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Cultural Cocktail Hour Heads to Spain!

Cultural Cocktail Hour is heading to Madrid and Andalusia. Check back in Mid-April for cultural reports on museums, architecture, and the landmark Cordoba cathedral!

In the meantime, check out April Highlights Calendar for LA Cultural Events.

During these two weeks , take the time at your leisure to peruse the categories to the right to explore ART CRIMES and ART ANECDOTES for your reading pleasure!

Editor-in-Chief. Leticia Marie Sanchez

Detail: Diego Velázquez. Las Meninas. 1656. Museo del Prado. Madrid, Spain.

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April Cultural Events LA: Highlights

Cultural Cocktail Hour April Highlights: Los Angeles

This month’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes 2 Oz of Ballet, A Dash of Bach, A Sprinkle of Violins, and an Audible Feast. Enjoy!

 Youth American Grand Prix Presents the Film “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”

April 2

The film showcases Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Giselle, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, & Swan Lake & includes interviews with Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, and Edward Villella

Laemmle’s Playhouse Pasadena; Laemmle’s Noho 7 North Hollywood; Laemmle’s Santa Monica; Laemmle’s Town Center 5 Encino;

For film & showtimes, please visit:

Photo by Liza Voll Photography



Printemps: An Audible Feast: Sounds of Spring

APRIL 14TH 5:30 PM 

Food and wine pairings, inspired by music, performed in a contemporary take on the salon tradition.


Vivaldi: Spring; Piazzolla: Primavera; Porteno, Mihaud; Concertino de Printemps

For more information, please visit: 



András Schiff at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Wed April 17th- 8pm

Bach Keyboard Cycle III BACH: French Suites BACH: French Overture


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

LA Music Center

Apr 17, 7:30 p.m;Apr 18, 7:30 p.m;  Apr 19, 7:30 pm; Apr 20, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Apr 21,  2:00 p.m.

For information on programming and tickets, please visit:



Thurs, Apr 18 8pm

Zipper Hall, Los Angeles;.

Mozart: Duo in B-flat Major, K. 424, for Violin and Viola; Beethoven: String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No 1;

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Easter March 31 at the Huntington

Easter at The Huntington

Easter Sunday, March 31

Music and brunch accompanied by the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt

For information on tickets, reservations, and seating times please visit:


Photography: Temple of Love at the Huntington  © 2013  by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Quote of the Day: Albert Einstein

Creativity is contagious

Pass it on.”

– Albert Einstein

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Cultural Events LA: March 23 and 24

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail Hour recipe includes: a Piqué of Ballet and a Swirl of Painting at a soirée overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Enjoy!

Los Angeles Ballet Presents

Balanchine Festival GOLD

Sat. March 23, 7:30 P.M

UCLA Royce Hall

Part I of a historic 2-part series of George Balanchine masterworks. La Sonnambula; Concerto Barocco; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux ; The Four Temperaments

For more information, please visit:

Photo by: Reed Hutchinson. Los Angeles Ballet.


Gallerati Society Spring 2013 Soirée

Featuring Judith Corona

Sun. March 24th 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Visit Ms. Corona’s ocean view Malibu home & art studio for a tour and lecture on her artistic process. Wine, dessert, & music

Address will be emailed after your reserve your tickets.

To register (No walk-ins), visit

Photo © Judith Corona and the Gallerati Society

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Breaking News! The FBI knows the Identity of Gardner Art Thieves!

Rembrandt in Philly?

Monet in Connecticut?

Well, Well, my dear Dr. Watson..

On the 23rd anniversary of one of the largest art thefts in world history– more than 500 million dollars worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- the FBI has announced that they know the identity of the suspects.

The FBI said the suspects “are members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England.”

Was brazen art thief (and author)Myles Connor involved?

Alas, the FBI is refusing to name specific culprits due to the fact that the statute of limitations has run out, precluding them from charging anyone with the crime. Drat! The FBI believes that the sticky-fingered art criminals absconded with the masterpieces to Connecticut and Philadelphia. They are currently offering a 5 million dollar reward for the recovery of the items in good condition.

For the full news report, please read:

And for Cultural Cocktail Hours in-depth look at the theft, including which famous masterpieces were stolen, see The Case of the Pilfering Policemen

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Cultural Events LA- the weekend of March 16 & 17

This week’s Cultural Cocktail includes a dose of Wagner, 1 Part Ravel, 1 Part Debussy, and a Splash of Vermeer!

Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner

Sunday March 17 2:00 PM

LA Opera.  135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001

Photo by Robert Millard


Ending March 31 Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

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

Oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest)


LACMA: Debussy’s Violin Sonata and Ravel’s Piano Trio

Sunday, March 17, 6 pm

Violinist Phillip Levy, Cellist Andrew Shulman, and Pianist Rina Dokshitsky. Bing Theater.

FREE. No reservations.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000

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Giotto and Dante

One of the most illustrious artists at the forefront of the Italian Renaissance, Giotto di Bondone, enjoyed a friendship with his contemporary, the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri.

Legend has it that one day, Dante made an impudent comment to Giotto about the painter’s eight children, who according to Dante, were quite homely.

“Giotto,” Dante inquired, “how can a man who creates such beautiful paintings create such ugly children?”

“Well,” Giotto quipped, “I did make them in the dark.”

Above Painting: Giotto Painting The Portrait Of Dante. 1852. D. G. Rossetti 

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Valentine’s Day-LA Top Pick

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Baroque Conversations 2

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Patricia Mabee, keyboard Sarah Thornblade, violin Cheryl Norman-Brick, violin

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7 pm

Zipper Concert Hall The Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

BACH Concerto No. 2 in C major for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1061 BACH Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 CPE BACH Concerto in E-flat major for Harpsichord and Fortepiano, H.479 (W.47)

Tickets available online at, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157

Painting Above:  Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Music Lesson.


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San Francisco Part II- A Stroll through the Permanent Collections at the De Young and Legion of Honor


George Hitchcock. Tulip Culture. 1889. De Young Museum. Photography by Leticia Marie Sanchez

John Singer Sargent. A Dinner Table At Night. 1884. De Young Museum. Photography by Leticia Marie Sanchez









Legion of Honor. Photography by Leticia Marie Sanchez

John William Waterhouse. Saint Cecilia. Legion of Honor.1895. Photography by Leticia Marie Sanchez


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