February 14, 2008
Calendar Girls picks, clicks and kicks for February 16 - 22
Lainie Kazan, Brazilian Vacation, Yuval Ron, Chocolate Shabbat
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Operation Moses in 1984 and 1985 was Israel's first attempt to rescue Jews from war-ravaged Ethiopia. The larger Operation Solomon followed in 1991, and in 2006 the Jewish communities of North America joined efforts to bring the remaining Jewish Ethiopian population to Israel. Operation Promise is the subject of "400 Years and Four and a Half Hours: The Ethiopian-Israeli Experience," a moving photography exhibition at the Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery. A public celebration today will provide a glimpse into the daily lives of those who made the life-altering leap from small villages to bustling Westernized cities. 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through April 18. Free. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required, (323) 761-8303 or CLevy@jewishla.org.
Long before she stole the show in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" as the endearing mother of the bride, Lainie Kazan was snatching hearts on the New York nightclub circuit with her sultry voice and sensual magnetism. The accomplished television, film and stage actress, whose first love was singing, will perform in Hollywood for the first time in six years. Catch one of her smoldering jazz concerts at The Catalina Bar and Grill, one of the coolest jazz clubs in town. 8 p.m. Also, Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20-$30. Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-2210. http://www.lainiekazan.com.
Willkommen and bienvenue to the world famous Kit Kat Club. Tonight Sally Bowles, clad in black tights and lace, sings "Don't Tell Mama" for a Berlin crowd while fascism takes hold outside. An American writer falls in love with an aspiring starlet while a host of scantily dressed entertainers prove that "Life is a Cabaret!" International City Theatre invites you to revisit 1930s Germany with a provocative musical that indulges decadent fantasy in the midst of impending doom. 8 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). Through March 9. $35-$45. Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 436-4610. http://www.ictlongbeach.org.
FRI | FEBRUARY 22
Minyan has never tasted so good, Jewish history never as delectable. The Movable Minyan, a lay-led, nondenominational Jewish community, is featuring a sweetly special Shabbat celebration aptly titled "Chocolate Covered Jewish History." A dairy potluck dinner should whet your appetite for a chocolate tasting world tour followed by a discussion on the history of the Jewish relationship to chocolate -- cultural, economic and biblical. 7 p.m. Free. Institute of Jewish Education, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 285-3317. http://www.movableminyan.org.
No dance form is as seductive or as exotic as the Middle Eastern belly dance. Infusing it with even more spice, the talented Bellydance Superstars are bringing their art to the mainstream. The acclaimed American troupe pushes the traditional boundaries of belly dancing and introduces new elements, making the old label of "folk dance" inapplicable. 8 p.m. $23-$52. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. http://www.ocpac.org.
Craig Taubman, Jewish LA's closest thing to a rock star, will bring his Shabbat musical service to a different venue tonight. "Friday Night Live" at Beth Shalom of Whittier is an opportunity for a new community to sing a little, dance a little and see what all the fuss is about. 7:30 p.m.Free. 14564 East Hawes St., Whittier. (562) 941-8744.
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