We went to the LA Opera last night to see Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Our friend Monica gave us her tickets. I can't say much about the music, as I am unable to hear or appreciate the finer points of Wagner, (same for Mozart- except in that case- too many notes.) The sets and the visuals, however, were wonderful. The David Hockney set design was really quite funny- I kept expecting Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny to walk on stage. Of course, this sums up my artistic sensibility perfectly.
John Cage wrote about an experience of taking Ravi Shankar to a symphony concert and of being amazed at how Shankar raved about how much he liked the first piece, until Cage realized that Shankar was talking about the period in which the orchestra was tuning up.
Cage also said that he could visualize a world without art and thought that it might not be such a bad place.