Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Painting, a benefit, jazz, flies


SAT | AUGUST 30

(ART)

East-West issues are the focus of Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s newest exhibition, “Dimensions of Color,” which showcases the talents of artists representing Korea, Japan, India and Uzbekistan, as well as Israeli-born artist Nathan Slate Joseph. Joseph treats squares of galvanized steel found in Asian urban centers with pigments and solders them together, creating a patchwork design that speaks to the interplay between man and the forces of nature. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Oct. 5. Free. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 9606 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-4520. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>sponsoring the fifth annual benefit dinner for Nefesh B’Nefesh, which eases the aliyah process by providing financial support, employment resources and social guidance for Jews from around the world who decide to make Israel their home. The fundraiser will include a presentation by L.A. Consul General of Israel Jacob Dayan and entertainment by Cantor Mike Stein of Temple Aliyah. Sun. 6:30 p.m. $100 donation (includes dinner and program). Chabad of the Valley, 18181 Burbank Blvd., Tarzana. (818) 349-2581. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.fordtheatres.org. ” title=”hits the L.A. stage on Sept. 7″>hits the L.A. stage on Sept. 7, the American Film Institute, in partnership with the Los Angeles Opera, will screen David Cronenberg’s 1986 big-budget reboot of the 1958 sci-fi/horror classic. Just to recap: Seth Brundle, played by Jeff Goldblum, is a brilliant research scientist who unknowingly shares a ride in his teleportation pod with a common housefly. Their merged DNA initiates a graphic — and gross — metamorphosis that ultimately dooms Brundle’s love affair with journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis). A question-and-answer session with Cronenberg and Howard Shore, who scored the film and composed the music for the opera, will precede the screening. Wed. 8 p.m. $12. 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 856-7600. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>leaving behind a 6-year-old boy. On a quest to find the adorable boy’s mother — nicknamed Noodle for his adept noodle-sucking ability — the twice-widowed Miri discovers more than she anticipated. Full of biting Israeli humor, endearingly flawed characters and superb acting, the film garnered nine Israeli Film Academy nominations, including best film and best actress. Sinai Temple will be screening it at their program, “Lights, Camera, Israel!” followed by a discussion. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P (310) 481-3243 or rsvp@sinaitemple.org.

(SISTERHOOD LUNCHEON)

Gather all ye women for an enlightening afternoon with a fascinating female. Susanne Reyto, who survived two of history’s most harrowing periods — Nazi occupation and communism — and lived to write about it, will share what she’s learned about survival, gratitude and liberty. Her book, “Pursuit of Freedom: A True Story of the Enduring Power of Hope and Dreams,” will spark the conversational content of today’s luncheon, a program that will hopefully leave you inspired and encouraged. Thu. Noon-2 p.m. $20-$25. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>fascinating aerial movements for their fourth wedding anniversary. While dancing is the couple’s passion, their love for each other will also be on display with a real recommitment ceremony performed on stage as part of the show. Pairing with this dynamic duo, the Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project, a Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company that draws influence from West African and post-modern dance, will illustrate the tragic story of the assassination of Burkinabe journalist Norbert Zongo. The two groups join in the Ford Amphitheater’s “Sans Detour,” a show for anyone who appreciates dance, passion, love and creativity all rolled into one. Fri. 8:30 p.m. $5 (students), $25 (general). Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.

(OPERETTA)

Kanye West sings: “That, that don’t kill me can only make me stronger.” He clearly shares a similar life view with Jewish singer-songwriter Charlie Lustman, who returns to the stage with an autobiographical pop music operetta, “Made Me Nuclear.” Lustman, a native Angeleno, uses music and humor to explain the turmoil he suffered while he fought cancer. Fri. 8 p.m. Also, Sat. at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 11. $25. Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (866) 468-3399. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.tebh.org.

(THEATER)

If we didn’t think Seth Menachem — the former Jewish Journal singles columnist who proposed marriage to his girlfriend in the paper — was a little crazy then, we definitely do now. Or at least he plays a mighty convincing schizophrenic in the world premiere of “Isaac and Ishmael,” a new play whose biblical allusion is not unintentional. It tells the story of two opposite-minded brothers — one a wealthy playboy, the other a schizophrenic patient in a psych ward — who are forced to reunite after the death of their father. From there, they struggle to reconnect after they spent years living worlds apart. Fri. 8 p.m. $15-$18. Through Sept. 21. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (323) 960-7788. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.skirball.org.

— Jina Davidovich helped with this article

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