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“Declarations of Love in Music and Image”- The J. Paul Getty Museum and LA Opera

On May 3rd The J. Paul Getty Museum in conjunction with LA Opera, hosted a conference on the “Declarations of Love in Music and Image.” Speakers included: Michael Walsh, music critic for TIME magazine, Mitchell Morris, UCLA Musicology Professor, and Scott Allan, assistant curator in the Department of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The conference concluded with a dynamic and moving performance by LA Opera. Soprano Tammy Jenkins, Tenor Robert MacNeil, and pianist Daniel Faltus performed selections from Puccini’s Tosca, Suor Angelica, and La Rondine. Scott Allan illuminated the Getty exhibit on Fragonard’s “Allegories of Love”, a departure from the artist’s earlier, frothier Rococo style. Love becomes elevated from frivolous entanglements to a new state of spiritual ecstasy. The exhibit compared Fragonard’s Sacrifice of the Rose with Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Theresa.  Allen also noted that in the Allegories, Fragonard’s

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This Wednesday, a play that won’t break the Piggy Bank

   Sometimes the best things in life are free! For those who have a taste for the theater, but not always the ducats to attend, this Wednesday May 14th the Pasadena Playhouse is offering a “Pay What You Can” Performance Of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage Tickets offered on a pay-what-you-can basis to arts groups and community groups – call the box office at (626) 356-7529 for details.  Take advantage of this opportunity! Tickets for this production are normally at least $50.

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Cultural Events this weekend in Los Angeles, May 10

Art: To see or not To See 1. Huntington Library Chinese Gardens: Liu Fang Yuan, The Garden of Flowing Fragrance  A scholar’s retreat: step back in time where you can inhale the lotus, plum, and pine. Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA, 91108. 626.405.2100  2. Theater: To Attend or Not to Attend Of Mice, Men, and the American Dream: A Weeklong Celebration of Culture and Community May 12-17. Pasadena Playhouse. 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91101. (626)356.7529 http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/of_mice&men.htm.  Highlights include: The performance of Mice and Men at the Pasadena Playhouse, photo exhibit: “In the Fields,” and lectures with historians, critics, and activists.  3. Music: To Hear or Not To Hear  Do not mourn Adonis- he is still alive!! Check out Cuban sensation Adonis Puentes at: The Latin Jazz Festival at the Greek Theater, May 10th. 7pm  2700 North

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Cultural Events Los Angeles; This weekend in LA, May 2-4

  This week’s cultural cocktail:  A dose of book burning, a pick-me-up of Prokofiev, and a shot of Bette Davis’ eyes! Enjoy. Film: To see or Not to see Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis LACMA 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036. (323).857.6000  Friday May 2 7:30 P.M Jezebel; 9:30 P.M The Old Maid Saturday May 3 7:30 P.M All About Eve; 9:30 P.M Of Human Bondage                For information about tickets, please visit: http://www.lacma.org/programs/FilmListing.aspx#1206741726758 THEATER: TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 Playing through June 18th.  Thur, Fri, Saturday: 8p.m.; Sunday 3p.m.  Fremont Center Theater; 1000 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA, 91030 A theater Mr. Bradbury supports. If you are lucky, you may even see him in the audience! For tickets call: (323) 960-4451 Online: www.plays411.com/raybradbury   MUSIC: TO HEAR OR NOT TO HEAR   Sunday May 4, Royce Hall UCLA American Youth

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To See Or Not to See This Weekend in LA, April 26

FILM: To see or not to see       La Fille du Régiment– Donizetti            Saturday, April 26, 2008  If you do not have the luck to be at the Metropolitan Opera, fear not.  The Met now screens operas live in HD in movie theaters across the world! To find out about tickets and show times at a theater near you visit http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events.aspx  Juan Diego Flórez’s high C’s have received A’s from critics and audiences alike. La Fille du Régiment is a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna.  MUSIC:  To Hear or not to Hear       Southwest Chamber Music at the Norton Simon Museum 8:00 p.m. Concert; 7:30 p.m. Prelude Talk  411 W. Colorado Boulevard,  Pasadena, CA 91105-182; 626.449.6840  Program  Charles Ives Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting Franz

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Making the Fig and Other Artistic Insults

An Eye for an Eye, a Fig for a Fig Even noble literary figures need to blow off steam. Shakespeare’s Capulets and Montagues deliver the shocking, duel-provoking insult of thumb-biting.  Only a duel could avenge such a slur on one’s honor.           Sampson: I will bite my thumb at them, which is disgrace to them if they bear it. Abram: Do you bite your thumb at us, Sir?’   Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Scene I.   Melee ensues.  Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy contains another impish affront,“Making the Fig.”  This slur involves thrusting out the thumb between the first and second fingers to express anger or disdain.  In Dante’s Inferno, Vanni Fucci, a thief convicted of stealing from the Church of San Zeno, “raises his hands, points in mockery, and cries, ‘Take them, God.’” (Canto XXV)

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To see or not to see in LA this weekend 4/18/08

Weekend Cultural Menu   Art: To see or not to see:   “The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present” Daily through June 23, 2008 Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa  The White House should not be white.  Greeks had fun with garish colors. Check it out.  Check Website for ticket availability: http://www.getty.edu/visit/  Music: To hear or not to hear Walt Disney Concert Hall Thibaudet Plays Grieg  Thursday April 17, 2008 8:00 P.M  Friday April 18, 2008 8:00 P.M  Saturday April 19, 2008 2:00 P.M Sunday April 20, 2008 2:00 P.M  111 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90012 323.850.2000  FEATURED ARTISTS: LA Philharmonic; Charles Dutoir, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano Program: Ravel, Mother Goose Suite; Grieg, Piano Concerto; Saint-Saens, Symphony No.3 “Organ.”   Books: To read or not to read Stravinksy’s The Poetics of Music Who makes the best companion to a concert? Igor Stravinsky! In

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Get Lost! (Lost in Battery Park, that is)

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                                                      Fritz Koenig’sThe Sphere           It is the stillness after the storm, a place for reflection on the violence that occurred nearby in lower Manhattan. It is what Mayor Michael Bloomberg called a symbol of the “power of art to heal.”             The Sphere, a globe sculpted by the German artist Fritz Koenig, is the only structure to survive and remain standing after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The 45,000-pound steel and brass work, its face dented, chipped, fragmented, scuffed and scratched, now rests in a quiet place in Battery Park, a short distance from Ground Zero.             More than survivor,

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Gen Art’s The New Garde: LA Fashion Week, March 2008

 Since 2003, Gen Art has given the opportunity to emerging fashion talent to display their work in high-profile group runway shows and fashion presentations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. Designers debuted by Gen Art include: Zac Posen, Rebecca Taylor, and Philip Lim for Development. Taking place during L.A’s Fashion Week, the New Garde sashayed at the Park Plaza Hotel,showcasing designers including Jessie Kamm, J. Mary, and Le Sang des Betes.  Upon Entering the Park Plaza, guests were greeted with a Singing in the Rain and Grecian Goddess motif. Three young gamines, encapsulated in clear white boxes and holding transparent umbrellas, smiled bravely while faux raindrops splashed upon their fetching bright blue dresses. They carried parasols labeled Botox, a cynical insinuation that a wrinkle-free complexion can keep rainy days at bay?      A few steps beyond, tall,

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Peripatetics: Jump into LA’s only cultural cab

For those in Los Angeles, Cultural Cocktail Hour can also serve as a menu to cultural events around the city. If you would like to entertain out of town guests or are looking for your own artistic adventure, consider this your Cultural Taxi (and yes, I will be covering New York as well!) Cultural Cocktail Los Angeles 1 Part Dudamel 2 Oz of The Getty Malibu 2 Teaspoons Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens And a Splash of BCAM Shaken, Not Stirred

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