In Monday’s (4/20) Los Angeles Times, Ann M. Simmons reports on the progress of the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University in Northridge. “The state’s budget crisis had brought construction of the $125-million 1,700-seat performing arts center to a temporary halt in December, sparking concerns that completion might be delayed. But in March, workers were back on the job. Sam Huleis, a senior project manager for the builder, said his crew was racing to get back on track. … The performing arts theater is one of the largest building projects underway in the San Fernando Valley. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2010, with a grand opening scheduled in early 2011, university officials said. … The hall will boast state-of-the-art acoustics and the stage will be 188 feet wide. Other amenities include a 200-seat flexible-use theater for experimental and smaller-scale productions; two full-size rehearsal sites; interior and exterior public and entertainment areas; a lecture hall and laboratories. Programming will include major symphonies, dance, film, lectures and Broadway productions.”

Posted April 22, 2009