Calendar: November 18-24
SAT | NOV 19
“STARING BACK AT THE SUN: VIDEO ART FROM ISRAEL, 1970-2012”
The art nonprofit organization Artis, in collaboration with Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, presents the Los Angeles launch of “Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art From Israel, 1970-2012,” an exhibition that has traveled internationally. It traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights the work of 35 artists who have a critical perspective on the cultural and political landscape of Israel. It explores themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media and the liberalization of the economy, and includes early performances, films and videos never seen outside Israel. 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. RSVP (required) available at eventbrite.com. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles. (213) 943-1620. ” target=”_blank”>theatre40.org.
Leah Kaminsky will discuss and sign her book “The Waiting Room.” The novel unfolds over the course of a single day but its story spans five decades. It tells of one family’s history of love, war and survival. The main character, Dina, is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She becomes a doctor, emigrates and builds a family, but her life remains haunted by her parents’ pasts. When a terror alert is issued in her new city, she is pushed to the limit. Kaminsky will be in conversation with hypnotherapist and author Judith Simon Prager. 5 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUN | NOV 20
LOS ANGELES JEWISH HOME: 5K WALK OF AGES
The annual Walk of Ages is a family-fun 5K Walk/Run that raises funds for the seniors at the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Collect donations from your friends and family and join a team with friends, family or your favorite organization. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag and pancake breakfast after the race. Medals are awarded to the top competitive finishers in all age divisions. 7 a.m. registration; 8:15 a.m. walk. $36 for adults, $45 day of race; $18 for children, $25 day of race; free for seniors older than 80. Los Angeles Jewish Home, 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda. (818) 774-3324. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.
“STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE”
This film tells the story of Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his journey in exile from 1936 to 1942. Best known for his novellas “The Royal Game” and “Letter From an Unknown Woman,” Zweig was one of the most-translated German-speaking writers of his time. When he was driven to emigrate at the peak of his career, Zweig fell into despair after Europe sank into war. The film is in French with English subtitles. Discussion with writer-director Maria Schrader will follow the screening. 3 p.m. Free. RSVP at eventbrite.com. Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 525-3388. MON | NOV 21
In this staged reading of Mark Harelik’s play, a young Russian-Jewish immigrant arrives in rural Texas in 1909, able to speak only Yiddish. Over the next 30 years in a Christian community, he makes a home and raises a family in a small Texas town. Based on the life of the playwright’s grandfather Haskell Harelik, “The Immigrant” is a story of religion meeting religion, culture meeting culture, fear meeting fear and love meeting love. 7 p.m. Free. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. (626) 355-4318. TUES | NOV 22
FAITHSGIVING COMMUNITY FAIR
Keep the faith and give thanks while enjoying food giveaways, cooking demonstrations, music, crafts and much more. In partnership with Holy Faith LA, Islamic Center, Kwang Yum Church, KYCC, Leo Baeck Temple, Pico Union Project, Seeds of Hope and Word of Encouragement Church. 4 p.m. Free. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. WED | NOV 23
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Take a step back and reflect on all you have to be grateful for. Rabbi Richard Spiegel will lead this service; neighbors from the United Methodist Church will be in attendance. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>thewallis.org.