October 4, 2007
Joel Grey, Julius Shulman, La Femme Film Festival, Jazz Tap Ensemble
October 6-12, 2007
"As a brain cancer survivor, I understand the importance of using creativity to regain self-worth and personal power." Judi Kaufman wrote these words about Art of the Brain, a fundraising organization she founded to support brain cancer research and spotlight the often forgotten artistic talents of patients struggling with the disease. The group's eighth annual gala, "An Inspirational Global Pursuit for a Cure: Ready Set, Go Green for the Mind and Music," will be headlined by String Theory Productions, a unique ensemble that uses the architectural elements around them as musical instruments. They will be joined by brain cancer survivors and their caretakers in a moving and powerful presentation.
6:30 p.m. $325. Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-5074. http://www.artofthebrain.org.
While lawmakers are scratching their heads, wondering how to reform immigration policy, actress Stephanie Satie takes a more personal approach to the subject. Performing as nine women from El Salvador, Armenia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Iraq, the seasoned actress reminds us how many immigrants, both legal and clandestine, flee from war, poverty and repression and come to America in search of a better life. "Coming to America -- Transformations" is not Satie's maiden voyage into the wide waters of immigration. She also created a solo play, "Refugees," which played to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles in 1998.
7:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 11. $20-$25. The Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. (866) 811-4111. http://www.fremontcentretheatre.com.
Submerge yourself in femininity at the first ever "Mikvahpalooza!" The Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) Sisterhood is inviting women of all ages to this fem-fabulous membership party. To entertain you, several talented TIOH sistas -- Jill Soloway, who is currently writing for "Dirty Sexy Money"; Julie Hermelin, whose music videos were in heavy rotation on MTV; and Wendee Cole, who has her own teaching studio for kids -- will perform while you wine and dine with new-found friends.
Oscar- and Tony-winning actor Joel Grey may live the glamorous life of a Broadway star, but the subjects of his photography are far from glitzy. When the "Cabaret" and "Wicked" star picks up a camera, he focuses his lens on what he refers to as "the beauty of bruised and broken things" -- abandoned buildings, wall art, industrial sites. A selection of Grey's photographs will be on view this month in Santa Monica in "Looking Hard."
Through Oct. 12. Frank Pictures Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station Gallery A-5, Santa Monica. (310) 828-0211. http://www.frankpicturesgallery.com.
Shulman's photo of Wilshire Blvd. Temple
Legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman loves Los Angeles. The 96-year-old Brooklyn native moved here in 1920 and has been documenting the dynamic city's development ever since. The Getty Research Institute and downtown's Central Library have hooked up to present "Julius Shulman's Los Angeles," a captivating portrait of the growth of Wilshire Boulevard; the competing urban centers of Bunker Hill and Century City; unique architectural landmarks, such as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and the diverse residential neighborhoods from Echo Park to South Los Angeles. The exhibit also boasts Shulman's ultrafamous photographs of sleek Case Study Houses that launched the careers of numerous West Coast architects, as well as 150 rarely seen photos from the Getty's archives.
Through Jan. 20, 2008. Free. The Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Downtown Los Angeles. (310) 440-7722. http://www.lapl.org.
You can never celebrate women enough! Or talented filmmakers. So Leslie La Page founded La Femme Film Festival three years ago to showcase the writing, directing and producing abilities of the fairer sex. The four-day affair is studded with panel discussions, nightly parties and screenings in Beverly Hills and downtown and will spotlight successful women in the industry, like Melissa Rivers and Lea Thompson. Can't make it to all the fantastic events? Here's our recommendations of not-to-be-missed happenings: "Ageism in Hollywood," a panel sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild; the screening of "Looking for Else," a touching documentary about a Holocaust survivor reunited with her daughter after 50 years; and Saturday night's Party With the Stars, where a whole city block will be shut down and The Calendar Girls will be rockin' to the all-female bands.
Oct. 11-14. For a complete breakdown of the festival's events and prices, visit http://www.lafemme.org.
Tap your way into the weekend with the remarkable dancers from the Jazz Tap Ensemble. Commissioned by the California Arts Council, the 25-year-old dance company created a unique and highly entertaining show, "The Hollywood Journey: Dance, Music, Film." Opening with a reconstruction of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's "Stair Dance" and featuring works from contemporary masters Gregory Hines, Eddie Brown and Jimmy Slyde, this performance takes you through the brightest moments in American tap culture with brilliant improvisation and spot-on direction.
8 p.m. $40. Pepperdine University, Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. http://www.jazztapensemble.org.