March 25, 2004
7 Days In Arts
Harken back to the beginning, when it was Adam, Eve and some girl named Little Suzy. Playwright-producer Ron Petronicolos takes some liberties with the Genesis tale in "The Adam and Eve Show." On Sunday, Petronicolos presents "The God Monologues," "an ode to the Big Guy Upstairs" from every religious perspective, including atheist. "The Adam and Eve Show": $15. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through April 17. "The God Monologues": $7. 6 p.m. Sundays, through April 18. The Space Theatre, 665 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 839-7738.
"The Cat in the Hat" converts today, as the Skirball presents a performance of "Di Katz der Payatz," a Yiddish retelling of the beloved Dr. Seuss classic, based on the new book of the same name. A hat-making workshop is sandwiched between morning and afternoon presentations of the book by translator Zachary Sholem Berger and his wife and publisher, Celeste Zollod. For more grown-up fun, hit the cultural center at 1:30 p.m. as special-effects maven Ron Magid presents a double feature of "Invaders from Mars" and "Invasion USA" as part of the Skirball's "Red Menace" film series. A moderated discussion follows the screenings. "Di Katz der Payatz": $9. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. "Red Menace" series: $5-$8. 1:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587.
Stay in tonight for the made-for-TV biopic we've all been waiting for. Jamie Lynn DiScala (née Sigler) stars in "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss" (formerly "Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss"). Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot") and Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law") also star in this film about the infamous Hollywood Madam. March 29, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; April 3, 5 p.m. USA Network. www.usanetwork.com
Released this week is the Israeli film "James' Journey to Jerusalem." A sort of Israeli "Candide," the story follows a Christian African named James who makes a pilgrimage to the Holy City, but on the way is confronted with various obstacles. James' journey to Jerusalem essentially becomes the viewer's journey to the real Israel, a sort of social commentary through native filmmaker Ra'anan Elexandrowicz's eyes. Laemmle Theaters: Encino Town Center, One Colorado in Pasadena and the Music Hall in Beverly Hills. www.laemmle.com
Yet another flick worth checking out opens this week. Sony Pictures Classics' "Bon Voyage" represents a reunion for "Cyrano de Bergerac" director Jean-Paul Rappeneau and actor Gérard Depardieu. Isabelle Adjani and Peter Coyote also star in this French film about a young man facing adulthood, just as the world is sobering as well, with the start of World War II. Laemmle Theaters: Royal in West Los Angeles, Encino Town Center 5 and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. www.laemmle.com.
A Passover musical montage for the dancing fountain might be too much to hope for, but the Grove does welcome some Jewish holiday cheer today. The Jewish Community Library takes its act on the road to Third and Fairfax, where puppeteer Marilyn Price will celebrate Passover by animating objects from Nerf balls, to feather dusters to toilet paper tubes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Grove, Third Street and Fairfax Avenue. (323) 761-8648.
Up your Kafka quota tonight with two events incorporating old Franz. First, Perino's Restaurant gets its last hurrah before being demolished. The pink landmark presents Collage Dance Theatre performing "A Hunger Artist after Franz Kafka" in two performances this evening, Saturday and Sunday. Guests are requested to wear pink. Later, it's Write Act Repertory Theatre's production of "The Trial," a social satire about a man who is falsely accused of a crime, by guess who. "A Hunger Artist": 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $25-$40. April 2-4. (April 1 gala performance costs $125.) 4101 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587. "The Trial": 8 p.m. Runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through May 1. $15. Write Act Theatre, 6128 Yucca St., Hollywood. (323) 860-8894.