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Must-See Performance: “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” at the Getty Villa

Greek Tragedy in the city of Angels By Leticia Marie Sanchez     Intense. Riveting. Pulsing with life from beginning to end. During a time when the heartbreaking plight of fleeing refugees has garnered global headlines, the struggles of Medea and her family could not feel more timely. Playwright Luis Alfaro has successfully adapted Euripides’ Greek tragedy with “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.” Now playing at the Getty Villa, the classic work is set among Mexican immigrants in contemporary Boyle Heights. Together with Director Jessica Kubzansky, Alfaro has created a play that is unnerving and powerful. The desperation of his characters is palpable. During the scene when the family emigrates to the United States, violence and atrocities are committed against them. Watching the characters onstage, caged like animals during their journey, we squirm. We want to look away. But

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Top Pick: “Revolution of the Palette” at the Norton Simon Museum

  A Touch of the Blues By Leticia Marie Sanchez This week two complementary exhibitions opened at the Norton Simon Museum of Art: Fragonard’s Enterprise: the Artist and the Literature of Travel and the Revolution of the Palette. Although both exhibitions proved stunning (and sublimely curated) this review will focus on the Revolution of the Palette, an exhibition that reveals the power of color, specifically the color blue. This vivid exhibition sheds light on the nuances of different shades of blue paint, providing insight about their historical origins. Did you know that ultramarine was derived from Lapis Lazuli, a rare semiprecious gemstone mined almost exclusively in Afghanistan in the 6th century and imported to Europe through Venice? The expensive true blue ultramarine can be viewed in the sumptuous cloth in Paul Liégeois’ Still Life, Mid 17th Century. Paul Liegeois French,

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CCH Review- “The Hollywoodland Murder” at the Next Door Lounge

By Leticia Marie Sanchez This week’s feature may seem a bit off the beaten path for the Vivaldi-loving readers of Cultural Cocktail Hour. Warning: if you’re expecting  a white-gloved, chamomile-tea sipping Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express, you’re in for a huge surprise. Instead, the boisterous atmosphere feels like Sherlock and Watson at a local pub, laughing uproariously with their comrades as a hapless victim gets assassinated during a game of darts. Held at Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge, “The Hollywoodland Murder” re-creates a movie premiere about a dark subject matter: the Black Dahlia murder. This dinner party proves raucous and racy. The highlight of the production is undoubtedly the talented cast of actors. Witty, engaging, and hilarious, their sense of spontaneity steals the show. Zingers fly in this performance, both between the actors themselves and in their interaction with

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CCH Top Picks June 7th

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a dash of Degas, an infusion of artists in their natural habitats, & a smooth stirring of secret walks in LA Enjoy! Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/     Venice Artblock Open Studios  June 7th 11-6pm Visit 60 Open Artist Studios: Free & Open to the Public. For info, see the website of artist Melissa Herrington http://www.melissaherrington.com/ as well as http://www.veniceartblock.com/       Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming. Santa Monica Press. CCH has selected this non-fiction guide as a delightful weekend companion for exploring our city; this guidebook not only presents innovative walks in LA but also describes the colorful characters behind the landmarks: controversial Water Engineer William Mulholland, convicted murderer

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A dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015

  A Dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015 by Leticia Marie Sanchez The launch party for British Polo Day USA 2015, held at the rooftop of the London Hotel brought a dose of Britain to the city of angels. Naturally, one of the 10 cities in the global British Polo Day series is Los Angeles, the film capital of the world, as the event itself is cinematic, with exotic landscapes and adventurous protagonists. This exciting series encompasses matches across the globe at destinations including Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Mexico. In Morocco, the terracotta hued sand of Marrakech billows like swirls of desert smoke while a caravan of vehicles heads to the polo match, the majestic Atlas Mountains looming in the background. A colorful host of global luminaries inhabit these real-life sets, from royal families and dashing

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End of May Highlights: Cultural Cocktail Hour Top Picks

  The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a flask of Flamenco, a pinch of Polo, & a splash of Strauss! Enjoy! Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez performed by classical guitarist Angel Romero MAY 21-24; Thu-Fri, May 21-22 8:00pm; Sat-Sun, May 23-24 2:00pm; Program also includes Manuel de Falla, El Amor Brujo; Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Company; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.laphil.com British Polo Day Saturday May 30th; Noon Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor will be hosting a day of Polo and Philanthropy in Los Angeles; including matches between Eton, Oxbridge, and the Southern California Polo Club and Harrow and the Will Rogers Polo Club. Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 For invitations, please send an email to info@britishpoloday.com For additional info go to www.britishpoloday.com Capitol Ensemble Sunday, May 31st; 6

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This week in LA: May 1-8

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a blast of Beethoven, a mixture of Masterpieces, and a blend of Baroque! Enjoy!   Beethoven and Strauss Fri May 1 8pm; Sat May 2 8:00 pm; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/   LACMA 50 for 50 Opened April 26 Works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, & Andy Warhol.  5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org/     Baroque Conversations Thursday, May 7th 7 pm Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Zipper Hall.  The Colburn School. 200 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 Program: HAYDN; KOHAUT, & VIVALDI.  www.laco.org.

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This weekend in LA: April 24-26

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a dose of Duveen, a burst of Baroque, and a touch of Turner! Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon’s Purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery Closing April 27 Norton Simon. 411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/   Bust Portrait of a Courtesan, c. 1509 Giorgione     Vespers of 1610 Friday, April 24  8pm English Baroque Soloists;The Monteverdi Choir; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor; Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 600 Town Center Drive. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. (714) 556.ARTS. Monteverdi by Bernardo Strozzi, c.1630   J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free Through May 24 Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/     Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, exhibited 1835, J. M. W. Turner

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“Shakespeare in the Gardens” at the Huntington

  This weekend, Cultural Cocktail Hour indulged in a scrumptious cultural recipe: 1 Part Gardens+ 3 Parts Shakespeare+ 2 Parts Wind Instruments Merrie Olde England found its way to Los Angeles at the Huntington Gardens. Museum-goers wearing floral crowns frolicked amongst thespians who enacted scenes from the Bard. Under the refreshing shade of the Loggia, the Chamber Music ensemble Ceora Winds performed Shakespearean-inspired music, including Felix Mendelssohn’s ethereal “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  As the winds played, an April breeze wafted through the trees  in blissful harmony. Leaving the grounds, Cultural Cocktail Hour spied a golf cart amusingly named “Pinkie”after Thomas Gainsborough’s painting in the Huntington Gallery. This playful little chariot looked like it had been left there by the mischievous Puck himself! Photos © 2015 by  Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Backstage at LA Opera’s “Billy Budd”

Cultural Cocktail Hour’s Editor-in-Chief Leticia Marie Sanchez had the opportunity to go backstage on the set of Benjamin Britten’s seafaring opera Billy Budd which opens at LA Opera on February 22nd. Backstage at Billy Budd: 3 Fun Facts 1. Water and Britten Conductor James Conlon explained, “Water is an enormous element in Britten’s music.” Born in the fishing port of Lowestoft, England, Britten was influenced by his childhood panorama; as an adult, he set many of his operas in locales surrounded by water. For instance, Peter Grimes takes place in a fishing village.Death in Venice takes place in the Italian city of canals, while Billy Budd takes place on a battleship, the HMS Indomitable. 2. The Odyssey of the Set The set that you will see braved London storms, the Panama Canal, New York tempests- and (whew!) made it to Los Angeles

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