Calendar January 24-30
SAT | JAN 24
“HE SAID … SHE SAID”
It’s the most common kind of hearsay around. The Jewish Women’s Theatre presents its newest salon, an exploration of the different versions we have of the things that happen to us, big and small. From a husband and wife recounting their first meeting, to a mother and son recalling dark days of divorce, to the loss of a husband and father and the resulting mother -daughter relationship, the salon illustrates just how different one story can be. Q-and-A following the program. 7:30 p.m. $30 (members), $35 (nonmembers). National Council of Jewish Women/L.A. Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ” target=”_blank”>colonytheatre.org.
SUN | JAN 25
“WISDOM: THE TREE OF LIFE” OPENING RECEPTION
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s new exhibit will change your perception of papercuts in a way you never imagined. The show includes a series based on the six orders of the mishnah and, using paper to access sinuous shapes, sharp edges and lots of colors, it’s the mishnah in a unique and inspired medium. The multimedia exhibit also features work by photographer Sandra Klein, sculptor Maddy LeMel and painter Karen V. Woo. 3-5 p.m. Free. Exhibit on display through April 2. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. TUE | JAN 27
“ENDANGERED LANGUAGES: THE MOTHER TONGUE REVIVAL”
Words, words, words. For some cultures, it’s not that simple. The Hammer Museum, in collaboration with PBS, presents a multimedia evening of endangered language communities — Aztec, Hawaiian, Welsh and more. The program features excerpts from the new documentary “Language Matters With Bob Holman,” a film by director-producer David Grubin; in addition to live performances of the didgeridoo, hula, poetry and songs. Who knows if these languages can be saved, but for now, at least they will be heard. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. WED | JAN 28
“JEWISH REFUGEES IN APULIA”
In honor of Italy’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Fabrizio Lelli, associate professor of Hebrew language and literature at the University of Salento in Italy, will discuss his “Jewish Refugees in Apulia” project. After World War II, more than 250,000 Jews were living in displaced-persons camps. For the last 15 years, Lelli has collected documents and personal testimonies of Jews from the Apulia region of southern Italy, and has published 36 moving stories on his website. 6-8 p.m. Free. Must RSVP. Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.
THUR | JAN 29
Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley engage the lyrical and virtuosic potential of their instruments in a rare mix of classical and pop genres from Bach to Radiohead to Stravinsky. Haimovitz, who has been playing since age 13, has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. For this performance, titled “Shuffle, Play, Listen,” you’ll be glad you’re seeing the show live and not just jammin’ on your iPod. Onstage seating only. 7:30 p.m. $45. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800.