Jewish Journal

Calendar Girl clicks and picks for May 10-16

by Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

The Israeli band, Esta. See Thursday

SAT | MAY 10

Worlds away from the violent effects of war, an American citizenry is assumed passive and silent. Through a series of small, monochromatic paintings depicting images of death and violence, artist Liat Yossifor creates a space for the viewer to imagine their own connection and identification with war in a foreign land in "The War Is Over." Sat. 6 -9 p.m. (opening reception). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) Free. see line gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-1727. http://www.seelinegallery.com.

Get up and dance! This edgy, reality-based choreography isn't just for company dancers; "The Reality Series" incorporates the audience as the key ingredient that propels the work. A collaboration between Louise Rachlin & Dancers and Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, this interactive/multimedia dance presentation invites the audience to get on their feet and explore the themes "The Shampoo," "Los(t) Angeles" and "Identity." Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15-$25. Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. (818) 347-9938. http://www.lachoreographersanddancers.org.

Israel's 60th anniversary is being celebrated in countless ways in our community: concerts, dances, dinners, parties and benefits. University Synagogue is bringing together an Israel at 60 panel discussion in honor of the occasion, including Rabbi Linda Bertenthal, who practiced law for 13 years before becoming associate director of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Union for Reform Judaism. Also included will be Adam Rubin, who teaches Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Adding to the discussion will be AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Western States Director Elliot Brandt and keynote speaker Morley T. Feinstein, University Synagogue's senior rabbi. Sat. 10 a.m. (following Shabbat service). $10 (includes luncheon). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 472-1255 or amanda@unisyn.org.

SUN | MAY 11

In a rare and exciting David Mamet double bill, "Keep Your Pantheon" and "The hspace = '8' align = 'left'>Duck Variations" showcase the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's biting wit and caustic commentary. In a world-premiere performance, an acting troupe on the verge of collapse struggles to sustain viability in an ironic farce; and in a new rendition of an older work, two elderly men muse on the meaning of life as they sit on a bench watching ducks. Both stories evince truths about the nature of humanity, ambition, happiness and death -- Mamet's choice themes -- that he explores through the veneer of Americana. Sun. 8 p.m. Through June 8. $20-$50. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772. http://www.centertheatregroup.org.

Don't expect anything too saucy from ATID's Kosher Film Festival and Art Show -- after all, it's "kosher." But anyone in attendance last year might remember a certain sexy short by Jason Reitman, which posited a young couple between the sheets, surrounded by their lawyers, who interrupted to negotiate their presex prenup. It's all part of modern Jewish culture, so you may be pleasantly surprised when a group of budding local artists and filmmakers screen their takes on Jewish life during this fun-filled evening of film, art and musical entertainment by rocker Josh Nelson. Sun. 5:30 p.m. Free (members), $8 (online), $12 (door). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 481-3244. http://www.atidla.com.

To honor the beloved mothers who are no longer with us, Hillside Memorial Park is hosting a "Mother's Day Remembrance Service" led by Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh of Temple Israel of Hollywood. The memorial will include candle lighting, a string quartet and a performance by Cantors Marcelo and Mariana Gindlin. As a special and symbolic gesture, written notes and prayers will be taken on behalf of participants to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Sun. 10:30-11 a.m. (service), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (park open). Free. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 576-1994. http://www.hillsidememorial.org.

MON | MAY 12


Halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is a tiny village called Oasis of Peace -- Neve Shalom in Hebrew and Wahat al-Salam in Arabic. It's home to 55 families, with a mayor, a school and a community center like any other town. But in this town, unlike any other, Jews and Palestinians live, work and play side by side in peace and harmony. Ahmad Hijazi and Noam Shuster, residents of a town that has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize, will share details of their daily lives in "Living With the Conflict: A Palestinian and Jewish Experience From the Oasis of Peace." Hijazi, who came to live in the village as a married man, said of his choice, "I want my children to grow where hope is growing." Shuster, who grew up in the Oasis of Peace and is currently spreading its message in the United States as a Brandeis University student, said, "Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is not only a project, it is a solution presented to the world, a living proof that peace is possible and already happening." Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 325-8884. http://www.oasisofpeace.org.


Michele Citrin is Rosh HaShana Girl

Rosh Hashana Girl, a.k.a. Matzah Girl, a.k.a. the "lil grrl with a big sound," will be treating the crowd at Genghis Cohen to a full set of delicious tunes, including sneak peeks of the new album she's currently working on. Dreadlocked, 5-foot-1 Michelle Citrin is taking the city by storm. The Brooklyn-based singer seems to be everywhere at once -- numerous "Let My People Sing" events in Los Angeles, all over YouTube with her clever comedy videos ("20 Things to Do With Matzah" received 1 million hits), on tour with Subliminal and Koolooloosh at the recent Birthright Israelity Tour. Don't miss this chance to see her perform in a chill, intimate setting with drinks like Genghis Cohma and Szechuan Garlic Martini (ew!). Mon. 8 p.m. $7. Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 578-5591. http://www.michellecitrin.com.

Shhhhh... "It's a Secret." And it wants to know what you are hiding, how those burdens burn as they course beneath the surface, and how dark demons eventually emerge. These are the questions the play "It's a Secret" asks of its audience. Written by actor, playwright and poet Steve Connell, the world-premiere play was specially commissioned by American Jewish University's communications arts and advocacy department. Students in the theater production class will perform the thought-provoking drama as they probe and ponder the secrets we keep. Mon. 8 p.m. $5. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777.

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