After salvaging thousands of old LPs, Roger Bennett and Josh Kun co-wrote 2008's And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl, chronicling 60 years' worth of Jewish music, from cantorial and holiday to comedic and patriotic folk records. The book included a forward by Neil Sedaka, as well as contributions by Norman Lear, Sandra Bernhard and writer Etgar Keret. Two years later, Bennett (the man behind 2005's Bar Mitzvah Disco ) and Kun (a former L.A. Weekly contributor and current associate professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication) have co-curated a companion exhibit that brings those kitschy album covers to life. Displayed in a re-created Ã¢â¬Ë50s suburban living room, Jews on Vinyl includes listening stations where you can hear such records as pianist/bandleader Irving Fields' 1959 Bagels and Bongos and The Barry Sisters' 1962 Shalom . Future events include listening parties that explore the history of African-American artists covering Jewish songs and the Latin-Jewish fusion craze of the '50s.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 12. Continues through Sept. 5, 2010