Tune that radio dial to KCRW this morning for a different sort of Q-&-A. The station airs ListenUP's latest holiday special, "Passover: A Time For Questions," hosted by actor Arye Gross. Chef Ruth Reichl talks matzah brie, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg reads from her children's book, "Abuelitas Secret Matzahs," singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman performs her music and Rabbi Sharon Brous asks the big holiday questions.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale and composer Billy Childs give voice to the children of Terezin Concentration Camp this evening. Based on six pieces of poetry from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," Childs' "The Voices of Angeles" is meant to conjure emotions from anger and despair to hope. It will be performed as part of the program titled "hope" which also features Mozart's "Coronation Mass"
7 p.m. $19-$79. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 787-5262.
Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza will will sing "The Voices of Angeles" during "hope."
Monday, April 25
This Passover, consider the heritage of freedom from bondage that Jews and African Americans share with the help of "Let My People Go!" The new CD was created by folksingers and musical/educational activists Kim and Reggie Harris, and their friend Rabbi Jonathan Kliger. It's a spoken word and song compilation that incorporates music from the hagaddah, traditional spirituals and new songs, as well as a poem by a Palestinian poet set to music by a Jewish cantor.
Artist Tobi Kahn's Exhibition, "Avoda: Objects of the Spirit" has alighted on USC's Doheny Memorial Library just in time for Passover. View the Jewish ceremonial objects that Kahn has created during the last 20 years, from candlesticks to seder plates. Then take Kahn up on his challenge to create your own. "I want people to realize that creating ceremonial objects can be special and transformative," Kahn told the Journal. To let him know about your seder creations, you can reach Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through May 31. 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2924.
A kiddush cup by Tobi Kahn.
Wednesday, April 27
The sixth annual Polish Film Festival presents two documentary shorts of Jewish interest this evening. "Kazimierz Is Closed," is about the city of Krakow, whose name conjures thoughts of Holocaust atrocities, but today is a hot spot where young people go to have fun. The second, titled "Future in Hand," follows a Polish-born American teenager's trip back to the place of her birth and early childhood and incorporates her poetry as the primary form of narration for the film.
All that jazz, plus Yiddish novelty tunes and Catskills comedy could only mean chanteuse Janet Klein is involved. Tonight, the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson presents "Janet Klein and her Borscht Belt Babies Yiddish Vaudeville Spectacular." The variety show also features descendants of Catskills legends.
Just in time for date night comes director Yvan Attal's French romantic comedy, "Happily Ever After." The lives of two Parisian couples and a single man are the focus for exploring themes of romance, midlife crisis, sex and marriage. Attal also stars in the film opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg ("21 Grams").
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal in "Happily Ever After." Photo courtesy
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