July 15, 2004
7 Days In Arts
Kiddie porn or art? You be the judge. This week, Fahey/Klein Gallery opens "Michal Chelbin: Photographs." The Israeli artist's black-and-white portraits place circus people front and center in dramatic poses at times disturbing in their frankness: young girls pose in their tutus and nothing else, midgets ride motor scooters, as birds circle ominously overhead. Think Diane Arbus with a hint of the fantastic. The exhibit runs through Sept. 4. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250.
Temple Menorah's Summer Concert Series has begun already, but continues on Sundays through Aug. 8. This week's performance features music by Fred Seldon and His Jazz Quartet. Seldon, a top studio woodwind player (sax, flute, clarinet, etc.), has worked behind the Hollywood scenes as a soloist for film scores like "The Last Samurai" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Head to Redondo to hear him live today. 1-2:30 p.m. $5-$15. Gourmet box lunches available for additional fee. 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444.
Turns out that hippie peacenik guy on Third Street Promenade has got quite a story. Tonight, the Gaslite screens Merva Faddoul's documentary, "The Rubin Method," a 30-minute piece on the journey of Jerry Rubin (not the "Chicago Seven" guy) from epilepsy, heroin addiction and suicide attempts to redemption through his involvement in local anti-nuke and other peace campaigns. Faddoul, her USC film crew and Rubin will participate in a Q-&-A after the screening. 7 p.m. Free. 2030 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 399-1000.
Snaps for David Amram, beat artist, New York Philharmonic composer, film scorer and today, the featured musician on Milken Archive of American Jewish Music's latest CD release. "David Amram," the album, offers up three of his Jewish-themed pieces: a symphony in three movements, titled, "Songs of the Soul," as well as excerpts from his major sacred work, "Shir L'erev Shabbat," and from his Holocaust-inspired opera, "The Final Ingredient." www.naxos.com. Naxos ID: 8.559420
Evelyn Wilson is pushing 90, but retirement, it seems, is not in her vocabulary. The octogenarian sculptor's figurative ceramic pieces are currently on show at the Orlando Gallery. The figures are grouped together -- usually women and children -- and are meant to convey human beauty in an idealized setting. They can be viewed through July 31. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). 18376 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. (818) 705-5368.
1960s Baltimore, by way of Broadway, alights on L.A. this week when "Hairspray" comes to town. Bruce Vilanch is the latest to take over the "divine" role of Edna, alongside Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur. Tease up your 'do and head out to the Pantages by Sept. 5 to catch it. $27-$87. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (213) 365-3500
Marc Fremed's story is one of those you won't soon forget. An attorney and spokesman for cancer-related legislation, including the limiting of smoking in public places, he suddenly found himself a victim of cancer. His disease has taken on various incarnations, most recently, (and most ironically) as tongue cancer, a form usually suffered by smokers. But Fremed continues to fight for his health and for cancer research. Tonight he hosts "Marc'ed for a Cure," a benefit concert for City of Hope's cancer research efforts. Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine perform at Platinum Live. 7 p.m. $50. 11345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. R.S.V.P., www.iloverichardcheese.com.