Jewish Journal

7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Feb. 10, 2005 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 12

In "Salam Shalom, a Tale of Passion," two gay men, one Palestinian and one Israeli, begin with a mutual dislike of one another when they come to Los Angeles and find themselves as housemates. But what begins with contempt eventually turns to love, and the two eventually must contend with the ramifications of their relationship in their home countries. The play opens today at the Whitmore Lindley Theater.

Runs through March 27. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). 11006 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (323) 933-9214, ext. 3.

Saleem, author of "Salam Shalom."

Sunday, February 13

Mommies who missed her last time get another chance to see Amy Simon's "Cheerios in My Underwear (And Other True Tales of Motherhood)." The one-mom show features Simon's humorous take on life as a stay-at-home-mother, complete with audience interaction and fresh, baked-on-stage cupcakes.

3 p.m. (Sundays). $10-$15. Empty Stage Theatre, 2372 Veteran Ave., West Los Angeles. (310) 308-0947.

Monday, February 14

Love for your kids is equally worth celebrating this Valentine's Day. This morning, the Los Angeles Symphony and Jewish songwriter Sam Glaser present an Instrument Petting Zoo, in which day school students get an up-close look – and feel – of orchestral musical instruments. A concert of Ashkenazi and Sephardi "Songs of Our Heritage" for the students and their families follows.

10 a.m. (petting zoo), 11 a.m. (concert). Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 805-4270.

(Photo at right) Sam Glaser at piano and Noreen Green with L.A. Jewish Symphony. Photo by Marvin Steindler

Tuesday, February 15

Orthodox spiritual singer/songwriter Chaim Dovid has followed the legacy of Shlomo Carlbach with much acclaim. Aish Tamid presents his Los Angeles debut this evening at Congregation Shaarei Tefilla.

7:30 p.m. $20. 7269 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-0505.

Chaim Dovid

Wednesday, February 16

Learn what you've got to do with subjective or objective reporting at today's third annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture in Journalism and International Relations. Titled "Beyond Media Bias – Are You Part of the Problem? A Conversation With Jeff Greenfield," it will feature CNN political analyst Greenfield in discussion with moderator and USC Annenberg School of Communication Dean Geoffrey Cowen.

7:30 p.m. Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., 310-208-3081, ext. 107

Jeff Greenfield

Thursday, February 17


Just when you thought reality TV couldn't get any more wrong, "Extreme Makeover" kicks it up a notch. Dating guide author Marilyn Anderson doubles as a kissing and dating coach on tonight's episode of the plastic surgery makeover show for a 26-year-old woman who (gasp!) has never been kissed. And just in time, too, as the show also plays cupid by providing a young man to give her that first smooch on national television. It's the kind of sick voyeuristic pleasure we all live for.

9 p.m. ABC.

Marilyn Anderson

Friday, February 18

It's Natalia Lazarus' birthday and crying seems a strong possibility. Opening this week is the one-woman, 12-character show, "Birthday Girl," about that weightiest of milestones, a woman's 30th birthday. Lazarus reflects back and looks forward with the sarcastic humor befitting such an occasion.

8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat thru 3/19/05). $15. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street promenade, Santa Monica (310) 656-8070 ext. 10

Natalia Lazarus. Photo by Gar Campbell
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