October 18, 2018

Summer A&E Calendar

MON MAY 28
PAUL SIMON

In the 1960s and early-1970s, folk-rockers Simon and Garfunkel harmonized on hit after hit, including “The Boxer,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Paul Simon was half of the legendary duo and, after they disbanded, became an accomplished solo artist in his own right. He performs his career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs at the Hollywood Bowl as part of his “Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour.” 8 p.m. $39-$250. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

WED MAY 30
“BENNY GOODMAN: AHEAD OF HIS TIME”

Legendary bandleader Benny Goodman’s music comes back to life thanks to acclaimed clarinet soloist Ken Peplowski. The member of Goodman’s final ensemble performs music from Goodman’s famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, which elevated jazz and sparked serious conversations about race, politics and music. The UCLA Jazz Orchestra and an alumni ensemble from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz accompany Peplowski in this celebration of a musical revolutionary and the King of Swing. A pre-concert panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. Concert 7-10 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.  (310) 825-4761. RSVP at schoolofmusic.ucla.edu.

SAT JUNE 2
“THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS”

Tony-winning performer Billy Porter, who depicted drag queen Lola in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” offers a fresh take on composer Richard Rodgers’ classics, from “My Funny Valentine” to “Edelweiss.” The live concert draws on Porter’s 2017 album, “Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers.” 8 p.m. $38-$98. The Soraya Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. thesoraya.org/calendar/details/billyporter.

THU JUNE 7
TASTE OF ISRAEL

Foodies and Israel lovers unite at the self-described “biggest culinary event for Israel in the United States,” showcasing Israeli wines and cuisine from celebrity Israeli chef Eyal Shani; acclaimed chef and TV star Meir Adoni; local modern Israeli restaurant Jaffa and more. Certified kosher menu. Proceeds benefit Larger than Life, which serves Israeli children with cancer. Black-tie optional. 7-11 p.m. General admission $360. The tax-deductible ticket includes unlimited food from 20 gourmet chefs and 20 of Israel’s finest wineries. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. tasteofisraella.com.

FRI JUNE 8
ROBBY KRIEGER

The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger celebrates 50 years of his iconic L.A. rock-and-roll band’s music. Krieger, raised in a Jewish family in California, co-wrote many of the Doors’ most famous songs, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Love Her Madly.” Opening sets by Ricky Montijo & the Mojitos and Watcher Moon. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. music, 9 p.m. headliner. $38-$58. The Canyon Agoura Hills, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (888) 645-5006. wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

TUE JUNE 12
PHOTOGRAPHER MARK SELIGER

From behind the camera, Jewish photographer Mark Seliger of Amarillo, Texas, has captured a variety of subjects, from Jennifer Lawrence to Holocaust survivors, the Dalai Lama to Kurt Cobain. The former chief photographer at Rolling Stone magazine appears in discussion with writer, producer and director Judd Apatow about “Mark Seliger Photographs,” a coffee table book featuring his best-known portraiture. 8 p.m. $30 reserved, $20 general admission, $75 reserved and copy of “Mark Seliger Photographs.” Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org/events/mark-seliger.

WED JUNE 13
MICHAEL CHABON

A few days before Father’s Day, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon (“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”) discusses his latest book, “Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces,” with former Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin. Chabon’s collection of essays on parenting draws on his experience minding his 13-year-old son at Paris Men’s Fashion Week in 2016. A book signing follows the program, which is organized by Book Soup. 8 p.m. $20 plus tax and fees, includes admission and one book. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

FRI JUNE 15
GAD ELMALEH

The hardest working Moroccan-Jewish stand-up comedian in the business performs five shows in three nights at the Irvine Improv. Gad Elmaleh started his career performing in small shows for the Montreal Sephardic community and rose to prominence in France after relocating to Paris in the 1990s. His sights are set on winning over American audiences with an observational comedic sensibility similar to that of Jerry Seinfeld. 18 and older. June 15: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; June 16: 7 and 9:30 p.m.; June 17: 7 p.m. $25. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine. (949) 854-5455. irvine.improv.com.

“EATING ANIMALS”

Jonathan Safan Foer’s 2009 nonfiction book of the same name inspired this documentary about the farming industry, opening in theaters today. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor and co-producer Natalie Portman, “Eating Animals” traces the history of food production in the United States, argues for a shift from factory farming to plant-based technologies and follows farmers who have pushed back against industrial agriculture by adopting humane practices. ifcfilms.com/films/eating-animals.

SUN JUNE 17
“UNDER THE JELLO MOLD”

In her award-winning one-woman show, “Under the Jello Mold,” actress Jennie Fahn embarks on a humorous and heartfelt exploration of her relationship with her late mother. Fahn’s comedy examines how she dealt with her mother, a former dancer who was never content to merely rehash her past, during what turned out to be the final act of her mother’s life. Fahn tells her story in anecdotes, characters and song. Through Aug. 26. 5 p.m. $30. The Pico, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. underthejellomold.com.

TUE JULY 10
BERNSTEIN 100 CELEBRATION WITH DUDAMEL

In celebration of the centennial of the birth of America maestro Leonard Bernstein, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, vocalist Kristin Chenoweth and the L.A. Philharmonic, among others, perform some of Bernstein’s most beloved music. Blending jazz and classical music, the program includes selections from “West Side Story,” “Three Meditations from Mass” and “Big Stuff.” 8 p.m. $8-$104. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

SAT JULY 21
“SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM”

A musical revue featuring the songs of the award-winning Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim charts Sondheim’s career up to 1976. The production includes music from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “A Little Night Music,” “Follies” and more. Visit the website for show times. $32-$37. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2. odysseytheatre.com.

SUN AUG 12
RANDY NEWMAN

Songsmith Randy Newman’s catalog includes the classic tunes “Short People,” “I Love L.A.” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, the legendary songwriter performs songs from each of his 11 studio albums, featuring accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and his own band. 7:30 p.m. $14-$70. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.