April 17, 2003
7 Days In Arts
A coalition of Southern California Jewish organizations comes together today for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 60th Anniversary Commemoration. Theodore Bikel narrates the program, which includes the lighting of six memorial candles by Holocaust survivors in honor of the 6 million, poetry readings in Yiddish and English and performances by Bikel and the Workmen's Circle Mit Gezang Yiddish Chorus, led by Dr. Michelle Green-Willner. 8 p.m. $5 (requested donation). Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Getting a jump-start on Tuesday's holiday, the Zimmer Children's Museum hosts Celebrate Earth Day! Artist and environmentalist Ruth Askren teaches your little ones all about endangered species and ways to protect the Earth. The hands-on fun also includes collage-making with recycled materials. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free (members), $3 (nonmembers, plus museum fee). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8998.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, KCET has a host of films airing this month. First, brush up on your World War II history with the documentary, "Yalta: Peace Power and Betrayal," tonight. Then tune in Wednesday for the broadcast premiere of Academy Award-winning documentary, "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," and next week for "Elie Weisel: First Person Singular." www.kcet.org
Face it, ever since the Oscars, something hasn't felt right. You're just a little off-center. This year's stunting of the red carpet fashion-bashing extravaganza has left a void that can only be filled by the queen of professional and facial reinvention, the Diva herself, Ms. Joan Rivers. Can't bring yourself to admit it out loud? That's OK. We won't make you. After all, Seven Days is just here to help. This week, the Canon Theatre presents "Joan Rivers: Broke and Alone in L.A." So go. You know you want to. 8 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday), 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). Runs April 22-26. $40-$50. 209 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 859-2830.
Jewish artist Michael Goldberg has been exhibiting his paintings regularly since the '50s, with his debut in the legendary Ninth Street Show, alongside works by Franz Kline, Jackson Pollack, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Motherwell. Manny Silverman Gallery is part of a three-gallery exhibition of Goldberg's recent works, which are being shown in New York and Chicago, as well. The Los Angeles show, titled, "Michael Goldberg: Over the Moon, Paintings 2000-2002," features 12 works on canvas and a few on paper, painted over the last two years. Runs through May 24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday). 619 N. Almont St., Los Angeles. (310) 659-8256.
Many of those unable to attend High Holiday services in the recent past still haven't missed a prayer thanks to the work of "Temple of the Air." The program offers a recorded contemporary Yom Kippur service on DVD for the homebound, which has also been televised on the Hallmark Channel, on KDOC 56 in Los Angeles and on local channels in New York and Miami. Tonight, "Temple of the Air" hosts a fundraising dinner and program to help meet its goal of distributing complimentary DVDs to homes for the aging and convalescent centers across the United States. Celebrities expected to attend include Theodore Bikel, Larry King, Mary Hart and Leonard Maltin. 6 p.m. $150. Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 444-7500.
L.A. greets another fine Jewish painter today. Based in Canada, Simon Shegelman emigrated from the Soviet Union in the '70s and has exhibited his work in galleries from Berlin to Boston. The subjects of his paintings are equally extensive, ranging from Jewish themes to Parisian nightlife to still lifes of fruit or flowers. They can be viewed at today's opening reception at the Jonhson Art Collection and for the next six weeks. 6-10 p.m. 8304B Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-5738.