July 9, 2009
Calendar Picks and Clicks for July 11–17, 2009
SATURDAY JULY 11
The new Family Amphitheater Performances at the Skirball Cultural Center’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater provide opportunities for families to sing, dance, hear stories and interact with live animals every weekend this summer. The kid-friendly entertainment, free with museum admission, includes a community drum circle, salsa dancing and songs celebrating science and nature. Today’s program of Japanese drumming is by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles. Sat. Noon and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. through Aug. 30. No reservations necessary. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
Audrey II, the foul-mouthed, R&B-singing exotic plant with a craving for fresh blood became a household name thanks to the cult favorite “Little Shop of Horrors.” Musical Theatre West is bringing Audrey, Seymour and the rest of the shop to the stage with sets and costumes from the recent Broadway revival as well as the classic score by songwriting legends Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”). Sat. 8 p.m. Through July 26. $30-$78. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 4350 E. Seventh St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, ext. 4. musical.org.
SUNDAY JULY 12
The Ash Grove Summer Intra-National Event will raise funds for the Ash Grove Foundation, supporting its series of free community events promoting music, advocacy and social action, including a free large-scale music festival scheduled for August. Performances at this fundraiser will include blues guitarist Bernie Pearl — the brother of Ash Grove founder El Pearl, musical humorist Roy Zimmerman, S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s Drum Alliance, Richard Montoya of Culture Clash and others. Sun. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $40. Private residence, 939 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 391-5794. ashgrovemusic.com.
Get fit and friendly at ATID’s bicycle beach ride and vegetarian lunch for young professionals ages 21-39. Participants will rent bicycles for a two-hour group ride along Santa Monica’s boardwalk, then replenish their energy with meatless entrees at Perry’s Beachside Café. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $30 (members), $35 (general). Perry’s Café, 2400 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. R.S.V.P. required. (310) 481-3244. sinaitemple.org/events/ATID/bike.
MONDAY JULY 13
The famous L.A. landmark, the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, is commemorating its 75th anniversary with a weeklong celebration, including dozens of musical acts, a day of taste-testing food offerings from the Market’s 36 restaurants, book signings by two Farmers Market commemorative writers, a Farmers Market Karaoke Idol contest, family events and live entertainment. The Big Birthday Bash on July 16 will be hosted by actor Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and will feature the USC Marching Band, presentations by city dignitaries, an enormous cake in the shape of the famous clock tower and special gifts for participants who share the Market’s 1934 birth year. Mon. 7-9 p.m. Free. Through July 19. For a full schedule of events, call (323) 933-9211 or visit farmersmarketla.com.
TUESDAY JULY 14
The Stefani Valadez Ensemble joins a host of other international musicians for a night at the Los Angeles Zoo. World Music Night, part of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s Music in the Zoo concert series, will feature the sounds of Zimbabwe, the Middle East, Ireland and Latin culture along with an eclectic array of food offerings for this after-hours performance under the stars. On July 24, the series continues with Classic Rock Night, featuring cover bands performing music from the Eagles, The Beatles, the Grateful Dead and others. Both evenings will also offer 10 interactive animal education stations throughout the zoo and a later bedtime for the animals (8 p.m.). Tue. 6-9 p.m. $10 (children), $16 (adults), children 5 and under are free. Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park. (323) 644-6042. lazoo.org.
WEDNESDAY JULY 15
Rabbi Zoë Klein, the spiritual leader of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, will be signing copies of her new novel, “Drawing in the Dust,” about an American archaeologist who uncovers an ancient love affair while excavating beneath a home in Anatot, Israel. Journal columnist and author Gina Nahai praised the book: “Lyrical, transformative, and unexpected, ‘Drawing in the Dust’ will keep you enthralled in the moment, yet racing to know more.” Wed. 7 p.m. Borders Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. zoeklein.com.
In “Martin Buber and the Art of Relationship,” Rabbi David Wolpe will delve into the Austrian Jewish philosopher and theologian’s philosophy of dialogue and the interpersonal nature of human existence. Buber’s emphasis on developing connections with others, with yourself and with God had an impact on religion, philosophy, sociology and academia. Sponsored by ATID, but open to the entire community. Dessert and coffee will be served. Wed. 7:30 p.m. By July 13: $5 (Sinai members), $10 (general), $15 (at the door, for all). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.org.
THURSDAY JULY 16
Award-winning journalist Frances Dinkelspiel will discuss the biography of her great-great-grandfather at ALOUD, with William Deverell, director of the USC-Huntington Institute on California and the West. “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California” chronicles the industrious Gold Rush-era entrepreneur and financier who founded the first bank in Los Angeles, rescued the Los Angeles Times from financial ruin and helped establish the University of Southern California. Thu. 7-9 p.m. Free. ALOUD at Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. aloudla.org.
FRIDAY JULY 17
Cabaret crooner Craig Pomranz brings his New York nightclub act to Los Angeles audiences again with a new show, including music from his upcoming album. Fri. 9 p.m. $15 plus two-drink minimum. Also, July 18. The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 467-7444. craigpomranz.com.
Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Murray Schisgal is probably best known for the classic comedy, “Tootsie,” which he co-wrote with Larry Gelbart. Two of Schisgal’s comical plays, “74 Georgia Avenue” and “The Pushcart Peddlers,” chronicle the Jewish American experience via a successful but unhappy businessman and two Lower East Side immigrants. Fri. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 22. $20. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 700-4878. lcgrt.com.
“It’s Criminal! The Comedy” is a humorous behind-the-scenes look at the criminal justice system through the eyes of L.A. criminal defense attorney Murray Meyer. During more than 20 years of experience practicing law, Meyer has amassed a truckload of courtroom adventures, tales of dangerous clients and wacky judges, and reflections on his own neuroses. Proceeds from this performance will benefit the Save the Santa Monica Playhouse campaign. Fri. 9 p.m. $16. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1. santamonicaplayhouse.com.