November 6, 2003
7 Days In Arts
Follow Michelle Azar as she journeys through Labor Zionist Youth camp and other rites of suburban Michigan Jewish life tonight and tomorrow night. Her one-woman show, "The Box Poolah," co-written by "Friends" writer Jeff Astrof, tells the story of a young suburban Jewish girl figuring out the real rules of life. It shows this weekend only. Come early for cocktails and silent auction. 7:30 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction), 8 p.m. (showtime). $20. The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 572-6748.
Gotta watch Wapner? Okay, Rainman, here's your live-and-in-person chance. Today at the UJ, legal scholars Laurie Levenson and Erwin Chemerinsky argue the case of "The People vs. King David" before "The People's Court's" own Judge Joseph Wapner. Was the Bible's King David guilty for his affair with Batsheva and his role in the death of her husband, Uriah? Attend the mock trial to cast your vote, then stick around after lunch for a panel discussion on the private morality of public leaders. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $28 (includes lunch). University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1246.
Get a head start on tomorrow's Veterans Day at the Workmen's Circle. A Shenere Velt Gallery's new juried group show "War Stories" offers multiple perspectives on the subject. In a black-and-white collage titled "America," artist Brian Sullivan uses post-Sept. 11 as his theme, while Jane Richlovesky's "from Lockheed to Levittown" focuses on the role of women in World War II. The exhibit, which opened yesterday, runs through Jan. 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Friday). 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Seems everything old is new again, even anti-Semitism. Today, Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman attends his Los Angeles book launch for "Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism." The book discusses new trends in global anti-Semitism, including new technology's ability to unite small "hate pockets" throughout the world and other dangerous alliances now on the rise. Foxman speaks to the issues at a dinner and booksigning this evening. 7:30 p.m. $41-$57. Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P. by Nov. 10, (213) 628-2333.
Jews are present and accounted for in this year's AFI Fest. Representing tonight is "Rosenstrasse," a film centered on the story of the Jewish husbands of Aryan wives who were protected until 1943's "final roundup," when many of them were forced into a detention center on a Berlin street called Rosenstrasse. Other screenings of interest this week include "James, Journey to Jerusalem" and "The Fire Within." 9:30 p.m. (Wednesday), 3:30 p.m. (Friday). $6-$11. ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 234-3378. www.afi.com
For insight into the male psyche this week, consult Hal Sirowitz's new book of poetry, "before, during & after." The time phrases modify a word he leaves out of the title: "sex." The poems are divided into those three periods of a relationship, each one touching on a conversation with a woman. For those not yet sold, check out one of the funniest in the "during sex" chapter, which begins, "My father is my gynecologist, she said." www.softskull.com
Jewish Broadway parody lovers have double cause to kick up their heels this week. "Shlock Rock: Almost on Broadway" and "SayOyVey" are now available for your listening pleasure. With Shlock you get spoofs on Broadway tunes from various shows. Think "Soup and challah, candlesticks, kiddush it is delicious" filling in for "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "Tekiah" instead of "West Side Story's" "Maria." "SayOyVey" sticks to just one musical for its song base: "Cabaret," but takes its story of "Jewish Star"-crossed lovers (in a synagogue bridge club for seniors) from "Romeo and Juliet." www.shlockrock.com. www.sillymusic.com