Jewish Journal

7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Nov. 18, 2004 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 20

Why just dust off that same old menorah when you can ring in this Chanukah with a shiny new one, too? The 24th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans comes to Temple Isaiah this weekend, featuring Judaica and decorative fine art by more than 30 artists. Kicking off the festivities this evening is a concert titled, "Miracle: A Chanukah Celebration," by Angel City Chorale and Cantor Evan Kent, followed by a reception and artists preview, and the festival takes place tomorrow, too.

Nov. 20, 8 p.m. (concert), $15-$18. Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (festival), $2-$5. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772.

"Kiddush Cup" by Rhonda Kap

Sunday, November 21

Double your pleasure today. This afternoon, the Discovery Channel presents an encore of the episode of "No Opportunity Wasted," in which Jewish rapper Etan G. gets to realize his dream of making his first rap video. The episode airs on Nov. 20 and 27, as well.

2 p.m. www.discoverychannel.com.

Then later, attend the American Cinematheque's screening of "El Abrazo Partido" ("The Lost Embrace"), part of its "Argentina: New Cinema III" series. The film, which screens at the Egyptian Theatre, is described as "a Woody Allen-like portrait of a young Jewish man working in his father's lingerie shop in Buenos Aires" and is the official Argentine submission for next year's Oscars.

5 p.m. $6-$9. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456.

Rapper Etan G

Monday, November 22

Lenny Bruce said it: "If you're from New York and you're Catholic, you're still Jewish." "New York, Empire City 1920-1945," then, is David Stravitz's compilation of images of our city taken in those 25 years. He found the photographs by chance at a studio sale, and 20 years later, has published these images of forgotten landmarks like Ebbets Field and the Second Ave El.

$23.10. www.amazon.com

"New York, Empire City 1920-1945" contains images of city.

Tuesday, November 23

Former Jewish Community Library librarian Hava Ben-Zvi has turned the tables in her retirement years, having written a memoir of her own, "Eva's Journey: A Young Girl's True Story."

In simple language specifically meant for young readers, she writes about her adolescence spent trying to pass as a German girl during World War II. The Weizmann School welcomes Ben-Zvi as its Jewish Book Month speaker this afternoon.

11 a.m.-noon. 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. (626) 797-0204

Eva at age 9

Wednesday, November 24

Neil Folberg does the heavens justice in his Skirball exhibit, "Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land." In intense black and white, the photographer captured Jerusalem and Sinai night skies, evoking the beauty, grandeur and majesty of earth and stars. The show is on display through Jan. 30.

Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

"Sagittarius," 2000 (c) Neil Folberg and Aperture Foundation

Thursday, November 25

Long before Rhoda Morgenstern was given the spotlight in her own spin-off, she was playing devoted second banana to Mary Tyler Moore. She and other partners-in-crime get one more moment in the sun today, when Lifetime airs "TV's Greatest Sidekicks." Consider it 7 Days' personal solution to Thanksgiving tryptophan-induced coma.

10 p.m. www.lifetimetv.com.

Valerie Harper as Rhoda Fay Morgenstern.

Friday, November 26

Craig Taubman's done it again, and thrice at that. Out in time for Chanukah are three separate CDs from the prolific Jewish music producer's "Celebrate" series. "The World Is a Narrow Bridge" features 14 songs of hope and healing by musicians like Neshama Carlebach, Debbie Friedman and Taubman himself. (A companion book of the same title features 50 essays on life journeys, written by Jewish artists, rabbis and thinkers.) "Celebrate Yiddish" is a double CD set offering primarily contemporary Yiddish and klezmer favorites by well-known names such as Theodore Bikel, Chava Alberstein and the Klezmatics. And "Celebrate Hip-Hop" offers "Jewish hip hop from around the world" by artists like Hip Hop Hoodios and Remedy of Wu Tang Clan.


Craig Taubman
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