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Cultural Events LA March 12-15

brand-flyer-jpg2New Music For Flute and PianoPerformed by Antares Boyle, flutes, and Rory Cowal, piano.

Sunday, March 15 7:00 P.M.

Featuring World Premieres of works by Qasim Naqvi and Chappell Kingsland. Also works by Tristan MurailBeat Furrer, and Diego LuzuriagaBrand Library and Art Center. 1601 West Mountain Street. Glendale, CA, 91201. (818) 548. 3782



pasadena360x360Pasadena Art Night

Friday, March 13: 6:00 – 10 p.m.

Pasadena’s Cultural Institutes invite you to a FREE open house.

Free shuttles will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue. Park at any one venue and ride to the others.

Venues include: the Alliance Francaise, the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Public Library, and the Pasadena Symphony

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3/12 through 3/14 8:00 P.M. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Orange County Performing Arts Center. 600 Town Center Drive. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. (714) 556.ARTS.  Vivaldi: “Winter” from “The Four Seasons” for Qanoun and Orchestra; Baderddin: Concerto for Nai and String Orchestra; Jabri: Oriento Grosso for Clarinet, Cello and Orchestra;  Abdul karim: Tango for Bouzaq and Strings,Solhi Al Wadi: Meditation on a theme by M. Abdul Wahhab;  Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

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Mozart: Violin Sonata in A Major, K526;  Auerbach: Cello Sonata; Brahms:  Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

Thursday March 12. 8pm. Zipper Hall, Los Angeles.

Tuesday, March 17. 8pm. The Huntington Library, San Marino

Catherine Leonard, violin; Bil Jackson, clarinet; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Warren Jones, piano

Contact: 805 884.8410

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Review: Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola Portraits at LACMA

  The Fabulous Fabiolas

At LACMA Through March 29, 2009


An overwhelming sea of red greets visitors entering the Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. The darkly colored room on the museum’s second floor houses a hushed shrine. The LACMA pilgrim entering the room is struck at first glance by the undeniable likeness between more than 300 veiled women, mostly in red, mostly in profile. Upon closer observance, however, the hundreds of Fabiolas play with the viewer, exposing their differences. Some Fabiolas stare ahead somberly. Other lips convey the hint of a smile.  One fetching Fabiola resembles a 40’s movie star. Another typifies a Plain Jane. One is etched onto velvet, while another is comprised of beans. The exhibit transports the sacredness of iconography into the profane territory of flea markets, ceramics, and beans.  

fab-inside-banner1Francis Alÿs, the collector behind the Fabiola exhibit, amassed at least 300 renditions of Saint Fabiola, the noble Roman saint who became a patron of nurses and abused women.

Alÿs’ acquisition of Fabiolas took him from regions as far-flung as Latin America and the Netherlands where he scoured high and low, from antique shops to open air markets. 

pf_1948399fabiola-posters1The iconic image that we now have of Fabiola originates from a now lost portrait of Fabiola, painted by the nineteenth century French academic, Jean-Jacques Henner. 

A reproduction of the now lost Henner portrait of Fabiola. The color and profile are similar, but the harsh countenance is very distinct from the 20th century Fabiolas currently at LACMA.

But while Henner’s rendition (reproduced here) is stern and austere, the 20th century Fabiolas discovered by Alÿs exhibit a soft youthful countenance befitting the nurturing saint who founded Rome’s first hospice for the poor.

In fact, the sweet faces in the majority of the Fabiola portraits more closely resemble the sitter in another of Henner’s paintings, the Study of a Woman in Red.


The face of this Henner painting, the Study of a Lady in Red, strongly resembles the majority of the faces in the more than 300 Fabiolas at LACMA. Perhaps modern artists conflated the original lost Henner Fabiola portait with this painting.

The proliferation of Fabiolas demonstrates not only the saint’s lasting universal popularity but also begs the age-old question, “What is art?” Can it be found in flea markets? Francis Alÿs had clear stipulations for objects to be included in the exhibit. Forbidden were printed reproductions. In the age of Xerox copies, the integrity of the Fabiola portraits lies in the fact that they are all constructed by hand, mostly anonymous hands.



One of the many Fabiola Portraits currently at LACMA.   The Fabiola Portraits embody the democratization of art. Art, like saints, should not be relegated to closed off reliquaries. They both exist in churches, temples, and flea markets. The word “Profane” originates from the Latin “Outside the Temple.” In the Fabiola Portraits, Francis Alÿs, takes the profane and makes it sacred.






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Cultural Events LA: the Weekend of March 7 and 8th

lincolnThe Last Full Measure of Devotion:

Collecting Abraham Lincoln

Feb. 7–April 27, 2009

Library West Hall.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. 626.405.2100




America Youth Symphony

Royce Hall, UCLA

Sun. March 8 7 pm

Royce Hall. UCLA. Royce Drive at Sunset Blvd. LA, CA. 90095. (310) 470-2332

Mozart Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”)

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Alexander Treger: Music Director and Conductor

Admission: Free

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Cultural Events LA. Feb 28-March 1

lrg-275-rheingold_211_lowDas Rheingold

Sun. March 1, 2:00 PM

LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-7219




matisse-for-exhMatisse’s Amours: Illustrations of Pierre de Ronsard’s Love Poems

Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. (626) 449.6840

The exhibit includes 25 pages of a rare copy of Matisse’s anthology of Ronsard’s 16th Century poetry. It took seven years for Matisse to complete this project which he undertook while his wife was imprisoned and his daughter was in a concentration camp. Perhaps Matisse found consolation in the romantic and sometimes melancholy blossoms of Ronsard’s poetry. 




bontempi-wind-instruments-trumpet-tr4231-n Irvine Valley College Wind Symphony

Saturday, Feb 28 7:30p

Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center

World Premiere of French Horn Concerto by Kenneth Nowak, Rob Grishkoff, Horn Soloist.

5500 Irvine Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 451-5100

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Mammoth Skeleton Found in LA Parking Lot

A  Mammoth Skeleton from the Ice Age, now referred to as “Zed,” discovered in a parking lot in LA’s Hancock Park.

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mammoth_side1Mammoth Skeleton from the same era as Zed.

A new twist to LA Road Rage: fighting Woolly Mammoths for parking spaces.

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Cultural Events LA: Feb 21 and 22nd

william-adolphe_bouguereau-the_remorse_of_orestesTragedy,  Revenge, Deux Ex Machina!

Orestes at the Getty Villa, Malibu

Theater Lab: The Ghost Road Company presents Orestes

Fri. Feb 20/Sat Feb 21 8 pm. Sun. Feb 22 3:00 p.m

Tickets: $7. Auditorium, Getty Villa 

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 Les Violins Du Roy

 Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Beckman Auditorium. Cal Tech, Pasadena

Program Includes: Purcell: Selections from the “Suite from King Arthur,”

Haydn: Symphony No. 48 in C Major “Maria Theresia,”

Handel: Water Music Suites

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luisa Luisa Fernanda

Sat, February 21 at 3 pm & 8 pm. Ricardo Montalban Theatre

1615 Vine Street – Hollywood, CA 90028. (323) 960-1057

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Lucia di Lammermoor: Live in HD. (Let the madness begin!)

flashLucia Di Lammermoor is sold out in New York- but that does not mean that you cannot see it in LA!

At a movie theater near you.

Tonight, Wednesday February 18.

Lucia Di Lamermmoor.

Live in HD.

Visit the website below for show times and location:


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This Weekend in LA: Feb 15

top21 Los Angeles Italia:

Film, Fashion, and Art Fest

February 15-21.

Daily Screenings. Art, Fashion, and Photo Exhibits. 

Free Admission.

Film Screenings at Mann Chinese 6 Theater: Hollywood. Films Include: De Sica’s Bicycle Thief, Michael Radford’s Il Postino, Fellini’s Roma.

According to Los Angeles Italia, the fest celebrates the De Sica Dynasty with screenings of Vittorio De Sica’s Oscar-winning film “The Bicycle Thief” and Brando de Sica’s “Talk About Me.”

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Wagner Seminar at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

oldbil103 Opera League “Ring” Seminar on “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walkure.” 

With the Support of the Wagner Society & Hispanics for LA Opera

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 9:30 am to 4pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion

5th Floor Salon. 135 North Grand Avenue. Speakers: Dr. Evan Baker, Dr. Michael Hackett, Dr. Mitchell Morris, Dr. Simon Williams

For more information: 213.972.7720. or email OLLA at: 

Or Visit:

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Camerata Pacifica

quintet1 *MOZART: String Quintet in C Major, K515.

MENDELSSOHN: String Quintet in B Flat Major, Op. 87

Thursday Feb 5, 8 p.m., Zipper Hall; LA. Friday Feb 6, 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara. Sunday Feb 8, 3 p.m., Ventura. Tuesday Feb 10, 8 p.m.,Huntington,  San Marino.  Catherine Leonard, Nurit Pacht, Richard O’Neill, Toby Appel, Ani Aznavoorian. For more information, please visit:


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