Calendar January 17-23


SAT | JAN 17

“KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL”

Featuring internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel, this concert-with-commentary includes not only delightful music, but also a captivating dialogue preceding piano masterpieces. Tonight’s performance, “The Romantic Music of Chopin,” is a perfect opportunity for music veterans and music newbies alike. Siegel, who has performed with orchestras in Berlin, London and New York, offers a breadth of experience and expertise. 8 p.m. $39-89. Wallis  Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 746-4000. ” target=”_blank”>edgemarcenter.org.

SUN | JAN 18

“BRAIN DEATH”

In this half-day conference, those with a curious mind for the mind will have access to experts involved in the crucial family/hospital conversation on neurological criteria for death. “Brain Death,” featuring Rabbi Jason Weiner, Andy Lampkin, Neil Wenger, Thaddeus Pope and Robert Dell’Oro, will include a range of conversations — from best practices for interacting with families to legal duties of health-care providers. Breakfast is included, so you’ll have some food to digest along with the new information. 8 a.m. $20. Ahmanson Auditorium at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 338-4205. WED | JAN 21

“JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY TODAY”

Created by the German embassy in Washington, D.C., this exhibit provides a telling look into the life of Jews in Germany, both historically and contemporarily. Through its 25 large, colorful panels, we experience the story of Jewish life before the Holocaust and then the journey of the Jews who returned afterward. Tonight’s opening reception will offer speakers including German Consul General Bernd Fischer, and music from Mark Kligman, the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at UCLA. 7 p.m. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081, ext. 108. ” target=”_blank”>thinktankgallery.org.

THUR | JAN 22

SARAH WILDMAN —“PAPER LOVE”

In this new memoir from Sarah Wildman, readers are thrown into a love story-meets-World War II detective investigation. On the search for the long-lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled prewar Europe, Wildman chronicles her personal journey, which includes being the first journalist allowed to enter the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, the last major unopened Holocaust archive in the world. There will be a Q-and-A and book signing following the program. 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. $8 (general), free (Skirball and Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. FRI | JAN 23

“RICKY JAY: DECEPTIVE PRACTICE”

Season 29 of the “American Masters” series kicks off with a film from Molly Bernstein and Oscar-nominated producer Alan Edelstein. It’s a first for the series, which has never before profiled a magician. Known as one of the great conjurors, Ricky Jay is a best-selling author, historian, actor, and leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts. With rare performance footage and new interviews, the documentary includes some of Jay’s famous friends and collaborators, such as playwright David Mamet. 9 p.m. Free. PBS. Check local listings.

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