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Autumn Cultural Highlight- Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard photo 1PACIFIC STANDARD TIME LA/LA is THE Blockbuster cultural experience in LA this Fall and Winter.

Led the GETTY, the massive undertaking explores Latin America and Latino Art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

The scope and scale of this artistic endeavor is staggering. PST LA/LA encompasses:

1100 artists from 45 countries 

More than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara

 The themes of Pacific Standard Time include:

  • Pre-Hispanic to Colonial
  • Borders, Diaspora, and Displacement
  • Definitions of Identity
  • From Abstract to Conceptual Art
  • Critiquing Globalism and Modernism
  • Art and Activism
  • Design and Architecture
  • Film, Music, Dance

Cultural Cocktail Hour will be covering individual exhibits this Fall and Winter.

Pacific Standard Time LA/LA  runs from September 2017 through January 2018.

For a full and up-to-date list of all the exhibitions and 100s of events, please see:

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Happy Fall Equinox to my readers!

 ”Give me a spark o’ Nature’s fire,

That’s a’ the learning I desire.”– Robert Burns

California Gold

photographed Thanksgiving weekend 2011 Pasadena, CA

Photography © 2011 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Christie’s Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art

Moments in Time


Leticia Marie Sanchez

Photography has become an inescapable part of our daily experience. One cannot sit in a restaurant without seeing someone snapping a photo of their spring rolls, their Tinder date, or even themselves. A few weeks ago on the Pacific Coast Highway, on a particularly crowded weekend, the man in the lane next to me took a selfie while stuck in traffic. Hopefully, police will soon be ticketing drivers for the 2017 version of DUIs: Driving under the Influence of Instagram.

For better or worse, photography is now ubiquitous.

But at one point in America history, photography was not pervasive.

In fact, as a medium it was breaking new ground in order to be recognized as an elevated genre worthy of hanging on museum walls.

An intriguing exhibit at Christie’s depicts a time when photography was first recognized as an art form.

The exhibit is in conjunction with a series of sales of more than 400 photographs from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The sale will benefit the acquisition fund for the Museum’s Department of Photography. MOMA, founded by a coterie of “daring ladies” including Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan, was the first museum in the country to establish a department devoted to photography.

The photographs being auctioned at Christie’s include works by photography pioneers Alfred Steiglitz, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, and Henri-Cartier Bresson.

What unifies the diverse iconic photographers is their ability to capture humanity through moments in time.

For instance, Henri Cartier-Bresson was influenced by 17th century Cardinal de Retz who declared,” There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.”

One of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs epitomizes the elusive, decisive moment.

The 1932 photograph, “Behind the Gare St. Lazare” depicts a mysterious black silhouette seconds before he alights from a ladder to a pool of water. The moment before his shoes get wet. Before his pants get muddy. In head to toe black, this anonymous soul could be anyone rushing to work. Yet, this is no moment of quiet desperation. Rather, the figure evokes a joyous freedom in his leap, paralleling the the image of le grand jeté, the exuberant jump of dancers featured in the posters behind him. Peeking from behind a gate, Cartier-Bresson embodies a fleeting moment poetically captured by a lens.

This image inspires us all to engage with photography to reach new heights.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

Behind the Gare St. Lazare, Paris,


Gelatin silver print

15 ¼ X 10 ¼ in.

Printed for Cartier-Bresson Recent Photographs, 1968

© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Contest- Win 2 tickets to season opening of Pittance Chamber Music

Pittance Chamber Music

Southern California Residents, please email a message about you think is missing in the LA Arts and culture scene.

What do you think would MOST improve the performing arts in LA?


The winning entry will receive a pair of tickets to the season opening performance of the Pittance Chamber Music!

Deadline for sending your contest entry is Thursday September 7th.

The concert is Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at ​Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The season opening program program of Mozart, Berg, Brahms and Bernstein, featuring Principal players from the LA Opera Orchestra, along with Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artist, soprano Elizabeth Zharoff.

 The full program is listed below:

Soprano:        Elizabeth Zharoff 
Horn:              Steven Becknell 
Clarinet:          Stuart Clark
Violin:              Ana Landauer 

Violin:              Marisa Sorajja
Viola:               Brian Dembow 
Viola:               Shawn Mann 
Viola:               Alma Fernandez 
Cello:               John Walz 
Cello:               Rowena Hammill 
Piano:              Milena Gligic

W.A. MOZART           Quintet for Horn, Violin, two Violas and Cello in E flat, K. 407
A. BERG                        Seven Early Songs for Soprano and Piano
J. BRAHMS                 Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 115
L. BERNSTEIN           Selected Songs 

​Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

Fallen Leaf Lake August 2017

“If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere”- Vincent Van Gogh

Tahoe for Web






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An Edward Hopper moment at Fallen Leaf Lake


All nature photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

Fallen Leaf Lake, August 2017

Edward Hopper, The Long Leg, 1935

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Inspiration from Nature

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

 Lake Tahoe, August 2017

 There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:

I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

Lord Byron


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In the news: Classical Music to be played in north London to reduce crime



Leticia Marie Sanchez

In Broadwater Farm, an area of North London, Adam Weber, a 23 year old constable in charge of law and order, will be playing Beethoven and Mozart in an effort to reduce crime.

In the past the Broadwater Farm region was plagued by riots and violence, and Weber is hoping that classic music will have a similar effect to the use of music on the London Underground, where music was blared from speakers in 40 stations.

In the subway experiment, Weber revealed that incidents of verbal and physical aggression were reduced during the time period when the music was played.

As Bernard Berenson observed in 1952 at  Villa I Tatt in Florence, “Without art, visual, verbal and musical our world would have remained a jungle.”

For more details, please read:


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Mozart and the Barber Shop Chase

“Why Can’t you Sit Still?

“Because I’m Mozart”

In his delightful tome, The Book of Musical Anecdotes, Norman Lebrecht reveals that the perpetually inspired Mozart led his Barber on a hair-cutting chase:

“Every moment an idea would occur to him…he would run to the clavier, the barber after him, hair-ribbon in hand.”

Luckily for Mozart, the barber had a steady hand.

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Wise Man of the Day: Plato

 Music Is a Moral Law. It gives soul to the Universe,

  Wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,

 Charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”


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