February 8, 2007
Global beat, Klezmatics treat, Weill and Brecht meet
Saturday the 10th
The standard synagogue fundraising dinner thinks outside the sanctuary this evening. Temple Beth Haverim has partnered with the Foundation for Jewish Camping for their annual dinner, with the goal of donating 10 percent of the evening's proceeds to help send Jewish children in New Orleans to Jewish summer camp this summer. Emceeing the "Mardi Gras du Jieux" night will be Don Stark of "That 70's Show," and special guest will be his costar, Kurtwood Smith.
7 p.m. $150 (general). Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. (818) 991- 7111. www.templebethhaverim.org.
Sunday the 11th
World beats from Cuba to Israel get the family moving this afternoon at the Skirball. The "Global Grooves: Family Dance Party" features eclectic sounds spun by DJ Betto Arcos, founder of KPFK's world music program, "Global Village," as well as special guest dancers and a light snack.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (members), $4-$7 (general). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-4692.
Monday the 12th
Musicians galore convene on our city for the Grammy Awards, which take place Feb. 11. Among them is Klezmatics lead singer Lorin Sklamberg, celebrating the group's Grammy nomination for their "Wonder Wheel -- Lyrics by Woody Guthrie" album. Root for the Yiddish roots band in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category, then show some love for Sklamberg, who performs solo in SoCal this week -- in Altadena tonight, and San Diego on Feb. 17.
Feb. 12, 8 p.m. Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 No. Lake, Altadena. (626) 398-7917. www.coffeegallery.com.
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Music San Diego, 4650 Mansfield St., San Diego. (619) 303-8176. www.acousticmusicsandiego.com.
Tuesday the 13th
Selections from two divergent publications of photography by Mary Ellen Mark are now on view at Fahey/Klein Gallery. "Falkland Road" features 15 disquieting dye transfer images from her published portfolio, "Falkland Road: Prostitutes of Bombay," taken in the late 1970s and depicting the intimate lives of Bombay's prostitutes, madams, transvestites and their children. In stark, black-and-white contrast, the gallery also presents "Twins," Mark's more lighthearted 2001 study of twins taking part in "The Twins Days Annual Festival" in Twinsburg, Ohio.
Through March 10. 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com.
Wednesday the 14th
This Valentine's Day, try hedonism. LA Opera's limited engagement production of Weill and Brecht's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" is a satire about a fictional U.S. city where everything is legal, as long as you can pay for it. Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone star in the musical piece that blends opera and music hall songs.
$30-$220. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. www.laopera.com.
Thursday the 15th
Head on over to USC tonight for a classical music treat -- and a bargain, to boot. Pianist Daniel Pollack performs Beethoven's heroic "Emperor's Concerto" with the USC Thornton Chamber Symphony Orchestra. Israeli-born Yehuda Gilad conducts. Piano Concerto '5, 7:30 p.m. $12 (students); $18 (general). Bovard Auditorium, USC's University Park Campus, Los Angeles. (213) 740-7111.
Friday the 16th
Two plays of note are in production this month. "The Good Steno" has got rhythm and music in this story (with song and dance) about a 17-year-old Brooklyn girl who takes on the sleazy 1940s shmatte industry. Meanwhile, a more sober tone is taken in Harold Pinter's "Moonlight," a tale about an angry dying man, whose sons will not come to see him.
"Steno": $20. The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (800) 838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com.
"Moonlight": $20. Lost Studio Theatre, 130 S. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (800) 595-4849. www.tix.com.