GPeeps are GRAND Photoshoot 

Got plans for Saturday, March 23rd? Why not celebrate the beginning of the spring season with a carefree day in downtown LA? It's rumored to be a blissful, cloud-free 75 degrees, so hop onto the Red Line with your pals and sunnies for the perfect relaxing afternoon! We'll even throw in some free MOCA tickets as a bonus incentive...

"Hold up! What's the catch?" you find your inner cynic asking, stubbornly unwilling to accept that this blithe opportunity would exist without some sort of caveat. Luckily, you can calm that inner pessimist; the truth is, we've got something exciting planned for our 2013 brochure, and we want to share it with you!

Fans and friends from last season will remember the charming "I Am Grand," "You Are Grand," and "We Are Grand" cardboard trio passed around the audience and used as the focal point for dozens of pictures at performances. They currently live on our Facebook page*, but we've got even bigger plans. If you can't already guess where this is going, here it is: those pictures are going to have a place in our 2013 season brochure!

Of course, in true GP spirit, we want to keep things as inclusive as possible, so we're hosting a makeup day to recreate these photos for those who missed their first opportunity! Come to the California Plaza on Saturday, March 23rd, from 2-4 p.m. for the chance to star in your very own GP photo, and have the opportunity to appear in the 2013 Brochure. RSVP to marketing@grandperformances.com and we’ll give you all the additional info, including parking directions and whatnot.

See you there!

*If your picture is up on Facebook, and you absolutely DO NOT WANT to be shown on the brochures, email marketing@grandperformances.com to let us know. No sweat- we respect your privacy!


A Look Back at 2012

Relive the highlights of our 2012 season by perusing through the stunning visual layout of our Annual Report! Designed by our crafty "boomerang intern" RJ Sakai, the document includes illustrious depictions of season highlights, including Vamos al Mambo, Mexico: Unexpected and our Friday Lunchbox Series. From the Art & Artist Origins map to the information on our new logo to the Board of Directors statement, consider this picturesque pamphlet to be your very own behind-the-scenes guide to all things GRAND.


Rock the About.com Vote

We are excited to announce that Grand Performances has been nominated for the About.com Readers' Choice Awards, in the category of Best World Music Concert Series. We are one of five nominees, each located in various cities throughout the U.S., to have been selected based on our consistent range of globally-infused live performances. But before we can celebrate this online achievement, we need your help!

The purpose of this About.com series is to allow readers to highlight their favorite seasonal venues for presenting a broad spectrum of international acts. As the proud contributor of 27 years of international acts, ranging from mambo maestros to French funk fusion, we hope you'll take a minute to join in on the fun and vote for us. After all, the winner not only gets bragging rights, but also the priceless acknowledgement of their fans' devotion (and nothing could make us happier than that!).

The voting period runs until Tuesday, March 19, and each participant can vote once per day- so be sure to come back often, and invite your friends to do the same! You can find the link HERE.



Photo credit: Michael BeckerAs a lifelong admirer of the arts and avid world traveler, it's no surprise that photographer Michael Becker felt a deep, personal connection with Grand Performances after attending his first concert in 2011. Just a few months earlier Becker was traveling in Southeast Asia with friends and, impressed by the free public performances he experienced in Singapore, lamented that Los Angeles lacked such a diverse cultural gathering place. Luckily his traveling partner knew of Grand Performances!

Since that first introduction, Grand Performances’ free summer events serve as a creative outlet and muse for Becker, who after many years in trust administration is pursuing his first love - photography. He cites the plaza aesthetics, the illuminating color and lighting design, and the diversity of the audience as inspiration for dozens of his photographs. Rarely seated through a performance, he documents the architecture, people and artists then uses color enhancements to create a “lively and mystical expression of message and meaning.”

For Becker, the free-thinking, uninhibited vibe fostered in this “democratic, beautiful environment” is what distinguishes Grand Performances from all other performance spaces in L.A. He appreciates the spectrum of political viewpoints captured during audience conversations, like the one experienced after the reading of Mike Daisy’s The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the introduction he has received to local artists such as the dynamic, acrobatic modern dance company Diavolo.

In appreciation of the cultural equity our program brings to our community and to ensure this legacy for future generations of Angelenos, Becker has designated $1,000,000 to Grand Performances in his estate plans – our very first planned gift. He has also committed a multi-year pledge to help found a major giving initiative to launch this year. Grand Performances’ Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges Michael Becker's commitment.

For more information about planned giving and how you can include Grand Performances in your estate plans, please contact Christie Lesinski, Director of Development at 213-687-2272.



Be our valentine?

Now that’s what we call a Grand gesture:

This Valentine’s Day, trade in canned Hallmark sentiments and superfluous paper waste for something your special someone will truly appreciate:  a Grand Performances e-card! Whether you’ve enjoyed a great date together on the Plaza or just want to share the excitement about the impending season, these quirky little bundles of quips are sure to brighten up someone’s day.

There are two ways to spread the love: after selecting from the 11 unique designs below, you can download and email your choice, or you can share any of them starting tomorrow (Valentine's Day) via Facebook for all your fellow GP chums! That’s right - even in the off season, a little GP love can go a long way!

So what are you waiting for? Sign, seal and e-deliver the love today!