May 15, 2008
Calendar Girls clicks and picks May 17-23
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World-class juggler, playwright, monologist and all-around "shtickmeister" Sara Felder struts her comic stuff in a new solo work "Out of Sight," which deftly uses Jewish humor to deal with hard subjects. The play tells the story of a nearly blind American mother and her adult lesbian daughter, whose generational differences are exemplified when they discuss their views of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. As a woman who came of age during the Holocaust, and her daughter, who grew up in the age of Israeli folk dancing, the mother-daughter relationship reflects the shifting reality of modern Israel. Wed. 8 p.m. $12-$18. Also, Fri., May 23. Felder will also enlighten her audience on the Jewish comic legacy when she discusses Purim spiels, Yiddish theater, the Marx Brothers and Lenny Bruce at a lecture titled, "From Fanny Brice to Woody Allen to You: A Short History of Jewish Humor". Thu., May 22. 7:30 p.m. $6-$10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. http://www.skirball.org.
THU | MAY 22
Sink your bare feet into the sand at Nashuva's Lag B'Omer Bonfire, an earthy and musical celebration on the beach that marks the 33rd day of the Omer, the counting of days between Pesach and Shavuot, from when the Jews left Egypt until they received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Everyone is invited to commemorate the spirits of Rabbi Akiva, a great Talmudic scholar, and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a teacher of deep secrets of kabbalah, by bringing drums and percussion instruments for a mystical Jewish jam. When you're feeling spiritually rejuvenated, toss some kosher meat on the barbeque and feast on a picnic in the sand. Thu. 6:30 p.m. Free. Dockweiler State Beach, Playa Del Rey (between lifeguard stations 52 and 53). For directions and suggestions on what to bring, visit http://www.nashuva.com.
He's leaned like a gringo, cranked that kosha boy, ate it, licked it, snorted it and we can't write the end of that infamous (and crude) Britney Spears line. Smooth E (a.k.a. Eric Schwartz), is the brilliantly silly mind behind numerous videos mocking the likes of Britney, Paris, Lindsay, Sanjaya and other pop culture catastrophes. Don't miss the Hebrew homeboy performing his clever satire live in Pasadena. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $12 (presale), $17 (at the door). Ice House Annex, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 577-1894. http://www.smoothe.tv.
When the Third Reich took over Germany and Nazis began carting Jews off to concentration camps, thousands of German artists and intellectuals fled the creative hotbed of Berlin to live in exile in the United States. Some of them prospered. Some of them managed to get by. Others committed suicide. Many of those German Ã©migrÃ©s -- musicians, writers and filmmakers -- brought their creative intensity to Los Angeles. "Shadows in Paradise" shows how the afterglow of aesthetic innovation in Germany began a golden era in Southern California. Don't miss this fascinating documentary about the people who left everything behind for the dream of artistic freedom. Thu. 9 p.m. KCET. http://www.kcet.org.
Celia Soudry contributed to this article