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Cultural Events LA: March 23 and 24

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail Hour recipe includes: a Piqué of Ballet and a Swirl of Painting at a soirée overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Enjoy! Los Angeles Ballet Presents Balanchine Festival GOLD Sat. March 23, 7:30 P.M UCLA Royce Hall Part I of a historic 2-part series of George Balanchine masterworks. La Sonnambula; Concerto Barocco; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux ; The Four Temperaments For more information, please visit: http://losangelesballet.org/ Photo by: Reed Hutchinson. Los Angeles Ballet.   Gallerati Society Spring 2013 Soirée Featuring Judith Corona Sun. March 24th 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM Visit Ms. Corona’s ocean view Malibu home & art studio for a tour and lecture on her artistic process. Wine, dessert, & music Address will be emailed after your reserve your tickets. To register (No walk-ins), visit http://gallerati-society.com/index.html Photo © Judith Corona and the Gallerati Society

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Breaking News! The FBI knows the Identity of Gardner Art Thieves!

Rembrandt in Philly? Monet in Connecticut? Well, Well, my dear Dr. Watson.. On the 23rd anniversary of one of the largest art thefts in world history– more than 500 million dollars worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- the FBI has announced that they know the identity of the suspects. The FBI said the suspects “are members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England.” Was brazen art thief (and author)Myles Connor involved? Alas, the FBI is refusing to name specific culprits due to the fact that the statute of limitations has run out, precluding them from charging anyone with the crime. Drat! The FBI believes that the sticky-fingered art criminals absconded with the masterpieces to Connecticut and Philadelphia. They are currently offering a 5 million dollar reward for the recovery of the

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Cultural Events LA- the weekend of March 16 & 17

This week’s Cultural Cocktail includes a dose of Wagner, 1 Part Ravel, 1 Part Debussy, and a Splash of Vermeer! Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner Sunday March 17 2:00 PM LA Opera.  135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001http://www.laopera.com/ Photo by Robert Millard   Ending March 31 Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300  http://www.getty.edu/ Oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest)   LACMA: Debussy’s Violin Sonata and Ravel’s Piano Trio Sunday, March 17, 6 pm Violinist Phillip Levy, Cellist Andrew Shulman, and Pianist Rina Dokshitsky. Bing Theater. FREE. No reservations. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org/

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Giotto and Dante

One of the most illustrious artists at the forefront of the Italian Renaissance, Giotto di Bondone, enjoyed a friendship with his contemporary, the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri. Legend has it that one day, Dante made an impudent comment to Giotto about the painter’s eight children, who according to Dante, were quite homely. “Giotto,” Dante inquired, “how can a man who creates such beautiful paintings create such ugly children?” “Well,” Giotto quipped, “I did make them in the dark.” Above Painting: Giotto Painting The Portrait Of Dante. 1852. D. G. Rossetti 

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Valentine’s Day-LA Top Pick

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations 2 Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Patricia Mabee, keyboard Sarah Thornblade, violin Cheryl Norman-Brick, violin Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7 pm Zipper Concert Hall The Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 BACH Concerto No. 2 in C major for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1061 BACH Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 CPE BACH Concerto in E-flat major for Harpsichord and Fortepiano, H.479 (W.47) Tickets available online at laco.org, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157 Painting Above:  Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Music Lesson.  

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San Francisco Part II- A Stroll through the Permanent Collections at the De Young and Legion of Honor

                   

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Cultural Cocktail Hour heads to San Francisco

A splash of ballet and a dash of Marie Antoinette. Shaken, not stirred. Your pre-Christmas Cultural Cocktail  by Leticia Marie Sanchez SAN FRANCISCO EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance. de Young Museum Closes February 17, “You live as long as you dance,” declared Rudolf Nureyev. The exhibition at the De Young Museum is a testament to the vivacious spirit of one of ballet’s most blazing stars. The exhibit showcases intimate photographs of Nureyev rehearsing, video clips of him soaring, and even ballet slippers donned by the dancer and his legendary partner, Margot Fonteyn. A close look behind the glass case reveals slipper toes well worn, naturally. One can only imagine how many times Nureyev rehearsed in his zealous quest for perfection. This fearless dancer was no stranger to conflict, including having a KGB hit placed on his life. The world of

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Exhibit Review: Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait,” 1889, at the Norton Simon, on Loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Review: Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait,” 1889 at the Norton Simon © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark A cool, distant gaze contrasts with the vibrating electric halo of blue brushstrokes surrounding the head of the artist. Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait, 1889” on loan from the National Gallery of Art and currently on view at the Norton Simon Museum of Art, contains a rare visual image in the lower left hand corner. Namely, the artist’s palette and paint brushes. During his lifetime, Van Gogh only depicted himself three times as an artist, including in the self-portrait now exhibited at the Norton Simon. At left: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890) Self-Portrait, 1889 Oil on canvas Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, National Gallery of Art, Washington      Van Gogh endured an existence of crushing blows, both romantically

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In the news: Italian art police track down copy of Da Vinci’s lost masterpiece

Italian art police have successfully tracked down a 400 hundred year-old-copy of a lost Da Vinci Masterpiece- an unfinished Fresco of the Battle of Anghiari. After being stolen, the panel’s secret journey took it from Naples to Switzerland, Germany, New York, and, finally, Japan, making it rather like the Where’s Waldo of the art world. Now, that the art detectives have triumphantly recovered the panel, it will be shown next year at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.  For the full report, please read the BBC’s article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-20571213

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From Playboy to Priest: Franz Liszt

From Playboy to Priest: Franz Liszt  by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Screaming Fainting. Fighting over a pair of handkerchiefs and gloves. A dystopian scene out of Black Friday? No, just a day in the life of Franz Liszt. His female fans grabbed fallen strands of his hair, articles of his clothing, and broken piano strings. One lady snatched an old cigar stump thrown away by the pianist and encased it in diamonds, proudly wearing it as a necklace, despite its malodorous scent. Doctors classified these fervent outbursts as Lisztomania . Some physicians warned that it was contagious. One Munich newspaper announced in 1843, “Liszt fever: a contagion that breaks out in every city the pianist visits, and which neither age nor wisdom can protect against.” Married aristocrats- including Countess Marie D’Agoult and Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein-left their

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