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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 26

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels makes an effort at inclusiveness with its new exhibit, "Passion/Passover: Artists of Faith Interpret Their Holy Days." On view through the month of April, the show features works by seven Jewish and seven Christian artists, including Barbara Drucker, Laurie Gross and the Rev. Michael Tang. Drucker's contribution is a "Song of Songs"-inspired piece, while Gross' incorporates the tallit into a work called, "Miriam and the Women."

6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (213) 680-5224. www.olacathedral.org.


A rendering by Ruth Weisberg from "The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah."

Sunday, March 27

Anne Frank would have been 75 years old this year, had she lived. Celebrate her words and her memory through the play written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, "The Diary of Anne Frank," on stage now through April 17 at the Chance Theater.

8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $17-$20. 5552 E. Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. (714) 777-3033.


Kristin Norris, left, and Melanie Gable in "The Diary of Anne Frank."
Photo by Dita Marina Obert

Monday, March 28

Newly released on DVD is the documentary, "Shanghai Ghetto." Martin Landau narrates the film about the Jews of Shanghai, who escaped Nazi persecution in the Japanese-controlled city, one of the only places that would allow them to enter.

$26.95. www.docurama.com.


"Shanghai Ghetto"

Tuesday, March 29

George Washington gets his mug on a dollar, but what did Martha ever get for her troubles? Cokie Roberts corrects the oversight in her book, "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation," which becomes the topic of conversation when she visits the Skirball this evening. A book signing follows.

7:30 p.m. $5-$15. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.


Cokie Roberts
Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC

Wednesday, March 30

American icon photographer and icon in her own right, Annie Leibovitz, displays her stills of musicians at Fahey/Klein Gallery's "American Music" exhibition. Images of Willie Nelson, Beck and Michael Stipe are just some you'll see.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250.


Ryan Adams, Hollywood Hills Best Western Hotel, Los Angeles, 2002.

Thursday, March 31

Catch the new Murray Mednick trifecta beginning tonight at Electric Lodge. The first two of his four-part series, "The Gary Plays," premiere tonight, with the third premiering tomorrow. They follow Gary, a poor former actor dealing with his son's murder. Stay tuned for news on part four....

8 p.m. (both premieres). $20 (one evening), $30 (both evenings). 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. (310) 823-0710.


Christopher Allport in "The Gary Plays." Photo by David Weininger

Friday, April 1

The first Israeli feature to be screened at Sundance, "Nina's Tragedies," premiered in 2004 – then took another year to make it into L.A. and New York theaters. But the wait may well be worth it. The film about a 13-year-old boy's crush on his beautiful and recently widowed Aunt Nina, and about the other quirky characters that surround him, opens today in Laemmle theaters.

Laemmle Sunset 5, Los Angeles; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena. www.laemmle.com.


Ayelet July Zurer in "Nina's Tragedies." Photo courtesy Wellspring
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