Archive for May, 2011

In her revealing book, Secret Lives of the Great Composers, Elizabeth Lundy described a fruity fiasco between two rivals: opera composers, Giacomo Puccini and conductor Arturo Toscanini:

“During the years of Puccini and Toscanini’s feud, they had very little contact- except for one Christmastime incident. That year Puccini forgot to remove the conductor’s name from the list of friends to whom he sent the traditional Italian holiday gift, a pannetone cake.

When Puccini realized his error, he sent Toscanini a telegram reading,“PANNETONE SENT BY MISTAKE. PUCCINI.”


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Cultural Cocktail fans–

Another reason to stroll through a museum, listen to some jazz, or attend a theatrical production filled with witty barbs.

It’s good for your health!!

Koenraad Cuypers of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Cuypers researched the activities, life satisfaction, perceived health, anxiety and depression of 50,797 adults living in Norway’s Nord-Trondelag County.Controlling for variables like income and education, the researchers discovered that cultural participation leads to positive physical and mental well-being.

Although the article focuses on men, I would argue that the same benefit applies to women!

For more information, please read:


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Last week, the prestigious Cambridge Union Debating Society at Cambridge University held a debate concerning the relevance of classical music to today’s youth.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out debated comedian and writer Stephen Fry.

The idea that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth was defeated by 365 votes to 57 (with 88 abstentions)

For a full report of classical music’s victory, please read:


The Cambridge Union will be posting a video of the debate in about two weeks.

As soon as it becomes available, the link will be posted on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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L.A. Theater Works


The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD

Thursday, June 2 at 7 pm

Sunday, June 5 at 4 pm

Thursday, June 23 at 8 pm
Sunday, June 26 at 4 pm.

WHERE: James Bridges Theater. UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television. 235 Charles E. Young Drive. LA, CA 90095

HOW: 866-811-4111 or www.latw.org

TICKETS: General Admission: $20 Students (at the door): $10

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The Merry Wives of Windsor opens on Saturday, June 4 and continues through September 10.

A Midsummer Nights Dream opens on Sunday, June 5 and continues through September 25.

Left: Sir John Falstaff, the Merry Wives of Windsor

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290

(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

310.455.2322 before May 24
310.455.3723 after May 24

Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating.

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Saturday, May 14 

Participating Museums include:

LACMA. 5900 Wilshire Blvd. | 11 am–8 pm.  Free general admissionArchitecture+Design Museum. 6032 Wilshire Blvd. | 12–6 pm. Free general admission Global Bazaar at Craft Folk and Art Museum. 5814 Wilshire Blvd. | 10 am–6 pm.  Free general admission Page Museum. 5801 Wilshire Blvd. | 9 am–5 pm.  Free children’s admission Petersen Automotive Museum. 6060 Wilshire Blvd. | 10 am–6 pm Free general admission 

Artist Projects @ LACMA include: 

Vox Humana Project: Live Mural Painting with L.A. Art Machine, Sumi Painting with Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, A Gallerina’s Guide: A Site Specific Performance by Collage Dance Theatre, Amor Fati LA: Live Art, Readings, Magazines, & libations, the Matt Witek Quintet 

Participating Miracle Mile Galleries include: 

Ace Gallery, ACME, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Korean Cultural Center 

La Brea Galleries include:

ANN 330, Caporale/Bleicher, Couturier Gallery, Fahey/Klein, The Loft at Liz’s, Marc Foxx Gallery, Mark Selwyn Gallery, Peter Mendenhall Gallery, Steve Turner Contemporary, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, MKG2 Project Space,  Perrell Fine Art, Photographers Gallery, and the voila! Gallery 

For more information, please see:


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The J. Paul Getty Trust has named as its new Chief Executive Officer, James Cuno, the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Cuno has an M.A. and PhD in art history from Harvard, where he served as director of the Harvard Art Museums. His curatorial expertise focuses on 18th and 19th century French printmaking.

Dr. Cuno wrote about cultural patrimony in his 2008 book Who Owns Antiquity?

Wishing Dr. Cuno all the best in ushering a new era at the Getty!

For the full report, please read:


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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will loan Vermeer‘s “Woman with a Lute” to the Norton Simon Museum this summer.  No West Coast museum currently owns a work by the celebrated Dutch Master.

For a full report, please read:


Johannes Vermeer,


“Woman With a Lute”

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by Leticia Marie Sanchez

A lecture by Professor Robert Greenberg, from San Francisco Performances, revealed hidden gems about Mozart’s name. Enjoy!

Baptized Name: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart

The divinely-inspired composer adored word games.

He called himself: Di Mozartini, Mozartus, and Mozarti

 He also enjoyed playing with the letters of his name and called himself:

 Romatz, Trazom, Volfgangus (Latin Version) Gangflow (backwards)

 His middle name, Theophilus, had the most permutations

 His father called him GOTTLIEB because Gottlieb is the German version of Theophilus- “love of God”)

What was Mozart’s personal favorite? 

Amédée, the French version, which he picked up when he lived in Paris.

 He actually never referred to himself as Amadeus!

 (Unless it was a joke, then he would call him self Woolfgangus Amadeus)

Out of respect for Mozart’s preference, someone should have told FALCO to title their 80’s hit Rock Me, Gottlieb.”

or Rock me, Trazom.”

Editor’s Note: For a refresher on the Falco tune in question, check out:

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Revisiting the Regency;

England, 1811-1820

April 23- Aug 1, 2011

Library, West Hall

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


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