A few years ago, I discovered that there is actually something called The Big Lebowski Studies, a tongue-in-cheek academic discipline wholly devoted to a single Coen brothers movie (and, if I may say so, hardly their best movie). Yet, as far as I have been able to tell, no such...
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December 12, 2012 | 10:06 am
SAT DEC 15
“Voices and Visions”
Connecting Jewish thought, art and people, this exhibition at the Skirball features artworks that pair contemporary Jewish artists with past and present Jewish thinkers, including Hillel, Maimonides and Susan Sontag. The project aims to inspire...
October 24, 2012 | 11:43 am
SAT OCT 27
“Seeds of Resiliency”
Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in...
October 10, 2012 | 9:44 am
SUN OCT 14
11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at...
November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
"The sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway. There's never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it's December the 24th, and I am longing to be up north."
While it isn't likely the above stanza sparks many memories, the next line should: "I'm...
October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Provocative, ambiguous, biting, subtle, Harold Pinter, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, is one of the major playwrights of the English language and the author of 29 plays and two dozen film scripts. He is also one of the most political of writers, with an...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pmIn his raw, autobiographical monologue, "Who Is Floyd Stearn?" actor Michael Raynor struts onstage with a swagger reminiscent of James Caan. Raynor, playing himself, jabs a finger at a faded photograph.
The photo was taken on 185th Street in Queens, on his grandmother's lawn. In...
May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm
In James Still's "A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters," a Catholic Cambodian asks an elderly Jew, "Why don't you believe in Jesus?"
The senior citizen replies that she regards Jesus as "a revolutionary Jew," not the savior -- and that she would rather argue with God than feel awe for...
February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The world lost one of its great comic artists last month. I am referring not to Johnny Carson, who was little known outside of the United States, but to Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon, 80, who, although little known in America, was beloved around the world. I read somewhere that...
December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 11
Today and tomorrow only, the award-winning "Underneath the Lintel" returns to the Sacred Fools Theater Company. Playwright Glen Berger's story about a Dutch librarian who feels compelled to hunt down a man whose library book is 123 years overdue is really...
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...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
One day during his junior year abroad in Vienna in 1978, Jon Marans told a professor of his intention to visit the concentration camp Dachau. Her response stunned him. "She said, 'Why do you want to go there for? It's just a bunch of dead Jews,'" recalls the Pulitzer-nominated...
August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Gene Simmons, Bob Dylan, the Beastie Boys and Susanna Hoffs are proof positive that Jews know how to rock. Enter Belgium-born vocalist Lucy Levinsohn and Jersey girl vocalist/keyboardist Dina Torok, members of Lily's Siren, a five-member, female-led group that won Rock...
May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm
May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm
It all began when Steve Cisneros, as an 11th grader at La Mirada High School, was exposed to the plays of his English teacher, Bruce Gevirtzman.
For 27 years, Gevirtzman has been teaching honors English and American literature at the high school. And for 25 of those years, he has...
December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pmAt one point in the play, "Kabbalah: Scary Jewish Stories," a yeshivabocher and a severed talking head careen across the Abyss. The Baal Shem Tov battles a werewolf. And a hapless youth accidentally marries a re-animated corpse, which nonchalantly re-adjusts an eye-socket while...
July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pmA visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.
Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...