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This Weekend in LA: July 25 and 26

Baroque Treats for the Eye, Ear, and Soul Fri. July 25: 7:00 p.m.  Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.449.6840. In the Museum’s early-Renaissance gallery, the Harmonia Baroque Players will perform baroque chamber music in addition to medieval and Renaissance-era selections on period instruments. http://www.harmoniabaroque.org/ Harmonious music wafting among the paintings by Botticelli, Fra Angelico, and Bellini; what better way to soothe your senses and your soul?   Southwest Chamber Music Fri. July 25 & Sat. July 26. 7:30 p.m. The Huntington. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. 626.405.2100.  Inspired by the art collections and the new Chinese garden, the program includes works by Carl Friedrich Abel (whose portrait by Gainsborough hangs in the Huntington Art Gallery) and Joan Huang’s Impressions of Suzhou. For more information call 800.726.7147. Or visit: www.swmusic.org Program: C. F. Abel. Quartet for Flute and Strings. J.C

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Mozart Under the Stars: July 22 and July 23

Tuesday July 22 8:00 P.M Wednesday July 23 8:00 P.M Hollywood Bowl. 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90068. 323.850.2000 LA Philharmonic. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor. Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano. Orion Weiss, Piano. Mozart. Overture to La Clemenza Di Tito; “Ch’io mi scordi di te.”; Piano Concerto No 17. K. 453. “Exsultate Jubilate;” Symphony No. 38, K. 504. “Prague.” http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/performance_detail.cfm?id=3520

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This Weekend in LA: July 19

Shakespeare By the Sea presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream Puck, Oberon, Lysander, and company make mischief in the woods. The best scene is when Titiana wakes next to Nick Bottom, who has been transformed into a donkey, and Snout exclaims, “O Bottom, thou art translated.” Saturday July 19, 7pm Polliwog Park. 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  Free admission. Bring your own chairs or towels.  http://www.shakespearebythesea.org/

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: July 11- July 13

Southwest Chamber Music Friday July 11, Saturday July 12. 7:30 P.M Huntington Library  W. A. Mozart Divertimento in B flat major, K. 270  Serenade in C minor, K. 388 “Harmoniemusik” excerpts from “The Magic Flute” Call 800-726-7147 for availability http://www.swmusic.org/site/concerts/huntington_master.html  Shakespeare Festival LA Taming of the Shrew Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown LA July 9-13,  July 16-20 Show Starts at 8 P.M (Seating begins at 6:30) Box office (213) 975-9891 From the Festival Website: “The Taming of the Shrew fires on all cylinders with a… uniquely Los Angeles look at Shakespeare’s classic comedy.”  http://www.shakespearefestivalla.org/calendar.php     California Philharmonic Andrew Lloyd Weber Meets Puccini Sat July 12. 7:30 P.M. The Arboretum. Arcadia. Sun. July 13. 2:00 P.M  Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Selections from: Tosca, La Boheme, Phantom of the Opera & Evita. Box Office: 626.300.8200.  http://www.calphil.org/

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Cultural Cocktails: Fourth of July in LA

LACMA Friday July 4th 3:00 PM TOUR: America’s Artistic Heritage  6:00 MUSIC PROGRAM: Friday Night Jazz- Rickey Woodard Sextet LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036.(323) 857. 6000 http://www.lacma.org/events/Calendar.aspx   Museums open on the Fourth include: LACMA and Norton Simon Museum of Art. Museums closed on the Fourth include: Getty Center Brentwood, Getty Villa Malibu, Autry National Center  LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl: Celebration of the Dodgers’ 50th Anniversary in LA Fri. July 4. 7:30 P.M Program includes: classic baseball tunes, appearances by Dodger legends, and a magnificent fireworks show. Rob Fisher, Conductor. Randy Newman, special Guest. Brian Childers, Vocalist. Hollywood Bowl: 2301 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA.  http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/performance_detail.cfm?id=3505  

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This Weekend in LA, June 28th

Harvard Glee Club | 150th Anniversary Tour Sat. June 28. 8 p.m.  Walt Disney Concert Hall  Concert Tickets: $49 – $19  Purchase tickets Online: www.harvard-la.org          The New Ivy Chamber Ensemble & ”Intermezzo” June 29, 2008, 3:00 P.M. Rancho Boca de Santa Monica. 565 Dryad Road. Santa Monica, CA. Inaugural concert by the New Ivy Chamber Ensemble playing selections by Vivaldi, Eccles, Pachelbel, Bach, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Provost. Reception and movie screening will follow the music. The film is “Intermezzo” with Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard. Tickets are $40 each.

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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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