November 5, 2009
Picks and Clicks for Nov. 7– 13, 2009
SAT | NOVEMBER 7
Pioneering performance and interdisciplinary artist Rachel Rosenthal, who was honored by the city in 2000 as a “living cultural treasure of Los Angeles,” is the guest of honor at Rachel Rosenthal’s Birthday Bash 83. The evening will commemorate her new book, “The DbD Experience: Chance Knows What It’s Doing!” (Routledge), and the Rachel Rosenthal Company’s new TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theatre Ensemble. Come enjoy live music, as well as an exhibition and silent auction of 83 artists’ works. Sat. 7-11 p.m. $25. Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building C1, Santa Monica. (310) 264-4678.
Hershey Felder, the award-winning creator of “George Gershwin Alone,” headlines a presentation of two world premieres: “Aliyah Concerto,” the musical story of the founding of the State of Israel, featuring pianist Ory Shihor and the Colburn Orchestra, and “Nine Hours on Tenth,” the last hours of Abraham Lincoln’s life as told by Felder through the melodies of the most influential American folk song composers. Proceeds go toward scholarships and financial aid for the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Sat. 8 p.m. $75 (general), $250 (VIP). Also, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $60. The Colburn School, Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 621-1050. colburnschool.edu.
SUN | NOVEMBER 8
“The Wall Project” commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an 80-foot by 10-foot re-creation of the wall that will span Wilshire Boulevard in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Artists who painted the replica include “Obama Hope” muralist Shepard Fairey, L.A. muralist Kent Twitchell and Berlin artist Thierry Noir, who painted colorful human figures on the real wall. German singer Ute Lemper will perform and dignitaries wielding sledgehammers will reenact the historical milestone. Presented by The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War. Sun. 11 p.m. Free. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. wallproject.org.
Veteran talk show host Bill Moran moderates as Bill Handel, Michael Harrison, Leslie Marshall and Bryan Suits tackle the economy, health care, illegal immigration, U.S.-Israel relations, Iran and other hot-button topics in “Talk Radio Town Hall.” Sponsored by the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at American Jewish University. Sun. 2 p.m. $25. AJU Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
The renowned literary works of Sholem Aleichem will be highlighted in the symposium, “Sholem Aleichem at 150: Celebrating the Yiddish Comic Master.” Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA/Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American & World Literature, the event will also include the world premiere performance of “Narrate This,” featuring Caraid O’Brien and Aaron Beall. Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. UCLA, Royce Hall, Room 314. Park in Lot No. 2. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
WED | NOVEMBER 11
Join Rabbi Daniel Gordis, a renowned speaker and senior vice president of the Shalem Center in Israel, in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple as part of American Jewish University’s Celebration of Jewish Books. Gordis, who has written and lectured extensivley on Israel and the challenges it faces, will discuss his book, “Saving Israel: How the Jewish State Can Win a War that May Never End.” Wed. 7:30 p.m. $20. AJU Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu/cjb.
Enjoy a musical tribute to Jewish songwriters in “Arlen to Zimmerman.” Through the jazz vocals of Sony Holland and pianist Shelly Markham, relive the songs of Irving Berlin, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and others. Wed. 9 p.m. $10 plus a two-drink minimum (minimum is waived with dinner reservations). 7 p.m. The Gardenia, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 467-7444. sonyholland.com.
FRI | NOVEMBER 13
Latino Jewish writer Daniel A. Olivas launches his collection of short stories, “Anywhere But L.A.,” with a spoken-word performance presented by The New Short Fiction Series. Actors including Sally Shore, Sofie Calderon and Matt Ferrucci will perform dramatic readings of Olivas’ vivid tales. Fri. 8 p.m. $10. Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-2220. newshortfictionseries.com.