June 8, 2000
7 Days in the Arts
It's all happening at Griffith Park's Old Zoo today, as the Sol Festival 2000 rocks the park. The event, which benefits over 20 human rights organizations, features food, crafts and information booths, along with such musical treats as Michael Franti & Spearhead and Danny Sugarman of The Doors. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $12 (advance), $15 (door), $10 (students ), free for children under 12 and seniors over 64. (323) 856-6233, or check www.solfoundation.org
You don't have to go to the "Danger Zone" to get "Footloose" with Kenny Loggins. You can enjoy Loggins' songwriting talents in a free concert at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. In addition to his major soundtrack hits from the '80s, Loggins is known for his family music from the "House at Pooh Corner" albums. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 5800 Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills. (818) 704-1587.
For a taste of the unusual in art, try LACMA's current installation of its Contemporary Projects series, New Sitings. The installation features works by Kevin Hanley, Gabriel Kuri and Pipilotti Rist, with each piece set outside a traditional gallery setting. Visitors are invited to explore their expectations about art and how they experience it. Mon., Tues., and Thurs. 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Through July 9. $7 (adults), $5 (students and seniors), $1(children). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000.
The final screening in the Psycho Cinema series at the Skirball Cultural Center is the stylish, original comedy "The President's Analyst." James Coburn is the analyst of the title who takes on the president as a client, to the detriment of his own mental health. The film works as both thriller and satire, using a wacky comic approach to examine issues of power and paranoia. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion with the film's producer, Stanley Rubin. 7:30 p.m. $6 (general admission), $5 (members), $4 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587.
Taped live before a theater audience, The Play's The Thingradio theater series stages award-winning theatrical performances for rebroadcast on KCRW 89.9 FM. This week, catch Obie Award-winner Charlayne Woodard in her solo show "Neat," a remembrance of her wise, energetic aunt that ties into stories of growing up black in America. Wed., Thurs. and Fri. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $32/$36 ($10 student rush and $20 public rush tickets may be available 10 minutes prior to curtain). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0089.
Acclaimed artist Eleanor Antin pays tribute to the visual beauty and dramatic storytelling of classic silent films in "The Man Without A World." This black-and-white melodrama, which premiered in 1991, tells a story of Eastern European shtetl life through the unlikely romance of Zevi, a bohemian Yiddish poet, and Rukheleh, the nice Jewish girl who wants to marry him. Through Antin's lens the political factions of the shtetl - religious orthodoxy, assimilationists, socialists, Zionists, and anarchists - clearly resonate with modern life, but the artistry of silent film and the traditions of Yiddish theater command the audience's attention. This presentation at The Silent Movie Theatre features musical accompaniment by The After String Quartet. Wed. and Thurs. at 8 p.m. $10 (adults), $6 (seniors, students, and children). 611 North Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2520.
More than 280 artists, including many working with Jewish themes and styles, will be on-hand to present and sell hand-crafted items at the Contemporary Crafts Market, a biannual showcase of fine crafts. Glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more will fill the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this weekend, just in time to find a beautiful gift for art-loving fathers. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6 for adults, free for children under 12. 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica. (310) 285-3655, or www.ArtShowPreview.com