July 3, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 5 - 11
SAT | JULY 5|
Only a psychotherapist-cum-theater entertainer could do justice to the zany and improbable Jewish journey spotlighted in the play "Rose." The one-woman show runs the gamut of 20th-century Jewish geography, "from a Ukrainian shtetl to the Warsaw Ghetto, to Atlantic City and Miami, with side trips to a hippie commune in Connecticut, onboard the ship Exodus, to an Israeli settlement on the West Bank." Actress Naomi Newman, the aforementioned shrink, is also the co-founder of San Francisco's Traveling Jewish Theatre and will be bringing Martin Sherman's script to life. Sat. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Through Aug. 31. $25-$45. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. http://www.odysseytheatre.com.
SUN | JULY 6
Celebrate the Fourth of July all weekend long with about 300 other single members of the tribe in their 20s and 30s. Load up on barbeque staples like burgers and hot dogs (meat and veggie), beer and snacks in a gorgeous Malibu mansion overlooking the coastline and mountains. Teaming up to sponsor this popular annual gathering are two heavy-hitters of the Jewish singles scene -- the Chai Center and JConnectLA. Sun. 2-6 p.m. $13 (online), $18 (at the door). Private home, 6288 Porterdale Drive, Malibu. For more information, call (310) 271-8666. http://www.chaicenter.org/july4.
Kick back with fellow unattached seniors 65 and older at a semi-potluck late lunch and Pool Party hosted by Harbor Jewish Singles. Feast on savory barbecue fare and soak up the sun while playing games in a private Huntington Beach condo. If your last name begins with A-L you are requested to bring hors d'oeuvres or snacks, and M-Zs should bring something to satisfy the sweet tooth. A Fourth of July weekend grill fest is the perfect way to end your week. Meet new friends -- and maybe even someone with a special spark. Sun. 3 p.m. Free (members), $12 (guests). For reservations and directions, call (714) 960-1689.
MON | JULY 7
Her stunning, pristine photographs evoke narratives about the places she's visited. With a photojournalist's documentary sensitivity and an artist's imagination, photographer, writer and teacher Claire James Steinberg investigates the different ways people live. From the pages of Rolling Stone, New York and Paris Match to the walls of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Steinberg's punchy, Cibachrome prints from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam comprise the exhibition "The Particular Unknown" revealing the daily lives of ethnic groups from across the world, bridging their distant yearnings with our own. Gallery open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Thu. Through Sept. 11. Free. The Bell Family Gallery at The Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8212. http://clairejamessteinberg.com.
TUE | JULY 8
Israeli brothers Barak and Tomer Heymann have tackled Israeli-Palestinian relations, homosexuality, Israeli pop music, drugs, flamenco and the world of professional dance in their heralded documentaries. The "Heymann Brothers Film Retrospective" gives you the opportunity to see these award-winning filmmakers' oeuvre and immerse yourself in the multiflavored, dynamic Israeli culture not seen on CNN. Tonight is the first double-feature program, presenting two films about Israeli youth: "Bridge Over the Wadi" examines the Wadi Ara school in Israel where Israeli and Arab children are educated together with the purpose of teaching coexistence from a young age; "It Kinda Scares Me" follows a gay youth-group leader working with troubled adolescent boys to create a play as an outlet for their misguided energy. The following two screenings, on July 20 and July 29, will feature two films about music, including a documentary about the beloved ensemble, the Idan Raichel Project, and two films about dance. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $6. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
Born in Brooklyn to a working-class Jewish family, artist Al Held soon broke out of that mold. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before jetting off to Paris to study fine art. Now he is an internationally renowned artist with a Guggenheim fellowship and a teaching stint at Yale on his resume. The University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach presents an exhibition of Held's work, "Al Held: The Evolution of Style," a comprehensive collection of his expressionist paintings. Expect "hard-edged abstraction," "two-dimensional picture planes" and "perspectival illusionism" -- all of which describe his artistic evolution over a five-decade career. Gallery open noon-5 p.m., Tue.-Sat. Through Aug. 10. $4 (general), free (students). The University Art Museum, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 985-5761. http://www.csulb.edu/uam.
He's got the most famous Jewish tongue in history, but Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is not content to let his mouth do all the talking. Simmons is a notorious ladies' man (he claims to have had 4,800 sexual experiences) and has a surprisingly keen analytical sense, which he shows off in his third book, "Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World." Publishers Weekly gives Simmons props for writing a serious-minded, if not academic, overview of prostitution that includes the Greek philosopher Diogenes, the Sumerian goddess of sexuality Ishtar, legal prostitution in Amsterdam's "toleration zones" and Nevada's BunnyRanch brothel. The fire-breathing rocker will be signing copies of his book tonight. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Borders, 1360 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-3444. http://www.genesimmons.com.
WED | JULY 9
Tickets have been selling faster than gas prices are rising for the highly anticipated return of "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants" at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. Jay, a stage magician, actor and writer will dazzle attendees with sleight-of-hand card tricks and card throwing. The performance is directed by Tony and Oscar nominee David Mamet, a seasoned author, essayist, playwright and film director. Don't miss this chance to catch a master of the art of deception in a rare L.A. visit before he vanishes, taking his act back on the road to wow other magic connoisseurs and curious fans. Wed.-Thu. 8 p.m., Fri. 8:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 26. $75-$250. Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454.