October 2, 2003
7 Days In Arts
A bit of old Ukraine comes to the LBC today with "Night Songs From a Neighboring Village," a collaboration between Alexis Kochan's ensemble, Paris to Kyiv, and American klezmer group Brave Old World. The theme and title for the show are based on a poem by Ukrainian Yiddish poet Herts Rivkin. The groups present the fruits of their union today, a blending of traditional Eastern European, modern jazz, mainstream Ukrainian and Jewish Ukranian music. 8 p.m. $21-$28. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. (562) 985-7000.
You can keep your PJs on this Yom Kippur, thanks to the Hallmark Channel. Originally meant to provide the homebound with a way to worship on the holiday, the idea was conceived by Rabbi David Baron of Temple Shalom for the Arts. Today, "Yom Kippur: Prayers of Atonement" will be broadcast in more than 47 million homes. The half-hour program only offers highlights from the Day of Atonement services, but does feature performers Jason Alexander and Theodore Bikel as well as director Arthur Hiller, talk show host Larry King and film critic Leonard Maltin. So, would God be offended by an "Avinu Malkeinu" rendered in your jammies? At 6:30 a.m., we're thinkin' he'll understand. But if you're planning to catch the later airing on Adelphia, we recommend something a little more appropriate. Hallmark Channel: 6:30 a.m. (Sunday). Adelphia Cable Channels 10 and 20: 6 p.m. (Sunday), 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Monday).
Winning the award for most original promotional item this week are the folks who are getting the word out on "Garmento." Making a good movie will probably get our attention, but if you want a sure thing, we suggest sending padded underwear in the mail. Turns out the male "falsie" plays an integral part in this film that reveals what the shmatte business is hiding in its pants. See it tonight after breaking the fast.
$6-$9. Opens Oct. 3. Laemmle's Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869.
Sweet Baby James comes to the Greek Theater tonight, and gets some help from L.A. native Kate Markowitz. James Taylor will perform songs from his new album, "October Road" tonight and tomorrow. Markowitz, a singer/songwriter in her own right, recently released her first solo album, "Map of the World," on Compass Records. The 40-something singer has made a day job of backing up stars like Taylor, K.D. Lang, Shawn Colvin and Billy Joel. 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7 and 8. $45-$70. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park. (323) 665-1927.
On Yom Kippur, Oct. 6, 1973, the armies of Syria and Egypt, with the help of other Arab countries, launched a surprise attack on Israel. While Israel was ultimately victorious, the war was perceived as a failure because of the country's general lack of preparedness and because Israeli intelligence wasn't able to predict it. This month, the University of Judaism commemorates the 30th anniversary with the Yom Kippur War Exhibit -- documenting it in pictures, maps and news clippings from that time. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Friday). Runs through the month of October. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1282.
By day, Jane Simmons helps expose the kiddies to art at the Zimmer Children's Museum, but by night, she'd like to expose the grown-ups. Hence, her new gallery space, called appropriately, galleryjane. Currently on display are 20 Polaroid emulsion transfer prints and 126 iris prints, all images of Los Angeles, by Catherine Dudley. Make an appointment with Jane to check them out. Runs through Oct. 31. Los Angeles. (213) 841-2213.
More Sept. 11 stragglers today, but don't hold it against them. Beginning today, the Nuart screens "September 11," a collection of documentary and narrative interpretations of the attacks from 11 different countries, including a piece by Israeli director Amos Gitai. The one restriction imposed on the directors was that their films be exactly 11 minutes, nine seconds and one frame, to correspond with the European date format 11'09"01. The French artistic director Alain Brigand compiled the pieces into one 135-minute movie. $7-$9.25. 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 281-8223. The other Mark Walberg (not Marky) hosts a new reality series on TBS beginning tonight. You may remember him from such shows as "Temptation Island," but tonight, the name of the game is "House Rules." Three couples with penchants for interior design but no formal training, compete to makeover three ugly homes. Viewers will vote on who rules at the end of the season and decide who gets to keep the house they've fixed up. 8 p.m. TBS Superstation.