February 21, 2002
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Artists Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas have assembled their most innovative work yet: a 7-foot-tall human figure made of 300 AIDS medication bottles and 139 syringes. Their art, encapsulated in the new exhibit "Make Art/Stop AIDS" is as gritty as their subject matter. Showcasing contemporary paintings and sculptures, photographs, digital media and installations, this exhibition will travel to Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and India over the next two years to raise awareness of the global AIDS crisis, but you can see it here through June 15. Noon-5 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.). Free. Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4361. http://www.fowler.ucla.edu.
Israel is not the only one celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. Temple Beth David, a Reform synagogue in the San Gabriel Valley, also was founded in 1948 and is marking the event with a 60th Anniversary Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning composer and singer Doug Cotler and singer Julie Silver. Underwritten by the Kohl Youth Fund and the Dorothy Singer Simon Music Fund, the concert is being held in memory of Dorothy Singer Simon, the synagogue's first choir director. 7 p.m. $5 (children), $10 (adults), $25 (families). Temple Beth David, 9677 Longden Ave., Temple City. (626) 287-9994. http://www.templebd.com.
Conversations at Leon's (50s-60s) is still going strong with lively weekly gatherings and festive monthly mixers. One Saturday a month is "Saturday Night Singles," with "good food, good friends and good fun." 7:30 p.m. $17-$20 (includes dinner and drinks). Sherman Oaks residence, 13442 Weddington St., Sherman Oaks. R.S.V.P. required, (818) 986-9899.
SUN | FEBRUARY 24
Green is the new black. If you want to be in vogue, it's time to increase your green I.Q. at this all-congregational Green Fair. Environmentally conscious Jews everywhere are invited to demonstrate their commitment to going green at this full-blown festival with booths, vendors, product demonstrations and speakers, all teaching you how to minimize your carbon footprint. Keynote speaker Lee Wallach, president of the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life, says Jews have a responsibility to be stewards of the Earth. Little stewards can learn, too: There will be activities for children that emphasize caring for the environment. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The feature documentary, "Salud!" (which means "health" in Spanish) examines the role Cuba endeavors to play in making healthcare a global birthright. It explores the contributions of 28,000 Cuban health professionals working in 68 countries, as well as the 30,000 medical students in Cuba and how they aspire to improve access to quality healthcare around the world. 7 p.m. $5. The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.
For the young and politically minded, Zionist Organization of America is hosting Gil Hoffman, chief political analyst for the Jerusalem Post, for "Young Professionals Night." Aspiring activists, politicians or just plain curious people ages 21-40 are invited to this swanky lounge setting to drink, mingle and discuss pressing issues facing Israel like Iran, Iraq, and an American election year. 7:30 p.m. $5. The Bungalow Club, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 342-3363.
If your last name is Cohen or Levi, you are said to be part of a distinguished family -- the House of Aharon HaKohen or the Tribe of Levi. The Cohen-Levi Family Heritage Web site says, "You are a link in an unbroken chain of history, reaching back more than 3,000 years. You are the tribe that never got lost!" Sponsored by Aish, "A Gathering of the Tribe" is a conference for those interested in learning more about their unique heritage and responsibilities. There will be discussions by leading scholars and personalities in the field such as Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman, author of "DNA and Tradition" and director of the Center for Kohanim in Jerusalem. Topics will include blessing, purity, marriage and DNA. 8-10 a.m. (service and brunch), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (presentations). Free. Aish L.A. Center, 1417 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672. http://www.cohen-levi.org.
Mehnaz M. Afridi believes Jews and Muslims have more in common than they think. An academic with an extensive interest in modern Islamic identity, Judaism and the Jewish Diaspora, Afridi is committed to stimulating new dialogue on the religious, cultural and literary ties and tensions between Jews and Muslims. For three hours, she'll espouse her wisdom on "An Illuminated History of Jewish-Muslim Relations" and their many, often overlooked, commonalities. 3-6 p.m. $20-$25. Levantine Cultural Center at Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5511. http://www.levantinecenter.org.
For those with a passion for photography and a desire to socialize, the Jewish Photographers Adventures Group has a monthly outing to satisfy both. Today the group is hiking at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, where you can photograph chaparral, grasslands, woodlands, a lake and birds. After you've worked up a decent appetite, have lunch at a nearby restaurant and share photo tips. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P. (818) 349-3439. http://www.jewishphotographersadventuresgroup.com.
Drums can drive you crazy if your teenage son is playing them at midnight, but they can also be a vehicle for spiritual enlightenment. Let the Nashuva Healing Drum Circle With Jamie Papish show you the power of hand drumming and ancient rhythms in connecting you to your own rhythmic being. Experienced and beginning drummers are welcome to join the class. 12-1:30 p.m. $10-$15. Pacific Arts Center and Dance Studios, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. email@example.com. http://www.myspace.com/jamiepapish.
MON | FEBUARY 25
If you missed Tony Blair in January, it's not too late to get in on the action because this month's guest at American Jewish University's Public Lecture Series is the infamous (or famous, depending on which side of the aisle you vote) Karl