Jewish Journal


September 13, 2001

7 Days In Arts


Saturday, Sept. 15

Moshe Givati is like the Forrest Gump of Israel, having endured almost every defining moment of the country's history. Born during the 1948 War of Independence, he was injured in a clash with a terrorist in the Golan Heights in 1969 and has fought in nearly every war since then including the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War. In 1978, Givati was promoted to the position of colonel, claiming the title of civil defense commander for the greater Tel Aviv area. Today, he will be signing his book "September Survivor" at 5 p.m. at Steimatzky Prolog Bookstore, 19566 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (805) 241-7030.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Tonight, the film "Liam" traces the life story of a 7-year-old boy as he struggles with poverty and his father's resulting belligerence. The family's plight is exacerbated by the emergence of the 1930s Depression and Britain's continuous war-like environment. A Q&A session with the movie's distributor, Lions Gate president, Tom Ortenberg, will follow. $7 (general admission); $6 (members). 7 p.m. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 772-2452.

Monday, Sept. 17

Artist Aaron Smith proves that a picture is definitely worth a thousand words ... or at least as long as one of Walt Whitman's poems. Smith has produced a series of works in response to Whitman's "Calamus" poems from "Leaves of Grass." The sensual image in "Heel" portrays a nude woman who appears as if she is about to bathe in the brook nearby representing the unity between nature and the human figure. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Koplin Gallery, 464 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 657-9843.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Mark Podwal's art really gets under your skin. It's not because he's a dermatologist, rather, his images combining Judaica with Jewish cuisine like hamentashen bring back fond memories of holidays spent with the family. Today, his work is exhibited in "Legends and Visions: Art From the Jewish Experience". His canvas paintings and drawings have graced the pages of children's books, capturing the essence of bible stories, such as "King Solomon and His Magic Ring "and "Moses and Angels". On Rosh Hashana, Podwal's seven recently completed designs, including a 10-foot Torah curtain and engraved zodiac wheel will be installed in a Texas synagogue. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Oct. 13. Forum Gallery, 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-1550.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

"Night and Day in L.A." may concoct images of the oh-so hectic daily occurrences of this eccentric city. Artists Kalman Aron, David Rose and Zolita Sverdlove display their concept of this urban playground we call: Los Angeles. While Aron displays the simple picture of two elderly men playing board games in the park, Rose relays the variety of creatures who inhabit Hollywood. Opening reception: Sun., Sept. 16, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Gallery hours: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Docent tours available on Wednesdays, noon-1:30 p.m. University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 203.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Alan M. Dershowitz, best-selling author and former Supreme Court clerk, is probably one of the best people to explain the controversy of election 2000. Many are still angered by the court's decision to grant presidency to a candidate that may have not deserved it. Dershowitz traces this most baffling court ruling since the Dred Scott Decision and admits that the court indeed picked its own personal priorities over justice. Tonight, he speaks on his book "Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000" along with John C. Eastman, director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence; Robert Pushaw, visiting professor at Pepperdine University School of Law; and Marc Rosenbaum, legal director for the ACLU of Southern California. $6 (general admission); $5 (members). 7 p.m. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2452.

Friday, Sept. 21

Broadway choreographer/director Joe Gideon worked so much that he was on the brink of a mental and physical breakdown. Tonight, the workaholic's story is portrayed in "All That Jazz", a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Bob Fosse, starring Roy Scheider (Gideon), Jessica Lange and Ben Vereen. After its 1979 release, the biography won four Academy Awards for Art Direction, Costume Design, Fialm Editing and Music. A panel discussion with the film's costume designer Albert Wolsky and executive producer Dan Melnick will follow the film. $5 (general admission); $3 (Academy members). 8 p.m. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For tickets or more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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