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Swingin’ Chanukah with Kenny Ellis; The Klezmatics at the Disney; Three More Tenors

by Keren Engelberg

December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

Swingin' Cantor Kenny Ellis -- see Wednesday listing

Swingin' Cantor Kenny Ellis -- see Wednesday listing

Saturday the 16th

To our knowledge, only one man can claim all of the following titles: writer, director, actor, comedian and Dixieland jazz clarinetist. Artist of all trades Woody Allen focuses tonight on that latter occupation. He and his crew, a.k.a. Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, perform in a rare large venue appearance at UCLA's Royce Hall as part of their first North American tour.

8 p.m. $25-$125. Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. www.uclalive.org.

Sunday the 17th The Tenors
Israel's answer to Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti alights on Los Angeles this evening. "Three Tenors From the Holy Land" features the celebrated Ukrainian Israeli voices of Yevgeniy Shapalov, Vladislav Goray and Felix Livshitz in a smorgasbord program of Israeli, Jewish and international classics, operatic arias, popular Russian romances, Neapolitan canzone and Italian songs. They are in Los Angeles tonight only.

7 p.m. $25-$60. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-5530. www.ticketsr.com.

Monday the 18th

Kudos to Poppa's Kitchen for giving us a Chanukah CD that feels modern and kitsch-free. "A Rockin' Hanukkah" offers up eight tracks -- some sweet, some bluesy, some cheerful, but none cloying -- for our Fest o' Lights. They also perform live at Genghis Cohen on Dec. 16. Concert: Sun., Dec. 16, 9:30 p.m. 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. www.arockinhanukkah.com.

Tuesday the 19th

Stay up really late to support Avi Liberman, who appears on the "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" tonight. The Israeli-Texan comedian has done stand-up in cities nationwide, as well as in Israel, where he organized comedy tours during the second intifada. This is his most convenient venue yet. Just tune in to sample his latest best few minutes of shtick.

12:35 a.m. CBS.

Wednesday the 20th

You rocked it Monday; today, "Hanukkah Swings!" Cantor and performer Kenny Ellis lends pop, jazz and big band stylings to old holiday favorites like "The Dreidel Song" and "Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah" in his popular CD. This week, he makes the rounds around town. You can catch him live at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard on Dec. 17, the Westlake Promenade on Dec. 18 and tonight at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills.

www.kennyellis.com

Thursday the 21st The Klezmatics
And to round out this week's tour of Chanukah music genres, we submit "The Klezmatics: Happy Joyous Hanukkah" in concert this evening. With special guests Susan McKeown and Boo Reiners, the celebrated group performs its usual eclectic mix, "from aching shtetl melodies to raucous Latin stomps, soulful boogie-woogie and Yiddish labor songs," as well as newly discovered Woody Guthrie songs at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

8 p.m. $27-$79. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. www.laphil.com.

Friday the 22nd

For his 90th birthday, Morris Applebaum wants nothing more than to go out, literally, in style. The widower, and soon-to-be nonagenarian has called his children together for a party, to be directly followed by his suicide. Peter Falk plays Applebaum in the darkly comedic film, "Checking Out," which is based on the Broadway play by Allen Swift. Laura San Giacomo and Judge Reinhold costar. It's out on DVD this week.

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