September 27, 2007
Religious riot act, deaf in Africa, small sculptures, kid paint
Sep. 29-Oct. 5, 2007
Tissa Hami is a Muslim Iranian American comic. Her blog profile says, "People who disapprove of her act will be taken hostage." Chad Lehrman is as Jewish as gefilte fish: He's geeky and meeky, eats bagels, sells insurance and is in show business. Lifelong Hindu Tapan Trivedi hails from the land of cow worshipping. While traveling through the Deep South, he read the entire Christian Bible, one billboard at a time. White, Christian and straight Keith Lowell Jensen wanted very badly to be a minority. His only way was through religion. He is now a member of the most hated minority of all, the atheists. John Ross, a Christian, found Jesus at age 14. They've been together ever since. See these five comics wage holy war on each other in a hilarious show, "The Coexist? Comedy Tour." Bring a poncho, because there will be some serious mud slinging, but in the end everyone will smile and hug and carpool home together.
9:30 p.m. $10. Westside Eclectic at the Third Street Promenade, 1323-A Third St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-0850. Check out the tour's very witty blog, http://www.coexistcomedy.com.
Book it to WeHo today for a bountiful book bonanza featuring LA Weekly restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, Fox News political commentator Susan Estrich, suspense-thriller author Gregg Hurwitz, children's book writer Amy Goldman Koss, The Journal's own Religion Editor Amy Klein and many other talented scribes from the tribe. In addition to riveting panels and discussions, the sixth annual West Hollywood Book Fair will also include a poetry salon, theatrical performances, book signings, celebrity readings, writing workshops, food booths and family activities.
10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-6515. http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org.
The late Shirley Moskowitz crammed a lot into her mixed-media collages: drawings, paintings, monotypes, found papers and even her own photographs. As a reflection of her own varied life, these dense pictures often depicted the landscapes of the many places she traveled to, moments in her life and places that haunted her, such as destroyed synagogues and abandoned Jewish cemeteries. Moskowitz, who was born in Houston in 1920 and died just last year, is the focus of USC Hillel's new art exhibition, "The Art of Shirley Moskowitz: A Celebration."
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Oct. 26. USC Hillel Art Gallery, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135, ext. 14.
Sun.-Fri. Through Nov. 11. Platt Gallery, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1201. http://www.ajula.edu.
John Patrick, an Allied ambulance driver during World War II, was on a ship returning home from the battlefield when he was inspired to pen "The Hasty Heart," a life-affirming play about six wounded soldiers and a nurse who cling to each other for love and compassion in the shadow of the war. Israeli transplant Ron E. Cohen makes his official main stage debut with the Pacific Resident Theatre and is receiving rave reviews, as is the play itself, from Variety, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times.
Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 14. $20-$25. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392. http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.com.
Opening today in various theaters. http://www.sonyclassics.com/mykidcouldpaintthat/.