At Grand Time on Grand Ave: Saturday, October 22. -Larchmont Buzz

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Grand Ave Arts: All Access – a free, live, in-person community event for arts and culture returns for its sixth year on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Big Ave. Arts: All Access, a free, live, in-person arts and culture community event returns for its sixth year on Saturday October 22of 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

It’s going to be a day of family-friendly arts experiences with tours, kids’ activities, sidewalk sales, pop-up shows and more, hosted by world-class downtown Los Angeles cultural organizations. It promises to be a wonderful day to have fun and see what’s on offer on Grand Avenue, as well as a great time for Buzz readers to visit Grand Avenue.

Participating organizations include: The Broad, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles Public Library, Colburn School, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, MOCA, Los Angeles Master Choral, The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT and more.

This free community event invites participants to choose their own adventure. Catch a performance, take a guided tour, make art, sing, explore exhibitions and art installations, and even try your hand at conducting. How awesome is that! There will be a wide range of activities and family experiences. I know how much work it took to produce this event, so enjoy!

“One of the many lessons from the pandemic pause is that we need the arts now more than ever,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of the Music Center. “The return of the Arts Grand Ave In Person: All Access is an invitation for all to discover the special ability of the arts to connect and inspire us in a way like no other. People of all ages can enjoy free access to the many fun and enriching programs offered by Los Angeles’ unparalleled cultural institutions. At the Heart of Grand Ave Arts: All Access is building community – not just on Grand Ave, but with each other.

On Saturday, October 22, Grand Avenue will be adorned with colorful signage to guide visitors. Experiences include some really exciting “read all about it!” events.

THE WIDE. 221 S.Grand Ave. Family weekend workshops: reuse, recycle, dance, drum! 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

THE WIDE. 221 S Grand Ave.
Family weekend workshops: reuse, recycle, dance, drum! 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participate in a recycled art creation activity inspired by artist El Anatsui, enjoy West African dance/drumming workshops in the square with Haniyyah Tahirah and M’Baye Campbell-Kante, and take part in a treasure hunt of art! Plus, experience Takashi Murakami’s signature flower and augmented reality Mr. DOB characters, unlocked with the Instagram app. For children from 3 years old and their families.

CENTER THEATER GROUP. Music Center’s Mark Taper forum. 135 N Grand Ave.

CENTER THEATER GROUP. Music Center’s Mark Taper forum. 135 N Grand Ave.
Join Center Theater Group (CTG), LA’s leading non-profit theater company, at our information table in front of the Music Center’s Mark Taper Forum to learn about the upcoming 2022-23 seasons at the Ahmanson Theater and at the Mark Taper Forum. Come join the CTG mailing list for a chance to win tickets to one of their productions!

The Colburn School (photo from colburnschool.edu)

COLBURN SCHOOL. 200 S Grand Ave.
Instrument petting zoo. All day.
Have you always wanted to play the trumpet, try the flute or learn the saxophone? Stop at the Instrument Zoo to try out an instrument of your choice and get expert advice on getting started in music.

Open Sing. 11 a.m. – Noon.
Calling all shower singers: take your skills to the next level! Colburn Choir director Adrian Dunn leads an open singing workshop for singers of all ages.

Drive us. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Become the maestro of a chamber orchestra with no tuxedo required. Learn what it’s like to lead a group. No experience necessary and Colburn will provide the relay.

Pop-up performance

During the day. Enjoy outdoor pop-up performances by Colburn students across campus.

BIG PARK. 200 N Grand Ave.
Downtown Grand Park Día de los Muertos: Altars + Art. All day.
Visitors to Grand Park can celebrate Día de los Muertos traditions, contribute to the community altar, and view more than 50 altars created by local artists and community groups.

HALO AT WELLS FARGO CENTER, Outdoor Plaza (Presented by Brookfield Properties). 330 S. Hope Street (Halo runs from Hope Street to Grand Avenue). All day.

Discover “Hugman”, a series of brightly colored LEGO® brick sculptures created by Nathan Sawaya, the first contemporary artist to introduce LEGO® to the art world as a medium. “Hugman” likes to hug. It hugs table legs, street signs, bike racks, trees, fence posts, anything it can think of! As you wander through the space, enjoy DJ sets from the community-generated dublab radio station.

LOS ANGELES CHORAL MASTER. LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED. 135 N Grand Ave. All day.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale invites you to join your music-loving friends on Grand Avenue for a day of singing. There’s nothing quite like the sound of people coming together to sing together, and this is your chance to experience that special feeling. Whether you are a beginner or a confirmed pro, child or adult, everyone is welcome.

LA Opera

THE OPERA. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 N Grand Ave.
Artistic creation. During the day
Discover the magic of opera with fun arts and crafts for the whole family, like an opera hat, conductive puppet and more.

Recitals. 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a live recital of some of the opera’s best-known songs, plus highlights from the West Coast premiere of Omar, the musical memoir of lost freedom and enduring faith featured on CBS Sunday Morning, by Grammy Award-winning Rhiannon Giddens and co-composer Michael Abels (get out, no)

central library

CENTRAL LIBRARY. 630 W 5th St Special Exhibits. All day.
Explore our exhibits including Something in Common, Shades of LA Los Angeles Family Album, and It Really is a River: Documenting an Iconic Urban Waterway.

Towers. During the day. Learn more with free guided tours of the art and architecture of the beautiful and historic Central Library.
Mapping workshop. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Examine picture maps while creating your own map in this workshop for all ages.

Sugar skull decoration. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Kids! Join us to decorate sugar skulls.

THE PHIL. The Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center. 111 S.Grand Ave. All day.

THE PHIL. The Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center. 111 S.Grand Ave. All day.
Spend time with the LA Phil by attending a composition workshop led by Composer Fellowship Program alumni Anderson Alden, enhancing your music appreciation at Music 101 led by KUSC’s Alan Chapman, or picking up merchandise at the sale on the sidewalk of the LA Phil Store. Fun for all ages!

MOCA Museum, Downtown Los Angeles

MOCA. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. 250 S Grand Ave. All day.
Enjoy an interactive workshop with color, mood and perspective concepts inspired by Cromosaturación (1965/2012) by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. The day’s events include a screening of Remote, a film by Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi; a roundtable on carbon conservation in the art world; and DJ sets from Sylmar Soundsystem, Sanam and Maral, with a live performance from Soltera. The annual MOCA Store sidewalk sale takes over the plaza with great discounted finds.

The Music Center. Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center. 135 N Grand Ave. Family fun. All day.
Join The Music Center and LA Commons for a day of dreaming, exploration, artistic expression and celebration with Creating Our Next LA as Jerry Moss Plaza transforms into an art installation built on the community’s dreams for the future of Los Angeles. A celebration of our collective visions for a better future, Creating Our Next LA features an interactive art installation, participatory procession, poetry and art-making workshops, drumming circle, and community/voting resources.

Visits to the music center. Walt Disney Concert Hall. During the day. Take a tour of the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and home to the famous Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

REDCAT – Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater at the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. 631 W 2nd St. All day. Join REDCAT as it celebrates the opening of its new exhibition, “Carl Cheng: Material Behavior”. Throughout his nearly six-decade career, Cheng’s artistic practice has explored the capabilities of natural and manufactured substances: from his early use of emerging plastic technology for 3D photographs to his daily application of resin in his Liquid series. /Solid to its stand-alone environments.

All events are free and first come, first served. For the schedule of events and programming information, including details on available food options, please visit: grandavearts.org or (213) 972-7211. Events and schedule subject to change. #GRANDAVEARTS


Backstage with the Buzz is written by cultural programming producer Sheila Tepper. Sheila has lived in the Larchmont area for fifty years, among her passions being passing laws for children with disabilities and interviewing outstanding artists appearing in the Los Angeles area.

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