Jewish Journal

Calendar Girls picks and clicks for March 22-28

by Dikla Kadosh

March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

Chutzpah: 'Ask the rabbi!' See Saturday night listing


pick gifWe know. March has been one long Purimpalooza with parties, megillah readings, carnivals, face paint and ubiquitous bounce houses. But, this party promises to be different: "Wet Hot American Purim" may not be as titillating as its title would imply, but it will certainly make you laugh. JDub records presents a screening of "Wet Hot American Summer," the classic cult mash-up of summer camps starring Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce, who will reunite on the silver screen of WeHo's Silent Theater followed by a wet, hot party on the patio with Israeli D.J. Soulico spinning all night long. If you wear a camp T-shirt, you get a free Michael Showalter CD -- now that's the holiday spirit. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $20. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2520. For tickets, visit http://www.jdubrecords.org.

Jews, Arabs and blacks are three minority groups rarely brought together at the same time, but can each speak to the social, racial and economic barriers they encounter in mainstream America. The Levantine Cultural Center will host "The Art of Resistance 2 -- Arabs, Blacks and Jews Question the Man Culture Jam," an evening of music, poetry, drama and discussion by various minority artists and writers. Participants will include African American author Michael Datcher, Middle Eastern Jewish writer Jordan Elgrably, poets Peter Harris and Rachel Kann, hip-hop crew Chutzpah and singer Nailah, among others. Sat., 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m. for an early mixer). $12 (students), $15 (general). Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. advised. (310) 657-5511. http://www.levantinecenter.org.

A fabulous Purim Ball will be hosted by Second Generation, an organization founded in 1978 that serves children of Holocaust survivors and is dedicated to Holocaust education and remembrance. Enjoy wine and vegetarian refreshments while exploring the unique setting that features Judaica and sports memorabilia in a two-story venue. Costumes are optional. Sat., 8 p.m.-midnight. $40 (members), $50 (general). Elm Collection, 150 S. Elm Drive, Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 277-4438 or e-mail sodawater52@gmail.com.

Spice up your Purim with a fragrant hookah, an elaborate henna tattoo and the mesmerizing gyrations of an authentic belly dancer at the steamiest O.C. party of the season, "Hookahs and Hamantaschen." Sip cocktails with single and not-so-single young professionals, ages 21 to 45, and indulge in Middle Eastern cuisine while enjoying a live band and ogle fellow partygoers' funky costumes (guests are encouraged to come dressed up!). Celebrate with the Young Leadership Division in an event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Orange County, Taglit-Birthright Israel, Chemers Gallery and The Buddy Group. Sat., 8 p.m. $40. Dotlot Studios at The Buddy Group, 7 Studebaker, Irvine. (949) 468-0042. http://www.yldoc.org.

There's nothing like a cross-body lead to break the ice between two interested singles. Sensational Singles, the Merage JCC of Orange County's new singles group (40-60), is banking on the sultry style of salsa dancing to heat up the scene at the first of their monthly happenings with "Hot Salsa Night." Live music, professional instruction by David Lopez, appetizers and a no-host bar will keep you sizzling all night long. Sat., 8 p.m. $14-$18 (advance), $25 (at the door). Merage JCC, Samueli Jewish Campus, Salsa Nightclub (a.k.a. Meyers Theater), One Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3400.

Based on the Broadway hit musical about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose, "Gypsy" follows the no-talent Louise Hovick as she rises from beneath her younger sister's shadow to become the 1930s queen of burlesque. Join the Elite Jewish Theatre Singles in a no-host dinner prior to the show. Sat., 5:15 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (show) $20. On the Border, 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P required, (310) 203-1312.


pick gifEver wondered what makes music particularly Jewish? Award-winning composer Michael Isaacson, recently honored as one of the 10 most distinguished Jewish sacred music composers in America, will delve into this topic during his book launch of "Jewish Music as Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish?" The Juilliard School of Music and Hebrew University trained composer has written and published more than 500 sacred and secular works, conducted and produced more than 50 CDs and albums and is the founding music director of the Israel Pops Orchestra and the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. Sun., 2 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.



pick gifOur old "friend" David Schwimmer has left Central Perk and now makes his directorial debut with "Run, Fat Boy, Run," a raucous comedy about an overweight fellow who decides to get in shape and compete in the London Marathon. The new auteur will appear at "Reel Talk With Stephen Farber" and presumptively get grilled on what it was like to make his very first film -- oh, and what it was like to kiss Jennifer Aniston. Mon., 7 p.m. $20. Wadsworth Theatre, Veterans Administration grounds, building 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. http://www.runfatboyrunmovie.com.


pick gifIn 1980, autism affected one in 10,000 U.S. children. Less than 30 years later, one child in every 150 is diagnosed with the disorder. However, the gloomy statistic is no match for the uplifting new HBO documentary, "Autism: The Musical," a day-by-day chronicle of a remarkable woman, Elaine Hall, herself the mother of an autistic child, who gathers a group of autistic children and teaches them to channel their emotions through the power of theater. The film focuses on the Los Angeles-based Miracle Project , which was designed to foster the writing, rehearsing and performing of autistic children's own musical productions. Director Tricia Regan documented this powerfully cathartic process for six months, and the result is a moving tale of triumph over tragedy. Tue., 8 p.m. on HBO. For more show times, visit http://www.homeboxoffice.com.

The 12th annual Liana Cohen Music Festival, in honor of former piano player Liana Cohen, brings together talented winners of the citywide Liana Cohen music competition along with surprise guest artists. The organization was created by the Cohen family in memory of Liana, an 18-year-old girl who was the victim of a drunk driver. With the hope of providing a forum for young minds such as Liana's to pursue their musical dreams, the foundation gives aspiring musicians a chance to shine. During the festival, contest winners will perform pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and Bach using an array of instruments. Available for purchase are vibrantly colored, hand-painted scarves created by Liana's mother, with proceeds going to the nonprofit organization. Tue., 7:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, Magnum Hall, 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4501.

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