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Cultural Cocktail Hour- Santa Ana Winds

                                             By Leticia Marie Sanchez

On Wednesday evening, vengeful howls whipped through the night air.  The city of angels was collectively roused by devilish wails. Tall oaks tumbled into swimming pools. One tree split a shiny silver Mercedes on Huntington Drive in twain. A Pasadena Shell Station crumpled like an accordion. Like cats in heat, the winds shrieked all night, hell-bent until they had achieved satisfaction. They were not gratified until trees blocked roads, the elderly shivered without warmth, and residents time traveled to a a medieval darkness, subsisting on candlelight.

 

 

 

 

Photo Left: Crushed Gas Station, KTLA

Photo Right: LA Times, Mark Boster

The name of these destructive winds, the Santa Anas, may, in fact, derive from Spanish settlers who called the winds Los Vientos de Satánas,  the winds of Satan himself. Allegedly, an Associated Press dispatcher in 1901 mistakenly entered the two-word name of an Orange County city to refer to the Devil’s Breath.

Raymond Chandler and Joan Didion have memorialized the Santa Ana’s proclivity to unsettle. Arborists now explain that Southern California trees are less rooted than their East Coast counterparts, hence their toppling. Apparently, many Los Angeles trees do not receive enough water to endure a battering like the one they received on Wednesday night. Perhaps the rootless trees symbolize the impermanence of some residents who come to Los Angeles chasing dreams, getting off of a bus for a flash of fame and a moment in the sun.

Despite the path of destruction, we should remember the Oaks who stood proudly the morning after the Devil’s Wind. Nor should we forget the children who rake mangled branches from their neighbor’s driveway or the worker toiling unto the wee hours of the night to restore power, limping after he alights from a precarious scaffold.

Let us not forget the trees that are still standing.

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Cultural Events LA: Dec 2, Dec 3, Dec 4

The Joffrey Ballet-Nutcracker

Dorothy Chandler Pavillion Friday, Dec. 2-2:00 pm & 7:30 p.m; Sat Dec 3- 2:00&7:30 p.m; Sun. Dec 4th- 2:00 p.m. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 972-7211 http://musiccenter.org/

 

 

Los Angeles Free Music Society

Sat, Dec 3,7:30 p.m.

Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Free; reservations required.

Call (310) 440-7300 or visit: http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/saturday_nights.html

 

 

Los Angeles Master Chorale- Sat. Dec. 3 & 10, 2 pm

Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols

The program features holiday carols such as Joy to the World, The First Noel and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, as well as John Rutter’s three-movement Gloria sung by 62 members of the Chorale under Music Director Grant Gershon’s baton. Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 213-972-7282

http://lamc.org/

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Quote of the Day: Robert Burns

 ”Give me a spark o’ Nature’s fire,That’s a’ the learning I desire.”– Robert Burns

California Gold photographed Thanksgiving weekend in LA

Photography © 2011 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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A splash of Fashion

Cultural Cocktail Hour caught up with Harper’s Bazaar’s Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey this weekend.This image from her latest book evokes touches of Caillebotte. It depicts Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz floating on Central Park Lake. Elbaz dashed from the lake to attend the 2005 CFDA awards. Bailey revealed that at the ceremony, she “heard a squalching sound” behind her: Elbaz’s sopping footwear. He had just won best international designer. As he walked on stage, no doubt the audience realized that they could not walk a hundred miles in his shoes.

When asked about her favorite artistic haunts in LA, Bailey replied without missing a beat that she enjoys visiting artist Hutton Wilkinson because of the Tony Duquette estate (Dawnridge). “It is a jewel of LA,” declared Bailey.

Photograph© 2011 Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey. Photographed by Ben Watts. Styled by Jacqui Getty.

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In the news: “Black Swan” choreographer spearheads LA Dance Project

The Music Center has announced the formation of LA Dance Project, led by “Black Swan” choreographer and actor, Benjamin Millepied. Millepied, formerly a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will premiere the new troupe on Sept 22 and 23, 2012 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The ballet company’s vision veers away from traditional methods and will instead be an “art collective,” drawing on the vast resources of artists and institutions in Los Angeles. LA Dance Project hopes to perform at MOCA and other non-traditional spaces.

The juxtaposition of ballet and museums sounds like a cultural cocktail worth imbibing! 

For the full-story, please read:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/dance-benjamin-millepied-and-music-center-give-birth-to-la-dance-project.html

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Cultural Cocktail LA- Thanksgiving weekend

Emanuel Ax will be performing three times this week in LA- so, don’t miss it! 

Walt Disney Concert Hall- Nov 25th-Nov 27th

Salonen conducts Beethoven and Hillborg

Fri. Nov. 25th 8:00PM; Sat, Nov. 26th 8:00PM Sun. Nov. 27th 2:00PM  Emanuel Ax, piano. Hila Plitmann, soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano .Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Hillborg: Sirens (world premiere, LA Phil commission) Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000

http://www.laphil.com/

Meet Glenda Bailey, Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief

as she signs copies of her new book, Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits

Sat. Nov. 26, 12pm – 2pm

COACH Boutique,

327 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits is a celebration of fashion, a romp through a riotous and eventful decade, and a banquet of contemporary imagery

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Quote of the Day- Hippocrates


Ars longa, vita brevis”

(Art is long, life is short)

or as Chaucer said it best,

“The lyf so short,

the crafte so long to lerne” (1370′s) 

Photo: Getty Villa Gardens 11-2011

© 2011 by Leticia M. Sanchez

 

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Cultural Events LA, Nov 19th- Nov 20th

Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique. through January 16, 2012

Getty Villa.  17985 Pacific Coast Highway. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 310. 440-7300.

http://www.getty.edu/

Capitol Ensemble- LACMA- free

Performing  works by Mendelssohn and Schubert.Bing Theater | No reservations  LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

http://www.lacma.org

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Cultural Events LA- Nov 12th – Nov 13th

Charles Gounoud’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE

Sat. Nov. 12th 7:30 p.m.

LA OPERA

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

http://www.laopera.com/      

LA OPERA has created a fantastic behind-the-scenes video on their homepage. Be sure to watch.

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Lecture: A Meditation on the History of Los Angeles Art

Thinking Through Dennis Hopper’s “Double Standard”

Sat. Nov. 12. 4:00 p.m. Norton Simon.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

FREE concert LACMA Nov 13th- 6pm

Movses Pogossian (violin), Michele Zukovsky (clarinet), Antoinette Perry (piano)Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, op. 30, No. 2 for violin and piano; Messiaen: “Première communion de la Vierge,” Bartok: Contrasts. Bing Theater . No reservations needed. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org      

Salastina Music Society- Nov 13th- 3 p.m  

An afternoon of instrumental chamber music

Hannon Theater. Mount Saint Mary’s College. 12001 Chalon Road, Brentwood, CA 90049

Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper, violinists & artistic directors; Meredith Crawford, viola; Xiaodan Zheng, cello; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Joaquin Turina: La Oracion del Torero; Orlando Gibbons: Fantasies; Alexander Borodin: Trio in G minor; Matos Rodriguez: La Cumparsita (Tango) Benjamin Godard: Forsaken;
World Premiere of Jeremy Cavaterra’s Andante; Johaness Brahms: Scherzo from Piano Quintet in F minor

For more information on tickets, visit www.salastinasociety.org 

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Cultural Events LA- Nov 5th and 6th

LA OPERA- Open house- Nov 5th- FREE

9:30 A.M- 5:00 P.M

Highlights include: Question and Answer Sessions hosted by Placido Domingo and James Conlon, back stage tours, costume, prop, and wig presentations, performances for children, screenings of “LA Traviata” and more! Some advance reservations required. For more information, please visit: http://www.laopera.com/support/openhouse.aspx

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra- Nov 5th and 6th

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

Sat. Nov 5th- 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale;  Sun.Nov 6th- 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA

Margaret Batjer, leader & violin

Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard.Glendale, CA 91203. (818) 243 7700 Royce Hall. 340 Royce Dr. Westwood, CA 90095 For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.laco.org/            

Lang Lang in Recital

Sun. Nov 6th 7:30 p.m.

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat, BWV 825 Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D. 960 Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op. 25 Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.850.2000. For more information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/

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