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George Lucas Museum gets go ahead from L.A. City Council

A groundbreaking $1.5 billion museum honoring George Lucas and narrative film will soon be able to have its groundbreaking in Los Angeles now that the city council has approved its construction. The futuristic spaceship looking design will find a home near the campus of USC,… Read More »George Lucas Museum gets go ahead from L.A. City Council

Lucas Museum will be built in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park

After attempting to build his museum in San Francisco and then Chicago but having both efforts rejected by local opposition, George Lucas has decided to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles at a site near Exposition Park. “The South Los Angeles’s… Read More »Lucas Museum will be built in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park

Inside Disney’s The Lion King Exhibit Open at WonderGround Gallery

Go Inside Disney’s The Lion King at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of Disney’s The Lion King? The massively popular musical is returning to Los Angeles for a limited time (November 20th—January 12th) and… Read More »Inside Disney’s The Lion King Exhibit Open at WonderGround Gallery

The Park – Walt and Lillian’s Musical Legacy

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In 1964, the newly-built Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles was opened to much fanfare. It was the city’s crowning achievement, having lacked a modern concert hall for many years. Walt and Lillian Disney donated a wad of money to the project and were to be given a personal tour of the hall prior to dedication. I was the PR person for the park’s new “ambassador”, Miss Disneyland, and as such escorted her to the pre-dedication event. There was a bevy of Music Center execs there, along with the press, to greet Walt and Lillian and the photogenic Miss Disneyland.

The music director at the time was the young, Indian conductor Zubin Mehta. He was known for his fiery passion and diva-like temperament. Only 26 years old at the time, he was already considered a musical boy genius. To complete the picture, he usually dressed all in black. That, together with his swarthy dark complexion, made quite an impressive and dramatic presentation.Read More »The Park – Walt and Lillian’s Musical Legacy

Battle between Disney and Universal Catches Eye of New York Times

There has always been a cross-town rivalry between Walt Disney’s theme parks and Universal Studios’ attractions. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, Universal Studios had already been offering studio tours at it’s Hollywood park for decades. When Universal Studios decided to build in Orlando,… Read More »Battle between Disney and Universal Catches Eye of New York Times