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Bakersfield Mist- a new comedy about art by Stephen Sachs- and the Jackson Pollock mystery

Bakersfield Mist – A comedy, inspired by true events.Maude Gutman, an unemployed, chain-smoking ex-bartender living in a run down California trailer park, believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered Jackson Pollock painting worth millions. When stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy arrives to evaluate the work, a fiery battle erupts over class, truth, value, and the meaning of art. Written and Directed by Stephen Sachs Starring Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett Previews: June 4 – 10 Performances: June 11 – July 31 Thursdays @ 8 pm: June 9 (preview), 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28 Fridays @ 8 pm: June 10 (preview), 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Saturdays @ 8 pm: June 4 (preview), 11 (Open), 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sundays @ 2 pm: June 5 (preview), 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 The Fountain

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In the News: Are cultured men happier and healthier?

Cultural Cocktail fans– Another reason to stroll through a museum, listen to some jazz, or attend a theatrical production filled with witty barbs. It’s good for your health!! Koenraad Cuypers of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Cuypers researched the activities, life satisfaction, perceived health, anxiety and depression of 50,797 adults living in Norway’s Nord-Trondelag County.Controlling for variables like income and education, the researchers discovered that cultural participation leads to positive physical and mental well-being. Although the article focuses on men, I would argue that the same benefit applies to women! For more information, please read: http://www.livescience.com/14283-culture-men-happy-healthy.html

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In the news: Is Classical Music relevant to today’s youth?

Last week, the prestigious Cambridge Union Debating Society at Cambridge University held a debate concerning the relevance of classical music to today’s youth. BBC Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out debated comedian and writer Stephen Fry. The idea that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth was defeated by 365 votes to 57 (with 88 abstentions) For a full report of classical music’s victory, please read: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education-and-Training/Universities/No-sell-out-as-Fry-wins-classical-music-debate-13052011.htm The Cambridge Union will be posting a video of the debate in about two weeks. As soon as it becomes available, the link will be posted on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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L.A. Theater Works-Importance of Being Earnest in HD- UCLA, June

L.A. Theater Works Presents The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD Thursday, June 2 at 7 pm Sunday, June 5 at 4 pm Thursday, June 23 at 8 pm Sunday, June 26 at 4 pm. WHERE: James Bridges Theater. UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television. 235 Charles E. Young Drive. LA, CA 90095 HOW: 866-811-4111 or www.latw.org TICKETS: General Admission: $20 Students (at the door): $10

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Merry Wives of Windsor & Midsummer Night’s Dream kick off Theatricum summer season

The Merry Wives of Windsor opens on Saturday, June 4 and continues through September 10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on Sunday, June 5 and continues through September 25. Left: Sir John Falstaff, the Merry Wives of Windsor The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway) 310.455.2322 before May 24 310.455.3723 after May 24 www.theatricum.com Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating.

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LACMA MUSE ART WALK- this Saturday May 14th

MUSE ARTWALK  Saturday, May 14  Participating Museums include: LACMA. 5900 Wilshire Blvd. | 11 am–8 pm.  Free general admissionArchitecture+Design Museum. 6032 Wilshire Blvd. | 12–6 pm. Free general admission Global Bazaar at Craft Folk and Art Museum. 5814 Wilshire Blvd. | 10 am–6 pm.  Free general admission Page Museum. 5801 Wilshire Blvd. | 9 am–5 pm.  Free children’s admission Petersen Automotive Museum. 6060 Wilshire Blvd. | 10 am–6 pm Free general admission  Artist Projects @ LACMA include:  Vox Humana Project: Live Mural Painting with L.A. Art Machine, Sumi Painting with Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, A Gallerina’s Guide: A Site Specific Performance by Collage Dance Theatre, Amor Fati LA: Live Art, Readings, Magazines, & libations, the Matt Witek Quintet  Participating Miracle Mile Galleries include:  Ace Gallery, ACME, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Korean Cultural Center  La Brea Galleries include: ANN 330, Caporale/Bleicher, Couturier Gallery, Fahey/Klein, The Loft

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In the news: Getty names new president- James Cuno

The J. Paul Getty Trust has named as its new Chief Executive Officer, James Cuno, the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dr. Cuno has an M.A. and PhD in art history from Harvard, where he served as director of the Harvard Art Museums. His curatorial expertise focuses on 18th and 19th century French printmaking. Dr. Cuno wrote about cultural patrimony in his 2008 book Who Owns Antiquity? Wishing Dr. Cuno all the best in ushering a new era at the Getty! For the full report, please read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-getty-cuno-20110510,0,973976.story

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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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