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Film: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Genius Within:

the Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Playing Until October 7th,

Laemmle Royal Theater. 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West LA, 90025

For show times, please visit

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Opera Season Starts this week!

Thursday Sept 23, 6:00 PM

World Premiere; Daniel Catan’s Il Postino

Starring Placido Domingo

Sept 23-Oct 16

Sunday, Sept 26th. 2:00 PM

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro

Daniel Okulitch

Sept 26-Oct 17

For further show times, please visit:

Photography © LA Opera

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Ain’t it Grand? — Contemporary Art Museum set for Grand Avenue

© Leticia Marie Sanchez

Los Angeles Art Patron Eli Broad has chosen Grand Avenue in Downtown LA as the construction site for his new museum, which could possibly be completed as early as the end of 2012.

The 120,000-square-foot contemporary art museum will house works from Broad’s behemoth art collection, one that includes works by Warhol, Baldessari, Koons, Lichtenstein, Dali and Miro.

The new museum will occupy the space

-next door to Walt Disney Concert Hall

-across the street from MOCA

-across from Colburn School of Music.

in the neighborhood of LA OPERA and Dorothy Chandler Pavillion

A quadrangle of arts and music

Mr. Broad selected New York firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to design the 120,000-square-foot museum. The firm has previously been involved in the renovation of Lincoln Center in New York City and the design for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

During the renaissance of Downtown LA culture, Mr. Broad has proved a modern-day Medici.He saved MOCA from financial collapse in 2008 and raised funds for the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Furthermore, Mr. Broad and wife Edythe helped to create BCAM, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA through the largest donation ever donated to that institution.

If there were any doubts that Los Angeles is this Millennium’s arts Mecca, here is one more stop on the pilgrimage.

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Dudamel Conduct Carmen at the Hollywood Bowl

Dudamel Conducts Bizet’s Carmen

Sun. August 1 7:30 PM Hollywood Bowl 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90068. 323.850.2000

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Natascha Petrinsky, Carmen

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Fourth of July Weekend Cultural Cocktail

Betsy Ross wants YOU to have a Cultural COCKTAIL this 4th of July Weekend!


Classical Series: Every Saturday Night. 1014 Hermosa Ave. – Hermosa Beach


Opens for Dinner (optional) and Drinks at 7:00 p.m.; Show Starts at 8:00 p.m.

Six Songs by John Duke performed by:

Mezzo Soprano: IRIS MALKIN (left)

Pianist, YANA RESNIK; The program includes: Members of the Divan Consort: FÜREYA ÜNAL piano, MAIA JASPER violin, VIRGINIA FIGUEIREDO clarinet, TIMOTHY HAGEN, Flutist, MIKAEL OGANESIAN, pianist; Works by Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók

For Information & Reservations Please Call (310) 372-1193

Engaged Observers

Documentary Photography since the Sixties

June 29–November 14, 2010

Getty Center

(310) 440-7300

“Master Class”

Tony Award-winning play by Terrence McNally

Directed by Heidi Helen Davis

Starring Ellen Geer as legendary opera diva Maria Callas

Opens July 3rd

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA 90290

Dress warmly for outdoor seating. Playing from July through September. For information on specific show times, please visit:

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Ring Festival June Highlights

Two-day Conference: “Wagner in LA:

The Opera of the 21st Century?” June 1–2, 2010, 10 am–6 pm

Hammer Museum

1pm Spectral Gesamtkunstwerk

Juliet Koss, Chair, Department of Art History, Scripps College

2:30pm Re-Inventing Bayreuth for the 21st Century: The 2007 Meistersinger as a Self Reflection of Performance History

Clemens Risi, Professor of Theater, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Berlin

4pm The Ring in Pieces: Götterdämmerung (Stuttgart Opera, Peter Konwitschny, 2002-2003)

David Levin, Professor of German and Theater and Performance, University of Chicago

5:30pm Wagner as a Christian Jew: The Alternate Endings of The Twilight of the Gods

Slavoj Zizek, Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

7pm Public Reception

Info: or (310) 443-7000.

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

“Wagner and Myth,” June 5, 2010,
10 am–4 pm; LACMA

A day-long seminar featuring LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music

Director James Conlon, LACMA curator Timothy O. Benson,

Wagner scholar John Deathridge, UCLA Musicology Professor

Mitchell Morris, and opera lecturer Desirée Mays. The seminar day

includes lunch and admission to the galleries.

Admission $65, open to 200 participants.

Register:   o r (213) 972-8001.

Bing Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

American Jewish University
Seminar: “Art & Morality—Music of an Anti-Semite,”
June 6, 2010, 10 am–3 pm
Dr. Michael Berenbaum moderates this seminar. Presenting
scholars include Sander Gilman, Steve Lowenstein, and Marc
Weiner. LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon
will share brief remarks and Gottfried Wagner will make an
afternoon presentation.
RSVP: (310) 476-1279, seating is limited.
Gindi Auditorium (AJU), 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel-Air, CA, 90077
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Ring Festival LA: May Highlights

Robert v. Fullerton Art Museum

California State University, San Bernardino

“Timeless Enchantment: Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung

in Performance, from Bayreuth in 1876 to LA in 2010,”

May 12, 2010, 5 pm

Info: or (909) 537-5000.

5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407

LA Opera Library Project:
Free Speakers Bureau talks
Beverly Hills Public Library.
“The Men of the Ring of the Niebelung,”
May 18, 2010, 7 pm. 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210,
(310) 288-2220,

University of Southern California:
Brain and Creativity Institute
Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater.
“Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain,” May 30, 2010, 3–5 pm
A colloquium, featuring acclaimed theater and opera director
Peter Sellars, world-renowned visual artist Bill Viola, and Antonio
Damasio, internationally-renowned  neurologist .
Tickets: $10,, (213) 237-2800.
REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Largest LA Cultural festival since the 1984 Olympics!

April 15 – June 30, 2010

The first ever presentation in Los Angeles of  the  four-opera drama The Ring of the Nibelung.

For a full listing of events, please visit:

for the multiplicity of events from not only LA Opera, but also from cultural institutions as diverse as UCLA, Descanso Gardens, and American Jewish University.

Photography © LA Opera

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100,000+ Readers on Cultural Cocktail Hour

Thank you to all my loyal readers!

In April, the readership of Cultural Cocktail Hour crossed the 100,000 mark!

Time to take out a glass and pour yourself a Congratulatory Cocktail fizzing with music, beauty, and self-expression.


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This Weekend in LA: April 10-11, 2010


Saturday April 10th, 11 am

LA Philharmonic. Christian Vasquez, conductor;

Luminario Ballet; Copland: Rodeo;  Ginastera: Estancia Dances

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave, LA CA 90012 (323).850.2000


Saturday, April 10 |

8:20 pm

The Films of Jean Renoir


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


Sunday April 11

1:00 p.m

Götterdämmerung. Richard Wagner. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Avenue. LA CA 90012. (213) 972-7219

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