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Archive for May, 2009

A Model for Matisse (2006)

Model for MatisseFri May 29 7:00 p.m.

Norton Simon Museum. 411 W Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. (626) 449-6840

Illustrious 20th-century artist Henri Matisse forms a rapport with French Dominican nun Sister Jacques-Marie, the inspiration behind his last creation, the Chapelle du Rosaire (Chapel of the Rosary) in Vence, France. Barbara Freed, Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon, directed this documentary film. 67 minutes.

http://www.nortonsimon.org

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Willam Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

Opens May 31

Sundays at 3:30 pm

May 31 through September 27

Directed by Ellen Geer.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum*1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Topanga CA, 90290

(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

*The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is an outdoor amphitheater. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.

BrubakerHaydn Celebration No. 5 “Haydnseek” Sunday May 31. 6 pm.

The New England Conservatory’s Bruce Brubaker celebrates the anniversary of Haydn’s passing (May 31, 1809), with 2 Haydn works: Sonata No. 52 in G major, Hoboken XVI/39, and Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI/50, with live electronic sounds by Laura Karpman &Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum. Bing Theater. Free. No reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA 90036.

http://www.lacma.org/

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So Farce, So Good:

 Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” at the International City Theater, Long Beach    

by Leticia Marie Sanchez       

Cultural Cocktail Twain

Mark Twain may be dead, but his work can still elicit quite a brouhaha. The hilarious West Coast premiere of “Is He Dead?” directed by Shashin Desai at the ICT proves that laughter remains the best medicine. 

If it were not for the Shelley Fisher Fishkin, the mirth-filled play may not have seen the light of day. Dr. Fishkin, Professor of English and Director of the American Studies of program at Stanford University, discovered Twain’s manuscript in the archives of UC Berkley’s Bancroft Library in 2002. Never produced during Twain’s lifetime, the play debuted in New York in 2007 and this month in Long Beach.

Upon entering the International City Theater, one sets eyes on the vivid and visually rich set designed by Stephen Gifford. Beautifully rendered replicas of Jean-Francois Millet’s paintings grace the artist’s atelier, easing the audience into the world of 19th century Barbizon, France. Mark Twain, author of “Roughing It,” and former gold prospector, entered the European world himself during the 1860’s and the 1890’s. Much of the play’s comedy derives from Twain’s juxtaposition of  the slapstick humor of the American West with the European sensibility of his cast of characters. The protagonist, French painter Jean-Francois Millet, determined to cast off the “starving” in Starving Artist, becomes embroiled in a scheme to fake his own death in order to drive up the value of his work.

The ICT cast spiritedly brings Twain’s comedy to life. Perry Ojeda, poised and dignified as the illustrious artist Millet, turns into a bumbling live wire when disguised as Millet’s buxom and zany “sister” Daisy Tillou. In addition to Ojeda, many of the actors reveal multiple facets of their personalities, creating hilarity. Even before he opens his mouth, Joe Fria, portraying a pompous British art collector, leaves the audience in stitches with his idiosyncratic walk. Later, Fria plays the King of France in one of the play’s zaniest moments, a scene involving a fetid piece of Limburger cheese. Jules Hartley also shines as a chameleon, transforming from the dulcet French lady Cecile Leroux into a mustachioed French gendarme whose eyes throw daggers of rage. The entire ensemble keeps Twain’s zingers flying at breakneck speed.

Twain’s play exposes the hypocrisy of a society that often values artists more in death than life. Vermeer and Van Gogh are but two of many artists who  lived in considerable poverty although their paintings today bring art dealers astronomical profits,approaching triple digit millions. Twain skewers this injustice, turning what could have been a tragedy into a pleasing melodramatic comedy. It is fitting that Twain once enjoyed life as a gold prospector, because in the esoteric archives of the Berkeley library Dr. Fisher discovered a nugget of comic gold.

Last remaining performances: 8pm Saturday May 23;  2 pm Sunday May 24th

International City Theater. Long Beach Performing Arts Center. 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach.

ICT Box Office: (562) 436-4610.   http://www.ictlongbeach.org

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Traviata

La Traviata  by Giuseppe Verdi Opening Night

Thur. May 21. 7:30 p.m.

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

http://www.losangelesopera.com

 

 

 

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Los Angeles Ballet

Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Artistic Directors;

Freud Playhouse, UCLA: Sat. May 23: 7:30 p.m;

Sun. May 24th 2 pm;

405 Hilgard Ave.,Westwood

Alex Theatre Glendale; Sat. May 30, 7:30 p.m

216 North Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

For more information call: 310.477.7411

http://www.losangelesballet.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century

Opens May 23

Library, West Hall.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA  91108

626.405.2100

http://www.huntington.org/

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

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Rossini’s La Cenerentola – Live in HD from the MET

Encore performance.

Wed. May 20 7 p.m.

Starring Elina Garanca.

AMC Santa Anita. 400 S. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA. 91007

626-321-4270

For more information about participating movie theatres visit:

http://www.metoperafamily.org

 

 

Verdo Otello

Verdi’s Otello

Salzburg Festival.

Thurs. May 21. 7:30 P.M

Laemlle’s Playhouse 7.

673 East Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena, CA, 91101.

626.844.6500

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Performance by Principal Artists of

Camerata Pacifica

& Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple St LA, CA 90012

Boyce; Symphony Nº1 in B Flat Major, Opus 2; Bach; Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060

Vivaldi; Concerto for 4 Violins, Opus 10 Nº3; Bach; Brandenburg Concerto Nº4 in G Major, BWV 1049

You must reserve your tickets online.

http://www.cameratapacifica.org/

Or call: 805-884-8410

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Da Camera Society: Presenters of Chamber Music in Historic Sites

Sat. May 16 8 pm

Doheny Mansion. 8 Chester Place, LA, CA, 90007.

Colorado String Quartet.

Mozart, Oboe Quartet in F, K. 370; Samuel Barber, Quartet in b, Op. 11;  L. Boccherini, Oboe Quintet in C, Op. 45, No. 1; F. Schubert, Quartet in d, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden.”

http://www.dacamera.org/

213.477. 2929

 
Galileo-sustermans

Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

Theater Arts at Caltech

Sun, May 17: 7:00 PM

Performances will be held outdoors at the Gates Patio, on the North side of Building #26

California Institute of Technology. 332 South Michigan Ave.,Pasadena, CA

(626) 395-4652

http://events.caltech.edu/

 

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On the Enlightened Path:

Jain Art from India

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

http://www.nortonsimon.org/

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MOCA Fresh Silent Auction.

The museum’s popular biennial fundraising event features over 250 artworks by established and emerging artists from all over the world. All proceeds support MOCA’s contemporary art programming.

Sat. May 9th.  7–11pm

Food, Drinks, and Music. DJ Rashida. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. 152 North Central Ave. LA, CA 90013

For information about tickets, call 213. 633. 5381

http://www.moca.org/ 

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Cameron Carpenter

Sun. May 10, 4:00 PM

Hollywood United Methodist Church. 6817 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028

http://www.cameroncarpenter.com/    

 

 

 

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The Colburn Chamber Orchestra


Sun. May 10th 6 pm

Ronald Leonard, conductor, performs Geminiani: Concerto Grosso in C minor, Opus. 2, No. 2, Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra and Hoedown from Rodeo, Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances, and Glasunov: Suite for Strings. Bing Theater | Free, no reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA 90036

http://www.lacma.org/

 

 

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