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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Riviera Gardone, Italy

 Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Riviera Gardone, Italy All Photography and text © Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Lake Garda has long provided a wellspring of inspiration for creative-minded souls, including: Nobel Laureate Paul Heyse, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, and D. H. Lawrence, who once wrote, “The lake is dark blue, purple, and clear as a jewel.”

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Cultural Cocktail Hour at Chiesa San Vidal in Venice, Italy

In this episode, from a few years back Cultural Cocktail Hour founder Leticia Marie Sanchez takes you briefly inside the Chiesa San Vidal, a deconsecrated church that was rebuilt after the fire of 1105 and the fire of 1696. The new facade was built in the 18th century and housed works by Carpaccio and Piazzetta. Now, the church has been revitalized by the music of Interpreti Veneziani. These days, one can hear Vivaldi emanating from the walls.

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Cultural Gems- Bernard Berenson

“No artifact is a work of art if it does not help to humanize us. Without art, visual, verbal and musical Our world would have remained a jungle.” Bernard Berenson, I Tatti, Florence, 1952  

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Review- “Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World”- a MUST SEE exhibit at the Getty Center

 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World Getty Center, Los Angeles 14 May – 18 Aug 2019  Lions, from a bestiary, around 1250. Tempera colors on parchment. The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Ms. Bodl. 764. Fol 2V What makes the Getty stand out from other American museums is its ability to consistently execute transportive, immersive artistic experiences for museum goers. Whether it is the art of ancient Egypt or works from the Middle Ages, the Getty takes audiences through a visual time machine to an all encompassing world. The vibrant outdoor staircase leading to Book of Beasts heralds the magical, fantastical creatures that we are about to see. Inside the exhibit are more than one hundred works depicting the Medieval Bestiary, an Encyclopedia of animals that proved to be one of the most

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Saturday Mornings at the Opera- German Opera Tales

Bravo to LA Opera for yet another engaging children’s event!!Last weekend, I took my son to the German Opera Tales, where we heard Mozart’s “Abduction From the Seraglio,” Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,”and Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” As always, the entertaining cast kept the young crowd engaged with their humor, energy, and wit.  I am always impressed by the rapt attention of many children, including toddlers, during an hour long session of three different operas. Prior to the musical performance, the children had a chance to practice singing in German with an opera singer and do crafts related to the operas of the day. Yet another spirited day at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion!

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In the news: Picasso in the garbage? An art thief named Spiderman?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez FLASHBACK TO AN ART CRIME NEWS STORY FROM 2011 Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art  Sacré bleu! Is nothing sacred ? A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped more than $134 million dollars worth of art in a garbage bin. The stolen works, including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse. and Leger were looted from the Paris Museum of Modern Art. Apparently the paintings were destroyed with the rest of the day’s trash. The sticky-fingered art thief got cold feet after his cohorts in the art spree began to be questioned by police so he dumped the masterpieces in the garbage. Not even the recycling bin, mind you. Now here is where the spurious story takes an even more sordid turn. The thief’s ally in gaining the stolen treasure

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KUSC Kids Discovery Day at the Natural History Museum

 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Kudos to KUSC for designing the Kids Discovery Day at the Natural History Museum! My 4-year-old son had a blast checking out instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo with LA Phil affiliates! He also enjoyed taking Anatomy of a Violin 101 with the very informative members of Metzler Violins, where we able to see the construction of a violin firsthand! We were able to listen to the sounds of the American Youth Symphony in the Mammal Hall. Hearing woodwinds playing while sitting among Antelope and Polar Bear added a dose of kid-friendly wonder to the event! And of course, my son was thrilled to meet one of our favorite radio hosts, Gail Eichenthal! What an exciting musical day!!   Photography © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez    

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Moonwalking at the Piccolomini Library, Siena

In honor of World Book Day- a ThrowBack Tuesday to Moonwalking at the Piccolomini Library, Siena Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Scruffy tennis shoes tread on crescents more than five centuries old. Half-moons fade under the weight of so many soles. Has no one thought of plexiglass? The 16th century ceramic crescents on which tourists so casually trample represent the emblem of a powerful Sienese family, the Piccolomini. The Piccolomini Library honors 15th century humanist and scholar, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, also known as Pope Pius II. The ceiling and walls, with their luscious scarlets and blues, remain vibrant as ever, shockingly, when one discovers that they have neither been cleaned nor retouched. Bernardino di Betto, more commonly known as Pinturicchio, created the glorious frescoes depicting the life of Pope Pius II. If you walk closely

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Study: A Child’s Brain develops faster with exposure to music education

Researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California conducted a 2 year-study that illustrates that exposure to music and music instruction increases the rate of brain development in  young children. The study focused on the areas of the brain responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception. The study began in 2012, when neuroscientists started monitoring a group of 37 children ages 6-8 years old. Thirteen of them received music instruction through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Program The researchers compared various groups by tracking the electrical activity in the brains, conducting behavioural testing and monitored changes using brain scans. “The results showed that the auditory systems of the children in the music programme had accelerated faster than the other children not engaged in music. Dr. Assal Habibi, the lead author of

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day- photo from a stroll at the Getty Villa- Photography  © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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