7 Days In Arts
Hip hop hooray. All the young Jews find cause forcelebration today as Latino-Jewish rappers, the Hip Hop Hoodios, grant a freeconcert at downtown’s California Plaza. Blazers and East L.A. Sabor round outthe eclectic Latin music show titled “Tres Sabores Latinos.” 7 p.m. CaliforniaPlaza, Watercourt, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 687-2159.
Inspiring stories of faith are highlighted in JohnSheinfeld’s new documentary, “In the Name of Heaven,” which airs tonight on theNational Geographic Channel. Among the tales: The Mountain Jews of Azerbaijancling to their traditions and live peacefully with their Muslim neighbors; theRev. Gregory Boyle rescues East L.A. gang members by employing them; TurkishSufis preach tolerance and look inward to reach heaven; Dr. ChatsumarnKabilsingh lives life as Thailand’s first female Buddhist monk in more than1,000 years; and Dr. Veer Bhadra Mishra works to clean up the Ganges River,sacred to his Hindu religion. 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel.
Like buttah, Babs’ new four-DVD gift set melts its wayinto a Jewish mother’s heart. The set includes “What’s Up Doc?” “The MainEvent,” “Up the Sandbox” and “Nuts.” Personal commentary by Barbra Streisand, aswell as vintage documentaries, trailers and production galleries are offered onthe discs. The “What’s Up Doc?” and “Up the Sandbox” DVDs also each contain afeature-length director’s commentary. $69.92.
Rarely seen works of art by Chagall, Degas, Ingres,Matisse, Picasso and others are now on display in LACMA’s “Classic to Modern:French Works on Paper, 1800-1950, from the Permanent Collection” exhibit.Included are drawings, watercolors and pastels from the neoclassicist to thepostimpressionist periods, as well as the modern movements of the early 20thcentury. Noon-8 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), noon-9 p.m. (Friday), 11a.m.-8 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Runs through Sept. 7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd.,Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org
Jewish husband and wife documentary producing team JaimeHellman and Barbara Leibovitz focus their cameras on the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation in the National Geographic special, “The FBI,” airing on PBS. Fromthe bureau’s crisis center to a closed-door profiling session, the team receivesunparalleled access behind the scenes of the war on terror. 8 p.m.
For those who like a Gershwin tune, “Crazy For You” plays through Sunday at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The romantic score includes some of George and Ira’s best: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Embraceable You.” Weaving them together is an equally sweet story, and — adding kick — plenty of tap dancing.8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 2 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). $10-$45. (Box office is not located at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.) 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach (on the Cal State Long Beach campus). (562) 856-1999.
Expect to be surprised at the Ford Amphitheatre tonight. Naomi Goldberg’s L.A. Modern Dance and Ballet company doesn’t do “Nutcracker.” Rather, they take their inspiration from the eclecticism of Los Angeles, as in tonight’s performance, “Immediate States,” which fuses Mozart and hip hop, and where a dancer in a wheelchair does the tango. Goldberg also premieres a solo titled “Possessed,” with music by The Klezmatics and lyrics by Tony Kushner, inspired by the team’s 1998 collaboration on “The Dybbuk.”8:30 p.m. $12-$20. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.