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Mozart Under the Stars: July 22 and July 23

Tuesday July 22 8:00 P.M

Wednesday July 23 8:00 P.M

Hollywood Bowl. 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90068. 323.850.2000

LA Philharmonic. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor. Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano. Orion Weiss, Piano. Mozart. Overture to La Clemenza Di Tito; “Ch’io mi scordi di te.”; Piano Concerto No 17. K. 453. “Exsultate Jubilate;” Symphony No. 38, K. 504. “Prague.”

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This Weekend in LA: July 19

Shakespeare By the Sea presents

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Puck, Oberon, Lysander, and company make mischief in the woods. The best scene is when Titiana wakes next to Nick Bottom, who has been transformed into a donkey, and Snout exclaims, “O Bottom, thou art translated.”

Saturday July 19, 7pm

Polliwog Park. 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 

Free admission.

Bring your own chairs or towels.

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: July 11- July 13

Southwest Chamber Music

Friday July 11, Saturday July 12. 7:30 P.M Huntington Library

 W. A. Mozart

Divertimento in B flat major, K. 270 

Serenade in C minor, K. 388

“Harmoniemusik” excerpts from “The Magic Flute”

Call 800-726-7147 for availability

 Shakespeare Festival LA

Taming of the Shrew

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown LA

July 9-13,  July 16-20

Show Starts at 8 P.M (Seating begins at 6:30)

Box office (213) 975-9891

From the Festival Website: “The Taming of the Shrew fires on all cylinders with a… uniquely Los Angeles look at Shakespeare’s classic comedy.”



California Philharmonic

Andrew Lloyd Weber Meets Puccini

Sat July 12. 7:30 P.M. The Arboretum. Arcadia.

Sun. July 13. 2:00 P.M  Walt Disney Concert Hall

Selections from: Tosca, La Boheme, Phantom of the Opera & Evita.

Box Office: 626.300.8200.

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Cultural Cocktails: Fourth of July in LA


Friday July 4th

3:00 PM TOUR: America’s Artistic Heritage 

6:00 MUSIC PROGRAM: Friday Night Jazz- Rickey Woodard Sextet

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


Museums open on the Fourth include: LACMA and Norton Simon Museum of Art.

Museums closed on the Fourth include: Getty Center Brentwood, Getty Villa Malibu, Autry National Center 

LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl:

Celebration of the Dodgers’ 50th Anniversary in LA

Fri. July 4. 7:30 P.M

Program includes: classic baseball tunes, appearances by Dodger legends, and a magnificent fireworks show. Rob Fisher, Conductor. Randy Newman, special Guest. Brian Childers, Vocalist. Hollywood Bowl: 2301 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA.  

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This Weekend in LA, June 28th

Harvard Glee Club | 150th Anniversary Tour

Sat. June 28. 8 p.m. 

Walt Disney Concert Hall 

Concert Tickets: $49 – $19 

Purchase tickets Online: 





The New Ivy Chamber Ensemble & ”Intermezzo”

June 29, 2008, 3:00 P.M.

Rancho Boca de Santa Monica. 565 Dryad Road. Santa Monica, CA.

Inaugural concert by the New Ivy Chamber Ensemble playing selections by Vivaldi, Eccles, Pachelbel, Bach, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Provost. Reception and movie screening will follow the music. The film is “Intermezzo” with Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard.

Tickets are $40 each.

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Free Author Night at South Pas. Library This Thursday 6/26 at 7:00


No tickets or reservations required. South Pasadena Library. Library Community Room. 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena. Event is at 7:00 P.M. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. Live Music by Flamenco Guitarist Gabriel Reyna


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The best exhibit in Los Angeles. Hands Down.

If there is only one exhibit you see in Los Angeles this year, this is IT:

J. Michael Walker walks where Angelenos fear to tread

All the Saints of the City of the Angels

The City of the Angels is a commuter city. We spend time enclosed in cars, in serpentine lines of traffic crawling around our city’s landmarks. Freeways form boundaries- the 110, 405, 134, 101, 10- a plethora of numbers dividing East from West, Suburb from Metropolis, Have from Have-Not.

What if we could just get out? Out of our cars. Out of our enclosures. Remove our armor of road rage and glide through out city like Angels.

With J. Michael Walker as our guide, we certainly can.

His exhibit, All the Saints of the City Of the Angels, holds court at the Gene Autry Museum until September 7th.  The gold-tinged book, with a portrait of Saint Moritz on the cover, serves as our city’s Illuminated Manuscript, on many different levels.

“Illuminare” from the Latin means to spiritually enlighten, and Mr. Walker’s exhibit and book nourish the soul. Moreover, “Illuminare” means to “Cast Light. “ The paintings and stories shed light on Los Angeles like a luminous burning torch, majestically revealing the jewels behind our city’s history, spirit, and most of all, people. Never before has Los Angeles looked so beautiful.

Who are the angels that we meet? The gentle candle casts radiance on the faces that may pass unnoticed on harried commutes.  San Julian Street and Place downtown allude to the story of San Julian, a once homeless saint who welcomed the weary into his abode as his guests.  Coincidentally, San Julian’s Street downtown is home to LAMP, which provides housing and services for persons diagnosed with mental illness. Like San Julian, the Staff of LAMP calls those who enter “guests.” In the powerfully vivid paintings, those without homes look us straight in the eye.  The paintings remind us that we are in this together. The City of Angeles belongs to us all.

What about San Ysidro Drive in Bel Air? San Ysidro Labrador, a saint from the Twelfth Century, toiled on other men’s lands to support his family. On this street today, on the well-manicured estates one can observe modern day San Ysidros bringing life to the gardens, making them lush with a careful touch. Hours of labor produce a moveable feast for our eyes.

These are but two illustrations of a much larger exhibit, a glorious and seamless tapestry that weaves California history, the stories of the saints, and the triumph of the human spirit. How fortunate we Angelenos are to have an artist who captures our city’s cultural icons, enriches us with history, and makes visible the unseen souls who inhabit our City of Angels. True humanity is divinity. J. Michael Walker portrays the dignity of all our city’s inhabitants- mothers, children, homeless, fathers- and helps us to see the face of God.


For more information please visit:

Autry National Center of the American West. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027. 323.667.2000. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

The BookAll the Saints of the City of Angeles; Seeking the Soul of L.A on its Streets. Paintings and Stories by J. Michael Walker. Gold Foil Cover, 230 pages. 

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Weekend Cultural Events Los Angeles; June 21

Verdi’s Rigoletto: Center Stage Opera

Saturday June 21: 7:30 P.M

Sunday June 22: 3:00 P.M

The Madrid Theater. 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA.

To purchase tickets over the phone call: 818. 347. 9938

Kalil Wilson and the Berkeley Everett Trio

 Sunday June 2, 8:00 and 9:30 shows

The Jazz Bakery.3233 Helms Avenue, LA. Reservations: 310.271.9039


3rd Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition and Festival

June 21st, 7:00 PM

 Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Avenue

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Wise Man of the Day: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

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Mingei East and West at the Pacific Asia Museum

East Meets West: The Mingei Exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum

The East and West have often been at conflict on the political stage. Even today, geo-political grandstanding mars the 2008 Summer Olympics in China as titans prove unwilling to give up an inch of their superpower. During the first half of the 20th century, the Pacific Rim was also a chessboard where the East and West fought for dominance. The exhibit Mingei East and West, however, evinces the power of art to transcend political borders.

In a century when Japanese Americans lived in internment camps, and Americans lost their lives at the hands of Kamikaze pilots, the exhibit illustrates a unity of spirit and respect between artists on opposite ends of the Pacific. Mingei East and West shows the positive impact of Mingei on the California Arts and Crafts movement as well as the American influence on Japanese Art. 

The term Mingei, coined in 1927 by Art Critic Yanagi Soetsu, refers to ”folk art,” a subtle revolt against the mechanization of the Industrial Revolution. The humble Mingei elevates the beauty of the practical and extols anonymous handcrafted objects. Yanagi classified the virtue of Mingei as its naturalness, plurality, selflessness, and functionality.

Mingei East and West depicts a lively interplay between Japanese and American artists. California artists incorporated Japanese design motifs including trees and fish. Utagawa Hiroshige’s Swaying Pine Trees from mid-ninteenth century Japan echoes through Frederick H.W Leuders Lantern with Pine Tree Motif from the University of Southern California’s Gamble House. Three Carp, a stained glass window from the 1920’s by Judson Studios mirrors Ohara Koson’s Catfish and Bee, a Japanese woodblock print on paper from the early 20th century. The California artists integrated key elements of the Japanese style: simple composition, organic line, and strong dark-light contrast.

A collection of Mingei and Post-War American ceramics further demonstrates the connection between cultures, the dynamic and fluid nature of cultural identity, and the reflection between Asia and the West. As noted by Pacific Asia Museum’s Executive Director Joan Marshall, the exhibit “is a testament to what you can do in a small space.” Through key pieces in a small setting, one can see the cohesive kinship between the artists of two great empires.

While in the space, do not forget to look up.

Fifteenth-century wood panels from a Buddhist temple float suspended from the ceiling. These panels feature Kannon, a compassionate bodhisattva, an enlightened being who helps others achieve awareness. The peaceful courtyard garden, the rhythmic murmuring pond, and Kannon, our lucid guide, all make the Pacific Asia Museum an ideal spot for an artistic pilgrimage. 

June 6, 2008 through January 6, 2009

Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA, 91101. 626.449.2742.

Hours: Wed – Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

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