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Strolling through a Sea of Picassos; “States of Mind”- A Must See Exhibit at the Norton Simon

Review: “States of Mind” at the Norton Simon October 14, 2016- February 13, 2017  By Leticia Marie Sanchez The act of artistic creation is often a mystifying process, in which a mysterious alchemy of genius, inspiration, and hours of labor combine to form the masterpieces that we see hanging on museum walls today. Although we may be connoisseurs and consumers of output, it is rare to have an opportunity to view the artistic process firsthand. Strolling through a sea of Picassos at the Norton Simon one is struck by the ability to have a window into an artist’s thoughts and vision. Unlike oil paint, which covers the artist’s work, the flexible medium of lithography allows one, as explained by Picasso himself, to “show the picture underneath the picture.” The insightfully curated exhibit of 86 prints juxtaposes various states of a

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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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Autumn in Los Angeles

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”– George Eliot, 1841 All photography ©2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez  

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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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Music for the Soul..

Spectacular performance tonight at the Ambassador Auditorium by the Colburn Orchestra: the jazzy notes of Ravel, the stirring strings of Wagner & the passion of Shostakovich  A very soulful Cultural Cocktail indeed!  

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This week’s Top Pick: A peek into the Orchestra Pit

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe double includes: a double shot of Mozart, a chaser of Chausson, and a dose of Dohnanyi.  PITTANCE CHAMBER MUSIC First concert of their 2016/17 inaugural season Sunday, October 9th  3 p.m. Featuring: Members of the L.A. Opera Orchestra: Roberto Cani, Violin;  Jessica Guideri, Violin Ana Landauer, Violin;  Yi Zhou, Viola; John Walz, Cello; Rowena Hammill, Cello; Stuart Clark, Clarinet;  Steven Becknell, French Horn; Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artist Summer Hassan, Soprano; Paul Floyd, Piano MOZART: Clarinet Quintet; MOZART: aria “L’amero saro costante;” CHAUSSON: Chanson Perpetuellel DOHNANYI: Sextet Op. 37 Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
135 North Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012 For more information on tickets, please visit: http://pittancechambermusic.org Photo Credit: Brenden-John Photography From the Pittance Chamber Music Website: “A Pittance/ Denizens of underworld/A cavern for a stage/Invisible to all but those Who peer into the

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Review: Bacchanalia at the Getty Villa: A Haunted House Party

Bacchanalia at the Getty Villa by Leticia Marie Sanchez Roman party god Bacchus would look down fondly at the revelry taking place this fall at the Getty Villa Theater. Wine, women, and song abound. Director Matt Walker and his engaging Troubador Theater Company have adapted the work of Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus, refreshing lines from 200 B.C. with contemporary, hilarious zingers. The age-old story involves a prodigal son, Philolaches, partying like a rock star while his unsuspecting father, Theopropiedes, travels abroad. Aptly entitled “The Haunted House Party,” the ambiance of the adaptation feels like a ninety-minute zany house party with characters rapping, breaking into dance routines, and even calling out late audience members. As Matt Walker declared to the audience, “there is no fourth wall.” The strength of this production lies in the talented cast, spontaneous ad libs, audience

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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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