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Cultural Events- LA- Oct 21, 22, 23

Active Cultures- Friday Oct. 21 Pacific Asia Museum 6 p.m. Galleries and Store open 7:30 p.m. Auditorium lounge opens 8 p.m. First Speaker begins For more information, please visit: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org Pianist In Young Huh performs an all-Liszt program- FREE- Sun Oct 23 in honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday Bing Theater No reservations LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org Goya at the Huntington Oct. 1, 2011–Jan. 9, 2012 Dreams, Disasters, and Reality: Goya’s Prints from The Huntington’s Collections Huntington Gallery Works on Paper Room presents about 10 works from all of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes major etching series, including Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de Guerra (The Disasters of War) drawn from The Huntington’s collections. For more information, please visit: http://www.huntington.org/

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Opera recital in a Consular Setting- with mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán- October 27th

PLEASE NOTE:  The correct number to call for reservations is 213-972-3620

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Cultural Events- LA- Oct 14, 15th, and 16th

Art Night Pasadena- Friday Oct 14th- *FREE*Free Art, Entertainment, and Shuttles. Participating institutions include: the Armory Center for the Arts, the Norton Simon, Kidspace Museum, and the Alliance Francaise of Pasadena. For further information, please consult: http://www.artnightpasadena.org/ Saturdays Off the 405  Oct 15, 6 pm – 9 pm Getty Center Musicians Thundercat blend electronic music with the history of African American pop. Also performing: Low End Theory’s DJ Daddy Kev. For more information, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/ Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra- Sat Oct 15th + Sun Oct 16th Sat- 8:00 p.m Alex Theater, Glendale; Sunday Royce Hall, UCLA- 7:00 p.m. Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Karina Gauvin, soprano; DVORÁK Nocturne in B major; BRITTEN Les illuminations; BRITTEN Now sleeps the crimson petal; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major For more information, please visit: http://www.laco.org/

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Metropolitan Opera- Western Regional Finals- Saturday Oct 22- 1:00 p.m- Colburn School- LA

You are cordially invited to attend The 55th Anniversary of the WESTERN REGIONAL FINALS Featuring Amber Wagner, Western Region, 2006, Grand National Winner, 2007 Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 Special Finals Tickets 29 (Box Office 35). Reception Ticket 28. Please mail check to: Western Region- 2455 Adair Street, San Marino, CA, 91108 postmarked by Oct 13th.                                                                                   Or For more information, call: 626.285.3688         

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In the news: Picasso in the garbage? An art thief named Spiderman?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year. Sacré bleu! Is nothing sacred ? A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped more than $134 million dollars worth of art in a garbage bin. The stolen works, including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse. and Leger were looted from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year. Apparently the paintings were destroyed with the rest of the day’s trash. The sticky-fingered art thief got cold feet after his cohorts in the art spree began to be questioned by police so he dumped the masterpieces in the garbage. Not even the recycling bin, mind you. Now here is where the spurious story takes an even more sordid turn. The thief’s ally in gaining the stolen treasure was a 43-year-old wall-climbing Serbian

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Cultural Events LA- October 7th, 8th, and 9th

Attention Cultural Cocktail Hour adventurers: A 10-mile network of downtown streets will be closed on Sunday, October 9, from 10am–3pm. Your Cultural Concierge has tips to avoid Downtown on Sunday! Frank Strazzeri Quintet- Fri. Oct 7th- 6pm Free, No reservations Veteran pianist Frank Straazerri has worked with musicians ranging from Billie Holiday to Chet Baker. LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org Pacific Standard Time at the Getty opened this week Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 For more information on the exhibit, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/ Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn- Sat, October 8- 8:00PM Los Angeles Philharmonic. Janine Jansen, violin Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 3, “Scottish” Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.850.2000. For more information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/

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In the News: “Il Volo”- Can Opera be embraced by the GLEE crowd?

This Sunday’s New York Times discussed the opera sensation”Il Volo,” a popular teenage boy band that has teen girls swooning. With appearances on TV shows like Entourage, can “Il Volo”  bring the love of opera to a mainstream teen audience?  “Il Volo” means “the flight”- let’s hope that opera takes off in a wide audience of music-loving teens. For the full story, please read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/arts/music/il-volo-the-teenage-italian-singers-go-on-tour.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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Cultural Cocktail Hour takes you behind- the- scenes at the Sam Maloof exhibit at the Huntington

  Please enjoy this tour of a wonderful exhibit and interview with Huntington Curator of American Decorative Arts, Hal Nelson:

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Eugene Onegin

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Opera Review: The Visual Poetry of LA Opera’s “Eugene Onegin” by Leticia Marie Sanchez “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” During LA Opera’s psychologically profound production of Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” red skies foreshadowed emotional storms, from the passion-red sky faced by Tatiana the morning after she wrote her feverish note to Onegin to the blazing landscape faced by Lensky on the morning of his fateful duel. LA Opera’s production masterfully captured the poetic spirit of Tchaikovsky’s opera, bringing the interior life of Alexander Pushkin’s characters to the foreground through sumptuous visual poetry. This beloved masterpiece has never before been performed at LA Opera. Its debut on Saturday night led by James Conlon was nothing short of world class. The visually stunning production was originally created in 2006 by the late director

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ARIA’s Opening Night Festivities at LA OPERA- From Russia with Love

ARIA’s Opening Night Festivities at LA Opera: From Russia With Love All text and Photography © 2011 By Leticia Marie Sanchez At LA Opera’s ARIA’s White Night party, chaired by actress and singer-songwriter Emmy Rossum a vivacious fur-capped hostess floated around the dance floor bearing divine desserts. As James Bond would say, from Russia With Love. The Maestro himself, Placido Domingo, appeared at the ARIA party to introduce the talented artists behind the production of Eugene Onegin including:conductor James Conlon,Stage Director Francesca Gilpin, and Lighting Designer Peter Mumford. Additionally, the party goers met the stars of Eugene Onegin including: Dalibor Jenis (Eugene Onegin), Oksana Dyka (Tatiana), Vsevolod Grinov (Lensky), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Olga), James Creswell (Prince Germin), Ronnita Nicole Miller (Filipievna), and Keith Jameson (Monsieur Triquet). The Über-talented Oksana Dyka (third from Left, below) whose performance as Tatiana brought down the opera house with multiple standing

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