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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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Cultural Events LA: Thanksgiving Weekend

Forget Black Friday!  Thanksgiving Weekend is the perfect time to do some Cultural Shopping! This week’s Cultural Cocktail includes a Dash of Caravaggio, a splash of Golden Renaissance and several ounces of Beethoven drama! Pumpkin Martini Optional. Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination 1300-1350 Nov 13, 2012- Feb 10, 2013 Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 Thanksgiving weekend hours: The Getty Closed Thursday but open Friday- Sunday Image Left: “The Virgin Mary with Saints Thomas Aquinas and Paul” (detail), about 1330, Bernardo Daddi; Tempera and gold leaf on panel; The J. Paul Getty Museum. http://www.getty.edu/   A Late Quartet Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, and Imogen Poots Directed by Yaron Zilberman For trailer, tickets & showtimes, enter your Zip Code on the top left hand corner

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Cultural Cocktail Hour wishes you a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Alfred Noyes’ poem “The Highwayman” embodies the Halloween spirit: “The Moon was a Ghostly Galleon, Tossed Upon Cloudy Seas” Photography© 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark To read the full thrilling poem, preferably in a dark room with candlelight, please visit: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171940

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Cultural Cocktail Hour: Halloween in LA

CCH has two recommendations to celebrate this Halloween with an artistic twist! LA Philharmonic presents the Cat and Canary: a night of organ and film Oct 31. 8pm  For tickets, visit www.laphil.com/halloween   LACMA MUSE presents its Annual Costume Ball Oct 31 8pm  Preview LACMA’s exhibit on Stanley Kubrick. Performers include: Daedelus, Archimedes, and Astra Dance Company Prizes will be awarded for Best Stanley Kubrick Character, Best Masquerade Attire, and Best Halloween Costume.. For information on tickets, see http://www.lacma.org/kubrickball

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Autumn Gold

Photography© 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark “There is a harmony in autumn, And a luster in its sky-” Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Rare Van Gogh Self Portrait coming to Pasadena this December

  “I wish they would only take me as I am”- Vincent Van Gogh by Leticia Marie Sanchez A rare self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, will grace the Norton Simon on December 7. Van Gogh created this intense portrait during a creative and prolific period of self-confinement at the mental asylum Saint-Paul-de-Mausole at Saint-Rémy.He painted the introspective self portrait only one year before his tragic and mysterious death*. Although Van Gogh painted thirty six self-portraits during his lifetime, the one to be seen at the Norton Simon is unique: only three self-portraits depict him as an artist, holding his palette and brush. For more on the upcoming exhibit, please see:  http://www.nortonsimon.org/van-gogh-s-self-portrait-1889-on-loan-from-the-national-gallery-of-art-washington-2# —– *A past Cultural Cocktail Hour article explored the mysterious circumstances surrounding Van Gogh’s death. A CBS News report discussed a ground-breaking biography by two Pulitzer-Prize winning

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LA’s Top Picks

  LA’s Top Cultural picks A dash of Mozart and a literal blast from the past make the recipe for this week’s explosive Cultural Cocktail by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark The scent-sational Don Giovanni at LA Opera “I think I smell a woman,” Don Giovanni remarks in LA Opera’s hilarious interpretation of Mozart’s opera starring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as the infamous ladies man. The clean lines and simplicity of Ferdinand Wogerbauer’s set allows Mozart’s music to reign supreme. A simple crescent moon adorns the curtain. A coincidence? Methinks not. The moon, or luna can be seen as a visual metaphor for lunacy, and women lose their minds for the dashing Don Juan. Finnish Soprano Soile Isokoski’s sensitive interpretation of the long suffering noble Elvira adds a layer of pathos that makes her the perfect foil to

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