Calendar March 21-27
SAT | MARCH 21
Jewish Women’s Theatre presents the world premiere of “Uncuffed,” a salon theater experience with stories, short plays and music exploring what it means to be free, and how we break the ties that bind us when we are not. Narratives include a bat mitzvah who goes against her rabbi and in doing so becomes the girl she had only dreamed of being; one woman who finds freedom in cleaning for Passover; another who finds it in a divorce. There will be a post-show Q-and-A and a dessert buffet. 7:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $30 (at door). National Council for Jewish Women/L.A. Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ” target=”_blank”>vcjff.org.
SUN | MARCH 22
“THE PEOPLE VS. MORDECAI AND ESTHER”
Order in the court — this case is back by popular demand! You’re familiar with the characters: Esther, Mordecai, Haman and the Jewish people. Now, the uncle-niece team is faced with charges of conspiracy, murder and inciting violence. The book of Esther just got a little more dramatic. With Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, for the defense; Laurie Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School, for the people; and 4th District Court of Appeal Associate Justice Richard Fybel presiding, attendees can expect a serious courtroom debate. 1 p.m. $54 (reserved seats), $36 (unassigned seats), $18 (students). University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine. (949) 553-3535. ” target=”_blank”>ajclosangeles.org.
TUE | MARCH 24
“ROCK & ROLL BILLBOARDS OF THE SUNSET STRIP”
The Sunset Strip — the lights, the venues, the traffic. If you didn’t experience this iconic area — and era — from the breakthrough promotion for the Doors’ debut album in 1967 to the advent of MTV in the 1980s, this new exhibit will give you the chance. Featuring stunning photographs of hand-painted billboards that dominated the L.A. landscape for almost two decades, the Skirball presents a unique moment in the history of rock and roll. Thanks to photographer Robert Landau, we get a small glimpse of the larger-than-life images of Bob Dylan, Donna Summer and more. Noon. Through Aug. 16. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. WED | MARCH 25
A group of Florida farmworkers battles to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. The exposé is produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, directed by Sanjay Rawal and narrated by Forest Whitaker. The film, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, is a powerful look at the hands that pick the food that feeds. A discussion with Rabbi Susan Goldberg follows the screening. 7 p.m. Free. National Council of Jewish Women/L.A. Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. THUR | MARCH 26
Álvaro Brechner brings together the hilarious and the dark in this L.A. premiere of a film that tells the story of Jacob Kaplan (Héctor Noguera), who, as a young boy, was forced to flee Europe without his parents during World War II. After 50 years of quiet living in Uruguay, Jacob becomes fixated on the idea that the German owner of a local seafront restaurant is a former Nazi. 8 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (members), $5 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.