Jewish Journal

What to do in Los Angeles: Week of August 4-10

Barry Manilow

FRI | AUG 4

BARRY MANILOW

Singer, songwriter and producer Barry Manilow’s career has spanned more than 50 years. He has released 47 Top 40 singles and has sold more than 80 million albums, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He brings his catchy pop repertoire to Southern California. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40. (This concert was originally scheduled for May 14. Tickets issued for the original date will be honored at the rescheduled date. No exchange necessary.) The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 330-7300. fabulousforum.com.

“JOURNEY OF JEWISH LIFE THROUGH MUSIC & COMEDY”

Join Cantors Judy and Herschel Fox for a music-filled Shabbat service. 8 p.m. Free. No tickets or reservations necessary. Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University (AJU), 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. Note: Shabbat dinner will not be available at the AJU in August. (310) 472-3500. sftpa.com.

SAT | AUG 5

DINAH BERLAND: POETRY DISCUSSION AND READING

Have you ever tried to write a sonnet, villanelle, sestina or haiku? If you’re curious about how to craft a formal verse or just want to come and listen, join Dinah Berland and members of her Camera Obscura Experiments in Form Workshop for a reading of their work. The program will include a short writing experiment and an open discussion with workshop members. Berland is a widely published poet and book editor with a background in art. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division. 1 p.m. Free. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-2239. arts.smgov.net.

SUN | AUG 6

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

Volunteer with Young Adults of Los Angeles at Wildlife Waystation animal sanctuary to get up close with retired Hollywood and rescued animals. Help make toys for them and assist with beautification projects. 8:45 a.m. Free. Wildlife Waystation, 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Sylmar. yala.org.

GENEALOGY IN THE ROUND

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County will hold a general meeting, co-sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim, titled “Genealogy in the Round.” Discuss a genealogical success, failure, brick wall or artifact. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. jgscv.org.

WED | AUG 9

“JACKIE MASON: THE ULITMATE JEW”

Jackie Mason is one of America’s most famous Jewish comedians. Come learn about his background, career and famous moments; and watch “Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew,” a look inside his final Broadway performance. Catered lunch. 11 a.m. $16; $14 for members. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

J.J. GESHER AND “A NARROW BRIDGE”

Friends of the Glendale Public Library presents authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal, the duo behind the pen name J.J. Gesher. Their novel, “A Narrow Bridge,” follows Orthodox Jewish Brooklynite Jacob Fischer after he puts his young family on a bus that explodes in an act of terrorism. With his faith shattered, Jacob flees, finding himself in a predominantly Black town in rural Alabama. There he meets a single mother, Rosie, and their relationship develops, along with the rekindling of Jacob’s love of music. 7 p.m. Free.

Downtown Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. (818) 548-2021. glendalepublic-
library.org.

THU | AUG 10

NEIL DIAMOND’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

Neil Diamond

 

Legendary singer, songwriter and actor Neil Diamond’s world tour is slated to stop at 35 cities, with the final two stops scheduled for Los Angeles. The Grammy Award winner and Kennedy Center honoree is expected to treat fans to songs spanning his five-decade performing career. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $58. Also Aug. 12. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 330-7300. fabulousforum.com

TU B’AV

FRI | AUG 4

SHABBAT OF LOVE & KARAOKE

To celebrate Tu b’Av — sometimes referred to as Jewish Valentine’s Day — join a Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua, followed by dinner. This event is intended for young adult professionals, ages 21 to 40. 6:30 p.m. service at Kol Tikvah; 7:30 p.m. dinner at Paoli’s. Free (guests pay for food and drinks at Paoli’s). Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Paoli’s Pizzeria & Piano Bar, 21020 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.

“SINGLES POTLOVE SHABBAT”

Celebrate the Jewish day of love, Tu b’Av, at Atid’s third annual “Singles Potlove Shabbat” for Jewish singles in their 20s and 30s. The potluck will be dairy/vegetarian. Please bring an item based on your last name: A-H bring an appetizer; I-P bring an entrée; Q-Z bring dessert, wine or both. 7 p.m. Free. Address given upon RSVP at eventbrite.com; Beverly Hills. sinaitemple.org.

SAT | AUG 5

YJP WHITE PARTY

Wear your finest white cocktail attire and enjoy the summer night — and Tu b’Av — with the Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles and an open bar, DJ, dancing, cigar lounge and a live musical “Havdalah.” 9:30 p.m. $50; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Location provided upon RSVP; Brentwood. yjplosangeles.com.

“TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART”

Gather along the Los Angeles River in Frogtown for a block party-style love throwdown. There will be music — sing your heart out in a karaoke RV — barbecue and drinks. Join the community in a celebration of Tu b’Av (Jewish Valentine’s Day) with the signing of a custom-made ketubah (contract of love) for L.A. Stay for a remixed Havdalah, where we’ll close out the week in light, community and song. Presented by NuRoots and East Side Jews. 6:30 p.m. $10. eastsidejews.com