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This Weekend in LA: September 12-14

The Tales of Eric Rohmer- LACMA

Fri. Sept 12, 7:30 p.m My Night at Maud’s

Fri. Sept 12 9:30 p.m A Good Marriage

Sat. Sept 13 7:30 p.m Claire’s Knee

Sat. Sept 13 9:30 The Marquise of O 

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000


And the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture

Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. Los Angeles, California 90049


Federico Fellini’s Amarcord

Free Outdoor Movie Screening

8 P.M Saturday Sept. 13

Bulgarini Gelato. 749 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001. (626) 791-6174.

Dinner served before the show. Pasta, salad, and a drink. $11.95

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Art Heist: LA

LA Mystery: The Case of the Purloined Paintings…

 According to the LA Times, art thieves plundered an Encino home on August 23, robbing a dozen valuable paintings including works by Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, and Lyonel Feninger. A $200,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the paintings’ return.,0,331129.story?page=1&track=rss

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Woody Allen comes to LA Opera! (This weekend in LA)

Woody Allen to direct LA OPERA!

You know, funny to opera people is not funny to the Marx Brothers.

 “I figured, ‘Eh, I’ll be dead before it happens. I’m 72. I’m never going to make it to the opera.’”

-Woody Allen, Village Voice, August 12, 2008.

Although he incorporated opera music into his 2005 film Match Point, Gianni Schicchi marks Woody Allen’s foray into directing opera. Gianni Schicchi forms part of Puccini’s three-act “Il Trittico;” Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin will direct the other two acts, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica.

Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s only black comedy, provides the perfect fodder for Woody Allen’s mischievous and magical touch. The libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, comes from a story in Dante’s Inferno and involves avarice, impersonations of the dead, and the quest for true love.

Mr. Allen has expressed qualms about his debut, remarking to the Village Voice that, “I’ll just do the best I can and then get out of town and let them tar and feather Friedkin.” He confessed that he agreed to Placido Domingo’s request to direct an opera because he thought he would have kicked the bucket by the time it materialized. Well. Woody is alive and kicking, and we have a feeling that Puccini will never be the same again.

Il Trittico, Giacomo Puccini. LA OPERA.

Saturday September 6,6.00 p.m. Thursday September 11, 7:30 p.m. Sunday September 14, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 17, 7:30 p.m. Sunday September 21, 2:00 p.m. Tuesday September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Friday September 26 7:30 p.m.

 For information on tickets call (213) 972-8001 or visit:

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Cultural Events Labor Day Weekend LA

Watch an Ancient Greek tragedy like the Ancient Greeks did, in an amphitheater under the evening stars..

Agamemnon (Preview)

Fri. Aug. 29, 2008. 8 pm.

The Barbara & Lawrence Fleischman Theater, Getty Villa, Malibu

(Sold Out Saturday the 30th)

Starring Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo

From the Getty site:

This open-air staging by acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth resurrects Aeschylus’ unsettling domestic drama of The House of Atreus, heard in a riveting translation by the late Robert Fagles. The victorious Agamemnon arrives home with his surviving troops after the bloody battle for Troy. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of the decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself. Tickets $38; $32 students/seniors. (Previews $15).” 

This Side of Paradise:  Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs (until Sept 15, 2008)

This exhibit juxtaposes the glamour and underbelly of Los Angeles, demystifying the idea of Southern California paradise with photographs of the LA Times bombing and the deadened eyes of a woman in curlers working in the Adult Film Industry. Huntington Library. 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA 91108.  (626) 405-2100

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This Weekend in LA, August 22 and 23rd. Southwest Chamber Music

Friday August 22. 7:30 P.M

Saturday August 23. 7:30 P.M

Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Chôros No. 2

Samuel Barber: Summer Music
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
Leos Janacek: Mládi
The Huntington.1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA 91108
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La Scala Comes to Beverly Hills, Thursday August 21

A film of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Thursday August 21, 7:30 P.M

Laemmle Music Hall. 9306 Wilshire Boulevard. Beverly Hills. 90211


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This Weekend in LA: Friday August 15. “Winds in the Garden.”

Winds in the Garden

Friday, August 157:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In the Norton Simon Sculpture Garden, oboist Myka Miller and flautist Salpy Kerkonian will perform works by Rodrigo, Fauré and Copland.

Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.626.449.6840

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“Percussion, Planets, and Pictures” at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday August 14. 8:00 P.M

Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries, Rouse, Der Gerettete Alberich, Holst,The Planets.”

Hollywood Bowl.2301 North Highland Ave.Hollywood, CA 90068. (323)850.2000

From the website: “The Planets conclude the concert enhanced by stunning imagery from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena.”

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Cultural Events LA this weekend: August 1-2

Angelenos, take a weekend getaway, and immerse yourselves in music!

La Jolla Music Society Summer Fest

from August 1-August 24, is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing 16 concerts.

This cornucopia of musical treasures includes: jazz, dance, and works by Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky, Messiaen, and many more.

For information about tickets, please visit the web site below.



Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare by the Sea                                  

Saturday August 2. 7 P.M

Bonita Canyon Sports Park.

1990 Ford Road.

Newport Beach.

O excellent! I love long life better than figs.” Act I. Scene 2.

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Pietro Germi Films at LACMA

Two comedies by Italian director Pietro Germi.

Fri. Aug 1st & Sat. Aug 2nd. 

7:30 P.M Divorce Italian Style.

9:30 P.M Seduced and Abandoned

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This Weekend in LA: July 25 and 26

Baroque Treats for the Eye, Ear, and Soul

Fri. July 25: 7:00 p.m.  Norton Simon Museum of Art.

411 W. Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.449.6840.

In the Museum’s early-Renaissance gallery, the Harmonia Baroque Players will perform baroque chamber music in addition to medieval and Renaissance-era selections on period instruments.

Harmonious music wafting among the paintings by Botticelli, Fra Angelico, and Bellini; what better way to soothe your senses and your soul?


Southwest Chamber Music

Fri. July 25 & Sat. July 26. 7:30 p.m.

The Huntington. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. 626.405.2100. 

Inspired by the art collections and the new Chinese garden, the program includes works by Carl Friedrich Abel (whose portrait by Gainsborough hangs in the Huntington Art Gallery) and Joan Huang’s Impressions of Suzhou. For more information call 800.726.7147.

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Program: C. F. Abel. Quartet for Flute and Strings.

J.C Bach. Quartet for Flute and Strings, Op. 19, No. 3.

Joan Huang. Impressions of Suzhou.

Robert Schumann, Fantasy Piece for Clarinet and Piano. Op.73.

L.V Beethoven. Trio No. 7 for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello, Op. 11.

Carl Friedrich Abel.

Thomas Gainsborough. 1777.

Huntington Library Art Collections. San Marino, California.

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