Calendar November 15-21
SAT | NOV 15
“THREADS THAT BIND: A CULTURAL IDENTITY”
This one is for all you close-knitters, weavers, crocheters and fiber enthusiasts! Curated by Anne Hromadka, this exhibit explores the importance of textile and fiber arts through a Jewish lens. Featuring work from artists such as Karen Koblitz, Jonas N.T. Becker, Dani Vinokurov and Cathy Weiss, the display is connected with the Textile Society of America’s 2014 biennial symposium that was held earlier this year. Experience for yourself the sensory, tactile relationships you don’t have with paintings on a wall. Sat. Various times. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 765-2106. TUE | NOV 18
“THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE”
Diane von Furstenberg’s new book is an inside look into the career and life of one of fashion’s most influential women. Revealing, reflective and honest, Furstenberg writes about her experiences as a designer, philanthropist, wife, mother and grandmother. From overcoming cancer to establishing herself as a global brand, she is a woman with earned wisdom, and she wants all women to know they can be the women they want to be. There will be a book signing after the program. Tue. 7 p.m. $30 (includes copy of book). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3110. THU | NOV 20
The Barefoot Contessa is here! Whether you watch her TV show on the Food Network and salivate inappropriately, or flip through her best-selling cookbooks and also salivate inappropriately, you know that she is the queen of cute cuisine. Her new book, “Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,” focuses on the secrets that can help you prep in advance for that dinner party you’re hosting. She’ll be here right in front of you — so, in addition to chef anecdotes, audience members will be able to ask a question or two. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$75. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111.
Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar bring you a passionate, genre-bending dance event. The pair, who gained international praise for their work with Batsheva Dance Company, are now the proud founders of L-E-V. Celebrating a thoughtful confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion, art and technology, “House” is a sultry ensemble work, scored to an original piece by Ori Lichtik. So, if you like art that moves, or movement that’s art, get yourself downtown. Thu. 8:30 p.m. Through Nov. 23. $25-$30 (general), $20-$25 (REDCAT members, students), $12-$15 (CalArts students). REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800. FRI | NOV 21
“THE INVISIBLE FRONT”
In this new documentary from filmmakers Vincas Sruoginis, Jonas Ohman and Mark Johnston, a World War II effort formerly unknown to the public in the West is finally chronicled. An anti-Soviet resistance guerrilla movement, dubbed the Forest Brothers, included tens of thousands of young Lithuanian men and women who were no longer willing to stand for communist occupation. Winner of this year’s Audience Award at the Kino Pavasaris film festival in Vilnius, the documentary is a powerful telling of an untold story. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 12 and under). Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. “>skirball.org.
“SHADOWS FROM MY PAST”
In 1940, Gita Weinrauch Kaufman escaped from Austria with her immediate family on the day they were to be deported to the Dachau concentration camp. More than 50 years later, she returned with her husband and co-director of the film, Curt Kaufman, to find out if present-day Austria is truly different from the home she fled all those years ago. Featuring interviews with statespeople, artists and politicians, as well as family letters, “Shadows From My Past” is a touching and important conversation on history and where we are today. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 12 and under). Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 981-9811.