August 23, 2007
Sitcom superstars, sultry songstresses, literary diamonds
August 25-31, 2007
Bob Saget will forever be remembered as Danny Tanner from "Full House." Now, instead of guiding the household with his wise advice and calm demeanor, Saget is exposing the sitcom family's sexual exploits on cable television. "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right" was taped in front of a packed audience at New York University and will debut on HBO tonight. His wildly inappropriate stand-up comedy routine covers such dirty ground as animal sex, snuff videos, prison and the personal sex lives of his former "House" mates. Although his sense of humor might make your rabbi blush, word on the street is that he is very entertaining. And a mensch.
10-11 p.m. Also, Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 4, Sept. 7, Sept. 10 and Sept. 20.
You've heard of Christmas in July ... now you can have Chanukah in August! Grab your gelt and head to Thousand Oaks to take part in the creation of a real holiday treat cooked up by Harvey Shield, Richard Jarboe and Chayim Ben Ze'ev. "Maccabeat!" is a rockin' musical take on the story of Judah the Maccabee and his cooler-than-thou Greek rivals. Forbidden lovers Judah and Allura force two different cultures to confront and learn from one another. A heated battle ensues and, well, you already know the rest of this tale. Hebrew hotties, Jerusalem Valley girls and a biblical boy band -- it's the Chanukkah story like you've never seen it before!
Part of the Thousand Oaks Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 25-26. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $24 (two-day pass includes admission to all four staged readings plus workshops, discussions and a festival party.) Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For tickets call Ticketmaster, (213) 480-3232. http://www.theaterleague.org.
Sophie Millman's golden blonde hair, sparkling blue eyes and delicate facial features recall the old days of Hollywood glamour. But this 24-year-old Russian Israeli Canadian beauty is no aspiring actress. She's a jazz singer with a dark chocolate voice that's set to take the U.S. by storm. Millman is touring New York and California in support of her new album, "Make Someone Happy," and the predictions from jazz critics are that she'll be making lots of music lovers very happy. Swoon to this chanteuse's infectious crooning in "Rocket Love," "Fever" and the particularly meaningful "Eli, Eli," written by the Jewish Hungarian poet Hannah Senesh, who sacrificed her life to save her family from the Nazis.
8:30 p.m. $15. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-2210. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com.
7 p.m. Free. Dutton's Brentwood Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263. http://www.thefamilydiamond.com.
If you're a (Jewish) bookworm, this is your week! Not one, but two more book readings are taking place tonight. In Pasadena, teenybopper idol turned television director Robby Benson reads and discusses "Who Stole the Funny?" The satirical novel parodies the world of sitcoms and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the ditsy stars, meddling money-men and sexual escapades that Benson witnessed firsthand while directing more than 100 episodes of "Ellen," "Friends," "Dharma & Greg" and other hit shows. Back at Dutton's, Dinah Berland covers a very different Jewish topic: prayers. She'll be signing "Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women," a restoration of a cherished 19th century prayer book.
Benson: 7 p.m. Free. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. http://www.robbybenson.net. Berland: 7 p.m. Free. Dutton's Brentwood Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263.
Awarded one of 12 Six Points Fellowships for Emerging Jewish Artists in April, Tennessee native Clare Burson is hard at work on "Invisible Ink," a 10-song album of original Jewish music infused with Southern Americana. But that doesn't mean she isn't diligently promoting her recent release "Thieves," which showcases her warm voice and songwriting talents. She'll be hitting up all the big towns, including ours, this summer and fall.
8 p.m. $8. Tangiers, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 666-8666. http://www.clareburson.com.
When is it appropriate to move on after a husband dies? This is the question three Jewish widows ask one another after a year of monthly meetings at their respective late husbands' graves. In sharing their grief, the three have formed a strong friendship, but that bond is tested when one of them meets Sam, a nice Jewish man who lost his own spouse years ago and has only recently decided it's time to stop mourning. Humorous and touching, "The Cemetery Club" by Ivan Menchell explores the tender years with a wide range of emotions.
7 p.m. $10 (seniors), $12 (students), $15 (general). Also Sept. 1. The Gallery Theatre, 3152 E. La Palma, Suite G, Anaheim. (714) 630-9870.