Jewish Journal


November 1, 2007

A Musical Odyssey, Comic Con at the Shrine, Two’s Company, Man Ray

November 3-9, 2007


Yuval Ron (see Saturday)

Yuval Ron (see Saturday)


Pack a suitcase with excitement and wonder because tonight you will be embarking on "A Musical Odyssey." Your journey begins in the South Bay and takes you first to hear the symphonic sounds of Jewish klezmer and choral music performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Your next musical port of call will include mystical melodies from Spain, Persia, Yemen and Israel performed by the talented and ubiquitous Yuval Ron Ensemble. Featuring vocals by Tehila Lauder and dance by Melanie Kareem, the Ensemble will whisk you away to the Holy Land with their "'West Bank Story' Suite," a compilation of music from the Academy Award-winning short film. Proceeds from this auditory odyssey will benefit the religious school at Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay.

8-10 p.m. $50, $75. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. (310) 377-3510. http://www.ticketalternative.com.


Calling all Geek Heebs! The moment you've all been waiting for is finally here! The monthly Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention takes over the Shrine Auditorium for a full day of geeky fun. Once the home of the glamorous and celebrity-studded Academy Awards, the Shrine will be brimming with icons of a different sort: Marvin Kaplan, the voice of Choo Choo from Top Cat; Dean Yeagle, a Disney and Playboy cartoonist; and Corin Nemec, who played Jonas Quinn on "Stargate SG-1." Instead of gold-covered statuettes, there will be action figures, Simpson's collectibles, trading cards, Hot Wheels, Japanese animation, and of course, new and vintage comic books. Our very own Geek Heeb, Senior Editor Adam Wills, will have more details on his blog: http://jewishjournal.com/geekheeb/.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles. (818) 954-8432. http://www.comicbookscifi.com.

Monday Alan MenkenStephen Schwartz
If you're a Broadway enthusiast, you won't want to miss tonight's show-stopping extravaganza, "Two's Company: An All-Star Event Celebrating the Songs of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz," hosted by Cindy Williams and including songs from "Wicked," "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Newsies" and "Little Shop of Horrors." It feature performances by a long list of seasoned stage actors: Bruce Vilanch from "Hairspray," Kirsten Benton Chandler from "The Marvelous Wonderettes" and members of the L.A. company of "Wicked." Benefiting the Los Angeles City College Theatre Alumni & Associates and the prestigious L.A. City College Theatre Academy, this song-and-dance fest will also include a silent auction with vacation packages, dining certificates, celebrity memorabilia and signed musical quotes from some of the biggest names to grace the Broadway lights.

6:30 p.m. (silent auction), 7:30 p.m. (show). $20-$250. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. http://www.alextheatre.com.

Tuesday man ray art
Lavish your home with an exquisite print or photograph by Man Ray, Marc Chagall or Ansel Adams. The Bonhams & Butterfields' Fall 2007 Auction in Los Angeles and San Francisco is the perfect opportunity to purchase a cherished piece of art. The catalog boasts a group of Chagall color lithographs from Daphnis and Chloe, as well as prints by Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. In the photography arena, highlights include Irving Penn's "Woman in Morrocan Palace" and Adams' "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico." Art specialists will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on any of the 600 or so lots on sale.

Through Nov. 7. Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 850-7500. http://www.bonhams.com/us.


Comedian Lahna Turner's Web site bio says she was born in a land far far away, known as Canada. She has performed her "sick sense of humor" in scary places such as Iraq and Havre, Mt. See this Jewish American fairy princess live in action at the Improv in Brea. She'll be part of the kosher lineup at "Hebrew School Dropouts," where several survivors of a traditional Jewish upbringing will be sharing their pee-in-your-pants anecdotes about over-the-top bar mitzvahs, overbearing mothers and over-the-hill JDating. The Improv is billing it as "Stand Up Comedy With A Side of Guilt." Be'te'avon!

8 p.m. $15. Brea Improv, 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea. (714) 482-0700. http://www.improv.com.


The golden age of screwball comedy in Hollywood began with a handful of Jews in the 1930s -- Billy Wilder, Ben Hecht and Sidney Buchman are just a few names synonymous with slapstick. Jon Edelman is bringing back the farcical, the ridiculous and the fast-talking with his wacky post-modern "Screwballs." Set in a tiny desert inn, the play has a classic screwball plot involving a divorced couple who can't seem to let go and end up swapping bodies. The result is, as you can imagine, disastrous and hilarious and screwy.

Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 15. $20. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055.

Friday james brooks
judd apatow larry gelbart
Jews love comedy, as you can tell by our laugh-heavy lineup this week. Three of Hollywood's heavyweight humorists -- all happen to be Jewish -- will be joining forces to discuss funny business in "Three Masters of Comedy." Judd Apatow, who produced this summer's blockbuster "Superbad"; James L. Brooks, who wrote and produced "As Good As It Gets"; and Larry Gelbart, an Oscar nominee for "Tootsie" and creator of "M*A*S*H," will participate in a candid conversation about the filmmakers who influenced them, their own personal style and what they think makes a movie funny. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting this unique event, which is open to the public and promises to offer more than a few giggles, chuckles and guffaws.

7:30 p.m. $3 (Academy members), $5 (general public). Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 247-3600. http://www.oscars.org.

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