Tobey C. Moss Gallery's "Holiday Highlights" boasts a linocut by Henri Matisse and aquatints by Joan Miro -- both part of the "PaperPassion" portion of the show. But also on display are numerous works by Jewish artists, including an oil on board painting by David Levine and a watercolor by Peter Krasnow. Personally, we're a bit disappointed they're not bringing out Claire Falkenstein's origami-folded lithographs, which are also featured in their catalogue. But maybe if you ask real nice, they'll let you see 'em. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday). Runs through Jan. 8. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523.
Way before Tevye ever "biddy biddy bummed" his way onto Broadway, he was a character in a series of Sholom Aleichem's Yiddish stories. Now the author's life story becomes the subject of a musical interpretation in "Because of You: The Life and Loves of Sholom Aleichem." Previews begin this weekend at the Santa Monica Playhouse. This week, the shows include buffet supper, champagne, hats, noisemakers and special surprises. 7:30 p.m., $25.50 (Dec. 28 and 29), 6:30 p.m., $37.50, and 9:30 p.m. $47.50 (Dec. 31). 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779.
Anita Lasker-Walfisch's life was spared in the Holocaust because of her cello. The accomplished musician was saved by becoming the only cellist in Auschwitz's small women's orchestra. She still plays today, as do her son and grandsons. Their CD "Testament," tells Anita's story through her own words and through classical music played by the three generations of Walfisch musicians. $14.98-$17.98. Available at www.towerrecords.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com
Those wacky Israelis call it Sylvester (their New Year is around September, remember?). But call it what you want, the party at the Palladium tonight sounds like some serious fun. Israeli singer Sarit Hadad headlines a show, with Pini Cohen and Moshe Noy and their bands also scheduled to perform. And then there are the Brazilian carnival rumors.... 9 p.m. 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 273-2824.
MBS Media Network has titled its new book of Jewish stories, "Matzoh Ball Soup." (Calling it "Matzoh Ball Soup for the Soul," would have likely landed them in some pretty hot water.) Side of schmaltz? Maybe just a dollop -- but we hear it works great on a New Year's hangover. $12.95. www.matzohballsoup.com
Day two of the 2K3. Too early to be breaking any resolutions, especially one as important as spending more time with the family. Pull 'em away from that X-box and head for the Zimmer Children's Museum. They've got programs going on all week to keep the kids busy during winter break. Today, it's the "Storytelling Marathon." 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free (members), $3 (per child, plus museum admission fee, nonmembers). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323)
Jean, Sy, Bruce and Barbara Edelstein and Jian-Jun Zhang may all be related, but their art is as individual as it gets. The family of artists' varied works are on display in a special exhibit titled "5=1" at L.A. Artcore and Artcore Brewery Annex. Jan. 2-31. L.A. Artcore at Union Center for the Arts, (213) 617-3274. Artcore Brewery Annex, (323) 276-9320.
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