Jewish Journal

Funny Kiwis, rockin’ Israelis, radio Glass, Amy Arbus

by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Mar. 8, 2007 at 7:00 pm

New Zealand's funniest -- Deb Filler

New Zealand's funniest -- Deb Filler

Saturday the 10th

Billing Deb Filler as "New Zealand's funniest Jewish export" may beg us to try to think of just one other funny Kiwi, period. But heaped on top of that somewhat faint praise are glowing reviews from many publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Boston Globe. Tonight, the comic actress, who's also been called "consistently clever," "warm," "gifted" and "funny," presents "Don't Get Me Started" at Steinway Hall.

8 p.m. $25. Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos, 12121 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 471-3979.

Sunday the 11th Blackfield
You've got old and new school Israeli rock options this weekend. Saturday, the younger set dons leather and Goth makeup to hear post-Rabin "candlestick generation" icon Aviv Geffen and his indie band Blackfield, at the Knitting Factory. Tonight, rock elders Danny Sanderson, Gidi Gov and friends perform their '70s and '80s folksy hits in "SABABA: A Taste of Israel." Keshet Chaim dance ensemble opens the show at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Blackfield: March 10, 7 p.m. Hollywood Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For tickets, call (323) 463-0204 or visit www.knittingfactory.com. SABABA (part of "Let My People Sing"): March 11, 7 p.m. Fred Kavil Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thou>sand Oaks. For tickets, call (818) 986-7332. www.kcdancers.org.

Monday the 12th Ira Glass
One radio star unlikely to be killed by the likes of video is "This American Life" host Ira Glass. In addition to the popular weekly public radio broadcast, he's recently been working on a Showtime network spin-off. He and his band of merry contributors present "This American Life: Listen to the T.V.," a live and in-person variation on the radio program. Sneak preview clips and behind-the-scenes footage of the TV show are also promised.

8 p.m. $47.50-$55. UCLA, Royce Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.org.

Tuesday the 13th On The Street
"Amy Arbus: On the Street 1980-1990" is Stephen Cohen Gallery's latest exhibition, and shows images from the photographer's monthly Village Voice page, which ran in the 1980s. Arbus, who is the daughter of photographer Diane Arbus and actor Allan Arbus, releases a book in conjunction with the show, this month. Also called "On the Street: 1980-1990," it, too, displays her portraits of New York City characters.

Through April 21. 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-5525. www.stephencohengallery.com.

Wednesday the 14th Lindenberger
Creative lions share the focus at Couturier Gallery's "Personal Dialogues: Aharon Bezalel, Sculpture and Manfred Lindenberger, Painting." Displayed are older and recent works by Bezalel, an Israeli octogenarian known for sculpting figures, with often multiple pieces meant to be viewed together, and recent works by Lindenberger (shown above), a nonagenarian painter known for colorful abstracts of people in motion.

Through April 14. 166 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5557. www.couturiergallery.com.

Thursday the 15th Annabel Gurwitch
Getting fired by Woody Allen could have been one of the worst career moments for Annabel Gurwitch. Instead, she made that lemon into lemonade with a popular theatrical piece called, "Fired!" The stage production became a book, which became a documentary featuring personal stories about getting canned. The film opens this week and includes stories by famous people like Sarah Silverman and Ben Stein, as well as regular folks like the rest of us.

Laemmle Grande 4-plex, 345 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-0268. www.laemmle.com.

Friday the 16th

Last chance to see Women Painters West's group show at ArtHouse Gallery at TVA. "Woman as Witness" features interpretations of this theme by organization members, including two paintings by former Journal art director Shelly Adler. The show closes March 18.

416 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 393-0901. www.arthousegalleryattva.com.

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