7 Days in the Arts
The lyrics of Lorenz Hart – among them “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Isn’t it Romantic?” and “My Funny Valentine” – tell stories of love, requited and not. In “Glad To Be Unhappy: The Lyrical Life of Lorenz Hart,” 49 of the lyricist’s songs with partner Richard Rodgers celebrate his life and work. $20. Thur.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 851-7977.
The musical adaptation of Lois Wyse’s best-selling book “Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother” is a humorous look at common concerns of modern grandmotherhood – from what to call the grandmother to her availability as a babysitter. $22.50-$24.50. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 6 p.m. Through Feb. 25. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. For reservations, call (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.
The Émigrés on the Roof concert celebrates the contribution of Émigré composers to American music, with works by Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky and others. $15 (general admission); $10 (members and seniors); $5 (students). 8 p.m. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 857-6010.
“Metamorphosis,” the current exhibit of paintings by artist and architect Renée Amitai at the Robert Savedra Gallery, showcases the organic side of her work. Using rich colors and heavy brushstrokes, Amitai paints abstract natural landscapes. Tue.-Fri. noon-5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 16. 5367 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-5084.
Sonia Levitin’s newest young-adult novel “Dream Freedom” tells the stories of students in Denver and present-day slaves in Sudan, and how these seemingly parallel lives intersect through acts of courage. Levitin discusses her work at a reception tonight at the Museum of Tolerance. 7 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 553-8403 ext. 2806.
Conductor extraordinaire Zubin Mehta is back in Los Angeles to celebrate composer Kurt Weill’s centennial. Mehta will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Weill’s work “The Seven Deadly Sins.” 8 p.m. Also Sat., Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Sun. Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. $10-$70. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For tickets, call (213) 365-3500. For more information, call (323) 850-2000.
“Wallenberg” dramatizes the story of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg’s efforts to save Jews from the Nazis. Portrayed as an unremarkable man before the war, the play shows how Wallenberg rose to his crucial task. Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-9, 8 p.m.; Dec. 3 and 10, 2 p.m. $8.50 (in advance); $10.50 (general). Bronwyn Dodson Theatre, Fullerton College, 321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. For tickets, call (714) 992-7433 ext. 0.