March 13, 2008
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Thu., May 8
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. In a hilarious series of YouTube commercials supposedly promoting the inclusion of Jews in Hollywood, the guy in the video interviews striking writers on the picket lines, an interracial couple at Third Street Promenade and a random Filipino woman asking them why Jews have been shut out of Hollywood. The clever videos end with the slogan of this year's festival, "Finally, a place for Jews in Hollywood." Though tongue-in-cheek, the videos do relay the message that this festival really is a special forum for Jewish filmmakers to showcase their talents. Don't miss out on the incredible films, star-studded gatherings and ubiquitous humor of one of the most notable film festivals in the capital of film festivals. Through May 15. For show times and venues, visit http://www.lajfilmfest.org.
"How to Raise Your Parents" Book Signing. It's not easy raising two parents alone. You have to navigate their moods, learn to decode "parentspeak," and figure out how to negotiate with them so that you can have a life. Author Sarah O'Leary Burningham offers teens some sound advice on how to survive those years between bat mitzvah and freshman year of college in this light-hearted guidebook. For example, in the chapter on the language parents use to communicate, Burningham explains that when they ask, "How's school?" it means they want to know anything about your life -- and absolutely any tidbit of information will do, so throw them a bone. The author will be presenting and signing her book tonight at the coolest bookstore on the Sunset Strip. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.
Sat., May 10
"America's Gala Celebration of Israel's 60th Anniversary." The Kodak Theatre will be decked out in blue and white and red (the carpet of course!) tonight as the Los Angeles community celebrates 60 years of independence for the State of Israel. Israeli superstars Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, Achinoam Nini and Habanot Nechama will share top billing with Hollywood's biggest celebrities, artists and hosts in a jubilant celebration that comes only once in a decade. Co-sponsored by Keshet Chaim. 8:45 p.m. $63-$363. Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (818) 986-7332. http://www.kcdancers.org.
Sun., May 11
David Mamet's "Keep Your Pantheon" and "The Duck Variations." In this double bill featuring works from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, an acting troupe on the verge of collapse struggles to sustain viability in an ironic farce, and two elderly men muse on the meaning of life as they sit on a bench watching ducks. Both works, the former in its world premiere and the latter an earlier work, evince truths about the nature of humanity, ambition, happiness and death. 8 p.m. Through June 8. $20-$50. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772. http://www.centertheatregroup.org.
Wed., May 14
"Tonight at 8:30." Directed by Tony Award-nominated actor Kevin Chamberlin, written by Noel Coward, several classic musical one-act plays will be recorded for L.A. Theatre Works radio series, "The Play's the Thing," which broadcasts weekly on public and satellite radio. Charming wit along with soaring lyrics and melodies abound in the musical one-acts that placed Coward and co-star Gertrude Lawrence on Broadway's center stage. Wed.-Sun. Through May 18. $20-$47. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. http://www.latw.org.
Sat., May 17
"Tosca." Arias will soar as an emotionally charged cast belts out soul-stirring Italian songs in "Tosca," a three-act opera by Giacomo Puccini. Based on Victorien Sardou's drama, "La Tosca," the opera features Adrianna Pieczonka as Floria Tosca opposite Neil Shicoff as Mario Cavaradossi. Ian Judge directs one of the most dramatic operas of our time, which mixes love, jealousy, deceit and revenge. 7:30 p.m. Through June 21. LA Opera, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets, dates and show times, call (213) 972-8001. http://laopera.com.
Tue., May 27
The Police at the Hollywood Bowl. Sting. In a sleeveless shirt. Do you really need any more convincing? This was the talked-about concert of the year last summer, so get your tickets now and consider Elvis Costello and The Imposters an extra-special bonus. 7:30 p.m. $54-$305. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. http://www.livenation.com. http://www.thepolice.com.
Thu., May 29
"Love, Janis." Combining elements of a rock concert and a biographical dramatic play, this theatrical event reminds audiences why Janis Joplin was the '60s rock icon that she was -- talented, fierce and hard-living. What makes this bio-concert truly unique is that it is based on a book written by Joplin's younger sister, Laura, which tells the blues rocker's story through a series of letters written to her family in Texas. The letters reveal a gentle and humorous young woman that vividly contrasts with the raucous stage performances of some of Joplin's biggest hits, including "Piece of My Heart," "Ball and Chain," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Get It While You Can." 8 p.m. Through June 1. $30-$100. Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. http://www.wtbh.org.
"Art Chats: BCAM." If you haven't yet had a chance to ride the open-air escalator to the third floor of the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum, it's only one of the many thrills you're missing out on. The $56-million Renzo Piano-designed BCAM is filled with sights like Jeff Koons' 10-foot blue balloon dog and Robert Therrien's oversized table and chairs. But before you get overwhelmed by all there is to see and do at Los Angeles' new gem, let a trained college student lead you in an informed discussion on the special exhibitions and permanent collections on display. Fri.-Sun. at various times. March through May. Free. BCAM, Entrance on First Level, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org.
"Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love." It's hard to beat the Getty's description of this seemingly scintillating exhibit: "Smoldering desire, undying devotion and delirious irrationality pulse through the dramatic late paintings and drawings of Jean-Honore Fragonard. Discover the hidden meanings in Fragonard's voluptuous allegories and learn how they reflect changing attitudes toward love, marriage and happily-ever-after in 18th-century Europe." 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue.-Thu. and Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. Through May 4. $8 (parking). The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
Tom Wesselmann. Often compared to the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann is remembered for his involvement in the New York pop art movement of the 1960s. Twenty-six works by Wesselmann are currently on display, dating from the 1960s to his death in 2004. Popular works include ink drawings, silkscreen prints, oil paintings and water-based Liquitex acrylic paintings. His seemingly simple yet deceptively complex compositions burst with primary colors, often representing erotic female nudes and animated still-lifes. 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.,Tue.-Sat. Through April 5. Free. Forum Gallery, 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1550. http://www.forumgallery.com/.