7 Days in the Arts


Saturday the 21st

TV stars perform bonafide rock ‘n’ roll at a Ben Gurion Society

Keren’s Corner

It’s an old episode but a fairly new story. Last year, “Grey’s Anatomy” featured a plot line about the high risk of breast cancer among Jewish women. This year, Hadassah delves into the subject with an informative panel discussion about the episode, but more broadly, about this trend. “Can TV Be Good For Your Health? How One Show is Helping the Fight Against Breast Cancer” takes place on Tues., Oct. 24 at the University of Judaism.

Panelists include former “Grey’s” writer Mimi Schmir, cancer survivor and health advocate Selma Schimmel and genetic counselor Joyce Seldon. TV and film writer and director Linda Shayne moderates.

7 p.m. $25. University of Judasim, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 276-0036 or (818) 343-9316.

benefit this evening. Battle of the Network Stars Band features current and former TV actors, or “actors.” Bob Guiney aside, however, you’ll also catch James Denton of “Desperate Housewives,” Greg Grunberg of “Heroes,” Hugh Laurie of “House” and Brad Savage of … ummm … yeah, he falls into that “former” category. They rock it out for ya post cocktails, dinner and a silent auction.

7 p.m. $125 (tickets). Attendees must be current members of the Ben Gurion Society, which requires a minimum 2006 gift of $1,000 to The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3219.

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Tuesday the 24th

The dazzling compositions of Miriam Wosk come to the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Wosk’s first solo museum exhibition, “Euphoria,” features three large-scale pieces. The crafty works, paintings embedded with a bevy of everything from pearls, to crystals to starfish, walk the line between excess and exactitude. They are on view through Nov. 25.

Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488.

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The ambitious Arpa Film Festival aims to forum “films exploring Diaspora, war, exile, genocide, multiculturalism and dual identity,” according to founder Sylvia Minassian. Two such films featured in this year’s fest (both documentaries) have Jewish perspectives. “Awake Zion” explores the relationship between reggae culture and Judaism, and “Young, Jewish and Left” focuses on radical Jewish communities.

Oct. 25-27. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 663-1882.

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Thursday is looking up as UCLA Live welcomes Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to Royce Hall. “The Spirit of Fes: Paths to Hope” features world artists including early music singer Susan Hellauer from Anonymous 4, South Indian vocalist Aruna Sairam, Lebanese American percussionist Jamey Haddad and Moroccan Sufi ensemble Daqqa of Taroudant, performing Judaic, Christian, Muslim and Hindu sacred music.

$15-$45. 8 p.m. UCLA Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.

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The uplift continues today with the opening of the film, “Conversations With God,” based on the 1996 book by Neale Donal Walsch. The movie stars Henry Czerny (“The Pink Panther”) and is produced and directed by “What Dreams May Come” producer Stephen Simon. The film tells Walsch’s true journey from homelessness to best-selling author and spiritual guru.

The Circuit


Art Accolades

Twenty-five years of great music and great Judaic art were celebrated at the 25th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles. At the opening night concert, festival founder and arts educator Jean Abarbanel revealed how she and co-founder Marcia Josephy were “on the hunt” for Jewish artists.

Always an education event rather than a fundraiser, the festival has showcased more than 300 artists, who come at their own expense. Originally, Abarbanel said, they vowed not to raise money (but not to lose money, either), to always have an activity for children and to create a network for the artists.

Added Josephy, “The Festival enhances our Jewish lives in a meaningful way.”

Many artists, including longtime exhibitors Ruth Shapiro, a metal worker-jeweler from Mar Vista, and Middie Giesberg, who exhibits vividly colored Ethiopian embroideries through the North American Committee for Ethiopian Jewry, said this is the most prestigious show of its kind, and the artists are treated the best.

The opening night concert featured the 100-voice Angel City Chorale, directed by Sue Fink, with virtuoso John Bilezikjian and pianist Tali Tadmor. Also featured were Cantors Evan Kent (Temple Isaiah), Alison Wissot (Temple Judea, Tarzana) and Patti Linsky (Ahavat Shalom, Northridge) in a musical montage of the festival’s past 25 years. Musical selections included Yiddish, Hebrew and Broadway tunes. An artists reception and preview sale followed the concert.

The second day began with an artists networking and education brunch at the temple. All afternoon there was a steady stream of buyers sampling wares like Brian Bergner’s Jerusalem stone mezuzahs; silver and pewter candlesticks by Israeli Rafi Landau and San Diegan Lisa Slovis Mandel; and whimsical metal Judaic wall art by Arel Mishory of Denver.

Other wares included vivid glass platters by Gila Sagy, an Israeli now living in Northern California; sand-blasted etched glass plates and goblets by Michelle and David Plachte-Zuieback of Santa Rosa; and gold jewelry with ancient Israeli coins and ancient Roman glass by eighth-generation Yemenite jeweler Moshe David.

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