July 4, 2002
7 Days In Arts
These guys' names may not sound familiar, but chances are they've made you laugh. Jim Gaffigan is probably best known for his role on "The Ellen Show," and John Pinette's stand-up routine about the Chinese buffet has practically become a classic. They're both appearing in an evening of stand-up comedy called "Let My People Laugh," hosted by the Valley Alliance Ben Gurion Society of the Young Leadership Division with master of ceremonies Dan Lewis. Also on the bill is special guest Larry Miller, most recognizable as the suck-up boutique manager from "Pretty Woman." 7:30 p.m. $95 (entry fee), plus $1,000 annual commitment to the United Jewish Fund Campaign. Hidden Hills. For location and reservations, call (818) 464-3205.
For a theatrical night of titanic proportions, Opiate of the Masses Productions has created "The Poseidon Adventure: The Musical." That's right, they've taken the campy cult classic to the stage, with the added bonuses of songs and interpretive dance. Maybe we're just suckers for a melodramatic disaster-movie-turned-musical, or any show that incorporates a Jewish bubbie and zadie on their way to see their grandson in Israel. Either way, we joyously declare this show see-worthy. Runs through Aug. 3. 4 p.m. (Sundays), 8 p.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays). $20. Tamarind Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 960-5755.
Israeli American artist Zvia Sadja challenges us to get in touch with our primitive selves in her newest exhibit, "Atavism." The word describes the phenomenon in which a throw-back in evolution occurs. It's an appropriate title for her photographs in which images of ordinary people are digitally and surrealistically reworked, evoking a primal sexuality. Her photos can be viewed through July 26 at the Santa Monica College Photography Gallery. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 -7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Technology Building, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 434-4289.
Listen up, Daddy-O. It's "Swing Night" at the Hollywood Bowl, baby. That means cool tunes guaranteed to flip your wig by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Ken Peplowski's tribute to Benny Goodman Big Band, plus, plenty of zoot-suited rug-cutters. Dig it. 8 p.m. $1-$70. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 850-2000.
Crooner and ivory-tickler Michael Feinstein has a new CD out with a title that says it all, "Michael Feinstein with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra." Performing American classics like "Stormy Weather" and "I Won't Send Roses," Feinstein and the entire 100-piece orchestra will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 26. But you can catch Feinstein's solo stylings at Borders Westwood tonight. He'll be singing a few ditties and signing copies of the CD. 7 p.m. 1360 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. For more information, call (310) 475-3444.
Erik and Oliver Slabiak are the violin-playing brothers who lead Les Yeaux Noirs, the French Gypsy/klezmer sextet. The band's name is French for The Black Eyes, and is taken from the title of a Russian Gypsy tune from the '30s. Their music links the two musical styles for an original sound that's been highly praised. Tonight, they'll kick off the Skirball Cultural Center's Summer Sunset Concert Series with some Eastern European flavor. 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.
For three shows only, Jerry Herman takes over the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles for a concert of his music titled, of course, "Jerry's Boys!" Favorite hit tunes the "boys" intend to perform include songs from Herman's musicals like "Mame," "Hello, Dolly!" and "La Cage aux Folles." They'll also sing songs off his latest concept album, "Miss Spectacular." Guest artists include Nancy Dussault ("Too Close for Comfort") and Macolm Gets ("Caroline in the City"). 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sunday). $15-$45. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For reservations, call (800) 636-7464.