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In the News: Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

You heard it here first! News reports suggest that Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated next week (Aug 17) for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 69-year old Barenboim helped to found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999,  which is composed of international musicians including: Israelis, Arabs, and Iranians. This week, before his orchestra performed in South Korea, Barenboim said, “Music cannot solve conflicts,  but music has the ability to make people interested and passionate about the same thing,”  For the full story, please see: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwKlHCm2ufOtt6Tvosjpez941X4Q?docId=CNG.395bec0157ae53758ac65c87b4cf6e70.211

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In the news: in honor of artist’s Alexander Calder- a Google doodle

In honor of the birthday mobile sculptor inventor, Alexander Calder, play with a Calder-like mobile. The moving mobile will appear on Google search today Friday July 22. The left side of the interactive mobile reminds me of a hungry plant from the Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed Me!” Before becoming an artist, Mr. Calder studied engineering. According to the Calder Foundation, one of the most profound experiences in Mr. Calder’s life occurred when he was working as a fireman on a Ship’s Boiler Room. When he awoke one day (on a ship heading from New York to San Francisco) he saw both a radiant sunrise and a resplendent full moon. At that moment the ship lay off the coast of Guatemala, and Calder could see each striking vista on opposite horizons. What an incredible sight that must have been…

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4-Oh-5 Things to do during Carmageddon weekend

Angelenos Do not fear.   The end of days is not near. A CULTURAL COCKTAIL is the antidote to mass hysteria  Here are ways to spend your weekend away from the 405 (yes, the Getty Brentwood is closed) 5.  Check out Vermeer at the Norton Simon on loan from the Metropolitan Museum http://www.nortonsimon.org/ 4.  Relax in the gardens at the Old Mill to the strains of the Cal Philharmonic http://www.calphil.org/concerts/more-concerts-events/old-mill/ 3. See some tranquil Pre-Raphaelite ladies at the Huntington http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9450 2. Watch ballerinas dance to Shostakovich at the Music Center. http://www.musiccenter.org/ 1. Breathe.

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In the News: San Francisco art heist: “The Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief”

Who: Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief What: Steals Picasso 1962 sketch ““Tête de femme,” valued at $275,000 before heading to party in Napa Where: San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery at Geary and Powell Streets When: Tuesday the 5th of July The man calmly removed the sketch from the wall of the gallery, wrapped it newspaper, and then walked out into the crowds at Union Square. The brazen Picasso pilferer then hopped into a taxi, carefree as a lark, to join friends at a party in Napa, before being caught by police, who had caught his image from a security camera at a restaurant near the gallery. For more on the story, please read: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/MNC41K7JHQ.DTL

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In the News: Vitamin D deficiency may have contributed to Mozart’s death

According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter. According to the authors of the study, “Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year. Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.” The researchers include: D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria For the

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In the News: Museum of Mathematics to open in Manhattan on East 26th Street

Now here is a real PLUS for the museum world! Glen Whitney, a former Math Professor and algorithm manager at a quantitative hedge fund, has created the only current Museum of Mathematics in the US. The museum will open next year at 11 East 26th Street and will feature colorful, dynamic exhibits (like the one above which explores the interplay between math and music). For the full story please read:  at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/science/28math.html?src=me&ref=general For a link to the museum, please visit: http://momath.org/

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In the News: Baroque Harpists booted out of Central Park

Authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded the soothing harp a “public disturbance” while mega rock concerts can go on, undisturbed. For the full article, please read the link below: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110612/lf_afp/lifestyleusmusicsocietynewyork_20110612051411

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Free Mondays at MOCA- courtesy of Banksy- June 13-Aug 8- Geffen Contemporary

MOCA ANNOUNCES ART IN THE STREETS FREE MONDAYS AT MOCA COURTESY OF BANKSY June 13–August 8, 2011 Los Angeles-The Museum of Contemporary Art announced today that British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of Art in the Streets.    

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In the News: Are cultured men happier and healthier?

Cultural Cocktail fans– Another reason to stroll through a museum, listen to some jazz, or attend a theatrical production filled with witty barbs. It’s good for your health!! Koenraad Cuypers of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Cuypers researched the activities, life satisfaction, perceived health, anxiety and depression of 50,797 adults living in Norway’s Nord-Trondelag County.Controlling for variables like income and education, the researchers discovered that cultural participation leads to positive physical and mental well-being. Although the article focuses on men, I would argue that the same benefit applies to women! For more information, please read: http://www.livescience.com/14283-culture-men-happy-healthy.html

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In the news: Is Classical Music relevant to today’s youth?

Last week, the prestigious Cambridge Union Debating Society at Cambridge University held a debate concerning the relevance of classical music to today’s youth. BBC Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out debated comedian and writer Stephen Fry. The idea that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth was defeated by 365 votes to 57 (with 88 abstentions) For a full report of classical music’s victory, please read: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education-and-Training/Universities/No-sell-out-as-Fry-wins-classical-music-debate-13052011.htm The Cambridge Union will be posting a video of the debate in about two weeks. As soon as it becomes available, the link will be posted on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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