"Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen." That's just one of the lines trail-blazing political humorist Mort Sahl is famous for. And at 80 years old, he's got tons more where that came from! See him live and lively tonight in a birthday bash at McCabes, "A Night With America's Treasured Satirist," and hear what he has to say about the latest political buzz.
8 p.m. $22.50. McCabe's Guitars, 3101 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497. http://mccabes.com/condata.html.
Sunday the 3rd
Valley Beth Shalom is launching a hot summer with a star-studded gala celebration in honor of 2007 Men of the Year Jeff Levine and Cantor Herschel Fox. "A Week of Shining Stars" kicks off with a cantors concert tonight featuring Ben Zion Miller, Alberto Mizrahi (pictured) and Herschel and Judy Fox. On Tuesday, you'll get to chat with these synagogue celebrities in "Up Close and Personal." The party continues on Thursday with "An Evening of Jewish Humor and Music" starring the Chutzpah Klezmer Band and comic Hiram Kasten. The grand finale, a black-tie dinner and program, is on Sunday, June 10.
7 p.m. $55. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For the rest of the week's event prices and times, call (818) 788-6000 or go to http://www.vbs.org.
Monday the 4th
George Gershwin is a monumental figure in American music. Some say the composer, who died at the age of 38 in 1937, is the 20th century version of Mozart. Get to know the man behind the music in "George Gershwin Alone" and help support the fight against ALS (commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease) at the same time. A special performance of the one-man musical starring supremely talented Hershey Felder plays tonight in Westwood to raise money for the Los Angeles chapter of the ALS Association.
6:30 p.m. $150-$250. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 865-8067 ext. 229. http://www.alsala.org.
Tuesday the 5th
Jody Zellen's digital collages have names like "The World," "Free" and "Someday" and are a unique mesh of pastel-colored drawings, black-and-white photos and stenciled words, sometimes written backward. "Of a Lost Utopia" displays Los Angeles-based Zellen's multimedia drawings, collages and an animated DVD, which reflect how she reads and reacts to the daily newspaper.
Tue.-Sat., through June 23. Paul Kopeikin Gallery, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-0765. http://www.paulkopeikingallery.com.
Wednesday the 6th
Feminism is alive and well in Southern California art circles. For proof of that, visit Track 16 Gallery today to see 36 female artists in "Women Artists of Southern California Then and Now," curated by Bruria Finkel, a member of the progressive Sholem community synagogue. Artists featured in the retrospective who may also attend a synagogue near you include Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Channa Horwitz, Leslie Labowitz, Erika Rothenberg and Ruth Weisberg.
Through June 30. Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building C1, Santa Monica. (310) 264-4678. http://www.track16.com.
Thursday the 7th
Hamilton High School is the musical gem of LAUSD, so it's no shocker that its Academy of Music benefit concert draws the likes of Kenny G (photo), Jeff Lorber, Paula Cole and Chris Botti. In addition to these jazz giants, students and alumni of the academy will also be performing, which should be a real treat considering the talent that comes out of this Westside public school.
6 p.m. (VIP reception). 7:30 p.m. (main program). $35-$10,000. Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall, Hamilton High School, 2955 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 280-1477. http://www.hamiltonmusic.org.
Friday the 8th
Not far from Hamilton is another Los Angeles gem, except this one belongs to the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Beverly Hills High School is the site for many fantastic theatrical productions, including one premiering tonight. "Deskapades" is a provocative short play festival put on by Theatre 40 Writers Workshop artists. Co-producers Hindi Brooks and Howard Teichman head up the talented ensemble of playwrights.
Thur.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m., through June 17. $10. Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 693-0157. http://www.theatre40.org.