Jewish Journal

Tush doc, Herb is back, missFlag, Harvey Fierstein

September 15-21, 2007

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Sep. 13, 2007 at 8:00 pm


Two female Jewish filmmakers in their 20s tackle huge issues at the 11th annual L.A. Shorts Fest this weekend: Avital Levy wrestles big butts and plump booties in her 25-minute documentary, "Bootyful World," about pop culture's fascination with the tush. And Tamar Kagan takes on the intermarriage beast in "Good Luck in Her Eye," a 15-minute comedy about a girl who is terrified that if she marries a non-Jew, it will literally kill her parents. See these delightful shorts and other chosen ones today through Sept. 17 in Burbank.

Sat. and Sun., 3 p.m. $10. AMC Burbank Town Center 6, 770 N. First St., Burbank. (818) 562-1401. http://www.lashortsfest.com.


Herb Astrow
Herb Astrow made his acting debut as Stanley the waiter in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" in 1958 at Brooklyn College. He hasn't acted since. Nevertheless, the spry 73-year-old has had a challenging and fascinating life that includes owning Yankee Doodles in Santa Monica and spending the past half-century developing his acting and writing abilities. The result is "Herbicide," a comical and poignant autobiographical show about the kid from Brooklyn who knew no fear.

7 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779 ext. 1. http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.


On the verge of blowing up on the international music scene, Jerusalem-based missFlag is already the biggest Israeli band on MySpace (or so they claim on their Web site). The five-member rock-pop-indie band is reminiscent of Coldplay, but are making waves in the U.S. for their own sweet, emotional sounds. Turn up your radio today at 9 a.m. as missFlag performs live at the KCRW studio on Nic Harcourt's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," then in the evening head to Hollywood to hear and see Ohad, Gil, Assa, Assaf and Shai at the Knitting Factory. All ages are welcome.

7:30 p.m. $8. Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 463-0204. http://www.missflag.com.


Peter Krasnow painting
The evolution of an artist's work throughout his life is a fascinating journey to analyze, especially when the course is so varied. Peter Krasnow was born in Ukraine, studied art in Chicago and spent the majority of his life living in a self-built studio in Glendale, and he changed his style and medium often to reflect his changing surroundings, interests and tastes. "Two Icons of California Modernism" is a retrospective that traces Krasnow's work from dark city scenes to bright California landscapes, then from abstract carved wood sculptures to multicolored, geometric paintings inspired by his Jewish heritage.

Through Nov. 10. Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. http://www.tobeycmossgallery.com.


Robert Ballard
After discovering the wreck of the Titanic, underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard moved on to explore a slightly more famous ship: Noah's Ark. His research of the Black Sea doesn't necessarily aim to prove the biblical story, but rather illuminate the historical events that may have inspired the widely circulated tale of a great flood. Let one of the world's most renowned explorers lead you through "The Black Sea: The Greatest Undersea Museum in the World," a breathtaking visual presentation of some of the Earth's best-preserved history.

7:30 p.m. $10-$18. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.


Yuval Ron
Hear what forgiveness sounds like in Iraq, Iran, India, Indonesia and Burma at the meditative Yom Kippur concert, "Anenu," featuring Yuval Ron and a host of other talented Middle Eastern singers and performers. Rabbi Haim Ovadia, leader of the Kahal Joseph Congregation and organizer of the community event, hopes that the Sephardic Selihoth, sacred music, poetry and prayers will fill listeners with High Holiday inspiration and hope.

7 p.m. $25 (general), $75 (VIP). Kahal Joseph Congregation, 10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-0559.


Faith Prince
What if you had to choose between spending your entire life savings launching a promising family business or throwing your daughter an extravagant wedding? The Hurleys, played by seasoned actors Tom Wopat and Faith Prince, are in just such a dilemma in "A Catered Affair," a musical based on the book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. The beloved actor with thunder for a voice will pop onstage to play the uncle of the bride. Catch this funny and poignant play before it heads to the bright lights of Broadway in 2008.

Through Oct. 28. $52-$79. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. (619) 234-5623. http://www.theoldglobe.com.

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