Calendar: March 25-31, 2016


FRI | MARCH 25

KEHILLAT ISRAEL PURIM EXTRAVAGANZA

Come in costume and see circus performers, play games, get your face painted and win prizes. There will also be a carnival for the younger ones in the Early Childhood Center. Dinner included. 5 p.m. carnival; 7 p.m. Shabbat service and megillah reading. $20 all-access wristbands. RSVP requested. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ” target=”_blank”>facebook.com/congregationbethohr.

SAT | MARCH 26

BLOWOUT PURIM PARTY

Come get wild for Purim with live music by DJ River, an open bar, tapas and special guests. Don’t forget to wear a costume! 8 p.m. $65. Dance Revolution Studio, 6626 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. (818) 836-6700. TUE | MARCH 29

WORDS, WIT & WISDOM

Join a variety of celebrated authors and enjoy a delicious lunch. Featured writers include Cheryl Cecchetto (“Passion to Create: Your Invitation to Celebrate”), Hollye Dexter (“Fire Season”), Frances Dinkelspiel (“Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California”) and David Kukoff (“Children of the Canyon”). The event is sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee-San Fernando Valley Chapter and will be moderated by the Jewish Journal’s book editor and Los Angeles Times book reviewer, Jonathan Kirsch. Proceeds go to Brandeis University’s “Sustaining the Mind” initiative, which funds neurodegenerative disease research and science scholarships. 10 a.m. $75. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 312-4403. WED | MARCH 30

BEHIND THE LENS: JOEL BERNSTEIN, HENRY DILTZ AND GRAHAM NASH

For one night only, three visionaries of American culture — Henry Diltz, Joel Bernstein and Graham Nash — will come together for a large-screen presentation and multi-decade retrospective. Legendary singer-songwriter Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and internationally renowned photographer. Diltz, the official photographer at Woodstock and a founding partner at Morrison Hotel Gallery, has had his work grace hundreds of album covers. Bernstein’s work chronicles the inner lives and public moments of some of the most important music stars of our time, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Original hand-signed photos will be for sale. Tickets: $50. 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). Largo at the Cornet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. ” target=”_blank”>friendsofroots.net.

FEDCONNECT NETWORKING LUNCH

Meet The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ president and CEO, Jay Sanderson, while you eat and learn about the future of Jewish life in Los Angeles at this FedConnect event for local professionals. Noon. Free. Pessah Law Group, 1808 Century Park East, 26th floor, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8291. THUR | MARCH 31

JILL BIALOSKY AND ROB SPILLMAN: DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING

In Jill Bialosky’s “The Prize,” Edward Darby has everything a man could hope for: meaningful work, a loving wife and a beloved daughter. He strives not to let ambition, money, power and his dark past corrode his life, but when a celebrated artist betrays him and another very different artist awakens his heart and stirs up secrets from his past, Darby finds himself unhinged. Rob Spillman, co-founding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine, has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. After several relocations, Spillman discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him — a place or person to call home. In his memoir, “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” Spillman narrates a colorful and music-filled coming-of-age story of an artist’s life and a cultural exploration of a changing Berlin. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.

“STELLA’S LAST J-DATE”

This is the world premiere of Andy Rooster Bloch’s romantic comedy about a high-stakes blind date from the point of view of two lost New York singles. What are they willing to endure to not be lonely? Stella is a chatty and lovable dog trainer with intense baggage; Isaac is an alcoholic school teacher with his own skeletons. Isaac will ultimately have to muster up his inner strength to fight for Stella. Directed by Bryan Rasmussen. 8 p.m. $25. Tickets at jdate.brownpapertickets.com. Ages 18 and older. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2324.

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