Jewish Journal

Calendar July 7-13: Disney Hall, Franken + Handler, and Shabbat Under the Stars

(L-R) Vocal soloists Kevin Earley and Annalise Staudt, and organist Philip Smith will be playing classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Disney Hall on Sunday. Photo courtesy of California Philharmonic.

FRI JULY 7

“Never Long Enough” Book Signing

In their new book, “Never Long Enough: Finding Comfort and Hope Amidst Grief and Loss,” Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff, who will hold this book signing, and artist Michelle Y. Sider have brought together their many years of professional expertise to create an interactive keepsake for families and friends to be read along with someone nearing the end of life (or read by mourners after a death). 10 a.m. Free. Label’s Table Deli, 9226 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (248) 592-2684.

SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS

Join 100 young Jewish professionals by the pool for an open bar and a four-course dinner. The Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles Shabbat dinners bring together a diverse group of people to connect and network over a meal. 7 p.m. $50; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Address provided upon RSVP; location is in Hancock Park. yjplosangeles.com.

SAT JULY 8

“ANNIE KORZEN Famous Actress”

Annie Korzen, best known for her role as Doris Klompus, Jerry Seinfeld’s parents’ next-door neighbor on “Seinfeld,” will perform a show she has written about her hectic and eclectic life. In “Annie Korzen Famous Actress,” Korzen tackles poignant personal issues and divulges stories about the road she has traveled as an actress. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Through Aug. 13. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (800) 838-3006. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

SEN. AL FRANKEN AND CHELSEA HANDLER

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) presents his new book, “Giant of the Senate,” the story of an award-winning comedian who runs for office and discovers why award-winning comedians tend not to follow that path. The book shares the story of an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest election outcome in Sentate history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga. In this candid personal memoir, Frankin goes behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and hilarious moments of his new career in politics. He will be in conversation with comic and talk show host Chelsea Handler. Tickets include a copy of the book; book signing to follow the talk. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. livetalksla.org.

“THE RABBI’S MISSION”

A rabbi’s life gets really interesting when two women visit his office — one his former girlfriend, the other a younger woman who is engaged. This humorous stage production examines the thorny topic of what makes someone Jewish. “The Rabbi’s Mission” is the sequel to “The Rabbi & the Shiksa.” Written and directed by Art Shulman. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 27. $24; $18 for seniors; $10 for students younger than 26. T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. (818) 285-8699. therabbismission.com.

SUN JULY 9

“RODGERS, HAMMERSTEIN AND THE ORGAN”

Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II are perhaps the most beloved songwriting duo of all time. During this concert, the California Philharmonic, along with vocal soloists Annalise Staudt and Kevin Earley, will take their audience down Broadway with hit songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including “Oklahoma!” “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I.” The concert also will feature the powerful Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, with organist Philip Smith playing the beautiful “Organ Symphony” by Camille Saint-Saens and the rarely performed “Festival Prelude” by Richard Strauss. 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. calphil.com.

GRAPPLING WITH THE GREAT WAR: SEARCHING FOR SGT. KAUFFMAN

On Sept. 26, 1918, U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Leon Kauffman, who was just shy of his 23rd birthday, was killed by a shell and buried where he lay during the heavy fighting in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in France. Nearly 100 years after his death, the story of Kauffman essentially was unknown until journalist Edmon J. Rodman saw his name in a stained-glass window honoring alumni of Los Angeles High School who died in World War I. This sent Rodman on a journey of discovery that eventually brought him to the Homestead Museum. Hear the story of Kauffman as told by Rodman and museum director Paul R. Spitzzeri. 2 p.m. Free. Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. (626) 968-8492. homesteadmuseum.org.

AUTHOR BETHANY BALL

Bethany Ball will discuss and sign her debut novel, “What to Do About the Solomons.” The book, with razor-sharp humor, tells the story of Marc Solomon, an Israeli ex-navy commando now living in Los Angeles, who is falsely accused of money laundering. As the Solomons’ Santa Monica home is raided, Marc’s American wife, Carolyn, attempts to hold their family of five together while concealing her own dark past. As secrets and rumors are revealed through various memories, tales and interactions with family and friends, readers witness the things that keep the Solomons together and those that tear them apart. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

“SOLOMON: KING, POET & LOVER — A TALE OF ONE MAN & 700 WIVES”

See the show that won the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Encore Producer’s Award. This hourlong one-man play about power, women and religion takes you on a satirical roller-coaster ride through the life of King Solomon. Marcus J. Freed plays the wise king, his 700 wives, 300 concubines and court counsel, morphing into the many characters while incorporating gymnastics, break

dancing and rap into the traditional theater format. 7:30 p.m. $10. Asylum@Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. solomonplay.com.

THURS JULY 13

“PRIMO PASSO”

Los Angeles native Daniel Ezralow returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to premiere “Primo Passo,” which is Italian for “first step.” This deeply personal dance work is a career retrospective in which Ezralow revisits his works to explore their initial artistic impulse. Whether he’s creating modern dances or choreographing for Broadway, all dances begin with the first step. 8 p.m. Additional performance on July 14; 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Wallis Annenberg Center, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. thewallis.org.