Jewish Journal

Socalled music, mythic characters, legal pugilism, Kirk again, open casting call

June 9-15, 2007

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Jun. 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Saturday the 9th

Canadian music maker Socalled has drawn from so many different influences to create his new album, "Ghettoblaster," that it's impossible to fit it into any genre. And why would you want to? The ever-inventive artist combines rock, hip-hop, funk, Bulgarian, klezmer and jazz music for an ultra-modern sound laced with nostalgia. Experience Socalled's music tonight at the record release party hosted by JDub Records, a label that supports artists reinventing the Jewish music scene.

8 p.m. $8. The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. http://jdubrecords.org. http://socalledmusic.com.

Sunday the 10th

Sliding Into Hades
The Greek myth of Orpheus and his wife Eurydice is a tale about love, life and death. When Eurydice dies, her bereaved husband follows her down to the underworld, the realm of Hades, and with his angelic singing, convinces the god of death to return Eurydice to the world of the living. The only condition is that Orpheus not look back at his wife as they make their way home. At the last minute, he violates the rule and his wife fades away. "Sliding Into Hades" is playwright Aaron Henne's modern exploration of the myth, dealing with our own attitudes toward mortality.

Thurs.-Sun., through June 17. $12 (under 25), $22.50 (weeknight), $25 (weekend). Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. http://www.odysseytheatre.com.

Monday the 11th

Robert Shapiro
Radio personality and serial bad boy Danny Bonaduce will go head-to-head with high-profile attorney Robert Shapiro (see photo) in a charity boxing match this evening. The "Sports Sweepstakes" fundraiser benefiting Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services promises to be quite punchy -- with Monty Hall of "Let's Make a Deal," Olympic gymnast Mitch Gaylord, fabulous prizes and three sanctioned bouts. I've got my money on Bonaduce -- the former "Partridge Family" member destroyed fellow child stars Donny Osmond and Barry Williams (a Brady) in previous charity boxing events.

5:30 p.m. $1,250. Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 996-1188.

Tuesday the 12th

Marc Salem
Marc Salem likes to play mind games. "I literally pick up, receive, guide and play games with people's heads," said the trained psychologist and mind reader. He perplexed audiences last year in Thousand Oaks with his inexplicable feats and returns tonight for his only Los Angeles appearance in "Mind Games Extra: On Second Thoughts." Moshav, an Israeli folk-rock trio, will also be performing at this Chabad of the Conejo event, which benefits the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle.

7:45 p.m. $18-$108. Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 991-0991. http://www.salemmindgames.com.

Wednesday the 13th

Children of a Lesser God
Here are 10 reasons to go see Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God": four Tony Awards, five Drama Desk awards and a Pulitzer Prize. If that's not enough, here's another reason: Medoff is Jewish. OK, maybe that's not a good reason to go see a play, but the provocative story of love between a teacher at a school for the deaf and a former student definitely is. Sign-interpreted performances are scheduled for June 27, June 29, June 30 and July 1.

Wed.-Sun., through July 1. $26-$49 (student and senior discounts available). Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900. http://www.rubicontheatre.org.

Thursday the 14th

Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky. He was listed No. 17 on AFI's list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time. He railed against the Hollywood blacklist by giving Dalton Trumbo due credit for the "Spartacus" screenplay. These are just a handful of fascinating facts about the supremely talented and proudly Jewish Douglas, who will be signing and discussing his book, "Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning" at Sinai Temple. The event, free and open to the public, is certain to fill up quickly, so get there early!

7:30 p.m. Free. Barad Hall, Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. http://www.sinaitemple.org.

Friday the 15th

After eating a large Shabbat meal you often want to do nothing more than sit back and be entertained. And entertained you shall be by Barry J. Hershey's "Casting About," a documentary chronicling the agony, frustration and hilarity of casting calls, told from the perspective of a filmmaker. In the vein of "American Idol," footage includes interviews, monologues and audition sessions with more than 350 actresses trying out for a dramatic role.

Various show times. $7-$10. Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. http://www.castingaboutmovie.com.
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