August 22, 2019

7 Days in the Arts

Saturday, November 13

On the one-year anniversary of her death, the famous and infamous Leni Riefenstahl becomes the subject of discussion in multiple venues. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Fahey/Klein Gallery collaborate in presenting a retrospective of her films and photographs. Today, the UCLA Film and Television archive presents a panel discussion on the controversial artist who has been simultaneously celebrated for her innovations in filmmaking and condemned for years creating Nazi propaganda films. A screening of “Das Blaue Licht” (“The Blue Light”) follows.

4 p.m. Free (panel), $5-$7 (screening). UCLA James Bridges Theater, Westwood. (310) 206-3456.

Sunday, November 14

Wear out the kids today at Mount Sinai’s second annual Jewish Children’s Bookfest. They day’s offerings include book vendors, kosher food, celebrity book readings, kid-oriented entertainment, and workshops, including one on journalism, hosted by Jewish Family of the Conejo and West Valley. A tea party with Eloise, of the popular children’s book series, is also planned.

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. The Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (866) 266-5731.

Monday, November 15

Israeli singer and pop culture phenomenon Aviv Geffen has yet to lose the make-up but he has gained a partner in Steven Wilson, formerly of the band Porcupine Tree. Together, they now make up the rock duo Blackfield, and have just released their debut eponymous album. It is Geffen’s first English-language recording project.

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Tuesday, November 16

Count the curse words today when the Skirball Cultural Center and the Writer’s Bloc present “George Carlin in Conversation with Harry Shearer.” Known for their ascerbic wit and smart aleckiness, respectively, the comedians will undoubtedly keep it entertaining, as they discuss Carlin’s latest book, “When WIll Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?”

7:30 p.m. $20. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

Wednesday, November 17

Rich colors move from background to foreground as shapes descend and disappear away in the 36 numbered abstract paintings that make up Ginette Mizraki’s “Illumination: Gold Series” at USC Hillel Foundation. She credits kabbalah and alchemy as the inspirations behind the series, which runs through Dec. 10.

3300 Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.

Thursday, November 18

Dwora Fried’s boxed art draws the viewer into a little world, sometimes narrative, sometimes nonsensical, Fried has said. Her multimedia “boxes and collages by dwora fried” exhibition displays pieces that combine found art with watercolor and photographic elements. It is on view now at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries. Runs through Jan. 8.

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. (323) 860-7337.

Friday, November 19

In “Capture Now,” central character Elijah, together with his brother Ace, ponders the question of how one holds onto life’s perfect moments, or in other words, “How do you capture now?” The question is made all the more relevant when Ace develops a terminal brain tumor. The coming-of-age play about a boy growing up on Long Island opens today at Moving Arts.

8 p.m. $15. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., fifth floor, Los Angeles. (213) 622-8906.