Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks for July 25 – 31, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Jul. 24, 2009 at 3:28 am

DJ AM headlines this year’s Justice Ball, an evening of music, dancing, socializing and fun benefiting Bet Tzedek-The House of Justice, which provides free legal and social services primarily in the areas of housing, health care and employment for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable. The theme is “Justice in LaLa Land,” and the event will be hosted by KTLA’s Jessica Holmes at the newly renovated Hollywood Palladium. Sat. 9 p.m. $50 (general), $150 (VIP). Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. thejusticeball.org.

Collage Dance Theatre’s annual summer garden party, dance performance and fundraiser will be hosted by writer Nancy Griffin and her husband, architect Steven Ehrlich. “Liquid Architecture” will feature the signature site-specific choreography of founder/artistic director Heidi Duckler, food, liquid sustenance and a chance to meet the artists. Sat. 7-10 p.m. $75. 700 Palms Blvd., Venice. (818) 784-8669. collagedancetheatre.org.

Israeli-born artist Tal Dvir was chosen as this year’s Alpert JCC Summer Artist for his soulful depictions of his homeland, Israel, and his current home, California. “From Israel to California” includes cityscapes and landscapes of both lands — colorful, painterly canvasses that reflect Dvir’s journey from one coast to another and his artistic style, contemporary realistic impressionism. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Through Aug. 6. Free. Alpert Jewish Community Center, Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601, ext. 1067. alpertjcc.org.

The Ash Grove Summer Intra-National Event will raise funds for the Ash Grove Foundation, supporting its series of free community events promoting music, advocacy and social action, including a free large-scale music festival scheduled for August. Performances at this fundraiser will include blues guitarist Bernie Pearl — the brother of Ash Grove founder El Pearl, musical humorist Roy Zimmerman, S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s Drum Alliance, Richard Montoya of Culture Clash and others. Sun. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $40. Private residence, 939 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 391-5794. ashgrovemusic.com.

Energized by its recent debut at the International Fez Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco, the Yuval Ron Ensemble has returned to Los Angeles for a celebration of its first live-in-concert CD recording and its DVD, featuring a documentary about the ensemble by Mischa Hedges. “Seeker of Truth” will present the ecstatic music of the mystical Sufi tradition from the Middle East and South Asia, with vocals by Arabic singer Najwa Gibran and master Qawwali (devotional) singer Sukhawat Ali Khan. A reception with the artists after the concert will include Middle Eastern appetizers. Sun. 7 p.m. $20. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 505-1355. yuvalronmusic.com.

Learn the basics of Israeli folk dancing — the Yemenite step, the debka, the hora — with a six-week beginners class taught by veteran dance teacher David B. Katz. Mon. 7-7:45 p.m. $6 (per class). Beth Shir Sholom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). bethshirsholom.org.

Young Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s percussion concerto, “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” will have its West Coast premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with the Israeli percussion duo PercaDu and conducted by Marin Alsop. The 33-year-old protégé of both John Corigliano and Zubin Mehta is a Julliard-educated composer who has become one of the classical world’s rising stars. “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” had its world premiere with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2006 and has since been performed with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$96. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

The Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series celebrating international sounds continues with Gadji-Gadjo, a Quebec-based ensemble that blends Eastern European klezmer traditions with diverse world influences. The band, led by accordionist Melanie Bergeron, also includes violin, mandolin, clarinet, guitar, double bass and percussion players, and puts on a lively, partially improvised show. Co-presented by Yiddishkayt Los Angeles. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

The DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase will screen 28 international feature and short films qualifying for Oscar consideration, including films from Nepal, Zambia, Russia, Australia and Norway. “Ingelore” by Frank Stiefel is a short film about a deaf Jewish German woman who flees Nazi Germany for America, but not before being raped by Nazi cadets. It will be screened during the Shorts Program II. “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,” “DIRT! The Movie,” “Rock Prophecies,” “Women Rebels,” and “Aliens Among Us” are a few of the films that will be screened during the festival. Through Aug. 20. $12. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (213) 534-3600, ext. 7447. documentary.org/docuweeks09.


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