Saturday, Aug. 18
"None of us mortals are going to be able to reach his standard," acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman said when asked about his thoughts on violinist Jascha Heifetz. Today, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is exhibiting a photomontage of Heifetz's life in honor of his 100th birthday. The display casts an intimate light on the legendary artist, showing pictures of his non-violin hobbies such as sailing and Ping-Pong. His musical contributions are also documented in photographs from his 45 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and rare footage of his famous Carnegie Hall appearance. Free admission. Museum hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Through Sep. 16. Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 850-2000.
Sunday, Aug. 19
Spanish-Judeo music originated more than 500 years ago and flourished throughout the Spanish Diaspora. Tonight, the Sephardic Music Festival features three artists who have helped keep the historic melodies alive. Vocal soloist for the St. Helena Ensemble and the San Francisco Consort Judy Frankel is accompanied by Sephardic Musical Heritage Award winner Gerard Edery and widely acclaimed oudist and composer John Bilezikjian. $25 (general admission); $18 (group rate). 7:30 p.m. Brandeis-Bardin Institute, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. For tickets or more information, call (323) 650-3157 or visit www.ivri-nasawi.org.
Monday, Aug. 20
Robert Inman captures the essence of living in the Midwest in his exhibit "Reflections". His paintings portray the huge expanses of his native city and his experiences living in the country that he believes makes one "feel a part of nature and peace." Inman has created art pieces for the entertainment industry and has exhibited worldwide, including a solo display at the Umeda Museum of Modern Art in Osaka, Japan. Today, 25 of his acrylic, mixed media and monotype images will be on display. Gallery Hours: Sun.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Sept. 14. Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 888-0583.
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Children's books can teach a lot in terms of life lessons, in their words and pictures. The illustrations in some of these classics portray diversity and tolerance and are on display today in the exhibit "Every Picture Tells a Story". The spider and the pig formed a strong friendship despite their differences in species and status on the farm in "Charlotte's Web". Similar lessons can be learned from "Stuart Little" and Dr. Seuss books. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, celebrity artists will read from their own favorite children's books. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Nov. 2001. Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Plaza, 1399 S. Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 772-2529.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Sa'adia ben Joseph al-Fayumi translated the Jewish bible into Arabic and was appointed chief rabbi in Baghdad in 928. Today, the Museum of Tolerance is holding a discussion group on this author of "The Book of Beliefs and Opinions" and his contribution to the study of Jewish philosophy. Free (members); $3 (nonmembers). 7:30 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 21.
Thursday, Aug. 23
The original combination of the woodwind, bass fiddle, classical guitar, and percussion is what sets apart the jazz quartet, Oregon from the rest. They have performed their mix of classical and jazz music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Berlin Jazz Festival. Glen Moore, who has played with big music names such as Jim Morrison; percussionist Mark Walker, with his distinctive African and Brazilian style; Ralph Towner on classical guitar and Paul McCandless on woodwind make up the Grammy-nominated group. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.
Friday, Aug. 24
Some countries did not realize the actual degree of torture bestowed upon the Jews during World War II. The reason for this is illustrated in the new musical "Musical Chairs", with music provided by Academy Award winner Joel Hirschhorn. The story is set in a concentration camp in Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. To fool the world into believing that the Jews were treated well, the Germans hired a small orchestra to play music for the secretly terrorized ghetto. Through the sweet melodies of a kindhearted and promising pianist, the inhabitants become inspired to fight for survival. $25 (general admission). Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Sept. 23. Circle Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For tickets or more information, call (818) 508-4200.
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