Jewish Journal

7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

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

Saturday, March 12

Three female artists who see no trace of irony in the notion of drawing sculptures display their takes on the theme in Bank's new exhibition, aptly titled, "Sculpture." Bari Ziperstein paints images of stacked crates and cardboard boxes, Sherin Guiguis creates "wall sculptures" and Carrie Ungerman builds site-specific installations out of organic and everyday materials.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday through April 2). 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles. (213) 621-4055.

"Rolling Towers," 2004, acrylic on panel.

Sunday, March 13

Born into showbiz, actor Mike Burstyn began his performing career as part of his parents' act in the Yiddish theater. He has gone on to star in various Broadway musicals and has won two Israeli "Oscars" for his roles in "Kuni Leml" and "Hershele." Today he takes his show of "music and fun" to the Myers Theater at the Merage JCC in Irvine.

6 p.m. $28-$34. 1 Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3400.

Mike Burstyn

Monday, March 14

Douglas Isaac Busch's silvery black-and-white images hang at UCLA's Hillel this month. Sponsored by the Dortot Center for Creativity and the Arts, the exhibit features striking landscapes by the acclaimed photographer.

574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081.

"Sinnissippi Park, RFD"

Tuesday, March 15

While in the past, Agnès Varda has produced dramatic features, quasi-musicals, cine-poems, essay films and documentaries, the French director has most recently tried her hand at three shorts, with interesting results. The premiere of Cinevardaphoto screens today at the Aero Theatre. "Ydessa, les ours et etc..." tells the story of a child of Holocaust survivors whose dearth of family memorabilia leads her to create the "Teddy Bear Project," in which she collected photographs featuring teddy bears over the course of 10 years, and then displayed them as a contemporary art experience. Two other short films that deal with photographs, "Ulysse" and "Salut les Cubains," round out the screening.

7:30 p.m. $6-$9. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-


Wednesday, March 16

Laugh at other people's pain this week, as the Skirball presents "Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad." Featuring actress and creator Annabelle Gurwitch (TBS' "Dinner and a Movie") and a revolving cast of showbiz vets, the show focuses on the near-universal experience of getting canned, through the monologues of entertainers like Carl Caportorto ("The Sopranos"), Ileana Douglas ("Ghost World") and Paul Feig (creator, "Freaks and Geeks"). It will be recorded live by L.A. Theatre Works for future airing on KPCC and other radio stations.

8 p.m. (March 16-18), 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (March 20). $15-$45. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889.

Annabelle Gurwitch in "Fired!"
Photo courtesy L.A Theatre Works

Thursday, March 17

Take multiculturalism to a new level for St. Patrick's Day with Cabaret Voltaire, as it presents "YiddIRish Night." (As in, Yiddish+Irish = YiddIRish. Get it?) L.A. pop artist Andre Miripolsky hosts an evening of performances of Irish classics interpreted through Yiddish and Hebrew. Fiddler Claire Bergen, comedian and musician David Zasloff, singer Tami Bahadt and Irishman Tuba Heatherton all get in on the fun, as does Sara Cody, who will offer spoken word excerpts from "Ulysses." Meanwhile, chef Shari Alpert will serve up potatoes in boiled and latke form.

8:30 p.m. $10 (free with green or four-leaf clover kippot). Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 666-4268.

Irja Lloyd (left) and Muriel Boardman in "Sunset Story."

Friday, March 18

Temple Shalom for the Arts welcomes the writer of a different kind of Holocaust memoir, Irmgard Hunt, author of "On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood." Photographed sitting on Hitler's knee at age 3, Hunt's experience as a girl coming of age in post-Nazi Germany is detailed in her book. She is tonight's guest speaker at Temple Shalom's Shabbat service.

8 p.m. Writer's Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills.

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