Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009


Robert Dowd — Pop Art Money — See Jan.17 listing


Fri., Dec. 12
“Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days.” It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres chain. But someone did it. For the next week, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles will screen the seven most iconic foreign-language films to have graced the company’s silver screens, each one representing a different decade of its existence. The lineup includes “Children of Paradise” (1945, France), “La Strada” (1954, Italy), “Jules & Jim” (1962, France), “The Conformist” (1970, Italy, France and West Germany), “Fanny & Alexander” (1982, Sweden), “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988, Spain) and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001, Mexico). Films will screen several times a day. Through Dec. 18. $7-$10. Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 477-5581. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Dec. 13
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” With a long list of Top 40 favorites, such as “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Yakety Yak,” “Stand by Me” and “On Broadway,” this musical mishmash of Leiber and Stoller hits is ideally jubilant for the holiday season. Since its 1995 premiere on Broadway, the 39-song revue has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, won a Grammy Award for the legendary duo’s songs and featured special appearances by megastars such as Gladys Knight, Gloria Gaynor and Rick Springfield. Starring in this NoHo production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” are DeLee Lively, Robert Torti and a host of other talented stage veterans. Special performances include tonight’s opening night gala and two New Year’s Eve shows, one with a champagne reception, the other followed by an all-out party with the cast. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Through Jan. 4. $25-$150. El Portal Theatre, Mainstage, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-4200. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Dec. 13
“Moonlight Rollerway Holiday Jubilee.” Charles Phoenix is addicted to thrift store shopping. Luckily for us, Phoenix has put together a collection of the goodies he has found. Now, Moonlight Rollerway, which calls itself Southern California’s last classic roller rink, is presenting Phoenix and his quirky, retro holiday slide show. The viewing event will be followed by a roller-skating revue spectacular, featuring 75 championship skaters and celebrating the entire year’s holidays, including Cinco de Mayo and Valentine’s Day. Snacks and an after-show skating party are included. 8 p.m. Also, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. $35. Moonlight Rollerway, 5110 San Fernando Road, Glendale. (818) 241-3630. ” target=”_blank”>

Sun., Dec. 14
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Annual Winter Concert. There is an Academy Award-nominated documentary about this choir. It has toured Brazil, China, Italy and Poland, among other nations. And since its inception in 1986, the chorus has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Approximately 250 talented and dedicated children between the ages of 8 and 12 make up the LACC. The angelic voices of these preteen choristers will bring to life works by composers such as Aaron Copland, Pablo Casals, Randall Thompson and J.S. Bach in a winter concert inspired by literary luminaries Robert Frost, William Shakespeare and others. The program follows the 2008-2009 season theme, “The Poet Sings,” and features a varied selection of classical, folk and contemporary pieces. 7 p.m. $24-$42. Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 793-4231. ” target=”_blank”>

Mon., Dec. 15
Reel Talk: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Stephen Farber, film critic for Hollywood Life magazine and The Hollywood Reporter, has been treating audiences to sneak previews of the industry’s hottest films for more than 25 years. The veteran film buff concludes this year’s preview series with a fascinating film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story about a man who is born in his 80s and ages backward. Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, the odd tale is already making waves and is set to hit theaters during prime-time movie-watching season, Christmas. The screening will be followed by a discussion with members of the filmmaking team, including Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West. 7 p.m. $20. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. ” target=”_blank”>

Tue., Dec. 16
Carrie Fisher presents and signs “Wishful Drinking.” It’s not easy being an action figure before you can legally drink a beer, but that didn’t stop Princess Leia from having one, or two, or many more. Fisher’s first memoir, adapted from her one-woman stage show, is a revealing look at her childhood as a product of “Hollywood in-breeding” and her adulthood in the shadow of “Star Wars.” After electroshock therapy, marrying, divorcing then dating Paul Simon, a drug addition and a bipolar disorder, Fisher still manages to take an ironic and humorous survey of her bizarre life. Meet Fisher and get a copy of her book signed at this WeHo book haven. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>

Fri., Dec. 19
“Peter Pan.” Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, pirates, Indians — we know the cast of characters well. But how many of us have actually seen a full production of J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy play, “Peter Pan” — especially one that features the complete musical score by Leonard Bernstein? Composer Alexander Frey — who helped reconstruct portions of Bernstein’s score that had been previously lost for a special CD — is flying in from Berlin to conduct the live orchestra. 7 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Through Dec. 28. $30-$70; $10 (seniors and students). Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. (805) 963-0761. ” target=”_blank”>

Wed., Dec. 24
“49th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration.” Los Angeles’ biggest holiday show, featuring 45 groups and 1,200 performers, is a proud tradition — and it’s absolutely free! Running approximately six hours, the holiday extravaganza features the county’s cultural diversity. This year’s highlights include hip-hop group Antics Performances, South Bay Ballet and Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley and the Zydekats. Audiences will have the opportunity to listen to sounds and see sights from the world over, including Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. For those of you who can’t make it to see the event in person, KCET-TV will also be airing the event live. Sponsored by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and produced by the County Arts Commission. 3-9 p.m. Free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3099.

Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008


Fri., Sept. 12
“A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People.” Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church’s most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings that first appeared at Cincinnati’s Xavier University only weeks after the pope’s death in 2005, visitors can explore the life of Pope John Paul II and the historical and personal circumstances that led him to aggressively reach out to Jews worldwide. Pope John Paul II was the first pontiff to enter a synagogue, recognize the State of Israel and formally apologize for the Catholic Church’s past treatment of the Jewish people. The Skirball will also offer several public programs related to the exhibition: an adult-education course on “Jesus and Judaism” and film adaptations of biblical epics, among others. Through Jan. 4. $10 (general admission), free to all on Thursdays. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Sept. 13
“Speech & Debate.” The town is Salem, Ore., and, as in countless other American cities, teenagers are on the prowl for like-minded adolescents via the Internet. However, the three teenagers who find one another in “Speech & Debate” don’t just bond over music, books and movies, but are linked through a sex scandal that has rocked their community. The three adolescent misfits do what anyone else would to get to the bottom of the scandal: form their school’s first speech and debate team. Check out the West Coast premiere of the play, which critics are calling “flat-out funny.” 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Through Oct. 26. $22-$28. The Blank Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 661-9827. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Sept. 13
Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival. Camarillo is offering visitors a one-day extravaganza filled with music, artists and gourmet food, all culminating in an evening concert under the stars. The 2008 Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival will include gospel and bluegrass music, a farmers’ market and more than 50 artists showcasing their work. By evening, retro-band Royal Crown Revue will warm the stage for a secret, Grammy-nominated headliner. 8 a.m. (farmers’ market), 10 a.m. (music and art walk). $20-$60. 2400 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo. (805) 484-4383. ” target=”_blank”>

Fri., Sept. 19
“Back Back Back” at The Old Globe. There’s nothing poignant about professional athletes using steroids. Or is there? Old Globe playwright-in-residence Itamar Moses delves into the controversial topic and takes the audience beyond the newspaper headlines and congressional hearings to the sanctuary of sports — the locker room. With humor and insight, Moses unfolds the stories of three major league baseball players who struggle to compete in the unforgiving world of professional sports, as well as balance their personal lives and professional images. The up-and-coming playwright has “clearly demonstrated tremendous talent along with a willingness to tackle complex ideas in his plays,” said The Globe’s Executive Producer Lou Spisto. Moses’ other works include “The Four of Us,” which won the San Diego Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award last year and “Bach at Leipzig.” 8 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Through Oct. 26. $42-$59. Old Globe Arena Theatre, James S. Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego. (619) 234-5623. ” target=”_blank”>

Sun., Sept. 21
KCRW’S World Festival. A remarkable, eclectic lineup marks the last week of KCRW’s World Music Festival. Ozomatli toured the world, engaging audiences with its blend of Latin-, rock- and hip-hop-infused music, as well as its anti-war and human rights advocacy. The multiethnic group headlines this special night at the Hollywood Bowl, along with Michael Franti, a former member of the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and his latest band Spearhead. Mexican singer Lila Downs as well as Tijuana’s premiere electronic band, Nortec Collective and its members Bostich and Fussible, will make it impossible for anyone not to get something out of the mix. If you haven’t had the chance to catch this spectacular summer concert series, don’t miss this last opportunity. 7 p.m. $10-$96. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. ” target=”_blank”>

Wed., Sept. 24
Brad Meltzer signs “Book of Lies.” The New York Times best-selling mystery writer is back with a riveting new thriller that links the Cain and Abel story with the creation of Superman. Young Jerry Siegel dreamed up a bulletproof super man in 1932 when his father was shot to death. It may sound like a strange plotline, but trust Meltzer, who has written six other acclaimed page-turners as well as comic books and television shows, to produce a great read. The novel is already receiving major buzz and you can get in on the action in a variety of ways: By watching the trailer on Brad Meltzer’s Web site (yes, the book has a movie trailer), listening to the book’s soundtrack (yes, the book has a soundtrack) and by coming to a reading and book signing by the author. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 380-1636. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Sept. 27
“Skinny Bitch: A Bun in the Oven.” If there is one thing that doesn’t ever get old, it’s mocking our own culture. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin do just that in their newly released “Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven,” a sequel of sorts to their best-selling cookbook “Skinny Bitch.” The book is a guaranteed laugh riot and today’s in-store reading and signing could offer a sassy twist as the two authors show up in the flesh to dish about expecting mothers. And don’t be fooled, just because the subjects of this book are in a more fragile state of mind, Freedman and Barnouin refuse to make any exceptions to their insightful and illuminating critiques. 2 p.m. $14.95 (book price). Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Sept. 27
“Jack’s Third Show.” Long hair, dramatic eye shadow and electric guitars return for an ’80s afternoon. Billed as a benefit for autism education, radio station JACK-FM stages an edgy blend of retro and new wave rockers. Billy Idol joins Blondie, The Psychedelic Furs and Devo for a musical bash that will have you dancing all day long. 2 p.m. $29-$89. Verizon Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. (213) 480-3232. ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Sept. 27
Museum Day. Art and cultural institutions are hoping to attract folks from all walks of life by making them an offer that’s hard to refuse: free admission to museums across Southern California. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, this event gives art lovers and art novices alike the opportunity to visit venues from the Getty Center to the Craft and Folk Art Museum, free of charge. Natural history and science museums, like the California Science Center are also participating in the event. Regular parking fees do apply and advance reservations are recommended for some exhibitions. For a complete list of participating museums, visit ” target=”_blank”>

Sat., Sept. 27
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 40th Season Opening Gala. L.A. Chamber Orchestra’s first musical director, Sir Neville Marriner, will conduct its current director, Jeffrey Kahane, in a piano solo to celebrate its 40th year. A symbolic bridge between the orchestra’s past and its future, expect to hear classical masters Beethoven, Schumann and Stravinsky, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction for patrons. 6 p.m. $35-$125 (concert only), $750 (full package). The Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. Saint John Ave., Pasadena. (213) 622-7001, ext. 215.

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks for August 1-7, 2008: Dance, comedy, sports, theater, politics



“Gamzu l’tovah.” This saying, attributed to a talmudic scholar renowned for his unwavering belief that everything that happens is God’s will, means “This, too, is for the good.” It is the inspiration for the title of choreographer Rosanna ” target=”_blank”>


Quite often, comedians will draw upon personal experiences to color their performances, but what about comedy for the more intellectually inclined? Enter Emily Levine, a Harvard alumna whose sense of humor is anything but straight-laced. “I take abstract concepts and show how they impact our everyday lives. I make connections, like Newton’s ‘Principia’ and The National Enquirer. I connect the high and the low and the sublime and the ridiculous, in ways that are obviously funny and I hope have an emotional impact on people.” Be prepared as this Angeleno “comedian-philosopher” makes you laugh as well as think in “Five Easy Steps to Metaphysical Fitness: They Actually Work!” Sat. 8 p.m. Also, Aug. 3 and 5. $20-$25. Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos, 12121 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 471-3979.


Eliza Jane Schneider, the star of her own award-winning one-woman show “Freedom of Speech,” puts overachievers to shame. Her accomplishments include doing the voice of almost all the characters on “South Park,” playing 11 instruments and writing several plays. The show’s concept was born out of Schneider’s senior thesis, which led her to remote corners of the United States to explore regional dialects. Schneider’s excursions, which involved more than 300,000 miles and a second-hand ambulance, resulted in an overabundance of interviews, a great thesis and a play. In “Freedom of Speech,” she portrays more than 30 of the individuals she encountered on her odyssey and turns the spotlight on real, raw American life. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Sept. 7. $7.50 (Aug. 2 and 3), $15 (regular). Sidewalk Studio Theatre, 4150 Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 754-4264. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>and the Irvine Multicultural Association is throwing them one huge birthday bash with entertainment, presentations, exhibits, a kids play area, food and information booths. StandWithUs is the major sponsor and their international director, Roz Rothstein, will speak, along with other notables. You may have been to several events marking Israel’s 60th, but we bet none of them have featured doughy naan bread and coconut chutney or K-pop — Korean popular music. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine.


Marla Fields and Yoella Razili are two artists not jaded by 21st-century attitudes toward the ordinary tools they find inspirational. On display at the L.A. Artcore Union Center for the Arts, Fields uses the method of hollowing out layers of paper to discover the hidden textures and beauties underneath, while Razili uses everyday materials from aluminum to wood to wax to reveal the “relationship between the matters.” The combination of these two women’s work opens your eyes to the beauty of the seemingly mundane. Sun. 3-5 p.m. (artists’ reception). Through Aug. 30. Free. L.A. Artcore Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-3274. ” target=”_blank”>


Adat Chaverim is the only Humanistic Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, and it caters to perhaps the most populous sect of them all: “cultural Jews” — Jews who love the traditions of Judaism but feel that we, not God, determine the course of our lives. If you’re interested in learning more, drop by one of the cultral school’s Open Houses, marking their move to a new location, at the American Jewish University. The move to the big hill separating valley and city dwellers may be just the incentive you need to join Congregation Adat Chaverim and take advantage of the classes they offer for secular Jews of all ages. Sun. 2 p.m. Also, Sep. 7. Free. The American Jewish University. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P. to (310) 839-9793.


Super Sal Market, Aroma Bakery and CafĂ© and Sababa parties not enough Israel for you? Well, the Fullerton/North Orange County Chapter of ORT America is hosting two Israeli teenagers who will be bringing “A Taste of Israel” to our city. Sixteen-year-old high school students Dafna Heiman and David Yagazo, guest speakers for the event, are staying in Orange County for the summer, a visit sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Orange County, during which they are set to meet with various local organizations. Back home, the young ambassadors are gifted students, athletes and community-service volunteers. The teens will field questions as refreshments are served after their presentation. Sun. 3-5 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Tikvah, 1600 N. Avacia, Fullerton. (714) 738-1987. For more information, call (714) 871-6326. ” target=”_blank”>



During “Pageant of the Masters: All the World’s a Stage,” art comes to life —literally. Dressed in costumes that evoke certain periods, moods or styles, actors recreate classic and contemporary masterworks in painting and sculpture before a live audience. This field trip begins by bus at American Jewish University (AJU) and travels all the way to pretty Laguna Beach where the scenery is as artful as the scene. Mon. 2 p.m. $85. Bus departs for Laguna Beach from AJU Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>some rockin’ Jewish talent in music and dance (plus a rabbi for spiritual insights) to stage a Chanukah spectacular titled “Lights: A Live Concert Event.” Taubman joins rocker Josh Nelson, Jewish gospel singer Joshua Nelson (yes, these are two different people), Mare Winningham, Dave Koz, Alberto Mizrahi, Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, The Klezmatics and Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe for the brightest Hanukkah you ever did see. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $36. The Aratani Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (818) 986-7332. ” target=”_blank”>


In a shifting political climate, one thing remains constant: Israel needs American Jewish support in order to survive. AIPAC’s new leadership division in Los Angeles, the Ambassador Club, aims to equip the next generation with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective pro-Israel advocates. Think you fit the bill? This AIPAC Young Leadership Event is your starting point. Thu. 7-9:30 p.m. $20. Call for location. (323)

— Jina Davidovich contributed to this article.

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks July 26-August 1 — Rothman, Pressman live



First there was the mischievous musical duo of Miriam and Shoshana, who rocked YouTube and the Jewish community with their (un)orthodox rhymes. Now there’s the real-life Jewish musicians Chana Rothman and Stephanie Pressman, who offer Jewish soul instead of Jewish satire and inspire audience participation, not ” target=”_blank”>; ” target=”_blank”>


Set in the tumultuous time of World War II, “Lost in Yonkers” manages to capture the ideals of that moment in history — the importance of family, love and survival — infused with humor. Called Neil Simon’s best play, “Yonkers” is a coming-of-age story within a dysfunctional family, focused on two young boys left by their father to live with their grandmother and aunt following the death of their mother. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 28. $20-$22. Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535. ” target=”_blank”>



Beverly Hills, Beethoven and Mozart are on the menu at this sizzlin’ summer soiree, where three virtuoso musicians will pluck their strings for ” target=”_blank”>


The Jewish Outdoor Adventures crew can help get you off the couch today. Enjoy breathtaking views as you and your fellow nature buffs conquer the seven-mile hike on Mount Islip — the San Gabriel Mountains’ pride and joy. Get out of your pajamas, turn off those summer reality TV shows that have been piling up on your Tivo and get some fresh air! Sun. 10:10 a.m. Pacific Crest Trail. Various carpools are available; call for more information. (310) 926-1344.



Allow yourself to be dazzled as six painters, who also happen to have been friends since the ’80s, come together to showcase their talent in “Personal Views.” Although they are all graduates of the Art Center in Pasadena, no two artists’ works are the same; they range from expressionism to cityscape, realism to iconic art. Curator and participating artist Pnina Ben Daniel described the work as “seductive and professional.” At the Finegood Gallery. Tue. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Through Aug. 10. Free. Bernard Milken Community Center, Finegood Art Gallery, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3218.



Political, provocative and controversial, Russian-born artist Roman Genn was dubbed “the attack dog that [William F.] Buckley unleashed upon humanity” by the New York Review of Books. The political cartoonist and contributing editor to ” target=”_blank”>



You can never hear too many Jewish jokes, can you? Here’s a good one: What do you call steaks ordered by 10 Jews? A filet minyan. Get it? Well, get more when ATID’s young Jew-pros head to the “Kosher Comedy” fest at the Laugh Factory. The monthly series features some of Los Angeles’s best-known Jewish comedians who want to prove that their schtick don’t stink. If they don’t get you grinnin’ from ear to ear, there are always Woody Allen flicks at Blockbuster. Thu. 7 p.m. (VIP reception), 8 p.m. (show). $20, plus two-drink minimum. Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336 ext. 1.

Spring Calendar

Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8


Sun., March 9
Barrage in “High Strung.” The young, hip cast of Barrage, a contemporary string ensemble, will dish out high-energy virtuosity in their newest show. The international cast features six violinists/vocalists, a drummer, a bass player and a guitarist who will present an amalgam of music, song and dance with a diverse fusion of cultures and musical styles. Join in on the spine-tingling fiddle-fest. 2 p.m. $35 (adults), $20 (17 and under), $10 (Pepperdine students). Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

Tue., March 11
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The renowned dance company, founded by a giant of American dance, comes to Orange County for a program that incorporates gospel, jazz and popular music, modern dance and ballet. Highlights will include Ailey’s masterpiece “Revelations,” which has been performed on hundreds of stages around the world and has been received with awe and delight since its debut in 1960. As an added bonus, ticket holders are invited to a free performance preview with a member of the Ailey company, one hour before the show. 7:30 p.m. Through March 16. $25-$85. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.

“Lessons From Bernard Rudofsky.” In a day and age where body image is the craze, an exhibition of the work of late Austrian-born Bernard Rudofsky will display innovative concepts of the body and fashion in an exhibit presented by the Getty Center Research Institute. Rudofsky, an architect, designer and critic, believed that people in Western society lost their spontaneity to design liberating, not restricting, clothing. Devoting his life to exposing the West to foreign architecture paradigms and unfamiliar customs, this breakthrough artist wrote nine books and more than 100 articles on the subject. View Rudofsky’s work accompanied by a 296-page catalogue with contributions from several talented artists. Tue.-Sun. Through June 8. $8 (parking). The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” It’s difficult to separate the dashing Johnny Depp from Sweeney Todd’s character, after having seen the recent film. Although Depp won’t be on stage at this show, you can still have an up-close-and-personal look at the eerie character in an exciting theatrical performance based on the 19th-century legend of a London barber driven to madness after a judge takes his wife and child away. Sweeney Todd, played by David Hess, plots his revenge with Mrs. Lovett, played by Judy Kaye, who conjures up surprisingly tasty meat pies infused with a secret ingredient. Adapted from a book by Hugh Wheeler, the production’s music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim with musical orchestrations by Sarah Travis. 8 p.m. Through April 6. $30-$90. Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets and additional show times, call (213) 628-2772.

Fri., March 14
“Beaufort.” The Israeli war film “Beaufort” stirred up scads of excitement this year with its Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination. Although the film didn’t win, it won many people’s hearts. Based on a novel by Ron Leshem, “Beaufort” was directed by Joseph Cedar and recreates the events prior to the Israeli troop withdrawal from the Beaufort military base in Southern Lebanon. Led by 22-year-old commander Liraz Liberti, played by Oshri Cohen, the small Israeli cohort of troops become weary of their mission when fellow soldiers are killed and injured. The film takes an in-depth look at the fear and drudgery of soldiers’ daily routines and examines the country’s ambivalence toward the 18-year presence in Lebanon. Playing in two locations: Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; and Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For tickets and show times, call (310) 274-6869 or (818) 981-9811.

Tori Spelling at Barnes and Noble. Admit it, you have a tinge of curiosity about how Aaron Spelling’s daughter is prolonging her 15 minutes of fame. Since playing Donna Martin on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the high-school soap-drama that started it all, Spelling has appeared on various reality TV series, wed and borne children and endured a public tussle with her mother over her alleged exclusion from her late father’s estate. Now, Tori Spelling is telling the story like it is with her new memoir, “sTORI Telling,” and today she’ll appear to sign books you can place alongside old “90210” posters. Just don’t expect her to talk about her “poor little rich girl” reputation. 7:30 p.m. Book purchase required for signing. Barnes and Noble at The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0366.

“Strauss Meets Frankenstein” at the Long Beach Opera. In a dramatic and different double-bill, actor Michael York will perform Tennyson’s epic poem “Enoch Arden,” about the love and loss that ensues when three friends find themselves romantically entwined. The heartbreak of destiny is deepened by Richard Strauss’ rich, evocative score. The performance changes tone when the audience enters the wild, macabre underworld of Frankenstein where rodents, vampires, werewolves, John Wayne and Superman coalesce in a real monster of a musical. 8 p.m. Also March 15 and 16. $45-$95. Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Center Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach. (562) 432-5934.

Pasadena ArtWeekend. During a fun-filled weekend featuring more than 20 exhibitions, performances and cultural activities, Pasadena will host a comprehensive celebration of fine arts, visual arts, poetry, spoken word, music, storytelling and theater. Several cultural institutions will open their doors for “ArtNight,” offering a free peek at their collections. “ArtTalk” features a variety of performances, and the weekend is rounded off with “ArtMarket,” a design open market focusing on the work of students, faculty and alumni from Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College, which will be available for sale. Sponsored by the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs with the Arts & Culture Commission. ArtWeekend will take place at various venues and times over the course of three days, and all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (800) 307-7977 or visit

Gypsy Kings at Cerritos Center. Starting on the shores of the French Cote d’Azur, the Gypsy Kings fused South American rumba with fiery Spanish flamenco and their colorful blend of rhythms, leading to international success and recognition on the World Music scene. Tonight they “cast their spell” for a Southern California audience. 8 p.m. $45-$100. (562) 467-8818.

Calendar Girls picks, clicks and kicks for February 16 – 22



Celebrating 60 years of a Jewish homeland means nonstop partying in Jewish communities around the world. The kick-off is well underway here in Los Angeles, where Israeli-born songman Danny Maseng will perform as part of “Israel: 60 Years of Song and Story,”an evening of food, wine and dance. As an added mitzvah, five trees will be planted in Israel for every ticket sold. 6:30 p.m. $150. Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. (818) 761-0192.


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You don’t have to go all the way to South Beach for a wine and food festival. Herzog Wine Cellars brings you the best of both worlds with the inaugural International Food and Wine Festival. Kosher winemakers from France, Spain, Israel and California invite you to slosh and spit your favorite grapes before chasing them with chef Todd Aarons’ Mediterranean-style dishes. 7 p.m. $100 (per person), $80 (two or more people). Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. (805) 983-1560, ext. 305. ” target=”_blank”>

Award-winning playwright Bruce J. Robinson brings a seat-gripping true story to life with director Alex Craig Mann in “Another Vermeer.” Set in postwar Europe, Dutch art dealer Han van Meegeren is in deep after being arrested for selling a Johannes Vermeer masterpiece to Nazi Hermann Goering. To free himself from prison and looming death, Van Meegeren must convince the authorities that the Vermeer is a forgery. Mon.- Sun. Through March 9. $20-$22. Beverly Hills High School, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535. ” target=”_blank”>

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz, creator of the ABC series “Brothers and Sisters,” brings another riveting drama to the stage with “The Paris Letter.” Set in the early 1960s, a successful New York businessman has an affair with a young male associate, after which he becomes tangled in a tragic game of financial and moral betrayal, sacrificing friends, family and love. Ron Rifkin, John Glover, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor and Patricia Wettig star in this L.A. Theatre Works production, which will be recorded for the nationally syndicated radio theater series, “The Play’s the Thing.” Wed.-Sun. Through Feb. 24. $20-$47. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889.

Tom Brokaw, social documentary photos and controlling your closet


In the 1950s, Milton Rogovin was a Jewish American optometrist with a passion for social justice, living in Buffalo. He spent his free time promoting workers’ rights and registering black voters. In 1957, The Buffalo News decided to brand him “The Top Red in Buffalo” and turned his life upside down. Rogovin refused to be intimated; he picked up a camera and began documenting the city’s poor, disenfranchised and marginalized residents as a form of protest and activism. Now 97, Rogovin is considered one of America’s premiere social documentary photographers and is the subject of the inspiring documentary “The Rich Have Their Own Photographers” by Ezra Bookstein. The film will be screened as part of the Artivist Film Festival, which promotes the union of filmmaking and global activism (photo above).
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Creatively fusing religion and the arts, Rabbi David Baron and the Temple of the Arts are formally launching the Temple Arts Company, an organization dedicated to Jewish-infused professional productions of music, dance and theatre. Their first production promises to be nothing short of grand: a fully staged reading of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry with music from the Oscar-winning film “Gone With the Wind” by Max Steiner. The Tony Award-winning play delves into the complex lives of upper crust German Jewish Southerners trying to assimilate in 1939 Atlanta, Ga.
8 p.m. $25-$100. Temple Arts Company at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 271-0892.

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Our most beloved alien alights on planet Earth once again as Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” screens under the stars tonight in Pasadena. It’s part of Old Pasadena Management District’s free “Cinema in the Park” series, which benefits the cancer relief fund, “Cinema Fighting Cancer.” Picnicking is encouraged, although no alcohol is permitted. Bring the kids.

7 p.m. Free (but tickets are required). Tickets distributed through Heritage Wine Company, 155 N. Raymond Ave. Screening at Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park, corner of Walnut and Raymond, Old Pasadena. ” target=”_blank”> $18.18.


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TAG Gallery: (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)Last chance to see the “Infinite Growth,” the paintings of Shizuko Greenblatt. 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 829-9556.

Forum Gallery: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. “Helen’s Exile” is Peter Krausz’s exhibit of landscape paintings . 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1565.

Laemmle Sunset 5 and Landmark Westside Pavilion Theatres: various times. “Winter Solstice,” writer-director Josh Sternfeld’s debut film. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood. (213)848-3500.
Westside Pavilion, 10800 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-0202.

Media City Ballet: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “The Making of a Dancer,”a behind-the-scenes look at the training and life of a professional dancer, featuring principal dancer Arsen Serobian. $20-$25. The Performing Arts Center, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (213) 480-3232.

The Tarzana Community and Cultural Center: 8 p.m. “From I Do to I Don’t,” a drama concerning marital problems between an Italian Catholic lawyer and his Jewish wife. Also, Sun. at 2 p.m. $10-$12. 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. R.S.V.P., (818) 762-6950.

UCLA: 8 p.m. Dylan Moran in “Monster.”$10-$25. McGowan Little Theater, Charles E. Young Drive, UCLA. (310) 825-2101.

April 24 /SUNDAY


Ruskin Group Theatre: 5 p.m. “Capture Now,” a coming-of-age tale about Long Island Jewish teen Elijah. $15-$20. 3000 Airport Drive, Santa Monica. (310) 397-3244.

April 25/MONDAY


Skirball Cultural Center: 8 p.m. Musician Brian Eno and scientist Danny Hills discuss their careers and the nature of creativity. $20-$30. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 468-3399.


Theatre 40: 8 p.m. “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry. $9-$20. Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535.

April 26 /TUESDAY


North Valley JCC: 1 p.m. Mel Janis on the migration of U.S. Jews from East to West Coast. Refreshments to follow. $2-$4. 16601 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. (818) 360-2211.


Museum of Tolerance: 11:30 a.m.-
6:30 p.m. “Liberation: Revealing the Unspeakable,”profiles both victims of camps and their liberators. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-9036.

KVCR: 10 p.m. “Exodus and Freedom” a new Passover special by Jewish Television Network Productions. (818) 789-5891.



Jewish Community Foundation: 7:30-
9 a.m. “Advising in a Changing Environment: Critical Issues for Professional Advisers” breakfast seminar for continuing education credit, on California Domestic Partnerships. Sherman Oaks. R.S.V.P., (323) 761-8708.



UCLA: 4-5:30 p.m. “Dilemmas in Counterterrorism Decision-Making” with Boaz Ganor, director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Free. Faculty Center, Sequoia 1, UCLA. (310) 206-8578.


Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: 7 p.m. Opening night gala preview for the Los Angeles Antiques Show. $300. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 423-3667.



University of Judaism: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closing day of “Hued and Hewn.” Platt and Borstein Gallery, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.

Santa Monica Playhouse Jewish Heritage Program and Yiddishkayt L.A.: 8 p.m. Preview of “Yiddish She-Devils.” $15. The Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1.

Thur., May 26

Adat Shalom: Senior Group fundraising day trip to Pechanga. For more information call (310) 302-8995.



Super-Singles (35+): 8 p.m.-midnight. Singles Dance at the Elks Lodge for all singles and couples. $12. 20925 Osborne St., Canoga Park. (800) 672-6122.


Jewish Single Volleyball: Noon. Volleyball and post-game no-host dinner. Free. Playa del Rey Beach court No. 11 at the end of Culver Boulevard, Playa del Rey. (310) 278-9812.


Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classes by Israel Yakove meet Mondays and Thursdays. All ages. $7. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-2550.


Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):
7:30 p.m. Therapist Maxine Gellar leads a discussion on “Who or what was the most inspiration in your life?” $10. West Los Angeles area. R.S.V.P., (310) 444-8986.

West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer.
$5-$6. Also, salsa, swing, and tango lessons for an additional $3 begin at
7 p.m. The New JCC at Milken,
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills.
(310) 284-3638.


Nexus (20s-40s): 6 p.m. Volleyball followed by no-host dinner. End of Culver Boulevard, near court No. 15, Playa del Rey.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple: 7 p.m. (beginners), 8 p.m. (regular class), 9:15 p.m. -midnight (open dancing). David Dassa leads Israeli dancing. $7. Irmas Campus, 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles.

ATID (20s and 30s): 7:30 p.m. “Who wrote the Bible … and does it matter?” Free (Sinai Temple Members), $5 (nonmembers). Gold Hall, Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244.


Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. “The Art of Listening.” $15-$17. 639 226th St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 393-4616.

L.A.’s Fabulous Best Connection: Dinner and conversation at The Cheesecake Factory, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 782-0435.


Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): 8 p.m. Shabbat services and oneg at University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson, Irvine. (949) 553-3535.


Sun., May 1

SababaParties (24+): 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Jewish Singles Party at The Conga Room. $25-$30. 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 657-6680.

Sun., May 8-Fri., May 13

Active Jewish Singles (45+): Trip to power spots and spiritual places in Arizona, including Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Gooseneck and Valley of the Gods, Lake Powell and lastly a visit to the Hopi Tribe. Led by an outdoor jeep tour guide versed in Native American and Jewish spirituality. $750 from Phoenix, includes all accommodation, transportation and most meals. Space limited to 15 people. (760) 720-2049.

For the most twisted example of Passover television programming, tune into VH1 Classic’s hour-long “Matzoh and Metal: A Very Classic Passover.” Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider hosts the special, in which he shares a Passover meal with Jewish rockers Scott Ian of Antrhax, Leslie West of Mountain and Snider’s bandmate JJ French. Sponsored by Manischewitz, the program will focus on the rockers’ musical and Passover memories. It airs on Sunday, April 24.
VH1 Classic.

7 Days In Arts

Head to Topanga Canyon tonight for an evening of theater under the stars. Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on the Rhine” opens tonight at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum outdoor amphitheater. When Hellman wrote it in the late 1930s, she intended it to serve as a warning against American isolationism in the face of growing fascism in Germany. Unfortunately, her call went unheeded, and it served instead as a harbinger. See if it holds up these many years later.8 p.m. $8-$25, or free (children 5 and under). 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. (310) 455-3723.


Those wishing to support labor come together for an afternoon of Jewish activism and entertainment today. Progressive Jewish Alliance and The Jewish Coalition for Hotel Workers sponsor Justice in the Park, an event aimed at educating and mobilizing the community in support of hotel workers, while having some fun. Families are invited to picnic, enjoy the klezmer/jazz/funk fusion music of the Alef Project, debate the issues and participate in storytelling and art workshops. They are also asked to bring rice, beans, diapers, detergent and toothpaste in support of the workers.2:30-4:30 p.m. Roxbury Park Auditorium, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 761-8350.


Mythic-looking figures float in dramatic pose before elemental backdrops, watery or fiery or both at once, in the emotional paintings of Arina Sleutsker. Her images are fantastic, depicted in rich, swirling color suggesting movement. Titled “Flight of Fancy,” her current exhibition opens this week at Finegood Art Gallery.10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 885-0430.


Dropping today is the new Lisa Loeb album, “The Way It Really Is.” At times poppy, at other times acoustic and folky, Loeb’s new CD offers catchy tracks, including “Would You Wander,” with pretty harmonies provided by The Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers.$17.98.


Playwright Yehuda Hyman lends his talents to a free writing workshop for seniors continuing today. Music, movement and dramatic situations will all be utilized to help participants hone their creativity and use personal and Jewish cultural experience in their writing. Although the four-part series began Aug. 4, those interested can still enroll for the last three sessions.3-5 p.m. Free. Ages 65+. Temple Emanuel, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (213) 613-1700, ext. 36.


Slime and bubbling potions distract the kids from the fact that they’re learning today at the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Head over with them this afternoon for some “Mad Science.” They’ll don their lab coats and meet the Mad Scientist, who, with the help of some test tubes and a little flare, introduces children to the amazing world of science.2 p.m. Free (members), $3 (nonmembers, in addition to admission fee). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8998.


Tonight, begin with Ophelia and end with Neil Diamond. Ptero Dance Theatre presents “Candle in the Sun,” a five-piece dance suite that moves from darkness and struggle to light and enlightenment. They begin with “OmPaHdEnLeIsAs (Madness Within Ophelia),” then move to “Scrape,” “Where the Body Ends” and “A Woman in There Somewhere” and end with “Diamond Dances,” a celebration of life set to three songs by the sparkly shirted one.8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). Special youth concert on Aug.15, at 3 p.m. Through Aug. 22. $10-22. Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 399-3132.

7 Days In Arts


Bite off a rose, scoop up your honey and dance on down to the New JCC at Milken. This evening they present “A Magical Argentinian Night,” complete with tango dancers and singers, folk songs and ballet, as well as Argentine snacks, drinks and desserts. Best of all, proceeds benefit children in need.
7:30 p.m. $25. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 464-3300.


Bring a blanket to the The Brandeis-Bardin Institute’s “Under the Stars” series, cop a squat and listen to kid-friendly Jewish tunes performed by the Rick Recht Band, one of the top touring groups in Jewish music today.
7:30 p.m. $15-$25. 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (805) 582-4450.


Broadway buffs should consider “West Coast Ensemble: In Concert” this evening, a cabaret show highlighting songs from some of the musicals the group has put on over the years. Richard Israel produces and directs the one-night-only performance by the ensemble’s original artists as they sing songs from “Company,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Cabaret” and others.
8 p.m. $50 (includes dessert reception). 522 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. (323) 436-0066.


Art enthusiasts tired of the same old paintings-on-canvas will find respite in the form of book-sized abstract collages and box constructions by Hannelore Baron. The artist and Holocaust survivor’s works are currently on display at Manny Silverman Gallery. Or see the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services’ exhibition, “Hannelore Baron: Works From 1960 to 1987” at the Gallery at Cal State Long Beach opening today.
Manny Silverman Gallery, 619 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 659-8256.
The Gallery, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 985-5761.


Swinging his way into movie houses and hearts once again is the inimitable Spider-Man. Your friendly neighborhood arachnidly enhanced superhero comes to a theater near you in his sequel, creatively titled “Spider-Man 2.” This time, director Sam Raimi has him battling Dr. Octavius, aka Doc Ock, but internal demons lurk, too, as Spidey struggles with “the gift and the curse” of his superhuman powers.


SISU Entertainment takes its shot at “fun for the whole Jewish family” with its new “Jewish Holiday Songs” karaoke DVD. Features include menus in Hebrew and English, NTSC and PAL compatibility, subtitles in Hebrew or phonetic English and the option of doing singalong karaoke or just listening to the songs.
$19.95. (800) 223-7478.


Last chance to catch galerie yoramgil’s latest exhibit of David Aaronson’s “Major Works Since 1951.” While Aaronson, a Boston University professor emeritus and art school founder, generally worked on a small scale, he occasionally went big. Yoram Gil showcases his larger charcoal drawings, encaustic paintings and bronze sculptures before they’re shipped off to Boston University for a special retrospective.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 275-8130.