Calendar: March 18-24, 2016
FRI | MARCH 18
HAPPY HOUR PRE-SHABBAT SOCIAL MIXER
Come socialize prior to a Gospel Shabbat service featuring the 40-member Spirit of David gospel choir from the City of Refuge Church. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other young adults in the Beverly Hills Jewish community. Drinks and appetizers will be served. 7 p.m. (mixer), 8 p.m. (service). Free. RSVP required. Temple of the Arts, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 658-9100. ” target=”_blank”>bcc-la.org.
SAT | MARCH 19
“SELECTED SHORTS: DANGERS AND DISCOVERIES”
The popular annual radio podcast “Selected Shorts” returns for its 25th season with a weekend of live readings that explore themes of darkness and light. Inspired by the Getty Center’s exhibition “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints,” stage and screen actors will interpret adventurous fiction that guides the audience through a landscape of treachery, madness and redemption. Hosted by Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”); starring the likes of René Auberjonois, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara and Josh Radnor. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through March 20. $20. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. ” target=”_blank”>tasteofisrael.net.
SUN | MARCH 20
Klezmer Juice is the new generation of Jewish soul music, featuring wide-ranging international influences, a youthful vibe, and a Latin undertone to the band’s traditional and original tunes. The group is led by clarinetist Gustavo Bulgach, who was raised in Buenos Aires and now lives in L.A. Other members include Dan Weinstein (fiddle and trombone), Hiroo Nakano (drums) and Federico Ramos (guitar). 2 p.m. Free. RSVP at eventbrite.com. Seating is first come, first served. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7388. THUR | MARCH 24
DAVID ORLOWSKY TRIO
The trio, founded by the young clarinetist David Orlowsky, presents klezmer music in an entirely new and hip dimension. In “The Soul of Klezmer,” the audience will be taken on a musical journey from the Jewish villages of Eastern Europe to the buzzing klezmer madness of New York City. The trio mostly composes their own music, which the members refer to as “chamber.world.music.” 8 p.m. $39-$99. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. ” target=”_blank”>civicartsplaza.com.
SUN | MARCH 20
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
This day of fun will feature rides, games, activities and food. 10 a.m. (spiel and kids costume parade), 11 a.m. (carnival). Free admission. Individual game, ride and food tickets $1 each. Games and rides are 1-5 tickets, lunch is 7-10 tickets. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8906. ” target=”_blank”>stsonline.org.
Purim characters, live performances, rides, carnival games and a KidZone will be part of this celebration, as will kosher barbecue and a vendor marketplace. The day begins with a spiel, “Shmaltz,” a spoof of the musical “Grease.” 9 a.m. (spiel), 10 a.m. (carnival). Free admission. $1 tickets to play games and purchase food. Attend the spiel and get into the carnival early, receive five prize tickets and five fast passes to jump the lines. Temple Judea Purim Carnival, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. ” target=”_blank”>wisela.org.
Temple Etz Chaim
The community-wide carnival has it all: food, games, live entertainment and activities including a dunk tank, face painting, bungee jumping, arts and crafts, a puppy petting zoo and bounce houses. 11:30 a.m. Free admission, $1 tickets to play games and purchase food. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>templebethemet.com.
WED | MARCH 23
IKAR’S PURIM JUSTICE BONANZA
Eat, drink, spiel and party the night away, IKAR-style! 3:30 p.m. events kick off with ECC Purim potpourri and micro-megillah and continues from there; 7:30 p.m. adults’ megillah and spiel; 9 p.m. carnival. Café Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ” target=”_blank”>leobaecktemple.org.
TEMPLE ETZ CHAIM MEGILLAH READING AND SPIEL
The megillah reading is a family-friendly service, and children are encouraged to attend in costume. After the reading is an adult spiel, “According to the Eagles.” The story of Esther will be told through songs of the Eagles. 6:15 p.m. megillah reading; 7:30 p.m. spiel. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>stsonline.org.
PURIM IN THE WILD WEST
Come party with DJs, live performances, a full bar, hookah and hamantashen! 8:30 p.m. (megillah reading); 9:30 p.m. (party). Free for students with ID; $5 for non-students. Chabad at USC, 2713 Severance St., Los Angeles. (213) 748-5884. THUR | MARCH 24
Wake up with this early morning dance party! It is the perfect way to start your day, meet new people and celebrate Purim as part of this partnership between Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Open Temple. 5:30 a.m. Free. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. (310) 288-3737. ” target=”_blank”>picoshul.org
PURIM IN MOROCCO
Dress in your favorite costume and celebrate Purim in Morocco as part of this event for children with special needs and their families. There will be a live band, arts and crafts, a henna artist, a Moroccan feast and a megillah reading. Teen volunteers will be on hand to assist the children. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. The Friendship Circle, 1952 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310.280.0955. ” target=”_blank”>eventbrite.com. Create Nightclub, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 309-3711.