McDonald's and Starbucks are just the tip of the iceberg. This afternoon, head to the Skirball for their screening of "Looking for America." The film documents some of the millions of ways in which American culture has seeped into the indigenous societies of more than 30 countries around the world.
2:30 p.m. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
"Looking for America"
Sunday, July 24
The purveyors become the artists in the Platt and Borstein Galleries' latest exhibition. The University of Judaism Fine Arts Council has brought photography, sculpture and painting exhibitions to its galleries for some 22 years; now 18 of them turn the tables, exhibiting their own works of photography, painting, calligraphy and other media.
The show opens today with a special reception, and continues through Sept. 11.
The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity presents an eclectic evening of music performed by German conductor and liturgical and concert organ virtuoso Hans Joachim Dumeier this evening. Called "From Bach to Ben-Amots with a Pinch of Jazz," the title breaks it all down -- Dumeier will play European and Israeli classics, as well as some good-old American jazz.
7:30 p.m. Free. Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 658-5824.
Hans Joachim Dumeier
Tuesday, July 26
Jewish rockers Robbi Sherwin and Scott Leader bring some Jewgrass and "funked-up" classics to Temple Menorah's Summer Concert Series today. Head down to Redondo Beach for some free live music of the Jewish persuasion.
Peter Sellers is the subject of the Museum of Television and Radio's new screening series, "Peter Sellers: Does That Include Television?" Sellers is known primarily for his work in film, including "Dr. Strangelove" and the "Pink Panther" movies. However, his TV work was rather prolific, as well. MTR screens his appearances on shows like "A Show Called Fred," "Son of Fred," and "The Muppet Show."
3 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.). Runs through Oct. 2. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000.
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Thursday, July 28
Four short films screen tonight at "Cine-Peace," a film festival on the theme of the Arab-Israeli conflict sponsored by Americans for Peace Now. View the acclaimed pieces "West Bank Story," "Ordinary People: From Bethlehem to Tel Aviv," "The Red Toy" and "The Junction," then stick around for a Q-&-A with the filmmakers and dessert reception.
"Murderball" producer and co-director and new Hollywood "it" guy Dana Adam Shapiro reads from and signs his debut novel, "The Every Boy," at Book Soup tonight. Catch him while he's still mingling with the little people.
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