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Rising from the rubble of the Northridge quake, a performing arts center is born

January 30, 2011 |  4:30 pm

Opening night gala

A new performing arts center at Cal State Northridge has risen from the rubble of the 1994 Northridge quake.

The $125-million arts center, which opened Saturday, could become the signature landmark of the 52-year-old campus, drawing world-class orchestras, productions and entertainers while enhancing the university's academic arts programs.

Patrons attending the opening gala, however, passed near a far different symbol of the campus: bent and pockmarked remains of a parking structure that collapsed during the 1994 earthquake. They are sunk into the ground of a commemorative sculpture garden, a reminder of nature's power.

The opening of the 1,700-seat performing arts center, with its striking, curved-glass exterior, fulfills a long-held dream of campus leaders.

Read the full story here.

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Photo: Guests arrive for the opening night gala at the 1,700-seat Valley Performing Arts Center. Cal State Northridge hopes to become the cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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