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Invisible Chess Players

In the Sculpture Garden of the Norton Simon Museum during “Checkmate” August 27, 2016 All Photography© 2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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This week’s Top Pick: Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach

Painting +Music+ Dance + History= An entertaining Cultural Cocktail Top Pick! All Photography© 2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Sneak Peak: Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy at the Getty Villa

by Leticia Marie Sanchez                   This week’s Cultural Cocktail preview: 1 shot of Antiquity, a Highball of Hijinks, and A Splash of Stilts. Stepping onto the sumptuous grounds of the Getty Villa feels like being transported via time machine to antiquity. After all, the architectural design was inspired by the Villa dei Papiri, the treasure trove of Julius Caesar’s father-in law.  Even Caesar (when he wasn’t being stabbed in the back) enjoyed a chuckle or two.   And chuckles are on the menu at the Getty Villa in a few weeks.  This fall, director Matt Walker and the Troubadour Theater Company will provide a colorful facelift to material from 2oo B.C,  ”A Haunted House Party,” based on Mostellaria by Roman playwright Plautus. CCH spoke with Costume designer, Sharon McGunigle on her designs. Madcap troubadours will be singing, dancing, and possibly walking on stilts. The costumes

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Ticket to Nirvana- Buddhist Replica Caves at the Getty Center

By Leticia Marie Sanchez Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road Exhibit Closes on September 4, 2016 Stepping into one of the Buddhist Replica Caves at the Getty Center- away from the never-ending traffic, unrelenting tragedy in the news, and ceaseless summer political diatribes- feels like a welcome taste of Nirvana.                   Ommmmmmm. Standing inside one of these exquisitely crafted jewel boxes, one can almost levitate- at least mentally- with the flights of fancy inspired by visions of colorful mountains, praying bodhisattvas, and winged spiritual beings that grace the ceiling. The Getty’s Julia Grimes provided enlightening details about the replica caves, modeled after caves on China’s Silk Road, some dating back to the 4th century. Grimes explained that at the time the caves were first designed, Buddhism was a

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Angels Vocal Art: A refreshing dose of opera in the summer

By Leticia Marie Sanchez During the summer, many LA opera lovers may feel pangs of withdrawal, the sense that autumn is too many weeks away to wait for the thrill of hearing an aria live. Cultural Cocktail Hour has discovered a cure for those craving an opera fix. Angels Vocal Art represents the only opera festival in Los Angeles this summer and last weekend presented the Gran Gala di Verdi at the State Playhouse Theater. Angels Vocals Arts allows emerging singers to perform alongside opera professionals, and on Saturday night, young students poured their hearts and souls into the works of the timeless maestro, Giuseppe Verdi. Moreover, the Verdi Chorus anchored the evening with the solemnity of seasoned performers. I will leave you with the resounding motto of the Verdi Chorus, included in the evening’s program: “We are The judgment of

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In honor of World Music Day today- June 21st

 Seen on a Pillow in Los Angeles:

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Photos: Season Finale- Salon de Musiques: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

  Photos taken at the Season Finale of the Salon De Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion   by Leticia Marie Sanchez Music has a healing power, and, in the wake of tragedies in the headlines, I felt particularly hopeful after listening to the uplifting program by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann at the Salon De Musiques Season Finale on June 12th. As Thomas Carlyle once remarked, music “leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for a moment gaze into that.” Through the talented direction of Founder Francois Chouchan, the Salon embodied the restorative capacity and deep humanity of a language that needs no words.     

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In the news: Flooding near the Louvre

  Photo outside Louvre Copyright© 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Venice de Milo surrounded by storage boxes. Twenty feet of water rising from the Seine. Due to the past week’s flooding in Paris, curators moved many of the Louvre’s antiquities to safety. According to the New York Times, “Some 150,000 artworks in storage rooms, and an additional 7,000 pieces in galleries, were deemed vulnerable to flooding, and many of them were moved to higher floors starting on Thursday evening.”  For the full scoop, see the NY TIMES article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/world/europe/eerily-empty-louvre-what-its-like-when-floods-keep-tourists-away.html?_r=0

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Wise Men and Women: Pablo Picasso

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.    The purpose of life is to give it away.”            -Pablo Picasso- Photo Credit: André Villers La Guerre et la Paix Chapel of Vallauris Castle 1953 

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In the news: “One of the World’s Greatest Art Collections hides behind this fence”

Treasures from Ancient Rome, Da Vinci, Van Gogh, 1,000 works by Picasso, and this exquisite painting from Gustav Klimt: “Water Serpents II,”         For the full scoop, read the NY TIMES article: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/arts/design/one-of-the-worlds-greatest-art-collections-hides-behind-this-fence.html?emc=edit_th_20160529&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=16294325&_r=0&referer

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