January 30, 2003
7 Days In Arts
Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, a Cuban American and a Jewish American (respectively), are "the hottest young architects in Los Angeles," according to The New York Times Magazine. Their firm is well-recognized for projects like their restorations of buildings by Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright. You can see all the pretty houses (or at least models, computer renderings, drawings and photographs) at the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach's exhibition, "Under Construction: The Architecture of Marmol Radziner + Associates." Noon-5 p.m. (Friday-Sunday), noon-8 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday). Runs through April 20. Suggested donation: $3 (adults), $1 (students). 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 985-5761.
Fashionistas searching for the appropriate place to show off retro hip legwarmers should consider the Skirball today. A dance recital titled, "Siteworks," takes it outside, with a notice to dress for the potentially chilly February afternoon. The show features site-specific modern dance performances around the museum campus, with choreography by Simone Forti, Rudy Perez, Wendy Rogers and Doug Nielsen. 1 p.m. $15 (general), $12 (members), $10 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 655-8587.
Yiddishkayt goes high tech this month, as Ergo Media, Inc. releases the "Joseph Green Yiddish Film Collector's Edition" of four DVDs. Included in the collection are the famed Molly Picon films "Yidl Mitn Fidl" and "Mamele," as well as the comedy-melodrama, "A Brivele Der Mamen," and the romantic comedy, "Der Purimshpiler." Upgrading to digital also means DVD extras, like an introduction by Yiddish film historian Dr. Eric Goldman, interviews with Joseph Green, Molly Picon, Leon Liebgold and Miriam Kressyn, a nostalgic photo gallery and newly composed klezmer background music. All the films have English subtitles. $130. 1-877-539-4748. www.jewishvideo.com .
Lisa Loomer's new play, "Living Out," strikes a chord with Westside Jewish liberals feeling guilty about their Latina nannies. Now playing at the Mark Taper Forum, it tells the story of a Westside Jewish woman trying to balance being a new mom with her law career. Work pressures make her increasingly dependent on her Eastside Latin American nanny who has children of her own. The play explores both women's struggles to reconcile the demands of work and family. 8 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), 7:30 p.m. (Sundays), 2:30 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Runs through March 9. $31-$45. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.
Harold Gould is back for one week only, starring in Jon Maran's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, "Old Wicked Songs." In it, he and Joseph Fuqua butt heads, as an aging Austrian music teacher and the young American concert pianist sent to study under him. You can see it this afternoon at the University of Judaism. 2 p.m. Runs through Feb. 9. $30-$35. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For information on other dates and times, call (310) 440-1547.
Lifetime and Oxygen network fans can turn off the, ahem, boob tube, and take in some live entertainment at the Globe Playhouse tonight. "These Are the Good Old Days" is a sketch-comedy show written and performed by Robin Page and Nancy Gibbs. Some skits include "The Big 'M': Menopause"; "Bride on the Bus," about a jilted bride; and "The Spa," about two Jewish New Yorkers relaxing at a California health club called The Chutz Spa. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 7 p.m. (Sundays). Runs through Feb. 23. $15-$25. 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (866) 562-8425.
Those interested in breaking out of the funk of easily definable music can start with a lesson in Dapp Theory. Led by Andy Milne, the group offers a positive funk -- fusing African, jazz, pop, folk, classical, hip-hop and R&B genres for a unique sound you can sample this evening at the Skirball. 8 p.m. $21 (general), $18 (members), $10 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587.