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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 4, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Geva Alon is an Israeli folk/rock musician who writes and sings in English. He was born in 33 years ago in Kibbutz Ma'abarot, and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In the year 2000, he became the founding member of the rock trio The Flying Baby, which released two albums:...

  • Ezra Furman, supporting “Mysterious Power,” performs tonight in Los Angeles

    May 6, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    Ezra Furman, who recently released his third LP, Mysterious Power, lists 50’s/60’s rock n’ roll, early punk and Jewish theology among his biggest influences. The album’s title track can be seen not merely as a song about the search for love, but also as a search for the...

  • Debbie Friedman, L.A. Opera, Norman Mailer and David Mamet

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 3rd

    Debbie Friedman strums and sings old and new favorites from her Jewish folk repertoire tonight at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Twenty bucks gets you in the door, or splurge on the $100 patron seats for preferred seating and parking, plus a copy of her new CD, "One...

  • Time for the last dance at folk dancing venue

    By Karla S. Blume

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This week marks the closing of Café Danssa, a mecca for folk dancers in Los Angeles for 41 years. For much of that time, Danssa was a slice of Israel, or on some nights a slice of Greece, the Balkans or Brazil. In its early years, it was a pilgrimage point for dance aficionados and...
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  • Radio DJ Jimmy Kay brings folksy charm to folkie L.A

    By Karla S. Blume

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A radio DJ might not be your idea of an innovative storyteller, but who can't relate to the desire to inflict your own personal interests onto the greater Los Angeles listening public? DJ Jimmy Kay does just this every Sunday night from 9 p.m. to midnight on KKGO 1260AM, where he...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 5, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are...
  • P. F. Sloan:  does he still believe we’re on the ‘Eve of Destruction’?

    By Steven Rosen

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Eve of Destruction," the famous folk-rock protest hit from 1965, isn't usually regarded as a specifically Jewish song. Or even a religious one, for that matter.
     
    It's a litany of anguished complaints about the problems of the temporal world of the time -- civil rights marchers...
  • Can Artwork Mend Fences?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before the Beirut airport closed during Israel's recent war with Hezbollah, a shipment of pillows, shawls and jackets sewn by Palestinian women living in Beirut refugee camps was sent off to Los Angeles' Craft and Folk Art Museum.

    These objects, all exquisitely ornamented, were...

  • Classical Musicians’ Volume Decreases

    By Beverly Gray

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The conductor raises his baton. On cue, 73 young musicians launch into a heartfelt rendition of "Sabbath Fantasies," a piece that weaves together snatches of Jewish liturgy and folk tunes.

    This is the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO), a 6-year-old ensemble sponsored by Stephen S....

  • Dancing the Chai Life

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Sarah Sommer started the Chai Folk Ensemble with eight other young girls in 1964, she had modest expectations. The young women practiced Israeli folk dancing in Sommer's basement in Winnipeg, Canada, stepping in time to recorded music. When they started performing for live...

  • Robbo to Sing at Center Gala

    By Stefanee Freedman

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Songwriter and performer Robb Zelonky tangos to the lyrical subject of cleaning up a messy room and morphs into an Elvis impersonation when he sings, "Don't Wanna Share My Toys."

    Zelonky, known to kids as Robbo, brings his family-oriented songfest to the stage as part of the Irvine...

  • Folk Singer Observes a Pensive ‘Holiday’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some years ago, folk diva Chava Alberstein discovered the rundown immigrant neighborhood around the south Tel Aviv central bus station. For the Israeli superstar, the area became a refuge, a place to stroll or sip coffee unmolested by fans. The residents were foreign workers from...

  • Clay Feat

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It may have been a silent film, but Paul Wegener made an international noise with "Der Golem." The 1920 German Expressionist classic -- screening April 21 at the Skirball Cultural Center -- remains a popular incarnation of the Golem. But it was not the first, nor the last,...

  • Sunday in the Park

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe the post-apocalyptic parking situation was a tip-off. The overcapacity of automobiles surrounding Woodley Park seemed to confirm that this year's Israeli Independence Day Festival outdid itself in terms of spectacle and attendance. An estimated 50,000 attended, festival...

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