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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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Review: Young Director’s Night at LACMA

Review: Young Director’s Night at LACMA

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

On March 5, LACMA Muse presented its 10th Annual Young Director’s Night. Six talented young directors presented a wide range of creative films.

Left. Sylvia Sether’s “Overdrawn.” Winner of the Art of Film Award

Cat Youell’s “The Mischievous Case of Cordelia Botkin” brought to light a true story episode from 19th century San Francisco history (death by chocolate) with charm and humor.  Sylvia Sether’s “Overdrawn, (and winner of the Fourth Art of Film Award) exhibited comedic chops and timing in its depiction of a single bank teller pushed to the edge. Jordan Bloch’s “Underdogs,” created unsettling tension as a bounty hunter wreaked havoc amongst diners in a roadside restaurant.

Left. “House of Olive Trees” directed by Thouly Dosiois

Thouly Dosiois’ beautifully shot “House of the Olive Trees,” set in Greece, was reminiscent of the films of Eric Rohmer in her marvelously sensuous shots of setting, slowly unfolding before our eyes. Fady Hadid’s unforgettable “Where We Live” documented the family life and loss of American immigrants from Baghdad with humanism and sensitivity.

Left. “Shoot the Moon” directed by Alex O’ Flinn

Director Alex O’ Flinn’s compelling “Shoot the Moon,” depicted the relationship between Tommy and his troubled brother, Victor, a Marine. O’ Flinn’s cinematography was pure visual poetry. The sunny, dreamlike warmth during flashback scenes depicting Tommy walking through fields with Victor and his ex-girlfriend contrasted with the gritty reality of Victor’s present, providing clues to his raw despair. O’ Flinn’s wealth of striking images (all the more incredible given that it was a short film) gave the audience immediate and profound access to the complex characters’ interior life. The filmmaker’s vision lifted storytelling away from restrictive Black and White; instead, O’Flinn probed life’s rich gray area, thereby offering hope for redemption and the chance to shoot the moon.

Kudos to LACMA for allowing these talented young directors a chance to showcase their vision and inspiring us all to shoot the moon.

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Pasadena Symphony- March 12- Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Avetisian

March 12, 2011 2:00 pm 8:00 pm

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream (excerpts)

Avetisyan Kanun Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Karine Hovhannisyan, KANUN
Maestro George Stelluto, GUEST CONDUCTOR
Ambassador Auditorium. 131 S. St. John Ave. Pasadena, CA.
Pre-concert talk, led by Guest conductor George Stelluto at 1PM and 7PM in the auditorium.
For more information, please visit: www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org/
or call 626.793.7172.
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MAGNA CARTA coming to LACMA- April 26- for Brit Week

One of the most influential documents in history, impacting constitutions everywhere (including the American Constitution) comes to  LACMA on April 26th.

The  1217 version, on view at LACMA during Brit week, is only one of 17 surviving original manuscripts of the Magna Carta.

Issued in the name of  King Henry III, it will be on view on Level 2 of the Art of Americas Building.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art • 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036

323-857-6000. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibMagnaCarta.aspx

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Cultural Cocktail Hour- 150,000+ reader hits!

Dear Readers,

I’m delighted by your curiosity for all things Cultural!

In addition to my LA readers, I’ve had readers from France, the UK, and spanning the globe.

The most highly searched article was Making the Fig and Other Artistic Insults with more than 17,000 readers curious about literary mischief. Leave it to Shakespeare to come up with a good insult!

Another widely searched article was my review of Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola Portraits at LACMA.

Thanks again!

And don’t bite your thumb at someone unless you mean it.


Leticia Marie Sanchez,

Editor-in-Chief

Cultural Cocktail Hour

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Young Director’s Night at LACMA- Sat March 5- 8pm

Young Directors Night
Saturday, March 5, | 8 pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036
323-857-6000

 

-Film Screening of Six Shorts

-Q&A with the directors

-Reception & Entertainment following at A+D Museum across the street

For more information, please visit:

http://www.lacma.org/membership/MuseCalendar.aspx#Mar5

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Hans Von Bülow and leafy greens

Keep your rotten plants away from me!

According to eminent music critic, Harold C. Schonberg in his book, The Great Conductors (Simon & Schuster 1967) German maestro Hans von Bülow cringed at the idea of being crowned, Apollo-style, with plants.

When a committee attempted to present him with a laurel wreath, he rejected their tribute, saying,

“I’m not a vegetarian.”

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Review: -Must See- Tennessee Williams puts the fun in dysfunctional at the Fountain Theater

Tennessee Williams puts the fun in dysfunctional at the Fountain Theater

©2011

by

Leticia Marie Sanchez

The Fountain Theatre’s “A House Not Meant To Stand” deserves a standing ovation.  The dynamic cast, its Gothic set spewing forth leaks, and the darkly wry barbs of Tennessee Williams added up to a riveting performance of Williams’ “spook Southern Gothic spook sonata.” From Virginia Newcomb’s rapturous ecstasies as born-again Christian Stacey to Lisa Richards’ slithering portrayal of Jessie Sykes to Daniel Billet’s sensitive portrayal of a protective son, the entire cast brought William’s last play to life.

Most strikingly, Sandy Martin fully inhabited the character of Bella Mc Corkle: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Although the play brimmed with zesty zingers, Martin poignantly captured Bella’s confusion and maternal loss with unsettling realism. Martin grounded the play as a spiritual anchor during literal and figurative tempests. In the hands of less-skilled actress, the play could have veered into slapstick, but Martin’s soulful and whole-bodied interpretation evoked a heartbreak that lingered over the play like a rain cloud.

Sandy Martin. Photo by Ed Krieger

Alan Blumenfeld’s performance (rendered all the more spectacular by the fact that he joined the cast only a few weeks ago) instilled Cornelius Mc Corkle with raw vitality. From bellowing rages to sly conspiratorial asides with the audience, Blumenfeld’s vigor and spontaneity honored the dialogue of Tennessee Williams. An actor with a deep range of emotional notes, shades, and undercurrents, he deftly managed to evoke sympathy for his cruel character. When Blumenfeld darkly lashed out at his son Charlie for his deep attachment to “mama,” one could sense Cornelius’ own repressed jealousy and vulnerability, a desperate need for approval channeled through quixotic political campaigns.

Daniel Billet, Alan Blumenfeld. Photo by Ed Krieger

Finally, accolades must be given to Keith Skretch’s creative and poignant video design. During key moments in the play, a dream-like silllhouette of the young Mc Corkle children floated near their elderly mother, embodying her dreamy nostalgia for her beloved children thrown out by their father. Their plaintive calls to their mom and carefree dances outdoors gathering fireflies, depict Bella’s painful loss. Her constant loving stare at the framed photograph of her boy with the long blond curls, Chip, (bullied for his effeminate look and mannerisms) hinted at the darkness faced by Tennessee Williams for his own personal life.

This March would have marked Tennessee William’s 100th birthday. The Fountain Theatre’s “A House Not Meant to Stand” offers a rich and worthy tribute to a master playwright. Happy Birthday, Mr. Williams.

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Arabella Huntington- Femme Fatale

--Scarlett O’Hara had nothing on me!

In a lecture a few years ago at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, it was revealed that Arabella Huntington, powerful arts patroness, happened to be a tempting siren.

Mystery shrouds the birth of her son. At the time, there were not two, but three gentlemen involved with Mrs. H, who could have sired the heir to the Huntington fortune.

Arabella went by the nickname Belle.

The stoic portrait of Arabella at the left, painted by Sir Oswald Birley, graces the entrance of the Huntington’s Research Library. It teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, nor a dowager by her spectacles, black garb, and beekeeper’s veil.

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Hope in the City-LA Fashion Week- Skirball Center- Monday March 14th

Monday March 14

8:00-10:00 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049

Fashion Show and Art Gallery

Proceeds benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, a project of ServeLA.

http://www.hopeinthecity.info/mosaic/

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