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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:
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:

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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,


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


-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:

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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



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.

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Art Exhibit on Finance- “Taxing Visions”- at Huntington, San Marino

The more things change…

Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth- Century Art

Jan 29-May 30

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. 626.405.2100

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U.S Premiere of “Trio” about Schumann Love Triangle- opens March 12- Hollywood

U.S premiere of  “TRIO”

by award-winning writer and  concert pianist

Israela Margalit

March 12 through April 10

Follows 5-year, sold-out run throughout Russia and Ukraine

Music, passion, madness, and one woman’s fight for her right to a career. The relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara Schumann, and the young Johannes Brahms come to life .

Directed by Rick Sparks

Featuring Peter Colburn, Bjorn Johnson, Meghan Maureen McDonough, Brian Normoyle, Jeremy Shranko

Lounge 2 Theatre. 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038

For information on tickets and show times, please call: 323-960-4412

or visit

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