Pictured: Cherry Blossom Festival flowers in Monterey Park

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Monterey Park’s 14th annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday featured cultural dance and music performances, along with an appearance by a world champion sumo wrestler.
Above, performers from the traditional Japanese dance group Fujima Kansei line up for a portrait during the festival in Barnes Park.
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Local motion: Scenes from the Lineage Performing Arts Center

Over the weekend, Star-News reporter Janette Williams wrote about the new headquarters for contemporary performing arts troupe Lineage Dance. After 10 years of performing in and around the city, the group now has a permanent, 2,700-square foot space in Old Pasadena.
It’s the second space dedicated to modern dance and choreography to open in recent months in Pasadena. The Pennington Dance Group’s ARC (“A Room to Create”) Pasadena studio opened in April.
Photographer Keith Birmingham checked in at the new Lineage studio and caught some of the dancers rehearsing for the gala opening of the center.
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Photos: New $66 million arts complex at East Los Angeles College nearing completion


At a sneak preview yesterday, officials at East Los Angeles College unveiled the very-nearly-complete, $66 million Performing and Fine Arts Center in Monterey Park. [Full story, Star-News]
The new center, slated to open in July, includes three multi-level buildings to house the Vincent Price Art Gallery, recital hall and drama theater. (The college’s current Vincent Price galleryendowed by the actor and art collector, is the first institutional museum to serve East Los Angeles, and it contains more than 2,000 pieces of art.)

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