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A little intermezzo for your weekend

  Beyond Exquisite: Riccardo Muti conducting the “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana ♫  

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October Top Picks

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a Mozart-Marimba mixer, a dash of the Renaissance, and a splash of free art in Pasadena- Enjoy!  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart to Marimba Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Richard Goode, piano; Wade Culbreath, marimba; TIMO ANDRES   Word of Mouth (West Coast premiere); MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major;   EMMANUEL SÉJOURNÉ    Concerto for Marimba and String; HAYDN  Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88; Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 pm Alex Theatre, Glendale Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall, UCLA Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance October 13, 2015 –January 3, 2016 Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049     Art Night Pasadena: Friday Oct. 9th 6-9p.m. More than a dozen participating venues include: Boston Court, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, and Kidpsace

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Downtown LA at midnight

Photography© 2015 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark A Midnight Stroll by the Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and MOCA

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Must-See Performance: “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” at the Getty Villa

Greek Tragedy in the city of Angels By Leticia Marie Sanchez     Intense. Riveting. Pulsing with life from beginning to end. During a time when the heartbreaking plight of fleeing refugees has garnered global headlines, the struggles of Medea and her family could not feel more timely. Playwright Luis Alfaro has successfully adapted Euripides’ Greek tragedy with “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.” Now playing at the Getty Villa, the classic work is set among Mexican immigrants in contemporary Boyle Heights. Together with Director Jessica Kubzansky, Alfaro has created a play that is unnerving and powerful. The desperation of his characters is palpable. During the scene when the family emigrates to the United States, violence and atrocities are committed against them. Watching the characters onstage, caged like animals during their journey, we squirm. We want to look away. But

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American opera singer Lillian Nordica’s Wacky Wedding

Lillian Nordica

Soprano Lillian Nordica’s Wacky Wedding Crime of Passion or Fairly Typical Operatic Engagement? * You Decide. by Leticia Marie Sanchez Lillian Nordica, the first American opera singer to perform at Bayreuth, gives a whole new meaning to the phrase shot gun wedding. While performing in New York, Lillian attracted the attentions of an American suitor which vexed her beau in Hungary. The gossipy hotel maid in the opera singer’s New York hotel suite reported the soprano’s every move to her boyfriend back home. Upon getting the scoop of the new suitor from the Chatty-Patty-cleaning-lady, Lilian’s Hungarian beau set sail for New York. As soon as he arrived in Manhattan, he showed up at the opera diva’s hotel room, not with a bouquet of freshly fragrant Magnolias for his lady, but brandishing the cold, steel barrel of a pistol. He pointed the

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In the news: Possible Video Clue to Gardner Art Heist

      by Leticia Marie Sanchez                                     Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark The New York Times reports that federal officials have released a video that raises questions about the art heist that took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum 25 years ago. In the video, which took place 24 hours before the art heist, the security guard allows an unknown man in a waist-length coat to enter the museum. The very next night, thieves entered the museum disguised as policemen, tying up the security guard, and stealing world famous masterpieces. Although some have speculated that the art heist was an inside job, the security guard maintains that he was a clueless hippie, who often showed up stoned to his job

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Wise Woman: Sarah Bernhardt

       “Life begets life.       Energy creates energy.         It is by spending oneself        that one becomes rich.”          Sarah Bernhardt 

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The fruitcake fiasco: Puccini versus Toscanini

In her revealing book, Secret Lives of the Great Composers, Elizabeth Lundy described a fruity fiasco between two rivals: opera composers, Giacomo Puccini and conductor Arturo Toscanini: “During the years of Puccini and Toscanini’s feud, they had very little contact- except for one Christmastime incident. That year Puccini forgot to remove the conductor’s name from the list of friends to whom he sent the traditional Italian holiday gift, a pannetone cake. When Puccini realized his error, he sent Toscanini a telegram reading: “PANNETONE SENT BY MISTAKE. PUCCINI.” Toscanini replied, “PANNETONE EATEN BY MISTAKE. TOSCANINI.”

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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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