4 burning questions with our 2013 interns

We're still having intern withdrawls. Every year our interns help us get through the our 10 week summer concert series and without them we'd be beat. They definitely worked hard, but they managed to have some fun too ;) Keep reading to find out about their experience at Grand Performances (We took creative liberties and added in the fun photos.)  

They even made this Red Bucket animated photo to leave as their legacy. Bucks in the bucket, yeah!

4 burning questions with Josh
Artist Relations Intern

1. Favorite concert?
I truly enjoyed Green Galactic's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the beginning of our season.  John Tejada, Plaid, and Pole each had unique sets that were beautifully complemented by our production team's awesome lighting rig around the Marina Amphitheater.   

2. What did you learn at GP that you'll take with you to your next job?
My summer has taught me to be flexible in regard to artist/event coordination and to anticipate the needs of the people I work with.  I know that the multitasking and ability to prioritize will help me wherever I go in life.  

3. What is one thing you'll miss about GP?
I will miss having sock puppets as an integral part of my work environment.

Sock puppet mania at work 

4. Has this internship given you more clarity on what you're looking to do next?
Grand Performances has helped to deepen my appreciation for free, accessible performing arts to the public. While I'm uncertain of one particular life-long career path at the moment, I know that I will always advocate, support, and be involved in performing arts.  

4 burning questions with Jamie
Development Intern

Working hard for the money

1. Favorite concert?

2. What did you learn at GP that you'll take to you next job?
Time Management and Communication. One thing GP taught me is that behind every amazing event is an effective team that communicates well with one another and works in a timely fashion. 

3. What is one thing you'll miss about GP?
I honestly adore everyone who works at GP and on the plaza and comes to GP events. Everyone has been so nice and I have met so many funny people. I am going to miss everyone so much.

4. Has this internship given you more clarity on what you're looking to do next?  
This internship definitely helped me solidify my plans of what I want to do in the future. My past jobs and school activities revolved around bringing ticketless, quality programming to students. Grand Performances allowed me to see that mission worked on a bigger scale, the Los Angeles community. Seeing the positive impact these performances left on so many has definitely compelled me to keep working in organizations and companies that really focus on benefiting the entire community. 

4 burning questions with Annie
Marketing Intern

1. Favorite concert?
Miwa Matreyek/Brujerias de Papel was unlike our usual music concerts but it was very intriguing and whimsical. Both Miwa’s installations and Brujerias’ marionettes came to life right before my eyes.

2. What did you learn at GP that you'll take to you next job?
Being in the marketing team, I learned to not be afraid of testing out new ideas and projects – you never know what surprisingly works well or doesn’t. And if an idea didn’t work out as planned, don’t be discouraged but think of more creative (with some practicality) ways to outreach! 

3. What is one thing you'll miss about GP?
Most definitely the Grand Performances’ staff and crew. Everyone was tremendously caring, funny, and full of personality. And wearing airplane hats and crowns at work. 

This is what she means by airplane hats. PS. We're looking for sponsorship, Alaska Airlines, call us!

4. Has this internship given you more clarity on what you're looking to do next?  
My internship this summer has given me a great exposure of what marketing in the non-profit arts world looks like. Not only have do I have a better idea of how a non-profit organization functions but also how different organizations cater to its specific goals, audiences, and beliefs. I’m super thankful for the mentoring I received at Grand Performances – and will definitely take all that I learned to my next job. 


REWIND: 2013 Gala

On July 20, Grand Performances welcomed more than 350 guests for our 11th Annual Gala Fundraiser with Rufus and Friends. The event chaired by Board Member Jennifer Fisher began with cocktails, including handcrafted sweet beet lemonade, and comfort/soul food, 70s-inspired dishes created by Chef Travis Hooper of the Omni Hotel.

"John Jones, Heather Jones, Gala Chair Jennifer Fisher and Kelvin Golden"

During the silent and live auctions guests vied for several exciting prizes such as “An Escape to the Big Apple for Fashion Week,” “Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival VIP Package” and “Discover Brazil” courtesy of The Brazilian Consulate of Los Angeles and its partners. Honorary Host Committee Member and sponsor Tom Gilmore was our fab “celebrity” auctioneer.

"Tony Maiden, Sly Stone, Tom Gilmore and Michael Alexander"

However the night would not have been complete without Grand Performances’ signature free programming. Rufus was one of the most important funk ensembles of all time and they burned up the dance floor 70s style for a free public performance - their first show in Los Angeles in nearly 30 years – with a special appearance by Sly Stone. More than 2500 Angelenos, from all walks of life, came together to share a rich moment of cultural history, inspiration, introspection, and most importantly, celebration.

Funds raised from this special evening help Grand Performances continue to bring the best of global culture and local talent to our diverse community. With your help we raised nearly $100,000 - thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for helping to KEEP THE BEAT ALIVE!

For more photos of the celebration that evening, click here!

Platinum Sponsors: City National Bank, Omni Hotels
Gold Sponsors:
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dickerson Employee Benefits
Natalie & David Bergeson, Broad Arts Foundation, Gilmore Associates, Alan Sieroty, Union Bank, U.S. Bank

Honorary Host Committee: Sly Stone, Honorary Chair, Bette & Wylie Aitken, Dee Dee Dorskind & Bradley Tabach-Bank, Kathy Faulk, Tom Gilmore, Rosey Grier, Bob L. Johnson, Janice Pober, Heidi Duckler & Dan Rosenfeld, Dominique Shelton, Malissa Shriver, Alan Sieroty, and Gary Stewart.

Auction and Raffle Donations: Special thanks to Joyce Azria, the Brazilian Consulate of Los Angeles, City National Bank, Coastal Luxury Management, Fogo de Chão, Korean Airlines, John A. Martin & Associates, MOCA, Omni Hotel New York, Orient Express and El Encanto Santa Barbara, our friends Pam, Amanda, Lianna, and Eddie, Pasadena Playhouse, Ralph’s, Rivera, Bernard Silva, Stella Rosa Wines, Sugarfly Events and Janet Roston, Tivoli São Paulo Mofarrej Hotel, and The Wine House.

"Guests of Sony Pictures Entertainment - Gold Sponsor"


Songs in the Key of L.A.

This Friday we're celebrating our City of Angels with Songs in the Key of L.A., a concert that brings to life the hidden treasures of the Los Angeles Public Library's sheet music archive.

We sat down with our Programming Director, Leigh Ann Hahn, for the 411 on this project. 

"It was only natural," says Hahn, "to entrust this rich musical legacy to Ozomatli, one of L.A.'s most dynamic bands." In addition to performing the songs, we've commissioned Ozomatli to chart the musical reimaginings. Over the course of eight months, Ozomatli and their musical guests have adapted, and made their own, 11 songs from the Library's archive - adding a new and contemporary dimension to each piece.

Hahn says, "Though the music in the library archive spans a century, the compositions from the 1910s and 1920s epitomize our forebearers' optimistic and hopeful vision for our beloved city's nearly perfect climate, abundant agrarian roots, and robust growth that has always welcomed newcomers with wide-open arms."

"Most of these songs were never recorded," continues Hahn, "so this will be the first time many of these songs will be heardin nearly a century."

Listen to some of the songs here.
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Artists scheduled to perform are:

Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, I See Hawks in L.A., Petrojvic Blasting Company, Ceci Bastida, Rob Gonzalez and Cheech Marin and Jackson Browne.

Need to know:

We recommend arriving early to grab a good seat (6:30-7pm should be fine). For directions to the California Plaza parking structure, click here. We'll also have a complimentary bike valet available on the Upper Plaza.

This muti-platform Songsin the Key of L.A. project was started by USC Professor Josh Kun (a familiar face to GPeeps), whose work with the Library's collection was recently released in a book of the same name (Angel City Press - June 1, 2013). Kun is also the curator of our live concert.


A GRAND Proposal on the Watercourt Stage

This past weekend we had a Grand Performances' first: an on-stage marriage proposal!

Lester Garcia and Argelia Garcia (yup, they already shared the same last name) met more than eight years ago as community organizers in Boyle Heights.

The couple had already come to Grand Performances for our Young, Gifted and Nina concert in early July. That's when Lester thought that the ambiance, downtown skyline, and Watercourt would make the perfect backdrop for an engagement. Knowing that their friends from Las Cafeteras were going to perform on our stage later in the month, he worked with them to create a memorable proposal. 

For all Argelia knew, they were just coming back to Grand Performances to support their friends by introducing the song, Luna Lovers. Lester's perfect plan was firmly in place. 

It worked! She said yes! When asked if the song, "Luna Lovers," is going to play during their wedding, Lester replied, "It has to!"

Congratulations to Lester and Argelia! We're honored to be a part of their love story and wish them all the best. Did you know we do wedding on the plaza too? Hehe ;)

Lester + Argelia (with tears of joy) backstage right after the proposal. Check out her ring!

If you're feeling the love, you can read about another Grand Performances couple, Adnan and Kristeen. They actually met at one of our concerts! 


Global block party heats up

If there were a time for the pulse of the world to beat at California Plaza, it'd be these next two weeks. Pack a picnic and gather up your friends and family for a musical whirl wind adventure. No plane ticket needed, we're bringing it all to Downtown L.A.!

This Friday (7/26), we'll sway to the sweet sounds of North Africa with Ethio-jazz from Ethio Cali and Moroccan chaabi (music of North Africa) from the University of Gnawa.
On the 27th, fellow Angelenos Las Cafeteras open the evening before we head down to Santiago, for a date with Chile's top party band, Chico Trujillo.
The a week later, on Saturday, August 3, we'll sweat it out on the dance floor in South America with Novalima's Afro-Peruvian beats and Palenke Soultribe's electronic Afro-Columbian rhythms.
Palenke Soultribe from their 2009 performance with us
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