Monthly Archives: February 2011

Oscars Brouhaha

By Victoria Looseleaf The less said the better about the 83rd Academy Awards presentation, save that James Franco was in uber-slacker mode and, while Anne Hathaway’s gowns were gorgeous, the painful patter coming from her Julia Roberts-like mouth was akin … Continue reading

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The Majesty of Martha

By Victoria Looseleaf All hail the mother of modern dance: Martha Graham. Though she died in 1991, her company, the Martha Graham Dance Company – the oldest contemporary dance troupe in the country – is now in its 85th year. … Continue reading

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Of Turks, Tenors and Titillating Trillers: Il Turco in Italia

By Victoria Looseleaf There’s something delicious about the way the word ‘Turk’ sounds in Italian. Il Turco. Kinda like turkey – er, Turkey. But The Turk in Italy, a Rossini confection from 1814, is far from being a clunker. Indeed, … Continue reading

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Hubbard Street’s Got Hubba-Hubba

By Victoria Looseleaf The 110-mile round trip drive from The Leaf’s digs in Beverly Hills…Adjacent…to the County Orange, is not exactly her favorite. Thank God, then, for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which held court Saturday for a sold-out crowd of … Continue reading

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Fonda The Fabulous

By Victoria Looseleaf She’s got a pair of Oscars, she’s topped the New York Times best-seller list more than once, and she spearheaded a fitness revolution in the 1980’s, not to mention her cred as both sex kitten and long-time … Continue reading

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Abiding Here, There…And Everywhere

By Victoria Looseleaf As promised, here are my thoughts, albeit a tad late, on Gustavo Dudamel, AKA, The Dude, conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, which I had the honor and privilege of hearing on his home turf, Walt Disney Concert Hall … Continue reading

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Booty-Shaking By Way of Brazil

By Victoria Looseleaf Brazilians, known for plastic surgery, bikini waxes and, well, their voluptuous beauty, are also a festive people. (Attending carnival, high on my to-do list, also comes to mind when I think of the land of samba and … Continue reading

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