Calendar Picks and Clicks: Nov. 10-16, 2012


“The Unbreakable Project”

Artist and former Israel Defense Forces soldier Tomer Perez’s new exhibition features installations depicting terrorist attacks, scenes from the battleground, life-size soldier artworks created from metallic remains such as shrapnel and other weapons of war, wall-size hand-painted canvas art and more. Sat. 7 p.m. (reception includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music). Through Nov. 12. Free. Bruce Lurie Gallery, 2736 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 921-2722.


Jewish Women’s Conference 

A series of panels, workshops and lectures draw like-minded women to this daylong conference. Highlights: CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler delivers the keynote, “Crafting Our Jewish Feminist Narrative”; Jewish Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim moderates “Jewish Women’s Voices in Activism”; Rabbis Rachel Adler (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Lisa Edwards (Beth Chayim Chadashim) examine “The Rabbinical Perspective: Women’s Equality Within Judaism”; Jewish Journal Senior Writer Julie Gruenbaum Fax moderates “Mom Activism: Can I Really Be a Mom and an Activist?”; and Journal blogger Ilana Angel joins a panel of speakers addressing “Diversity Within Our Jewish Community: Understanding and Strengthening Each Other.” Organized by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, Hadassah Southern California and Na’amat USA/Western Area. Sun. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $54 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and networking reception). UCLA Covel Commons, 200 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. (855) 592-7218.


Judy Feld Carr

Recipient of the Presidential Award of Distinction by Shimon Peres, Carr spent nearly 30 years — from 1972 to 2001 — secretly negotiating the rescue of 3,228 Syrian Jews by dealing with smugglers, bribing officials, haggling over travel documents and funneling money to those in need. Carr appears at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza to discuss how she arranged the secret operation. Mon. 8 p.m. $16 (advance), $20 (door). Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991.


“Who’s Your Bubbie? Reflect. Share. Eat.”

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold; James Beard Award winner David Sax; award-winning chefs Roxana Jullapat (Cooks County), Micah Wexler (Mezze) and Akasha Richmond (Akasha); and Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food” for the launch of “Beyond Bubbie,” an interactive community cookbook and place to share stories connected to these recipes. Tue. 7-10 p.m. $20 (includes nosh and conversation). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.


Oliver Sacks 

The neurologist and best-selling author appears in person to discuss his new book, “Hallucinations,” with Emmy-winning writer and producer David Milch. “Hallucinations” draws on Sacks’ lifelong investigation of the varieties of hallucinatory experiences, weaving together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they influenced culture’s folklore and art, and how they are a vital part of the human condition. Wed. 8 p.m. $20, $40 (includes copy of book), $95 (includes pre-event reception and copy of book). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.


“Brothers and Sisters”

This panel discussion on the ambivalent relations between American Jews and Israelis features Journal Senior Political Editor Shmuel Rosner, J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the Jewish Daily Forward; Bethamie Horowitz, research assistant professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; and Gil Ribak, director of the Institute on American-Jewish Israeli Relations at American Jewish University (AJU). AJU President Robert Wexler moderates. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777.


“La Rafle”/“The Optimists”

Telling true Holocaust stories, writer-director Rose Bosch’s “La Rafle” features Jean Reno and Mélanie Laurent in this dramatization of the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, and co-directors Jacky and Lisa Comforty’s documentary, “The Optimists,” examines how Christians and Muslims helped save 50,000 Bulgarian Jews. Fri. For times, prices and locations, visit


Rabbi Steven Greenberg

Greenberg, an openly gay Orthodox rabbi and founder of the LGBT community center Jerusalem’s Open House, leads a weekend of discussion and learning as part of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center’s Kehilla Series: Conversations on Inclusiveness. Greenberg speaks following Friday night services on how synagogues can be more welcoming to the LGBT community. On Saturday, Greenberg leads a Torah study session on homosexuality and Judaism. Fri. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, 1434 Altadena Drive, Pasadena. (626) 798-1161.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 13-19, 2012



11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at Contrapuntal Recital Hall in Brentwood. Other concerts include Ray Dewey (Oct. 16); Chabad-hosted Hakafot (Oct. 20); the Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble (Oct. 21); the Kadima String Quartet (Oct. 24 & 28); the UCLA Philharmonia (Oct. 25); the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Choir (Oct. 26); Cantor Ruti Braier, the Orange County Wind Ensemble and conductor William Nicholls (Oct. 26); the Harmony Project and the West Los Angeles Branch of the Music Student Services League (Oct. 28); Yuval Ron, Russell Steinberg, Mitchell Newman and Hazzan Mike Stein (Oct. 29); and Conductor Noreen Green of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Cantor Magda Fishman and Cantor Marcus Feldman (Oct. 30). Through Oct. 31. For information about other Daniel Pearl World Music Days performances, visit


30 Years After Civic Action Conference

The Iranian-American Jewish group’s third biennial conference explores the imperative of civic participation and community leadership from the Iranian-American Jewish community. Speakers include Ambassador Dennis Ross, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Consul General of Israel David Siegel and former U.N. Ambassador Mark Wallace, the current CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran. The daylong conference will include a mayoral candidates forum; an organizational fair; and sessions on the future of the Middle East, Jewish life in Los Angeles, Israel and Iran, activism, political action and philanthropy. Sun. 9:30 a.m. (opening plenary), 7 p.m. (keynote gala dinner). $150 (includes glatt kosher breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, community organization fair and gala dinner). Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


“Battle for Our Minds”

Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and communication, appears in person to discuss his new book, “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat,” and why America and the Jewish people remain prime targets of terrorists. A book signing follows. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403.


“Deeply Rooted” and “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora”

An artists’ reception celebrates two exhibitions opening at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “Deeply Rooted” explores the connection between the two primordial trees in the Garden of Eden while “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora” highlights the once-vibrant but rapidly fading world of Jewish shopkeepers. Wed. 5-7 p.m. (reception). Through Dec. 14 (“Deeply Rooted”). Through May 31 (“Photographic Visions”). Free. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 765-2106.

Mayoral Candidates Forum

Los Angeles mayoral candidates Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council member Jan Perry and L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel discuss their positions on issues facing Los Angeles and participate in a Q-and-A with the audience. A meet-and-greet reception featuring local representatives within the public and private sectors precedes the candidates’ forum. Light refreshments served. Organized by Temple Isaiah’s Isaiah Continuing Enrichment program. Wed. 6-7 p.m. (meet and greet), 7:30-9 p.m. (mayoral candidates forum). Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico  Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772.


“The Other Son”

French-Jewish writer-director Lorraine Le-
vy’s family drama follows two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 368-1661.


“Simon and the Oaks” 

Swedish director Lisa Ohlin’s epic drama portrays the situation of Jews in Sweden during World War II. Spanning the years 1939 to 1952, the film follows Simon, an intellectually gifted boy from a working-class family in Gothenburg who attends an upper-class grammar school. Soon he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. When Simon’s family takes in Isak, the boys’ households merge and connect in unexpected ways. Fri. Various times. $13 (general), $10 (matinees, seniors, children). Landmark Theatres, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-6291.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012


L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10 p.m. $10. Atwater Crossing, The Platform at ATX Kitchen, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 284-8265.


She’s a neuroscientist in real life and plays one on TV. The “Big Bang Theory” actress appears in conversation tonight with Huffington Post senior science writer Cara Santa Maria to discuss acting, the frontiers of brain research and the role of women in science. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


The seven-time Grammy winner opens the Tuesday Classics series at the Hollywood Bowl with a performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece “Symphony No. 9,” featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Gordon Gietz and bass-baritone Christian van Horn. A collaboration with the Getty Center features imagery by video artist Hermon Kolgen inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze,” which will accompany the epic “Ode to Joy” finale. The evening includes contemporary works by composers Anna Clyne (“Rewind”), Anne LeBaron (“American Icons”) and Cindy McTee (“Tempus Fugit”). Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$133. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000.


Join host Bingo-boy and a fabulous drag queen hostess tonight for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, which benefits National Council of Jewish Women’s Women Helping Children. A full menu and bar provide fuel, and admission includes 10 regular and two grand-prize bingo game cards. Wed. 7-8:30 p.m. $20 (door, cash only). Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. RSVP, (323) 654-8275.


Sleek and stylish renovations at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center, include newly tiled floors, window treatments and refurbished vintage furniture, among the improvements to its 40-plus bedrooms. Today’s grand reveal and open house invites the community to celebrate the efforts of Designed From the Heart’s founding chair Heidi Bendetson, vice chair Rhonda Snyder and 70 volunteer designers, who donated time, services and money to remodel the recovery center — an extreme makeover that benefits the temporary home for 80 men and women. Hors d’oeuvres served. Thu. 6-9 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-6200.


In 2010, poet and real estate broker Ed Rosenthal took off on a two-hour hike in the Mojave Desert, lost his way and spent six days without food and water before being rescued. During tonight’s presentation, Rosenthal uses mixed media to recount his life-changing experience and Cindy Bousquet Harris reads from her collection of poems inspired by Rosenthal’s near-tragedy. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006.

A masterful composer-lyricist, Sondheim appears in person and shares anecdotes about his life and career with Michael A. Kerker, musical theater director for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Broadway stars Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform some of Sondheim’s most beloved songs. Fri. 8 p.m. $35-$99. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.

Stay up late with the Skirball to celebrate music and games. Performances include indie folk band Sea Wolf, San Francisco’s synth-rock trio Geographer and KCRW’s DJ Anthony Valadez. Enjoy a museum-wide scavenger hunt, crafts with Julianna Parr of CraftNight at Akbar, balloon art, puppets, board games, experimental video games from UCLA’s Game Lab and a screening of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s comedic masterwork “Play Time.” A cash bar features signature specialty cocktails. 21 and over. Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 27-May 3, 2012


Mizrahi pop star Eyal Golan, “The Voice” contestant Monique Benabou and Craig Taubman are the featured performers at today’s 64th Independence Day Festival, which includes a Salute to Israel Walk and Ride and an art installation competition. For additional information, see the story on Page 16. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Online presale: $15 (adults), $9 (children), $10.75 (per person, family of four), $9.80 (per person, family of five). Door (does not include family package): $19 (adults), $12 (children). Cheviot Hills Park, Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles.

Don’t miss this afternoon of music and storytelling with the Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer who collaborated with icons Fred Astaire, Roberta Flack, Barry Manilow and Tito Puente. Fox performs his hit songs and signs copies of his 2011 memoir, “Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music.” Sun. 4 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777.


The musical duo of Brooklyn hipsters Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm combines dance-pop and rock, tropical percussion, huge choruses and lyrics about Gen Y identity crises perfectly appropriate for an Echo Park crowd. Rewards and Gothic Tropic also perform. Mon. 8:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $12 (doors). The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 413-8200.

For West San Fernando Valley residents who are still unsure about who to vote for in the congressional race for the newly drawn 30th District, perhaps tonight’s debate between Democratic candidates Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman and Republican challengers Mark Reed and Susan Shelley will help. CSUN alumnus and KFI AM 640’s Bill Handel, CSUN business law lecturer Michael Sidley and a CSUN student representative moderate. Mon. 6-7:30 p.m. Free (limit two tickets per person). Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Los Angeles. (818) 677-8800.


World musician Yuval Ron shares the hidden connection between Sufi master poet, Rumi, and the Jewish teacher, Yehuda Halevi in a concert-lecture. With singer Maya Haddi and percussionist Jamie Papish. Hosted by Rabbi Ed Feinstein. No fee. All are welcome. Bring timbrels. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.


Of the more than 25 dramas, documentaries, comedies and shorts at 13 venues from Pasadena to Beverly Hills, highlights at the seventh annual festival include tonight’s star-studded celebration and gala reception with a premiere viewing of documentary “Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom”; Penelope Ann Miller, co-star of “The Artist,” hosting a viewing of the Michael Curtiz silent classic “The Moon of Israel” (May 6); “Wunderkinder,” the Holocaust drama from the producers of “Europa Europa” (May 5-6); the Los Angeles premiere of “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” (May 9), with Consul General of Israel David Siegel and Israeli government officials attending; and “Dorfman,” the closing-night film by director Bradley Leung and writer Wendy Kout, starring Elliott Gould (May 10). A program of The Jewish Journal. Thu. Through May 10. Various times. $40 (opening gala), $6-$12 (films), $12-$15 (closing night). Various locations. (800) 838-3006.

The works of nearly 50 pop culture artists, including Domingo Zapata, Burton Morris and John Baldessari, are featured in the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s new show-and-tell art exhibition, opening today. On May 6, children make pop art, snack on doughnut pops and popcorn, and rock out at a poppin’ bubble wrap dance party during “Show-and-Tell Family Day: A Poppin’ Party!” Thu. Through June 8. 6-9 p.m. (opening reception). Free. Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984.


The American Israeli Medical Association brings the biomedical technology industry of Israel to the American business community. Carla Mann Woods, CEO of Mann Healthcare Partners, delivers the keynote address, “Medical Devices in the 21st Century: Innovation, Challenges and Regulations.” Thu. 5-10 p.m. $80 (includes dinner and parking). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (888) 991-1212.

America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 at Temple Israel of Hollywood, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to 500 projects in communities all over Southern California, San Diego and San Francisco. Volunteer projects include such activities as planting gardens at schools, fixing up homeless shelters and sprucing up dog parks. Big Sunday Weekend also features concerts, book fairs and blood drives. Fri. Through May 6. Various times. Free. Various locations. (323) 549-9944.

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Another weekend chock-full of Jewish arts features the 20th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah. The festival opens tonight with a gala concert by Grammy-winning gospel performer Rev. Andrae Crouch and Cantor Evan Kent, followed by an artist reception and preview sale. Sunday, 30 professional artists from across the U.S., Israel and Italy exhibit and sell original Judaica, including metalwork, paintings, glass, ceramics, textiles and more. Concert and preview sale: $18 (general); $15 (seniors). 8 p.m. Artisans exhibit and sale: $4 (adults); $2 (children). Sun., noon-5 p.m. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. For more information, call (310) 277-2772.

“I Remember Me” is Shana Susman’s comedy, drama and song odyssey of one Jewish girl’s childhood memories, therapy and dark family secrets. $10. 8 p.m. Working Stage Theatre, 1516 N. Gardner Ave., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 951-1132. The Performing Arts Center at CSUN presents “Gershwin the Klezmer,” a partly biographical musical which draws the connections between Gershwin’s gorgeous melodies and the music of his youth – klezmer, Yiddish theater and cantorial tunes. The Minnesota Klezmer Band performs the show’s varied styles of music. $29. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; also Sunday 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, call (818) 785-8885.


“Two Festivals of Light” by Steven Korbor will be the first of five staged readings of popular comedies by Jewish authors in the University of Judaism’s Festival of the Arts series. Set in Boyle Heights in the 1940s, the play follows the lives of two neighboring families – one Jewish, one Italian. $15. 2 p.m. Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 203.

Also today, the Jewish Women’s Theatre Project presents “Freefall,” a collage of comedy, music and drama that weaves together the stories of three Jewish women at turning points in their lives. Developed for the Edge of the World Theater Festival, the work was created by Ellen Sandler from original material by Ronda Spinak, Susan Merson and Stacie Chaiken. $7 suggested donation. 3 p.m. Theatre/Theater, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., fourth floor. For more information, call (323) 878-5695.


On April 19, 1943, a deportation train bound for Auschwitz was attacked by the Belgian Resistance. Journalist Marion Schreiber, longtime staff writer for the German weekly Der Spiegel, has written “Stille Rebellen,” an account of the attack and of the Belgian Resistance, which she will discuss tonight at Goethe Institut Los Angeles. $3. 7:30 p.m. 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 525-3388.


Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps has long been suspected as a hiding place for evidence of Nazi crimes during World War II. Tonight on “60 Minutes II,” the suspicion is confirmed in a two-part report, “Hitler’s Lake.” The report chronicles the four-week underwater expedition that uncovered the remains of an extensive counterfeiting operation. Adolf Burger, a concentration camp survivor who was forced to work on the counterfeiting, contributes to the investigation. 9 p.m. CBS, Channel 2.


The mixed-media artwork of Betty Sheinbaum joins a group show titled “Less is More, More or Less” at TAG: The Artists’ Gallery. Sheinbaum, admired as much for her social activism as for her painting and sculpture, joins ceramic artists Jilda Schwartz and Kaija Keel and the mixed-media works of Michael Knight. Artist reception Sat., Dec. 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 8 p.m. on Thurs. Through Dec. 23. 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-9556.


One of the most controversial artists of the last two decades, Julian Schnabel is best known for his highly personal subject matter and his use of unconventional materials like broken plates in his paintings. On view now at the Remba Gallery, Schnabel’s recent prints include a series of portraits and many more stylized, emotional works. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Dec. 29. 462 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 657-1101.


After a popular run this summer at the Cinegrill, actress/writer/producer Deborah Pearl’s one-woman show “Chick Singers” is back on stage at Odyssey Theater Ensemble. The musical comedy about eight different women, each a singer of a different style of music, includes popular, classic songs from “Over the Rainbow” to a Jewish country singer-turned-cantor’s rendition of “Kol Nidre,” as well as original compositions. $18-$20. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. Through Dec. 17. 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 477-2055.

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Beverly Hills Community Theatre is putting on a show to raise money for a permanent home. The Beverly Hills Talent Extravaganza will highlight the gifts of this local troupe, which includes Fran Leslie, the self-styled “last of the last of the red hot mamas,” a veteran of Grossinger’s, “The Gong Show,” and Broadway, who will perform songs from “Gypsy.” 7 p.m. Suggested donation $10. Ron Brown Auditorium, Horace Mann School, 8701 Charleville Blvd.


Fiesta Shalom is just what it sounds like, Los Angeles’ first Latino Jewish festival. The event, co-chaired by State Senator Richard Alarcon and Councilman Hal Bernson, will feature performances by Yiddish singer Archie Barkin, the Andean folk music of Los Angeles Inca, along with Kadima String Quartet, Ballet Argentina, and a host of other performers representing a range of both cultures. In addition, craft and food booths and a fine art exhibit will highlight the vitality of Jewish and Latino cultures in Los Angeles. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. For more information, call (818) 781-7926.


Forging documents, changing identities, hiding people, smuggling others to safety,guerrilla tactics in the forest – these are not the typical rebellious actions of a teenage girl. Three women who as Jewish teenagers in Holland, Hungary and Poland turned their defiance against the Nazis and made important contributions to the Resistance tell their stories in the one-hour documentary “Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust.” Narrated by Janeane Garofalo, the film won the International Jewish Video Competition of the Judah L. Magnes Museum and airs tonight at 10:30 on KCET (Channel 28). For more information about the film, call (212) 925-0606.


“Oxygen: Flipping through Frederick Kiesler,” opening today at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, is a multimedia tribute to Kiesler’s architecture and design work. Architect of the first theater in America designed solely for film projection, as well as the Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem’s home for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the famously quirky Kiesler advocated a blurring of lines between high and low culture, with the result that very few of his designs were ever built. This exhibit explores both his work and the influence of his ideas. Opening reception tonight, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., free. Regular admission, $5. Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Oct. 15. MAK Center at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 651-1510.


“Conversations on Roots and Identity,” a successful, informal living-room dialogue series in New York, is setting up a Los Angeles version. Hosted by Ivri – New Association of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists and Writers International, the monthly series examines issues of Jewish cultural heritage and identity. Tonight, the first L.A. “Conversations” evening will focus on Morocco through fiction and music. 7:30 p.m. For reservations, directions or more information, call (323) 650-3157 or visit


Polish-born artist, illustrator and political cartoonistArthur Szyk worked tirelessly in the 1930s and ’40s to draw the world’s attention to the plight of Europe’s Jews. A large-scale survey of Szyk’s career, with illuminated manuscripts, detailed miniature works, a haggadah and a series of paintings depicting Jewish holidays, among other works that have not been displayed in Los Angeles for more than a decade, are now on view at the University of Judaism’s Platt and Bor-stein Galleries. Opening reception Sun., Sept. 24, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Regular hours Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Platt and Borstein Galleries, University of Judaism, 15600 Mul-holland Dr., Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 440-1282.


Local NPR station KCRW-FM gets in the High Holy Days spirit with two Jewish programs. At 1 p.m., listen for selections from the station’s “Jewish Stories” series. Theodore Bikel reads I.L Peretz’s story “Joy Beyond Measure,” and Walter Matthau’s reading of “Chava”by Sholem Aleichem will be broadcast. The evening program at 7 p.m., “In Celebration,” honors the High Holy Days with poems, prayers, music and readings and includes Barbra Streisand’s rendition of “Avinu Malkeinu.” KCRW (89.9 FM). Both programs also air on Thurs., Sept. 28: “In Celebration” at 1 p.m., “Jewish Stories” at 7 p.m. For more information, call (310) 450-5183 or visit

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Take a trip “From Tin Pan Alley to Beverly Hills” in an evening of music and reminiscences from some great songwriters. Corky Hale, whose musical career has included playing the harp for Liberace and the piano for Billie Holliday, hosts the Beverly Hills Summer Arts Festival Plaza Sweets series event. Hale will be joined on stage by Academy Award-winning songwriters Barry Mann (“Somewhere Out There”), Johnny Mandel (“The Shadow of Your Smile”), Livingston and Evans (“Mona Lisa”), and other popular tunesmiths like Leiber and Stoller (“Stand By Me”). Free. 8 p.m. 450 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (310) 285-1045.


Classical theater in the park continues as a summer staple with “The Misanthrope” in Culver City. If the current political season has you wishing for a bit more honesty, check in with Moliere’s leading man Alceste, who vows to speak only the truth regardless of the consequences. Culver City Public Theatre presents this story of love, poetry and too much of a good thing, free at Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 3. 2 p.m. Corner of Motor Avenue and Braddock Drive, Culver City. (310) 712-5482.


With an artistic producer like Noah Wyle (“ER”) and the star power of lead actors Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”) and James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), The Blank Theatre Company could draw crowds even with simple fare. But the 8-year-old theater company is bringing back one of its most controversial productions for a limited engagement. “The Why” is a darkly comic story about school shootings from a teenager’s perspective, written by 19-year-old playwright Victor Kaufold. $15. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m., and Mondays at 8 p.m. through Aug. 28. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For more information or advance tickets, call (323) 661-9827, or visit


Some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and June Wayne, are well known for their lithographs, but they can’t make these prints alone. Master printer Ed Hamilton has worked with these and many other artists in the collaborative process, which transforms an artist’s idea into a printed artwork. An exhibition on view at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery displays Hamilton’s “printer’s proofs” of lithographs produced for major artists between 1969-1989. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Aug. 30. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information call (323) 933-5523 or


The value of history and the power of family ties are the subjects of a new portrait exhibition at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Photographer Darryl Sivad presents 30 portraits of people holding images of their family members and ancestors. Titled “Twice-Taken Pictures: Ancestral Portraits by Darryl Sivad,” the exhibit also includes personal narratives of the subjects, revealing the value these images have in their owners’ lives. $5 (adults); $3 (seniors, students and UCLA alumni); $1 (UCLA students); free (visitors under 17, and all on Thursdays). Wednesdays-Sundays, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Through March 4, 2001. Fowler Museum is on the UCLA campus. (310) 206-5663.


Damian Draghici is a Romanian Gypsy-Jewish musician, a panflute virtuoso known for his fast, complex playing.In concert tonight at the Skirball Cultural Center, Draghici will be joined by three musicians providing a mix of worldmusic sounds. Guitarist Federico Ramos, oud player Ara Dinkjian and South Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran round out the ensemble playing traditional and original compositions of Middle Eastern, Romanian, and flamenco music. Free. 7:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500, or


Elliot Adnopoz, son of a Jewish doctor in Brooklyn, ran away from home to join the rodeo at the age of 14. After hearing Woody Guthrie on the radio and later studying with the folk great, that Brooklyn boy became Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, folk troubadour and a mentor to Bob Dylan. “The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack,” a documentary film by Jack’s daughter Aiyana Elliott, tells this moving story through interviews, performances from Elliott’s still-ongoing tour, and archival footage including Guthrie family home movies. Daily at 4:20 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:40 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinee at 1:40 p.m. Through Aug. 31. Landmark’s Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 478-6379.

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o Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC) takes the gender-bending comedy of “Twelfth Night” one step further with an all-female cast. If the prospect of women playing men pretending to be women doesn’t get your theatrical juices flowing, this Shakespearean production – in the great summer tradition – is being presented outdoors, and it’s free. LAWSC has received rave reviews for previous productions, and this summer they will perform at the newly relandscaped John Anson Ford Ampitheatre. 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sun., June 15-18 and 22-25. Performances are free but reservations are required. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, in the Cahuenga Pass. (323) 461-3673.


Fathers, don’t let your babies miss out on these cowboys. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West rides again at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. With exhibits like an original 1867 Deadwood Stagecoach and Annie Oakley’s gold-plated rifle, this exhibition chronicles the impact the Wild West show had on its audiences in more than 30 years of touring the world. Through July 9. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $7.50; students and seniors $5; children 12 and under $3. 4700 Western Heritage Way, in Griffith Park. (323) 667-2000.


The Method Fest Independent Film Festival showcases breakout acting performances that you might not see anywhere else. The week-long event includes more than 30 feature and short films, along with acting seminars, music and filmmaker presentations. Today’s lineup includes a short, modernized adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” titled “William Psychpeare’s The Taming of the Shrink,” which is followed by “Stanley’s Gig,” about a down-on-his-luck musician whose life is changed by a resident of the retirement home where he plays. All screenings take place at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theater, 673 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For a full schedule of the Festival’s screenings, call (626) 844-6500, or visit


You don’t have to be a politician to enjoy this photo op. The Getty Center opens two collections of photography today. The first, titled “The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris,” presents a survey of the legendary photographer’s shots of Paris streetlife in the early 20th century. “Tradition and Innovation,” the second collection opening today, includes approximately 40 photos that demonstrate the growth of the Getty’s collection since 1997. Both collections are on view through Oct. 8. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues. and Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Both exhibits in the West Pavilion, courtyard level, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300.


Celebrate the official beginning of summer with a musical evening at the University of Judaism’s Gindi Auditorium, where violin virtuoso Lisa DeLuca and pianist Beth Sussman present a program of works by Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copeland and others. DeLuca, a former child prodigy, has performed at festivals across North America. Let this talented duet play you into the shortest night of the year. $10. 7:30 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 246.


Prominent New York choreographer Neil Greenberg and his company bring their two most recent works, “This is What Happened” and “Sequel” to the Skirball Cultural Center. The dances use repeated movement phrases and projected text to engage the audience, allowing viewers to interpret and find meaning for themselves. Greenberg, who is known for dancing in silence with brief excerpts of music, has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project. These performances are presented as part of the Skirball’s Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture exhibition. 8:30 p.m. General Admission $18; members $15; students $10. 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations can be made by calling Tickets LA at (323) 655-8587.


For over 200 years the Bolshoi Ballet has been Moscow’s greatest cultural bridge to the world. Tonight, the great Russian dance company opens its signature production, “Romeo and Juliet,” for a three-performance run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 7:30 p.m.; also Sat., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $25-$90. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown. Tickets available at Ticketmaster, (213) 365-3500, or

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It’s all happening at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo today, as the Sol Festival 2000 rocks the park. The event, which benefits over 20 human rights organizations, features food, crafts and information booths, along with such musical treats as Michael Franti & Spearhead and Danny Sugarman of The Doors. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $12 (advance), $15 (door), $10 (students ), free for children under 12 and seniors over 64. (323) 856-6233, or check


You don’t have to go to the “Danger Zone” to get “Footloose” with Kenny Loggins. You can enjoy Loggins’ songwriting talents in a free concert at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. In addition to his major soundtrack hits from the ’80s, Loggins is known for his family music from the “House at Pooh Corner” albums. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 5800 Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills. (818) 704-1587.


For a taste of the unusual in art, try LACMA’s current installation of its Contemporary Projects series, New Sitings. The installation features works by Kevin Hanley, Gabriel Kuri and Pipilotti Rist, with each piece set outside a traditional gallery setting. Visitors are invited to explore their expectations about art and how they experience it. Mon., Tues., and Thurs. 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Through July 9. $7 (adults), $5 (students and seniors), $1(children). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000.


The final screening in the Psycho Cinema series at the Skirball Cultural Center is the stylish, original comedy “The President’s Analyst.” James Coburn is the analyst of the title who takes on the president as a client, to the detriment of his own mental health. The film works as both thriller and satire, using a wacky comic approach to examine issues of power and paranoia. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion with the film’s producer, Stanley Rubin. 7:30 p.m. $6 (general admission), $5 (members), $4 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587.


Taped live before a theater audience, The Play’s The Thingradio theater series stages award-winning theatrical performances for rebroadcast on KCRW 89.9 FM. This week, catch Obie Award-winner Charlayne Woodard in her solo show “Neat,” a remembrance of her wise, energetic aunt that ties into stories of growing up black in America. Wed., Thurs. and Fri. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $32/$36 ($10 student rush and $20 public rush tickets may be available 10 minutes prior to curtain). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0089.


Acclaimed artist Eleanor Antin pays tribute to the visual beauty and dramatic storytelling of classic silent films in “The Man Without A World.” This black-and-white melodrama, which premiered in 1991, tells a story of Eastern European shtetl life through the unlikely romance of Zevi, a bohemian Yiddish poet, and Rukheleh, the nice Jewish girl who wants to marry him. Through Antin’s lens the political factions of the shtetl – religious orthodoxy, assimilationists, socialists, Zionists, and anarchists – clearly resonate with modern life, but the artistry of silent film and the traditions of Yiddish theater command the audience’s attention. This presentation at The Silent Movie Theatre features musical accompaniment by The After String Quartet. Wed. and Thurs. at 8 p.m. $10 (adults), $6 (seniors, students, and children). 611 North Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2520.


More than 280 artists, including many working with Jewish themes and styles, will be on-hand to present and sell hand-crafted items at the Contemporary Crafts Market, a biannual showcase of fine crafts. Glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more will fill the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this weekend, just in time to find a beautiful gift for art-loving fathers. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6 for adults, free for children under 12. 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica. (310) 285-3655, or