Calendar: July 31 – August 6
FRI | JULY 31
BEVERLY HILLS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Get ready for amazing performances by world-renowned soloists and budding new artists as Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills opens its doors for the 12th season of this colorful art experience. Artistic director and festival founder Gregory Cherninsky has assembled an innovative series featuring emerging talent and distinguished guest artists. Musicians from student and faculty festival rosters will appear individually and in groups to perform a wide range of music, with young musicians from all over the world receiving daily coaching, master classes and private lessons. Tonight’s opening night will feature the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Ernst, Gershwin and many more. 8 p.m. $30 (general), $25 (students and seniors). Through Aug. 10. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 779-7622. SAT | AUG 1
Don’t miss Grammy-nominated singer and entertainer Michael Feinstein performing with the Pasadena Pops to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. The Pops conductor and multi-platinum-selling artist picks up the microphone for this one-night-only concert devoted to the legacy of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Feinstein has been called the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for preserving and presenting the meld of old and new vocals. “I tried to choose songs and material that are well known and lesser known to give a sense of the man and his personality,” Feinstein said of the bill. Come enjoy timeless hits such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “For Once in My Life” while sitting under the stars. Grounds open two hours before show time, allowing for a leisurely picnic dinner. 7:30 p.m. $25-$120. The Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 793-7172. GNE”
An unusual student, Montaigne appears on a high school campus mere weeks before graduation, changing the lives of everyone he meets. As he observes his fellow students, he keeps a journal — a journal that ends up changing his life. His reflections help him gain insight into his own life and his complex relationship with his parents. Buoyed by an enthusiastic and emotionally charged songbook, the musical shows how the power of honest communication helps us discover who we are. The JFed Players Community Theater Ensemble, under the umbrella of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys’ Cultural Arts Program, presents this new musical by Joseph Charney — an accomplished musician, lawyer and playwright. 8 p.m. $20 (general); $10 (students). First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 445-0810. SUN | AUG 2
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
There are many nonprofit companies that need help. Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) will be hosting its fourth annual back-to-school kit assembly and giveaway during which 300 backpacks will be put together for children living in the HCHC buildings. Volunteers will personally give the children their new backpack — a rewarding experience of empowering these kids to have a successful school year. There are other options, too — Heal the Bay will be cleaning up the Santa Monica beach, and Project Angel Food will be preparing meals for 1,200 homebound patients. No experience required — there is enough food preparation for everyone. Another option is joining Holocaust survivors and Day of Good Deeds families for L’Dough V’Dough, an opportunity to chat and hear firsthand stories while braiding and baking challah. 10 a.m. Free. Locations vary. (323) 761-8000. ” target=”_blank”>greenwaycourttheatre.org.
TUES | AUG 4
“HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN”
The one-man play starring Hershey Felder and directed by Trevor Hay broke production box office records with the world premiere of this show at the Geffen Playhouse, so it’s back for another two weeks. Felder is captivating as Irving Berlin, who emerged from the depths of anti-Semitism in czarist Russia to epitomize the American Dream. With such favorites as “God Bless America,” White Christmas” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” he had 232 top-10 hits, 25 No. 1 songs and was known as America’s Composer. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 16. $37-$72. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454.