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CLASSICS FEST- July 13- Aug 21

This year’s ClassicsFest will include readings and workshop productions of The Doctor’s Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw; The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn; Twelfth Night, Othello and Macbeth by William Shakespeare; Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill; A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (rights pending); After the Dance by Terence Rattigan; The Legend of Oedipus by Kenneth Cavander; The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder; and You Can’t Take it With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Lysistrata by Aristophanes and works by Anton Chekhov THE  ANTAEUS COMPANY @ Deaf West Theatre. 5112 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 (one block south of Magnolia; free parking available in the uncovered Citibank lot on Lankershim Blvd. south of Otsego St.) HOW: 818-506-1983 or www.Antaeus.org TICKETS: All workshops and readings: $10 For more information call 818-506-5436 or go to

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Richard III- July 2 through October 2- Theatricum Botanicum

“Richard III” “Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this sun of York” Melora Marshall & Chad Jason Scheppner share the role of Shakespeare’s villainous usurper Performances: July 2 through October 2: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway) (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

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“In bed with Tenn”- Tennessee Williams Centennial- July 8th- 23rd

An Homage to Tennessee Williams Centennial The Evening includes six of Williams’ plays, three of which are rarely performed. During the evening various theories on the death will be presented. Was it accidental?  Was it suicide? Or was it murder? In Bed With Tenn  runs from July 8th thru July 23rd Friday and Saturday nights at 8:pm. The show is approximately 120 minutes with an intermission. Tickets: $20.00 – All performances $5.00 discount for Seniors and Students. Performances are at: The Promenade Playhouse. 1404 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica, CA 90401 For tickets, call (310) 656-8070 or RESERVE ONLINE: www.plays411.com/bedwithtenn  

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In the News: Baroque Harpists booted out of Central Park

Authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded the soothing harp a “public disturbance” while mega rock concerts can go on, undisturbed. For the full article, please read the link below: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110612/lf_afp/lifestyleusmusicsocietynewyork_20110612051411

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17th annual Culver City Music Festival– July 7- August 25

The 17th annual Culver City Music Festival – Eight free concerts under the stars in the intimate courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2011 summer series offers something for everyone including flamenco, rock ‘n roll, jazz, reggae, salsa and acoustic Celtic music. Enjoy dozens of dining options within walking distance. Even the parking is free. WHERE: Culver City City Hall Courtyard. 9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232. (corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.) ADMISSION: Free INFORMATION: 310-253-5716 or go to www.culvercity.org.

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Moliere’s Tartuffe– June 11 through October 1- Theatricum Botanicum

“Tartuffe, ou l’Imposteur” (Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite) by Molière New adaptation features songs by Ellen Geer and Peter Alsop Written by Molière Adapted and Directed by Ellen Geer Featuring Ted Barton, Joanna Bateman, Daniel Billet, Sydney Blair, Alan Blumenfeld, Misha Bouvion, Kelly Derouin, Bill Durham, Liz Eldridge, Willow Geer, Leah Gutentag, Katherine Griffith, Aaron Hendry, Jackson McCord Thompson, William Reinbold WHEN: Performances: June 11 through October 1: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290. (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway) (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

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Free Mondays at MOCA- courtesy of Banksy- June 13-Aug 8- Geffen Contemporary

MOCA ANNOUNCES ART IN THE STREETS FREE MONDAYS AT MOCA COURTESY OF BANKSY June 13–August 8, 2011 Los Angeles-The Museum of Contemporary Art announced today that British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of Art in the Streets.    

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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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