March 7, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 8 -15
For many Israelis, Shalom Hanoch (photo, above) is a living musical legend along the lines of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. The silver-haired, 60-something musician is widely credited as a founder of Israeli rock and has created a prolific body of work since he first picked up a guitar at age 12. Hanoch and supporting band mates Moshe Levy, Roni Peterson, Asher Fadi and Ziv Harpaz take a nostalgic trip through Hanoch's self-styled genre with "Shalom Hanoch Rocks L.A.," an event co-sponsored by Keshet Chaim and Teev. 8 p.m. $55-$100. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood. (818) 986-7332. http://www.kcdancers.org. Tickets also available through Steimatsky (818) 205-1650.
Israeli Rachel Levy and Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras had a lot in common. The teens, with similar dark hair and dark complexions, went to the same grocery store on March 29, 2002. But the similarities -- and their lives -- ended there. Levy, 17, was a victim of a suicide bombing, and Al-Akhras, 18, was the terrorist who carried out the attack. "To Die in Jerusalem" by Israeli filmmaker Hilla Medalia explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through these young women and their families' struggle to cope with the aftermath of their deaths. This screening, sponsored by the Temple Ahavat Shalom Judaism Beyond Our Boundaries committee. 8 p.m. $10 (temple members), $15 (general). TAS, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. http://www.tasnorthridge.org.
Most men fear balding, but one would never imagine being terrorized by a growth that becomes a bulging yarmulke. In his award-winning short film, "The Metamorphosis," Ari Mark displays a vivid imagination as he spins off the famous Franz Kafka tale. When lead character Stan Leiber wakes up one morning and discovers the unusual growth, he ventures out to explore his hidden past and ends up in a synagogue. Told through the voice of a Holocaust survivor, the story is a reminder that we are all part of a larger life force, despite the enveloping pain it may cause. The film airs on the Sundance Channel, 9:45 p.m.
What do Burt Bacharach and "American Idol's" Justin Guarini have in common? "Blame It On Bacharach!" the 24th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) brings together stage and screen talent for a revue featuring Broadway and pop works from the legendary entertainer. The performances of boisterous musical entertainment benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Also March 9, 3 p.m. $50-$220. Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 679-0958. http://www.stagela.com.
Purim is right around the corner, so don't forget to buy your tickets to "Purim on the Strip" at The Roxy Theatre, a citywide gathering sponsored by ATID, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' Young Leadership Division and other Jewish groups. Shake your groggers and your tushes while sipping cocktails and nibbling on hors d'oeurves and desserts. Please bring school supplies for the Gramercy Place Homeless Shelter. 8 p.m. $36 (online), $54 (at the door). The Roxy Theatre, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 481-3244. email@example.com.
Treat yourself to a double scoop of Jerry's -- one sweet and one tangy. For nine weeks, two of Jerry Mayer's staged works will appear at The Other Space at the Santa Monica Playhouse. After writing and producing for hit TV comedies like "All in the Family" and "The Facts of Life," Mayer turned to the stage. In "Black & Bluestein," an African American family in 1963 St. Louis wants to buy a home in a Jewish neighborhood, while "Dietrich & Chevalier -- the Musical" recounts the true romance of the Hollywood stars torn apart by World War II but later reunited. "Black & Bluestein" plays Saturdays starting March 8. "Dietrich & Chevalier" plays Sundays starting March 9. Through May 4. $25. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (800) 838-3006. http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.
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Author and Jewish Journal columnist Gina Nahai possesses an important voice in the Iranian American community, and her experience as an Iranian Jew colors her novels with poignant social and political undertones. This immigrant experience is one facet of L.A. Jewry that the Autry Museum wants to represent in their upcoming exhibit on Los Angeles' populous and diverse Jewish community. Nahai will discuss "Creativity, Los Angeles and Its Persian Jewish Community" with Journal editor-in-chief Rob Eshman and sign copies of her newest book, "Caspian Rain." 2 p.m. Free with advance reservation. Autry National Center, Heritage Court, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.autrynationalcenter.org.
Technological innovations can make possibilities seem limitless. Author Corinne Heather Copnick relates her single daughter's experiences with assisted reproduction in her first book, "Cryo Kid: Drawing a New Map." Copnick, a 70-something grandmother, explores the changing definition of family in the 21st century and the infertility crisis experienced by career women who wait too long to have children. 2 p.m. Free. Dutton's Brentwood Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263. http://www.duttonsbrentwood.com.
If you're ready to satisfy that deep craving to dig into your family's history and discover long-buried details about that great-grandmother who was a Maori Jew from New Zealand, then you need to learn the twists and turns of navigating Internet resources. In a one-day seminar, "It's Online! Internet Sleuthing for the Family Genealogist," Pamela Weisberger of the Jewish Genealogical Society of L.A. will reveal the secrets of sifting through online archives, periodicals and record databases. Guest presenters will explain how to access and use prison records, national archives and historical documents to aid you in your search. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $15-$25. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. http://www.skirball.org.
Music is truly a universal language, increasingly used to foster political relationships and stimulate interfaith dialogue. The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles, The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and several other institutions will join for the fifth annual Interfaith Symposium of Theology, Art and Music featuring Michael Isaacson's new work, "Five Angels," a composition inspired by the death of Isaacson's father. Nick Strimple of USC's Thornton School of Music will conduct, and three choirs will perform classical and contemporary works. An afternoon symposium brings together clergy to discuss the representation of "Angels in Contemporary Civilization." 3 p.m. (panel), 7 p.m. (concert). $10 (concert), $25 (for symposium and kosher dinner). Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 783-3707.