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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve super bloom

Super Blooms and Budget Cuts

March 23, 2017
These are certainly strange times we are living in. 2017 has so far left us all feeling like we’ve been on the tilt-a-whirl a bit too long after having eaten one too many funnel cakes. As the future of our nation plays out on Twitter and in courtroom dramas and congressional hearings, we thought it was time to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of the arts. And, not just the arts, but the humanities and public television and radio. Let’s throw libraries and parks in the mix too. 
Shine a Light

Shine a Light

February 09, 2017
With all of the rain and political turmoil of late, it’s hard to grasp that spring is just around the corner.  We get it. And so, we thought we’d interrupt the stream of hard news hitting your inbox with something pleasant. We invite you to take a moment this month to revisit some of your favorite Ford performances from last summer.
Raindrops

A Fresh Start

January 11, 2017
The rain feels lovely this time of year. For one, it sort of, kind of, feels like winter. And, it's perfect for washing out the old 2016 dirt and grime, leaving everything smelling fresh.
2016 Ford Theatres audiences

Support LA's Freshest

November 29, 2016
In July 2016, the John Anson Ford Theatres reopened for a summer season of music, dance, film, theatre and family events following nearly two years of renovations.

Happy Shining People

October 19, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
You know that feeling you get when you accomplish something huge? That’s kind of how we feel right now. After being closed for nearly two years for some pretty serious renovations to the Ford’s historic stage and artist areas, we opened our doors and hoped that you still cared. You did. Thank you.  
Africa Rising poster

Dropping the Beat at LA’s Freshest Dance Party

October 11, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“Africa is the drum.” I couldn’t get that phrase put of my head after talking with Grammy-nominated Afro Roots star Rocky Dawuni, who is headlining the Ford’s season finale Africa Rising on October 15. 

L.A. Noir on the Fly

October 04, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
"In an age of digital noise and distraction, improv is a growth industry," Impro Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Dan O'Connor says. "It's about teaching people how to really listen instead of just waiting to talk."

Dragons and giants come to life at the Ford

September 28, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
When I was asked to interview O-lan Jones I have to admit I geeked out. Like a lot. In the theatre world, she is a bit of a legend. She originated countless roles in plays by the likes of Sam Shepard and Beth Henley. Plus, as any true 90s kid can tell you, she played a host of iconic characters in films like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks and The Truman Show. I had no idea she also wrote operas...

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