get to strut their stuff
Oh, those New Yorkers! The opening reception for the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in L.A. is unpretentiously being called the New York International Art Festival in L.A. The "art festival," which happens tonight at the Bel Age Hotel, will feature pieces in various media including painting, ceramics, digital photography, jewelry, sculpture and posters. Attendees will get a chance to meet the featured artists and schmooze with the filmmakers whose work is being presented at the film festival. The film and video festival, which runs today through next Thursday, will screen more than 100 international and domestic films, shorts, documentaries and animations at the Laemmle Fairfax. Several seminars will be held at the Bel Age and parties will combust spontaneously each night following the screenings.
* New York International Art Festival in L.A., Bel Age, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 to midnight tonight. $20. (702) 361-1430.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 17, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Toby Keith: A Weekend Forecast item in Thursday's Calendar Weekend said singer Toby Keith had twice been named entertainer of the year at the Country Music Assn. Awards. Keith has been nominated twice but has not won the award.
* New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in L.A., screenings at the Laemmle Fairfax, 7907 Beverly Blvd., L.A., today through next Thursday. $12; seminar space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedule: www.nyfilmvideo.com
Bona's bass instincts are quite sound
The roots of jazz reach back to Africa, and lately we've begun to hear from young African musicians who -- via their unique takes on contemporary American jazz -- are providing yet another wave of African influence. Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona is one of the most visible. Bona's musical epiphany came when he was around 13 and heard a recording by bassist Jaco Pastorius. "I never looked back," he says. Since he moved to the U.S. in 1995, he's worked with the likes of Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Harry Belafonte and Joni Mitchell. But on his own recordings -- "Scenes From My Life," "Munia," "Reverence" and the just released "Tiki" -- his amazing combination of bass playing, singing and composing shines.
Richard Bona, Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. 9:30 tonight. $12. (310) 393-6611.
Bambino's back at bat
The bulk of this week's movie attention may be going to L.A.'s grim unsolved mystery "The Black Dahlia," but baseball fans will be curious about the inspirational animated film "Everyone's Hero," a labor of love by the late Christopher Reeve that was completed by Daniel St. Pierre and Colin Brady. It's the tale of a young Yankees fan (voiced by Jake T. Austin), the talking baseball he befriends (Rob Reiner) and their quest to return Babe Ruth's stolen bat (Whoopi Goldberg) before the deciding game of the 1932 World Series. With Brian Dennehy as the voice of the Great Bambino.
In general release. Rated G for all audiences.
Talk about 'Teeth'
Zadie Smith, a North London-bred author born to a Jamaican mother and British father, first gained attention for her scrappy and audacious debut, "White Teeth," an intergenerational, multicultural saga set in her native hood. Her follow-ups, "The Autograph Man" and "On Beauty," haven't made quite the same splash, but have garnered respect and praise all the same. Catch her in a rare U.S. appearance, in conversation with Times book editor David Ulin, at this kickoff to UCLA Live's spoken word series.
Zadie Smith, UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Friday. $15 to $35. (310) 825-2101.
Revving up for the Crawl
Sunset Junction has come and gone but the Eastside is throwing another weekend shindig: The ninth annual Art Crawl, which, unlike the Sunset Junction, is still free but on a grander scale than in previous years. Some 20 galleries and art spaces throughout Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park will showcase their fall exhibitions, but on Friday, the Echo sets the tone with a free Family Crawl followed by a Kick Off Party (21 and older after 8 p.m.) with live performances by Anavan, Creekbird, Teenage Talking Cars and others on Friday. And if you'd rather pedal than crawl, M&A in Silver Lake has bicycles on loan all weekend.
* Art Crawl at various Eastside galleries. Go to www.laluzdejesus.com for list of venues. Friday through Sunday. Free.
* Family Crawl and Kick Off Party at the Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. Family Crawl, 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Friday; free. Kick Off Party, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $10; $5 with official flier. www.attheecho.com
A Noise Within's 15th-anniversary season opens with "Phaedra," Jean Racine's classic 17th century version of the Greek myth of Phaedra, queen of Athens, whose scandalous, tragic love for her stepson, Hippolytus, shakes the city to its core. Directed by Sabin Epstein from the translation by Richard Wilbur, with original music by Laura Karpman.