Sitcoms have nearly been annihilated by reality shows. "The Idiot Box," a dark comedic play about six sitcom characters whose world is rocked by the introduction of reality, echoes that recent development in popular culture, intentionally or unintentionally. Written by Michael Elyanow, who also penned a short play titled "Banging Ann Coulter," the play is sure to be loaded with sassy humor and political commentary.
Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 7 p.m. $20. Through Aug. 25. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 882-6912. http://www.openfist.org.
Sunday the 15th
Do you know what an oud is? How about a duduk or a kanoun? They're exotic Middle Eastern musical instruments, and if you want to know how they sound, grab a light sweater and head to the Ford Amphitheatre for a summer concert under the stars. "A Feast for the Senses: East Meets West" is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, which will present the world-premier two new works, and the eclectic Yuval Ron Ensemble, performing music from Spain, Iran, Yemen and Israel, along with two singers and two dancers.
7:30 p.m. $12 (children and students), $25-$36 (general). Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
Monday the 16th
The American Jewish University, formerly the University of Judaism, might seem like an unusual host for an exhibit titled "Voices from the Pacific Rim: Asian American Ceramicists," but the underlying theme of fusing a cherished cultural heritage with the American experience is one that we Jews can certainly relate to. Highlights of the eight-person display, guest curated by Elaine Levin, include a bulging purse representing over-consumption, plaques inspired by eighteenth century Ukioeh wood block prints and bisqued plates broken, painted by prison inmates, then reconstructed and refired to create a new whole.
Through Aug. 19. American Jewish University, Platt and Borstein Galleries, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.
Tuesday the 17th
No film festival will have you rockin' in your seat more than The American Cinematheque's Mods and Rockers Film Festival, which launched July 13 with an ultra-rare Beatles documentary. Created by Martin Lewis, a Jewish British humorist/producer, the 8-year-old music fest rolls on tonight at the Egyptian Theatre, where Bossa Nova will meet hip-hop in the Los Angeles premiere of "Brasilintime: Batucada Com Discos." The director, cast and crew will be around after the screening for a chill session, followed by cool live music in the courtyard.
8 p.m. $7 (members), $8 (students and seniors), $10 (general). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 467-0414. http://www.modsandrockers.com.
Wednesday the 18th
Mark your calendars for "Sugar Happens" because this sweet performance only happens twice this summer! Red-headed Rachel Bailit stars in this one-woman show about a young Jew from New England who comes to Hollywood hoping to find romance and success. Written by Emmy Award-winning writer Sherry Coben, the performance includes a sneak peak at the girl's life 20 years later.
8 p.m. Also, Aug. 15. $20. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (310) 403-9436. http://www.whitefiretheatre.com.
Thursday the 19th
"The Frame of Mind" is a 45-minute piece of intense dance theater that explores ignorance, violence, hope and repair. Ptero choreographer and artistic director Paula Present said the evening will ponder religion and spirituality and "how these belief systems can be life-changing or life-threatening." Two other works will also be performed: one based on Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," imagining Puritan women's experience of fleeing to the forest to release their forbidden desires and the other an intimate solo performance portraying the search for wisdom.
Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 6 p.m. Through July 29. $18 (online), $24 (at the door). Unknown Theater, 1110 Seward St., Hollywood. (323) 466-7781. http://www.pterodance.org.
Friday the 20th
The Nimoy family, descendants of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants from Russia, are apparently fascinated by futuristic endeavors. Leonard is, of course, renowned for playing Spock on "Star Trek." His nephew, Marc Nimoy, is now garnering praise for his advanced and innovative works of technological art. "Box song and others" is a fascinating exhibit of interactive light-sound boxes that respond to touch, electronic flowers that produce sounds when stimulated by light and three-dimensional light constellations that hold recorded memories.
Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Dangerous Curve, 1020 E. Fourth Place, "500 Molino Street Lofts," '102, Los Angeles. http://www.dangerouscurve.org.