From Our Editors
Six million stone tiles, 30,000 square feet of glass, 11,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 4,000 tons of steel. That’s what it took to build Valley Performing Arts Center at CSU Northridge. Much like a squeaky clown nose, each component serves both an aesthetic and acoustic purpose—the curtains that periodically line the back walls, for instance, are made of sound-absorptive wool-serge fabric, and share acoustic duties with elegant reflecting walls designed to amplify sound. The extra touches come in handy when the center’s calendar launches into full swing—it promises performances by entertainers ranging from dance and theater troupes to violinists, jazz musicians, and chart-topping artists such as Rufus Wainwright.