Jewish Journal


December 8, 2005

7 Days in The Arts


Saturday, December 10

Los Angeles Master Chorale brings winter cheer today. Their "holiday wonders" concert features a program that -- while Christmas-heavy -- presents the world premiere of "Hanukkah Suite" by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown.

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. $12-$35. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 787-5262.


Sunday, December 11

Local cantors croon all over town today. Head to Temple Sinai of Glendale this afternoon for a five-cantor concert titled, "The Music of Our People: An Afternoon of Ladino and Yiddish Melodies," featuring Sinai's Mariana Gindlin, as well as Cantors Chaim Frenkel, Marcello Gindlin, Aviva Rosenbloom and Mike Stein. This evening, Cantor Kenny Ellis of Temple Beth Haverim is at the Canyon Club, performing songs from his new CD, "Hanukkah Swings!" with an 18-piece band.

"The Music of Our People": 3 p.m. Free (students), $10 (general), $18 (per family). 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. (818) 246-8101.

"Hannukah Swings!": 6 p.m. (buffet dinner), 7 p.m. (concert). $18-$36 (dinner extra). 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016.

Kenny Ellis

Monday, December 12

Lauded and jeered by critics, the movie "Private" tells the based-on-a-true-story tale of a well-off Palestinian family taken hostage in their own home by Israeli soldiers. Shot documentary-style on DV, the controversial Italian-made film opens this week.


Tuesday, December 13

Being raised in the New York projects and coming of age as a photographer during the Depression had a profound impact on Joe Schwartz's work. His 30 years of black-and-white images depict everyday people, sometimes down-and-out, but always with dignity. Through April 2, the Skirball presents "Three Decades of Folk Photography by Joe Schwartz."

Free. Skirball Cultural Center Ruby Gallery, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

Joe Schwartz, "A Minute for the Funnies," Venice, 1960s

Wednesday, December 14

NoHo Gallery LA features paintings and other works of new and up-and-coming artists in its "New Beginnings Group Show." Among them is Modigliani-esque featured artist Francesco Modigo, guest artist and painter and percussionist Sue Matthews and various others, including The Journal's own Mel Blatt. Meet them at tonight's artist reception party.

6-10 p.m. Exhibit runs through Jan. 21. 5101 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 761-7784.

"Legs" by Mel Blatt

Thursday, December 15

Festive song and dance representing the many cultures of our city comprise the "L.A. Holiday Celebration" airing on PBS tonight. Elayne Boosler hosts the program that includes performers of African, Asian, European, Middle Eastern and Hispanic descent, as well as Yuval Ron's arrangement of "D'ror Yikra," performed by the Yuval Rob Ensemble.

10 p.m. www.kcet.org.

Elayne Boosler

Friday, December 16

Wacky Charles Phoenix offers retro-kitsch slide show fun for all seasons, but puts together a special presentation for this time of year. The "Charles Phoenix Retro Holiday Slide Show" presents vintage holiday slides from the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s with Phoenix's comedic running commentary. Highlights include images from a Christmas bondage party and a Chanukah party in Sherman Oaks, circa 1966.

$25. Weekends through Jan. 1. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (866) 754-3374. www.godblessamericana.com.

"Chanukah, Sherman Oaks, 1966."
Photo courtesy Charles Phoenix

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