Archives for June 20, 2016

New Exhibition at the Hollywood Bowl Museum and the 2016 Summer Season Open June 18

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association today announced a new exhibition at the Hollywood Bowl Museum titled “Attention Pilots: Hollywood Bowl and the Skies Above.”Opening June 18, in conjunction with the opening of the 2016 summer season, the exhibition examines the long-standing efforts by the LA Phil to keep the skies above the venue clear of aircraft during performances.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s efforts to preserve one of the key environmental features of the Hollywood Bowl – a quiet oasis where live music can be heard under the stars in the middle of the buzzing city – have included outreach to airplane and helicopter pilot associations, air traffic controllers, the air support division of the LAPD, and the local office of the FAA. The exhibition’s core visual component – the ‘no fly’ posters produced since the 1970s – were distributed throughout these organizations and around the city to help dissuade aviators from flying over the Bowl during the summer season.
The exhibition also explores additional efforts made over the years, including the installation of two lighting systems designed to deter aircraft – searchlights to help mark the perimeter of the Bowl in the sky, and strobe lights on the mountaintops surrounding the Bowl grounds. From 1977 to 1979 an official plane spotter was situated atop one of the Bowl towers. When an aircraft was spotted, a call was made to the stage manager, who would subsequently call the Van Nuys control tower, who then contacted the aircraft and asked them to change course.
Also included in the new exhibition are vintage travel posters and archival video clips which address the history of airborne noise pollution in Los Angeles.
During the summer season, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday (10:00 AM until show time) and Sundays (4:00 PM until show time).
Please visit HollywoodBowl.com for a look at the new Hollywood Bowl history, a comprehensive timeline of the landmark venue featuring archival images and videos, some of which have never been on view to the public.
The Hollywood Bowl 2016 summer season begins with Opening Night at the Bowl featuring Steely Dan on June 18. Subscriptions and single tickets for the entire season are available now at HollywoodBowl.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.
Credit: About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, “SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl.” In February 2016, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the twelfth year in a row at the 27th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. www.HollywoodBowl.com

Live Nation’s Ones To Watch Under-The-Stars Outdoor Concert Series And Immersive, Starlit, Floating Sky Screen Union Station 360° Cinematic Journey To Headline Summer Programming at Historic Venue

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Photo: Michael Leier performs on July 2.

DTLA’s iconic Union Station will open its sweeping outdoor gardens on summer nights with a unique entertainment line-up featuring emerging bands at Live Nation’s Ones to Watch Summer Concert Series, an innovative interactive cinematic experience Union Station 360° and the provocative art installation, Cabinet Of Curiosities.

The station is currently scheduling a rotating collection of unique events, cutting edge performances, evocative music, unprecedented art exhibitions and thought-provoking cultural programing that is completely redefining Union Station.

Ken Pratt, Metro’s Director of Union Station Property Management said, “This is an important step for Union Station in that it introduces folks to this extraordinary public space and the beauty of one of Los Angeles’ most iconic architectural properties while encouraging Angelenos to take the light rail, subways, Metrolink, Amtrak and Metro buses to the station and experience the ease and comfort of our growing mass transit system.”

The historic Downtown landmark will kick-off its summer season with Live Nation’s Ones To Watch & KROQ Locals Only Presents Summer Concerts At Union Station. The free concert series under the stars begins July 2 and runs Saturday nights through Labor Day weekend.

Each concert will feature two emerging artists and a popular DJ performing between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and will give music fans intimate access to the next generation of singers and musicians.  Additionally, some of the city’s most popular food trucks will be on site along with other creative culinary concepts.

Headlining opening night on July 2 will be Michael Leier, Bloodboy, Figs Vision, and DJ – Grant Owens performing in the station’s verdant South Patio Garden.

Other emerging artists slated to perform include:

  • July 9th – DYAN, The Brinks
  • Aug 6th – Sam Fischer
  • August 13th – Salt Petal
  • August 20th – Lauv, Pretty Sister

Additional concert details and the line-up of performers are available at unionstationla.com.

Live Nation’s Ones To Watch is dedicated to showcasing today’s most talented new artists.  “Using such a unique place as Union Station as a venue is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect these rising new performers with passionate downtown music fans,” said Live Nation’s concert and club COO Ben Weeden.

After the curtain rises on the Live Nation series, for nine days in July, the station’s South Patio will be transformed into an evocative multi-media environment with the innovative cinematic experience Union Station 360° created by the noted local experiential design firm The Hettema Group.

The Hettema Group’s projects include some of the world’s most recognized interactive attractions ranging from the recently opened One World Observatory at the World Trade Center to Las Vegas’ High Roller to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure to Jurassic Park The Ride.

Union Station’s state-of-the-art, multi-sensory 360° experience will transport guests on an extraordinary interactive journey through the unique cultural fabric of L.A. with a series of imaginative vignettes exploring the city’s storied past and vibrant present.  The Hettema Group has teamed with filmmakers and digital artists to create original cinemagraphs that will be viewed, on a massive cutting-edge projection sphere and across a Floating Sky Screen, accompanied by a hypnotic original score.

The station’s massive entry arches will become the backdrop to a 30-foot-high, projection mapped art and video installation that will respond to visitors’ movements; and guests can move freely throughout the garden beneath the translucent Floating Sky Screen bathed in iconic Los Angeles imagery.

Union Station will be transformed into a towering canvas for dazzling imagery beamed on its façade as audiences become fully immersed in the Union Station 360° experience.

Union Station 360° is open and free to guests July 15 – July 24 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight (closed on Monday, July 18).

From August 6 – August 31 the station’s Grand Waiting room will be home to the provocative art installation Cabinet of Curiosities.  The trailblazing group exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists will feature a series of mysterious worlds that are viewed through peepholes.

Built in 1939 as a portal to the promise of the California dream, this architectural gem features soaring vaulted ceilings, towering brass windows, massive Art Deco chandeliers, hand-painted mission tiles and ornate stone floors.  Union Station will evolve into a venue showcasing the diversity of entertainers, artists and innovators throughout Los Angeles.

In addition to its own emerging calendar of programing, events and activities, Union Station has become a gateway to the rebirth of Downtown’s vibrant arts, entertainment and food scene and has emerged as a bridge to important cultural venues including The Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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About Union Station:

Built in 1939, Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. Today, the station has evolved into a vibrant transportation center serving 75,000 passengers daily. Union Station is currently in the first phase of a Master Plan that will enable it to better handle the growing number of transit riders, accommodate high-speed rail and serve as one of L.A.’s premier public spaces while protecting the historic core of the station. For more information, visit unionstationla.com.  Connect with Union Station on Twittter, Facebook and Instagram