July 8, 2004
7 Days In Arts
Free tunes at the Skirball this afternoon, as part of their continuing "Café Z" series. This time it's the Latin jazz stylings of Angelo Metz's Brazilian Ensemble, performing for you al fresco, as you imbibe frothy coffee drinks in the shade. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Eastern Europe meets western this evening, with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony's performance of "Two Streams in the Desert," a merging of klezmer and Ladino music. The orchestra, along with Russian clarinetist Leo Chelyapov, flautist David Shostac and the "Jewish Pavarotti" Alberto Mizrahi entertain with both Ashkenazi and Sephardi sounds. 7:30 p.m. $12-$36. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
This week, UCLA welcomes the Mercedes Benz Cup 2004 men's tennis tournament. See Andre Agassi and other top players show off their athletic prowess, or just come for the guys in tennis shorts. www.mercedes-benzcup.com
Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" is as much a story about Afghanistan as it is about the relationship between two Afghani boys. Amir's and Hassan's journeys are framed by the political turns of their country, moving from idyllic childhood in the 1970s to turmoil in the mid-'90s, Today, Hosseini participates in the central library's "[ALOUD]" series, in conversation with Los Angeles journalist David L. Ulin. 7 p.m. Free. 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025.
Those waiting till Dec. 31 to make their charitable contributions have reason to lay out the cash early. The Anti-Defamation League rewards its major donors (read $5,000-minimum gift) to a tour of a private collection of paintings and sculptures by the likes of Picasso and Kandinsky. Anyone interested in joining the party, which includes dinner at the Hotel Bel-Air, should ante up before it's too late. 3:45 p.m. Meet at the Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 446-800.
With commentary by Michael Moore among various other illuminati (Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein, among them), "The Corporation" could be the latest in documentary chic. Directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot and writer Joel Bakan explore the impact of the corporation in modern society. Based on Bakan's 2004 book, "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power," the Sundance award-winner draws comparisons between the corporation and powerful institutions of the past including the Church, the monarchy and the Communist Party. It opens this week. 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. (daily, through July 22). Landmark Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 281-8223.
A legend of Olympic proportions, sports filmmaker Bud Greenspan has brought the emotion and the human drama behind athletic achievement to his Olympic Games documentaries -- so much so that he was recently inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. This week, the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles screens "Sydney 2000 Olympics: Bud Greenspan's Gold From Down Under." Guaranteed to whet your appetite for Athens. Noon-5 p.m. (Wed.- Sun.). Free. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1091.