November 23, 2011
Holiday preview calendar
FRI, NOV 25
“GREETINGS FROM L.A.: ARTISTS AND PUBLICS, 1950-1980.”
Part of “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” this exhibition at The Getty explores how a community of Southern California artists, including Wallace Berman, George Herms, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari, developed innovative strategies to disseminate their work. Photographs, ephemera, correspondence and artwork from the Getty Research Institute’s archives are on display, many for the first time, revealing the methods artists used to connect with diverse and varied publics. Fri. Through Feb 5. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Sunday). Free. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
TUE, NOV 29
“A PATCHWORK OF CULTURES: THE SEPHARDIC-LATINO CONNECTION”
Buenos Aires native and Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue Cantor Marcelo Gindlin performs Spanish-Jewish melodies during this day of musical education. Organized by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Educational Outreach Program for fourth- through sixth-graders, the event also features an instrument “petting zoo.” Tue. 11 a.m. Free (space limited, reservations recommended). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 436-5260. lajewishsymphony.com.
WED, NOV 30
Composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz’s enormously successful musical returns to the Pantages. Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” the big-budget production follows two girls who meet in Oz — one has emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood; the other is blond, beautiful and ambitious. A friendship develops, but their paths eventually diverge. Wed. 8 p.m. $30-$196.50. Through Jan. 29. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 982-2787. broadwayla.org.
SAT, DEC 3
“LOVE IN US”
Temporarily shedding his cantorial persona, Juval Porat blends spoken word, pop, jazz and Broadway tunes during tonight’s performance. Offering a musical journey through the various states of love, Porat is accompanied by T.J. Troy (percussion), Scott Ferguson (violin), David Tranchina (bass) and a guest pianist. Proceeds benefit Project Chicken Soup and One National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Sat. 7 p.m. $25 (general), $50 (preferred seating). Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023, ext. 205. bcc-la.org.
“ME AND MY GIRL”
The Jewish Women’s Repertory Theatre re-creates this musical set in 1930s Britain, but with an all-female cast. Bill, a working-class Joe from London, learns he’s actually nobility, the legitimate heir to the title of Earl of Hereford. One problem: For Bill to inherit his title and the money owed to him, the Duchess of Hereford says he must learn how to be a gentleman. Performances for women only. A portion of proceeds benefit Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. Sat. Through Dec. 4. 8 p.m. (Saturday); 2 and 7 p.m. (Sunday). Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 964-9766. jewishwomenstheater.com.
TUE, DEC 6
JEFF GARLIN AND MICHAEL MOORE
Actor-comedian Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) interviews filmmaker Moore (“Sicko,” “Bowling for Columbine”) as part of the “Jeff Garlin in Conversation With …” series. Moore will discuss his recently published memoir, “Here Comes Trouble: Stories From my Life” (Grand Central Publishing), and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the charity of Moore’s choice. Tue. 9 p.m. $30. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
THU, DEC 8
“THE HOLLYWOOD SOUND”
The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs selections from film scores by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (“Kings Row,” “Deception”), Alex North (“A Streetcar Named Desire”), Bernard Herrman (“North by Northwest”), Henry Mancini (“Charade”), Jerry Goldsmith (“Planet of the Apes,” “Chinatown”) and John Williams (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) as part of The Getty’s citywide art celebration, “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.” Thu. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 11. $53.25-$178. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
SAT, DEC 10
“BENJAMIN AND JUDAH: A CHANUKAH MUSICAL”
Temple Adat Elohim’s Cantor David Shukiar reinvents the Chanukah story. Bullied at school for being Jewish, 13-year-old Benjamin is feeling low about himself and his religion. After dreaming one night that he’s Judah Maccabee, however, he awakes with a new sense of self-confidence. Music, dance and drama highlight this family-friendly show. Sat. Through Dec. 11. 7 p.m. (Saturday); 2:30 and 7 p.m. (Sunday). $27-$36. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) 745-3000. toaks.org/cap.
The daughter of “Singing Rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach teams up with the Rev. Roger Habrick and members of the Bronx-based Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir for an evening of bridge-building music at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Stopping in Los Angeles on her Soul Unity tour, Neshama and the choir perform songs by her father, who created melodic versions of Jewish prayers. Sat. 8:30 p.m. $36 (general), $50 (reserved), $100 (VIP). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.
TUE, DEC 13FRANK GEHRYThe renowned L.A. architect appears in conversation at The Getty Center discussing “Modern Art in Los Angeles.” Gehry will be joined by fellow artists from the Venice art scene of the 1960s, including Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Tony Berlant, Billy Al Bengston and Ed Moses. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Getty Center, Harold H. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
FRI, DEC 16
JUDITH OWEN AND HARRY SHEARER’S HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG
Actor-satirist Shearer (KCRW’s “Le Show,” “The Simpsons”) and his singer- songwriter wife, Owen, host their annual evening of musical mirth. What began as a yearly gathering for family and friends soon grew too large to host at the couple’s home. Mixing traditional and nontraditional holiday music, the public performances have drawn such celebrity guests as Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Weird Al Yankovic and Shearer collaborator Christopher Guest. Who knows who will turn up this year? Fri. 7:30 p.m. $47-$75. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
SUN, DEC 18
NAZI HUNTER SIMON WIESENTHAL
This one-man show, written and performed by Tom Dugan, follows Wiesenthal on the day of his retirement as he welcomes a group of students to his Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna and recounts his experiences pursuing such Nazi war criminals as Karl Silberbauer and Franz Stangl. A Q-and-A with Dugan follows the performance. Sun. 4 p.m. $30. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (888) 853-6763. ajula.edu.
MON, DEC 19THE KLEZMATICSThe Grammy-winning klezmer supergroup celebrates its silver anniversary this year. Steeped in Eastern European Jewish traditions and spirituality, The Klezmatics aren’t afraid to mix up their Yiddish-roots sound, whether it’s recording an album set to Woody Guthrie lyrics (“Wonder Wheel”) or collaborating with kosher gospel artist Joshua Nelson (“Moses Smote the Water”). What better way to spend the night before Chanukah than with this eclectic ensemble? Mon. 8 p.m. $38-$97. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
SAT, DEC 24
Spend erev X-Mas with Jewish comedians at Flapper’s Comedy Club. Tonight’s lineup includes Matty Goldberg, who recently released his debut comedy album, “The Right to Remain Seinfeld”; Abby Krom, a Jewish comedian who knows her Christmas songs; Amy Dresner, who prides herself on brutal honesty; David Zasloff, who, in addition to his comic skills, is a master shofar blower; Rus Gutin, who appears regularly at the Comedy Store; Sandy Danto (“MADtv”); and a special guest. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $10 (half off if you mention The Jewish Journal at the door). Flapper’s Comedy Club Burbank, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. comedycasting.com.
SUN, DEC 25
“EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE”
Jonathan Safran Foer’s (“Everything Is Illuminated”) 2005 novel about a New York family whose patriarch was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 comes to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, the story follows 9-year-old Oskar (Thomas Horn), an amateur detective who has found a key that his father left behind. What does the key open? Oskar’s search will reveal the truth behind a 50-year-old family mystery. John Goodman, Viola Davis and James Gandolfini co-star. (Limited engagement. Opens in wide release Jan. 20, 2012.) extremelyloudandincrediblyclose.warnerbros.com.
THU, DEC 29WOODY ALLEN’S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRAThe iconic director’s New Orleans-style jazz ensemble makes a rare appearance in Los Angeles. Allen plays clarinet in this group, which has performed in small venues — mainly in New York — for more than 35 years. Drawing on a repertoire of more than 1,200 songs, the shows feature no set play list, nor do the musicians know what song Allen, in collaboration with band director Eddy Davis, will call out next. Thu. 8 p.m. $55-$115. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. uclalive.org.
THU, JAN 12
“THREE WEEKS IN JANUARY: END RAPE IN LOS ANGELES”
This socially conscious art exhibition uses the city as its canvas. Over three weeks, performances, presentations, a candlelight ceremony and more will be held around Los Angeles, bringing attention to issues of gender-based violence. Led by internationally known artist Suzanne Lacy, who created the similar exhibition “Three Weeks in May” in 1977, a large map in downtown Los Angeles will provide each event location, and young women will mark the map with the prior day’s police reports. Held in conjunction with “Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983” and Getty Center’s “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.” Thu. Through Feb. 1. Visit losangelesgoeslive.org for more information.
SUN, JAN 22
“THEIR EYES WERE DRY”
On May 15, 1974, three Palestinian terrorists, disguised as Israeli soldiers, infiltrated the Lebanese border and stormed a school in Ma’alot, where 11th-graders were spending the night. Following a two-day standoff, 21 students were killed and 71 people injured. L.A. director Brandon Assanti reflects on the Ma’alot massacre in this documentary. Interviews with survivors, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, longtime Ma’alot Mayor Shlomo Bohbot and others highlight the 2011 film, screening today at American Jewish University. Assanti participates in a post-screening Q-and-A. Sun. 4 p.m. $15. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.
TUE, JAN 31
DANIEL HANDLER AND MAIRA KALMAN
One is a best-selling author from San Francisco who authored “A Series of Unfortunate Events” under the nom de plume Lemony Snicket. The other — born in Tel Aviv and based in New York — is an illustrator whose work frequently makes the cover of the New Yorker. Today, Handler and Kalman appear together to discuss and sign copies of “Why We Broke Up,” a work of young adult fiction that explores why Min Green and Ed Slaterton’s relationship had to end. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. 1201 Third St., Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110. barnesandnoble.com.
THU, FEB 16ITZHAK PERLMANThe iconic Israeli-American violinist, whose career is marked by countless highlights — winning more than a dozen Grammy awards, taking part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, playing with every major orchestra throughout the world and more — comes to Los Angeles. He performs at UCLA Live, accompanied by Sri Lankan-born pianist Rohan De Silva. Thu. 8 p.m. $35 (general), $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. uclalive.org.