June 5, 2003
7 Days In Arts
The Yiddish Culture Club's going on summer vacation. Before they do, catch their end of the season concert. Actor and singer Hale Porter discusses and performs Yiddish folk songs tonight -- your last chance for a dose till fall. 7:30 p.m. $5 (members), $10 (nonmembers). Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 275-8455.
Jewish music season finale week continues today with the last in Temple Israel of Hollywood's Nimoy Concert Series. Dr. Noreen Green conducts "Sweet Strings of the Los Angeles Symphony" featuring 18-year-old solo violinist Lindsay Deutsch. The playlist features works by recently deceased Jewish composers Leon Stein and Srul Glick, as well as classics by Ernest Bloch, Robert Strassburg and Felix Mendelssohn. 3 p.m. $8-$25. 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 478-6332.
Thank the American Cinematheque this week for perhaps the only reunion you won't dread attending. "The Right Stuff" Cast and Crew Reunion takes place tonight, in conjunction with its 20th anniversary two-disc special edition DVD release on June 10. The itinerary calls for an introduction by director Philip Kaufman prior to the film's screening. Also confirmed are actors from the film, including Dennis Quaid, Scott Glenn, Barbara Hershey, Kathy Baker and Veronica Cartwright, plus producer Robert Chartoff, pilot Gen. Chuck Yeager and astronaut Col. Gordon L. Cooper. Perhaps you've heard of them? 7 p.m. $6-$9. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456.
Reading may be its own reward, but the Jewish Community Library knows a little bribery doesn't hurt either -- especially where kids are concerned. Thus, the Summer Reading Club 2003 was created. And it was good. Every kid who reads six Jewish-themed books this summer wins a certificate, a prize -- and the enrichment that only a book can bring, of course. (323) 761-8648. www.jclla.org.
Erstwhile rabbi and cantor Jackie Mason brings his shtick to Los Angeles this week. For some Jewish insult comedy that'll keep you regular, the five-performance engagement of "Prune Danish" plays tonight through Sunday. And while the sometimes dated, sometimes right-wing material is "not everyone's taste," as one review title emphasized, Mason's show, and particularly his showmanship, have won significant praise in other cities and garnered a Tony Award nomination in the Special Theatrical Event category. 8 p.m. (Wednesday-Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sunday). Runs June 11-15. $35-$100. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 365-3500.
Playing hookie? Pick up fluffy page-turner "The Room-Mating Season" by Rona Jaffe on your way to the beach today. This newest novel by the New York Times best-selling author tells the story of four best girlfriends: Cady, the passionate Jewish girl; Leigh, the sensible one; Vanessa, the beautiful free spirit; and Susan, the mysterious one. The four young women share an apartment in New York City in 1963 -- "Everything would happen here, whatever everything was." E P Dutton, $24.95. amazon.com
Do Friday the 13th right. Screening tonight as part of the IFP Film Festival, indie filmmaker Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever," is a sexy, gory, horror flick guaranteed to scare the bemoses out of you. Think sex, blood and a flesh-eating virus. Pretty much everything you want, and nothing you don't. 11:45 p.m. $10. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (866) 345-6337. www.lafilmfest.com.