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  • Performance series pays tribute to Boyle Heights’ cultural, artistic legacy

    June 14, 2011 | 5:42 pm

    When Canter’s Deli first opened in Los Angeles, it was not at its now-famous location on Fairfax Avenue, but in Boyle Heights. And though Canter’s and most of the neighborhood’s Jews have long since deserted Boyle Heights, it was forever touched by the culture of the Jewish...

  • ‘LUV’ Endures

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Murray Schisgal’s comedy “LUV” is, as the alert reader might suspect, about love, even passionate love, but don’t expect any moon in June or till death do us part nonsense.

    Actually, “LUV” works best as an anti-love play, and, after seeing it, any starry-eyed boy or girl...

  • A touch of George in Alexander’s ‘Prisoner’

    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Jason Alexander immediately apologizes for his voice when he comes to the phone.

    He’s hoarse because he’s been yelling nonstop for his current role, Mel Edison, in the darkly comic “Prisoner of Second Avenue,” which is in the midst of a three-week run at the El Portal...

  • Oh Jared Leto, how little I knew about your band…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 11, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    What started out as a surprise of a lifetime, quickly turned into a XXX porn show for many children and one particular fifth-grader.

    I like to think that I am a pretty fun parent, but when my husband and I surprised our eleven-year-old with tickets to Thirty Seconds to Mars concert,...

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  • Everyone needs a happy ending (no, not THAT kind of happy ending)

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 18, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    My husband is pretty good natured. When I tell him we’re going to a community event that I’ve been invited to as a writer, and now as the editor of TRIBE magazine, David doesn’t ask too many questions. I give him a one-sentence summary of what the event is and he goes with it....

  • Valley arts fans get sparkling new venue, shorter shlep

    February 2, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    It wasn’t the fact that stars like Andy Garcia and Calista Flockhart were walking the red carpet that had people buzzing on Jan. 29. It was where they did it — not Hollywood and not downtown. It was Northridge.

    As a pink sky turned purple, more than 1,400 people gathered at...

  • Director of Polish Jewish theater is attacked

    December 22, 2010 | 11:05 am

    Bricks painted with swastikas and a firecracker were thrown through the window of the director of a Jewish theater in Poland.

    The attack on the home of Thomas Pietrasiewicz, director of the NN Theater in Lublin, took place late at night on Dec. 17.  A bottle had been thrown at the...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 22 - 28: Toots Shor, turkey and theater

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    November 20, 2008 | 8:16 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 22

    (FILM)
    Toots Shor counted Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason among his closest friends. His eponymous saloon on New York's West 51st Street attracted legendary sports heroes, movie stars, gangsters and working stiffs. Now award-winning filmmaker Kristi...
  • Tovah Feldshuh immortalizes life of young Shoah heroine in ‘Irena’s Vow’

    November 20, 2008 | 1:26 am

    In a small theater just off Lexington Avenue in New York City, a Southern California heroine comes to life. For 90 minutes, the wonders of great theater, personal strength, history and humanity combine in a play that transcends and empowers each.

    "Irena's Vow" is the story of Irena...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks for August 1-7, 2008: Dance, comedy, sports, theater, politics

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    August 1, 2008 | 4:15 pm

    SAT | AUGUST 2

    (DANCE)

    "Gamzu l'tovah." This saying, attributed to a talmudic scholar renowned for his unwavering belief that everything that happens is God's will, means "This, too, is for the good." It is the inspiration for the title of choreographer Rosanna Gamson's dance...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks July 26-August 1—Rothman, Pressman live

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    July 25, 2008 | 3:07 am

    SAT | JULY 26

    (LIVE MUSIC)

    First there was the mischievous musical duo of Miriam and Shoshana, who rocked YouTube and the Jewish community with their (un)orthodox rhymes. Now there's the real-life Jewish musicians Chana Rothman and Stephanie Pressman, who offer Jewish soul instead...

  • Prolific Israeli producer-director tries Hollywood

    By Tom Tugend

    July 16, 2008 | 10:07 pm

    Hollywood attracts hopefuls from the four corners of the earth, but few arrive with as many projects as Israeli producer and director Uri Paster.

    Sitting in a French cafe in Westwood, accompanied by his assistant/translator Shlomit Basmat, Paster rattled off four movie and theater...

  • Israeli and Palestinian shed their armor in ‘Desert Sunrise’

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 9, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    Even as a Hollywood vision of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict plays with much farce and caricature in Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," a more serious and tragic look at the situation will grace the smaller stage at the Lillian Theater in Hollywood, with the West Coast...
  • Leigh Silverman:  Nurturing novel ideas, one play at a time

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 9, 2008 | 7:41 pm

    One day, when Leigh Silverman was 15 and the youngest student in a college summer drama program, her teacher pointedly asked her to stay after class.

    “She said, ‘Leigh, you shouldn’t be an actress; you’re terrible,’” Silverman, now 33, recalled with a laugh. “I was horrified. But...

  • Theater: Making a Jew not a Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Back around 1946, movie mogul Sam Goldwyn contacted Ring Lardner Jr. and asked him to write the script for the first American film on anti-Semitism. Speed was essential to beat out a planned project by a rival studio, titled "Gentleman's Agreement."

    "There's only room for one Jew...

  • ‘Chorus Line’ composer’s music still has a kick

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    When the cast of "A Chorus Line" sings "What I Did for Love," an emotional piece about dancers' dedication to their craft, 16 actors stand on an empty stage singing from the heart. No helicopters or flying witches, no cats, puppets or falling chandeliers cascading through the...
  • Theater: ‘Immigrant’ sings the story of the ‘Only Jew in Town’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In 1909, an impoverished Jewish immigrant arrived in Hamilton, Texas, hawking 1-cent bananas from his pushcart.

    Haskell Harelik had fled Russia to escape pogroms, docking not in Ellis Island but in Galveston, Texas, via a plan to route Eastern European Jews to the West. He spoke no...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 12- 18

    By Dikla Kadosh

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | APRIL 12

    (POLISH JEWS)
    Jews have lived in Poland for more than a thousand years. Once the largest Jewish community in Europe, Polish Jews contributed immensely to the development pick gifof that country. Unfortunately, the only thing the world tends to remember about Polish Jews is...
  • Einstein’s allure is more than theory on stage

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We think of Albert Einstein, and we conjure up the image of a frail, unkempt and absent-minded old man, but a visit to the Einstein archives at Caltech provides quite another picture.

    The man who radically transformed our understanding of the universe was adored by women, at 23...

  • Theater: A generation’s history, one life at time

    By Laurel Ollstein

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Showing Our Age" is a play about stories, and the fact that everyone has one. It's a project that I started more than 10 years ago, though not specifically as an idea for a play. I was a participant in a community outreach program in which we interviewed senior citizens, used their...
  • Theater: Tolins draws on his own mentorship ‘Secrets’

    By Nick Street

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Everything I write is a question of identity," Jonathan Tolins says over tea after a yoga class in Sherman Oaks. "What choices do you have? What roles do you take on?"

    Those concerns are readily apparent in a body of stage- and screenwriting that has touched on the Jewish family and...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 5-11

    By Dikla Kadosh

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | APRIL 5

    (MUSIC FEST)
    pick gifThe artsy, experimental presentation of silent film is reviving interest in the image-rich art form. While the genre has sadly become obsolete in today's digitized, surround-sound cinema, the classics are part of film history -- as in the case of "His...
  • Letter from London: ‘An English Tragedy’ is timely on stage

    By Ivor Davis

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The curtain parts to reveal a stage in the shape of a huge swastika. There is a perceptible gasp from the mostly older matinee audience in the London suburb of Watford.

    World War II is still the most vivid memory in most of their lives, and the Nazi symbol to them represents, at the...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for March 22-28

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Chutzpah: 'Ask the rabbi!' See Saturday night listing


    SAT | MARCH 22


    (PURIM PARTY)
    pick gifWe know. March has been one long Purimpalooza with parties, megillah readings, carnivals, face paint and ubiquitous bounce houses. But, this party promises to be different: "Wet Hot American Purim"...

  • Spring Calendar

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8


    MARCH

    Sun., March 9
    Barrage in "High Strung." The young, hip cast of Barrage, a contemporary string ensemble, will dish out high-energy virtuosity in their newest show. The international cast features six violinists/vocalists, a...

  • Picks and clicks for March 15-21

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 15

    (CANCER AWARENESS)
    pick gifHelp find a cure for a condition that affects too many of our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. Fight breast cancer with more than 15,000 men, women and children at the 12th annual Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K walk/run and 1K...
  • Mitisek and Co. expand boundaries of opera with puppets, poetry and ‘Frankenstein!!’

    By Rick Schultz

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Critics have called the Long Beach Opera (LBO) "daring," "unconventional" and "innovative." While all those are accurate, another word that perhaps better describes the company is "playful."

    Still, one wonders how the seasoned, classically trained LBO musicians reacted when their...

  • Gang of Actors reaches a new stage

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Actors' Gang, now in residence at the historic Ivy Substation in Culver City, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The substation, constructed in 1907 by the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad, looks more like a Spanish mission than an electric power facility, strangely appropriate for...
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