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Top Cultural Picks this weekend in LA- Sept 21, 22nd

This weekend is a classic-filled Cultural Cocktail: a dose of outdoor Shakespeare, 1 part LA Chamber Music, and 1 Part Greek Tragedy at the Getty Villa!  Enjoy! Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus; new translation by Joel Agee Directed by Travis Preston Thursdays–Saturdays, September 5–28 8:00 p.m. Getty Villa, the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA .For information on tickets, please Call (310) 440-7300 or visit http://www.getty.edu/ Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s“Beethoven, Mozart, Lutoslawski & Kodály” Saturday, September 21, 8 pm Ambassador Auditorium 131 S St John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91123 Sunday, September 22, 7 pm Royce Hall, UCLA 40 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90095 Jeffrey Kahane, conductor;  Benjamin Beilman, violin;  BEETHOVEN; Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra; MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, “Turkish;” LUTOSLAWSKI Chain 2; KODÁLY Dances of Galánta The Taming of the Shrew September 21 8:00 p.m.

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Top Picks this week in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: an apéritif of Carmen, 1 Oz. California History, and 2 Doses of Czech music. Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark LA Opera Performs Arias from Carmen *Free* September 12 7-8:30 pm  One Colorado Courtyard, Pasadena. 24 E Union St  Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 564-1066 Two 30-minute performances at 7pm & 8pm For more information please see: http://www.onecolorado.com/events-at-one-colorado/ Photo Credit:  Robert Millard, LA Opera’s 2009 production of “Carmen” Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. http://www.huntington.org Czech Mates at the Hollywood Bowl September 12 8:00 p.m Los Angeles Philharmonic; Jakub Hrůša, conductor; Simon Trpčeski, piano SMETANA: Šárka from Má vlast;  PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 Program Notes;  DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 6 2301 North Highland Avenue. Hollywood, CA 90068. For more information see: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/  

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In the news: “Fake” Van Gogh determined to be real

In an unusual twist, the very same museum that declared a Van Gogh painting to be fake in 1991 now declares it to be an authenticated work by the Dutch master. The 1888 landscape painting “Sunset at Montmajour,” has now been hailed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as a “high point” of Van Gogh’s “artistic achievement.” “A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum,” declared Axel Ruger, the museum’s director,  The painting has been stashed in an attic for four decades, as two of its previous collectors were told that it was a fake. Questions abound. 1. If it were not for the tenacity of the collector who absolutely insisted on taking it back to the Van Gogh museum (that had declared it a fake) for a second time, this painting may have lived

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Cultural Events LA September 6-7

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a Wagnerian Love Letter and Medieval Saints Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen hosts an in-depth look at Wagner’s private, musical love letter to his wife in Salastina Society’s season-opening MASTERPIECE DISCOVERY: THE SIEGFRIED IDYLL Sat. Sept 7th. 8 pm Thayer Hall. Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012 The concert opens with composer-in-residence Jeremy Cavaterra’s arrangement of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5. Post-concert reception and silent auction. For information on tickets, please visit:  http://www.salastinasociety.org/ Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/

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Stendhal Syndrome in Florence

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Visiting Florence in 1817, the French novelist Stendhal found himself overwhelmed inside Santa Croce. The proximity to Giotto frescoes and Michelangelo’s tomb drove him to a state of delicious delirium. “I was in a sort of ecstasy…Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty … I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations … Everything spoke so vividly to my soul… I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call ‘nerves.’” Florentine psychiatrist Dr. Graziella Magherini coined the term Stendhal Syndrome in 1989. Through her work at the Santa Maria Nuova hospital, she has recorded more than 106 cases of patients exhibiting an intense reaction to art with symptoms ranging from rapid heartbeat and dizziness to extreme cases of hallucinations. Stendhal was not alone. Dr. Iain Bamforth claims that Marcel Proust suffered from the

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Seek and You Shall Find..at the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Photo, Left: Giorgio Vasari, The battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Inside the Palazzo Vecchio, one can stroll through the Salone dei Cinquecento. This imposing hall for the five hundred members of Florence’s Grand Council can inspire Stendhal-like syndrome in those who view the daunting, dazing Vasari frescoes lining its walls. One can only imagine the moment a visiting ambassador stepped into the hall for the first time. The look in the ambassador’s eyes as he absorbed the massive, vivid scenes of Siena being conquered, of Pisa attacked by Florentine troops, bodies trampled by muscular horses. Do not cross us, the images seem to warn.  Surrounded by such immense intensity, the ambassador suddenly feels very small. Perhaps, he wishes that his boots were an inch taller, or

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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 enough, you will observe glittering textures of gold emanating from the robes, collars, and belts of

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St. Francis and the Cappuccino

Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Okay, so this photo isn’t a cappuccino. But an espresso macchiato from Badia a Coltibuono, Gaiole In Chianti (where I had the most scrumptious Aubergine Terrine on the planet, but I digress…) After years of living as a fashionista playboy, St. Francis took a vow of poverty. Of celibacy. Of Abstinence. He even poured ashes on his food so as not to taste its flavor. But did you know that the Franciscan saint unwittingly influenced the frothy concoction imbibed by so many coffee lovers today? The Capuchin order of friars emerged in the 16th century as a reformist group devoted to following the original ideals of Saint Francis. The Capuchin hood, or Cappuccino, symbolized this spartan order of hermits. Legend has it that the coffee derives its name

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Assisi, Night and Day, August 2013 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez  Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

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Greetings from Umbria!

Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Greetings from Umbria! Artists including Cimabue, Giotto, Perugino, Fillipo Lippi, and Piero della Francesca spent time in this verdant oasis. How could they not be inspired? Even the crickets in Umbria are creative types, performing a rigorous daily and nightly symphony. Insomniacs needing a quick fix in the US actually pay to hear this chirping sound on their Sound Soothing machine.  Leave the sound soothers at home. The Crickets and everything else in Umbria (the divine Bufala mozzarella, for instance!) are all real. All natural. Alleluia.  

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