Jewish Journal

7 Days In Arts

Posted on Aug. 26, 2004 at 8:00 pm


Think haunted houses are scary? Bill Maher, Andy Richter and Sarah Silverman put the real fear of God in you tonight. "Hell Houses" have been around since the Rev. Jerry Falwell reportedly created one in the late '70s, offering a scary eight-room journey into hell as a Christian alternative to haunted houses. The Abundant Life Christian Center has since put together a Hell House Outreach kit to teach young people the consequences of sin. Tonight marks the opening of "Hollywood Hell House." The aforementioned comedians play Satan, Jesus and Abortion Girl, respectively, in this walk-through theater vérité recreation of a genuine "Hell House," based on the specifications of the Outreach kit. The stars of the inferno vary nightly, with an impressive roster of 80 performers that also includes Richard Belzer, Dave Thomas and Julia Sweeney. But tender-hearted ones beware, it is hell they're showing you here. Expect some gross imagery. Sat. evenings through Oct. 30 and one performance on Sun., Oct. 31. Tours run from 8-10 p.m. $13. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (323) 692-5868.


Forget comedy. Somebody really ought to investigate the strong tradition of crossdressing in Judaism. Witness Yentl, and Yiddle before her (and those are just the Y's). Tonight, head to Cinespace for a screening of 1936's "Yidl Mitn Fidl" for step one in your Jewish crossdressing education. The adorable Molly Picon plays the Yiddle (with a fiddle), a female klezmer musician whose father has her dress as a boy so as not to attract the wrong kind of attention. Sponsored by AVADA, a project of Kiddishkayt Los Angeles aimed at the under-35 crowd, the event is expected to appeal to a multigenerational audience, with live music by Josh Kun following. 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. screenings. Live music at 8 p.m. $10. 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 817-3456.


With the premiere of the third season of "Last Comic Standing," count on returning Season 1 fianlist Cory Kahaney for new rants on men, motherhood and bringing home the bacon when your bacon-making job actually entails making bacon. The San Diego native goes up against Season 2 contestants -- including Todd Glass and runner-up Gary Gulman -- as she takes another shot at No. 1 starting this week. 9:30-11 p.m. NBC.


Springtime in Warsaw sets the backdrop for the intertwining romances of Not Enough, a Polish short written, directed and produced by Daniel Strehlau, who also stars. The 30-minute piece screens tonight through Thursday at Laemmle's Monica Theatre. 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9741. www.laemmle.com


Barbara Mendes has got a lot going on -- in her paintings, that is. The lifelong artist has fittingly described her busy large-canvas creations as "Epic Paintings." Since 1992, her art has been devoted to Jewish themes, primarily from the Torah. Her "Paintings of Jewish Glory" exhibition is on display at USC Hillel through Oct. 8. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.). 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.


Ouds and kanoons and violins intermingle today, as the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity presents "Judeo-Arab, Andalusian Melodies." Dr. Avi Elam Amzalag, director of Anda-El, Andalusia-Israel East West Orchestra, conducts musicians from this group, Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble and Sultana Ensemble, with vocals by Cantor Lior El Malich of Israel and Munshid Abdelfattah Bennis of Morocco. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Eretz-Siamak Cultural Center, 6170 Wilbur Ave., Tarzana. Tickets: (866) 468-3399, Info: (323) 658-5824.


More music today. This time, think straight up Western jazz/blues, with a hint of the experimental. The Daniel Glass Trio performs a free concert al fresco at the One Colorado Courtyard. You'll recognize Glass' name as the drummer for Royal Crown Revue. Helping him out are Eldad Tarmu on vibraphone and Timothy Emmons on bass. 9 p.m. Free. Pasadena, between Colorado Boulevard, Fair Oaks Avenue, Union Steet and DeLacey Avenue. www.onecolorado.net


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