7 Days In Arts
The show “Frida Kahlo” is a geriatric wonder. That’s because in a city where the same measurements one applies to dog years can be applied to theater seasons, the play is now celebrating its 10th. The show depicts the difficult life of Mexican Jewish painter Frida Kahlo, and sells out every year. Runs through May 19. 8 p.m. (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), 6 p.m. (Sundays). May 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18 and 19 (English), May 9, 10, 11, and 12 (Spanish). $14 (general), $11 (Thursdays, general), $12 (seniors and students). Grupo de Teatro Sinergia and Teatro Frida Kahlo Theatre, 2332 W. Fourth St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 382-8133.
Temple Ner Maarav has a 50-year tradition of presenting original Jewish spoofs of hit shows, and they’re back at it this year. Catch “Hellzaplotzin Revisited” at 11 a.m., in conjunction with their Sisterhood’s annual Mother’s Day luncheon. $12. 17730 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino. For reservations, call (818) 345-7833.
Â¡Viva el Cinco de Mayo! Just think, were it not for the victory of 4,000 Mexican soldiers over 8,000 French soldiers on this day in 1862, your favorite neighborhood taco stand might be serving crepes with attitude. Celebrate the great influences of Mexican and Latin culture in our lives with an intercultural concert, courtesy of the Playboy Jazz Festival. The Bobby Rodriguez Salsa Orchestra and the Eclectic Hollywood Klezmer Jazz Quintet unite for a free performance at the Beverly Hills Civic Center Plaza, today from 3-5 p.m. 450 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 449-4070.
Drink a few too many cervezas last night? Well, you’ve had all day to recuperate. It’s time to get yourself (and your few remaining brain cells) together, and head to the theater for some cerebral exercise. “Sketches from the Memory of Bruno Schultz” is not simply a show. It’s an exploration of the creative theories, practices, relationships and hallucinations of Jewish artist and writer Bruno Schultz and his contemporaries. Runs Mondays through May 13. 8 p.m. $20 (general), $15 (seniors, students, Equity, SAG and AFTRA). Warszawa Restaurant, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. For reservations, call (310) 407-0414.
Remember that friend you worshipped when you were a kid? The one who seemed infinitely cooler than you would ever be? If so, you’ll recognize yourself in Rich Cohen’s new memoir of adolescence, “Lake Effect” (Knopf, $23). Curl up with it tonight for a bit of nostalgia mixed with enough honesty to remind you that it’s good you’re now older and wiser. For more information, visit www.aaknopf.com.
Moo-CHOO may sound like your favorite Chinese dish if you’ve never read “Barn Sneeze” (Boyds Mill Press, $15.95), the new children’s book by Karen B. Winnick. Avoid making that unfortunate and embarrassing mistake in front of your kids by bringing them to one of Winnick’s readings around the city. They’ll enjoy hearing the book read aloud, and no one has to know that you haven’t read it already. Today she’ll be at Mrs. Nelson’s Toys and Books. 10-11 a.m. 1030 Bonita Ave., La Verne. Also this week: Sat., May 4, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Dutton’s Brentwood, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles; and Sat., May 11, 10-11 a.m., Bookstar, 12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
Forget mLife. What is Jam Night III? You could say it’s a concert with a conscience, a chance to get your groove on for a good cause. The event pairs music and entertainment industry executives with big name musicians like Slash, Dave Koz and Evan and Jaron. You get to watch them jam while you bid on celebrity apparel in the silent auction. Proceeds from your entrance fee and your winning bid on Justin Timberlake’s pants will benefit literacy and arts programs for LAUSD students including Koreh LA. All of this brought to you by the folks at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and P.S. Arts. 7:30 p.m. $150. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 761-8316.
Think your kid has the makings to be the next Picasso?
Well, Grand Central Market is holding an art contest for LAUSD ninth- and
12th-graders to create a design for a mural that will be reproduced on one of
the market’s walls. Their goal is to help enhance the environment of downtown’s
historic core. The winner will receive name recognition and a $1,000 cash prize,
and the artists’ school and art teacher will each receive $500. Deadline for
entry is June 30. For more information, visit