Jewish Journal


October 2, 2008

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Oct. 4 - 10: Yom Kippur observances, fashion frenzy, Naomi Wolf


Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf


If you miss the art of Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein, then Burton Morris' exhibition "Fashion Frenzy" should surprise and delight. The artist aspires to continue the Pop Art tradition of the '60s and '70s by presenting everyday objects and ideas in bold ways. His artwork has been featured on the set of "Friends," the 76th Annual Academy Awards and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Morris says his work projects a sense of optimism. It's no wonder that his paintings have also managed to raise millions for charity. Ten percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Acute Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sat. Free. Through Oct. 18. Hamilton-Selway Fine Art, 8678 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 657-1711.ALTTEXT http://www.hamiltonselway.com and http://www.burtonmorris.com.

Don't assume Los Angeles' Irish Film Festival doesn't have anything in store for the Jewish-minded. This year's big feature is "Grandpa ... Speak to Me in Russian," a docudrama about director Louis Lentin's family history and the vanished world of the shtetl. Lentin uses fascinating archival material and drawings to trace his relatives' journey. The movie will be featured with "Shalom Ireland," a look at the country's vibrant Jewish community. Sat. 8:30 p.m. $11. Clarity Theatre, 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 933-1439. http://lairishfilm.com.


From romance writer Ami Silber comes her first work of fiction, "Early Bright." The novel portrays the life of Louis Greenberg, a con man living in the 1940s who preys off of war widows by ensnaring cash for stories of the dead. After a family feud, he moves to Los Angeles and spends his nights in the all-black jazz clubs of Los Angeles, where he nurses his passion for bebop and tries to seduce a woman despite their segregated surroundings. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.


Outspoken feminist advocate, political provocateur and public intellectual Naomi Wolf has a few words to share on democracy. The San Francisco native, Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar wrote one of the most important works of third-wave feminism, "The Beauty Myth," before moving into a progressive political discourse. Her most recent work "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" details how she believes fascism is creeping its way into America. She's in conversation at ALOUD LA tonight with Jewish Journal columnist Marty Kaplan for "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries." Mon. 7 p.m. Free with reservation. ALOUD at Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Discussions involving the intersection of faith and politics abound at Loyola Marymount University's campus this fall. Join Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, co-founder of Clergy for Peace, an interfaith initiative working for peace in the Middle East, as he presents "The Peace Movement in Israel: An Update." Milgrom has had firsthand experience in Israel's army -- both on active duty and as a conscientious objector. The lecture is part of the university's Jewish studies program. Mon. Noon-1:15 p.m. Free. Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Ahmanson Auditorium, UHall 1000. (310) 338-2700. http://www.lmu.edu.

The George Kahn West Coast Jazz Quartet will entertain audiences with their fresh, contemporary sound in an effort to get out the vote. Performing music from the likes of Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd, this ain't Miles Davis melancholy. "Jazz the Vote" encourages political action and celebrates the release of Kahn's latest CD, "Cover Up." Ever the activist, Kahn has told fans he will donate $1 to the political party of their choice when they download his version of John Mayer's "Waiting for the World to Change" on iTunes. Mon. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$25. Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. (310) 271-9039. http://www.jazzbakery.com.


Carol Es daringly explores her Jewish identity on canvas. Most vivid with language, Es often embroiders giant Hebrew letters onto her works as a way of binding her Judaism to her identity as an artist. In this exhibit, "She Dreamed She Remembered," the native Angeleno and self-taught painter focuses on memory, her childhood dreams and recollections as a way of reconciling her painful past to her present reality. Tue. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tue.-Sat.). Opening reception, Oct. 11, 5- 8 p.m. Free. On display through Nov. 15. George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-3685. http://www.georgebillis.com.

American Jewish World Service knows how to spice up a presidential debate. They're gathering a group of politically interested and mobile Jews at Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe, an L.A. institution -- and not just because the food's good. The poignant context of the venue, a nonprofit community development project that promotes the neighborhood's revitalization, will serve as the backdrop for the Presidential Debate Watch Party 2008. Tue. 6-9 p.m. Free. Mama's Hot Tamales, 2122 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8350. http://www.debatewatch2008.blogspot.com.

Join students as they commemorate the life of Daniel Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal who was tragically kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan. Students from New Horizon School, St. Mark's School and Weizmann Day School will perform at the seventh annual "World Music Days -- Daniel Pearl Concert," dedicated to promoting international friendship and understanding. Tue. 11 a.m. Free. Galpert Sanctuary, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena. (626) 797-0204. http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org.

A heartbroken Jewish playwright stands before his audience and tells a story he vowed never to repeat -- about genocide and murder. Through the eyes of a prison guard, the audience is introduced to the elderly inmate accused of committing these crimes. But at his trial, his daughter insists he has Alzheimer's disease. Billed by playwright Michael Redhill as a part-mystery, part-ethical dilemma play, "Goodness," performed by the Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division Theatre Department, uses Eastern European folk music to reinvent the past through flashback. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 11. $10-$15. Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. http://arts.pepperdine.edu.

FRI | OCT 10

Mike Leigh, the acclaimed British director of the melancholic "Vera Drake," shifts gears with the whimsical comedy "Happy-Go-Lucky." Sally Hawkins stars as schoolteacher Poppy, an eternal (maybe insufferable) optimist who faces misanthropic, cynical and depressed people -- a driving instructor, her pregnant sister and the class bully -- with a smile. Fri. Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-3500. http://www.laemmle.com.


Unable to attend High Holy Days services in person? The Creative Arts Temple of Beverly Hills is offering a free, one-hour Celebrity-Laced Yom Kippur Service DVD. For more information, call (323) 965-1818 or e-mail info@creativeartstemple.org.


Temple Ahavat Shalom will hold its Tashlich ceremony at Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, blanket and chairs to enjoy the afternoon. Sat. 11 a.m. Free. 6300 Balboa Boulevard, Van Nuys. (818) 360-2258. http://www.TASNorthridge.org.


IKAR will cast it all away followed by a community picnic at Santa Monica Beach. Sun. 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Lifeguard Station No. 26 near Ocean Park Blvd. (323) 634-1870. http://www.ikar-la.org.


Celebrate Yom Kippur seaside by joining Beach Hillel for services held at the Seaport Marina Hotel, where participants can choose to stay overnight. Wed., 6 p.m.; Thu., 9:30 a.m. Free services. The Seaport Marina Hotel, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. (562) 426-7601, ext. 1424. http://beachhillel.org.

Continuing its new outreach to Jews around the world, the Jewish TV Network will offer a live Internet broadcast of Rabbi Naomi Levy's Kol Nidre service with Nashuva. This endeavor began last year with Wilshire Boulevard Temple's service, garnering an online audience of 30,000 people. This year's webcast pairs up with Levy's innovative prayer service, which incorporates global sounds from Nashuva's interfaith and multiracial band. Wed. 6 p.m. Live at http://www.jewishtvnetwork.com or in person at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. http://www.nashuva.com.

-- Lilly Fowler contributed to this article

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