Jewish Journal


February 16, 2006

7 Days in The Arts


Saturday, February 18

Payos-wearing reggae wonder Matisyahu’s already made it into heavy rotation on KROQ and MTV. See him live this weekend — at Claremont College tonight or as part of the annual “Ragga Muffins Festival, a tribute to Bob Marley,” tomorrow at the Long Beach Arena.

$24 (Claremont), $37-$55 (Long Beach). www.ticketmaster.com. www.raggamuffinsfestival.org.


Sunday, February 19

The classic fish-out-of-water western comedy, “The Frisco Kid,” finally comes to DVD this week. See Gene Wilder fumble as a Chasidic rabbi in the Old West and Harrison Ford as a bank robber and his unlikely friend and hero.

$9.95. www.warnerhomevideo.com.


“The Frisco Kid”

Monday, February 20

The Great White Way gets wacky tonight. Check out Valley Musical Theatre’s benefit performance, “Fractured Broadway,” to see great show tunes sung by great performers who’d never be cast in those roles otherwise. Bruce Vilanch singing “When You’re Good to Mama” from “Chicago” is the only spoiler you’ll get from us. See the show to find out what they’re doing with Sally Struthers (and others).

Feb. 20-21. 8 p.m. $55 (ticket and post-show reception), $110 (also includes pre-show buffet dinner reception). El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 768-7974.


Tuesday, February 21

Benefits stay interesting today as American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem forgoes the usual banquet in favor of a tribute concert by the Jerusalem Chamber Philharmonic titled, “The Magic of Mozart.” Honorees are the Center’s Ruth and Hyman Matloff Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Martha and Dr. Jack Matloff and their family.

7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$250. Wilshire Ebell Theater, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. (310) 229-0915.

Roger Kamien

Wednesday, February 22

Odd couple Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created acclaimed films both individually and as a team over the course of their lengthy movie-making careers. Lean, British Powell, and stocky Hungarian Jew Pressburger get their due with a series at the American Cinematheque titled, “A Matter of Life and Death: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.” Tonight’s screening is “Gone to Earth.”

Runs through Feb. 26. 7:30 p.m. $9. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456.

“Gone to Earth”

Thursday, February 23

Turn to the dark side tonight with writers Mark Salzman (“True Notebooks”) and Joe Loya (“The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber). ALOUD at Central Library presents the two discussing the ways in which writing can be a traumatic experience in “Dark Thoughts: A Conversation.”

7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, Fifth and Flower streets, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., www.aloudla.org or (213) 228-7025.

Friday, February 24

What happens when a newly single woman in her sexual prime chooses celibacy? Find out in Judi Lee Brandwein’s new one-woman show, “Fornicationally Challenged,” in which she plays more than eight different characters. It opens this week.

Feb. 23-April 2. $15-$20. Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7721.

Judi Lee Brandwein

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