening night of BalletBoyz on November 7th!  It also means that today registrations opens today for our annual Holiday Ukulele Orchestra – That’s right, sign up and get ready to play all your holiday favorites on your uke!

But perhaps the main attraction of the moment is the holiday of the day – Dia De Los Muertos!  Our friends from Lore Productions have installed a series of glorious alters and pavement art on our plaza for a stunning display, perfect for the occasion.  Head over to take a look and then stroll into Grand Park for all kinds of Dia De Los Muertos festivities including face-painting, food, great bands, live dance performances and more community-made alters!

The fun starts at 3pm.  See ya there!  Oh, and Happy November LA!

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Dance Camera West’s 13th Annual Dance Media Festival

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Photo by Erich Koyama

June 6-8 at The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT and MOCA

We can hardly wait for Dance Camera West’s annual Film Festival featuring screenings of new films, live performances and art installations that focus on the theme “Restructure.”  And the best part?  This year, the three day event takes place in our neck of the woods – Grand Avenue in Downtown LA!

The festival kicks off with performances by LA-based dance company BODYTRAFFIC on The Music Center Plaza around a specially commissioned Architectural Art installation by Gustavo Godoy on June 6 at 7:30pm, followed by screenings of dance shorts in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The festival continues the following afternoon, June 7, with another performance from BODYTRAFFIC and screenings immediately following down the street at MOCA.

Next the festival hits Grand Park with a live performance from the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company at 7:00 p.m., followed by more screenings under the stars.

The weekend concludes on June 8 with BODYTRAFFIC’s final performance at 2:00 p.m. on the plaza before more screenings, talks and discussions at REDCAT.

The live performances are free and open to the public and tickets for the film screenings are a bargin and a half!  With so much great artistry and creativity in one weekend, you won’t want to miss any of the fun!

Tickets and more information can be found by visiting the Dance Camera West website.  Follow all the weekend activities on Twitter & Instagram with #DCWfest and #GrandAveLove!

 

Grand Rounds Gets People Talking

As part of our collaboration with Machine Project to create a series of pop-up performances, installations and interactive art in Grand Park, artist Elana Mann and facilitator Camilo Cruz have been leading a collection of Los Angeles County and City employees in a series of informal discussions. These conversations, called Grand Rounds, center on the many voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens use to invigorate communities.

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Each Tuesday in May, the group (which varies in participants) meets in a grassy area of Grand Park.  They sit in a circle on a brightly colored blanket, enjoy some delicious eats donated by the collectively-run restaurant Thank You For Coming, while they talk about issues of communication and community.  The vibe is friendly, inclusive and documented through courtroom sketches by Mona Edwards – Perfectly fitting in this oasis among the court rooms.

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But the conversations don’t end there.  In the month of June, look out for the installation of pink ear horns throughout the park. These sonic artworks will play original sounds inspired by the Grand Rounds lunch time conversations and further put the emphasis of the work on the value of listening in our sometimes noisy lives.

Keep an eye out for more thought-provoking and entertaining events as part of The Music Center Presents The Machine Project’s Field Guide to Grand Park in the weeks to come!

Bringing the World to our City…

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For the past eleven years, The Music Center has been bringing world music, dance and culture to Los Angeles through World City – A series of free concerts and events connecting world-class artists and their traditions with the many diverse communities of our own global city.  The shows take place on select Saturdays throughout the year, in the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheater  behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are always supplemented with a hands-on art project in the adjacent Blue Ribbon Garden that’s perfect for kids (and their adults!)

The photos above are from our most recent shows with Mongolian dancers Khukh Tenger & Tuvan throat-singers Huun-Huur Tu.  (Pretty amazing stuff!)

But World City is more than just world artists and music, it’s an incredible snapshot into different ways of life, different cultures, and captivating stories from around the globe.  Regardless of the style, or where the artists hail from, the shows never fail to delight!  And, much in a “It’s a Small World” kind of way, but with waaay better music, World City achieves a sense of inter-connectivity by demonstrating how the performing arts can transcend cultures and geographic boundaries with entertaining ease.

There’s only one more World City of the season (and it celebrates the history of our own American west)  so mark your calendars for May 17th to see  Daughters of the Purple Sage and genuine cowboy Wylie Gustafson.

 

All photos by Danielle Klebanow