Calendar: February 7-13
SAT | FEB 7
Neil Sedaka sings, composes, plays piano and writes (“Laughter in the Rain: My Own Story”) and has been in the spotlight — always exercising at least one of these skills — for more than 50 years. He’s sold millions of records and co-written more than 500 songs, including “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Calendar Girl,” “Bad Blood” and many more. Tonight, he’s performing as part of the KABC Legends Series. 9 p.m. $68-$98. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 879-5016. SUN | FEB 8
Actors from Theater Dybbuk do a play reading on love, greed, destiny and longing. Adapted by Tony Kushner from S. Ansky’s “The Dybbuk” (or “Between Two Worlds”), the story follows a bride possessed by the dislocated soul of a former suitor. It’s an opportunity to see a historically famous Yiddish play reinterpreted by a celebrated American playwright — and maybe understand a little more about the complexities of human nature. Directed by Aaron Henne. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP recommended. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-5387. ” target=”_blank”>orami.org.
TUE | FEB 10
“ACT OF VIOLENCE”
Fred Zinnemann’s noir thriller is one of few of its time to address survivor guilt. Released in 1948, the movie follows Frank Enley, a man who returns home from a German prisoner-of-war camp after his comrades have been murdered. Now back in the United States, the former commander is stalked by an embittered friend from his command troop. Vincent Brook, professor of media and cultural studies at UCLA, will introduce the screening. Starring Van Heflin, Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh. 1:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. WED | FEB 11
“500 DATES: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE ONLINE DATING WARS”
Comedy writer and former contributor to the Jewish Journal Mark Miller discusses his new book on post-divorce dating and all the beauty and horror involved. Miller’s creative instincts have supported many comedians, including Jay Leno, Dana Carvey and Jim Carrey, as well as landed him columns and blogs for the Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post, respectively. Five of the essays in this book deal specifically with Jewish dating — which is regular dating, except a little louder. Tonight’s program will be hosted by comedian Yakov Smirnoff. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. THUR | FEB 12
“IMMIGRATION REFORM UPDATE: DEVELOPMENTS AND CONSEQUENCES”
The community is invited to a conversation that is never irrelevant. Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s Latino Jewish Roundtable and Asian Jewish Initiative, the discussion features Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and ADL California investigative researcher Joanna Mendelson. There will be an overview and forecast of the immigration reform process as well as a look at anti-immigration extremism. Dinner is included, and registration is required. 6 p.m. $18. ADL office, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., third floor, Los Angeles. (310) 446-4227. ” target=”_blank”>levantinecenter.org.