November 2, 2006
7 Days in the Arts
Support a local band with Jewish roots and global sounds. "Punky, reggae jungle" band Fosforo, helmed by Raffi Benjamin, a Valley kid of Argentine Jewish descent, headlines at Temple Bar tonight. All the band members grew up together in the Val, but perform songs in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and Chinese. "We like to think that through our music, our lyrics, who we are, we represent the story of the many Diasporic communities that make up Los Angeles," Benjamin says. Oh yeah, didn't we mention he went to Harvard?
9 p.m. (Conjunto Jardin), 10:30 p.m. (Umoverde), 11:30 p.m. (Fosforo). $10. 21+. 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 393-6611.
Sunday the 5th
"The Simpsons'" annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episode airs tonight, featuring three supernatural tales, including one with a Jewish nod called "You Gotta Know When to Golem." The story has Bart bringing to life a Golem, voiced by Richard Lewis, to do his evil bidding. The segment also features Fran Drescher in the role she was born to play: the Jewish monster's bride.
8 p.m. on Fox. www.thesimpsons.com.
Monday the 6th
The lesser-known stories of the Holocaust's "other" victims are the focus of Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust's continuing series of exploration. This week, they unveil "Who Am I: Young Minds Forced to Choose," an exhibition that tells the story of Jehovah's Witnesses persecuted by the Nazis. The Nov. 5 opening reception features keynote speaker Michael Berenbaum.
Sun., Nov. 5, 2pm. (opening reception). Exhibit on view weekdays, and Sundays by appointment. 6435 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lamoth.org.
Tuesday the 7th
Actress and writer Carrie Fisher premieres her one-woman show "Wishful Drinking" at the Geffen Playhouse this evening. She's dipped her toe into the realm of the autobiographical before -- her novel and subsequent screenplay "Postcards From the Edge" is known to have elements based on her real life. This time she cannonballs, telling with signature humor, her stories of addiction and manic depression, learning her husband was gay, being Princess Leia and growing up the daughter of Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Nov. 7-Dec. 24. $35-$55. 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454.
Wednesday the 8th
"Girl Culture" photographer and documentarian Lauren Greenfield most recently has snapped shots of girls and women residing in Southern Florida's Renfrew Center, an eating disorder treatment clinic. Their painful struggles with anorexia and bulimia are depicted in Greenfield's new book of photographs and documentary, both titled "THIN." Selected images from the publication are on view at Fahey/Klein Gallery through Nov. 25. The film debuts Nov. 14 on HBO.
Thursday the 9th
Israeli rockstar Ivri Lider has gone gold and platinum in his home country, and has also written, composed and produced music for dance companies, movie soundtracks, and other musical artists. He brings his show to L.A. fans tonight at the Wilshire Ebell.
8:30 p.m. $25-$45. 4401 West Eighth St., Los Angeles. (310) 273-2824. www.ivrilider.com.
Friday the 10th
A cheating bride and groom, a naughty father-of-the-bride with eyes for the wedding singer; her Mafioso boyfriend-with-a-gun, Vinnie; and a gay wedding planner with his own eye on romance make up the straight-out-of-central-casting cast of the wacky farce "What the Rabbi Saw." See it at The Space through Dec. 16.
$15-$20. The Space, 665 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. (323) 661-2585. www.dreamhouseensemble.com.