Calendar: October 23-29, 2015
SAT | OCT 24
This off-Broadway production tells the true story of Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond.” An Austrian writer and Nazi hunter, Wiesenthal devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. This play, written by and starring veteran actor Tom Dugan, highlights Wiesenthal’s intelligence, humor and even his flaws. 8 p.m. $40-$50. Through Nov. 8. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 246-3800. SUN | OCT 25
TOUR DE SUMMER CAMPS
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ community cycling event raises money to send more kids to Jewish summer camps. Cyclists of any level can choose between an 18-mile, 36-mile, 62-mile (Metric Century) or 100-mile (Century) ride. All proceeds support summer camp scholarships to help kids build a lifelong connection to Judaism and Jewish identity. Must be 16 years or older to ride. 7 a.m. (Metric Century and Century), 9 a.m. (18-mile and 36-mile). $45. Camp Alonim at American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Simi Valley. (323) 761-8013. ” target=”_blank”>sinaitemple.org.
TUE | OCT 27
MODERN ISRAELI COOKING WITH MICHAEL SOLOMONOV
James Beard Award winner Michael Solomonov, who is also co-owner and executive chef of Zahav in Philadelphia, will discuss modern Israeli food and provide samples of foods featured in his latest book, “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.” His recipes reflect personal, historical and cultural influences, with flavors from Israel, the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. There will be a book-signing following the program. 8 p.m. $15 (general); $12 (members and full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. WED | OCT 28
ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING-NIGHT GALA
The 2015 Israel Film Festival (IFF) will kick off with this opening-night gala, honoring Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren with the IFF Career Achievement Award, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin with the IFF Achievement in Film & Television Award and Sharon Nazarian with the IFF Humanitarian Award. The opening-night film is “Baba Joon,” Israel’s entry to the 2016 Academy Awards and winner of the Israel Academy Ophir Award for best picture. “Baba Joon” is the story of familial conflict among three generations of Iranian Jewish men: Yitzhak runs the turkey farm that his father had passed down to him, but once he tries to pass it on to his son, he faces resistance from the next generation. 7:30 p.m. $75. Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 247-1800. ” target=”_blank”>jerusalembiennale.org.
THUR | OCT 29
MEGA CHALLAH BAKE
Join in a meaningful act that binds women to 2,000 years of Jewish history. After a dessert buffet, participants will make two braided loaves of challah from scratchwhile taking part in a challah meditation guided by live music. Hosted by the Chabad Jewish Centers of the Conejo Valley, it is open to all women and girls older than 14 from any affiliation, as well as non-affiliated women. 6 p.m. (registration and dessert reception), 7 p.m. (program.) $25. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (805) 380-5111.