Jewish Journal

7 Days in The Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Aug. 11, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 13

Spend some quality time with the kiddies before the back-to-school commotion ensues. Saturdays at the Whitefire Theatre, "Precious Piglet and Her Friends" is a musical that teaches kids about self-esteem and friendship. Writer Carrol Mendelson and musician and songwriter Ken Mazur teamed up to create something that was educational for children ages 2 and up, and entertaining for the their parents, too. It runs through December.

11 a.m. $10. 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2324.

Kelly Stables and Harley Jay in "Precious Piglet and Her Pals."
Photo by Michael Lamont

Sunday, August 14

This afternoon, a coalition of organizations commemorates Tisha B'Av, along with the Aug. 12, 1952, Soviet executions of Yiddish writers that closely coincides with the Jewish holiday. The program will focus on the careers of Polish bundist leaders Henryk Erlich and Viktor Alter, and will also feature poems and songs set to the words of Soviet poets.

2 p.m. Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.


Monday, August 15

In the tradition of "Heathers" and "Mean Girls," comes the latest queen bee satire, "Pretty Persuasion." Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen") plays rich, sexy and cruel teen Kimberly Joyce who sets out to achieve her dream of being famous, even if it means destroying the lives of others. The film also stars Jewish actress Adi Schnall in the role of a Muslim girl, Randa.


(From left) Evan Rachel Wood, Adi Schnall and Elisabeth Harnois in "Pretty Persuasion." Photo by Alan Markfield.

Tuesday, August 16

Shoop on down to Orange County, the last stop on the national tour of Broadway's revival of "Little Shop of Horrors." Actor Lenny Wolpe plays flower shop keeper Mr. Mushnik, who takes in nebbishy protagonist Seymour Krelbourn, and eventually, his man-eating plant, the Audrey II, designed for the production by the Jim Henson Workshop and Martin P. Robinson.

8 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Sun.). Runs through Aug. 28. $21.25-$64.75. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.

Jonathan Rayson and Tari Kelly in "Little Shop of Horrors." Photo by Bruce Bennett

Wednesday, August 17

Experiences of summertime, from Canada to Coney Island to Malibu, make up Forum Gallery's new exhibition, "Summer Days." Vancouver artist John Macdonald's paintings of bathers offer an unexpected moodiness, while Jeffrey Gold's surfer paintings portray his passion for surfing life, and David Levine and Ralph Goings offer varying depictions of Coney Island summers in watercolor.

Runs through Sept. 10. 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1550.

David Levine: Queens of Bay 8, 1999-2002, watercolor on paper.

Thursday, August 18

Nicole Krauss' debut novel was about an English professor who had amnesia. Her latest book, "The History of Love: A Novel," is also about memory, about how a man remembers his life in his last days. She speaks about the transmission of memory through writing with "Bookworm" host, Michael Silverblatt, this afternoon on public radio station KCRW.

2:30-3 p.m. 89.9 FM. www.kcrw.com.

Nicole Krauss

Friday, August 19

In "Protocols of Zion," filmmaker Marc Levin explores a frightening worldwide belief that a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for Sept. 11. The film screens as part of this week's DocuWeek Documentary Showcase, which helps documentary makers qualify for Academy Award consideration. It screens every day, through Aug. 25, at varying times.




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