June 13, 2002
7 Days In The Arts
Arthur Miller's most personal play is back in Los Angeles after 24 years, and the Fountain Theatre's revival of the drama about Miller's life with Marilyn Monroe has received a fair amount of acclaim. But take heed, "After the Fall" won't be around after the summer. With the final show set for Aug. 25, you'll want to make sure you catch it before it's gone again.
8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $24 (general), senior discounts for Thursdays and Sundays available. 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 663-1525.
Kiddies, start your kazoos! Symphony in the Glen gets kid-friendly this Sunday, in honor of Father's Day. The free concert series at Griffith Park, led by Emmy award-winning composer Arthur B. Rubenstein, offers up classical music performances regularly. This week's theme is "String Theory," with pieces
like Debussy's "Sacred and Profane Dances." But special this week is a pre-concert activity they're calling "The Great Kazoo Caper." Maestro Rubenstein hands out free kazoos and invites kids and dads to join a kazoo band to learn about notes and rests.
Two guys who've got plenty of opinions about America sit down for a chat when the Writers Bloc presents "Roger Rosenblatt with Norman Lear." Rosenblatt is an award-winning essayist and senior writer for Time. He's also just released his new book dealing with post-Sept. 11 patriotism, "Where We Stand: 30 Reasons for Loving Our Country." Lear is most famous for creating hit shows like "All in the Family."
7:30 p.m. $15. Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. For reservations, call (310) 335-0917.
You could say they were a little bit Yiddish, a little bit swing 'n' jazz. The Barry Sisters sang American tunes in Yiddish with sass reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters. The last album they ever recorded, titled "Our Way! The Barry Sisters Sing 'Bei Mir Bist Du Sheyn," featured songs like Sinatra's "My Way" ("Mein Veg"), and has just recently been released for the first time for your listening pleasure.
Or if it's klezmer you seek, newly available is "Sruli and Lisa's Klezmer Dance Party." The album includes songs like "Miserlou/Terkishers" and "Hasidic Rikud" with Michael Alpert providing vocals. Sruli and Lisa are quite popular on the East Coast and use traditional arrangements without synthesizers in their recordings.
Distributed through Hatikvah Music, both albums can be ordered by calling (323) 655-7083.
When they're forced to pave their playhouse and put up a parking lot, the characters in the musical, "Follies," decide to throw a party for the closing of the theater. In the process, they lament the
loss of their youthful optimism, mistakenly believing that musical theater is destined to go the way of the manual typewriter. The music here is all Sondheim (not Joni Mitchell) and the cast includes Patty Duke and Donna McKechnie.
Tonight at 8 p.m. Runs June 15-23, no show Monday. $30-$75. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood. For additional times and reservations,
call (213) 365-3500.
You'll recognize some of the "Faces of Ground Zero," but many you will not. There are too many stories to tell, of bravery and heroism and of tragedy. Veteran Life photojournalist Joe McNally used the world's largest Polaroid camera to create life-sized images of some of those involved in the aftermath of the attacks.
Attend his "Artist's Talk" today at 8 p.m. and see his tribute to Americans' resilience on display today through July 14 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Special Hours through July 14: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Tuesdays-Fridays), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays). Free (exhibit), $10 (Artist's Talk, general), $5 (Artist's Talk, members). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 655-8587.
Loud and proud and hipper than hippies, The Cockettes were a San Francisco gay musical troupe founded in 1969 by a flamboyant drag queen named Hibiscus. Their outrageous shows were one big party, with musical dance numbers whose titles said it all ("Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma"), extravagant costumes and bold sexuality. David Weissman and Bill Weber's fun documentary of the troupe was a hit at Sundance.
In honor of Gay Pride Month, it can be seen tonight only at 9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel before it is released in theaters later this month. The screening is part of the channel's annual "Outloud Film Festival," which celebrates gay and lesbian filmmaking. For more information, visit www.sundancechannel.com.