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In the news: Art detectives possibly discover lost mural by…Leonardo Da Vinci?

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Leticia Marie Sanchez

Art researchers in Florence claim to have found a strong clue that a mural entitled The Battle of Anghiari by  Leonardo Da Vinci lies hidden in a wall of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Art detectives, led by Maurizio Seracini, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, drilled tiny holes in a fresco by Giorgio Vasari which lies on top of what they believe is a work by Da Vinci.

Clue #1: Black Pigment

Using miniature cameras and tiny endoscopic probes, the team has found the proof that they believe links the work to Leonardo: black pigment which matches the exact paint used in Da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa.

Clue #2: Mysterious Message

Researchers point to another clue, a message painted on the Vasari work, which lies on top: Cerca Trova,” or “Seek and you shall find.

Is this a hoax?

Critics of the project accuse the researchers of trying to stir up some “Da Vinci Code” publicity. 

Florence’s Mayor says, “Carry on, Detectives!”

However, the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has declared. “We need the courage to push on and resolve this mystery.” 

What do you think, my fellow Sherlocks?

For the full story, please read:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/mar/12/art-historians-hidden-leonardo-da-vinci?CMP=twt_gu

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Art world crime: In the news: Joshua Bell impersonator robs hotel room of celebrity violinist

Art World Crime:

Joshua Bell Impersonator robs hotel room of world-famous Violinist

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Leticia Marie Sanchez

HELLO. MY NAME IS JOSHUA BELL.

CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A VIOLIN?

OR A ROLEX? THANKS.

So while Joshua Bell is performing the Brahms Concerto with the London Philharmonic in Zaragoza, Spain, a man goes to the front desk of his hotel claiming to be the world-famous violinist.

The Hotel clerk does not bother checking the guy’s ID. (Ever try Google Image, buddy?)

The hotel hands over the key to Joshua Bell’s room to a man off the street while poor Bell fiddles his heart out on stage.

The thief no doubt could not wait to get his sticky fingers on Bell’s 1713 Stradivarius, worth about 4 million dollars. But, unlike the thief, Bell was actually working that night and had his trusty Stradivarius with him.

Instead of leaving the room, the thief decides to indulge in a hot, steamy shower in Bell’s room. I suppose that once he saw that the hotel bathroom was stocked with lavender-scented mini soaps, he may as well try to get some aromatherapy out of it. 

You would think that sudsing up in the shower of the Musical Director of St. Martin’s in the Fields would be enough. But instead, the thief wrapped a towel around his waist, called the front desk, and asked them to help him open the safe. Who needs a Rat Pack of code-breaking accomplices when you can outsource all your safe-cracking needs to the dimwits in hotel security?

The whiz kids in the hotel security team proceeded to assist the half-naked thief in his quest to crack the safe of the high-profile celebrity whose safe they were hired to protect. They never once checked his ID. 

Okay, so to board a plane from Duquesne to Hibbert’s Gore you need to show a driver’s license, lose the overpriced sunblock, and your Red Velvet Cupcake, but to access the private safe of one of the world’s most famous violinists, all you need to do is ask. Duly noted.

 After his refreshing shower, the thief made off with Joshua Bell’s laptop, cash, and a $38,000 watch.

No word yet if the thief stole any Sangría or Croquetes de Jamon from the mini-fridge.                                                                                                 For the news story, please see:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/03/grammy-winning-violinist-joshua-bell-burglarized-in-spain-.html

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Cultural Events LA weekend of March 10

 

LA. Theatre Works & The James Bridges Theater present a National Theatre Live broadcast

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors HD film Screening at UCLA

Sun.March 11, 4 pm

Stand up-comedian Lenny Henry stars as Antipholus of Syracuse.
James Bridges Theater. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television 235 Charles E. Young Dr. LA, CA 90095. For information on purchasing tickets, please call 310-827-0889 or visit

http://www.latw.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Pianist Abbey Simon performs at LACMA- free concert

Sun.March 11, 6 pm

Mozart: Sonata in A major, K. 331, Liszt: 3 Petrarch Sonnets, Chopin: Impromptus I-III.

No reservations needed. Bing Theater.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 tel 323 857-6000

http://www.lacma.org

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In the news: Levitated Mass “Rock star” begins its journey to LACMA

 

What weighs 340 tons and is the largest rock formation to be moved from two points since the Egyptian pyramid?

No, this is not a leap year prank!

Artist Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” is making a 105-mile journey to LACMA.

LACMA is even providing a mapped route of the massive boulder’s journey for Angelenos who wish to observe the rock as it travels to its new home at the museum.

http://lacma.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/levitated-mass-transport-a-gawkers-guide/

Will this very unusual “Rock Star” garner fans? Only time will tell…

For the full story, please read:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/levitated-mass-move-lacma_n_1308613.htm

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Video: Plácido Domingo makes a cameo appearance on Cultural Cocktail Hour

Cultural Cocktail Hour was thrilled to speak for a minute with Plácido Domingo!

Despite being swarmed on the dance floor by photographers & enthusiastic fans who dreamed of getting their picture taking with the Maestro, Mr. Domingo  graciously stopped by to talk to Cultural Cocktail Hour about the meaning of his name.

The majority of the 3-minute video provides a history of the LA Music Center and the accomplisments of Mr. Domingo.

Enjoy! Leticia Marie SanchezFounder and Editor-in-Chief

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Cultural Events LA: March 2, 3, 4


Heras-Casado conducts Strauss at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Fri, Mar 2 8:00PM; Sat., Mar 3 2:00PM; Sun, Mar 4, 2:00PM
Los Angeles Philharmonic. Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor; Martin Chalifour, violin. Beethoven: Egmont Overture (Except Friday). Matheson: Violin Concerto (West Coast premiere; LA Phil commission) Strauss: Ein HeldenlebenWalt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000

http://www.laphil.com/

 

Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200–1350

February 28–May 13
Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300

http://www.getty.edu/

 

 

Capitol Ensemble at LACMA- Free
Sun, Mar 4th 6 pm
Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Opus 20, No.4;  Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804, Rosamunde.
Bing Theater. No reservations
Stream Sundays Live. LACMA905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

http://www.lacma.org

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Roman Emperor Caligula loved horsing around…

Salvador Dali- Caligula


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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Leticia Marie Sanchez

Salvador Dalí s painting, “Le Cheval de Caligula” depicts Incitatus, pampered pony of blood-thirsty Roman emperor Caligula.

The often-violent Caligula became so enraptured with his stallion that he giddily showered him with 18 servants, a marble stable, an ivory manger, rich red robes, and a bejeweled collar. Caligula even made sure that his horse had a lil’ wifey and presented him with the alluring mare Penelope as a bride. The neurotic emperor demanded that everyone bow down to his horse as a god.

No Mueslix or chewy carrots for this horsey. According to Roman historian Suetonius, Caligula’s horse snacked on oats mixed with flex of gold, naturally, and sipped the finest wine from golden goblets. Dignitaries must have clenched their teeth politely when Caligula required that they all sit at the dinner table with the guest of honor, the horse.  But, how could anyone say no? The punishment for daring to disrupt the horse’s beauty sleep before a big race was pain of death. Gulp.

Caligula longed to appoint his beloved horse to the prestigious position of Consul. To be fair, Incitatus was probably no better or worse than some of today’s politicians.

Le Cheval de Caligula (ca. 1971) by Salvador Dalí

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Magnificat by Moonlight…

Cultural Photography © 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

The Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena,basking in moonlight

after a performance of Bach’s Magnificat by LA Chamber Orchestra Feb 25th

 

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Cultural Events LA- Feb 25th

Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring 

Opening Night Sat Feb 25th 7:30 p.m

LA Opera.

135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001

http://www.laopera.com/

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s BACH’S MAGNIFICAT “Discover” Concert

led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane

Saturday, Feb 25, 8 pm

Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105

Tickets available online at laco.org, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157

 

Year of the Chimera 7.0 exhibit 

Glass Garage Gallery Fine Art Gallery. 414 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90048

For more information on the exhibit please call 310-659-5228 or e-mail: info@glassgaragegallery.com

“The Doe Marriage” Copyright © Margo Selski & Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery. All rights reserved.

http://www.glassgaragegallery.com/

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President’s Weekend Cultural Cocktail

LACMA is Free President’s Day

Mon- Feb 20- 12pm

Live music from 12:30-2:45

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. Free, general admission ticket required | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.

http://www.lacma.org

Photo © Leticia Marie Sanchez

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