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Keren Engelberg

  • Theo Bikel, graphic novels, showbiz dreams

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 28th

    For those with Hollywood dream story fatigue, South Coast Repertory presents a fresh take on the old industry bootstraps tale by playwright David Wiener. In "System Wonderland," has-been filmmakers Jerry and Evelyn attempt to revive a comatose career with the help...
  • Earth Day, Klezmer Mountain Boys, Jewish Film Festival

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 21st

    Happy Earth Day to you. Eco-friendly fun awaits at Norton Simon Museum's "Family Festival: Disposable Art." Guests view paintings of 20th-century artists and thus inspired, can create cubist collages using cast-off materials. Trash 4 Teaching leads the...
  • Spies for the good guys, when they were young

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 14th

    Wordplay is the name of the game when the Music Center presents David Prather's "Preschool Poetry Jam" today. The high energy show "introduces children to the antics and agility of words" through popular jump rope jingles and the poems of Shel Silverstein and A.A....
  • “Betrayal,” the Soviet Gulag, and Henry Rollins

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    The Attic Theatre and Film Ensemble presents the Harold Pinter play, "Betrayal," through April 28. The drama about an affair between a woman and her husband's best friend begins at the end, long after the affair has ceased. From this vantage point, the audience sees...

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  • “Betrayal,” The Soviet Gulag, and Henry Rollins

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 7th
    The Attic Theatre and Film Ensemble presents the Harold Pinter play, "Betrayal," through April 28. The drama about an affair between a woman and her husband's best friend begins at the end, long after the affair has ceased. From this vantage point, the audience sees...
  • Passover Calendar 2007

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    SEDERS

    March 25, Noon. $6-$15. Secular potluck. Sholem Community. Culver City Middle School. R.S.V.P. by March 23. www.sholem.org.

    March 28, 6:30 p.m. $10-$25. Women of Kol Tikvah. Temple Kol Tikvah. Woodland Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 348-0670, ext. 219.

    April 2, 6:30 p.m. $15-$42....

  • Yo!  This week it’s Yatzpan, YULA and Yelchin

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 24th

    Opening today is mixed-media artist Marcie Kaufman's exhibition "Beyond the Line," which "explores the idea of line in the context of Israel." Painting, photography and digital media are merged to raise questions about physical lines -- such as borders, boundaries,...

  • Sid Grauman honored, Anne Frank retold, French Pesach catered, Mamet debut

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 17th Sid Grauman

    Happy Birthday, Sid Grauman. Today, the American Cinematheque presents a "Sid Grauman Birthday Tour" of his Egyptian Theatre, the first of Grauman's movie palaces built on Hollywood Boulevard. Attendees will learn about the impresario's quirky life by Mark Simon...
  • Funny Kiwis, rockin’ Israelis, radio Glass, Amy Arbus

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 10th

    Billing Deb Filler as "New Zealand's funniest Jewish export" may beg us to try to think of just one other funny Kiwi, period. But heaped on top of that somewhat faint praise are glowing reviews from many publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the...

  • Strangers in the night—a Ghetto Purim

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    We followed the directions explicitly. At 6:55 p.m. last Saturday night, armed with two floor cushions and a bottle of wine, my husband, David, and I approached a stranger's house on a dark Los Feliz street and walked in. The apparent master of the house sat on the stairs in the...
  • Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad; ‘West Bank Story’ screening

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 3rd

    Naughty Jewish girls need love, too. Show it to 'em this weekend. "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" returns to Los Angeles for three nights at Tangiers. The variety show features comedy, music, spoken word and burlesque, with a healthy helping of kitsch. Klezmer Juice...

  • Crooners celebrate Canuckia’s Cohen and a first for our very own Greenberg

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 24th

    A Leonard Cohen love fest takes place at Royce Hall this evening. The enigmatic genius poet/songwriter is paid tribute in an event titled "The Gospel According to Leonard Cohen," which is presented by Perla Batalla, a vocalist with whom he has frequently worked....

  • The artist Elimelech, the comic David Steinberg

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 17th
    Kinda like that Magic Eye poster you had on your wall when you were 14, the images created by artists Moshe Elimelech and Michael Maas reveal depth behind their geometry. Their latest works are on view at L2kontemporary, in an exhibition titled "Space...
  • Mud’s a dirty business but entrepreneur digs it

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rafting down the Copper River in August 2001, Lauren Padawer and her group neared the mouth where glacial waters flow into the Gulf of Alaska. They stopped, and stepped out onto the muddy bear-tracked delta. High water some weeks before had produced small clear pools, which had been...
  • Global beat, Klezmatics treat, Weill and Brecht meet

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 10th

    The standard synagogue fundraising dinner thinks outside the sanctuary this evening. Temple Beth Haverim has partnered with the Foundation for Jewish Camping for their annual dinner, with the goal of donating 10 percent of the evening's proceeds to help send...

  • Debbie Friedman, L.A. Opera, Norman Mailer and David Mamet

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 3rd

    Debbie Friedman strums and sings old and new favorites from her Jewish folk repertoire tonight at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Twenty bucks gets you in the door, or splurge on the $100 patron seats for preferred seating and parking, plus a copy of her new CD, "One...

  • Jewish film fest in Long Beach; ‘Mammaleh!’; Combatants for Peace

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 27th

    Still haven't seen "Go for Zucker" or "Watermarks?" You get another chance this weekend at the second annual Long Beach Jewish Film Festival. The aforementioned are two of five diverse films showing today or tomorrow. Stick around post-screenings for discussions...

  • Gershwin is resurrected but Miller’s ‘Salesman’ dies again; Theater gets ‘Bent;’ Eshman and Barak Q

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 20th

    The unlikely worlds of "General Hospital" and "24" converge tonight, with the opening of 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company's production of the Martin Sherman play "Bent." Actors Tyler Christopher (of the aforementioned soap) and Jamison Jones (of the aforementioned...

  • Films: The ‘Little Miss’ that could maybe hopefully

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Peter Saraf signed on to co-produce the film, "Little Miss Sunshine," he says he did so without hesitation. The script, about a dysfunctional family's road trip, spoke to him immediately, and he was proud to bring his great-aunt and great-uncle to see it.

    As the film began...

  • MLK Observances; Beethoven @ LACMA; Alpha Dog Rising

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 13th

    Craig Taubman's regular "One Shabbat Morning" service gets a special theme for this one Shabbat. Dedicated to families who have children with special needs, this morning's affair will begin with guest speaker and educator Dr. David Ackerman discussing his...

  • Get on down to ‘Funkel Town; Middle Eastern humor; Accordians! Accordians! Accordians!

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 6th

    Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts takes you to "funkel town." It's Art Garfunkel in concert this evening, singing American tunes from his days with Paul Simon, as well as solo pieces from days since.

    8 p.m. $32-$57.50. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos....

  • Martin Luther King’s Hollywood dream

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood in 1965
    Part I, 27 min., MP3, 3.1MB
    Part II, 14 min., MP3, 1.6MB

    Temple Israel of Hollywood has had many milestones in its 80 years as a Jewish cultural landmark in our city. One that bears special...
  • Jews and food on the radio; Roses on Colorado Boulevard; Dennis Prager on Leviticus; Janet Klein’s t

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 30th

    Jews discuss food today on KCRW. While Evan Kleiman's "Good Food" is on vacation this week, KCRW subs "The Infinite Mind," where this week the theme will be "Foods and Moods." Ruth Reichl reads a piece about comfort food, MIT researchers Richard Wurtman and Judith...

  • It’s beginning to sound a lot like Tish Tones; Java Nagilla!

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    Chanukah's officially over, but it's not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery's exhibition, "Peter Shire -- The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures." Included among Shire's maquettes -- relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los...

  • Swingin’ Chanukah with Kenny Ellis; The Klezmatics at the Disney; Three More Tenors

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    To our knowledge, only one man can claim all of the following titles: writer, director, actor, comedian and Dixieland jazz clarinetist. Artist of all trades Woody Allen focuses tonight on that latter occupation. He and his crew, a.k.a. Woody Allen and his New...

  • Gurus galore, puppet people, jazz giants and Jackie Mason

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 9th

    Get inspired, or at least get a yoga mat, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Gurus will converge this weekend for the interfaith "Celebration of Oneness," a two-day event featuring lectures and panels on spiritual matters with speakers ranging from Ariana Huffington...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 2nd

    Sure, Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post have heaped praise, but would Hunter approve? "Gonzo Judaism: A Fresh Path for an Ancient Faith" is the sexy new (rip-off of Hunter S. Thompson) title by Rabbi Niles Goldstein, offering up a new risk-taking, yet...

  • Last chance for ‘Hakuna Matata,’ and please, try the Hot Pstromi

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 25th

    Think your clothes and your house have little in common? MOCA makes you think again. Their latest exhibition, "Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture," explores the confluence of philosophies between the crafts, such as their mutual...
  • Musical docs, singing penguins, Barbra

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 18th

    M.D.s show off their right-brain skills in a concert of classical music this evening. Established in 1953, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra is substantially comprised of physicians, dentists and allied health professional men and women in medicine and other...

  • Holy Moses at the Getty, Dixie Chicks on screen, puppets are for grown-ups, who are the brain police

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 11th
    Today's grown-up puppet show comes to avant garde purveyor REDCAT Theatre. Acclaimed Polish puppet theater company Wroclawski Teatr Lalek presents "The Last Escape," about a lonely pensioner trapped in his room, who employs his vivid imagination to carry him to...
  • Rainbow-haired couturier takes fashion fun seriously

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Her natural hair color is brown, but Nony Tochterman hasn't shown her roots in about 20 years. These days it's a bubblegum pink, and in the past she's tressed herself in Skittles hues, including green, blonde, orange, purple, fuchsia and lavender. Color, after all, is a lot of what...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 4th

    Support a local band with Jewish roots and global sounds. "Punky, reggae jungle" band Fosforo, helmed by Raffi Benjamin, a Valley kid of Argentine Jewish descent, headlines at Temple Bar tonight. All the band members grew up together in the Val, but perform songs in...

  • Tap dancing klezmer, Ed Asner, 147 different films, Melanie Chartoff and Laraine Newman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 28th

    Hoof it downtown to the George and Skaye Aratani/Japan America Theatre this evening for Rhapsody in Taps' 25th Anniversary Concert. In addition to repertoire highlights like "Tribute to Gregory Hines," the program also features the world premiere Klezmer/Tap...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 21st

    TV stars perform bonafide rock 'n' roll at a Ben Gurion Society

    Keren's Corner

    It's an old episode but a fairly new story. Last year, "Grey's Anatomy" featured a plot line about the high risk of breast cancer among Jewish women. This year, Hadassah delves into...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 14th

    ?Como se dice, "fun" en Espanol? LA Latino Book and Family Festival, por
    Keren's Corner

    Jewish Book Month isn't till November, but why wait? Two Jewish children's authors have events of note going on this week. At Pepperdine's Smother's Theatre, see the...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    October 5, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 30th

    Funny Jewess Rita Rudner takes a break from her regular Vegas shtick to entertain us Angelenos this evening. Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre hosts the comedian before she returns to the City o' Sin for a new contract with Harrah's on Oct. 2.

    8 p.m. $65. 24255...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    How to make the holiday meaningful for the kids? Pick up a children's book recommended by the Ratner Media and Technology Center at the Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland. Sylvia Epstein's "How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round" and Barbara Diamond...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    The JCCs' Celebrity Staged Play Readings, produced and directed by Alexandra More, have been going strong for 11 seasons. Consider taking in the first of their 12th season's selections. The comedy/drama, "Brooklyn Boy," by Pulitzer-winning author Donald...
  • Mendelsohn—Better Than Beethoven!

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 9th

    Syzygy Theatre Group stages Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer-winning "Talley's Folly." First staged in 1979, the romance was Wilson's answer to his first play about the Talley family, "Fifth of July." It features the characters of Sally Talley (a small town girl from a...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 2nd

    This weekend represents a final opportunity to view two Skirball Center multimedia exhibitions. "Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography" presents photos, video and multimedia pieces by emerging and mid-career artists, exploring the theme of Jewish...

  • Jack Bender: ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just as he has in so many past years, TV veteran Jack Bender will attend the Emmy Awards this Sunday. He's nominated again this year in the category of Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the hit ABC show "Lost," for which he is also an executive producer. But...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 26th

    No afterthought here. This weekend's Los Angeles Wine and Food Festival lists the vino first for good reason. The main attraction will likely be the hundreds of wineries offering tastings galore. But check it out, too, for the gourmet food exhibitors offering...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 19th

    Now extended through Sept. 30 is the Marvin Chernoff play, "Chaim's Love Song." In it, a 74-year-old Jewish man tells his life stories, tall tales and musings to a young blonde Iowan girl, whom he meets on a Brooklyn park bench.

    Lonny Chapman Group Repertory...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 19th

    Now extended through Sept. 30 is the Marvin Chernoff play, "Chaim's Love Song." In it, a 74-year-old Jewish man tells his life stories, tall tales and musings to a young blonde Iowan girl, whom he meets on a Brooklyn park bench.

    Lonny Chapman Group Repertory...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 12th

    Self-described "red-diaper baby boomer" and "singer-songfighter" Ross Altman performs with his partner and fellow protest singer Len Chandler tonight at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Part of the FolkWorks concert series, tonight's performance will feature the...

  • Tour Keeps ‘American Idol’ Runner-up on the Run

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Elliott YaminElliott Yamin is on the summer road trip of his life, but it's no vacation. The second runner-up on the most recent "American Idol" has been performing as part of the "American Idols Live Tour 2006" since early July -- not to mention promoting the heck out of it -- when he's not on...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 5th

    Buying vintage helps the disadvantaged when you shop at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Thrift Stores. This weekend they launch their new flagship store on the Westside, in an airy, former Pier One space. A "Best of the Best" sale goes on Aug....

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    July 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 29th

    The most avant-garde comics find a gorgeous forum, once again, with the release of the sixth edition of editor Sammy Harkham's anthology, "Kramer's Ergot 6." Geeks celebrate its release tonight at the Hammer Museum, which features performances by Kites and The...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday 22

    Polka gets dotty at the Getty this evening with the last installment of the center's Summer Sessions series. "21st Century Roots" offers "roots music for the new millennium," in the form of three groups: Brave Combo, a polka ensemble that mixes music from Mexico,...