September 11, 2003
7 Days In Arts
Let's make a deal? Monty's offering you one you can't refuse. Continuing today and tomorrow is the 31st annual Merchant of Tennis/Monty Hall/Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Tennis Tournament. You might have missed last night's cocktail reception, but that's no reason to skip today's tournament. Plus, Sunday's championship finals take place at that earthly Valhalla -- the Playboy Mansion. $450 (tournament entry fee). Mountaingate Country Club, 12445 Mountaingate Drive, Los Angeles. $150 (championship). Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills. (310) 996-1188.
It's got the trappings of a good murder mystery, but Col. Mustard stays away in Robert E. Sherwood's "Idiot's Delight." Colorful characters go about their business while stranded in a Fascist Italy hotel on the eve of World War II. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 7 p.m. (Sunday). $20. Runs through Oct. 19. Lillian Theatre, 1078 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. (323) 960-5521.
What with the kids back in school, it's dawned on you that you actually miss the little buggers. Indulge this tender moment and take them with you to Park Labrea's seventh annual Art in the Park Art Fair and Festival, featuring a children's "fun field" with art workshops and children's art display. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. 6200 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 549-5580. www.artinthepark.com .
Jews, Muslims and Christians come together for some interfaith dialogue at the Laemmle Fairfax. The program includes a screening of Ruth Broyde-Sharone's 18-minute documentary, "God and Allah Need to Talk," as well as performances by Palestinian violinist Nabil Azzam, Iranian entertainer Mitra Rahbar, Ladino music singer Stefani Valadez and the Yuval Ron Trio with percussionist Jamie Papish. Noon-3 p.m. $10 (suggested minimum donation). 7907 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 837-2294.
Don't let the title fool you. Those who love a parade shouldn't attend Alfred Uhry's "Parade" expecting baton twirlers atop toilet-papered flatbeds. It's called irony, people, and Uhry uses it well. His Pulitzer Prize-winning musical tells the tragic tale of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew living in Georgia, who was executed for a crime he didn't commit. The show kicks off the Musical Theatre Guild's eighth Broadway in Concert season at the Alex Theatre tonight. 7:30 p.m. $35. 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. Also Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $38. The Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (805) 583-8700.
Short and sweet, "The Ice Cream Man" screens today at the Silver Lake Film Festival. That's short, as in not feature length, and sweet, as in ice cream. Written and directed by Dylan Rush, the film tells the story of a turf war between ethnically divergent Venice Beach ice cream vendors. 11:30 a.m. $10. Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (866) 468-3399.
With the High Holidays approaching, do you know what you'll be putting on the table? Perhaps you should let Sur La Table help you out. Chef Judy Bart Kancigor offers a cooking demonstration titled "Not Your Grandma's Rosh Hashanah Dinner," based on her cookbook "Melting Pot Memories." On the menu: Layered Hummus Eggplant, Braised Turkey Breast Pinwheels With Spinach and Exotic Mushroom Stuffing, Southwestern Sweet Potato Tzimmes in Chile Pockets and Cream Puff Taiglach Towers With Honey Almond Caramel Sauce. 6:30 p.m. $45. Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. Also tomorrow in Santa Monica. (866) 328-5412.
Milla Jovovitch performs punk covers of klezmer favorites and Adrien Brody ventriloquizes in Greg Pritikin's new film, "Dummy." Opening this week, the offbeat romantic comedy about a nebbish who still lives with mom and dad follows his endeavors in learning the art of ventriloquism and in wooing his unemployment counselor. Some are hailing it "My Big Fat Jewish Wedding," while others point to some disappointing clichés. We leave it to you to decide who the dummy is. www.artisanent.com .
Give peace a chance? Maybe after today's outing. Currently on display at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is "Requiem for War: Paintings by Hans Burkhardt." The works, which span the years 1938-1993, use abstract expressionist symbolism to reflect his responses to the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the conflicts in Latin America and the Middle East. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday). Runs through Sept. 30. 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 938-5222.