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Rodarte to design costumes for LA Phil’s May production of “Don Giovanni”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced that fashion house Rodarte, who designed the costumes for the film “Black Swan” will be creating the sartorial operatic look for Mozart’s libidinous lothario, Don Giovanni. The fully staged opera debuts on May 18th at Walt Disney Concert hall.  Guess who will be in charge of the set design? None other than Frank Gehry, the mastermind architect behind Walt Disney Concert Hall itself. Not too shabby, LA Phil. Not too shabby, at all!         

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In the news: Was Vincent Van Gogh Shot?

A CBS News report discusses a ground-breaking new biography by two Pulitzer-Prize winning writers who argue that Vincent Van Gogh may not have committed suicide, as has been long believed.  Instead, their evidence points to his being shot by wealthy, rowdy teenage boys. The teens had taken previous pleasure in bullying Van Gogh by pouring salt in his coffee, snakes in his paint can, and having their girlfriends torment him. The authors argue that although these teens shot Van Gogh, as he lay dying, he protected them from police, asking investigators not to accuse anyone of the crime. For the full report, please see: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7384904n&tag=re1.galleries

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In the News: “Il Volo”- Can Opera be embraced by the GLEE crowd?

This Sunday’s New York Times discussed the opera sensation”Il Volo,” a popular teenage boy band that has teen girls swooning. With appearances on TV shows like Entourage, can “Il Volo”  bring the love of opera to a mainstream teen audience?  “Il Volo” means “the flight”- let’s hope that opera takes off in a wide audience of music-loving teens. For the full story, please read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/arts/music/il-volo-the-teenage-italian-singers-go-on-tour.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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In the news: Rembrandt drawing stolen from Marina del Rey Hotel this weekend

  This weekend, “The Judgement,” a pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from an evening exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. The work, worth more than $250,000, was snatched around 10:30 p.m during an evening event for potential buyers. The curator was temporarily distracted by a person, who may have been part of a team of art thieves. According to experts, more than 81 of Rembrandt’s works have been stolen over the past century. For more information on the Marina del Rey heist, please read: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/8702503/Rembrandt-stolen-in-well-planned-heist.html

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In the News: Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

You heard it here first! News reports suggest that Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated next week (Aug 17) for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 69-year old Barenboim helped to found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999,  which is composed of international musicians including: Israelis, Arabs, and Iranians. This week, before his orchestra performed in South Korea, Barenboim said, “Music cannot solve conflicts,  but music has the ability to make people interested and passionate about the same thing,”  For the full story, please see: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwKlHCm2ufOtt6Tvosjpez941X4Q?docId=CNG.395bec0157ae53758ac65c87b4cf6e70.211

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In the news: in honor of artist’s Alexander Calder- a Google doodle

In honor of the birthday mobile sculptor inventor, Alexander Calder, play with a Calder-like mobile. The moving mobile will appear on Google search today Friday July 22. The left side of the interactive mobile reminds me of a hungry plant from the Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed Me!” Before becoming an artist, Mr. Calder studied engineering. According to the Calder Foundation, one of the most profound experiences in Mr. Calder’s life occurred when he was working as a fireman on a Ship’s Boiler Room. When he awoke one day (on a ship heading from New York to San Francisco) he saw both a radiant sunrise and a resplendent full moon. At that moment the ship lay off the coast of Guatemala, and Calder could see each striking vista on opposite horizons. What an incredible sight that must have been…

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4-Oh-5 Things to do during Carmageddon weekend

Angelenos Do not fear.   The end of days is not near. A CULTURAL COCKTAIL is the antidote to mass hysteria  Here are ways to spend your weekend away from the 405 (yes, the Getty Brentwood is closed) 5.  Check out Vermeer at the Norton Simon on loan from the Metropolitan Museum http://www.nortonsimon.org/ 4.  Relax in the gardens at the Old Mill to the strains of the Cal Philharmonic http://www.calphil.org/concerts/more-concerts-events/old-mill/ 3. See some tranquil Pre-Raphaelite ladies at the Huntington http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9450 2. Watch ballerinas dance to Shostakovich at the Music Center. http://www.musiccenter.org/ 1. Breathe.

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In the News: Museum of Mathematics to open in Manhattan on East 26th Street

Now here is a real PLUS for the museum world! Glen Whitney, a former Math Professor and algorithm manager at a quantitative hedge fund, has created the only current Museum of Mathematics in the US. The museum will open next year at 11 East 26th Street and will feature colorful, dynamic exhibits (like the one above which explores the interplay between math and music). For the full story please read:  at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/science/28math.html?src=me&ref=general For a link to the museum, please visit: http://momath.org/

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In the News: Baroque Harpists booted out of Central Park

Authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded the soothing harp a “public disturbance” while mega rock concerts can go on, undisturbed. For the full article, please read the link below: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110612/lf_afp/lifestyleusmusicsocietynewyork_20110612051411

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Free Mondays at MOCA- courtesy of Banksy- June 13-Aug 8- Geffen Contemporary

MOCA ANNOUNCES ART IN THE STREETS FREE MONDAYS AT MOCA COURTESY OF BANKSY June 13–August 8, 2011 Los Angeles-The Museum of Contemporary Art announced today that British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of Art in the Streets.    

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