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Cultural Cocktail Hour: Halloween in LA

CCH has two recommendations to celebrate this Halloween with an artistic twist! LA Philharmonic presents the Cat and Canary: a night of organ and film Oct 31. 8pm  For tickets, visit www.laphil.com/halloween   LACMA MUSE presents its Annual Costume Ball Oct 31 8pm  Preview LACMA’s exhibit on Stanley Kubrick. Performers include: Daedelus, Archimedes, and Astra Dance Company Prizes will be awarded for Best Stanley Kubrick Character, Best Masquerade Attire, and Best Halloween Costume.. For information on tickets, see http://www.lacma.org/kubrickball

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LA’s Top Picks

  LA’s Top Cultural picks A dash of Mozart and a literal blast from the past make the recipe for this week’s explosive Cultural Cocktail by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark The scent-sational Don Giovanni at LA Opera “I think I smell a woman,” Don Giovanni remarks in LA Opera’s hilarious interpretation of Mozart’s opera starring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as the infamous ladies man. The clean lines and simplicity of Ferdinand Wogerbauer’s set allows Mozart’s music to reign supreme. A simple crescent moon adorns the curtain. A coincidence? Methinks not. The moon, or luna can be seen as a visual metaphor for lunacy, and women lose their minds for the dashing Don Juan. Finnish Soprano Soile Isokoski’s sensitive interpretation of the long suffering noble Elvira adds a layer of pathos that makes her the perfect foil to

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Photo: Sunset at LA Opera, Opening Night of Don Giovanni, Sept 22

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L.A. Opera’s “The Two Foscari”- A Must-See Production

           What Lies Beneath:                          Probing the Shadows of Power in LA Opera’s I Due Foscari by               Leticia Marie Sanchez Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, rued Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Or, in the case of Giuseppe Verdi’s I Due Foscari, uneasy lies the head that wears the corno ducale, the gemmed, scarlet Doge-cap. This rarely produced opera about Venice’s fifteenth-century ruler, Doge Francesco Foscari (played eminently by Plácido Domingo), has not been seen in the United States in more than four decades. LA Opera’s interpretation of Verdi’s rare jewel is a Must-See production, due to not only the talent of its cast, but also to the cinematic, visually engaging direction by Thaddeus Strassberger and scenic designer Kevin Knight. Even before the opera begins, a screen

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ARIA: Ignite: LA Opera’s Season Opening Gala

ARIA: Ignite: LA Opera’s Season Opening Gala A Party So Hot…It Sizzled.. by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark As Marilyn Monroe would say, Some Like it Hot. ARIA’s Ignite Opening Gala was so hot that it sizzled. And I’m not just talking about the over 100 degree heat wave that just so happened to hit LA that night. Leave it to Plácido. When Maestro Domingo sings, the temperature rises. Literally. The gala’s Hot Factor also came from the vibrant red decor and striking images of sizzling fire all around LA Opera. Even Jacques Lipchitz’s sculpture took on a sexy red-hot hue for the Ignite party. The fire motif proved a clever allusion to the carnivalesque fire thrower in the dramatic last act of Verdi’s “The Two Foscari, ” an opera received with

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Cultural Cocktail Hour’s- Top 3 picks for August in LA

This month’s Cultural Cocktail Hour is 2 oz Audible Feast, 1 oz. Klimt, and a Splash of Zhenya Gershman. Shaken, Not Stirred.   Salastina Society Presents An Audible Feast August 12 5:30 P.M Downtown LA (Exact location will be shared exclusively with ticket buyers forty-eight hours prior to the event) Program: Ernst/Irish Traditional: The Last Rose of Summer for Two Violins; Piazzolla: Verano Porteño from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Gershwin: Summertime from Porgy and Bess; Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons For tickets and a link to the four-course menu, please visit: http://thelastroseofsummer.eventbrite.com/ Photo© Copyright Salastina Society Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line July 3- September 23 The Getty Center1200 Getty Center Drive.LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/     Gallerati Society: End of Summer Soirée Saturday Aug 18th 7:00-9:30 p.m. Brentwood In addition to meeting Rembrandt scholar Zhenya Gershman, guests will have

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Cultural Cocktail Hour and the European arts scene- will be away in Europe this May

  Cultural Cocktail Hour will be in Paris and Venice this month, reporting on the European arts scene. Please check back on this site in June for reviews and photography! In the meantime, please take the time to explore the different existing categories on Cultural Cocktail Hour, including my favorite, “Artistic Anecdotes” Happy Spring,  everyone! Leticia Marie Sanchez Editor-in-Chief Cultural Cocktail Hour p.s. this month is Opera Month in Los Angeles- please enjoy one of the many opera offerings (see below)            

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May is Opera Month in LA

May is Opera Month in Los Angeles From the traditional to the avant-garde The operas playing in Southern California include: LA Opera’s Herb Ross production of La Bohème opening May 12 starring Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez Conducted by Patrick Summers LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 For full schedule, please visit http://www.laopera.com The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the first part of the epic three-year Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy May 18 to 26 Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel Starring baritone Mariusz Kwiecien Costumes by Rodarte designers Kate & Laura Mulleavy Stage design by Walt Disney Concert Hall architect Frank Gehry. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000 www.LAPhil.com The Long Beach Opera presents West coast premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar with libretto by David Henry Hwang. May 19

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Cultural Picks- the best of ballet in LA this April

Mikhail Baryshnikov!  The choreographer from Black Swan! This week, LA gets a double-dose of ballet Enjoy this week’s Cultural Cocktail Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève April 13-15 Dorothy Chandler Pavillion North American premieres of Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la Rose as well as Amoveo, Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, former New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer of the award winning film Black Swan. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-0711 http://www.musiccenter.org   In Paris April 11-21 Adapted from Ivan Bunin Directed by Dmitry Krymov Performers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Anna Sinyakina with Maxim Maminov, Maria Gulik and ensemble. The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. 1310 11th Street  Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 434-3200 http://thebroadstage.com/

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Cultural Picks LA: April 7-8

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style April 3-Aug 26 Getty Center. West Pavillion 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/       Cellist John Walz & Pianist Robert Thies—Free Concert Sun, April 8th 6 pm Brahms: Sonata in F major; Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano. Bing Theater. No reservations needed. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 323 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org        

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