December 18, 2003
7 Days In Arts
"The Nanny's" Fran Drescher whines her way into hearts once again, as she hosts the Jewish Television Network's one-hour, all-the-stops-pulled-out"A Chanukah Celebration." Today on PBS, Fran shares her own Chanukah memories, then introduces each of the segments that follow: an explanation of "The Eight Lights of Chanukah" by Rabbi Irwin Kula; home decorating tips with The Journal's own Teresa Strasser; music by Craig Taubman and Theodore Bikel; and "Aleph ... Bet ... Blast-off!" puppet show. 9 p.m. KCET. www.kcet.org .
From yesterday's "Celebration" to today's "Chanukah Extravaganza." Day Two of the Fest O' Lights brings the Friendship Circle's kick-off event. The program for special-needs kids presents an introduction to their organization for parents, children and potential teen volunteers, while avoiding the typical lecture-and-refreshments open house scenario. Today's activities include a latke-making workshop, arts and crafts, sports and games and a bubble show. 1-3:30 p.m. Chabad Persian Youth Center, 9022 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 653-1086.
One little girl thinks her school friends' names don't suit them at all. Shira -- whose name means song -- doesn't like to sing, and Avi -- whose name means father -- isn't anyone's dad. So begins the premise of "Shemot Muzarim," ("Strange Names"). The newly released Hebrew kids' book, written by Shari Dash Greenspan and illustrated by Avi Katz, explores the meanings behind Hebrew names from a child's perspective. $12. www.urimpublications.com
Perfect for gathering 'round the chanukiah, Debbie Friedman's "Light These Lights" is her latest collection of Chanukah songs, out just in time for the holiday. The CD features Friedman classics like "Not By Might," traditional songs like "Y'Mei HaChanukah," as well as her interpretation of Peter Yarrow's "Light One Candle." $15.95. www.soundswrite.com
Intercultural holiday warm fuzzies come in the form of a free six-hour music and dance show at the Music Center, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today. Included in the list of more than 38 acts are performances as diverse as Persian santur-playing by Manoochehr Sadeghi, a Haitian carol sung by the Compton High School Choir and Chanukah songs by Valley Beth Shalom Congregational Choir, with live music by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and klezmer variations by the Oy!Stars. Other acts acknowledging the MOT's are Louisville High School's Christian-oriented choir and the San Fernando Valley Youth Choir. 3-9 p.m. Free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown Los Angeles. (213) 972-3099. The show will also be broadcast live on KCET. www.kcet.org
Your gift this Christmas morning? Jewishy fun at The Zimmer Children's Museum. Just roll out of bed to be ready for their Pajama Party, featuring games, storytelling, exhibits, hat-making and snacks. Free (members),$3 (nonmembers) plus $5 (per family, suggested donation). 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8998.
Missed the nipple controversy the first time? Copro/Nason Gallery now offers you a second opportunity. Leonard Nimoy's black-and-white photographic exploration of Jewish mysticism, spirituality and sexuality, "Shekhina," is on display through Jan. 31. 1-6 p.m. (Wednesday-Saturday). 11265 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-2643.