Calendar August 7-13, 2015


SAT | AUG 8

WOODY ALLEN’S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND

In addition to being an iconic actor, writer, film director and playwright, Woody Allen is a musician. He has always had a passion for music, and for more than 35 years he and his jazz band have been delighting audiences all over the world with their New Orleans-inspired music. Come enjoy a unique Dixieland-style night of jazz with no set playlist — it will be a spontaneous and energetic collection of improvisations. Members of the band include: musical director Eddy Davis on banjo, Conal Fowkes on piano, Simon Wettenhall on trumpet, Jerry Zigmont on trombone, John Gill on drums and Greg Cohen on bass. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $80-$140. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. (877) 677-4386. SUN | AUG 9

“TABOO TALKS”

This three-part lecture series will explore the topics of death, sex and money with a Jewish angle. What happens when we die? Do Jews believe in reincarnation? The first talk in the series is about death, and questions on how the Jewish religion views death will be answered by community experts. Panelists include Ken Klee, professor emeritus of law at UCLA and founding partner at his law firm; Rabbi Elliot Dorff, American Jewish University rector and professor of philosophy; and Len Lawrence, general manager at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the talks on Aug. 30 and Sept. 20 about sex and money, respectively. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required. Westwood Village Synagogue, 1148 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.

MON | AUG 10

MAHJONG OPEN HOUSE

Mahjong, a strategic game similar to rummy, is known to bring people together. It is a common interest among many Jews, and the enduring friendships that are formed become a support group for many. Don’t be shy if you’re not a pro — there are players of all skill levels. You can come just once or join on a weekly basis. After the game, the group grabs a bite to eat and shmoozes at one of the nearby cafes. Coffee, tea and noshes will be served. 10:15 a.m. $1 suggested donation. B’nai David-Judea Congregation, Gold Room Social Hall, 8906 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, contact mondaymahjong@gmail.com

TUES | AUG 11

JEWISH COMMUNITY SECURITY BRIEFING

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is hosting a timely security briefing for the Jewish community. With the High Holy Days coming up and the recent rise of anti-Semitism all over the world, this guidance should prove helpful. There will be experts from the ADL and the Los Angeles Police Department Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau providing a situational overview and talking about the lessons they’ve learned and the ones yet to be taught. 8:30 a.m. registration and refreshments; 9 a.m. program. Free. Space is limited, RSVP required. ADL Pacific Southwest office, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4244 or email ckimball@adl.org.

WED | AUG 12

“BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE”

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots, this documentary follows the story of Tom Bradley, the former mayor of Los Angeles who was the first African-American to be elected in a white-majority city. This film brings into focus issues such as police brutality in minority communities and the challenges of police reform in a changing America. There will be a Q-and-A session moderated by Jewish Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim, featuring writers and producers Lyn Goldfarb and Emmy winner Alison Sotomayor; Bradley’s oldest daughter, Lorraine Bradley; former City Councilmember Robert Farrell; and the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles and Jewish Journal columnist Raphael Sonenshein. 7:30 p.m. $12. Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. THUR | AUG 13

THE 2015 DANIEL PEARL FELLOWS: VIEWS ON AMERICA

Join Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman as he moderates an open discussion about views on America with Arooj Zahara and Saher Baloch. These two young individuals, thanks to the Daniel Pearl Fellowship program, have spent the last five months working at top American newspapers. The Daniel Pearl Fellowship program hosts journalists from Muslim-majority countries — Zahara and Baloch are from Pakistan. Come hear their stories, their experiences working in the United States and what they are taking home with them from the experience. 7 p.m. (cocktail reception), 7:30 p.m. (program). Free. Reservation required. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 441-1400.

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