Hip hop hooray. All the young Jews find cause for
celebration today as Latino-Jewish rappers, the Hip Hop Hoodios, grant a free
concert at downtown's California Plaza. Blazers and East L.A. Sabor round out
the eclectic Latin music show titled "Tres Sabores Latinos." 7 p.m. California
Plaza, Watercourt, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 687-2159. www.grandperformances.org
Inspiring stories of faith are highlighted in John
Sheinfeld's new documentary, "In the Name of Heaven," which airs tonight on the
National Geographic Channel. Among the tales: The Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan
cling to their traditions and live peacefully with their Muslim neighbors; the
Rev. Gregory Boyle rescues East L.A. gang members by employing them; Turkish
Sufis preach tolerance and look inward to reach heaven; Dr. Chatsumarn
Kabilsingh lives life as Thailand's first female Buddhist monk in more than
1,000 years; and Dr. Veer Bhadra Mishra works to clean up the Ganges River,
sacred to his Hindu religion. 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel. www.nationalgeographic.com/channel
Like buttah, Babs' new four-DVD gift set melts its way
into a Jewish mother's heart. The set includes "What's Up Doc?" "The Main
Event," "Up the Sandbox" and "Nuts." Personal commentary by Barbra Streisand, as
well as vintage documentaries, trailers and production galleries are offered on
the discs. The "What's Up Doc?" and "Up the Sandbox" DVDs also each contain a
feature-length director's commentary. $69.92. www.amazon.com
Rarely seen works of art by Chagall, Degas, Ingres,
Matisse, Picasso and others are now on display in LACMA's "Classic to Modern:
French Works on Paper, 1800-1950, from the Permanent Collection" exhibit.
Included are drawings, watercolors and pastels from the neoclassicist to the
postimpressionist periods, as well as the modern movements of the early 20th
century. Noon-8 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), noon-9 p.m. (Friday), 11
a.m.-8 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Runs through Sept. 7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org
Jewish husband and wife documentary producing team Jaime
Hellman and Barbara Leibovitz focus their cameras on the Federal Bureau of
Investigation in the National Geographic special, "The FBI," airing on PBS. From
the bureau's crisis center to a closed-door profiling session, the team receives
unparalleled access behind the scenes of the war on terror. 8 p.m. www.pbs.com
For those who like a Gershwin tune, "Crazy For You" plays through Sunday at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The romantic score includes some of George and Ira's best: "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and "Embraceable You." Weaving them together is an equally sweet story, and -- adding kick -- plenty of tap dancing.
8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 2 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). $10-$45. (Box office is not located at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.) 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach (on the Cal State Long Beach campus). (562) 856-1999.
Expect to be surprised at the Ford Amphitheatre tonight. Naomi Goldberg's L.A. Modern Dance and Ballet company doesn't do "Nutcracker." Rather, they take their inspiration from the eclecticism of Los Angeles, as in tonight's performance, "Immediate States," which fuses Mozart and hip hop, and where a dancer in a wheelchair does the tango. Goldberg also premieres a solo titled "Possessed," with music by The Klezmatics and lyrics by Tony Kushner, inspired by the team's 1998 collaboration on "The Dybbuk."
8:30 p.m. $12-$20. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.