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Free Author Night at South Pas. Library This Thursday 6/26 at 7:00

  No tickets or reservations required. South Pasadena Library. Library Community Room. 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena. Event is at 7:00 P.M. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. Live Music by Flamenco Guitarist Gabriel Reyna visit: http://www.ci.southpasadena.ca.us/library/events/J_michael_walker/jmwalker.html

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The best exhibit in Los Angeles. Hands Down.

If there is only one exhibit you see in Los Angeles this year, this is IT: J. Michael Walker walks where Angelenos fear to tread All the Saints of the City of the Angels The City of the Angels is a commuter city. We spend time enclosed in cars, in serpentine lines of traffic crawling around our city’s landmarks. Freeways form boundaries- the 110, 405, 134, 101, 10- a plethora of numbers dividing East from West, Suburb from Metropolis, Have from Have-Not. What if we could just get out? Out of our cars. Out of our enclosures. Remove our armor of road rage and glide through out city like Angels. With J. Michael Walker as our guide, we certainly can. His exhibit, All the Saints of the City Of the Angels, holds court at the Gene Autry Museum until September

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Weekend Cultural Events Los Angeles; June 21

Verdi’s Rigoletto: Center Stage Opera Saturday June 21: 7:30 P.M Sunday June 22: 3:00 P.M The Madrid Theater. 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA. To purchase tickets over the phone call: 818. 347. 9938 http://www.centerstageopera.org/Rigoletto/RigolettoPage.html Kalil Wilson and the Berkeley Everett Trio  Sunday June 2, 8:00 and 9:30 shows The Jazz Bakery.3233 Helms Avenue, LA. Reservations: 310.271.9039 www.jazzbakery.com   3rd Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition and Festival June 21st, 7:00 PM  Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Avenue  For tickets, please visit: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004082CF293CAB?artistid=1211477&majorcatid=10005&minorcatid=0 

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Wise Man of the Day: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

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Mingei East and West at the Pacific Asia Museum

East Meets West: The Mingei Exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum The East and West have often been at conflict on the political stage. Even today, geo-political grandstanding mars the 2008 Summer Olympics in China as titans prove unwilling to give up an inch of their superpower. During the first half of the 20th century, the Pacific Rim was also a chessboard where the East and West fought for dominance. The exhibit Mingei East and West, however, evinces the power of art to transcend political borders. In a century when Japanese Americans lived in internment camps, and Americans lost their lives at the hands of Kamikaze pilots, the exhibit illustrates a unity of spirit and respect between artists on opposite ends of the Pacific. Mingei East and West shows the positive impact of Mingei on the California Arts and Crafts movement as well

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This Weekend in LA: Cultural Events June 14-17

Mingei East and West Art Critic Yanagi Soetsu invented the term “Mingei” which means “folk art” to advocate art which is natural, traditional, functional, simple, and selfless. The beauty of this new exhibit is that it explores the connection and mutual influence of Japanese art and the California Arts and Crafts movement. June 6, 2008 through January 6, 2009 Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA, 91101. 626.449.2742. Hours: Wed – Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm Sake bottle (tokurri), motif by Shoji Hamada, Japan, early 20th century, Photo By Julian Bermudez  For more information, please visit: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/calendar/exhibitions/mingei.htm The Poetry of Paper by Yoshio Ikezaki Ikezaki’s work is indeed poetic, evocative, and ethereal. His sculptures, paper collages, and Sumi Ink Paintings conjure literal landscapes as well as the more metaphysical landscape of the human mind and imagination. Like the poet John Keats, you may ask

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This Weekend in LA: Cultural Events June 7-8

La Rondine: LA Opera             Saturday June 7, 7:30 P.M. Puccini’s lesser- known La Rondine contains beautiful pieces including: “Chi il bel sogno di Doretto,” and “Ma come puoi lasciarmi.” “La Rondine,” the swallow, revolves around the love between a free-spirited courtesan, Magda, and her beloved Ruggero. Can she escape the chains of her past, or like a swallow, will she be forced to return to her life as a kept woman?  Go see the opera and find out! Patricia Racette as Magda and Marcus Haddock as Ruggero. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts. Marta Domingo directs. http://www.losangelesopera.com/productions/0708/larondine/index.htm  Huntington Art Gallery Summer hours:  10:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.  Walk through the home of Henry Huntington and his wife Arabella. The Huntington Art Gallery opened this month after a $20 million facelift.  The collection of European art includes objects

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A bright candle for Peace

    Picasso, Dove of Peace, 1949     Pippa Bacca, an Italian performance artist on a mission to promote peace and cultural understanding was murdered during her journey last spring. Peace is one of the highest goals of art. May Pippa’s idealistic spirit always be remembered as well as her desire to bridge cultures. She did not see geographic boundaries as limiting; she saw the whole world as her home. As Roman author Gaius noted almost two thousand years ago, “Home is where the heart is.” Home is not simply our residence, our state, nor even our country. Home is a place where we can all live together in peace. For the full story read: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pippa31-2008may31,0,6381255.story

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Step Away from the Lamb: Guards mean business at BCAM

 “Step away from the Lamb and no one gets hurt!” “There will be no Hirst Heist today, buddy.” The LA Times reports that pistol-carrying guards protect Damien Hirst’s Away from the Flock at BCAM. Realistic preventative measure? Or disruption to the artistic experience? It’s up to you to decide. For the full story read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-guns31-2008may31,0,5511934.story

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This Weekend in LA: Cultural Events May 30- June 1

Fridays Off The 405 Friday, May 30, 6:00–9:00 p.m. Free admission; no reservations required. Free live music, gallery tours, California video screenings, cash bar, and more. Getty Center Museum Courtyard  1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, CA 90049. 310. 440.7300.                             http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/fridays_405_053008.html   Salonen’s Piano Concerto Fri. May 30 8:00 P.M Sat May 31 8:00 P.M  Sunday June 1, 2:00 P.M.  LA Philharmonic: Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Yefim Bronfam, piano  Debussy: Selected Preludes; Salonen: Piano Concerto (West Coast premiere)  Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA 323.850.2000  http://www.laphil.com/ Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Fri. May 30 8:00 P.M Sat May 31: 8:00 P.M Schnittke: Not a Midsummer Night’s Dream; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Orange County Performing Arts Center 600 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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