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  • Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 8 -15

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 8

    (CONCERT)
    pick gifFor many Israelis, Shalom Hanoch (photo, above) is a living musical legend along the lines of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. The silver-haired, 60-something musician is widely credited as a founder of Israeli rock and has created a prolific body of work...
  • ‘Boychick’ puts bar mitzvah audience in the simcha

    By Jay Firestone

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Most b'nai mitzvah are similar. The prayers are rehearsed months in advance, the speeches are delivered almost flawlessly, and even the parties are practically identical, regardless of which disc jockey you've hired. It's probably even safe to say that the b'nai mitzvah experience is...
  • Rabbi-impresario brings Broadway to Beverly Hills

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    On a bright Friday morning, Rabbi David Baron, Los Angeles' rabbi-impresario, wore dark sunglasses and a suit as he strode past the marquee of the art deco Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills. Inside the 1,910-seat venue, a vast, art deco-inspired pulpit -- designed by an Emmy-winning art...
  • Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 1 - 7

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 1

    (THEATER)
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    From the 1940s to the 1960s, the famed "Borscht Belt" in the Catskill Mountains was the vacation destination for many middle-class Jews from Brooklyn and the Bronx. This is the social backdrop of Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg's "The American...
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  • Calendar Girls picks, clicks and kicks for February 16 - 22

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | FEBRUARY 16

    (SHABBATON)
    pick gifThe provocative opinions of Jonathan Rosenblum, a Yale Law School grad, rabbi and an outspoken journalist, have put him at the forefront of Israeli politics. A columnist at the Jerusalem Post and a leading spokesperson representing the Orthodox...
  • The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    SAT | FEBRUARY 9

    (GALLERY OPENING)
    Originally hailing from India, the Tagore family line of artists, writers and poets first established their presence as art collectors with a successful venture in New York. Historically, they've had ties with Austrian Jewish cognoscenti. Now...
  • Musicals: UCLA goes to Dogpatch, USA

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Senior and middle-aged Angelenos who grew up on the wonderfully satirical "Li'l Abner" comic strip can get their nostalgia fix as the denizens of Dogpatch USA cavort on the stage of UCLA's Freud Playhouse through Feb. 17.

    For youngsters, "L'il Abner," one of the most widely produced...

  • Theater: Mark Feuerstein is the “Some Girls” guy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After studying theater on a Fulbright scholarship, Mark Feuerstein played a series of affable Jewish leads on sitcoms such as "Conrad Bloom" and "Good Morning, Miami." His characters were "fumfering menshes who, though well intentioned, let their neuroses get in their own way," said...
  • The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs

    By Dikla Kadosh

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    SAT | FEBRUARY 2

    (THEATER)
    Pick An obsession with Jodie Foster. A thriving stage career. A friendship with Charles Manson. These are just a few of the fascinating details of the lives of nine presidential assassins profiled in the thrilling Tony-winning musical aptly titled,...

  • The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs

    By Dikla Kadosh

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    SAT | JANUARY 26

    (KIDS)
    pickIt's a Musical Pajama Party With Stephen Michael Schwartz, and the whole family is invited! Don your jammies to sing old and new tunes with the guy from Parachute Express who created music for Gymboree classes and the PBS series "Jay Jay the Jetplane." Pizza,...
  • KCRW gives us ‘The Business’

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In an underground office on the campus of Santa Monica College, Claude Brodesser-Akner is working with his producer, Matt Holzman, and associate producer, Darby Maloney, to describe the current status of the Oscar broadcast -- and work in a pun.

    Finally, Brodesser-Akner says, with...

  • Theater: ‘The Kid from Brooklyn’ showcases Danny Kaye’s comic cavorting

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "The Kid From Brooklyn," a musical based on the life of Danny Kaye, now playing at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, takes us back to the heyday of Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky), a versatile performer whose tongue-twisting verbal artistry and physical high jinks have...
  • Fiddler on the Roof—in Japanese

    December 27, 2007 | 10:19 pm

    You’ve seen ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ scores of times, but have you ever seen it in Japanese?

  • Theater: ‘The Last Schwartz’ gets the last laugh

    By Celia Soudry

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The painfully familiar bickering of a traditional Jewish family meets a sexy yet clueless striving-to-be Hollywood starlet in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play, “The Last Schwartz,” which returns to the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue Jan. 4, after a hiatus.

    Italian set designer Giulio...

  • Virgins welcome at ‘Hebrew Horror’ night

    By Adam Wills

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inspired by this week's Jewish pastime of movies and Chinese food, the Los Angeles "Rocky Horror Picture Show" cast Sins o' the Flesh is hosting an inaugural Jewish-themed send-up of the midnight cult classic at the Landmark Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 22....
  • ‘Purple’ actress cherishes her own colorful history

    By Tom Tugend

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not unusual for an actress to assume a professional name, but it was quite a stretch for the daughter of Haya Kapelovitch and granddaughter of Sofia Katz to become Stephanie St. James and star in the African American cast of "The Color Purple."

    St. James has the role of Squeak,...

  • New kind of mikveh washes off ritual’s negative image

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm pretty much your classic disaffected Gen-X kind of gal. I have too many shoes, I work too hard, I'm cynical, I'm broke. So when it came time for me to immerse before my wedding, I figured I'd bring some friends, we'd hang out, I'd get wet, we'd go eat, and that would be the end...
  • Theater: Davidson’s retirement leads to ‘Lessons’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Gordon Davidson is back where he belongs, in the director's chair.

    The man whose name is practically synonymous with Los Angeles theater, who raised the city's reputation from a provincial backwater to the breeding ground for innovative and controversial plays, retired in the summer...

  • Kushmet

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Monday night, I was sitting on stage at American Jewish University interviewing Tony Kushner, talking Life and Judaism and Big Ideas to a man who is arguably America's greatest living playwright, when, suddenly, the words of what is arguably the world's cheesiest bubble-gum song...
  • Tom Brokaw, social documentary photos and controlling your closet

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    In the 1950s, Milton Rogovin was a Jewish American optometrist with a passion for social justice, living in Buffalo. He spent his free time promoting workers' rights and registering black voters. In 1957, The Buffalo News decided to brand him "The Top Red in Buffalo" and...
  • Kushner’s (old) testament to Lincoln

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tony Kushner burst into the zeitgeist in the early 1990s with his operatic "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," a two-evening exploration of rage, hope and irony in the era of AIDS and Reagan Republicanism. The epic, which like all of Kushner's work is as defined...
  • Religious riot act, deaf in Africa, small sculptures, kid paint

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Tissa Hami is a Muslim Iranian American comic. Her blog profile says, "People who disapprove of her act will be taken hostage." Chad Lehrman is as Jewish as gefilte fish: He's geeky and meeky, eats bagels, sells insurance and is in show business. Lifelong Hindu Tapan Trivedi...

  • Puppet score tugs at Elfman’s heart strings

    By Carvin Knowles

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Danny Elfman loves Halloween. You can hear it in his music for "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and in dozens of his other film scores, including "Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice."

    His newest contribution to...

  • Theater: ‘A’ is for ‘angst’ when you’re the creators of ‘Avenue Q’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff Marx, co-creator of the hit puppet musical, "Avenue Q," was fired from his internship at "Sesame Street" in 1998. Back then he was an attorney, but he had taken the position in order to segue way into songwriting for kids. "Instead, I was cleaning tables, taking out the garbage,...
  • Laughing for Unity

    By David Suissa

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was one of the stranger events I've attended since I moved to the hood.

    A friend sent me an e-mail telling me I "can't miss" this Jerusalem rabbi's one-man show Sunday night at Beth Jacob Congregation. I opened the e-mail a few minutes before show time, so, on a whim, I ran over...

  • The ‘Show’ behind the show

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Irving Berlin was right on the money when he wrote about life on Broadway: "
    Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold. Still you wouldn't trade it for a sack of gold."
    When the curtain rises on a new production, the audience sees only a...
  • Theater: Updated ‘Anne Frank’ production shows harder side, and tears

    By Ivor Davis

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Rubicon, Ventura's ambitious professional theater company, offended a small number of local Jewish theatergoers last December by putting on a musical play, "Back Home Again: A John Denver Christmas Show," a collection of the late singer's holiday songs, which not surprisingly...
  • Neil LaBute bears a heavy load

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    During one of many cringe-worthy moments in Neil LaBute's play, "Fat Pig," a cad chastises a co-worker for dating a plus-sized woman named Helen.

    "I don't understand you taking God's good gifts and pissing on 'em," the cad, Carter, warns his colleague, Tom.

    Tom is handsome and...

  • Sid Grauman honored, Anne Frank retold, French Pesach catered, Mamet debut

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 17th Sid Grauman

    Happy Birthday, Sid Grauman. Today, the American Cinematheque presents a "Sid Grauman Birthday Tour" of his Egyptian Theatre, the first of Grauman's movie palaces built on Hollywood Boulevard. Attendees will learn about the impresario's quirky life by Mark Simon...
  • Theater: The Catskills, a sonata mit a tvist

    By Tom Tugend

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What's vodka and orange juice?

    Answer: A drink invented by communists living in Florida.

    If that sounds like a Borscht Belt gag of the late 1950s, you're in the right place and proper mood for a date with "The Catskill Sonata."

    The play, now in its world premiere run at...

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