Sept. 24: JEWS, SPORTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Events in Los Angeles from September 22–27


FRI | SEPT 22

BUDD FRIEDMAN AND TRIPP WHETSELL

Budd Friedman and writer Tripp Whetsell will discuss and sign “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up.” Friedman, in 1963, quit his job in advertising to return to his hometown, New York, to become a theatrical producer. He opened a coffee house for Broadway performers called the Improvisation, later shortened to the Improv. Friedman’s new venture was an instant hit.  It became the first venue to present live stand-up acts in a continuous format, and in the process, reinvented the art form for comedy clubs that followed. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

SAT | SEPT 23

ERNEST TROOST AND JOHN ZIPPERER

During his California Gold Rush Tour, Emmy award-winning artist Ernest Troost returns to Julie’s Joint with special guest Nicole Gordon. John Zipperer & The Current Band will also perform. There will be a potluck dinner. Bring an instrument if you want to join the song circle. 5 p.m. Suggested donation $20. Address provided upon RSVP to juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com. johnzipperer.com.

SUN | SEPT 24

JEWS, SPORTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

The USC Casden Institute, with the support of The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and USC Athletics, proudly presents a panel discussion with athletes, writers, sports managers and sports team owners who have used athletics to illuminate social issues. Panelists include: Lenny Krayzelburg, American backstroke swimmer, former world record holder and winner of four gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games; Noah Miller, Israel Lacrosse National Team player and head commander and chief instructor of Krav Maga in the IDF Special Forces Combat School; Alan I. Rothenberg, chairman of Premier Partnerships and former president of the United States Soccer Federation; and Erit Yellen, producer and writer for documentary films on sports and social Issues, and adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media & Society. The panel will be moderated by Neil Kramer, veteran educator, lacrosse coach and official who refereed the first lacrosse match played in Israel. 4:45 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. panel. Free. Town and Gown, University of Southern California, 665 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 740-1744. dornsife.usc.edu.

AUTHOR NICOLE KRAUSS

National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Nicole Krauss will discuss with Rabbi David Wolpe her fourth novel, “Forest Dark.” Krauss masterfully entwines two disparate narratives about two unrelated characters seeking answers in the Israeli desert. Books available for purchase. A book signing follows the program. Co-presented by the Skirball Cultural Center and American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education. 2 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

NATIONAL VILLAGE CELEBRATION: LIVE

Villages all over the country in the Village to Village Network will simultaneously gather to watch and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Village Movement. In Los Angeles, the program will feature surgeon and writer Atul Gawande. Gawande will address the value of community and choice as people grow older. Following the program, Temple Emanuel’s Rabbi Laura Geller and Temple Isaiah’s Rabbi Zoë Klein will lead a discussion. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Isaiah Social Hall, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. chaivillagela.org.

WED | SEPT 27

THE YOM KIPPUR WAR: AGAINST ALL ODDS

This holiday season is the 44th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Rabbi Rebeccah Yussman will discuss the history of the conflict using episodes from “Against All Odds,” a documentary about the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli survival. A catered lunch is included in the program. 11 a.m. $16; $14 for members. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

PURSUIT OF JUSTICE: E. RANDOL SCHOENBERG

Los Angeles Theatre Works Celebrates the Pursuit of Justice, a special event honoring attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, who successfully litigated the return of five Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government, as featured in the film “Woman in Gold.” The evening, hosted by Hector Elizondo, will include a performance of the L.A. Theatre Works’ acclaimed production of “Judgment at Nuremberg” by Abby Mann, and a discussion about  the challenges of the pursuit of justice with Schoenberg and Geoffrey Cowan, chair of the USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and conclude with a dessert reception. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $175. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 827-0889. latw.org.

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