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Review: Young Director’s Night at LACMA

Review: Young Director’s Night at LACMA by Leticia Marie Sanchez On March 5, LACMA Muse presented its 10th Annual Young Director’s Night. Six talented young directors presented a wide range of creative films. Left. Sylvia Sether’s “Overdrawn.” Winner of the Art of Film Award Cat Youell’s “The Mischievous Case of Cordelia Botkin” brought to light a true story episode from 19th century San Francisco history (death by chocolate) with charm and humor.  Sylvia Sether’s “Overdrawn,” (and winner of the Fourth Art of Film Award) exhibited comedic chops and timing in its depiction of a single bank teller pushed to the edge. Jordan Bloch’s “Underdogs,” created unsettling tension as a bounty hunter wreaked havoc amongst diners in a roadside restaurant. Left. “House of Olive Trees” directed by Thouly Dosiois Thouly Dosiois’ beautifully shot “House of the Olive Trees,” set in Greece,

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Pasadena Symphony- March 12- Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Avetisian

March 12, 2011 2:00 pm 8:00 pm Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream (excerpts) Avetisyan Kanun Concerto Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Karine Hovhannisyan, KANUN Maestro George Stelluto, GUEST CONDUCTOR Ambassador Auditorium. 131 S. St. John Ave. Pasadena, CA. Pre-concert talk, led by Guest conductor George Stelluto at 1PM and 7PM in the auditorium. For more information, please visit: www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org/ or call 626.793.7172.

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MAGNA CARTA coming to LACMA- April 26- for Brit Week

One of the most influential documents in history, impacting constitutions everywhere (including the American Constitution) comes to  LACMA on April 26th. The  1217 version, on view at LACMA during Brit week, is only one of 17 surviving original manuscripts of the Magna Carta. Issued in the name of  King Henry III, it will be on view on Level 2 of the Art of Americas Building. 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/ExhibMagnaCarta.aspx

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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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