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A CBS News report discusses a ground-breaking new biography by two Pulitzer-Prize winning writers who argue that Vincent Van Gogh may not have committed suicide, as has been long believed.  Instead, their evidence points to his being shot by wealthy, rowdy teenage boys. The teens had taken previous pleasure in bullying Van Gogh by pouring salt in his coffee, snakes in his paint can, and having their girlfriends torment him. The authors argue that although these teens shot Van Gogh, as he lay dying, he protected them from police, asking investigators not to accuse anyone of the crime.

For the full report, please see:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7384904n&tag=re1.galleries

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Active Cultures- Friday Oct. 21

Pacific Asia Museum

6 p.m. Galleries and Store open

7:30 p.m. Auditorium lounge opens

8 p.m. First Speaker begins

For more information, please visit:

http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org

Pianist In Young Huh performs an all-Liszt program- FREE- Sun Oct 23

in honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday

Bing Theater No reservations

LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lacma.org

Goya at the Huntington

Oct. 1, 2011–Jan. 9, 2012

Dreams, Disasters, and Reality: Goya’s Prints from The Huntington’s Collections

Huntington Gallery Works on Paper Room presents about 10 works from all of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes major etching series, including Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de Guerra (The Disasters of War) drawn from The Huntington’s collections.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.huntington.org/

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PLEASE NOTE:  The correct number to call for reservations is 213-972-3620


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Art Night Pasadena Friday Oct 14th- *FREE*Free Art, Entertainment, and Shuttles. Participating institutions include: the Armory Center for the Arts, the Norton Simon, Kidspace Museum, and the Alliance Francaise of Pasadena. For further information, please consult: http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

Saturdays Off the 405  Oct 15, 6 pm – 9 pm

Getty Center

Musicians Thundercat blend electronic music with the history of African American pop. Also performing: Low End Theory’s DJ Daddy Kev. For more information, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra- Sat Oct 15th + Sun Oct 16th

Sat- 8:00 p.m Alex Theater, Glendale; Sunday Royce Hall, UCLA- 7:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Karina Gauvin, soprano;

DVORÁK Nocturne in B major; BRITTEN Les illuminations; BRITTEN Now sleeps the crimson petal; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major

For more information, please visit: http://www.laco.org/


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You are cordially invited to attend

The 55th Anniversary of the WESTERN REGIONAL FINALS

Featuring Amber Wagner, Western Region, 2006, Grand National Winner, 2007

Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Special Finals Tickets 29 (Box Office 35). Reception Ticket 28. Please mail check to: Western Region- 2455 Adair Street, San Marino, CA, 91108 postmarked by Oct 13th.                                                                                   Or For more information, call: 626.285.3688 

 

 

 

 

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Attention Cultural Cocktail Hour adventurers: A 10-mile network of downtown streets will be closed on Sunday, October 9, from 10am–3pm. Your Cultural Concierge has tips to avoid Downtown on Sunday!

Frank Strazzeri Quintet- Fri. Oct 7th- 6pm

Free, No reservations

Veteran pianist Frank Straazerri has worked with musicians ranging from Billie Holiday to Chet Baker.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org

Pacific Standard Time at the Getty opened this week

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049.

(310) 440-7300

For more information on the exhibit, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/

Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn- Sat, October 8- 8:00PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic. Janine Jansen, violin

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.850.2000. For more information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/


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by Leticia Marie Sanchez

The New York Observer reveals that Anna Nebtreko, star of  Donizetti’s Anna Bolena was blasted by critics for daring to smile on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera. The audience wildly cheered Ms. Netrebko after a particularly grueling and moving rendition of the aria Al dolce guidami. Netrebko, who had been gazing upward, briefly smiled, causing the audience to erupt in more cheers.

The critics lambasted her for this gesture, which they claim caused her to break character.

The Observer’s piece traces opera singers throughout history who have been chastised by critics for simple and dignified gestures like kneeling to an audience after intense applause.

The critics’ negative reaction begs the question: for whom are the singers performing: naysaying critics or their beloved audience?

What about the bond between a singer and the audience?

Opera celebrates the wide gamut of human emotions. Why should should natural feelings and spontaneous impulses be constrained?

The article notes that on the second night, when the audience cheered, Netrebko repressed herself from smiling.

When a singer is not allowed to acknowledge the connection with their audience or their own emotional triumph, that is a shame.

The critics should realize that one can have vibrant fonts of human emotions or one can have statues.

One cannot have both.

For the full story, please read:

http://www.observer.com/2011/10/grin-and-bear-it-why-anna-netrebkos-smile-got-the-critics-riled/

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