You can see the art and the artists during the museum Soirée du Soleil gala Saturday night. The artists will be playing painters of the period that produced art in the exhibition “Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales” which is at the museum. Those artists were mostly French, working in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. You might have heard of some – Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh.
This is the second year the museum has done a big blowout, high ticket gala. So far about 700 tickets have been sold. At $150 a head, it isn’t cheap, but it certainly should be fun. I had a blast at last year’s gala. But make up your mind – it’s $175 at the door.
(Full disclosure: I am not a member of About Face, but I regularly, even religiously, attend the group’s figure drawing sessions. Otherwise I’d never make art. It’s usually not OK for a journalist to belong to any group he or she might cover. I DO purchase a basic annual membership to the art museum. I also climbed ladders and painted on the pillars upstairs.)
The museum wants 35,000 people to pass through the door before “Turner to Cezanne” is sent along to the next venue in June.
The week the show opened in early March the museum offered a “pay what you wish” evening – pretty good considering the normal price is $15. I figured there would be a big line waiting to get into the museum, but when I arrived shortly before the doors opened at only about ten people were lined up. I was shocked at the lack of interest considering the buzz about the show. A few weeks ago, the museum did a similar promotion with even less response. The museum has led the horse to water, hell it’s led the horse to whiskey, but…
People are obviously avoiding me because about 17,000 have attended “Turner to Cezanne” which means the 35,000 figure is well within reach. The 35,000 figure was picked because that was the highest attendance for any show at the museum. One big difference is to see the earlier show cost about $5 and to see this one it’s $15. The show is also drawing from all over – 40 percent from others states. I’d say this is a hit.
Public radio on stage
Public radio on stage
Hours before I dress up and head to the museum Saturday, I’ll be watching the public radio program “What’ya Know.” Yes, watching. The show is making a stop at the
“What’ya Know” has been in
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If you want to know about “Whad’Ya Know” you’ll have a hard time doing so at the
Even if you don’t know Feldman you probably know Drink Small, the blues player who will be a guest. Also onstage will be Mark Smith, a USC history professor who tastes and smells history in his books.
And of course the ladies will be throwing their undies at my former colleague and “Whad’Ya Know” guest Brad Warthen. Warthen used to be editorial page editor of The State and is creator of the t-shirt that says “Accountable to No One” all state government employees issued upon hiring.
Warthen is now raking in the big bucks with his own blog at http://bradwarthen.com/
So is another former colleague, and a guy I could really talk to, the fine, funny and first-rate editorial cartoonist Robert Ariail. He’s at http://robertariail.com/
His cartoons would be good on the radio as well, but what does Feldman know? Not much. You?