Calendar: June 6–June 12
SAT | JUNE 6
“ON TIDY ENDINGS”
Is this grief big enough for the two of us? That’s the issue between a gay man and a straight woman who meet to tie up loose ends after the death of the man they both loved. Set in 1987, Harvey Fierstein’s one-act play, part of his “Safe Sex” trilogy, is a study of the universal situation of losing a loved one and the unique quality of mourning that rose within the context of AIDS. Directed by Sara Wagner, the production is part of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. 10:30 p.m. $12. Through June 27. The Complex’s East Theatre, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 465-0383. SUN | JUNE 7
“FOLLOWING SHIRA’S JOURNEY: A GREEK JEWISH ODYSSEY”
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival invites us to better understand a part of our own history. Filmmakers Carol Gordon and Natalie Cunningham present the untold story of the Greek Holocaust. History records an 87 percent loss of Greece’s Jewish population as a result of the Nazi atrocities of World War II, yet the experiences of these once-dynamic communities are scarcely known. It’s the U.S. premiere of this moving documentary, with music composed by John Koudounis. Noon. $12 (online), $15 (at door). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>km-synagogue.org.
TUE | JUNE 9
AN EVENING WITH JUDY BLUME
A new book is in bloom! Perhaps you know her best for “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” or any other of her more than 25 books. Now you can know Judy Blume for a new novel, “In the Unlikely Event.” Blume weaves together three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are profoundly changed by a succession of disasters. Inspired by a series of real-life plane crashes that occurred in her hometown, Elizabeth, N.J., the book may offer an interesting glimpse into this prolific author. Blume will be in discussion with KPCC host Alex Cohen. 7:30 p.m. $25. The Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2725. THUR | JUNE 11
Celebrate the first five years of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and its collaborative efforts to create a more just and sustainable food system in our region. KCRW’s Evan Kleiman will emcee the evening while Redbird and BLD chef/owner Neal Fraser offers a locally sourced tasting menu. The program will honor “good-food heroes” Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Steve Zimmer and Robert Gottlieb. KCRW’S DJ Raul Campos will provide the tunes. It’s a good cause, and it’s certainly good eatin’. 6 p.m. $150. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>skylightbooks.com.
FRI | JUNE 12
DEB BOWEN: NEW CONVERSATIONS ON HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
More than a decade ago, Deb Bowen was inspired by Holocaust survivors and decided to act on it by encouraging young authors and illustrators to preserve survivor stories in storybook form. The project, “A Book by Me,” has expanded to more than 90 book titles that were created by kids, for kids. Now revealing the behind-the-scenes of this project, Bowen, in her book “A Walk With Esther,” shares the relationships between these young authors and their subjects. Noon. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.