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Rachmaninov’s Retort

According to author Norman Lebrecht, in his Book of Musical Anecdotes, virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninov was in the midst of performing a violin and piano recital in New York when his partner, violinist Fritz Kreisler was struck by a memory block. A nervous Kreisler inched towards the piano, whispering intensely at Rachmaninov, “Where are we?” To which Mr. Rachmaninov cooly replied, “Carnegie Hall.”

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A Yellow Brick Road of Gingko leaves…

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”- Robert Frost Baldwin Coach Barn Los Angeles Arboretum All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Wise Man of the Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Take a music bath once or twice a week” – Oliver Wendell Holmes-

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Wise Man of the Day: Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fenelon

“If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.” Francois Fenelon

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January 2017: LA’s TOP CULTURAL PICKS!

An exciting and vibrant month in LA in which to imbibe a Cultural Cocktail of Iconic Photography and a cornucopia of art!  Two heavy hitters hit the LA Art Scene: Photo LA 2017 and LA Art Show CCH is looking forward to: PHOTO LA 2017 and checking out 1) photographer Grey Villet‘s intimate images of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose compelling story to marry in segregated Virginia in the 1960s 2) the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning war photographer, Tony Vaccaro in the exhibit ”War, Peace, and Beauty”, 3) Vintage prints of South African born photographer Norman Seeff who has made images of artists including Ray Charles, Andy Warhol, John Belushi and Joni Mitchell.  LA ART SHOW: More than 90 galleries from more than 20 countries including: France, China, Spain, Mexico, South Korea,and the United Kingdom PHOTO LA 2017 Jan. 12 – Jan 15 The REEF/LA Mart 1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.photola.com   LA

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Michelangelo’s Broken Nose

by Leticia Marie Sanchez  As a teenager, Michelangelo Buonarroti suffered a blow at the hands of a green-eyed bully. Two different accounts of the story exist. In Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, Pietro Torrigiano, an artist studying with Michelangelo under the patronage of Lorenzo De ‘Medici, grew jealous of Michelangelo’s undeniable talent. Resentful of his former pal’s new status as teacher’s pet, Torrigiano delivered a blow that knocked the 15-year-old genius out cold. In the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Torrigiano defended himself by saying that Michelangelo was teasing the other artists working in the Church of the Carmine. He admitted the viciousness of his attack: “I felt bone and cartilage go down like biscuit beneath my knuckles; and this mark of mine he will carry with him to the grave.”  Torrigiano should have taken Anger Managment 15th Century style: I’m

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Strolling through a Sea of Picassos; “States of Mind”- A Must See Exhibit at the Norton Simon

Review: “States of Mind” at the Norton Simon October 14, 2016- February 13, 2017  By Leticia Marie Sanchez The act of artistic creation is often a mystifying process, in which a mysterious alchemy of genius, inspiration, and hours of labor combine to form the masterpieces that we see hanging on museum walls today. Although we may be connoisseurs and consumers of output, it is rare to have an opportunity to view the artistic process firsthand. Strolling through a sea of Picassos at the Norton Simon one is struck by the ability to have a window into an artist’s thoughts and vision. Unlike oil paint, which covers the artist’s work, the flexible medium of lithography allows one, as explained by Picasso himself, to “show the picture underneath the picture.” The insightfully curated exhibit of 86 prints juxtaposes various states of a

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December TOP PICK: LA Dance Project December 9th and 10th

A splash of  art+ 2 shots of music+ a pas de bourrée of ballet= a TOP PICK! The choreography of Benjamin Millepied+ piano etudes of Philip Glass, + a live performance by Rufus Wainwright+ the art of Mark Bradford =the recipe for a scintillating CULTURAL COCKTAIL!  L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA December 9 and 10th 8 p.m. Choreography by: Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and Roy Assaf;  Special Musical Performance by: Rufus Wainwright; Art by  Mark Bradford; Featured Dancers- Janie Taylor with Benjamin Millepied, Carla Korbes with Batkhurel Bold L.A. Dance Project Company Artists Ticket Information: http://www.acehotel.com/LADP For a past Cultural Cocktail Hour review on the innovative LA Dance Project, please read: http://culturalcocktailhour.com/review-step-inside-a-vibrant-framework-l-a-dance-project-at-moca-a-must-see-production/3943/

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Behind every cloud is a silver lining…Nimbus at Walt Disney Concert Hall

All photography ©2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez CCH designates NIMBUS as a must-see, must-hear! Art Installation + Accompanying Music= Purely Celestial From LA Phil website: “Fallen Rising Text from the Tenth Elegy of Rilke’s Duino Elegies Translated by Yuval Sharon And we And we who always Always think of happiness rising Rising and we who always think of happiness rising We will be Will be over whelmed by the emotion Emotion of a happy thing falling Falling Falling Rising Fall”

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Autumn in Los Angeles

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”– George Eliot, 1841 All photography ©2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez  

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