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Fourth of July Weekend Cultural Cocktail

Betsy Ross wants YOU to have a Cultural COCKTAIL this 4th of July Weekend! LIVE AT THE LOUNGE Classical Series: Every Saturday Night. 1014 Hermosa Ave. – Hermosa Beach JULY 3 Opens for Dinner (optional) and Drinks at 7:00 p.m.; Show Starts at 8:00 p.m. Six Songs by John Duke performed by: Mezzo Soprano: IRIS MALKIN (left) Pianist, YANA RESNIK; The program includes: Members of the Divan Consort: FÜREYA ÜNAL piano, MAIA JASPER violin, VIRGINIA FIGUEIREDO clarinet, TIMOTHY HAGEN, Flutist, MIKAEL OGANESIAN, pianist; Works by Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók For Information & Reservations Please Call (310) 372-1193 http://liveatthelounge.com/ Engaged Observers Documentary Photography since the Sixties June 29–November 14, 2010 Getty Center (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/ “Master Class” Tony Award-winning play by Terrence McNally Directed by Heidi Helen Davis Starring Ellen Geer as legendary opera diva Maria Callas Opens July 3rd The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA 90290

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Ring Festival June Highlights

Two-day Conference: “Wagner in LA: The Opera of the 21st Century?” June 1–2, 2010, 10 am–6 pm Hammer Museum 1pm Spectral Gesamtkunstwerk Juliet Koss, Chair, Department of Art History, Scripps College 2:30pm Re-Inventing Bayreuth for the 21st Century: The 2007 Meistersinger as a Self Reflection of Performance History Clemens Risi, Professor of Theater, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Berlin 4pm The Ring in Pieces: Götterdämmerung (Stuttgart Opera, Peter Konwitschny, 2002-2003) David Levin, Professor of German and Theater and Performance, University of Chicago 5:30pm Wagner as a Christian Jew: The Alternate Endings of The Twilight of the Gods Slavoj Zizek, Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 7pm Public Reception Info: www.hammer.ucla.edu or (310) 443-7000. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 “Wagner and Myth,” June 5, 2010, 10 am–4 pm; LACMA A day-long seminar featuring LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon, LACMA curator

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Ring Festival LA: May Highlights

Robert v. Fullerton Art Museum California State University, San Bernardino “Timeless Enchantment: Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung in Performance, from Bayreuth in 1876 to LA in 2010,” May 12, 2010, 5 pm Info: museum.csusb.edu or (909) 537-5000. 5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407 LA Opera Library Project: Free Speakers Bureau talks Beverly Hills Public Library. “The Men of the Ring of the Niebelung,” May 18, 2010, 7 pm. 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, (310) 288-2220, www.bhpl.org University of Southern California: Brain and Creativity Institute Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater. “Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain,” May 30, 2010, 3–5 pm A colloquium, featuring acclaimed theater and opera director Peter Sellars, world-renowned visual artist Bill Viola, and Antonio Damasio, internationally-renowned  neurologist . Tickets: $10, www.redcat.org, (213) 237-2800. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA

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Largest LA Cultural festival since the 1984 Olympics!

April 15 – June 30, 2010 The first ever presentation in Los Angeles of  the  four-opera drama The Ring of the Nibelung. For a full listing of events, please visit: http://www.ringfestivalla.com/ for the multiplicity of events from not only LA Opera, but also from cultural institutions as diverse as UCLA, Descanso Gardens, and American Jewish University. Photography © LA Opera

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100,000+ Readers on Cultural Cocktail Hour

Thank you to all my loyal readers! In April, the readership of Cultural Cocktail Hour crossed the 100,000 mark! Time to take out a glass and pour yourself a Congratulatory Cocktail fizzing with music, beauty, and self-expression. Enjoy.

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This Weekend in LA: April 10-11, 2010

A CELEBRATION OF DANCE Saturday April 10th, 11 am LA Philharmonic. Christian Vasquez, conductor; Luminario Ballet; Copland: Rodeo;  Ginastera: Estancia Dances Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave, LA CA 90012 (323).850.2000 THE RULES OF THE GAME Saturday, April 10 | 8:20 pm The Films of Jean Renoir LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org LA OPERA Sunday April 11 1:00 p.m Götterdämmerung. Richard Wagner. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 North Grand Avenue. LA CA 90012. (213) 972-7219 http://www.laopera.com/

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Hope in the City III: Behind the Seams

by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography © 2010 Leticia M. Sanchez March 24, 2010— As a Catholic, I was unsure of what to expect inside the former St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in downtown LA. Hope in the City III, produced by Mosaic, not only exuded creativity, but also demonstrated a spiritual commitment to the global and local community. The proceeds from the fashion show and art auction went to several noteworthy charities, including Serve LA and Beyond Us; the scope of the latter extends from Haiti, Sudan, South India, and beyond. The innovative designs on the runway included the experimental “Wear Your Story”  in which designers fashioned 85% of their garment from an LA Weekly. Models also donned head pieces by Salvatore Salamone, inspired by leaves; spring time has indeed sprung in Los Angeles, a city of constant innovation. Photography Montage

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Project Ethos:LA Fashion Week- March 19

The Spirit of Ethos at LA Fashion Week by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography © Leticia M. Sanchez March 19-  At the Music Box in Hollywood,  Project Ethos held an evening of emerging artists in music, fashion, and art. The Greek root “Ethos” can refer to “the spirit of a people” and the red carpet event lived up to its lively name.  Ethos featured the collections of ten designers, including two from “Project Runway,” Season Six contestant Gordana Gehlhausen and Season Seven contestant Jesus Estrada.  The art gallery on the rooftop, overlooking the new W hotel, proved the most welcome surprise on a warm Los Angeles evening. Artist Erin Hammond showcased a collection of portraits of women. Hammond revealed  that Gustav Klimt inspired her. One could see the link between both artists’ vibrant expressionism. Left: Painting by Erin Hammond Right: Adele Bloch-Bauer II:

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BOXeight’s Fashion:Refocus- LA Fashion Week- March 2010

Leitmotifs and Painting with Light; Fashion: Refocus at BOXeight Studios by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Fashion Photography: © 2010 Leticia M. Sanchez March 20– BOXeight Studios showcased Fall and Winter 2010 Collections from a unique vantage point: a behind-the-scenes look at fashion photography. Guests were voyeurs to the inner sanctum of a photo shoot. The models’ make up stations sat on an open stage, and one could observe as the designers placed finishing touches on their creations. Fashion and photography are sister arts. They both open the door for non-verbal communication. Photography, from the Greek root “Writing with Light” allows one to express the proverbial thousand words in one instant. Whereas fashion was once documented through flat graphic illustration. the advent of modern photography captured the movement of clothes in vibrant dimension. Similar to photography, fashion serves as non-verbal language. A simple

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LA Fashion Week March 18- LA Millinery Guild featuring Anita Hopkins

Hats off to Millinery Guild’s “Mad Hatter” Fashion show- LA Fashion Week by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Fashion Photography ©2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez March 18, 2010- The L.A Millinery Guild hosted its first fashion show, kicking off LA Fashion Week to an electrifying start. The theme of the show, the “Mad Hatter party” showcased the hats of designers Diego Hats, Hatstruck, Montez, Stage Door Daisy, Elizabeth Marcel, Suzi Holloway, Jill Pfeifer, Linda J. Key, and headliner Anita Hopkins. The show juxtaposed vintage allusions with futuristic design. During the nostalgic component of the show, Sarah Vaughn’s throaty voice evoked sirens of the past, sirens who donned hats in equal measure to Sunday morning service and Saturday night jazz clubs. The show served as a reminder that hats not only belonged to the whimsical world of Mad Tea Parties, but to the social history and

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