Archive for January, 2011

A House Not Meant To Stand– Running February 26 – April 17

This is Williams’ final play, never before seen on the West Coast. Williams called this tragicomedy about the dysfunctional McCorkle family—a “Southern Gothic spook sonata

Directed by Simon Levy.  Featuring Chip Bent, Daniel Billet, Robert Craighead, Alan Blumenfeld, Kevin High, Sandy Martin, Virginia Newcomb, Lisa Richards, Caroline Treadwell

The Fountain Theatre. 5060 Fountain Ave. Los Angeles CA 90029 (Fountain at Normandie)  For more information on show times and tickets, please call (323) 663-1525 or visit http://www.FountainTheatre.com

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Thursday February 17- 7pm

“Baroque Conversations 3”

Jory Vinikour, conductor & harpsichord

MUFFAT Concerto Grosso No. 12, “Propitia Sydera” (“Lucky Stars”)

HANDEL Chaconne from Terpsichore

WF BACH Harpsichord Concerto in D major

ROYER Suite in C minor for Solo Harpsichord

RAMEAU Suite of Dances from Hippolyte et Aricie

Zipper Concert Hall. 200 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information on tickets, please call 213 622 7001 x 215.

Or visit:


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The Adventures of Pinocchio— Running February 25-March 27

Tony Award winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) has created an adaptation steeped in the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte – a form of physical comedy that lends itself to Deaf West Theatre’s combination of signed and voiced theater. (Rated “PG” for mild language and dark themes – recommended for ages 10+)

Written by Carlo Collodi; Directed by Stephen Rothman. Featuring James Royce Edwards, Lindsay W. Evans, Matthew Henerson, Tommy Korn, Lexi Marman, Colin O’Brien-Lux, Darrin Revitz, Vae, Amber Zion

Deaf West Theatre. 5112 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601(one block south of Magnolia Blvd;

Fore more information on showtimes and tickets, please call:


or visit:   http://www.deafwest.org

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FOREVER FLAMENCO! Sunday, February 13- 8pm

Featuring Dancers: Lakshmi Basile, Adriana Maresma-Fois and Manuel Gutierrez de Cordoba Singer: Vicente Griego and Guitarist: Juan Antonio Gomez

Gallery Theatre Barnsdall Art Park. 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood Blvd &Vermont Ave)

For tickets, call (323) 663-1525

Or visit: www.FountainTheatre.com

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Sat Feb. 5th & Sun Feb 6th

10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108


The festival includes:
String and Bamboo Orchestra,
the Chinese Music Ensemble
from the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music
Shadow puppet theaterCalligraphy demonstrationsTai Chi

For a full schedule of events and performances, please check:


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March 4–June 5, 2011

MOCA Pacific Design Center

Are you hankering for more Black Swan?
MOCA will hold the first West Coast solo exhibition of American designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.
The exhibit will features pieces from runway collections as well as original ballet costumes for Black Swan.

With the Oscars on the horizon, explore costumes from the Academy-Award nominated film at the Pacific Design Center.

Better yet try the Buddy System
and bring a friend in tow—
just in case
pops out of a mirror-

MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER. 8687 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069


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The Pasadena Symphony:

Old Friends Immortalized– the Kramer Effect

By Leticia Marie Sanchez

On Saturday evening, in its incarnation at the Ambassador Auditorium, the Pasadena Symphony came alive. 27-year old guest conductor Tito Muñoz led the symphony on an exploration of Benjamin Britten’s “Soirees Musicales”, Dvorák’s “Cello Concerto in B minor, and Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” In contrast to its previous location near bustling Paseo Colorado, the symphony’s new venue, nestled between pools and the Egret Fountain designed by British sculptor David Wynne, embodies an atmosphere of tranquil civility. The venue, once hailed by Ella Fitzgerald for its fine acoustics, allowed the nuances of individual instrumentation to flourish, rivaling the sound of Downtown LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

An important facet of art is its ability to capture the essences of loved ones, to paint affectionate portraits, and bequeath them to future generations; one resounding theme of the Pasadena Symphony’s program revolved around music as tribute.

Elgar dedicated the individual “Enigma Variations” to loved ones within his circle. During the pre-concert lecture, Guest Conductor Tito Muñoz humorously nicknamed Variation IV (Allegro di molto) “W.M.B” the “Kramer” Enigma, alluding to the manically energetic chum on the popular Seinfeld television series. Just as Larry David’s TV series immortalized his real-life neighbor Kenny Kramer through the fictional counterpart, Elgar’s variation captured the spirit of his chum, William Meath Baker, an enthusiastic and energetic local squire.

William Meath Baker-

Manically energetic squire, door-slammer, and Edward Elgar’s buddy

(Like Kramer, this wiry squire was found of slamming doors, but did he wear the Kramer hairstyle? The cap keeps that mysterious)

Through the night’s performance, the audience revisited the composers dearest friends, from Elgar’s humorous pal Mr. Baker to Dvorák’s tragic lost love, Josefina, immortalized in a concerto performed poignantly by Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. Many modern audiences know the antics of Larry David’s neighbor Kramer as if he lived in the apartment next door. Artists invite us to let their lost loves and dearest friends inside our homes and our hearts.

We could call it the Kramer Effect.


For an excerpt from the Pre-Concert Interview of Guest conductor Tito Muñoz, please see below:


Q and A

Guest conductor Tito Muñoz interviewed by Pasadena Symphony and POPS CEO Paul Jan Zdunek

Q: How was it been to play with an orchestra that does not meet every week?

A: The members of the Pasadena Orchestra have a sense of community and a sense of ensemble. They have played together around town, collaborating in different orchestras, film projects, etc….I could tell from the very first rehearsal.

Q: What was the most inspirational and profound moment of your musical life?

A. Conducting the Cincinnati Symphony was an incredibly daunting experience…. I had an ‘A-Ha’ moment- I can do this. It reaffirmed everything I could hope for.

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by Leticia Marie Sanchez

According to Norman Lebrecht, author of “The Book of Musical Anectodes” (Simon & Schuster, 1985), Beethoven flew off the handle when a waiter at the Viennese restaurant “The Swan,” brought him the wrong meat dish. Some artists are particular about their piano benches (Gould) while others are particular about their beef.  An outraged Beethoven hurled the dish, gravy and all, over the waiter’s head.

Just as the wrong meat could turn him into a raging bull, the right one could turn him into a loving lamb.  When his friend Ferdinand Ries sent him a particular type of roast veal, Beethoven kissed and embraced him, telling him “never had anything given him such pleasure as the roast veal, coming at the very moment when he so greatly longed for it.” (Lebrehct, 81)

Beethoven also adored bread soup, which he ate religiously on Thursdays. Woe to the chef who did not prepare it properly. He or she would have to duck from Beethoven-hurled Eggs Bombs. Yolks on the Cook!

Beethoven obviously felt all of his Senses, including his gastronomical ones, intensely. Perhaps that is why the wrong cut of beef could put him into a stew.

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For more information on Reverb, please visit


Or call 626.793.7172.

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Romantic Dvorák:

January 22, at 2pm and 8pm

Maestro Tito Muñoz, Conductor

Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello

Britten: Soirées Musicales

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in b minor

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Ambassador Auditorium. 131 S. St. John Ave.  Pasadena, CA.

Insights, the pre-concert talk, will be led by Guest conductor Tito Muñoz at 1PM and 7PM in the auditorium.

To purchase tickets for Romantic Dvorák, visit


Or call the Box Office at 626.793.7172.

Ticket price range: $30-$80. Tickets for children 14 and under are $10. Senior Rush Tickets will be sold onsite for the 2pm concert for $15.

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