Jewish Journal

7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Nov. 7, 2002 at 7:00 pm


In "West Bank Brooklyn," three young Muslim men must deal with the clashes in their immigrant community living among Jews and Christians. For a kid named Sadam (and you thought you had problems!) the clear choice seems to be adopting a Puerto Rican name. His older brother and friend also struggle with their own conflicts, in this AFI Film Fest movie, which plays tonight.

7:30 p.m. $10. Also screens Mon., Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m. $5. ArcLight Theatre 12, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (866) 234-3378. AFI Film Fest runs Nov. 7-17. www.afi.com .


Pale-faced, bleary-eyed eBay addicts head out this evening for some live action, care of Chabad of Greater Los Feliz. It's the annual silent auction and concert by pianist Gershon Wachtel. The entrance fee gets you appetizers, desserts, coffee and a raffle ticket. But a word of caution. The l'chaims are on you.

3-8 p.m. (silent auction bidding), 7:30 p.m. (concert), 9 p.m. (silent auction and raffle drawing). $18 (in advance), $25 (at the door). Ramada Hollywood, 1160 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, (323) 650-5177


Those of you not yet ready to hang up the foam finger should head to the "Baseball as America" exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. New York's America Museum has loaned them more than 500 items originally from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Sandy Koufax's Cy Young Awards, Moe Berg's warm-up jacket and Shawn Green's bat are just some of the Jewish baseball memorabilia on display. And it's probably one of the few places where it's still acceptable for you to wear that Rally Monkey T-shirt.

Runs through Dec. 15. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (weekends). $8 (general), $5.50 (seniors, students and children 13-18), $2 (children 5-12) free (children under 5). 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466.


It's been more than a few years since Obie-winner Danny Hoch dissed the sitcom "Seinfeld" by refusing to play what he deemed a stereotypical character. But his career doesn't seem to be hurting much. Juggling numerous projects, the actor/writer/solo performer can be seen tonight with fellow solo hip-hop artist Jonzi D in "BLAZIN," a free performance of hip-hop infused theater geared toward high school and college students.

8 p.m. Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (213) 972-7589. Hoch also performs with Will Power at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 22. (818) 677-3943.


Yeah, yeah, yeah. We've heard it a million times. Opera is just boring, fat ladies in Viking outfits, yadda, yadda, yadda. Save it. The truth is, admitting that you snored through "La Traviata" does not make you sound cool. And today, the University of Judaism offers you the class you need to wow 'em at the next cocktail party. It's called "Opera in Three Easy Lessons: The Tales of Hoffman at the Los Angeles Opera." Show up and leave the Rally Monkey T-shirt at home.

7-9 p.m. $130 (Three classes. Includes ticket to "The Tales of Hoffman" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.) 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1546.


Hard to pronounce, but easy on the ears, Flory Jagoda is a singer and musician viewed as a guardian of the Sephardic music tradition. She performs with her son and two daughters today at the Skirball Cultural Center, where they'll sing Judeo-Spanish songs from Bosnia, weaving stories of daily life from Jagoda's childhood in a village near Sarajevo.

8 p.m. $21 (general), $18 (members), $15 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-8587.


It's one of those little tidbits only we Jews will notice, but the main character in the musical "Rent" just happens to be a Cohen. Or at least his name's Mark Cohen. Want further proof that he's probably supposed to be a tribemember? Mark says he learned to tango "with Nanette Himmelfarb, the rabbi's daughter, at the Scarsdale Jewish Community Center." The musical is back in town for eight performances only, including two tonight. See what other proof you can find.

7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Runs Nov. 13-17. $20-$69.50. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 365-3500.

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