August 7, 2003
7 Days In Arts
A band of gypsies arrives at the Skirball today as the cultural center's Saturday concert and film series, Cafe Z, continues. The afternoon begins with music by Balkanova, an Eastern European fusion band that blends rock and jazz with Turkish, Bulgarian and Macedonian gypsy sounds. Following the performance is a screening of the film "Latcho Drom," a documentary without dialogue that tells the gypsy story through visuals and the subtitled lyrics of their music. Noon. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
More soulful music tonight -- this time alfresco. The Brandeis-Bardin Institute presents Danny Maseng in "Soul on Fire," the latest in its Concert Under the Stars series. Pack a picnic and hear Maseng perform songs from his "Soul on Fire" CD, which includes renditions of classic Jewish Hebrew songs like "Ma Tovu" and "Hashivenu/Return Again." 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (805) 582-4450
Jeremy Irons is Valentin, an occasionally armed and often disarming jewel thief who dreams of someday making amends with his victims. French singer Patricia Kaas is Jane Lester, a nightclub singer recovering from a painful love affair. Both suffer from bouts of amnesia, and cross paths in Fez, Morocco, outside of a club where Jane is performing. So begins the very European and cerebral love story directed by French Jewish director Claude Lelouch, "And Now Ladies & Gentlemen." The film continues in theaters this week. www.paramountclassics.com/andnow
It's the last week to view galerie yoramgil's submission for the Absolute L.A. International Biennial Art Show. Returning Israeli sculptor Dalit Tayar carves human figures into (not out of) stoneware and porcelain. The cracks and fabric of the stone remain, surrounding many of her figures and resulting in an exploration of texture and nature. Her people gesture quietly from within their stone surroundings, creating contrast and mystery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday). Runs through Aug. 17. 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 275-8130.
Happy Jewish Valentines Day. Tu B'Av, The Jewish Festival of Love, has arrived again, and ATID (a program of Sinai Temple) and The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division are celebrating with an Israeli film screening, discussion and schmoozefest. Meet Israeli director Dan Katzir after watching his award-winning film, "Out for Love ... Be Back Shortly," then find someone to spend the rest of the romantic evening with ... or the rest of your life -- wink, wink. 7 p.m. $15-$18. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 481-3244.
Rise and shine this morning (or set the VCR) to catch "The Bronx Boys," a documentary hosted by Carl Reiner. Fifteen boys from the Bronx who met at P.S. 80 in 1936, reunite over a long summer weekend to celebrate their 70th birthdays, remember old times and play all the games they once enjoyed on the schoolyard, from stickball to marbles to chestnuts to basketball. Included in the group are clothing designer Ralph Lauren's older brother and business partner, Lenny Lauren, film writer John Herman Shaner and producers-managers George Shapiro and Howard West. 9:30 a.m. Cinemax. www.cinemax.com.
Chick lovers and chick-flick lovers might be the most obvious target audiences for "A Family Affair." Not to be confused with "Kissing Jessica Stein," this other Jewish, lesbian romantic comedy was called "a Woody Allen trifecta reconfigured with sharp wit," by Variety. It also picked up some film festival prizes and is released this month on DVD and video. $24.95 (DVD), $39.95 (VHS). www.amazon.com