BEING CLEOPATRA: February 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Frances de la Tour

Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo: Alan Bates Archive
Photo: Alan Bates Archive
Photo: Corbis
Photo: Alan Bates Archive
Photo: Alan Bates Archive
Photo: Shakespeare's Staging
Frances de la Tour being Cleopatra in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra with Alan Bates as Antony at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1999.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

'Antony and Cleopatra' in Pasadena, CA

A Noise Within (ANW) presents Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare running March 3-May 13, 2012 in Pasadena, CA.

ANTONY Geoff Elliott

CLEOPATRA Jeanie Hackett

DIRECTORS Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott

WHAT: Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare

WHERE: A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA

PARKING: Free self-parking is located in the Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure, with entrances on northbound Sierra Madre Villa Avenue or North Halstead Street. 

WHEN: March 3, 2012 - May 13, 2012 (previews begin February 25, 2012).

TICKETS: Single tickets are $46 (Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees), $42 (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees), $34 (previews), $27 (groups 10 or more for weekdays & Saturday matinees), $32 (groups 10 or more Saturday evenings & Sunday matinees), $16 (school groups 10 or more for weekdays & matinees), $20 (school groups 10 or more for Saturday evenings). "Pay What You Can" tickets for the Thursday, March 1 performance are sold at the box office the day of the performance for cash only on a first-come, first-served basis based on availability, with a limit of two per person.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: William Wetmore Story

William Wetmore Story (1819–1895)
American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Neoclassical sculptors often drew upon mythology, ancient history, the Bible, and classical and contemporary literature for their subject matter. The statues of Harvard-educated William Wetmore Story exemplify this inclination, and Cleopatra, his most famous work, was only one of dozens of subjects such as Medea, Delilah, Electra, and Saul that were produced in his studio. "Cleopatra" is highly representative of Story's oeuvre: most of his statues are single figures in the round, often seated deep in thought meditating on deeds of cataclysmic significance; here Cleopatra contemplates her suicide. The sculptor was renowned for the archaeological exactitude of the props and costumes of his figures. The attention paid to historical accuracy is matched by the virtuosity of the carving.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cleopatra's Culinary Adventures: Roasted Chickpeas with Nuts and Seeds

7 ounces cooked dried or drained canned chickpeas (garbanzos)

7 ounces mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts pine nuts, etc.) and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)

Juice of 2 lemons

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put chickpeas with the nuts and seeds in a small pan. Add lemon juice and just enough water to cover them, plus a generous shake of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 to 6 minutes, then drain.

Spread mixture out on a flat ovenproof tray or dish and bake in preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes, shaking it every now and then to mix the peas, nuts and seeds around and checking to make sure that they do not burn.

Serve at once or store in an airtight container up to two weeks.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rumors of Catherine Zeta Jones to be Cleopatra in a 3D rock musical

Photo: Mundocine
There was talk back in 2008 that Catherine Zeta Jones would star as Cleopatra in a 3D rock musical film of the legendary queens. In 2008 the film was rumored of getting a $30 million budget, Hugh Jackman to play her Roman lover Mark Antony, be directed by Steven Soderbergh and would feature a soundtrack by the punk band Guided by Voices. Now again, there was a mention of it in the Kansas Star Star, do you think it may still be made?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Helen Flax

Helen Flax being Cleopatra in the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare. It will be performed at The Port Elizabeth Opera House in Port Elizabeth, South Africa February 14 to 18 at 7pm, with a 3pm matinee on February 19, 2012.

WHAT: Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare
WHEN: February 14 to 18 at 7pm, with a 3pm matinee on February 19, 2012
WHERE: Port Elizabeth Opera House on Whites Rd, Central Port Elizabeth 6001
TICKETS: Adults R50 & Students R25

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cleopatra dance show opens in Los Angeles, CA

Photo Marissa Labog, left, and Zsolt Banki use a reception desk as a rowboat during Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's rehearsal of "Cleopatra, CEO." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
One year after Mubarek was overthrown, the legendary Egyptian leader Cleopatra will take over downtown Los Angeles. From Cesar the Stuntman to the Cirque du Soleil-inspired Cleopatra, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will create magic in and around the former corporate space with the Los Angeles skyline as the backdrop.

Cleopatra, CEO promises to be an "over the top" feast of dance, music, and theatre, for the distinguished Cleopatra has returned to reign from Southern California! As athletic dancers create magic in and around the former corporate space, the audience will experience a dance performance unique to downtown.

Th show references everything from ancient Egypt to the 1980s TV show Dynasty. The narrative-driven work features 11 scenes, 13 dancers, a flautist and even an opera singer. The show works with the 1970s architectural interior by making it symbolize male executive wealth and power.

WHAT: Cleopatra, CEO a dance show by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
WHEN: February 9-25, 2012 at 8pm (except Thursday performances begin at 7pm)
WHERE: The 51st floor of the Paul Hastings Tower at 515 South Flower Street in Los Angeles, CA

TICKETS: General $40 & Students $10

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cleopatra's Voice CD

Listen to samples of my new CD featuring pieces about Cleopatra!

Pieces making their recording debut include:
Track 4: Non mi vantar gli allori
Track 5: La morte di Cleopatra
Track 7: Viens enfuyons-nous tous deux

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cate Blanchett may star as Cleopatra in Sydney, AU

Photo: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features
Rumors are going around that Cate Blanchett may star as Cleopatra opposite Richard Roxburgh in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra opening in Sydney towards the end of next year, before launching a European tour. Sydney Theatre Company (STC) said British director Declan Donnellan had just conducted workshops with company actors last week. A spokesman said that Antony and Cleopatra was one project being considered. However, it has been speculated that the production could depend on Blanchette retiring from the company, where her three-year contract is up for renewal in November 2013, making Cleopatra Blanchett's STC swansong.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cleopatra at the Super Bowl!

Madonna being Cleopatra at the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show. This was my first time at a Super Bowl party and I was luck to be in New York with New Yorkers when the Giants won (but it was a major plus that Cleopatra was there too)!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cleopatra exhibit moves to Los Angeles, CA

The National Geographic exhibit, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, is moving to a new home. On May 23, 2012, the Cleopatra exhibit will be at California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Ticket Prices:
Adult (Age 18-59): $19.75 (Member: $12.75)
Child (Age 4-12): $12.75 (Member $10.75)
Youth (Age 13-17): $16.75 (Member $11.75)
Student with ID: $16.75 (Member $11.75)
Senior (Age 60+): $16.75 (Member $11.75)

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