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Get on down to ‘Funkel Town; Middle Eastern humor; Accordians! Accordians! Accordians!

by Keren Engelberg

January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel

Saturday the 6th

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts takes you to "funkel town." It's Art Garfunkel in concert this evening, singing American tunes from his days with Paul Simon, as well as solo pieces from days since.

8 p.m. $32-$57.50. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818. www.cerritoscenter.com.

Sunday the 7th

Middle-Eastern American comedians talk seriously today in a panel discussion about the place of humor and satire in a post-Sept. 11 politicized world. Titled, "What's So Funny?" the conversation includes performers from the Levantine Cultural Center's popular "Sultans of Satire" series. Among them will be Maz Jobrani and Noel Elgrably, representing Muslim and Jewish faiths, respectively. The center's Jordan Elgrably moderates.

4-6 p.m. Free. Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 559-5544. www.levantinecenter.org.

Monday the 8th

The subjects and media of Susan Soffer Cohn's art have varied over the course of her career. Focusing in on two of her series is the Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery at the Alpert JCC. Their first exhibition of the year will present her colorful biblical paintings, with titles like "Miriam Led the Women" and "In the Beginning," as well as her horse portraits, under the title, "Inspired by New Circles." The exhibit opens this week, with an artist reception scheduled for Jan. 14.

3601 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. www.alpertjcc.org.

Tuesday the 9th
Gain new perspective through the eyes of photographer Joshua Barash, who merges architectural and female forms to create creepy cool images that inspire a double take. "Joshua Barash Photographs -- Form on Form: A New Series" can currently be viewed at LMAN Gallery downtown, as part of its group show "3+X'mas: Works on Paper," also featuring the works of Anna Fang and Eunice Kim.

Noon-6 p.m. (Wed.-Sat., or by appointment). LMAN Gallery, 949 Chung King Road, Los Angeles. (213) 628-3883. www.lmangallery.com.

Wednesday the 10th

The new year means more new art on view -- in fact, three times as much at UCLA Hillel's Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts. It debuts a trifecta of new exhibitions simultaneously today. "American Jewish Legacy" features a collection of historical documents chronicling the Jewish experience in America, from 1654's arrival of immigrants to New Amsterdam, through today. Also on view are two divergent photographic exhibitions: "Pure Faith" presents images by Israeli photographer Harel Stanton of religious ceremonies from around the world. "Jewish Musical Icons of the 20th Century" displays the photographs of cellist and photographer Jim Arkatov, who, in the course of his distinguished career in various orchestras, also snapped photos of leading musical icons.

574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. (310) 208-3081.

Thursday the 11th

The Skirball takes a giant leap in making the accordion cool again with the concert series, "Compressing the World." Tonight's third installment features the squeeze box stylings of Rob Curto's Forró for All. The New York-based band plays northeast Brazilian forró pé de serra dance music, known for its use of accordion, triangle and zabumba drum.

8 p.m. $15-$25. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.

Friday the 12th
Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, "God Grew Tired of Us," opens today at local Laemmle theaters. The documentary follows the stories of three "Lost Boys" of Sudan -- orphaned by civil war in their country -- who are selected to be resettled in the United States after surviving traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert for five years and arriving at a U.N. refugee camp in Kenya.

Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-3500. Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 844-6500. www.godgrewtiredofus.com. Tracker Pixel for Entry

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