7 Days In Arts
UCLA Live continues to impress today with its unique programming. Its exclusive commissioned event unites celebrated cartoonist Chris Ware (“Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth”) with NPR’s Ira Glass, host extraordinaire of “This American Life.” Together, they present “Visible and Invisible Drawings: An Evening With Chris Ware and Ira Glass,” a story presentation by them both, each in his own medium.8 p.m. $17-$40. Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
It’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” Israeli-style in “Yossi andJagger,” new out on DVD this month. The bittersweet film is based on the truestory of two Israeli officers, gay and in love and stationed on theIsrael-Lebanon border. An official selection at the Berlin and Tribeca FilmFestivals, the film was also well received by numerous critics. The DVD includesa music video for a hit single from the film, never released in the UnitedStates. $29.99.
Seven Days salutes fellow El Camino Real High Schoolalums Brent Goldberg and David T. Wagner for their latest achievement: Openingthis week is the screenwriters’ new film, “The Girl Next Door,” a bawdy romanticcomedy with a heart of gold about a boy’s infatuation with the girl next door,who turns out to be a former porn star. We’re sure hilarity ensues — after all,these are ECR boys. Opens April 9.
Dave Frishberg recently performed at Lincoln Center, and has written songs recorded by Diana Krall, Michael Feinstein, Bette Midler and Blossom Dearie. But Gen-X-ers will be most impressed by his contribution to “Schoolhouse Rock” — Frishberg is responsible for that song ingrained in nostalgic memory as the one that taught you how a bill becomes a law, “I’m Just a Bill.” He plays a series at the Jazz Bakery beginning today.April 13-18. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25-$30. 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. (310) 271-9039.
Before it was an Academy Award-winning movie, it was a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The Rubicon Theatre Company presents Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” beginning this week. For those who’ve been living under a rock, the play (and the film that followed) tell the story of the 25-year relationship between a Southern Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. See it this evening, in its original form.7 p.m. (Wed), 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.). 2 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $25-$45. The Laurel, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900.
First Michael Damian, now Brad Maule and Eric Martsolf. Soap opera stars keeps popping up in productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Our theory: Perhaps the cheese factor helps with the crossover? Either way, Maule (of “General Hospital” fame) and Martsolf (Ethan Crane on “Passions”) play Jacob and Pharoah, respectively, in the latest production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. And cheesy or not, the show’s also a classic. Catch it this week only.April 13-18. 8 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.). $30-$95. Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (213) 365-3500.
Philip Kaufman fans work to keep their blood pressure level tonight, as the American Cinematheque kicks off its “Writer and Director: A Retrospective Tribute to Philip Kaufman” with a triple hit. A double-feature of the erotically charged films “Henry and June” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” sandwich an in-person appearance and discussion by Kaufman.7:15 p.m. Series runs April 16-18. $9. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456.