January 1, 2004
7 Days In Arts
You survived another holiday season, but with the end, sadly, also comes the close of Domestic Setting's "Tinseltown" art exhibition. Referencing both Hollywood and holiday decoration, the show features works in various media by 46 artists, including Ruth Weisberg, Lucas Reiner and Phyllis Green. Catch it this week, 'cause that latke weight might be staying with you for a while, but come Jan. 11, the art will be coming down. Noon-5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). 3774 Stewart Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 391-8023.
Meet Joe Black. This afternoon, the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles presents "Rock with Rabbi Joe Black," featuring the rabbi from Albuquerque's Congregation Albert synagogue. Brad Pitt he ain't, but he was named one of the top 10 male performers in American Jewish music by Moment Magazine. 3-4 p.m. Free. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8648.
The Skirball puts fun in photography today -- quite literally. "Funtography Camp" is this week only for kids ages 8-12. The young "funtographers" will be assigned daily projects aimed at teaching them the techniques and artistry of the medium. Photographer Hannah Rosenthal and painter Feige Berkan teach the program that culminates in a family activity and "gallery" showing of the kids' work. Jan. 5-9. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $95-$125. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-4636
Intellectuals rub elbow patches this evening, as the Zócalo cultural forum series returns to the lovely landmark downtown Central Library. Washington Post columnist, L.A. Weekly political editor and American Prospect editor-at-large Harold Meyerson kicks off the season with a discussion of "The L.A.-D.C. Connection: The Meaning of Los Angeles in American Politics." 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025.
Dissecting the origins of that fiddler on the roof tonight is Cantor Bradley Hyman of Temple Sinai. His four-session class on the history of Jewish music examines the different styles of Jewish religious music in the context of other concurrently evolving Jewish traditions. Students will take away a broader understanding of Jewish musical roots, as well as a souvenir CD compilation of musical highlights. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Temple Sinai, 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. R.S.V.P., (818) 246-8101.
Today, a figurative painting examined. TAG, the Artists Gallery displays Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass' "A Life Examined," an homage to the Socratic notion that "a life unexamined is not worth living." Her large canvases display figurative images that blend psychology with film noir posters, evoking strong emotions. They are on view through Jan. 24. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Wednesday-Friday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday). 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 829-9556.
Poltergeist mom JoBeth Williams offers a decidedly more intellectual take on maternity in L.A. Theater Works' "An Immaculate Misconception," tonight at the Skirball Cultural Center. This time around, Williams plays a childless fertility researcher who considers testing a new method of in-vitro fertilization on herself. Written by Dr. Carl Djerassi, who has been called "the father of the Pill," the play explores the personal ramifications and larger questions this particular scenario suggests. It plays for four nights, and will be recorded live for future broadcast on satellite and public radio stations. 8 p.m. (Jan. 7, 8 and 9), 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 11). $25-$42. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. (310) 827-0889.