February 21, 2002
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(Page 2 - Previous Page)Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. You can buy tickets to the remainder of the series at a pro-rated price, so it's worth mentioning who else is upcoming: Arianna Huffington, nationally syndicated columnist Paul Begala, CNN commentator and MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, Bill Maher and former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. 7:30 p.m. $85 (single ticket). Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (310) 440-1246. http://www.publiclectureseries.com.
TUE | FEBUARY 26
The Hollywood Writers' strike may be over, but it is certainly not behind us. There is still much to contemplate and analyze about the three-month hiatus that idled 50,000 film and television workers. To do so, the Zocalo Public Square Lecture Series is sponsoring "Hollywood's Labor Turmoil: What Caused It and What Happens Next?" moderated by Los Angeles Times editorial writer Jon Healey. The panel of industry insiders and expert observers includes Aaron Mendelsohn from the Writers Guild of America, West; L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein; and David Ginsburg, professor of entertainment and media law at UCLA. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 403-0416. http://www.zocalola.org.
Dan Gordon is an outspoken IDF spokesman on a mission to debunk myths and misrepresentations of the Israeli Defense Forces and their actions. He is widely considered the man who stepped forward to tell world media the truth about the so-called "Jenin Massacre," and he is also an accomplished screenwriter. Recently returned from the Holy Land, he will share new insights and perspectives on the ever-escalating tension between disparate worlds. 7 p.m. $5 (students), $15 (general). Congregation Am Hayam, 4839 Market St., Unit C, Ventura. (805) 644-2899. http://www.amhayam.org.
WED | FEBRUARY 27
Everyday objects -- toys, diaries, photographs -- and false identification documents reveal the story that allowed 16 Jewish children to survive Nazi-occupied Greece. While such a showcase elicits feelings of war horror, it also reveals the altruism and courage of Greek Samaritans who defied the political climate and risked their own lives to save Jewish children. "Hidden Children in Occupied Greece" is a collaborative venture between American Jewish Committee Los Angeles, the Greek Consulate and American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece. This moving exhibit will be on display through April 18. Free. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. By appointment only, (310) 821-5141.
Almost as complementary as grilled cheese and French fries, art and wine make for a delightfully sensory evening. "The Art of Wine: A Night of Icons" will showcase artist David Schwartz's "American Icon Series," paintings on decommissioned U.S. flags, along with Herzog wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres. Joining the reception will be Gregorio Luke, former director of The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, with a presentation on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. 7-9 p.m. Free. Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. (805) 983-1560. http://www.artzworks.com.
Jewish organizations in Los Angeles are giving the community many reasons to laugh -- and no, we're not talking about the proliferation of Jewish YouTube videos. We're referring to the plethora of comedy nights being organized by the likes of Hillel 818, the Levantine Cultural Center and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Tonight's laughfest, "Comedy With A Cause," raises funds for AJC and is in its fifth year. We're told that last year Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Van Nuys) brought down the house with his matzah story, which sets the bar for this benefit pretty high. 6-10 p.m. $215 (includes donation and dinner). The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 282-8080, ext. 320. http://www.ajclosangeles.org.
The annual concert in support of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has a special significance this year -- it is being held in memory of Stefan Adelipour, a Boston University student who died last February in a fire at his off-campus apartment building. The promising young man was from a prominent Jewish Iranian family in Great Neck, N.Y., who has set up the Stefan Adelipour for Life Foundation in his honor. The Israel Chamber Orchestra and three child prodigy soloists will perform at this benefit concert sponsored by the American Committee for Shaare Zedek. 7-9 p.m. $25-$250. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 229-0915.
THU | FEBRUARY 28
In the ancient world -- before mass media and Jewish journalism -- political, religious and social messages were communicated through art, and in ancient Rome, the preferred mode of expression was through statues. Historian Yaron Z. Eliav will pontificate on Jews living in a Roman world when he discusses "Roman Statues, Rabbis and Graeco-Roman Culture" to surmise where Jews found themselves in the frame of the chiseled-stone visual environment. 8 p.m. Free. The Getty Villa, 17895 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades. Ticket required, (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/eliav_lecture.html?cid=egetty074
"This is a show about obsession, revenge, and above all, magic," buzzes the West Coast premiere of "Orange Lemon Egg Canary: A Trick in Four Acts." The unique title is only half the story of this unusual performance combining magical grand illusions with theater narrative. The oddly named characters "Great," "Trilby" and "China/Egypt" find themselves caught in a love triangle filled with intrigue, crafty scheming and the appearance of a ghost. Through April 5. 8 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.). $25. The East Theatre of The Complex, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7862. http://www.plays411.com/orange.
FRI | FEBRUARY 29
We should call it the Jewish Woodstock. Perhaps the largest, hippest gathering of Jewish youth in the country, the 48-hour Jewish party, dubbed Jewlicious Festival 4.0, boasts attracting "Jews from every denomination, across the political spectrum uniting trend-setters, artists and spirit seekers; Ashkenazim, Sephardim, atheists, agnostics, skeptics and believers; designers, activists, jocks and hipsters." For one nonstop weekend, the fest employs trendy musical acts, raucous dancing, ample feasting and late-night spirituality sessions where hundreds of young Jews showcase their talents, meet new friends and celebrate their Judaism. Musical acts include Matisyahu, Moshav and Y-Love. The gathering of The Tribe also includes speakers, workshops, games, vendors and more. $48 (students), $72 (general), $10-$25 (concert tickets). Barbara and Ray Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. (562) 426-7601.