Calendar: Week of January 29 – February 4
SAT | JAN 30
“ETTY HILLESUM: A VOICE OUTSIDE THE CAMP”
Based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, this surrealistic drama celebrates the self-sacrifice of a surprisingly contemporary and liberated woman searching for a deeper truth. Hillesum is a Jewish woman living in German-occupied Amsterdam during World War II before getting deported to Auschwitz. Her diary begins in 1941, nine months after Hitler invaded her home country and completely changed her life. Her words of unwavering introspection are proof of her personal triumph over the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. 8 p.m. $20 general admission; $18 for patrons under 25. Son of Semele Theatre, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 351-3507. ” target=”_blank”>jewishwomenstheatre.org.
SUN | JAN 31
The process of exploration often leads to a sense of self and to personal growth. At times, such discoveries can be troublesome. Leah Shechter discusses this in her new book, “Discovery: Spotlight on the Inner Life in Poetry, Drama and Aphorism.” Shechter will read selections from her book and share some reflections. She will also welcome participation as the group explores her work and the world of Yiddish wisdom. Book signing to follow the program. 9:45 a.m. Free. RSVP. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>uclahillel.org.
TU B’SHEVAT NATURE FEST
The birthday of the trees may be just past, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating. Tree planting, a petting zoo, moonbounces, a climbing wall, scavenger hunts, drum circles and many arts and crafts — what more could you want for a family fun day! Entertainers include Dudu Zar, Robbo; Cindy Paley with a special Tu B’Shevat seder and sing along; and spoken word with Rick Lupert. There will also be a magic show and food for purchase at food trucks with glatt kosher options. 11 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Kids 3 and younger free. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. ” target=”_blank”>firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUES | FEB 2
“DEFYING GRAVITY: THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ”
Scott Coulter and Tony Award-winners Ben Vereen and Debbie Gravitte will celebrate the incredible songbook of composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. They will sing songs from his hit Broadway shows such as “Pippin,” “Godspell” and “Wicked,” and the animated films “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” 8 p.m. $25-$45. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. WED | FEB 3
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”
Winner of nine Tony Awards, “Fiddler on the Roof” remains one of the world’s most beloved shows. Set in a small village, it features Tevye, who is trying to keep his family’s traditions alive in a changing world. Tevye’s daughters want to make their own decisions, especially when it comes to their love lives, and he must choose between their happiness and the traditions that keep the outside world at bay. The book is by Joseph Stein, the music is by Jerry Bock and the lyrics are by Sheldon Harnick, which includes such classics as “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and, of course, “Tradition.” The cast of 35 actors and singers is led by award-winning actor and singer Fred Helsel as Tevye and Sharon Gibson as his wife, Golde. They are joined by a 15-member orchestra and directed by David Ralphe. 8 p.m. $49; $44 for students and seniors. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-4200. ” target=”_blank”>jewishla.org.