December 19, 2002
7 Days In Arts
So lovely is that scene of Gene Kelly skipping along, Arthur Freed song in his heart, umbrella in his hand, that it's become a part of our cultural memory. In honor of "Singin' in the Rain's" 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. Classics has digitally restored the sound and picture of the film. You can see the spruced-up classic today at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre.
1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (today and tomorrow). $8. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Runs Dec. 19-25. (323) 466-3456
Spock's finally got his own series -- well, a chamber music series, anyway. Leonard Nimoy (a.k.a. Mr. Spock from "Star Trek") has donated the funds to resurrect the Temple Israel of Hollywood series laid to rest 20 years ago. The 2002/2003 season begins this afternoon with a concert by the klezmer group The Klezmatics. Two more concerts later in the year by Viklarbo and The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony round out this first season back.
3 p.m. $8-$25 (individual tickets), $20-$60 (season tickets). 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 478-6332.
With last night's official start of winter, it's the perfect time for cocoa and quality time with the kids. Get their minds out of vacation mode and into a good book, like Dr. Claire Buchwald's "The Mitzvah-Go-Round," with illustrations by Anne D. Koffsky. The book's filled with Seussean rhymes about make-believe children in made-up lands who do mitzvot. The Whoopswhistler Yidden, Tefillin twins and Kugel-mit-Strudelheim sisters deliver a fun Jewish message.
What's a Jew to do today? Chinese food'll just make you hungry again in an hour, and movies can be so antisocial.... Instead, take the family to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the 43rd annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration. The six-hour song and dance show features 34 performing groups representing the diversity of Los Angeles -- everyone from the Tabernacle Children's Chorus to Halau Keali'i O Nalani to the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. The free show is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. A one-hour show of highlights will air on PBS the following day.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3099.
Those who failed to beat the crowds to the movie ticket counters today need not fret. Turner Classic Movies comes to your aid with our vote for the funniest holiday marathon we've come across. It's "A Very Jewish Christmas," featuring "Fiddler On the Roof," "Yentl," "Cast a Giant Shadow" and "The Jazz Singer" back-to-back. Now that's what we call Christmas spirit.
5 p.m. TCM. www.turnerclassicmovies.com s Dec. 15-Feb. 9. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Friday). 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.
Mobsters, chorus girls and burlesque dancers all make appearances in the colorful life of Jewish Rat Packer Joey Bishop (né Joseph Abraham Gottlieb). But the well-loved comedian, despite some rough moments, was also one of America's most popular. Chosen to emcee JFK's 1961 inaugural gala, he also hosted "The Joey Bishop Show," with Regis Philbin as his sidekick. A new book titled, "Mouse in the Rat Pack," by Michael Seth Starr, tells the life story of the pack's sole survivor.
Taylor Publishing, $18.17. www.amazon.com
A new CD worth staying in for tonight is "Livingston and Evans Songbook Featuring Michael Feinstein." Pour yourself a glass of wine, light a fire and listen to some songs that never get old. "Mona Lisa," "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" and "As I Love You" are just three of the 23 offered up.
$13.99. www.amazon.com .