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Cultural Events LA: July 10-12

Phil Ranelin Sextet

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Fri July 10. 6 pm

BP Grand Entrance

Free, no reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 857-6119

Two Guitars and Two Centuries:

Odeum Guitar Duo: Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti
Friday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Program includes: Albinoni, Rameau, Weiss, Albéniz, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, J. S. Bach & Torelli.
Norton Simon Museum.
411 W Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.
(626) 449-6840

Sordid and Sacred:
The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings
Opening this Sunday
July 12- August 23
Bowers Museum.
2002 North Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706.

(714) 567.3600

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Cultural Events LA: July 4th


William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Opens July 4th

Directed by Melora Marshall

Saturdays at 4 pm: July 4, 11, 18*

Thursdays at 8 pm: August 6, 13, 20, 27

Monday at 6:30 pm: September 7 (Labor Day)

*Prologue (pre-show discussion): Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 pm (included in ticket price)

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
(310) 455-3723 or

Luis Conte and Cuba L.A.
Sat, July 4th 5 pm
Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater .
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6119
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Cultural Events LA: June 26-28


Friday Night Jazz

Sweet Baby J’ai.  Fri. June 26th 6 pm

Free. No reservations.

BP Grand Entrance

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036. (323) 857.6115



George Gershwin, George F. Handel

Cal Phil Festival on the Green

Sat. June 27. Arboretum, Arcadia 7:30 p.m

Sun. June 28.Walt Disney Concert Hall. 2:00 pm.



David Mamet’s Oleanna
Starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles
Fri. June 26 8:00 pm
Sat. June 27 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm
Sun, June 28 1:00 pm &6:30 pm
Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
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Cultural Events LA: June 19-21

LACMA nightFriday Night Jazz

Peter Sprague String “Consort” Friday June 19th 6 pm

BP Grand Entrance. 


No reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036. (323) 857.6115


Photo by Leticia Marie Sanchez






Saturdays Off the 405.

Music by Chairlift, DJ Frosty, and DJ Ale

Sat. June 20 6 pm – 9 pm

Museum Courtyard, Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 

(310) 440-7300



O wildeOscar Wilde’s

The Importance of Being Earnest

June 17-21

Wed., Thurs., & Fri. at 8PM,

Sat. at 2:30 PM,  Sun. at 4PM.

LA Theater Works.

Skirball Cultural Center.

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., LA, CA,90049.

(310) 827-0889

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Cultural Events LA June 12-14

QuintenUnveiling A Masterpiece

Fri. June 12. 7:00 p.m. 

California String Quartet performs in the Museum’s 18th-Century Gallery.

Ernst von Dohnanyi’s String Quartet No. 2, Op.15, Josef Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2, Quinten

Norton Simon. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.449.6840

Julius Caesar_1_smWilliam Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Directed by Ellen Geer

June 6 through September 26

Saturdays at 8 pm: June 6,13, 20

Saturdays at 4 pm: June 27; August 29*; September 12, 19,

Sundays at 7:30 pm: July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23; September 6

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290

(310) 455-3723 or

Audience members are advised to bring cushions for bench seating.  

PsalmsTemptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David

French, British, German, Flemish, Italian, and Armenian Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

June 9-August 16

The Getty Center.

200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049.

(310) 440-7300.

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Cultural Events LA: June 5-June 7

Ludwig-van-Beethoven--C11747955Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Friday June 5th. 8:00 P.M

Sat Jun 6. 8:00P.M

Orange County Performing Arts Center

600 Town Center Dr.

Costa Mesa, CA.







June 7th- Music Under The Stars Free concert for the community

Featuring the Pasadena Pops

Pasadena City Hall

5:30 Pre-Concert: Theater 360 and performers from the Rose City Ballroom.

7:00 Concert: The program includes pieces from Louis Armstrong and John Williams as well as an 80-voice choir including members from the Hollywood Master Chorale, the Burbank Chorale, and the St. Francis De Sales Chorale. Pasadena City Hall.100 N. Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA  91109.

Bring chairs or blankets


Andrea Bocelli

Sunday, June 7, 7:30 PM.  Hollywood Bowl 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 9006

(323) 850.2000

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This weekend in LA: Cultural Events May 29-31st

A Model for Matisse (2006)

Model for MatisseFri May 29 7:00 p.m.

Norton Simon Museum. 411 W Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. (626) 449-6840

Illustrious 20th-century artist Henri Matisse forms a rapport with French Dominican nun Sister Jacques-Marie, the inspiration behind his last creation, the Chapelle du Rosaire (Chapel of the Rosary) in Vence, France. Barbara Freed, Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon, directed this documentary film. 67 minutes.


Willam Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

Opens May 31

Sundays at 3:30 pm

May 31 through September 27

Directed by Ellen Geer.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum*1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Topanga CA, 90290

(310) 455-3723 or

*The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is an outdoor amphitheater. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.

BrubakerHaydn Celebration No. 5 “Haydnseek” Sunday May 31. 6 pm.

The New England Conservatory’s Bruce Brubaker celebrates the anniversary of Haydn’s passing (May 31, 1809), with 2 Haydn works: Sonata No. 52 in G major, Hoboken XVI/39, and Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI/50, with live electronic sounds by Laura Karpman &Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum. Bing Theater. Free. No reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA 90036.

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Theater Review-So Farce, So Good at the ICT

So Farce, So Good:

 Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” at the International City Theater, Long Beach    

by Leticia Marie Sanchez       

Cultural Cocktail Twain

Mark Twain may be dead, but his work can still elicit quite a brouhaha. The hilarious West Coast premiere of “Is He Dead?” directed by Shashin Desai at the ICT proves that laughter remains the best medicine. 

If it were not for the Shelley Fisher Fishkin, the mirth-filled play may not have seen the light of day. Dr. Fishkin, Professor of English and Director of the American Studies of program at Stanford University, discovered Twain’s manuscript in the archives of UC Berkley’s Bancroft Library in 2002. Never produced during Twain’s lifetime, the play debuted in New York in 2007 and this month in Long Beach.

Upon entering the International City Theater, one sets eyes on the vivid and visually rich set designed by Stephen Gifford. Beautifully rendered replicas of Jean-Francois Millet’s paintings grace the artist’s atelier, easing the audience into the world of 19th century Barbizon, France. Mark Twain, author of “Roughing It,” and former gold prospector, entered the European world himself during the 1860’s and the 1890’s. Much of the play’s comedy derives from Twain’s juxtaposition of  the slapstick humor of the American West with the European sensibility of his cast of characters. The protagonist, French painter Jean-Francois Millet, determined to cast off the “starving” in Starving Artist, becomes embroiled in a scheme to fake his own death in order to drive up the value of his work.

The ICT cast spiritedly brings Twain’s comedy to life. Perry Ojeda, poised and dignified as the illustrious artist Millet, turns into a bumbling live wire when disguised as Millet’s buxom and zany “sister” Daisy Tillou. In addition to Ojeda, many of the actors reveal multiple facets of their personalities, creating hilarity. Even before he opens his mouth, Joe Fria, portraying a pompous British art collector, leaves the audience in stitches with his idiosyncratic walk. Later, Fria plays the King of France in one of the play’s zaniest moments, a scene involving a fetid piece of Limburger cheese. Jules Hartley also shines as a chameleon, transforming from the dulcet French lady Cecile Leroux into a mustachioed French gendarme whose eyes throw daggers of rage. The entire ensemble keeps Twain’s zingers flying at breakneck speed.

Twain’s play exposes the hypocrisy of a society that often values artists more in death than life. Vermeer and Van Gogh are but two of many artists who  lived in considerable poverty although their paintings today bring art dealers astronomical profits,approaching triple digit millions. Twain skewers this injustice, turning what could have been a tragedy into a pleasing melodramatic comedy. It is fitting that Twain once enjoyed life as a gold prospector, because in the esoteric archives of the Berkeley library Dr. Fisher discovered a nugget of comic gold.

Last remaining performances: 8pm Saturday May 23;  2 pm Sunday May 24th

International City Theater. Long Beach Performing Arts Center. 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach.

ICT Box Office: (562) 436-4610.

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Cultural Events LA: May 20-24


La Traviata  by Giuseppe Verdi Opening Night

Thur. May 21. 7:30 p.m.

LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. (213) 972-8001





La Sylphide

Los Angeles Ballet

Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Artistic Directors;

Freud Playhouse, UCLA: Sat. May 23: 7:30 p.m;

Sun. May 24th 2 pm;

405 Hilgard Ave.,Westwood

Alex Theatre Glendale; Sat. May 30, 7:30 p.m

216 North Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

For more information call: 310.477.7411









Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century

Opens May 23

Library, West Hall.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA  91108




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Rossini’s La Cenerentola – Live in HD from the MET

Encore performance.

Wed. May 20 7 p.m.

Starring Elina Garanca.

AMC Santa Anita. 400 S. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA. 91007


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Verdo Otello

Verdi’s Otello

Salzburg Festival.

Thurs. May 21. 7:30 P.M

Laemlle’s Playhouse 7.

673 East Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena, CA, 91101.


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FREE PUBLIC CONCERT: Wed. May 20th 6:45 p.m


Performance by Principal Artists of

Camerata Pacifica

& Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple St LA, CA 90012

Boyce; Symphony Nº1 in B Flat Major, Opus 2; Bach; Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060

Vivaldi; Concerto for 4 Violins, Opus 10 Nº3; Bach; Brandenburg Concerto Nº4 in G Major, BWV 1049

You must reserve your tickets online.

Or call: 805-884-8410

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