December 21, 2006
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Tish Tones; Java Nagilla!
Chanukah's officially over, but it's not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery's exhibition, "Peter Shire -- The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures." Included among Shire's maquettes -- relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los Angeles, and as far as Japan -- are Judaica pieces like his gouache on paper titled, "Angel and Menorah," and an aluminum and enamel sculpture called, "Peace Dove Menorah."
Through Jan. 6. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. www.tobeycmossgallery.com.
Sunday the 24th
What's 47 years old, six hours long, totally free and remarkably representative of the eclecticism that defines our fair city? It could only be Los Angeles County Arts Commission's L.A. County Holiday Celebration. It's here again, with such varied acts as East L.A. band Little Willy G y Los Tamaleros, Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble and Namaste Women's Choir, just to give you an idea. And of course, representing for the Jews will be Congregation Beth Shir Shalom's band, The Tish Tones, performing with the synagogue's choir and Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels; the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, singing "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah," and Vox Femina Los Angeles, singing the Hebrew song, "Nerli." The show is always free and open to the public, and is also broadcast live on KCET.
3-9 p.m. Patrons may come and go throughout the six-hour performance. Free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.holidaycelebration.org.
Monday the 25th
Too early for Chinese food? Lonely Jews on Christmas morning can roll out of bed and head to the Zimmer Children's Museum for a pajama jammy-jam with no MSG. Their Pajama Party will feature a scavenger hunt, game room, art projects and bagel breakfast that are meant for the whole family to enjoy together.
Free (children 2 and under, and grandparents accompanied by a grandchild), $3 (ages 3-12), $5 (adults). 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8989 www.zimmermuseum.org.
Tuesday the 26th
The beat goes on during this quiet week leading up to the New Year, thanks to Israeli dance leaders like James Zimmer and Jason Hecht. Their weekly lessons followed by open dancing are a guaranteed party -- and you'll all dance the hora.
Zimmer: 7:30 p.m. $6-$7. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 284-3638.
Hecht: 7:30 p.m. $5-$6. B'nai Tikvah Congregation, 8820 Sepulveda Eastway, Westchester. (310) 645-6262. www.bnaitikvahcongregation.org.
Wednesday the 27th
Don't let the lights go out before you've had a chance to see them. Closing this week is the Skirball's Hanukkah Lamps From Italy exhibit. The six lamps depict diverse design influences, from the architectural, to angels and mythological figures, to exotic birds and other decorative motifs of the 17th century. They're on view through Dec. 31.
Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. www.skirball.org.
Thursday the 28th
Photographers before the lens as well as behind is the theme of LACMA's current exhibition, "Masquerade: Role Playing in Self-Portraiture -- Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection." Curated by the Irmas' daughter, Deborah Irmas, the show features costumed self-portraits of photographers like Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura, and explores the way in which masks can reveal truths.
Through Jan. 7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org.
Friday the 29th
Here's a new one for ya. Congregation B'nai Emet tries a fresh take on the old Friday night Shabbat service with tonight's Java Nagilla Shabbat. The catchy title refers to the post-service oneg, which will include a special coffee bar along with requisite desserts. But during the service, the congregation will also learn two new songs written by choir director Irwin Cohen. They want you to be surprised, but we can tell you that one song is a bluesy rendition of a prayer already familiar to you.
4645 E. Industrial St., '2C, Simi Valley. (805) 581-3723. www.congreagationbnaiemet.org.