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Top Pick: “Revolution of the Palette” at the Norton Simon Museum

  A Touch of the Blues By Leticia Marie Sanchez This week two complementary exhibitions opened at the Norton Simon Museum of Art: Fragonard’s Enterprise: the Artist and the Literature of Travel and the Revolution of the Palette. Although both exhibitions proved stunning (and sublimely curated) this review will focus on the Revolution of the Palette, an exhibition that reveals the power of color, specifically the color blue. This vivid exhibition sheds light on the nuances of different shades of blue paint, providing insight about their historical origins. Did you know that ultramarine was derived from Lapis Lazuli, a rare semiprecious gemstone mined almost exclusively in Afghanistan in the 6th century and imported to Europe through Venice? The expensive true blue ultramarine can be viewed in the sumptuous cloth in Paul Liégeois’ Still Life, Mid 17th Century. Paul Liegeois French,

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Plein Air- the perfect way to spend an evening

  An evening of Plein Air Painting in the Norton Simon Sculpture Garden, as the sun sets over Aristide Maillol’s “Night”- July 11, 2015 Photo © 2015 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Henri Matisse- Don’t touch the fruit!

by Leticia Marie Sanchez According to Kathleen Krull, in her book “Lives of the Artists,” Henri Matisse subsisted on a strict diet of rice-only when he first started out as a painter. Not Rice-A-Roni.  Just plain boiled rice. Matisse refused to even allow himself to indulge in the luscious fruit that he bought for his still life paintings. Instead, he saved that fruit for his art. And for us.  Enjoy. Henri Matisse, Still Life with Oranges. 1899   Editor’s Note: Matisse eventually became one of the highest-paid artists of his time, imbing champagne and moving to the French Riviera– a real Rice to Riches story!

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CCH Review- “The Hollywoodland Murder” at the Next Door Lounge

By Leticia Marie Sanchez This week’s feature may seem a bit off the beaten path for the Vivaldi-loving readers of Cultural Cocktail Hour. Warning: if you’re expecting  a white-gloved, chamomile-tea sipping Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express, you’re in for a huge surprise. Instead, the boisterous atmosphere feels like Sherlock and Watson at a local pub, laughing uproariously with their comrades as a hapless victim gets assassinated during a game of darts. Held at Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge, “The Hollywoodland Murder” re-creates a movie premiere about a dark subject matter: the Black Dahlia murder. This dinner party proves raucous and racy. The highlight of the production is undoubtedly the talented cast of actors. Witty, engaging, and hilarious, their sense of spontaneity steals the show. Zingers fly in this performance, both between the actors themselves and in their interaction with

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Salvador Dalí and the Cauliflower-stuffed Rolls Royce

by Leticia Marie Sanchez                                                                                                                                                                 Salvador Dalí mastered the art of creating his own image. Dalí shocked audiences everywhere with his flamboyant persona. A limousine or taxi was just too dull for the outrageous surrealist. So Mr. Dali drove a Rolls Royce stuffed to the brim with…. cauliflower.   The veggie-mobile was the automobile of choice for Mr. Dali as he drove to La Sorbonne University

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CCH Top Picks June 7th

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a dash of Degas, an infusion of artists in their natural habitats, & a smooth stirring of secret walks in LA Enjoy! Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/     Venice Artblock Open Studios  June 7th 11-6pm Visit 60 Open Artist Studios: Free & Open to the Public. For info, see the website of artist Melissa Herrington http://www.melissaherrington.com/ as well as http://www.veniceartblock.com/       Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming. Santa Monica Press. CCH has selected this non-fiction guide as a delightful weekend companion for exploring our city; this guidebook not only presents innovative walks in LA but also describes the colorful characters behind the landmarks: controversial Water Engineer William Mulholland, convicted murderer

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Bach and the Nanny-Goat Bassoonist

Bach…the Brawler? Did J.S Bach, the eminent composer of such celestial works as the Goldberg Variations, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Brandenberg concertos, and the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor have an alter ego? It appears that the clever Kapellmeister, director of heavenly choirs, and the composer of music divine, may have had a mischievous streak. As choir director in Arnsadt, the 20-year old Bach got into fisticuffs with a student named Johann Geyersbach. The brawl originated thusly: walking softly and carrying a big stick, Geyersbach approached Bach as he crossed the marketplace with his cousin. Geyersbach accused Bach of having insulted his bassoon skill, 18th century lexicon for “Come at Me Bro.” Bach denied having insulted him. Geyersbach retorted, “Whoever insults my bassoon, insults me.” He then called Bach a “dirty dog” and Bach drew his sword. The two

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A dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015

  A Dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015 by Leticia Marie Sanchez The launch party for British Polo Day USA 2015, held at the rooftop of the London Hotel brought a dose of Britain to the city of angels. Naturally, one of the 10 cities in the global British Polo Day series is Los Angeles, the film capital of the world, as the event itself is cinematic, with exotic landscapes and adventurous protagonists. This exciting series encompasses matches across the globe at destinations including Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Mexico. In Morocco, the terracotta hued sand of Marrakech billows like swirls of desert smoke while a caravan of vehicles heads to the polo match, the majestic Atlas Mountains looming in the background. A colorful host of global luminaries inhabit these real-life sets, from royal families and dashing

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End of May Highlights: Cultural Cocktail Hour Top Picks

  The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a flask of Flamenco, a pinch of Polo, & a splash of Strauss! Enjoy! Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez performed by classical guitarist Angel Romero MAY 21-24; Thu-Fri, May 21-22 8:00pm; Sat-Sun, May 23-24 2:00pm; Program also includes Manuel de Falla, El Amor Brujo; Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Company; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.laphil.com British Polo Day Saturday May 30th; Noon Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor will be hosting a day of Polo and Philanthropy in Los Angeles; including matches between Eton, Oxbridge, and the Southern California Polo Club and Harrow and the Will Rogers Polo Club. Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 For invitations, please send an email to info@britishpoloday.com For additional info go to www.britishpoloday.com Capitol Ensemble Sunday, May 31st; 6

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This week in LA: May 1-8

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a blast of Beethoven, a mixture of Masterpieces, and a blend of Baroque! Enjoy!   Beethoven and Strauss Fri May 1 8pm; Sat May 2 8:00 pm; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/   LACMA 50 for 50 Opened April 26 Works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, & Andy Warhol.  5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org/     Baroque Conversations Thursday, May 7th 7 pm Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Zipper Hall.  The Colburn School. 200 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 Program: HAYDN; KOHAUT, & VIVALDI.  www.laco.org.

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