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A Liszt of cultural events in LA this weekend- July 22nd and 23rd

This week’s cultural cocktail includes: a dash of Romanticism, a twist of Mullholland Drive, and a morsel of Parisian luxury- oh la la!

Piano Performance: Angels and Demons: Liszt and the Arts

Fri. July 22- 7:00 p.m.

Tatiana Thibodeaux. Held in the 20th-century gallery. Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

Mulholland Drive  Sat July 23- 7:30 P.M

Directed by David Lynch and starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Robert Forrester and Ann Miller.

Bing Theater. LACMA• 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036 To purchase tickets, call: 323 857-6010  Or Visit: http://www.lacma.org/


Paris: Life and Luxury

closing August 7th

Getty Center.

1200 Getty Center Dr. LA, CA 90049

(310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu


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Strange Love: the berserk engagement of Richard Strauss

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Some men plan a midnight stroll by the beach. Others a calm picnic under stars…

Richard Strauss‘ engagement to temperamental soprano Pauline de Ahna involved: 1. being shrieked at by a soprano, having a musical score thrown at his head, and ducking flying objects

Elizabeth Lundy, in her book, Secret Lives of Great Composers, reports that after being conducted by Strauss in an opera rehearsal, Miss Diva Pauline went ballistic over a difference of opinion over tempo.

“Pauline threw her score at Strauss’s head…the entire orchestra tiptoed.. so they could listen to the screaming, shrieking, and occasional thuds as objects flew around the room… The musicians announced that in respect for their conductor and in protest of Pauline’s outrageous behavior, they would refuse to participate in any further production in which Fraulein de Ahna had a role.

“That distresses me,” said Strauss, “as I have just become engaged to Fraulein de Ahna.”

[The Secret Lives of Great Composers, 183]

I hope that Strauss threw Miss Pauline a nice derangement, I mean, engagement party.

To the left, Pauline de Ahna, who rather resembles a Viking warrior                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

“Fear my wrath, Strauss If you mess up my tempo, I will kill you.No, I will MARRY You.”

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4-Oh-5 Things to do during Carmageddon weekend

Angelenos

Do not fear.  

The end of days

is not near.


CULTURAL COCKTAIL is the antidote to mass hysteria 
Here are ways to spend your weekend away from the 405 (yes, the Getty Brentwood is closed)

5.  Check out Vermeer at the Norton Simon on loan from the Metropolitan Museum

http://www.nortonsimon.org/

4.  Relax in the gardens at the Old Mill to the strains of the Cal Philharmonic

http://www.calphil.org/concerts/more-concerts-events/old-mill/

3. See some tranquil Pre-Raphaelite ladies at the Huntington

http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9450

2. Watch ballerinas dance to Shostakovich at the Music Center.

http://www.musiccenter.org/

1. Breathe.

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Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum


Glistening laterns, pulsing Panamanian calypso beats, a quiet space upstairs to paint your own tea cup,  a man in a seersucker suit donning rabbit ears and nibbling on a carrot: this is not a psychedelic dream; it was the Mad Green Tea Party at the Pacific Asia Museum.

There is one more Fusion Fridays party left, on August 19.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_events_calendar/series.aspx

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Mozart at Crepuscule: Southwest Chamber Music at the Huntington- July 9-August 21

Mozart at Crepuscule

All Text and Photography

© 2011 Leticia Marie Sanchez

Last night marked the opening weekend for the Grammy Award -Winning Southwest Chamber Music‘s Summer Festival at the Huntington.

While Lorenz Gamma, Shalini Vijayan, Jan Karlin, Luke Maurer, and Peter Jacobson performed String Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, K.174  and String Quintet No 2 in C Major, K.515  by Mozart and Chanson d’orage for Two Violins by Alexandra Du Bois, audience members sat in the loggia or picnicked on the grounds of the Huntington Museum which is rarely open at night.

The Huntington at dusk

resembled an estate

in an Evelyn Waugh novel-

with a dash of mystery—

As the crepuscule fell

and the silver moon rose,

the viola’s voice

and the cello’s crescendo

created a true

midsummer’s night dream.

The soft light warmed the profiles of ancient heroes..

For information on upcoming Southwest Chamber Music concerts at the Huntington this summer, please call:

626.685.4455 or visit:

http://www.swmusic.org/home/home.html

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In the News: San Francisco art heist: “The Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief”

Who: Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief

What: Steals Picasso 1962 sketch ““Tête de femme,” valued at $275,000 before heading to party in Napa

Where: San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery at Geary and Powell Streets

When: Tuesday the 5th of July

The man calmly removed the sketch from the wall of the gallery, wrapped it newspaper, and then walked out into the crowds at Union Square.

The brazen Picasso pilferer then hopped into a taxi, carefree as a lark, to join friends at a party in Napa, before being caught by police, who had caught his image from a security camera at a restaurant near the gallery.

For more on the story, please read:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/MNC41K7JHQ.DTL

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In the News: Vitamin D deficiency may have contributed to Mozart’s death

According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter.

According to the authors of the study,

Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year. Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.”

The researchers include: D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria

For the full Live Science article, “Mozart’s Death was written in the Key of (Vitamin) D,”

please see:

http://www.livescience.com/14925-mozart-death-vitamin.html

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Andy Warhol soup cans- coming to MOCA- July 9- Sept 7

This presentation marks the first time Campbell’s Soup Cans has been shown in LA since its historic exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in July 1962, Warhol’s first solo show.

http://www.moca.org/

MOCA GRAND AVENUE 250 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

213/626-6222

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In the News: Museum of Mathematics to open in Manhattan on East 26th Street

Now here is a real PLUS for the museum world!

Glen Whitney, a former Math Professor and algorithm manager at a quantitative hedge fund, has created the only current Museum of Mathematics in the US.

The museum will open next year at 11 East 26th Street and will feature colorful, dynamic exhibits (like the one above which explores the interplay between math and music).

For the full story please read:

 at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/science/28math.html?src=me&ref=general

For a link to the museum, please visit:

http://momath.org/

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July 4th Weekend– Cultural Cocktail- Free

The Encore Saxophone Quartet with pianist Bryan Pezzone

Sunday, July 3, 2011 | 6 pm

Members of the Encore Saxophone Quartet: Douglas Masek (soprano saxophone), Ken Foerch (alto saxophone), David Brennan (tenor saxophone), and Mark Watters (baritone saxophone) with pianist Bryan Pezzone perform works by Gershwin, Kern, Arlen, and Guiffre.

Bing Theater | Free, no reservations.

LACMA.  5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lacma.org


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