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7 Days in the Arts

Take your pick of three plays with Jewish themes on Los Angeles stages this weekend: \"Storm in Heaven,\" a tense drama set in Vienna in 1935, concerns a young Jewish woman\'s allegations of sexual abuse and her subsequent psychoanalysis at the hands of Sigmund Freud.
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November 9, 2000

11Saturday

Take your pick of three plays with Jewish themes on Los Angeles stages this weekend:

“Storm in Heaven,” a tense drama set in Vienna in 1935, concerns a young Jewish woman’s allegations of sexual abuse and her subsequent psychoanalysis at the hands of Sigmund Freud. $15. Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Through Dec. 10. Bitter Truth Theatre, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (818) 755-7900.

“God, Bring Me a Miracle,” a comic, emotional love story, follows Al Golden on his 75th birthday, with his family gathered just as a family crisis strikes. $16. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 769-6529.

And, for Veteran’s Day, you can see a special performance of “Medal of Honor Rag,” which follows an African American Vietnam veteran who received the Congressional Medal of Honor and his Jewish psychiatrist, each with his own survivor guilt. The Veterans Day weekend production includes additional entertainment, with a gospel singer, a drill team and patriotic music. $20. Tonight at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. The Miracle Theater, 226 S. Market Street, Inglewood. For reservations, call (310) 671-4665.

12Sunday

Writer, multiple Emmy-winner, and all-around raconteur Hal Kanter kicks off the Festival of the Arts performance series at the University of Judaism with “My Funny Funny Friends.” Frankie Pace, Bruce Smirnoff and Gerry Bednob, “The Turban Cowboy,” are the friends who get together on stage for an evening of laughs. $30 (preferred seating); $25 (general). Sat., Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 12, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Tues., Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Dr. For more information, (310) 476-9777 ext. 203.

Also today, at A Shenere Velt Gallery, the feminist art collective Mother Art presents “Domestic Stories,” a literary tea. Carolyn Allport will read from her meditation on motherhood, “Accident! A Tale of Two Sons, or How Life Imitates Defensive Driving.” Poets Julia Stein, Cherry Jean Vasconcellos and Ellyn Maybe are also featured. 2 p.m. A Shenere Velt Gallery at the Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.

13Monday

A special evening in memory of Kristallnacht, the “Sounds of Healing” concert features a rare performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no. 3 (“Kaddish”). The Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, the El Camino Real High School Camerata and a number of other musical groups will perform the program, which includes “Study for Strings,” a piece composed and originally performed in Theresienstadt, along with other works. Also on view for this evening, “Memory & Meaning,” an exhibit of 50 artworks examining the artistic legacy of the Holocaust. $15-$100. 8 p.m. Royce Hall, UCLA. For tickets or more information, call (310) 825-2101.

14Tuesday

“Gertrude Stein: When This You See, Remember Me” is an experimental film collage biography based on and inspired by Stein’s writings. The screening is part of the “Silver Mirrors” film series, which is presented with the Skirball Cultural Center’s “Revealing & Concealing: Portraits and Identity.” $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers); $4 (students). 7:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For advance tickets, call (323) 655-8587

15Wednesday

The People of the Book Jewish Book Festival continues throughout the week with readings, discussions and book signings featuring Jewish authors and themes. Today at the Westside JCC, Myla Goldberg will discuss her coming-of-age novel “Bee Season,” and Nomi Eve presents her book, “The Family Orchard,” which follows the lives of six generations of a family in Jerusalem. Then it’s Mystery Night tonight at the West Valley JCC, with David Liss’ “A Conspiracy of Paper” and Sharon Kahn’s “Never Nosh a Matzah Ball.” Each event, $6; series passes available, $24-$200. Myla Goldberg and Nomi Eve, 2 p.m.; 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. David Liss and Sharon Kahn, 7:30 p.m.; 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. For more information on the People of the Book Jewish Book Festival, see coverage of the event on page 10, or call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2207.

16Thursday

The Writers Bloc author lecture series presents James Atlas, whose latest book “Bellow: A Biography,” a rare biography of a living writer, was 10 years in the making. Atlas will discuss the subject of the book, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow, with novelist Herbert Gold. $15. 7:30 p.m. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 335-0917.

17Friday

In “The Wonderful World of Emanuele Luzzati,” the Italian Cultural Institute presents some of the work of this prolific painter, illustrator and designer. The vivid collages he created for the Italian edition of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” along with a number of haggadot and set designs for film and theater productions reveal Luzzati’s major influences in Genoan architecture and Jewish folktales. Opening reception, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Spazio Italia, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 443-3250.

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