There is no shortage of visual and performing arts venues in Los Angeles — from the sleek and modern Walt Disney Hall to the stately and historical downtown theaters. A few minutes from Northridge is the burgeoning North Hollywood Arts District (NoHo), whose supporters hope to make it as iconic as New York's SoHo. And right on the Northridge campus, several music and art venues allow you to get an instant culture fix.
Experience the Arts
Catch a performance
The state-of-the-art Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) aims to establish CSUN as the hub for culture and performing arts in the San Fernando Valley. The 160,000-square-foot center features a 1,700-seat performance space that can support a full spectrum of professional programming, including symphony orchestra concerts, opera performances, dance programs, lectures, film events, and musicals and plays.
The Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, completed in 1995, is a 500-seat theater that offers high-quality acoustics, sophisticated lighting and seats no more than 50 feet from the stage.
The Cinematheque is a year-round film screening program housed in the Alan and Elaine Armer Theater, a 130-seat motion picture house. The theater is equipped with state-of-the-art, 35 mm film projectors and a theatrical digital projection system. The Cinematheque is a regular venue for innovative film projects, classic movie screenings, studio film previews, student film competitions, guest speakers and conferences. Screenings are provided in conjunction with class lectures, but a number of events are open to the public. Check the website to get updates on public film screenings and events.
Look at art
The main and west galleries present more than 30 new art shows every year, featuring up-and-coming and established artists in exhibits that engage, entertain and illuminate. Often accompanied by lectures and workshops, shows are occasionally curated by CSUN professors in the Department of Art. Students and faculty members actively participate in two annual faculty exhibitions as well as the spring student showcase, which features more than 70 pieces chosen in a highly competitive, juried process. Admission is free for all shows.
On the radio
KCSN FM 88.5 is CSUN's award-winning public radio station. It plays contemporary and classic artists Norah Jones, the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Strokes, Lykki Li, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Weekend shows, hosted by volunteers, focus on eclectic styles such as Americana, folk and bluegrass. You can listen to the Web stream at www.kcsn.org on your mobile device. For Latin alternative music, check out www.latinalt.org for sister station KCSN HD-2.
The Department of Theatre stages four to seven productions each semester in three distinctive theatrical venues on campus. The chairs for the 390-seat Campus Theatre are affixed to the sloping floor in front of the orchestra pit, making for a unique spectator experience. The Little Theatre seats 200 and features a large stage that allows for a variety of performances. The 100-seat Studio Theatre offers a much more intimate experience, with seating arranged in the round or in traditional theatre style. To see a schedule of productions, check out the website. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Associated Students (AS) Ticket Office.