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(Credit: Carol Rosegg)


With all the different events that Los Angeles has to offer, those looking for a little culture surely won’t be disappointed. Los Angeles’s Performing Arts Center offers locals and tourists a whirlwind of activities, events that are sure not to disappoint. The LPAC offers a number of venues to take in events, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. Whether you are in search of dance, music, theatre, opera or more, you’re sure to find it by tapping into all LPAC has to offer.

Among the offerings:

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(credit: centertheatregroup.org/theatres/ahmanson)


Ahmanson Theatre
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatregroup.org

Patrons coming here are in for a treat. Previous performers at the Ahmanson Theatre include such notable Hollywood heroes as Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Charlton Heston. Open since 1967, the theatre proscenium was recently renovated with new sound equipment and staging. In its time, the theatre has played host to famous and critically renowned musicals and Broadway shows.

Upcoming events include “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” (runs through May 1) and “Grey Gardens” (July 6 – Aug. 14).

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(credit: Ed U. / Yelp)


Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.dorothychandlerpavilion.net

Construction for this facility began back in 1962, with the building completed in the fall of 1964. Named after Dorothy Buffum Chandler, the venue’s inaugural showing was on Dec. 6, 1964 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performing Strauss, Schuman, Ottorino and Beethoven. Since then, countless patrons have walked through the doors and been entertained with a variety of performances. Part of the Los Angeles Music Center, the pavilion has a capacity of 3,197 seats across four tiers.

In 2003, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Master Chorale relocated to the Walt Disney Hall, a new construction next to the pavilion. As a result, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion houses the Los Angeles Opera and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. Midnight Club: Los Angeles features the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of its efforts to recreate the Los Angeles cityscape.

Upcoming events include “Los Angeles Opera (La Boheme)” beginning on Saturday, May 14 (more performances in May and June) and “American Ballet Theatre (Firebird)” starting on Friday, July 8.

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(credit: Craig Schwartz)


Mark Taper Forum
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatregroup.org

The Mark Taper Forum also opened its doors in 1967, serving as The Music Center’s most intimate theater.vNestled between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Ahmanson Theater, the Mark Taper Forum has a “thrust stage” which provides seating on three-sides of the performers. By having this kind of configuration, the audience has the opportunity to view the show from numerous different perspectives, enhancing the experience of dramatic productions by the theatre group. Audience experience received a further boost after a round of renovations in 2007 – 2008 at a cost of $30 million. While the basic structure of the original forum remained in tact, the theatrical and building systems were all replaced with state-of-the-art technologies

Upcoming events include: “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 &3)” running through May 15 and “Disgraced” running June 8 – July 17.

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(credit: Federico Zignani)


Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000
www.laphil.com

Finished in 2003, Walt Disney Concert Hall is a modern marvel and a Los Angeles icon. It is the newest of The Music Center’s four venues, and home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Walt Disney Concert Hall’s auditorium is configured in a “vineyard” style, which allows for seating on all four sides of the stage. Inside, guests can find the Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery, which features a bi-annual rotating collection

Upcoming events include: “Brahms & Liszt” (April 9-10), “American Chamber Music” (April 12), “Josefowicz Plays Adams” (April 14-16), and “Saint-Saens & Mendelssohn” (April 21-24).

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