MLK Observances; Beethoven @ LACMA; Alpha Dog Rising

Saturday the 13th

Craig Taubman’s regular “One Shabbat Morning” service gets a special theme for this one Shabbat. Dedicated to families who have children with special needs, this morning’s affair will begin with guest speaker and educator Dr. David Ackerman discussing his experiences with the special-needs community, followed by a service of song and celebration and Kiddush lunch.

9:15 a.m. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.

Another special Shabbat service today honors the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The choirs of Temples Kol Tikvah, Judea and Aliyah join voices with St. Bernadine of Siena, Calvary Baptist and New Christ Memorial church choirs in a community concert titled, “Keeping the Dream Alive!”

7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670.

Sunday the 14th

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Patricia Marx, who is hilarious for a living, has written for the Harvard Lampoon (first woman ever elected), “Saturday Night Live,” and The New Yorker. Today, she comes to Dutton’s Brentwood to hock her first foray into fiction, “Him Her Him Again The End of Him.” If praise by Steve Martin and Susan Orlean isn’t enough to get you to pick it up, check out an excerpt at
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Wednesday the 17th