7 Days In Arts
“Eli Wiesel Goes Home” is the documentary of Wiesel’s personal march of the living. The film follows him back to his hometown of Sighet, Romania and to Auschwitz and Birkenau. It is narrated with passages from his writings, including “Night,” by actor William Hurt. A benefit screening coinciding with the video/DVD release of the film is being held today at 3 p.m. at West Los Angeles College. $15. Fine Arts Theatre Complex, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. For more information, call (310) 287-4320.
You love her singles columns in The Jewish Journal, now see her live! Teresa Strasser shares her witty observations in “The Teresa Monologues,” an event for young professionals 22-39, tonight only at the University of Judaism. 4:30-5:30 p.m. (registration and martini bar), 5:30-6:45 p.m. (show and Q & A), 7-8 p.m. (light buffet, music and socializing). $20. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 440-1246.
Never heard of an Israeli Flamenco dancer? Well we wandering Jews have covered the globe well. Help celebrate Israel’s Sephardi-Mizrahi tradition in music with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. For their 2002 Season Finale, they’ll perform compositions by Israel’s preeminent composers with Israeli dance sensation Or Nili Azuly and singer/songwriter Maya Haddi.. 7:30 p.m. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For ticket prices and more information, call (818) 753-6681.
One writes realistic fiction while the other prefers modern fairy tales. But both Aimee Bender and Bernhard Schlink tell a truth of sorts. Hear the two authors converse, courtesy of the Writer’s Bloc, tonight, at the Museum of Tolerance. $15. 7:30 p.m. The Peltz Theatre, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 335-0917.
Hey, hey, Booboo. Grab that pic-a-nic basket and head outdoors for some Lag ba-Omer fun. The Living Judaism Center is celebrating this bonfire holiday with a community picnic. You can enjoy the free entertainment, purchase food or go fly a kite! 4:30 p.m. Del Rey Lagoon Park, 6600 Esplanade, Playa del Rey. For more information, call (310) 578-6000.
The shoe was on the other foot, and they didn’t have to act. But that’s what they chose to do. When Sarajevo was besieged by Bosnian Serbs, a small group of Sephardic Holocaust survivors and their children witnessed the scenes of ethnic cleansing as outsiders this time. Edward Serotta’s photography exhibition, “Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Bosnia and the Lessons of the Past,” chronicles how this group turned a synagogue and community center into a non-sectarian humanitarian aid agency. The exhibition opens today at the Skirball Cultural Center, with a related panel discussion. 7 p.m. Free. Exhibit runs through July 14. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4559.
If you’re the kind of gal who knows her Chippendale from her Hepplewhite, then you’ll want in on this: The Los Angeles Antiques Show Gala Opening Preview Party is tonight. Catch a sneak-peek of the goods while you rub elbows with Hollywood’s haut monde. And you’ll give your karma a boost with proceeds from the benefit going to Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 6 p.m. (VIP cocktail reception), 7 p.m. (buffet dinner). $250 and up. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.
*For the monetarily challenged, the show itself runs May 3-5 and entry is $15. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (310) 423-3667.
If a tree stands in a forest, and Renée Amitai isn’t there to paint it, is nature’s transcendence captured? Maybe not. Meet the painter, see her show titled “Arboricus,” and judge the transcendence for yourself at tonight’s opening reception. 7-11 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 25. Circle Elephant Art, 4634 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 662-3279.