Jewish Journal

7 Days In Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on May. 8, 2003 at 8:00 pm


With a title like "Jane White Is Sick and Twisted" the product practically sells itself. But just in case you haven't heard of this little cult film, here's what you need to know: Obsessed with television and home-schooled by an agoraphobic mother, Jane White's strange life gets stranger when she sets out to find her absent father by trying to make it onto "The Gerry Show," a TV talk show in the vein of "Jerry Springer." In the process, she encounters freaks of every variety. Written, directed and produced by David Michael Latt, the movie stars TV icons like Maureen McCormick of "The Brady Bunch" and Dustin Diamond of "Saved by the Bell." It's now available on DVD. $24.95. www.janewhitemovie.com.


You did the brunch thing, the Woodley Park thing, but what to do with the rest of Mother's Day? Perhaps the UJ thing. Today, University of Judaism (UJ) presents Kevin Earley and Merideth Kaye Clark in "Mama, A Rainbow," a cabaret of Broadway songs by Jewish composers including Berlin, Bernstein, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Coffee, tea and dessert are also included, which means the added bonus of getting to see how many cookies bubbie can stuff in her purse. 2 p.m. $30. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1546.


Three artists put their best faces forward for the University of Judaism's Platt and Borstein Galleries' latest exhibition. Titled "Face to Face," the theme of the show is portraiture. Elizabeth Bloom's work is inspired by Sept. 11, Ethel Fisher's focuses on the relationships between her subjects and their environment and Barbara Leventhal-Stern's deals with Jewish life during Nazi occupation. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Monday-Thursday). Artist's reception May 11, 2-4 p.m. Runs through July 3. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777.


Roses are red, violets are blue, if you think this is poetry, may we offer a clue? The Tanach's Song of Songs has some pretty great love poetry. And while you could rip some off to share with your beloved, The Fountain Theatre offers a classier option through June 26. Their show, "The Song of Songs," is being described as a "dance opera" inspired by the Megillah. It's song, dance and spoken word. In other words, poetry in motion. 8 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday). $22. 5060 Fountain Ave., Hollywood. (323) 663-1525.


While you're at it, you can class up your Wednesday and Thursday nights, too. The Jewish Women's Theatre Project hosts the last in their At-Homes New Play Salon Series tonight and tomorrow night. L.A.-area actors read Jennifer Boxer's new play "Almost," which is based on interviews the writer conducted in which she asked people to share their personal stories of life-altering choices they had made. Dessert and discussion follow. 8 p.m. $20. May 14, Cheviot Hills residence. May 15, Brentwood residence. (310) 398-7110.


Religious tensions flare in Jerusalem. Love blossoms between a young Christian man and a Jewish girl. The story sounds like it could take place today, but it's set during the Crusades in 1192. Gotthold Lessing's story of "Nathan the Wise," adapted by Richard Sewell and directed by Pavel Cerny, focuses on a Jewish merchant and philanthropist whose friendship with the Sultan of Jerusalem is tested. It plays through June 28 at the Lillian Theater. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $20 (general), $15 (students and seniors). 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. (323) 293-7257.


More than 70 Los Angeles artists challenge the illusive simplicity of black and white in BGH Gallery's current exhibition, "Beauty Stripped Bare/L.A. Black + White." This includes a 25-foot installation of yarn by Alexandra Grant and a Stars of David felt sculpture by Sam Erenberg. Other unusual materials used in the show include vinyl, squid ink spaghetti and spun polyester. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday). Runs through May 25. Bergamot Station Building D4, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 315-9502.

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