Calendar May 27- June 2


FRI | MAY 27

WEXLER’S DELI GRAND OPENING

Chef-owner Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar are bringing Wexler’s Deli to the Westside! The old-school Jewish deli with a modern twist will have a menu featuring even more smoked fish offerings, their signature coffee blend, pastries and the debut of Dana’s Matzah Ball Soup (based on Wexler’s mother’s recipe). Expanding on its classic menu of Jewish deli favorites at Grand Central Market, the new Santa Monica location also will feature a menu created using ingredients that Wexler has brined, cured, smoked and crafted in-house. Pastry Chef Nicole Rucker will be making babka and black-and-white cookies. 7 a.m. Wexler’s Deli, 616 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. SAT | MAY 28

COMEDY FOR THE COMMUNITY

Tickle your funny bone with a fun night of stand-up comedy featuring Mark Schiff, Steve Mittleman and Danny Lobell. Schiff has appeared many times on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Night With David Letterman” and has HBO and Showtime specials.  Mittleman boasts more than 90 TV performances and over 50 national commercials on his résumé, while Lobell runs the podcasts “Modern Day Philosophers” and “The Mostly Bull Market,” as well as a monthly improvised storytelling show at the Hollywood Improv called “Bookshelf.” 9 p.m. $18.36; $25 at the door. Jewish Activities Center of Los Angeles, inside the Social Dashboard building, 8631 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (650) 999-1044. SUN | MAY 29

ART BY DAVE CULMER AND BARBARA MENDES

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend by enjoying the abstract paintings of Vietnam veteran Dave Culmer, a retired Marine and National Veterans Foundation board director. His work is being featured along with that of Barbara Mendes, whose great-grandfather had been rabbi for many years of America’s first Jewish congregation, the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Shearith Israel in New York. Her intricate canvases are filled with narrative imagery and brilliant colors. 3 p.m. Free. IVAN Gallery, 2701 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-1988. ” target=”_blank”>jacla.org.

THUR | JUNE 2

GERMAN JEWRY AND THE ALLURE OF THE SEPHARDIC

John M. Efron will explore the important role that German-Jewish culture accorded medieval Spanish Jewry during the late 18th and 19th centuries.  Efron seeks to explain how the claims about the superiority of Sephardic aesthetics became a major component of modern German-Jewish self-fashioning. 4 p.m. Free. Faculty Center, UCLA, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

FIDF YOUNG LEADERSHIP SUMMER MIXER

Kick off the summer with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership at the re-opening of The Phoenix at its brand-new location. There will be drinks, ping pong, a photo booth and lots of amazing people and conversation. 7 p.m. $18; $30 per couple. Free for members. Limited tickets available. The Phoenix, 8480 W. Third Street, Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>lamoth.org

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