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Kenneth Branagh In Person- Santa Monica, May 8- Hamlet

HAMLET in 70mm
Sunday May 8: 5:00pm-9:30p.m.
AERO THEATER. 1328 Santa Monica Avenue at 14th Street. Santa Monica, CA,
Director Kenneth Branagh updates Shakespeare’s classic to the second half of the 19th century and presents one of the last films to be shot in 70mm. Branagh’s supporting cast includes: Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Robin Williams, and Billy Crystal!

Discussion following with Kenneth Branagh.

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Tim Burton exhibit coming to LACMA

May 29 through October 31, 2011.

The exhibition will bring together more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, film and video works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects.

The tickets for the exhibit go on sale May 2.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art • 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036

323-857-6000. For more information, please visit:

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Spanish Police find missing Goya and El Greco Paintings

Spanish Police have discovered two missing masterpieces, El Greco’s ”La Anunciacion,” and Goya’s ”La Aparicion de la Virgen del Pilar.”

The paintings had been missing for more than two decades and were recovered after a tip led them to a private home in Alicante.

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Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto-April 16 and 17- LA Chamber Orchestra

What you are, is by accident of birth; What I am, I created myself.

There are, and have been, thousands, of princes; 

There is only one Beethoven.”

-Ludwig Van Beethoven to Prince Lichnowsky, after storming out of his estate

  • Saturday, April 16, Alex Theater, Glendale- 8pm. 216 North Brand Boulevard
    Sunday,  Apr 17,  Royce Hall, UCLA- 7pm
  • Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • JOHN HARBISON Gli accordi più usati(“The Most Often Used Chords”)
  • DVOŘÁK Serenade in E major for Strings
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor”
For information about tickets, please call: 213 622 7001
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In the news: Daniel Cátan: Composer of LA Opera’s Il Postino

Unfortunately, Daniel Cátan, a prolific opera composer, died this week at the age of 62.

Mr. Cátan composed the music for LA Opera’s “Il Postino,” which had its premiere in Los Angeles only a few months ago.

His other operas included: “Florencia en el Amazonas” and  ”Rapaccini’s Daughter.”

Mr. Catán received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied under Milton Babbit.

For more on the life of Mr. Cátan, please read the following article in the New York Times:

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Getty Villa- photography exhibit: In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan

In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography

March 2–September 12, 2011

Getty Villa. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA.

(310) 440-7300

Photo: 1870′s “Jews at the Wailing Wall,” Felix Bonfils
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Shakespeare Salon: April 14- Huntington

Shakespeare Salon: Scenes and Sonnets

ShakespeareportraitApril 14 (Thursday)

7 p.m.

The Independent Shakespeare Co. will present readings of some of the Bard’s sonnets and scenes, in the Huntington Art Gallery.

Catherine Hess, curator of European art, will explore their connections to some of the masterpieces in the collection. Seating is limited.

For information on ticket prices, please call: 626-405-2128.

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

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Tennessee William’s final play “A House Not Meant to Stand” -extends- till May 22nd

Tennessee Williams’ final play, never before seen on the West Coast:

A HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND extends at the Fountain-  till May 22

The Fountain Theatre. 5060 Fountain Ave. LA CA 90029 (Fountain at Normandie)

For information on show times and tickets
(323) 663-1525 or

For a link to my review on this play, one of the best theatrical productions in LA this year, in my opinion, please see:

Review: -Must See- Tennessee Williams puts the fun in dysfunctional at the Fountain Theater

-Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Dudamel’s latest creation- congratulations!

The La Times reports the real reason why Gustavo Dudamel was unable to conduct last Tuesday’s concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: he and his wife Eloisa were having a baby boy.

Many congratulations to the conductor on his newest creative endeavor!

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In the news: Aphrodite Goes Home

Illegal Smuggling?

Organized Crime?

After much controversy, the Getty’s Villa’s Aphrodite goes home.

Ciao bella! Buon Viaggio!

For the full report, read:,0,6998689.story

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