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In the news: Riccardo Muti’s eyes “threw daggers” after fisticuffs erupted at the Chicago Symphony

Ahh.. Brahms.. The music of soothing lullabies, sleeping babies, and…fist fights? This month, while the illustrious Riccardo Muti conducted Brahms Symphony No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a young man turned the exclusive box seats into a tawdry Fight Club. The 30-ish man punched a 67-year-old man in the face, in an apparent dispute over the correct proprietor of the box seats. An ambulance arrived to squire the senior citizen to the hospital, as his face had been cut. The Brahms Brawler fled the scene before police arrived. According to the Chicago Tribune, Muti flashed “dagger eyes” at the brutish interruption. Maestro Muti was quoted in the Chicago Tribune as saying, “This was the first time in my more than 40 years of (musical) activity in all parts of the world that such a thing has happened. Never could I

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Cultural Events LA: Weekend of March 17th

Los Angeles Ballet presents Swan Lake March 17. 7:30 p.m. Alex Theatre. 216 North Brand Boulevard.Glendale, CA 91203 310.998.7782     PIATIGORSKY INTERNATIONAL CELLO FESTIVAL: Maisky plays Shostakovich March 17 8:00 PM Los Angeles Philharmonic. Neeme Järvi, conductor;Mischa Maisky, cello. Dvorák: Carnival Overture; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000   Celebrating Norwuz, Iranian New Year at LACMA Sun. March 18 11:00-7:00 p.m Program includes: Musical Performances, Calligraphy, Story Reading,and Film Festival. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 tel 323 857-6000   For more information please visit:

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In the news: Art detectives possibly discover lost mural by…Leonardo Da Vinci?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Art researchers in Florence claim to have found a strong clue that a mural entitled The Battle of Anghiari by  Leonardo Da Vinci lies hidden in a wall of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Art detectives, led by Maurizio Seracini, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, drilled tiny holes in a fresco by Giorgio Vasari which lies on top of what they believe is a work by Da Vinci. Clue #1: Black Pigment Using miniature cameras and tiny endoscopic probes, the team has found the proof that they believe links the work to Leonardo: black pigment which matches the exact paint used in Da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa. Clue #2: Mysterious Message Researchers point to another clue, a message painted on the Vasari work, which lies on top: “Cerca Trova,” or “Seek and you shall find.” Is this

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Art world crime: In the news: Joshua Bell impersonator robs hotel room of celebrity violinist

Art World Crime: Joshua Bell Impersonator robs hotel room of world-famous Violinist by Leticia Marie Sanchez HELLO. MY NAME IS JOSHUA BELL. CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A VIOLIN? OR A ROLEX? THANKS. So while Joshua Bell is performing the Brahms Concerto with the London Philharmonic in Zaragoza, Spain, a man goes to the front desk of his hotel claiming to be the world-famous violinist. The Hotel clerk does not bother checking the guy’s ID. (Ever try Google Image, buddy?) The hotel hands over the key to Joshua Bell’s room to a man off the street while poor Bell fiddles his heart out on stage. The thief no doubt could not wait to get his sticky fingers on Bell’s 1713 Stradivarius, worth about 4 million dollars. But, unlike the thief, Bell was actually working that night and had his trusty Stradivarius with him.

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Cultural Events LA weekend of March 10

  LA. Theatre Works & The James Bridges Theater present a National Theatre Live broadcast Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors HD film Screening at UCLA Sun.March 11, 4 pm Stand up-comedian Lenny Henry stars as Antipholus of Syracuse. James Bridges Theater. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television 235 Charles E. Young Dr. LA, CA 90095. For information on purchasing tickets, please call 310-827-0889 or visit                                                                                                                                                                

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In the news: Levitated Mass “Rock star” begins its journey to LACMA

  What weighs 340 tons and is the largest rock formation to be moved from two points since the Egyptian pyramid? No, this is not a leap year prank! Artist Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” is making a 105-mile journey to LACMA. LACMA is even providing a mapped route of the massive boulder’s journey for Angelenos who wish to observe the rock as it travels to its new home at the museum. Will this very unusual “Rock Star” garner fans? Only time will tell… For the full story, please read:

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Video: Plácido Domingo makes a cameo appearance on Cultural Cocktail Hour

Cultural Cocktail Hour was thrilled to speak for a minute with Plácido Domingo! Despite being swarmed on the dance floor by photographers & enthusiastic fans who dreamed of getting their picture taking with the Maestro, Mr. Domingo  graciously stopped by to talk to Cultural Cocktail Hour about the meaning of his name. The majority of the 3-minute video provides a history of the LA Music Center and the accomplisments of Mr. Domingo. Enjoy! Leticia Marie Sanchez, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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Cultural Events LA: March 2, 3, 4

Heras-Casado conducts Strauss at Walt Disney Concert Hall Fri, Mar 2 8:00PM; Sat., Mar 3 2:00PM; Sun, Mar 4, 2:00PM Los Angeles Philharmonic. Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor; Martin Chalifour, violin. Beethoven: Egmont Overture (Except Friday). Matheson: Violin Concerto (West Coast premiere; LA Phil commission) Strauss: Ein Heldenleben. Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000   Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200–1350 February 28–May 13 Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300     Capitol Ensemble at LACMA- Free Sun, Mar 4th 6 pm Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Opus 20, No.4;  Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804, Rosamunde. Bing Theater. No reservations Stream Sundays Live. LACMA. 905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

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Roman Emperor Caligula loved horsing around…

Salvador Dali- Caligula

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? by Leticia Marie Sanchez Salvador Dalí s painting, “Le Cheval de Caligula” depicts Incitatus, pampered pony of blood-thirsty Roman emperor Caligula. The often-violent Caligula became so enraptured with his stallion that he giddily showered him with 18 servants, a marble stable, an ivory manger, rich red robes, and a bejeweled collar. Caligula even made sure that his horse had a lil’ wifey and presented him with the alluring mare Penelope as a bride. The neurotic emperor demanded that everyone bow down to his horse as a god. No Mueslix or chewy carrots for this horsey. According to Roman historian Suetonius, Caligula’s horse snacked on oats mixed with flex of gold, naturally, and sipped the finest wine from golden goblets. Dignitaries must have clenched their teeth politely when Caligula required that they all sit at the dinner table

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Magnificat by Moonlight…

Cultural Photography © 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez The Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena,basking in moonlight after a performance of Bach’s Magnificat by LA Chamber Orchestra Feb 25th  

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