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Cal State Northridge's new performing arts center is ready for its close-up

Valley Performing Arts Center

Does Robert Redford have plans for the last Saturday in January?

Recalling his L.A. boyhood for The Times in 1990, the actor-director and Sundance Institute founder said that when his family moved from West Los Angeles to Van Nuys for his high school years, it was "like … being tossed into quicksand. There was no culture, it was very oppressive."

Half a century on, at long last there's something afoot that might lure Redford and other arts lovers to the San Fernando Valley — or at least make it worth their while to check the cultural listings and consider that, on a given night, Cal State Northridge may have the most happening arts palace in town. The difference-maker is the new Valley Performing Arts Center, a $125-million, 1,700-seat answer to one of America's longest-running geographical put-downs. 

Read the full story here.

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Cal State Northridge's Valley Performing Arts Center will have its gala opening Jan. 29, featuring Tyne Daly, Gillian Murphy, Ethan Stiefel and Dave Koz. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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