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Vermeer painting never before seen in California- to be on view at Norton Simon

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will loan Vermeer‘s “Woman with a Lute” to the Norton Simon Museum this summer.  No West Coast museum currently owns a work by the celebrated Dutch Master. For a full report, please read: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/norton-simon-museum-borrows-vermeer-pearl-picture-from-metropolitan-never-shown-before-in-california.html Johannes Vermeer, 1662-1663 “Woman With a Lute”

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Exhibit “Revisiting the Regency, England 1811-1820″- Huntington Library

Revisiting the Regency; England, 1811-1820 April 23- Aug 1, 2011 Library, West Hall Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. http://www.huntington.org

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Mark Morris Dance Group at LA Opera: May 5-8

George Frideric Handel’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato”  Pastoral ode after poems by John Milton, rearranged by Charles Jennens  Mark Morris Dance Group  Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus  Grant Gershon, CONDUCTOR  Hei-Kyung Hong, SOPRANO  Sarah Coburn, SOPRANO  Barry Banks, TENOR  John Relyea, BASS-BARITONE Available by phone only – 213.972.8001 – as an add-on to an LA Opera subscription._(No web orders or single ticket sales at this time.) May 5 6, 7— 7:30 p.m. May 8: 2:00 p.m

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Dialogue between art and fashion- May 3- Century City

The Fashionable Body: An Art and Fashion Dialogue Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Refreshments: 6:30pm Panel: 7–9pm Ray Kurtzman Theater at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, 90067 Join the MOCA Contemporaries for a discussion about art and fashion with celebrity stylist and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips, fashion designer Michael Schmidt, and painter Kimberly Brooks, moderated by fashion and culture writer, curator, consultant, and the former West Coast bureau chief ofWomen’s Wear Daily, Rose Apodaca. The panelists will discuss the convergence of couture and pop culture as it relates to performance and visual art. INFO 213/633-5348 Tickets $40 at mocacontemporariesfilm-rss.eventbrite.com

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Reception welcoming Jeffrey Deitch at MOCA- May 12

The Harvard Club and the Williams Club invite you for an hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar reception welcoming Jeffrey Deitch. Docent-led tours will begin at 6pm followed by a reception. Space is limited, first come first serve. Thursday May 12th- 5:30 p.m. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Cost: $45, Members; $50, Non-members; $40, Recent Grads (after 2000) Contact: Albert Chang, AlbertChang@charter.net

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Kenneth Branagh In Person- Santa Monica, May 8- Hamlet

KENNETH BRANAGH IN PERSON- Santa Monica HAMLET in 70mm Sunday May 8: 5:00pm-9:30p.m. AERO THEATER. 1328 Santa Monica Avenue at 14th Street. Santa Monica, CA, Director Kenneth Branagh updates Shakespeare’s classic to the second half of the 19th century and presents one of the last films to be shot in 70mm. Branagh’s supporting cast includes: Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Robin Williams, and Billy Crystal! Discussion following with Kenneth Branagh. For information on tickets, please see: http://www.fandango.com/americancinemathequeattheaerotheatre_aacpd/theaterpage

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Tim Burton exhibit coming to LACMA

May 29 through October 31, 2011. The exhibition will bring together more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, film and video works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects. The tickets for the exhibit go on sale May 2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art • 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org/art/tim-burton.aspx

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Spanish Police find missing Goya and El Greco Paintings

Spanish Police have discovered two missing masterpieces, El Greco’s ”La Anunciacion,” and Goya’s ”La Aparicion de la Virgen del Pilar.” The paintings had been missing for more than two decades and were recovered after a tip led them to a private home in Alicante. For more information, please read: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/15/Spanish-police-find-El-Greco-Goya-artwork/UPI-72751302884799/

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Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto-April 16 and 17- LA Chamber Orchestra

“What you are, is by accident of birth; What I am, I created myself. There are, and have been, thousands, of princes;  There is only one Beethoven.” -Ludwig Van Beethoven to Prince Lichnowsky, after storming out of his estate BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR CONCERTO Saturday, April 16, Alex Theater, Glendale- 8pm. 216 North Brand Boulevard Sunday,  Apr 17,  Royce Hall, UCLA- 7pm Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Jon Kimura Parker, piano JOHN HARBISON Gli accordi più usati(“The Most Often Used Chords”) DVOŘÁK Serenade in E major for Strings BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor” For information about tickets, please call: 213 622 7001 or visit:  http://www.laco.org/

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In the news: Daniel Cátan: Composer of LA Opera’s Il Postino

Unfortunately, Daniel Cátan, a prolific opera composer, died this week at the age of 62. Mr. Cátan composed the music for LA Opera’s “Il Postino,” which had its premiere in Los Angeles only a few months ago. His other operas included: “Florencia en el Amazonas” and  ”Rapaccini’s Daughter.” Mr. Catán received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied under Milton Babbit. For more on the life of Mr. Cátan, please read the following article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/arts/music/daniel-catan-composer-of-operas-in-spanish-dies-at-62.html?src=me

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