Saturday, June 24 Legendary folk singer, poet and ladies' man, Leonard Cohen, makes a rare appearance at the Ford Amphitheatre this evening for a tribute in his honor. The event coincides with this week's Los Angeles release of the concert film/documentary "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man" and is part of the L.A. Film Festival. A screening of the film follows a live performance by Martha Wainwright.
Sunday, June 25 Nostalgic for Babs in drag? USC Casden Institute's got your back today as they revisit the classic "Yentl." A talk by professor Pamela Nadel, titled "Rediscovering Streisand's Yentl: From Yiddish Story to the Culture Wars," precedes a screening.
2 p.m. (lecture), 3 p.m. (screening). $5. Warner Grand Theater, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. R.S.V.P., (213) 740-3405.
Barbra Streisand in "Yentl."
Monday, June 26 For cultural immersion they'll confuse for fun, take the kids to REDCAT's International Children's Film Festival this week. The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater showcases animated and live-action films for children from 15 countries, including the Israeli live-action short "The Red Toy," in which a young boy plays guide through Jerusalem's Old City.
$5 (per screening). June 24-29. Times vary. 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. www.redcat.org.
"The Red Toy"
Tuesday, June 27 Consider participating in the Iris Chang Memorial Essay Contest, established in March to preserve Chang's legacy in educating the world about the atrocities of World War II in Asia. The author and historian took her own life at the age of 36, no longer able to cope with the intimate knowledge of such horror. The theme of the essay should be "How Has Iris Chang's Book, 'The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotten Holocaust of WWII,' Affected My Life and Thinking?"
Wednesday, June 28 Finegood Gallery at the Bernard Milken Community Campus offers a well-rounded exhibition as their latest. "Elements" presents works by five female artists, with each woman exemplifying one of five graphic elements. For color, look to Adria Becker's floral subjects. For line, view Susan Gesundheit's watercolors. For texture, Dafna Gilboa's landscapes resonate. For shape, see Jeanne Hahn's collages. And for value, take in the nuances of Helen Kim's paintings on canvas.
Through July 25. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3218.
"Just One of Those Flings," by Adia Becker
Thursday, June 29 Nonagenarian Enrico Donati has been featured before at galerie yoramgil. In fact, the gallery has made an annual project of displaying works from each decade of the artist's career over the last six years. This month, they've presented a culminating event: a major retrospective of Donati's seven decades' worth of art, with an example piece from each series of Donati's career. Catch "Enrico Donati: One of Each" before it closes this week.
Friday, June 30 Warmer Shabbat nights are upon us, so head to the beach to commune with God and maybe some dolphins. Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue hosts Summer Sunset Services in the sand, tonight. Bring a picnic dinner, something to sit on and a sweatshirt in case it gets chilly.
Also July 14 and 28. 7 p.m. Westward Beach, Westward Beach Road, Malibu. (310) 456-2178.
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