Saturday, Dec. 29
Artist Elizabeth Tinglof new mixed media works "...scapes," manages to capture on canvas the feeling someone gets while looking down at the world. The paintings, reminiscent of aerial photographs, uncover the relationship between the topography of our planet with the landscape of human emotion. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 31. Robert Berman Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., D-5, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 315-1937.
Sunday, Dec. 30
He dueled in "The Princess Bride," played piano for a mobster in "Dick Tracy," and fell in love with Barbra Steisand in "Yentl." Now, Mandy Patinkin is bringing his trademark talents to the stage in Mandy Patinkin in Concert. The actor/singer will perform traditional, classic and contemporary songs, as well as songs off his just-released CD, Kidults -- which he designed for the kid inside every adult. $15-$65 (general admission). 2 p.m. Also plays Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. ($25-$75). The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (213) 365-3500.
Monday, Dec. 31
Ring in 2002 with a Mediterranean twist at Tempo bar & grill. Tonight's New Year's Eve party has dancing with music from Pini Cohen and his band, an elegant dinner, champagne and even a breakfast buffet for those who plan to stay until the wee hours of the morning. $85. 9 p.m. 16610 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For reservations, call (818) 905-5855
Tuesday, Jan 1
Thirty years ago, when 17-year-old Chava Alberstein skipped her senior year finals to sing at the Hammam Theater in Jaffa, the Israeli singer started her journey towards stardom. She has since recorded nearly 50 albums in French, Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew and English, many of which went gold or platinum. Her first domestic release, "Foreign Letters," offers an array of songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and English including, "Leaves Fall," "Liar," "The Secret Garden" and "A Maiden's Prayer." $17.97. To obtain a CD or for more information, visit www.rounder.com
Wednesday, Jan 2
When writer Mathias Gold inherits a fancy apartment in Paris, he looks forward to starting a new life. However the current tenants, 94-year old Mathilde and her daughter, have other plans. Emmy Award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz weaves the lives of these seemingly incompatible group of characters in "My Old Lady," into a tapestry of fun, humor and life lessons. Directed by David Esbjornson, the production features award-winning actress Sian Phillips ("Goodbye, Mr. Chips," "I, Claudius") as Mathilde. $30-$44 (general admission). Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sun., 2:30 p.m. Through Feb. 10, 2002. Produced through the Mark Taper Forum at the James A. Dolittle Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 628-2772.
Thursday, Jan. 3
Many are just beginning to understand the intricacies of Middle East culture and geography, now that eliminating terrorism has become all too pressing. To clear up misconceptions about the beliefs to which each region adheres, KCET is re-airing the five-episode series "Search for Destiny." Tonight's episode starts with the formation of the modern Middle East from when it was ruled by Constantinople through the aggressive British front. 10 p.m.-11 p.m. Airs every Thursday through Jan. 31. For more information, visit www.kcet.org.
Friday, Jan. 4
Every family has its own traditions and rituals for lighting candles on Shabbat or cleaning the house for Passover, but how about one for running a marathon or moving into a new home? That's why Rabbi Irwin Kula, the president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), put together "The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals and Blessings." More than 100 occasions are broken up into 11 sections. Each event includes a meditation, ritual, blessing and a teaching drawn from a religious text designed to enhance, not replace, current practices. $16.95 For more information, visit www.clal.org.