Calendar: January 31st – February 6th
SAT | JAN 31
You know those previews and billboards for comic-book franchises that keep popping up? The man we have to thank is Stan Lee, and for lots of fathers, sons, nephews and brothers (mine included), he is very important. Lee is the man behind Marvel and such household superheroes as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, X-Men and many more. In Lee’s first prose novel, “The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence,” factions composed of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac fight to control the fate of the world. Although the comic legend won’t be signing books at this event, he will be discussing his latest creative feat, and there will be pre-signed books for purchase. This is a wrist-banded event, so arrive early. 2 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. ” target=”_blank”>hbo.com.
TUE | FEB 3
Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel and Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev will discuss the political, economic and defensive relationship between the two countries. Rabbi Erez Sherman will moderate the conversation. Rabbi David Wolpe will present a Sefer Torah scroll, written by members of Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club, to the community of Mountain Jews in Baku, Azerbaijan. Come learn about and celebrate the relationship between these two nations. A light dinner is included. 6:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. ” target=”_blank”>parischansons.com.
SEPHARDIC MINI COURSE
It’s the beginning of a four-part series that will explore the history, culture and traditions of Sephardic Jews. Led by Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, this first course is titled “Sephardi or Mizrahi — Is There a Difference?” The remaining lectures include the topics “From Toledo to Jerusalem,” “Arabic Music in Synagogue?” and “Haim Sabato: Contemporary Sephardic Storyteller.” Using film clips, readings and lectures, the series will enlighten you no matter what kind of Jew you are. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Through Feb. 24. Free. Must RSVP. The Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574.” target=”_blank”>museumoftolerance.com.
FRI | FEB 6
“UNCABARET: BLEEDING HEARTS”
It’s your favorite funny night about that silly little thing called love. Have your pre-Valentine’s Day laugh with Beth Lapides, Mary Lyn Rajskub, Kira Soltanovich and more! Be it puppy love, romantic love, parental love or self-love, your relationship to love has probably, at some point, been a good candidate for comedy. Light fare and cocktails will be available for purchase. Ages 21 and older. 8 p.m. $15 (general), $10 (members), $8 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.