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December TOP PICK: LA Dance Project December 9th and 10th

A splash of  art+ 2 shots of music+ a pas de bourrée of ballet= a TOP PICK! The choreography of Benjamin Millepied+ piano etudes of Philip Glass, + a live performance by Rufus Wainwright+ the art of Mark Bradford =the recipe for a scintillating CULTURAL COCKTAIL!  L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA December 9 and 10th 8 p.m. Choreography by: Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and Roy Assaf;  Special Musical Performance by: Rufus Wainwright; Art by  Mark Bradford; Featured Dancers- Janie Taylor with Benjamin Millepied, Carla Korbes with Batkhurel Bold L.A. Dance Project Company Artists Ticket Information: http://www.acehotel.com/LADP For a past Cultural Cocktail Hour review on the innovative LA Dance Project, please read: http://culturalcocktailhour.com/review-step-inside-a-vibrant-framework-l-a-dance-project-at-moca-a-must-see-production/3943/

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Behind every cloud is a silver lining…Nimbus at Walt Disney Concert Hall

All photography ©2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez CCH designates NIMBUS as a must-see, must-hear! Art Installation + Accompanying Music= Purely Celestial From LA Phil website: “Fallen Rising Text from the Tenth Elegy of Rilke’s Duino Elegies Translated by Yuval Sharon And we And we who always Always think of happiness rising Rising and we who always think of happiness rising We will be Will be over whelmed by the emotion Emotion of a happy thing falling Falling Falling Rising Fall”

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Another blissful day imbibing art and nature in LA

All photography ©2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez The pale pink flower bed is “Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Pink Cloud’” Sun-drenched stroll at the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens

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Badabing Badaboom: Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Mafia den

Badabing Badaboom  Two Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in home of Naples Mafia boss by Leticia Marie Sanchez Two Vincent Van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam fourteen years ago have been recovered in the house of a mafia lord at Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples. The two paintings, Seafront at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in 2002 by thieves who climbed to the roof of the museum using a ladder and then absconded by means of a rope. One of the agile art thieves earned the alias “The Monkey,” and the FBI Art Crime Team listed the brazen heist as one of the Top 10 Art Crimes. What is murky is how the stolen Van Gogh paintings made their way from the hands of the original Dutch

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Flying Horses and Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals.

By Leticia Marie Sanchez  An Ounce of Carousel animals, a Splash of Crafts, and a Dash of Croquet= a Magical Summer Cultural Cocktail! Art is not simply a work hanging on a gallery wall. It can be a conversation, a recreation, or even a party. CCH had the pleasure of attending the last day of Flying Horses and Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals. This exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History was curated by local conservator and collector Lourinda Bray. On Carousel Family Day on August 28th, the museum treated guests to dazzling creatures, ice cream sundaes, and a craft room where children and their parents created colorful bejeweled carousel animals, inspired by the creatures in the exhibit. To top it off, guests played croquet in the summer sun. Now that’s a Cultural Cocktail (kid-tested, mother approved) worth imbibing!

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Invisible Chess Players

In the Sculpture Garden of the Norton Simon Museum during “Checkmate” August 27, 2016 All Photography© 2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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This week’s Top Pick: Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach

Painting +Music+ Dance + History= An entertaining Cultural Cocktail Top Pick! All Photography© 2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Ticket to Nirvana- Buddhist Replica Caves at the Getty Center

By Leticia Marie Sanchez Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road Exhibit Closes on September 4, 2016 Stepping into one of the Buddhist Replica Caves at the Getty Center- away from the never-ending traffic, unrelenting tragedy in the news, and ceaseless summer political diatribes- feels like a welcome taste of Nirvana.                   Ommmmmmm. Standing inside one of these exquisitely crafted jewel boxes, one can almost levitate- at least mentally- with the flights of fancy inspired by visions of colorful mountains, praying bodhisattvas, and winged spiritual beings that grace the ceiling. The Getty’s Julia Grimes provided enlightening details about the replica caves, modeled after caves on China’s Silk Road, some dating back to the 4th century. Grimes explained that at the time the caves were first designed, Buddhism was a

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In the news: Flooding near the Louvre

  Photo outside Louvre Copyright© 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Venice de Milo surrounded by storage boxes. Twenty feet of water rising from the Seine. Due to the past week’s flooding in Paris, curators moved many of the Louvre’s antiquities to safety. According to the New York Times, “Some 150,000 artworks in storage rooms, and an additional 7,000 pieces in galleries, were deemed vulnerable to flooding, and many of them were moved to higher floors starting on Thursday evening.”  For the full scoop, see the NY TIMES article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/world/europe/eerily-empty-louvre-what-its-like-when-floods-keep-tourists-away.html?_r=0

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Wise Men and Women: Pablo Picasso

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.    The purpose of life is to give it away.”            -Pablo Picasso- Photo Credit: André Villers La Guerre et la Paix Chapel of Vallauris Castle 1953 

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