May 30, 2002
7 Days In Arts
Amnesty International's screening of the documentary, "The Inner Tour" will certainly stir up some emotion. Filmed in 2000, the Israeli/Palestinian collaboration follows a group of Palestinians from the West Bank on a three-day sightseeing bus tour of Israel. The filmmakers focus on the Palestinian perspective, and on the individuals' personal stories as they relate to the political conflict. A discussion follows. 7 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (West Hollywood residents and Amnesty International members), $4 (students, seniors and disabled). Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 815-0450.
Those looking for an escape from the politics may enjoy Handel's "Israel in Egypt" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Performed by Los Angeles Master Chorale with conductor Grant Gershon, the oratorio is considered one of Handel's finest works and tells the story of the Children of Israel's freedom from slavery. 6:30 p.m. (pre-concert conversation with Gershon and KUSC host Alan Chapman), 7:30 p.m. (concert). $10-$54. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (213) 972-7282.
The University of Judaism wants you to get on the bus. They're sponsoring another guided tour through the neighborhoods of Historical Jewish L.A., from Boyle Heights to Beverlywood. Along the way, you'll learn about pioneering Jewish families and Jewish roles in the development of the entertainment and garment industries. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Departs from the University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. $35 (general), $30 (per person, group rate). For reservations, call (818) 994-0213.
The Westside JCC is going Hollywood again with the next production in its 2002 Celebrity Staged Play Reading Series. This time, Barbara Bain ("Mission Impossible") and daughter Juliet Landau ("Angel") will star in a reading of Richard Rashke's "Dear Esther," about Sobibor death-camp survivor Esther Terner Raab. $10 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $2 discount for seniors and students. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 938-2531, ext. 2225.
Don't let Stanley Sheff fool you. He may only answer to his pseudonym, Maxwell DeMille, but that's just his alter-ego asserting itself. Sheff's really just a Jewish guy with an interest in Hollywood's entertainment and architectural history. Maxwell DeMille is the persona he assumes on Monday nights as the host of Maxwell's at the Argyle, a 1940s-style nightclub and tribute to vintage Hollywood at the Argyle Hotel. Shows change weekly but always include dining, live music and a floor show. 7 p.m. $10 (cover charge, per person). 8358 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, call (213) 361-6186.
You know the Bar Mitzvah party ain't over till you've done the obligatory "New York, New York" kick-line. It's one of Kander and Ebb's signature songs, but surprisingly, it's not the Jewish musical team's favorite. They're actually most proud of the score they wrote for "70, Girls, 70." See Charlotte Rae ("The Facts of Life") and other classic TV favorites in Shadow Box Productions' rendition of the musical at the El Portal Theatre-Mainstage. 7 p.m. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), 8 p.m. (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sundays). $30-$45. Closes June 9. 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 508-4200.
Lawrence Gipe paints pretty pictures, but there's evil lurking below the surface. All of his images are derived from Nazi-era propaganda photos. What results is a profound feeling of discomfort for the viewer, who feels at once entranced and appalled by these images. See Gipe's latest exhibition titled "Amerika," on display through July 6 at Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday). 2525 Michigan Avenue, T3, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 828-1133.
Jewish character actor Charles "you'd know him if you saw him" Aidman was responsible for adapting Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology" into a play for UCLA. It has since been on Broadway and most likely had at least one stint at your local high school. See it through June 23 at Theatre West. 8 p.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays), 2 p.m. (Sundays). $25 (general), student, senior and group discounts available. 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 851-7977.
Infertility isn't a subject often broadcasted to the world. But Vicky Juditz's autobiographical solo-theater piece, "Where Do Babies Come From?" bravely deals with her personal journey from infertility to surrogacy in all its complexity. Previews are tonight and tomorrow. Runs June 14-July 20. 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays). $12 (previews), $15 (general). Elephant Theater, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 954-7510, ext. 20.