Jewish Journal

7 Days in The Arts

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Apr. 6, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 8

Not that there’s really any question about it, but bang Improv Studio poses it just the same. In the arena of funny, only one religious group can reign supreme, and tonight, bang hosts its biannual showdown of “The Jews vs. The Christians” for the title of Funniest People. Like we said, we already know who should win, but the victor is decided by audience votes. So show up and represent the tribe.

8 p.m. $10. 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Hollywood. (323) 653-6886. www.bangstudio.com.

Sunday, April 9

Celebrate the rich history of one L.A. neighborhood at the Da Camera Society’s Boyle Heights Festival. The years have seen the faces of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles change from Jewish to Latino, but our cultural landmarks intermingle. Today’s event will feature musical concerts in the Breed Street Shul and Tamayo Restaurant, a documentary screening about the shul, self-guided walking/driving tours of area landmarks, artists reception at Latin Art Brokers Gallery and post-concert dinner at the restaurant.

First concert begins at 12:15 p.m. (213) 477-2929. www.dacamera.org.

Monday, April 10

Director Nicole Holofcener’s film about the midlife struggles of four female friends — and their uneasy relationships with money and each other-comes to theaters this week. Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Joan Cusack and Frances McDormand star in the comedy/drama “Friends With Money,” which was the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival.


Frances McDonald, left, and Jennifer Aniston in “Friends With Money.” Photo by Mark Lipson

Tuesday, April 11

Artist and scholar Ruth Weisberg exhibits her latest works of large- and small-scale paintings and drawings in “Ruth Weisberg: New Beginnings” now on view at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. The show expands on themes Weisberg recently explored in a mural commissioned by UJA Federation of New York — those of “Diaspora, hope, community and new beginnings.”

Through May 31. 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 938-5222. www.jackrutbergfinearts.com.

Through May 31. 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 938-5222.

Wednesday, April 12

Take a break from the seder prepping and get in the Pesach spirit another way. Newly released on video and DVD is the movie “Ushpizin.” Sure, it takes place on Sukkot, rather than Passover, but the story about tests of faith and obnoxious houseguests is still bound to resonate.


Shuli Rand in “Ushpizin.”
Photo © 2005

Thursday, April 13

Those not indulging in a second-night seder can still celebrate the Exodus story by considering the way Jews have always celebrated (and coped) — with laughter. The Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara presents “Point. Click. Laugh. Humor in Photography” through May 26. The collection features images by professional as well as amateur photographers.

524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. www.jewishsantabarbara.org.

“East Broadway, New York City,” 1967 by MIchael Gold.

Friday, April 7

Self-described “hybrid,” performer Ameenah Kaplan says her multiethnic background resulted in a “life-long pursuit to define myself.” The outcome has been the African American Jewish woman’s unique form of “hybrid populist theater,” which combines dance, acrobatics and capoeira with theater. Her newest project is “Everyman for Himself,” a young man’s coming-of-age tale now on stage at the Unknown Theater.

Through April 29. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). $18-$22. 1110 Seward St., Hollywood. (323) 466-7781. www.unknowntheater.com.

“Everyman for Himself.”
Photo courtesy Silverback Productions

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