February 13, 2003
7 Days In Arts
Nora Maccoby comes from a long line of rabbis on her father's side and a Celtic heritage on her mother's. She also tells us that her paternal grandfather was best friends with Mark Rothko; that her sister studied with De Kooning; and that her mother, once a champion figure skater, now does portrait painting. All of this helps explain her own foray into painting, and, more specifically, her admitted influence of kabbalah and Druidism in her latest series "Ether Field," now showing at The Living Room Gallery. catch today's open house. 1-5 p.m. Runs through March 28. 524 Hoover St., Los Angeles. (323) 662-2932.
Not reserved for peaceniks, environmentalists and self-help types alone, the Los Angeles Conscious Living Expo offers something for anyone interested in health and fitness, sustainable living, world peace, spirituality, ecology and green living or personal growth. True, you'll probably need to prep yourself for the overwhelming musk of patchouli and incense. But it may just be worth it to hear lectures by the likes of Arianna Huffington and Rabbi Michael Lerner and musical performances by Rabbi Moshe Halfon and Melissa Manchester. Feb. 14-16. $5-$15 (general), $10-$30 (workshops), free (children under 12). LAX Hilton, 5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. For times and more information, call (888) 721-3976.
Also taking the "love not war" route this week, Judith Margolis shows her latest series of paintings at the USC Hillel Gallery titled "Making a Place for Peace: An Artist's Response to the Crisis in Israel." Israel-based Margolis responds to the terror and growing tension felt in the country daily in some 20 paintings, journal sketches and collaged images. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Friday). Runs through March 14. 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.
Spy game expert Tom Moon shares his wealth of knowledge with the folks of Temple Ner Tamid's Ezra Center for Mature Adults this morning. But for nonmembers interested in attending, they're quite the welcoming crowd. The program includes a lecture by Moon on "Untold Stories of the Mossad, 'Israel's Secret Service,'" followed by a catered kosher lunch. Moon has written six books on espionage and is a former covert operations officer in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, so we'd guess the guy knows what he's talking about. 10 a.m.-noon. $6 (lunch, members), $7 (lunch, nonmembers). 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. (562) 861-9276.
Aaron Bensoussan, Gerard Edery and Alberto Mizrahi, aka The Sons of Sepharad, have taken songs in Ladino, Greek, Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew from Sephardic Spanish tradition and created a self-titled album. The renown singers have already been lauded by Yedi'ot Aharonot, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. You can buy the album online for a spicy taste of the old country. $17. www.gerardedery.com
Today, LACMA presents a screening of the next in their "In Glorious Black-and-White Scope" series, "The Diary of Anne Frank." Most likely, it's been a while since you've seen the film at all, let alone on the big screen. Directed by George Stevens, and starring Millie Perkins as Anne and Shelley Winters (in an Oscar-winning performance) as Mrs. Van Daan, the film garnered William C. Mellor an Oscar for Best Black-and-White Cinematography. Tonight's your chance to see it in a venue that does it justice. 7:30 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (members, seniors and students). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.
Faith can be a tough enough concept when you're straight. But for the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community, things get even stickier. "Body of Faith," written by Luis Alfaro, examines these issues through four characters: a gay, ex-Christian fundamentalist; a bisexual woman and recent Jewish convert; a transgender woman who finds a less-defined spiritual identity; and a gay Muslim man seeking answers in the Koran. You can catch a preview at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre tonight. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sundays). "Pay What You Can Preview." Opening night: March 1. Runs through March 16. $20. The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles. (323) 860-7300.