March 18, 2004
7 Days In Arts
Make a play date today or tomorrow. The Celebrity Staged Play Reading Series performance of "Talley's Folley" presents husband-and-wife team Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James reprising their roles in last month's Pasadena Playhouse production. Once again, they take on the characters of Matt and Talley in Lanford Wilson's story about a courtship between two not-so-young lovers. 7:30 p.m. (Saturday). Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310. 2 p.m. (Sunday). Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531, ext. 2225. $10-$14.
Jewish music covers Los Angeles today. City folk should consider "Scenes of Worship: A Musical Celebration of Passover" at the Autry Museum. Passover and Women's History Month share the thematic course of this concert of women cantors, and one token male. Or, for those living out West, Temple Adat Elohim welcomes the Moscow Male Jewish Choir, aka Hasidic Cappella, to the Canyon Club. Their repertoire includes classical Jewish liturgy and humorous American folk. Take your pick this evening. "Scenes of Worship": 6:30 p.m. $8-$18. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000, ext. 354. Hasidic Capella: 4 p.m. $18-$25. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016.
The girls of Ohr Haemet Institute prove that you don't need a male lead to put on a show. Today, they present their for-women-by-women tsnius-approved production, "Chaverim," which focuses on the theme of unity. With the help of their theater director, Elianah Mendlowitz, the girls have learned dance moves and songs for the musical. Women are invited to come and support this play about Jewish girls from around the world. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Emerson Middle School, 1650 Selby Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 854-3006.
The estrogen fest continues all week long. Today, and every weekday morning this week, women need only turn on the tube for a dose of wisdom about slowing down the aging process, from Dr. Judith Reichman. The author of "Slow Down Your Clock: The Complete Guide to a Healthy, Younger You" will appear in a segment about her book every day this week on NBC's "Today Show," answering questions posted by women on msnbc.com. Post your own, or just tune in. 7-10 a.m. NBC. www.msnbc.com
The illuminated manuscript goes modern with Avner Moriah's "Moriah Haggadah." Using Egyptian and Assyrian wall paintings and reliefs and Bronze Age and Iron Age figurines as inspiration for the artwork, Moriah created a contemporary Passover seder haggadah with the help of calligrapher Izzy Pludwinski. It is now on display at the University of Judaism. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Monday-Thursday). Platt and Borstein Galleries, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777.
More tunes today, both classical and traditionally Jewish. Made up of soprano Amalia Ishak, flautist Wendy Eisler-Kashy and pianist Allan Sternfield, The Jerusalem Lyric Trio leaves no Jewish stone unturned in their performance of Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino songs, as well as pieces inspired by the Bible, Israel and the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. $20. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.
A night of goodbyes. "Cool Comedy, Hot Cuisine" is the Scleroderma Research Foundation's benefit event this evening. Hoping to say goodbye to this life-threatening illness, the organization hosts a program of good eats and musical entertainment by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and comedy by Bob Saget, Tim Allen, Bill Bellamy, Jon Lovitz and Robin Williams. Also bidding farewell is the Canon Theatre. It closes its doors forever after this weekend, but first presents a final concert, appropriately, of William Finn's "Elegies." "Cool Comedy, Hot Cuisine": $500-$2,500. Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. (310) 914-9100. "Elegies": $55-$100. 205 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 859-2830.