June 12, 2003
7 Days In Arts
A documentary about an old-age home. Sound like a snoozefest? Au contraire! More like the IFP's L.A. Film Fest. By showing the lives of Lucille Alpert, 95, and Irja Lloyd, 81, two spitfire old ladies living in a politically progressive L.A. retirement home, today's film screening challenges those preconceived notions -- about both documentaries and the elderly. Alpert and Lloyd's incredible friendship and dependence on one another in the face of failing mental and physical health becomes the inspirational focus of "Sunset Story." 2:15 p.m. (June 14), 7:30 p.m. (June 20). $10. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (866) 345-6337. www.lafilmfest.com
Is klezmer sexy? Probably depends who you ask. But it has been proven, according to a study by University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center, that the annual sexual activity of people who listen to jazz music is higher than the national average. Thus accounting for this weekend's pairing of a certain men's magazine with the popular centerfold and really great jazz music. The Playboy Jazz Festival offers an impressive lineup today, including Al Jarreau, The Dave Brubeck Quartet and, yes, The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars. You can test out the theory for yourself. We're sure Hef would approve. 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sunday), 2:30-11 p.m. (Saturday). $15-$100. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (310) 449-4070. www.ticketmaster.com
Gregg Marx, grandson of Marx Brother Gummo, follows in his famous forefathers' footsteps by taking the stage. But don't expect to be rolling on the floor. His chosen media are straight acting -- he was a regular on popular soaps "Days of Our Lives" and "As the World Turns -- and singing. His new cabaret show, titled "Wet Night ... Dry Martini -- Love: Shakin' ... Stirred ... and on the Rocks," is more Gershwin than Gummo. 8:30 p.m. Mondays, through June 30. $20 (cover, plus $15 food or drink minimum). Feinstein's at the Cinegrill, Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (323) 769-7269.
Got $1,250 to drop? Spend "An Evening with Carl Reiner" courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League. The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, director, writer and producer presents stories from his new book, "My Anecdotal Life," followed by a book signing and dessert reception tonight. The aforementioned price tag is the minimum donation required to attend said event. But the upshot: It's a darn worthy cause, and Reiner will have you laughing all the way from the bank. 7:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. for location, (310) 446-8000, ext. 263.
Gossipmongers delight this week with a movie Oliver Stone undoubtedly wishes never got made. "Controlled Chaos" is a roman à clef based on Azita Zendel's experiences as Stone's personal assistant. Seems scandal coverups don't just happen in his movies. The film runs this week at Laemmle's Fairfax 3. June 13-19. $5.50-$8.50. 7907 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-4010.
Dads not lucky enough to be Mr. Moms can still get some quality time with the kids today. All it'll take is a little ingenuity (read: "sick day"). For their part, the Skirball has made the theme of their "Toddler Time" class "Father Time" this month. That means the focus is on pops for the 75 minutes of stories, songs, arts and crafts, museum tours and snacks with educator Sharon Tash. Go on, make the call. It is Father's Day week, after all. 10-11:15 a.m. $60-$80 (each monthly series). For ages 2 and 3 with an adult. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-4636.
At turns dreamy, dramatic and oom-pa-pa laden, the Eastside Sinfonietta's new CD, "Don't Be Afraid: Music From 'Happy End,' 'Three Penny Opera,' and 'The Hollywood Elegies,'" is a trip back to the '20s, '30s and '40s. Weba Garretson lends her rich voice to updated versions of songs by Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler, including "Moritat (Mac the Knife)," a Seven Days personal favorite. $12. www.trueclassicalcds.com