Event : Cultural Heritage Commission Hearing
Date : 13 January 2011
Time : 10:00 a.m.
Celebrate: This morning the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission awarded Historic Land Mark status to the North side of the lot in front of the Pascual Marquez Family Cemetery. The all Volunteer team of attorneys, neighbors. friends and La Senora are endeavoring to acquire that parcel of land from its current owners. If successful, the property will become a landscaped garden contributing to 'a sense of place' for the historically designated cemetery.

Event : The Collapse of Maya Kings
Date : 18 January 2011
Time : 7:30:00 PM
Join us for another in our series of Cotsen Institute of Archeology lectures. The Collapse of the Maya Kings will discuss Kingdoms, Ritual, Water and how rapidly cycling irregular weather patterns disrupted centuries of Mayan Rulers. UCLA Fowler - Lenart Auditorium

Event : How Culture Transformed Human Evolution
Date : 19 January 2011
Time : 7::00 PM
Prof. Robert Boyd is one of the leading scientists in the world in the study of the evolution of culture with a reputation for giving dynamic, though provoking talks. He will discuss the paradoxical qualities of the human species building on his thesis that humans, unlike any other species, has progressed further by acquiring important components of knowledge passed inter-generationally throughout our culture. Lenart Auditorium - Fowler Hall - UCLA. Parking is in Structure #4 $10. Lecture is free

Event : Will Rogers: Documentary Film with Q&A by Michael Allan
Date : 22 January 2011
Time : 3:00 pm
Join us for a documentary on the life of Will Rogers. The film and Q&A will be in La Senora's 50-seat 1930s Screening Room. Mike Allan will also have Docents from Will Rogers Museum who can answer questions during the refreshments following the screening.
This is the first in a series of Will Rogers events in La Senora's 2010-11 Season; a visit to the Will Rogers home in the Palisades is planned for early 2011. Will was a journalist, a radio personality, a star of stage (Zeigfeld Follies) and film; he was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era.

It has been seriously proposed that the Bible and Shakespeare are the only writings that have been quoted more frequently than Will Rogers. In concert with ideas he was conveying in newspaper columns, movies and magazine articles, Will's radio addresses were the principal opinion molders during the first half of the 1930s. Always a talker and a fabled raconteur, Will Rogers was a natural for radio with his warm and entertaining voice .
In a time when World War I and the Great Depression dominated the national scene, Will Rogers' down-home charm and incredible insight explained the phenomena and exposed the foibles. Good event or bad, Will delivered a timely message, jestful appraisal or jocular warning.
His weekly Sunday evening show, The Gulf Headliners, ranked by 1935 among the top fifteen radio programs in the country.
Will first appeared on the radio in Pittsburgh in 1922 on station KDKA when the medium was in its infancy. That broadcast signal was picked up only by crystal sets and earphones, the forerunners of radios with loudspeakers. Will Rogers continued to appear on radio through the 1920s and made his first regularly scheduled broadcasts in the spring of 1930 for the pharmaceutical firm E. R. Squibb & Sons.

Event : Buena Vista: California Artists in Mexico 1928-197
Date : 5 February 2011
Time : 2:00
La Senora is pleased to collaborate with the California Heritage Museum and has scheduled one of our small group tours of the exhibition "Buena Vista: California Artists in Mexico 1928-1970", guest curated by historian and author Gordon T. McClelland,

Prior to 1928 most travel into Baja California was done by wagon or on horseback. But in the late 1920's America had a "Prohibition" on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Many towns just across the Mexican border began promoting the fact that alcoholic consumption was perfectly legal in Mexico and that American tourists were welcome at their cantinas and casino, but it was difficult to get there. In the late 1920s the paving of roads from California into Mexico began.
Among the first Californians to take advantage of the newly paved roads into Mexico were artists who were affiliated with the California Style of watercolor painting. Mexico is a fascinating country with many areas of extraordinary visual beauty. California artists began to discover this beauty as they ventured into Mexico in search of inspirational subject matter and the experience of working in a fresh, new environment.
"Buena Vista: California Artists in Mexico 1928 - 1970" showcases this fifty-two year period: an era when the California Style of watercolor painting gained international recognition for its important contributions to the development and promotion of the medium. Works produced during these expeditions are considered to be an essential component of their overall artistic production. Many of the watercolors, particularly those created in the 1920s and 1930s, are true Regionalist works, offering a refreshing glimpse into how this American art form was transformed through exposure to new experiences, environments and cultures.
$15 donation includes admission to California Heritage Museum
For any additional questions or to RSVP, please go to events@lasenora.org
Event : Colburn School Recital
Date : 15 February 2011
Time : 6:45
La Senora Research Institute is pleased to present an impressive group of young musicians from the Colburn School of Performing Arts. These rising stars of tomorrow will perform an unforgettable program at the Historic Mojica Hacienda in Santa Monica on February 15th.

The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles has emerged as one of the premier institutions in the nation for educating young classical music performers. This February 15th, some of Colburn best rising artists will perform selections from Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Schubert, Debussy, and Shostakovich.

The program features Anna Vosbigian (violin) performing the virtuoso Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 in A minor and Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante in D major; Ashely Geo (piano), Melodi Hess (violin), and Matthew Ignacio (cello) performing the Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E Major which has been featured in a number of motion pictures; and Ji Sun Jung performing the Prologue to the Debussy Cello Sonata and the Allegretto from the Shostakovitch Cello Concerto.

All of these musicians are under the age of 18, yet have won impressive awards and have performed solo with symphonies in California and abroad.

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Event : The Russians are Coming
Date : 27 March 2011
Time : 7:00 PM
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!
Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM - UCLA Royce Hall
Angel Romero Conductor

For the 6th year, La Senora has been given the privilege of introducing our audiences to the annual
West Los Angeles Symphony.
Celebrating its 19th Season, the West LA Symphony is bringing to UCLA�s beautiful Royce Hall, a Russian-themed program featuring the Los Angeles orchestral debut of sensational young piano virtuoso,
Ms. Di Wu Praised in The Wall Street Journal for "her playing...with dazzling mastery," 
Ms. Wu has recently performed under the batons of Maestros James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.
Ms. Wu will be performing Rachmaninoff 
and the evening will also include a dramatic duet from Tchaikovsky's opera, "The Queen of Spades."
Returning for another encore as Guest Conductor is the charismatic, Grammy award winning Angel Romero.
These performances sell out rapidly. To join the La Senora theater party, please reserve your ticket by March 1st. 
Concerts are free to the public though we encourage you to make at least a small donation of support. For those who can offer a more substantial donation, individuals donating $100 or more will receive an invitation to the VIP Reception after the Symphony.

Event : Will Rogers
Date : 2 April 2011
Time : 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a private tour of the Will Rogers Historical State Park. Michael Allan, a La Senora member and Park Ranger for this 'national treasure' facility located on former Rancho Boca de Santa Monica lands will be augmented by two other La Senora Neighbors/Patron Level Members who are also Docents for Will Rogers. With the expertise of these guides, touring Will Rogers will be a memorable event.. Neighbors are especially encouraged to discover this Temescal Canyon delight.

Event : Exploration & Discovery in the Cemetery
Date : 13 May 2011
Time : 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
During day 1 of this weekend event - Our annual elementary school history of our neighborhood event will expand this year to include not only Canyon School but also Marquez School as well as the Earth Sciences class of the George Washington High School. Dean Goodman, Cotsen Research Associate and head of the Geoarcheological Lab will demonstrate non invasive uses of technology via ground penetrating radar to discover burials and other subsurface structures. The Fowler Museums team will be led by Wendy Teeter, Curator teaching about archeology and anthropology. Teri Brewer, who grew up in this Canyon is a La Senora Fellow and a Cotsen Research Associate who will discuss the Cultural Heritage Landscape.

Event : California Preservation Foundation Study Group
Date : 15 May 2011
Time : 1:30-4:00
This workshop concludes our 2011 explorations to confirm the foundations of the Francisco Marquez 1839 adobe casa on the Rancho. Neighbors and members are welcome to watch quietly but participants are limited to CPF study group members.
Event: California Preservation Foundation Conference
Date: 16 May 2011- 18 May 2011
Time: 0:00
California Preservation Foundation Conference
Event: An American Celebration
Date: 11 June 2011
Time: 6:30pm
La Senora has had a close collaboration with Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA) for the past five years. The two non-profit foundations found much in common in the music and films that populate their histories. La Senora Members and referred guests are always given a very warm welcome by hosts, composer Maria Newman and Violist Scott Hosfeld.
Event: LA as Subject Archives Board Meeting
Date: 14 June 2011
Time: 10:00am
Today the delegates from La Senora will visit the City of Los Angeles Records Storage Facility. In addition to planning for the October 2011 Archives Festival to be held at USC, members attending will receive a guided tour through the City's archives (both operational dead files and the early Los Angeles documents held in the controlled environment of the Archives Vault.
Event: Docent Training Workshop
Date: 15 June 2011
Time: 6:30pm
La Senora hosted another docent training for the grounds of the Jose Mojica Hacienda.
Event: History of Tango at Hacienda in the 1930s
Date: 16 June 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Our first meeting of this continuing exploration of the Tango introduced to his Hacienda by Tenor Jose Mojica with the tradition continued during the Salon Era of the 'inter-war years'.  Tony Munoz, son of Jose Mojica's Valet will lead us into an understanding of how this dance swept the world.
Event: California Preservation and Santa Monica Conservancy
Date: 17 June 2011
Time: 5:00pm
To celebrate the recent highly successful California Preservation Foundation annual Conservation Conference hosted by the Santa Monica Conservancy partnered with local non-profits such as La Senora, the worker-bees who headed committees and put on study tours and workshops are gathering for a private celebration and 'thank you' at La Senora. During the Conference La Senora hosted a Study Tour (a professional conservationists' look at the use of ground penetrating radar used to locate subsurface anomalies without disturbing them) and the joyous President's Reception. We welcome those invited by CPF to this 'Thank-You' event.
Event: Upper Santa Monica Canyon 4th of July Celebration
Date: 4 July 2011
Time: 11:00am
Neighbors of Upper SM Canyon gather for a day of old-fashioned fun. Toddler's parade and children's activities are followed by the annual re-match of the East Channel and Dryad Road Softball Teams (players over the age of 12 bat left handed to give the kids an edge at starring in this game).  Fond recollections of this neighborhood tradition draw former residents of the Canyon, who return bringing their children with them....thus perpetuating the tradition for another generation.
Events: Westside Story at the Hollywood Bowl
Date: 9 July 2011 
Time: 8:00pm
Four lucky La Senora Patron Members will have front row seating in a box in the Garden Section of the Hollywood Bowl. This box was provided by one of our generous donors. If you really LOVE dance, then enter the Patron Member pool drawing for these tickets by logging onto the Patron page.
Event: Cuban Architecture of the 1930's 
Date: 21 July 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Join our small group for a lecture at the Getty. Learn about the legacy of Spanish Colonial architecture as it was being built in Cuba and in Los Angeles during the late 1920s and 1930s. Additional details on La Senora's guide will be provided to the Patron Members who sign up. Size of this group will be limited to 8 members.
Event: Gershwin: from Broadway to Catfish Row 
Date: 26 July 2011
Time: 6:30pm
Event: The Tango's Role in Old Hollywood
Date: 7 September 2011
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Lecturer/Instructor Tony Munoz, whose father served as Jose Mojica's Valet during the period in which Mojica made his 14 films for Fox Studios,  joins us again bringing more of the historical context of the Tango in Old Hollywood. Sharing this cultural heritage includes the opportunity for people who have never danced to learn the graceful movements of this "American Style" Tango popularized by Rudolph Valentino but danced in all the Mexican Casas of Old Hollywood.
Event: The History of Tango in Old Hollywood
Date: 21 September 2011
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Lecturer/Instructor Tony Munoz, whose father served as Jose Mojica's Valet during the period in which Mojica made his 14 films for Fox Studios,  joins us again bringing more of the historical context of the Tango in Old Hollywood. Sharing this cultural heritage includes the opportunity for people who have never danced to learn the graceful movements of this "American Style" Tango popularized by Rudolph Valentino but danced in all the Mexican Casas of Old Hollywood.
Event: The Glory of Gershwin
Date: 14 October 2011
Time: 6:30-10:00pm
La Senora members are gathering at the Hacienda to car pool to this Small Group Special Event at the Broad Theater.   Gershwin's history in the Hacienda during the years of Anita Loos' afternoon Salons is extensive.  This 1994 multi-media presentation was originally written in 1994 as a birthday tribute to a lifelong friend and admirer of George and Ira Gershwin.
Event: Milonga
Date: 15 October 2011
Time: 7:00-11:00pm
A night of classic Argentine Tango in the gardens and home of Jose Mojica Hacienda.
Event: Rancho Days Fiesta
Date: 16 October 2011
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
La Señora neighbors and members stepped back into the history of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica. Of course we had 'storytelling' -- our Historian was the great grandson of the Rancho's 1839 Grantees! Traditional roasted Goat, demonstrations of tortilla-making, children absorbed in pottery and mural creations led by artist Richmond Burton, and Pinatas.  Also joining us this year were families from Santa Monica's Upward Bound Program.
Event: Santuario San Lorenzo Board Meeting
Date: 18 October 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Meeting of Santuario Board to plan the landscaping of the land and discuss Cultural Heritage process for approvals.
Event: LA as Subject Exhibition- USC Doheny Memorial Library
Date: 22 October 2011
Time: 9:00-5:00pm
L.A. as Subject is a research alliance dedicated to preserving and improving access to the raw material of Los Angeles history. Much of the city’s history is preserved in libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions. Other valuable and unique collections – those that reveal the stories of neighborhoods, families, and influential Angelenos – are scattered across Southern California, curated by smaller institutions and individual enthusiasts. With an online directory of more than 230 separate collections, L.A. as Subject ensures that researchers know what materials are available, where they are located, and how to access them. L.A. as Subject’s biggest undertaking is the annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, a congregation of members that brings their unique collections together into one place. The event allows scholars, researchers, archivists, librarians, students, and history enthusiasts to browse the broad collections of the alliance’s members.
Event:  A Conversation with Edith Head- "Gala Opening" with Post Show Reception
Date: 28 October 2011
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Edith Head did the costumes (very famous in her time) for movies on which both Lyle Wheeler and Anita Loos worked.  Ms. Head lived in a warm and inviting hacienda in Coldwater Canyon, the stories of which will come out during this evening's performance. Ovation recommended! “A Conversation With Edith Head” is a feast of delicious behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood’s greatest stars that provide an intimate portrait of Hollywood’s legendary costume designer. In her six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on over eleven hundred films; dressed the greatest stars of Hollywood; received 35 Academy Award® nominations, and won an unprecedented eight Oscars®. “A Conversation With Edith Head” gives the inside scoop on Edith and the Golden Age of Hollywood. 
Event: Flights of Imagination
Date: 6 December 2011
Time: 7:00pm- 10:00pm
A Performance by the La Senora Chamber Ensemble, performing "Quartet in G Minor- Claude Debussy 3rd Movement" and "Quartet in G Minor by Edvard Grieg." The Ensemble, made up of Ray Dean Mize, Maurice Grants, Eric Boulanger and Myroslava Khomik, performs these pieces contributing each of their own talents to play this unique and interesting piece. It is an orchestral sound but also often folkloric, like the Hardanger fiddle music that Grieg knew and loved so well. The depth of sound is achieved by using the impact of concurrent double stopping, in fortissimo, in multiple instruments; the breadth of sound the audience hears can be found in Grieg’s  having the instruments use the double and triple stops to create a chord effect of more than the usual four notes.