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Cultural Cocktail Hour- 150,000+ reader hits!

Dear Readers, I’m delighted by your curiosity for all things Cultural! In addition to my LA readers, I’ve had readers from France, the UK, and spanning the globe. The most highly searched article was Making the Fig and Other Artistic Insults with more than 17,000 readers curious about literary mischief. Leave it to Shakespeare to come up with a good insult! Another widely searched article was my review of Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola Portraits at LACMA. Thanks again! And don’t bite your thumb at someone unless you mean it. Leticia Marie Sanchez, Editor-in-Chief Cultural Cocktail Hour

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Young Director’s Night at LACMA- Sat March 5- 8pm

Young Directors Night Saturday, March 5, | 8 pm Los Angeles County Museum of Art • 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036 323-857-6000   -Film Screening of Six Shorts -Q&A with the directors -Reception & Entertainment following at A+D Museum across the street For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org/membership/MuseCalendar.aspx#Mar5

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Hans Von Bülow and leafy greens

Keep your rotten plants away from me! According to eminent music critic, Harold C. Schonberg in his book, The Great Conductors (Simon & Schuster 1967) German maestro Hans von Bülow cringed at the idea of being crowned, Apollo-style, with plants. When a committee attempted to present him with a laurel wreath, he rejected their tribute, saying, “I’m not a vegetarian.”

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Review: -Must See- Tennessee Williams puts the fun in dysfunctional at the Fountain Theater

Tennessee Williams puts the fun in dysfunctional at the Fountain Theater ©2011 by Leticia Marie Sanchez The Fountain Theatre’s “A House Not Meant To Stand” deserves a standing ovation.  The dynamic cast, its Gothic set spewing forth leaks, and the darkly wry barbs of Tennessee Williams added up to a riveting performance of Williams’ “spook Southern Gothic spook sonata.” From Virginia Newcomb’s rapturous ecstasies as born-again Christian Stacey to Lisa Richards’ slithering portrayal of Jessie Sykes to Daniel Billet’s sensitive portrayal of a protective son, the entire cast brought William’s last play to life. Most strikingly, Sandy Martin fully inhabited the character of Bella Mc Corkle: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Although the play brimmed with zesty zingers, Martin poignantly captured Bella’s confusion and maternal loss with unsettling realism. Martin grounded the play as a spiritual anchor during literal and figurative

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Arabella Huntington- Femme Fatale

–Scarlett O’Hara had nothing on me! In a lecture a few years ago at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, it was revealed that Arabella Huntington, powerful arts patroness, happened to be a tempting siren. Mystery shrouds the birth of her son. At the time, there were not two, but three gentlemen involved with Mrs. H, who could have sired the heir to the Huntington fortune. Arabella went by the nickname Belle. The stoic portrait of Arabella at the left, painted by Sir Oswald Birley, graces the entrance of the Huntington’s Research Library. It teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, nor a dowager by her spectacles, black garb, and beekeeper’s veil.

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Hope in the City-LA Fashion Week- Skirball Center- Monday March 14th

Monday March 14 8:00-10:00 PM Doors open at 7:00 PM Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 Fashion Show and Art Gallery Proceeds benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, a project of ServeLA. http://www.hopeinthecity.info/mosaic/

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Art Exhibit on Finance- “Taxing Visions”- at Huntington, San Marino

The more things change… Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth- Century Art Jan 29-May 30 Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. 626.405.2100 http://www.huntington.org

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U.S Premiere of “Trio” about Schumann Love Triangle- opens March 12- Hollywood

U.S premiere of  “TRIO” by award-winning writer and  concert pianist Israela Margalit March 12 through April 10 Follows 5-year, sold-out run throughout Russia and Ukraine Music, passion, madness, and one woman’s fight for her right to a career. The relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara Schumann, and the young Johannes Brahms come to life . Directed by Rick Sparks Featuring Peter Colburn, Bjorn Johnson, Meghan Maureen McDonough, Brian Normoyle, Jeremy Shranko Lounge 2 Theatre. 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038 For information on tickets and show times, please call: 323-960-4412 or visit  www.plays411.com/trio

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Quote of the Day: Cicero

“A room without books is a body without a soul” CICERO Painting Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

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Quote of the Day: Kandinsky

Dr. Chambers-Salazar lecture-recital at the Norton Simon revealed a wonderful quotation: “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. Wassily Kandinsky

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