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Plein Air- the perfect way to spend an evening

 

An evening of Plein Air Painting in the Norton Simon Sculpture Garden, as the sun sets over Aristide Maillol’s “Night”- July 11, 2015

Photo © 2015 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Henri Matisse- Don’t touch the fruit!

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

According to Kathleen Krull, in her book “Lives of the Artists,” Henri Matisse subsisted on a strict diet of rice-only when he first started out as a painter.

Not Rice-A-Roni.

 Just plain boiled rice.

Matisse refused to even allow himself to indulge in the luscious fruit that he bought for his still life paintings.

Instead, he saved that fruit for his art.

And for us. 

Enjoy.

Henri Matisse, Still Life with Oranges. 1899 

 Editor’s Note: Matisse eventually became one of the highest-paid artists of his time, imbing champagne and moving to the French Riviera– a real Rice to Riches story!

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CCH Review- “The Hollywoodland Murder” at the Next Door Lounge

By

Leticia Marie Sanchez

This week’s feature may seem a bit off the beaten path for the Vivaldi-loving readers of Cultural Cocktail Hour.

imageWarning: if you’re expecting  a white-gloved, chamomile-tea sipping Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express, you’re in for a huge surprise. Instead, the boisterous atmosphere feels like Sherlock and Watson at a local pub, laughing uproariously with their comrades as a hapless victim gets assassinated during a game of darts.

Held at Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge, “The Hollywoodland Murder” re-creates a movie premiere about a dark subject matter: the Black Dahlia murder. This dinner party proves raucous and racy. The highlight of the production is undoubtedly the talented cast of actors. Witty, engaging, and hilarious, their sense of spontaneity steals the show. Zingers fly in this performance, both between the actors themselves and in their interaction with audience members. A second highlight is the exuberant team-building that the clue-hunting fosters, strangers in the night becoming fellow detectives.

A third bonus is the speakeasy setting, which enhances the noir milieu.

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At the very end of the production, one hears the sultry sounds of trumpet and piano. One minor suggestion would be that during the moments of clue-gathering, this soothing music be played earlier, so true detective work can occur above the din of the bar, beyond the sound and the fury of a madcap comedic production.

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Salvador Dalí and the Cauliflower-stuffed Rolls Royce

by Leticia Marie Sanchez                                                                                                                                                                 Salvador Dalí mastered the art of creating his own image. Dalí shocked audiences everywhere with his flamboyant persona. A limousine or taxi was just too dull for the outrageous surrealist. So Mr. Dali drove a Rolls Royce stuffed to the brim with…. cauliflower.   The veggie-mobile was the automobile of choice for Mr. Dali as he drove to La Sorbonne University in Paris to give a lecture.  His speech was entitled, “Phenomenological Aspects of the Critical Paranoiac Method.”  

During the speech, Dali exclaimed to the two thousand listeners in the audience, “Everything departs from the rhinoceros horn! Everything departs from Jan Vermeer’s The Lacemaker! Everything ends up in the cauliflower!“ Time Magazine, Dec. 26, 1955                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Move over Hybrids. That Cauliflower-Car was the first truly Green vehicle.

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CCH Top Picks June 7th

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a dash of Degas, an infusion of artists in their natural habitats, & a smooth stirring of secret walks in LA

Enjoy!

D PastelDegas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel.

Getty Center.

1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300

http://www.getty.edu/

 

 

VeniceVenice Artblock Open Studios

 June 7th 11-6pm

Visit 60 Open Artist Studios: Free & Open to the Public. For info, see the website of artist Melissa Herrington http://www.melissaherrington.com/ as well as http://www.veniceartblock.com/

 

 

 

SWSecret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming. Santa Monica Press. CCH has selected this non-fiction guide as a delightful weekend companion for exploring our city; this guidebook not only presents innovative walks in LA but also describes the colorful characters behind the landmarks: controversial Water Engineer William Mulholland, convicted murderer Colonel Griffith, and tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney.

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Bach and the Nanny-Goat Bassoonist


Bach…the Brawler?

Did J.S Bach, the eminent composer of such celestial works as the Goldberg Variations, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Brandenberg concertos, and the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor have an alter ego?

It appears that the clever Kapellmeister, director of heavenly choirs, and the composer of music divine, may have had a mischievous streak.

As choir director in Arnsadt, the 20-year old Bach got into fisticuffs with a student named Johann Geyersbach.

The brawl originated thusly: walking softly and carrying a big stick, Geyersbach approached Bach as he crossed the marketplace with his cousin. Geyersbach accused Bach of having insulted his bassoon skill, 18th century lexicon for “Come at Me Bro.” Bach denied having insulted him. Geyersbach retorted, “Whoever insults my bassoon, insults me.”

He then called Bach a “dirty dog” and Bach drew his sword. The two began wrestling until other students tore them apart.

The nanny goat case was taken to court. The court found Bach guilty of having called Geyersbach “Zippelfagottist,” a nanny goat bassoonist. They told him that a man must learn to accept the less talented.

Did Bach take the court’s advice to heart? A few years later he tore of his wig and hurled it at a musician, telling him he should have gone into cobble making.

Overall, Bach did a good job of hiding his Hyde. Where there is smoke, there is fire. With the embers of genius burning in his brain, it is only natural that Bach had to let off a little steam. If the cost of brilliant intensity is a tossed wig and a nanny-goat epithet, they are minor ducats compared to eternal treasures.

To listen to one of those timeless treasures,  Prelude #15 in G from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book II played by Rosalyn Tureck, click on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WRyKtWbJU4


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A dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015

 

A Dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015

by

Leticia Marie Sanchez

The launch party for British Polo Day USA 2015, held at the rooftop of the London Hotel brought a dose of Britain to the city of angels.

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Naturally, one of the 10 cities in the global British Polo Day series is Los Angeles, the film capital of the world, as the event itself is cinematic, with exotic landscapes and adventurous protagonists.

This exciting series encompasses matches across the globe at destinations including Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Mexico.

In Morocco, the terracotta hued sand of Marrakech billows like swirls of desert smoke while a caravan of vehicles heads to the polo match, the majestic Atlas Mountains looming in the background.

A colorful host of global luminaries inhabit these real-life sets, from royal families and dashing athletes to fashion icons like haute couture London milliner Philip Treacy.

 

BPD 3British Polo Day Co-Founder, Tom Hudson shared historical trivia about polo, current cultural adaptations in each host country, and ways that the sport is breaking new ground.

For instance, a princess in Dubai, Sheikha Maitha Al Maktoum, has recently come on the scene as a formidable opponent to her male peers.

Called the King of Games and the game of kings, Polo has been played throughout history by Emperors, Shahs, Kings, Khans, and Sheiks.

And now by Sheikhas as well.

Well played!

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A spot of tea, anyone? Elevator at the London Hotel, West Hollywood.

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End of May Highlights: Cultural Cocktail Hour Top Picks

 

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a flask of Flamenco, a pinch of Polo, & a splash of Strauss!

Enjoy!

Walt-Disney-concert-hall-take-2Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez performed by classical guitarist Angel Romero

MAY 21-24; Thu-Fri, May 21-22 8:00pm; Sat-Sun, May 23-24 2:00pm; Program also includes Manuel de Falla, El Amor Brujo; Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Company;

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.laphil.com

British Polo DayBritish Polo Day

Saturday May 30th; Noon

Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor will be hosting a day of Polo and Philanthropy in Los Angeles; including matches between Eton, Oxbridge, and the Southern California Polo Club and Harrow and the Will Rogers Polo Club.

Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For invitations, please send an email to info@britishpoloday.com

For additional info go to www.britishpoloday.com

LACMA photoCapitol Ensemble

Sunday, May 31st; 6 pm LACMA

Members of the Capitol Ensemble perform music of Johann Strauss as transcribed by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern.

Bing Theater. Free and open to the public. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org/

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This week in LA: May 1-8

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a blast of Beethoven, a mixture of Masterpieces, and a blend of BaroqueEnjoy!

 

Stieler, Joseph Karl: Beethoven mit der Missa solemnis Ölgemälde, 1819Beethoven and Strauss

Fri May 1 8pm; Sat May 2 8:00 pm;

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000

http://www.laphil.com/

 

DegasLACMA 50 for 50

Opened April 26

Works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, & Andy Warhol.  5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org/

 

 

VivaldiBaroque Conversations

Thursday, May 7th 7 pm

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Zipper Hall.  The Colburn School. 200 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 Program: HAYDN; KOHAUT, & VIVALDI.  www.laco.org.

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Picasso: Quote of the Day

“My mother said to me,

If you are a soldier,

you will become a general.

If you are a monk,

you will become the Pope.’

Instead, I was a painter,

and I became Picasso”

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