Jewish Journal

Fall preview arts and entertainment calendar 2013

by Laura Donney

Posted on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Fri., Sept. 6: "My Father and the Man in Black"

Fri., Sept. 6: "My Father and the Man in Black"



How well can you ever really know your family? If you are Jonathan Holiff, there is only one option — perpetual discovery. Following his father Saul’s suicide, Holiff finds hundreds of letters, audio diaries and recorded phone calls the late music manager had with his client Johnny Cash. Embarking on a moving journey to know his father, Holiff creates a documentary with heart and perhaps some healing. Fri. Various times. $11 (general admission), $8 (ages 11 and under, 62 and over, bargain matinee). Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.


The fifth annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award is upon us! Johnny Mandel, who has worked with Chet Baker, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles and Diana Krall, is revered as one of the nation’s top contributors to jazz, pop and film music. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Jazz Society honor the composer, arranger and big-band leader, who was also recently named an NEA Jazz Master. Fri. 6 p.m. Free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BP Grand Entrance, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.



George and Ira take the stage again — well, more or less. Conductor Michael Feinstein showcases a uniquely singular program celebrating the Gershwins. There will be familiar standards as well as lesser-known musical treats. Accompanying Feinstein will be television star Tom Wopat and acclaimed jazz singer Catherine Russell. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $20-$88. Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 793-7172. pasadenasymphony-pops.org.

FRI | SEP 13


The psychedelic heavy funk band invites Matt Levy, Larry Goldings and Matt Chamberlain to collaborate on an impressive musical evening. Levy is a jazz guitarist who has worked with the likes of Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman; Goldings is a pianist and organist who has been sought out by artists like John Mayer and Sia; and Chamberlain spent some of his career in Pearl Jam and the house band for “SNL.” At any angle, the Monophonics will be flanked by music heavyweights. Fri. 8 p.m. $12. The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 954-9400. themintla.com.

THU | SEP 19


From the woman who brought you “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” “The Color Master” is Bender’s newest short-story collection — and the title easily describes our author. Rich and fanciful and strange, Bender beautifully masters the colors and layers and complexities of being ourselves. Whether it’s a story of two sisters in Malaysia mending tigers or a woman marrying an ogre, the work in this collection will resonate in the most unique way. Bender will be reading selections aloud. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com.

FRI | SEP 20


The brazen beauty takes the mic and will undoubtedly have a lot to say. Star of the Comedy Central hit series “Inside Amy Schumer,” the comedian is making her mark in the ever-growing world of independent funny females. With experience on Broadway, in films and writing for magazines, it’s becoming hard to miss her — so, don’t. Fri. 8 p.m. $51. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-1400. livenation.com.


John Moon pulls a trigger that singularly alters his life. An isolated hunter, he finds himself on the run. Director David M. Rosenthal (“Janie Jones”) presents a backwoods thriller starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, and Jeffrey Wright. Having screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film is a part of the independent cinema elite — a chilling tale of a man struggling for survival. Fri. Limited release. tribecafilm.com/tribecafilm/filmguide/single-shot

SUN | SEP 22


Forget melting pot — Los Angeles is a music pot. Presented in association with the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, the Autry celebrates the mishmash that is the L.A. music scene. Christopher “Thes One” Portugal, a record producer and one half of the hip-hop group People Under the Stairs, leads a conversation about these cultural crossovers. Joined by California State University, Los Angeles, music professor Paul De Castro, Japanese mariachi singer Junko Seki and Otto Granillo, founder of the band KoTolan, it will truly be a musical mosaic. Sun. 2 p.m. $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (ages 3-12), Free (ages 3 and under, Autry members). The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.


With all the characters he has played, you may barely recognize Rob Schneider the man. Get to know the Emmy-nominated comedian behind “The Hot Chick,” “The Animal,” “Deuce Bigalow” and four seasons of “SNL.” Having recently released his first comedy album, “Registered Offender,” Schneider skillfully and unapologetically shares musings nearly 20 years in the making. Sun. 7 p.m. $30-$37. The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 577-1894. icehousecomedy.com.


Time can be just as revealing as it is healing. For a group of women who all, in their own way, survived the Holocaust, meeting each other in a group therapy session is an opportunity to share. Decades since their respective escapes, these women finally speak about vanished loved ones, privation and sorrow, but also compassionate Christian families and triumphs. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (800) 838-3006. refugeestheplay.com.

THU | SEP 26


Nothing is clearer than when it’s Billy Crystal clear. With the wit and heart we all love to love, Crystal’s new book, “Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” deftly monitors the absurdities and obstacles that come with aging. Whether you enjoy him as an Oscar host, as the voice of a certain animated monster or as Harry — he’s probably one of the closest friends you’ll have in a stranger. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

SAT | SEP 28


Who needs D.C.? Taking a cue from the Smithsonian museums that offer free admission every day, participating Los Angeles museums are inviting you and a guest over, for free. Some participating museums include: The Los Angeles Holocaust Museum, The California Science Center, the Petersen Automotive Museum, Zimmer Children’s Museum and more. There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but art is a whole other ball game. Sat. Various times. Free. See Web site for participating locations. smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

THU | OCT. 3


As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is honoring composer Peter Lieberson. Having premiered Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs” in 2005, it is only fitting that the L.A. Phil premieres the late composer’s last piece: “Shing Kham.” Under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra, international pianist Yefim Bronfman and percussionist Pedro Carneiro collaborate for a memorable and moving night of melody that includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Thu. 8 p.m. $18-$180. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.



Booze, jazz and interracial history? Scholar Carla Kaplan explores the Harlem Renaissance. Focusing on the white women, many of them Jewish, who became involved with the black culture of the 1920s — and subsequently ostracized — Kaplan’s book, “Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance,” tells stories widely unheard. Kaplan, who has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, will read from her new cultural biography. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com

THU | OCT 10


Do yourself a favor and join the more than half million people who have listened to Raichel’s music. The Israeli singer-songwriter has transformed the idea of music as a universal language into something tangible. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili, Raichel truly blends and binds nations and peoples. Named “Musical Group of the Decade” in Israel in 2010, The Project promises to deliver. Thu. 8 p.m. $30-$75, $15 (UCLA Students). Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu.

SAT | OCT 12


Grab your party hats and stow away that AARP magazine, the Fowler is turning 50! Dedicating the entire year to celebrating with nine intimate exhibitions, today is an opportunity to preview some of that art. There will be live music and dance by INCA and Afrobeat Down as well as DJing by KCRW’s Mario Cotto. If you work up an appetite, chef John Rivera Sedlar will fix you up with good eats and a signature cocktail. Sun. 8-10 p.m. $50 (general) $10 (students at the door). Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4361. fowler.ucla.edu.

SUN | OCT 13


Miss 1930s New York radio shows? You’re about to catch a break. Bringing that Lower East Side vibe to Southern California, they may be “mostly” kosher, but they are definitely fun. Klezmer inspired, the band Mostly Kosher will perform family friendly music that highlights the journey of the Jewish community in Los Angeles. If you have yet to see the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, join a tour either before or after the performance! Sun. 2 p.m. $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (ages 3-12), Free (ages 3 and under, Autry members). The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.

WED | OCT 16


He’s a world-renowned pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer, and he is coming to a Disney Concert Hall near you! Performing Bach’s Six Partitas, Andras Schiff will bring passion and expertise to the composer’s last, and technically most demanding set of keyboard dance suites. Wed. 8 p.m. $54-$105. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

SAT | OCT 26


John Malkovich and Julian Sands collaborate on a personal and unusual tribute to one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century. The Nobel Prize-winning playwright is responsible for “Betrayal,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Sleuth” and much more. Sands, who knew Pinter personally, captures the opinionated and enigmatic author in this intimately directed portrait. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $47-$75. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.

SUN | OCT 27


Marjorie and Leonard Vernon began collecting photographs in 1975 and eventually found themselves with 3,600 pictures spanning the entire history of the medium. “See the Light” is an amalgamation of 220 photographs that explore the parallels between photography and vision science over time. Sun. Various times. Through March 23. $15 (general), $10 (students and seniors), Free (ages 17 and under, members). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org



It’s as if he never puts that violin down — and aren’t we the lucky ones? Joining the L.A. Phil for a program of Vivaldi’s “Summer” and “Winter” from his “The Four Seasons,” the 15-time Grammy winner offers an enchanting evening. Perlman performed at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and at a state dinner in 2007 for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, so seeing him is truly seeing history manifest on the stage. Through Nov. 3. Fri. 11 a.m. $82.50-$189. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

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