Chin up, ladies. The Jerry Herman musical that gave Yiddish diva Molly Picon her debut on Broadway is playing this week in concert performances at the University of Judaism. That would be "Milk and Honey," the story of two American tourists in the Holy Land who keep running into each other. As Phil Arkin and Ruth Stein travel from Tel Aviv restaurants to Negev agricultural settlements, friendship blossoms into romance, secrets are revealed, relationships tested and everyone dances a hora. Herman's music combines the best of Israeli folk music and Broadway show tunes.
Also, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $30-$35. Gindi Auditorium, 15600
Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1547.
What is it with Adat Ari El? The synagogue seems to have become a breeding ground for Los Angeles cantors. Seven of them, all of whom grew up singing at the Valley Village temple, join in a concert honoring their mentor tonight. Cantors Nathan Lam, Joseph Gole, Mindy Harris and others perform "A Time for Singing: The Legacy of Cantor Allan Michelson."
7 p.m. $18-$100. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.
A genuine Chagall over the mantle sure would be nice. But for those of us destined to settle for the next best thing, the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Homage to Chagall: The Colors of Love," is now available on video. The 1977 film includes interviews with the artist as he neared his 90th birthday and excerpts from his letters and poems. It also shows more than 100 of his paintings. Second best doesn't sound so bad.
$24.95 (VHS), $29.95 (DVD). Available through www.kino.com
She may be only 15, but Yumi Man plays a mean fiddle. The violin prodigy has played with several area orchestras and has received numerous scholarships, including one from the Southern California Conservatory of Music. She performs selections from Beethoven, Bach, Wieniawaski and Prokofiev today as part of the University of Judaism's Young Artist Concert Series.
11 a.m. $18-$20 (including post-concert luncheon), $10 (concert only). 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 2830.
Our holiday season may have come to an end, but The Holiday Season is another matter. With Christmas consumerism still in full swing, perhaps it's not a bad idea to educate the kids on the season's varied holiday traditions. In the spirit of multiculturalism comes "Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!" in which Kelly Ripa and the Sesame Street gang teach Elmo about holidays other than Christmas -- namely Chanukah and Kwanzaa. It's a fun video that'll leave your kids tickled.
$12.98 (VHS), $14.98 (DVD). Available in stores or at www.amazon.com
Described as "forward-thinking" and the "dance bridge to the 21st century," Diavolo Dance Theater is anything but classical. Its latest modern, interdisciplinary production is titled "Dream Catcher." It's a work in progress, but tonight, the Skirball offers you a sneak peek of the piece about "freedom for exploited peoples around the world."
8 p.m. $15 (general), $12 (members), $10 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 655-8587.
Skirball, take two. Today, check out its newest exhibition on Southern Jews, titled "Shalom Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South." The display at the Ruby Gallery features photographs from the book "Shalom Y'all," taken by Bill Aron. Five related programs, including a Dec. 18 panel discussion with Aron and the book's author, Vicki Reikes Fox, are also planned.
Through Feb. 9, 2003. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). Free. Museum admission: $8 (general), $6 (seniors and students), free (members, children under 12). Admission is free for all visitors through the month of December. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.