How L.A.’s Fame Began

The Early Days of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Were Not Easy. But Art Never Is.

It was a warm day in September 1985, on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles, when the doors officially opened for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). In 1987, the first senior class would graduate. I was one of the first students accepted to this experimental school and program and among those who graduated in that premier class. LACHSA, from the outset, was going to be Los Angeles’ contribution to building the next generation of artists.

We students had no idea what exactly we were going …

A Dancer’s Thousand Feats

Black Swan Choreographer Benjamin Millepied Has Plans For Los Angeles

Benjamin Millepied–former New York City Ballet principal dancer, choreographer of Black Swan, and husband of actress Natalie Portman–already loves Los Angeles. “I fell in love with this city the first …