Jewish Journal

7 Days In Arts

by Mike Levy

Posted on Feb. 1, 2001 at 7:00 pm

3 Saturday

Two Saturday evening revues for your pleasure. At the University of Judaism, "Two Tenors, Three Egos" takes on the friendly competition between Broadway stars, delivering comedy and showtunes. Musical selections include tunes from "Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables," "Fiddler on the Roof" and tributes to Julie Andrews and Al Jolson. $30 (preferred seating); $25 (regular seating). 8:30 p.m. Also Sun., Feb. 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tues., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 203.

Revue two: Luane Sugerman's performance workshop at the North Valley JCC culminates in an evening of songs and choreography. "Starting Here, Starting Now" features romantic and relationship story songs; audiences will be surprised throughout, as the list of songs won't be available until after each act. Catch the show tonight; if you enjoy it and want to take part, Sugerman's next workshop begins in March. $10 (members); $12 (nonmembers). 8 p.m. Also Sun., Feb. 4, 7 p.m. 16601 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 360-2211.

4 Sunday

Shakespeare's favorite (well, only) Jew gets the stage to himself in Gareth Armstrong's "Shylock." Tonight only, the former Royal Shakespeare Company member retells the story of "The Merchant of Venice" with the moneylender in the middle of the action. $24 (general admission); $20 (seniors); $18 (students, children and groups). 3 p.m. CSUN Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. For tickets, call (818) 677-2488.

"Social Security" is a comedy for every child of a Jewish mother. Florence Stanley stars in the staged reading as the paragon of Jewish motherhood, caring and comedically involved in her married children's lives. $8 (members); $10 (nonmembers). 2 p.m. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.

"A Jewish Christmas Story," "Bat Mitzvah Blues" and "Fairfax Fandango" are just a few of the short films screening at the USC Jewish Student Film Festival. Host and reception honoree David Kirschner (executive producer of "An American Tail") will present the work of Jewish students at USC's famed film school. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. USC Norris Theater. For more information, call (213) 747-9135.

5 Monday

Quipmaster Bruce Vilanch opens his solo show "Bruce!" tonight at the Canon Theatre. Tonight is the night to go, since this performance benefits Congregation Kol Ami. $75-$150. 8 p.m. 205 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills. For tickets or more information, call (310) 248-6320.

Galerie Yoramgil, just down the street from the Canon Theatre and known for presenting the work of contemporary Israeli artists, takes a different direction with the Los Angeles debut of artist Paton Miller. Miller creates paint-daubed and scraped canvases with a powerful emotional impact. Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Feb. 20. 319 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.

6 Tuesday

Fourteen-year-old piano prodigy Michelle Alpert has already released two CD's of original compositions. The Harvard-Westlake ninth-grader performs a solo recital today for the University of Judaism's Young Artist concert series. 11 a.m. Concert only, $10; concert and light luncheon, $20. Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 476-9777, ext. 283.

When a father who survived the Holocaust arrives in L.A. to find his daughter living a bohemian life with her non-Jewish rock guitarist fiancé, father and daughter must confront their past and the lives they have chosen. "To Life-L'Chaim", a screenplay based on a true story, gets a staged reading tonight starring writer Sabina Brend, Tippi Hedren and Ed Asner. 7 p.m. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8170.

7 Wednesday

In 1985, on the eve of Ronald Reagan's controversial visit to a Nazi cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, a Reagan speechwriter must prepare the president for his visit and, at the same time, plan his son's upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Hal Linden stars in "The Gathering" as that speechwriter's father, a Holocaust survivor in conflict with his family over his son's job and his grandson's grandiose Bar Mitzvah celebration. $25-$50. Wed. 2 p.m.; Thu. and Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Feb. 28. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood. For tickets, call (800) 233-3123.

8 Thursday

Robert Pinsky, U.S. poet laureate from 1997-2000, discusses "The Care of an Art" tonight at the Getty Center. As a poet, teacher of poetry, essayist, translator and consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, Pinsky has some expertise in the preservation of the art of poetry. His presentation tonight begins with the premiere screening of the video documentary "My Favorite Poem Project." 7 p.m. Harold M. Williams Auditorium, the Getty Center. For reservations or more information, call (310) 440-7300.

9 Friday

Newly adapted for the stage by Wendy Kesselman with recently discovered material added to the original script by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is playing Los Angeles following its recent success on Broadway. One Dutch girl's deeply personal story of survival in hiding continues to warm and break hearts. $20. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Through March 25. West Coast Ensemble, 522 N. La Brea, Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 525-0022.

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