Jewish Journal

7 Days in the Arts

by Mike Levy

Posted on Nov. 2, 2000 at 7:00 pm


Israel Horovitz's dark, absurdist comedy "Line," the longest-running play in New York's off-off-Broadway history (25 years and counting), begins a Saturday late-night run tonight at West Coast Ensemble. The story follows five characters waiting for an unspecified event, as each connives to be first in line. $8. 11 p.m. West Coast Ensemble, 522 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 525-0022.

Also today, though it's not slated to open in theaters until Nov. 17, you can catch a sneak preview of the multicultural Thanksgiving film "What's Cooking?" at the Museum of Tolerance. Tamales, spring rolls and kugel join the traditional turkey, sibling rivalry, love, prejudice and politics at the table in this film, which features Julianna Margulies in an all-star cast. $6 (general admission); $5 (members). 7:30 p.m. 9760 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2452.


After studying dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Studio and piano at Moscow Central Musical School, Ann Krasner earned her master's degree in computer science before moving to Los Angeles. Krasner first picked up a paintbrush in 1996 and quickly found success, with more than 400 of her paintings in museums and private collections. She was featured in last year's "Obscurity to Freedom" exhibition at the Finegood Art Gallery, and now her work is at Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Dec. 7. Art Rental and Sales Gallery, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 857-6500.

Also today, at A Shenere Velt Gallery, the feminist art collective Mother Art presents "Domestic Stories," a literary tea. Carolyn Allport will read from her meditation on motherhood, "Accident! A Tale of Two Sons, or How Life Imitates Defensive Driving." Poets Julia Stein, Cherry Jean Vasconcellos and Ellyn Maybe are also featured. 2 p.m. A Shenere Velt Gallery at the Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.


Artist Marvin Saltzman's latest solo exhibit, titled "Places," follows his travels through Europe and America in a series of abstract paintings and drawings that project the feeling of each place. Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Saltzman, who has been exhibiting his work nationally since 1956, is widely recognized for his use of intense colors and for bringing a Southern perspective to abstract art. Through Nov. 17. Mon.-Thur., 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-7601.


Cast your votes, then head off to A Shenere Velt Gallery to see the Middle East Peace Quilt. Artist Sima Elizabeth Shefrin has produced the quilt as an international community art project, with more than 200 contributors from around the world producing squares. The quilt is on exhibit through Dec. 3, when it will travel the country, growing peace by piece. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.


Composer and pianist Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco fled the tide of Italian anti-Semitism in 1939, settling in Los Angeles with a well-established reputation as a concert performer and music critic. Working for Hollywood studios, he contributed to some 250 films, in addition to his own prolific output of operatic and orchestral work. Castelnuovo-Tedesco's students at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music included such aspiring composers as Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and Andre Previn. The Instituto Italiano di Cultura presents a concert of his unpublished sonatas for violin and piano. 8 p.m. 1023 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. For more information, call (310) 443-3250.

More music tonight: For Israeli rock, it's hard to beat the '70s sounds of Kaveret. Also known as Poogy, the band has broken up and reunited a number of times, as members have gone on to other careers - Gigi Gov has a popular Israeli talk show, "Laila Gov," and Meir Fenigstein will bring his Israeli Film Festival to Los Angeles for its 13th year this December. Tonight, you can catch old favorites like "Yo-Ya (Ani Sho'eh)" at the Wilshire Theatre. 8 p.m. 8440 Wilshire Blvd. For tickets or more information, call (877) 966-5566.


A memorial at the Museum of Tolerance on the 62nd anniversary of Kristallnacht will be followed by a screening of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "Genocide," the 1981 Oscar-winning documentary. Narrated by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor, the film combines history with dramatic personal stories of Nazi terror. 7 p.m. 9760 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2529.


From Lenny Bruce to Malcolm X, the social revolutionaries of the 1960s needed a good lawyer, and William Kunstler was that lawyer. After leaving his successful law practice in 1961 to defend Freedom Riders and others pro bono, Kunstler made headlines defending the Chicago Seven in a circus-like trial that resulted in his own four-year sentence for contempt of court . In "David and Goliath in America: A William Kunstler Story," playwright Nick Zagone examines Kunstler's motivations in taking on these high-profile campaigns for justice. $15. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. Through Dec. 17. The Road Theatre Company, 5108 Lankersheim Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 759-3382, ext. 2.

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