November 20, 2003
7 Days In Arts
More More. Celebrity Staged Play Reading producer-director Alexandra More presents another installment in the series tonight and tomorrow. "The Floating Lightbulb" is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy penned by Woody Allen that revolves around a Canarsie family in 1945. The title references the older son's dream of becoming a magician as a way out of his depressed surroundings. Alan Blumenfeld, Richard Fancy and Katherine James star. $10-$14. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310. Nov. 23, 2 p.m., Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531, ext. 2225.
The Skirball shows the accordion due respect this evening as they present Grammy Award-winning accordionist Flaco Jimenez in concert. Jimenez and his ensemble perform traditional South Texas conjunto and Tejano music as part of the cultural center's ongoing American Dream Music Series, which coincides with its exhibit, "The Photograph and the American Dream." 7 p.m. $10-$18. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 655-8587.
Neile Adams -- singer, horse breeder, trapeze aficionado and ex-wife of Steve McQueen -- clearly wears many hats. Tonight, she tips hers to Broadway songwriters Jerry Herman, Rodgers and Hart, Lieber and Stoller and Mel Brooks, performing their songs in "Neile Adams: The Child in Me." Her show at the Gardenia continues for two more Mondays through Dec. 8. 9 p.m. $15 (cover). Tom Rolla's Gardenia, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 467-7444.
In the aptly titled "Timekeeper" exhibition, Stephen Cohen Gallery displays a retrospective of photographs by Anthony Friedkin. His 30 years as a fine-art photographer, film unit still photographer and photojournalist (Newsweek and Rolling Stone) are all represented in the collection. There are images from projects including The Gay Essay, The "Le Mer" Series and The Beverly Hills Essay. Tony Friedkin's art also hangs in LACMA, George Eastman House and the J. Paul Getty Museum, but Cohen Gallery features a considerable selection through Dec. 31. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday). 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-5525.
Chanukah comes early this year for choral Yiddish music lovers. Thank Mark Zuckerman and the Goldene Keyt Singers for this miracle. The CD is titled "The Year in Yiddish Song," because, Zuckerman writes, "the sequence of the songs reflects the calendar (more or less) of the Eastern European Jewish immigrants to America." It includes old faves like "Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl" (that's "I am a Little Dreydl,") and "Bay mir bistu sheyn." $15. www.centaurrecords.com
You've been giving thanks all damn day. Take a timeout with this week's Jewish Book Month suggestion: Sol Wachtler's and David S. Gould's legal thriller "Blood Brothers." Legal wizzes Wachtler and Gould, who served as New York State chief judge and assistant United States attorney, respectively, put their knowledge to good use for this courtroom drama that reunites childhood "blood brothers" who have taken different life paths. $24.95. www.amazon.com .
For those predisposed to road rage or parking lot paroxysms, may we suggest avoiding the malls in favor of a second look at one of LACMA's collections. "Revisiting the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection of Photographic Self-Portraits" runs through Jan. 11, and gives you the opportunity to do just as the title suggests. Divided into thematic sections, the exhibit illustrates the ways in which artists have explored ideas of "identity, culture and art-making itself." Noon-9 p.m. (Friday), noon-8 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Free (children 17 and under), $5-$9 (general). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000.