Jewish Journal

7 Days In Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on May. 16, 2002 at 8:00 pm


Isaac Stern's life has been well-documented. But there are interviews and pictures you haven't seen. The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter is hosting "Remembering Isaac," a film retrospective with never-before-seen footage covering his contributions to music and culture, today at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon at the Manhattan Wonton Company follows. $75. Laemmle Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 476-5397.

Hope yesterday's festival didn't wear you out too much, 'cause here's another one you shouldn't miss. The Venice Art Walk is today, and there's lots you'll want to see and buy, from contemporary art to other "steals and deals." There are two auctions as well as studio tours, exhibitions and a food fair. Proceeds benefit the Venice Family Clinic. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Some events also on Friday and Saturday). For event prices and locations, call (310) 392-9255 or visit www.venicefamilyclinic.org.


Never underestimate a Jewish mama's hold on her son. Hank Greenberg accepted an offer to play for the Detroit Tigers when the team's recruiter attended Shabbat dinner at the Greenberg residence and praised Greenberg's mother's gefilte fish. This story is just a portion of one of 16 vignettes about famous Jewish personalities compiled on Florence Markoff's audio collection, "Famous Jewish Portraits in Sound." Other people featured include Jonas Salk, Golda Meir and Itzhak Perlman. $21.50 (audiocassette), $25 (CD). For more information, visit www.bookmarkproductions.org.


The klezmer revival is in full swing, if you'll pardon the pun, with three new albums that will have connoisseurs reaffirming their faith in the mighty accordion. April 30 marked Legacy Recordings' release of "Tanz!," ($11.98) "Abe Schwartz: The Klezmer King" ($11.98) and "From Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish and American Popular Songs 1914-1950" ($19.98). Believers will also be happy to know that all three have been digitally remastered. Can I get an amen? To buy them today, visit www.legacyrecordings.com/klezmermusic.


Enrico Donati's art is inspired by myth and by the stuff of life: mandrakes, fossils and the dust from vacuum bags. In the early years of his career, he joined a New York community of expatriate Surrealist artists displaced by World War II, including André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst, who embraced his works. His 1966-1973 "Antimagnetic Series" is on display at galerie yoramgil through June 10. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday ), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday). 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.


Bernie Berman is a retired Jewish widower who lives alone. His kids don't visit often, but he does get regular visits by the pretty pre-med student he's hired to dance for him. Thus begins the tale of family, loneliness, aging, religion and most of the other biggies, in Martin Horsey's "L'Chaim (To Life)." The play covers all the bases in a lighthearted and affecting manner, and runs through June 23. 8 p.m. (Thursdays through Saturdays), 2 p.m. (Sundays). $20 (Thursdays), $25 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Senior, student and group discounts available upon request. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 477-2055.


Alice Meyerlink, a Jewish girl in 1976, and her friend blame their misfortunes on men and seek vengeance on the most available target -- the pizza delivery guy. That's the premise for Darlene Craviotto's play, "Pizza Man." But men need not fear this comedy because the story has a positive humanistic message. Runs through May 26 at the Actor's Workout Studio in the NoHo Theater District. 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 2 p.m. (Sundays). $11. 4735 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 506-3903.

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