Jewish Journal

What’s going on in L.A., 6/16-6/23

Gabriela Cohen stars in an autobiographical one-woman show, "Decoding the Tablecloth." Photo courtesy of Decoding the Tablecloth

FRIDAY JUNE 16

“STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE”

The film tells the story of the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile in Brazil after Hitler came to power. The film is about a great artist during a time when Europe was coming apart. Written and directed by Maria Schrader, one of Germany’s most acclaimed actresses. Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-0401. laemmle.com.

SATURDAY JUNE 17

“AUTHOR! AUTHOR!”

Adapted from the stories and letters of Sholem Aleichem, “Author! Author! “is a raucous musical for all ages that celebrates the humor and wisdom of the Yiddish writer, with Chris DeCarlo in the title role. 2 p.m. $29.50; discounts available. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779. santamonicaplayhouse.com.

“THE SPACE BETWEEN”

Jewish Women’s Theatre and NEXT @ The Braid present “The Space Between,” an original salon-style show featuring millennial stories. It was created by 12 young artists who explore humorous, heartbreaking and surprising stories that reveal what really divides us. Snacks, treats and parking included. 7:30 p.m. $10; $15 at the door. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Downtown Loft, 416 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

DANCE MIXER FOR 55 AND OLDER

Jewish singles 55 and older: It isn’t easy out there. So here comes the Summer Blast Dinner Dance, featuring live music by the Donald Dean Band, playing hits of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Everyone is welcome: singles, couples, dancers with or without partners. Complete dinner, dessert, wine, beer, soft drinks. Free parking. Dance hosts, icebreakers, line dances. $25 at the door. No reservations needed. 7 p.m. Stephen Wise Temple, Zeldin-Hershenson Hall, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles.  (310) 204-1240

GABRIELA KOHEN: “DECODING THE TABLECLOTH”

Critically acclaimed New York actress, playwright and drama therapist Gabriela Kohen will perform her autobiographical one-woman show, “Decoding the Tablecloth.” In English, Yiddish and Spanish, Kohen portrays more than 20 characters from five generations. Her intense yet humorous narrative provides insight into the trauma, resilience and wisdom that is transmitted from one generation to the next. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Proceeds will go to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. $100; $80 for students. Admission is tax deductible. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. Also at 3 p.m. June 18 at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. gpala.org/events.

SUNDAY JUNE 18

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg will perform short pieces by Beethoven, Poulenc and Ruggles. 6 p.m. Free. Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.lacma.org.

MONDAY JUNE 19

IDF CHOIR CONCERT

The Israel Defense Forces Choir, directed by Maestro Ofir Sobol, and the U.S. Army 40th Infantry Division Band will perform a Gala Concert Tribute to Israel and the USA, featuring IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Cantor Netanel Baram and baritone Colin Shachat. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $36. Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Synagogue, 9261 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 276-7650. beverlyhillssynagogue.org/concert.

“BAD JEWS”

Daphna Feygenbaum claims she is the most devout Jew in her family, and when her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom, a devastatingly funny battle ignites in the play by Joshua Harmon, which returns to Los Angeles through June 25. 8 p.m. $10; tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2324. whitefiretheatre.com.

“AN EVENING WITH THE REBBE”

Commemorate the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson during an evening that will feature multiplatinum recording artist and songwriter Alex Clare and the Cunin Brothers performing and sharing soulful Chasidic melodies composed and taught by the Rebbe. David Suissa, president of TRIBE Media and the Jewish Journal, will be the guest speaker. There also will be a screening of the film “Marching Orders,” which focuses on the Rebbe’s vision of the essence of every Jew and the infinite value of every mitzvah. 7:30 p.m. $150. RSVP to info@beverlyhillsjc.org. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. aneveningwiththerebbe.eventbrite.com.

TUESDAY JUNE 20

“THE JEWISH FUTURE IN A CHANGING AMERICA”

For the past six months, the Jewish community and the country have been engaged in introspection and debate about the altered political world in the United States and the challenges that its democracy faces. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens has been at the center of that debate. Stephens, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal for 11 years and now with The New York Times, will discuss the Jewish future in a changing America. 7:30 p.m. Free. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/bretstephens.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21

“JEWS IN BASEBALL”

The Rosenberg Cultural Center presents a movie and discussion called “Jews in Baseball.” Learn about Jewish players, Jewish leagues and more with Rabbi Rebeccah Yussman. Lunch, followed by “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” a film about one of the most famous Jewish players in baseball history. 11 a.m. Free. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444.

THE FUTURE OF PRECISION MEDICINE

Health care professionals and future parents are invited to learn about the potential of precision medicine and the ethics and impact of genetic testing on family planning. Speakers include Dr. Serge Alexanian, director of special operations for UCLA’s Department of Pathology; Sayeh Farivar, genetic counselor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Dr. Claudia Mikail, director of the Center for Preventive Care and Genetics; and Dr. Steve Rad, faculty member at the Fetal Treatment Center at the UC San Francisco Medical Center. 7 p.m. $10; $15 for two through June 20. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. yala.org.

JEWISH SPEED DATING

Nothing beats meeting someone face to face. You will have the opportunity to meet 10 Jewish singles for five minutes each. At the end, you will select those whom you liked, and if any of them also picked you, it’s a match. The rest is up to you! 8 p.m. $30; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Kung Pao Bistro, 7853 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (888) 729-5552. lafirstdates.com.