July 2019

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Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling plays The Music Center (with Sarah Lamb as Mary Vetsera and Steven McRae as Prince Rudolf)

Royal Ballet

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo By Alice Pennefather

Passion, scandal, madness, obsession, seduction , after a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company The Royal Ballet returns to The Music Center performing its masterpiece Mayerling. The three-act work depicting the drama of dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigue is based on the true story of the 1889 deaths of the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince and his teenage mistress. The two gunshots that rang out at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods still echo in Kenneth’s MacMillan’s vivid dramatization today.

Set in the stunning and brilliant backdrop of the Viennese palace and the Mayerling hunting lodge, the performance brings to life the vividly absorbing incident that shook the royal courts of the 19th century with a fatal attraction and the mysterious death of Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.

Mayerling will be performed on two back-to-back weekends, at the Music Center ’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, July 5-7, 2019, and the following weekend, July 12-13 2019. On the second weekend in addition to Mayerling, The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor will dance in Adès & McGregor an evening of three works including two dance world premieres

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Butterfly Pavilion

The Butterfly Pavilion at Natural History Museum

Butterfly Pavilion

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of NHM

Stunningly beautiful butterflies are taking flight in The Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. Stroll among blooming plants and colorful butterflies from all over North America in this tropical oasis. This spring and summertime exhibition features hundreds of butterflies, colorful native plants, and amazing opportunities to experience the beauty and wonder of these stunning creatures up close. The all glass arboretum type structure is a beautifully light space where butterflies fly freely landing on plants and sometimes people!

The Pavilion provides a great illustration of some of the roles insects play in our natural world that are so often hidden in our day-to-day lives. NHM invites you to discover each stage of these spectacular insects life cycle as it unfolds in this climate-controlled environment.

A swarm of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope, and around the world, kaleidoscopes (great gatherings of butterflies) are considered auspicious signs of future happenings. Butterflies also paint an interesting story of evolution. Representatives of their colorful wings have been seen in Egyptian frescoes which are 3,500 years old. Like natures kaleidoscope, the butterflies are constantly changing promising something new at the Pavilion every day. Go!

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Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty at Corey Helford Gallery thru August 3

Hello Kitty

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of Cory Helford Gallery

Cory Helford Gallery in partnership with Sanrio®, the parent company of Hello Kitty® will host the Hello Kitty® 45th Anniversary Group Show in their main gallery June 29 – Aug. 3. Created in 1974 to inspire happiness, Hello Kitty has been a symbol of friendship and kindness for 45 years with a fan base that spans multiple generations.  This special group exhibition, featuring 100 artists from all over the globe, examines the world of Hello Kitty and her influence on popular culture.

Originally conceived by Yuko Shimizu and currently designed by Yuko Yamaguchi, Kitty White, is a fictional cartoon character depicted as a female Gijinka who is meant to inspire happiness. She has grown to embody the values of Japanese cultures through showing kindness, respect and the true meaning of friendship.  Born in the suburbs of London, Kitty lives with her parents and her twin sister Mimmy, who is her best friend.  Her hobbies include baking cookies and making new friends.  She is known to say, “You can never have too many friends!” With her upbeat message, she has captured the hearts of people around the world and appears on a broad range of products and experiences that appeal to her legions of fans. The artists featured in the exhibition have re-interpreted the iconic image of Hello Kitty and her friends in their own aesthetic through a wide variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, and animation.

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Sunset Concerts

Skirball Sunset Concerts happening all summer (featuring Tamar Ilana & Ventanas)

Sunset Concerts

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

The twenty-third season of free Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center begins this month with an eclectic group of performances paying tribute to a range of vibrant music traditions. The lineup includes:  Latin Grammy award winner Gaby Moreno (July 18) with Spanish and English songs that blend blues, jazz, pop, soul and folk;  Rio Mira (July 25), a marimba Afro-Latino supergroup led by Esteban Copete, Larry Preciado and Ecuadoran singer Karla Kanora; everyone’s favorite The Klezmatics (August 1) with their Eastern European Jewish roots music which inspires and transforms; from New Orleans it’s the kinetic sounds of Cha Wa (August 8) celebrating the music of Mardi Gras Indian krewes;  Tamar Ilana + Ventanas (August 15) reimagine age-old Mediterranean melodies with a flamenco beat; and Trumpeter/lyricist Josef Leimberg (August 22) entrances audiences with a rich tapestry of Afro-futurist sounds.

Concerts take place in the Skirball’s open courtyard. All shows begin at 8 pm with DJ sets starting at 6:30.  There are no tickets and no reservations (parking is $15) – it’s a first come, first system – so make it an evening, bring family and friends, come early, enjoy light fare and a full bar from Zeidler’s Cart; check out the free current exhibitions (Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich and Black is Beautiful: Photography of Kwame Brathwaite) before the show.

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