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This Weekend in LA: Cultural Events June 7-8

La Rondine: LA Opera             Saturday June 7, 7:30 P.M. Puccini’s lesser- known La Rondine contains beautiful pieces including: “Chi il bel sogno di Doretto,” and “Ma come puoi lasciarmi.” “La Rondine,” the swallow, revolves around the love between a free-spirited courtesan, Magda, and her beloved Ruggero. Can she escape the chains of her past, or like a swallow, will she be forced to return to her life as a kept woman?  Go see the opera and find out! Patricia Racette as Magda and Marcus Haddock as Ruggero. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts. Marta Domingo directs.  Huntington Art Gallery Summer hours:  10:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.  Walk through the home of Henry Huntington and his wife Arabella. The Huntington Art Gallery opened this month after a $20 million facelift.  The collection of European art includes objects

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This Weekend in LA: Cultural Events May 30- June 1

Fridays Off The 405 Friday, May 30, 6:00–9:00 p.m. Free admission; no reservations required. Free live music, gallery tours, California video screenings, cash bar, and more. Getty Center Museum Courtyard  1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, CA 90049. 310. 440.7300.                      Salonen’s Piano Concerto Fri. May 30 8:00 P.M Sat May 31 8:00 P.M  Sunday June 1, 2:00 P.M.  LA Philharmonic: Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Yefim Bronfam, piano  Debussy: Selected Preludes; Salonen: Piano Concerto (West Coast premiere)  Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA 323.850.2000 Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Fri. May 30 8:00 P.M Sat May 31: 8:00 P.M Schnittke: Not a Midsummer Night’s Dream; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Orange County Performing Arts Center 600 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Memorial Day Free at LACMA!

  LACMA is hosting Monumental Monday replete with live music, entertainment, and hands-on art workshops. Free admission from 12-8p.m. Swing to the sounds of Art Deco and His Society Orchestra. Create your own art with artists Ismael de Anda and Eszter Delgado. Performance and art workshops from 12:30-4:00 p.m Forget the beach- take the whole family LACMA this Memorial Day! For more information visit,  

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Cultural Events This Weekend in LA: May 23-25

Colburn Dance Recital: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Zipper Hall. Friday 7p.m. Dance Institute. Professional Training Spring Concert. Saturday 7:30 p.m.Spring Showcase. Sunday 3:00 p.m. Tap and Folklorico Showcase. Free admission, but reserved tickets required. Call 213 621-1050  Colburn School. 200 South Grand Avenue LA, CA, 90012  (213)621.2200        Pacific Asia Museum: “Chinamen’s Chance: View of the Chinese American Experience.” Three contemporary artists, Zhi Lin, Arthur Ou, and Amanda Ross-Ho, illustrate diverse Chinese American experiences from the days of the Transcontinental Railroad’s construction to the present. Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA, 91101. 626.449.2742. For more information visit:   LACMA BCAM: BROAD CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM Check out BCAM- the Broad Contemporary Art Museum- one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world.  Saturday May 24: 4:00 P.M Tour of BCAM: Art Chats at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: May 17th

Music: To Hear or Not to Hear  Tosca is opening this weekend. LA Opera calls Tosca “Puccini’s action-packed pyschological thriller.” Sir Richard Armstrong conducts in May. Placido Domingo conducts the second week in June. LA Opera 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. 213.972.7219. For tickets and times, visit   Theater: To Attend or Not To Attend  A Noise Within presents Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1.  In this play Prince Hall pals around with the portly, jolly Falstaff. A Noise Within. 234 South Brand Boulevard. Glendale, CA, 91204. 818.240.0910 For tickets, please visit  Art: To See or Not to See  Marcel Duchamp Redux at the Norton Simon Museum of Art Marcel Duchamp once said, “… the creative act is not performed by the artist alone…the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contributions to the creative act.”

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Cultural Events this weekend in Los Angeles, May 10

Art: To see or not To See 1. Huntington Library Chinese Gardens: Liu Fang Yuan, The Garden of Flowing Fragrance  A scholar’s retreat: step back in time where you can inhale the lotus, plum, and pine. Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA, 91108. 626.405.2100  2. Theater: To Attend or Not to Attend Of Mice, Men, and the American Dream: A Weeklong Celebration of Culture and Community May 12-17. Pasadena Playhouse. 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91101. (626)356.7529  Highlights include: The performance of Mice and Men at the Pasadena Playhouse, photo exhibit: “In the Fields,” and lectures with historians, critics, and activists.  3. Music: To Hear or Not To Hear  Do not mourn Adonis- he is still alive!! Check out Cuban sensation Adonis Puentes at: The Latin Jazz Festival at the Greek Theater, May 10th. 7pm  2700 North

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Cultural Events Los Angeles; This weekend in LA, May 2-4

  This week’s cultural cocktail:  A dose of book burning, a pick-me-up of Prokofiev, and a shot of Bette Davis’ eyes! Enjoy. Film: To see or Not to see Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis LACMA 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036. (323).857.6000  Friday May 2 7:30 P.M Jezebel; 9:30 P.M The Old Maid Saturday May 3 7:30 P.M All About Eve; 9:30 P.M Of Human Bondage                For information about tickets, please visit: THEATER: TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 Playing through June 18th.  Thur, Fri, Saturday: 8p.m.; Sunday 3p.m.  Fremont Center Theater; 1000 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA, 91030 A theater Mr. Bradbury supports. If you are lucky, you may even see him in the audience! For tickets call: (323) 960-4451 Online:   MUSIC: TO HEAR OR NOT TO HEAR   Sunday May 4, Royce Hall UCLA American Youth

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To See Or Not to See This Weekend in LA, April 26

FILM: To see or not to see       La Fille du Régiment– Donizetti            Saturday, April 26, 2008  If you do not have the luck to be at the Metropolitan Opera, fear not.  The Met now screens operas live in HD in movie theaters across the world! To find out about tickets and show times at a theater near you visit  Juan Diego Flórez’s high C’s have received A’s from critics and audiences alike. La Fille du Régiment is a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna.  MUSIC:  To Hear or not to Hear       Southwest Chamber Music at the Norton Simon Museum 8:00 p.m. Concert; 7:30 p.m. Prelude Talk  411 W. Colorado Boulevard,  Pasadena, CA 91105-182; 626.449.6840  Program  Charles Ives Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting Franz

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To see or not to see in LA this weekend 4/18/08

Weekend Cultural Menu   Art: To see or not to see:   “The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present” Daily through June 23, 2008 Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa  The White House should not be white.  Greeks had fun with garish colors. Check it out.  Check Website for ticket availability:  Music: To hear or not to hear Walt Disney Concert Hall Thibaudet Plays Grieg  Thursday April 17, 2008 8:00 P.M  Friday April 18, 2008 8:00 P.M  Saturday April 19, 2008 2:00 P.M Sunday April 20, 2008 2:00 P.M  111 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90012 323.850.2000  FEATURED ARTISTS: LA Philharmonic; Charles Dutoir, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano Program: Ravel, Mother Goose Suite; Grieg, Piano Concerto; Saint-Saens, Symphony No.3 “Organ.”   Books: To read or not to read Stravinksy’s The Poetics of Music Who makes the best companion to a concert? Igor Stravinsky! In

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