April 3, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 5-11
(Page 3 - Previous Page)(photo, right) debuts his upcoming novel, "The Genius." Readers might remember his earlier works, the brainy "Sunstroke" and the unrelenting thriller "Trouble." Now he's back on the scene with a story that peeks into the twisted mind of an undiscovered genius. In the book, Ethan Muller, a 33-year-old Manhattan art dealer and former bad boy, has a knack for finding and cultivating new hot artists. When he stumbles across the work of the mysterious Victor Cracke, Muller is convinced that the artist's intricate, hypnotic drawings are a sign of brilliance. The provocative book treads a fine line between defining what is genius and what is insanity. Join Kellerman, along with his father, best-selling mystery author Jonathan Kellerman, during the book signing. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270.
Autism and comedy may seem like strange bedfellows, but Lynette Louise, the mother of four children -- challenged and unchallenged, adopted and biological -- melds the two smoothly together. In her show, "Thing to Thing to Thing: From Crazy To Sane With Biofeedback, Autism and The Brain," Louise shares heartbreaking stories with music and brain science. The one-woman show, performed during National Autism Month, outlines Louise's 20-year search for new ways to help her children develop into independent adults. Disabled adults and parents of autistic children who present a photograph of their child will be admitted free at the door. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Through May 1. $30. The Scherr Forum Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For tickets, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Photographer, writer and director Mike Spitz will bring his vision of urban life to one of downtown Los Angeles' largest commercial galleries. In the heart of the bustling arts district, Gallery Row, Spitz's photography captures solitude in its many forms in an exhibition that showcases abstract images drawn from the visual landscapes of places where he's lived: Ohio, New York, New Orleans and Chicago. The Angeleno, who teaches photography to kids in South Los Angeles, will show his work alongside an eclectic group of painters and sculptors in an atmosphere of art, drinks and music. Thu. 6-9 p.m. Free. Through April 25. Infusion Gallery, 719 South Spring St., Los Angeles. (213) 683-8827. http://www.infusiongallery.com.
With the music that made it timeless and new performances, director Trevor Nunn's "My Fair Lady" returns to the stage. Revisit Henry Higgins, the opinionated linguist professor and bachelor who makes a risky wager with a colleague and vows to transform the lowly flower-seller Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady of high society. Soak up Broadway's most cherished melodies such as "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "On the Street Where You Live." Thu. 8 p.m. Through April 27. $30-$100. Ahmanson theater, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets and additional show times, call (213) 628-2772. http://www.centertheatergroup.org.
FRI | APRIL 11
At last! Strong Israeli women get to shine in "Israeli Women: A Portrait in Photographs," an exhibition honoring Israel's 60th birthday. With more than 30 journalistic and documentary photos taken since the birth of Israel, the exhibition portrays a distinct femininity that has evolved over time revealing confident, strong and eager women who were more than willing to grab a weapon and stand alongside men in battle. In contrast, the photos from Central Zionist Archives and the State of Israel National Photo Collection portray conventional images of women exuding sexuality and beauty. Additional photos by acclaimed Hollywood photographer Roman Freulich reveal the true face of "Israeli Women." Fri. Through Aug. 10. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org
The Skirball is paying tribute to the late Jerusalem-born artist Ziva Sivan. Working mainly from her ground-floor studio, Sivan created a sanctuary-like atmosphere for models and subjects, using the female nude body as inspiration for the art she termed "free painting." The exhibition features some of the Israeli artist's best large-scale drawings, with splashy colors and a sweeping stroke, as well as paintings and sculpture meant to express her inventive, experimental use of drawing media. 12-5 p.m., Tue.-Fri. $5-$10. Free on Thursdays. Through June 30. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.com.