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Valentine’s 2011 in LA- Cinematic Cultural Cocktail

This week’s Valentine Cocktail contains
7 Ounces of American Cinematic Classics +  2 Ounce of French Romance + 1 ounce of Italian Opera- Enjoy!

AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATER
6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA, 90028

Double Feature:  

THE AFRICAN QUEEN / FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

Sat. Feb 12 7:30


A film screening of Donizetti’s opera 

ELIXIR OF LOVE

Sun, February 13 • 1:00pm


 

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

Sun, February 13 • 5:00pm


AT THE AERO THEATER

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
 

GONE WITH THE WIND

Sat, February 12 • 7:30pm


Double Feature: CASABLANCA/DOUBLE INDEMNITY
Sun, February 13 • 7:30pm


AT THE SILENT MOVIE THEATER
611 North Fairfax Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2520

 

AMELIE
Th. Feb 10: 10 p.m

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON 

 

Sat. Feb 12: 7pm

 

 

 


CASABLANCA- Special Valentine’s Screening

Mon. Feb 14th: 7:30 pm

For more information on the schedule programming at the 3 theaters, please check:

http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/

http://www.cinefamily.org/

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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Western Region

All Photography and Text © 2011 Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Rights Reserved.

Passionate singers, heavenly arias, storm clouds, and an adorable Jack Russell Terrier!

It was a dark and stormy night.

Or day, rather.

(Yes, there will be a canine featured in this operatic tale. No, it’s neither Snoopy nor the Red Baron).

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions!

Where contestants sing their hearts out for a chance to sing on the Met stage in New York..


Zipper Concert Hall,

Colburn School of Music, Downtown Los Angeles:

Ten talented singers wait in the wings for their chance to shine…


Audience-favorite,  Narine Ojakhyan’s voice was heavenly as she sang “Regnava nel Silenzio” from Lucia Di Lammermoor, for which she received thunderous applause.

Winners:

Joseph Lim – 1st place and going to New York

Marina Boudart Harris – 2nd place

Narine Ojakhyan – 3rd place

Peabody Southwell  – Special Encouragement Award

ADDENDUM:

Wandering upstairs at the Colburn School Of Music, I bump into a familiar-looking sculpture.

Could it be Nipper?

The Jack Russell Terrier who illustrates the RCA Gramophone’s with the painting “His Master’s Voice?”

Indeed it was.

Here’s Nipper on a Duke Ellington Record.

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10+ Facts About Marc Chagall

The #1 Search Term on Cultural Cocktail Hour has consistently been—- Marc Chagall!!

To reward my faithful readers for their curiosity, here are

10+ FACTS ABOUT MARC CHAGALL

1. Real Name: Moyshe Segal

2. Birthplace: Vitebsk, Russian empire

3. Artistic Style: Chagall invented his own style, blending Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, and Expressionism with images from Jewish folklore and legend.

4. Family Background

Chagall was born into a Hassidic Jewish family living in Russia.

His father, Zakhar, assisted a herring merchant;

His mother, Feiga Ita, ran a small shop.

5.  Wife

Bella Rosenfeld:

a cultured woman with a passion for theatre, painting, and poetry


6. Paris

“My art needed Paris, like a tree needs water.”- Chagall

When Moyshe Segal arrived in Paris he changed his name to Marc Chagall. The resourceful painter did not let his lack of money stop him. He painted on canvases made from curtains and even his own shirts.

7.  Stained Glass Windows.

In addition to painting, Chagall also created stained glass windows.

“Stained Glass Windows represent

the transparent partition

between my heart

and the heart of the world”-

-Chagall-

Chagall’s magnificent stained glass can be found in France, Germany, Britain, Switzerland, and the United States.


8. Ballet

Chagall created designs, sets, and costumes for New York City Ballet Theatre, including:

Tchaikovsky’s Aleko

and Stravinsky’s Firebird


9.  Circus:

Another image that intrigued Chagall was the circus. As a child growing up in Russia, he had observed many carnival-like fetes for the Jewish festival of Purim. In Paris, Chagall attended the Cirque d’Hiver at the behest of Ambroise Vollard,  the prominent art dealer.


10. Judaism

Chagall often infused his work with mystical Jewish symbols.

Unfortunately, the Nazi Regime classified his work as degenerate, and Chagall eventually sought exile in New York.

His painting, Solitude, poignantly and movingly evokes alienation and loss.

-Solitude- by Marc Chagall

11. *BONUS*

Some of the recurring symbols in Chagall’s art include:

Peddlers, Acrobats, Angels, Musicians, Couples, Donkeys, Cows , Fish, Clocks, Violins, Ladders, Flowers, and the Eiffel Tower


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A Tennessee Williams play never before seen on West Coast

A House Not Meant To Stand– Running February 26 – April 17

This is Williams’ final play, never before seen on the West Coast. Williams called this tragicomedy about the dysfunctional McCorkle family—a “Southern Gothic spook sonata

Directed by Simon Levy.  Featuring Chip Bent, Daniel Billet, Robert Craighead, Alan Blumenfeld, Kevin High, Sandy Martin, Virginia Newcomb, Lisa Richards, Caroline Treadwell

The Fountain Theatre. 5060 Fountain Ave. Los Angeles CA 90029 (Fountain at Normandie)  For more information on show times and tickets, please call (323) 663-1525 or visit www.FountainTheatre.com

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Baroque Conversations 3: LA Chamber Orchestra- February 17th

Thursday February 17- 7pm

“Baroque Conversations 3”

Jory Vinikour, conductor & harpsichord

MUFFAT Concerto Grosso No. 12, “Propitia Sydera” (“Lucky Stars”)

HANDEL Chaconne from Terpsichore

WF BACH Harpsichord Concerto in D major

ROYER Suite in C minor for Solo Harpsichord

RAMEAU Suite of Dances from Hippolyte et Aricie

Zipper Concert Hall. 200 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information on tickets, please call 213 622 7001 x 215.

Or visit:

http://www.laco.org/

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Pinocchio Redux- Deaf West Theatre- Opening Feb 25th

The Adventures of Pinocchio– Running February 25-March 27

Tony Award winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) has created an adaptation steeped in the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte – a form of physical comedy that lends itself to Deaf West Theatre’s combination of signed and voiced theater. (Rated “PG” for mild language and dark themes – recommended for ages 10+)

Written by Carlo Collodi; Directed by Stephen Rothman. Featuring James Royce Edwards, Lindsay W. Evans, Matthew Henerson, Tommy Korn, Lexi Marman, Colin O’Brien-Lux, Darrin Revitz, Vae, Amber Zion

Deaf West Theatre. 5112 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601(one block south of Magnolia Blvd;

Fore more information on showtimes and tickets, please call:

818.762.2773

or visit:   www.deafwest.org

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Cultural Valentine’s Weekend- Flamenco- Sunday February 13th

FOREVER FLAMENCO! Sunday, February 13- 8pm

Featuring Dancers: Lakshmi Basile, Adriana Maresma-Fois and Manuel Gutierrez de Cordoba Singer: Vicente Griego and Guitarist: Juan Antonio Gomez

Gallery Theatre Barnsdall Art Park. 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood Blvd &Vermont Ave)

For tickets, call (323) 663-1525

Or visit: www.FountainTheatre.com

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Chinese New Year Family Festival: Huntington Museum- Feb 5th & 6th

CHINESE NEW YEAR FAMILY FESTIVAL

Sat Feb. 5th & Sun Feb 6th

10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108

626.405.2100

The festival includes:
String and Bamboo Orchestra,
the Chinese Music Ensemble
from the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music
Shadow puppet theaterCalligraphy demonstrationsTai Chi

For a full schedule of events and performances, please check:

http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=5818

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Black Swan Costumes: Coming to MOCA!

RODARTE: STATES OF MATTER

March 4–June 5, 2011

MOCA Pacific Design Center

Are you hankering for more Black Swan?
MOCA will hold the first West Coast solo exhibition of American designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.
The exhibit will features pieces from runway collections as well as original ballet costumes for Black Swan.

With the Oscars on the horizon, explore costumes from the Academy-Award nominated film at the Pacific Design Center.

Better yet try the Buddy System
and bring a friend in tow—
just in case
NINA
pops out of a mirror-
egad!

MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER. 8687 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069

http://www.moca.org/

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Music Review- The Pasadena Symphony & the Kramer Effect

The Pasadena Symphony:

Old Friends Immortalized- the Kramer Effect

By Leticia Marie Sanchez

On Saturday evening, in its incarnation at the Ambassador Auditorium, the Pasadena Symphony came alive. 27-year old guest conductor Tito Muñoz led the symphony on an exploration of Benjamin Britten’s “Soirees Musicales”, Dvorák’s “Cello Concerto in B minor, and Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” In contrast to its previous location near bustling Paseo Colorado, the symphony’s new venue, nestled between pools and the Egret Fountain designed by British sculptor David Wynne, embodies an atmosphere of tranquil civility. The venue, once hailed by Ella Fitzgerald for its fine acoustics, allowed the nuances of individual instrumentation to flourish, rivaling the sound of Downtown LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

An important facet of art is its ability to capture the essences of loved ones, to paint affectionate portraits, and bequeath them to future generations; one resounding theme of the Pasadena Symphony’s program revolved around music as tribute.

Elgar dedicated the individual “Enigma Variations” to loved ones within his circle. During the pre-concert lecture, Guest Conductor Tito Muñoz humorously nicknamed Variation IV (Allegro di molto) “W.M.B” the “Kramer” Enigma, alluding to the manically energetic chum on the popular Seinfeld television series. Just as Larry David’s TV series immortalized his real-life neighbor Kenny Kramer through the fictional counterpart, Elgar’s variation captured the spirit of his chum, William Meath Baker, an enthusiastic and energetic local squire.

William Meath Baker-

Manically energetic squire, door-slammer, and Edward Elgar’s buddy

(Like Kramer, this wiry squire was found of slamming doors, but did he wear the Kramer hairstyle? The cap keeps that mysterious)

Through the night’s performance, the audience revisited the composers dearest friends, from Elgar’s humorous pal Mr. Baker to Dvorák’s tragic lost love, Josefina, immortalized in a concerto performed poignantly by Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. Many modern audiences know the antics of Larry David’s neighbor Kramer as if he lived in the apartment next door. Artists invite us to let their lost loves and dearest friends inside our homes and our hearts.

We could call it the Kramer Effect.

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For an excerpt from the Pre-Concert Interview of Guest conductor Tito Muñoz, please see below:

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Q and A

Guest conductor Tito Muñoz interviewed by Pasadena Symphony and POPS CEO Paul Jan Zdunek

Q: How was it been to play with an orchestra that does not meet every week?

A: The members of the Pasadena Orchestra have a sense of community and a sense of ensemble. They have played together around town, collaborating in different orchestras, film projects, etc….I could tell from the very first rehearsal.

Q: What was the most inspirational and profound moment of your musical life?

A. Conducting the Cincinnati Symphony was an incredibly daunting experience…. I had an ‘A-Ha’ moment- I can do this. It reaffirmed everything I could hope for.

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