Jewish Journal


July 3, 2003

7 Days In Arts



Follow the bouncing ball down the yellow brick road tonight as the Hollywood Bowl presents "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz." The title says it all. The Bowl shows "The Wizard of Oz" on its big screen with attendees encouraged to sing along to the famous songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Actress Melissa Peterman ("Reba") hosts the event which also includes a costume contest and appearance by Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft. Gift bags with props and subtitles help encourage maximum audience participation. So don the ruby slippers and bring the munchkins -- it's definitely a family-friendly affair. 7 p.m. (preshow program and costume parade), 8:30 p.m. (movie). $1-$55. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (213) 480-3232.


Those who've never quite gotten the whole "latrine as art" philosophy may perhaps most benefit from the MET Theatre's current production of "The Dadaists." Tristan Tzara (aka Sami Rosenstock) helped found the dadaist movement -- a reaction to the horrors of World War I and a rejection of conventional notions about artistic expression. The new play focuses on Tzara and other dadaist painters, writers, musicians, singers and dancers. Various other art and performance events celebrating the spirit of dada are also being held in conjunction with the show. 7 p.m. (Sundays), 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday). Runs through July 19. $15. 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. (323) 957-1152.


Sondheim and Shakespeare fans converge on the Roosevelt Hotel this evening for Peisha McPhee and Mel Dangcil's new cabaret show, "Much Ado About Sondheim." The performance features McPhee's vocals and Dangcil's piano accompaniment and direction, exploring similarities in thought and expression between the Bard's words and Sondheim's lyrics. McPhee, whose past performances include roles as Hodel and Tzeitel in the national tours of "Fiddler on the Roof," will sing favorites including "Send in the Clowns" and "Anyone Can Whistle." 8:30 p.m. (Mondays, July 7, 14 and 21). $20 (cover, plus $15 food or beverage minimum). Feinstein's at the Cinegrill, Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 769-7269.


Meet author Robert A. Rosenstone at the Third Street Promenade Barnes and Noble this evening, where he'll discuss his latest work, "King of Odessa: A Novel." The historian's previous bestseller, "Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed," became the basis for the Academy Award-winning film "Reds." His first foray into fiction, however, is a departure that combines the genres of historical fiction and fantasy, imagining the story of Isaac Babel's last known visit to his hometown of Odessa in 1936. 7:30 p.m. 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110.


Tonight, Robert Israel lends original scoring and conducting to the latest in the Los Angeles Conservancy's classic film series Last Remaining Seats. The 1924 silent swashbuckler, "The Sea Hawk," screens tonight -- accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra -- in the historic art deco-designed Wiltern Theatre. While tickets are officially sold out, we're assured last-minute cancellations are very common. Those feeling adventurous should take a shot and head on over. 8 p.m. $16-$20. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.


In conjunction with the 2003 Absolut L.A. International Biennial Invitational, Tobey C. Moss Gallery presents its "Jerusalem Print Workshop." The exhibition features etchings, drypoints, mezzotints and screenprints created at the Jerusalem Print Workshop by artists Larry Abramson, Alima, Asaf Ben Zvi, Moshe Gershuni, Israel Hadani, Dov Heller, Dina Kahana-Gueler, Alex Kremer and Pessach Slabosky. An opening reception will be held this evening. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 30. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523.


Veteran Santa Monica playwright Murray Mednick steps out from behind the scenes and onto the stage, making his latest work, "G-nome" just that much more personal. Following up on his previous play, "Joe and Betty," Mednick continues to delve into his own psyche in this latest meditation on heredity. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sundays). Runs through Aug. 3. $20. Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. (866) 633-6246.

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