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This Weekend in LA: March 6-7

Villa Play-Reading Series: Euripides’ Helen

Saturday March 6

3 pm; 8 pm

Auditorium, Getty Villa. 17985 PCH. Pacific Palisades, California 90272

(310) 440-7300

Photography by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Michael Murray

February 27-May 21,

A Noise Within. 234 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91204

(818) 240-0910

For tickets and show times, visit:

Colburn Conservatory Sunday
March 7 6:00 p.m
Bing Theater. LACMA

Free-No Reservations

5905 Wilshire Boulevard LA, CA 90036

(323) 857-6000.
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Gaze: Portraits of Artists and Composers

Musical Performance

Fri. February 26

Performer Polli Chambers-Salazar links composers Scriabin and Hindemith to Jawlensky,  Klee, and other painters after Ingres.

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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


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Bolshoi Ballet at Orange County Performing Arts Center

Feb 24-28

Don Quixote

Orange County Performing Arts Center. 600 Town Center Drive. Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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News: LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs saved from budget slash…for now

Due to its dire fiscal straits, the LA City Council considered a bill this month that would have slashed the funding from LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The proposal re-evaluated the $1 tax per $100 in hotel room charges that results in about $10 million of funding per year for the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Due to the intense public outcry that included thousands of emails, letters, and a viral campaign on Twitter and Facebook, the motion to  was “filed” away.

“As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.” — Adlai E. Stevenson

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MOCA names New Director: Jeffrey Deitch

MOCA’s Board of Trustees named influential New York Gallerist, Jeffrey Deitch, as the museum’s new director.

A prominent figure in the art world, Mr. Deitch has worked with such artists as Jean Michael Basquiat and Jeff Koons, in addition to founding the vanguard gallery, Deitch Projects. An avid art connoisseur, Mr. Deitch is also a an arts writer and critic. According to MOCA Board Co-Chair Maria Bell, “Jeffrey lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes art. He is passionate about contemporary art and is committed to the future of MOCA.”

Mr. Deitch will take the helm of MOCA commencing June 1, 2010.
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Fashion Police


by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Crazy polka dots, mismatched leggings, fanny packs: we’ve all heard the term.

But what is its origin?

During the Middle Ages, feudalism reigned. A strict hierarchical social code classified lords, ladies, knights, vassals, and serfs.

The medieval social code governed people’s behavior and manner of dress. Clothing functioned as a way to distinguish the classes. If someone dared to don the attire for the class above theirs, the authorities would throw them in jail for transgressing social norms. Hence, the term Fashion Police.

Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse’s rendition of Lady Juliet Capulet.

Only a woman of her station would be permitted to don this blue necklace.

The sartorial choices of two medieval cooks.

(The chickens, however, are, free to don their birthday suits)

In medieval times, if a person wore the wrong fashion,  ’twould be a crime.


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Cultural LA: Under the Lens

Photographs of LA’s Cultural and historic landmarks. By Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Music Review: Richard Goode: Richard the Great

Richard Goode: Richard the Great

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of New York: Richard Goode, Richard the Great. Audiences at the Walt Disney Concert Hall attending his January 19 recital were bathed in the purity of Bach, the sweetness of Haydn, the pathos of Schumann, but, thankfully not in the tempest of the Los Angeles thunderstorms outside.

The award-winning Mr. Goode holds the distinction of being the first American-born pianist to have recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas. His numerous honors include: the Avery Fisher Prize, Yale University’s Sanford Medal, and a Grammy award.

Goode’s thematically unified program showcased a study in contrasts. He opened the program with two pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. The haunting, melancholy Prelude and Fugue in F-Sharp minor, BWV 883, with its tripartite texture, served as a foil to the blithe Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 884, evoking the twirling of a leaf before it alights on the ground. Goode’s graceful touch also brought to life three works by Joseph Haydn: Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI: 22, Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32, and Sonata C Major, Hob. XVI: 50. In the recital’s program notes, written by Mr. Goode himself, he cleverly dubbed Sonata in B minor “the Bear” due to the “lumbering bass figure” and the “repeated crowded growls” in the bass. Goode’s nuanced interpretation makes the abstract concrete. He inspires his audience to visualize  narratives, whether it be a floating leaf, a growling bear, or, the literary Kapellmeister, Johannes Kreisler, in Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16.  The night’s theme of juxtapositions continues in Schumann’s work, which alternates between storms and stillness. The sharp contrast calls two mind Schumann’s dual fictional alter egos, the impetuous Florestan and the introspective Eusebius.  Goode veered into the emotional edge of Kreisleriana, eliciting the reckless abandon associated with the brilliant Kreisler. Goode plumbs the depths of each work, presenting anew the genesis of each peace, its structural and psychological underpinnings, all while unearthing each note afresh. He unveils each color, shadow, and shade in an infinite palette.

After his masterful performance, Mr. Goode received continuous applause. He generously sat down to several transcendent encores. His first encore, a tenderly rendered Chopin Nocturne, coincides with the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The audience begged for more. Thunderous claps were hushed as Mr. Goode offered yet another intimate, sacred, revelatory performance. It was as though the audience were hearing each piece for the first time. More, more, more; they beg for a third encore, and the indefatigable Mr. Goode enveloped the city of angels in a mid-winter’s night dream.

The glistening lights of the city, after a thunderstorm.

January 19,2010

Richard Goode Recital. Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Downtown LA.

PHOTO:© Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Trick or Treat

Enjoy a Cultural Halloween!

Cultural Halloween Muse Costume Ball

LA County Museum of Arts

Halloween Night.

Sat. Oct 31st.

8:15- Midnight.

The night includes Gotham Chopra, the Museum of Traffic, new installations, and a Costume Contest.

For more information, please visit:

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Greek Tragedy + Hollywood Film Star= Oh, the drama!


Euripedes Medea

starring Annette Bening

Final Performances this week Tues-Sat: Oct 13-17. 8pm; Sunday 7pm.

Freud Playhouse, UCLA. 245 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA  90095 Tel: 310.825.2101

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