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7 Days in The Arts

by Keren Engelberg

May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 27

Artist (and wife of Albert) Kimberly Brooks ironically titles her rich, segmented oil portraits of women, "The Whole Story." Her exhibition of paintings of the female form closes today at Risk Press Gallery.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment, (Tues.-Sat.). 8533 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 659-4680.

 
"The Whole Story," by Kimberly Brooks (oil on canvas).

 
"Mom's Friend," by Kimberly Brooks
(oil on linen)

Sunday, May 28

Jewish hippies head for the canyon this weekend for Topanga Days Country Fair. The three-day bohemian celebration welcomes diverse musicians and food, as well as belly dancing, craft vendors and games for all ages. Head out Sunday to see John Densmore (of The Doors) with his band, Tribaljazzz, and bluegrass and newgrass band Hot Buttered Rum, who will arrive in their vegetable oil-powered bus.

Free (children 5 and under), $7-$15 (general). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 27-29). Topanga Memorial Day Parade precedes the final day, starting from the Town Center and ending at the festival. Topanga Community House grounds, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. www.topangadays.com.

 

Monday, May 29

Jewish hippies head for the canyon this weekend for Topanga Days Country Fair. The three-day bohemian celebration welcomes diverse musicians and food, as well as belly dancing, craft vendors and games for all ages. Head out Sunday to see John Densmore (of The Doors) with his band, Tribaljazzz, and bluegrass and newgrass band Hot Buttered Rum, who will arrive in their vegetable oil-powered bus.

Free (children 5 and under), $7-$15 (general). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 27-29). Topanga Memorial Day Parade precedes the final day, starting from the Town Center and ending at the festival. Topanga Community House grounds, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. www.topangadays.com.

 

Tuesday, May 30

Alterkackers find love, lust and romantic entanglement in a Las Vegas retirement community, in Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna's play "Bermuda Avenue Triangle." The show, which had a sold-out nine-month run its first time around, returns to Los Angeles at the Brentwood Theatre. Lainie Kazan stars alongside Taylor and Bologna.

May 30-June 1 (previews), June 2-25 (official run). Wadsworth/Brentwood Theatre, 11201 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. www.richmarkent.com.


Lainie Kazan, left, Joe Bologna and Renée Taylor.

Wednesday, May 31

Teresa Strasser, queen of all media? Perhaps it's too early to say, but The Jewish Journal writer and singles columnist has already conquered the journalism world. Now she makes her mark on the radio, as the "Morning News Girl" on the 97.1 FM KLSX Adam Carolla Show. And on June 12, watch her make her mark on primetime television co-hosting the new ABC reality show "How to Get the Guy."

97.1 FM, KLSX. www.971freefm.com. www.abc.com.


Teresa Strasser

Thursday, June 1

Another marriage of life and work occurs between Julie Taymor and her husband, Elliott Goldenthal, who have teamed up to create the new opera, "Grendel." Based on the 1971 titular John Gardner novel, the opera is a retelling of the classic Old English story of "Beowolf" from the monster's point of view. Academy Award-winning composer Goldenthal composed the opera, while Tony Award-winning director Taymor directs, is co-librettist with J.D. McClatchy, and puppet designer with Michael Curry. Songs are in modern as well as Old English.

May 27-June 17. $30-$205. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 972-8001. www.laopera.com.


Elliot Goldenthal, left, Julie Taymor
and librettist J.D. McClatchy.

Friday, June 2

Rosalind Productions, a theater collective specializing in telling women's stories, is the brainchild of Abigail Rose Solomon, an actress and playwright. Tonight, they premier Solomon's play, "Stages," about a young Jewish woman at a crossroads in her life. Solomon also stars.

June 2-July 9. $15-$20. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (323) 960-7782. www.plays411.com/stages.


 

 

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