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Cultural Cocktail Hour is in Manhattan this week!

What is the recipe for the perfect Cultural Cocktail in New York City this week?

Photography, Left.

Museum Mile

Fifth Avenue,

New York

© 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez




#1 Lock eyes

with Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring

now on view at

the Frick.

(She’ll win the stare-down, no contest)


#2. Hie thee to the Jewish Museum

to see Chagall: Love, War and Exile-

for a different side to Chagall: profound and haunting. An exploration of loss both personal (his wife Bella) and global (the Holocaust) through his unique iconographical use of the Crucifixion as a secular symbol to personify suffering.



#3. Enjoy the Double, Double, Toil and Trouble at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre production of

Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke!

(Check back on Cultural Cocktail Hour later this week for a full review of Macbeth)

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Cultural Events LA: October 25th, 26th, & 27th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Sibelius, and a flourish of young talent at the Met Opera Auditions. Enjoy!

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Fri Oct 25 8:00PM Sat Oct 26 8:00PM Sun Oct 27 2:00PM

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin; IVES: The Unanswered Question; SALONEN: Violin Concerto; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 

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

WDCH Photo:© 2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez

Metropolitan Opera National Council 2013 Western Regional Finals

Saturday Oct. 26- 1:00 pm

The Colburn School. Zipper Concert Hall. 200 South Grand, LA. 90012.

Ticket Price Is $35 per person.Tickets may be purchased by contacting: Fred Dear, 626. 257.7878  -

Send $35 check made out to “MONC-‘Western Region.” Mail to:  MONC – Western Region, 1415 Indiana Avenue, South Pasadena, CA  91030

Colburn School Photo: © 2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Events LA October 20th and 21st

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Chekhov, a dash of Beethoven, and a double dose of concerts at the Getty Villa! Enjoy!

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Stacy Keach, Grace Gummer, Josh Radnor record David Mamet’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”

for L.A. Theatre Works Oct. 17-20

Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 8 pm; Friday, Oct. 18 @ 8 pm; Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 3 pm & 8 pm0

Sunday, Oct. 20 @ 4 pm. James Bridges Theater.  UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 235 Charles E. Young Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310-827-0889 or


Beethoven, Bagels & Banter Oct. 20th 11 am

Robert Davidovici, Violin; Alexander Shtarkman, Piano;  Antonio Lysy, Cello; Beethoven – Kakadu Variations for Piano Trio in G major op. 121a; Debussy – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915); Ravel – Sonata for Violin and Piano; Brahms – Piano Trio in C minor op. 101;

The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401 or call Box Office at 310.434.3200


Concerts at the Getty Villa

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

Sat, Oct. 19th 7pm; Sun October 20th 3:00 p.m

Call (310) 440-7300 or visit

Photo: Copyright 2009 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Top Pick this weekend in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail Hour recipe involves a dose of drawings by Klimt, Boucher, Poussin, and Bernini

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The Poetry of Paper

Closes October 20th

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

Portrait of a Young Woman Reclining, 1897–98, Gustav Klimt

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Cultural Events LA October 6th and 7th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Berlioz, a swirl of sacred treasures, topped off by a hearty shot of Tchaikovsky. Enjoy!

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American Youth Symphony Launches 49th Season

FREE CONCERT Sun. Oct. 6th 7 p.m.

Pre-Concert Talk featuring free screening of Keeping the Score: Symphony fantastic, 5:30 p.m.; Alexander Treger, music director; Allan Steele, cello; TIMOTHY ANDRES Bathtub Shrine; TCHAIKOVSKY; Variations on a Rococo Theme; BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique; UCLA’s Royce Hall 340 Royce Drive Westwood, CA 90095. (310) 470-2332.


Treasures from Church and Cloister

Sept 20, 2013- February 2, 2014

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

10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Dudamel & Bronfman Los Angeles Philharmonic

Thu-Sat, Oct 3-5 8:00PM Sun Oct 06 2:00PM

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4, “Tragic;” LIEBERSON (OLIVER KNUSSEN REALIZATION): Shing Kham (world premiere, LA Phil commission; TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1. Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000

WDCH Photo:© 2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Events LA Sept 28th and 29th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Colburn Orchestra, a fusion of Flanders and Florence topped off by a splash of Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Enjoy!

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Colburn Orchestra Concert

Sat. Sept. 28th 7:30 PM

Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena

Yehuda Gilad, conductor; William Hagen, violin;  Program: Glinka Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla; Sibelius Concerto for Violin;  Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6; Reserve online through:

Photo of Ambassador Auditorium: © 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting

Opens Sept. 28th

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108.

Left: Rogier Van Der Weyden; Virgin and Child; c 1460





Los Angeles Dream Orchestra 

Sat. September 28th; 8:00 p.m.

Aratani Theatre; Little Tokyo

Akira Nakano;  Rachmaninoff; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Liszt Totentanz; Nakano, Original Score from “the Norwood Affair;” All Proceeds Benefit The Dream Orchestra Youth Performance & Music Education Fund;  For more information, see:



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Top Cultural Picks this weekend in LA- Sept 21, 22nd

This weekend is a classic-filled Cultural Cocktail: a dose of outdoor Shakespeare, 1 part LA Chamber Music, and 1 Part Greek Tragedy at the Getty Villa!  Enjoy!

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus; new translation by Joel Agee

Directed by Travis Preston

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 5–28

8:00 p.m.

Getty Villa, the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA .For information on tickets, please Call (310) 440-7300 or visit

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s“Beethoven, Mozart, Lutoslawski & Kodály”

Saturday, September 21, 8 pm Ambassador Auditorium 131 S St John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91123

Sunday, September 22, 7 pm Royce Hall, UCLA 40 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90095

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor;  Benjamin Beilman, violin;  BEETHOVEN; Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra; MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, “Turkish;” LUTOSLAWSKI Chain 2; KODÁLY Dances of Galánta

The Taming of the Shrew

September 21 8:00 p.m.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290. (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

(310) 455-3723

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Top Picks this week in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: an apéritif of Carmen, 1 Oz. California History, and 2 Doses of Czech music. Enjoy!

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LA Opera Performs Arias from Carmen


September 12 7-8:30 pm

 One Colorado Courtyard, Pasadena. 24 E Union St  Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 564-1066

Two 30-minute performances at 7pm & 8pm

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Photo Credit:  Robert Millard, LA Opera’s 2009 production of “Carmen”

Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108.

Czech Mates at the Hollywood Bowl

September 12 8:00 p.m

Los Angeles Philharmonic; Jakub Hrůša, conductor; Simon Trpčeski, piano

SMETANA: Šárka from Má vlast;  PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 Program Notes;  DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 6

2301 North Highland Avenue. Hollywood, CA 90068.

For more information see:


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In the news: “Fake” Van Gogh determined to be real

In an unusual twist, the very same museum that declared a Van Gogh painting to be fake in 1991 now declares it to be an authenticated work by the Dutch master.

The 1888 landscape painting “Sunset at Montmajour,” has now been hailed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as a “high point” of Van Gogh’s “artistic achievement.”

“A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum,” declared Axel Ruger, the museum’s director, 

The painting has been stashed in an attic for four decades, as two of its previous collectors were told that it was a fake.

Questions abound.

1. If it were not for the tenacity of the collector who absolutely insisted on taking it back to the Van Gogh museum (that had declared it a fake) for a second time, this painting may have lived in an attic in perpetuity.

What went wrong during the authentication process in 1991?

2. The painting originally came from the collection of Van Gogh’s brother, Theo Van Gogh. What better provenance than that of the painter’s closest relative (and artistic patron)?

3. After being discarded to the attic again in 1991, did the painting’s quality decline in those two decades?

Art sleuths, this case is far from over. 

I think that heads (or ears) may roll at the Van Gogh Museum after this mess is sorted.

At least the painting can now see the light of day!

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Cultural Events LA September 6-7

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a Wagnerian Love Letter and Medieval Saints

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KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen hosts an in-depth look at Wagner’s private,

musical love letter to his wife in Salastina Society’s season-opening


Sat. Sept 7th. 8 pm Thayer Hall. Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012

The concert opens with composer-in-residence Jeremy Cavaterra’s arrangement of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5. Post-concert reception and silent auction. For information on tickets, please visit:

Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages

Getty Center.

1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049.

(310) 440-7300

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