Calendar: April 15-21
FRI | APRIL 15
Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish and join this social potluck dinner with a fun song circle to follow. The topic of the month is “freedom.” Bring a poem, short story or memorable experience to share that explores the topic. 6:45 p.m. Free. Donations welcome. Ahavat Torah Congregation, 343 S. Church Lane, Los Angeles. (310) 625-3146. ” target=”_blank”>jimena.org.
A MOSTLY KOSHER, TOTALLY JAZZY SKA-BBAT CELEBRATION
This is an event packed with fun for all! The evening will begin with a wine tasting and light bites to enjoy, set to the music of San Francisco’s Lior Ben Hur, a reggae band sure to get you moving. L.A.-based indie group Mostly Kosher will perform, too, bringing with it a sound that fuses klezmer beats with rock, hip-hop and folk. The evening will also feature jazz and cantorial rhythms by Stephen Wise Temple’s Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Cantor Nate Lam. Singer-songwriter Craig Taubman, founder of Pico Union Project, will also be performing. 8 p.m. $10 donation requested. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. SAT | APRIL 16
PAMELA MAYERS-SCHOENBERG: “WHEN DID IT STOP BEING FUN?”
Join photographer Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg for the opening of her new show, “When Did It Stop Being Fun?” She hopes her photography exhibition will shed light on the importance of “kids being kids.” Her work follows the emotions of children as they go through the educational system, beginning with the excitement that comes at the start and continuing as they become more focused on academic tests and grades. The show runs through June 11. 11 a.m. Free. dnj Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 375-3551. SUN | APRIL 17
WALK TO END GENOCIDE
Join the 10th annual Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide, a three-mile walk that you can take at your own pace. The walk benefits Jewish World Watch (JWW), a leading L.A.-based nonprofit fighting to end genocide and mass atrocities. It supports education, advocacy and on-the-ground relief efforts. There will be drum circles, music, food, a marketplace and an educational Global Village. Pre-registration as an individual or as a team is available. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and admission to a post-race celebration. 9 a.m. $25 (adults); $18 (students); $10 for children. La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 501-1836. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.
The new Bagels & Bestsellers Author/Lecture Series will feature books with Jewish themes, starting with an appearance by Alexis Landau, author of “The Empire of the Senses.” The 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist is the saga of Lev Perlmutter, a German Jew who enlists to fight in World War I, leaving behind his gentile wife and their children. The book is ultimately about the people, politics and poisons that led to Word War II. 10:30 a.m. $10 at the door, includes a light breakfast. Jewish Women’s Theatre, The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (310) firstname.lastname@example.org.
MON | APRIL 18
SPRING SPEAKERS EVENT
The Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter hosts its Spring Speakers Event featuring three special individuals: Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke, a housekeeper who hid Jews during the Holocaust and whose story has been told on Broadway; Christopher Noxon, a journalist, writer and author of “Plus One”; and David Suissa, president of the Jewish Journal. 10 a.m. $65. Lunch buffet by Monrose Caterers included. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. (818) 991-2667. TUES | APRIL 19
MARTY SKLAR – ONE LITTLE SPARK! IN CONVERSATION WITH WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERS
Join Marty Sklar as he discusses his new book, “One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering.” Sklar is the former president of Walt Disney Imagineering and the only “cast member” to have been involved in all 11 Disney parks and resorts. He will discuss the artists, scientists and engineers whose imagination and crafting has made all the new adventures at Disney parks possible. He will be joined by three members of the Imagineering team who contributed to the book. Q-and-A and book signing to follow the program. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>cjs.ucla.edu.