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Review- Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”– Just How Private? by Leticia Marie Sanchez In the International City Theater’s light-hearted production of “Private Lives,” divorced couple Elyot and Amanda cannot seem to live with-or without- each another. Caroline Kinsolving embodied the headstrong, alluring Amanda while Freddy Douglass portrayed the witty, brooding Elyot Chase. The glamorous costumes and music in the ICT production enhanced the accidental reunion of the jet-setting pair in Deauville, France. Elyot and Amanda go from loving each other one minute to throwing barbs (and records) at each other the next. Adam J. Smith‘s sensitive performance as Amanda’s caring second husband Victor infused a dose of integrity to the chaos; despite being ditched by the runaway bride, he returned to ensure her safety. Underneath the veneer of biting wit and tumultuous emotions, one could not help but feel that something was missing- not

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: Aug 26, 27, 28

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” Fri. Aug 26 (Opening Night) + Sat. Aug 27 8pm. Sun Aug 28 2pm. Directed by Luke Yankee. Featuring Jennice Butler, Wendy Cutler, Freddy Douglas, Caroline Kinsolving, Adam J. Smith. INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE Long Beach Performing Arts Center.300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach CA 90802 For information on tickets and show times,  For information on tickets and show times, please call (562) 436-4610 or visit: www.InternationalCityTheatre.org  Photo by: C. Delgado Saturdays off the 405- Getty Museum- party Sat, Aug. 27 6:00 Music: Charles Bradley and DJ Clifton Free Spotlight after Dark tours in the galleries at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/ LACMA- Daniel Rothmuller (cello) and Bernadene Blaha (piano) Sun. August 28 6 pm Chopin: Sonata, Opus 65, and Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Opus 38 Bing Theater.  

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Film Review: Mozart’s Sister- now playing in Los Angeles and New York

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Mozart’s Sister, directed by René Féret,  presents a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the Mozart family: ambitious patriarch Leopold, his doting wife Anna-Maria, and his gifted children Woofgang and Nannerl (played by Feret’s daughter, Marie). The film contrasts the exterior aspect of the musical family, including the children’s performances at court with an interior portrait of a family who engages in pillow fights at bed-time, and more sinisterly, the unyielding favoritism that Leopold showed his young son. The rigid Leopold squelches his young daughter’s talents by not only refusing her an education, but by falsely telling her that her compositions (which he passes off as those of Wolfgang) lack merit. The mistreatment of Nannerl was not unusual at the time.  In his book “The Other Mendelssohn,” Larry Todd describes the life of another talented and relatively

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Cultural Events LA- Aug 19, 20, 21

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes two doses of Beethoven blended with Pacific Asia Fusion, and topped with Mozart- not on the rocks, but on the lawn of the Huntington library- enjoy! Beethoven’s Ninth- Hollywood Bowl Thurs, August 18, 8:00PM  Los Angeles Philharmonic Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor Jeremy Denk, piano;  Los Angeles Master Chorale Beethoven’s Ninth and Choral Fantasy 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA, 90068. 323.850.2000 http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/ Fusion Fridays- Pacific Asia Museum Fri. Aug. 19 7:30-10:30pm Island Style Grand Finale Polynesian dance in the courtyard, classic Hawaiian music by Moana in the upstairs lounge. Free for members, $15 for non-members. 46 North Los Robles Avenue. Pasadena, CA 91101-2071(626) 449-5269 For more information, please visit: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/ Southwest Chamber Music Festival Sat. Aug 20 and Sun. Aug 21- 7:30 p.m Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quintet for Horn and Strings, K. 407; Wadada Leo Smith Ten

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News Update: Stolen Rembrandt found in Encino Church

Only three days after a Rembrandt drawing valued at $250,000 was snatched from the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, “The Judgement,” turned up mysteriously at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church in Encino. An assistant priest noticed the drawing placed inside his boss’ office. He assumed that it was a donation by a parishioner before recognizing the work as the stolen Rembrandt. Questions abound: Why did the art thief dump the painting in the church? Was it a spiritual crisis of conscience? Or a convenient place without security cameras? Did the title of Rembrandt’s drawing, “The Judgement,” give the thief pause? How did the art thief get access to the church’s inside office? Did he watch Ben Affleck’s heist-caper “The Town” too many times and don a nun disguise? Do we know for a fact that the drawing dumped

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In the news: Rembrandt drawing stolen from Marina del Rey Hotel this weekend

  This weekend, “The Judgement,” a pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from an evening exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. The work, worth more than $250,000, was snatched around 10:30 p.m during an evening event for potential buyers. The curator was temporarily distracted by a person, who may have been part of a team of art thieves. According to experts, more than 81 of Rembrandt’s works have been stolen over the past century. For more information on the Marina del Rey heist, please read: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/8702503/Rembrandt-stolen-in-well-planned-heist.html

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In the News: Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

You heard it here first! News reports suggest that Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated next week (Aug 17) for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 69-year old Barenboim helped to found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999,  which is composed of international musicians including: Israelis, Arabs, and Iranians. This week, before his orchestra performed in South Korea, Barenboim said, “Music cannot solve conflicts,  but music has the ability to make people interested and passionate about the same thing,”  For the full story, please see: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwKlHCm2ufOtt6Tvosjpez941X4Q?docId=CNG.395bec0157ae53758ac65c87b4cf6e70.211

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LA Cultural Events Aug 12, 13, and 14

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe is: 3 Oz. of Italian chamber music, a Dash of Mendelssohn, and a Splash of a soirée for young art enthusiasts. Shaken. Not Stirred. Enjoy! Commemorating the Unification of Italy through the Music of Verdi, Puccini and Mozart Free Concert at the Norton Simon Fri. August 12- 7:00 p.m To mark the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the California String Quartet will perform chamber music by Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, in addition to compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who influenced Italian opera. Concert is free (with museum admission ticket) Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/ Gallerati Society Sat. Aug 13. 3:30- 5:30 p.m The Glass Garage Gallery, 414 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90048 The Gallerati Society is a new breed of

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The tumultuous love life of Richard Strauss- part deux- Strauss versus Stransky

Since so many of my readers enjoyed reading about Richard Strauss’s unusual engagement to the libretto-throwing singer Pauline De Ahna: Strange Love: the berserk engagement of Richard Strauss  we will now continue onto his roller coaster marriage. Due to a letter mix-up, his wife Pauline de Ahna filed for divorce. In his book, Richard Strauss, Tim Ashley reports that while Strauss was working in England, his wife opened a letter from a female opera fan. The fan mentioned looking for a composer at Union Bar and asked for opera tickets. The harmless letter caused Mrs. Strauss to foam at the mouth. She contacted an attorney, telegraphed Strauss (who was working in England) to let him know that she was filing for divorce, demanded to draw their life savings from a bank, and prepared to vacate their apartment.  Strauss telegraphed his wife

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Cultural Events- LA- August 6-7th

This week’s Cultural Cocktail involves exotic gifts,  French satire, and stellar jazz- enjoy! LACMA exhibit- Gifts of the Sultan Through September 5 LACMA  5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, http://www.lacma.org/ An evening with grammy-award winning Branford Marsalis– Free Sat. August 6– 8:15 P.M Orange County Great Park For more information and direction, please visit: http://www.ocgp.org   Moliere’s Tartuffe Sat Aug 6th 4:00 P.M The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA 90290 For information on tickets, call (310) 455-3723 or visit www.theatricum.com

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