June 20, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for June 21-27
During the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel's founding, the Palestinian community commemorated the "Nakba," or disaster, that befell their people in 1948. Considering both of these narratives, Israeli artist Noa Baum created the play, "A Land Twice Promised," featuring live music by Arab vocalist Naser Musa. A performance of the dialogue-encouraging play is being put on by the Levantine Cultural Center as part of their coexistence triptych, a series aimed at inspiring cross-cultural exchanges of ideas and compassion -- sort of like Adam Sandler's "Zohan" flick, but with less nudity and crude humor. Sat. 8 p.m. $25-$35. Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 657-5511. http://www.levantinecenter.org.
Pasadena is upping its cultural ante on World Music Day this year. "Make Music Pasadena" connects the city with 300 like-minded metropolises across the globe as they showcase free live music for the masses. The all-day fest boasts 500 musicians with a wide range of talent, performing in 30 unconventional venues -- bus stops, alleys, museums and courtyards. Levitt Pavilions "Free Music Across America" and KCRW are co-sponsoring this summer music solstice featuring acts such as Dengue Fever. Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. (800) 307-7977. For schedule and locations, visit http://makemusicpasadena.org.
If the success of American Jewish University's book fair last fall is any indication, Israel: A Mega Celebration might be the bash we've all been waiting for. A full day of festivities, replete with educational discussions, cultural activities and -- most importantly -- Israeli food, will be held on the beautiful Brandeis-Bardin campus, where Reps. Howard Berman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Brad Sherman (D-Van Nuys); UCLA Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller; Israel's Consul General Jacob Dayan; Dennis Prager; and others will address Israel-related issues. After intellectual exercises on the Islamic jihad threat, the attitudes of American presidential candidates toward Israel and the greening of the Holy Land, let loose to the grooves of the Moshav Band, Israeli star Tzvika Pik and a theatrical performance by Noa Baum. Israeli dancing and a live "shuk" with Israeli goods will fill any spare time. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (children), $20 (adults). American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (310) 440-1246. http://wcce.ajula.edu/israel60.
"Julius Shulman is Los Angeles," the Los Angeles Times wrote about the consummate photographer, whose elegant architectural photography helped define California modernism. Shulman is now the subject of the documentary, "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman," which explores the legacy of the 97-year-old artist's nuanced approach to urban design photography. Using human models and striking landscapes, Shulman's vision of the modern home helped articulate the work of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig and John Lautner. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman and featuring interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford and pop artist Ed Ruscha, the film will premiere, appropriately, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, in the city that continues to be Shulman's favorite canvas. Sun. 4 p.m. $12. The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Also, Wed., June 25, 4 p.m. (check Web site for location). (866) 345-6337. http://www.lafilmfest.com.
(ISRAEL @ 60)
Israel's 60th birthday seems like a never-ending celebratory extravaganza, but it's only because we love her so much! Here is one more opportunity to bask in the glory of the Holy Land during the Skirball Center's "Israel turns 60!" -- a party for the whole family, where kids can design colorful birthday cards and eat scrumptious frosted cake. Learn a fact or two about Israel's multiculturalism and history, and don't forget to wear your blue-and-white party hat! Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.com.
Pack a hearty lunch because you'll need lots of energy when heading out to the Huntington Beach harbor for some vigorous kayaking, organized by The Jewish Federation of Orange County's Young Leadership Division. Singles and couples in their mid-20s to 40s are invited to spend a day paddling kayaks through the glistening ocean waters while socializing with other young professionals who enjoy outdoor adventures. Look forward to getting involved in another energetic social networking group, GersherCity Long Beach, who will be partaking in the fun. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $15. Malibu Kayaks, 16910 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. (949) 435-3484. http://www.jewishorangecounty.org.
Recreation therapist Roberta Gold has put her own twist on the cliche "laughter is the best medicine." Her professional motto is "Laughter for the Health of It," which she developed into a full-fledged humor operation, dispensing practical advice on how to approach life with a sense of humor. Gold will be featured in a guest lecture, "The Power of Laughter," hosted by the Simi Valley Hadassah Group and Congregation B'nai Emet Sisterhood, where she will offer hands-on activities that will teach you how to cool down hot situations by using humor to improve communication. Sun. 2-4 p.m. Free. Mount Sinai Park, Ziegler Center, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (818) 882-4420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancel any previously made plans and put on your Sunday (or in our case, Saturday) best because you won't want to miss the Showtime Cabaret Theatre's presentation of "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Transporting you back to a simpler time before cell phones and computers, the performance will take you on a journey through the 1950s and the joys of poodle skirts and Elvis. Sway to the tunes of your past -- audience participation is highly encouraged -- along with the rest of the Shaarei Tefila Senior trip participants. Tue. 11 a.m. (bus leaves). $45 (includes lunch and show). Shaarei Tefila, 7269 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP required; call Lita (818) 360-6889. http://www.showtimecabaret.com/
The Nation's investigative reporter Michael T. Klare argues that there is an unquestionable link between U.S. foreign policy and the quest for oil. "Blood and Oil" is a documentary based on Klare's book of the same name, which delves into American energy and military policies going back to World War II, when FDR legitimized the autocratic Saudi royal family. America's dependence on oil and its presidents' willingness to do anything to keep the supply flowing is dangerous and real, Klare writes. Watch this important documentary and stay for a discussion. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.