Jewish Journal


September 14, 2006

Arts in L.A Calendar


Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Sat., Sept. 16
"The California Modernist Portrait." Exhibition of portraiture from the '20s, '30s and '40s by Victor Arnautoff, Otis Oldfield, Mabel Alvarez and others. Sept. 16-Nov. 11. Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts, 9200 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-8838.
"Vaudeville Extravaganza!" With variety acts by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, Davis and Faversham and juggler Beejay Joyer; and screenings of a cartoon, vintage newsreel, Charlie Chaplin comedy "One A.M." and Buster Keaton's "Pardon My Berth Marks." Alex Film Society. 8 p.m. $12.50-$19.50. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539.
"Mexico -- Mi Tierra y Mis Pasiones" by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. Features "De Cara al Mar," choreographed by Viviana Basanta Hernandez in collaboration with Los Angeles' Grandeza Mexicana. 8 p.m. $25-$30. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
Sun., Sept. 17
"Five Days of Freedom: Photographs From the 1956 Hungarian Revolution." Images by Austrian photojournalist Erich Lessing. Opening Reception: 3 p.m., Sept. 17. "The Art of Photojournalism" symposium: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 18. On view: Sept. 17-Dec. 17. Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. (213) 740-3270.
Mon., Sept. 18
Writers Bloc Presents Michael Tolkin in Conversation With Stephen Gaghan. Tolkin, the writer of "The Player" and "The Return of the Player" is interviewed by Gaghan, screenwriter of "Traffic" and "Syriana." 7:30 p.m. $20. Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 335-0917.
Tue., Sept. 19
Classical Pianist Gabriela Montero in Concert. 8 p.m. $35. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2520.
Wed., Sept. 20
"SIDES: The Fear Is Real..." Comedic play about six hopeful actors and their audition nightmares. East West Players. Sept. 20-Oct. 1. $20-$60. David Henry Hwang Theater, Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles. (213) 625-7000.
Fri., Sept. 22
"Yosemite: Art of an American Icon -- Part I: 1855-1969." Includes works by Albert Bierstadt, William Keith, Maurice Braun and Ansel Adams. Sept. 22-Jan. 21. Free (children under 6), $3-$7.50 (general). Museum of the American West, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 221-2164.
Sat., Sept. 23
"On Being Human: Expressions of Faith, Love, Shame and Hope." Exhibit of works by figurative artists representing free and captive societies around the globe. Sept. 23-Oct.21. Johnson Art Collection, 8304 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-5738.
Fri., Sept. 29
"Un Domingo en La Alameda/A Sunday in the Alameda." World premiere play inspired by a mural by painter Diego Rivera. Sept. 29-Nov. 5. (All performances in Spanish, with English performances from Oct. 12-15 only.) $20-$35.Teatro Carmen Zapata, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, 421 N. Avenue 19, Los Angeles. (323) 225-4044.
Garth Fagan Dance. Fagan is perhaps best known for his choreography of the musical "The Lion King." Program includes "Prelude From Discipline Is Freedom," "Oatka Trail," "Touring Jubilee 1924 (Professional)," "Life: Dark/Light" and "Translation Transition." 8 p.m. $20-$36. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818.
Sat., Sept. 30
Jules Massenet's "Manon." The opera is performed by Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, and conducted by Plácido Domingo. Pre-performance lectures occur one hour prior to each performance. Sept. 30-Oct. 21. $30+. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center of Los Angeles, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.
Sun., Oct. 1
2006 Mak Architecture Tour. Sample L.A. modernism with houses by Irving Gill, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner and Peirre Koenig. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $65-$135. R.S.V.P., (323) 651-1510.
Wed., Oct. 4
Cinema Italian Style. Screening series celebrates contemporary Italian cinema and is the official site for Golden Globes for best foreign picture eligibility screenings. In-person guests include actress Valeria Golino. Oct. 4-8. $6-$9. American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456.
Fri., Oct. 6
"The Marvelous Wonderettes." The pop musical tells the story of four high school girls and features songs from the '50s and '60s. Oct. 6-Nov. 26. $40. El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111.

"Transforming Vision: The Wood Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970-2005." First retrospective exhibition of the seminal artist's work. Oct. 6-Dec. 10. Free (members, children under 12 and all Fridays), $6-$7 (general). Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119.
Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal. The contemporary ballet company presents "Noces," a fast, energetic piece choreographed by Belgian dance maker Stijn Celis, and "TooT," by Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman, known for her humor and energetic dance theater. Oct. 6-7. $25-$95. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center of Los Angeles, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500.
Three Mo' Tenors. The trio of African American operatic tenors perform Broadway and gospel music. Oct. 6-7, 8 p.m. $42-$67. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818.
City Ballet of Los Angeles performs "Behind the Red Door." The cabaret-style ballet explores the Greenwich Village jazz scene of the 1950s and celebrates the music of John Coltrane, plus classical ballet works. 8 p.m. $12-$20. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
Sat., Oct. 7
The Folk Tree Collection Presents Joel Nakamura. The award-winning illustrator and fine artist uses a sense of humor and critical social eye to reflect on contemporary issues in his paintings on tin. Opening reception: 2-6 p.m. On view: Oct. 7-Nov. 4. 199 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. (626) 795-8733.  
Comedian Demetri Martin performs. Martin is a regular on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," and has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood. (323) 462-8900.
Grand Avenue Festival. Music, theater, art and food venues along downtown's Grand Avenue throw open their doors to the public. Highlights include free concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, art making and Taste of Downtown L.A. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Grand Avenue, between Temple and Fourth streets. (213) 624-2146.
Sun., Oct. 8
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum "Hootenanny." Old-fashioned family fair, featuring square dancing, wandering minstrels, juggling, games, a wild life theater, arts and crafts vendors and "The Woody Show," a tribute to Geer family friend Woody Guthrie. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $7-$15. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. (310) 455-3723.
"Yiddish With George and Laura." Authors Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman present their follow-up to the best-selling "Yiddish With Dick and Jane." Book signing follows the program. 2 p.m. $5-$10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.
ALOUD at Central Library presents: Frank Rich in conversation with Los Angeles magazine editor-in-chief Kit Rachlis. The New York Times columnist and author of "The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina," discusses the current administration.3 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, Fifth and Flower streets, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 228-7025.
Tue., Oct. 10
"As It Is in Heaven." Playwright Arlene Hutton explores issues of faith through the eyes of nine women in the 1838 Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Ky. Oct. 10-14. $10-$15. Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.
Wed., Oct. 11
"Absence and Presence." The autobiographical piece by acclaimed English director, dancer and mime artist Andrew Dawson is an elegy to his father, whose body lay undiscovered for 10 days after he died in 1985. UCLA Live. Oct. 11-15. $12-$32. Macgowan Little Theater, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
Thu., Oct. 12
"Masquerade: Role Playing in Self-Portraiture," Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection. Includes revealing self-portraits by Cindy Sherman, Yasumasa Morimura and Pierre Molinier. Oct. 12-Jan. 7. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free (evenings after 5 p.m.), $5-$9 (general). (323) 857-6000.
Fri., Oct. 13
Pasadena Art Weekend. ArtNight, ArtMarket and ArtWalk come together this year. Oct. 13, ArtNight: free entry at various Pasadena cultural institutions. Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., ArtWalk: free outdoor event, displaying hundreds of artists' works, and offering food and entertainment. Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., ArtMarket: Old Pasadena fine arts market, focusing exclusively on works by students, faculty and alumni from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena City College and Armory Center for the Arts. (800) 307-7977.
"Larry Carlton and Chuck Mangione" concert. The jazz fusion guitarist and fluegelhorn player unite for a night of jazz music. 8 p.m. $35-$58. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818.
Sat., Oct. 14
"Concierto Para Mendez." A 50-minute multimedia performance that is part concert, part opera, part oratorio and part film score. The new work celebrates the life of celebrated trumpeter Rafael Mendez, and was commissioned to celebrate National Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month. LA Opera. Oct. 14-15, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center of Los Angeles, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.
Sun., Oct. 15
Fall 2006 West Los Angeles Home Tour. Features innovative homes by Los Angeles' leading architects and designers. American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (self-guided tours). $65-$75. (213) 639-0777.
Thu., Oct. 19
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D. Tim Burton's holiday classic stop-motion film, with Grammy-nominated score by Danny Elfman, returns to the big screen in 3D. $11-$14. El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 347-6396.
Fri., Oct. 20
Bob Dylan in Concert with Kings of Leon. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 330-7300.
Sun., Oct. 22
"Building It Together: An All-Star Salute to The Beverly Hills Playhouse and Camelot Artists." Jason Alexander, Wayne Brady, Tony Danza, Michael Feinstein, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano and others in a benefit comedy and music salute directed by David Galligan. Pre-show silent and live auctions, post-show reception. $75-$500. 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent aution), 7 p.m. (performance). Freud Playhouse at UCLA, 405 Hilgard, Los Angeles. (310) 659-0741.
Tue., Oct. 24
"Sister Act: The Musical." Based on the motion picture "Sister Act," this production includes new music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Oct. 24-Nov. 26. $66-$80. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529.
Sat., Oct. 28
"UNDER XPOSD: International Student Documentary Film Showcase." Showcasing six finalist films, panel discussions, party and reception, with midnight screening of "New York Doll." 10 a.m.-midnight. $10-$30. Art Center College of Design, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena. (626) 396-2373.
Sun., Oct. 29.
"Rudyard Kipling's 'The Elephant's Child' and Other Stories." Storyteller and singer Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston and two dancers perform Kipling's stories, with original songs and African drumming. Part of Cerritos Family Treasures Series. 3 p.m. $12.50-$19. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818.  
Wed., Nov. 1
"The Light in the Piazza." This Tony Award-winning romantic musical, based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer, tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy in the summer of 1953. Center Theatre Group presenting the NETworks presentation of the Lincoln Center Theater production. $25-$100. 8 p.m. Music Center, Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.
Fri., Nov. 3
Contemporary Crafts Market. Decorative, functional and wearable art from 250 craft artists. Nov. 3- 5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$7. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica. (310) 285-3655. www.craftsource.org. "A Continent of Stories." Readings of works by Native American playwrights Drew Hayden Taylor, Arigon Starr and Diane Glancy. Part of Native Voices at the Autry series. Nov. 3-5. 8 p.m. (Fri., Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.) Free. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 667-2000, ext. 354.
Sat., Nov. 4
"Modernism's Auteur: L.A. Through the Lens of Julius Shulman." Discussion with architectural photographer Julius Shulman, who rose to prominence for his dramatic images of modern buildings. Part of Annual Sydney D. Gamble Lecture Series, Friends of the Gamble House. 4 p.m. $15-$25. Ahmanson Auditorium, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. (626) 793-3334, ext. 52.
Keb' Mo' Country bluesman Keb' Mo's soulful storytelling incorporates contemporary blues through rootsy folk. Part of Songbook series. 8 p.m. $47-$67. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Sun., Nov. 5
Capitol Steps' "The Lighter Side of Politics." This troupe of former congressional staffers' satirical show includes witty song parodies, costumed skits and stand-up potshots. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $45. University of Judaism, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel-Air. (888) 853-6763.
Tue., Nov. 7
Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking." One-woman show chronicling Fisher's unusual childhood and her ultimate triumph over adversity. Nov. 7-Dec. 24. $35-$69. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454.
Thu., Nov. 9
Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Italian Music Accompanied by Dance. Mdi ensemble Milano with the Hysterica Dance Company. Debut performance of LACMA's new Art and Music: Concerts at 8 series, exploring the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collection through music of various genres. 8 p.m., $5-$75. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.
Fri., Nov. 10
"Yosemite: Art of an American Icon -- Part II: 1970-Present." Includes works by Roger Minick, David Hockney and Jane Culp. Nov. 10-April 22. Free (children under 6), $3-$7.50 (general). Museum of the American West, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 221-2164.
Sat., Nov. 11
Bob Baker Marionette Theater's "Nutcracker." This holiday classic features recordings from the familiar to the truly eclectic and every style of puppets from marionettes to shadow puppets. Nov. 11-Jan. 28. Free (children under 2), $10-$12 (general). Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. First St., Los Angeles. (213) 250-9995.
"Ansel Adams at Manzanar." Photography exhibit and related programs, including "Pilgrimage" (a film by Tad Nakamura), "Why Ansel Adams Went to Manzanar" (a conversation with curator Anne Hammond), and "Farewell to Manzanar" (Cornerstone Theater Company's adaptation of the 1972 memoir). Nov. 11-Feb. 18. $4-$20. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles. (213) 625-0414.
Sun., Nov. 12
Primary Stages Production of "In the Continuum." Written and performed by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter, directed by Robert O'Hara. The story of two young women living worlds apart in South Central Los Angeles and Harare, Zimbabwe, as they experience a kaleidoscopic weekend of darkly comic life-changing revelations. Nov. 12-Dec. 10. $20-$40. Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772.
Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil." Music director Grant Gershon conducts the Los Angeles Master Chorale's performance of Rachmaninoff's a capella Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. 7 p.m. $19-$89. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-7282.
Tue., Nov. 14
"Space Versus Spirit: Why the Battle Between Science and Religion is Driving Us Crazy." Science writer Margaret Wertheim discusses how the spiritual realm was written out of Western science, examining the social, psychological and cultural effects of this transformation. Part of Zócolo at Central Library. 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 403-0416.
Wed., Nov. 15
Gate Theatre Dublin's production of "Waiting for Godot." Part of UCLA Live's Samuel Beckett Centenary Celebration. Nov. 15-19. $20-$60. Freud Playhouse, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
Sat., Nov. 18
"The Sound of a Voice -- Hotel of Dreams." Playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Philip Glass' collaborative companion operas, based on Japanese ghost stories and set in old and new Japan. 8 p.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.) $15-$109. Long Beach Opera at the Artani/Japan Theater, Japan American Cultural and Community Center, 224 S. San Pedro St. '505, Los Angeles.
Sun., Nov. 19
Engelbert Humperdink's "Hansel and Gretel." Los Angeles Opera's playful production of the classic children's fairy tale, directed by Douglas Fitch, features a newly commissioned English translation by Richard Sparks. Nov. 19-Dec. 17. $30-$220. Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.  
Adrienne Cooper and Marilyn Lerner Yiddish Song Concert. Workmen's Circle Arbeter Ring. In conjunction with the 99th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Reception. 2 p.m. $99-$125. Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Dr., Valley Village. (310) 552-2007.
Thu., Nov. 23
"Los Angeles Plays Itself." Director Thom Anderson's 2003 documentary film features archival film clips revealing an almost secret history of Los Angeles. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. Nov. 23-26. $6-$9. 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles. (323) 466-3456.
www.americancinematheque.com or www.egyptiantheatre.com.
Sat., Nov. 25
Claudio Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea." Los Angeles Opera's production of Monteverdi's pivotal masterpiece features Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade and David Daniels. Nov. 25-Dec. 16. $30-$220. Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.
Sun., Nov. 26
American Youth Symphony Concert Featuring Swiss Violinist Sibylle Tschopp. Music Director Alexander Treger conducting Diethelm's Violin Concerto "Anubis," Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro Overture" and the Brahms-Schoenberg Piano Quartet, Op. 25. 5:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk), 7 p.m. (concert). Free. UCLA's Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza, Westwood. (310) 451-3400.
Thu., Nov. 30
"Lucinda Williams and Miller Williams: Poetry Said, Poetry Sung." An evening of poetry and music by singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams and her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams. 8 p.m. Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
"La Traviata." Soprano Renee Fleming and tenor Rolando Villazón in L.A. Opera's production of Giuseppi Verdi's romantic story of 19th century Paris. Conducted by James Conlon and directed by Marta Domingo. Through Sun., Sept. 17. $35-$350. Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.
Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Crown City Theatre Company's outdoor performance. The Mortimer Levitt Foundation, The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion and The City of Pasadena. Through Sept. 17. 7 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.). Free. Levitt Pavilion, 87 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (818) 430-7872.
Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium." A multifaceted event created and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, combining visual effects with performances by musicians, singers and dancers. Through Sept. 17. Also Sept. 27-29. $69.50-$125. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232.
"Tonight at 11!" Solo play written by and starring TV weathercaster Fritz Coleman shows the world behind broadcast news. Through Oct. 1. $25-$37.50. The Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank. (818) 955-8101.
"Created Equal." Mark Laita's photographic portraits documenting varied and iconic American archetypes explore issues of social, economic and gender difference and similarity within the United States. Through Oct. 14. Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250.
"Rabbit Hole." David Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway hit about the resilience of the human spirit through disappointment, forgiveness and redemption. Through Oct. 22. $35-$69. Geffen Playhouse, 10866 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater's "Something to Crow About." An hour-long family revue performed in the round with the puppeteers serving as an integral part of the show. Extended through Oct. 29. Free (children under 2), $10-$12 (general). Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. First St., Los Angeles. (213) 250-9995.

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