Summer is Here

We’re calling it – with the first Dance DTLA event this Friday night (Dance Downtown: Bollywood), Los Angeles is officially in summer mode!

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Back for the 12th year, The Music Center’s Dance DTLA kicks off THIS Friday night, June 3! Head downtown for an evening of dancing under the stars on most Friday nights from June-September, 2016. Plus, grab some yummy specials for your picnic basket at Grand Central Market’s extended Summer Nights hours and hop on the free Downtown Concierge Shuttle over to The Music Center!

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DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION REMIXED

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Even from a distance, you could tell something special was happening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Streams of green and blue light darted off the chandeliers and through the Mondrian windows, inviting you to enter the peculiar world of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours (Sleepless).

This past weekend we celebrated the third installment of the Sleepless series, and it did not disappoint. Flocks of fans braved a warm February night in Los Angeles for a taste of The Music Center after hours. From the Founder’s Room to deep below the stairs, the pavilion was alive with sounds and beats, lights and imagery, puppets and pillows. The pavilion was decked out for a luxurious good time.

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We had the opportunity to collaborate with dublab again, helping us tap into the pulse of LA’s unique music scene. Things kicked off with DJ crew Mas Exitos, along with their expertly curated assortment of tropical classics and rare oddities.

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In true Sleepless fashion, the arrival of each guest was announced aloud by our cheery staff. Flanking either side of the Grand Staircase were a few newcomers to the affair. Boyle Height’s own Self Help Graphics & Art brought their workshop directly to the party. Guests and their DIY shadow puppets danced the night away atop cityscapes by Self Help’s own Daniel Gonzalez and Martha Carillo.

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On the other side of the lobby, guests became the puppets themselves. Fresh off of their epic projections at N.Y.E.L.A., yU+Co graced the Grand Lounge with an interactive video installation alongside the audio works of composer John Wiese.

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Touch, the London-based imprint, burrowed themselves deep below the stairs, creating a truly 360º installation. Eight speakers surrounded you, blending together pieces from their artist roster in real time.

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Past the bronze Plazzotas statues and up the Grand Staircase, Stern Grand Hall was transformed into a space of futuristic leisure. The video and sound synthesized with the mid-century design of the hall in a way that was both nostalgic and innovative. The audience listened intently as they reclined below the chandeliers, gazing upwards as animated light reflected back down towards them. Leaving Records provided a diverse soundtrack including worldly, spiritual songs from Carlos Niño, the undulating synthesis of M. Geddes Gengras, and frantic juke-inspired beats from Ahnnu.

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Meanwhile around the corner, in the illustrious Founder’s Room, wide-eyed dancers shuffled and stepped under the watchful gaze of Dorothy Chandler herself. As the disco-ball spun and the records revolved, the ESP Institute put on a clinic of their own. Straight from Amsterdam, Tako joined a cast of his label-mates including Cooper Saver and Lovefingers.

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It didn’t matter where your personal experience took you that night, the experience of Sleepless is as exclusive to every individual as it is universal to the whole. Because of these unique factors, no two Sleepless nights can ever be the same. Surrendering themselves to the spectacle and the allure of the night, each artist created for the collective. With open minds, the audience was able to check their preconceptions at the door and revel in the moment. Combined they were able to tap into the heartbeat of the city at night.

 

Going All Out on Grand Ave

It’s no secret that downtown LA’s Grand Avenue has been a cultural hub for some time now.  But with the addition of The Broad Museum this past month, along with the slew of new restaurants, events and apartments opening up, Grand Avenue is brimming over with vibrancy right now.  So it seemed only fitting that all of the artistic organizations on the avenue take a moment to collectively open all our doors and celebrate all the incredible art and culture happening on Grand Ave all the time!

This Saturday, join us for Grand Ave Arts: All Access – Los Angeles’ home for world-class arts and culture turns inside out with open rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink, and kids film screenings.   It’s all free, open to all ages, and includes all the arts organizations from 5th Street to Temple.

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Activities for The Music Center include …

+  Performances on our plaza by Xoyocote Azteca dance company.

+  Día de los Muertos art installations as part of a wide-scale project that includes Grand Park.

+  Día de los Muertos-themed face painting and Papel Picado workshops featuring guest            artists Alvaro Asturias and Xochitl Palomera in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion lobby.

+  Tours of our oldest theater, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, every 30 minutes beginning at     11:00 a.m. Last tour leaves at 1:30 p.m.

Visit the Grand Ave Arts: All Access website for a full rundown of activities for the day, and be sure to grab your friends and family to take in all the amazing things happening in the heart of Los Angeles’ cultural scene!

BYODM : We asked, and you Brought It!

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BYODM stands for “bring your own dance moves” and on June 12th that’s precisely what Los Angeles did!  Part of our Summer @ The Music Center Friday night series of free activities, BYODM alternates with our tried & true series of free dance lessons on the plaza, Dance Downtown, and features headlining DJ’s like Peanut Butter Wolf, Egyptian Lover, Adrian Younge, Garth Trinidad,  and Heidi Lawden… just to name a few.

The evening is a simple combination of good tunes, good food, good friends, summer nights and sweet dance moves!  We also have teamed up with SPiN Standard to offer ping-pong tables for any of you who fancy a game or two!   The result is something everyone can enjoy, from the best breakers to the most modest of movers… It’s just about having a good time with your friends in DTLA!   Just have a look at all the amazing photos from the last BYODM night….

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Our next BYODM is this Friday, June 26th, so put it in your calendars and plan to meet us on the plaza from 7-11pm!  Remember to take advantage of our Destination Discount if you’re planning on taking the Metro (highly recommended!)  And to be sure you have enough sustenance for a full evening on getting your boogie on, stop by Grand Central Market on your way over and stock up on a few of our favorite eats like Belcampo Meat Co, Ana Maria, or  DTLA Cheese.

See ya this Friday! 

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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