Where Were You on New Year’s Eve?

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We gathered together with thousands of our friends, neighbors, and fellow Angelenos this past New Year’s Eve at the ultimate LA celebration – N.Y.E.L.A!  For the 3rd year, Grand Park (which is managed and programmed by The Music Center) hosted an evening of music, food, art-installations and fun culminating in the coolest countdown of 3D projections on our city’s iconic City Hall.

This year, our own Music Center plaza was part of the mix too, and our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was also treated to some pretty impressive projections across its front Mondrian windows.  The end result was one of the most memorable New Year’s Eves and the perfect start to 2016.  Here’s a recap in pictures in case you missed it…

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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!

Earth Day LA!

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Tomorrow, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm come to The Music Center, Grand Park and LADWP to discover ways you can live clean and go green in LA!

Embark on this eco-conscious day with tours, gardening demos, recycled art projects, e-waste drop-off, electric vehicle demos, energy efficiency & water conservation displays, as well as plant & tree* giveaways, and so much more!

That’s not all- BEN & JERRY’S will be offering free ice cream in Grand Park as part of their Climate Justice Tour!

What a way to celebrate our planet and commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day!

*Free trees will be available if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles. Verification will be required (ID/Driver’s License or LADWP bill). First come, first served. Limit 1 tree per address.

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Such an exciting week at The Music Center!

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If you’re anything like us, you’re beside yourself that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is in town! There are six opportunities to see them this week, and three different programs to choose from!

In anticipation for National Picnic Day (April 23rd), we’re kicking off Picnic Season early with PicnicDTLA in Grand Park this Saturday from 12-4.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson. Did you know Fran Drescher is in it as the wicked stepmother?!

LA Phil presents the drama of Brahms’ Fourth this Friday – Sunday, and then on Sunday experience Organ Recital: Olivier Latry, one of the official organists at Notre Dame in Paris!

REDCAT presents three opportunities to see Hotel Modern: The Great War in which this Dutch theater ensemble re-create the WWI Western Front from dollhouse-scale props and ordinary household materials and then utilize video cameras to project the action onto an overhead screen, accompanied by live sound effects and spoken narration from actual soldiers’ letters! Then on Monday evening see the revival screening of Kidlat Tahimik: Perfumed Nightmare, what Werner Herzog attributed as “One of the most original and poetic works of cinema made anywhere in the seventies.”

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Jam packed week of activity here at The Music Center! What will you come out for?

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On Saturday Grand Park Downtown Bookfest featuring Artizen Lab runs from 12-5pm. Enjoy this opportunity to engage with your fellow LA bookworms, and shop from local authors and publishers.  Plus, experience Artizen Lab’s top ideas brought to life!   While you’re here, head over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office to get your Alvin Ailey tickets in person and avoid the handling fees. (Score!)

LA Opera presents two opportunities this week to see The Marriage of Figaro. Mozart’s classic is the conclusion of the Figaro Trilogy. There’s a show tonight as well as one on Sunday!

LA Phil presents Gil Shaham Plays Bach, a marriage of Bach Six Solos with original video production by David Michalek. Added bonus: Gil Shaham will be signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil Store.

On Tuesday The Spotlight Grand Finale Performance, hosted by Jenna Elfman, will award Southern California High School students with cash scholarships, master classes, academies and more. Support LA’s next generation of artists in the categories of acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental music, and jazz instrumental music. Tickets are $10!

REDCAT presents a run of four performances of Zoe | Juniper: BeginAgain, which features compelling visuals and supple choreography as just the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy this beautiful teaser. Then on Monday, catch Transforming Spaces: New Films from L.A. Filmmakers, a collection of 9 short experimental works.

In case you didn’t know already, The Library of Congress exhibition American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years opened on March 13th. Don’t miss this new installation in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery. It’s free and runs through September 15th. Supplement your visit with more in depth info here.

See you at the Center!