Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 3-May 13, 2011
TUE | MAY 3
“PRISONER OF HER PAST”
Follow Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich as he sets out across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his Holocaust survivor mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. The documentary explores a little-known disorder: late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder. A Q-and-A with Reich and producer Joanna Rudnick follows. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2498. museumoftolerance.com.
WED | MAY 4
“OUT OF THE WILDERNESS”
Rabbi David Rosen, director of the American Jewish Committee’s department of interreligious affairs, discusses 40 years of Catholic-Jewish relations with the Rev. Patrick Desbois, president of Yahad-In Unum, an organization that facilitates meetings between Catholic bishops and Jewish Orthodox leaders. Holli Levitsky, director of Loyola Marymount University’s Jewish studies program, moderates the discussion. Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Loyola Marymount University, Hilton Center for Business, Room 100, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 338-7664. ajclosangeles.org.
THU | MAY 5
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
New York Times columnist Alina Tugend, author of “Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong,” speaks at today’s annual brunch. Attendees are asked to bring toiletry items that will be used in Mother’s Day baskets for women in shelters and transitional living facilities. Thu. 10 a.m.-noon. $40. Stephen S. Wise Temple, Zeldin-Hershenson Hall, 15500 Stephen S Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org.
SAT | MAY 7
LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
A Jewish doctor (Jean Reno) and a Protestant nurse (“Inglourious Basterds’ ” Mélanie Laurent) struggle to aid thousands of Parisian Jews following a mass arrest by police in July 1942 in the L.A. premiere of “La Rafle” (“The Round Up”). Also tonight, the Chicago crime drama “Polish Bar” stars Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Reuben, a strip club DJ and drug dealer who questions his life when his Orthodox cousin arrives. Other films screening during the citywide festival include the French comedy “He’s My Girl” (May 8), “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” (May 8), the 2011 Oscar-winning short documentary “Strangers No More” (May 9 and 11) and the Civil War documentary “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray” (May 10). Through May 12. Sat. 8 p.m. $12 (adults), $9 (seniors and students). “La Rafle,” Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. “Polish Bar,” Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.
Frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, a 20-year-old Long Beach native and Habonim Dror alumnus, kicks off the Getty Center’s “Saturdays Off the 405” summer concert series with his acclaimed indie pop band. DJ Kevin Bronson also performs. Sat. 6-9 p.m. Free. Getty Center, Museum Courtyard, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
SUN | MAY 8
MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
The Los Angeles Jewish Home hosts its annual brunch for mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers. The celebration of motherhood at the Home’s Grancell Village and Eisenberg Village campuses includes live music, dancing, clowns, and arts and crafts. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 (general), $8 (children, 5 to 11), free (children, 5 and under). Grancell Village, 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda. Eisenberg Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3344. jha.org.
MON | MAY 9
“THEIR EYES WERE DRY”
On May 15, 1974, three Palestinian terrorists, disguised as Israeli soldiers, infiltrated the Lebanese border and stormed a school in Ma’alot, where 11th-graders were spending the night. Following a two-day standoff, 21 students were killed and 71 people injured. Director Brandon Assanti reflects on the Ma’alot massacre in his new documentary, screening at theaters citywide. This one-night-only event concludes with a musical tribute by the all-star Cantors Assembly, originally featured in the film “100 Voices: A Journey Home,” singing songs that celebrate Israel Independence Day and commemorate the children of the 1974 incident. Mon. 7 p.m. $12.50. Various locations. theireyesweredry.com.
YOM HAATZMAUT CELEBRATION AND CONCERT
English, Hebrew and Yiddish mix with folk, soul and gospel as the Santa Barbara-based quartet Soul Aviv performs in celebration of Israel’s birthday. Tonight’s event also features children’s crafts and activities. Israeli dinner available for purchase. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. alpertjcc.org.
A NIGHT OF MUSIC AND MEMORY
Pay tribute to those who defend Israel, and celebrate the birth of the Jewish state with Cantors Joseph Gole and Arianne Brown, Aryell Cohen and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Sgt.
Benjamin Anthony of Our Soldiers Speak. A candlelighting ceremony commemorating fallen IDF soldiers features Sinai Temple’s David and Angella Nazarian Youth fellows, USYers, Sinai Akiba Academy students, IDF Maj. Roy Levy and musician Justin Stein. Mon. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3246. sinaitemple.org.
WED | MAY 11
CBS/KCAL news anchor Pat Harvey moderates a discussion on teen bullying with guest speakers Gail Rolf of Friends of Project 10; Daniel Solis of the Gay Straight Alliance Network; Holly Priebe-Diaz, an intervention coordinator with LAUSD; Sara Train of The Trevor Project; Bev Meyer of the Fairfax High School Safe School Ambassadors Program; and a student from Fairfax H.S. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
THU | MAY 12
STAND-UP FOR ISRAEL
Celebrate Israel Independence Day with laughter. Comedian Joel Chasnoff, who toured with Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of “The Daily Show,” draws on a mix of personal anecdotes and keen observations of Israeli life for his act. In his irreverent memoir, “The 188th Crybaby Brigade,” Chasnoff recounts his eye-opening experience in the Israeli army as a tank gunner. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wilshireboulevardtemple.org.