April Monthly Meeting Notice

Date: Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Place: The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. Phone: 310-440-7300

            Taverna Tony, 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265. Phone: 310-317-9667

Time: Tour begins: 11:30am. Please arrive promptly as the tour time is very limited. Luncheon begins: 1:00pm. Luncheon concludes: 2:30pm

Guest Speaker: Dr. Timothy Potts, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum


Dear LACC Members and Friends,

The Hon. Elisabeth Fotiadou, First Vice Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps and the Executive Committee, cordially invite all members of the Corps, Trade /Tourism Commissioners, and Protocol and Liason officers to attend the monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 24th, 2014.

The April Monthly Meeting will begin with an introduction by Timothy Potts, the Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, who will meet us at the auditorium, followed by a unique tour of the exhibition "Heaven and Earth: The Art of Byzantium form Greek Collections" guided by the Curator of the exhibition, Dr Mary Louise Hart. At the conclusion of the tour members and guests will take a short drive to a traditional Greek Restaurant, Taverna Tony in Malibu, where they will enjoy a feast of Greek delicacies. Dr. Hart will join us at the luncheon.

The exhibition, which was a great success in Washington DC, contains  nearly two hundred objects, many of which have not been shown before outside Greece, and display the distinctive Byzantine aesthetic that influenced the artistic traditions of neighboring cultures for over a millennium. Byzantine artists drew from pagan and early Christian foundations to fashion the opulent and deeply spiritual world of Byzantium (A.D. 330 - 1453). The establishment of Christianity as the state religion inspired the creation of luminous icons, textiles, architectural sculptures, frescoes, and mosaics. Prosperous monasteries produced illuminated manuscripts and preserved the legacy of ancient Greek literature, while private patronage fostered the embellishment of daily life.  

Notes: Newly arrived Chef de Posts will be welcomed and introduced. Departing Chef de Posts will be recognized. The luncheon will cost $45 per person. If you are attending the lunch, please confirm and send your check made out to “Los Angeles Consular Corps” for $45.00 per person to the Consular Corps Treasurer, the Honorable Daiva Navarrette, Consulate of Lithuania, 2806 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.  

Parking is free at both locations: the Getty Villa and at Taverna Tony. For parking at the Getty Villa, enter via the [main] Pacific Coast Highway gate. Parking reservation # 615392 in name of Consular Corps. The Villa staff has been alerted to direct guests to the Auditorium for welcome remarks. Parking at Taverna Tony is ample in the parking lot.

Reservations:  By RSVP to Kevin Gifford at kevin@laconsularcorps.com or 310-739-3592 by Tuesday, April 22nd.