Jewish Journal

7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Aug. 31, 2006 at 8:00 pm

The cast of 'California Suite'

The cast of 'California Suite'

Saturday the 2nd

This weekend represents a final opportunity to view two Skirball Center multimedia exhibitions. "Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography" presents photos, video and multimedia pieces by emerging and mid-career artists, exploring the theme of Jewish identity. "L.A. River Reborn" focuses in closer to home, on the Los Angeles River and the relationship between society and the environment.

Through Sept. 3. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. www.skirball.org.

Sunday the 3rd

What happens behind closed doors in a suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel becomes the subject of Neil Simon's "California Suite," on stage through this weekend at the Raven Playhouse. Four vignettes about parties staying in the suite comprise this couples comedy.

7 p.m. (Sundays only). $18-$20. 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (310) 477-9072.

Monday the 4th

This Labor Day the Workmen's Circle hosts an opening reception for "Peter Whittenberg: Prints," an exhibition of politically minded graphic art. The decidedly adult-only show features Whittenberger's recurring character, Robert P. Vonruenhousen IV, who has male sex organs for a head, and represents what the artist feels is wrong with America today.

5-7 p.m. Free. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. www.circlesocal.org.

Tuesday the 5th

Drink some l'chaims in much-needed support of Northern Israel this evening. American Friends of Likud, with special guest Knesset member Gilad Erdan, host a tasting of Northern Israeli Wines from the Golan and Galil, which will also be available for purchase. Jconnect LA, StandWithUs and the Israel Foundation are cosponsors.

8 p.m. $12. Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Bel Air. (310) 553-2626. www.thelikud.org.

Wednesday the 6th

Community spirit can be found at the Robertson Branch Library tonight. Families and kids of all ages are invited for "Neighbors Celebrating Neighbors: An Evening of Music and Stories." The event features Uncle Ruthie Buell of KPFK, children's book author Barney Saltzberg ,singer and recording artist Tiana Marquez and singer Tonyia Jor'dan.

6:30 p.m. Free. 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 840-2147.

Thursday the 7th

The Academy does it short and sweet, this week. The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the largest fest of its kind. Included among this year's films are "George Lucas in Love," directed by Joe Nussbaum ("American Pie 5: The Naked Mile") and "In God We Trust," by Jason Reitman, director of "Thank You For Smoking" and son of director Ivan.

Sept. 5-14. ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lashortsfest.com

Friday the 8th

Homage is paid to the brothers Gershwin in the 1983 Tony-winner "My One and Only." Head to UCLA's Freud Playhouse to see Reprise's production of this "Funny Face" adaptation, that also includes Gershwin music from other sources.

Sept. 5-17. $60-$75 (single tickets), $165-$195 (season tickets). Macgowan Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. www.reprise.org.

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