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November 22, 2006

Last chance for ‘Hakuna Matata,’ and please, try the Hot Pstromi

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Saturday the 25th

Think your clothes and your house have little in common? MOCA makes you think again. Their latest exhibition, "Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture," explores the confluence of philosophies between the crafts, such as their mutual considerations of volume, function, proportion and material. Still not convinced? See for yourself, through March.

250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 626-6222. www.moca.org.

Sunday the 26th

You may not be feeling "Hakuna Matata" if you miss taking the kids to Disney's "The Lion King" this winter. Complete with gorgeous costume design and puppets galore, the touring stage musical directed by Julie Taymor is back in Los Angeles for an eight-week run, and then the lion sleeps.

Through Jan. 7. $15-$87. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (213) 365-3500.

Monday the 27th

It'll be in theaters mid-December but you're too Hollywood for that. Head today to "Reel Talk With Stephen Farber" for a sneak preview of the "Dreamgirls" movie musical. Post-screening, he'll interview writer-director Bill Condon about the making of the film, and maybe even dish on Beyonce.

7 p.m. $20. Wadsworth Theatre, on the Veterans Administration grounds, Building 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 479-3003.

Tuesday the 28th

Magical realism writer Isabel Allende comes to the Skirball Cultural Center this evening. The author of "The House of the Spirits" and most recently, "Ines of My Soul," discusses her life, her career, and this latest novel of epic historical fiction, courtesy of the Writers Bloc. A book signing follows.

7:30 p.m. $20. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 335-0917.

Wednesday the 29th

Corky Hale gets in the holiday mood at tonight's installment of her monthly cabaret show at Ten20 Cafe. In tune with her new album, "Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas," The Corky Hale Quartet performs standards, as well as seasonal Christmas songs and maybe even their jazzed up rendition of "The Dreidel Song."

7:30-11:30 p.m. $10 (food or drink minimum). TEN20 Cafe in the Bel Age Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (310) 854-1111.

Thursday the 30th

Having worked with two American presidents, five Israeli prime ministers, as well as countless other leaders in public and private spheres, Gordon Zacks has had occasion to witness acts of valor. His new book, "Defining Moments: Stories of Character, Courage and Leadership," pays tribute to this experience. The businessman/philanthropist/Israel advocate is at Barnes and Noble this afternoon, signing his profiles in courage, the profits from which will be donated to charity.

12:30 p.m. Barnes and Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Suite K30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270.

Friday the 1st

Wake up your Kabbalat Shabbat with a bit of klezmer revival. Valley Beth Shalom welcomes Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi for an oneg filled with lively modern urban klezmer tunes, following an early family service.

8 p.m. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.

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