Saturday, July 7\n
• The first stand-up comedian to ever perform at Carnegie Hall, Shelley Berman is back with his one-sided telephone conversation skits. The author of books such as "Cleans and Dirtys" and "A Hotel Is a Funny Place" performs his comic routine reunites with cabaret performer Noel Harrison as part of the Summer Arts Festival 2001. 8 p.m. Beverly Hills Civic Center Plaza, 450 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (310) 285-1045.
Sunday, July 8\n
• "Past and Present From Poland to Pico," by Pavel Vogler traces Jewish culture from prewar Krakow, Poland, where Vogler grew up, to present-day life in Pico, Los Angeles. His art exhibition portrays historical and detailed synagogues and community houses, and depicts the lives of the individuals who lived there. Opening reception: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (with refreshments). Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. Through Aug. 31. A Shenere Velt Gallery, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.
Monday, July 9\n
• In his exhibit, "Marbled Mastery: The Art of Graham Day," Day depicts the long process he uses to achieve beautiful and intricate ancient book-cover designs. The exhibit explores how Day uses the near-Eastern technique of applying many different patterns to a single page and why it takes weeks to complete one. First discovered in the 1400s, this technique of dropping oil-based colors into water, creates the marbled look featured in more than 40 examples of Day's 30-year career. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Through Sep. 30. Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 228-7000.
Tuesday, July 10\n
• "Your Mother's Butt" may seem like the prelude to a schoolyard scuffle, but it's really the title of one of the six one-act plays in "Obsessions and Confessions." In Alan Ball's ("American Beauty") mini-production, a doctor and client discuss how things like kitchen appliances, clothes and "the lower backside of mothering" can screw a person up. Enigma Variations, directed by Bea Silvern, takes the audience to a world of illusions, deception and word play. The story about two teenagers discovering love for the first time is explored in The Red Coat, written by Academy Award-winner John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck"). $15. 8 p.m. Through Sept. 11. Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6537 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 769-5858.
Wednesday, July 11\n
• Artist Chris Johanson ventures on the busy streets of San Francisco to find inspiration. Johanson shows the everyday realities of the street while emphasizing the humorous moments that we tend to overlook on our daily rush to work. The drawings include everyone from vagrants to dancing Hippies. His art is accompanied by sarcastic commentaries on the urban world and the effect on the individuals that occupy it. $4.50 (general admission); $3 (seniors 65 and older); free (students and children under 17 and everybody on Thursdays). Museum hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 29. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 443-7041.
Thursday, July 12\n
• Amid the craze of Big Band and Latino music in 1943, 12 young, Chicano gang members were wrongly accused of murder leading to what became known as the Zoot Suit Riots. Playwright Luis Valdez brings this issue to the stage in "Zoot Suit." The play explores issues of racism, hate and the hierarchy of social classes. It looks intimately at Latin family life during the 40s and the culture of immigrants caught up in media prejudice, police bigotry and a corrupted legal system. (This story made a name for Valdez as the first Chicano to have his play performed on Broadway, and the movie version received the Golden Globe nomination for "Best Musical Picture"). $10-$34. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 827-0889.
Friday, July 13\n
• The classic Gene Kelly musical "Singin' in the Rain," about the days in the 1920s when silent movies became talkies is brought to the stage in Long Beach. The show illustrates on of the biggest dilemmas of the transformation: many of the silent stars had horrible voices. The show includes classic tunes from the MGM film like the humorous "Good Morning" and the title song "Singin' in the Rain." $20-$38. 8 p.m. Also: Sat., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. Runs through July 22. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. For tickets or more information, call (562) 430-2324.