August 22, 2008
Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks August 23 - 29: Benny Goodman, opera, magic and more
Today, the importance of recalling the horrors and magnitude of the Holocaust are more important than ever. The children at LA Opera's annual summer camp (photo,below) will present Hans Krasa's moving piece, "Brundibár." The enchanting tale of tolerance and hope is a work that is historically significant because it had been performed by Jewish children imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust, said Placido Domingo, LA Opera's general director. "Brundibár" recounts the story of a brother and sister attempting to buy milk for their sick mother by performing in the town square. Met with adversity, the siblings are assisted by a cat, bird and dog to return to the square where they sing a beautiful lullaby with the all the town's children and triumph. In addition to Krasa's work, Ela Weissberger, who was transported to Terezin and performed "Brundibár" as a child in 1942, will share her horrific, extraordinary experiences with the audience following each performance. Sat. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, Aug 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free (limited tickets). REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 972-7252. http://www.laopera.com.
This may be your only chance to help a budding filmmaker out and see "The Impossible Itself." The 39-minute documentary is a passion project of Jacob Adams, a lone filmmaker on a shoestring budget (he spent $13,000 of his own money), who set out to make a documentary about Samuel Beckett's classic play, "Waiting for Godot." His story chronicles different performances -- from former Nazi officers staging the show in a Jewish cultural building to the historic rendition by inmates at San Quentin Prison. Sat. 3 p.m. $6.50. Through Aug. 28. Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex, 345 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-0268. http://www.laemmle.com.
Here's how to market a charity event: Just plug the words "fantasy" and "illusion" into the title. And that's exactly what you'll get during "A Night of Fantasy and Illusion" hosted by The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Illusionists and fire-eaters will sweep through the mysterious Houdini estate, entertaining guests as they drink, dine and dance while beats spun by the Playboy mansion's resident DJ wake up the neighbors in the Hollywood Hills. All this and a good cause! Sat. 8 p.m. $150 (women), $200 (men). The Harry Houdini estate, 2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Hollywood Hills. (310) 479-2468. http://www.laguardians.com.
After a triumphant return to the party scene, Sababa is still going strong. Tonight, three DJs -- DJ Titus, DJ Ziv and DJ Marc Preston -- will spin beats from all your favorite decades, plus the requisite house and Israeli music. If you're young, an all-night dance party can't be wrong, and if you're older, there's nothing like a nightclub to zip you back into your youth. If you've got cash burning holes in your pocket, bottle service is available. Sat. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $12 (before 10:30 p.m.), $20 (cover). Platinum Nightclub, 11345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (310) 657-6650. http://www.sababaparties.com
Women always worry about guests. Will there be enough food? Will they like it? Oy vey! Enter Abigail, the protagonist of Mike Leigh's middle-class comedy, "Abigail's Party," who forces food and cigarettes on her guests to cover up that her dinner party and her marriage are falling apart. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 12. $15-$45. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. http://odysseytheatre.com.
SUN | AUGUST 24
Summer comes to a sizzling end with a plethora of Spanish sounds. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony's "Sephardic-Latino Connection" blends music from Argentina to Mexico and Spain, from mariachi to flamenco, from Hebrew to Aramaic in a showcase of musical flavors. Expressing the cultural diversity of Jews in the Diaspora, guitarist Adam del Monte joins Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, harpist Marcia Dickstein and the Mariachi Divas for a musical feast in the outdoor air. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $25-$36. The Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. http://www.fordtheatres.org.
Bored of the park and "Sesame Street"? Who can complain about something fun and educational for your kids? Join the Jewish Learning Academy (JLA) at the open house for Kreative Kids -- a multifaceted program designed for tots and kids from 3 months to 4 years old to keep both parent and child entertained and intrigued. Throughout the year, this innovative program offers classes such as Kiddie Art, Hebrew 4 Tots, Fitness and Fun, Music and Movement and longtime favorite, Mommy and Me. So whether tall or small, you'll be sure to enjoy the free arts and crafts and entertainment as you get some time with your kid to escape from the SoCal heat. Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. JLA, 9581 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 382-8286. http://www.kreativekidsla.com.
We've all heard the horror story where the happily-in-love betrothed couple get to the fateful aisle and someone gets the urge to run. "Lovers and Other Strangers" tells such a tale, set in the 1960s against the backdrop of women's lib. The story examines the impact of the women's movement on marriage, work and family -- with the unfortunate groom having to bear the brunt of a new and unfamiliar world. 6 p.m. (Sun.), 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.). $20. Through Sept. 28. Theatre 68, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7827. http://www.plays411.net/lovers.
Benny Goodman Orchestra 'Sing, Sing, Sing' from 'Hollywood Hotel'
In the 1930s, when swing swept the country off its feet, the name Benny Goodman became forever intertwined with the genre, and the smooth notes of his clarinet are far from gone. The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) brings you a whole new Swing Series, starting with "A Tribute to Benny Goodman Featuring the Terry Meyers Orchestra." Hop, skip or swing on over to the CCPA and catch the other four swing shows to follow Meyers and his gang. And don't forget to bring your dancing shoes. Sun. 3 p.m. $28-$46 (per show), $230 (whole series). Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818. http://www.cerritoscenter.com.
TUE | AUGUST 26
Nessah mixes fun with philanthropy at its "Glamour Summer Night" party at one of the hippest clubs in West Hollywood. Sam Nazarian, the business brain behind some of Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan's favorite haunts, is donating his club to raise money for Nessah Young Professionals and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Twenty and thirtysomethings are invited to dress to the nines and blow out summer with a bang. Tue. 8:30 p.m. $50 (presale), $75 (door). AREA, 643 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 631-1000. http://shop.nessah.org.
WED | AUGUST 27
In a city like Los Angeles, "maintenance" applies to way more than just your car or house. Plastic surgery has built a haven in 21st century culture -- as evident in the success of shows like "Nip/Tuck" and "Doctor 90210." So, asks the Social Circle at Steven S. Wise Temple, why not learn a bit more about your options? Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. George Sanders will answers all the nitty-gritty questions of getting sliced and diced to look oh so nice. And even if you choose not to go under the knife, who can say no to a night of food, drinks and some laughs? Wed. 7-10 p.m. $15 (members), $20 (guests). Hershenson Hall, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 204-1240. email@example.com.
THU | AUGUST 28
(FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL)
What do you get when you mix Israeli pilots, a star-crossed and love-struck Nazi-Jewish couple and Plato? A taste of the emerging talent at the August Sun Film and Television Festival. Director Robert J. Locke and August Sun Productions looked for movies, TV pilots and shorts with two things in common: quality and promoting world peace. Today, when we struggle with the idea of peace both in the Middle East and around the world, maybe the perfect solution is relaxing and enjoying a show. Thu. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Also Fri. $25 (half pass for screenings only), $50 (full pass for screenings and seminars). The Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. (818) 284-9084, (310) 474-7866. http://augustsunproductions.com/festival.
FRI | AUGUST 29
Just because Shabbat is a time designated for rest, that doesn't mean it can't be a time for fun, as well. Beth Chayim Chadashim is kicking Shabbat up a notch with a preservice Mediterranean buffet cosponsored by JQ International -- an organization dedicated to bringing together GLBT Jews in their 20s and 30s. Tabouli? Falafel? You choose! Eat, shmooze, and get into the Shabbat spirit with your fellow Jews and Jewesses. After all the plates are cleared, talented and skillful Josh Whinston and drummer Amir Magal will co-lead the services. With food and prayer galore, this is sure to be a Shabbat that you won't forget. Fri. 7-10 p.m. $15. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. http://www.bcc-la.org.
--Jina Davidovich contributed to this article