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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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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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