April 3, 2008
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Memoirs and survivor testimonies provide detailed accounts of Holocaust atrocities, but a photograph shows more than words can tell. Photographer Michael Kenna's exhibit, "Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After," displays 80 black-and-white photographs of 30 Nazi concentration camps. His work captures the cold, harsh atmosphere of the dreary railroad lines through which Jews and others were transported to their deaths. The renowned English photographer visited the Natzweiler-Struthof camp in 1986 and shortly thereafter launched a 12-year project creating images of commemoration and remembrance. Alongside the emotionally charged exhibition, Zev Garber, professor of Jewish studies at Valley College, will speak on "Nekama: The Last Voice from Auschwitz." Co-sponsored by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the Jewish Community Foundation. Mon. 7 p.m. (reception), 8 p.m. (lecture) Free. Through May 8. Los Angeles Valley College, Art Gallery, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. (818) 778-5536.
Popular Persian Jewish novelist Gina Nahai joins an eclectic panel of authors for the 19th annual "Words, Wit & Wisdom Author and Book Luncheon," which celebrates the literary expertise of renowned writers who will share their stories and secrets. Sponsored by the Brandeis University National Women's Committee, authors Maggie Anton ("Rashi's Daughters"), Dr. Gary Small ("Longevity Bible") and sports psychiatrist Gregg Steinberg ("Flying Lessons") will spend an afternoon enchanting and enlightening the crowd with the content of their work, reading favorite passages, signing books and helping to raise money for the Brandeis University Students for Science and Research in Neurodegenerative Disease. Mon. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $75. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. (818) 591-8324.
Laugh through your pain with comedy writer Alan Zweibel at Heritage Pointe's annual fundraiser luncheon, "Celebration of Spring." One of the original writers for "Saturday Night Live," Zweibel will speak about his career in comedy and firsthand experiences with the healing powers of laughter. In an intimate talk, he will discuss how his close friend and fellow comedian Gilda Radner used laughter to help during her battle with ovarian cancer. The event will also raise funds to support senior citizens who cannot afford proper care. Mon. 11:45 a.m. $75. Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. For reservations, call Christine (949) 756-8501.
TUE | APRIL 8
Increasingly, Los Angeles' passionate and political young professionals are searching for ways to actively support Israel. Designed to cater to young leaders on the rise, The Makom is hosting a social soiree at an ultra-chic lounge with special guest Jacob Dayan. Israelis, Israeli Americans and American Jews (ages 21-39) are invited for appetizers and "Cocktails with the Consul General of Israel in L.A.," where they will learn how they can get involved and make a difference in Israel's future. Tue. 7 p.m. $10. Crescent Hotel & Lounge, 403 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills. (949) 230-2353. http://www.themakom.org.
How does one survive a divorce from a three-month marriage? Writer, producer and actor David Landsberg explains how to do just that in his new play, "An Act of Love," directed by Casey Stangl. Landsberg's uber-dysfunctional family comedy about newly divorced insurance salesman, Peter Sandusky (Timothy Horner), details the bachelor's exploits as he juggles dalliances with eccentric, chaotic women. As his drifter sister begs him for a place to crash and his narcissistic, wannabe-actress mother cramps his style, it seems impossible for Peter to take control of his life. His situation makes our lives seem so uncomplicated. Join in on the riotous dysfunction every Jewish family can relate to. Tue. 8 p.m. $32.50-$37.50. Through April 27. Falcon theater, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 955-8101. http://www.falcontheater.com.
Inspired by a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, photographer Carol Inez Charney created an intimate storyboard through her camera's lens in an exhibition "Marked For Life." A powerful observer, Charney captures the memories and emotions from survivors of an atrocious war. Her photographs evoke and eternalize a powerful history whose legacy lingers, and demonstrate how beauty can emerge from horror. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through May 16. Free. USC Hillel Art Gallery, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. Please call ahead, (213) 747-9135, ext. 21.
In completing the last session in the series, "Israel at 60: A Retrospective Through Israeli Films," will screen "On the Front Line," a film in which Israeli teens confront contemporary social, political and religious issues. Following a light Chinese buffet, Rabbi Daniel Bouskila will lead an open discussion about the film. Tues. 7 p.m. (dinner), 7:30 p.m. (film). $18. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P required, (310) 475-7311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WED | APRIL 9
The horrifyingly dark world of sex trafficking in Southeast Asia is brought to life through the eyes of Western aid workers at a rescue shelter in Julie Marie Myatt's "Boats on a River." American expatriate Sidney Webb and Sister Margaret, his British colleague, work tirelessly to rehabilitate Cambodian children from the nightmare of prostitution. During its West Coast premiere, the play, produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg, will be recorded on L.A. theater Works nationally syndicated radio theater series, "The Play's The Thing," broadcasting weekly on public and satellite radio. Wed. 8 p.m. $20-$47. Through April 13. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For tickets and additional times, call (310) 827-0889. http://www.latw.org.
THU | APRIL 10
Critically acclaimed author Jesse Kellerman