March 15, 2007
Sid Grauman honored, Anne Frank retold, French Pesach catered, Mamet debut
Happy Birthday, Sid Grauman. Today, the American Cinematheque presents a "Sid Grauman Birthday Tour" of his Egyptian Theatre, the first of Grauman's movie palaces built on Hollywood Boulevard. Attendees will learn about the impresario's quirky life by Mark Simon of Samuel French Bookstores and receive an abbreviated tour of the 1922 theater.
10:30 a.m. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com. Sunday the 18th
Playwright Wendy Kesselman's "The Diary of Anne Frank," a 1997 adaptation of the 1955 Pulitzer-winning script based on Frank's journals, is now on stage at the Rubicon Theatre. Starring Bruce Weitz and Linda Purl, the modern retelling "includes references to Anne's budding sexuality, and also addresses her conflicts with her mother," said director James O'Neil. It continues through April 1.
$20-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900. www.rubicontheatre.org.
Monday the 19th
The UJ hosts a special benefit concert this evening, featuring the celebrated Biava Quartet, along with international concert pianist and Yale University Dean of Music Robert Blocker. Proceeds from the night's performance will help the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, who will also perform. The funding will help the Chorale share Jewish music locally and abroad, such as in their upcoming summer tour to Eastern Europe.
7:30 p.m. $36. Gindi Auditorium of the University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (949) 412-2318.
Tuesday the 20th
Continuing at the Israel Film Festival this week, and next week at Laemmle's Town Center 5, is Joel Blasberg and Arnie Pelt's moving documentary, "Withdrawal From Gaza." The filmmakers focus on the stories of a handful of settlers in depicting the story of Israel's turbulent disengagement from Gush Katif.
Wednesday the 21st
Reserve by Saturday, March 17 to enjoy a pre-holiday four-course French Passover meal. The Skirball's executive chef, Sean Sheriday, prepares fennel-cured salmon; duck consommé aux fines herbes; gala apple charoset with lavender honey and port; braised veal shank with wild mushrooms and red wine reduction; and a flourless chocolate soufflé cake with molten hazelnut center, served with pistachio macaroons. All food and wines are kosher, and guests will receive a recipe packet to take home.
$65-$75 (general), $80-$90 (with wine). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399. www.skirball.org.
Thursday the 22nd
The small but worthwhile Ventura County Jewish Film Festival opens tonight with the screening of "The Rape of Europa," a new documentary about the Third Reich's treatment of Europe's art treasures. Introducing and discussing the film will be professor Amy Walsh, head of Provenance Research at LACMA. The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday, with screenings of older films "Monsieur Batignole," "A Journey of Spirit" and "Something Sweet."
(805) 647-4181. www.cjff.org.
Friday the 23rd
An old writer, a young writer and a lovingly acerbic cleaning woman create the drama in David Mamet's "Squirrels," opening tonight at Miles Memorial Playhouse. The elder writer, played by James Harper (of various Broadway credits), suffers from writer's block, and enlists the help of the younger writer, played by "Gamers'" Ben Messmer, for inspiration. "NewsRadio's" Vicki Lewis offers her brutal wisdom as the cleaning woman.
$25-$37.50. Through April 29. 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (866) 811-4111. www.squirrelsbymamet.com.