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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

31/SATURDAY

You know you've been wondering this too: Will Salma Hayek cease plucking for her role as Frida Kahlo or will she opt instead for a unibrow toupee? Seems we'll have to wait for the movie to find out. But if you're Jonesing for a Frida fix right now, Ballet Folklorico Del Pacifico's got what you need. "Mexico: Magia Y Color," is a tribute to Mexican folklore and at the center of it all is the premiere of "Frida: Magia Y Color," an exploration of Kahlo's life through dance.

8 p.m. $18-$25. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 461-3673.



1/SUNDAY

He's got a voice like a lawnmower and he's never been afraid to use it. We're talking about outspoken gay activist and Tony award-winner Harvey Fierstein. These days, you can see him playing a "her" on Broadway, in the stage version of John Waters' "Hairspray." But those of you not planning a trip to the Big Apple this weekend can still catch the "Lawnmower Man" on TV, in the premiere episode of "In the Life," a newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community. Check it out to hear him dish on who's really gay in Hollywood.

11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., KCET. For more information, visit www.kcet.org .

2/MONDAY

A year after Sept. 11, we're all still unsure of how to think about and properly commemorate it. But we can start by simply remembering. Beginning tonight, The History Channel offers a historical perspective in five parts, the first of which is, "The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of An American Icon." The series continues through Sept. 5, with an encore presentation of all five parts on Sept. 11.

9-11 p.m. The History Channel. For more information, visit www.historychannel.com .

3/TUESDAY

He's sung that it's not easy being green. But what do we really know about Kermit's early struggles? "Muppet Babies" didn't tell us much, and wasn't real to begin with. (You'll recall it was just the extended daydream of a lovesick Miss Piggy.) Finally, we get the true pre-Hollywood story, the direct-to-video feature, "Kermit's Swamp Years." But what's Jewish about Muppets? Jewish Muppeteer Frank Oz brought to life characters like Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. He's as close to a parent as they could've had, which makes 'em Jewish in our book!

$19.95 (VHS), $27.96 (DVD). To order, visit www.amazon.com .

4/WEDNESDAY

If you haven't been to Museum of Neon Art (MONA), you really oughta go. Their bright beacon is (appropriately) a neon-infused Mona Lisa, and inside, there's much more where that came from. Currently showing is a group exhibit of neon and kinetic art called "Lost and Found." Though we can't guarantee it, we'd bet there are some Jewish artists in the mix, especially with names like Helen Cohen and Ed Kirshner. According to one Web site, "MONA is the only permanent institution of its kind in the world." But, of course, this is why you live in Los Angeles.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wednesday-Saturday), noon-5 p.m. (Sundays). Runs Aug. 28-March 2. $5 (general), $3.50 (seniors and students), free (members and children under 13). 501 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 489-9918.



5/THURSDAY

Rumor has it funny man Mort Sahl has been visiting Robert Blake in jail. He's also written speeches for JFK, Ronald Reagan and George W. So, is there anyone Sahl won't be friends with? Hard to say. What is certain is that the guy's a comic institution at age 75, and that it hasn't spurred him to hang up the rubber chicken, or more accurately, the New York Times. Sahl takes the stage at the Laugh Factory improvising his political satire from the pages of the Times. And, as Woody Allen put it, "Mort Sahl never disappoints an audience."

10 p.m. Thursdays through October. $25 (plus two-drink minimum). Must be 18+. 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 656-1336.

6/FRIDAY

A mix of rockstar posturing and sleepy, backstage shots, Richard D. Schoenberg's new photography book "Seventy-nine Eighty" takes you back to those years in music. Some of these guys have gotten more famous since these pics were snapped, some you've never heard of. For all of them, Schoenberg includes a short blurb -- his take on the story behind the picture. Of a photo of Iggy Pop, Schoenberg writes, "My most vivid memory of the show is that by the end, Iggy was nearly naked and the floor of J.B. Scott's was littered with glass from broken bottles."

$25. Peter Fetterman Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Gallery A7, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 453-6463

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