Calendar: April 25 – May 1


SAT | APRIL 25

A MATTER OF SIZE”

Go big or go home! In partnership with Menemsha Films, the Beit T’Shuvah Film Series, a presentation of six films over nine months that in some way deal with important personal issues, kicks off with a big comedy that will provide a belly’s worth of laughs. It’s the hilarious and heart-warming tale of a few overweight Israeli guys who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling. Directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor; starring Itzik Cohen, Dvir Benedek, Alon Dahan and Togo Igawa. 7 p.m. $15. Beit T’Shuvah Sanctuary, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. SUN | APRIL 26

JEWISH WISDOM AND WELLNESS — A FESTIVAL OF LEARNING”

Consider it spring cleaning for your body and soul. This festival brings together health professionals, rabbis and teachers from across the Jewish community to examine our traditions and their impact on our well-being. From storytelling to yoga to movie screenings and even a discussion about life challenges with Journal editor-in-chief and publisher Rob Eshman, there are more than 90 events to help you locate spiritual practices, physical activities and practical tools that can support health and wellness within a foundation of Jewish wisdom and values. Various times. Through May 3. Free. Various locations. Set in Ecuador, this award-winning documentary is the story of a small group of South Americans whose European-Jewish ancestors were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. Isolated in Catholic countries and rejected by local Jewish communities, the group finds help in Jacques Cukierkorn, a Brazilian-American rabbi who guides “lost Jews” in reclaiming their identities. There will be a Q-and-A with director/producer Gabriela Bohm after the screening. 2 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (Skirball members), $5 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. Adding depth to the phrase “laughter is the best medicine,” The Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired by Robin Babbini, a nonprofit launched in 2010 by Paulinda Babbini after she lost her 20-year-old daughter to the disease, hosts its fifth annual fundraiser. Come out for an evening of comedy, an exciting silent auction and a buffet-style dinner provided by Whole Foods, all to promote and sustain a national dialogue that will lead to a cure for ovarian cancer. Comics include Sunda Croonquist, Kira Soltanovich, Tehran, Vargus Mason and Suli McCullough. 7 p.m. $80. The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 842-8100. MON | APRIL 27

MEMORY RECONSTRUCTION: A SACRED CULTURE REBUILT”

If you have yet to check out this new Human Element Project at the Museum of Tolerance, today would be a good day to do so. Created by Lori Shocket, the exhibit chronicles the work of 129 survivors from 14 countries who were brought together for a special workshop experience where they created artistic renditions of their stories. Various times. Museum admission $11.50-$15.50 (free for active military and kids younger than 5). Through June 11. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505. WED | APRIL 29

CELEBRATING LOS ANGELES”

As a 50th birthday present to itself and the rest of us, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts a musical event featuring some of the world’s finest composers and ensembles that reside locally. You’ll hear from the Angel City Chorale, Martin Chalifour, members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the new-music group Xtet. There will be music from a variety of composers, including Arnold Schoenberg, whose work was featured in LACMA’s inaugural concert 50 years ago. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. THUR | APRIL 30

KEREN ANN

Israeli, Dutch, Indonesian — the fusion of sounds coming out of this multicultural artist span the globe, combining worldly pop music with ethereal, whispering vocals. Maybe you own one of her six solo albums or maybe you’ve heard her music featured on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Six Feet Under” or “Big Love,” but whatever your familiarity level, don’t miss this songwriter’s mesmerizing performance. 8 p.m. $35 (general), $30 (members), $25 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. FRI | MAY 1

BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

It’s the 17th annual Big Sunday weekend, so gather the troops and get ready to mitzvah! There are volunteer opportunities galore this year: Maybe you want to create some art at MacArthur Park with Portraits of Hope; maybe you want to help throw a party for low-income families at HomeSAFE; or maybe you want to bathe some lovely little pups at the Daphneyland Basset Hound Rescue. No matter how you participate, Big Sunday can help you help. Check out the website for all the opportunities. Sign up soon — things are filling up fast! Various times. Free. Through May 3. (323) 549-9944.  

 

 

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