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Woody Allen comes to LA Opera! (This weekend in LA)

Woody Allen to direct LA OPERA! “You know, funny to opera people is not funny to the Marx Brothers.”  “I figured, ‘Eh, I’ll be dead before it happens. I’m 72. I’m never going to make it to the opera.’” -Woody Allen, Village Voice, August 12, 2008. Although he incorporated opera music into his 2005 film Match Point, Gianni Schicchi marks Woody Allen’s foray into directing opera. Gianni Schicchi forms part of Puccini’s three-act “Il Trittico;” Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin will direct the other two acts, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s only black comedy, provides the perfect fodder for Woody Allen’s mischievous and magical touch. The libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, comes from a story in Dante’s Inferno and involves avarice, impersonations of the dead, and the quest for true love. Mr. Allen has expressed qualms about his debut, remarking

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Cultural Events Labor Day Weekend LA

Watch an Ancient Greek tragedy like the Ancient Greeks did, in an amphitheater under the evening stars.. Agamemnon (Preview) Fri. Aug. 29, 2008. 8 pm. The Barbara & Lawrence Fleischman Theater, Getty Villa, Malibu (Sold Out Saturday the 30th) Starring Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/agamemnon.html From the Getty site: “This open-air staging by acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth resurrects Aeschylus’ unsettling domestic drama of The House of Atreus, heard in a riveting translation by the late Robert Fagles. The victorious Agamemnon arrives home with his surviving troops after the bloody battle for Troy. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of the decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself. Tickets $38; $32 students/seniors. (Previews $15).”  This Side of Paradise:  Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs

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This Weekend in LA, August 22 and 23rd. Southwest Chamber Music

Friday August 22. 7:30 P.M Saturday August 23. 7:30 P.M Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René Heitor Villa-Lobos: Chôros No. 2 Samuel Barber: Summer Music Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 Leos Janacek: Mládi The Huntington.1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA 91108 http://www.swmusic.org/home/home.html

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La Scala Comes to Beverly Hills, Thursday August 21

A film of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Thursday August 21, 7:30 P.M Laemmle Music Hall. 9306 Wilshire Boulevard. Beverly Hills. 90211 310.274.6869. www.laemmle.com

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This Weekend in LA: Friday August 15. “Winds in the Garden.”

Winds in the Garden Friday, August 15: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. In the Norton Simon Sculpture Garden, oboist Myka Miller and flautist Salpy Kerkonian will perform works by Rodrigo, Fauré and Copland. Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

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Cultural Events LA this weekend: August 1-2

Angelenos, take a weekend getaway, and immerse yourselves in music! La Jolla Music Society Summer Fest from August 1-August 24, is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing 16 concerts. This cornucopia of musical treasures includes: jazz, dance, and works by Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky, Messiaen, and many more. For information about tickets, please visit the web site below.  http://www.ljcms.org/     Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare by the Sea                                   Saturday August 2. 7 P.M Bonita Canyon Sports Park. 1990 Ford Road. Newport Beach. “O excellent! I love long life better than figs.” Act I. Scene 2. For more information, visit: http://www.shakespearebythesea.org/     Pietro Germi Films at LACMA Two comedies by Italian director Pietro Germi. Fri. Aug 1st & Sat. Aug 2nd.  7:30 P.M Divorce Italian Style. 9:30 P.M Seduced and Abandoned http://www.lacma.org/programs/FilmListing.aspx#1206741948808

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This Weekend in LA: July 25 and 26

Baroque Treats for the Eye, Ear, and Soul Fri. July 25: 7:00 p.m.  Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.449.6840. In the Museum’s early-Renaissance gallery, the Harmonia Baroque Players will perform baroque chamber music in addition to medieval and Renaissance-era selections on period instruments. http://www.harmoniabaroque.org/ Harmonious music wafting among the paintings by Botticelli, Fra Angelico, and Bellini; what better way to soothe your senses and your soul?   Southwest Chamber Music Fri. July 25 & Sat. July 26. 7:30 p.m. The Huntington. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. 626.405.2100.  Inspired by the art collections and the new Chinese garden, the program includes works by Carl Friedrich Abel (whose portrait by Gainsborough hangs in the Huntington Art Gallery) and Joan Huang’s Impressions of Suzhou. For more information call 800.726.7147. Or visit: www.swmusic.org Program: C. F. Abel. Quartet for Flute and Strings. J.C

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Mozart Under the Stars: July 22 and July 23

Tuesday July 22 8:00 P.M Wednesday July 23 8:00 P.M Hollywood Bowl. 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90068. 323.850.2000 LA Philharmonic. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor. Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano. Orion Weiss, Piano. Mozart. Overture to La Clemenza Di Tito; “Ch’io mi scordi di te.”; Piano Concerto No 17. K. 453. “Exsultate Jubilate;” Symphony No. 38, K. 504. “Prague.” http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/performance_detail.cfm?id=3520

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This Weekend in LA: July 19

Shakespeare By the Sea presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream Puck, Oberon, Lysander, and company make mischief in the woods. The best scene is when Titiana wakes next to Nick Bottom, who has been transformed into a donkey, and Snout exclaims, “O Bottom, thou art translated.” Saturday July 19, 7pm Polliwog Park. 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  Free admission. Bring your own chairs or towels.  http://www.shakespearebythesea.org/

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: July 11- July 13

Southwest Chamber Music Friday July 11, Saturday July 12. 7:30 P.M Huntington Library  W. A. Mozart Divertimento in B flat major, K. 270  Serenade in C minor, K. 388 “Harmoniemusik” excerpts from “The Magic Flute” Call 800-726-7147 for availability http://www.swmusic.org/site/concerts/huntington_master.html  Shakespeare Festival LA Taming of the Shrew Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown LA July 9-13,  July 16-20 Show Starts at 8 P.M (Seating begins at 6:30) Box office (213) 975-9891 From the Festival Website: “The Taming of the Shrew fires on all cylinders with a… uniquely Los Angeles look at Shakespeare’s classic comedy.”  http://www.shakespearefestivalla.org/calendar.php     California Philharmonic Andrew Lloyd Weber Meets Puccini Sat July 12. 7:30 P.M. The Arboretum. Arcadia. Sun. July 13. 2:00 P.M  Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Selections from: Tosca, La Boheme, Phantom of the Opera & Evita. Box Office: 626.300.8200.  http://www.calphil.org/

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