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


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


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:

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Black Swan Costumes: Coming to MOCA!


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
pops out of a mirror-

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

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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.

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

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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Reverb- A Pasadena Symphony Event- for the Young & Culturally Savvy

For more information on Reverb, please visit

Or call 626.793.7172.

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Romantic Dvorák- January 22- Pasadena Symphony

Romantic Dvorák:

January 22, at 2pm and 8pm

Maestro Tito Muñoz, Conductor

Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello

Britten: Soirées Musicales

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in b minor

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Ambassador Auditorium. 131 S. St. John Ave.  Pasadena, CA.

Insights, the pre-concert talk, will be led by Guest conductor Tito Muñoz at 1PM and 7PM in the auditorium.

To purchase tickets for Romantic Dvorák, visit

Or call the Box Office at 626.793.7172.

Ticket price range: $30-$80. Tickets for children 14 and under are $10. Senior Rush Tickets will be sold onsite for the 2pm concert for $15.

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Free Anton Chekhov One Acts- Friday Jan 21, Sat Jan 22

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The School for Scandal: January 12-16

Wed. Jan. 12- 8 pm
Thurs. Jan. 13- 8 pm
Fri. Jan. 14- 8 pm
Sat. Jan. 15- 2:30 pm
Sun. Jan. 16- 4 pm

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th Century masterpiece is a sparkling comedy of manners that made its debut in 1777. Brimming with witty dialogue, mistaken identities, supposed infidelity, eavesdropping and scandal, both real and invented, The School For Scandal is a maliciously catty romp. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series,which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at

Written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Directed by Michael Hackett
Featuring Stuart BunceJane CarrJohn Francis HarriesHenri LubattiChristopher NeameMoira QuirkJulian Sands,Susan SullivanTara SummersSimon TemplemanJames WarwickMatthew Wolf
Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg

at the Skirball Cultural Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. LA, CA  90049

L.A. Theatre Works Box Office (310) 827-0889 or

$20.00 to $49.00

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Los Angeles Arts Show- January 19-23

The Los Angeles Art Show

January 19-23, 2011

Los Angeles Convention Center. West Hall A, 1201 South Figueroa Street LA, CA 90015

The LAAS features thousands of global works of art from a variety of periods including Old Master works, Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary art. From the LA Arts show website: “FROM REMBRANDT TO RUSCHA AND BEYOND. PAINTING, SCULPTURE, WORKS ON PAPER, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO – OVER 100 PROMINENT GALLERIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.”

The art show also includes an exhibit on Middle Eastern Artists three years before the exhibit will be displayed at the Guggenheim Museum.

Visit for more information

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A Tale of Two Raphaels

Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, California-

On December 4, Dr. David Alan Brown, Curator of Italian Painting at the National Gallery of Art, delivered a lecture entitled “Raphael Discovers Leonardo.” Dr. Brown discussed the influences on the artistic style of Italian High Renaissance painter, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known to the world simply as Raphael. Dr. Brown’s lecture provided context for two Raphael paintings in the Norton Simon: “Madonna and Child” and “The Small Cowper Madonna,” on loan from the National Gallery of Art.

Dr. Brown traced Raphael’s initial artistic influence to Perugino, born Pietro Vanucci.

Perugino.  Madonna and Child. 1500. Oil on wood. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

This prominent artist of the Umbrian School impacted his pupil Raphael through his concept of space and structure. However, Dr. Brown pointed out clues to help his audience to discern the difference between the styles of master and pupil. Dr. Brown explained that Raphael took his paintings a step further, infusing his Madonna and Child with rich symbolism.

While Dr. Brown implied that Christ child’s hands in Perugino’s work functioned on a literal level, he noted that the Raphael’s Christ child holds a symbolic finch. In Christian iconography, the Goldfinch, due to the thistle seeds that it eats, represents the Crown of Thorns worn by Christ during his Crucifixion. Therefore, Raphael’s work takes on a bittersweet meaning, as the Madonna and young Child experience the foreshadowing of his future, painful fate.

Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502-03

Raffaello Sanzio also called Raphael

Oil on panel;  Norton Simon Art Foundation


Raphael’s second critical artistic influence, according to Dr. Brown, was Leonardo Da Vinci, whose work Raphael studied upon moving to Florence. Leonardo’s pictorial language can be seen in another Raphael painting now hanging at the Norton Simon Museum of Art, the Small Cowper Madonna.

Mona Lisa. Leonardo Da Vinci 1503-1519. Louvre, Paris.

The looped drapery, folded hands, and spiral pose of this Madonna resemble Da Vinci’s most famous sitter, the Mona Lisa. (According to Brown, the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa did not hold any special enthrallment for Raphael).

Art-loving audiences should visit the Norton Simon and look upon the clues themselves, thereby understanding the Raphael Da Vinci Code described by Mr. Brown.  Dr. David Alan, not Dan.

Raphael’s The Small Cowper Madonna on Loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington

November 05, 2010 – January 24, 2011

© 2010 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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This Weekend in LA: December 11 and 12

India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow

Opening this weekend-Sun December 12- at LACMA

India’s Lucknow court, a hybrid Indian and European community flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries. Works include: European oil paintings, Indian court paintings, vintage photography, textiles, glassware, and jewelry.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Boulevard. LA, CA 90036

(323) 857-6000


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, Dec 11 Alex Theatre, Glendale, 8pm
Sunday, Dec 12 Royce Hall, UCLA, 7pm
Michael Stern, conductor
Joshua Ranz, clarinet
Andrew Shulman, cello
KELLOGG Mozart’s Hymn
GOLIJOV Last Round
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
WOLF Italian Serenade
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Alex Theatre. 216 North Brand Boulevard. Glendale, CA 91203. Royce Hall. UCLA.340 Royce Drive LA, CA 90095
For more information, please visit:

The Art of Ancient Greek Theater

Exhibit runs till January 3, 2011

Museum-goers have the opportunity to view first hand an eclectic array of theatrical art dating from the 5th century B.C. Ancient Votive masks, sculptures, painted vases, and rare fragmentary papyrus illuminate the works of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus.
Getty Villa.
17985 PCH. Pacific Palisades, California 90272
(310) 440-7300


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