Jewish Journal

7 Days In Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Apr. 24, 2003 at 8:00 pm


Having survived the eight days, you're back to breaking bread, but questions about the Passover holiday still linger. Jim Long claims to have the answers for all you questioners and nonbelievers. His new book "The Riddle of the Exodus" seeks to prove that the Passover story really happened, based on "newly revealed historical evidence." Order it and decide for yourself. $15. www.lightcatcherprod.com



The Sigma girls are back, this time live and in person in Los Angeles. Four of MTV's original "Sorority Life" castmembers partake in a panel discussion, sponsored by The Morningstar Commission, UCLA Hillel, the Panhellenic Council and the UCLA Career Center. Join the sisters as they discuss the effects of the show on their Jewish identity and the realities of reality television. 5 p.m. UCLA Hillel, Spiegel Auditorium, 574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. www.morningstarevents.com



Like cops and doughnut shops, like Rodgers and Hart, like Gershwin and Gershwin, Jews and American popular music just seem to go together. Coincidence? Jacqueline Bassan doesn't think so -- and she expounds her theory in the pages of her new book, "From Shul to Cool: The Romantic Jewish Roots of American Popular Music." Head to Valley Beth Shalom today to hear more about it. 11:15 a.m. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.


The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity offers an original option for commemorating Yom HaShoah and the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising this evening -- a dramatic musical suite titled "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943." Composed by Yale Strom and performed by the Center's ensemble, Synergy, the program is co-sponsored and hosted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. 7:30 p.m. $18 (general), $15 (members), $10 (students). 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 772-2452.


Props to Cal Rep for their good timing, as they open their not-so-France-friendly production of "Diary of a Chambermaid" this week. The story focuses on Celestine, a chambermaid who begins a new position with an eccentric French family and is eventually seduced by each of the various men in the household. Written as a critique of French bourgeois hypocrisy during the Dreyfus affair, some would say the message still resonates today. 7 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday), 8 p.m. (Friday), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Saturday). $15-$20. Edison Theatre, 213 E. Broadway, Long Beach. (562) 432-1818.


Cantors Chayim Frenkel and Meir Finkelstein have put together a unique salve for the wounds that terrorism has inflicted on Americans and Israelis. Titled "Nishmat Tzedek (A Righteous Soul)," it's a CD and book set; nine inspirational writings by Jewish thinkers as well as nine photographs of Israel by award-winning photographer Eric Lawton, coincide with each of the CD's nine movements, which are based on the "Yizkor" (Memorial) service. $50. www.arighteoussoul.org



That thorough spring cleaning has your home looking streamlined and spick-and-span. And you know what that means -- time to reward yourself with some new stuff. The eighth annual Los Angeles Antiques Show starts today and runs all weekend. Galleries will hawk fine furniture, art, rugs and textiles, ancient Chinese ceramics and statuary, jewels and architectural antiques. One in particular, the Ames Gallery, will be featuring art by renowned Jewish folk artist Harry Lieberman. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (May 2 and 3). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (May 4). $15. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. www.losangelesantiqueshow. com. Agoraphobes can commemorate Yom HaShoah in the privacy of their own homes. Tonight, PBS presents "Sisters in Resistance," a documentary about four young French women who didn't face personal danger by remaining passive, but who risked their lives and fought the Nazis, nonetheless. It follows their story from before the war, through their imprisonment in Ravensbruck concentration camp, to today. 10 p.m. KCET. www.kcet.org


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