Jewish Journal


September 22, 2005

7 Days in The Arts


Saturday, September 24

Easiest mitzvah opportunity of the week award goes to "One Night Only: A Concert for Autism Speaks" tonight at the Kodak. For the bargain price of $52 (and up), you get laughs and music care of Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon, respectively (or so we hope). And as you might've already guessed, your fun will also benefit the Autism Speaks organization, which raises funds for autism research and works to raise public awareness of the disorder.

8 p.m. $52-$502. Kodak Theatre, Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. www.kodaktheatre.com.

Jerry Seinfeld

Paul Simon

Sunday, September 25

Just in time for the most guilt-inducing period of the year, otherwise known as the High Holidays, comes the book that offers guidance on that most-Jewish of all emotions. "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" is on the bookshelves, but for some personal assistance, head over to Dutton's tonight to hear contributors like the Journal's own Amy Klein and Lori Gottlieb read from their stories. Or don't.... It's not like they could use the support.... And they wouldn't want you to go to any trouble.
2 p.m. Dutton's Brentwood, 11975 San Vicente Blvd. (310) 476-6263.

"Entourage" lovers get another HBO show about the industry with tonight's debut of the UK's "Extras." Ricky Gervais, creator and star of another Brit hit, "The Office," has followed up that success with this comedy, in which he stars as a 40-year-old man who quits his job to pursue acting. A host of celebs have cameos, including Kate Winslet, who in one scene admits that she's accepted a role in a Holocaust movie so she can finally win an Oscar.

10:30 p.m. (Eastern), 1:30 a.m. (Monday, Pacific). www.hbo.com.

Amy Klein

Ricky Gervais, standing, and Stephen Merchant.
Photo by Ray Burmiston/BBC

Monday, September 26

UCLA's Freud Playhouse presents the musical, "Working," a tribute to the work of everyday Americans that stars Ricki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Kathy Najimi and Steven Weber. People from parking lot attendants to corporate executives are celebrated.

8 p.m. $60. Macgowan Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.

Camryn Manheim Photo by Paul Smith

Tuesday, September 27

Holocaust escapee and artist Eugene Berman's figurative paintings always evoked nostalgia for the losses of history, and received a good amount of appreciation in Berman's own time. In the face of more recent devastating events, new admirers of Berman's works have recently emerged. An exhibition of his work, titled "High Drama: Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime," is now open at the Long Beach Museum of Art, with various accompanying educational programs scheduled through October.

2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119. www.lbma.org.

"Perpetuum Immobile," 1947, Eugene Berman. Collection of the Tobin Foundation for Theatre Arts

Wednesday, September 28

Vladimir Levitansky clowns around for your amusement this evening. Known for his fusing of physical comedy, clowning, pantomime and poetry, the entertainer presents, "Fancy: A Clown's Wondrous Journey Into the Absurd" through Oct. 19.

8 p.m. (Wednesdays). $18. Elephant Asylum Theatre, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 874-8216.

"Their First Murder." Photo © International Center of Photography

Thursday, September 29

It's no-holds barred, no-limit hold 'em at Hollywood Park Casino tonight. Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament to benefit their efforts providing mentors to L.A. Jewish kids. Reserve your spot, show up and prepare to drop some cash.

5:30-10 p.m. 3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood. (323) 761-8675, ext. 30.

Friday, September 30

Tobey C. Moss Gallery presents "California Gold," a group exhibit that focuses on So Cal artists of multiple media with an emphasis on the diversity of L.A. artists. Included are works by Peter Krasnow, who "reveals a search for a 'life force' within the source of the wood for his sculpture and the Torah's teachings through his paintings," according to Moss.

7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. www.tobeycmossgallery.com.

"The Factory Gate," by David P. Levine, oil on canvas.

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