March 7, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 8 -15
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THU | MARCH 13
In a rare public appearance, meet the man whose big break was writing lyrics for "West Side Story" and who followed that hit with "Sweeney Todd," and "Into the Woods." Touted as one of Broadway's best composers and lyricists, Stephen Sondheim will appear on stage with New York Times columnist and former theater critic Frank Rich in UCLA Live's "A Little Night Conversation." Since Rich wrote a New York Times Magazine cover story marking Sondheim's 70th birthday, the two have become good friends. Day-of tickets might be available at box office. UCLA Live reccommends calling. 8 p.m. $38-$74. UCLA Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org
Wish that spring would come already? The seasons haven't changed just yet, but you can still catch "Spring Fever: A Time to Renew Our Joy" with blonde, dreadlocked singer-musician Spring Gross. In the spirit of tikkun olam, Gross will fuse indie and folk music with sacred chanting in Hebrew, Sanskrit and English. Other performers will include Dave Stringer, Hans Christian of Rasa, Mark Gorman, Dave Allen, Ty Taylor and the Spring Fever Gospel Choir. Dress comfortably so you can move to the groovin' music, or just hang by the tea bar and drink organic wine. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Gross Family Foundation and distributed to various health organizations to fight cancer. 7:30 p.m. $20 (suggested donation). Studio Blue, 11928 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. http://www.springgroove.com.
(ISRAEL AT 60)
As part of their multievent celebration of Israel's 60th year of independence, Temple Beth Am is hosting a talk by Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz. Who better to speak about "Israel -- Its Place in the News: Countering the Delegitimization of Israel" than respected journalist, editor and author of "Still Life With Bombers: Israel in the Age of Terrorism" and "A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel"? Co-sponsored with CAMERA. 8 p.m. $10. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 219. http://www.tbala.org.
FRI | MARCH 14
You may have danced the hora before. You may have even done a debka or two. But have you ever danced the Sabbath? No, it's not a new kind of Israeli folk dance style; it's a new kind of Shabbat service, created by veteran Israeli dance teacher David Katz and Beth Shir Sholom. "Shabbat in Dance" takes the traditional structure of Friday night liturgy and adds a dance component in which the congregation is led in movements to accompany and enrich the prayers. The "dance-pray" circle will also incorporate poetry by Yehuda Amichai, Ruth Brin and Danny Siegel in honor of Israel's 60th birthday. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Shir Sholom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361.
Iranian directors will showcase seven unique documentaries, films and short works as part of the 18th annual "Celebration of Iranian Cinema," presented by the UCLA film and television archives and the Bijan and Soraya Amin Foundation. Documentaries include "Red Card," based on the 2002 trial of Shahla Jahed, who was accused of murdering the wife of her soccer star lover. A selection of short films from Iran and the Diaspora will offer narrative nonfiction works documenting topics from female police recruits to the perils of public transportation in Tehran. $7-$10. Screenings through April 20. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For a full list of movies and events, call (310) 206-3456 or visit http://www.cinema.ucla.edu.