September 25, 2003
7 Days In Arts
Today's unorthodox Rosh Hashanah suggestion: Do the morning services, then tune into KCET. PBS's newsmagazine "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" features a "Belief and Practice" segment on Jewish High Holidays this afternoon. Hear Rabbi Alan Lew of San Francisco's Congregation Beth Shalom discuss "the spiritual transformation that occurs during this time of reflection and repentance." TV in the spirit of the holiday -- embrace the irony. 1:30 p.m. KCET. www.kcet.com .
Sept. 11 on Sept. 28? We don't get it either, but we are intrigued. Today, LACMA hosts the world premiere of "Sara's Diary, 9/11: A Dramatic Composition in Five Parts." Touched by the stories of mothers-to-be who lost partners or husbands on Sept. 11, Leroy Aarons, was moved to write the piece that imagines one woman's emotional journey. Soprano Shana Blake Hill lends vocals to the music written by Aarons and Glenn Paxton. 6 p.m. Free. Bing Theatre, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 473-8525.
Enjoy this end-of-September eve with some Jewish tunes. The first five CDs in the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music have just been released. Highlights from Kurt Weill's "The Eternal Road" offers something theatrical; the Old Country meets the New World in "Great Songs of the American Yiddish Stage"; old schoolers and clarinet enthusiasts make out with "Klezmer-Inspired Concertos and Concerts"; more religious themes come packaged as "Sabbath Eve Service and Cantata" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; and the indecisive find their niche in the archive's "Sampler Disc." Milken CDs: www.naxos.com .
When a girl is 5-foot-10 3/8 at the age of 13, humor seems a necessary coping mechanism. Jennifer Rosen might not have grown an inch since then, but she spent a good portion of her adolescence fearing she would. Between worrying she'd wind up a "Guinness Book of World Records" entry and dealing with a loving but neurotic Jewish mother who didn't exactly help quell those fears, it's no surprise she's got enough material for a whole show. Her funny one-woman piece, "Tall Girl," plays tonight at the National Comedy Theatre -- a workshop performance in preparation for a premiere at the Groundling Theatre next spring. 8 p.m. (Tuesdays, through Oct. 26). $12. 733 N. Seward St., Hollywood. (323) 960-5621.
Two important documentaries from Moriah Films recently hit stores. "The Long Way Home" recounts the postwar struggles of Holocaust survivors and the creation of Israel. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1997. "In Search of Peace, Part One: 1948-1967" chronicles the first two decades of Israel's existence from a global perspective. Both DVDs feature archival images and production stills. $24.98. www.amazon.com
Today we promote "Hooters," and thank American ORT and Camp Max Straus Foundation for giving us this unique opportunity. But cool those hot wings. This isn't an endorsement of the sports bar known for girls in orange short-shorts. This is "Hooters," a romantic comedy play by Ted Tally. Taking place over the course of a weekend in Cape Cod, the two-act follows the antics of a couple of teenage guys who try to pick up two young women. Tonight's performance is a gala benefit for the aforementioned Jewish organizations. Oct. 2 and 3, 6:30 p.m. (reception), 8 p.m. (performance). Oct. 4, 8 p.m. (performance, reception follows). $10-$20. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., second floor, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 481-9929.
KCRW's Warren Olney chats with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright this evening. Subjects of discussion will include her years in the Clinton White House, the road that led her there and, likely, her new book, "Madame Secretary: A Memoir." Will the subject of her parents' Jewish ancestry come up? Only one way to find out. 7:30 p.m. $20. Scottish Rite Building, 4357 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 335-0917.