August 12, 2004
7 Days In Arts
Chug on down to the Getty today or tomorrow, as they present Sharon Katz and the Peace Train as part of their Garden Concerts for Kids series. The Grammy-nominated South African ensemble gives a family-oriented performance of jazz-/folk-/rock-infused African music and teaches South African songs and dances. 4-6 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Free. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300.
On a somber note, the Workmen's Circle hosts a Soviet Yiddish Writers Commemoration this afternoon. Aug. 12 marked the 52nd anniversary of the Stalin regime's execution of 14 Yiddish writers, in an attempt to suppress Jewish culture. Today, a coalition of secular Jewish organizations presents a dramatic recreation of the writers' "trials." 2 p.m. Free. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
The Jewish "Frankenstein" comes to the Silent Movie Theatre's big screen tonight. See the 1920 horror classic "The Golem," with musical accompaniment by Rick Friend. Film scholar David Shepard provides a rare print from the film, as well. 8 p.m. $10-$15. 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2520.
Tonight, Improv Olympics presents "Beta Male," featuring the comic stylings of Dave Kessler, who tackles dating, Jewish parents and other neurosis-inducing topics for your amusement. His buddy, Kurt Bodden, does a half-hour of his own schtick, as well. 8:45 p.m. $10. 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 962-7560.
Now on display at Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts are "California Modernist Works on Paper." The survey of from the '20s, '30s and '40s features watercolors, graphite and charcoal drawings, linoleum block prints, woodcuts, serigraphs and lithographs by Peter Krasnow, Paul Landacre, Henrietta Shore and other significant modernist artists. Through Oct. 30. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.), and by appointment. 9200 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 273-8838.
For those whose summer vacations don't include Broadway, a piece of it is now available for the masses. Recently released, the original cast recording of Tony Kushner's "Caroline, or Change" features the soundtrack to the show about the civil rights movement, the 1960s and the relationship between a Southern Jewish family and its black maid. $20.99. www.amazon.com
In 2001, actress Kathryn Graf's husband died suddenly of a heart attack, just shy of his 51st birthday. Left to care for their two young children and to deal with the tragedy of his death and life as a young widow, Graf eventually enrolled in a playwrighting class for therapeutic purposes. The result was a play titled "Surviving David," which her instructor encouraged her to produce. It opens today, for a limited 16-performance run. Ten percent of proceeds benefit "Our House" grieving center. Through Sept. 9. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). $20. 2100 Square Feet, 5615 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 595-4849.