May 29, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for May 31-June 6
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FRI | JUNE 6
Sam Baum is a manipulative, self-absorbed and threatening studio head in 1946 Hollywood who plans to make a movie about anti-Semitism in America. Eager to assimilate, Baum hires a non-Jewish writer to pen the script in order to depict Jews as more American than Jewish, but the more Baum tries to bury his identity, the more it seems to emerge. A penetrating character portrait written by Daniel Goldfarb and reportedly based on movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, "Adam Baum and the Jew Movie" tells the story of an immigrant Jew whose assimilation impacts not only his own work, but the life of his 13-year-old son. Fri. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). $25-$30. Through July 20. The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4442. http://www.thehayworth.com.
Graffiti -- is it a highly urbanized form of art or just an obnoxious defacement of public space? Before you cast your vote with the majority of society's respected citizenry who abhor the sight of colorful scrawlings on freeway overpasses, consider this: Pablo Picasso was an early graffiti artist. He said, "Graffiti belongs to everyone and no one." The long-debated issue of graffiti's place in society is depicted brilliantly in "Bomb It," a comprehensive documentary by award-winning director Jon Reiss. Shot in Los Angeles, New York, Tijuana, Paris, Barcelona and other cities, the film not only meticulously chronicles the development of graffiti art as an unsanctioned form of self-expression, it also tracks the now global debate from all perspectives and reveals the cutting-edge beauty that has evolved from urban blight. Fri. Limited one-week engagement. Check theater for show times. $7-$10. Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-3500. To purchase tickets online, http://www.laemmle.com. For more on "Bomb It," http://www.bombit-themovie.com.
The most famously branded mishpacha in America has enjoyed success in virtually every type of media -- from a television series to cartoon installments to feature films. But tonight, Mike, Carol and their perfectly gender-balanced children will leap onto the stage during the world premiere of "A Very Brady Musical." When the kids overhear an argument that signals pending divorce, they conspire to raise money to send their beloved 'rents to marital counseling. Unbeknownst to them, Mom and Dad are desperately trying to evade their kids and find some quiet time to "get it on" in this not-so-innocent "Brady Bunch" satire, directed by Lloyd Schwartz, with music and lyrics by Hope and Laurence Juber (son, daughter and son-in-law, respecitvely of the TV show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz). Fri. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $15-$35. Through July 20. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles. (323) 851-7977. http://www.averybradymusical.com.
Alfred Uhry's classic comedy about Southern Jewish socialites gearing up for a lavish ball as Hitler invades Poland, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," was written especially for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Commissioned by the Olympic Games' Cultural Olympiad, the play won Uhry his second Tony Award. La Mirada Theatre is bringing back Uncle Adolph, Lala, Boo, Peachy and Sunny in a production directed by veteran Jules Aaron, who also directed the recent benefit performance of the play at the Wilshire Theatre. Fri. 8 p.m. Through June 22. $37-$45. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 944-9801. http://www.lamiradatheatre.com.