On Nov. 1, Israel’s most popular and enduring pop icon, Rita Yahan-Farouz, known the world over simply as Rita, will appear at UCLA’s Royce Hall, along with a special band assembled for this tour.
Ed Pearl, 70, silver-haired and feisty, will forever be associated with the Ash Grove, the folk club he opened 50 years ago with a $5,000 investment, despite the fact that the venue's been closed for a quarter century.
"My life," Pearl said, "has been a series of fortuitous accidents. And," he ruefully adds, "not-so fortuitous."
Israeli music sensation Idan Raichel, creator of The Idan Raichel Project shares his thoughts with Danielle Berrin of Jewish Journal.com before his Nov. 2007 performance at UCLA's Royce Hall
"I became a [musician] because she gave me two choices: to either become the first Jewish president of the United States or a great concert pianist," Fleischer added.
A public lecture by a visiting scholar on the UCLA campus usually doesn't make much of a ripple, but nearly all of the 1,800 seats in Royce Hall were taken and the atmosphere was electric when professor Edward W. Said stepped up to the lectern.