Calendar: April 11-17
MON | APRIL 13
“BOOKS ’N’ BRUNCH”
It’s another kind of “bnb.” Matthew Friedman, associate regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will speak about anti-Semitism around the world and here at home at Brandeis University’s annual fundraising event. Joining Friedman is Emmy-winning director, writer and producer Ken Levine, author of “The Me Generation … by Me,” about what it was like to grow up in the ’60s. Last but not least is Ivor Davis, investigative correspondent, who will discuss his experiences as described in his book “The Beatles and Me on Tour.” Proceeds benefit the medical research conducted at Brandeis to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases. 9:30 a.m. $65. Reservations required. Hyatt Westlake Hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-2667. ” target=”_blank”>wbtla.org.
WED | APRIL 15
“GOD ON TRIAL”
In observance of Yom HaShoah, the Sephardic Educational Center will screen this story of Auschwitz inmates who contemplate how God could allow so much suffering. With genocide surrounding them, they put God on trial, looking at what it means to have faith in the most horrific of situations. Written by Frank Boyce and directed by Andy de Emmony, the movie features Antony Sher, Rupert Graves and Jack Shepherd. There will be a brief pre-screening ceremony and a discussion with Rabbi Daniel Bouskila after the film. 6 p.m. Free. Must RSVP. The Jewish Federation Building, Sanders Board Room, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574.
“LOOPHOLES: A PAIN IN THE I.R.S.”
Just in time for the tax deadline! This world premiere is a musical comedy based on a true story about — you guessed it — taxes, the Internal Revenue Service, and the struggles and victory of one particular payer. Using clever song and dance, creators Stan Rich and Ronnie Jayne, along with director Kiff Scholl, offer an uplifting look at one person’s small problem with big government and loop-holing all the way through. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $30. Through May 17. The Hudson MainStage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-7735. THUR | APR 16
“VISA AL PARAISO (VISA TO PARADISE)”
As a part of its “Mantener la Fe: Keep the Faith” series, the Skirball is screening this 2010 historical documentary, directed and produced by Lillian Liberman. It explores the work of Gilberto Bosques Saldivar, who served as Mexico’s consul general in France from 1939 to 1942 and issued exit visas to 45,000 Jews and Spanish Republicans persecuted by fascism. Featuring interviews with survivors and their families, as well as Saldivar himself, the film honors an extraordinary chapter in Mexico’s history. There will be a Q-and-A with Liberman after the screening. 8 p.m. $8 (general), $5 (students), free (members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. FRI | APR 17
“GROW A PAIR OF … WINGS”
Amelia Phillips and Fresh Produce’d LA present the story of Sarah Klein, an imperfect perfectionist who must get in touch with her past in order to soar to her future. Guided by the whimsical ghost of her grandpa, a Holocaust survivor, Sarah first must face her fears, embrace her roots and, finally, grow a pair of wings. Directed by Stacie Hadgikosti. 8 p.m. $25. Through May 10. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 469-9988. ” target=”_blank”>pbs.org.