Dam music video, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Despite a name that means blood in Hebrew and Arabic, the Palestinian hip-hop sensation, DAM, headlines a culture jam called "The Poetry of Peace." With provocative songs such as "Who's the Terrorist?" in Arabic and "We're Born Here" in Hebrew, the rapping trio is sure to arouse interest and other passions. Joining DAM in this Levantine Cultural Center peacefest will be Shaun Toub from "The Kite Runner," Arab American rapper Omar Offendum and several other performers who will voice their opinions of the Middle East.
7 p.m. $20-$75. USC Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5511. http://www.levantinecenter.org.
Let's hope that super geek Richard Rubin keeps his clothes on at this second installment of Aaron Kemp's JCafeLA mega-mixer. Joined by Shayna Rose, a beauty from "Days of Our Lives," Rubin will once again emcee the fest that strives to be different from the rest. The highlight of the night is sure to be the Bob Dylan impersonator contest (open to males and females), in honor of the Dylan film opening Nov. 21, "I'm Not There." Back by popular demand will be the survey questionnaire icebreaker, facilitated by yours truly, The Calendar Girls. Catch you at the JCafe!
7:30-11 p.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Aqualounge, 424 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 842-5109. http://www.jcafela.com.
Irving Berlin, an Ashkenazi Jew born Israel Isidore Baline, wrote one of the most recorded songs in history: "White Christmas (video with Bing Crosby)." In addition to that cheerful jingle that even Jews love to hum, Berlin composed thousands of other songs for radio and stage. "As Thousands Cheer" is a musical that made headlines by playing on the headlines of the day -- 1933, that is. Berlin collaborated with writer Moss Hart on this innovative, satirical musical that pokes fun at newsmakers Gandhi, Joan Crawford and the then-brand-new Rockefeller Center. The Musical Theatre Guild brings this old favorite back to life for one night only.
7:30 p.m. $38. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. http://www.alextheatre.org.
Angels on shower curtains. Kids dressing up as devils for Halloween. Symbolic representatives of good and evil are ubiquitous in our culture, in serious and frivolous manifestations, and that is often reflected in art. "Angels & Demons: Blessed or Possessed?" is a juried art show that seeks to address the heaven and hell divide and all the prickly issues associated with it. Work from more than 20 artists will be featured, including Andrew Gardner's critical depiction of George Bush, Osama bin Laden and Jerry Falwell in "Untitled."
Gallery is open Mon.-Fri. Exhibit runs through Jan., 2008. Free. A Shenere Velt Gallery, Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.
"Margot at the Wedding" is Noah Baumbach's latest quirky family tragicomedy, a follow-up to the much-adored sleeper hit "The Squid and the Whale." Baumbach, who directs his own wife Jennifer Jason Leigh in this buzz-generating flick, has a knack for creating dysfunctional family situations and majorly flawed -- in other words, realistic -- characters. "Margot at the Wedding" is about a neurotic writer, played by Nicole Kidman, who reunites with her estranged sister just as she is planning her wedding. When Margot (Kidman) disapproves of her sister's unemployed artist fiancé (Jack Black), sparks start flying and the family is thrown into chaos.
Opening tonight at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and The Landmark 12 in Westwood. http://www.margotatthewedding.com.
Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh, the son of a rabbi and distinguished talmudic scholar. But his interest was in the realistic, rather than the spiritual, realm. He left the Cleveland theological college he was attending in 1946 and set out for the big city, New York, to follow his dream of becoming a painter. Leiter didn't exactly succeed in that dream; but don't feel sorry for him, he instead became a pioneering photographer in the early experimentation with color. View his enormous contributions to photography at M+B's exhibit, "Saul Leiter: Early Color," featuring work from 1948 to 1960.
Through Dec. 8. M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 550-0050. http://www.mbfala.com.
World War II, like an attention-grabbing younger sibling, has stolen most of the spotlight from World War I. Playwright David Rock has not forgotten that first global spat -- partly because his father is a historian -- and has written a dark comedy about the days immediately preceding the war. "Grand Delusions" stars screen veterans Kurt Fuller ("Alias"), Xander Berkeley ("24") and Timothy Omundson ("Judging Amy") as 1914 political madmen who hold the world's fate in their wobbly hands.
Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 15. $20. The Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4441. http://www.plays411.com/granddelusion.