Jewish Journal

7 Days in The Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Jul. 28, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, July 30

Last chance to see "The Last Word...," Oren Safdie's latest play about the clashing of generations. Protagonist Henry Grunwald is a Holocaust survivor who went on to have a career as a New York ad exec. In his retirement, he now hopes to finally fulfill his lifelong dream of writing a play, and places an ad for an assistant. Young playwright Len Artz, applies for the job, but a heated theoretical debate unfolds during the job interview.

Runs through July 31. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 5 p.m. (Sun.). Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 589-1998.

Peter Smith, left, and Daniel J. Travanti in "The Last Word...," Photo by Kitty Kang

Sunday, July 31

The Chance Theater bids you "wilkommen" to Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret." The Tony Award-winning musical takes place in 1930s Berlin, juxtaposing the time's tumultuous political state of affairs with the sexy, open lifestyle of the cabaret. The theater also offers special "cabaret seating" for those who want to be part of the show.

8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $22-$35. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. (714) 777-3033.

Erika C. Miller in "Cabaret."

Monday, August 1

The craze has reached new proportions. Tonight, the Westside JCC presents... that's right ... "Harry and the Potters." A two-brother duo performs original music based on the wildly popular book and movie series. Check it out if you're a Potter-head, or even if you're just into songs about "fast brooms, wizard chess and three-headed dogs."

6:30 p.m. Free. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531.

"Harry and the Potters"

Tuesday, August 2

Brian Herzlinger certainly wasn't the only second-grader who fell in love with Drew Barrymore in "E.T." But he's probably the only one bent on getting a date with her 20 years later. The aspiring filmmaker from New Jersey did make his film. To find out if he fulfilled his other big aspiration, see his movie, "My Date With Drew," at the Arclight tonight, then stick around for the Q and A that follows.

8 p.m. 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. www.arclightcinemas.com.

Wednesday, August 3

Women look at our bodies, ourselves, in the Jan Baum Gallery's latest exhibition, "Ladies With Figures: Figurative Paintings and Sculptures of Women by Women." Among the 13 artists featured are Zhenya Gershman, who displays an evocative portrait of a girl, "Eva," and Jilda Schwartz, whose "Miriam," glazed ceramic bust peers out sadly.

Runs through Aug. 20. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). 170 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 932-0170.

"Eva," by Zhenya

Thursday, August 4

"The Aristocrats." It's apparently the funniest, filthiest joke you've never heard. This private joke, a sort of "secret handshake among comics," is also now a movie. Comedians Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller) and Paul Provenza have gotten more than 100 of their comedian friends, among them Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman and Paul Reiser, to improvise their version of this obscenely dirty and hilarious joke on film. The result is this unrated but widely acclaimed movie. It opens this week.

Arclight Cinemas, Hollywood; Mann Criterion 6, Santa Monica. (310) 395-1599.

Fred Willard.
Photo courtesy ThinkFIlm

Friday, August 4

"Animal Crackers" and "Horse Feathers" kick off the two-weekend yuckfest at LACMA, as it presents "The Marx Brothers: 8 Classics." The screening series continues tomorrow and next weekend, and includes eight of Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo and Chico's best-loved works, some of them new prints.

7:30 p.m. $6-$9. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lacma.org.


"Animal Crackers"

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