Jewish Journal


December 2, 2004

7 Days in the Arts


Saturday, December 4

The emotions of mourning and loss fill Florence Weinberger's latest book of poetry. Titled "Carnal Fragrance," the thematic center is the poet's experience of her husband's battle with cancer and subsequent passing. She reads from and signs her book at the launch reception today at Malibu Library.

2:30-4:30 p.m. 23519 Civic Center Way, Malibu. R.S.V.P., (818) 831-0649.

Sunday, December 5

Chanukah celebrations abound today. For family festivals, check out the Skirball's fete featuring performances, storytelling, craft workshops for kids and author appearances. Families can also head to Thousand Oaks for the Chabad of the Conejo, Chabad of Simi Valley and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's mouthful of a party, called, the "Family Chanukah Festival and Kindling, Celebrating the Triumph of Freedom, Chanukah and the Reagan Legacy." They're promising live music, dancing, crafts, face painting, juggling, a clown and gifts for the kiddies. Or yet a third option (for adults) is tonight's StandWithUs "Festival of Lights" concert at the UJ. Actor/comedian Larry Miller hosts the event that includes performances by Peter Himmelman, Jodie Langel, Hedva Amrani and Sam Glaser, among others. For information on other Chanukah events happening throughout the week, see the calendar on Page 36.

Skirball Cultural Center: (310) 440-4500, or (866) 468-3399 for tickets, $6-$8, children free; Chabad of the Conejo: (818) 991-0991, free; StandWithUs: (310) 836-6140, $100-$180.

Finger painting is just one of the many activities at the Skirball Center's Chanukah Festival. Photo by Peter Turman

Monday, December 6

Shopping today benefits more than just your wardrobe. In case you needed added justification for purchasing half-price Juicy Couture, XOXO and Kenneth Cole, doing so can help Project Angel Food. The nonprofit provides meals to L.A. residents living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses, and annually hosts Divine Design, a shopping event and fundraiser that features an airport hangar's worth of clothing and accessories donated by well-known designers. This year it takes place Dec. 3-6 at Barker Hangar. Jessica Lange will be honored at the event by Divine Design.

11 a.m.-8 p.m. $20 (in advance), $25 (at the door). 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica Air Center. (213) 480-3232.

Jessica Lange

Tuesday, December 7

Today's safe bet? The Jewish Federation's Blackjack Chanukah Bash. Their young leadership division (ages 20-mid 40s) ups the ante on the usual dreidel spinning with a night of blackjack and dancing this year. Traditionalists, however, will be pleased to know that not all has been forsaken. Among the hors d'oeuvres being served will be gourmet latkes and sufganiyot.

7 p.m. (cocktails), 7:30-11:30 p.m. (blackjack and dancing). $54 (in addition to $180 minimum pledge to the 2005 campaign). The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (323) 761-8248.

Wednesday, December 8

Tune that radio dial to KPCC 89.3 FM tonight to hear "Stand Up for Hanukkah," hosted by Arye Gross. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and The Jewish Journal, the program consists of funny holiday fare by Jewish performers. There are bits by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, segments from "Picon Pie" and "Saturday Night at Grossingers," a piece by Rain Pryor titled, "Fried Chicken and Latkes," an appearance by Joel Ben Izzy and a good deal more set to hip hop, Latin Jewish rhythm and ragtime music.

7-8 p.m. www.scpr.org.

7-8 p.m. www.scpr.org.

Thursday, December 9

On this third crazy night, a good helping of Jews and booze. Progressive Jewish Alliance and Avada host "Vodka Latka: Festival of Rights" this eve, featuring cocktails, latkes, candlelighting and a bit of burlesque madness in the form of jugglers, spoken word performers, plate spinners, magicians and political talk. Monique Powell of "Save Ferris" will also perform.

For ages 18+. 8:30 p.m. $10-$15. The Echo B, 1152 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8350.

Monique Powell. Photo by Vaughn Youtz/ZUMA Press.

Friday, November 26

To end the week, a short respite from Chanukah comes in the form of "The Nutcracker." Media City Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic will be performed tonight and Sunday, with Sunday's evening performance benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Two Jews – Ari Sorrentino and Michael Forsche – in the guises of The Spanish Dancer and Dew Drop's Cavalier, respectively, help round out the corps.

7:30 p.m. (Friday), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sunday). Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. R.S.V.P., (818) 243-2539..

Jacqueline Pagone as Clara in "The Nutcracker." ballet.

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