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Cultural Events- LA- July 30 and 31

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail includes a dash of Calypso, an apertif at the Old Mill, and an infusion of Rachmaninov- Enjoy! Saturdays Off the 405- July 30 6 pm – 9 pm Songwriter Lord Huron’s Afro-Caribbean percussion and Calypso-inspired music. 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  Cal Phil at the Mill. July 30: 8:00 P.M. An evening of chamber music under the stars in the Pomegranate Patio of San Marino’s historic Old Mill 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino, CA, United States, 91108.  626.449.5458 http://www.old-mill.org/index.asp Pianist Roger Wright Sunday, July 31- 6 pm- LACMA- Free- No Reservations Rachmaninoff: Prelude in D major, Opus 23 No. 4, Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, Frederic Rzewski: Down by the Riverside, and Mily Balakirev: Islamey, an Oriental Fantasy. Bing

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Review: Rooting for the villain- the seductive powers of Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum

Rooting for the villain: the seductive powers of Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum By Leticia Marie Sanchez Nestled in a wooded glen, underneath the evening stars and accompanied by the hypnotic hum of crickets, Topanaga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum adds a dose of magic to Shakespeare. The outdoor Globe-like theater simultaneously infuses the Bard with reality and wonder. The march of Richard III’s army down dark, forest-like hills conveys a dimension of realism and immediacy that cannot be matched by an enclosed venue. Similarly, the towering loft used during the Tower of London murder scene enhanced the mysterious mood. The vast verdant set suspended the audience’s disbelief, as did the cast of talented actors in the Theatricum’s production of Richard III. On Saturday night’s performance, Melora Marshall starred as the protean protagonist, triumphantly suspending the audience’s disbelief that the Machiavellian king could

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In the news: in honor of artist’s Alexander Calder- a Google doodle

In honor of the birthday mobile sculptor inventor, Alexander Calder, play with a Calder-like mobile. The moving mobile will appear on Google search today Friday July 22. The left side of the interactive mobile reminds me of a hungry plant from the Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed Me!” Before becoming an artist, Mr. Calder studied engineering. According to the Calder Foundation, one of the most profound experiences in Mr. Calder’s life occurred when he was working as a fireman on a Ship’s Boiler Room. When he awoke one day (on a ship heading from New York to San Francisco) he saw both a radiant sunrise and a resplendent full moon. At that moment the ship lay off the coast of Guatemala, and Calder could see each striking vista on opposite horizons. What an incredible sight that must have been…

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A Liszt of cultural events in LA this weekend- July 22nd and 23rd

This week’s cultural cocktail includes: a dash of Romanticism, a twist of Mullholland Drive, and a morsel of Parisian luxury- oh la la! Piano Performance: Angels and Demons: Liszt and the Arts Fri. July 22- 7:00 p.m. Tatiana Thibodeaux. Held in the 20th-century gallery. Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/ Mulholland Drive  Sat July 23- 7:30 P.M Directed by David Lynch and starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Robert Forrester and Ann Miller. Bing Theater. LACMA• 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036 To purchase tickets, call: 323 857-6010  Or Visit: http://www.lacma.org/ Paris: Life and Luxury closing August 7th Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Dr. LA, CA 90049 (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu

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Strange Love: the berserk engagement of Richard Strauss

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Some men plan a midnight stroll by the beach. Others a calm picnic under stars… Richard Strauss‘ engagement to temperamental soprano Pauline de Ahna involved: 1. being shrieked at by a soprano, having a musical score thrown at his head, and ducking flying objects Elizabeth Lundy, in her book, Secret Lives of Great Composers, reports that after being conducted by Strauss in an opera rehearsal, Miss Diva Pauline went ballistic over a difference of opinion over tempo. “Pauline threw her score at Strauss’s head…the entire orchestra tiptoed.. so they could listen to the screaming, shrieking, and occasional thuds as objects flew around the room… The musicians announced that in respect for their conductor and in protest of Pauline’s outrageous behavior, they would refuse to participate in any further production in which Fraulein de Ahna had a role. “That distresses me,” said Strauss,

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4-Oh-5 Things to do during Carmageddon weekend

Angelenos Do not fear.   The end of days is not near. A CULTURAL COCKTAIL is the antidote to mass hysteria  Here are ways to spend your weekend away from the 405 (yes, the Getty Brentwood is closed) 5.  Check out Vermeer at the Norton Simon on loan from the Metropolitan Museum http://www.nortonsimon.org/ 4.  Relax in the gardens at the Old Mill to the strains of the Cal Philharmonic http://www.calphil.org/concerts/more-concerts-events/old-mill/ 3. See some tranquil Pre-Raphaelite ladies at the Huntington http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9450 2. Watch ballerinas dance to Shostakovich at the Music Center. http://www.musiccenter.org/ 1. Breathe.

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Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum

Glistening laterns, pulsing Panamanian calypso beats, a quiet space upstairs to paint your own tea cup,  a man in a seersucker suit donning rabbit ears and nibbling on a carrot: this is not a psychedelic dream; it was the Mad Green Tea Party at the Pacific Asia Museum. There is one more Fusion Fridays party left, on August 19. For more information, please visit: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_events_calendar/series.aspx

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Mozart at Crepuscule: Southwest Chamber Music at the Huntington- July 9-August 21

Mozart at Crepuscule All Text and Photography © 2011 Leticia Marie Sanchez Last night marked the opening weekend for the Grammy Award -Winning Southwest Chamber Music‘s Summer Festival at the Huntington. While Lorenz Gamma, Shalini Vijayan, Jan Karlin, Luke Maurer, and Peter Jacobson performed String Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, K.174  and String Quintet No 2 in C Major, K.515  by Mozart and Chanson d’orage for Two Violins by Alexandra Du Bois, audience members sat in the loggia or picnicked on the grounds of the Huntington Museum which is rarely open at night. The Huntington at dusk resembled an estate in an Evelyn Waugh novel- with a dash of mystery— As the crepuscule fell and the silver moon rose, the viola’s voice and the cello’s crescendo created a true midsummer’s night dream. The soft light warmed the profiles of ancient heroes.. For

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In the News: San Francisco art heist: “The Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief”

Who: Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief What: Steals Picasso 1962 sketch ““Tête de femme,” valued at $275,000 before heading to party in Napa Where: San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery at Geary and Powell Streets When: Tuesday the 5th of July The man calmly removed the sketch from the wall of the gallery, wrapped it newspaper, and then walked out into the crowds at Union Square. The brazen Picasso pilferer then hopped into a taxi, carefree as a lark, to join friends at a party in Napa, before being caught by police, who had caught his image from a security camera at a restaurant near the gallery. For more on the story, please read: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/MNC41K7JHQ.DTL

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In the News: Vitamin D deficiency may have contributed to Mozart’s death

According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter. According to the authors of the study, “Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year. Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.” The researchers include: D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria For the

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