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7 Days in The Arts

by Keren Engelberg

September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

 



Saturday, September 10

Party at tonight's sixth annual Barbie and Ken Toy Drive and you'll give the kids a reason to smile, too. Cover per person is one new unwrapped toy or combination of toys with a minimum $25 value, for which you get music, open bar and food till the wee hours, or as long as it lasts. Event title notwithstanding, anatomically correct toys are also accepted.

8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., bfarash@earthlink.net.

 

Sunday, September 11

The Katrina devastation is worth your attention and donations, but take some time to think about Sept. 11 today, and while you're at it, help out some other victims of terror. The Society of Young Philanthropists hosts a trunk sale, with 10 percent of proceeds going to OneFamily Solidarity Fund, an organization that provides assistance to terror victims in Israel. For a $5 donation at the door, you can shop their "Philanthroshop" for premium women and men's denim brands and knits, plus names like T-Bags, Joyaan, Bijou Designs, Trisje Handbags and Christiano men's shirts.

9 a.m.-9 p.m. $5. Beverly Hills residence, 1006 Elden Way. (310) 271-0060.

 

Monday, September 12

They say music can reach you where words fail, and so why not investigate the connection between song and soul? This evening, the Gal Einai Center of Los Angeles brings you Kabbalah master Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh in a discussion and exploration titled, "Wings of the Soul: Kabbalah and the Art of Music." Ginsburgh will be accompanied by violinist Marc Brodsky.

8 p.m. $25. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-7327.


Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Tuesday, September 13

Depression-era Manhattan provides the backdrop for the first production of the Ahmanson's 2005-2006 season. The play is "Dead End," which preceded the 1937 Humphrey Bogart film. Written by Sidney Kingsley, it tells the story of a gang of poor teenagers being displaced by the wealthy tenants that threaten to move into their neighborhood. Expect stunning visuals with a set that includes a 40-foot-high New York City skyline and a simulation of the East River, accomplished by filling the playhouse's orchestra pit with more than 10,000 gallons of water.

Runs through Oct. 16. 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.

"The Eternal Union," 2004

Wednesday, September 14

If you've missed seeing former Journal staff writer and gifted artist Michael Aushenker's words and drawings in these here pages, we've got fix for ya, at least as far as the art is concerned. On display at Santa Monica's Novel Cafe through the end of September are 13 of Aushenker's vibrant paintings. For East Siders, he also has a painting on permanent display at Birds Cafe on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood.

Novel Cafe, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Birds Cafe, 5925 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. www.elgatocomics.com.

 
"Bennie Gambles His Soul and Loses His Dreams," by Michael Aushenker

Thursday, September 15

With a title as lovely as "Heir to the Glimmering World," how can you resist? Especially when it comes from the celebrated literary mind of Cynthia Ozick. This evening, ALOUD at Central Library presents the author, in conversation with new Los Angeles Times book editor David L. Ulin on the subject of her new work based on the real-life Christopher Robin. (Ozick also appears at Dutton's Beverly Hills on Wed., Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.)

7 p.m. Free. Central Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Fifth and Flower streets, downtown Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.


Cynthia Ozick

Friday, September 16

In his latest off-Broadway comedy, actor and playwright Daniel Stern ("City Slickers") explores the old cliché about keeping up with the Joneses, as it applies to one out-of-work television actor whose "Jones" happens to be a Streisand. "Barbra's Wedding" opens the Falcon Theatre's 2005-2006 series this week, and stars Stern as Babs' neighbor, and Crystal Bernard ("Wings") as his wife.

Runs through Oct. 9. $25-$37.50. 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 955-8101. www.falcontheatre.com.

 
Daniel Stern and Crystal Bernard in "Barbra's Wedding."
Photo by Wesley Horton

 

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