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Jewish film fest in Long Beach; ‘Mammaleh!’; Combatants for Peace

by Keren Engelberg

January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

Annie Abbott stars as irreverent but loving grandmother Sonya in "Mamaleh!" Photo by Gabrieal Griego

Annie Abbott stars as irreverent but loving grandmother Sonya in "Mamaleh!" Photo by Gabrieal Griego

Saturday the 27th

Still haven't seen "Go for Zucker" or "Watermarks?" You get another chance this weekend at the second annual Long Beach Jewish Film Festival. The aforementioned are two of five diverse films showing today or tomorrow. Stick around post-screenings for discussions with relevant guest speakers.

$10 (per film), $36 (series). Cal State Long Beach University Theater. Enter on Bellflower Boulevard at University kiosk. (562) 426-7601. www.alpertjcc.org.

Sunday the 28th

Emmy-winning TV sitcom writer and producer Elliot Shoenman has of late been trying his hand at live theater. His new play is "A Moment in the Sun," about a sportswriter who gets his dream job covering the New York Yankees, and faces conflicts between this demanding new position and his familial responsibilities. It plays at the Matrix Theatre.

Through Feb. 25. $25. 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (866) 811-4111. www.theatermania.com.

Monday the 29th

Works by artists who participated in a special USC workshop in Giogolto, Italy, and in Los Angeles comprise USC Hillel Gallery's new exhibition, "Monotypes: Singular Impressions." Each of the 10 utilized the same technique -- monotyping, a form of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, nonabsorbent surface, such as zinc or glass, and then stamping the result onto paper. However, the disparate final products range from mixed-media pieces, to images inspired by elephant life, to reactions to Italian landscapes.

"Monotypes: Singular Impressions" is on display through March 9. Artists reception: Jan. 28, 4-6 p.m. Free. 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.

Tuesday the 30th

Your favorite British nanny alights on the El Capitan Theatre this month. Grab your umbrella and head to Hollywood Boulevard to follow the bouncing ball at a special "Mary Poppins" sing-a-long, in which the digitally projected, fully restored film will be screened with song lyrics to encourage full audience participation in every Sherman Brothers tune.

Through Jan. 31. $9-$10 (general), $20 (VIP). 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (800) 347-6396. www.elcapitantickets.com.

Wednesday the 31st

Aiming to end the cycles of violence they once perpetuated, Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace is a group numbering 150, comprised of former fighters from both sides of the conflict who now promote a peaceful resolution. Tonight, at the Skirball, they offer a Q-and-A moderated by former New Yorker correspondent in Jerusalem Amy Wilentz and musical performances by Yuval Ron, Saleem and Craig Taubman. The group appears at Temple Israel of Hollywood on Thurs., Feb. 1.

Jan. 31, 8 p.m.: Free. Skirball Cultural Center Magnin Auditorium, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 621-6654. Feb. 1, 7 p.m.: Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood Miller Hall, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330.

Thursday the 1st

New York Jewish ladies of a certain generation will likely relate to the off-Broadway musical comedy, "Mamaleh!" now in its premiere run in Los Angeles. The play about three Jewish women who grow up together and maintain lifelong friendships appears to tug at familiar themes -- consider song titles like "Guilt," "Boca!," "Grossinger's, Concord Brown's and the Pines" and "I Won't Sit in the Dark Anymore." It opens today and runs for five weeks at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, and reopens at the Whitefire April 12.

$33-$34.50. 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles. (866) 262-6253. www.mamaleh.com.

Friday the 2nd

The murky questions of morality in war and peacetime are at the center of playwright Alan Lester Brooks' "A Splintered Soul." Now playing at the Odyssey Theatre, the piece focuses on Holocaust survivors working at their new lives in post-war San Francisco, and struggling to reconcile their past with their present.

Through Feb. 25. $25. 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. www.odysseytheatre.com. Tracker Pixel for Entry

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