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Christie’s Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art

Moments in Time By Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography has become an inescapable part of our daily experience. One cannot sit in a restaurant without seeing someone snapping a photo of their spring rolls, their Tinder date, or even themselves. A few weeks ago on the Pacific Coast Highway, on a particularly crowded weekend, the man in the lane next to me took a selfie while stuck in traffic. Hopefully, police will soon be ticketing drivers for the 2017 version of DUIs: Driving under the Influence of Instagram. For better or worse, photography is now ubiquitous. But at one point in America history, photography was not pervasive. In fact, as a medium it was breaking new ground in order to be recognized as an elevated genre worthy of hanging on museum walls. An intriguing exhibit at Christie’s depicts a time when

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Contest- Win 2 tickets to season opening of Pittance Chamber Music

Southern California Residents, please email culturalcocktail@gmail.com a message about you think is missing in the LA Arts and culture scene. What do you think would MOST improve the performing arts in LA? SUBJECT LINE: CCH Contest The winning entry will receive a pair of tickets to the season opening performance of the Pittance Chamber Music! Deadline for sending your contest entry is Thursday September 7th. The concert is Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at ​Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 The season opening program program of Mozart, Berg, Brahms and Bernstein, featuring Principal players from the LA Opera Orchestra, along with Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artist, soprano Elizabeth Zharoff.  The full program is listed below: Soprano:        Elizabeth Zharoff  Horn:              Steven Becknell 

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All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Fallen Leaf Lake August 2017 “If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere”- Vincent Van Gogh          

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An Edward Hopper moment at Fallen Leaf Lake

  All nature photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Fallen Leaf Lake, August 2017 Edward Hopper, The Long Leg, 1935            

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Inspiration from Nature

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez  Lake Tahoe, August 2017  There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more. Lord Byron  

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In the news: Classical Music to be played in north London to reduce crime

  by Leticia Marie Sanchez In Broadwater Farm, an area of North London, Adam Weber, a 23 year old constable in charge of law and order, will be playing Beethoven and Mozart in an effort to reduce crime. In the past the Broadwater Farm region was plagued by riots and violence, and Weber is hoping that classic music will have a similar effect to the use of music on the London Underground, where music was blared from speakers in 40 stations. In the subway experiment, Weber revealed that incidents of verbal and physical aggression were reduced during the time period when the music was played. As Bernard Berenson observed in 1952 at  Villa I Tatt in Florence, “Without art, visual, verbal and musical our world would have remained a jungle.” For more details, please read: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/classical-music-broadwater-farm/

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Mozart and the Barber Shop Chase

“Why Can’t you Sit Still? “Because I’m Mozart” In his delightful tome, The Book of Musical Anecdotes, Norman Lebrecht reveals that the perpetually inspired Mozart led his Barber on a hair-cutting chase: “Every moment an idea would occur to him…he would run to the clavier, the barber after him, hair-ribbon in hand.” Luckily for Mozart, the barber had a steady hand.

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Wise Man of the Day: Plato

 “Music Is a Moral Law. It gives soul to the Universe,   Wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,  Charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  

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Review: Ballet NOW- A Kaleidoscope of styles at the Music Center

Review: Ballet NOW- A Kaleidoscope of styles at the Music Center By Leticia Marie Sanchez With Ballet Now, the Los Angeles Music Center found itself as a global stage for the best that ballet has to offer. The performers included dancers from companies including: the New York City Ballet,  The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dorrance Dance, Miami City Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. The superlative choreography included the work of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Ulysses Dove and Justin Peck. International dance sensation Tiler Peck curated the innovative kaleidoscope of pieces which kept both the dancers and the audience on their toes. The ballet was a dynamic tapestry that skillfully juxtaposed contrasting shades of music, choreography, and talent. The program opened with the thought-provoking Increases, choreographed by Justin Peck and performed to Philip Glass’ Four Movements by Two Pianos. The palette of pale blue

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In the news: Selfies and artistic collateral damage

Selfies: Artistic Collateral Damage? by  Leticia Marie Sanchez One cannot deny the preponderance of selfies in today’s art world. One cannot enter a gallery, museum, or even concert venue without encountering a selfie taker, some more subtle and considerate than others. Taking a selfie as a souvenir of an artistic experience is one thing. What is disconcerting is when I-phones become Weapons of Mass Destruction. Unfortunately, the latest artistic destruction caused by a selfie apparently occurred this summer at the 14th Factory, a pop-up gallery in Los Angeles, where a clumsy student taking a selfie caused more than $200,000 worth of damage to a series of crowned pedestals by Hong Kong based multimedia artist Simon Birch. Birch decided not to press charges against the individual because 1) she was a student and 2) it was an accident. In a statement released by Birch, the artist

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