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!


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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New Favorite Los Angeles Couple

Our new favorite Los Angeles couple is a pair of ducks that has been frequenting The Music Center campus this week.

Most recently they came out of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion parking lot elevator and strolled on the plaza…

Only to become understandably intrigued by the upcoming production of American Ballet Theatre’s Firebird.


Minds made up, they waddled over to the box office to get their tickets for the show in July, proving that the arts are, indeed, for everyone!


Some bonus shots below:

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This Weekend at The Music Center: Valentine’s Day Edition

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Here is an early This Weekend at The Music Center for those of you who are in need of some last-minute Valentine’s Day plans.



Start the weekend off right with Center Theatre Group’s The Mystery of Love & Sex at the Mark Taper Forum. The play offers an explosive look at romance, race and our connections to each other in a world full of tangled and complicated differences. Or if you’re in a mood for theater that tickles the funny bone, catch An Act of God starring Emmy Award® winner Sean Hayes at the Ahmanson.

At Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil is setting the mood with their CITY OF LIGHT: A Century of Music from Paris series. On Friday, come to CITY OF LIGHT: Mother Goose, with Installation or catch the world premier of The Wooster Group: The Room by Harold Pinter over at REDCAT.


Saturday & Sunday (Valentine’s Day!)

All of the shows from Friday have additional performances through the weekend so check the links above for dates and times.

Additionally, Saturday is the opening night of The Magic Flute at the LA Opera. Don’t miss this visually stunning production that is a celebration of true love conquering all. February 13 is the only day to catch the show this weekend, but it runs through March 6.


Over at Grand Park, love is in the air this Saturday at PROUD Love, celebrating the LGBTQ and ally community. Enjoy a sunny afternoon dance party with a photo booth, dance floor and square dance lessons bringing together love of all kinds.


Valentine’s Day Dining

Bonus dining tip: Patina Restaurant Group has a special Valentine’s Day: Love Bites & Potions menu available. View & Reserve.

No matter what you choose, we wish you a weekend full of love!


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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.


Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

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This past weekend, we opened the doors to our elegant Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and welcomed the masses to enjoy unusual performances, new spaces, and experiences within the building after hours… When we say “after hours,” we’re talking 11:30pm to 3am people!  The event was aptly called Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours and it’s one of a new series of late night experiences we’re hosting this season.

Presented in collaboration with Dublab for their 16th anniversary, Sleepless included sets from several Dublab DJ’s, live acoustic performances from stellar musicians, a puppet show, a rocking dance party, a tonalism-themed chill-out space (complete with bean bags and mattresses) projections, screen-printing, phone booths, photo ops, and so much more!

It’s hard to put into words just WHAT it was like to be at Sleepless, suffice to say it was pretty awesome.  And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few to give you a taste of just want happens at The Music Center After Hours…

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Want more? Watch our video! And be sure to join us at our next Sleepless event – November 6th.  It’s free, but to guarantee entry you much RSVP.  Reservations will open up soon, so stay tuned!

How to Create an Awesome Spotlight Audition Video

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Our Spotlight Program – a free scholarship, training program and competition for high school kids in southern California – is back for it’s 28th year and applications are open now.  This amazing program has helped to foster some of the biggest and brightest talent in the performing arts, with artists like Misty Copeland, and Josh Groban among it’s extensive roster of alumni!

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This year, we’re asking all applicants to submit a video performance as part of their application, and to show just how easy and fun the video process can be, we teamed up with another Spotlight alum, the brilliant Melinda Sullivan, to create the ultimate “how-to” video!  Have a look…

So whether you sing, dance, act, or play an instrument, if you’re a talented SoCal teen (or perhaps the teacher or parent of one) looking for an amazing opportunity to expand your skills, broaden your talent and potentially win a $5000 scholarship, upload your application to the Spotlight Awards program ASAP!  Applications close on October 19th, so hop to it!