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California Plaza

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Photograph: Courtesy KCRW

Time Out says

California Plaza's water court sits in the shadows of a pair of Downtown skyscrapers with all of the postmodernist flair typical of the architecture from Bunker Hill's construction boom. The open-air plaza encompasses fountains, eating areas and shaded pavilions as well as room for a performance space.


350 S Grand Ave
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What’s on

KCRW Summer Nights

Everyone’s favorite NPR member station has a hand in a slew of summer concert slates at public plazas and beloved museums, and this summer’s schedule is particularly packed. Familiar KCRW DJs and local buzz bands will be providing free, open-air tunes on select nights from July through September at the Hammer Museum, One Colorado, CAAM, Descanso Gardens, Bowers Museum, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, JANM and—our favorite—the party-till-midnight bashes at Chinatown Central Plaza. This year’s lineup features Ambar Lucid, Hana Vu and Mark de Clive-Lowe, among others, and KCRW DJs including Anthony Valadez, Jason Bentley, Novena Carmel and more. The details slightly differ at each spot, but you can typically expect a bunch of food trucks, beer gardens and after-hours museum admission. Regardless of the location, you really can’t go wrong with any evening spent at Summer Nights.

Inferno & Burlesque

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American Contemporary Ballet is staging a month of gothic horror-inspired performances that ACB director Lincoln Jones describes as “Halloween for David Lynch fans.” The evening is broken up into three programs: “Inferno,” a trip through Dante’s vision of hell filled with doomed lovers, monsters and Satan; “Burlesque,” a series of six strange scenes that feature female soloists; and a sort-of-secretive third piece that was created for a Dita Von Teese performance in 2019. You’ll find the hour-and-a-half show on the 28th floor of Two California Plaza—and just a heads up that it contains brief nudity.

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