Saturday, Dec. 15
Food. It's a big part of the Chanukah, but by the end of the holiday your family might want something a beyond potato latkes. Today, learn what to cook for the last nights of the "Festival of Lights" with "Jacques Pépin's Chanukah Celebration," an hour-long special. Master chef Pépin and his daughter, Claudine, will prepare miniature chicken quenelles, veal roast and vegetable pancakes tempura. If that's not mouth-watering enough, how about a frozen citrus soufflé for dessert? KCET, 11 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16
Let the last candle burn while you enjoy music and laughter at "Holiday Cabaret." It's a night filled with seasonal faire including the humourous and poignant "It's Christmas and We're Jewish," by composers Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin. Tonight's performance benefits the California Dance Institute at the Luckman, an affiliate of Jacques d'Amboise National Dance Institute. $20. 7 p.m. Atlas Supper Club, 3760 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (213) 380-8400.
Monday, Dec. 17
If your kids are off this week, and you're looking for a way to alleviate their boundless energy after eating chocolate gelt for eight days, send them to camp. The Skirball Cultural Center's, Arts & Comedy Camp that is, where kids from 6 to 10 will learn the basics of comedy and improvisation from comedian Linda Moakes. Activities include writing and performing sketches, songs and stories, as well as learning to make costumes, props and tickets. $95 (members); $120 (nonmembers). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Fri., Dec. 21. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 440-4636.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Think of a national pasttime that has players and diamonds. Nope, not that one. How about poker? The card game has been around for centuries, before baseball was even invented. In "The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!" author George Epstein addresses the four basic rules for winning poker and explains how playing poker is actually healthy for senior citizens and those nearing retirement. Tonight Epstein will hold book signing and discussion at the Westside Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Benjamin Maslin is your typical 15-year-old. He's on the math team, the water polo team, in the Hebrew club and, oh yes, he has painted nearly 100 oil paintings. Maslin, who learned to paint when he was just 9 years old, says he was inspired by Rembrandt, but eventually developed his own style. His Judaic and impressionistic art is on display at the Westside Jewish Community Center. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Jan. 15, 2002. Berch Lounge, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Alcohol and art. Enjoy the two simulatiously at Galerie Yoramgil. Wander though the works of some of the leading contemporary artists, including Melissa Maxfield, Avi Einstein and Gary Weisman, whose bronze statues, "River God" and "Lure," look like they're trying to contort their bodies into every possible position. The gallery will also feature works by Marc Chagall and Adolph Gottleib. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Jan. 7, 2002. 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.
Friday, Dec. 21
A man falls in love with a beautiful maiden who is betrothed to an awful count. Sounds like the making of a tragedy, but what if the town happens to be full of people who have been rendered completly stupid by a terrible curse? Neil Simon's 1981 comedy "Fools,", set is a remote village in the Ukraine at the end of the 19th century, is part folk tale, part fairy tale. In typical Simon fashion, there are plenty of laughs as the couple tries to find love with one hitch: if the girl doens't marry the count, the town could stay stupid forever. $15 (general admission); $12 (students and seniors). Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m and Sundays at 7 p.m. The Lex, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 957-5782.