Calendar: March 4-10
FRI | MARCH 4
This high-energy Russian folk band mixes gypsy punk, klezmer and traditional Ukrainian tunes. Formed in 2008, the New Orleans-based band has become one of the most beloved Russian “mafia” bands touring the United States. With a lively sound, decadent songs from the underground and beautiful burlesque dancing, Debauche won the Big Easy award for Best World Music. 7:30 p.m. $30-$55. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. ” target=”_blank”>pjcenter.com.
SAT | MARCH 5
In the early 1980s, nearly 2,000 people died of AIDS after U.S. companies knowingly sold HIV-contaminated blood products to Japan. A musical based on these events, “Blood” tells the story of a Jewish-American reporter in Japan who uncovers the conspiracy to cover up the government-sanctioned sale. It wasn’t until 2000 that three former pharmaceutical executives were sentenced to prison in a landmark decision that raised the standard for corporate accountability in Japan. 8 p.m. $30. Through April 3. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7745. ” target=”_blank”>pancreatic.org.
UCLA EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE CONCERT
The UCLA Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Stansfield and Elisabeth Le Guin, will put on a concert inspired by the meetings of Islamic, Christian and Jewish civilizations around the Mediterranean. The repertoire will include the music of Arabs, Turks, Iberians, and Northern Europeans through Sephardi songs, Ottoman Court music, Janissary band music and more. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Powell Library at UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 825-1938. ” target=”_blank”>nationaldayofunplugging.com.
SUN | MARCH 6
CASDEN CONVERSATION: “THE POWERS AND PERILS OF NAZI PROPAGANDA”
Steven Luckert, curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s special exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” will explore how the Nazis promoted their platform to millions of people through propaganda, via posters, photographs, film and radio. Stephen D. Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, will moderate the event. 4 p.m. Free. Reservations required at usc.edu/esvp (code: casdenconversations4) or call (213) 740-1744. USC Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240, USC, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2924. ” target=”_blank”>km-synagogue.org.
BACH IN THE SUBWAYS
Come enjoy the transcendent music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Dale Henderson will give a performance of the complete Bach Cello Suites as a fundraiser for Bach in the Subways, a movement he founded by performing the music of Bach in the subways of New York in an effort to bring classical music to a wider audience. Last year, thousands of musicians worldwide participated in the movement, playing Bach’s music in public for free to celebrate what would have been his 330th birthday. 4 p.m. $40 presale; $50 at the door. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. MON | MARCH 7
“ONCE UPON A FAMILY”
Come enjoy the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Family.” The unique documentary will offer insightful access to the birth, destruction and rebuilding of Polish Jewry. Rather than offering a simple historical narration, this film aims to increase Jewish pride. 6 p.m. Free. Simon Wisenthal Center, 1399 Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 553-9036.
WED | MARCH 9
CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: “SEPARATE BUT EQUAL?”
What does pluralism at the Western Wall mean? Come learn about the Kotel compromise that created a new prayer space at the Western Wall where women and men can now pray together. The event features Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, the reformist group behind the historical change. Joining her will be local rabbis Daniel Bouskila, Laura Geller, Pini Dunner and Adam Kligfeld, as well as Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel. Susan Freudenheim, executive editor of the Jewish Journal, will moderate the event. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661. ” target=”_blank”>csun.edu.