Most Recent Cultural Cocktails

Review: The Gospel at Colonus at the Getty Villa

September 9, 2023

How Oedipus Got His Groove Back: A jamming rendition of Sophocles at the Getty Villa By  Leticia Marie Sanchez Introducing the The Gospel at Colonus on opening night, J. Paul Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts wryly stated, “Sophocles doesn’t have…

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Art Review: An uplifting immersion at the Getty Center

July 19, 2023

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Installed in the Getty Center entrance hall on the occasion of the summer solstice, Mercedes Dorame’s mixed media installation, “Looking Back,” is figuratively and literally uplifting. An uplifting universe floats above the Getty Center foyer. The lustrous shells…

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Review: LA Art Show 2023

February 21, 2023

Review: LA Art Show 2023 By   Leticia Marie Sanchez Filled with an abundance of inspiring art from all over the world, LA Art Show 2023 was one of the best shows in recent memory. Here are my Top 3…

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Book Review: Dark Athena by Arthur Houghton III

January 31, 2023

Dark Athena by Arthur Houghton was a riveting read. It’s the perfect juxtaposition between a spy novel and an art mystery (and having read the author’s background on the book jacket, that comes as no surprise). Houghton served in the…

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Top Cultural Pick: LA ART SHOW

January 30, 2023

Cultural Cocktail Hour Top Pick LA Art Show: February 15- 19 Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall) 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 Thrilled that LA Art Show will be in full swing this year!  Looking especially forward to…

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Review: Lucia Di Lammermoor at LA Opera

September 22, 2022

Cinéma Vérité Lucia Di Lammermoor at LA Opera: A Must See Production by   Leticia Marie Sanchez (*Spoiler Alerts* on opera plot) LA Opera’s Lucia Di Lammermoor is like a double feature: for the price of admission, you get to…

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Art Review: “Conserving de Kooning; Theft and Recovery” on view at the Getty Center by Leticia Marie Sanchez

July 7, 2022

Art Review “Conserving de Kooning: Theft and Recovery” at the Getty Center on view at the Getty Center June 7–August 28, 2022 by  Leticia Marie Sanchez Truth is stranger than fiction.   Who could have imagined that a pair of…

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Step Away from the Lamb: Guards mean business at BCAM

March 3, 2022

“Step away from the Lamb and no one gets hurt!” “There will be no Hirst Heist today, buddy.” The LA Times reports that pistol-carrying guards protect Damien Hirst’s Away from the Flock at BCAM. Realistic preventative measure? Or disruption to the artistic experience? It’s…

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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Western Region

February 7, 2022

All Photography and Text © 2011 Leticia Marie Sanchez All Rights Reserved. Passionate singers, heavenly arias, storm clouds, and an adorable Jack Russell Terrier! It was a dark and stormy night. Or day, rather. (Yes, there will be a canine featured…

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

October 6, 2021

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…

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