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Downtown's Outdoor Summer Performance Season Heats Up

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, at 04:59PM
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Grand Performances at dusk.

No urban experience would be complete without cultural activities offered under summer skies, and Downtown has stepped up its game over the past few years. Grand Performances has been setting the standard for more than twenty years, but their shows are far from the only ones from which Downtowners get to choose.

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Brookfield Properties opens its second Summer on the Plaza series tonight (June 9). The free concert series kicks off with "a race of angels" and Quetzal Guerrero, hosted by KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad. Parking for 7+Fig (735 S. Figueroa St) is on 7th at Francisco and validated with a minimum purchase from a summer concert happy hour menu. The series features programming at 7+Fig and up the hill at Bank of America Plaza.

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Friday Night Flicks is the end-of-week screening series at Pershing Square. It opened last week with "Spy Kids." This Friday, you can catch “Jason and the Argonauts” at 8pm. Among the do’s and don’ts, dogs on a leash (if well-behaved) are welcomed, alcohol is not. Also, Pershing Square’s Summer Concert series will begin July 21. Pershing Square is bordered by 5th, Hill, Olive and 6th.

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And then there's Grand Performances, the annual summer-long free concert and performance series that led the way. They just opened with Cornerstone Theater Company’s installment in their Justice Cycle series, “3 Truths" which is now in its final weekend, June 10, 11, and 12 (8pm). Next Friday brings the Department of Cultural Affairs' Artists Project, and Saturday will show how give the Ring Cycle some L.A. street cred with Gangsta Wagner, composed by Geoff Gallegos.

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