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Quote of the Day: Kandinsky

Dr. Chambers-Salazar lecture-recital at the Norton Simon revealed a wonderful quotation:

Color is the keyboard,

the eyes are the harmonies,

the soul is the piano with many strings.

Wassily Kandinsky
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LACMA *FREE* this Monday- President’s Day!

George Washington says,

“Do not chop down a cherry tree-

Instead go to LACMA– it’s free.”

(And you won’t have to grapple with fibbing to your old man.)

LACMA Admission Free

President’s Day. Monday,  February 21

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In the News: Banned Banksy pops up in LA

Banksy, the mysterious, anarchist street artist may have descended upon the city of Angels. Nominated for Best Documentary for his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy, whose identity remains a secret, petitioned to be allowed on stage to accept his potential award donning a Monkey Mask. No Monkey Business at the Oscars came the reply. Since then, subversive street art work has allegedly crept up around the LA area, including Sunset Boulevard which reports sightings of a pyromaniac Charlie Brown, holding a gas can, whilst a cigarette dangles from his mouth.

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From Stravinsky to Kandinsky: Music in the Time of the Blue Four- Feb 18th

From Stravinsky to Kandinsky:

Music in the Time of the Blue Four

Fri. February 18 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar

Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar presents a program focusing on the art of the Blue Four (Vasily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee and Alexei Jawlensky) and on piano composers of the 20th century era of experimentation, including Igor Stravinksy.

Theater. Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840

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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!

6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA, 90028

Double Feature:  


Sat. Feb 12 7:30

A film screening of Donizetti’s opera 


Sun, February 13 • 1:00pm



Sun, February 13 • 5:00pm


1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403


Sat, February 12 • 7:30pm

Sun, February 13 • 7:30pm

611 North Fairfax Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2520


Th. Feb 10: 10 p.m



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:

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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.


Joseph Lim – 1st place and going to New York

Marina Boudart Harris – 2nd place

Narine Ojakhyan – 3rd place

Peabody Southwell  – Special Encouragement Award


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


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’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

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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:

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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:


or visit:

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