The A's have it. This afternoon, Tobey C. Moss Gallery hosts an opening reception for its latest exhibition by printmakers, "Arenal, Arp, Armano and Abramson: Multiculturalism." The short list of artists is a sampling of the four different ethnic backgrounds represented in the show: Latin American, European, Japanese and Israeli. Works by Dov Heller, Moshe Gershuni and Alex Kremer of the Jerusalem Print Workshop will also be displayed.
2-5 p.m. Runs through June 26. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523.
Yom HaShoah events abound today, with everything from memorial services to the release of "Prisoner of Paradise" at Laemmle theaters. Plenty of time, however, to also catch the newly opened play, "Ancient History." Peruse our cover story listings to commemorate as you choose (p. 15). Then grab a dose of some much-needed comic relief: Today it comes in the form of David Ives' bitterly comic story of intercultural sparring, as a 35-year-old Jewish woman endeavors to get her Catholic-raised, atheist boyfriend to commit.
2 p.m. Runs through May 2. $14. Empty Stage Theatre, 2372 Veteran Ave., West Los Angeles. (310) 803-5449.
Can one really resist a group that calls itself the Armadillo String Quartet? We think not. Today they back up composer Peter Schickele as he plays piano and offers commentary in a program of chamber music he wrote, aptly titled, "Music by Peter Schickele."
8 p.m. $15-$25. Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 446-6358.
Jews in film make it into the Arclight's lineup today and
tomorrow. (What were the odds?) Tonight, it's a screening of Steven Spielberg's
first big hit, "Jaws," with special appearance by screenwriter-actor Carl
Gottlieb. Tomorrow, it's less blood, more angst, with a big screen presentation
of the Woody Allen classic, "Annie Hall." 7:30 p.m. ("Jaws"), 8 p.m. ("Annie
Hall"). 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. www.arclightcinemas.com
Tragedy becomes comedy this evening in Steven Berkoff's new play. Some may know the playwright best from such acting roles as bad guy Victor Maitland in the original "Beverly Hills Cop." But Berkoff continues to prove he's more than a one-note talent, with plays like "Kvetch," and his latest, "Sit and Shiver." Playing on the term "sitting shivah," the title is indicative of the show's humorous look at a New York Jewish family's mourning of their patriarch.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). $10-$25. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055.
Jewish literary Latin America comes to the Skirball tonight. "Brazil and Beyond: A Literary Journey Through Jewish Latin America" engages Brazilian writer Moacyr Scliar and Mexican Jewish literary critic Ilan Stavans in conversation on such literary predecessors as Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel and Jorge Amado.
7:30 p.m. $5-$12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587.
Move from spectator to artist these next three days at Brandeis-Bardin Institute's "Bezalel 2004" arts weekend. You'll get your hands dirty and explore your Judaism through one of four creative areas of focus: music, drama, creative writing or fine arts, and participate in a communal Shabbat celebration. Workshops will be led by professionals in each of the four fields.
Through Sun., April 25. $75-$325. 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (805) 582-4450.