Calendar: January 15-21
FRI | JAN 15
VOICES OF FREEDOM: A MULTIFAITH SHABBAT SERVICE
Christian, Muslim or Jewish … it doesn’t matter here. Everyone is welcome to join in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Rejoice in prayer, music, mutual respect and peace. The speaker will be the Rev. Michael Fisher of Greater Zion church. Special guest actor Ben Youcef will be in attendance as well as several choirs from different faiths. 8:15 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. SAT | JAN 16
“BIG BOX/LITTLE BOX”
In her new exhibition, contemporary assemblage and installation artist Dwora Fried creates tiny scenes inside glass-fronted boxes as well as large, interactive experiences. Her smaller work is made up of vintage dolls, toys and furniture from the 1950s. Her work is inspired from her experience growing up as an outsider in post-World War II Vienna, where Fried — who is Jewish, a lesbian and a child of Holocaust survivors — learned to see everything through the prism of loss, danger and secrecy. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Exhibition runs through Feb. 19. Free. Los Angeles Art Association, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-8272. ” target=”_blank”>odysseytheatre.com.
MON | JAN 18
JEWISH WORLD WATCH: VOICES OF STRENGTH
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to action for all those in need, Temple Etz Chaim will host Michael Brand of Jewish World Watch (JWW) as he shares inspirational stories from his recent trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern provinces. He worked with survivors of the country’s decades-long conflict, which has claimed nearly 6 million lives. Also speaking is the Rev. Kasereka Kasomo, originally from Congo, who will discuss the challenges of living in Congo and the importance of JWW’s work supporting victims of mass atrocities. 7 p.m. Free. Paskow Sanctuary at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. THUR | JAN 21
Josh Sabarra takes readers on a Hollywood thrill ride about growing up, coming out and finding himself at 40 in “Porn Again: A Memoir.” A high-level entertainment executive, the shame he felt from his sexuality provoked self-hate and a lack of emotional and sexual identity, spiraling into a life of celebrity lovers, online dating, sexual fetishists and porn stars-for-hire. Sabarra’s memoir, which he will sign, is heartbreaking, glamorous, sexy and hilarious. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>theatre40.org.