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Our free, docent-led Art and Architecture tours of the downtown LA Central Library begin and end in the Main Lobby.   But we are often asked:  where exactly is the library’s front door?  It’s a strange question for a landmark building.  Here's a bit of background on the many entrances:

When architect Bertram Goodhue started plans for the library in 1922, he intended for the main entry to face Hope Street.  At that time, the City didn't even own the land that runs from the library to Flower Street. 

A Free Live Music Performance from LA’s Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, February 8, 2015

It is often said that Don Carlo is Giuseppe Verdi’s most ambitious masterpiece.  This emotion-filled opera about love and politics in 16th Century Spain is also one of his most profound operas.   This opera premiered in Paris in 1867 and was reworked several times to Verdi’s specifications.  La Traviata, Otello and Aida may be more well-known, but Don Carlo is the opera lover’s dream opera. 

To commemorate Black History month, Central Library offers two maps that exemplify the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in this country. The first is “Americans of Negro Lineage” by the great Louise E. Jefferson, published by the Friendship Press in 1946. Louise Jefferson is one of the truly remarkable cartographers who used their graphic arts skills to create pictorial maps, painting landscapes that continue to bring insights into the social history of America.

The best lyricists are poets, albeit with a slightly different skill set.  Their goal is not to make the words sing upon the page, but rather to craft lines that can be sung in real life.  Like Shakespeare's plays, their couplets and stanzas are meant to be heard and not seen.  But song lyrics--love lyrics in particular--are also there to enhance a piece of music, to convey emotion and personality through song--in short, to tell a miniature story or add dimension to a larger one.

Activist Malcolm X appears as a spectator during a 1964 court trial in Los Angeles. (Herald Examiner Collection)

Imagine traveling around the world in thirty seconds, while looking at thirty books – each in a different language. That’s one book per second. Imagine the treasures to be discovered in this short amount of time. Is this possible? Yes, indeed, if we have the knowledge of deciphering a letter code.

A popular dance song from the 1980s was called, “Let’s Get Physical,” sung by Olivia Newton-John.  Here’s a suggestion for a new song title with a technology slant, “Let’s Get Digical.”  What’s does digical mean?  It means combined physical and digital innovations.  Who invented it?  Darrell Rigby, in the September 2014 Harvard Business Review issue, describes the ongoing process in the modern world where the physical and the digital realms morph into one, providing users, customers, patrons, the ability to continue the transactional experience both in the