The Ford Theatre’s Fond Return

By Michael Berick

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The Blue13 Dance Company arrives at The Ford this summer. PHOTO BY PAUL ANTICO

It’s a big new world at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre (2580 Cahuenga Ave. East, L.A.; www.fordtheatres.org). The performance space has re-opened after a huge renovation, and that means Big World Fun is back after a year’s absence.

While the Amphitheatre has seen major improvements, Big World Fun is sticking with tradition, introducing children to music and cultures from around the globe. This summer’s six sessions start July 23 with Minyo Station sharing their take on traditional Japanese music. BWF travels to the Philippines with Kayamanan Ng Lahi on July 30, Mexico with Cambalache on Aug. 6 and India with the Blue13 Dance Company on Aug 13. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performs a multicultural set of songs Aug. 20, while the exciting rhythms of Street Beat bring the series to a rousing conclusion Aug. 27.

Every Big Fun World morning begins with pre-show activities at 9 a.m., and each week includes a different art project as well as a “nature in your backyard” workshop where kids can learn about animals that are native to Southern California. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children.

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