Calendar February 14-20
SAT | FEB 14
“THE LAST FIVE YEARS”
It’s the cinematic adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s celebrated musical comedy-drama. Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, the film is the story of a struggling actress and her lover, a Jewish novelist. Through powerful and candid songs, their love affair is deconstructed before our very eyes. If you don’t already know and love tunes such as “Shiksa Goddess” and “Moving Too Fast,” you will soon. Various times. Check local listings. TUE | FEB 17
If you couldn’t be there for the Beatles’ 1964 American tour, don’t worry; London Daily Express reporter Ivor Davis held a coveted spot as part of the entourage for these Liverpool lads. In his book, “The Beatles and Me on Tour,” Davis chronicles that revolutionary tour from behind the scenes. From Monopoly with John Lennon, to living room jams with Elvis Presley, to Bob Dylan and marijuana, Davis’ VIP access is VIP access for us all. The program includes a discussion and book signing. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. WED | FEB 18
“THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today we celebrate the shared history of Blacks and Jews in their respective and collective fights for justice. There will be inspirational songs from Gertrude Bradley, who has been singing at venues around the world for 39 years, and a display of historic artifacts and photos from the early 1960s with Lloyd Clayton. Speakers include lifelong civil rights activist Marcia Coppertino, Freedom Riders Robert Farrell and Ralph Fertig, and four-term L.A. city controller, Rick Tuttle. Noon. Free. RSVP requested. National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ” target=”_blank”>barnesandnoble.com.
“MODERN MINDS ON JEWISH MATTERS”
The Beth Jacob Congregation weekly series is back by popular demand, and kicks off with “East vs. West: The New World Order,” led by British journalist and broadcaster Melanie Phillips. The discussion will focus on shifting global alliances, trends, and threats and opportunities on the horizon. Phillips, international best-selling author of “Londonistan,” among other books, is known for her outspoken and political commentary — so get ready to agree and disagree, and more importantly, to know why. Subsequent lectures in this series will include: “Being a Good Person in a Morally Complex World” with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin; “Building Resilience: Skills to Strengthen Family and Relationships”; and an evening with the former U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. THUR | FEB 19
“THE FAMILY OF ABRAHAM: JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, AND MUSLIM INTERPRETATIONS”
Professor Carol Bakhos’ recent book is an opportunity to understand what exactly is so “Abrahamic” about the three major religions. Using varied stories and interpretations dealing with the portrayal of Abraham, Bakhos exposes how he is viewed in these different scriptural traditions and how these narratives are being used in secular spheres. Bakhos is also the author of “Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab.” Noon. Free. Registration requested. UCLA, 6275 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. FRI | FEB 20
It’s a new comedy from the director who brought you the Academy Award-winning short film “West Bank Story.” Ari Sandel’s latest film deals with the unfortunate but familiar social hierarchy of high school. After being labeled a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), Bianca (Mae Whitman) decides to revolutionize the pecking order on campus. Written for the screen by Josh A. Cagen and adapted from the novel by Kody Keplinger, the movie will help you laugh about those seemingly laughless adolescent days. Also stars Bella Thorne and Allison Janney. Various times. Check local listings.