May 15, 2008
Calendar Girls clicks and picks May 17-23
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Trope is all in the family for this musical mishpacha made up of mother, daughter and two brothers. "The Reich Family in Concert" features Linda Rich, one of the first Conservative female cantors and her San Francisco-based brothers, Brian and Barry, who play tenor to her daughter Rachel's tune: a sixth-generation cantor and genetic spawn of Hazzan Israel Reich, who led the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. The family affair celebrating Israel's 60th consists of cantorial crooning, the best of Broadway and an array of original works composed in Yiddish, Hebrew and English. Sun. 3 p.m. $18-$50. Temple Ner Maarav, 17730 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. (818) 345-7833. http://www.nermaarav.org.
MON | MAY 19
Remember those dreamy summer nights slumped on the leather seats of a convertible next to a special someone at the drive-in movie? OK, well maybe you're too young for that, but the Arclight's Summer Drive-in series captures a bit of that romance with classic movies that were screened at drive-ins across the country. Who cares that they're not actually being screened at an outdoor parking lot -- Steven Spielberg's frightfully scary but uber-successful blockbuster "Jaws" is all the reason you'll need to cozy up with your companion on those luxurious seats. In the era before high-tech visual effects, it's just a sweet little mechanical shark. Still, stay in your seat, and "don't go in the water!" Mon. 7:30 p.m. $11.50. Arclight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 501-7033. http://www.afi.com/.
Doogie Howser is back igniting excitement with his unrelenting charm as the host of an action-packed show at the Magic Castle. Presenting alongside actor Neil Patrick Harris during "A Magical Night" is Burton Sperber, founder, CEO and chair of ValleyCrest Companies. Let several enchanting magicians wow you during a benefit performance for the WeSPARK Cancer Support Center. Explore the castle's mysterious interiors and watch renowned magicians, including Mike Caveney, Andrew Goldenhersh, Paul Green, Christopher Hart, Mac King, Jonathan Levit, Max Maven, Jeff McBride, Peter Reveena and Steve Valentine. Mon. 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. $250 (includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres) Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave, Hollywood. (818) 906-3022, http://www.wespark.org.
Tackle the weighty issues of the world -- immigration, globalization and the environment -- with comedians, cabaret artists, musical satirists and soloists, who will info-tain the audience with a variety of acts in Parlor Performances' 2008 "Parlor Palooza." The mega-showcase consists of eight mini-performances by entertainers, such as the masters of Middle East comedy the Sultans of Satire, jazz humorist Jay Leonhart, self-deprecating Vicki Juditz and award-winning monologist Jude Narita. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Also, Tue., May 20. $25. Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos, 12121 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 471-3979.
TUE | MAY 20
Recall the scene from "Sleepless in Seattle" when Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meet atop the Empire State Building? Remember the touristy coin-op binoculars in the background? Well maybe not, but you can see an artistic version of the 6-foot-tall binoculars at the innovative art exhibition "Show & Tell: the Art of Vision Exhibit" by Randy Tat, which benefits youTHink, an initiative using art to fuel students' critical thinking about contemporary issues. The entertainment executive, designer and multimedia artist created the piece using vintage tin, recycled wood, metal and found objects hand-painted with acrylics and oils. Amid art from more than 75 artists, humanitarians and social activists, including David Hockney, Raymond Petitbon and Tony Bennett, Tat's work will be on display at "Pop It, See It," the Zimmer Children's Museum annual fundraiser. Mon.-Fri. & Sun, through June 19. Free. The Zimmer Children's Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. For museum hours, call Zoe (323) 761-8141 or visit http://www.zimmermuseum.org.
WED | MAY 21
(ISRAEL @ 60)
One of the largest and most enthusiastic celebrations in Los Angeles of Israel's 60th anniversary will not be organized by a Jewish synagogue or the Israeli Consulate or even The Jewish Federation. The Israel Christian Nexus (ICN) is responsible for the mega-gathering at The Forum, "Israel at Sixty: Honoring Heroes of Israel," which will warmly welcome both the Jewish and the Christian communities of Los Angeles to toast the Jewish homeland. With the support of many Jewish organizations, including the Consulate and the Federation, ICN will be bestowing the prestigious King David Award for courage and leadership in defense of the State of Israel to Lt. Gen. Moshe "Bogi" Yaalon, Brig. Gen. "Dovik" Tamari and Col. Shimon "Katcha" Cahaner. Join the unity-fest, which will also feature choir performances and other entertainment. Wed. 7:15 p.m. Free admission and parking. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 444-3065. http://www.icnexus.org.
Adam Mansbach's latest novel, "The End of the Jews," has garnered a lot of attention, and not just because the title sounds like a Nazi primer. The fictional novel, which does not have any apocalyptic moments but rather weaves a dramatic tale of a Jewish family of artists facing issues of identity, race, religion and loyalty through three generations, has received critical praise from the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times and Haartez, among many others. "Reboot and JDub Ponder: The End of the Jews?" brings the author to the intimate Vanguard lounge for a conversation with journalist/professor Josh Kun. After revealing the origins of the book's doomsday title, as well as other interesting tidbits, guests are invited to chill to music by Soulsides and DJ O-Dub and get their books signed by Mansbach. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Vanguard, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P. to Jaclyn@rebooters.net. http://www.adammansbach.com.
When filmmaker Paul Mazursky caught word that 25,000 Chasidic Jews make an annual pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, to visit the burial site of the legendary Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, he decided to join the three-day religious romp and document his adventure. The award-winning artist shows his heartwarming and humorous road movie "Yippee" to a UCLA audience during a special visit co-sponsored by the Save A Heart Foundation, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the Academy for Jewish Religion. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $12. UCLA Hillel, Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts, 574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. (310) 208-3081, ext. 108.