September 28, 2000
7 Days in the Arts
The 50th anniversary revival of Arthur Miller's classic "Death of a Salesman" won four Tony awards on Broadway last year, including Best Revival, and Best Actor for Brian Dennehy's portrayal of Willy Loman. Now that Broadway production has come to the Ahmanson Theatre for just eight weeks, and this is your chance to see the heartbreaking, powerful show with an award-winning cast. $15-$60. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Through November 5. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (213) 628-2772. For lower-priced student group and educator tickets, call (213) 972-7231.
Actress and stand-up comic Heidi Joyce brings together some of L.A.'s funniest women each Sunday in October for Stand-Up Against Domestic Violence. Featuring comics Stephanie Hodge, Karen Rontowski, Danielle Koenig and a host of others, the performances benefit local women's shelters and other programs sponsored by Theatre of Hope. $15. 2 p.m. Bitter Truth Theatre, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (818) 766-9702.
Russian immigrant artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, working and performing together for 35 years as Komar & Melamid, are held responsible for initiating the "Sots" art movement, the Soviet equivalent of Western Pop Art. Perhaps best known for using a professional polling team to discover and produce "America's Most Wanted Painting" (dishwasher-size, pastoral scene, color blue) and "America's Most Unwanted Painting" (sharp angles, paperback-book-size, color teal or peach), the duo will team up with two American authors for a performance tonight at LACMA. With Ian Frazier and Dave Eggers, Komar & Melamid present "The Healing Power of Art," which will be followed on Thursday by an evening of conversation with all four participants. 7:30 p.m. Bing Theater, LACMA East, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 857-6088.
The Fine Arts Division of Pepperdine University tonight presents its fall choral concert, "Reflection and Folklore." The Pepperdine University Concert Choir, conducted by Milton Pullen, will perform J.S. Bach's Motet No. 2, along with three Israeli folk songs, "Erev Shel Shoshanim," "Zum Gali" and "Bashana Haba'ah." 7:30 p.m. $10 (general admission); free (Pepperdine students, staff and faculty). Smother's Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. For tickets or more information, call (310) 456-4522.
Author and journalist Amram Duchovny, known for his book "David Ben Gurion: In His Own Words," and for the Broadway play "Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald," will be at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles tonight to discuss and sign copies of his first novel, "Coney." Part noir thriller and part coming-of-age story, the novel is also a chronicle of 1930s Coney Island. If the author's name sounds strangely familiar, yes, he is the father of "X-Files" star David Duchovny. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 6006 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8648.
Pianist Charles Fierro has recorded the piano works of Aaron Copland under the auspices of the great composer himself. Tonight at the Skirball Cultural Center, in honor of Copland's centennial anniversary, Fierro performs an evening of his piano compositions, including the Passacaglia Piano Sonata, Piano Variations, and Piano Fantasy. 8 p.m. $15 (general admission); $12 (members); $10 (students). Magnin Auditorium, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 655-8587.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is also having a gala and benefit concert in honor of a great musician's birthday. Beloved violinist Issac Stern celebrates his 80th with the help of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. The evening is the opening concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's season. 7 p.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 850-2000. For Gala dinner information, call (213) 972-3051.
For more music, in a less formal vein, catch a performance by Roy Zimmerman at the Beverly Hills Public Library, where the singing satirist's political folk songs will kick off the library's "October Surprise" series of political comedy shows. As a founder of funny folk heroes The Foremen, and in his own solo career, Zimmerman's writing and performing have earned him constant comparisons to the master of the genre, Tom Lehrer. 8 p.m. $15. Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (310) 471-3979.