Calendar: May 30–June 5
SAT | MAY 30
AUTOMATIC TOYS FEATURING NACHUM PETERSEIL
Madonna may have said it best: “Music makes the people come together.” Well, at this downtown L.A. interfaith concert, that’s what it will do. This Canadian duo mixes electronic rock with Middle Eastern vibes and encourages a message of peace and acceptance through music. They’ve been gaining steam for a few years now, receiving a title of best new indie band in 2011 and opening for Matisyahu last year. Catch ’em here before they go back on the road. 8 p.m. $15 (online), $20 (at door). Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. ” target=”_blank”>rubicontheatre.org.
JEWISH SINGLES: COMEDY IMPROV NIGHT
Laughter and love — we’ve always associated the two. Grab a giggle as eligible folks come to watch comedic folks perform. The night features comedian Shelley Pack, a writer and producer who has worked with The Groundlings, Second City, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and the Discovery Channel. The event doesn’t discriminate against anyone looking for love, so if you’re a single parent, a young professional or both, you’ll have come to the right place. 9 p.m. $15 (online), $20
(at door). Social Dashboard, 8631 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. SUN | MAY 31
“A MAD MENSCH AFFAIR”
Just because “Mad Men” ended doesn’t mean we have to stop being swanky. IKAR hosts its annual Night of the Wandering Jew event, and this year’s theme will have you Don Draper-ing and Peggy Olson-ing your way through the evening. There will be a creative (and kosher!) take on midcentury favorites such as fondue, fried macaroni-and-cheese balls, deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms and more! There also will be specialty drinks and great music — a la the 1960s. And if you feel like volunteering a bit, you’re eligible for an entry fee discount. 5 p.m. $175. The Fig House, 6433 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ” target=”_blank”>israeltenniscenters.org.
THUR | JUN 4
“SERIAL” DECONSTRUCTED: EXAMINING THE CASE BEHIND THE PODCAST
It’s “Law & Order” live — sort of. “Serial,” the most downloaded podcast in history, is coming under the microscope of a panel of criminal attorneys. Loyola law professor Laurie Levenson moderates a discussion between Alan Jackson and Caleb Mason on the investigation and prosecution of Adnan Syed for the murder of his former girlfriend. Panelists will discuss the riveting issues that made us addicted to the podcast and brought this American tragedy into our daily conversation. Hosted by YALA, the program includes food and refreshments. 7 p.m. $15. The Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 761-8000. FRI | JUNE 5
“THE FAREWELL PARTY”
Who knew death could be so funny? In this Israeli film by Sharon Maymom and Tal Granit, which won an Ophir Award for best direction, a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia so they can help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends find themselves in a dilemma of grave proportions. Screening at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie stars Aliza Rosen, Ilan Dar, Levana Finkelstein, Rafael Tabor and Ze’ev Revach. Various times. $9-$12. Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino; Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (310) 478-1041.