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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 11

A talking clock, a lovely owl and an orange tree become friends with Zack and Zoe in their adventure through the new children's musical, "A Kid's Life." Producer/director Keith Markinson, son of Tony Award-winning producer Marty Markinson, designed the show with children ages 2-6 (and their parents) in mind. "A Kid's Life" opens today and invites your children to make new friends, too, and learn life lessons about the importance of nature and the preciousness of time.

Runs through June 19. 11 a.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $12.50-$17.50. Brentwood Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Building 211, Veterans Administration Campus. (310) 479-3636.


"A is for..." by Mary Leipziger.

Sunday, June 12

She's not a Jew, nor does she play one on TV, but that doesn't stop Amber Tamblyn (of "Joan of Arcadia" fame) from moderating this afternoon's panel about the changing images of Jewish women and men in the popular media. "Desperate Housewives and Beyond," as they have titled it, is sponsored by the MorningStar Commission and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and features a panel of prominent writers, producers and actors. The audience will be invited to participate, as well.

3-5 p.m. $10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 712-5400.


Desperate Housewives from left: Moshe Brakha, Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Teri Hatcher. Photo courtesy ABC

Monday, June 13

Rachel Bailit's act covers issues from being a "nice" Jewish girl from Needham, Mass., to the ups and downs of life as an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. She calls it "Sugar Happens: A One-Girl Show," and sugar you get. Bailit's show displays big comedy (and bosom), and is extended for two more weeks.

Runs through June 21. 6:30 p.m. (wine and cheese reception), 7:30 p.m. (show), 8:30 p.m. (dessert with Bailit). Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 650-7777.


Rachel Baillit

Tuesday, June 14

The remarkable true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived both Nazi and Communist regimes comes to the Geffen Playhouse tonight for a limited four-week run. "I Am My Own Wife" is a one-man play starring Jefferson Mays as von Mahlsdorf, as well as more than 40 other characters including the playwright, Doug Wright, who first became fascinated by her. It garnered Wright both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

Runs through July 10. $34-$85. 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Building 211, Veterans Administration Campus. (310) 208-6500.


Jefferson Mays in "I Am My Own Wife." Photo by Joan Marcu

Wednesday, June 15

The inexhaustible Theodore Bikel is the main attraction at the Chabad of Conejo-sponsored "Tradition: A Celebration of Jewish Life." The show features Bikel performing a sort of "greatest hits" review, and also includes performances by the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and comedian Mark Schiff.

7:45 p.m. $18-$108. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (213) 480-3232.




Theodore Bikel

Thursday, June 16

New York Times bestseller, Oprah movie of the week and now Rubicon Theater play, "Tuesdays With Morrie," has run the gamut. Mitch Albom's novel about a dying former college professor's profound impact on his life has touched many already. See the story unfold for the first time, or revisit it in a more intimate setting at the Rubicon today.

Runs through July 10. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900.


Harold Gould, left, and Joseph Fuqua.
Photo by Nick Weissman/Brooks Institute of Photography

Friday, June 17

Was the Wicked Witch of the West really just misunderstood? Long before Dorothy dropped a house on the witch's sister, the wicked witch was known simply as Elphaba, a smart young girl with an unfortunate skin disorder. Get her side of the story as "Wicked," Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's musical adaptation of the novel by Gregory Maguire, alights on the Pantages for a limited engagement.

Runs through July 31. $35-$89. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. www.wickedthemusicaltour.com.

Kendra Kassebaum
Photo by Joan Marcus

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