July 26, 2007
Partners, daughters, couples and nice Jewish girls gone bad
July 28-August 3, 2007
Seth Menachem is a super-adorable Jewish writer and actor who used to write a singles column for The Jewish Journal. Since proposing to his girlfriend in one of his witty columns in 2005 and living blissfully ever after, he's had to find other work. He and Avi Rothman wrote and are starring in a television pilot called "Partners," which will be screened at the second annual Independent Television Festival this weekend. The half-scripted, half-improvised comedy centers around two Jewish best friends who struggle with life's basics: relationships, jobs and kosher fish markets.
6 p.m. Also Sunday at 8 p.m. $10. Raleigh Studios, Pickford Screen Room, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 931-4846. http://www.itvfest.org.
Plunge heart first into a world of love, Talmudic studies and medieval France with Maggie Anton's compelling fiction trilogy, "Rashi's Daughters." Recreating history through extensive research and an active imagination, Anton composes a fascinating tale about what life might have been like for Joheved, Miriam and Rachel as the daughters of a renowned Jewish scholar in the 11th century. The author will discuss her still-warm second installment (it hasn't even hit bookstores yet!), sign copies and nibble on rugelach at the Jewish Community Library tonight.
7 p.m. $125 (includes signed book). JCLLA, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. strongly recommended. (323) 761-8644.
Critics and others might not appreciate how Adam Sandler has chosen to poke fun at the heated civil union/domestic partnership debate in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Harry," but we rejoice any time the proud and loud Jew comes out (no pun intended) with a new flick. Kevin James from "The King of Queens" joins Sandler in holy matrimony in a comedy about two firefighters who fake a romantic relationship for a good cause.
Now playing in theaters, including Laemmle's Grande 4-plex, 345 S. Figueroa St., downtown Los Angeles. http://www.chuckandlarry.com.
What happens when a secular Jewish couple living on the Upper West Side collides with an Orthodox diamond dealer from Brooklyn? Head to Beverly Hills to find out, where the West Coast premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's "Modern Orthodox" will be playing until September. The romantic comedy, starring Ross Benjamin, Michael Goldstrom, Shari Albert and Robyn Cohen, is loaded with humor that only a bona fide member of the tribe would appreciate.
Mon.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m. $20-$22. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills.
(310) 364-0535. http://www.theatre40.org.
Rock out to the sounds of Feel About, an Israeli indie rock group making the rounds in the United States. Don't worry, there's no need to bring your Hebrew-English dictionary, because these Tel Aviv dwellers don't sing in their native tongue. Lead singer Roni Weinstock's English language vocals have earned her a Best Female Vocalist nomination for the Los Angeles Music Awards, which take place in the fall.
10 p.m. The Blue Café, 210 Promenade, Long Beach. (562) 983-7111. http://www.feelabout.com.
Take a look at your fingers. How much would it affect your life if you couldn't use two of them? Just two. Doesn't sound catastrophic, does it? Well, if you are a celebrated piano virtuoso, losing the use of just two fingers could plunge your life into a devastating downward spiral. "Two Hands" is an Oscar-nominated documentary that tells Leon Fleisher's dramatic tale of early artistic success, an inexplicable deformation that derailed his career and his inspiring recovery and return to the stage. Directed by Nathaniel Kahn, the 15-minute short debuts on Cinemax tonight.
7 p.m. Cinemax. Also Aug. 20 at 7:05 a.m.
The self-dubbed ringleader of "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad," Goddess Perlman, e-mailed us to announce that the irreverent troupe of chosen chicks is back in town for another stirring round of shows. Here's what the comedian had to say: "We were just in L.A. in March and threw down three sold-out nights. There was a fistfight over tables, someone made the door girl cry and someone else went home with the host because she puts the whore in hora. This time, NJGGB will be hitting the outer boroughs of Tinseltown -- Long Beach, Pasadena and Malibu. It'll be like a treasure hunt for Jews!" Schlep to Rhythm Lounge tonight for a raunchy good time, but leave the kids at home for this one!
9 p.m. $15. 245 Pine Ave., Second level, Long Beach. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com.