Friday, March 30, 2012

Do you like Being Cleopatra?

Do you like Being Cleopatra? After 2,000 years, Cleopatra remains a powerful, eternal presence who continues to captivate the imagination.

Beguiling in life and legendary in death, it is no surprise that Cleopatra's legacy has captured the attention of composers. There have been over 60 classical vocal works written to portray her life, however, very few are as well known as the woman herself.

As you listen to Cleopatra's Voice, allow yourself to travel back over the centuries to discover musical pieces you have never heard and composers you never knew existed. All the pieces capture the essence of the immortal queen and we are able to hear Cleopatra's Voice

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Susan Angelo

Photos: Craig Schwartz
Susan Angelo being Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare with A Noise Within (ANW) running March 3-May 13, 2012 in Pasadena, CA.

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Wei Hai-min (魏海敏)

Photos: National Guoguang Opera Company

Soprano Wei Hai-min (魏海敏) being Cleopatra in Cleopatra and Her Fools (艷后和她的小丑們) at the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (台灣國際藝術節) with the National Guoguang Opera Company (國立(國光劇團)

WHAT: Cleopatra in Cleopatra and Her Fools (艷后和她的小丑們) with the National Guoguang Opera Company (國立(國光劇團)

WHERE: National Theater, Taipei City No. 21之1號, Zhōngshān South Road, Jhongjheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

WHEN: March 30 (sold out), March 31 (2:30pm and 7:30pm), April 1 (2:30pm)

TICKETS: NT$400 to NT$2,500

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: Leonhard Kern

Ivory carving 
Kunstkammer Würth, Sammlung Würth Inv. 5244, at the Bode-Museum, Berlin, Germany.
Leonhard Kern (1588-1662)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Elizabeth Zharoff

Soprano Elizabeth Zharoff being Cleopatra in the opera Antony and Cleopatra by Samuel Barber with the Curtis Opera Theatre in the Perelman Theater in Philadelphia on March 17-21, 2010

Friday, March 16, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Gianna Terribili-Gonzales

Gianna Terribili-Gonzales being Cleopatra in the silent film Antony and Cleopatra (Marc Antonio e Cleopatra) and was shot in Italy and Egypt. This film will be 100 years old in 2013. This is so great that YouTube has the full film of this rarity!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cleopatra in the News: Who owns the Sphinx?

 Poland: evidence of bad faith 
"Sfinks Polska S.A. requested the Polish Patent Office to invalidate the rights of protection for word-figurative trade mark CLEOPATRA R-153234 owned by Restauracja CLEOPATRA Bachar Aziz from Lublin. Sfinks Polska owns earlier registered word-figurative trade mark SPHINX R-105162.  
Sfinks claimed that the trade mark CLEOPATRA R-153234 is similar to its trade mark and argued that it has legal interest in this proceedings as there is a possibility of misleading customers based on the similarity of trade marks. This could be particularly applicable considering the fact that SPHINX trade mark is already known on the market and, therefore, it has a stronger distinctive ability. Sfinks also argued that Bachar Aziz filed its trade mark in bad faith with an intent to use the reputation of Sfinks' trade marks by suggesting a common origin from a single entity.  
The Polish Patent Office dismissed the request and decided that the trade marks, in this case, are different in all aspects. Sfinks Polska S.A. filed a complaint against this decision.  
The Voivodeship Administrative Court in its judgment of 27 December 2011 case file VI SA/Wa 2041/11 dismissed it. The Court held that the PPO correctly decided that there are visible differences in both signs. The VAC also ruled that the application for a trade in bad faith may occur in a situation in which the applicant is linked with the owner of the earlier sign with a special relationship of trust resulting, for example, from cooperation contracts or agreements. The trade mark can be filed in bad faith in order to acquire a financial extortion from the owner of an earlier sign, or to gain control of that entity, or to force the conclusion of the license agreement, etc. The trade mark can be also filed in bad faith with the intention to block the use of the prior sign or in order to acquire of the market position of the holder of the earlier mark. However, the allegation of bad faith trade mark application has not been proven by Sfinks Polska S.A."

~Tomasz Rychlicki

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cleopatra's Culinary Adventures: Chicken Kishk

Chicken Kishk
Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 medium free-range chicken
4 onions, chopped (divided)
1 celery rib, chopped
2 sprigs fresh parsley
5 to 6 cardamom pods, cracked
Sea salt to taste
6 black peppercorns
2 tablespoons arrowroot
4 tablespoons natural yogurt
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

Place chicken in a large pan with one of the onions, the celery, parsley, cardamom, salt and peppercorns. Cover with water, bring slowly to a boil and simmer 1 to 1 ½ hours or until chicken is really tender. Remove bird carefully from pan. Discard the skin, remove the meat from the bones and set it aside. Return carcass to pan and continue to simmer bones another hour. Leave to cool slightly, then strain the stock and discard the bones.

Mix arrowroot with yogurt and lemon juice in a bowl, then gradually add 5 to 6 ladlefuls of chicken stock. Pour into a small saucepan and cook over gentle heat 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened considerably. Season to taste.

Meanwhile heat butter with oil and gently fry remaining onions with the garlic until golden. Stir mixture into yogurt sauce.

If you have a microwave, you can lay the pieces of cooked chicken in a serving dish, cover with the sauce and a lid and reheat 3 to 4 minutes on high. Alternatively, lay the pieces of chicken in a wide pan, cover with the sauce, and reheat very gently. Serve with rice and a green salad.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lindsay Lohan to play Elizabeth Taylor (& Cleopatra too)

Photo: The Count
Lindsay Lohan is said to be playing Elizabeth Taylor (and Cleopatra too) in the Lifetime network biopic Liz and Dick, which will focus on Taylor’s love affair with Richard Burton.

"I have watched Cleopatra dozens of times, and studied her performance in detail. I have to play Cleopatra. I realise how important it is not to muck this up. This is my chance to get on with my life," the 25-year-old told the Daily Mail.
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