February 14, 2002
7 Days In Arts
Saturday, Feb. 16
She's called the socialist Joan of Arc. That's because writer and orator, Rosa Luxemburg, leader of the Communist Party of Germany in the 1910s, fought the national government until she was executed by the German military in 1919. Tonight, the Beverly Hills Public Library depicts her life against the background of an approaching world war in a staged play reading, written by Rosalyn Grossan and starring Elisa Gabrielli, Bob Bauman and Joel King. $5. 2 p.m. 444 N. Rexford Drive. For more information, call (310) 288-2211.
Sunday, Feb. 17
While February might be known for its handful of days devoted to presidential birthdays and hearts, the entire month commemorates the contributions of African Americans. Today, at the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, in honor of Black History month, the 25-member Gwen Wyatt Chorale will perform their interpretations of traditional African American spirituals. The group's repertoire includes a recent concert for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and a performance at Carnegie Hall in a Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative concert. $10 (members); $15 (nonmembers); $5-$7.50 (children under 18). 2 p.m. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.
Monday, Feb. 18
Want to do a good deed and have fun doing it? Join Scott J. Svonkin, chairman of the Los Angeles Insurance Commission and chief of staff to Councilmember Paul Koretz, at his 36th Birthday Charity Bash. Svonkin has been involved in numerous Jewish organizations including B'nai Brith of Southern California, the Valley Alliance of the Jewish Federation's Community Relations Committee and Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges. The birthday festivities will be held at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum and all proceeds will go towards B'nai Brith; Huckleberry Fund, which supports the outreach program at Children's hospital Los Angeles; and the Workers Relief Fund to help tourism-industry employees who were laid-off after Sept. 11. $36-$1,000 6-9 p.m. For reservations or more information, call (310) 836-1818 or visit www.svonkin.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
There really are Jews living in every corner of the world, including Asia. Today, Elliot Ulman, a docent at the Skirball Cultural Center, will present "The Jews of Asia," with a slide show and discussion. 10 a.m. Presented by Friends of the Fairfax Library, 161 S. Gardner St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 936-6191.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Purim is less than a month away and it's never to early to get into the spirit of the holiday. You'll be busting out those costumes for the kids in no time after listening to "Purim Fever 2. The new CD features inspirational Purim-themed music including "Woody Woodbrecher," "Let Me Get Plain," "Locksmith," "Fever Rekida 1" and more. $6.99 (cassette); $10.99 (CD). To purchase the CD or for more information, visit www.mostlymusic.com.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Montreal's Compagnie FLAK, a duet of music and dance comprised of cellist Walter Haman and dancer/choreographer Jose Navas, makes it West Coast debut tonight. Their performance, called by "poignant," by The New York Times is both melancholy and uplifting. Enjoy their "The Haman/Navas Project," inspired by the music of Benjamin Britten and Allan Hovhaness, at the Skirball Cultural Center. $25 (general admission); $20 (members). $15 (students). Thurs., Feb. 21 and Fri., Feb. 22, 8:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-8587.
Friday, Feb. 22
Why do the craziest things happen at the most inopportune times? Tonight, the 68 Cent Crew shows what happens when love is lost and found during the insane few moments right before a wedding in "What the Rabbi Saw," written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. The comedy production stars Eva Longoria, Angela Pupello and Ronnie Marmo. $15. Fri., Sat. and Sun, 8 p.m. Through March 10. The Space Theatre, 665 N. Heliotrope Ave., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 769-5800.