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  • 7 Days In Arts

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    More More. Celebrity Staged Play Reading producer-director Alexandra More presents another installment in the series tonight and tomorrow. "The Floating Lightbulb" is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy penned by Woody Allen that revolves around a Canarsie family in 1945....

  • Gehry Spoken Here

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Disney Hall may well be Frank Gehry's crowning achievement in Los Angeles -- and for good reason. Approaching The Walt Disney Concert Hall from the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue, the stainless steel walls reach into the air like a conductor's arms. The interior is even more...

  • Uncle Leo Fulfills a Dream

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "If you're a pretty good actor and live long enough, you can play any role," said Len Lesser, sitting on a worn couch just after finishing an evening performance at A Noise Within in Glendale.

    At 80, and after close to 60 years on stage, screen and television, Lesser has proven his...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Gateways' 50th

    "Out of the Darkness.... Into The Light" was the official theme of the evening when the Echo Park-based institution Gateways Hospital & Mental Health Center celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Since 1953, Gateways has helped thousands of...

  • Staging a Body of Work

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What's a nice Jewish feminist performance artist to do when she's heavily covered in tattoos? She creates a solo piece, "Jewess Tattoess," exploring the conflict between her heritage and her body.

    In her multimedia show, Marisa Carnesky examines the Jewish tattoo taboo by fusing...

  • Applause for Cause

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I want them dancing in the aisles," said Craig Taubman, a guitar-strumming crooner who is reprising his first sold-out Orange County performance at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Irvine's Barclay Theater in a benefit for Irvine's Tarbut V' Torah Community Day School.

    The Los Angeles...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Gonna Fly Now!

    Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO)'s music director for life, announced that the orchestra's first performance of its 2003 American tour will be a gala IPO fundraiser at the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles on Dec....

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Hip hop hooray. All the young Jews find cause for celebration today as Latino-Jewish rappers, the Hip Hop Hoodios, grant a free concert at downtown's California Plaza. Blazers and East L.A. Sabor round out the eclectic Latin music show titled "Tres Sabores Latinos." 7...

  • Israel Fest Crowd Smaller, but Solid

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rides, kabobs, Mother's Day and the Los Angeles Lakers made the 15th annual Israeli Festival an interesting experience this past Sunday. The combined forces of the holiday and the NBA playoffs brought the attendance rate at the May 11 event down to about 35,000 festival-goers --...

  • Carlyle Discusses Dangers of ‘Hitler’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Robert Carlyle, of "The Full Monty" and "Angela's Ashes" fame, gives a striking performance in the title role of the CBS miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." The film, which airs Sunday and Tuesday (May 18 and 20) at 9 p.m., focuses on Hitler's life from Munich beer hall orator in...

  • Flamboyant Ballet

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Boris Eifman's ballet, "Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death," premiered in Moscow in 1993, angry picketers surrounded the concert hall.

    "They stood with a banner that read, 'Stay away from our Tchaikovsky,'" said Eifman, whose ballet debuts at the Orange County...

  • ‘Dance’s’ Conflict Is Center Stage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Mirra Bank's unflinching documentary, "The Last Dance," legendary children's author Maurice Sendak passionately describes the Holocaust piece he hopes to create with members of the acrobatically virtuostic Pilobolus Dance Company. He envisions a train station, a menacing figure...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    It's Washington's birthday today. Why not celebrate another national treasure? Three Shuls in Concert, a cooperative venture of three Westside synagogues: B'nai Tikvah, Kehillat Ma'arav and Mishkon Tephilo, presents "Theodore Bikel in Concert." The folk singer, storyteller...

  • Living Part Is Key for Brody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On a bitterly cold day in February 2001, actor Adrien Brody struggled to scramble over a wall into a nightmarish moonscape of a destroyed city.

    It was the first day of production of Roman Polanski's powerful Holocaust drama, "The Pianist," based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's 1946 memoir,...

  • Eighth Concert for Eight Days

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Gordon and Hannareta Fishman fell for Newport Beach in 1956 while he served as a medical intern in Long Beach. The couple even considered putting down roots until they inspected a local phone book. But their hope turned to disappointment and shock at finding three...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    Step away from the Raid can and lean in for a closer look at that bug you're about to zap into oblivion. After all, that cockroach is in the same scientific class as Jiminy Cricket and deserves some of your respect. Not convinced? Well, we can't say we blame you. But...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    These guys' names may not sound familiar, but chances are they've made you laugh. Jim Gaffigan is probably best known for his role on "The Ellen Show," and John Pinette's stand-up routine about the Chinese buffet has practically become a classic. They're both appearing in...

  • Beyond Bay

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Oded Fehr's shining moment came when an Arab recently unrolled his car window and shouted, "You make us Middle Easterners proud!"

    He was referring to the Israeli actor's performance as dashing desert warrior Ardeth Bay, Brendan Fraser's Mummy-busting partner in "The Mummy" and "The...

  • Performance as Life, Life as Performance

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I have been thinking about "performance" for about two weeks now -- its virtues, its limitations, its prevalence even when unintended. In short, I have been trying to figure out what makes a performance work, what makes it succeed.

    This question of performance was stimulated for me by...

  • L.A. Culture: Alive and Well

    By Lori Schneide

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What is going on at the LA County Museum of Art? The museum's new Institute for Art and Cultures, which convenes painters, poets, artists and performers, writers and thinkers to "address critical issues in the visual arts and culture through rigorous and playful discussions,...

  • Rye Humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, Jackie Mason, Woody Allen and, of course, Seinfeld. The history of American comedy is the history of America's funniest Jews. But while being Jewish and funny has never been mutually...
  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The internationally acclaimed play, "Art," arrived at the UCLA/Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood this past week with tremendous advance billing. Hosannahs for the original Paris production; a grand salute for the London staging; the Tony Award plus the 1998 New York Drama Critics Circle...

  • Up Front

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I don't know why they love me so much [in England]. Over there, I played the London Palladium for a month. It was just announced that I was going to play there, and the show has practically sold out. Here, I'm told I'm too Jewish; over there, they...

  • Arts Briefs

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    British director Tyrone Guthrie, a non-Jew, oncesaid: "If all the Jews were to leave the American theater, it wouldclose down about next Thursday."

    Maybe that explains why there's so much Jewishtheater now in Los Angeles. Here's a roundup of the offerings: Wecan't guarantee they're...

  • Spectator

    By Diane Arieff

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Stefane Zamarano and Jeff Lewis in a skit from "Acme inthe Sky with Diamonds," in Hollywood.


    Acme Comedy Theatre's Skit and Miss

    By Diane Arieff Zaga,

    Arts Editor

    The Acme Comedy Theatre's new main-stage show is entitled "Acme inthe Sky with Diamonds," and while some of these skits do...

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