November 16, 2006
Musical docs, singing penguins, Barbra
Saturday the 18th
M.D.s show off their right-brain skills in a concert of classical music this evening. Established in 1953, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra is substantially comprised of physicians, dentists and allied health professional men and women in medicine and other healing arts. They perform pieces by Rossini and Dvorak, and proceeds from this performance will be shared with Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization of doctors that works to repair facial deformities in children around the world.
2:30 p.m. $18. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. www.ladso.org.
Sunday the 19th
Singing cartoon penguins -- plus a tone-deaf tap-dancing one -- fill the huge IMAX screen at The Bridge: Cinemas de Lux this morning. Beit T'Shuvah presents a special family screening of the Warner Bros. movie "Happy Feet," about a misfit Emperor penguin's journey to find his heart song. Breakfast and refreshments are included.
9 a.m. $25. 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 204-5200.
Monday the 20th
No surprises tonight at least means you know when to take your bathroom break without missing "Memories." Barbra Streisand finally arrives for the Los Angeles stop on her 15-city concert tour. Stories of her East Coast appearances indicate she'll have some departures from the show you really paid (a small fortune) to see -- her singing, we presume. Rather than heckling, we suggest an intermission of your own while Il Divo and the George W. impersonator do their things. 7:30 p.m. $100-$750. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.
Tuesdsay the 21st
Twelve artists' riffs on multiculturalism pay tribute to a fellow artist and USC professor in USC Hillel Art Gallery's new exhibition, "GLOBAL: Students Honoring Karen Koblitz." Current and former students of Koblitz have created paintings, photographs, prints and collages exploring this favorite theme of their teacher's. Together, they frame a 13th work, a Koblitz piece titled "Gina's Journey: Tree of Life for My Daughter."
Nov. 19-Jan. 17. 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.
Wednesday the 22nd
It's Whoopi-free this time, but "Sister Act: The Musical" is still getting hoots and hollers. With new music by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, the show is a live stage variation of the hit movie. This time, it's set in the '70s, but the familiar character of nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier is still hiding out from gangsters in a nunnery, and still stirring things up in their choir, to the chagrin of the mother superior.
Extended through Dec. 17. $40-$100. Pasadena Playhouse, 29 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529. www.sisteractthemusical.com.
Thursday the 23rd
Stuffed yourself fuller than the bird? Head to the movies tonight for a less intuitive Thanksgiving film choice. Ensuring you won't feel like eating for a while, there's "Fast Food Nation," a fictional take on the best-selling book that revealed hidden truths behind the fast-food industry. Or, as a complement to your tryptophan coma, there's "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus." The biopic takes hairy liberties, straying from Arbus' known life into a sort of netherworld, in the name of exploring her internal evolution, from housewife and mother to acclaimed photographer.
Friday the 24th
A mood of thanks continues through the weekend with the American Cinematheque's "Holiday Classics" series. They feature three of their uplifting favorites, beginning with today's screening of the documentary "Baraka," described as a spiritual journey around the globe. Tomorrow, Gene Kelly skips through the classic "Singin' in the Rain," and Sunday, they close with a shimmy, presenting Norman Jewison's "Fiddler on the Roof."
$8-$10. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com.