September 21, 2018

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Tish Tones; Java Nagilla!

Saturday the 23rd

Chanukah’s officially over, but it’s not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery’s exhibition, “Peter Shire — The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures.” Included among Shire’s maquettes — relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los Angeles, and as far as Japan — are Judaica pieces like his gouache on paper titled, “Angel and Menorah,” and an aluminum and enamel sculpture called, “Peace Dove Menorah.”

Through Jan. 6. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. www.tobeycmossgallery.com.

Sunday the 24th

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Photographers before the lens as well as behind is the theme of LACMA’s current exhibition, “Masquerade: Role Playing in Self-Portraiture — Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection.” Curated by the Irmas’ daughter, Deborah Irmas, the show features costumed self-portraits of photographers like Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura, and explores the way in which masks can reveal truths.

Through Jan. 7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org.

Friday the 29th

Here’s a new one for ya. Congregation B’nai Emet tries a fresh take on the old Friday night Shabbat service with tonight’s Java Nagilla Shabbat. The catchy title refers to the post-service oneg, which will include a special coffee bar along with requisite desserts. But during the service, the congregation will also learn two new songs written by choir director Irwin Cohen. They want you to be surprised, but we can tell you that one song is a bluesy rendition of a prayer already familiar to you.

4645 E. Industrial St., ‘2C, Simi Valley. (805) 581-3723. www.congreagationbnaiemet.org.