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This weekend in LA: CCH Highlight- Zubin Mehta, Yefim Bronfman, and Brahms

  This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes  a splash of Zubin Mehta, a dash of Yefim Bronfman , and 2 Oz. of Brahms Enjoy! Former LA Phil director Zubin Mehta returns to conduct the music that started his tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 24: Brahms! Thurs. Dec 13th 8:00 P.M Brahms Symphony No. 1 Friday Dec 14th 8:00 P.M Brahms Symphony No. 1 Saturday Dec 15th 8:00 P.M Brahms Symphony No. 2 Sun Dec 16th 2:oo P.M Brahms Symphony No. 2 Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/ Zubin Mehta Toast at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Opening Night on December 6, 1964. Photo Credit: LA Philharmonic Archives

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This weekend in LA: Holiday Open House at the Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History Holiday Open House  Sunday 12/9 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  The perfect Cultural Cocktail of Music, Visual Treats, and a Family Craft in a Beaux-Arts style Pasadena Cultural Heritage landmark. Performances by the Ad Hoc Consort throughout the afternoon. The costumed musicians will perform on a variety period instruments including the Viola da braccio and the Oud, an early form of what became the Lute; and a 16th century German Serpent horn. In addition to the music the event will include: refreshments, a family craft, and a visit to the exhibition Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960. 470 W. Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91103 626.577.1660  All Photography from a prior Holiday Open House © 2018 Leticia Marie Sanchez                   Photo Below: Children’s Craft Station at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Holiday

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Autumnal Splendor in Southern California

  “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  – Albert Camus (at the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Huntington) All Photography  © 2018 Leticia Marie Sanchez                

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“Maria By Callas”- A MUST SEE FILM

 “Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words”- A MUST SEE FILM by Leticia Marie Sanchez Directed by Tom Volf, “Maria by Callas,” offers a sublime, moving portrait of a legendary opera singer using never-before-seen footage. The film dispels the notion that Callas reigned as a diva, revealing instead the grace, poise, and self-restraint she showed while perpetually facing intrusive harassment by the media. Through the film, one gains insight into the cruelty of the headlines towards the opera singer, who was called tempestuous, for instance, simply for having bronchitis. The world expected her to be beyond human, but the film revels in her humanity.  As Callas herself noted, those around her, including her ex-husband seemed drunk on the glory of being in her orbit; meanwhile the star, no matter how successful, continued to focus obsessively on her vocal craft. Even in

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Review: In the Raw: A fresh take on the Renaissance at the Getty Center- A Must See Exhibit

In the Raw: A Fresh take on the Renaissance at the Getty Center by Leticia Marie Sanchez The Renaissance Nude Oct 30, 2018- Jan 27, 2019 The exhibit on the Renaissance nude at the Getty does not pull any punches- it is authentic, raw, and illuminating. What makes it stand out is that idealization is not the name of the game. Instead, the exhibit gets to the heart of the matter. There are books on anatomy, studies from morgues, saints being tortured, bodies that are emaciated and infirm contrasting with ripe, seductive, athletic, forms. The lushness of a painting like Titian’s Venus Rising From the Sea is viewed within the context of the nude form in all its facets. Unlike other Renaissance exhibits which focus on iconography alone, the Getty exhibit explores what proves more fascinating, the intriguing world behind

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Making a Splash at Christie’s Beverly Hills- October 23-27 (Post War Contemporary Sale-Los Angeles Tour)

  by Leticia Marie Sanchez Art-loving Angelenos will have a chance to check out iconic Post-War paintings at Christie’s Beverly Hills this week! The works on view include David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) and Edward Hopper’s Chop Suey- which is no chopped liver,- it’s estimated to be worth about$ 70 million! According to Christie’s the Hockney’s painting is “poised to become the most valuable work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction.” Post War Contemporary Sale – Los Angeles Tour:  David Hockney (b. 1937), Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972. Acrylic on canvas. 84 x 120 in (213.5 x 305 cm). Estimate on request. Offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 15 November 2018 at Christie’s in New York © David Hockney       Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929). Oil on

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Beautiful Day at the Norton Simon Fall Family Festival

All Photography  © 2018 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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The Banksy Self-Destructing Art Mystery

The Banksy Self-Destructing Art Mystery by Leticia Marie Sanchez Last week in London, after being sold for 1.4 million dollars at auction, a Banksy painting self-destructed. Banksy’s “Girl with a Balloon” had just sold at Sotheby’s when a hidden shredder inside the painting began to slice and dice the work, to gasps from the auction crowd. Photo Credit: Sotheby’s After the stunt, Banksy posted a quote from Picasso on his Instagram account. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.” Sotheby’s Senior Director of Contemporary Art stated in a news released, “”It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” But many questions remain. Was Sotheby’s in on the stunt? Was the shredder operated remotely? How was Banksy able to get the perfect video of the stunt which he later posted on his Instagram? Some speculate that a curly-haired man at the auction videotaping

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Getty Villa Chefs and the Bacchae..

Chefs at the Getty Villa are already preparing the menu for the concessions available on the nights of the performances of Bacchae, opening September 6th. Treats include the edible butterfly on this chocolate tart. The pleasure-seeking Dionysus would certainly approve of this Cultural Cocktail for the senses!

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A FOR ART- Icons of Style- A Century of Fashion Photography- A MUST SEE at the Getty Center

A for Art ICONS OF STYLE: A CENTURY OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY- A MUST SEE AT THE GETTY CENTER By Leticia Marie Sanchez June 26–October 21, 2018 Icons of Style at the Getty is NOT-TO-BE MISSED for a myriad of reasons. Firstly, the presentation itself is visually compelling. Iconographic fashion photography surround dynamic costumes ranging from Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Madeleine Vionnet, Madame Grès, Issey Miyake, and Alexander McQueen. Secondly, and more importantly, this exhibit is the first of its kind. Photo Left: Sarah Moon, 1941, Sveta for Hussein Chalayan, 2000; Carbon print; 2011.52; 57.2 × 43.4 cm (22 1/2 × 17 1/16 in.) Copyright:© Sarah Moon Historically, museums have not actively collected fashion photography because the medium has been viewed as undeserving of the capital letter A for Art bestowed upon portraiture, landscape, and abstraction. Even within the genre of photography itself, fashion photography has often

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