This weekend only, over 100 artists, painters, sculptors and designers will open their studios to the public. The Brewery Artwalk is your chance to explore the studio loft complex that has been transformed from an industrial brewery into a fermenting place for art and design. Sat., Oct. 14 and Sun., Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Brewery Arts Colony, 2100 N. Main St., downtown Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 441-8961.
Acclaimed choreographer/dancer Karen Goodman's latest work, "Close Dancing," is a dancer's perspective of dance itself. The audience will share the stage with Goodman as she performs her stories of dance and its sometimes unlikely appearance in our lives. From the marketing of jeans to ancient Hebrew celebrations of the new moon to Olympic competition, Goodman's modern pieces reflect on how dance may be more a part of our lives than we often notice. 3 p.m. $20 (general admission); $12 (students and seniors). Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A. For more information or tickets, call (323) 343-6600.
Also today, screening as part of the Hungarian Film Festival in Beverly Hills, is the one-hour documentary "The Eyes of the Holocaust". Comprised largely of survivor testimonies given to the Shoah Foundation in Hungarian, the film focuses on the experiences of children in the Holocaust. Commissioned for Hungarian television, this may be the only local opportunity to see this film. 7:30 p.m. $8.50 (general admission); $6 (students and seniors). Music Hall Theatre, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For advance tickets or more information, call (818) 848-2973.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer
Aaron Copland, LACMA Music Department's resident chamber ensemble Music From the Copland House performs a selection of Copland's works. The ensemble, made up of internationally acclaimed performers, was inspired by Copland's lifelong advocacy of American composers. 8 p.m. $15 (general admission); $10 (seniors and museum members); $5 (students). Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For advance tickets or more information, call (323) 857-6010.
Long known for their Jewish philanthropy, the Rothschilds also put their international banking fortune to use amassing an exquisite art collection. Of particular note was the collection of decorative arts which filled the rooms of the family's English home, Mentmore Towers. Much of the collection gathered by Baron Meyer de Rothschild, largely rare and finely crafted silver, remains with Lord and Lady Rosebery, descendants of the family. Tonight, the Countess of Rosebery presents a lecture on that decorative art, "A Quart of Cream in a Pint Pot: The Collection of the English Rothschilds". 7 p.m. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $15. For tickets or more information, call (323) 857-6528.
At the Robert Berman Gallery, artist Helene Slavin exhibits a series of new paintings inspired by old photographs. Slavin uses images from the early 1900s to create paintings that seem at once digitized and organic, spiritual and scary. The exhibit, titled "Spiritus," explores a relationship between the abstract and representative in art. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 315-1937.
Grammy-nominated jazz musician Brad Mehldau today opens the "Gershwin and Beyond" concert series at the Skirball Cultural Center. The pianist, who has recorded and toured with Joshua Redman and received acclaim for his own "Art of the Trio" series of recordings, plays with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy. The concert series pays tribute to Gershwin's wide-ranging musical influence. $20 (general admission); $17 (Skirball members); $12 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For advance tickets, call (323) 655-8587 or visit skirball.org
The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology presents a concert by Judith Cohen, a performer and scholar of Sephardic music, performing with her daughter, Tamar Ilana. Accompanying themselves on traditional percussion and string instruments, they perform songs of Sephardic, crypto-Jewish and medieval Iberian women and their diasporas. Also performing, UCLA Sounds' "Sacred or Secular? Ecstasy in Early Music". 3 p.m. Popper Theater, Schoenberg Music Building, UCLA. For more information, call (310) 206-3033.