July 25, 2008
Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks July 26-August 1—Rothman, Pressman live
First there was the mischievous musical duo of Miriam and Shoshana, who rocked YouTube and the Jewish community with their (un)orthodox rhymes. Now there's the real-life Jewish musicians Chana Rothman and Stephanie Pressman, who offer Jewish soul instead of Jewish satire and inspire audience participation, not laughter. New York-based reggae-folkie Rothman teams up with Pressman, a folk rocker who now calls Los Angeles home, for a performance called "Won Ton Soup for the Soul" at Genghis Cohen. With such diverse elements as Hebrew lyrics, hip hop, religious themes, ballads and "feminine reggae," the show should be quite palatable. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $7 (at the door). Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-0640. http://www.myspace.com/chanarothman; http://www.myspace.com/stephaniepressman.
Ever dream of "Defying Gravity," discovering "Something Wonderful" or experiencing the "Rain in Spain"? Well, here is your chance to soak up Broadway! Temple Beth David presents Broadway Comes to Orange County, offering some of the stage's greatest musicals -- cantor style. From "Wicked" to "Les Miserables" to "The King and I," the show promises to tickle the Broadway enthusiast within us all. Join cantorial soloist Nancy Linder as she pairs with Texan cantor Don Croll through the high and low notes of shows that have sold out across the world and stolen their way into our memories and hearts. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $18 (open seating), $36 (reserved seating). Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley St., Westminster. (714) 892-6623. http://templebethdavid.org.
Set in the tumultuous time of World War II, "Lost in Yonkers" manages to capture the ideals of that moment in history -- the importance of family, love and survival -- infused with humor. Called Neil Simon's best play, "Yonkers" is a coming-of-age story within a dysfunctional family, focused on two young boys left by their father to live with their grandmother and aunt following the death of their mother. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 28. $20-$22. Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535. http://theatre40.org.
While walking through the check stand at the grocery store, we might have become nearly immune to the tales of sex and scandal splashed on the cover of every tabloid. But in 1950s New York, the notion of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" still inspired raised eyebrows and shocked gasps. In the Left Brain Dramatist and Jewish American Playhouse's adaptation of J.B. Priestly's play, "Dangerous Corner," the danger of discovering long-hidden secrets is explored. In the Manhattan home of Robert and Freda Kane, honesty, fidelity and morality are put to the test when a simple question unravels lives of deception and quiet desperation. When the suicide of Robert's brother, Martin, resurfaces, each member of a close circle of peers must ask themselves the uneasy question: How well do you really know your family? Sat. 9:30 p.m. Also, Sun. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Mon. 7:30 p.m. $25-$50 ($15 students). The Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 712-1000. https://www.plays411.net.
SUN | JULY 27
Beverly Hills, Beethoven and Mozart are on the menu at this sizzlin' summer soiree, where three virtuoso musicians will pluck their strings for America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) supporters. Billed as their big '08 event, the "Garden Party and Dinner" will raise funds to support young Israelis pursuing the arts, such as one of tonight's performers, Netanel Draiblate. Each year, the AICF awards more than a thousand scholarships to talented sabras, three of whom will perform today and prove they're well worth the investment. Sun. 4:30 p.m. $175. Private home in Beverly Hills. For location, call (310) 476-5397.
There are plenty of opportunities for Hollywood stars to pat themselves on the back for their onscreen accomplishments. The American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild have decided that those who shine behind the screen deserve some recognition, too. This month's screenings herald the work of legendary art directors, spotlighting production designer and Academy Award nominee Albert Brenner, who will be recognized during a double-header of "Bullitt," starring Steve McQueen, and "Point Blank" with Lee Marvin. In between the two timeless action flicks, the five-time Oscar nominee will discuss his life and work, which also includes "Pretty Woman" and "Backdraft." Sun. 5:30 p.m. $10. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. http://www.americancinematheque.com.
The Jewish Outdoor Adventures crew can help get you off the couch today. Enjoy breathtaking views as you and your fellow nature buffs conquer the seven-mile hike on Mount Islip -- the San Gabriel Mountains' pride and joy. Get out of your pajamas, turn off those summer reality TV shows that have been piling up on your Tivo and get some fresh air! Sun. 10:10 a.m. Pacific Crest Trail. Various carpools are available; call for more information. (310) 926-1344. JewishOutdoor@yahoo.com. http://jewishoutdooradventures.com.
Remember when summer used to be all about playing outside, going to sleep-away camp and lounging around in a hammock all day? For all of you reminiscing about summers more in line with fun and less about all work and no play, the Ventura County Jewish Federation Singles association has the solution. Eat good food and mix and mingle at their Beach Barbeque and Potluck. If you're more prone to a pinkish sunburn than an olive glow, make sure you bring sunscreen, and don't forget to bring a side dish to serve five people. Sun. Noon. Free. Marina Park, Pierpont Boulevard and Greenock Lane, Ventura. (805) 766-2147. Sam@jewishventuracounty.org.
TUE | JULY 29
Allow yourself to be dazzled as six painters, who also happen to have been friends since the '80s, come together to showcase their talent in "Personal Views." Although they are all graduates of the Art Center in Pasadena, no two artists' works are the same; they range from expressionism to cityscape, realism to iconic art. Curator and participating artist Pnina Ben Daniel described the work as "seductive and professional." At the Finegood Gallery. Tue. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Through Aug. 10. Free. Bernard Milken Community Center, Finegood Art Gallery, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3218.
WED | JULY 30
Political, provocative and controversial, Russian-born artist Roman Genn was dubbed "the attack dog that [William F.] Buckley unleashed upon humanity" by the New York Review of Books. The political cartoonist and contributing editor to The National Review has sparked debates and street protests with his scandalous caricatures, now on view in his newest comprehensive exhibition, "From Pravda to the National Review." 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.). Through Aug. 11. Free. 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. http://www.alpertjcc.org.
THU | JULY 31
You can never hear too many Jewish jokes, can you? Here's a good one: What do you call steaks ordered by 10 Jews? A filet minyan. Get it? Well, get more when ATID's young Jew-pros head to the "Kosher Comedy" fest at the Laugh Factory. The monthly series features some of Los Angeles's best-known Jewish comedians who want to prove that their schtick don't stink. If they don't get you grinnin' from ear to ear, there are always Woody Allen flicks at Blockbuster. Thu. 7 p.m. (VIP reception), 8 p.m. (show). $20, plus two-drink minimum. Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336 ext. 1. http://www.laughfactory.com.
You don't have to be a card shark to enjoy a good game of Texas Hold 'Em every now and then. Ante up and sport your best poker face at The Chai Center's Inaugural Poker Tournament, and be prepared for what is sure to be a night where all bets are off. Enjoy the golden ambiance of the Olympic Collection as you go all-in for a night of fun and games including blackjack and craps. Thu. 6 p.m. (registration and buffet dinner), 7-10 p.m (tournament). $50 (entrance), $125 (poker buy-in) 10-$125. The Olympic Collection Banquet Center, 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 204, Los Angeles. (310) 271-8666. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://chaicenter.org/summerfun.
Jina Davidovich contributed to this article