Calendar: February 28 – March 6
SAT | FEB 28
YALE STROM & HOT PSTROMI
There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the shortest month than with some heartwarming klez-tastic tunes. The band, which got its start more than 30 years ago, uses violin, bass, flute, accordion, vocals and more to bring that Eastern European je ne sais quoi to L.A. County. Yale Strom, who learned much of his technique from klezmer musicians who played before, during and after the Holocaust, guides his band — and the rest of us — through a lively and colorful musical feast. 8 p.m. $20-$30. Torrance Cultural Arts Center, James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. (310) 378-8100. SUN | MARCH 1
JEWISH WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
It’s the fourth annual opportunity to explore ideas for living the life you want to live at any age. Keynote speaker is Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service. The day will start with a breakfast panel, “LeadHERship: Pursuing Dreams & Overcoming Obstacles,” moderated by Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim, and will continue with workshops and break-out sessions on topics such as personal growth and spirituality, career success, body care, and gender and sexuality. Lunch will also be provided. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (general), $60 (seniors over 70), $20 (students), free (students, half-day). Covel Commons at UCLA, 200 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 852-8536. ” target=”_blank”>lamoth.org.
MON | MARCH 2
PETER, PAUL AND BIKEL
Legends talking to legends — it’s always a spectacle. Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and the now-late Mary Travers brought song to causes during the folk-friendly activist 1960s. The two gentlemen, who authored the book “Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life,” talk to legendary actor and fellow folk-singer Theodore Bikel. Doesn’t matter if you hammered in the mornin,’ come listen to these guys this evenin’. 7:30 p.m. $30. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 782-4525. ” target=”_blank”>jewishmusicla.org.
THUR | MAR 5
“OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES”
It’s the Los Angeles premiere of this off-Broadway musical, inspired by Sam Hoffman’s website of the same name, which riffs on everything from sex to marriage to getting old, with hilarity that anyone can enjoy. From the wacky to the downright dirty, the show includes old favorites as well as brand-new jokes and songs. Warning: Best to leave the kids at home for this one. 7:30 p.m. $59. Show runs through March 15. Call or visit the website for prices and times of other performances. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. FRI | MAR 6
With all this drought business, we might even welcome some of the water damage Noah knew too well. Get your Old Testament opera fix at this LA Opera production starring Jonathan Michie, Milena Kitic and Jamieson K. Price, featuring musicians from several of the orchestras around town and a colorful pageant where children play all the animal roles. Conducted by James Conlon. Fri. 7:30 p.m. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free with a $1 handling fee. LA Opera at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.