Saturday, Nov. 17
Oftentimes the word "murder" is followed by "mystery." In "Murder," by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, the mystery is how far people will allow the cycle of revenge to take them. Levin's tale of four murders offers up his perspective of the basic elements behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- a subject where the line between good and evil is blurred. $20. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Edison Theatre, 213 Broadway, Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 432-1818.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Get a head start on Chanukah shopping at Temple Isaiah's 21st Annual Festival of Jewish Artisans. Explore the booths of handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, woodworks and more, while supervised, hands-on activities occupy the kids. $4 (general admission); $2 (under 12 and seniors). The festival kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m., with "Tresoros Sepahrdis -- A Sephardic Odyssey in Song", featuring internationally acclaimed singer Judy Frankel, followed by a reception and preview sale. $18 (general admission); $15 (seniors). 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For concert reservations or more information, call (310) 277-2772.
Monday, Nov. 19
The struggle of the 36,000 Ethiopian Jews currently living in Israel has been captured by photographer Irene Fertik in "From Tesfa to Tikvah." The collection of 32 pictures shows the elaborate rituals and cultural life of this "lost tribe" since Operation Solomon began in 1991. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 14. The USC Hillel Jewish Center Art Gallery, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 747-9135.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
One of the only photographers among the abstract expressionists in the 1940s and 1950s was Aaron Siskind. Siskind, known for his social documentary photographs, became close friends with fellow abstract artist Franz Kline in 1948. A decade later Kline painted Siskind, and 15 years after that Siskind shot the photo series "Homage to Franz Kline." Today, the New York native's collections are displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in, "Aaron Siskind and Franz Kline: Expression Through Abstraction." Gallery hours: Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. California Plaza, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 626-6222.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Take a seat at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and it just might be a really be a work of art. Artist Miriam Slater, whose full-scale maquettes often pay homage to cubism and surrealist Giorgio De Chirico, used her love of decorating wood to design a chair for the center. In addition to furniture, Slater's intricate compositions can also be found on cups, wedding boxes and violins today at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. Through Jan. 5, 2002. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 933-5523.
Thursday, Nov. 22A combination of the beautiful scenery in Italy, the secluded roads of Mendicino and the current turmoil in the United States has influenced the latest exhibit by Gloria Moses. "Images of Nature" uses bright shades of orange, acid greens and shimmery pinks to show peacefulness of nature, with an underlying hint of terror. Her works are never retouched, reflecting her belief that the first impression is always the best. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Through Nov. 30. Orlando Gallery, 18376 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 705-5368.
Friday, Nov. 23
It's 1939, and Atlanta is buzzing with both the debut of "Gone With the Wind" and Ballyhoo, an event where the town's wealthiest Jewish girls prepare to be matched up with the wealthiest Jewish guys -- but not just any Jewish guy will do. Actor Fred Savage stars in "The Last Night at Ballyhoo," the story of two female cousins whose search for romance might tear their family apart. Written by Alfred Uhry, the play explores the assimilation of German Jews into southern society, and the animosity that existed between them and Jews from Eastern Europe. $22-$25 (general admission). Opens Nov. 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Regular show times: Wed.-Sun., 8 p.m. Through Dec. 16. El Portal Center's Circle Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (310) 271-0129.